Thursday, September 22, 2011


I went to a friend's house last Friday for a Jewelry/Open House Girls Night Out. Heather was gracious enough to invite me to display my Premier jewelry and join in the fun.

During the evening, Mollie and I saw some "paper birds" in baby Ellie's room and Heather explained what the birds were all about.

Heather's mother, Linda, passed away from cancer over a year ago. We learned that while she was battling cancer, a friend made Linda a thousand origami cranes.

Thousand origami cranes is a group of one thousand origami paper cranes. An ancient Japanese legend promises that anyone who folds a thousand origami cranes will be granted a wish by a crane, such as long life or recovery from illness or injury. In Japan, it is commonly said that folding 1000 paper origami cranes makes a person's wish come true.

Last night I decided to try folding such a crane and here are my first two. Notice one is bigger than the other. I folded them to represent Mollie and myself. A Mommy and baby. Also, they are special because I used Houndstooth printed paper. Roll Tide Cranes!!!

So, now only 998 cranes to go!!!

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Pretzel Art Challange

I might have too much time on my hands. But none the less I created pretzel art for my child last night...
I would like to challange others to do the same and share. :)

Movie Times...

I've been lazy on the blogging. Sorry. So, while I've been lazy I have seen a few movies. Some I won't even bother telling you about because they were duds...Bleh!

Mollie and I have seen two recently though that I will tell you about...

First: The Help

Loved it! It made me laugh, cry, hurt, cheer, mad, and probably a few more emotions. I read the book first which I was glad but, the movie followed very closely. The movie left out a few things but it was very good.

Second: I Don't Know How She Does It

If you're a mom who juggles about a million things at once, you would appreciate this movie. I was actually pleasantly surprised. I wasn't expecting much to be honest but, as it turned out, it was quite enjoyable.

Friday, August 26, 2011

Made me laugh

I ran accross this sign...

It made me laugh....

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Tips for Thrifting

I have copied another bloggers tips for thrifting and junking for my entry today!!!
It makes me want to leave work and go junking!!!!

Amy is the Party at SewTara
Posted on August 15, 2011 by tara 3 Comments

Hi, my name is Amy of and I am super-excited to be guest blogging for Tara today. One of my favorite things to do is search for vintage treasures. I am always on the lookout for some Mid-Century furniture with tapered legs, pretty Pyrex, kitschy salt & pepper shakers, and anything else that might catch my eye. I’ve heard that California doesn’t have near the plethora of lovely vintage goodies that the Midwest has. Here, searching out vintage collectibles is like hunting for treasure. I can’t explain the thrill of scoring a rare vintage find.

Some tips & tricks I’ve discovered for happy thrifting:
* Don’t worry about trying to find items that might be valuable. An item is only valuable if YOU like it.
* Before buying knick-knacks, try to picture them in your home. There’s nothing sadder than coming home with a cute vintage knick-knack only to find you don’t have a place to put it (okay, there are sadder things, but you know what I mean).
* Shop around online first so you have an idea of what fair prices are for the types of items you like.
* Some of the more artfully arranged shops and vendor booths may be priced too high if you are looking for a deal. Look anyway – you might get some ideas for how to display your vintage finds. You might also be pleasantly surprised.

* Don’t be afraid to haggle. Often times, vendors will take less for an item. It doesn’t hurt to ask – especially if an items is out of your budget or if you don’t think it’s worth what they are asking. Please do be polite about it.
* The best time to go to an antique faire? There are two right answers (1) right when they open so you have first dibs on “the good stuff” and (2) right before the faire closes because vendors are eager to make last minute sales. Plus many of them do not want to lug items home. This is the BEST time to haggle.

