Thursday, July 31, 2008
Wednesday, July 30, 2008
Woke up at 4 a.m. Monday morning because I was HOT.......the air conditioner had gone out. Monday's high was 105 degrees......mom is NOT happy! After a series of visits from "Abbot and Costello" air conditioning services, a night sleeping on grandma's couch, and way too many phone calls, it is now 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday and we FINALLY have cool air! Thank the maker!!! Even a cold margarita does not make Momma happy sweating in 100+ degree weather under the Texan sun. I love me some air conditioning!!!
Saturday, July 26, 2008
Wednesday, July 23, 2008
While visiting my parents at the lake, we actually were up at about 6:30 am and saw the most amazing sun rise come up over the lake. While I'm not a morning person (which really is a bother since I'm a school teacher!....I didn't like getting up early for school as a kid.......and now I have to be at school before the students!!), we happened to be up early in preparation for driving to Austin to visit some colleges with the Cupcake Princess. I've learned it's best to keep my camera near me at all times while we're at the lake......you never know what you might see! I'm definitely an amateur photographer, but I'm pleased with what I captured. It's so still, quiet, and peaceful in the mornings. Weather permitting, we drink coffee, read the paper and eat breakfast out on the deck as the day unfolds.
That particular night was one night before a full moon. The moon rose up over the lake like a white orb, leaving a trail of silver shimmer on the water. My little camera isn't fancy or high tech and I'm still figuring out all of the settings so I was shooting wildly as the moon continued to rise, continually changing settings. I think this is probably the best of the bunch taken that night. What a beautiful evening it was. A cool breeze is always blowing and the night time sounds of nature make the evening magical.......going home is such a welcomed retreat for the soul.
Thursday, July 17, 2008
Monday, July 14, 2008
I bought these two totes at the dollar store and just used stuff I had stashed around the house to glam them up a bit. My hot glue gun was SO happy to see the light of day for a change!! It's been stuffed away in my cabinet for WAY too long. I filled each of the totes with rose and other floral note cards, note pads, journals, and pens as well as some English Rose body butter and a candle. Here's maybe a better close up of each one of the totes........
Alisa, Sherry, and Teresa.........you were the catalyst and the inspiration! Thank you!!
Saturday, July 12, 2008
What's even worse is that they are only a dollar a piece and the bakery changes the decorations daily. The Cupcake Princess and Big Daddy have NO self control when it comes to these cookies........which means I have to go to the grocery store by myself or these cookies mysteriously wind up in my basket every time. They can put away the whole thing in one sitting.........I have to cut it up into parts and eat just a little at a time......and then have to add a couple more laps around the track as well. THE JOYS OF SUMMER!!!!!
Thursday, July 10, 2008
And THEN.........the mail came. I won a painting last week in a daily drawing at French Poppy http://teresaksheeley.typepad.com/my_weblog/. (Still trying to figure out how to drop in French Poppy so all you have to do is click on that to get to her website. I'm still new at this!) I was SO excited because I got to choose from all of Teresa's paintings and I just really fell in love with the Vin de la Maison.
It arrived yesterday, beautifully wrapped and with a lovely card attached. The card was just as impressive as the painting. Teresa designs cards, too. I'm taken with Robin's Egg Blue, Chocolate, and Vanilla colors right now.......maybe that's why I was so "in" to the card......don't know. It's silly, I know, but I felt very special to have won this!
Little things make a big difference! I am truly blessed.
Wednesday, July 9, 2008
With her hair looking lovely, we decided to check out a new off-price, shoe outlet. All of the shoes are $6.99...........could be nothing but "yuck", but maybe some treasures........we're always up for the hunt on shoe bargains! I found some great, cotton fabric, flats with pointy toes.....just love pointy toe shoes...and they even were black and white polka dots.......love that, too.......BUT NONE IN MY SIZE......only in Cupcake Princess's size! The apple doesn't fall far from the tree...they came home with us.......the Princess has been trained well!! :)
Of course, I couldn't leave without shoes, too. Found some fun sandals to wear this summer and back to school. Two pairs of shoes for about $15........it was a good shopping day!
Feeling successful in our shopping adventure, we decide to celebrate and the Cupcake Princess took me out to lunch at our favorite, local Mexican restaurant. Enjoyed queso, fajita nachos and a long visit together. She even kept her texting down to a minimum! Hopefully we'll have another chance again this month to spend the day together before she goes to Scotland in August. Summer's going by so fast!!