; Life is like champagne......: 2008-06-15

Saturday, June 21, 2008

Frank Sinatra Stamps


I had forgotten that the post office issued Frank Sinatra Stamps! I happened to pick some up yesterday, makes me want to play his music....excuse me while I go put on one of my favorite CD's of his.......

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No room for a garden? Go Digital and win!


Ecobunga! has posted a Giveaway via Wish-Bone where you can plant a digital garden and be entered to win a Greenshopper reusable produce tote. I like the idea at the moment of "virtually" no weeding!

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What's dat?


Wow, something new I have not seen getting ready to bloom in my garden since I planted it over 7 years ago! I have no idea what it will look like, but it must be good with the long stalk for a flower! Reminds me of the century plant and the Silver Sword in Hawaii. I think I will dig up a Silver Sword picture for you to see, very neat, related to the Sunflower!

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Friday, June 20, 2008

Welcome New Blog to my Daily Blog Roll!

I have been combing the blog world for some new blogs to look at and add to my daily view. I came across Fried Okra which is right up my alley! If I could have been born and raised somewhere else in the US, I would have chosen the south, partial to Louisiana of course since some of my husband's side of the family is from there. Oh do I love crawfish...back on track to the blog. You can just hear the southern drawl reading her posts and makes you feel right at home! Stop on over for a little Fried Okra, sit a spell and tell her I sent you!

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It's Aloha Friday.....


Ah yes, another Friday...no work 'til Monday. Hosted by An Island Life, stop by and see what question was posted and leave your comment. Here is today's question. If you could choose your birthday cake, what would you want?

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Blessed bricks.....


After my day of brick gathering at the church, I have had some time to think of what I will be doing with these bricks. I have to use them, not in the patio but somewhere else. Do I make a fireplace from them? Edge gardens in my yard? I may even use them all to have a small "old world" look patio in front of my rose trellis that overlooks the grape arbor. I am not sure right now. I do know that they require a little work to them. And then the bugaboo girl and I went for a ride to Shagbark where we priced out some Colonial Wall stone for a pallet at $224 which is about 120 sq. ft of stone. That is what I will use for the patio/walk along with my random pieces!
Got any suggestions out there???????

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A Forest of Asparagus


This is what asparagus looks like when you do not pick it, like a little fern forest! Basically it is re-seeding itself. Wow, I did not realize how much I missed picking it! All the more for next year!

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Thursday, June 19, 2008

Peach crop


My peach trees are looking good! In about two weeks I have to start going out every morning to check if they are ripe, getting a jump start before the deer eat them!

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Welcome New Blog to my Daily Blog Roll!

I have added a new Blog to my daily check, The Pond. Karen is from the Mid West, she writes advertising for several companies and quilts by hand which is a lost art since everyone seems to us e machine nowadays! Her posts are fun and interesting. Check her out and leave her a post, tell her happyathome sent you!

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Warm Biscuit Giveaway at Chic Shopper Chic

I love bedding, from flowers to checks to pretty solid colors to match. This should not stop in the adult bedroom! Kids deserve nice bedding too! Warm Biscuit Bedding Company has not only unique bedding patterns such as paper dolls, but all the items in a room to match! I love the Gone Fishing Boys room and they also have a fishing kit for kids! I gotta get this since I plan on teaching my Bugaboo girl how to fish and of course bait her own hook! Chic Shopper Chic is giving away a Gift Certificate of $50 to Warm Biscuit Bedding Company. All you need to do is drop by Warm Biscuit, look what they have and pop back over to Chic Shopper Chic and post what you would like to buy! That is it!

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Foreign object at the feeder


I doubt that this is a new species of Hummingbird that is four times the size of the Ruby Throated Hummingbird! A Red Bellied Woodpecker feeding from the hummingbird feeder, and I have seen it there everyday! It must have a sweet tooth....or beak!

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Wednesday, June 18, 2008

The Willie Randolph Story

Want to know more about what happened to Willie Randolph with the Mets, who supports him and what people think? LoHud Yankees Blog has several articles posted, along with one of Willie's Mom, which of course all of the mom blogger's should read!

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Whoohoo, I won!




Just to let you know that you can win the prizes that are offered on the blogs! I just received an email that I won a copy of the Big Green Purse from Green Mom Finds! I am looking forward to reading this book and will give a review on the blog. Thank you Christina at Green Mom Finds!

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Tuesday Tours at Metropolitan Mama

Every week Stephanie at Metropolitan Mama posts a tour of what is happening on the web for freebies, deals and giveaways! It is a must to check out! This week seems to have a lot available and will probably take me all day to go through it, in between bugaboo girl naps, yard work which is weeding between the corn and the rest of the fun stuff that pops up during the day!

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Platter Fit for a Turkey!


This is a beautiful Ironstone platter my mom gave us for Father's Day! It can definitely fit a very large turkey on it. Hmmmmm...is that a hint for this year's Thanksgiving? And yes those are my peonies on it.