* Do bring wet wipes and/or hand sanitizer. hands can get grimy, during especially thrift store shopping.
* Visit your favorite thrift stores often, and especially on a whim. Sometimes I just get a funny feeling that tells me to stop by, and low and behold, some lovely vintage treasure is waiting for me.
* Have an idea of what you are looking for ahead of time, but you should also be open to unexpected finds.
* If antique faire shopping, don’t forget to bring plenty of cash. And/or set a budget for yourself.
* Always bring a tape measure! And don’t assume that a “small” piece of furniture will fit in your car, unless you are driving a truck. Trust me. I couldn’t fit what I thought was a “small chair” into my compact car. I ended up walking it home 13 blocks!
* Don’t be afraid to visit “antique” stores. Their prices can be quite reasonable on some items. Just be sure to research first because one person’s idea of “antique” may not match your idea of antique. Personally, I love most things from the 50s-70s. An antique store that specializes in mid-century is right up my alley!

* Consider an items potential. If you don’t like the color, is it something you can paint? Ceramics can be spray-painted, chair pads can be recovered, wood items can be re-finished. Just make sure you are up for the challenge! You don’t want an item sitting in your garage unfinished for a year (or longer).
* Try visiting second-hand stores that are near a neighborhood where a lot of elderly people live. Although I have no idea how you would research that! I lucked out and found one near my work that almost always has some type of tapered leg Mid-Century furniture. Sometimes it’s in good condition, sometimes not.
Tips for decorating with vintage:* Don’t worry about having everything from your home be in the same style or from the same century. Decorating with vintage accessories and furniture is more about creating a pleasing aesthetic. There’s no need to create a complete replication of a 1950s home (though that would be fun)!

* Start a collection. Or two. Or three. I collect milk glass, vintage owls, salt & pepper shakers, and Pyrex.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Lemon Lime Jello Cake

Sorry my picture is a bit blurry. I found a recipe on a random blog for this Lemon Lime Jello Cake. The blogger said it was one of their family traditions to make this cake every year for their Grandmother on her birthday. Even though her grandmother had passed away, she still makes the cake every year on her birthday as a celebration and rememberance of her Grandmother's life. I thought that was the neatest tradition. (I guess it's simular to the fact that I can't eat white gravy and biscuits without thinking of my Granny Girdner.) I made the Lemon Lime Jello cake over the weekend and it was very good. It's a refrigerator kept cake so it was refreshing and light. A great summer time cake!!! I have included the recipe below!!!
(The plate is one of my granny's by the way)


* 1 pkg. lemon cake mix

* 1 large pkg. lime Jello

* 1 small pkg. instant lemon pudding mix

* 1 envelope Dream Whip

* 1 1/2 cups cold milk Dissolve Jello in 1 1/2 cups boiling water.

Add 1 cup cold water. Stir and set aside to cool.

Bake the lemon cake in a 13x9" pan. Cool completely before using a knife or large fork to poke holes all over the cake. I usually poke my holes in rows. It makes for a pretty design once you cut the cake. Carefully pour the Jello mixture evenly over the cake. Refrigerate while making the frosting. Frosting: In a chilled bowl, beat together one package of Dream Whip, the box of lemon pudding, and 1 1/2 cups cold milk. Spread over cake, then refrigerate.

Monday, August 15, 2011

I finished reading The Help over the weekend. Thanks Rachel for letting me borrow it!

It was such a good book. I can't wait to see the movie!!!


Stuff I like....

I recently felt a butterfly in my tummy when I saw pictures of some vintage pyrex...

So, I guess that means I like it. :)

I decided I would definately add these items to my list of "stuff I like" and begin searching for pieces when I go to yard sales, thrifting and junking.

Saturday was a glorious day because I bought my first piece at Goodwill. YAY!

I hope I can find all colors and patterns as I search for more!!!

I checked Ebay to compare what I paid and I did GOOD!!!! YaY me!!! I paid at least a third of what they have on Ebay for the same piece!!!

Friday, August 12, 2011

Laughing Cow...

A friend at work, Laura, came by my desk at work yesterday. She said... "I didn't eat my snack today"... "do you want it?".

Of course, I asked..."What is it?"

She said it's YUMMY...Laughing Cow Cheese only 35 calories and crackers.

I've been seeing the commercials for Laughing Cow and wanting to try it so, I accepted the uneaten snack and .... it was really good!!! YUMMMMMY!!!!!

