Thursday, July 16, 2009

It's writers workshop time!

This week I picked two of the prompts from Mama Kats Writers Workshop.
# 3 - Tell us about Grandpa and #5 - Three things we want to know about you

#3 - Grandpa

I told you about one of my Grandpas last week on his birthday. This week I will tell about my other Grandpa, known as Papa Jerry. He passed away in May, and I have struggled with the loss since. I miss him very much and still feel guilt for not being there in his final moments and for being in Florida for the last two years away from him and my grandma. Here is my way of telling a little bit about a one of a kind, amazing man.

  • Letting me "drive" when I was little
  • $2 allowance every week (for doing nothing)
  • Werthers candies with every birthday gift
  • Pretending to be mad when I "stole" his peppermint candies
  • Letting me comb his hair..mohawks, barrettes, and spikes were just a few styles
  • Lollipops stocked in the secret desk drawer at all times
  • The handmade tv stand
  • Neon golf balls (and white ones too) stored in egg crates. Lots and lots of golf balls
  • He insisted on wearing jeans even laying in the hospital bed
  • The customary hey little lady greeting
  • Buying me the pogo ball when Dad said no
  • Buying me just about anything when Dad said no
  • Making sure Moms resting place was always clean, pretty, and had flowers
  • Friday night Fish dinners at the Moose
  • Breakfasts at Choo Choos
  • He always had a pen and notebook in his front shirt pocket
  • A gentle giant
  • Always taking care of Grandma who misses him so (married for 62 years)
  • Treating my mom, his daughter in law, like his own.
  • Always feeling safe in his presence.
It's a small small list of just a few of the little things that added up to one amazing, larger than life man. I am beyond lucky to have had such an amazing man for a grandfather.

Love you lots Papa Jerry! Missing you very much

# 5
Three things you might want to know about me

Here goes

1) Even at 32, I am still a little scared of the dark. When Jim travels I leave a light on when I go to bed. Because no one can come into the house and attack me if there is a light on....right?

2) A year ago I took up sewing and now I am obsessed.
I bought the sewing machine on a whim. I was buying fabric to re-upholster a chair and a woman was buying fabric to make a purse. She told me how easy it was, and then pointed to my purse and told me I could definitely make a similar purse with ease. One week later, I bought a beginners sewing book and a sewing machine. I have made purses, aprons, skirts, quilts, hot pads and more. I love it!

3) I wear my heart (and every other emotion) on my sleeve.
I cry when I am happy. I cry when I am sad. I laugh at my own jokes. When I am happy, or sad, or angry, it shows. I spent a long time trying to change it, thinking it was a negative. As an adult, and through my family, friends, and hubby I have realized that it's just a part of who I am. It is one of the things that makes me, well me. They like me (usually), I like me, and at the end of the day that is good enough for me.

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Happy Birthday Papa

Although I could have thought of better ways for him to spend the day yesterday, I hope it was a happy one nonetheless .

A few fun Papa Mitt tidbits...

  • He can teach anyone to play cribbage, and never gets frustrated. He may even let you win
  • He can filet a fish in record time...and make it look pretty. This may not seem that glorious, but it's impressive to watch
  • He is an example of the kind of man I looked for to be my husband
  • He always seems to have a toothpick in his mouth
  • He drove 7 hours each way from Michigan to Ohio more times that I can remember to be with my mom (his second child) when she was sick. He is also an example of the father I hope Jim is one day
  • He likes to play dress up (see below)
  • He too once exclaimed "Carrie is by far my favorite grandchild" :) (which may change after he sees the picture below)
Happy Birthday Papa Mitt! I love you and miss you!

Thursday, July 2, 2009

I'll be happy when...

Prompt is courtesy of Kathy and writers workshop

Is it considered cheating to say I am already happy?
It's true you know.

Then again, I'll be happier when...
  • The tile floor that takes up 85% of our house mops itself
  • The same tile floor sweeps itself first. First with the broom, then with the Swiffer.
  • The tile floor teaches the area rug to self clean
  • Our cat Cagney brushes herself daily
  • I can have a golden sun kissed glow without sun, either real or artificial
  • My husband musters the strength to place the TP on the actual holder.
  • The Dunkin Donuts staff stop asking me "and sugar" when I say "decaf toasted almond coffee with cream only please". I know it's silly, but it bothers me.
  • People stop saying irregardless. I am sure it's listed in some dictionary, but it's really not a word, it's redundant and in my opinion a double negative. The less in regardless makes it a negative (without regard or not taking into account). So wouldn't irregardless mean NOT without regard. Either way you look at it, it's redundant.
  • Giada and I spend an afternoon getting manicures (have I ever mentioned I love her nails), having lunch and cooking together.
  • Alton Brown joins us for dessert
  • Ina, Duff, and Tyler stop for some coffee.
  • They all chat and realize I am just need some fine tuning, talk to the Food Network and give me my own show.
  • My brother decides that Melt just isn't the same without me and stops going unless I am in town
  • West Palm Beach and Cleveland are in the same county, in the same state.
  • Bacon becomes a health food
Its a good thing I am a happy, lucky girl already!

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Pampering for the penny pincher

We all like a bit of pampering. And let's face it, we all deserve it! If an afternoon at the spa isn't in your budget, and heck even if it is you can save a bundle with these penny pinching tips.

I love this article for pretty feet no matter how much time you have on hand. Take a peek

After an at home pedicure, complete the nails with a do it yourself manicure. You know the basics, but to get the complete spa experience give these ideas a try:
  • Soak your hands warm soapy water first
  • Push back (don't cut) your cuticles
  • Exfoliate, and rinse your hands
  • Place a moist towel in the microwave then wrap around hands (and/or feet). This is my favorite part of the spa pedicures and manicure. Now, sit back and relax. Be careful with this step, heat up the towel slowly to ensure it doesn't get too hot.
  • Moisturize, then wipe nails before applying polish to remove oils.
  • Use a base coat first.
  • Paint your nail starting on the side. You should be able to paint your nail in three strokes. (one on each side, and the middle)
  • Finish with a top coat
Finally, treat your hands, feet, and entire body with an easy homemade exfoliater. There are lots of recipes out there for sugar scrubs. Here are my two favorites:

Lemony Sugar Scrub

1 Cup Sugar
1/2 Cup olive oil
Lemon juice (about a teaspoon or so)

Combine all ingredients, place in a container of your choice and enjoy.

Brown Sugar Scrub

1 Cup brown sugar
1/2 Cup almond or olive oil
1 tsp vanilla extract

Combine all ingredients, place in a container of your choice and enjoy.

*These scrubs are great exfoliaters, but adding items like vitamin E, small amounts of honey, essential oils, etc. can help with extra moisturizing. I don't mess with them.
*You can leave out the vanilla and lemon in either recipe as they are mainly for scent.
*Whether you wash with soap and water first or second is up to you.
*Let the sugar do the work. You don't need to scrub too hard.