Sunday, November 30, 2014

70's child

My mother made a lot of my clothes, yellow jeans even for the first day of 8th grade. She would take pants that were too small and make them into skirts.
I am my mother, i took a pair of cords that were too big but i still liked them so I turned them into a skirt. 

Prime example of the 70's look below...
oh, ahhh I had a few of these too...

Friday, November 28, 2014

Thanksgiving & Black Friday Shopping, grateful part III

Thanksgiving Day, 6pm the store opened. I only wanted to go to Younkers because they were handing out gift cards to the first 200 customers, $5, $10, $20 and one $250 gift card.  Aubri and I got there about 5:45 and stood in line, it wasn't a very long line but we got our gift cards and headed to luggage. I could hardly believe it when I opened mine and I had the $250 gift card. I just kept looking at Aubri and back at the card, she won a $10 gift card. I saved $618.39 and only spent .35, thank you Younkers, I am thankful

I have gone Black Friday shopping for years, probably 20. I don't think the stores should be open on Thanksgiving but until corporate america closes them, they will be busy. I know many police officers, nurses, etc that have to work holidays also. I have worked retail in the past and have had to work a few holidays.  If you don't believe in shopping on Thanksgiving or Black Friday then don't go, I have always had a good time. I have never had one bad experience and now my daughter has gone with me the last few years and it's even more fun. Crowds don't bother me, people acting like assholes bother me so i have put together a few tips.

Here are a couple things to keep in mind when you venture out on this day:
  1. Don't be rude to cashiers or clerks, they are trying to help you and are being paid minimum wage. You CHOOSE to do this so remember your manners, if you can't be nice then stay home.
  2. If you are trying to get something that you really WANT then get to that store and be the first in line. Don't grumble when its gone, that's all a part of the black friday sales. 
  3. Don't go in expecting to get everything you want from every store. Make a plan and prioritize the items you want. Let's be real, you can't be everywhere at once. 
  4. Don't take a cart, bring a tote bag or some type of bag with you (I always bring my big IKEA bag)
  5. Remember how to park. You can do it the other 364 days of the year, why did you forget today?

Grateful part II, 2014

cornucopia tradition...
 all four of my kiddos home...

desserts... mini turkey cupcakes made by my sister cori and mini apple pies made by Amanda, pecan pie, pumpkin cheesecake pie, cherry angel food cake and strawberry cheesecake

 sad girl saying goodbye to her puppy

craft idea I found that turned out pretty cool...

Grateful part I, 2014

started thanksgiving off with the Turkey trot...

 this was the temp at 10, it was colder when we started

Sunday, November 23, 2014

old mailbox

took the door off

I'll spray paint it in the spring

Tinsel town 2014

me & my baby
 photo booth fun, same 4 as last year 

slide lamp

another donation !

from my baking, breast cancer walk supporter and her accomplice ! $ 333 .... I feel blessed, $473 from her in less than a week

my momma & i, our last picture together

Wednesday, November 19, 2014


I had an idea for a fundraiser. I brought that idea to the Eagles at their monthly meeting last night. Before the meeting I was given a gift of money from a friend. She is making candy and selling it at local craft shows to benefit "a woman walking for breast cancer". That woman IS ME ! I cried, I had no idea...I have never had this done for me before, i feel so blessed.

I got home after the meeting and was still kind of in shock. About an hour later my daughter came home as I was telling her what happened I walked into the kitchen.
She said "Mom, your pants are inside out". Are you kidding me? sure enough they were inside out, I had been out in public and at a meeting with my pants inside out. I would like to say I can't believe it but of course I can...I started laughing so hard that I almost fell trying to get my pants off...I'm laughing again as I type this. My daughter also made a rude comment about "liver spots", that was rude but i want to remember that part too.

Yes, I am blessed with good friends AND the ability to laugh at myself

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

feeling deflated

I had an exam today, in my hardest class to date. I had been steadily improving and was hoping to come out with a B
I don't think it's gonna happen. I may have to be content with a C

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Derick & I

glasses courtesy Aunt Nora, this picture cracks me up

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Snow day, November 12

  • slept in til 9:30
  • yoga
  • shoveling
  • lunch, chicken noodle soup & grilled cheese rolls (picture at the bottom)
  • watched part of "Frozen"
  • did homework for two classes that needed to be submited by 5pm
  • laundry
  • ventured to the gas station, first time i have driven anywhere since Monday - weird
  • shoveling
  • cudighi's for dinner
  • caught up on my SOA
  • Kathy C. tried booking our Vegas trip...whoa what a hassel for her
  • worked on art project for class
  • relaxed here and there, so wonderful
  • started another "slide"project

baby doll

My first attempt at making a doll, for my friend Kevin's little girls birthday

Snow day, November 11

  • slept in until 9:30 :)
  • got up and made this

  • shoveled
  • cleaned out email and made a list of crafts to do
  • cleaned bedroom 
  • organized my closet :)
  • laundry
  • took photos of every room in my house. everyone should do that in case something happens
  • Aubri made dinner !

  • watched a few more episodes of Gracepoint
it's a great day to be a wildcat !

Tuesday, November 11, 2014


Benefit for Jeanne

I made 2 baskets for the benefit
I hope they raised a few dollars

Sheena & Aaron's wedding

here are a couple...still waiting for the professional photos

i am not a runner

but I have done these...
  • Alex's lemonade stand, Dome, Marquette, MI 2011
  • JP Morgan city chase, Frankfurt, Germany, 2012
  • Blackrock's 5k, Marquette, MI, 2014


Most cars we have ever passed on the camp road when we were leaving 37 on July 27th

Kinder Eier

I brought back a couple for Em for his birthday

Monday, November 10, 2014

night class...CANCELLED !

yes, my 6 - 9:20 class is cancelled due to weather. Just what I needed

Monday, November 3, 2014

- 15

In 3 months I will be in New York.
In 5 months I will be in Florida

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Peach dessert

·         1 large can of sliced peaches in syrup (don’t drain)
·         1 pkg. Butter pecan cake mix
·         1 ½ sticks of butter, melted

Pour peaches in a greased 9x13 pan (sometimes some peaches are bigger than others so I cut them in half). Pour dry cake mix over the peaches. Drizzle melted butter over cake mix.

Bake 30 – 40 minutes at 350. Serve with cool whip or ice cream

It's so easy and so good. Not sure what the real name is for it, my grandmother always made it and that's just what we called it.

Saturday, November 1, 2014


I have been sick for weeks, today I decided I would do nothing...Aubri joined me and it was a wonderfully lazy day.

We watched 4 movies:
  1. The Family, starring DeNiro
  2. The Untouchables, starring DeNiro
  3. Last Vegas, starring DeNiro
  4. Ride Along, starring Kevin Hart
It was funny that we started on a DeNiro kick and ended with Ice Cube/Kevin Hart. We ate popcorn, chips & dip, which we have been avoiding. We mustered up enough energy and even went for a walk.

I felt so good when I woke up Sunday, my body must have needed that day of rest