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The Tomato Blight


Every year now, it has been the same occurrence. We plant about 30 tomatoes. They look real good to about 8 weeks then this brown blotchiness starts to occur on the lower leaves moving right up the plant. And then one day late in August, the leaves just turn yellow and fall off leaving a lot of green tomatoes and very sad looking plants. We are not the only garden to have this, my brother-in-law has the same issue and they do not leave near us! The Uconn Agricultural Center says we need to make sure the soil is balanced with the proper pH and nutrients to fight this off and also it is in the soil. The only way to get it out is remove the soil! Well that is not happening! Mulch under the plants and plant a winter rye in the fall were other suggestions. So far, we do not have it on our plants but Uncle T's has it and was diagnosed by Uconn. All we can do is wait and see.

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Tuesday, June 17, 2008

13 years....

Just a short note....today is our 13 year Wedding Anniversary. For our 10 year, we went to Big Cedar which was beautiful! No where this year except Maine in August, I am looking forward to that!

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Tackle It Tuesday

In honor of housework, and going with 5 Minutes for Mom , I will be tackling the greenhouse which is chaos since the beginning of planting season! I ususally take care of this twice a year, at the beginning of Summer and also at the end of the garden season. I am tired of walking around the Budweiser empty can box, it's going to the garage!

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No One Deserves to be Fired Like This!!!

Willie Randoph was fired from the Mets today, on the West Coast, at Midnight, after winning the game! Check out LoHud Yankees Blog for the press release. Willie is a class act, well respected player and deserves more! He can be a commentator for ESPN for the rest of the year, then pick up another manager job. His career has now just begun. Good luck to the Mets trying to have a better year going into a new stadium, "Two-Shea"!

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A Father's Day Sail





No, not a sale on merchandise to give for Father's Day, but instead all of the siblings, wives, wife to be and of course bugaboo girl with Grand parents went for a sail in my brother-in-law's sailboat. The weather was suppose to be sunny but as he says "sailing is not always about warm sunny weather". I have to say that majority of the women certainly do not prefer it to drizzle, windy, cold and damp. It was wonderful to have everyone together and always a little drama involved, which was a lobster pot wrapped around the rudder. Uncle T had to jump in the water.....so cold......and use a "MacGyver" makeshift knife to cut the rope free. What.....no towels on board? No wetsuit? Hmmmm...who has him for secret Santa this year! One time in the water was not enough. After lunch, Unc Mak (BTW this is not a typo)had to go in to free the buoy, which of course is the trophy! Good food, good sail, good entertainment and good company. A great Father's Day.

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Monday, June 16, 2008


I normally do not post much about the New York Yankees(although maybe I should more often) but I feel the need to today. Yesterday, Chein-Ming Wang, one of the Yankees more consistent pitchers, injured himself during the game running between third and home plate. Very frustrating to find out he will be out for at least 10 weeks since they just looked like they were starting to get the pitching in line. Here we go again and PLEASE no Kay Igawa!!!!!!!!!!!

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Web Site for the Working Mom


It wasn't that long ago that I was working in the "corporate world" and was amazed to see how many women were working mom's, many of them new mom's! It seemed organization, communication and stress was what they were constantly juggling. Metropolitan Mama posted a new site for working mom's called Work it, Mom! where you can find topics such as career advice, support and resources for the working mom. Metrpolitan Mama is having a $150 gift certificate giveaway to restaurant.com just for visiting Work it, Mom! and post what you think of the web site. Pop on over and check it out!

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Now this is a cheesecake!



I have made this Honey Ricotta Cheesecake twice recently and I have to say it is super easy and so good! First time was for Mother's Day and the second time was for Father's Day. I have last year's crop of blueberries in the freezer I still have to use so that was the topping! Looks good doesn't it?

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Sunday, June 15, 2008

Used bricks come from all places

I think I added more work to my patio/walkway than necessary but will be worth it in the end. I had gotten a tip that the 2nd Congregational Church in Coventry had taken down their chimney and the bricks were available for anyone who wanted them. Who knows what we will get until we see the condition of the bricks. My father-in-law, bugaboo girl and I went for a road trip at 7am starting by borrowing my brother-in-law's trailer.








We arrived at the church to see some of the bricks had been picked over and knew mortar would be attached to some. I still felt the need to take some. They were free, had some history to them which I love and would be a conversation piece once installed. Also I feel I am recycling!







We met a woman there who was taking care of the grounds and gave us a little info about the church and a tour. The church was rebuilt three times, burnt down due to lightening strikes, and the bricks were about 1900's. This was considered to be the poor part of town so the farmers used this church, they had horse stalls in back at one point.





There use to be Victorian stain glass windows in front but were taken out due to aesthetic reasons. I always think of Catholic churches with stained glass windows.





The inside is a powder blue wall color, bright against the white background with red cushions and rug.

I love the long deacon bench!





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Probably the easiest salad you can make!




I love carrot raisin salad. All you need is three ingredients which are carrots, raisins and mayo! Most of us have this in the fridge and in a pinch, quick to make. I use to use the old meat grinder to chop my carrots up but since I managed to figure out how to use the food processor, I just pule the carrots to make them the same consistency. Add raisins, how ever many you like and about a tablespoon of mayo. That is it! Great summer salad.

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