Saturday, October 31, 2009


I told y'all that I would post a few snap shots of my fall decorations. I'm not big on Halloween outdoor decorations so I try to keep it fall friendly. Wow, we had a big turn out for trick-or-treaters tonight. We actually ran out of candy (first time). I couldn't believe how many kids there are tonight. I don't think they live in our neighborhood but parents are dropping them off here. How do you feel about trick-or-treaters who don't live in your neighborhood. Do you think your candy should be reserved for kids who only live in your neighborhood or for anyone who stops by your house?

My front porch

My front door

I thought this little fall cloth sign was cute and little different.

My poor flowers. The storms really did a number on my flowers. They looked so pretty before those darn storms. I think the scarecrow helps brighten it up.

And you can't have Halloween without trick-or-treaters.

This has nothing to do with Halloween but I love my door knocker.

Monday, October 26, 2009

My Halloweenie Table

Today and tomorrow are my hubby's days off from work until the actual day of Halloween. I'm happy that he'll be home to help pass out candy to all the kiddos in the neighborhood. I don't like to decorate until the week of Halloween because I keep a Fall them up all the way through Thanksgiving. Hubby is going to help me decorate the outdoors tomorrow. I'll probably do something very simple. We never do anything scary or demonic. Wow, I've driven by some houses down the street and they have all sorts of scary things on their lawns. I would have been scared to death to trick or treat at those houses when I was little. Is it me or has Halloween gotten a little dark these days?

Tomorrow I'm planning on running by the Christian bookstore to pick up pencils, stickers, and goodies for my candy bags. I like to find pencils and stickers that say, "Jesus loves you." I think all children should hear that God loves them and that they are special. Not very many children hear that these days (very sad). I'm also planning on buying some pumpkins. I'll show pictures of the outdoors in a couple of days. Until then, here's my Halloweenie table.

My Halloween placemats & Bat glasses

My Texan Cowboy Boo Spiders....

Gotta have CANDY!!!

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Squirrel vs. Me

If you're a follower then you've probably have heard me complain about the squirrel situation where I live. We have a gang of squirrels that my husband evicted from our attic when we first moved in. You'd think they would moved along and found a new home by now but instead they have become little fuzzy terrorist that have declared war. They have torn up my flowerbeds, ripped up my patio furniture, knocked down my bird feeder, and they go as far as yelling at the birds. I didn't know squirrels could argue but I've heard it my own ears.

Today is a beautiful afternoon. I truly couldn't ask for better weather, no clouds in sight, cool breeze, and temps in the lower 70's. Surviving a summer in Houston can be brutal and I've felt like I've been in hibernation for the past 4 months. So I'm in heaven right now. I decided to open the windows and french doors to welcome that fresh air into the house. Not a good idea.

I entered the living room and I saw something move in the corner of my eye. As I tip toed and peered over the sofa I saw one of those tree rats starring me down. No kidding, he actually had an attitude and was eyeball'n me. My gut reaction was to scream and run for my husband (who's dead asleep because he worked last night at the hospital). I was frozen and as I looked into his black bitty eyes I began to realize how ridiculous it was that I was scared of a little squirrel. I pushed my chest out and my shoulders back and marched over to that squirrel. I was going to tell him a thing or two. But he took action and slid by me running across my sofa onto the kitchen tile. He turned around and began yelling at me. I ran after him with a broom. It was literally squirrel vs. woman. He took off across the tile like a silver bullet and out the french door onto the patio and leaped for the tree. There he continued yelling at me and I raised my fist and began telling him to stay out. Yup, I showed him.....and my neighbor who lives behind me that I don't know. I can only imagine how insane I must have looked. Can you imagine working in your yard and watching the woman next door yelling at tree with a broom in hand? Stupid squirrel!!! How's your weekend?

Thursday, October 22, 2009

The Salon

So I finally made an appointment to get my hair done. I've been pulling it back in a pony for the past month. I've been trying to grow it out but finally my roots are looking a bit on the shabby side. I even tried to cover it with a thick headband but it's just not working anymore. I'm normally on top of getting my color touched up but my last trip to the salon didn't go so great. I asked for dark red with bright red highlights. As I lifted my head from the bowl I noticed the girl across from me gasp and her eyes bulged. I took this as a bad sign and for good reason because my hair was orange. Not red but bright pumpkin orange! It took nearly 5 hours for them to fix my hair. We ended up covering it with some thick blond highlights and all and all it turned out as my hair began growing it grew into a pretty golden color. Not bad at all. I even had a guy at the grocery store tell me I looked like the "fine" news girl on channel 2. Still can't figure out what bothers me more; the fact he was missing a tooth, smelled like beer, and was sporting a mullet or the fact that this was my first compliment in ages and I was actually flattered, LOL!

