Thursday, November 29, 2007
Tuesday, November 27, 2007
Thanks for being there ladies. It's not easy right now but I know you are "here" for me.
Sunday, November 25, 2007
Friday I avoided the morning crush of shoppers to instead sleep in. I got up in time to get a bit of the house cleaned in preparation for putting up the Christmas tree before meeting the group for lunch at Macaroni Grill. I then was brave enough to shop just a little at Barnes & Noble, Bath & Body Works, and Ann Taylor Loft. That night I went grocery shopping for the turkey dinner for two I had planned.
Yesterday I treated myself to a whole "me" day, complete with a Peppermint Latte, 12 hours of scrapbooking, hot apple cider, and an early night to bed. I got all but the first and last pages of my Glacier Park scrapbook complete. This is the same book I started back in August when my girls' weekend got ruined by the flood. It turned out pretty darn cool. When I have tonight's turkey feast off the table maybe I'll lay it out and take a few pictures of my picture book.
Today I completed prep for Christsmas tree decorating and finished a touch more shopping at Kohl's. The house now smells like Christmas candles and turkey. Not bad at all. I'm thankful the weekend turned itself around and that I participated in spite of myself. Happy Holidays everyone!
Friday, November 23, 2007
As I was wandering around the house I started to think about what my house says about me. I've been in it for two year's now and as was previously documented here, I put a lot of work into the appearance of the place in spite of it being structurally sound. What about the rest of the place though? You know, the little things that get "settled" after you have lived some where for a while?
What does my house tell others about me if they looked carefully?
- Take a look just from my bed
- I like natural things...my bed is a maple slatted sleighbed
- Books are central...the bookends span the top of my dresser but the books have started to pile on top of the span in between them
- I miss Montana..."Montana: The Last Best Place" hangs over three 14 x 17 pictures from "The Park".
- Avalanche Gorge
- Heaven's Peak
- Lake McDonald from the back porch of the lodge
- My cats have a home...check out the indentation in the pillow at the foot of my bed
- What do I see from the couch?
- A few "meese"
- A stuffed moose in a laid Christmas sweater
- A "recylced" moose made from Chenille
- A Carroll College clad Moose Saint
- A moose navity...complete with Mary, Joseph, the Babe and two dangling meese with wings
- The places I've lived
- A springtime in Montana picture of wildflowers in front of snowcapped peaks
- A Sedona desert sunset
- A spirit to watch over me
- A collection of Dreamsicle Angels on the mantle piece
- A picture of Mom and Dad on top of the stereo
- 5 blankets that I can see and count from here
- Candles...plain vanilla on the mantle, Spiced Apple on the coffee table, Ginger Peach in the dining room
- My escape...trek up to the third floor for a distraction if you wish
- Warm walls: Maple Leaf and Cocoa Puff to be exact
- A hobby
- Shelves of Stampin' Up stamps, paper galore
- Projects here and there
- A Denver Broncos album from September
- My recipes and a maple box to put them in
- A "me" scrapbook not yet started
- An office
- Did I mention piles?
- Cork boards covered in pictures and quotes. Lots of quotes
What does the decor of your residence say about you?
Thursday, November 22, 2007
To you and yours: Take a moment to be thankful for whatever little things you can today. Happy Thanksgiving.
Monday, November 19, 2007
I am hosting my annual Stampin' Up Christmas Card Extravaganza too. 40 cards for $40. I put the supply order in today and as soon as it arrives will be cutting out the parts for 240 cards (I pre-cut everything for my customers so the assembly doesn't take all day). I also possibly will be doing the same set of cards with multiple high school students to include in boxes for Hometown Gratitude gifts to the troops.
Hockey season in Minnesota has started and between now and Christmas week the team I cover for Sports Medicine has a Tuesday and Thursday night came every week but this week (just Tuesday this week). They at least take Thanksgiving off. Can't really get much done at those games other than watching and waiting for someone to get hurt.
Of course, I have to add into that the various work events, monthly Bunco, cleaning house, etc. We all do this to ourselves though and we always get through, right? My question is...why do we do it?
Have a great week everyone!
Wednesday, November 14, 2007
Sunday, November 11, 2007
He passed away 10 years ago and this picture's a few years older than that but I'm still proud of him. My grandpa was in the US Navy during World War II and fought off the USS Yorktown. Not a lot of his crew came home and even fewer are left today.
As navigator he led his pilot and himself on bombing runs over Iwo Jima.
He attempted to help out a commanding officer on R&R once but was told to "f--- off". The commanding officer was sunning himself on the beach while intoxicated. The commanding officer was court marshaled for damaging government property when he return to ship with his second degree sunburn and was sick. I think my grandpa probably chuckled.
His ship ran out of fresh water and the country bumpkin from the farm in Nebraska knew it was silly to drink salt water and was one of the few of the crew who did not get sick.
His squadron was returning from a mission and the lead pilot took the group the WRONG way back to the ship. My grandpa quietly convinced his pilot to take the lead and get the group of planes back to the ship. It worked.
