Saturday, January 30, 2010

Ahhh....Feburary at last!

For as long as I can remember, Valentine's Day has been one of my favorite celebrations.

The colors, the candy, the flowers, the cards and the special attention.

But most of all I loved the shape of the HEART Y

Several years ago I started signing my name, followed by a heart.

So this month I will be celebrating the HEART!



In the middle ages, young men and women drew names from a bowl to see who their valentines would be. They would wear these names on their sleeves for one week. To wear your heart on your sleeve means that it is easy for other people to know how you are feeling.

Paper Whites...

A Christmas present that keeps on giving...

Thanks Tamar!



Before you water your houseplant, poke three or four holes in the soil with the handle of a wooden spoon. This allow the water to soak the soil thoroughly.

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Family Man

Freedom From Fear - Normal Rockwell

1. Children are not pets.
2. The life they actually live and the life you perceive them to be living is not the same life.
3. Don't take what your children do too personally.
4. Don't keep score cards on them - a short memory is useful.
5. Dirt and mess are a breeding ground for well-being.
6. Stay out of their rooms after puberty.
7. Don't worry that they never listen to you; worry that they are always watching you.
8. Learn from them; they have much to teach you.
9. Love them long; let them go early.

You will never really know what kind of parent you were or if you did it right or wrong.
And you will worry about this and them as long as you live.
But when your children have children and you watch them do what they do, you will have part of an answer.

~Robert Fulghum~



White vinegar will remove permanent creases when rehemming pants or skirts. Simply dampen with vinegar and press with a warm iron.

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Grandma's Bed & Breakfast

Our little house guest just left to go back home.

Her mom & dad had a date night (along with baby Levi), last night.

Lulu spent the night at our B & B. She had a smorgasbord of drinks.
Along with the ever popular cinnamon toast and fruit for breakfast.

Childproof the slippery edge of the bathtub by placing a bathmat with suction cups over the side.

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Midwives' and Motorcycles

What an exciting day I had today!

Midwives from all around the state of Washington came to our state capital today.

Kimmy and I, along with the grandchildren, were there to support all these Midwives as they visited their state Legislators. The visits were scheduled ahead of time and we went to their offices for "informational visits".

The Midwives' spoke to numerous politicians, thanking them for their current support and efforts that insure access to the safe and cost-effective services of Midwives. Plus, there was a House Bill that they (we) wanted them to support, that was soon up for a vote.

We finished our visit and then toured the Capital. We made sure to take a lot of pictures because we both are doing a post of today!

We were not the only ones visiting our State Legislators. Many motorcycle clubs were in Olympia also. They made an entrance that was loud and impressive.

You can visit Kimmy's blog by clicking here.

Arriving at our meeting site.

The sign-up sheet to visit each Legislator, (we are team #6).

Midwives on the move.

Touring the Capital grounds.

The Capital steps.

Just outside the Governor's Office

Gammie and biker dudes.

Hundreds of motorcycles!
Kimmy talking politics with a "biker mama".

Thank you Kimmy for inviting me to go with you and the children!



You can find your National Representative by clicking here.

Monday, January 18, 2010

Cupcake Day

Today my daughter, grandchildren, and I went to the BIG city of Seattle,
to the top of Queen Anne Hill.

Kimmy has been making hair bows for Lulu and has also marketed them in several boutiques. Today, Kimmy dropped off an order of hair bows at a cupcake store that is run and operated by her cousin. Cousin Lisa's store, Wink, is at the top of Queen Anne Hill.

They sell all kinds of cupcakes, plus items that go on top of cupcakes, look like cupcakes, or shaped like cupcakes. Kimmy made the cutest hair clips, that have cupcakes on them!
Just around the corner is a preschool and when school is out, the moms take the kids for cupcakes! We didn't have a cupcake today because Wink is closed on Mondays.
Here are a few pictures I took at Wink, but you can go to their web site, here.
Kimmy, Lulu and Lisa looking at the hair bows
One of Kimmy's cupcake hair bows - blurry
Lulu, Le (me), Levi and Lisa
The baker hard at work.
The shelves where the items are for sale
The front counter
(Hey! We want a cupcake!)
After our visit to Wink......
We went to Starbucks at Carillon Point, my favorite place around!
Wink didn't have cupcakes today, so...
I made cupcakes for a party tonight.

