Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Sunshine equals spray paint

Happy Wednesday yall!  Here in Dallas lately we've been getting ALOT of rain. We totally need it but it's been very dreary. The dogs have wet muddy feet and our house smells like Fritos. Lol. 
We finally got a break this past weekend and the sun came out.  I've had a few projects waiting to be painted but can't do it if it's raining outside. 
I have lots of mismatched patio furniture and I was excited to start having some match for once.  I had a Pepto-bismol pink wicker chair and a big faded wooden rattan bowl chair that needed a facelift.  I chose a metallic paint that is more on the silver side but also has a tiny  hint of gold. 
I love the outcome and now I still have a green vintage metal chair to paint and I need to cover the seat that goes to the pink chair. Those are next.  I've been debating about the green chair because I love the rusty natural patina that comes with age but I want to make it look good so painted it will be! 

I'm still crazy busy with work and training for 6 hrs straight but I really do love it. This is the part of my job that I live for and is my favorite.  Training my coworkers is the best!  Just tiring and I'm losing my voice. lol. 
Have a great day everyone.  And thanks so much for your support and kind words for my mom.  One day at a time is all we can pray for to her health. I will post about it soon. 

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Life is hard and busy

Hey y'all, I cant believe it but I haven't blogged in 3 weeks.  I have too much going on. I am traveling for work which keeps me extremely busy.  My mom's health has really taken a huge downward spiral and was in hospital for a while. My brain is spinning and while I need to get it all out I cant.  I do hope to blog again soon but no guarantees. 
I will say that I was able to meet one of my favorite bloggers last week though when I traveled to North Carolina. Deb drove over 2 hours to spend the day in Raleigh and join me for dinner. I loved meeting her and we had a great time ( minus the bad shrimp).  She posted about it and here is the link:  Just Keepin it Real.

I miss blogging - I really do.  I want to come back this week or next week.  I need things to slow down personally in my life.

Have a great week!!

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

My cold rainy day project

This weekend in Dallas was just cold and ugly. We got a lot (4inches) of real fluffy snow in Friday and it snowed steady for hours.  With combination of snow and sleet from last week , it was wet outside and best to stay in. 
I have an old vintage Singer sewing machine that I've had for almost 10 years.  It belonged to my second cousin Nita and I'm not sure who's it was before her.  Nita passed away with cancer and before she died she had a garage sale to raise money for her bills. I bought the sewing machine and a cedar chest from her and gave the chest to another cousin.  The sewing machine was in really bad shape and it was in her outdoor she's for a while. Then when I got it, I had to put it in storage for a few years myself. There are huge water stains and some of the wood is lifting and chipped.  My plan is to actually put my portable sewing machine on top of this one and use it more like a table\ desk. 
I painted it with a plaster paint ( much like chalkboard paint) called Poppie. It's a shade of orange and I really like it. Not to mention I love the name Poppie ( my grandfather was called Poppy).  
I painted 3 coats and sanded it to still have the wood show through and look vintage.  Then I added 2 coats of poly sealer.  I'm very happy that it has a new life and it brightens up my craft room . 

Here are some doggy snow pics and even a scary selfie of me with no makeup.  I didn't even mention that last week I was supposed to travel to Ohio for work but my flights were canceled due to sleet. It worked out good for me that I didn't travel because I got super sick with the flu and upper respiratory infection.  I had to go to a urgent Doc in the box places because my doctor didn't open his office due to weather.  I'm on the mend and feeling tons of better this week! Still have a lingering cough but so does everyone else that I know. 

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Catching Up- Bob Seger,Girls movie night and Valentines with Tig

Oh my goodness! I was doing so good there for a few weeks on blogging and then BAM - I'm behind.  I have good reasons. Crazy busy with work and not feeling well.  So I left off here on the blog during the week of Valentines. I had such a fun and busy weekend.
It started with concert tickets to see Bob Seger that Thursday night (2/12).  Todd came home early from work and we went to dinner first at one of our favorite Mexican restaurants Avilla's. They have the best mango margaritas in town! After dinner we were real close to the stadium so we got parked. I bought a tshirt while the opening band was playing. I didn't even catch the name of them but they weren't famous.   The concert was fantastic!!! I grew up listening to his albums with my mom and I sang along word for word.  What was cool was I told Todd that I hoped he played 2 specific songs that were my favorites - and he actually opened up with first song with one of my songs. Yay!! 
The only bummer of the night is getting out of the parking lot after concert. What a nightmare! It took us over 45 minutes just to get out of the lot. Still worth it! 

