Thursday, September 30, 2010

autumn . . .

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

candy corn . . .

One of the MANY things I really like about autumn is candy corn. And not necessarily to eat, but because it just looks so - fun! It's orange, yellow, and white -- happy colors! And it's triangular -- happy shape! It makes great turkey beaks, nicely fills a clear glass candle votive, and, evidently, makes a great wreath, too!

I happened upon the latest Woman's Day on the newsstand this week, and this was their cover photo:

Cute, non? And since my Secret Pal *loves* candy corn, I figure this may be my next project AND secret pal gift! I'll post pictures when I've finished.

Instructions are easy and can be found on the Woman's Day site, HERE.

They also had great instructions for preserving the candy corn and/or the finished wreath HERE!

Bon appetit...errr...Happy crafting!


Tuesday, September 28, 2010

the golden anniversary trip . . .

I realized yesterday that I hadn't ever shared any of my photos from the great trip east . . . to Maryland, that is!

Thursday night I flew in without incident. Almost. Because I was flying in the boot, I set the security off, which meant I got to be wanded and patted down. Lovely experience! The rest of the trip in was without incident. I was really glad I'd asked for a wheelchair at BWI, because it was a long walk from the gate to baggage, and I was already beat!

From the airport, we headed over to eat dinner at a restaurant that does crabcakes PERFECTLY! Julia (sister 2) had taken Mom & Dad to the airport to pick up Laura (sister 4), who flew in from Texas, and me (sister 1). We headed to the restaurant and met Cynthia (sister 3). I'm *so* very glad that we were all there that night. Believe it or not, due to a combination of circumstances, it was the ONLY meal we ate together all weekend long!
The four sisters . . . Julia likes to pose us. We just go along. LOL!

Mom and I. I hope I look that great for my 50th!! :)

Julia & Laura, hanging out.
Friday, the day of Mom & Dad's actual anniversary, dad was sick and climbed back into bed for the next two days. He really was feeling bad. We four girls took mom to dinner at the Cafe Breton. Cute little restaurant!
I captured a quick shot of mom, and didn't realize until look through my photos that I'd inadvertently given her a crown of flowers! Since she was the star of the show, I just figured it was appropriate!

Mom with the special chocolate, raspberry cake they'd made. Dinner was delicious. The cake was sinful! :)

Mom had gotten out some fun things from the wedding, like her invitations, her wedding photos, and her beautiful dress and veil!!
She still glows!
In fact, there's little difference between mom today, and this darling young thing going down the aisle on the arm of her brand new husband! I love the smiles they're wearing!!

Laura and I both wanted to try on her veil. So pretty!!

Dad wasn't up to much, but he could handle a couple of rounds of the Fowler Family game of choice -- cribbage! Laura beat him soundly for a couple of runs, and then I stepped in and bolstered his confidence. He beat me as soundly for two runs!
My cribbage board was one of the few board games that made the transition from the house to RV. I'd love to get Todd interested in playing - it's so fun and a good brain exerciser!!

Also in for the weekend was a visit from our favorite cookies. I've only ever seen these in the Giant grocery stores -- from their bakery. They have *never* lasted long, as evidenced by this near-empty container!
I think it was after taking this picture that Julia gave me a look. I neglected to take a picture of the delicious Reuben sandwiches she'd made us all for lunch!

Saturday evening we set up for a round of steamed crabs. Mind you, with the exception of Monday (the morning I left), we had crabs in one form or another EVERY day I was there!
The paper was scattered, the butter drawn, the mallets are in place, and the sack of crabs is ready!
Laura doesn't get steamed crabs often either (like me). She was READY!
Mr. Crab and drawn butter. Goes together like a horse and carriage!
Mom, Julia, Laura and I powered our way through two dozen of those bad boys! Then Julia and I took turns sending pictures to our respective children, who thought us hateful. LOL! :)

Sunday morning dad was feeling better, and we headed to the Severn Inn for brunch.
Aren't they a darling couple?

Dad was definitely feeling better. He even posed with the bride.
They are such a fun couple! We had a lot of fun, all us sisters with mom & dad. It was different than when we're with husbands or children and visiting.

Sunday afternoon, after brunch, we all headed out to have a family portrait done. My mom really wanted that, more than anything! After the portrait session, we headed back to the house, ordered pizzas, and spent a quiet evening (if there is such a thing when the four of us girls get together) watching movies!

While I was there, I spent a little time sitting in the big kitchen window, watching the antics of the resident squirrels. This little (?!?) guy was such a clown!
I also noted a couple of chipmunks and tons of birds . . . I felt right at home! :)

I have to admit, after my security experience coming out of Huntsville, I was a little anxious about flying out on Monday morning. Especially after seeing what BWI's security looked like when I flew in! I had to laugh, though. I walked through security, set off the alarm, and all they did was x-ray the boot! No pat down, no magic, intrusive wand -- just boot x-rays. I was *so* glad!

As much as I enjoyed spending time with my folks and my sisters, it was wonderful to be home and be met by my darling husband. I had missed him so! When we got home, these were waiting for me . . .
Such a darling man! We're destined for a golden anniversary, too!


Monday, September 27, 2010

loverly weekend . . .