You'd think this would be my worst salon experience. Not a chance. My worst salon experience was about 8 years ago. I was living in New Orleans and was trying to survive the humid summer months. I remember I was sweaty and hot when I arrived at the salon. I quickly changed into a smock and began eagerly flipping through the latest issue of People magazine. As I was reading an article my nose began twitching and sneezing. I grabbed a Kleenex from my purse and went back to reading the article. Within seconds I noticed I was getting strange glances from people walking by. Finally my hairdresser walked out from the back and began laughing. He told me to look in the mirror. I looked like Magnum PI with a thick black mustache. I was wearing mineral makeup back then and a piece must have fallen on my upper lip. When it began irritating my nose I wiped it across my upper lip with a Kleenex. I was sweaty so the black eyeliner smeared into a large thick line across my face. Not one person told me but just starred (how rude). However, I was in New Orleans; they probably thought I was in drag, LOL!

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

The missing Hershey Bar

I've been dieting (after I saw a very unflattering photo of myself) and within a week have already fallen off the wagon. Tonight I was craving chocolate sooo bad that I climbed out of bed and made my way down the hallway in pink fuzzy slippers and all to the kitchen. I pulled the top off the cookie jar (my secret stash) and reached inside to find it EMPTY! I flipped on the kitchen light and peered into my cookie jar; no Hershey almond bar to be found. Hubby! Immediately I knew he had found my stash once again. How could this be? That cookie jar has been empty for nearly 3 years and it's sole purpose is for decoration. How did he know that I slid my emergency chocolate in there? I mean, it was the perfect hiding place.

My tingling chocolate senses told me that there was chocolate in the house. I thought it was odd that he was so eager to run to the grocery store last night to pick up a few items I needed. That meant one thing and one thing only, CHOCOLATE RUN! Ok, but where would he stash all that delicious chocolate? Sherlock Holmes would have checked the room he spent the most time in, his office. I looked everywhere, desk, bookshelves, closet, but came up empty handed. Then just as I was about to leave I noticed one of his diploma's was off centered and turned to the right. I slid my hand behind the frame and I hit the mother load. Peanut m&m's, Hershey kisses, chocolate covered pretzels. Holy cow! I did as any woman half crazed for chocolate would do and wiped out an entire bag of m&m's, handfuls of kisses, and a couple of pretzels. I think I have consumed about 3 days worth of calories in one night. Ok, why did I have to go looking for that stash? I was going to break off a few squares from my Hershey bar and now I went crazy and ruined my diet. Tomorrow is going to be a carrot and celery day for sure. And I have to explain to my husband where his missing chocolate is. We don't even have kids or a dog I could blame, LOL! But in all fairness he created this monster when he stole my Hershey bar. Yup, completely 100% his fault. Think he'll buy it (wink).

Friday, October 16, 2009

My Yard

Today is a beautiful afternoon and perfect for working in the yard. A cold front hit last night and the temps are mild for southern Texas. I've been pruning my trees and bushes back. There are tons of butterflies in the yard that have been flying around me. God has made some beautiful things. I decided to take a few snap shots of my flower beds before the winter months begin to roll in. If you look at one picture you'll see my little yard bunny. He's my first outdoor bunny. I love bunnies and I'm starting to collect them. I got him at a garage sale for only $1.00 this past spring. I think he was worth much more but I gladly forked over $1.00 to get him. Awww, I wish Houston's weather was always as nice as it is today. However, then it would only attract more people. I think 5 million people living in one city is big enough, LOL!

Have a fantastic weekend................................

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Retro Kids Cooking

I came across this really great retro cook book for kids. I think it would make a fantastic Christmas gift for someone who has children. Teaching kids to cook is such an important skill that goes overlooked these days. Look how many young women who do not know their way around the kitchen. What a fun way to spend quality time (cooking). Just thought I would share with y'all....

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Retro Rocket Thursday

It's been awhile since I've posted "RETRO ROCKET THURSDAY" so I thought since it's been long overdue I'd make today a blast from the past. Hang on ladies as we step back in time to the year 1951....

Top 10 Songs in 1951

1.) Sixty Minute Man by Dominoes

2.) Rocket 88 by Jackie Brenston

3.) Dust My Broom by Elmore James

4.) Cry by Johnnie Ray

5.) Too Young by Nat King Cole

6.) Cold Cold Heart by Hank Williams

7.) Glory of Love by Five Keys

8.) Three O'Clock Blues by BB King

9.) Hey Good Look'n by Hank Williams

10.) How High The Moon by Les Paul & Mary

Academy Awards 1951

Best Actor
Humphrey Bougart for "The African Queen."

Best Actresses
Vivien Leigh for "A Streetcar Named Desire."

Best Movie of 1951

An American in Paris

Sports in 1951

20 year old "Willie" Mays joins the NY Giants

Harry S. Truman is the President of the United States

Popular T.V. Shows of 1951

I Love Lucy
Hopalong Cassidy
The Lone Ranger
Amos'n Andy
The Jack Benny Show

Economy during 1951

*U.S. involved in the Korean War

Average income $3, 515
New Home $16, 000
New Car $1, 800
Gallon of Gas .23 cents
Min. Wage .75 cents
Postage stamp .03 cents

Books Published in 1951
Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Howdy, y'all....

Sorry it's been awhile since I've blogged. I've been super busy and this week I caught the flu, yuck! But I'm back and logged on. I can't wait to see what y'all have been up to. Hope everyone is happy, blessed, and healthy.