Thursday, December 30, 2010

Winter Creatures

I made these a few weeks back but forgot to post them. My new take on how to take small pieces of wood blocking and recycling them into Frosty, Clarise, Rudolph, and Angel. I have to pat myself on the back cause they are darn cute! One minor mistake - forgot to paint Rudolph's nose red.

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Counting Down

Only a few more days left of 2010. I really wish I would have kept a list of important or milestone items that happened over the last 12 months. I guess that's what the Archives are for. LOL Had a great time visiting the family in East Otto for Christmas minus the nasty 24 hour flu bug that had most of us in the bathroom. Thankfully Lindsey's house has 2 of them :) Much better now. Returned home to find 14 inches of snow. Actually surprised because it didn't look so bad from the highway. So, now that we are dug out, time to just sit back and relax. Put away our gifts, still a few to wrap as we haven't seen all our family and friends just yet. But counting down to 2011 for sure.

Friday, December 24, 2010


Sending our love and prayers to all the men and women here and overseas fighting on our behalf who are not home with their families. Wishing you and yours the safest and healthiest holiday season!!!
Closing scene from Merry Christmas, Fairview Baptist Church, Columbus, 2007

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Winter Solstice

Shortest day of the year - and will be the darkest in our lifetime. Missed out on the lunar eclipse and the moon turning a shade of red but I felt me sleeping would be more beneficial. However, I made sure to follow up this morning with videos and pictures of what it actually looked like. Kinda neat. So with the start of winter officially now here, lets get some snow on the ground because just being 30 degrees in alittle boring, and just plain cold. Can't wait to see how much is back in WNY. The dogs are going to freak!

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Christmas in Connecticut

A view into Woodbury, CT during the Christmas Season. (Ignore the green grass. Still waiting for winter to start). Our friends have recently moved to Woodbury. Its a cute little antique town with tons of charm and history. Check it out.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Pearl Harbor

Taking a moment to remember and honor all those who died in the attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941.

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Sticky Buns

So after my virgin experience of being a master baker, some asked me to share the recipe I used at making my Sticky Buns. Of course, I can only take the credit for the sweat and time taken to make them. The recipe is one that was featured on Throwdown with Bobby Flay. Lets just say Bobby's recipe didn't win.
FYI - if you are looking to cut at least half of the time out of this recipe, I advise you to skip making the Brioche Dough yourself and buy the dough from Pillsbury :)

Friday, December 3, 2010

Winter Gas Prices

Have you noticed the increase in gas prices since early November. A penny here, 2 cents there. Its gone from $2.75 to now $3.15 here in Danbury. It wasn't this high during the summer travel season! I sense another $3.50 a gallon before we know it.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010


I've finally decided to add some background music to sooth your soul while you view the blog. It will change based on the season. Hope it doesn't hog up your bandwidth to download and read. This one is our friends from Charlie Brown and their favorite "Christmas Time is Here". PS, it could take at least 30 seconds to load based on your internet speed

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving

Greetings All,

For those of you who are coming to my place for Thanksgiving dinner, Martha Stewart ain't  gonna be here! I'm telling you in advance, so don't act surprised. Since Ms. Stewart won't be coming, I've made a few small changes:

Our sidewalk will NOT be lined with homemade, paper bag luminaries. After a trial run, it was decided that no matter how cleverly done, rows of flaming lunch sacks do not have the desired welcoming effect.

Once inside, our guests will note that the entry hall is not decorated with the swags of Indian corn and fall foliage I had planned to make. Instead, I've gotten the kids involved in decorating by having them track in colorful autumn leaves from the front yard. The mud was their idea.

The dining table will NOT be covered with expensive linens, fancy china,or crystal goblets. If possible, we will use dishes that match and everyone will get a fork. Since this IS Thanksgiving, we will refrain from using the plastic Peter Rabbit plate and the Santa napkins from last Christmas.

Our centerpiece will not be the tower of fresh fruit and flowers that I promised. Instead we will be displaying a hedgehog-like decoration hand-crafted from the finest construction paper. The children assure me it is a turkey.

We will be dining fashionably late. The children will entertain you while you wait. I'm sure they will be happy to share every choice comment I have made regarding Thanksgiving, Pilgrims, and the turkey hot line. Please remember that most of these comments were made at 5:00 a.m. upon discovering that the turkey was still hard enough to cut diamonds.

As accompaniment to the children's recital, I will play a recording of tribal drumming. If the children should mention that I don't own a recording of tribal drumming, or that tribal drumming sounds suspiciously like a frozen turkey in a clothes dryer, ignore them. They are lying.

