Thursday, December 26, 2013

Christmas is over.....

I love Christmas.
But I also love when it's over.... Is that wrong?
I love that normal life can resume. No more watching the time tick down, trying to "get it all done"
No obnoxious, non-stop Christmas commercials, that start just before Halloween. Don't get me started on the Hallmark channel. Yes, they're lovely, wholesome  and heartwarming. But 24 hours a day?... starting on November 1st?......
Oh.. wow.. I know I'm an awful Grinch!.... but I'm not.. not really! I still LOVE watching, "It's a Wonderful Life" "A Christmas Carol" and all the old classics. I love "A Christmas Story".... which, by the way, was filmed right here in Cleveland!
 But, I've become very jaded, and numb to all the "Christmas Crap"..... (sorry!).... Leaving Thanksgiving Dinner with your family, to "SHOP EARLY & SAVE!... and .. by the way.. I have NEVER DONE.. nor will I ever.

I remember when Christmas was good..... ya, there were Commercials and sales.... but it wasn't all about the $$. It was simpler... it was more special..... or.. I was just to young to realize...

I did have a great Christmas!.....really!

My first day of vacation, last Thursday... after a couple hours of........ shopping...... ,
I decided to go to KFC and pick up something for Dinner. I slowed down to turn into the parking lot, and a car coming from the other direction, pulled into the turning lane, to turn into KFC too, I looked in my mirror and saw a long line of cars, so I waved for the  Woman  to go ahead. She waved and pulled in.  She was now in front of me. She placed her order, got her order and it was my turn.  When I got to the cashier, I had my money in my hand. The Cashier was smiling and said "You don't owe anything, that Woman just paid for your order!".... whaaat?........(my order was almost $9!) I started to tear up and almost started blubbering right there in the drive thru! OMG! My first thought was to chase after her and say thank you!! and give her a big hug! It's weird...because, someone I didn't even know, just did such a nice thing and I couldn't even say thanks!
I decided I would pay for the person behind me!....but there wasn't anyone behind me.... so I gave the cashier $5 and she got all happy too!
It was such an amazing thing. I was instantly uplifted and happy.
I will remember to do this for someone next time I'm in a drive thru!

This Christmas was really very special.
It was my Grandson Garrett's VERY FIRST CHRISTMAS!! Garrett will be 6 months old on the 29th.
So, my Son brought him over on Christmas Eve. (when my family celebrates)
It was so awesome to have a baby in the house! Even when he cried.. it was music. Just watching him looking at the Christmas Tree, so wide eyed... awh!

What a face!!!


Daughter Jamie, Son Eddie, Garrett and best friend Gloria


Visions of Sugarplums??

I made him a "First Christmas" ornament... and will make him one every year now.
My Christmas was a little quieter, since My Daughter Allison and her husband couldn't make it.
I missed her!

So... I'm on vacation for another 8 days! ahhh. I plan on.... (plan is the key word here)..... Doing some ART.... or.. wait.. cleaning the ART room first.... ya right.
I plan on...... going to my favorite craft store "Pat Catans"...... and taking advantage of their "After Christmas Sales"... .(is that hypocritical?) lol... I'd like to organize my walk in closet.. aka: "dump site for everything"
...BUT..... I think..... my artroom has been invaded by "STINK BUGS".. omg!!! I had never seen one before. Last week, I was digging through a box of scrap stuff and tipped it over.  1/2 hour later, sitting here on the computer.. something goes whizzing past my head! and out loud I said "what the "HELL" is that?".... I looked.. and there IT was.. this creepy little thing, that looked like it had a shield on it's back...... omg..... eeewh! If I sprayed it right away.. it would fall right into my pencil cup...... so I start carefully moving stuff........ and got em! I looked "Stink Bug" up.. and sure enough, that's what is was. I kept thinking... "It's Winter!...why are there bugs!?"..... well.. Wikipedia says:
They come into homes in the late fall when the weather changes.. and hibernate....but sometimes, the warm home makes them "wake up"... they "clumsily fly" around towards light....... YES! THAT'S WHAT THE FREAKIN' THING DID!... and the next day?... an exact REPEAT!!... same spot!.. OH HOW I HATE BUGS!.... today?... I go to close them blinds.. and there's a "dead one" on the window sill...... so now.. I'm afraid to touch anything.... and afraid of what might come flying out... !!! I'm going to tell the apartment management, to PLEASE... put some kind of calk or sealer outside, where the siding meets the cinder block... because I know that's where "THEY'RE" all coming in from. Eewhhh!... enough bug talk....ewh.

I have no plans for New Years Eve. I haven't had a party since the Millennium! sounds like 100 years ago lol.. but hard to believe it's almost 14 years ago!
My best friend, will probably come over and we'll just hang out, drink coffee and BS...
I still miss Dick Clark.

That's pretty much everything for now.

I wish you all Peace and good health in the New Year...
and..... to do a random act of kindness.... 


Sunday, December 22, 2013

"Crescent Cookies" me... this is what Christmas tastes like!

I literally grew up eating this wonderful cookies and can't imagine Christmas without them!
 makes 5 dozen.

