Archive for November, 2008


November 20, 2008

We got through four more birthdays during the last week and a half. Daughter #1 had a birthday while she and her family were camping weekend before last. Her Dad and I took her out to lunch on the Mon. after. We had a loooong lunch — two and a half hours! It was nice to sit and visit without being in a hurry. I took my camera, but forgot to get a pic of her!

Daughter #2 lives in Jeff City, so after work on Sun., her Dad and I took off. We got there about 5:00, set the table for a party, ordered pizza, and had a great time visiting. This was a milestone birthday for her — the big 4 0! Of course I had to put a big 4 0 on the front of her cake. She doesn’t look forty, does she?


She got some candy and a gift card.


We had fun with the balloon! And #4 grandson thought it was funny, too.


Tues. was two birthdays in one. Grandson #2 was born on his dad’s birthday.

2 birthday  boys

SIL got a gift card to a favorite music store where he can buy stuff to feed his habit, (writing music and playing it with his guitar.  He’s pretty good too, btw.) I also painted a jar for him to keep his favorite snacks in, which I filled up for him.  

K with snack jar

This was a milestone for the grandson too. He turned 16 this year. I knew he would want money, so I’ve been trying to figure out how to give it to him that would make it special. I finally decided to get 16 small gifts, wrap a $2 bill with each one, wrap them all into a big box, and watch him unwrap each one to find all his money. It didn’t take him long to realize that he was getting money in each gift. Soon, he was seeking out that money!

birthday money

We didn’t stay long because we knew they were going out to eat. Hubby and I stopped and got our supper from fast food and went on home to eat.

The next day, we had to go to an oral surgeon so Hubby could get two teeth pulled. He didn’t have much trouble with it. He said there wasn’t even that much pain. I’m glad it’s over for him.

Now I need to do some housecleaning and work toward having a Thanksgiving dinner. Whew! It’s just one event after another when Nov. and Dec. gets here. But I’ve always enjoyed all the hoopla and any time when we can get together with the kids and grandkids. It looks like we’ll only have one of the three kids and family here for Thanksgiving. It’s hard to get everybody together when they all have their own lives and extended families. But we’re grateful when we do get to have some of them come see us. I hope everyone out there in cyberspace has a nice Thanksgiving!

Craftfair Weekend

November 10, 2008

Look what I’ve been doing since I got back from our craft trip to Ark.


I had signed up to be in a craft fair at one of our local churches which happened to be held this weekend. So for two and a half weeks after I got back from Ark., I’ve spent all my free time in my little shop out back painting. Boy, how much fun I’ve had! As you can see, I got quite a few items painted.  I still can’t believe I was able to get all of this done. The most time-consuming part was getting everything base-coated and then letting it “season” before I could draw my designs on them and finally get to paint them. After I was ready to paint the design, however, the real fun began. I went from one item to another painting on one, then letting it dry while I painted on another. When I get through painting, I have all of them done! I LOVE doing that! I feel like I’ve accomplished so much in such a short amount of time.

Here’s how my booth looked after I got it all set up:


Pretty nifty, huh? I had to man the booth all by myself both days of the fair because hubby was feeling under the weather and didn’t feel like sitting here all day. He did help me take it all, get it moved in, and help set it up, though. I appreciated that, knowing he didn’t feel that well.

Here’s a couple more shots of my booth. I got several comments from other vendors as well as customers on how nice my booth looked.



I sold four of the painted items from the ones in the first pic. I sold one of the cookie sheets with the gingerbread men on it, the picture of the house that says “All hearts come home for Christmas”, the little blocks that spell out “snow”, and the black jar votive holder with a little house and big pumpkins painted on the front.  I’m kind of glad I didn’t sell some of the other items, because I’ve already got people in mind that will be getting a few of them for Christmas gifts.

I sold so many things that I actually had empty boxes to bring back home! I made a little money, got rid of some of this junk er.. merchandise, and had a lot of fun.

The ladies of the church had all kinds of soups, baked goods, pies, etc., so I sure didn’t want for something to eat. I made several trips to the kitchen and I ate way too much but it was all sooooo good! I visited with other vendors, customers and the ladies of the church. Everyone was so friendly, it was truly a fun time.  Of course I had to make the rounds to see what all the other vendors brought to sell and wound up buying several things. It was a fun weekend and I’ve already signed up to be in their fair again next year.

Here Come Birthdays!

November 6, 2008

For some odd reason, most of the birthdays in our family have occurred in the months of Nov. and Dec. We’ve had three children and six grandchildren, and all but two of them are in the last two months of the year. Even one of our sons-in-law has a birthday this month. This is in addition to several others in the family that are also in these months. I guess there’s not much to do after Christmas during the coldest months of the year except to snuggle with someone special!

We’ve already celebrated one birthday with many more to follow. This is our #5 grandson. Today is his actual birthday, but they had his party a little early. They live in K. C. and we don’t. We ran up to be there for the party after I got off work and luckily, I had the next day off so we could spend the night and take our leisurely time getting back. We had a great time visiting with all the family and getting to see the boys again.

He got a great-looking cake with one of his favorite characters right on top! It was an ice cream cake and it was really great-tasting as well!


He’s “into” Batman now, so guess what he got?! TWO Batman Stealth Launch Batmobiles! Oops! (We need to communicate with everyone a little better next time.) I think Mommie was going to take him to Wal-Mart to exchange one of them so he can get something else he wants.


He played with it the rest of the evening. He had a little trouble getting the motorcycle inside each time, but with Daddy’s help (almost constantly), he enjoyed playing with it.


Little brother enjoyed the balloons more. He would jerk them down really fast and they would hit him in the face. Then he just laughed and laughed. He thought that was soooo funny!


I sure enjoy my grandsons, all six of them! I guess it was just destiny that we wouldn’t have granddaughters. I wouldn’t trade any of the grandsons for one, though. I love ’em!

Next birthday is Daughter #1 on Sunday. I read on her blog that the family will be out of town this weekend. I’m not sure when we’ll see each other to wish her a Happy B-day. Hey, maybe she’ll go out to lunch with her Dad and me on Monday! How ’bout it “K K”?