Saturday, January 30, 2010

Brightest Full Moon of 2010!

I have to agree, it was very bright and HUGE last night. I snapped this photo around 730 last night. You could have sat outside and read the paper. Here is the article on the Biggest and Brightest Full Moon of 2010! I hope you all got to get outside and view it. I LOVE watching the skies when the various changes happen, one of my favorites is Meteor Showers. Anyhow, here's the article:

The first full moon of 2010 will appear tonight, Jan. 29, 2010, but it will also be the biggest and brightest full moon of the year. Some even call it a "supermoon."

Anyone with clear skies will be able to easily identify the moon tonight and get a spectacular view of its features, says

The full moon tonight will be 2010's biggest and brightest since the moon is closer in orbit than usual at this time of year.

How much bigger and brighter? reports it will be 14 percent wider and 30 percent brighter than normal.

While full moons can be breathtaking to sky-gazers, they can be irritating to astronomers. The full moon is the No. 1 cause of natural light pollution, and its bright lighting -- especially tonight -- will dim stars and nebulae, making them quite difficult to see.

Monday, January 25, 2010

Cute Shoes!

Ok I went shopping for Baldyman's birthday yesterday. Why is it that every time us ladies go shopping for someone else, we of course find something we just have to have! It happens to me all the time. I decided I was going to buy him his own pair of Croc's because I have these pink ones...and he wears them all the time. Do you think he's trying to tell me something????? Anyhow, I went to the Croc store and found him a man pair of Crocs...NO these are not those! This is where the problem came in, I found these! Arent they the cutest? They are so comfy to. When I paid the bill I was complaining on how expensive it was, but I wont admit the bill was high due to MY shoes not Baldymans. Anyhow, they ARE cute!
NOW,,,check these out. They are homely, abused, over used and just need to go into the trash. They are comfy from being so worn out. Now tell me, I needed new shoes right??????

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Friend or Foe?

I havent decided yet if this is my new friend or my new enemy. I can tell you that I LOVE LOVE treadmills. I had one a few years ago and used it until it no longer worked. Then I just didnt go get another one. Of course every January we all begin thinking about getting ourselves healthier. I normally get out and walk but once our hard winters hit I no longer walk because I'm afraid of the ice underneath the snow. Soo, I notice i start getting out of shape. Last week I made the decision to go get another treadmill and begin trekking in the morning before I go to work. I dont know why but I really enjoy the treadmill.

We've had a pretty mild week and we are actually thawing out in Wisconsin. I just miss the sunshine. I dont think we've seen the sun in almost a week now.

Where are all you fellow blogging friends? I miss ya, come back and visit me!

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Perfect Peaceful Sunday

Today was a beautiful winter day in Wisconsin. The snow was sticking to the trees which makes for a really beautiful winter scene. The temps were fairly mild also. I hope you can see how pretty it is from this photo--this is of our backyard.
Here is my little feathered friends catching an afternoon drink and even some are bathing. This electric water heater is to keep their water from freezing. Last winter it barely got used. This season its full thruout the day. Its really neat watching the birds come and play. It drives the cat nuts but for us, its enjoyable. I felt really bad for them so i actually went out there and scooped all the water out and then poured nice lukewarm water so if they wanted to clean themselves they could. Baldyman thought I was alittle odd but hey, thats how we women are.

I hope you all had an enjoyable weekend, we sure did. Got alot of deep cleaning done, organizing and just enjoying the house. We are still in the process of decluttering and its coming along. Its amazing how much stuff you accumulate and then you find out you really dont need anymore. I found a bag of sewing that was bittersweet. When I took it out I realized it had been for a shirt I was in the process of making one of my twins, now they are moved out. I told Baldyman thats what happens when a woman works full time outside the home, things just get put aside. I'm still on a mission to find the perfect part time job--and then also promote my body products and candles...that remains a strong goal for this year. I so miss sewing and doing some of the things I like to do. I just dont have the time anymore. Anyhow, I'm off to visit some of you!

Saturday, January 9, 2010

Winter Wonderland & Ms. Genie!

These are photos of our storm in Wisconsin 2 days ago. We maybe got about 4-6 inches while places not to far from us got 12-14 inches. It was snowing pretty good when I took this picture, not sure if you can see the flakes. Try clicking on it and enlarging the picture.
This is our backyard, baldyman had just finished feeding all the birds so that they would have tons of food during the storm.
AND......let me present to you,,,,our Ms. Genie! I took her to the groomers yesterday and isnt she the prettiest thang you ever did see? She was a mess...a real mess. I had them put ribbons in her hair which she HATES...they were out in a couple of hours. Thankfully I got this picture while the ribbons were in place. I think she would bite me if she could for having them place ribbons in her hair. She's a princess but not that big of one. I dont know if I've shared on this blog Ms. Genie's health problems but we rescued her about 6 years ago. She was an abused animal. We got her right after the death of our family dog Buddy..who was very dear to us. Genie won us all over..including Baldyman who said he didnt think he could love another animal like Buddy and Brandy. Approx 3 years ago Genie got very sick and after running her to various vets and ringing up tons of bills we had no answer. She was getting sicker and sicker and finally we ended up at a place that had some sort of an idea of what could be wrong and referred us to the Wisconsin Veterinary Hospital which did find out what was wrong---but a huge cost. Lets just say---she's why we dont have a new car right now as well as other things. Some people think we're nuts--but for us--like so many others Genie is like our child. Anyhow, she was basically suppossed to die about 2 years ago. She beat all odds and beat that disease. She got sick again, this time with her heart and is now fighting that. She needs a pacemaker and we are deciding if we can afford to do that. She's not that old of a dog...only 7 so she has alot of time left. Anyhow, she is a fighter and we love her to death. She gets pretty raggeity and it was past time for her doggie beauty parlor appt. She loves it and comes home VERY stuck up. She just isnt fond of the bows. Sooo, this is her right after she got back.

I hope everyone is enjoying this cold snowy winter and enjoying some good wintery dishes!

Sunday, January 3, 2010

New Year, New Start!

I made a resolution for 2010...and that is to de-clutter. I dont normally make any resolutions because quite frankly I think we all know we fail to hold them. BUT....I have wanted to declutter for a long time now. I'm tired of so much crap all over and I'm tired of all the "trinkets". I started when i took down our decorations. I am donating alot of the stuff I no longer use and just dont like anymore. Then, for a long time now I've wanted my dining room to feel more homey and after a meal I wanted it to be a place you dont mind sitting and lingering over conversation or games. When we bought our dining room set last Spring, we didnt have enough seating. This is a counter top dining set so finding seats to fit are challenging. I finally found a bench that is counter top and ordered it. I was hoping it would be here for the holidays but it didnt make it. After cleaning the room out I placed it here--and I think the dining room has a whole new feeling now. I havent taken the plastic off the seat yet--so ignore that!
Now we can comfortable seat 8 for a meal! For the grandkids I have a card table and chairs that I can set up also. and Baldyman decided it was time to come into the 2000's for our TV. Our old TV has that huge back that dosnt allow you to place it against the wall and I was tired of being limited for re-arranging furniture. We bought this cabinet and TV after Christmas and are loving it. We dont have the sound figured out yet-but we are getting there. Our kids bought us the surround sound system that is the black bar above the TV and that pretty much summed up our decision to get the new TV. Our house is looking much cozier these days, a good thing since its so cold right now in Wisconsin.

I hope the New Year for all of us brings, peace, love and health. I have many personal plans for this year and I do hope that they come to pass. I'll be sharing those soon!