Those last three stories he told me about, the bombing runs over Iwo Jima I didn't know about until we packed up his dresser two summer's ago at Grandma's house. We found his flight log book. Perfect handwriting, detailed without being wordy. 'Flight to "so and so" today. Bullet damage to right wing.' Yeah, scary!
So take a moment today and the rest of this week after Veteran's Day to remember those who fought for us and those who are fighting. Cherish the stories they told you and take a moment to consider what they didn't tell you. These young men and woman did things most of us can't even consider doing.
For them...THANK YOU!
For Grandpa...MISS YOU! Take care of mom, will ya?
Wednesday, November 07, 2007
1. What time did you get up in the morning? 6:20 am
2. Diamonds or pearls? Diamonds!!!!!
3. Favorite movie? Silence of the Lambs
4. Favorite TV show? Bones
5. Where did you graduate from?
6. Did you ever fail a class in school? Nope
7. What food do you dislike? Oysters
8. What is your favorite food at the moment? Apple sauce
9. What kind of car do you drive? Mercury Mariner
10. Favorite sandwich? turkey blue cheese and tomato
11. Favorite accessory? Any chunky jewelry
12. Favorite item of clothing? Hooded sweatshirts, big wool sweaters
13. If you could go anywhere in the world for a vacation, where would you go?
14. What color is your bathroom? Light sage and lavendar
15. Favorite brand of clothes? New York and Company for dress pants and suits, pretty much a free for all for everything else
16. Where would you retire to?
17. When was your most memorable birthday? Probably this last one more for a sad memory than anything
18. Favorite sport and sports figure? Volleyball to play and Karch Kiraly. Football to watch and John Elway.
19. Last time you attended a sporting event? September when I went to both a Broncos and a Rockies game in
20. Who was your real first kiss? Adam at gifted camp
21. Was it a good one? In retrospect, no but at the time I thought it was wonderful
22. Favorite saying? Hang tight
23. When's your birthday? 10/07/77
24. Morning or afternoon person? Definitely NOT a morning person
25. Pets? Cats now, would love to have a dog too, have had horses in the past
26. Shoe size? 8
27. What is your favorite thing to do on New Years? Fancy parties with glitzy clothes with the boy
28. What did you want to do when you were little? A doctor
29. What was your first job? Other than Farm Slave? Babysitting.
30. Favorite candy? Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups
31. Favorite flower? Yellow roses with red tips
32. What is your favorite holiday dinner? Thanksgiving
33. What is your full name? Nicolle Kahl Hendrix
34. What do you like to do on a rainy day if your not working? Stay in flannel jammies, curl up in a big blanket and read a book
35. What are you listening to right now? TV
36. What was last thing you ate? Curry chicken sandwich with chicken gumbo soup
37. Do you wish on stars? Yes!
38. If you do what do you wish for? Usually just to get by
39. What is the temp out today? Cold, how exciting
40. Last person you talked to on the phone? Nurse on 7 Joseph
41. Favorite soft drink? Squirt
42. Favorite restaurant The Windbag in
43. Are you a beer, wine or liquor person? BEER, but none of that domesticate stuff
44. Ever eat bugs as a kid? Doesn’t every kid?
45. Favorite toy when you were little? My John Deere tractors in the sand box
46. Favorite day of the year? The first snowfall
47. Summer or winter? winter
48. Hugs or kisses? both
49. Snacks? Salty or Sweet? I’m a big fan of all the new sweet AND salty snacks but I like them crunchy
50. Chocolate or vanilla? Vanilla
51. Do you want your friends to e-mail you back? yes
52. When was the last time you cried? Probably this weekend sometime
53. What's under your bed? Enough hairballs to make a whole new cat
54. Who's the friend you've had the longest? Jami Huber
55. What did you do last night? Not much, I crashed at 8:55 pm
Sunday, November 04, 2007
I treated myself to an upgrade on the simple things this weekend. I admit, I'm addicted to the morning cup of joe. Gotta have it. I walked out on joe once in my life and I did okay; until I took a job in a coffee house and realized what a pain in the ass it is for a barista when a customer orders a decaf shot of anything! Back to the fully leaded stuff I went and haven't quit.
The gals at work and I went together for an office coffee pot and we take turns bringing in the goods. I treat them to Montana roasted beans once a year when I go to Montana. I enjoy the java house atmostphere. I loved the smile on my customer's faces as I handed them their morning shot of "go juice". I like sitting outside on a crisp fall day with a warm cup of joe in my hands. Just the smell of a freshly opened bag of beans makes my eyes perk up and a soft sigh come out.
The "Brew Station" has arrived at my house. This wonderful machine will have my coffee ready for me before my feet hit the cold hardwood floors in the morning. The machine keeps my coffee warm inside the machine without it sitting in a carafe getting bitter on the burner. I simply press my cup to the release button and I can pour a six ounce cup or a "4 cup" mug. It's a gift from above, just for me from me. It's perfection...