Monday, October 31, 2011

Happy Halloween

Vintage Halloween 2004

Hope you all have a spooky halloween......

I had a wonderful Birthday weekend 
Katelyn made me a seven layer
rainbow cake with cream cheese frosting
yes my stomach hurts today..
it was worth it....

Here is a copy of an email my boot camp trainer sent me for my birthday..

Dear Kathy,

Don't think of the calories, just think of the pleasure and enjoy a birthday that is beyond measure!!! Hope you have a wonderful day and many more years of health and well being! We will be catching you soon for a killer damage control workout just in case things got a little out of control. If not, consider it a bonus! Have a great one!


I guess he has me figured out.....

Happy Halloween! 

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Sunday in My City -Wings

Happy Sunday
Joining Unknown Mami today for Sunday in my city stop by and travel the world!
Last night we took my parent to the Anchor Bar in downtown Buffalo
home of the original Buffalo Wing since 1964.

We have been there once before but didn't have wings
why you ask? 
Because my health nut of a hubby ruined it with the calorie count per wing!
But my parents are visiting and we wanted the wing experience!
They were really GOOD
We ordered a plate of 20 mild! 
4 each...I think that is equivalent to a slice of Cheese Cake!

The after real before picture because we ate them so fast! 

If you are ever in Buffalo, New York
go to The Anchor Bar
for the wings and atmosphere
it's worth a trip!

Have a wonderful Sunday! 

Friday, October 28, 2011


Happy Friday.....
Happy Halloween weekend....
It's my Birthday weekend...
What you don't get a birthday weekend?
Sorry that is really should do something about that !
What does that even mean...well in my book...
it means I'm done cooking for the weekend and it's all about me! 

It snowed yesterday...for a couple hours
It didn't real stick to grass just kept coming down
it was more like snain (snow/rain)
It's really cold today...frost on the ground
Did I mention my parents are here visiting from Arizona 
My Dad has been wearing his vest in the you think he's cold?

Katelyn is making my birthday cake, it's a surprise! First time ever I haven't picked out my cake!
She said don't worry you will love it!
I hope it is something like this...

Today at my boot camp class we are working out with pumpkins.....real ones!
They are all different sizes...I'm getting there early to pick the smallest! 
I told my trainer I was bringing my own from Michaels
 you know a foam kind that weigh 3 oz.....
I'm a little scared.....

Have a wonderful weekend! 
Happy Halloween!

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Wednesday Hodgepodge

1. What gives you goosebumps?

Certain Amazing grace, The National Anthem 
And stories about unbelievable things...
oh and when it's really cold out!

2. Halloween-are you a lover or a hater? Okay, that sounds harsh...Halloween-yay or nay?

I don't hate Halloween but there are many reason why I'm not a huge fan...hopefully I won't offend Birthday is the day before so my whole life my cards were halloween, my cake and gifts all halloween...hated working in grocery store on halloween all walks of life dressed in outrageous costumes made IDing for beer and cashing checks impossible. Always worried that we would get robbed by Frankenstein or a witch! 

3. Can you respect someone you do not trust, and can you trust someone you do not respect?

No on both...respect and trust are earned not just given, once one is lost the other goes out the window. 

4. Apples or oranges? Yes, you have to choose.

Apples definitely smothered in caramel...or plain works too! 

5. What is something you wish was in your town? (shop, restaurant, attraction, etc)

Oh this could be a long list....
Cafe Rio (best fresh mex in SLC, Utah)
Tai Pan ( huge wholesale for public home decor store in SLC, Utah)
Are just a few....

6. What non-food item is in your refrigerator or freezer?

Ice pack in freezer

7. Are you at all superstitious?

Sure black cat, ladders....not stepping on cracks or anything crazy like!

8. Insert your own random thought here.

Is any one watching the Anderson show? He replaced Oprah for me....omg I just love him! His day time show is so interesting and fun plus seeing a whole different side of him. I ❤ Anderson Cooper...shh don't tell my Hubby! 

Stop by and join the Hodgepodge over at Joyce's place...From this side of the Pond

Have a great day! 

