Go For A Ride

Today is “Go For A Ride Day.”

If this bus belongs to you, please come pick me up and take me for a spin!

Nothing beats a good bike ride.

I haven’t ridden a horse in years, but it sure is fun.

Did you ever ride an elephant?  My siblings and I used to when we went to the zoo.  They weren’t dressed as fancy as this one, but they had a similar box seat on top.

Before I die, I want to learn how to surf.


My SOA Books

I have my stack of books ready!

Heart of the Matter  – Emily Giffin

Just finished it.  Her 5th and latest book.  You cannot go wrong with this one.  She started with Something Borrowed and I’ve been reading her ever since.

Don’t You Forget About Me – Edited by Jaime Clarke

It’s a book on the films of John Hughes written by contemporary writers.  This one found its way into my stocking last Christmas and I’ve yet to read it.

Carrot Cake Murder and Apple Turnover Murder – Joanne Fluke

I’m such a huge fan of cooking mysteries.  Blame it on Diane Mott Davidson.  I love her books!  One Christmas, when her new book didn’t hit around Christmas-time, I was gifted a Joanne Fluke book.  She’s no Diane, but still pretty darn entertaining.

The Pillars of the Earth – Ken Follett

I was recommended this book by a dear friend last year and I finally checked it out from the library today.  Fingers crossed!

The Dream Book – Yehuda Berg

I am fascinated by my dreams.

The Cat Who Talked to Ghosts – Lilian Jackson Braun

This is only one of 30 “The Cat Who…” books about Jim Quillaram and his two cats, KoKo and YumYum.  The women in my family started reading “the cat” books when I was still in my teens.  We all love them.  Ms. Braun passed away in June of this year, so I thought I would reread them all.

Brilliant – Marne Davis Kellogg

She is my new (to me) favorite. I started this one last night.

Pearl in the Mist – V.C. Andrews

Apparently, I missed the V.C. Andrews bus during the 80s.  I’m enjoying catching up lately.

The Happy Hollisters and the Merry-Go-Round Mystery – Jerry West

Before I was into Nancy Drew, I love the Happy Hollisters.  I’ve been looking for these books every time I go into a book store and can never find them.  I actually came across this one in a thrift store the other day.  Can’t wait to share this with my kids.  When I’m finished reading it. 🙂

The Bobbsey Twins in the Country – Laura Lee Hope

Another childhood favorite.  Found this one when I found the Happy Hollisters book.

Sacred Sins – Nora Roberts

I love Nora.  I hadn’t read this one and found it on my bookshelf.  That is all.

Holiday Celebrations

Happy Independence Day! I love celebrating holidays.  One of my favorite things about holidays is making festive food.  I love the memories I am making for my kids and I sure don’t mind the “oohs” and  “aahs” when someone gobbles up the treats.  It makes me happy for people to enjoy my creations.  Here’s a peek of some of what we had over the holiday weekend.

Yummy Fourth of July Pancakes

Star shaped cheese quesadillas

Strawberry mini muffins dyed blue!

We also enjoyed other great food.  I think everyone’s favorite is the homemade ice cream.  Hope you all had a happy weekend celebration!

Get Motivated and Do It! SOA post

Hello all you Rhinestone Armadillo readers!  I have enjoyed reading the guest posts before me and I always enjoy reading what Miss Laura has to say.  I hope that everyone is having a truly awesome Summer!

My Summer would be a lot more awesome if I could get a lot of my projects finished.

Most days I can’t finish a tv show, much less a project.  Know what I mean? But I have to do something.  I need to.  It’s in my dna.  I have found that time is usually not the problem.  It’s motivation.  I want to make some new things for my shop, but by the time I get everything out, I’ve got something else to do.  Sigh.  Such is my life. My other problem is that I see a million and one things that I want to do.  I end up buying supplies for 3 different projects and then don’t do them.  Do you do that?  Well, I want to change this about myself.  Who’s with me?

