Monday, April 27, 2009

How much is that Doggie in the window?

On Saturday, I pulled all the pansies out of the front. While taking pictures of the beds without flowers, I looked up to notice a crazy man looking out the window at me! Can you see him? Doug opened the windows in my office so the dogs could enjoy the fresh air and see what I was doing out front. I think I see Phoebe peering over the windowsill but Teddy is front and center. I wonder where the other two dogs are? The beds look sad without the pretty pansies.
I've only planted a few perennials so far including Black Eyed Susans and Lavendar.
I've left plenty of room to add more flowers and more color as I go along. Usually, I plant geraniums (usually pink) or begonia just like everybody else. This year I want to be different and mix things up. Plus, it is so exciting when things bloom from year to year and you can watch the plants get bigger and prettier. I've also thrown in a few verbena to attract the hummingbirds and butterflies. Of course, I forgot to take my after pictures so I'll have to do that another day.

Speaking of hummingbirds, I saw one just the other day. He flew up to one of the birdfeeders in the back looking for some nectar. I immediately came in and filled up my hummingbird feeder and put it in the backyard. I hope I'm not too late. All I need to do now is to plant some hummingbird and butterfly friendly flowers in the backyard too.

Lots going on at work. Getting ready for a few conventions coming up. Plus, we are starting an Osteoporosis Support Group at the end of May. Busy, busy, busy!

Saturday, April 25, 2009

Yay Saturday!

The week went by pretty fast, actually it was a blur. With Niles getting sick and neither of us sleeping much, Friday was here and gone before I knew it. I guess going through the days totally exhausted makes you kind of oblivious to the here and now. Hopefully, we will all get rested up this weekend and get back on track.

The weather was gorgeous this week and I love it. I love having the windows open and being able to wear cute shoes without my feet freezing! The funny thing is, they freeze anyway. Even though we had temperatures up to 90 degrees and the house was warm with the windows open, I *still* had the space heater on my feet...Last night when Doug and I were sitting on the patio at McGills having some dinner, the weather was perfect but I was glad I brought my sweater. He just shook his head at me. I can't help it.

Early in the afternoon yesterday when I got home from work I saw that the heat has made my cute little rosebush absolutely POP! Just Thursday it had two little roses on it and last night it looked like this:

Unfortunately, its getting too hot for the pansies and it is time for them to go. I feel so guilty pulling out perfectly good plants. But the front is starting to look unsightly and overgrown. So, this weekend, out they go.

Waiting to be planted in their place are these:

and these:

Finally, I leave you with this: Have you ever wondered what a canned ham with legs would look like? Actually, I've never given it much thought but everyday I see this I think of new foods she reminds me of. To get the full effect you need to see her running down the street.

I just love her!

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Cone Head

Poor Niles. He has a cone on his head. He had to make a visit to Dr. Hooley's office today and ended up having a couple of minor procedures done. Tonight, he is NOT a happy camper. Between being drugged up from the sedation, having a cone on his head and having some discomfort, he is not happy. I'll save him from the embarrassment of posting his cone head picture and instead post a picture of him from a better day.

Of course when I got the bill for all of this, I wasn't too happy either. Yikes!
On a more positive note, today was a beautiful day here in Oklahoma. The temperatures actually hit 90 degrees! I went to Home Depot and picked up some pretty flowers to plant in the front yard. Hopefully I'll get that done before the weekend because we are supposed to get some rain. Everything is really starting to green up so nicely. I love it!

Monday, April 20, 2009

Attitude Adjustment

I have been in total need for an attitude adjustment lately. I'm not exactly sure what my problem has been but I've been pretty cranky for a while now. I've been unsatisfied and just in a pretty unpleasant mood. Lots of things on my mind and knowing something needs to change although I'm not exactly sure what. Doug has been so patient with me and I'm greatful for that.

Thankfully, I'm feeling much better tonight. I went with my friend Tonya to The Melting Pot for ladies night. The Melting Pot is a fondue restaurant and I can honestly say this is my first time EVER having fondue. The meal was good but of course, dessert was my favorite part! It was great to sit and chat with Tanya for a while and I came home with a new disposition.

Our weather is supposed to be fabulous for the rest of the week, so I'm hoping my pleasant mood sticks around.

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Wow! Where has the week gone!?

Can't believe it has been a week since I last posted. Another too busy week and not nearly enough down time. Dinner out every night and crazy week at work.

Last night Doug and I worked the "Beers Around the World" table at the Holland Hall School Fundraiser. It was a last minute thing but we had so much fun doing it! Apparently someone else was scheduled to do it but couldn't, so Doug's friend asked us. I was nervous at first but I got the hang of it and we were laughing and having a good time most of the night.

We didn't bid on any of the silent or live auction items. Usually, I am a total sucker for those types of events. Honestly, I am trying so hard to declutter and not buy things that I really don't need. Except of course, scrapbooking and crafting supplies. I can't resist those! I didn't even look around to see what they had to offer because first, I was too busy and second, I didn't need the temptation!

Yesterday, during the day, we went for lunch at Tei Kei's and then went to look at diamond rings. :) I picked a ring that I liked but I wasn't so happy about the diamond that was in the ring. So, I picked out a different, what I thought was prettier diamond and the jeweler is going to custom make a new ring for the diamond I picked. It should take about a week or so to create. Stay tuned!

Well, I guess I should get off this computer. There are so many things I want to get accomplished today.

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Happy Easter!

I hope everyone had a fabulous day! Doug and I stayed at home and had a nice dinner of pork roast, scalloped potatoes and veggies. It was simple but good. What a nice change of pace to just take it easy on a holiday; no rushing to get to family and no going crazy to prepare for guests. Quiet and peaceful. Nice.

