A Little of this and that.....

Sunday, November 14, 2010


Be sure and check out A Home and Heart site for an amazing giveaway of a beautiful vintage inspired necklace.


This other site, Glittery Daze and Nights,is giving away a beautiful JOY banner along with some other beautiful Christmas handcrafted items. I would love that banner!


Saturday, November 13, 2010

My Little Fur Baby Chewbacca

Chewbacca is my little Brussels Griffon fur baby! I love that little guy so much. He has such a personality! He is sweet, playful, loveable, fiesty and lazy at the same time. He is also the world's best little snuggle bug! He is almost 7 years old now and I can't imagine how we got along all those years without him. We had always had large dogs and couldn't imagine ever owning a little dog.

My daughter originally bought him for her and her boyfriend when she was a Sophomore attending Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. Her and her other 3 roommates had so much fun with him when he lived with them. They soon found out about his playful nature and how much mischief a little puppy can get into. But look at that little face! He originally came to stay with us for a few weeks when he was about 3 months old. My oh my how much work a little playful pup could be! But of course we totally fell in love with him and wanted to keep him for our own. We were so happy when our daughter decided that maybe it would be better if he lived at our house.

That expression is what we call his "Stink Eye". He gives us that sideways look with the big eyes when he doesn't want to do what we want him to do, or if perhaps he did something that he probably shouldn't have done!

This is what his face looks like when he has recently been groomed. I love his little monkey face and that beard! I can't tell you how many times he has gotten that beard soaking wet and dripped all over the just clean hard wood floors. He seems to know when the floor has just dried and it's primed for drip marks.

This is what he looks like when it is just about time to go and get him groomed again. We say he looks like a little teddy bear with a monkey face. He is such a good boy! He loves to go everywhere he can with us and enjoys meeting new people. He is so sweet natured around children and loves it when they stop to pet him. We call him our velcro-dog because where ever I am he's usually right next to me or if it's possible he'll be right between the two of us cuddling up close! Chewbacca or "Chewie" is my loyal lovable fur baby!

Friday, November 5, 2010

A Day in San Francisco

Today my husband and I went to San Francisco for the day. We wandered around Fisherman's Wharf, Ghiradelli Square, The Cannery at Del Monte Square, Hyde Street Pier and all over the nearby area. Although we go to San Francisco quite a bit, we saw quite a few things that we had never discovered before. I think we walked all around the area for about 7 hours or so.

We had lunch at the Boudin Bakery in Fisherman's Wharf. They have been making the traditional French bread since 1949. Boudin is also San Francisco's oldest continuously running company. They say that a portion of the original mother dough still starts each and every sourdough loaf they make. So in addition to being famous for their bread San Francisco's Fisherman's Wharf is also known for it's clam chowder. So of course we had to order the bread bowl that is filled with clam chowder so we could enjoy both of their specialties. Since the weather wasn't too cool we decided to pick a table outside and we enjoyed our lunch watching the people pass by and listening to some street musicians perform.

We then walked to The Cannery at Del Monte Square. This is where the Del Monte Corporation used to actually can their products. The cannery was built in 1907 and was once the largest peach cannery in the world. It has been closed for many years and is now a vibrant waterfront marketplace featuring one-of-a-kind shops, restaurants, offices, live entertainment, and a world-class jazz club. There is just about something to suit everyone's taste there.

Just a little bit farther is Ghiradelli Square. There are some really nice specialty shops, restaurants, wine bars and of course the famous Ghirardelli Chocolate Shop which the entire area is named for. They still make some of the chocolate there and you can watch the machinery process the chocolate while you sit there and indulge in either some of their decadent chocolates or what I prefer, a delicious ice cream sundae made to order with your favorite ingredients. I love their caramel sauce so I had a Hot Caramel Sundae and my husband had a Hot Fudge Banana Sundae. Yummy!

After leaving there we walked down just a little bit towards the water to where there is the cable car turnarounds. The lines were pretty long with people patiently waiting their turn to go for a ride on the cable cars. I love to look at them and listen to the sounds they make and their bells ringing. We decided not to ride them this time and just continued walking down towards the water back towards Fisherman's Wharf.