Monday, October 24, 2011


We finally went and bought our carving pumpkins this weekend...
One thing I do like about living rurally is all the farmers...
You have your pick at every corner....

And the prices and selection are like none other...
These are called peanut squash...outside looks and feels like peanut shells...$2.50 each.
Not sure what you do with them but I thought they were cool.

Then there is the bumpy pumpkins for $2.50 each....

My favorite the goose neck gourds for $3.50
I'm going back for a couple and dry them out...
I guess it takes a year to dry them, then who knows maybe paint them...

Not sure what kind of gourds these are snake gourds...they were a little creepy.....

Katelyn drilling her pumpkin, idea seen on Pinterest....

Craig is putting the finishing touches on his pumpkin...

Tadaaaaaaaaa...mines the owl one...but I was only aloud to trace owl on pumpkin 
apparently I'm not good with knives.

Happy Monday!! 

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Sunday in My City

I'm not sure when Unknown Mami started this meme she wanted this kind of post....
But when you live rurally this is a big part of my city...
We do not have regular sanitation service in my village....
you go to the transfer station aka dump
don't you think transfer station sounds better more classy!
We live about a 1/2 mile away from ours which is so convenient.

Makes my hubby smile

Sometimes I think he looks for things to throw away...
But it makes it nice when you have projects and lots of waste... 
He is especially happy to have his pick up

Load everything in and haul it away in minutes...
The hours are frequent and long...
So if the garbage is smelly and over flowing, off we go..
They have a spot for non recyclables, paper, plastic, old oil,
electronics, clothing....building materials and brush.
♻They recycle everything here♻

Sometimes the whole family has to come...

She loves it especially....NOT! 

My favorite part of the Transfer Station is the mulch that is recycled from the brush...
It's free (well I guess our taxes we pay so not really free)
We fill our flower beds several times a year with it....

So there you have it...
Katelyn says it's sad I've gone from doing Sunday's in my city in Paris to the dump! 
Happy Sunday all! 

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Addicted to all the Keep Calm's

This one is my favorite.....Today! Happy Saturday! 

Source: via Bobbi on Pinterest

Friday, October 21, 2011

Friday Friday oh baby baby....

Happy Friday!!!

It's another rainy day here...
But I'm happy because 
this guy will be home today...

and my parents are coming Monday for a week...

and in 9 days I will turn 46 40 again!!

Have a wonderful weekend!!!

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Wednesday Hodgepodge

1. How do you typically react in a sudden, extreme, pressure-filled crisis? Would we want you nearby in an emergency? 
Depends on situation once working at the grocery store while in college I walked out to call police as the gunman stood there demanding money. My mind went to call 911 so I left to do that and in turn he turned the gun on another employee. Stupid and dangerous of me to just leave. 

But once witnessing an accident I quickly pulled over and assisted the scared injured women waiting with her until police came and medical help came.  

2. Caramel apple-caramel sundae-caramel corn-caramel macchiato...of the four, which carmel treat would you choose?
Caramel Apple hands down...

3. Is there such a thing as destiny? Explain.

I do.....explain ummm I think all things happen for a reason...

4. What's your favorite piece of furniture? I'm referring to something currently in your possession as opposed to something on your wish list.

Probably my bed....when I'm somewhere else I'm always happy to sleep in own bed.

5. Wednesday night marks the start of the 2011 Baseball World Series. Did you know? Do you care? Will you be watching? Ever been to a professional baseball game? If you're not an American do you find the title 'World Series' annoying or amusing?

I'm not a huge baseball fan, I won't watch but will follow the news on who wins. Yes it bugs me that it's called World Series. With that Go Rangers! 

6. A sound that takes me back to my childhood is____________.

Ice cream man truck....nails on a chalk board....uum I'm sure theres more.

7. On average, once you've linked your hodgepodge post to mine how many other participant blogs do you visit? Do you ever come back to the Hodgepodge later in the day or even the day after to read posts?

I try to visit several above mine...and follow a few..sometimes I'll visit the ones that comment on mine....really depends on the day of how busy I am or not.

8. Insert your own random thought here.

We have a new trainer at boot camp and he yells ...I hate it and want to punch him! Seriously this is not a military type workout and I don't need someone over me yelling as I do push ups...I want to complain but hoping someone else does instead....I'm a wimp and non confrontational !

