Wednesday, November 30, 2011

It's good to be home!

It's always so much fun to plan and pack and go, yet I have to say there is no place like home.  Today I must tackle a mountain of laundry and clean house so that I can decorate for Christmas this weekend.  Lots of busy work to do and I can't sleep.  It's just wrong to be wide awake at 3:30am.  I hope you all enjoyed the Thanksgiving holiday.  I have plenty of pictures to share, but still need to upload them to the computer.  It may be a week or so, I have cleaning and decorating to do first.

Happy Stitches and Hugs,
Tam

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving to all my friends in the states and Happy Thursday to my other friends across the oceans!

We are spending our 29th Thanksgiving in Cannon Beach, Oregon and enjoying our time away as always.  We are snug in our 5th wheel with our sweet little dog and 2 cats.  In fact our little kitten Butrscotch traveled really well and it didn't take long for him to adjust to the 5th wheel and make it his home away from home.

The last 48 hours have been rock and roll with extreme winds (gust up to 85mph).  Wednesday morning was the worst of it, howling winds, heavy rains, we lost power, then had a big tree branch hit the roof of our bedroom slide out, our poor animals were really scared and worried to say the least.  With no power, there was no coffee in the morning.  Thankfully our hot water heater is propane powered so we could shower and then head north of us where they did have power and get coffee and a bite to eat.  Part of the highway between here and north of us was extremely flooded so only high profile vehicles were allowed through, luckily our truck is high profiled, the water was almost up to our running board.  We took it slow, can't say that for all the idiots driving through it, but there always has to be someone testing the limits doesn't there.  After getting through all that we had to be careful as our brakes were wet, but all was well and the coffee was better than normal given how long it took to get the coffee!!  The RV park where we stay lost the roof of their building that houses the pool and hot tub - like I said the winds were extreme.  Today is windy, but not like the other day, and it's raining, but more a dribble than an open faucet like the other day. 

On this Thanksgiving I am so grateful for my wonderful husband and our families and friends.  Your prayers have gotten me through a really tough year and I am so grateful to be enjoying another Thanksgiving with decent health and thriving despite cancer.

Happy Holiday and Hugs to you all,
Tam

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Did you remember to "fall back"?


I can't believe the time has come to "fall back" - we didn't set the clocks back an hour till this morning however. CR was watching the Huskies Football game till late and I was to tired to care. I really needed that extra hour, but at 6:30 am I was awake. My back hurts to much to stay in bed once I'm awake, so I got up and checked email, etc. A little quiet time in the morning before everyone else is up isn't all bad.

This past Friday I went to the TRAC Christmas Bazaar with my good friend Mary. It's a huge bazaar of crafters from all over and always has interesting stuff to see and buy. I found this one lady who paints on rocks and does chickens, dogs, cats, etc. Some are big rocks that you'd set on a shelf and some are tiny rocks that she's made into necklaces and magnets, etc. I fell in love with this necklace:


I thought it was so adorable and it's so light weight for a rock. She really can paint and I so admire anyone who can paint as I wasn't given that ability and so wish I had it.  I'd also like to be able to play a musical instrument too. When I was young I played the guitar and wasn't to bad at it, but with arthritis I don't think I could take it up again. I'm in love with the violin, but again doubt that I could play with my hands. So I love to listen to the music and dream. Have you ever listened to Joshua Bell, he's a violinist and oh he makes that instrument sing. He is just simply a master of it and I love his music. I'm also a huge fan of Tony Bennett, even before he became popular with the young crowd and his duets.

I also did some baking this weekend. I get emails from the Splenda Recipe club - just a free email newsletter and they had this delicious sounding Cinnamon Swirl Coffee Cake recipe that I had to try. CR and I both think it's divine. I use the Whey Low sugar substitute rather than Splenda.
You can find the recipe here.  And if you are interested in trying Whey Low sugar substitute, you can find it at most Whole Foods Stores, or here.  I buy the whey low in granulated sugar, brown sugar and powdered sugar and I think it bakes up like a dream.  So if you get a chance, give it a try and let me know what you think of it.

Several months ago, CR fixed my do it all for you dolly Espresso Machine and it worked great for a while, but after 10 years of constant use it finally went to espresso machine heaven and left me broken hearted.  CR loves his lattes and loves his wife's lattes in particular, so guess what we bought each other for Christmas (a bit early) - yep, a new and even more pimped out espresso machine:
And it's a beautiful thing.  Brews a darn good shot of espresso and steams milk perfectly.  I love it!!

Well it's a lazy Sunday morning at our house.  I just made some Cranberry White Choc Scones and the house smells divine.  I got some scone mixes at the bazaar that Mary and I went to.  We'll see how CR likes them.  I usually make scones from scratch, but it's fun to try different things too.

I've been knitting lately, but nothing to show just yet.

Happy Stitches and Hugs,
Tam