Tailgating OSU Style

Saturday a group of us gathered on the campus at Oklahoma State University to tailgate before the game. We had chili, fritos, and all the goodies that go with it. I'm still so full!! Cynthia made these brownies and frosted them. Pretty spiffy for tailgating, don'tcha think?

This is Cheryl all bundled up. In true Oklahoma fashion it was very windy and we were cold. Thank goodness for blankets and sweatshirts. You can see the duck pond on the campus behind Cheryl. It's very pretty. There are lots of Cypress trees and their knobby knees are sticking up out of the water and ground.

My husband Paul was one of the chili cooks. He always makes this recipe that won the Terlingua Pride chili cook off years ago. I will try to share it soon. John also made chili but I don't seem to have a picture.

This is Cynthia and her son Evan. Evan is a freshman at OSU.

Mark and Paul posing for the camera.

Our OSU student Spencer. He didn't even hang with us very long because he was freezing. I love this blue eyed boy!

There were several others in our group that I missed taking a picture of. Sorry guys.

Now as you know OSU did not win. Darn!! I will let you in on a secret - we came home to watch the game on TV (no tickets). I was so glad to be home and warm. :)

Just a Peek

Just a little peek at what we've been up to today. You know how it's always messy before it gets pretty. That's where we are right now...stuff everywhere! As time goes by I'm a less is more decorator during the Christmas holidays.

We are working on our Christmas tree. It's going to be a beauty. :) We include every kind of ornament under the Sun. I do not part with all the little ones the kids made over the years. Most of them have been glued repeatedly and are worn around the edges but they are too special to part with.

Katie is just worn out from all the festivities. She and Molly snuck some turkey this morning. It's hard to say no to a sweet doggy.

Thanksgiving 2008

Hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving. We sure did!

This first picture is flowers that my mom sent us. They are beautiful and made the perfect centerpiece on the table. Thank you Mom!

Here's a picture of Paul and Spencer frying a turkey for the first time. They set up a make shift table (wood and sawhorses) on the side of the house for their cook station. I don't know why they picked this spot - maybe out of the wind? Anyway, they cooked like pros and we ate most of it! We had a huge spread of delicious food. Did I remember to take pictures? Of course not.

Our friend Cynthia came to eat with us. We were so happy to have her company. Her guys are hunting in Texas right now.

This evening we met friends at the movies. We saw Four Christmases. It was hysterical! Very funny - four thumbs up!

I can't wait to see what y'all have been up to!

Thanksgiving Blessings

Freedom from Want by Norman Rockwwell


For each new morning with its light,
For rest and shelter of the night,
For health and food,
For love and friends,
For everything Thy goodness sends.

--Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)

Wishing all of you a very Happy Thanksgiving.




You just don't know how much you love your computer until it's sick!!! I think ours is all better now which leads me to this:

This is what happened with our computer...I think. A few weeks back our hard drive crashed and everything was wiped off. When we restarted I guess we didn't get virus protection back on...we didn't realize this. So at some point last Wednesday we were inundated with Trojan viruses and Adware.

To try to solve the problem I paid for and downloaded Norton Antivirus. It recognized several different Trojan viruses and quarantined them. However, each time we got back on the computer more viruses and more pop ups occurred.

Next, I contacted Norton and they told me that their program does not protect against pop ups. OK, fine!! They recommended Spy Doctor. I purchased and downloaded Spy Doctor. No difference - no help.

College son came home and downloaded Spybot Search and Destroy from the internet. Guess what - it was free and it worked.

So file this in your memory Spybot Search and Destroy. I am in a happy place now. :) I thank you all for your moral support.

Bloggy Goodness

My sweet Texas friend Sheilia has shared the Bloggy Goodness Award with me. Shelia you don't know how you've made my day because I'm still in quite the computer dilemma here and it's driving me crazy. My son is allowing me the use of his laptop right now because I have to visit y'all!!

You girls are all so fun and you keep me company. It's amazing what I can do around the house and run back and forth to the computer. If I run from one end of the house to the other to check a blog does it count as exercise?

Now I'm supposed to pass this on to a few others -

Cynthia of Cynthia's Cottage Design this ones for you. You are so sweet and I love to stare at your pictures.

Karol at Home Sweet Home Inspiration you deserve this Bloggy Goodness Award for sending me the message about malware. By the way, malware is a word I've never heard before the last few days.

Angie of The Happy Homebody please accept this Bloggy Goodness. The projects you do and your darling home inspire me.

Ms. Tee at Delightful Home is a project queen also. Go check out her beautiful flower arrangement/tutorial.

Kelli at There Is No Place Like Home has a beautiful blog with crafts, good food, decorating AND she keeps us reminded to be Thankful!

