October 29, 2008



It's been busy, busy, busy again.

We went to Pennsylvania with my mother in law. We went to a outlet mall there, and both Lela and I was able to get new shoes. We wanted to get Vince some dress SAS shoes but they were too expensive this time, hopefully next time we can get him a pair.

While there we went to Bob Evans and had the Turkey Lurky our favorite! :) And we went to Golden Corral another family favorite. We also went to Chuck E Cheese there, but it wasn't a good one, all the games and rides Lela and I tried to do were broken and ate our tokens. Or already had a broken sign on them. So there was very very few workable games. Oh well, next week we will go back to a local Chuck E Cheese.

We also were able to get to Super Wal-mart and stock up on Lela's puffed brown rice! We were getting pretty bare on that.

I went to A.C. Moore while in Pennsylvania and was able to get some really good smelling pumpkin pie scented drawer packets. They were on sale really cheap. I bought them for less then 1.00 each. So my sister who LOVES pumpkin pie will get a bonus gift from me of some of those. Meanwhile, I smell pumpkin pie all the time in the house now and it smells soooooooo good! I also was able to get some Thread Heaven. I have never tried it before, but am anxious to give it a try. I've always used bees wax, but they don't sell that up here. So I'll see how the thread heaven works.

We also went to Harry and David's and they now have a ton of teas I must try! But, I didn't have the money to buy them now, maybe next time. I want to try the watermelon mint and cantaloupe really badly! Also the pomegranate blueberry and a chocolate pie one!

We were also able to go to Dollar General and get some cleaning supplies stocked up. I bought Ponds Cold Cream, and night Cream there. And have started using them. Except for washing my face with Cetaphil, I've never really had a routine with my face. But, I bought lipstick about 2 weeks ago and I apply it every day, and started feeling good about that. But, I also noticed my skin has been getting more and more dry, then I read about a lot of people like Ponds and they have good skin using it daily. I've heard that from Martha Stewart too. So decided I would start with that routine too. Well, I like it I must say! I will try to stick with it! The only thing is we don't have many wash cloths for some reason, so we are going to buy some more tomorrow. I've also started wearing my perfume I've had forever, but rarely wear. And again it's been feeling really nice to start pampering myself with little things like that.

I was surprised that even my mother in law, commented that she liked the shade of lipstick I was wearing. It took me about 2 hours to look through all the shades at Wal-mart one day and finally chose one. So it was nice to get a comment clear out of the blue, especially from some one who usually doesn't comment on things like that. Vince likes it too! So that was nice too. He's said things a few times about it. So it is nice that he has noticed as well.

We also got to go swimming which Lela really loved. I pool walked for about a hour. So I'm hoping that helps in some weight loss.

Right now I'm doing a 100 day challenge to walk or exercise every day for 100 days. So far so good. At the hotel I walked the hallways every morning, and walked in the pool in the evenings when I could.

I finished my sisters pillow cases, and am now on to my step grandmother's kitchen towels. They are coming along nicely and are really cute.

I bought some home made swiffer covers, and wash cloths from a sister and they also came while we were gone. I can't wait to start using them, they are very very cute!

I'll for sure try to get back here more often then I have lately!

October 17, 2008



Talk about a busy couple of days. Yesterday I woke up at four am. I was in severe pain. I knew I had mastitis. So decided I better head to the ER. Once there they said yes I indeed had it and they put me on antibiotics, and thought about hospitalizing me but let me go home. They were really sweet! I was worried what they would say cause they asked how old Lela was. I said two. Then I said, yes I know I breast fed a long time. (as I usually get lectures about it after I say she's that old). And the doctor said, no no that's good! What a relief. But, this came on all the sudden. I haven't pumped in a month! And I was not feeling full or even like there was milk or anything. So I really don't know how this happened. But, I have been in a lot of pain and very tired I hope it passes soon. Today it is worse, I'm hoping by tomorrow it will be better though. Today things are bright red and swollen though and yesterday it was just painful no redness or swelling. A lot of puss has been oozing out though both days. About a ounce last night. Today not as much.

Today I took Lela to the library for the first time. Well I've taken her before but not for her. Usually for me. Today I took her just for her, in the children's section. She liked it a lot and we picked out two books for her to bring home. So we had a pretty good day. The children's librarian was quite nice, and it was very refreshing. We checked out The Elephant Quilt, Stitch by Stitch to California. Which seems to be a very cute fictional book about a young girls wagon trip on the Santa Fe Trail, meanwhile her grandmother and her stitch a quilt together on the way there. And also a Dr. Seuss type book, called But Not Hippopotamus. Lela picked that out her self. And it's pretty cute!

The library has been updated so much since last time I went. EVERY thing is now all technical. There is now self check outs. You have a pad you put your card on, then you pile your books on the pad. Then you push a button and a receipt prints that tells you what books you checked out and when you return them. WOW. What a time to live in. I have to admit I kind of miss the card that the librarian would stamp with a date! But, it was something new to learn.