We toyed with the idea of ringing a dainty silver bell to announce the start of our feast. In the end, we chose to keep our traditional method. We'll just holler, "come and eat."

We've also decided against a formal seating arrangement. When the smoke alarm sounds, please gather around the table and sit where you like. In the spirit of harmony, we will ask the children to sit at a separate table, in a separate room, possibly next door.

Now, I know you have all seen pictures of one person carving a turkey in front of a crowd of appreciative onlookers. This will not be happening at our dinner.

For safety reasons, the turkey will be carved in a private ceremony. I stress "private" meaning: Do not, under any circumstances, enter the kitchen to laugh at me. Do not send small, unsuspecting children to check on my progress. I have an electric knife.

The turkey is unarmed. It stands to reason that I will eventually win. When I do, we will eat. I would like to take this opportunity to remind my young diners that "passing the rolls" is not a football play. Nor is it a request to bean your sister in the head with warm tasty bread. Before I forget, there is one last change. Instead of offering a choice between 12 different scrumptious desserts, we will be serving the traditional pumpkin pie, garnished with whipped cream and small fingerprints. You will still have a choice; take it or leave it.

Martha Stewart will NOT be dining with us this year. Next year is not looking good either.

Happy Thanksgiving from us to you!!!!!

Friday, November 19, 2010

You Reap What You Sow

Good morning said a woman as she walked up to the man sitting on ground. The man slowly looked up.

This was a woman clearly accustomed to the finer things of life. Her coat was new.. She looked like she had never missed a meal in her life.

His first thought was that she wanted to make fun of him, like so many others had done before.."Leave me alone," he growled....

To his amazement, the woman continued standing.

She was smiling -- her even white teeth displayed in dazzling rows. "Are you hungry?" she asked.

"No," he answered sarcastically. "I've just come from dining with the president. Now go away."

The woman's smile became even broader. Suddenly the man felt a gentle hand under his arm.

"What are you doing, lady?" the man asked angrily. "I said to leave me alone."

Just then a policeman came up. "Is there any problem, ma'am?" he asked.

"No problem here, officer," the woman answered. "I'm just trying to get this man to his feet. Will you help me?"

The officer scratched his head.  "That's old Jack. He's been a fixture around here for a couple of years. What do you want with him?"

"See that cafeteria over there?" she asked. "I'm going to get him something to eat and get him out of the cold for awhile."

"Are you crazy, lady?" the homeless man resisted. "I don't want to go in there!"  Then he felt strong hands grab his other arm and lift him up.  "Let
me go, officer. I didn't do anything." " This is a good deal for you, Jack" the officer answered. "Don't blow it."

Finally, and with some difficulty, the woman and the police officer got Jack into the cafeteria and sat him at a table in a remote corner.  It was the middle
of the morning, so most of the breakfast crowd had already left and the lunch bunch had not yet arrived...

The manager strode across the cafeteria and stood by table.  "What's going on here, officer?" he asked.  "What is all this, is this man in trouble?"

"This lady brought this man in here to be fed," the policeman answered.

"Not in here!" the manager replied angrily. "Having a person like that here is bad for business.."

Old Jack smiled a toothless grin.  "See, lady. I told you so. Now if you'll let me go. I didn't want to come here in the first place."

The woman turned to the cafeteria manager and smiled.... "Sir, are you familiar with Eddy and Associates, the banking firm down the street?"

"Of course I am," the manager answered impatiently. "They hold their weekly meetings in one of my banquet rooms."

"And do you make a goodly amount of money providing food at these weekly meetings?"

"What business is that of yours?"

I, sir, am Penelope Eddy, president and CEO of the company."


The woman smiled again. "I thought that might make a difference."  She glanced at the cop who was busy stifling a giggle. "Would you like to join us in a cup
of coffee and a meal, officer?"

"No thanks, ma'am," the officer replied. "I'm on duty."

"Then, perhaps, a cup of coffee to go?"

"Yes, ma'am. That would be very nice."

The cafeteria manager turned on his heel, "I'll get your coffee for you right away, officer."

The officer watched him walk away. "You certainly put him in his place," he said.

"That was not my intent. Believe it or not, I have a reason for all this."

She sat down at the table across from her amazed dinner guest. She stared at him intently..  "Jack, do you remember me?"

Old Jack searched her face with his old, rheumy eyes. "I think so -- I mean you do look familiar."

"I'm a little older perhaps," she said. "Maybe I've even filled out more than in my younger days when you worked here, and I came through that very door, cold
and hungry."

"Ma'am?" the officer said questioningly.  He couldn't believe that such a magnificently turned out woman could ever have been hungry.