Those of you who have already cooked your Thanksgiving or decorated a tree - please take this award..you've put me to shame.

Make It Stop!!

Help me please! Yesterday my computer was invaded by some pop up craziness. I have seen boobies and bobos galore - and I don't want to see them!!!

I have updated Norton Antivius...the pop-up blocker on Windows is on the highest setting...I DON'T KNOW WHAT TO DO!! The keyboard barely works! The protection on the computer says that everything is working correctly. They lie.

Anybody have an idea?

Giving Thanks for a Joyful Noise

Today I'm joining in with Kelli as we prepare for Thanksgiving. I try to be aware of the things and people I'm thankful for often. This time of year you can't help but have the mushy feeling over really small things though.

Right now, I'm so thankful that my son sings!! He's in the shower singing as we speak!! I have to type quickly. He's 16 and would not appreciate this mention.

Really, Tanner is an awesome Bass II singer. He can belt it out. I love to hear him when he doesn't know I'm listening. :) I'm so proud of him because he works hard at his craft taking private lessons and practicing daily.

He sings in two choirs at school. He loves to be in plays and musicals. I'm proud of him not just because he sings...he is a teenager who makes good life choices.

If These Walls Could Talk

If this wall could talk it would say, "Please take away the hammer!" or "For heaven's sake, use the measuring tape before you make another hole!!"

This is the wall above my red couch - today. The four small pics came from art.com and I framed them at Hobby Lobby. Let me see if I can find those pictures for you to see...

Well, here's one. You get the idea. They are very pretty in person. As usual it drives me crazy because the wall appears to be white - it's not.

I have absolutely obsessed about the walls in this room. You have no idea how many times I've tracked down my hammer and nails. There are a bunch of holes I need to fix. It's going to stay this way...honestly!

Polka Dot and Plaid Perfection

Mary, these pictures are for you.

Mary made the drapes in my living room. I love them so much!! I walk by all day long staring at them. :) Thank you very much for your wonderful sewing abilities.

Oh Tardevil

Oh Tardevil, I'm so glad you sent me this tag!! Let me confess the reason. Since I started this blog addiction I never read a book anymore!! It's so embarassing to admit that because I used to burn through books daily. My head is hanging low.

Here's the rules:

1) Open the closest book to you, not your favorite or most intellectual book, but the book closest to you at the moment, to page 56.

OK. Here goes..our computer sits at college son's desk. Can you guess what the book is?

2) Write out the 5th sentence, as well as two to five sentences following...

"But the owl lay motionless and pathetic as a toy on the floor of her cage. He could not take it in, and his terror for the others was paramount. He glanced over his shoulder and saw a mass of people moving, flares of green light, two pairs of people on brooms soaring off into the distance, but he could not tell who they were-"

Now, do you recognize the book? Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Did the brooms give it away?

I'm passing this little game on to:

Brenda at View from the Pines. Brenda lives in Texas!! Makes me miss my homeland! She takes the most beautiful pictures ever!

Nancy you give it a try too if you aren't too busy shopping and decorating.

Carrie, grab a book and get busy!!

BJ, put down that JCPenney catalog for a minute and share a book. :) Have you seen her bedroom? She's working on a project.

Ms. Tee which book is sitting close to you? Everyone go check out her pumpkin bread/cake recipe. Mmmmm!!

Amy, have you packed up all of your books? If not, join in. You girls need to see what Amy is up to. Packing and moving...can't wait to see how she decorates her new lodge style home.

Have a wonderful weekend friends.

Prepare to be Inspired

Girls, grab your coffee! We are hanging out at my friend Cynthia's house for a little bit. First let me tell you that she is a first class decorator. The vignette above is from her kitchen. In a week or two when she gets her Christmas decorations up we are going to see what she does.

Remember me telling you about the Keeper's of the Home presentation the other night that we attended? Well, Cynthia got busy after that.

We have been to Tuesday Morning, TJ Maxx, Target, Hobby Lobby, the gourmet food store, etc. Cynthia put these cute gifts together for friends - all inspired by what we saw that night. Check them out!

See the popcorn boxes? They came from Target. At our store there is an end cap that has bowls, popcorn, and all kinds of popcorn treats. That's where you will find them. The boxes contain a glass special edition holiday bottle of Coke, popcorn, & candy. Isn't that adorable for a neighbor or teen ager? If you were giving this to a family, you could give one for each person. The tray belongs to Cynthia...she was very careful to help make sure the pictures were perfect. Each of these gift boxes equal about $2.00. Woo-hoo!!

This beautiful picture frame came from Target. I think she said it was $5.99 or so. She printed scripture on a pretty piece of paper. There you have it! Around here, specialty shops sell pretties like this for a fortune.

