Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Tea of the Week

Don't you just love the little pyramid tea bags?

With all of the amazing flavors to choose from, why would anyone choose to drink plain old black tea?

I really need to find a favorite, because it takes me so long to decide which box I'm taking home form the store. It probably adds a good 5-10 minutes on to my grocery shopping time.

One probably shouldn't make tea decisions based on the shape of the tea bags, the color of the tea bags, or how "cute" the box is.

What can I say. It really is all about the presentation for me.

Enjoy the rest of your week.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

The Amazing Race

Are you a fan of this show?

We love it! We love it so much that every season we say "We can do that." "Let's do it."

We are still sitting on our couch watching.

We already have passports.

The current show is a "bring back all of the favorite teams that didn't win" season.

Two of the teams are from Kentucky. I wonder if that lessens our chances of getting picked in the future?

Both of the teams are a little wacky, so try not to judge the whole state by the things they say and the way they look. There are unusual people living in every state, including yours.

I'm not sure which team I rooting for yet. I'm a little partial to Margie and Luke

and Zev and Justin
If you have never watched and you love to travel, give it a try Sunday nights 8:00 Kentucky time.

Monday, February 21, 2011

Daffodil Power

What could be more cheery than Daffodils?
I picked these up at Kroger last week and have been waiting (sort of patiently) for them to open.
Today was the day and really these pictures do not do them justice.
They just remind me of bursts of sunshine, something that we are surely lacking around these parts.
I'm keeping my fingers crossed that the squirrels didn't eat all of the bulbs that Alan planted for me last fall.
Hopefully in a few weeks I'll be showing you pictures of our yard full of daffodil sunshine.

Sunday, February 20, 2011

A Walk in the Park

The temperature made it up into the 50's yesterday and we decided to take advantage of it by taking the dog to Water Front Park. The park runs along the river with great views of both downtown Louisville and Indiana across the way.

You can tell that there weren't many other people out and about. I guess 54 degrees is still a little chilly for folks around here.
Maybe they are waiting for the grass to turn green and the trees to get some leaves.

Some day we are going to eat at Joe's Crab Shack. Alan is pretty sure that even though the sign says that "Joe knows crab", he probably knows chicken too. I'm hoping for hush puppies.

Not quite sure why there is a giant Abe in the park. Maybe if I had taken the time to read the signs it would make sense.
Alan says that this Corps of Discovery plaque is a way mark and has something to to with Louis and Clark. I'm taking his word on that.
I know that some of you are being hit by yet another big storm. Hopefully it's the last and spring is really on it's way.

Saturday, February 19, 2011

You've Got Mail

The doorbell rang. When I opened the door, no one was there just a brown box sitting on my front porch. A brown box that I was not expecting to arrive until sometime next week. What a happy surprise.
I know that you already are aware of how I feel about Pottery Barn. I have been admiring these drapes in the catalog ever since we moved into the house. They don't carry them in the store, so I was having a difficult time deciding how they would look in person. I imagined the colors to be a little bit brighter, but now that they have been hanging up all afternoon and some of the wrinkles are falling out. I think they are quite charming. Maybe even elegant in a cute kind of way.

I'll let Alan make the final decision.

I can hear you laughing. OK, so my guess is we will keep them. What do you think?



Friday, February 18, 2011

Tea of the Week

This weeks tea is Green Tea with Peach from Bigelow. We used to drink the Green Tea with Mango, but I can't find it here. The peach is pretty tasty hot or cold. I have to admit, that the real reason that I buy it is because I love the color green of the box and individual packages. It's bright and goes perfectly with all of the red stuff in the kitchen. Is that a silly reason or what?
One of my favorite treats with tea is a little slice or two of my Grammy's banana bread. When cleaning out the freezer, which was long over due, I found half a loaf all wrapped up tight in foil. I couldn't believe my luck.
I'm off to enjoy my little snack while I look through my new sock pattern book. Who could ask for more?
I'll post the banana bread recipe above in "I Love the Taste of..." It's the best way I know to use up questionable bananas.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Even More of My Favorite Things

