Monday, December 22, 2008

ODAAT

Wow!!!! I now remember the use of one day at a time....doing this break-up thing really sucks especially when you have to see each other all the time.
Anyway, it is a little easier today than it was yesterday and tomorrow will be even easier.
I just need to remember that everything happens for a reason and Walt was not the person for me....and the lesson I have learned is when there is an issue at the very beginning GET OUT then and it will be easier than having to get out months later. I should have waked away after that first month....oh well, again...LESSON LEARNED...
Please Please Please will all hot and available men line up and I will be with you shortly.....
:-)Love, Ann

Friday, December 19, 2008

It's official....Wallyacha is gone....

OK! It's official. A week after X-mas cards went out....Walt and I are done.
I will be fine...just feels a little sucky right now.....lesson learned is, listen to your heart...if you have to work wayyyyyyyyyy harder than the other person...it just isn't worth it.......
So, looking for a new fish!!!
Or maybe just swim in my own school alone for a while!!!
This too shall pass!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
....I'll keep ya posted............

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

My 100 Loves

I was recently tagged to complete a list of 100 things I love. I have now realized that my life is wayyyyyyyy wonderful and my perspectve on life is sooo much improved. This was a piece of cake to finish and I probably left off at least 100 more I oculd have added to the list. Read on.......
1.God
2.Family
3.Walt
4.my cats
5.pretzel chips
6.laughing cow cheese
7.cleanliness
8.rollercoasters
9.bare feet
10.sausage balls
11.catalogs
12.abandoned buildings
13.vacation days
14.ocean
15.lemons
16.tanning beds
17.salsa
18.hermit crabs
19.hot peppers
20.holidays
21.double-bubble sugarfree gum
22.waterfalls
23.sand/the beach
24.salads
25.magazines
26.swings
27.baggy sweatpants
28.kissing
29.hugs
30.kazoos
31.spiro the dragon
32.blue cheese
33.exercise
34.purple
35.yellow
36.painting
37.laughter
38.honey
39.sunrises
40.reindeer ears
41.easter egg hunts
42.scavenger hunts
43.spinich dip
44.guitar hero
45.Monopoly
46.brick walls
47.rock climbing
48.chocolate
49.fortune cookies
50.angelfood cake
51.cabbage
52.life
53.coffee
54.big pens
55.nature hikes
56.old corvettes
57.home depot
58.chocolate whipped cream
59.turkey
60.new friends
61.old friends
62.flee markets
63.craft shows
64.hummingbirds
65.butterflies
66.gardens
67.anise
68.fun slippers
69.butter and sugar sandwiches
70.fresh herbs
71.baking
72.Friends of Bill
73.tweezers
74.dhalias
75.ivy
76.campfires
77.movies that make me cry
78.cold side of the pillow
79.hearing my nieces and nephews voices
80.my ipod shuffle
81.Pittsburgh
82.the green M&M girl
83.Kidrock
84.weddings
85.my divorce
86. a clean car
87.a fan when i am sleeping
88.Lake Mohawk
89.Summer
90.Chicken Tortilla Soup
91.Having my hair brushed
92.Survivor
93.winning
94.sled riding
95.helping others
96.independence
97.babies
98.Bethel Bakery cake
99.Lemon heads candy
100.Kennywood

Friday, December 12, 2008

Gingerbread House


What a fun night!!! We finished our first annual Holiday gingerbread house!!! I usually make the kids do one of these with me but since everyone is older now and involved in cookie baking at Thanksgiving, I made Walt do it instead. It was soooo fun! Above is our before and below is the after. PS - Kudos to mom as her cake decorating skills I observed while growing up came in handy here!!!!!!!!!!!!

Homemade holiday treats

One of my favorite things about the holidays is making homemade gifts to give to friends and family. I love making hardtack candy and biscotti. Although the biscotti baking has not yet commenced for the year, I did get the hardtack done and WOW!!! What a project! I ended up finding these cute little containers to put it in and made around ten double-batches all together.
Recipe is...
3 3/4 cup granulated sugar
1 1/2 cup karo light syrup
1 cup water
food coloring
Lorraine oil flavoring
2 greased cookie sheets
powdered sugar

Stir together all the above until the sugar melts and then bring to a slow boil while stirring. Insert candy thermometer and boil until temperature is 250 degrees...add food coloring without stirring (the boiling will mix the color in). Continue to boil and when it reaches 300 degrees remove from heat and stir in Lorraine oil flavoring.
Spread half on each greased cookie sheet and as it cools, score candy and break into pieces. Drop pieces into powered sugar to coat - this keeps the candy from sticking together.
Here is just a little example of what I made...

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

12 Years!!! 12/9/96 Go God!!!


WOW! It is soooo hard to believe - today is 12 years!!!

Ask my family and they will probably remember it like it was yesterday. What they had to witness is not easily forgotten - living amends!!!!
The key to EVERYTHING for me today is I never have to be that person again......ODAAT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Congrats to God/fellowship/me.....life is amazing today!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Action for the Day: Today, I'll give back to the program. I'll call a new member, volunteer to put on a meeting, or make the coffee."

Monday, December 8, 2008

Christmas Card Pic - WOW! What a fiasco!!!

WOW! What a fiasco!!!

It took two days and a whole lot of scratches to get the annual kitten picture to put in the Christmas card this year!

Last year mom and I tried and were only able to get them all together so I had to photo shop the Santa hats on the cats heads.

This year, with Walt's assistance and blood (Kidrock scratched the crap out of him), I was able to get an amazingly cute pic that has everyone!!!!!! No photo-shopping necessary!!!! Walt is holding Kidrock and I have Lucky and Angelica. The only issue this year was that I did no electronic preparation so when the time came to get the picture quick - my camera timer would not work. After reading the instruction manual, we were able to get a great pic then next night. You will get to see this work of art if you are lucky enough to get a Christmas card - LOL.....

Also, see this pic below...not sure if it is serious or a joke........verrrrrry interesting - LOL!

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Love the Holidays!!

Spent the holiday weekend with the family in Harrisburg eating (thanks to Kerry and her AMAZING Thanksgiving meal and everyone elses contributions) and cookie baking. It was great!!! As always, we had sooo much fun and THEY got sooo much baking done!!! As for me, I am officially hooked on the Guitar Hero video game and the Wii Fit....at first I sucked really bad at Guitar Hero and then started getting good. I think I missed my calling - too bad I do not own one so I can practice at home!!! It's probably for the better that I do not purchase one also or I think I may never leave home - LOL.
Matt and Dan went hunting for deer - I have not gotten a report yet but as soon as I hear if they got one I will post it...ickky ickky but they enjoy it and from what I hear it needs to happen.
Wally was sick all weekend - I felt bad. Of course, I initially thought he was faking it (stage fright with having to spend the entire weekend with people he had not met yet) but I have come to decide that the poor man really was soooooo sick....I think he ate for the first time in four days last night. I am soooooooo glad he is feeling better!
Oh, and I officially joined my new gym and I am more motivated than before to get hotter if that is even possible (meaning if it is possible that I could be more motivated not that I could be more hot-that is not possible, ha ha). I will let you know, but sooo far I am loving my new gym Complete Fitness after one days workout!
Have a great Tuesday!!!!!!!!