Friday, January 25, 2013

My solar panels need recharging, where are my shorts?!?

I just caught myself driving with the window rolled down because it's the first sunny day we've had in months... okay slight exaggeration, but that's certainly what it *feels* like.

I only noticed because my hands were getting a little chilly... It's 2°Cout, but it feels so amazingly wonderful! (46°F)

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

And the winner of the cutest Granny evarrrrrrr!!

See! Look how cute she is *beaming*

My  Granny is amazing. She is 98 and a half and broke her hip just a couple of weeks ago, tripping over a pillow while making her bed. Hey Mom I found a good reason not to make my bed! She's up and walking on it already, seemingly faster than she was before she broke it, which is a great sign!

"All they do is come in and stick me with needles" she said. but she passed it off with a *tough cowboy sniff* "It doesn't bother me any though."

Less than a week into rehab she's done with the place and ready to go home. Patience is not one of her virtues, and I'm pretty sure that's why it isn't one of mine either. She basically summed up the rehab exercises with... "They're so simple, all you have to do is move your leg back and forth. I can do all that." and I'm not exactly sure who Granny was referring to, but it made me laugh out loud when she muttered "There are so many dumb people"

During our she told us so many stories some we had heard, and some we were just hearing for the first time. It is absolutely incredible the things that she has experienced in her time here...

Stories of the first radio, Granny highland dancing to a program and her brother coming home and turning it off. Their first company phone in their home... their phone number was 771-J, and her best friend Muriel was 771-W. It was so cute when I asked how they put the letters in, she looked really confused for a second, until I remembered that things used to go through a central switchboard operator and her puzzled look just melted away into a solid confident yep, that's how we used to do it.

Granny has always told me to make good memories in my life, and to save them up for when I get old. But nothing drove that sentiment home as when she said "I see a lot of faces here that don't look like they have good memories.... I have a lifetime of good memories" It always makes me smile to hear her say that ;)

The thing that touched me the most though, talking about all the things she remembered, was when she said "Your Mom and Dad getting married..." and gazing internally into her memories, as her voice trailed off she whispered "I remember all of that"

Saturday, January 19, 2013

Baked apple win

Ahhhh the not so magic step is that you gotta bake the apples while *covered* with tinfoil!

Thursday, January 17, 2013


Love is a hand made cup of coffee ;)

Thanks Dan for you creative coffee making skills, in the absence of a coffee maker.

<3 you!

What are you going to do with all of your picks?

Make them into rearrangeable useable art!

Just Pick something and Punch it!

Such a cool idea and a great way to stop using your credit card after Christmas too!

It has totally changed the way Ilook at all my cards now too.... for their potential guitar pick designs :p

Thanks Shazam!!! I love it :)

I'll rise, but I refuse to shine...

Nothing like starting your morning running around the building to do a minor network configuration change... it's kinda like a poke in the eye with a stick to get'cha going ;)

Give options a and b I'll take option c, the frozen boot please.

Thursday, January 10, 2013

The Grinch's small heart grew three sizes that day!

Such a cool re-use for old burnt out light bulbs! I absolutely love how these turned out :)

How did you get so good at that?!?

Some people are just 'born-naturals'... they make something look relatively easy and graceful the first time they do it...

The rest of us were just too stubborn to quit.

We kept picking (haha pun intended ;) away at it slowly but surely... here and there learning little things that worked for us.

I fall into the second category for attempting to learn how to play guitar. I don't have a lot of time to dedicate to practicing, nor do I know exactly what it is I need to practice. But it feels like every few months or so I have an "Ah-HA!" moment where something clicks, and my playing becomes a little bit smoother, or a little clearer... or ACTUALLY STARTS TO SOUND LIKE THE SONG I'M TRYING TO LEARN!!!

*grins* that's all for now ;)

Tuesday, January 08, 2013

If only he had legs...

He could run away from those darn crackers!

Mmmmm cheeseball, this is a creative festive take on an old secret family recipe (not my family, but one that adopted me) :)