Friday, March 26, 2010

Suddenly Sabbatical

My husband has 5 large book shelves in his office.

Books on hiking and parenting. Biology, theology, eschatology. He's got financial texts and literature through the ages . He's got volumes on conditions of the body, mind and heart.

I could go on and on, but I won't.

The gist is he has many, many books.

Occasionally, when I need a book that isn't of the fiction that forces me to read slow and think...I go into his office and steal borrow one.  If I don't dog-ear the pages to mark my place, or accidently leave it in the bathroom, he usually never knows of my thieving ways.

Two weeks ago I picked up Disappointed with God by Phillip Yancey.

If you haven't read it, Yancey opens with a story of a young man, who through various circumstances that aren't small in nature, becomes disappointed with God. As this man's story unfolds, Yancey begins to realize that there were three questions the young man wants answered:

Is God unfair? 

Is He silent? 

Is He hidden?

The Lord knew I would need to read this book at this time.

The last few weeks have not been easy ones.

I've a had few suddenlies this month. You know what I mean...then suddenly I got a call....then suddenly my life flashed before my eyes....then suddenly I realized the truth...

These suddenlies stirred up issues I long thought had been resolved.

Deep issues of trust, of betrayal, of hurt.

Issues that have me asking why things sometimes work out that feel unfair?

Like allowing credit to be given where it isn't due.

Like watching a mother bury her child.

Or waiting for the apology that won't ever come.

As I've thought about the suddenlies in my life, I am reminded that in these circumstances the question is not about about fairness. Or silence. Or God being hidden.

God has experienced these things as He watched his Son die; To pay my debt, for which I (without Christ's sacrifice) could never pay in full.

I've never been one with a high need for justice, but this week I surprised myself. For a few long days, I began to crave answers that no one could answer. I started to feel that old need for formulas and checklists. For do's and don'ts.

I just wanted to throw my hands up in the air and say Just tell me what to do?!

His answer?

Love me. And let me love you.

Consider this quote:

As I read through the Bible..., I marveled at how much God lets humans affect Him. I was unprepared for the joy and anguish - in short, the passion - of the God of the Universe. By studying "about" God, by taming Him and reducing Him to words and concepts that could be filed away in alphabetical order, I had lost the force of the passionate relationship God seeks above all else. The people who related to God best - Abraham, Moses, David, Isaiah, Jeremiah - treated Him with startling familiarity. They talked to God as if he were sitting in a chair beside them, as one might talk to a counselor, a boss, a parent, a lover. They treated Him like a person.
That (reading of the entire bible from start to finish) put my three questions about disappointment with God in a new light. They are not puzzles awaiting solutions, such as you would encounter in the field of mathematics or computer programming or even philosophy. Rather, they are problems of relationship between human beings and a God who wants desperately to love and be loved by us. 
Disappointment With God; Phillip Yancy; pp.56-57
There it is.

That sweet reminder.

God wants to know us.

He wants us to know Him.

He has experienced the hardships that life has to offer. He knows them full well. Yet he is not hindered by them.

No, God's Word will not be chained (2 Tim 2:9)

In our weakness He becomes the Rock, the Hiding Place, the Comforter . All because he knew the full extent of all the sunddenlies, of unfairness, silence, and the hidden face of God...

Its about sharing in His sufferings, so we can know, really know, the Resurrection and Life. (John 11:25)


Traditionally I take a sabbatical during Holy Week. I turn off the computer, shut down the tweets, click off the TV and focus. This years sabbatical couldn't come at a better time. I pray this coming week would be one that draws you nearer to our Savior and finds you celebrating the beauty and freedom of Resurrection on Easter morning.

With Love,

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Grab Some Coffee...and a Tissue

The Gift Of An Ordinary Day from Katrina Kenison on Vimeo.

Logging off to enjoy my ordinary day.

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

The Garden Plan

Whew! Its chilly outside!

I've just come in from taking some pictures of our front and back yard. Spring is amazing here in NC.

Last spring as a school project the kids and I tended a small garden.

We didn't yield much fruit, we lost sweet peas to the snails and raccoons, and the deer ate 80% of our cucumber.

I had planted a little too early, and a very hard and cold rain came in and took my lettuce and bell pepper seedlings as a tornado takes a mobile home park.

We did get a half a dozen cucumbers (which were delicious) and about a dozen tomatoes (also amazing), but the bottom line is this: I learned a lot. Which has a flavor all its own.

This year we've expanded.