"I was just out of college," the woman began. "I had come to the city looking for a job, but I couldn't find anything.  Finally I was down to my last few cents and had been kicked out of my apartment. I walked the streets for days. It was February and I was cold and nearly starving. I saw this place and walked in on the off chance that I could get something to eat."

Jack lit up with a smile.  "Now I remember," he said..  "I was behind the serving counter.  You came up and asked me if you could work for something to eat. I said that it was against company policy."

"I know," the woman continued. "Then you made me the biggest roast beef sandwich that I had ever seen, gave me a cup of coffee, and told me to go over to a corner table and enjoy it..  I was afraid that you would get into trouble... Then, when I looked over and saw you put the price of my food in the cash register, I knew then that everything would be all right."

"So you started your own business?" Old Jack said.

"I got a job that very afternoon. I worked my way up.  Eventually I started my own business that, with the help of God, prospered." She opened her purse and pulled out a business card.. "When you are finished here, I want you to pay a visit to a Mr. Lyons...He's the personnel director of my company. I'll go talk to him now and I'm certain he'll find something for you to do around the office."  She smiled.  "I think he might even find the funds to give you a little advance so that you can buy some clothes and get a place to live until you get on your feet... If you ever need anything, my door is always opened to you."

There were tears in the old man's eyes. "How can I ever thank you?" he said.

"Don't thank me," the woman answered. "To God goes the glory. Thank Jesus... He led me to you."

Outside the cafeteria, the officer and the woman paused at the entrance before going their separate ways....

"Thank you for all your help, officer," she said.

"On the contrary, Ms. Eddy," he answered. "Thank you. I saw a miracle today, something that I will never forget. And..And thank you for the coffee."

If you have missed knowing me, you have missed nothing.

If you have missed some of my emails, you might have missed a laugh..

But, if you have missed knowing my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, you have missed everything in the world.

Have a Wonderful Day. May God Bless You Always and don't forget that when you "cast your bread upon the waters," you never know how it will be returned to you...

God is so big He can cover the whole world with his Love and so small He can curl up inside your heart..
When God leads you to the edge of the cliff, trust Him fully and let go.
Only 1 of 2 things will happen, either He'll catch you when you fall, or He'll teach you how to fly!
God is going to shift things around for you today and  let things work in your favor.
God closes doors no man can open & God opens doors no man can close..
If you need God to open some doors for you...send this on.

Have a blessed day and remember to be a blessing...

-- author unknown
*thanks to Jaime for sharing

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Veteran's Day


Monday, November 1, 2010

Welcome to November

Woke up to 31 degrees this morning. I didn't spot any frost at 6:30am. Flowers are still outside. Hopefully they'll make it. Last week before 'Falling Back'.

Sunday, October 24, 2010

End of an Era

Not that we should be surprised, but I am surprised it took so long. Sony has finally decided to stop production on the Walkman. Yes... the 80's tech fad of listening to music on the go via cassette tape is no more. I bet my ipod shuffle would actually fit nicely in the cassette tape area and I could use the Walkman as a carrying case. No? :)

Thursday, September 30, 2010

First Vacation Video

So I had to take a chance at creating a video of multiple videos that Jay captured while on vacation. This is the first of when we went on the Dolphin Sunset Cruise. Lets just say there was more wind, less boat, alot of people, but hardly any dolphins. I tried to get that all in here using a new tool that I borrowed from Heather's blog. Very easy to use. So check it out. More to come as I get more crafty or techy with this software.
2010 Dolphin Sunset Cruise

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Falling for Fall

Now that we are home, we see the autumn colors creeping in. Leaves are turning orange and yellow, even some red. I think there are millions of acorns already on the ground. When we left for vacation, I remember thinking there were a million squirrels around, everywhere you turned or drove down the road... there was a squirrel. Now I think they are all too stuffed with acorns to care about the rest of them already on the ground. Now its my turn to clean them up. The #1 reason to hate Fall. Yard cleanup. Ugh. I don't even want to think about it yet.
Just a quick lawn mow and rake and sweep yesterday made me cringe of what is to come. Jay may be right... Florida doesn't have this ugly crap to do in the yard.

Monday, September 20, 2010

Day 10

Not much has changed. Sun, sun, sun. Drinks, drinks, drinks, and tons of fun and enjoyment and relaxation. My blackberry stopped receiving emails about 9 days ago so having that as one less distraction is nice. Thank you Verizon. Yet Jason can sit next to the pool and go crazy on his iphone. Thank you AT&T. Anyway, sadly counting down the days until we return to Danbury where I believe the local temperature is high of 70 low of 59. Hopefully that continues through to Friday. Jason has taken many photos with his new vid/cam HP combo. A few with mine but have yet to upload anything. I see Saturday being a day of collection, combining videos and then publishing. Patience. Or I could just go back to the last 4 years pictures and just reuse a few of them. ??? I would never.

