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Valentine BUNCO!

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I had BUNCO Tuesday night… the game you play with dice…

all family except one that seems like family…

and all women

8 of us all talking at once… Can you picture it!

you need a “girl” time every once in a while…

I like a little theme when I have it…

and Valentine’s Day being next week…

made it fun!…

I have a few decorations anyway…

that just make me happy…

On my front door…

and always a few kitchen towels…

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My windows over my kitchen sink… WINDOW CLINGS…

Easy to brighten an area… and “Cheap!”…

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Back Door…

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Couldn’t resist the Valentine Plates, Cups and Napkins…

and just a few decorations for kitchen table…

BIG red, white and pink M& M’s for munchies…

I decided on a TACO BAR…

Taco Seasoned Meat

Soft Shell Boats

Crunchy Tortilla Chips

Shredded Lettuce

Shredded Cheese

Diced Fresh Tomatoes

Thin Sliced Green Onions

Black Olives(sliced)

Black Beans

Sour Cream

Salsa

Also Mexican Corn crnswssn15_25oz_mffta52541108156u_cwebto complete the meal…

YES!… we do supper!…

Dessert was…

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Cherry Cordial Ice Cream Sundaes

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with…

Hot Fudge Sauce

Valentine Sprinkles

Whipped cream

Cherries to top them off…

All was enjoyed with enough leftovers for my guys…

We buy prizes… 1st=$20, 2nd=$10, 3rd=$8 and two $1… (Floater and Bo0by)…(BUNCO terms)…

It’s a time for some of us (all related) to get together…

Have fun…

and Catch Up on what’s going on in our lives…

I had also made a heart-shaped Chocolate Chip Cookie… but, was not eaten…

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so the next day I took it to the Oncology Staff where Bobby gets his Chemo at VA…

They seemed delighted!… and they are Special!

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Valentine’s Day…

We actually did Valentine’s Day  k12449168   with Carson’s Birthday yesterday…

We ate at his pick of restaurants… Golden Corral…GoldenCorral_logo

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although very crowded… we got seated… all 8 of us… with no problem…

Everyone got to choose from the abundant menu that was offered…. k8168820

 

k8702908Carson had pizza and salad… his favorite!…

and then to indulge in the Chocolate Fountain… dipping marshmallows!…

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The prime rib, salmon k9885189and the many offers of meats, vegetables, sides, salads, hot rolls, desserts were all tasty…

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and I like how they are offering smaller pieces where you can try a few different kinds…

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MONEY and Gift Cards for the Birthday Boy…

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I brought them…

They are “MY SWEETHEARTS”!

I awoke to find a beautiful card from Bobby with a box of candy we could share…

JUST RIGHT!…

The words were perfect!… on the card…

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We share a bond

that’s built to last.

We share a love

that’s unsurpassed.

 

We share a name

and happy home.

We share the places

that we roam.

 

We share our dreams

and funny stories.

We share defeats

as well as glories.

 

We share so many

things, it’s true…

I’m thrilled to share

my life with you!

 

and that says it all…

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Happy Valentine’s Day!

 

 

Cats and Valentines…

Cat photos… They are mine… and they make me smile!

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Jill sits on stool to look out window… as Kit Kit sits on window ledge outside…

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Our kitchen and living room has an open wall… and the cats love to sit on the ledge where they can see us from both directions…

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Kit Kit has taken over my computer chair to sleep…

They do this for about a week or two… and then find a new spot!…

 

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Jill is liking the back of the couch for the moment…

but, will change also in time…

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Valentine’s Day is coming… YES!…

I have a few decorations… doesn’t everyone!

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My “Heart” Flag is blowing with the high winds we had yesterday…

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Kitchen window…

I found the Heart Window Clings in a bag of things I bought last year…

I guarantee…”Dirt Cheap”… and had forgotten about…

LOVE IT!

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Lots of Paper Plates / Napkins were in the bag also… enough for the rest of the month!…

Need candy… (conversation hearts???) or (red hots???) for my candy jar with the red bow…

what do you think?…

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and a sparkly red heart for the door with a new red/white bow…

Very simple… but, I like!

