Wednesday, September 29, 2010

~ Vertigo is NOT fun! ~



Yes, it hit quite suddenly Saturday afternoon when I was trying to get ready to go out to dinner. I haven't been doing much since then which is such a waste of time IMHO.  Went to the Dr yesterday afternoon and he said it was inner ear/sinus problems...which I knew. :-)  Gave me a shot as well as a nasal spray to try. I also picked up some Anti-Vert and Mucinex. What I did have was not working so well ~ let's hope this does the trick!  He also said to drink lots of fluids and rest so that's what I'm doing.  We have such gorgeous weather this week ~ in the 50's at night and low 80's during the day. When I can, I take Forrester out for lovely walks and just breathe in the cooler air and observe the tinges of fall ~ love it!  Ok, back to rest, books & movies.  Hope everyone is having a wonderful week!

xoxo
Pat

Sunday, September 26, 2010

~ Versatile Blogger Award ~

Mz Wonderful,  Jane at Janie's Porch,  passed on The Versatile Blogger award to me. I am so honored!  I really enjoy blogging and meeting new friends. I'm excited that she's a fellow Texan and really doesn't live that far away. Thank you, Jane, for thinking about me! Please stop by her blog...she is an incredible woman who you will enjoy meeting and getting to know better.

A "Versatile Blogger" brings everything to the table - a little of this and a little of that." Now, here are the rules for the Versatile Blogger Award:

Thank & link back to the person who gave you the award (Thank you, Jane!)

Share 7 things about yourself ~

Pass the award on to (up to) 15 other bloggers who you have recently discovered and think are fabulous. Contact the bloggers you chose and let them know about the award.
I feel like I've shared a bit more than you prolly want to know between the GTKY's, ramblings and a few other postings. ;-)  Here goes......

1. I think Fall has finally arrived!  Our temps have been cooler and supposed to be in the 50's the next couple of mornings...and 80 during the day.  Yay!!
2. I have vertigo right now so won't be online a lot, although I've done better today. Allergies usually cause this for me and let me tell you, it is NOT fun!
3. Just can't seem to get my nails to grow and I really dislike the way my hands look without pretty nails. I've been taking Prenatal vitamins (yes, a "Mimi" taking them!), Biotin, Calcium and using Nailtiques.  Any other advice?
4. I'm going to be helping a friend update a house that has been stuck in the 70's.  Can't wait to shop and see what develops.  Of course, it's not my money so it will be really fun!  :-)  Choosing paint colors has been on my mind all week-end.
5. Fell in LOVE with so many things at Pier 1 on a recent visit. Tons of great fall/Halloween things to wish for. I did buy a couple of things and my wish list is long.
6. Love strong coffee but have to have my French Vanilla creamer!  Hate the fat free or sugar free versions ~
7. The Cowboys finally, finally won a game today!  Hopefully, they are figuring out what they're supposed to do out on the field.  The pre-season and first 2 games have been more than embarrassing.

So many blogs are award free so I will not be passing this award on like I'd prefer to. You are so welcome to participate if you'd like though. Take the award, share 7 things about yourself and please let me know if you do! 

xoxo from your dizzy friend
Pat

Friday, September 24, 2010

~ Eight Cubed ~

I was tagged by my friend, Candace, to play this game so please find her questions & my answers below. What is Eight Cubed, you ask? Eight cubed is where Eight people get to answer Eight questions and then tag Eight of their friends with Eight questions of their own. Get it? Got it! Good!

1. When you were a child, what did you want to be when you grew up and are you living that dream?
You know, I don't remember wanting to "be" anything or anyone special.  How sad is that?  I have lived a beautiful dream of having kids though ~ a son and a daughter ~ and also 2 "perfect" grandchildren.  I had a great 30 year career with a major airline with wonderful opportunities. I have incredibly wonderful friends and I am so fortunate to still have my health! 


2. Do you have a Bucket List? If so, what is the one thing on that list left to fulfill that means the most to you?
I do have a Bucket List!  I've been very fortunate to have accomplished many of the items on the list. I think one thing would be to have a home in the mountains to get out of this ding dang heat!


3. What is the best thing you ever ate?
Anything my mother and my favorite aunt cooked!  My mother always made me an Italian Cream Cake for my birthdays and a special tin of Divinity at Christmas. Those meant the world to me!

