Thursday, June 29, 2006

Howdy Partners!

Allison's birthday and party is just about 2 weeks away! This is my crunch time. It is the one time a year that we have our family and friends over for a get together. I wish our place was bigger because I would do it more frequently. I love to entertain!

A few months before Allison's birthday, we receive the Birthday Express catalog in the mail. Allison is sure to wear the pages out by turning the pages hundreds of times. Each year she picks the theme that seems to be her current interest. However, this year she surprised me! She picked horses! I don't know where that came from but that is what we are going with. We are having a Western party! I didn't care for the invitations they offered so I made my own. The images look a little blurry...sorry! You can click on each image to enlarge it.

This has been fun planning and I can't wait for the day to come! I'll post more pics of the planning stages as I get things done.

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Monday, June 19, 2006

Women over 40!

I received this in an email and it's just too good not to share!

Woman over 40

I always said something happens to a woman once she's 40.. Here is a
piece written by Andy Rooney - CBS 60 Minutes.

As I grow in age, I value women who are over 40 most of all. Here are
just a few reasons why.

A woman over 40 will not lay next to you in bed and ask, "What are you
thinking?" She doesn't care what you think.

If a woman over 40 doesn't want to watch the game, she doesn't sit
around whining about it. She does something she wants to do. And, it's
usually something more interesting.

A woman over 40 knows herself well enough to be assured in who she is,
what she is, what she wants and from whom. Few women past the age of 40
give a damn what you might think about her or what she's doing.

Women over 40 are dignified. They seldom have a screaming match with
you at the opera or in the middle of an expensive restaurant. Of
course, if you deserve it, they won't hesitate to shoot you, if they
think they can get away with it.

Older women are generous with praise, often undeserved. They know what
it's like to be unappreciated.

A woman over 40 has the self-assurance to introduce you to her women
friends. A younger woman with a man will often ignore even her best
friend because she doesn't trust the guy with other women.

Women over 40 couldn't care less if you're attracted to her friends
because she knows her friends won't betray her.

Women get psychic as they age. You never have to confess your sins to a
woman over 40. They already know.

A woman over 40 looks good wearing bright red lipstick. This is not
true of younger women or drag queens.

Once you get past a wrinkle or two, a woman over 40 is far sexier than
her younger counterpart.

Older women are forthright and honest. They'll tell you right off if
you are a jerk if you are acting like one! You don't ever have to
wonder where you stand with her.

Yes, we praise women over 40 for a multitude of reasons. Unfortunately,
it's not reciprocal. For every stunning, smart, well-coiffed hot woman
of 40+, there is a bald, paunchy relic in yellow pants making a fool of
himself with some 18-year-old waitress. Ladies, I apologize.

For all those men who say, "Why buy the cow when you can get the milk
for free." Here's an update for you. Nowadays 80% of women are against
marriage, why? Because women realize it's not worth buying an entire
Pig, just to get a little sausage. Pin It

Wednesday, June 07, 2006

Da da da Daaaaaaaaaaa!!!!!!!!!!

"Mom's Oasis" is almost done! I still have 2 things to do to it...maybe 3. Here are the pics of what it looks like today. Allison and I spent 5 hours out there today and boy was it relaxing. It's just how I imagined it. The only thing that would make it better would be if there was a cleaning fairy in the house doing my cleaning and chores while I am out there relaxing! By the way, you can click on any picture to see it larger.

The before: As you can see it's nothing special and we really never did anything with it since we've lived here.

The current state of Mom's Oasis:

This is the sitting area with a great shot of the umbrella. I love that the umbrella stand is behind us and it reaches over to shield us. The umbrella is 9 1/2 feet wide so it covers a good portion of the patio.

A shot of the sitting area from the other side. You can see how the patio mat defines the area. It's awesome because it's waterproof and you just hose it off if it gets dirty.

This pic is of the other side of the patio where we have our picnic table. I LOVE our picnic table. I found the instructions online and Curtis made if for me for Allison's first birthday party. I had to have redwood and it was perfect timing because you can't even buy redwood in our area anymore.

This is from the other side. I love the tablecloth. Originally I thought it would be too bright but it balances the colors of the flowers which are mainly on the other side of the patio.

A close up of my new patio furniture that is so comfortable and perfect for my oasis. I sat out there today with a Pepsi and a couple of magazines and wished I was on vacation so I didn't have to leave.

Here is a close up of my planters. There are that bright pink geraniums in all the pots but I picked off the dead ones today so the new buds could bloom.

The cat birdhouse. Allison picked it out at the store and told me that she wanted me to have this for my patio. She was so sweet about it that I couldn't say no and now it's one of my favorite features.

I hope you enjoyed your little tour of my patio. I'll post more pics when I get the last couple of things done and when the flowers get bigger.

By the way, if you can't find me...just check "Mom's Oasis" because I'm hoping to be there most of the summer. Pin It

Saturday, June 03, 2006


TOTAL impulse buy today at Giant Eagle!
Thinking I should have bought more than one pack of 6!

You'll LOVE them!
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