I am definitely going to be getting some Laughing Cow Cheese for my frig. (and hide it from Mollie)

Friday, August 5, 2011

Back to School

It's back to school time! I love this time of year. It's a fresh slate for students. A new school year of studying, grades, teachers, lunches, tests, exams, quizes, friends, ball games, etc.

This year my child will begin the 11th grade and my great niece Hannah starts kindergarten.

How exciting!!! I remember Mollie's first day of kindergarten. She had two front teeth missing, a blue plaid dress, white sandals, and a curly pony tail.

The other day, I was running an errand in Target (my favorite store) and was drawn to the school supply section.

I saw these cute lunch boxes and wished my Mollie was young enough to want one.

Friday, July 29, 2011

Water for Elephants

I bought the book Water for Elephants at a yard sale for a dollar. I would have to say I got more than a dollar's worth of reading entertainment.

It's not a book I would normally read but, I kind of wanted to see the movie because of the actors but now I really want to see the movie because of the story.

The main character, Jacob, narrates his experiences as a young man who joins a traveling circus at an emotional time in his life.

The author easily takes you through Jacob's life at 23 to his life at 93 and back again. The times of past and present flow smoothly together.

I would recommend this book!!! I can't wait to rent the movie now!!!

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Day Off

I had a day off from work last week for a doctor appointment. So, since it's summer time...Mollie went with me.
After the doctoring was over...It was an official....

GIRLS DAY!!!!!!!!!!!

You may ask... What do you do on a girls day? Well, i think it's best to answer this question in picutres....

You go to thrift stores and find AMAZING these Abercrombie Jeans for $5.00. Wooo Hooo!!!

Your daughter might buy matching sunglasses for you to sport....

And finally, you might get to try a new yogurt place wearing your new sunglasses!!!

I don't think I would trade one of my girl days with Mollie for a million trillion dollars!!!

I love you baby girl!!!

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Pretty Little Liars Book 1

We watch the Pretty Little Liars show but Mollie has read all the books. Apparently I ask too many questions because Mollie won't tell me anything that is going to happen or who "A" is so, I decided to read the books myself.

I just finished the first one.

So far it isn't too far off from the show. Just a few little changes that I read but, it was good. Now, on to book #2.

VBS 2011

I've been really busy the last few weeks. We've repainted Mollie's room a beautiful blue color...repainted the bathroom. We've cleaned out closets, been thrift shopping, burned trash as we cleaned out junk in the house, and now it's VBS week at church.
I'm tired and really sleepy but it's been very rewarding and fun.
Here are a few pictures from Vacation Bible School.

Mollie and Brandon showing brotherly/sisterly love....

Mollie and her 4/5 yr old buddies....

Our VBS theme this year is THE LIFE OF MOSES and our learning center is ...Moses and the burning bush...

And here it is....our burning bush.

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Guess What?

It's my birthday....

Friday, June 24, 2011


My neighbor and friend, Cindy, was diagnosed with breast cancer a few months ago. She has had a tough time. Very sick through six chemo treatments and then last Friday was admitted to the hospital with pneumonia. It's been a long and scary week but this gal is a fighter and is doing some better. I feel safe to say she isn't ready to turn any cartwheels yet but, she is hanging in there.

I thought it would be a good time to blog about her and post a quote from Bill Cosby that I love...

“Through humor, you can soften some of the worst blows that life delivers. And once you find laughter, no matter how painful your situation might be, you can survive it.” -Bill Cosby

And here are the girls......

Paige and Cindy

Rachel, Cindy, Paige before mastectomy surgery

Rachel and Paige

Thursday, June 23, 2011

The Quickie by James Patterson

Another book read. This was a GREAT summer reading book...

I have a confession. I've had this one in my stack of books to read for a while. I mean like over a year it's been lying there. Now, I just don't understand why I didn't read it sooner.

It was a very fast read. (he he ...title The read...get it?)

Seriously, it was a page turner. Lots of turns and twists. I found myself saying things out loud like...

"No Way"! and "Are you kidding me"?

I recommend it if you like a little mystery, thriller, nail bitter, and surprise.

