Saturday, October 31, 2009

Just a little break........


Hello everyone! Just a note to let you know I will be taking a little break but I will be back in a week or so. I need a little time to run some errands, catch up with friends, catch up on my e-mail and comments, and get ready for the up coming holidays. I will miss all of you and I will be thinking of you.
Love and blessings ♥
My warmest regards, Carol

Happy All Hallows Eve!.......


HAPPY ALL HALLOWS EVE EVERYONE!

We hope all of you have a safe and fun filled holiday ♥

Charli and her friends are having a costume parade over at Dogs-N-More http://dogs-n-more.blogspot.com/ What fun! I hope you will take the time to stop by and see all of these sweet little pooches in they're fabulous costume's. All of them are so cute! It's sure to give you a giggle or two......


We hope your day is
spooky and fun
in every way!
HAPPY HALLOWEEN!!!!
With warmest regards,
Carol and Charli




Friday, October 30, 2009

These boots are made for walking.......


Welcome to 'These boots are made for walking' It's a blog party hosted by my dear friend Deb, at http://ladybugfromtexas.blogspot.com/

"Show us your favorite fall boots....working....dress...rain...snow..doesn't matter. Then tell us a little bit about them....The one thing I do like about fall and winter....is boots. Lets go boots!"

Now doesn't that sound like fun! There is still time to participate so pick up a button, grab your boots, and come join us! Just click on the link above and "Show us your boots!"



When I was a little girl I once got a pair of cow girl boots Christmas. I not only got the boots, but I got the whole outfit! I'm not kidding... All I needed was the horse and I would have been able to ride off into the sunset! I loved those boots ♥ I wore them all the time until they eventually wore out. I thought they were just the coolest things. I especially liked the heel, and that clump, clump, clump sound they made when I walked. I felt so tall and so suave in those boots. I've always wanted another pair......









I've never owned a pair of red boots, in fact, for years I never owned anything red. It was never my favorite color. I always went for the more muted tones. However, the oddest thing has happened since I've gotten older. I have noticed that I am using more red to decorate my home and I am also adding more red to my wardrobe. I even bought my very first tube of red lipstick recently and a bottle of red nail polish to match. I'm thinking that maybe I should get a pair of red boots too. What do you think girls? Do you think it's fashionable for grannies like me to wear red boots?




Aren't these black boots something? I really like the style of these. I think they look very sophisticated. I could definitely see myself wearing a pair...












In my 20's, and 30's, I owned a pair of boots similar to these and I just loved them. My boots were brown and I wore them with the gaucho pants that were popular at the time and also with long skirts. However, being a nurse who wore uniforms on a regular basis, and working every other weekend for most of my career, didn't leave me much of an opportunity to wear them. When my grandchildren came into the picture, and we went on outings, it was just easier to wear a more practical shoe. Eventually I packed up my boots, as well as, most of my high heeled shoes and donated them to charity. I wish I had those boots today because I would definitely think about wearing them again...


Some of you may want to know if Charli wears boots. Well, our little Diva will not go out in the snow. Oh no, it's a real problem for all of us! She will not leave the garage unless the entire drive way is shoveled and she will not do her business unless a patch of grass has been shoveled as well. This little pooch will hold her bladder for twelve hours if she has to. Everything has to be just so-so in her little world. When we do get her to go out she runs back to the door as fast as her little legs will carry her. She is definitely not a winter time pooch at all so no need for boots here......






These are my very stylish (just kidding) and old "ducky" boots. Aren't they pathetic? I have had them for over twenty years and only wear them when absolutely necessary. I'm usually hopping from house, to car, and back so I haven't had any real need to wear them much. I guess I'm not much of a winter out door girl either. I think I'll just spiff them up for another year, or maybe, with all of this talk about boots I should think about getting myself a new pair......



I do have a little secret to share with you though.... Shh...... Please don't tell anyone......



