Monday, March 30, 2009

Weekend Update

Well, I broke my right pinky on Friday morning. Don't ask me how, but I did. I was at the kitchen sink, and had a English muffin in the toaster. When it popped up, I turned to get it out of the toaster to my right, and somehow knocked the coffee pot. Well, all of the sudden my arms were flailing about to catch the pot, and I banged it really hard on the side of the counter. About an hour later, it was swelling and very crooked. So on Saturday, I had an x-ray and it was broken. The Dr. said since I drove myself, she couldn't give me any pain killers, so she had to numb it. I almost FAINTED when she gave me a shot in 3 different places on the finger, the needle was so big! Well, it numbed it alright. Then she pulled my finger until it went back into place. Now it is all wrapped and on the road to recovery. What a little adventure that was!

Friday night we had a couple of friends over for dinner who are helping with the construction of our bedroom. This is Bob on the left, and Tom on the right who is the carpenter.

Rick, my brother-in-law on left. Bob and Tom. Please don't look at my tablecloth, all my others were dirty, and these men are messy!

Then on Saturday night we had a Progressive Dinner. For those who don't know what that is, it is where someone hosts cocktails and appetizers at their house. The someone else hosts dinner at their house. (A few different people host the dinners for 6-8 people.) Then someone hosts dessert and drinks for then end. It is a lot of fun!

Our neighbors, Mike and Amber just happened to be one of the dinner hosts, and that is were we went. I just loved her flowers, their house is beautiful!

Amber made a Chicken Stir fry with rice, and a big salad. I made Beef Burgundy with buttered egg noodles. Everything was delicious!

Hubby, neighbors Margie and Amber.

Good Friends, good food, good wine.
Hope everyone had a nice weekend. Bedroom update coming soon.

Saturday, March 28, 2009

Stella's Saturday

Just hangin' out looking out the window.

Having a little TLC

Looks like she was smoking something funny!

Sitting with best bud, John.
Hope everyone in having a wonderful weekend!

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Have a great weekend!

I'm heading to Maryland after work today. I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend! Suppose to rain all weekend, but still better than snow! I'll be checking in when I can. Have to keep moving on our bedroom project.

Wednesday, March 25, 2009


Have a wonderful day! Aren't these flowers from Hawaii beautiful?
P.S. Did anyone watch the speech last light? Any comments?

Saturday, March 21, 2009

What I did at work last week

I work in the science department at a Junior high school. I have been there for about 10 years now. I took over the position from a woman who did this job for 32 years, and retired. Some of my responsibilities include ordering supplies, setting up all labs, mixing all chemical solutions, in charge of all chemicals in school, inventory, etc. Last week I had to make Agar. I do this once a year, and it is a process. Then the kids take the petre dishes around the school with cotton swabs and swipe dirty surfaces, then swipe it in the dish and watch bacteria grow over the next few weeks. It's really fun for the kids, and there are germs EVERYWHERE! Below is my office/lab, where all of the fun stuff happens. First I lay out all of the petre dishes. I have to make 600 of these little suckers, so it takes me pretty much all week. It is a step by step process, that is why it is so time consuming.

Then I weigh out the agar, (43 grms), mix with water (1500 mls.), then have to bring it to a boil for 3 minutes.

Then place the cooked agar into flasks.

Then place the flasks into this big ol' scary pressure cooker. Wait for it to reach the right pressure, then cook again for 15 minutes.

After it cools down, I poor the agar into the petre dishes. Let it set (kind of like jello.) Then refrigerate. One batch only makes about 70, so that's why it pretty much takes me all week to make.

And walla', the finished product!

Have a great day everyone!!

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Weekend update, a.k.a Labor

Just a little update on the bedroom re-do. As you can see, it has turned into a major project. My lovely husband decided to start ripping up the tile on the bathroom floor, (bedroom bathroom) (while I was out food shopping) so that means really under construction. I thought it was just the bedroom at first, but now it is a whole different ballgame. I have a feeling it is going to go on into the wee days of summer. I really wish this was my dream kitchen, but that will have to come in time. (In about 3 years now.) I was hoping to get that first! Oh well.Bathroom below to the left. Very small, teal blue tile, my hubby said is out dated, but I kind of liked it. What do I know? I'm used to cream, or off white. It will now be replaced with off white.
So far the ceiling is done in the bedroom. (that is all!) I picked a color called Saybrook Sage, from Pottery Barn, for the walls, and I really love it. Below is everything crammed into the end of the room, ready to fall into the bay. That pretty chase lounge is from my husband's grandmother, and I LOVE IT!!!!