Basket full of kitchen goodies. Can you see the Fa La La towels? Salsa dish, adorable napkins, etc. Want to arm wrestle for this basket?

Are you still with me? Run and refill your coffee!!

This cute box came from Tuesday Morning. I think it was about $4.00. She filled this with Christmas napkins, hot chocolate, and Ghiardelli candy! It all came together with that cute red and white theme. Adorable and again very affordable.

Now this is the last one for today.

This pretty container also came from Tuesday Morning. It is filled with cookie mix, a cookie dough scoop, pretty napkins, and a vintage looking Santa ornament.

We've been having fun working on these things together. Now get your girlfriends and get busy...remember to share your ideas.

Have a wonderful day!!

A Sweet Award from a Sweet Person

Daphine presented me with this Marie Antoinette award earlier this week. It's for "Keepin' it Real". Now let me tell you about real...I was honest with her and told her that doggies will pee pee in the house sometimes. We love our doggies anyway. I guess she still likes me. :)

(This is 14 year old Molly. She's oh so sweet but we have to watch her like a hawk, if you know what I mean.)

Daphine I sure have enjoyed getting to know you!! When you choose your puppy you will be very happy.

I am choosing not to pass this on. It's incredibly hard to single people out. If I'm visiting you regularly I consider you a friend and someone who is "Keepin it Real".

And speaking of real, I will admit now that I know nothing about Marie Antoinette. Guess I better do some research.

EDIT: I'm back again to say that I'm so mortified that I'm brutally honest about my little dog. We love her! Because of her I have ALL wood floors.

Coveting Dishes

I was just visiting Sweet Savannah and she posted dishes she really wants. The funny thing is that two seconds before that I was staring at these for the 100th time. These dishes are on the Sur la Table website. I've never been to the store - do they have them?

My yard is full of oak trees...is that good enough reason to need them?

Catalogs and websites are dangerous.

Monday Ramblings

Good Morning Girls! Sweet Carol at Carol's Heirloom Collection gave me this tag over the weekend. This is such a sweet award. I guess I'm supposed to tell 5 things that I would really like to do in my lifetime...

1. I really want to see Paula Deen in person. Paul & I want to do a cooking school.

2. I want to see both of my sons happily married and with kids. :)

3. I want to be married 50+ years to Paul.

4. I want to continue learning all sorts of things...keep my brain ticking.

5. I want to be healthy, happy, and surrounded by friends and family.

Now to pass this on. I don't know who has received this so Daphine and An Accomplished Woman I'm handing off to you girls!

Now on to another subject...

For the past two years I had a job which was one that I wanted very much. It turned out to be an absolutely soul stirring stressful thing!! Like have you seen "The Secret Life of Bees"? I'm talking about the sister that absorbed every emotion from the people around her? Well, that's what this job did to me. My supportive husband finally said, "I don't think this is making you happy." So I'm home now taking care of things in the way that we are most comfortable - less money but happier. This is a round about way to get to the holidays..are you still with me?

I'm so excited about the whole holiday season this year!

In preparation for everything I'm going to start some serious housework today. Have you visited The Hyper Homemaker? Oh my goodness, this lady makes me tired just looking at what she does. What I like though is she has a list! You know I like a list. Go check out her Ultimate Fall Cleaning Challenge.

I am not going to attempt to keep up with the daily list but I'm going to try to do everything she listed. Wish me luck!

Musical Memories

In about 1978, I was in high school and this senior with red hair asked me to go to a Maynard Ferguson concert at Six Flags Over Texas. I had never heard of Maynard Ferguson but I wanted to go out with him - he was a senior after all. Also you have to know that we were "band nerds" and I loved music.

That concert was something I will never ever forget. I was absolutely mesmerized by that trumpet. I remember the goosebumps and tears. Have you ever experienced music like that?

While Maynard was playing Maria on the stage other trumpet players came out from behind the crowd and we were surrounded by the music. I still get the same feeling when I listen to this song. I hope you like it - if not don't tell me. :)

No clue about the red head!

Maynard Ferguson
May 4, 1928 – August 23, 2006

Getting Ready for the Holidays

Last night I went with friends to an event at their church. The focus was preparing for the holidays and avoiding lots of stress. The sweet ladies who hosted us shared LOTS of ideas about little gifts to have on hand for people we run into all the time. You know, people who are part of your life in small ways...for us that includes piano teacher, voice teacher, math tutor, etc. These people are very important - they invest their time and energy for my son. They are a blessing!!

If you are like me, I'm often running to Panera or Starbucks at the very last minute to pick up gifts. Then I'm mad at myself because I don't even like it...I guess the part that I don't like is my lack of preparation and seemingly little thought that goes into them.