These are the boots I wear the most these days. If I have to go out to do a quick shovel I just slip on my hubby's boots. I think they are perfect for the job, although, they are a little difficult to walk in. I like them because they are warm, very easy to get on, and come up higher on my leg than my own boots do. I'm sure my neighbors think I'm a hoot, but what the heck, I'm a senior now. Aren't I allowed to be a little eccentric? :>)




Well, that's it for my boots. I can't wait to see yours!
I hope all of you have a lovely day ♥
With warmest regards, Carol

Hopeful Friday.......


Welcome to Hopeful Friday. A post dedicated to positive thoughts and inspirational messages. A post to celebrate God! If you would like to join me, just pick up a button, write your post, and then leave a comment here so my dear friends and I can pop over for a visit. Otherwise, thank you so much for stopping by. I hope you have a beautiful and blessed day ♥




'Be a Transformer'
" We're all assigned a piece of garden, a corner of the universe that is ours to transform. Our corner of the universe is our own life-our relationships, our homes, our work, our current circumstances-
exactly how they are. Every situation we find ourselves in is an opportunity, perfectly planned by the Holy spirit, to teach us love instead of fear."
-Marianne Williamson-
in A Return to Love


Happy Hopeful Friday everyone!...
Peace be with all of you ♥
I hope you have a lovely day ♥
Thank you so much for all the lovely comments you leave on my posts!....
With warmest regards, Carol

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Booking Through Thursday......


Welcome to Booking Through Thursday, at http://btt2.wordpress.com/ A weekly post where book lovers like myself get together to have informal discussions about books and literature. If you would like to join us, or you would like more information about us, just click on the above link to reach the official Booking Through Thursday web site.........

This week our questions are as follows......
"Suggested by Jennysboots:
Something I've been thinking about lately: "What words/phrases in a blurb make a book irresistible? What words/phases will make you put the book back down immediately?"
1. Words or phrases that make a book irresistible would include, but are certainly not limited to......
Classic, deeply affecting, hilarious, sensational, inspiring, light, vibrant, impelling, provocative, historical, fascinating, spiritual, emotional, entertaining, true, passionate, romantic, bewitching, powerful, surprising, witty, and dramatic.
2. Words or phrases that will make be put a book down immediately would include, but are certainly not limited to......
Sporty, modern, pornographic, seedy, deadly, hard core, unstable, dark, bitter, lifeless, science fiction, paranormal, chilling, horrifying, bland, and thriller.
Happy Booking Through Thursday everyone!......
I hope all of you have a beautiful day ♥
With warmest regards, Carol

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

R.I.P. IV.....


R.I.P. IV.........
It's that time of year again!.....
For the past four years Carl V, at http://www.stainlesssteeldroppings.com/?p=1132 has been hosting an eerie reading challenge on his blog in the fall. The rules are simple. All you have to do is choose one, or several books to read in the mystery, suspense, thriller, Gothic, horror, or supernatural category, link up, and then write a book review. All of the details can be found by clicking the above link......





I choose the 'Peril The Third' challenge which means I had from September first through October thirty first to read one scary, creepy, or spell binding book........



The book I choose was 'In For The Kill' written by John Lutz. It is in the thriller category. The story is about a serial killer who is on the loose in New York City. The killer has heard about Frank Quinn, a now retired serial killer specialist, who is renowned for his ability to solve difficult cases. Quinn is a divorcee, living alone, and somewhat bored. He is convinced to come out of retirement to solve the case. He calls in the team of investigators he used to work with and a cat and mouse, or chess game ensues. It is discovered that each of the women being killed has a last name beginning with a sequence of letters in Quinn's last name. Once that part of the puzzle is solved everyone frantically tries to find the next victim before the serial killer does. Eventually Quinn's own daughter becomes involved and is almost murdered as well. During the course of trying to solve the murders Quinn learns the psychological profile of the killer. Questions are answered as to why the killer became the madman depicted in the story. What had provoked him? What were the horrific things he was exposed to as a child that could potentially cause a snap in his psychic like the one seen here. Lutz throws in some surprises in the end, and a few twist and turns here and there throughout the book. Lutz points out the venerability of women and how easily the serial killer was able to infiltrate they're lives. The book was very graphic in it's details and I found it to be quite disturbing. It is definitely not a book for the faint hearted. I know these types of books are enjoyable for many people, but for me, they are just to intense. I'm glad I read the book, because as many of you know, I do like to read out of my comfort zone every now and then. I think for now, at least, I will stick to a good old historical novel. However, I would definitely like to participate in R.I.P. again next year.
Happy R.I.P. everyone!
I look forward to reading your reviews.
With warmest regards, Carol