The following night was Friday the 13th. I took the day off work because I had to get some blood work done that morning so my Dr will refill my meds. I got a pedicure after the clinic and went to the Harley shop for Todd valentine gifts. I had plans with some of my blogger friends to meet in Ft Worth to have dinner and to see a movie ( 50 shades of grey).  I rode with girlfriend Julie because she lived out in that direction and knew where to go . It was such a fun night! Matter of fact, I tried some real sushi and it was pretty tasty.  The movie theatre was also a studio grill which meant they served food and drinks during the movie.  I had a milkshake for dessert and it hit the spot. 
The movie was OK but I went to spend the time with friends that I don't see often  enough. 

Some photos borrowed from Julie.

Valentine's Day fell on a Saturday this year and it happened to be gorgeous outside.  Todd and I slept late (7am) and walked across the street to a yummy restaurant that serves great breakfasts.  After breakfast, we drove to one of our favorite Harley shops that's about 30 minutes away.  Todd made an appointment for me to test drive the newer trike that came out this year.  I loved it! It took some getting used to because there's no leaning at all. Todd took it for a spin too.  I was very tempted to buy one that day but I have a few credit cards I want to pay off first. But one day IT WILL BE MINE!!!

Later in the evening, Todd had planned  such a fun time for Valentines. As yall know, Sons of Anarchy was our favorite show that had its last season a few months ago. One of the main characters was Tig played by Kim Coates. Kim was doing a fundraiser for cancer and was at a Harley shop in Grand Prairie. Earlier that day he signed autographs for 20$ and he did that for hours. We didn't do that. Instead, there was a small intimate VIP dinner with 75 other fans and Kim. He spoke to us for a while and then posed for pictures and signed autographs for all of us. He asked for some Texas BBQ and it was catered in. They had a bartender as well and everything was delicious.  It was such a special and unique way to spend Valentines Day with my hubby.  It was a little pricey but totally worth it!

It was a jam packed weekend but fun and memorable.  I had to travel to Nee Jersey the following Monday and that will be a whole other post.  Stay tuned...

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Valentines Day Hodgepodge

So I am a few days late but in sake of playing along AND having a post today, here’s my hodgepodge from Wednesday’s questions.

1. Have you ever written a love letter? Have you written one recently? Had one written to you? Did you keep it?   I have written a love letter and I have received a love letter.  I kept it for a while but just recently parted with it now that I’m married. I wish I still had one though from a boy when I was in junior high. It was so cute and he wrote lyrics from a song from the band WHO- you better you bet.

2. What's a movie that ends in a way you especially love? 
Ok its totally sappy times a hundred but I love the Notebook.  When they die together at the end- or lord the tears just cant stop.  Its sad but I love that the ending is with them never apart.

3. Something that makes your heart sing? And for those of you who are parents, I mean something besides your children that makes your heart sing?  Quite a few things make my heart sing.  Listening to music, my sweet fur babies, cuddling with my husband every night before we go sleep, reading a good book, talking on phone with my friends, riding the Harley…..

4. What's the last event you had to attend, phone call you had to make, routine task you needed to complete, or meal you had to prepare, that you did do, but only half-heartedly? Probably swiffering the hard wood floors.  I did it the other day but just barely skimmed the surface. 

5. Tuna fish salad-yay or blech? If you said yay, how do you like your tuna salad prepared? Hey, this is the Hodgepodge, right?  Blech.  I used to like tuna when I was a kid that something switched in high school and I cant even stand the smell.  I  wished I liked it. 

6. What's something you 'know by heart'? I can sing whole albums front to back – every word that I know by heart .  Especially older albums I grew up listening to with mom ( Fleetwood Mac, Journey, Foreigner, Waylon Jennings).  

7. In the spirit of Valentine's Day, what two or three word phrase would you write on a conversation heart for someone you love? That someone could be a spouse, child, parent, cousin, bestie...anyone at all whom you love.   My bestie and I always say Love you More.   I tell Todd often You’re All Mine.