Happy Wednesday Join the fun head over to Joyce's at From this side of the Pond.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

It's all about Katelyn ♥

Yesterday was a long awaited day for accessory whore girl!
Remember back in August she had surgery on her torn ear lobe aka butt ear!

It is healing nicely, still a scar...eight weeks after surgery...

Today was piercing day...not the same screams and crying as in Kindergarten...
She gave me the look like holy crap that hurt!!!
So in three weeks she can change her earring and get back to her accessory ways!

Also tonight I made her favorite
Tomato Soup and grilled cheese...recipe from PINTEREST 

It was delicious !!!

Recap from last weeks event...
Last Thursday was National Honor Society she is..

We couldn't be more proud!

Katelyn my number one girl ♥ 

Monday, October 17, 2011

Happy Monday!

Boy did it rain this weekend......and the wind, was something else! It was a weekend of staying in your sweats and cuddling by the fire! Well that's what I did while Katelyn was doing homework and hubby was fixing her car in garage. While sitting by the fire I was pinning on PINTEREST my latest obsession.

Hey in my defense the house was clean, groceries were stocked, laundry done.....etc......!

 My rainy day fun....

Heres a recipe I pinned. I'm making this for Katelyn it's her favorite soup- Tomato basil  and a side of grilled cheese! Yum...

I want to re-cover our living room couches and arm chair via slipcovers. Right now they are a green,red,tan plaid and I want something more neutral like this picture.

Or maybe tan so I can change up the colors with pillows seasonal. I love the idea of crisp white...but with my coffee spilling, red wine spilling family I don't know!

Lots of ideas and inspirations found on PINTEREST

Like this:

I'm going to print and frame for my Thanksgiving mantel

And this for Christmas, which is about 98 days away!!

And how about this laundry room...omg! I think this is brilliant idea. Who would'nt love doing laundry and ironing while watching your favorite shows.

Dreaming of going here some day.....maybe for my 50th...!
Santorini, Greece

And my favorite quote found

Yes it is.....
Not raining far..going to head outdoors and live life today!
Happy Monday!

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Do you Pinterest?
We have had so much fun pinning and finding fun things....
One thing I love is the up-do and different hair tutorials.
Not for hair is hopeless...but Katelyn has beautiful thick long hair.
Most days she straightens it and on the real humid days she curls it.
She found this solution on Pinterest it's curl your hair with no heat. 
Basically you put your hair in a high pony and wrap a toeless sock to form a bun. 
If your interested watch the video.
It worked on Katelyn and made amazing curls.

Sock bun...sleep all night with it...

Results the next morning...gorgeous uh?

Happy Thursday all...

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Wednesday Hodgepodge and a birthday wish!

1. Have you ever been 'asked' to report for jury duty? Were you chosen to serve? If not, were you happy or disappointed?
Yes several times, I was never chosen to serve....usually disappointed but relieved also. 

2. On a scale of 1-10 (with 10 being very), how mechanically inclined are you? Give an example to back up your answer.

I'd say a 1 but if I had to be I probably could raise to the occasion. My hubby is very mechanical so he handles anything  in that arena.

3. Beets-cabbage-cauliflower-butternut squash....of the four, which is your favorite fall vegetable?

I love roasted cauliflower... but some butternut squash is a close second.

4. What do you recommend to overcome self-pity?

I try to think positive and know that in the grand scheme of things there is far worse things going on in the world today. 

5. Do you enjoy classical music?

Sure there is a time and place for all my next door neighbor that blares Italian Opera and sings along...not such a fan. 

6. October is National Book Month...what's on your reading list this month?

Sad to say nothing.....need to head over to GOODREADS and see what's up. 

7. What is your idea of 'cute'?

Any that makes me go ahhhh! Babies of any kind.....elderly couple holding hands...

8. Insert your own random thought here.

Today is my sister Karen's 50th Birthday!!! Happy Birthday you and miss you!
I wish I could be there to help celebrate! 

Happy Wednesday all.....stop by Joyce's at From this side of the pond for more Hodgepodge!