Good one James Patterson!!!

Retro Packaging ....

Is it a ploy for those of us 40 somethings to buy the beloved junk food from our past or what?

I went to the grocery store the other evening. My mission was "FOOD"!!! (Mollie said we had NOTHING in the house to eat...may I give a disclaimer?...we have "FOOD" just not the kind she wanted..)
As I strolled down the chip aisle.... (i.e. Mollie's idea of "real" food) heart went pitter patter when I saw the retro packaging of one of my favorites and retro-ish packaging and flavor of what my family calls..."stinky chips".

Here is the LIMITED EDITION retro packaging of Cheetos. memories. Reminds me of my teenage years.

And here is the Doritos Taco Flavor in retro-ish packaging. And yes, I bought the Doritos Taco Flavor. I wanted to see if the flavor was what I remembered and I also wanted Mollie to try them. But, if I remember correctly, the packaging is a bit different. There was a clear circle you could actually see the chips through in the original bags. ( I guess they didn't want us to see how some chips may have "settled" during shipping...right? ha )
Mollie, fell in love with them. Kind of cool to introduce her to something I ate as a kid and gave me a taste from the past. However, I don't remember the indigestion from the past. :)

Thursday, June 9, 2011

More Saturday Doings...

We went to the movie Friday night and Saturday we "got our hair did".
It was fun and kinda nice to let someone "play" with my hair and "wash my head" as my Granny Girdner used to say. :)

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Friday Night...

Friday night, I did something I have never done before. Mollie, Gina, and I went to see a movie at the Orpheum Theater in Memphis.
I have always wanted to go and watch one during the Orpheum's Summer Movie Series. Mollie and I have been to several off Broadway productions at the Orpheum but, never to watch a movie.
Friday was the first movie of the Summer of 2011 and one of our favorites.

Breakfast at Tiffany's Starring Audrey Hepburn

It was really cool to see an old movie on "the big screen". Plus popcorn and air conditioning...ahhhhh

Very fun Friday Night!!!

Monday, June 6, 2011


This was actually LAST weekend that Mollie and I went to see Pirates of the Caribbean; On Stranger Tides. So, I am catching you up on news.

On Stranger Tides is the fourth of the Pirates of the Caribbean movies.

We have seen all of them so, it was kind of tradition that we go see number four.

We lost a couple of regulars in this movie. Will Turner and Elizabeth Swann are not in number four.
But even though a couple of characters were not in this one, we still liked it. We love Johnny Depp as Captain Jack Sparrow. He makes me giggle.

Thursday, June 2, 2011

My Niece said stop doing this...

My niece Mindy told me to stop doing this. Yes, I hang my bras on the door knob. The last time the Doughtie family came to visit, my sweet precious Justus, who loves football, asked me if it was a helmet.

I think I should stop hanging my bras on the door knob.

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Another Stephanie Book finished...

I am down to the last Janet Evanovich, Stephanie Plum book published to date.

It feels like family every time I pick up a Stephanie Plum series book now. You know all the characters and it feels comfy. Of course you could pick up any book and not read them in order and you wouldn't be lost but, I chose to read them in numerical order from One for the Money right up to, Sizzling Sixteen.

The next book is due out June 21st. YAY! The title is Smokin' Seventeen.
And...I read that on the back cover, there will be stickers.

If you've read the books, you know EXACTLY what these mean. I think it's a little like Team Edward and Team Jacob.

It would be VERY hard to choose between Morelli and Ranger.

Memorial Day Walmart findings...

Memorial Day was a do nothing, lazy day at our house. We went on an outing to WalMart and this is what we saw.

An Elly May Clampett Barbie / Beverly Hillbillies
If they have a Granny Barbie from the Beverly Hillbillies...I will be happy. But I did not see one. She might not be "Barbie" material.

And the other interesting thing we saw at WalMart on Memorial Day 2011 was this license plate.

This car tag most likely will not mean a thing to a lot of folks but, to me? It means something, someone, some place, very dear to me.
My Granddaddy Girdner was a car salesman, at...are you ready for it? The Ford Dealer in ANDALUSIA ALABAMA!!! And to see this tag in a Tennessee WalMart parking lot? Weird.