Here is the link to the website Keepers of the Home. The girls were planning to post their ideas today...at least some of them. Hope you find some that work for you.

Then today I visited Jennifer at Smelling Coffee. Jennifer has a similar theme going on her blog these days. I love people who think of all of this stuff - and then I can copy them!! Jennifer, thank you. I will be visiting often for good ideas.

On another blog (I wish I could remember) the brilliant author said she uses November to prepare for December. She is then able to really enjoy Christmas. I like this plan.

I know we are ALL trying to spend less this year. None of this is meant to take away from the importance of Thanksgiving either. This time of year I just think about how blessed I am and some of the people who add to that. I want to recognize some of these people.

So girls, share your good ideas!!

A Little Excitement

About three years ago a beautiful new Super Target was built about 2 miles from my house. Now let me just tell you that this situation is dangerous!! It got to the point that I was spending too much money there so I put myself on a "Limited Visitation" status with good ol' Super Target.

Yesterday I allowed myself to go and hang out - I needed some food! Truly!

I had time to just roam a little and it was so much fun! I just really took my time and enjoyed the sights, sounds, and smells. Christmas is out in full force, of course...they skipped Thanksgiving.

The music was playing carols. The Christmas trees were all decorated beautifully. There were lots of candles or something that smelled spicy.

I roamed through the toy department for awhile. I have a 7 year old nephew so I have an excuse to be there. I looked at dishes, clothes, books, you name it!

It was just an enjoyable hour with no purpose. Do you ever do that?

A Good Meal

When Spencer came home to vote yesterday, I wanted to give him a yummy dinner. He's very tired of campus food. We had roast & gravy, rice, carrots, & peas. For dessert we had JoAnne's Chocolate Pie.

You know when you get married some of your recipes come from your own family and some come from your husbands? This was my husband's mom's recipe. Make sense?

Give it a try it's so good. (To be honest I've had 2 pieces today.)

JoAnne's Chocolate Pie

3 tablespoons cocoa
3 tablespoons flour
1 cup sugar

Mix these three dry ingredients in a small bowl. Then put into medium size pot or double boiler.

1 cup milk
3 egg yolks

Whisk milk & yolks together lightly. Add to dry ingredients in boiler. On medium to medium high heat cook the mixture stirring constantly. After mixture thickens add:

1 tablespoon butter
1 teaspoon vanilla
4 or 5 large marshmallows

When you add the butter, vanilla, & marshmallows the pudding will thin a little. Thickens again as it cools. Stir continuously - I use a non-melt spatula and never stop until finished.

Pour into cooled pie crust. Top with meringue or whipped cream.

Vote America!!

19 year old Spencer drove home from college to vote with Mom today!!

It is the love of country that has lighted and that keeps glowing the holy fire of patriotism. ~J. Horace McFarland

Still Fluffing the Living Room

The picture below was stage 1 of getting the chairs back from the reupholstery wonder people. I'm still in awe of the great work that they did.  The furniture was in very good condition but faded and just in need of TLC. Had to look at it a few days..then began playing.This picture shows where I am now.  Still poofing but I was reminded of how much I love symmetry when this came together. This chest and mirror came from another room in the house.  Although this goes back to the days of white washed furniture, I'm still totally in love with it.  Love the curves and details.  Also love the storage. We use the three drawers for hubby's stuff, gloves and scarves, and the bottom drawer is a stash of magazines. It's all in the details so LOOK at this cutie that I found at a new shop here in Edmond. She is hanging from the top drawer of the dresser. I am really enjoying this process.  It has been an exercise in patience for me because it's just taking a long time to get all the parts to come together.  I think I told you that an ottoman is being made..won't be here until after Thanksgiving.  I'm waiting on that to decide whether or not to get a rug. We like for some rooms to have no rug because the floor is so pretty...we'll see.We had an electrician come a couple of weeks ago and put recessed lights in the ceiling.  Although over head lights aren't the prettiest they are necessary sometimes. Paul says it's like we've gained a new room in the house because he can see in there.Now, back to the other side of the room where you all gave me advice last week. I decided not to put plates above my sconce/shelves at all since they are beside the mirror.  Now I don't know WHAT will go there.  Also, it's a 10 foot ceilng so I need something above the print. Still looking for a great floor lamp, etc.  Let me know if you have any amazing ideas.

Another Breaking Bulletin

Nancy at Southern Lady is ready to kick off the holiday season. You know she makes the most adorable tassels and she would like to give one away to a lucky person. Go over and visit her for a chance to win. :)

Have You Seen This?

Ladies - We've been doing it wrong all along!!