2 sticks Butter softened
1/3 C Sugar
2/3 C chopped/ground Walnuts
1-2/3 C Flour
1/4 tsp. Salt
 Powdered  & Colored Sugar

Cream softened butter and Sugar. Sift together Flour & Salt. Add dry ingredients a little at a time to Butter and Sugar mixture, add nuts. Mix together well to form soft dough. Chill 1/2 hr. Roll  1 inch balls. Press thumb in center of each cookie. Bake at 325 pre-heated oven for 14-16 minutes or until set NOT BROWNED. Gently transfer cookies, using a spatula, to sheet of foil  While still warm, sprinkle with Confectioner Sugar, top with Colored Sugar. ENJOY!

Tuesday, November 12, 2013


What a fun weekend with my sisters!
It was Susan's birthday, and we always get together
and hang out for a "Sister/Birthday"
It was a Beautiful, chilly, Sunny Saturday.
Sister Deb, who only lives a mile from me, picked me up
and off we headed for the birthday girl's house.
Rita was already there. We headed for breakfast,
something different, a little neighborhood place called
"Rustic"... and it was. The whole interior, was a Log Cabin!
The food was just okay... but no biggie.
Off we went, to local shops and ART Galleries around town.
I requested that we stop at "SWEET MOSES"
A local Ice Cream Parlor, with lots of charm
and amazing Ice Cream!!!!
I got 2 GIANT scoops!! one "Coffee" and one "Bananas Foster"
2 scoops in a regular Cake cone: $5... and worth every penny!
I was full and happy.. and even treated myself to a T-shirt!
More window shopping, A stop at Edgewater (Lake Erie
 for some Skyline pictures at Sunset
then dinner.
Susan suggested a really funky Dive place called
The food was really good!!
this funky place was featured on
"Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives"
And I can see why!
We stayed for the live music and had a ball!
An awesome Blues/Motown/Funky type band,
"Afterthoughts & the NuSoulband"
The were so awesome!!! Playing old favorites
and we sang along and did a lot of chair Dancing!
If you've never been to Cleveland...
We have amazing things to see and do
and the best restaurants! including
Iron Chef Michael Symons
Lolita in Tremont, and Lola's Downtown.
He also opened several  "B-Spots"
  in Northeast Ohio


St Theodocious, Greek Orthodox Church

My Favorite Ice Cream place
I can't believe I ate the whole thing!!
How cute are these?..... little Chocolate Terminal Towers!
The price is not little though!


A great little vintage shop, with this awesome
GIANT cutout of our Terminal Tower, that once
graced Our Halle's Department store as well as
that cool curved  display case, back in the day.

Another famous Cleveland "must see" The historic
"The West Side Market" Serving Cleveland
for over 100 years!
Our Beautiful Skyline

Our Terminal Tower


Edgewater at Sunset
Dinner at The Parkview

Me (in Purple) and my awesome CRAZY SISTERS!
Susan, Deb & Rita
Susan getting a Birthday "shout out" from the Band

Sunday, November 03, 2013

Another YAYA has come and gone.
We celebrated our 11th. Annual
Mothers & Daughters Day, the weekend of October 19th.
As always we laughed, ate and had fun!
we painted our hands, had our gift exchange
and enjoyed an awesome thunderstorm, right over Lake Erie,
that produced  awesome lightning!
As always, we ate tooo much! from our traditional breakfast including
Rita's famous "French Toast Bake" Sausage, Home fries, Bacon, fresh fruit
and of course a toast, with our traditional Mimosas.
During the day, we continued our feast, with Fresh, hot Stromboli,
Tostadas, Ice cream much stuff I can't even remember!
Really big news.....
Will be celebrating next year's YAYA,
at a new location!
We've really outgrown our current  cottage, as much as it really
felt like our "YAYA home" for 8 years, it's time, it was getting very
cramped and crowded.
Here is the  Cottage we've stayed at for 8 years:
And this is our new place:
Quite a difference in size isn't it!
The new place is MUCH roomier,
10 rooms, 3 full and 2 1/2 baths, 3700 sq. ft.
 still on the lake.. but not quite as close as our cottage was.
We can still sit on the deck and watch the amazing sunsets.
 Here are just a few pics of the interior...

Great room view from the stairs

Love that huge Sun Room!
The very spacious deck
 So... I think it will be a great change.
We won't be bumping into each other all the time!
Here are some picks from this year...
loading up more room!

Friday's Sunset

Point, shoot... post to Facebook.. :)

Daughter Jamie, with cousin Emma

and a full Moon!

Me and my girls, Allison & Jamie

Cousins Emily Rose & Anna

One of the youngest Yaya's Emma

Our "official YAYA pens

Gift exchange time!!

I got awesome gifts! a wonderful Halloween Tin, Scented Tea lights
Chocolate covered Oreos! and a funny hand towel.

We painted our hands! (this one's mine)

Mine finished

Me and my girls

Sisters Allison & Jamie

Showing off our "handy" work

Me and my sisters

Jamie, slicing her "famous" Homemade Stromboli,
hot out of the oven... She made 2.. they were gone
in minutes..!

At YAYA, it's "Hear no Evil, See no Evil, Speak no Evil"
demonstrated by niece Antje, Cousin Kathy aka: "Kachy" and Niece Alma.
if only it were true.. lol..