It’s a Treat…

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For instance, if I wasn’t so scattered, I could send this nutty fun greeting to the squirrel whisperer, after personalizing it with her name.  (For the record, I do know an Addie too, but she’s not the squirrel whisperer and I don’t know that she’d delight in this one as much as Alison would.)

Who will you treat with your treat from Treat?

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Winner, spinner, dinner

Congrats to Katie!  She won the Shutterfly prize.  Katie, I’ll email you with the code and such soon.  Is it tacky to say I hope this means I get to see whatever she creates?  She’s a talented crafter and mom to two adorable boys…


My favorite handspun to date

Tomorrow is the Dog House Yarns & More spinning retreat at Graves Mountain Lodge.  Are you going to be there?  

There’s also another birthday dinner this weekend, and of course dog walks will be worked in early and often – and far.   What’s on your weekend agenda?

Tree Lessons

Happy Thorsday, little friday, thankful thursday and happy birthday Uncle!   (Sorry…  I don’t have a recent photo of Uncle.  Isn’t it funny how some of the people we spend the most time with are notably absent from our photos?)

photo.JPGI’m thankful for trees.  I love ’em.  We live in the woods, the dogs and I walk in the woods, and I just find great peace in staring at the trees all around us.  This is one of my favorites.  I call it my Ent.   You can’t tell it from the photo, or from the partner photo on the girls’ blog today, but it is an ancient, GIANT tree.  I am rotten with guessing measurements, but I’m sure it’s more than six feet across at its base.

I talk to my Ent.  I am pretty sure it was there when Thomas Jefferson and or James Monroe lived in the area.  (Monroe may have owned said property, as an aside.)  I wished it well on our pre-Hurricane Sandy walk, and I truly rejoiced when we were reunited without incident afterwards.  I’m sure my Ent thinks I’m a silly human.  Sandy was a non-event here, and clearly, it has weathered many storms.  

There are plenty of very old trees in the woods, but none are even close to my Ent in size, which also means none are close in age either.  Poor ol’ giant…  He’s outlived his contemporaries, but oh if he would   could talk!

What grounds you? 

And don’t forget, the Shutterfly winner will be announced tomorrow.  Leave a comment if you haven’t and you’d like to win $50 off your next order.


Follow-up to the Personality Test

February 2011 018Boy that was fun!  I’ve enjoyed hearing which talk show you’d be on, what your book(s) would be about, and what you would wear.  I need to broaden my talk show horizons…

Today, I think I might go on The View and Gretchen surely deserves her moment in the sun as well.   While I still can’t tell you what I’d wear to be on a talk show, I can tell you what is becoming my cool weather uniform.

Fall uniform

Now, that’s not PRECISELY what I have on today, but it’s the general idea.  I saw another good question on a blog yesterday (my apologies… I can’t give credit because I don’t recall!).  If you could only wear dresses or pants, which would you choose and why?

For me, it would depend.  As long as I could have tights and boots and could wear leggings under skirts to walk the dogs, I’d go with dresses.  I love jeans truly, deeply, madly doooo, but I can’t wear jeans everywhere, and when cigarette pants go out of style again, I won’t have pants that fit, no matter how much time and money in alterations I could spend.  

I keep saying it, but I also love dresses because there’s nothing to coordinate.  Okay, I couldn’t have slapped on my favorite Lilly P pank, cream and lime scarf with today’s rusty red sweater dress, but it’s far less stressful than trying to find a blouse and a sweater or jacket that work with a separate bottom of any sort.  And since I’m not much on reinventing the wheel, I don’t get creative and will wear this precise combination again over and over until it’s warm enough for me to switch to shirt dresses and flats.

Really though, I’m glad I don’t have to choose one or the other.  Taking Sissy to the vet in anything skirted would be a fiasco and prove to the world that I lack any sort of natural poise, just as there are also places I’d never feel comfortable wearing pants.


Personality Test Fail

I don’t like personality tests.  I’ve had this discussion with a few of you.  Oh, I’m intrigued by them and take them, but rarely do I get the same results twice.  Nevertheless, I’m fascinated by the new personality test Lisa of Privilege created. 

What if you found yourself on set, in an interview with a TV talk show host, about the book you had just written? Who would you be talking to, and about what?

