Wednesday, August 31, 2011

It Is That Time Again.....Happy Birthday, Cuz!!

I don't have any recent pictures of my cousin, Margaret....mostly because she hates having her picture taken as much as I do. Sooooooooo

these are from our trip across country with our mothers. The train was in Kansas I think. What I remember is that there was dog poop uo in the engine and I couldn't figure how the dog got up there. The one with Margaret dancing is at Frontierland at Disneyland. How Margaret ever ended up on stage is beyond me( she was a shy young thing in those days ). The one with the horses is in Tucson near my Grandparents home. The horses were Billy Joe and Stinky. We sure did have a good time on them. Didn't you get tossed, Marg? Good memories. I am glad I know you, Margaret. I treasure our friendship more than you will ever know. It was fun singing to you at 12:03am this morning. Elinor and

I both enjoyed hearing your voice. May this be a wonderful year for you and your family. Love ya lots, Cuz.

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Pick Myself Up, Dust Myself Off.........

There she is.....the lady on the left....with dark glasses and the V for victory sign or does it mean something else. I can't tell nowadays. Her name is Lyndi. She is my niece and she is partly named for me. Today is her birthday. I have come to admire this tenacious woman. She has been on a roller coaster most of her life. She is my brother's oldest daughter and one of my favorite people.

She was a wild child and there were times when I wondered if she would make it. Just when you count her out, she gets right back in there. Recently, she has been going to school to get her degree in drug counseling. She has one semester left and she will have it. I am so proud of this young woman. She just doesn't give up. She just picks herself up, dusts herself off and goes out and kicks butt. Way to go, Lyndi.....WAY TO GO!!!!!!!

Friday, August 19, 2011

Elinor in Wonderland

Elinor and I both enjoyed the movie Alice in Wonderland with Johnny Depp. Elinor was so taken with it she had to create her own garden. Isn't this fun? It almost makes me wish I could sew.....notice I say almost. She is sending the pattern to her partner, Beth, in Nevada so it should be out soon. Meanwhile, enjoy!!!!!!!!

Saturday, August 6, 2011

Meet Joan Crowford

This is Elinor's new creation and one I am very in love with. Joan is a fantastic crow complete with her own nest. It has all sorts of dodads on it and it is just fun.

Recently, Elinor had to make three of these birds so we had a flock in our workroom. It was fun. To quote the original......"I am just too much"

Friday, August 5, 2011


You are probably wondering why there are three entries for today. I haven't taken pictures for a long time but I felt like trying.

This is a beautiful flower that a dear friend gave us. It was positively HUGE and I just had to try and get it. Not too bad for such a long absence. I am delighted and excited. We may have to try again soon.


Who Is Spying On Who?

I love to open the door to our terrace so that Cashew can get some fresh air. She seems to like it too. This morning was a little different. We were being spied upon. These two just stared at each other for a while and then ..........................................NOTHING.

Cats are just weird.

Our Latest Puzzle

Elinor and I love doing jigsaw puzzles but we are fussy. We don't just do any puzzle; they have to be interesting. This is by a terrific artist named Colin Thompson. He has written children's books as well as illustrating some and he does puzzles. We have all of his and they have each presented a challenge. Elinor loves the detail and the colors. I'm not sure what I like but I do enjoy doing them. He did one called the Library: all books but with some strange titles like LORD OF THE PIES, GONE WITH THE WINE, and LADY CHATTERLEY"S ROVER. Then there are all these little details like little restaurants, mice, and other silly things. The puzzle above had books with arms and legs. If you are looking for a fun thing, try this guy.

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Where was the camera when I needed it?

I sang Happy Birthday to my sister at 12:01 this morning. She laughed because we were both up too late but it was fun. This morning I was reading in bed when the telephone rang. It was 9:20am, not too early for us but there was no way I was going to make it to the phone before it finished ringing. I waited to see if it was someone who knew us and sure enough, it was. They called again. I started to get up but then out charges Elinor in her Birthday suit. I just about didn't make it to the bathroom because I was laughing so hard. It was her son, Ross calling to serenade with his wife, Wendy. It was a hoot.

My sister is 71 today and I wish her the very best of birthdays. I hope she gets calls from all her kids and her grandkids. I hope they all appreciate what a wonderful and incredible person she is and how she continues to add to their lives. She certainly adds to mine. May God Bless her and keep her safe.