Well, I should say The Mister is using his mad wood-working skills and is in the process of building me a mack-daddy garden, complete with a gate. (not yet installed)

I think this garden is a personal battle against woodland creatures that I have named Man vs. Wildlife.

He says he just wants me to have a nice place to grow my vegetables.

I believe him. That man has a 17-year history of taking excellent care of me.

 I do believe this space is going to be my favorite place this summer.

This year I am trying my hand at straw-bale gardening. Right now I am in the middle of a 10-day preparation process, which includes A LOT of watering. But it will be worth it!

To the right of the hay bales are the planters from last year. The Mister will also build three more to the left.

Right now my seedlings are Roma and Beefsteak Toms, zuchini, cucumber, H2Omelon, sweet pea, broccoli, yellow onion, and several different lettuces.

We are also growing some "bunny food" and sunflowers.

(last year we tried to just put the sunflower seeds in the ground and a squirrel dug them up, ate the seeds, and left the shells all over the place)

This time of year, with Easter on the horizon and spring in the air, always makes me a bit contemplative.

 The wonder of time when all things that have been asleep suddenly come alive.

Every day there is a new reminder, within the reaches of my back door, that there is a good and gracious God who tends the garden of my heart...

Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you...
~Matthew 6:28-30

How about you? Planting anything this season? 

Monday, March 22, 2010

And The Winner is...

Thanks to all of you for making the 1000 Post Celebration so fun!

I used the random generator to pick my winners and they are:

The Spring Chick Hand Towel: Melissa@Breath of Life with #16

The Red Apron was won by Gretchen of New Every Morning with #33.

In an amazing turn of random-numbered events, Gretchen also won the green apron with #24, so I had another random number generated and Teresa of Inside Out had the lucky number 10.

Again, I am so thankful for those of you who came and subscribed and commented and played right along. Blogging is such a fun hobby, but it is YOU that makes it worthwhile.

I'm still fighting with Clinton the Embroidery machine. Apparently we have some tension (or a lack thereof) that we are trying to work through...

I will win.

When we have our tension issues solved I will be making a few spring chick hand towels (and other things) for my etsy shop.

Happy Monday!

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Did You Think I Forgot?

Happy St. Patricks Day!

I know I'm a day late, but yesterday I had a little Shamrock party with my favorite triplets and their mom.

Other than eating some of Mr CPQ's brisket, drinking Cherry Limeade's and getting a good (and amazingly ((mostly)) un-interrupted) time to chat about everything and nothing with the CarpoolQueen, my favorite part was this:
Trav and Penny sniffled and bonded together and it was, quite frankly, the sweetest thing I'd seen all week.

Eventually Travis had had enough and promptly went to my computer and fixed it of the slugging/slow problem we have been having as of late. I'm not going to tell CPQ about this lest she figures out she is housing a computer genius and begins to charge technologically challenged people like myself large fees. So let's just keep this our secret.

Next time I promise to get pics of the other kids too. Truth be known, its not because we don't think they are cute too, its just that they kind of disappeared upstairs and we didn't see much of them.

And honestly, when they are happy why stop things for a photo-op?

So we had a good day and time got away and I never blogged....

Yesterday I had planned on giving away a small knitted hand towel I am working on, but it isn't finished. And just between you and me, in a strange turn of events I think I actually want to keep this one.

Since it seems that aprons are a big hit, I am going to give another one away....

In the spirit of the American wear green on St. Patty's Day tradition...How about this one?

For this comment entry tell me if you lean towards cooking or baking? Neither? Both? From a box? Scratch?

You know the drill: you don't have to be a blogger, but you do have to have a valid email address.....yadda, yadda, yadda.

I hope you are having a awesome day!

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Post 1001

Good morning!

What a beautiful day it is here in NC. It's a little cool, but the weatherman promised a bit of sunshine by this afternoon.

It's a busy time here at the La Vida house.

The Mister has been adding on to my garden (can't wait to show you pictures of the finished work...its amazing y'all!)

I have a feeling that it will be my most happy hang-out place this summer.

I planted vegetable seedlings this weekend: Tomato, bell pepper, yellow onion, zuchini, cucumber, sweet pea,  watermelon and several varieties of lettuce. I'm excited because I am going to try my hand at hay bale planters this year.

This afternoon I will be planting Peony, Lily, and Ranunculus bulbs for a little summer time color in the front yard.

How I love to play in the dirt...

But let's get to what you came here for....