We got a pretty good view of the bay with the Golden Gate Bridge in the background. It was nice and clear today without the famous fog that San Francisco is know for so you could see the bridge pretty well today.

We then walked over to the Hyde Street Pier where the San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park is located. I had never before ventured that way so I didn't know for sure what exactly there was. It is part of the California Parks Program and there are several different types of boats and houses on display there. I believe there was a total of 7 boats that you could tour and many more that were on display there.

They had some of the tall mast ships that they have totally restored. In addition to going on board and viewing them you can sign up for a real adventure. You can work on one of the boats for the day and also stay the night just like you would have back in that period of time if you were a sailor on a ship.

They had several house boat type dwellings that you could tour also. They were built around 1905 and were used for vacation homes on the bay for some of the wealthier San Franciscans. Some of theses were moored in Sausilito, which is right across the bay, in addition to some other nearby places. They typically had two bedrooms, a front living area, a dining room, a kitchen and a bathroom. I think they would be fun to spend the summer living on the water.

There was quite a few workshops on the pier also where they were restoring more of the boats. I think they said they had over 100 different types of boats that they own and rotate on display. They even have programs where you learn the craft and they teach you how to restore the boats or you can volunteer your time to be a docent if you are already knowledgeable about the subject.

At the end of the pier we had a really clear view of Alcatraz Island , or "The Rock" , which is where the famous prison was once located at. The prison closed in 1963 after 29 years of operation and in 1972 it became part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area. Visitors can take a ferry ride the 1.5 miles to the island for tours.

We had quite a nice trip today to the city by the bay. I'm so glad that we are within an hour or so drive to San Francisco. It makes it possible to visit quite often and I don't think I'll ever get tired of finding some of it's hidden gems like we did today.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

More Fall Fun!

About a week before Halloween we had our Grandson for the day, and since my husband was also home, we decided to go to a small pumpkin farm at one of the local churches in town. He had fun walking through the corn maze and playing in their little pumpkin play yard.

He picked out a few little pumpkins to take home to paint. Here is some of the beautiful artwork he painted on his pumpkins. I think Connor did a great job! I displayed his beautifully painted pumpkins on my front porch for all of the Trick-or-Treaters to enjoy.

A few days before Halloween my son and daughter-in- law hosted a Pumpkin Carving Party at their house. They invited quite a few of their nieces and nephews to come carve pumpkins. All of the kids really enjoyed it! I think I know of a few adults who had a good time also and really got into carving their own pumpkins. I won't name names but you know who you are...

The kids either loved feeling all of the goo and seeds as they were scooping them out or they were totally grossed out by it! I think they saved the seeds to roast. Yummy!

G-Pa and Connor picked out a big one to take a closer look at!

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Fall Fun!!

I love Fall! Did I tell you that before? Well if I didn't tell you before let me tell you now that I absolutely love Fall....

I start looking forward to Fall each year once all the kids start going back to school and the days start getting a little shorter. There is a crispness in the air and it starts getting dark a little earlier each day.

I love the cooler weather, the changing of the colors of the leaves, pumpkins, pumpkin bread, caramel apples, our family trips to Apple Hill, apple cider, all of the Fall foliage and decorations.

I love going up to the apple farms and taking a hay ride or going through the corn maze. Picking out the perfect apples and pumpkins with my family to either cook with or decorate with.

The scents of the season, baked apples, cinnamon, spices....mmmmmm I love the smells. Bringing out the blankets and throws on the couches to snuggle with while watching a favorite tv show. Adding the electric blanket to our bed and snuggling into the warm flannel sheets.

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Another Apron Swap - Yeah!!

Shawnee over at the Flirty Apron Swap is hosting another apron swap that I just had to join! I mean I love aprons and I also love Fall so it was 2 of my favorite things so of course I had to jump right over and join.