4. What is your most memorable birthday?
I think being in NYC ~ one of my favorite cities in the world!  My birthday is Dec 1st so Rockefeller Center was all Christmasy, the tree was spectacular, ice skaters were having a blast, the stores were "wrapped" like presents, lunch at The Tavern on the Green was more than delightful and the Christmas show at Radio City Music Hall was totally incredible!  The Rockettes were to die for ~ and even though I've seen them elsewhere, including this area, it's just not the same. That was one of my favorite trips to NYC as well as a very memorable birthday!

5. Who was your best friend when you were a child and are you still friends?
Her name was Margie. She did some things that ruined our friendship and broke my heart. Unfortunately, she passed away several years ago after a very lengthy bout with cancer. Very sad!

6. What was the best piece of advice your Mother ever gave you?
This is difficult to answer as she did not offer advice really...she "dictated" orders. My grandmother was my favorite. She taught me the Lord's Prayer as a very young girl and always told me that to pray "Thy will be done" was the most difficult part and really mean it.  So true!

7. If you had a child today, what would you name him/her?
Hmmmm, I think I would name a girl Sara or Madison (the latter is my granddaughter's middle name). A boy?  Forrest Morgan after my grandfather.  I was not able to do that when my son was born.

8. Tell me about one of your favorite family holiday traditions - any holiday you choose.
Christmas Eve!  My mother always had our gathering/celebration on Christmas Eve as we seemed to all have other places to go on Christmas Day. She and I took turns having it and now my daughter and I do. I spend the night at my daughter's or go there early Christmas morning for stockings and breakfast. My son & his famly live next door and we watch the grandkids open their gifts, have coffee and cinnamon rolls that I make each year.  They all insist upon that!  ;-)


I'm not going to name Eight people because I was told to...a bit of a rebel here don't 'cha think?  I'm just trying to be a good girl here and not put anyone on the spot! :-) I'd love for you to play along though. Please feel free to do so...and please let me know so that I make sure to stop by and see your answers. I am interested in hearing from each and every one of you! If you would rather answer in the comment section than do a blog post, by all means, go right ahead!

My 8 questions are:
1.  What is your favorite time of the year and why?
2.  Tell me what your most special dream for the future is.
3.  Do you prefer TP (toilet paper) over or under?
4.  Would you prefer to cook or make reservations?
5.  I'd love to know your most memorable holiday ever!
6.  What is your favorite item of clothing?
7.  Coffee or tea? 
8.  If I came to visit, what would we do?

I really, really, really hope that someone will play along!  ;-)  Would ya, huh? Pretty please???

xoxo
Pat





 

Thursday, September 23, 2010

~ Rustic Pear Tart ~

Rustic Pear Tart

I want to preface this by saying that I made a sugar-free version of this for a friend so you will NOT see the larger crust that almost envelopes the tart OR the coarse sugar OR the topping!  I hope that you will make your own version ~ it really is delish!  My preference is the sugar-free version....honestly!  ;-)


Prep: 25 min. Bake: 45 min. + cooling
Ingredients:
1-1/3 cups all-purpose flour
3 tablespoons sugar  (I used Splenda & about 2 T.)
1/4 teaspoon salt
7 tablespoons cold butter, cubed
2 to 3 tablespoons cold water
FILLING:
3/4 cup sugar  (Splenda again!)
1/4 cup slivered almonds, toasted
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1-1/2 teaspoons dried grated lemon peel
1/2 to 3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
4 medium ripe pears, peeled and sliced
1 tablespoon butter


TOPPING:
1 egg white
1 teaspoon water
1 tablespoon coarse sugar


GLAZE (optional):
1/4 cup confectioners' sugar
1-1/2 teaspoons milk
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 cup slivered almonds, toasted
 Directions
In a small bowl, combine the flour, sugar and salt; cut in butter until crumbly. Gradually add water, tossing with a fork until dough forms a ball. Roll out to a 14-in. circle. Transfer pastry to a 14-in. pizza pan.


In a large bowl, combine the sugar, almonds, flour, lemon peel and cinnamon. Add pears; toss to coat. Spoon over the pastry to within 2 in. of edges; dot with butter. Fold edges of pastry over pears.


For topping, beat egg white and water. Brush over pastry; sprinkle with coarse sugar. Bake at 375° for 45-50 minutes or until golden brown.