That’s all well and good, except that I don’t watch talk shows, so that handicaps me, but for the sake of argument, I’ll play along.  I happen to know Katie Couric has a talk show now.  I’ve always liked her, and since the JLC has the Emily Couric Community Advocacy Award, why not? 

March 2012 006What would the book be about?  Well, there’s the rub.  I have a fluffy little “beach read” in the works, but again for the sake of this discussion, it would likely be about what a certain one-eyed, allergic to everything she puts in her mouth, precocious, loving basset hound has taught me about life. 

But if I got lucky, Ms. Couric would have done her homework and would know that in May of 2012, I was chair of the committee that selected the award named for her sister, and then I’d get a chance to talk about all the great stuff the JLC – and Junior Leagues everywhere – are doing…

Thankfully, Lisa’s quiz didn’t involve what I’d be wearing and how I selected my outfit.  Shudder.  I don’t want to know what THAT would say about my personality.  (Wonder if Ms. Couric’s styling staff would help me?)

What about you?  How would you answer these questions?  (About the talk show and book… not about what you’d wear… unless you want to go there?)

Insert Me Here

Don’t forget to thank a veteran today… every day.  We owe so much to the men and women whose selfless sacrifice keep our nation – and the world – safer and freer than it would be otherwise.  I won’t try to name my friends and family who have served or are serving, because the list is long and distinguished.  Never forget too that their loved ones sacrifice and serve right along with them.

Also, please take a gander at my previous post and weigh in on photo cards and holiday cards in general.  There’s a giveaway if that sweetens the deal…

Move over Theo, sassy Lizzie Crenshaw just became the cozy heroine I’d most like to hang out with, although both of you get yourselves into far more trouble than I need in my life, and both of you have really cool dogs to sweeten the deal.  I do enjoy reading about women whose lives are even more chaotic than mine.  Since I retired from the fire service, I don’t find dead bodies anymore, nor do I have serial killers lurking around…  And if I do, ignorance is bliss!!

Courtesy of B&N

You need to know the Lizzie Crenshaw cozies are novellas; they average about 50 pages each.  I’m generally not a fan of short stories, but these mini-novels were perfect for a week jam-packed with meetings, an election and the not-subtle transition to Standard time, also known as dark too soon for long walks in the woods.  However, Lizzie’s small-town life is pretty hectic, so I think she’d appreciate that I had to squeeze in reading moments on the fly.

Brookdale, Texas reminds me a lot of the small towns (sorry podunk; I know you fancy yourself a college CITY, but you’re a town, and a small, sprawling one at that) I’ve lived in.  The local law enforcement head honcho is a Lizzie’s best friend’s brother, and Lizzie’s dysfunctional family’s drama is the fodder that feeds the series… and the town’s gossip.  I’m sure Lizzie would appreciate the comment a former supervisor and family friend shared with me the first time I found myself the focus of firehouse gossip;  “They’ll mind all your business but they won’t pay your bills.”

Unfortunately, these books are only available electronically right now, but anyone with a computer or smart phone can access Kindle and Nook books, so don’t let that hold you back.

So, which fictitious character(s) would you like to make your new BFF?  Or are gMarie and I the only nuts who ponder such things?

Pre-holiday tradition!

image courtesy of Shutterfly

Like it or not, Christmas is right around the corner.  For several years now, I’ve done Photo Christmas Cards, and my go-to vendor is Shutterfly.   They have a great selection of styles, shapes, themes and no matter what you’re looking for, it’s there, for whatever version of the holidays you like to honor with cards.

Sissy is lobbying for this design, but until she has her own bank account, I think I’ll make the final decision.  Some years, I’ve done a couple of different styles of cards, but this year I’m thinking one kind of classic design that can go to friends, family, fellow League leaders, etc.

Or maybe I’ll compromise.  If Sissy will pose with antlers and get Gretchen to cooperate as well, we’ll consider this design.  Why yes, I am quite confident there’s simply no way that will be happening…


December 2008 – A visual reminder of the antler suffering

I love holiday cards and have a special scrapbook for the ones that really speak to me each year.  I save all the cards and use some to make embellishments on the pages too.  Another friend has a really neat idea I think I’m going to use to keep my cards together from one year to the next, since I will admit that I have a backlog and am a couple of years behind.  Houndgirl buys those locking, metal rings and hole punches each card and then stacks the cards on a ring so that they’re handy to view.  Beats my gallon storage bag per year mess!

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