Since I mentioned my quilting/sewing favorite things, I thought it only fair that I also tell you about my new knitting favorite things.
I just discovered these Chiaogoo needles. I have always been a fan of bamboo needles. I liked the fact that they weren't slippery and my stitches stayed on. But these little babies are amazing. They are pointy,they have a little bend in just the right place and the "cute" red cord is very flexible and red. If you need new needles, give these a try.
my other new favorite are these Chibi darning needles. They have a big eye and a little bend at the tip that makes sewing up a seem a piece of cake.
Who wouldn't love a cute little lamb tape measure and even cuter sheep stitch markers?
I love my knitting "stuff".
I am a happy knitter!

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Tulip Time

Don't you just love tulips?
When you buy them they are all tightly closed up and you have no idea what is hiding inside.
Then, overnight POW!
I am particularly found of these with the black and yellow center. They match my living room perfectly.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

What's for Breakfast?

When I reached into the fridge this morning to grab the 1/2 & 1/2 for my coffee, I found a container of beautiful strawberries and was I ever bummed.
I had planned to dip those babies in chocolate and serve them to my sweetheart last night for a little Valentine's dessert.
Oh well... maybe next year...
At least they didn't go to waste. That would have been even worse.

Monday, February 14, 2011

Happy Birthday Grace!

19 years ago today, we were blessed with the best Valentine ever. The sweetest, most precious little girl. Her brother called her his "cute heart" but we called her Grace.

19 years have passed by so quickly. You will always be our little girl. What an amazing young woman you have become. So independent, so confident and so full of life.

Thanks for spending yesterday with us.
Lunch at P.F. Chang's and Fiddler on the Roof at the Lexington Opera House. What a lovely afternoon.

Happy Birthday/Valentine's Day!


Friday, February 11, 2011

90 Days

I haven't talked much about my job. To be perfectly honest when I first started at Baptist Eastpoint I was totally overwhelmed. TOTALLY. Never having worked in a medical setting, the whole experience was foreign and made me feel very incompetent. I've been a speech pathologist for 25 years and I don't think that I've ever really lacked confidence the way I did upon starting this job.

Thank goodness the people that I work with were supportive and encouraging. It's a pretty close knit group of SLP's, OT's and PT's. Thank goodness Alan was also there to greet me with a hug and dinner when I finally would get home, usually frustrated with myself for being so slow to catch on to the computer system or the reporting procedures.

I was beginning to think that you really can't teach an old dog new tricks.

But... and it probably should be BUT, eventually all of the pieces fell into place and everything just clicked. I GOT IT! and now I can't even believe that it was all such a big deal at the time. This week marked my 90th day with the Baptist Health Care System. I had to have an official review with my supervisor and the good news is I passed and they are going to keep me, at least a little while longer.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Tea of the Week

English Breakfast Tea was my mom's favorite tea. She drank it in the morning and in the afternoon. She always added a "drop" of milk. Mom was not a coffee drinker. She could not stand the stuff. She even tried to convert my dad from coffee to tea. A few years back he started drinking a cup with her. I think it was just to be nice, because my dad is serious about his coffee.

When I was young my mom drank Lipton Tea, probably because it was the only kind you could get. She is from Boston you know, so I'm sure the whole tea thing for her was just a given.
I'm not sure where the Vienna Finger cookie addiction came from, but she loved those plain tasting little biscuits too. It just so happens that they are one of Alan's favorite cookies too. So in honor of my mom, (and because the box is red) this weeks tea of choice is...