For glaze, combine the confectioners' sugar, milk and vanilla. Pour over warm tart. Sprinkle with almonds. Cool on a wire rack. Store in the refrigerator. Yield: 10 servings
 
I'm joining Foodie Friday ~  stop by and see all the mouthwatering dishes!  This is the time of year that I begin to enjoy being in the kitchen again.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

~ Wednesday Gratitude ~


I've missed joining Heidi for Wednesday Gratitude.  I'm glad I'm home this week and remembered to join in!  Stop by her beautiful blog and participate....or just visit those that have joined in.
“You simply will not be the same person two months from now after consciously giving thanks each day for the abundance that exists in your life. And you will have set in motion an ancient spiritual law: the more you have and are grateful for, the more will be given you.”
~ Sarah Ban Breathnach

Years ago when Sarah appeared often on the Oprah show, she had just written the book "Simple Abundance". I LOVE the book and I always enjoyed her sharing on the show. She has such a kind countenance and a very loving presence.  I cannot tell you how many times I've read the book...or just read certain passages.  She suggested keeping a Gratitude Journal and listing a minimum of 5 things each day that you were grateful for. When I began my Gratitude journal I was still working and had very long and stressful days. Sarah's words would remind me to be grateful...and some nights I just listed the minium...my bed, the fact that I made it through the day, I had a safe commute to & from work, etc.  As I practiced, my lists grew longer and my life changed.  :-)  I promise that happens!
 
I just found this website and wanted to share it with you just in case you were unaware. Crystal over at Good List Daily has a wonderful site and lots of ways to participate. She's an incredible host and I highly recommend that you check it out!
 
We all have so much to appreciate and it really helps me to stop, think, write it down and offer a prayer of thanksgiving.  I hope you might find it encouraging too!
 
xoxo
Pat

Monday, September 20, 2010

~ I'm baacckkkkk! ~

Good Monday morning!  I spent last week house/dog sitting while my daughter & her husband were on vacation. Of course, I had my dog there too. They are not that far from me, actually in the area where I used to live, and I so enjoyed myself!  I had lunch and dinner with friends, went shopping, visited my son & his family and just generally hung out.  I really felt like I was on vacation too ~ no "have to's", etc.  ;-)  Now it's back to reality...and getting things in order here. I have some fall decorating to do along with the day-to-day boring stuff.  You know what that means don't you?  Laundry, cleaning, etc.

I will also be trying to catch up with everyone ~ read your blogs, comment, etc.  Hope you are well and have a blessed week!  Oh yes, it's still too warm here ~ remains in the 90's. Boo!

xoxo
Pat

Monday, September 13, 2010

~ The Real To-Do List ~

Everyone is so busy and running from this to that all the time so I thought we could create a "real" to-do list that might offer smiles and ideas for relaxing along the way.  Here are a few I thought of:
. Smile at strangers
. Sing
. Notice kindness
. Eat ice cream
. Hope
. Count your blessings
. Laugh ~ very important!  :-)
. Keep learning
. Color outside the lines ~ honestly, coloring is great "therapy" !
. Walk and really notice your surroundings
. Surrender the "shoulds"
. Listen to music you love
. Watch movies that make you happy
. Dance
. Make a fort with the kids
. Leave love notes for your spouse, kids, family, friends
. Listen....really listen
. Buy yourself flowers
. LOVE
. Love some more!

Feel free to add to the list ~
xoxo
Pat

Friday, September 10, 2010

~ Follow Friday ~

I'm joining Java again today for Follow Friday!  Stop by and join in ~
xoxo
Pat

Thursday, September 9, 2010

~ Love Bombs ~

Come on, join me and let's Drop A Love Bomb!  It will be fun, you will feel good and you will cause positive ripples of LOVE everywhere!

The mission this week:  We are writing a handwritten note/letter of love and encouragement to someone in our own lives. Do it!  You'll be so glad you did....I promise. Come back and let me know if you did this and you can also post it on the website.

xoxo
Pat

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

~ Random Thoughts ~

. We have had about 8" of rain just TODAY due to Hermine that struck the Texas Gulf coast. It rained more than buckets most of yesterday too. My brother lives about 40 miles south of me and it rained a bit more than 9" there. So much flooding in many areas...very sad to see apts, homes and vehicles just destroyed. Everything is "bigger" in Texas but this is a bit much!

. I slept like a baby last night...at least one that sleeps predominantly all night. :-)  First time in almost a week and I just cannot tell you how refreshing it was!

. Had to go for my annual physical yesterday too.  You know, one of those where the stirrups are involved and you are assured that you just need to relax.  Yuck!  I did get a flu shot though and no reaction at all...and that's a very good thing.