If you take out all the ingredients at the beginning of a cooking project and put them a way as used, the cleanup is easier and there's no doubt whether or not you have used an ingredient.

Saturday, January 16, 2010


One day at work, several students come up to my desk and said that someone had left a bag of goldfish out in the hall. A little taken back, but not surprised, because I work in a High School, I said, I'll take them. Later on that day the "owner" came to claim his fishes. His reason for leaving them in the hall is a long story. Just understand, he's in high school and teenage boy. Before he left, I asked if I could have one of his fish. So that is how I got the goldfish.

I decided to have a contest to name this fish, asking the students to submit names. Being high school students, I couldn't get an appropriate name for this poor little fish.
Curious students would come up and ask, "What's the fish's name?" and I'd say, "Don't know".
So, I ended the contest and named the fish, Donknow.

Over Thanksgiving break, I took Donknow home with me. I was getting ready to go back to work and I looked in the bowl and he was at the bottom, dead.
Sadly, I told everyone at school that the fish died.

I didn't have time to dispose of him, right away. But the next day, I saw him swimming around really fast in circles. He was alive!
Now, how was I going to tell the students he was alive?
Well, he didn't go back to school.

Today, he lives with us, at the kitchen counter.

Come with me to a third grade classroom.....

There is a nine-year-old kid sitting at his desk and all of a sudden, there is a puddle between his feet and the front of his pants are wet.

He thinks his heart is going to stop because he cannot possibly imagine how this has happened. It's never happened before, and he knows that when the boys find out he will never hear the end of it. When the girls find out, they'll never speak to him again as long as he lives.

The boy believes his heart is going to stop; he puts his head down and prays this prayer, 'Dear God, this is an emergency! I need help now! Five minutes from now I'm dead meat.' He looks up from his prayer and here comes the teacher with a look in her eyes that says he has been discovered.

As the teacher is walking toward him, a class mate named Susie is carrying a goldfish bowl that is filled with water. Susie trips in front of the teacher and inexplicably dumps the bowl of water in the boy's lap.

The boy pretends to be angry, but all the while is saying to himself, 'Thank you, Lord! Thank you, Lord!' Now all of a sudden, instead of being the object of ridicule, the boy is the object of sympathy.

The teacher rushes him downstairs and gives him gym shorts to put on while his pants dry out. All the other children are on their hands and knees cleaning up around his desk. The sympathy is wonderful.

But as life would have it, the ridicule that should have been his has been transferred to someone else - Susie. She tries to help, but they tell her to get out. You've done enough, you klutz!'

Finally, at the end of the day, as they are waiting for the bus, the boy walks over to Susie and whispers, 'You did that on purpose, didn't you?' Susie whispers back, 'I wet my pants once too.'

Who is the Susie in your life?

Although records of the domestication of the goldfish date back over 1,000 years, it was during the Chinese Ming Dynasty (1368 to 1643 A.D.) that goldfish became so popular that they were taken from their natural pools and maintained indoors in the beautiful pottery bowls of this period.

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Out Walking And What Did I See?

Looking out towards Seattle
I went for a walk in the little town, that I call the "Sausalito" of Seattle, Kirkland.
It's on the waterfront with great views and has some of the most beautiful homes and condos sprinkled all along the way.
You can find condos on the water...
You can find cottages in between condos...

Fountains in the front of condos...

Beautiful walkways...
Long walkways...
Artwork displayed at the front door...
Artwork displayed across the street...

Kirkland is very big on public art and everywhere you look you can find it.

Beside buildings...

In gardens...

In parks...

On the benches...

In the bushes...

Along the fences...

I walked down to my favorite place in the world for me, Carillon Point. I turned around and walk back to Kirkland, all along the beautiful waterfront. Shortly after I got back to my car, it started raining.

Sunday, January 10, 2010

First Project of the Year

Isn't she a beauty?

I wasn't looking for her. She just jumped out and asked me to take her home.

Poor little thing, she didn't cost that much, but she had good bones.

A little dusting,

a little painters tape,

some white spray paint,

and she cleaned up real well.

Now she is happy and sits in Paris/Office.
(I give the rooms in our home a name.
Our office is called Paris.)
Latex paint will make natural, bristles, brushes stick together and become mop like.
Use synthetic brushes.
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