Some of my happiest childhood memories belong in Andalusia Alabama with my Granny and Granddaddy Girdner. And he sold a lot of Ford cars!!!

So, as you see Memorial Day was indeed a day of memory. Memories of childhood. Memories of Grandparents.

It was a good day.

Monday, May 23, 2011

A Mess O Greens

Mollie and I got a craving/hankering for turnip greens this past weekend. Yep...greens.
I decided to cook style.
If you've never had greens they are yummy IF they are cooked right. If they are not cooked right...well...not so yummy.

Step 1

Wash 'em and wash 'em GOOD!!! In fact, soak them in cold water. Then rinse each leaf. (This is because, they were in dirt)

Step 2

Cook 'em. But, add some stuff first. I used a couple of pieces of bacon, some onion, and chicken broth.

Step 3

When they are dark green and looking like they are a fourth of the amount you started out with...(this is called cookin 'em down)....they are done.

Step 4

Eat 'em....

Friday, May 20, 2011

Another Book ....

Finger Lickin Fifteen....

Another Stephanie Plum Novel By Janet Evanovich....

The whole gang was in this one. Lula, Stephanie, Ranger, Grandma Mazur, Joe Morelli, and several other characters brought in the mix to make this another entertaining book about Stephanie, the bounty hunter.

As usual, I laughed out loud several times!!!

I am already on to the next book in the series. Sizzling Sixteen!

Monday, May 16, 2011

Double Feature Chicks....

You got that right. We were double feature movie going gals this weekend. You want to know why? Because... that's just how we roll. We had not been to a movie together in FOREVER...
So we hit up not one, but TWO movies this weekend.
Both had wedding themes although I don't think that it was intentional. In fact...I know it wasn't intentional.

First was Bridesmaids...

Bridesmaids is for you and your girlfriends only. It was crude in a few parts but there were some REALLY funny, belly laughing til you cry parts.
And oh how I needed a belly laugh. We were loud and laughing and enjoyed EVERY single minute of the fun.

The second movie we saw was...

Something Borrowed

This one made me "antsy". I wanted to yell at the selfish character and the spineless male character!!! And...come to think of it...I wanted to yell at the spineless female character too!!!
I'm not saying I didn't like it...I just wanted to yell at them.

All in was a fun Double Feature Weekend with girl friends...

Sunday, May 15, 2011

More Conversations With Mollie

Driving to Memphis....

Subject.... Cake

ME: What kind of cake should we make Grandpop for Father's Day?

Mollie: I don't know.

ME: Grandmom said he likes coconut but, I don't think anyone else does.

Mollie: I like coconut. I like that German Shepherd Cake.

ME: Blank Stare.


ME: Did you mean... German Chocolate Cake?

Mollie: Whatever.


Saturday, May 14, 2011

It makes me laugh!!!

I saw this picture on someones face book page and HAD to blog about it. It is soooo cute and fun!!! Plus it makes me laugh !!!!

Do you think any of the "royal" family watched Cinderella BEFORE planning what they wore on the big day??? He-he

Actually, here is the real Cinderella from Disney. I think someone had a good time "enhancing" the Royal's into Disney characters. But it's still fun.

Monday, May 9, 2011


I've lived in Henderson Tennessee a couple of times in my life. Once when I was in Elementary School and once when I was in College. Being a resident during those years, I became familiar with names of small communities and towns in the surrounding area.

As Mollie and I were driving this weekend, we passed by one of those towns which led to conversation and giggles.

I pulled off the road and took a picture of the sign.

Finger, Tennessee

( FYI....If you are a local, you pronounce it... Fanger )

Location?............................................... McNairy County
Population? ........................................... About 350 people
Total Area? ............................................ About 1.5 square miles
Famous Folks Birthplace? ............................. Lawman Buford Pusser
Giggling with your daughter at the name of the town?.... Priceless

(Another fun community name is Sweet Lips, Tennessee. I would love to know how it got it's name. he-he)