The Give-Away:

Today you can comment-to-win this:

A full-size handmade apron in spring-like colors!

And if my high-priced, special-weight bobbin thread (apparently Clinton only likes 90wt thread?) arrives on time, I will monogram the winner's name on it too).

Here's what you need to do:

1. Yesterday I mentioned the Three Degrees of Meredith Bacon. I would love to know how you know her, or if she has made a "connection" for you on the web. For instance, I "met" Mer when I lived in Arizona. When I moved to NC, she emailed me and said to check out the Carpoolqueen , who also lives in NC. As I have gotten to know other bloggers, it turns out there is often a Mer Connection. So, tell me if you have one.

2. If you don't (or if you told me yesterday), then tell me why you would like a new monogrammed apron?

Again, I will use the Random Generator on Sunday and post results on Monday; you don't have to be a blogger, but you do have to have a valid email address. Spammers will not be included.

Monday, March 15, 2010

Let's Get This Party Started!

There has been laughter, tears, and frustrations.

There was two cross-country moves.

There have been highs and lows.

Not to mention all the laundry and lunch dates and silly things I do.

And, oh!, the typos. The many, many typos.

It all started mid-summer with a Big Bloggy Blueberry Day, and 1000 posts later. Here I am....

The 1000th post!

I thought we would start with a post entitled 1000 Things About Me.

Here we go:

1. Just Kidding! I can hear the "out" clicks of 1000 20 mice (as in the computer kind).

Anyway, we can't have a party with out fun party favors! I'm giving away fun things this week! All you have to do is BYOC. Bring Your Own Comment (s).

Comment each day. (Not that I am fishing around for comments. Uh, no, I'm totally fishing. All. Week. Long). I will randomly draw winning numbers using the Random Generator on Sunday March 21, and post the winners on Monday March 22. You don't have to be a blogger to win but you must have a valid email. 

If you are one of those people who keep emailing me comments-spam, (as always) your comments will not be posted to the drawing because you annoy me.

Today's party favor?

This sweet little Spring Chick hand towel:

Now, I am not the only one celebrating this week. One of my favorite bloggers is also celebrating this week. Meredith and I met a couple years ago via our blogs when she one a ballet skirt I was giving away. She has become a dear friend.  A friend that I hope I get to meet face-to-face within the span of the next 1000 posts. Hopefully WAY sooner!

I keep trying to talk her into coming to see me in NC. So do me a favor and go on over to her place later and tell her why North Carolina would make a fine place to visit.

One of the really neat things about Meredith is how she connected me to the CarpoolQueen and several other great bloggers in the South. I was thinking about it the other day and realized that she sort of has this Kevin Bacon - Three Degrees of Separation thing going on the net, and I want to know how you know her? Think about it and be prepared to tell in tomorrows comments.

It may be a party on the net, but its work as usual at home...laundry calls...oh, the life of a blogger.

Happy 1000th!!!

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Lenten Thought

As I have complained before, I am not a fan of the pithy church sign.

Last week I found another one that has made me think good thoughts (not the ranting blogger kind):

Lent is not about what we give up,
but what we make room for.

Which is so true.

Knowing Christ isn't about a big DO NOT list that we look at with pride (or shame) as we check off the boxes.

Dr. Ted Kitchen's of Christ Chapel Bible Church once said something like this: When I think of the Christian faith I don't look at the cross and see all the things I give up, I see it as a big plus sign. It's not what I give up but how much I gain.

So too is this beautiful, sorrowful, purposeful season of Lent.

It's not what we give up, but what we make room for...

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Kellie vs. Clinton

I have spent much of last night and all of today fighting with my embroidery machine.

Which is a shame because I really want to make some things to giveaway on Monday.

Why would I be giving things away on Monday? Because Meredith and I are celebrating our 1000th post together!

I know for certain that I will be giving something away each day:

Monday: A Spring Chick hand towel that looks a lot like this one.

Tuesday: This Apron (with your name on it--if Clinton will behave)

Wednesday: A knitted hand towel that isn't yet finished. Picture to come!

Thursday and Friday are still open...if you are a crafter or maker of something wonderful that you would like to donate to one of my sweet readers, let me know...if not, I've got more than enough already hand made aprons, or crocheted flowers, or hand'll have to come back to find out what I will give!

All right. I'm going to go back to the office and see if i can't sweet-talk Clinton into sewing like a Brother (or a woman on a deadline.)

In the meantime, tell your friends and bloggers to stop by....the more the merrier!

Happy Saturday!