Tea and friendship Tuesday's.........


Welcome to Tea and friendship Tuesday's hosted by Charli and Me. This is a fun post that can be filled with pretty tablescapes, teapots, teacups, recipes, poems, personal stories, quotes, and interesting facts related to tea, friendship, or both. It is a place to share anything you would like with a friend! If you would like to join me, just pick up a button, write your post, and then leave a comment here so my friends and I can pop over for a visit. Otherwise, thank you so much for stopping by. I hope you have a beautiful and blessed day ♥

"A friend is someone who knows the song in your heart, and can sing it back to you when you have forgotten the words." -Donna Roberts-

Recently my hubby, Charli, and I were invited to lunch at my beloved brother and sister-in-laws in Ann Arbor. They also invited my dear cousin's, Pam and Bob. We had such a wonderful afternoon! To me there is nothing quite as grand as being able to spend time with family and friends. My brother and sister-in-law went all out as usually to make sure all of us had a fabulous time. The conversation was lively, as we had discussions about art, politics, health care, and religion. I have always loved these stimulating types of conversations.

The food was excellent as usual! We had the most delicious Greek salad with feta cheese, tomatoes, olives, and a olive oil and lemon dressing. It also included hard crusted bread with oil and herbs for dipping. While we ate we sipped a delicious robust and fruity red wine. For the main course we had Mukasa which my sister-in-law makes just for me because she knows how much I love it. Of course I had second helpings. It was so yummy! Then we had a apple crisp pie with ice cream. Going to my brother and sister-in-laws has always been the ultimate dinning experience for me. Thank you so much Paul and Rox!

I thought you might enjoy a peak at they're beautiful tablescape. Isn't it lovely? ♥ We had so much fun!

While we were there my cousin Pam gave me the most beautiful gift! I have mentioned here before that she spins her own threads and has taught classes in the art of spinning in the past. Pam sent to Belgium for flax and spun it into the most lovely linen thread. Then she crocheted a gorgeous Doilie especially for my tea tray!



Just look at the intricate work and detail. Isn't it beautiful! I will treasure it forever. Thank you so much Pam!


Doesn't it look lovely on my tea tray?







I just love the lacy look and lovely design. It's so pretty! I can't believe it's mine ♥

What a beautiful lunch with people I love and such an exquisite gift..... Am I spoiled or what?.....











I have one last thing to share with all of you. My dear friend Marcy, at http://blessingseachday.blogspot.com/ has tagged me with a meme. If you haven't stopped by Marcy's I hope you will take the time to do so. She writes the most inspiring posts. She is very creative and funny. You will find yourself giggling a lot as you read her fabulous posts. Marcy is very warm and friendly and I feel incredibly blessed to have found her in this vast blog land of ours.
Here goes......
1. Six names you go by:
Carol
Cokie
Coke
Mom
Grandma
Sis
(And sometimes Lucy)

2. Three things you are wearing right now:
A white sweater
Flowered pajama bottoms
Socks (And one gray Schnauzer who seems to be glued to my lap.)

3. Three things you want badly at the moment (Aside from world peace and to have your children go to church):
First and foremost, I pray that all families can reunite and suffering will end in our world.
On a lighter note, I sure would love some cookies to go with my coffee.
It would really be great if I could snap my fingers and all of my chores would be done so I could spend the day blogging, playing with Charli, and visiting with my friends.

