Wednesday, October 27, 2010

~ Wanna smile? ~

I love RAOK's!  Folks in Portland, ME  brought joy to others for $10 or less.  Check it out!

xoxo
Pat

Monday, October 25, 2010

~ Frame from Kristen's Creations ~

If you're not familiar with Kristen's Creations then you must check out her blog and her Etsy shop. This frame is my latest purchase and I love it!  The photo is from her shop...I haven't decided where I'm going to place it yet...when I do, I'll share it's new home with you. :-)  Kristen is preparing for Christmas early as she has quite a busy schedule so stop by and check out the new things!

xoxo
Pat

Sunday, October 24, 2010

~ The Simple Woman's Handbook ~


I saw this at Melanie's and thought I'd join in too.  I think it's fun to read random thoughts from other bloggers and it's a great way to get to know others.

FOR TODAY

Outside my window...
I see bright, sunshiny skies with that autumn look...you know, how the light is just different?

I am thinking...
That I am sooooo hungry and wondering what I'm going to have for lunch.

I am thankful for...
My family and friends.  My grandson suffered a slight concussion last week from a football game but it appears that he is fine. Wow, scary stuff for his parents and "Mimi" !  :) 

From the kitchen...
I hear the dishwasher running. Aren't we lucky to have them?

I am wearing...
Soft clothes today ~ yoga pants & a t-shirt ~ which are so comfy when I'm not in PJ's. 

I am creating...
Halloween treats for the grands.

I am going...
To see the IRS folks tomorrow ~ yikes!  Somehow, they have my info "different" than reported for 2008 & 2009.  Wish me luck!

I am reading...
A trashy romance novel. :-)  Seriously, it's not that trashy but it's a mental escape for me.

I am hoping...
The Rangers win in the World Series!   This is SO exciting for us here in Texas ~

I am hearing...
The washer and dryer along with the dishwasher.

Around the house...
Candles are burning and smell so good!

One of my favorite things...
Chocolate pie.  Can you tell I'm hungry?

A few plans for the rest of the week:
IRS appointment, mammogram, hair cut, invitation to dinner and another to play cards.

Here is picture for thought I am sharing...


Please drop by The Simple Woman's Daybook and join in or just read other's responses.
xoxo
Pat

Thursday, October 21, 2010

~ Blue Cheese Ricotta Dip ~


1 15-ounce container ricotta cheese 
8 ounces blue cheese,  crumbled (2 cups) 
2 T. apple cider (can use milk)
Freshly ground black pepper 
Snipped fresh chives or your favorite herb 

Green and/or red apple slices 
Breadsticks, crackers, pita chips ~ your choice! 


Allow ricotta and blue cheese to stand at room temperature for 1 hour. In a medium bowl stir together the cheeses, mashing with a fork until well combined. Stir in the apple cider. Add pepper to taste. Spoon into a serving bowl. Sprinkle with chives or garnish as desired.  You can form the mixture into the desired shape that you prefer. It's fun to try for a pumpkin this time of year!  I use a cake pan that I bought when I was working at Williams-Sonoma for awhile.
I'm joining "Designs by Gollum"  for Foodie Friday.


xoxo
Pat




Tuesday, October 19, 2010

~ What You Think Of Me ~

Today I've encountered a couple of friends, a lady in my Bible Study class and an acquaintance that are experiencing less than positive comments being made about them. Sometimes this happens to all of us I think...and I believe it's up to us to determine how we handle it...how our attitude reflects our thoughts and feelings.  I realize I'm older but it's just not worth paying attention to IMHO, nor spending valuable time fretting over "stuff" like this. We cannot control other's words or actions ~ the only thing we can control is our attitude about it. And really, those folks need prayer. I don't mean to sound preachy at all ~ I'm not ever like that.  It just hurts to see good people being hurt unnecessarily.  Does that make sense?  :-)

Anyway, if you haven't read this book, I highly recommned it!  "What You Think of Me is None of My Business" by Terry Cole-Whittaker

Perhaps I shouldn't even be posting this here but my heart hurts when others hurt. 