( Details on give-away coming on Monday!)

Friday, March 12, 2010

Pretty as a Penny

The La Vida Dulce Family Proudly Presents:

The Girl's Newest Pet:

~ Penny ~

She's the sweetest Holland Lop bunny this side of the Mason Dixon Line.

We all love her already.

The Boy actually thought of the name based on her coloring, and The Girl thought it was perfect.

So do I.

Have I mentioned how sweet she is?

Cuz really, she is so sweet.

Can I share a secret?

I didn't tell anybody, but I had every intention of coming home with two bunnies last night. But there was a man, that I will refer to as The Sheriff, cuz he was six feet tall and packin' on his right hip. 

He swooped in behind us and picked the other female out. I sat back for awhile in hopes that he would find one of the boy bunnies to take home.

After a few minutes I tried to win the bunny back by looking him in the eye and saying in a mirthful, yet purposeful, voice, "Are you gonna take that bunny?"

Then I smiled real big for emphasis. 

He looked down at that little ball of fuzz with love in his eyes and said, "Yes I am" in a slow North Carolinian drawl.

So I paid for Penny and left.

Who am I to get between a man and his bunny?

So I came home without a friend for Penny.

That's OK. I have a feeling she isn't going to be wanting for love....

Happy Friday!

Thursday, March 11, 2010

The Bunny Proposal

I will admit that I tend to have a soft spot for animals.

It's not a crazy-I'll-go-out-and-lay-my-body-in-the-middle-of-a-busy-street-for-four-legged-furry-people type of love. It's more like a I-can't-say-no-when-I-really-should kind of love.

Even my father pulled The Mister aside before we were to be married and warned him to "Watch out. She is a keeper of all strays."

I'll admit, that's true.

Growing up I brought home several dogs, a couple of cats, a mouse (which ended in an unfortunate event when he escaped his cage and was found one very early morning as he ran across my Dad's sleeping head. For the record, the mouse lived, but it was touch-n-go for me for awhile...).

Oh, and OK, I'll admit that it didn't always work out, like that time in the late fall of my senior year of high school when I brought home a Japanese Exchange student, who had been kicked-out by her host family...but that's another story.

If I like animals, my daughter is passionate about them (my mother would call this passion: pay-back.)

This is the same child who at the age of 6 came with me one morning to teach a pre-school music class. She pulled me aside to inform me that "Bringing Home the Baby Bumblebee" was not an appropriate song to be teaching children. After all, the bee does not fair well in the end. In fact, he gets squashed and wiped on ones pant legs--which is the REAL tragedy: more laundry for mom.

Those of you have been reading for awhile know that The Girl had a puppy (Sophie) for nearly nine months that didn't work out (at no fault of The Girl's). She has grieved over that puppy.

A couple months ago, she said she was ready to try another pet, she thought she might like a rabbit.

Since I tend to look at every opportunity as a "teachable moment" I told her to research rabbits... while I  approached The Mister about adding to our family allowing The Girl to get a new pet.

Thus The Bunny Proposal was born:

As you can see, we The Girl was given approval. So we she moved forward in the bunny process.

Yesterday we purchased what I originally thought was a bunny condo, but found upon construction that its actually an Italian villa; as the instructions came in Italian only. (I got it for over 60% off because it had a crack in one of the non-essential pieces. There is nothing like ocean front property at suburban prices.)

(The stuffed bunny was placed for full effect.)

This week has been a tough one for me personally. So the excitement of this new adventure in pet-keeping is a welcome reprieve.

My new furry bundle, (ahem), The Girl's bunny comes home tonight...

Happy Thursday!

Tuesday, March 09, 2010

Countdown to a 1000: Peace

Originally written (and sent to the draft box) on 8/8/07. Not sure why I didn't post it, except that it didn't feel right at the time. 

Today, however, it feels like a bit of my own medicine. 

I think I'll take it.


I've been thinking a lot this week about simplicity.

When it come right down to it I'm a simple girl.

But I can complicate my life with busy-ness.

As a matter of fact, I'm very good at it.

I realized this many years ago as a young mom.

Back in the day I was a in a Mom's Group at church. We were going through a very practical bible study called MotherWise that helped prioirtize and make goals in the raising of our familes.

While I didn't agree with all everything that study had to offer, I still value what I learned, because I go back to one fundamental truth while homemaking and parenting today by asking myself two questions.