4. Three things you did last night/yesterday:
I went out to dinner with my hubby
I went out with some friends during the day.
I wrapped a shower gift for my niece who is having a baby shower this Sunday.

5. Two things you ate today:
I haven't ate anything yet because it's to early in the morning. If I had those cookies I want badly I would eat quite a few of those but I probably will settle for a bagel.

6. Two people you last talked to on the phone:
My brother Paul
My daughter Anne

7. Two things you are going to do today/tomorrow:
I'm taking Charli to the groomers which means I get my chores done in peace. ( No little hooligan chasing the mop, vacuum cleaner, or dust cloth but I will miss her desperately as always. )
Tomorrow I will be going to my humanities group where we will have a speaker and power point presentation on Islam.

8. Your three favorite beverages:
Coffee
Tea
Water with lemon ( I'm forcing myself to make this my favorite drink because I usually don't like water)

I am now supposed to pass this meme on to five other blogger's but in the spirit of friendship I am offering it to all of you. I hope you will consider doing it. Please pick up a button. It's fun! I would love to hear from all of you ♥

Happy Tea and friendship Tuesday everyone!......
Many blessings to all of you on this beautiful fall morning ♥
With warmest regards, Carol

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Blue Monday.......... And some Halloween fun!.....


Welcome to Blue Monday, hosted by my friend Sally, at http://smilingsally.blogspot.com/ This is a weekly post where some of us blogger's get together to share something blue. Thank you Sally for hosting this fun event! If you would like to join our group, or you would like more information about us, just click on the above link to reach the official Blue Monday web site......
Good morning everyone! It seems that I am running into a little difficulty finding something blue to post and especially this time of year when everything is sooo black, orange, and brown.

This past weekend we had a family get together and one of the things I served was a vegetable tray. Look closely.... Do you see that creepy spider crawling on my vegetables? Well, he has a very scary bluish-green ring on his eerie little body. Does that count?.......



How about some cookies? I know they aren't blue but they are good........








This is a great gift I received recently. I love the witches brew label? I think I will keep it and set it out every year. Do you think witches brew ages in the same way fine wines do?









Halloween slippers are fun but where is the blue?
I love to make cinnamon sugar almonds around Halloween and Christmas. Yummy! They are so good! Here they are sitting in a pumpkin patch.









Well, what have we here? It's Sofie all dressed up in her Tinker bell costume! Doesn't she look pretty? Charli just loves it when Sofie and Peeper come over as long as they don't forget who's the boss. Sofie and Peeper follow Charli where ever she goes. They are so cute together. And what a pack of little moochers they are!








A fun condiment tray for a October evening.















This is my Halloween spatula. Scary huh? I use a crepe ladle for cupcakes. They turn out the perfect size every time.















My mom's 'Happy Face' cupcakes. A simple Halloween tradition, but oh so meaningful! My mom made these silly little cup cakes for all of our Halloween school parties and we always had them after trick-o-treating on Halloween. Every year I made them for my children and grandchildren. It just wouldn't be Halloween without them.













And I added some blue eyes especially for Blue Monday! LOL
video
Since Halloween will be over the next time we get together for a Blue Monday post I have left you with a video of the witch that resides in our house. I must warn you though that she is quite the character and can be very scary indeed!....
HAPPY HALLOWEEN everyone!.....
Happy Blue Monday!......
I hope you have a wonderful day ♥
With warmest regards, Carol

October......



"Listen! The wind is rising,
and the air is wild with leaves,
We have had our summer evenings,
now for October eves!"
-Humbert Wolfe-












"O autumn, laden with fruit,
and stained with the blood of the grape,
pass not, but sit beneath my shady roof;
there thou may'st rest,
And tune they jolly voice to my fresh pipe;
And all the daughters of the year shall dance!
Sing now the lusty song of fruit and flowers."
-William Blake-
To Autumn 1783
















































I hope you enjoyed the pictures of our recent apple picking excursion with our precious grandson Ryan......
Blessings to all of you on this beautiful autumn morning!.....
With warmest regards, Carol
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