First step. Get organized.  I feel like I am being unbelievably selfish if I start a project without cleaning the house first.  So I clean and clean and clean.  Next thing I know, it’s supper time.  But this happens more often than not.  It’s important to me to have a clean house, but I really really need to create, too.  So do what you got to do to have a clear mind about the whole thing.  I like to recruit my kiddos to help me do a 30 minute pickup everyday now.  This has really cut down on the time suckage that is cleaning for me.   Anyway, clean up the area you are going to be working in.  It’s best not to use a central area, like a kitchen table.  But alas, sometimes that is all ya got.  Just make sure you can easily pick things up and move them whenever it’s mealtime.  Only get out the supplies you actually need.  Do you find yourself digging for ten minutes for a spool of thread or a red piece of scrapbook paper?  Have this stuff ready to go.  Do it the night before if you have to.  Need to completely organize all your craft stuff?  Me too.  Baby steps, people, baby steps.

(Gosh, I need this!)

Second step.  Pick a time of day that you can commit at least an hour for you to work.  Some people swear by nap time.  Personally, I need nap time to relax as well.  I have a better time frame sometime after supper.  The kids are winding down and I feel like I can actually give up some time for myself.  But hey, grab whatever time you can.  Just make sure you aren’t going to have to be getting up and down umpteen times to deal with other stuff.  Focus!

(This clock is so cool!)

Third step.  Relax.  Put on some music or any Real Housewives.  Or nothing.  Whatever floats your boat. I cannot work in chaos and half the time I feel like I’m living my very own Doris Day movie.  It is really hard for me to get this step down. Anything that lets you escape from Mommy duties just for a bit.

Okay, maybe that is a little too relaxing.  I think I would probably fall asleep.  You get the idea!

The best motivation for me is to actually finish a project.  When I’m done, I’m so proud of the accomplishment that I usually start preparing a new one.

Still not motivated?  Get on Pinterest, craft blogs or pick up a magazine.  Get out of your comfort zone and try something new.  Go on now.  Get crazy with the cheese whiz.



The Kennedy’s

Did any of you watch The Kennedys when it aired on the Reelz channel?  I dvr’d it when it aired and I just now finished it.  I thought it was pretty good.  But, I’m a sucker for a mini-series about people in the public eye.  It always makes them seem so much more human to me.  Even if it’s not a completely accurate portrayal of them, I still feel like I get to know them better.

I hear that Kevin Costner will be starring in a mini-series about the Hatfields and McCoys.  Sounds like another good one.  I wonder if you can Netflix The Thorn Birds?


Remember those movies that they made for tv that starred people from all of the sitcoms of the time?  Those used to be my favorite! Especially Dance Til Dawn.

Hangover 2

Did you love The Hangover?  I did.  I really, really did.  Such a funny movie that I have seen very few movies since then that have been almost as funny.  That’s why I am so very disappointed at how bad The Hangover 2 was.  I mean, really bad.   I think I laughed maybe a handful of times.  I’m not going to bore you with my whole review of the movie, or any movie for that matter.  I either like it, love it, or hate it and that’s all you get!  And frankly, I don’t want to relive it.  Maybe it’s one of those movies that gets funnier the more times you watch it.  Like McGruber. Very very doubtful.


If you go see a movie this week, make it Bridesmaids. The Mr. and I saw it last Saturday and it was so good! Laughed until I cried. Seriously.

Summer Playlist

Submitting my playlist to my dear Laura over at the Rhinestone Armadillo!

Here are a few of our favorite Summer jams in no particular order –

Stir It Up – Bob Marley  I fondly remember the days where Jazz thought it was saying “Ce-re-al”

Summertime – DJ Jazzy Jeff and The Fresh Prince  Just a solid summer jam.  All feel good.  Every time.

Surfin’ Safari  or Good Vibrations(that’s the best one) – the Beach Boys  You just have to have a song by them as they are probably the kings of summer songs.

I Will Keep The Bad Things From You – The Damnwells It’s one of “our” songs.  It’s so good!

Hear Comes the Sun and When I’m Sixty Four- The Beatles  They are my favorite.  That is all.

Big Pimpin’ – Jay Z Earmuffs for the kids!

I could probably do this all night, but it’s getting late!