1. What is your main goal in the keeping of your home and the raising of your family?

Ultimately, my main goal was peace. I wanted my home to be a peaceful and restful place. I wanted The Mister to come home from work and and have a soft place to land. I wanted my kids to always feel like home was where to run in times of trouble, and a place to stay in times of rest. I wanted my friends and extended family to feel comfortable in my home; a take-your-shoes-off-and-stay-awhile comfortable.

This led me to ask myself question number two when trying to reach my goal of peace in the home.

2. Does this activity (or thing) build up my family or does it tear it down?

Anytime a ministry opportunity, or play group, or any other thing that might take me out of the home, I would approach it through this question.

This was sometimes hard for this do-it-all gal.

It still is today.

Especially since now, I don't have toddlers who just follow along like a string full of ducks, and who are at the mercy of "my way".  My children now have valid opinions, desires and likes of their own.

These days I have the full time job of homeschooling, which builds up my family but takes an incredible amount of my personal time. Homeschooling is often looked upon as a job that isn't all that hard, or is all about having fun and doing what you want, but couldn't be farther than the truth.

I can make that statement with confidence because, ashamedly, I have looked down my nose at homeschooling mom's, before I knew I'd be one....

It reminds me of those early years of motherhood when the jabs between working mothers and stay-at-home mom's hurt the most.

I find myself scrambling. Running from place to place just within my home. I'm texting, tweeting, blogging, teaching, cooking, gardening, crafting, friending, studying, organizing, rushing, washing, selling, mentoring, driving, mending, and sometimes it feels as if I am failing.

As if I am not doing even one thing well.

I'm not feeling the peace.

If mama ain't happy, ain't nobody happy.

The truth of it all...there is no one to blame but myself.

It time to go back to simplicity.

Monday, March 08, 2010

Good Monday Morning! (Random)

The birds are singing songs of spring...its what I've waited for all year.

I feel a bit like a bird this morning...

The weather is sunny and it promises to get warm today (in the upper 60's). The kids and I will go to the Garden Center shortly and pick up some lyme and grass seed and some supplies for our vegetable garden.

This weekend was full and included a date night on Friday with The Mister. He bought me new cross-training/hiking shoes (which means I could do some trail-running should that bug ever bite). 

I had to break the shoes in, so we went hiking on both Saturday and Sunday afternoon in the lovely spring-time weather. Beautiful!

Speaking of date night....The Mister and I went out for a hamburger and they were delicious. I was curious to see the Earth-Friendly straws that were left upon the table. At first I thought they were cool, but the papery feel was disconcerting and reminded me of something I couldn't quite put my finger on that night. So, in the interest of research, I stole a few from the restaraunt (you can pray for me) and I tried one in my tea yesterday.

In the comfort of my own home I realized what they reminded me of...a certain feminine-needs product of the cardboard kind.

With that said, I am pretty sure I won't be very "earth friendly" when it comes to straws.

Let's change the subject...

I've been sitting on a secret for a couple of weeks now....if you need a bit of good news, go on over and celebrate with them!

Next week I will be doing a little celebrating may or may not be the very week I finally reach 1000 posts! I have some fun surprises (the best of which is that I won't celebrate alone...y'all KNOW i like a good party!) So be sure to come back!

Happy Monday!

Friday, March 05, 2010

BeaUtiful: Playing With Yarn

Did you know I'm a quitter?

Either did I.

Actually, I'm not a quitter.

It just that there are things that come easy to me, and there are things that don't.

Its the things that are hard that make me want to quit.

No, I'm not a quitter. My problem is that I give up too easily.

I give-in to frustration. I begin to believe the lie that if I cannot figure it out it must not be meant for me.

Or (more often than I care to admit) I allow insecurity or pride dictate what I will learn.

Case in point: Crochet.

Several years ago a lady at our church offered to teach me how to crochet. She made it look so easy that I readily took her up on her offer.

After several starts and stops I made a wonky looking pot-holder and then gave it up. It was too difficult, to hard to figure out, and my end product wasn't what I had envisioned it to be.

You know, maybe the time wasn't right (for all things there is a season) but honestly, it was just too complicated.

Actually it wasn't. But my desire to have what she had made it more difficult.

 I wanted the yarn to slip easily through my fingers; I wanted my stitches to be even and straight; I wanted to make beautiful things from a ball of yarn.

And I wanted them immediately.

What I needed was repetition. I needed to do the stitches many more times than the average bear. I needed to make pot-holders over and over again, and appreciate the work of practice, even if it wasn't always pretty.