#FWF Free Write Friday: Ponder This

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Here is your FWF prompt:

Happy Valentine’s Day. Today is a day to celebrate love. We buy flowers and candy and those three words get used in song, in poems, on cards and as whispers on the earlobe. But let’s not forget the most important thing, the most beautiful thing about love… what it feels like.

This is not your typical “describe, define, what is love” post… so keep reading.

Take this time now to find a quiet place and close your eyes. Remember that flutter in your belly. Picture someone who used to stir your heart. See their eyes, replay that first kiss, the first time you touched hands, the first time that the word love was placed in between I and You and fell from their lips. The first time you heard it, the first time you felt it, how it crawled your body and caused you to tingle in places you didn’t know you could and tell me like I have never ever known love. Describe it to me. Make me want to feel it so bad I crave it in my bones. Tell me…how does it feel?

I love you.

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My First True Love!  by: Marilyn Griffin

I’m going back to my First Love…

No, not the little crushes I had in School… but, the first time I saw someone I knew I had to meet!…

A quiet, shy girl… out having fun with friends…

I had graduated High School, had a good job and my first car…

Don’t you know… I was feeling free… with that young innocence… desires building in my body…

All new…

He had it all… at least in my eyes… tall, dark and handsome…

he worked at a job I frequented… and after seeing HIM… I was there every day!…

We talked a few words at first…

My friends letting HIM know I was enchanted…

Thanks, Girls!

But, it seems HE was interested too…

We had our first date…

and as we stood under the porch light… He drew me close…

I was so yearning for that feel… Of him next to me… His head dropped to mine and my first real kiss exploded on my lips…

My insides were fluttering… my heart raced… my hand went to his neck and begged for more… I was shaken to the core… His smell seeped into my nostrils as if I could take Him into my body… A wildness that I had never experienced… came from somewhere inside of me… I was oblivious to where I was… and didn’t care… I wanted to cling to Him and never let go… Nothing had ever satisfied me more!

All of what I dreamed had happened… and more… with that one kiss…

We didn’t want to part… LOVE… seemed to hold us closer than anyone could possibly be…

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Finish This #6

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Welcome to week #6 of FINISH THIS … are you ready for Valentine’s Day?

1. I celebrate Valentine’s Day by… putting up decorations in my house… buying my Grandkids a surprise… be it candy… money in a card… or something else fun… My husband and I have gone out to eat… exchanged small gifts… etc. … but, lately… a hug and kiss will do…

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2. My heart goes pitter-patter for… my Bobby still makes my heart do that!… Also Grandkids and my sons… can melt me in an instant… Even my kitties make ME want to purr… Kind words given to me can make me the happiest…

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3. When looking for romance, my best advice is… Don’t look!… Just enjoy life… and have fun… be yourself… and that TRUE LOVE will see the wonderful things you have to give… Let it happen naturally!

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4. My favorite love story (real or fiction) is… My own story could make a great one… but, fiction has to be “Dirty Dancing“… young and in love… music…nothing like it!… An Affair to Remember is a 1957 film starring Cary Grant and Deborah Kerr … The film is considered one of the most romantic of all time… and I totally agree!

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5. The best relationship/love/dating advice I ever received… LIKE the person you decide to marry… Like their morals, their honesty, their work ethics, their hobbies, their way of treating you… be best friends… and you will always be happy… Be able to retain your identity!

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Under the Weather…UGH!

SNOW!

NEW JOB!

SICK!

NO BLOGGING!

So, I thought I might try to write a few words today… a little catching up…

SNOW is fascinating to my Jill and Kit Kit… and they are somewhat compatible… as they look out of the window together!

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New job is great… actually miss it… because of snow… attendance was down… so I didn’t have to go in…

Great for me… since I have caught a cold of sorts!…k7942360

Birthday Surprise for my son and me…

He turned 40 and myself 65… Landmarks I guess!… He was my Birthday Surprise 40 years ago… a good one!…

me and brian birthday

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He is an avid Louisville Cardinal fan!

