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Saturday, September 20, 2014

Chocolate trail and a date!

 A friend and I went to the town my Sister lives in the other day to go on a "chocolate trail."  The way it works is you go to every participating store, 14 in all, and all downtown within walking distance, and get a flyer stamped.  When you get all the stamps, then you take it to the final destination and enter for some door prizes.  
  Well, my friend hasn't been out of the house in awhile....and she was like a bird out of a cage!  We decided to leave early and go out to eat for lunch.  Then pre-shop, before the chocolate trail.  She bought a hot new purse, and check out those pumps!

She did not buy the shoes, she was just playing around trying them on.  As a matter of fact, she did not even dare take a step in the shoes above!
 Most of the stores in this town sell vintage items, so I don't think these shoes were new.
 As we walked along the chocolate trail, talking, shopping, eating and drinking....every store had something chocolate whether it was home made, store bought, chocolate martini, chocolate wine, or chocolate chocolate!  My sister ended up using her phone for a dessert tray!
 Here we all are outside, in the alley by the farmers market, waiting to see if we are winners.  
We were not (sad face).

 One of their courthouses.
 Then, Friday night my Shug said he wanted to go out!  WHAT???  Me?  Go out?  Two nights in a row!  Out of town two nights in a row!  So we went to a town about an hour away to a casino that has horse racing.
Bbbabaabaaa baaa baaa baaa baaa baaa baa bababa baaaaaa. (trumpet playing)
We ate at the buffet...
 and watched the horse races.  It was a lot of fun.  We tried to place a bet (we had a free $2.00 coupon LOL!) but they said we had to go around the corner to a booth and give them a drivers license, then get a card, then come back and give this lady our drivers license and the card and blah blah blah.  She lost me at "go around the corner."  We did not bet on the horses.
But this warm bourbon bread pudding with vanilla ice cream was a big winner!

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Cindy Bee

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Rugs, Rugs and more Rugs!

 I am a member of a spinning group that meets once a month.  During the summer we dress up like Laura Ingalls,
 go to a log cabin at our local county fair, and weave rugs.
Yes, I'm hot in the picture.  Not hawt, as one likes to be.  It's too hot to be hawt, in mid July, in a rustic cabin, in a long dress. 
I cannot tell you how long I have been a part of this group.  I have quite a few home made rugs (made by me) and I love them all.
 It's amazing how quickly a collection can build up, if you just make one a year.  The years fly by quickly.
 Our group met last night, to get our rugs, and here are they are right off of the looms.

 Our group
Cleo, Kathy, Debbie, Jan, Me, and Patty
It's bigger, but these are all of the people that were there last night, that made rugs.
 These two rugs were made with terrycloth towels.  Ripping/cutting them into strips made a mess, and she had to do it outside, but the rugs made from towels turned out beautiful.
 This rug was made from denim.  Great idea.   Who doesn't have a stash of jeans that don't fit!
The rest were made from scraps of leftover material.


While I am on the topic of handmade rugs, I would like to encourage you to click on this link and vote for TJ Phillips (Kathy Hopper) who makes beautiful, hand made rugs for a living.  She has a special way that she makes them, out of denim, and she is up for a handmade award from Martha Stewart.  This would be a huge boom for her business.  I have known her for years, as she is a part of our spinning group.  She has set up at many markets and fairs to get the word out about her rugs.  She also used to have a brick and mortar shop.  Read the story, I think you will find it interesting.  And please vote for her.  Thanks!

Also, I'm linking up with Give a Girl a Blog who has a Currently Creative Link-Up going on.  I found out about her through Mel, who has Day to Day blog, which can be found on my side bar.  Go to Give a Girl a Blog and see what other creative bloggers have been up to.  And there's plenty of time to add your creative post!

Cindy Bee

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Old-fashioned Sundays

 Today was one of my favorite reminded me of the good old days with our family.  When we would all get together, unplanned, no agenda, no place to go, just visiting.
My niece has been bugging me to give her a perm, so we did have somewhat of an agenda.  I told her it would take at least three hours to do, and it did!  That was NOT my favorite part of the day.   She thought it stunk!  It did.

 My favorite part of the day was when Theresa (my sister) and Trent came, and Trent and My Shug did some guy stuff together.  Then, all unplanned, Mom and Dad stopped by.  Then, also unplanned, Vickie and Robert stopped by. 
The weather was perfect, I had a room-full of family, and I loved it.  I only wish I wasn't so busy perming hair, that I could have fixed some food for everyone.
 Taylor took this picture of me....while we were waiting on her stinky perm!  I'm wondering if I need to get one.... a stinky perm....what do you think?
 When it came time to take the rods out of her hair, everyone pitched in and helped me!
 Beautiful.  She wanted it curlier, but I think it's perfect.
 And while I had three strapping, strong men in the house (room) I had them move a cabinet out of the back room.
 Then I had them move a pie safe.

 And after all of that moving, I don't think I like it there!  But it had to be moved anyway, so they didn't do it for nothing.
Then, this evening our neighbors came over for a visit and we had a fire in the fire pit and visited for awhile.

I love days like good old fashioned Sundays of old.  Full of family, fun, and friends.

Cindy Bee