That has been true of so many things in my life.

Repetition and grace. Practice, practice, practice. Learning that the finished project isn't going to come out the way I planned. Often times, its better.

Why am I telling you this?

Well, I've been making flowers. Flowers from yarn. Rachel taught me how to do this on Wednesday and I have made many, many flowers in the last 48 hours. With each one, they become more and more flower-like.

With every stitch I have been reminded to persevere. To remember that more often than not true beauty (success) is not measured in how quickly something is achieved, or in what the finished product may look like, but in the process of learning.

As I have moved that hook between strands of yarn, I was reminded that the imperfection of learning can reap a garden of joy.

Most of all I need to remember this in all things.

Not just when playing with yarn.

Thursday, March 04, 2010

Hand Bag Secrets

I know I promised a Pan Dulce recipe yesterday, but I had a crazy day and could not post...

Let's just say I had a full day planned, and having a car with a dead battery was a GINOURMOUS hitch in my get-along...

Things worked out, so I won't tell you the part when one of the La Vida Dulce house members threw a fit when she thought she wasn't going to get "her way" on the Wednesday schedule.

I will tell you one thing that hindered that anonymous house member from a full on tantrum: Her knowledge that it is not beautiful when a 37 year old has a hissy-fit.

Lets move on...

Since I won't be posting a bread recipe until later this week, I will tell you that my Australian blogger friend Caz recently tagged me in a What's in Your Hand Bag meme...

I thought this was a bit ironic since The Mister has been complaining a lot recently that my hand bag is not big enough. I admit she is a bit smallish....

This winter I switched to the little sweetie in hopes that I might be more organized than when I carry a big, fashionable suitcase on my shoulder.

You'd've thunk I made a decision to switch homes with the grumbling about the size of my bag.

Apparently I was not the only person in my family using my big honkin' bag to store very-important-things.

I, hadn't switched bags because I really haven't had the time to think about it...and this, ladies, is when the old proverb " Good things come to those who wait." is appropriate.

The Mister announced that he is going to take me shopping for what I can only guess is a handbag with sufficient storage area.  I, however, am thinking something a bit more roomy and in a spring/summer color....any ideas?

(I am going to press my luck and see if I can get a pair of Trail running/hiking shoes out of the evening as well. You know what they say....if you give a mouse a hand bag...)

But back to the What's in Your Hand Bag meme...

Here is what this little bag looks like when you open it:

Here is all that stuff emptied and organized:

As you can see, I don't have nearly enough lip product, or Starbucks gift cards...

-I would never be caught with out my AC Moore or Hancock Fabric (not pictured) discount cards...

-I'm a big time gum chewer and lover of the sugar-free Crystal Ligh candies...

-those Tootsie Roll packages were from a recent trip to the nail salon, where there was a big bowl of mini Tootsie's. I had more than is polite a few...

-that Fender guitar pick is there for emergencies when I play for the kids/people who ask, although I never use a pick...

-receipts, receipts receipts (the one on the top is from the restaurant where the Carolina Blogger Gals met in November)...

-the fortune is from a date-night with The Mister: He took me to PeiWei, during a time when I was feeling very thinky and thoughtful on the topic of "beauty"...( for those who can't see it says: Everything has beauty, but not everybody sees it.)

-the hand cream is a gift from Whidbey Gretchen , and its almost gone ;( ... I always have hand cream of some-sort-or-the-other, I love hand cream about as much as I love the next item on the list....

-and last but not least, the Hand Sanitizer. I NEVER leave home without it. I went to dinner last weekend with the K-Sisters and I used it more than is polite a few times right at the dinner table.

That is what is in my hand bag...can't wait to show you the upgrade!

If you read this, and would like to show the contents of your handbag, or need some blog fodder consider yourself tagged!

Tuesday, March 02, 2010

CountDown to 1000: T.M.I

Once again I'm pulling from the draft pile to reach 1000 posts....

You are about to know more about me that you really ever cared to know.


And that was it. Apparently, with the title of "T.M.I.", and a hook like that, I was going to divulge something really personal. 

Could it have been the first time I waxed my own eyebrows? Nope, told ya that. 

Could it be the time I accidently made moonshine in my minivan?...nope-- totally confessed.  

Could it be the day I ate two Snickers Bars for lunch? That's no secret.

I'm not sure what I was going to tell you....but I'm sure it was good.

Stay tuned for tomorrow, when I share my tutorial on how to make Pan Dulce: Mexican Sweet Bread!