8.  Insert your own random thought here. 
I know that most people feel that Valentines is a made up day to make money for stores, Hallmark and Restaurants.  I cant help it though, I have always enjoyed the day. It goes back to decorating brown lunch bags in school and having a party with punch and cupcakes.   There’s nothing wrong with having a day designated to say I love you.  I’ve been single for many many years  and I still didn’t hate Valentines.  Another topic that’s bugging me is the crazy judging taking place to see 50 Shades of Grey.  I  am going tomorrow with some girlfriends that I love hanging out with and haven’t seen in ages.  We are having dinner and seeing the movie.  I am going to spend fun time with friends.  My friends are good Christian girls that are also happily married and or dating and there’s nothing wrong with seeing a sexy movie.   Judge us all you want.  I’m not expecting to see an Oscar worthy movie.  I’m also not going to pick it apart on all the awkward parts that may be in it.  It’s a night to enjoy.  

Have a great weekend everyone and Happy Valentines Day.

A love like Johnny and June

So yesterday I came across an article on the internet about love letters from famous people to their loves. One of them just really stuck with me because I am huge huge fan of Johnny Cash. He wrote the sweetest hand written letter to his 2nd wife June Carter Cash. This is a birthday letter to her written in 1994 which wasn't that long ago really.  It was voted by the BBC the most romantic love letter of all time.  Johnny died in 2003 soon after June passed.
With Valentines day this weekend- the love between the two of them are inspiring.

We get old and get use to each other. We think alike. We read each others minds. We know what the other wants without asking. Sometimes we irritate each other a little bit. Maybe sometimes take each other for granted.
But once in awhile, like today, I meditate on it and realize how lucky I am to share my life with the greatest woman I ever met. You still fascinate and inspire me. You influence me for the better. You’re the object of my desire, the #1 Earthly reason for my existence. I love you very much.
Happy Birthday Princess.

How sweet are they?!  Now I know that he was married when he met June (hence Ring of Fire) but he was so in love with June and his first wife also remarried and lived happily ever after.


Do you have any plans for Valentines Day? I am taking Friday off to get some stuff done and I will pick up something for Todd then.  I love being married and having a Valentine!

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Enjoying the Ride

This is my second time I’ve written this post.  I wrote the whole post and at the very end I was adding a label before I saved and I misspelled something. I thought the cancel would take me back to post and instead wiped out the whole thing! So aggravating.

Last Sunday was such a beautiful and gorgeous day!! When Todd was coming home from playing drums in the second church service ( I went to the earlier one and came home after), he called me and asked if I would want to jump on the Harley and have lunch down at Strokers.  Its unusual to have a wonderful day in February so I agreed immediately.  My back was kinda sore but what’s new? I live with chronic back pain everyday.   We have friends in Boston and Chicago that were being hammered with snow and here we were wearing short sleeves and riding the Harley.  When we got there we ordered lunch and then while it was cooking we went inside the store to see if they had a part that Todd needs for our bike. They didn’t have the part but we saw some cute stuff. I was good and didn’t buy anything because I was still happy from my thrifting score the day  before.
Did you know Cookie Monster is a biker on weekends?
I loved this raven pattern!
Raven pearl snap- Yes please!!  Maybe one day

On the way home we went over some bad bumps that really jarred my back and it actually brought me to tears by the time I got home. I was in so much pain and I rarely if ever take pain meds.  I finally couldn’t take the pain anymore and I found one of my old strong pain pills that was a couple years old.  I took it and then went to bed. I was feeling nauseous throughout the night but nothing too bad but I decided to work from home which was a good decision.  By noon, I had to take the rest of the day off and I was so so sick.  I have no idea if it was the medicine I took because I am a lightweight to most drugs or if I actually had some kind of stomach virus. Either way it wasn’t good.  I worked from home yesterday as well but was feeling better by end of day. I’m back to office today but stomach is still queasy.  Not sure whats wrong but I’m so busy and I have to travel next week.

Did I also mention that we have Bob Seger concert tickets tomorrow night? I am so excited to see him again. I first saw him in 96 in Kansas City. That was a long time ago! Todd bought the tickets for Christmas and I bought is Willie Nelson tickets for Christmas but that’s not until April.

Have a great Wednesday yall!