I had a home show last night and nearly poisoned my neighbor. She doesn't like chocolate much so I made punch and two cakes, one Orange Pineapple and the other Carrot Cranberry. Turns out she is very allergic to pineapple, which both the cakes had in them. Dangnabit! At least I tried to do a good deed by not making my famous Chocolate Cake. I also found out she doesn't like dogs. Who knew? How can you not like dogs?
Tomorrow I am off to Chicago for a day. My friend Joanne and I go every year on a bus trip sponsored by the local Parks Dept. Usually I enjoy it, but I have done it enough. I am not looking forward to cold and crowded Chicago when I have already disposed of my disposable income.
Seth's favorite part of the movie is when Tracy is dancing and spanking herself in detention saying "I am a bad bad girl who needs to be punished!" He performs that routine and changes the word "girl" to "boy". To which I always reply (from the detention scene) while waving my hands in the air "You are joining this program already in progress!" It may be only funny to us, but my goodness, how much fun we have watching this and reciting lines everyday.
I rarely like to see a movie more than once, maybe twice. There are a few movies I LOVE and have seen several times, Cold Mountain, Shawshank redemption, and Millions (my all time fave). But hairspray is now a permanent part of Workman history. If you were here you could join the fun.
The photo above is of Seth on Halloween in his costume as Ryan Evans from High School Musical 2.
We got our dog about 18 months ago from the local Humane Society. She is part Australian cattle dog and possibly part German Shepherd. We know the cattle dog part is true as she has the cattle herding instinct to nip at heels of running children. Mostly we have broken her of this habit, though she still nips at Noah. We don't worry so much as he needs a good nip now and again. plus, she doesn't bare teeth or bite or slobber on heels, she just noses them and scares you when you don't expect it.
I tried to fix her eyes before I posted this photo, but they appeared un fixable, so you'll just have to believe that they aren't really this blue, but are a beautiful deep brown. She is soft and sweet and loves to be on my lap or curled up next to me when I nap on the couch. Oddly, she does not bark. She can, and has, but just doesn't as a genearl rule. I wonder if it comes from the ancestors' years of herding cattle and realizing that cattle don't speak dog language.
I am supposed to be in my computer library looking for a photo of myself today, but found my dog and decided to post her for now. She doesn't sit still so if you tell her to sit and walk away, she'll follow, so the photo had to be taken at close range, from above. Maybe I don't it still for long either and that is why I am having so much trouble finding a photo of myself. I am like the Yeti, or Bigfoot, there are internet sightings that lead you to believe in my existence, but very little photographic proof.
I wanted to get the news out right away as I know some of you may not have internet access over the weekend, or at home, or on your travels. All you have to do is leave me a comment and tell me what you are thankful for and one lucky winner will be chosen at random on Sunday . Start commenting!
Noah and a friend decided to have a band concert. They are looking for Scott's trumpet. Noah cannot join band till next year in 6th Grade, but that has not stopped him from talking about band EVERYDAY! Scott told him that he played trumpet and has a trumpet here, that he will let Noah play. So now they are on the hunt to find it, despite the fact neither he nor I know how to play any musical instrument. I told Noah it must be up in the attic. What that really means is that it is put away and not available. Whether it is really in the attic I do not know. The boys then came to report they found a way to open the attic. Sheesh....I gotta go. They are gonna be the death of me.
Because I am a jewelry and bead maker, I have the stretch cord and the silver beads around the house. I made charms out of Hanna Stamps! stamps, stamped on polyshrink and shrunk them down.
One of the stamps is from the new "Rainy Days" set. Can you guess which one? If you think it is the duck, you are right! So, this qualifies as a sneak peek, right? See, I am showing you a stamp not available to the general public till Friday. I think that qualifies. This set is so much fun to play with and I LOVE the duck! I know the Hannas are a little hard to see but it was the best I could do given the tiny images.
I made this card as a SplitCoast challenge. The featured stamper this week is Frances Byrne, also known as StampOwl. She is also on the Hanna StampsDesign Team! You are supposed to take a card from her gallery and change it in at least two ways. I changed the image and the colors of the paper. I added a ribbon and the scalloped punch accent. My card is cute, but her cards are to die for! Check out her blog, there is a link on her name found under Hanna Stamps Design Team members.
Can you guess which accents are from the new Hanna set? If you guessed the umbrella and the boot you would be correct. The penguin is from Memory Box. I just thought he'd be cute popping out of the umbrella and I couldn't resist.
I had a lazy weekend. I made some snickerdoodles and took some to a doctor's appointment I had this morning. I have to say, I bake for all my doctors. They remember me when they see me, they are personable, their staffs know me, and I always get the best bags of free samples! I didn't need any samples today, but I got lots of personal attention and chatted with nearly everyone on staff. Try it, it's a win win situation and a great way to make friends.
Today I am watching a friends' child. She got in trouble at school and got suspended. The guidance counselor said they had to suspend her, even though it wasn't her fault. So, Grace is upstairs doing homework and I am thinking about lunch. I have a feeling taking her out for fast food would be an inapropriate reward. It's easy for me to be tough on my own kids, but not so easy to punish the child of a friend who has done nothing to annoy me.
Here is Hanna holding a turkey up for closer inspection. Seth would like you to know that this is not how you hold a turkey. As he has lived all his life in suburbia it cracks me up that he has both knowledge and strong feelings about this. He said I simply must tell you, don't hold a turkey by its feathers. He eats a turkey sandwich almost every day at school in his packed lunch, so maybe he is worried about turkey mistreatment meaning les for him to eat.
This coaster is fully from the Hanna Stamps set "Tis the Season." I think the quote can be good for nature as well as people. I love to make tiles and I was really pleased at how well these lent themselves to coaster making. You can choose to color them in, also with Staz On, but I wasn't in the mood for it. My tastes tend toward the simple, so I just let them be as I liked them.
Halloween was fine. Noah went ut with his scooter attached to his wagon by a dog leash and he went as quickly as he could from house to house to collect candy. He had a huge pile by the time the night was over. Seth went out with a Halloween Pumpkin face bucket and it was full by the end of the night. One neighbor recognized Seth's character immediately and broke into a song from High School Musical. God love her! I am sure not many people had any idea who he was. At least he is original and not afraid to be unique.
I have been nursing a cold all week so did not partake in the drinking part of sitting in my neighbors driveway. I haven't been sleeping well at night and I just knew a little alcohol would do more harm than good. Everyone gathers at the neighborhood bus stop in the morning, and one neighbor noticed that only the sober were there this morning.
I did laundry today, thinking that I don't like sleeping in cooties, even if they are my own. So, all the bedding is clean and fresh again. But I did not go to the grocery today and did not realize how bad the need was until I went to make dinner and had absolutely no vegetables in the house. Not even a lonely can of green beans. I borrowed milk in my pajamas for breakfast from a neighbor this morning and I was too lazy/embarrased/just did not care to hunt down a can of something for dinner. No one eats the vegetables but me anyway. Dinner just looked lonely tonight though.
It's always something isn't it?