Since it was a rainy, dark and sort of cold day, we just stayed in all day. Doug had the Master's tournament on and I watched some of that with him while I worked on getting our meal ready. Other than that I worked on a few things on my to do list. Nothing too stressful.

I spent about three hours cutting out the pieces for Amanda's shower invitations. They are going to be so cute. I will get them assembled sometime this week and get them mailed off to Jess and Jan to take over from there. Still throwing ideas back and forth as to what to do for shower favors.

Hope your weekend was a good one!

Friday, April 10, 2009

Painting with Priscilla!

Thank you for stopping by!

Last night I took a painting class with Priscilla Hauser. What a great time!Painting with Priscilla is a dream of mine from a long time ago. I used to watch her try to teach Carol Duvall on HGTV how to paint. I remember thinking that I would love to take lessons and someday be able to paint like her. Well, now I can! She has a studio right here in Tulsa located at 19th and Harvard. She teaches all kinds of lessons from painting parties to painting 101 to advanced lessons,and she will even teach private lessons. The class last night was a beginner paint class just for fun. The classes are three hours and you can choose from a variety of designs depending on the date you choose. I've signed up for a dragonfly painting class in May. At some point I would love to take Painting 101. Guess I'm just going to have to make room on my schedule for it.
Here is a picture of Priscilla with her sister Ann. Such sweet, talented ladies - and fun too!

Here I am with Priscilla and my painting:

Not bad for a beginner - if I do say so myself!
I'm hoping for a relatively quiet weekend this weekend. The Master's Golf Tournament is on so I know Doug will be glued to the TV most of the time. I'm cooking on Sunday. We are planning on having a pork roast with scalloped potatoes. I haven't cooked in a while so I'm actually looking forward to it. Doug isn't sure he really likes pork so I'm hoping for the best. I'll have some shrimp on hand to throw on the grill just in case. ;) Hope to get the baby invitations finished too.

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Baby Dress Invitations

Aren't these cute? My little sister is having a baby in June, and of course, we are having a shower. I came across the most adorable card designed by Beatriz Jennings and knew I had to make the invitations to look just like her sweet card. Beatriz is a super talented paper crafter and I often go to her blog to seek out ideas.

Sorry for the terrible picture but the lighting in my house in the afternoon isn't all that great and I wanted to get this one wrapped with a gift. The one pictured above is actually a gift tag I am enclosing with a cute pink and white blanket that will be on its way to Connecticut tomorrow. Don't worry though, I have, oh, about 30 invitations to make so I'm sure there will be more pictures.

Doug is going to the Bruce Springsteen concert tonight at the BOK. We are meeting some friends for dinner at In The Raw before they all head off to the concert. He has invited me to go too but really, I'm not that interested. Besides, I have other things I would rather be doing - like making baby invitations. :)

Monday, April 6, 2009

Productive Weekend

Well, Douglas and I actually got a few things accomplished around here this weekend. While he scalped the lawn, I cleaned the garage. We *almost* have enough room for my car to be parked in there.

Saturday I planned to spend three hours in the garage. Just three. But, once I got started and got in the groove, I actually spent about seven hours out there. I loaded my car up to the top with flattened boxes that went off to the recycle center. I also had 5 big boxes of stuff that I dropped off at the Salvation Army. Yay me!

Decluttering is hard for me. I'm always thinking I'm going to need something once I get rid of it but I'm trying hard to overcome that. I actually came across some gardening magazines from 1998. Since 1998, I have moved, oh, four times including one move half way across the country. That means, those magazines have been packed up and moved too. Absolutely crazy. What was I thinking in keeping them all these years??? Guess what ~ out they went ~ to the recycling bin. I've promised myself to do better and to let things go...

Sunday was COLD! Doug and I went for lunch at TGIFriday's and went grocery shopping. By the time we got home I was exhausted. I decided to take a nap for about an hour while he watched golf. I then went to Michael's and poked around for a while. Last night, I went up to my craft room and made one invitation for Amanda's shower. I wanted to be sure they were going to turn out okay before launching into making 30 of them! So, now that I feel more confident in my abilities, I will work on them this week. Pictures to follow, I promise!

Today is another freezing cold day here in Oklahoma. Thankfully, it is supposed to warm up by Wednesday. Can't wait!

Friday, April 3, 2009

Another week..

Wow! How is it Friday? It has been a busy week but things have gotten accomplished so I'm happy about that.
Do these guys look nervous?

That's because they were on their way here:

It was time to have Teddy groomed and he doesn't like to go to the Spa alone so Phoebe got to go too. Not sure she was too happy about that. They came home with cute little Easter scarves on.

Niles and Nestle were glad to have missed out on that one. Phoebe has different texture fur and she tends to get matted more easily so she needs to be groomed more often. Niles and Nestle have more "wash and wear" hair so I just throw them in the sink and give them a good scrub. The funny thing is when they hear the water running in the laundry room, everyone runs and hides. When I find them, they totally avoid eye contact hoping I won't see them. It doesn't work. When I'm on a mission to get them washed, that's it, there going in! Gosh, I'm mean! ;)
Made a couple of trips to Goodwill this week. It feels so good to get rid of stuff. I also made a trip to Edmond and met EARC at my old house. I donated enough stuff to fill up *half* of a box truck! Honestly, I didn't even know what was in most of the boxes they picked up. Whew! Totally unbelievable!
My "big" plans for the weekend are to make some progress in our garage so I can actually park my car in there before the really bad weather this spring. I also have to work on the invitations for my sister's baby shower. That should be fun. I'll post a picture when I'm done.