Truly, it's been a lovely, long weekend! I do adore having Mondays off. It gives the weekend lots of depth, and makes the work week far more bearable! ;)

Plus, we get to pack a lot of stuff in! Saturday, Todd and I headed to South Huntsville to pick up a golf cart for Camp MACOBA. We got a *sweet* deal on this baby, and it runs great. It handles the trails out here very nicely, which means Todd was able to take me through the woods and all around -- places I haven't been able to get to since the accident. It was wonderful!!!

We also purchased a large (20' by 10') screened tent. This will give us a place to have both sets of kids and their families over to eat, and have bug protection, too!

All it needs is to have one of the picnic tables brought over. Todd's going to do that sometime soon. I even grabbed my red-checkered tablecloth from Hunter Road for use here! We've got our lawn chairs, too, that we'll put under there for coffee in the mornings. Fun!

Saturday afternoon I made chili and put it in the crock pot, then I made Todd and I some sugar-free gourmet hot chocolate. We took it up to the bedroom and watched the Alabama game on the flat screen up there. We rarely watch TV up there (I watch it up there when I'm alone), so it was like a party.

The hot chocolate (with whipped cream piled high) made it feel like a party too!

This morning, I asked Todd to bring me some Coffee Mate on his way home. What a darling ... he also brought me some flowers!

He said the orange just looked happy -- I have to agree! And perfect for autumn!

I found a pair of shoes at the Dollar Store that I can wear on BOTH feet!! You can't know how exciting this is for me. Never mind the fact that I had to buy a size larger so that my right foot could fit into it! I DON'T CARE!

They aren't the most glamorous of shoes, but they're functional and look halfway decent and they're the SAME! I'm smiling! You can tell there's still swelling in the right ankle, too, but I really think the Mobic is making a difference. It's been a lot easier to walk since I started taking it.

This afternoon I decided it was time to decorate with some fun, fall things!

I think I kept a good balance of fun and pretty things. This is my second fall to decorate in the RV; we moved in early in November last year, and I did put my fall things out (for just a little while). I can't believe that *I* didn't take any pictures -- Camera Queen that I am!

Finally, as I often do, I'll end with a little reminder of one of my favorite things in the whole, wide world . . .

He really *is* such a happy little dude!


Friday, September 24, 2010

one-third . . .

Had a pretty good doctor's visit yesterday. She told me that the foot looks great (considering) and that the x-rays were great too -- she can't even tell where the breaks were! Yay for healing! That was the good news. The tough news was that I'm only one-third of the way through the healing process. She said that the bones take 3-4 months to heal and then the soft tissue takes another 6-8 months to heal after that. Because my injury was so traumatic, it's going to take the high end of both time frames. *sigh* She did put me on Mobic, an anti-inflammatory, and gave me new physical therapy orders.

I only teared up a little. LOL! No really, I did. :)

On the other hand, I've made tremendous strides since the accident first happened and I need to focus on the progress I've made instead of what's still to come! For example, two months ago I would not have been able to give Sawyer a bath in the bathtub! And we had *so* much fun!

He's such a waterbaby! He would have splashed and played for hours. I was the one who had to give it a rest!

And ever the ham! Look how big his hand is! I see future Alabama linebacker material here!

One day he may give his grandma grief over these pictures! But he's so darling, I can't help it!

This weekend is free and clear of obligations! We've got a family reunion coming in Saturday at the Camp, so that should be fun. Alabama is playing their first *real* game of the season, so we'll put on a pot of chili and enjoy some SEC football. Sunday, Todd's on shift, so it'll just be me heading to and from church. Then Monday ... who knows! Perhaps I'll be able to do a little quilting!

Or, since our washer/dryer is STILL not working, perhaps I'll head over to the house and do a week's worth of laundry!

C'est la vie!


Wednesday, September 22, 2010

times flies . . .

. . . when you're busy!

I can't believe nearly two weeks have passed since I last blogged! Life has been such a whirlwind. I flew to Maryland for a fabulous long weekend with my parents and sisters, for my folks' 50th wedding anniversary, we had Camp MACOBA's first annual Fall Jamboree the following weekend, then and add work, church, a grandbaby, physical therapy and life is . . . busy!

I have pictures, more pictures, and lots more pictures to share, but not today. I still need to go through and edit before I share!

Last night I got to babysit Sawyer. I had several first last night -- feeding him by spoon and giving him a bath! Both were lots of fun. He definitely needed the bath after eating!! And he's such a water baby. He was so happy to splash and play in the tub!

I have a doctor's appointment tomorrow, with my orthopedist. I have lots of questions for her. I just don't feel like I'm healing/getting back to normal as fast as I should be. It's very frustrating, and I'm tired of the pain!

And quilting? There's been no time!! I need to step up on it, though. There are projects I want to complete for Christmas!

For now, it's off to cook dinner.

Toodles for now!


Friday, September 10, 2010

to my Mom & Dad . . .

Happy *Golden* Anniversary!!

What a truly wonderful example of marital love
you have been for fifty years.

We love you much!


Saturday, September 04, 2010

happy birthday james!!

From the beginning you've been a joy.
For twenty-three years now, you've made me laugh and cry.
Sometimes I've laughed until I've cried!
I'm incredibly proud of you.

Happy birthday, my precious son!