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I love to paint!… and do artsy stuff!

Thanks to a friend of my son and daughter-in-law… Sherry!… for making the cakes!

My oldest Granddaughter turns 19 today… Love her!

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Added a few Valentine Decorations to the house… not much… just a tad!…

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“Heart and Home”…

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Valentine Window Clings… Kitchen window…

My favorite place to view outside!

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A simple Valentine Centerpiece of what I had in my stash…

on my kitchen table…

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Love candles… a simple flower in vase that says”HUGS”… and my Heart Shaped Salt/Peppers…

Hope to see you tomorrow!

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Daily Prompt: Cupid’s Arrow

It’s Valentine’s Day, so write an ode to someone or something you love.
Bonus points for poetry!

I’m not a POET…

and you’ll soon KNOW IT!

but, here goes…

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When Cupid’s Arrow hits you…

There’s no turning back…

Nothing you can do…

You just have to act.

It’s making your Heart …

Feel funny little things…

Never wanting to part…

The Love that it brings.

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As I’m trying to write this… my husband walks in from the a Doctor’s visit with his gift to me…

The card makes me laugh…

you see why!

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and the candy was so sweet…

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since he knows I’m trying to watch eating such things… ha, ha!… watch it go in my mouth… more like it!

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Love him to pieces!… my Bobby!

Making a Few of My Own!

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I was promised a Valentine by a fellow blogger ( Dianne Faw) that made her own Valentine’s… I think that is just awesome… I thought she might be selling them when I inquired about them… but, no… just for family and friends

Another blogger friend from Tranquil Dreams… asked if anyone would like a Valentine???

SURE!… I want one!… Homemade or bought… I love getting Valentine’s

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I miss those little things since I have retired…

I’m mailing a Valentine back to Kim (Tranquil Dreams) as well…

and promised it would be homemade… Well, as homemade as I could do…

I found some plain white little cards with cutout X’s and O’s… You know… Hugs and Kisses

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Great starting point… A package of scrapbook stickers and one bright pink folder to cut some hearts from… a little glue… a heart-shaped cookie cutter… a few typed words from the computer… a picture or two from my clip art… and I was in business…

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I made 7 cards all together…

3 for Grandkids… 1 for son/daughter-in-law who have moved into their new home… (I was informed that they had no mailbox yet…) so in other words DON’T MAIL ANYTHING right now… OK… I’ll wait… Maybe hand delivered???

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Kennedy’s has a kitty cat…

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Carson’s has an Owl and a cute Bull inside… He is the boy!

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Taylor is the oldest… so a Bike and a heart decorates hers…

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Melanie and Brian’s is inspirational… They are always striving to be good parents and moving forward in their lives… 

1 for a sister-in-law in Georgia whose birthday is tomorrow…

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Sarah has a birthday so close to Valentine’s Day… that her’s is a combo of both celebrations… 

1 for a sister/brother-in-law whose anniversary is on Valentine’s Day…

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Carolyn & Cutis are celebrating their wedding anniversary… so love and marriage had to be depicted… 

and 1 of course for my little blogger friend…

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Kim talks of the movies she watches and gives excellent reviews… so something fun was made for her…

It was fun making Valentine’s…

like playing when you were young…

I’d recommend it to anyone…

Everyone knows I have a little kid in me that refuses to grow up…

“Chocolate Centerpieces?”