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Day 1 - Saturday

IT WAS and still is HOT!!!!  92 feels like 102. No clouds. All sun. But I ain't complaining.
You step outside and the humidity hits you for the first minute but your body starts to sweat to immediately cool you down. Don't wear anything dark unless you like to change your clothes 4 times a day, and that's not including what you are going to wear out to dinner! Saturday was a day of sleeping in, quick breakfast and out to the pool for the afternoon. Our friend Patty made a great california salad, pork dinner with roasted garlic red potato, brussel sprouts, and chunky applesauce. Can't have pork without applesauce. And of course, we ended our night with ice cream from Scoops. Its a great start to our vacation!

Monday, September 6, 2010

Apple Picking Alert

As I signed up for an email alert when the apples are ready for picking, I got this today : "This is an Apple Alert from Blue Jay Orchards!  You requested that we notify you when MCINTOSH apples were ready for picking.  Please come visit us anytime between 10 am and 5 pm to pick your own apples. Just remember that apple quantities are limited, so come visit us soon!"  This seems rather early this year. I believe we usually attempt our trip after vacation, and just before Halloween. Hopefully this doesn't mean that all the leaves will start falling too. 

Sunday, August 29, 2010

We will miss you Ace!

Starting Thursday, Ace started to experience a very dry cough and started to look uncomfortable. Jay took him to the vet in which they decided he had water starting to form in his lung. We started him on some medications that were prescribed to possibly take 1 - 2 days to start seeing improvements. Friday night seemed to be endless for Ace as he could not find a comfortable position to allow him to stay upright enough to allow him to breathe without weezing. He was unable to sleep. Unfortunately early Sunday morning, we had to rush Ace to the Emergency Animal Clinic here in town to help. After further x-rays, the doctor was amazed that Ace was even walking, eating, and as alert as he was since he only had 5% of his lung capacity available to breathe. It seemed as if the cancer, existing tumors, or other combined complications were contributing factors to how quick this came on. Before Thursday, there were no signs that his cancer or diabetes had an issue. Unfortunately after much talking and crying, we knew we had to heal him the only way we knew and that was to let him go be with God. We had hoped that Ace would find his own way, but again I think he just needed a little help. Ace fought a hard fight over the last year and 4 months. He dealt with multiple vet visits to battle his melanoma cancer and won the hearts of the staff at Hudson Highland Vet Clinic on every visit. After getting him back on track with oral chemo medication, we learned he had become diabetic. Once again, after seeing the specialist at the clinic, we combated the diabetes with insulin and medications that proved to be the right combination for both cancer and diabetes. He was a strong boy and showed more perseverance than we thought he had in him. We will miss you Ace and will never forget you. Love Daddy, Dad, KC, Makita & Bacon  - Smoochies! XOXOXO

Friday, August 27, 2010

Blog Background

I thought it was only fitting to add a SPLASH to the blog to help keep Summertime going. And with 13 more days left till Captiva., even more reason!!!!  3rd - CT is supposed to have mid to high 80 degree temps for at least another 10 days!!!!

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Back at it

So I had some extra time and the sun wasn't beating down on me for the first day in weeks. I decided to start back up on my summer project. If you remember, that's the old soda slider/cooler... yeah, that one. Today was sanding and priming. I wished I could have gotten more of the bad rust spots cleaner cut but I don't think I have the tools, nor the expertise and possibly, the best health care options to ensure a successful result. With that said, here's how far I've gotten so far. The main cooler itself was sanded, and primed white with 2 coats. Looks better already instead of being that nasty red color. The interior and shelf are both now silver hammerite. Oh and the door is also off its hinges and primed too. Tomorrow I plan to actually match the new Pepsi blue at Home Depot. If it ain't right, or looks just weird, I'll just prime it again. And I can't remember if I have shared what its supposed to look like so I'll post a link to view that too.

Friday, August 13, 2010


For some reason Bacon is infatuated with the pooper scooper. She can spend minutes upon hours whining and staring at it on the back deck. She gets so excited when it comes time to clean up... Now if she would only get so excited when she cleans her room. HaHa
Sent from Blackberry

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Let the Countdown Begin

34 days until vacation. We know it brings the Summer to a close, but it technically extends ours 2 more weeks. Images that come to mind....

Tuesday, August 3, 2010