Saturday, December 20, 2014

Bet You Think...

Bet you think I'm here...

 
Behind this door, in what Ron has been referring to as either my
Christmas Sweatshop or my Elf Hideaway......
 
Truth of the matter is, in five more minutes, I'll be in here
 
 
Or in something that looks like that, but with a trash bag, some Christmas decorations, empty cloth grocery bags and me inside...
 
A bit of grime, some road salt and a dent in the back hatch on the outside.
 
I'm going grocery shopping!
 
Catch you on the flip side...
 
Stay safe and warm.
Remember, God loves you and so do I!
 
J


 

Thursday, December 18, 2014

We have a lobotomy?

I stopped in Walgreens today for a few items.  They had the cutest dog toys!
 
Check this out...
 
 
It has an empty water bottle tucked inside.
 
 
So when the dog crunches down on it, it makes that awful, crackly sound...
 
Trust me...she did...
 
 
and it did...
 
 
Wow, was she happy.  She shook it, threw it, chased after it. 
 You'd think she was a young pup instead of the 9 year old she is...
 
Suddenly...
 
 
There seemed to be penguin brains everywhere!
 
 
Yes!  Linda Lobotomized the Penguin!
 
As my late father-in-law would say, "There goes $7 I'll never see again!"
 
Okay, I have things to do, I can't sit here chatting all day!
 
Go out and bless someone with a smile,
God bless you,
Jan

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

I Took a Break

I was busily at work in my sewing room when  I had the urge to stretch my legs a bit...
 
I went downstairs, singing Christmas carols when I realized Mr. K was on a conference call in his office
(and he didn't close the door). 
 I headed for the kitchen, my head spinning with all the things I NEED to do,
all the other things I WOULD LIKE to do..
 
Next thing I knew, I was cleaning the garage...go figure!
 
While my body was busy, my mind wandered...
 
I love Christmas!  I have such wonderful memories...
 
So I came upstairs to find Christmas pictures.
 
Not a bunch, but the few I had on my desk top...
 
Want to see?
 
 
 

 
 



There are tons more...
 
I'll dig them up one of these days...
 
Now, smile at me and tell me to get back to work!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Looking for me?

If you are wondering where I might be hiding...
I am still here...
 
 
 
Behind this closed door, working on a few Christmas surprises...
 
I am scheduled to come up for air sometime today since Mr. K
announced that we are out of EVERYTHING,
 and that he would be willing and eager to do the
grocery shopping for me.
 
Oh no!
 
I do believe that one trip to the grocery store
would undo all the good that has come
from his participation in
 
And just in case you can't remember what I look like
(as Mr. K does when I lock myself in my sewing room),
Here's a photo of me(and Noelle)  waving 'bye...
 


 
I'll check back soon...
until then, it's Christmas movies and a
do not disturb sign!
 
Love ya,
Jan
 

Monday, December 15, 2014

Whatta weekend!

What a wonderful, weekend, full of the holiday spirit!  Bring on Christmas, I'm ready!!!!
 
On Saturday, Ron and I visited Old Economy Village, in Ambridge, PA...
I hated history in school, but local history is always interesting to me and the Harmonites are no exception.  Even though I've toured the village in the past, I learn something new every visit. 
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Of course, I visited Belsnickle, the German version of Santa, who informed me that I was on the 'naughty list' but assured me that  if Ron would be a character witness, he would consider moving me onto the nice list!
 
We met crafters!  I met a particularly friendly woman who was demonstrating tatting.  She whetted my appetite for yet another fiber related craft.  I have always wanted to try it, but the last time was long before You Tube.  This time there may be success!
 
Then...yesterday was In-laws on Ice! 
You may remember the last time I did this (story HERE). 

We meet at the ice rink at PPG Place ice rink
 which is always so beautiful with the tree in the center...
 
 
 
Traditionally, Ashley, my lovely daughter-in-law, brings us wonderful, fresh baked cookies and this year she spent all day Saturday getting ready for us!
 
 
 
 
And as we eat,  we sit and watch the brave try skating.  This year, Tony and Noelle gave it a go...
 
 
 
 
 
Everyone else seemed to be happy to just hang out...
 
 
Even Gavin, my grand-nephew!
 