Gift…

We had the best time at our little Valentine’s Luncheon given by the “Y” … It only cost $3.00 … so we immediately said, “That’s for us!”… It was held at a church within 1/2 mile of the “Y” itself…so very handy!… We could hear music as we got near the door to the auditorium… Guitar playing and singing by a volunteer playing just for us…very nice!… Tables decorated with candy and candle centerpieces... Iced tea, coffee and water waiting for us to help ourselves as we found a seat at one of the tables and waited for all to arrive… We had left a few minutes earlier from our swimming exercises … as did other people… As we entered and looked around… one of the coordinators immediately came up and introduced herself… and asked our names…very friendly… putting us at ease… We know no one except for faces we have seen… but, today some names were attached to them… Some of us are newcomers and some old “Y” friends… a great mixture!… The person in charge of activities began to introduce herself and thanked us for coming… proceeding to let us know of upcoming events… A St. Patrick’s Day Luncheon  in March, a bus trip to a casino  and a trip to the IMAX Theater and Museum in downtown Louisville… welcoming any suggestions we had… Prayer was said  and we proceeded to get in line for our lunch of  spaghetti with meat sauce   or marinara, rolls and crisp salad  with a variety of dressings… Served by friendly volunteersDessert was our choice of red velvet cake/cream cheese frosting, yellow/cherry cupcakes and Valentine cookies … All was delicious… Simple and perfect!… I heard no complaints!… Afterwards we looked under our plates for the heart meaning we had won the door prize of the small box of heart-shaped chocolates  that had been part of our centerpiece… We played Valentine Bingo with real “Conversation” Candy Hearts for the game covers/markers… We had several winners and resumed talking to our new-found friends… I believe we all left with a feeling of simple pleasure and enjoyment… A “Sweet” afternoon!

Candy Corn Cravings!

I’ve decided on what my next blog will be… but, it’s a “Secret!” ... I will begin it on January 1, 2012… Maybe even a new title since “My First Blog 2011” will be obsolete …no more 2011… I’m really excited , now that I have thought of it… I needed that… something to be excited about… Great!

Now, I will tell you what else I’ve been thinking about

Candy Corn… One of my favorites during the Fall months…especially Halloween time! … I love the original… It seems to taste different, although the ingredients are the same… “Original” meaning the Yellow, Orange and White tipped kernels … Love those little imitation look-alike ears of corn… Because that’s what they represent… Introduced back in 1880’s by George Renningen by the Wunderle Candy Co. in Philadelphia… Now called Brach’s ... Farming of course was the main way of making a living …so this candy was geared toward this customer, the farmer and his family … Made of sugar, corn syrup, coloring and binders…I found that “binders” are like marshmallow cream or calcium acetate (food additive) for stabilizationMakes them creamy! … The colors of yellow, orange and white were chosen because of the closeness in color to an actual corn kernel … brighter of course to appeal to the public’s eye… Originally made by hand  … and now automation has mechanized the process … Another company, Goelitz Confections in Cincinnati started making Candy Corn in 1898…now called the Jelly Belly Co.” … I always seem to taste honey when I’m eating this neat candy… must be the flavoring and along with a bowl of salty popcorn …yum!… Other colors have emerged…brown and orange for Thanksgiving green and red for Christmas pink and red for Valentine’s Day and Easter comes in different pastels … A low-fat candy…3.5 calories per kernel, 9000 tons ( 20 million pounds) made annually…I believe I will buy me a bag today… I need to help them out… maybe add a pound or two to their statistics… and being low-fat , won’t add to my pounds… That would be scary! … even if it wasn’t Halloween!

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Oh No!… Halloween was here and our Patriot Bake Shop was in full force… Jack-o-lantern Cakes, Cupcakes , Brownies... Everyone giving us orders for all of their parties… and treats for the students… Our cakes were so cute with triangular eyes and noses jagged cute smiles a green stem  with curly leaf hair… of course all edible made from cake and frosting… Our cupcakes were decorated with sprinkles of orange, purple, brown and yellow with Candy Corn accenting each one… The brownies were either plain or chocolate frosted and also an addition of a Candy Corn atop each square… Candy Corn also became teeth for our Jack-o-lantern cakes at times… The trick was to keep little fingers out of the bowl and several adult ones also… Oh what fun!… If I had known the recipe for Candy Corn  as I do now…we would have had to try it… along with the cute Candy Corn Cookies  I’ve read about… I seem to be on the look out for new crafts and recipes still… can’t take the teacher out of me yet!