. I bought a beautiful shade of turquoise paint to re-do a book case. Couldn't find the glaze I wanted to will have to go back for that.  The only problem is, now I'm questioning if I really want the turquoise or another color.  *head is spinning*

. Do you dislike the word verifications that are on some blogs?  I don't want to offend anyone but I so wish they were not used.  Sometimes I almost give up leaving a comment as the ding dang words are so crazy and I guess I don't 'see' them as well as most folks do.

. I have absolutely no energy or enthusiasm about things right now and I dislike that too!  Dr thinks it is probably my thyroid so guess we will find out via the bloodwork that I have to go back for. Of course, one has to fast for that don't they?  ;-)

. My nails just will not grow.  Any suggestions?  I so want pretty hands and nails without the fake ones.

. Went to The Flying Fish on Sunday with friends, my daughter & son-in-love. Had the BEST catfish ever!  Love,  love, love it!

. I did find 2 new candles that I love with fall fragrances at B&BW.  One is Spiced Cider and the other is Creamy Nutmeg. Hmmmmm, smells like fall here!

. I am so sad about this so called minister in FL that plans to burn the Koran/Quran's on 9/11.  Our military personnel are already in harm's way 24/7...this will endanger their lives even more and who knows what else it will stir up. I totally believe in Freedom of Speech, however, this action is just so dangerous to so many.

. I can only imagine how boring this post is to you.  :-)  I so hope that you will return another day and find more interesting subjects.

xoxo
Pat

Sunday, September 5, 2010

~ Getting To Know You ~



It's Sunday and you know it's time to link up with Keely again for GTKY.  This week is "Under the Sea" topic.  Stop by and link up or just view the other great blogs!

The Q's.

1. Do you like seafood?
Absolutely!  My very favorite food of choice ~

 2. Are mermaids hot?
Of course!

 3. Have you swam in the ocean?
Yes

4. If you got stung by a jellyfish, would you let a stranger pee on you?
Hmmmm, not so much. Honestly, I really don't go in the water that far any more. I was stung years ago and no, no one pee'd on me.

 5. Have you ever pee'd in the ocean?
I'm sure I did as a kid....I wouldn't now.

 6. Can you make a cute fish face? (Show a pic..if you want)
Prolly ~ :-)

 7. When you see the lobster tank at the grocery store do you just have this overwhelming urge to set them free or cook them up?
Set them free ~ I don't wanna think about the cooking part.

 8. Are you afraid of sharks
Totally!

xoxo
Pat

Saturday, September 4, 2010

~ Rules for Living ~

Happy Saturday!  It's a beautiful day here ~ low 60's this morning and that makes me very happy!  Just found this in my files and thought I'd share it with you.
Remember that other people were not put on this earth to make you happy. The only person who can make you happy is you.


Don't blame everybody except the right body for your problems. Take responsibility for your life.


If you keep doing what you've always done, you'll get what you've always gotten.


When choosing someone with whom to spend the rest of your life, don't marry someone you can live with -- marry someone you cannot live without.


If you are fortunate enough to find love, love that person with all your heart. He or she won't be around forever, and neither will you. Life can change in an instant.


Before saying something, ask yourself these three things: Is it true? Is it kind? Is it necessary to say? If the answer is not "yes" to all three, don't say it.


Daily, treat each of your friends and loved ones as though he/she has only 24 hours to live.


Don't let minor disagreements turn into major blowouts. Don't leave anything unresolved for too long. Never, ever take anyone for granted. Life is not static, and we are not immortal.

Respect the opinions of others, even if you don't agree with them. The world is big enough for all of us.

Don't sweat the small stuff! Don't let little things upset you. Save your energy for the big things. If someone's health, life, or livelihood isn't in jeopardy, chill out!

Above all, keep a sense of humor. Hone it daily. Laugh often, especially when the joke is on you. Appreciate life's funny side!

Please remember the golden rule -- treat others as you would have them treat you. None of us is perfect. We all have faults, they're just different from one another's. We all lose our patience with others from time to time, even our tempers. That's a normal part of life. It's not the end of the world if you do, so long as you make reparations afterward.


Don't ever be afraid of admitting you made a mistake. One cannot stumble unless one is moving. Mistakes are part of the learning process called life.

~When you say "I'm sorry," look the person in the eye.
~ If you embarrass or hurt someone in front of others, apologize to that person in front of others.
~When you say "I love you," mean it.
~After you use it, put it back where it came from.
~If you borrow it, return it in the same condition in which you got it.
~If you break it, repair or replace it.
~If you spill it, clean it up.

LIFE IS PRECIOUS. Don't ever take it for granted!

xoxo
Pat