I also ordered two MaryJane books to be sent, so I can read them. Now all they will do is email me when they arrive at the Library then I can go and pick them up. Neat! :)

October 11, 2008



I have wonderful news, I joined classmates a few months ago, but then let my membership run out. I was just hoping I could connect with a few of my really good friends from school. I ended up connecting with two of my BEST friends from school.

One I seen had visited my profile but did not leave a message. I thought her name was so unusual it had to be her, so I wrote her. And then eagerly awaited her response. She just emailed me back last night. She doesn't have the pay for classmates (and neither do I any more) so I guess that is why she couldn't email me sooner. But, I am oh so happy we finally were able to connect again. We haven't seen each other since second grade. But, I have thought about her often. Truth be told, I really never thought I would ever find her again. However, I would always ask any one I ever met, that was from around where she moved to, if they knew her. No one ever did. But, I am so glad we finally did find each other. She said it was a Miracle, and I must agree. I can't wait to hear more from her soon.

Other then that, not a lot going on around here. I am half way done with my sisters pillow cases, and am on the second case. Then, I have my step grandmothers towels, two friends some cases, and then Lela a set and myself! I have never actually made myself a set yet. In fact, all I have ever made myself so far is two towels. I never cross stitched, or embroidered anything for myself. Just this year was the first time I ever made anything for me. I've always made things for friends and family. Well, I can't wait to have a set of pillow cases, I did myself! That will be soon, hopefully.

Lela slept all night the night before last, and we were so happy. Last night though, not so well, haha. She was up a few times last night. But, thankfully not for hours like she sometimes is. Only a few minutes. So maybe we are getting closer and closer to all night being asleep! We can only hope.

She sure has liked going to Chuck E. Cheese. We started going once a week. A good friend told me that they have cups you can buy and get free drinks every time you go. Well, they sure don't advertise that much! So the next time I went, I asked about them. Sure enough they have them. But, they sure keep it under wraps. I didn't see any one else there with one, and there is no signs or anything talking about them. Oh well, all the better for us. So we bought a couple, and will probably get one more later. That will help while we are there. We usually only drink water any way. But, it will be good to get a "free" treat once in a while. Especially since they have the VERY rarely ever seen, and really I've only seen in the south, and midwest, Mellow Yellow, which is Vince's favorite drink. You can't even buy it at the store here, let alone see it at a Restaurant so he was pretty excited and happy about that. We usually load up the truck when we visit my parents. He doesn't drink much, but he usually gets about 4-12 packs each year to bring home. So now he won't have to do that. haha And it will be free!

On a bittersweet note, today I gave Lela the last of my frozen breast milk. It is so bittersweet. But, we are going onward and upward, to bigger and better things every day.

October 6, 2008



I got started on my sisters pillow cases. This time I am doing them in light baby blue. They have the cutest little kitten in a high heel with a ribbon around him. And a few flowers strewn about. I think they're going to be super cute when they are all done.

I'm hoping I can get Amber's cases done in two weeks or less. That will give me a running start on getting every thing else done this year. And that way I can start fresh on projects in January. And have time to get in on some more swaps!

I've also just started scrapblogging on Photobucket.com and it's super fun. I added two scrapblogs already. Just click on Married, and Daughter on the right hand side of my blog and you can see them. I'm also going to add one of Vincent, my family tree, past vacations and more! It's a ton of fun.

I had been wondering where I was going to put up all the photos from my homestead.com since I am giving it up, and it will be gone next year. And now I know exactly how I will do it, through scrapblogging! FUN stuff!

Other then that, that's about all that has gone on this week. I've been working on a few more menu plans, and will go do laundry tomorrow, and hopefully on Wednesday take Lela to Chuck E. Cheese, and that's about all.

October 3, 2008



We finally found some training pants that will fit Lela! YEAH! So we began potty training today. She almost made it twice. So it will be a slow go. We'll keep trying. She was excited about it though. She about never wanted off the potty. And really didn't want me to pull her pants up. lol She just wanted to sit on the potty. She did that for 2 hours! lol haha Then she tried to teach her frog Lilly to potty too. hahaha

I finally finished my pillow cases for the swap. So now I'm working on my sisters cases. Then it will be my step grandmothers towels. And hopefully two friends some cases. Then maybe some for us! And hopefully another swap. I'm excited to see what I will get in this swap. I did decide to add the chickens to the pillow cases. I thought they came out pretty cute. I'll have to add pictures later.

Earlier this week on a message board we were discussing embroidery floss thread, and how to store it. And I took a picture of mine, so I thought I would post it here as well. Lela and I both just love looking at it. I've always loved to look at all the colors of embroidery floss for some reason. I can spend hours in the floss isle at the store. haha

I also am part of a book share, and received a book about Kansas Pioneer Women, it's a collection of memoirs. It's really pretty interesting. I've gotten about 2 1/2 chapters read. I'm hoping I can hurry and finish it and send it off to the next person.