Ok, I will try to post some photos tomorrow of a little fall/Halloween decorating.  The weather has been beautiful here, however a bit warm in the afternoons a couple of days. Tomorrow we have a possibility of rain and temps in the 70's for a high.  See me jumping around in joy?  :-)

Back to your regularly scheduled programming..........................
xoxo
Pat

Sunday, October 17, 2010

~ Sunday Rambles ~

I hope that each of you are enjoying a beautiful fall weekend! The temps have been a bit warm here, however, the mornings and evenings are cool and sooooo enjoyable. Last Thursday the high was 74 and just perfect!  It's been a busy week and not sure where the time has gone. I have...
. been cleaning out closets and sorting clothes...putting summer things away and going through both summer and fall to see what to keep and what to donate.
. done a bit more fall decorating.
. had my  fur baby groomed, along with my daughter's.
. had a fun dinner and dancing outing with her and friends on Friday night. So fun!
. had lunch with a good friend.
. also done all the "usual stuff" like laundry, cleaning, etc.  Not really that fun ~ :-)

So....what about you?  I feel sure you have been creating, decorating, cooking, baking, painting, whatever.  Tell me about it!

xoxo
Pat

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

~ Just for Fun ~

 I am joining Susan at Hometown Girl for this great set of questions. They are from inside the Actor's Studio on Bravo. Stop by her beautiful blog to see her answers as well as others that are particpating.

What is your favorite word?  Love

What is your least favorite word?  Hate

What turns you on creatively, spiritually or emotionally? Creatively, my daughter and a couple of friends...they come up with the most amazing ideas!  Spiritually, Bible Study and nature. Emotionally, a really great time with my family and/or friends.

What turns you off?  Any form of abuse ~ 

What sound or noise do you love?  Laughter ~

What sound or noise do you hate?  Oh, so many!  I am very sensitive to noise.

What is your favorite thing to say when you get mad?  SOB!  Sorry, but that's the truth.   :-(   Just to clarify, it takes a LOT to make me angry.

What profession other than your own would you like to attempt?  Chef

What profession would you not like to do? Anything medical, I don't have the stomach for it.

If Heaven exists (I believe that it does), what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the Pearly Gates?   I've been waiting for you!  Now...let's go see your family.
xoxo
Pat

Saturday, October 9, 2010

~ What Will You Be Doing for 10/10/10 ? ~

I am joining a friend in this process. I will be spending 10 minutes at least 4 times during the day/evening hours engaged in a forgiveness/gratitude meditation.  

Forgive 10 people (or 10 situations) then  List 10 things I am grateful for. 

How:
List  and 
Read Out Loud for 10 minutes.  
 Just to make it specific... I will begin at 10 minutes after each hour (every 4 hrs) from the time I wake up until the time I retire.  
If you want to join me, chime in! :-)

♥ Even if you only join in once during the day it would be awesome!  ♥
Brightest Blessings!  

Remember:

Forgiveness isn't:

Letting the offender repeat the behaviors,

Forgetting (we will remember...it is what we do with the memory that will determine if it is healthy for us or not).

Forgiveness is:

Letting go and turning over the problem(s) to God.

Allowing ourselves to be free from the toxicity of resentment.
 Lists of the things we feel resentful about (or situations, people etc) will be LET GO and we will replace these newly emptied spaces in our hearts with Lists of things we are Grateful for.  

Share your thoughts, blog about it, comment here, let me know what you will be doing for 10/10/10.

Is it just like any other day?  

Could be.  Perhaps this is an activity we can extend into each new day beyond 10/10/10 ~
Perhaps at 10 am and 10 pm for 10 minutes twice a day?
xoxo
Pat

Friday, October 8, 2010

~ Follow Friday ~

I'm linking up with Java again today for Follow Friday. This is a great way to meet new friends and read their incredible blogs!  Thanks for stopping by.  It's been a very busy week and I hope to have some photos to share with you soon.


Friday, October 1, 2010

~ An Award, An Update and A Prayer Request ~

I am so excited!  I received this lovely Blog Award from Suzanne over at You Made That. If you're not familiar with her blog, by all means please check it out!  She is an amazing cook and very talented crafter too.  I drool over her recipes and gain about 5 lbs when I view those lusicous dishes.  It's customary to share this award with 15 others and there are so many blogs I would love to honor, however, a great many of them are award and tag free.  I am going to share with the following though, in no particular order:


Some of these may be award/tag free  ~ I haven't thoroughly checked all of them.  Most I'm very aware of.  IF you are mentioned and do not accept awards, then you can be Honorary!  :-)

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I cannot tell you how much better I've felt today!  This week has been such a drag....dizzy, nauseous, meds, rest, tons of water but hey, it's working!  I've been sort of busy today trying to get my house in order and decorating a bit.  Perhaps photos later!

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In case you are unaware, precious Heidi at Heart and Home lost her father Saturday, 25th. She will be away for awhile. If you could please remember her and her family in prayer I know it would be so appreciated!

xoxo
Pat