Friday, April 18, 2014

Happy Easter!!

First of all -- THANKS FOR YOUR EMAILS and concerns. I am fine. Just so busy living my life, I don't have time to write about it!!

At this moment, both Lilly and Warren are still sleeping...they spend one night a week "overnight" at my house and it is absolutely amazing to me how much work two little kids can be.

Today, my sister Ronda and her granddaughter Memphis are coming over and we're having a pre-Easter workshop. We'll color some eggs, bake a cake, make some cookies...

Easter is at Nicole's house...
There is ALWAYS an Easter Egg Hunt
These are our two girls...Memphis and Lilly...
They love to dress up...and always include Sophie
If it's pink and floats, Lillian loves it
Counting each other's eggs...
Yep, all the other kids are BOYS...
Up until this year, for Lillian, Easter has about the chocolate covered marshmallow eggs and scavenger hunts. The actual story of Jesus' resurrection is kind of frightening for a child...but, this year, we did go there...kinda...

 I hope to blog about that before the weekend is over...

HAVE A WONDERFUL WEEKEND...

Friday, April 11, 2014

The Art of DoodlingS

My cousin Linda discovered the Fiber Arts group at the Fairmount branch of the Davenport library. The very first time we attended, I was blown away by one of the women's "journal". It was a year in her life -- every week had a two-page spread. With quotes, doodles, cartoons, newspaper cut-outs, maybe a journal entry or ticket stubs. I LOVED IT, LOVED IT, LOVED IT.

I have always been a sucker for WORDS when combined with ART. And her journal touched me in a really personal way.
That very day, I went out to buy my own Artist Sketch Book...
Several weeks later, they had an actual Zentangle Doodling session -- and I started on my FIRST PAGE...
I took my laptop so I could use some QUOTES from my Pinterest boards...
Although, some words I just made up -- all on my own...
These words have long been a mantra for me...

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Favorite Movie List

I am not a big movie watcher.  And so many current movies are absolute crap.  Too much product placement, too much blood and guts, not enough character development and no story that makes sense.   Often, at the end of two hours, I want EVERYBODY IN THE MOVIE to die. 

Recently, somebody asked about my favorite movies.  I was not surprised that nothing too recent made my list....

This is in no particular order...THAT would be way too much work.  But, if the standard is how much I was moved or changed -- the #1 movie for me would have to be To Kill a Mockingbird.

I absolutely cannot wait to watch this movie with Lillian one day. I consider it life-altering...and who wouldn't admire Atticus Finch??

Then, of course, my favorite Christmas movie -- which is really excellent no matter WHAT time of year -- It’s a Wonderful Life.  Such good lessons about how one person can make a difference...

Last of the Mohicans -- hottest love scene EVER.  Thank you, Daniel Day Lewis and Madeline Stowe.  Best put-down:..Cora Munro says,"Duncan, you are a man with a few admirable qualities, but taken as a whole, I was wrong to have thought so highly of you."

The Remains Of The Day.  You will cry.  THIS is Anthony Hopkins...I haven't seen it in years -- but would love to...
As Good As It Gets.  Best Jack Nicholson EVER.  There is a line (after completely messing up his budding relationship with Helen Hunt)..."she's the kind of woman who -- y'know -- if you could only make her laugh -- you'd have a life..."
The Wizard of Oz.  Life lessons?  THIS is your movie....There's no place like home; You always had the power; Follow the Yellow Brick Road; Somewhere -- Over the Rainbow....

E.T. -- the VERY best of Stephen Spielberg.  I've already watched this with Lilly...The story is about children who are kind and smart....
Dirty Dancing.  Every moment is perfect.
  
Brian’s Song.  Biggest tear jerker movie of all time...based on a true story which I loved.
Shawshank Redemption.  Another Stephen King story.  He is a GREAT writer.
Forrest Gump.   A story about simple goodness.  You cannot go wrong if you do the right thing.  And, yes, that kernel of wisdom -- "Life is like a box of chocolates"...
Gone with the Wind.  THE best love story of all time...an iconic movie...