I really need another apron like I need a hole in my head but I just couldn't help myself. I've been trying not to join any swaps lately, and I haven't for quite some time, but I just did it anyways. I already got my swap partner's information about her likes and dislikes and her preference for what style of an apron she would like me to make. So I'm making a full bib style apron with a ruffle and a pocket.

Finding the fabric was fun. I couldn't believe it when I found what I wanted at my first fabric stop. I had a lot of different choices to pick from. She didn't want a Halloween apron, and would prefer a more Thanksgiving or Fall type apron, so that is what I chose for her. I think she'll like it. It is a Debbie Mumm fabric with little pumpkins all over it and a cute border of a bunch of squirrels wearing pilgrims hats and holding pumpkins. It is so cute! I'm also using the border part of the fabric for the ties and for the pocket.

Now I need to go and finish finding all the little tuck in gifts to go with it. I'm planning on making her a pumpkin pincushion in addition to a few other things I plan on making for her. I'll post a picture when I get it finished!

Thursday, September 30, 2010


I also made a solo trip to Hawaii for 10 days to visit my daughter and son in law. They are expecting their first baby, and although she was visiting us in early May when she shared the news that I’d waited a lifetime to hear… Heather and her hubby Ryan were expecting a baby!!!

I wanted to be able to see my little baby in different stages of her pregnancy. So when I found out she was having a couple of doctor appointments and another ultrasound, that would probably be able to tell them the sex of their baby, I planned my trip around those appointments. I really wanted to hear the baby's heartbeat in addition to finding out whether or not it was a boy or a girl!

So luckily I was able to go to two of her doctor's appointments and the ultrasound appointment in that one trip. She is a little thing so even though she was only 4 months pregnant at the time you definitely could tell she was pregnant. She had a nice little bulge to her belly. Hearing the baby's heartbeat was wonderful! That was one of my sweetest moments I remember from when Brenda was pregnant with Connor also. I mean you know their pregnant, but when you hear that little thump thump thump of their little babies heart, it just makes it so real. I had such a warm feeling come over me when I heard that precious baby's heart beating so little but so strong! I can't wait to welcome Grandbaby #2 into this world and hold it in my arms and love on it. I've got lots and lots of Grandma kisses ready to shower it with.

Then to get to see him on the ultrasound! Yes it's going to be a little BOY. My baby is expecting a baby boy! He looked absolutely perfect, healthy and growing strong. 10 little fingers and 10 little toes! The doctor said everything looked great and there should be no problems at all. This baby is going to be so loved when he gets here! We can't wait to meet him!! He is due sometime in mid January 2011 around the 14th.

I also spent a lot of time at the beach working on my tan. I did manage a little shopping and a little sightseeing too. I also went on my first kayak adventure with Heather. We were able to spend the weekend at her in law's home and took the kayaks almost out their backyard right into the ocean. I had never been in a kayak let alone paddled one. We had a blast though and went to a little secluded beach and had our picnic lunch there. We then looked for seashells and I collected some sea glass also.

They also have recently bought a sailboat and have been working on sprucing it up and making it their own. We took it out for a few hours and sailed around Honolulu. We saw quite a few large sea turtles swimming around and I was on the look out for a dolpin but didn't see any. It was the wrong time of the year to see the whales.

We did a circle island tour again and Heather stopped at a few of her favorite beaches for me to get out and look at. We had a great lunch at a North Shore island favorite restaurant. They had huge hamburgers and some killer cake! Yum Yum!! We stopped at the famous Pipe Line on the North Shore and was able to also go to the beach for awhile where the large sea turtles hang out at. There are "Turtle People" there watching the turtles and making sure that the tourist leave them alone and for the most part let them be. There was a few on shore and the most I had ever seen swimming real close to shore.

I once again had a great trip to Hawaii!!! It's really cool that my daughter lives in paradise and is so close to the beach. I think I could get used to this.... I guess I'll be racking up the frequent flyer miles when I come to babysit!

“Grandmas are the people who take delight in hearing babies breathing into the telephone.”