I'll keep you posted, and hopefully not bored, on our progress. Have a great weekend!!


Wednesday, March 18, 2009

R.I.P. Natasha

I am deeply saddened by the sudden and tragic loss of Natasha Richardson. She was a great actress, and one of my favorites. I was so upset when I heard that she had died tonight. I'm feeling a bit numb.

Hers she is with actor Dennis Quaid, from the movie, Parent Trap.

My thoughts and prayers are with her and her family.

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

More Funny St. Patty's Day Pics

Have a great day everyone. Don't drink too much green beer!

So Cute!



So Pretty.

He's ready to PARTY!!!!


Monday, March 16, 2009

7 Things I love Tag

I was tagged by Preppy Player to list seven things I love. I don't think I have enough blogger's to tag, and the one's I do know, have been tagged. I do enjoy reading anyone who would like to join in though!

I too love my family. I love it when we are all together, at the same time. There is something so secure about everyone being at the same place, at the same time.

I love my 2 kids, and am so very proud of them. It has been such a joy raising them, and watching them turn into adults. It is also a little sad. My husband, I am proud to say, that we have been together forever! (since I was 17!) We have been through good times and bad, but hopefully it will be forever!

I love the fact that I can work a part time job. Especially, the way times are right now.

Oh how I love my Stella! No matter what turmoil is going on, or how bad of a day we are having, she will be there on her 2 hind legs, dancing around, eager to give her undying love and affection!

I love our home in Maryland. Getting away for the summers is so wonderful. Nothing beats sitting around the table with newspaper sprawled out and eating crabs. The memories we are creating are endless & priceless!
I love, love, love, cooking, baking, and entertaining!
I love to go to thrift shops and flea markets. There is nothing better than finding a treasure, and not spending a lot of money. I once got a king size quilt, brand new from Pottery Barn for $3.00!! I found that at a church bizarre. Now that's what I'm talking about!

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Weekend update

We had a nice weekend, working hard and looking at paint colors, and fabric, and vanities for the bathroom. Our neighbors, Mike and Amber invited us up for dinner on Saturday night. They came to my house on Friday night. It is usually a communal thing on the weekends in Maryland! This is Mike.

This is his wife Amber. They are from Toas, New Mexico. He has a landscaping business.

A little snackie before dinner.

Nice dinner, she made very spicy white chili, a nice big salad, and pasta with sauce. I brought corn bread, and a shrimp dip. She also had some nice crusty Italian bread. I love their house, it is beautiful and very spacious with lots of light.

This is Patience, their very old dog. She is very sweet, but does not like other dogs

Ping Pong anyone?

This is a view of our house, looking down our driveway, outside of Mike and Amber's house. We have a very steep driveway!

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Off to the Chesapeake Bay

I hope everyone has a WONDERFUL weekend. I'm heading down to the bay tonight. We are getting ready to re-do our master bedroom, and have to start painting and planning, and getting ready for construction. Will keep you posted on updates and progress. Hopefully, we can do this without hurting each other, and not end up like "War of the Roses!" I'll try to check in this weekend.

Wednesday, March 11, 2009


This is Dakota, one of the sweetest dogs I have ever came accross. He is the owner of 2 of our very close friends, and have been friends for a long time. Dakota is probably on his last stretch of life. He is 14 years old and is now having a very hard time getting up, walking, or just moving. He is starting to stare at the walls, and that breaks my heart! I just felt like telling someone about Dakota, because he is such a kind hearted animal, that loved everyone and everything! I will miss him so much, as will our whole circle of friends and family!
What a beautiful dog who never showed his age until now.

Monday, March 9, 2009

Mailman alert!

Everyday when the mailman is coming down the street, Stella can hear him. Here she is waiting.
Wonder what is going through her mind right now?

Saturday, March 7, 2009

Friday night wedding

This is the dress I chose to wear. It is black and cream and kind of retro, but I loved it.

The shoes couldn't have matched this dress any better. They are black with black and cream flowers.

Here we are outside of the church with sweet Aunt Lisa.

Aunt Lisa enjoying her whiskey sour, with my equally sweet sister-in-law, Diane

Cousin Connie on left, sister in-law Sue in back, my mother in-law in the blue, Aunt Lisa, and me.

This is Meredith, my cousins daughter, and her new hubby, Andrew. She looks very happy!
The wedding reception was at The Washington Crossing Inn, in Washington Crossing, Pennsylvania. It is very historical. It is where the colonists rested before the ferry trip across the Delaware River. George Washington reputedly dined here before leading his troops on the famous Christmas night crossing of 1776.