The Green Mile.  Tom Hanks acting, Stephen King writing...yep...a great combination and a HUGE winner...
 The Blind Side.  My favorite Sandra Bullock movie.
Remember the Titans.  Another football movie.  I love the truth of this story -- and Denzel Washington was terrific.

Inventing the Abbotts.  I never heard about this movie when it came out -- but when I watched it, years later -- I remember wishing I could be THAT kind of mother.  Kathy Baker was terrific...and I believed she was raising two sons...

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Breakfast For Supper Party

At Christmas, Carrie was in the hospital with Dylan and Kim was watching Elizabeth. It was such a stressful time -- I talked to Lilly about what we could do to help. We decided it would be nice to take supper up to Kim's house. Kim's other grandchildren, twins Riley and Madison, were at her house, too. And Lilly said we should take pancakes. And bacon. She believes everybody loves bacon...
So, we put on our party clothes...
And packed up a party-in-a-bag...
Lilly
We cooked the pancakes at our house -- and put everything in the bag...
Elizabeth, Madison, Riley (who had already shaved his head for Dylan) and Lilly.
The kids set the table, Kim was in the kitchen, reheating the pancakes...
We had some party hats -- dinner was delicious!
They all thought the breakfast-for-supper idea was CRAZY.
For the record -- Lillian was right.  ALL KIDS DO LOVE BACON

Monday, April 7, 2014

Lillian is FIVE YEARS OLD

We all know this reality:  The older you get, the FASTER TIME GOES. No kidding. Time Flies When You're Having Fun, eh?? I cannot believe that Lillian Claire is FIVE YEARS OLD. Holy Cow. It just seems like yesterday I was buying her first little zebra/leopard outfits...
She was a sober baby...
On this day, she was FIVE YEARS OLD...with her best human friend, Memphis...
This post is about the gifts I gave her when she turned FIVE years old...
Everything seemed to have a MOON theme...
Or, my signature Grandma touch -- some ZEBRA...
Inside the pink box -- I put two easy-to-fill photo albums --and 100 pictures of Lilly during the "Year She Was Four"...
She had a wonderful year...and I loved looking back at all the pictures...
Along with the albums, there were a few extra special picture frames, too.
I used the zebra duct tape to decorate the INSIDE of this old jewelry box.
For her main gift -- a Hello Kitty video/picture camera.  This year, she can take HER OWN PICTURES...
There was also a zebra Dream Light (with a light projected moon??!!)
Some clothes
And a new moon/mirror to hang in her room...
The very best part of Lillian's birthday presents is how I DELIVERED them....

Friday, April 4, 2014

Mary's Visit

HEY -- MARY MULARI IS COMING TO TOWN..!! So, of course, you know I'll be too busy laughing and having a good time and helping Mary catch up with all my people...there's going to be a belated birthday dinner, and some thrift store shopping, Mary's working on a new television topic with Nancy, and -- well -- WE ARE EXCITED...

So, I may be hitting the pause key on the blog for a few days...but I'll have lots to write about AFTER the visit, eh??

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Laundry and Clothesline Collectibles

Yes, we have breakfast EVERY TUESDAY. Yes, we have been doing it for years. Yes, we know how lucky we are. Yes, our husbands still act surprised...every single Tuesday.
Sandy, Lin, me and Linda...
Often, there is a Sew and Tell portion to our breakfast. Sometimes, we make a little day trip to an exciting local adventure. But mostly, the purpose is just our weekly download.

Of course, AFTER breakfast -- we do our usual GW shopping (Goodwill) -- and there is another thrift store in the same strip mall -- the Discovery shop is run by the American Cancer Society.  They do a lovely job of creating their store displays -- it's always so interesting to  see their new displays every week.  You can imagine how excited I was to see THIS huge display...
WHO KNEW??  Shelves full of laundry collectibles...old advertisements, irons,
A washboard acts as a frame for an embroidery 
Tons of advertisements in plastic sleeves.
I HAD to buy this one.