 
 
The cookies were eaten, or should we say devoured?
 
 
Another tradition is to walk (anywhere from 9 to 29 blocks-depending on who is leading us and how lost we get) to SW Randall's Toy Store.  A 40+ year old, three story toy store...

 
 
With 20,000 or more toys in stock!
 
From the window displays...
 
 
To the beaded animals...
 
 
 
Walking in the front door always takes my breath away. 
 
 
I bought three things, gifts, so you can't see until after Christmas!
 
Every where you look...
 
Oh my!
 
This year, it seemed to be yo-yos that were popular with this gang...
 

Finally, everyone was tired and hungry and decided it was time to head home...
 
I chose to hang out with this crew...
 
 
We grabbed a bite to eat and then we headed for our cars and our homes.
 
On the way to my car, I stopped to look at the wonderful decorations...
 
 
 
 
 
And even took a shot at a selfie...
 
 
 
 
Too bad I was so shaky...
 
While Andy and Ashley stopped to get a very special ornament for their tree...
 
 
 
I headed home to my eager-to-see me hubby and my ecstatic-to-see-me dog...
 
 
And I was in bed, fast asleep by 9:30!
 
What a wonderful weekend! 
 
Now it's back to the fun part of getting ready for the holidays...
 
The anticipation!
 
 Now it's time to get my day started...

It's grocery shopping day!
 
God bless you, see you soon!
 
Love,
Jan
 

Sunday, December 14, 2014

It's a wrap!

I was downstairs wrapping presents...Yes!  Wrapping presents!!!

 
 
 
For those who have known been related to me for any length of time, know how much I hate to wrap presents.  I hated it so much I would put it off until the last possible minute, "No, you can't come downstairs yet, Santa left all this work for me!"
 
Putting it off until after the stores closed on Christmas eve had it's pitfalls:  running out of tape (in the past I have been known to use masking tape, band aids, staples, electrical tape and string).
 
I have run out of name tag:  easily replaced with home made paper tags, writing on the wrapping paper with a sharpie, freezer labels, or my favorite, trusting my memory as to which package belonged to whom.  The latter resulted in MANY post opening exchanges.
 
Running out of wrapping paper was another pitfall
 (which is why I have an extensive collection now),
 
 
easily replaced by newspaper, paper bags, and of course,
recycled paper...saved from gift 1, ironed and used to wrap gift 2.
 
I found two things indispensable...those pre cut tape dispensers and a ping pong table.
 
Of course, there are a few gifts not yet wrapped,
a few not yet delivered,
 and a few on the table in my sewing room...but for the most part...
 
It's a wrap!
 
 
Now I gotta dash, got big plans for the day...
 
Go out and be a blessing to someone, I know I'm going to try!
 
God bless you,
Love, 
Jan
 
 
 
 
 

Friday, December 12, 2014

Pssst...hey you...

If you get a message like this...
 
 
Take it seriously!
 
Mr. K and I love to feed the birds. 
 Instead of watching TV, we turn our chairs around and watch the activity at the bird feeders. 
 
Of course, we have other visitors...
 
 
And that was perfectly okay, for the most part...until Saturday morning...
 
When we found this...
 
 
 
 
And this...
 
 
We weren't sure what to do, but we knew for sure
that we weren't going to go out there and act like a nut...
Those squirrels are crazy!

Finally, Mr. K went to Lowes to buy a new feeder.
Now when I go, I turn on my artsy brain.  I look for something pretty, usually copper
or oiled bronze...

As usual, when Mr. K goes, he turns on his engineering brain.
He didn't do pretty, he didn't do copper, he did practical.

I'll show you next time I'm here...
 
Okay, I'm outta here...
Lots to do to get ready for the holidays!
I'm going back to my 'woman cave' for the rest of the day...
 
See you when I come out!
God bless you,
Love,
Jan
 
EDITED TO ADD....
 
Mr. K thought I should show you pictures of the new, improved bird feeder...
So I went downstairs to take pictures of it.
 
 

Um...maybe we should have stuck with pretty?
 

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Just popped in...

To wish my only FAVORITE son-in-law a very happy birthday!

 
Happy Birthday, Jamie...
 
 
Hope it's a great year, filled with love and laughter (and a little money might be nice too)...

Love ya,
Jan