Tuesday, February 8, 2011

More of My Favorite Things

On to the "sewing room". OK, so it's really the guest room, but for right now it's where I sew, so I'm calling it the sewing room. The room is not really one of my favorite things, but my sewing machine sure is. I have had 4 sewing machines in my lifetime to date, and this one is just the best ever. It's made by Brother and it's designed for people who love to quilt. It does all the regular sewing stuff too, but it makes quilting so much easier. My favorite feature is that it practically runs itself. I don't have to use a foot pedal. See the little red light on the front? That's a button that you use to make it start and stop. Super cool!Second favorite sewing item. See that fancy looking tool sitting on my sewing machine? Here, let me give you a better look. This is a fancy, shmancy seam ripper. It was given to me by my favorite quilting buddy Barb, and I'm starting to think that I can't live without it. Seriously. I sewed and ripped so much this past weekend, that I know for a fact that without this tool, the quilt I was working on would not have gotten finished. Thanks Barb. It's nice to know that your friends don't think you are perfect and plan for your mistakes. You are the best!!!

Monday, February 7, 2011

A Few of My Favorite Things

I thought I'd continue with the whole February is all about LOVE theme and share with you a "few of my favorite things" (I'm singing that just like Julie Andrews...) Anyway, I'm starting in the kitchen as usual. Do you guys spend as much time in your kitchens as I seem to? It's amazing how much time cooking and cleaning up takes. I guess it's a good thing that the kitchen is my favorite place to be. There's really not that much to my kitchen. I will say that the layout is perfect for cooking. Everything I need is within reach, plenty of counter space and open to the rest of the downstairs so that I don't feel like I'm missing out on anything. I've always wanted a RED kitchen. When Alan and I first got married, that was the plan. Somehow until now that just never worked out. I sure do wish that I still had the red and white dishes that we bought way back in 1984, but they just weren't meant to last through 2 kids and 4 moves.

I know that I have talked plenty about my Big Red Pot. But I do LOVE, LOVE, LOVE it.

I also LOVE these cute little polka dot pots. I need to figure out more ways to use them.

Finally I thought you might like to know what my current favorite cookbooks are. I visit with most of these talented ladies everyday when I read their blogs. It's weird how it makes you feel like you know someone that you've never met. I would LOVE to meet them all. I wish I could spend an afternoon in their kitchens just soaking up the atmosphere and wisdom. Just in case you would like to get to know them too, you can visit them here.
Got to go cook dinner!

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Happy February!

I don't think I wished you all a proper
"Happy February"!
I got so excited when I heard that the groundhog didn't see his shadow. Spring is on it's way...

In the meantime I'm still trying to stay warm and drinking hot cocoa is one sure way to do it, especially if your hot cocoa has the cutest little pink marshmallow hearts floating in it.

I picked up a box of this Swiss Miss Dark Hot Chocolate mix, because we all know that dark chocolate is heart healthy and since February is all about the "heart" and since I'm all about sticking with a theme it just seemed like the right thing to do.

I'm not sure that hot chocolate with heart shaped marshmallows is exactly what one should drink while watching the Super Bowl, but that's what I'm planning to have, and you can be sure that I will be lifting my mug in honor of those
Green Bay Packers.

Hope you have a sweetheart of a weekend.


Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Tea of the Week

There used to be a time when I would go to bed, fall asleep, sleep all night and wake up when the alarm rang. I'm not exactly sure when this simple routine began to change. Some tell me that it's stress, some say hormones, some say it's all just part of the aging process. Whatever it is it's making me crazy.

Now my routine looks something like this. I go to bed. I lay there for sometimes hours trying to shut off my brain. Trying to sleep. Finally I fall asleep, only to wake up a few hours later needing to go to the bathroom. It takes another long while to get back to sleep. The alarm clock (usually Alan) wakes me up. I go back to sleep for a bit and then the other alarm clock (Maggie) wakes me up again.

I'm sure that if I got more exercises, more yoga, read more boring books things could get better, but why go to all that effort when one can just drink a soothing cup of SleepyTime Tea? Does it work you ask? Well, that depends. I have to drink it early enough that it doesn't contribute to the needing to go to the bathroom problem, but not so early that the soothing affect wears off before I get through the whole getting ready for bed rituals. It's a dilemma.

I will tell you that it smells wonderful and at this point I'm willing to try just about anything.