Monday, February 25, 2013

Playing On The Table


Hello, Dear Ones.

I decided it was time to put something on the coffee table in the living room.

 I also changed out the pillows on the sofa and added these soft mossy green ones.

 I pulled out a couple of cloches and poked them down on the table.

I found these little mossy balls at either Michaels or Hobby Lobby.

 So I sat the big one on a little crystal vase and squshed it under the cloche.

 Did the same thing with a medium sized green mossy ball.
I just left the third green mossy ball sitting on a soft mossy green runner all scrunched up.
I learned to scrunch up runners from Marty at A Stroll Thru Life.

As you can see, my little helper/companion is never too far from my side.

Hope you're all doing well.
I've been busy teaching myself to use Microsoft Excel because I need to make some spread sheets for Mr. Precious.
I'm doing it and stretching my tiny mind! 
You know I just amaze myself sometimes! :)

I'm joining The Tablescaper for Seasonal Sundays
Be a bunch of sweeties,
Shelia ;)

I'll leave you with a little Note Song ~ 

Green, Green

Green, green,
It's green they say,
On the far side of the hill.
Green, green,
I'm going away to where
The grass is greener still.

A-well, I told my mama
On the day I was born,
Don't you cry
When you see I'm gone.

You know there ain't no woman
Gonna settle me down.
I just gotta be traveling on,
A-singing...

Nah, there ain't nobody
In this whole wide world
Gonna tell me how to spend my time.
I'm just a good loving rambling man,
Say, buddy, can you spare me a dime?
Hear me crying, it's a...

Yeah, I don't care
When the sun goes down,
Where I lay my weary head.
Green, green valley or rocky road,
It's there I'm gonna make my bed.
Easy, now...
~ sung by The New Christy Minstrels





Thursday, February 21, 2013

Mile High Meringue



Hello, Dear Ones.
Mr. Precious said he would love a lemon pie with mile high meringue!
I thought to myself, "I can do that!"

Okay, okay. I cheated.
I grabbed a frozen pie shell from the freezer and
a box of instant lemon pie filling.
I know, I'm horrible.

But the meringue is made from scratch.

 Wanna know the secret for mile high meringue?
Lots of egg whites.

You may not can tell but this meringue is about 4 inches high!
It's beautiful even when added to store bought crust and boxed pie filling. :)
Next time I'll do better, I promise... :)

Hope Michael Lee doesn't kick me out because of my laziness!
I'm also joining Bernideen's Tea Time Blog for Open House 
French Country Cottage for Feathered Nest Friday

Mile High Meringue

5 egg whites
1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar
10 tablespoons of sugar
1 teaspoon of vanilla extract

Separate your whites from the yolks. Save the yolks for scambled eggs later! :) 
Beat the egg whites at high speed until little peaks start to form. 
Next add cream of tartar. 
Continue beating the egg whites at high speed until the little peaks get stiffer.
Gradually, add sugar one tablespoon at a time to egg whites while still beating on high speed. 
Beat until peaks are nice and stiff and completely can stand on their own when you pull the beater away.
Add vanilla and beat just until mixed in.
Now you're ready to spread your meringue onto your pie filling. 
Put pie in a preheated 450' oven and bake until a golden brown for about 5 - 10 minutes.
Eat! :)

Be a bunch of sweeties,
Shelia :)

I'll leave you with a little Note Song ~

American Pie

A long, long time ago
I can still remember how that music used to make me smile
And I knew if I had my chance
That I could make those people dance
And maybe they'd be happy for a while

But February made me shiver
With every paper I'd deliver
Bad news on the doorstep
I couldn't take one more step

I can't remember if I cried
When I read about his widowed bride
But something touched me deep inside
The day the music died

So bye-bye, Miss American Pie
Drove my Chevy to the levee, but the levee was dry
And them good old boys were drinkin' whiskey and rye
Singin' "This'll be the day that I die
This'll be the day that I die"

Did you write the book of love
And do you have faith in God above
If the Bible tells you so?
Now do you believe in rock and roll
Can music save your mortal soul
And can you teach me how to dance real slow?

Well, I know that you're in love with him
'Cause I saw you dancin' in the gym
You both kicked off your shoes
Man, I dig those rhythm and blues

I was a lonely teenage broncin' buck
With a pink carnation and a pickup truck
But I knew I was out of luck
The day the music died

I started singin' bye-bye, Miss American Pie
Drove my Chevy to the levee, but the levee was dry
Them good old boys were drinkin' whiskey and rye
Singin' "This'll be the day that I die
This'll be the day that I die"

Now for ten years we've been on our own
And moss grows fat on a rollin' stone
But that's not how it used to be
When the jester sang for the king and queen
In a coat he borrowed from James Dean
And a voice that came from you and me

Oh, and while the king was looking down
The jester stole his thorny crown
The courtroom was adjourned
No verdict was returned

And while Lenin read a book on Marx
A quartet practiced in the park
And we sang dirges in the dark
The day the music died

We were singin' bye-bye, Miss American Pie
Drove my Chevy to the levee, but the levee was dry
Them good old boys were drinkin' whiskey and rye
Singin' "This'll be the day that I die
This'll be the day that I die"

Helter skelter in a summer swelter
The birds flew off with a fallout shelter
Eight miles high and falling fast
It landed foul on the grass
The players tried for a forward pass
With the jester on the sidelines in a cast

Now the halftime air was sweet perfume
While the sergeants played a marching tune
We all got up to dance
Oh, but we never got the chance

'Cause the players tried to take the field
The marching band refused to yield
Do you recall what was revealed
The day the music died?

We started singin' bye-bye, Miss American Pie
Drove my Chevy to the levee, but the levee was dry
Them good old boys were drinkin' whiskey and rye
And singin' "This'll be the day that I die
This'll be the day that I die"

Oh, and there we were all in one place
A generation lost in space
With no time left to start again
So come on, Jack be nimble, Jack be quick
Jack Flash sat on a candlestick
'Cause fire is the devil's only friend

Oh, and as I watched him on the stage
My hands were clenched in fists of rage
No angel born in Hell
Could break that Satan's spell

And as the flames climbed high into the night
To light the sacrificial rite
I saw Satan laughing with delight
The day the music died

He was singin' bye-bye, Miss American Pie
Drove my Chevy to the levee, but the levee was dry
Them good old boys were drinkin' whiskey and rye
And singin' "This'll be the day that I die
This'll be the day that I die"

I met a girl who sang the blues
And I asked her for some happy news
But she just smiled and turned away
I went down to the sacred store
Where I'd heard the music years before
But the man there said the music wouldn't play

And in the streets, the children screamed
The lovers cried and the poets dreamed
But not a word was spoken
The church bells all were broken

And the three men I admire most
The Father, Son and the Holy Ghost
They caught the last train for the coast
The day the music died

And they were singin' bye-bye, Miss American Pie
Drove my Chevy to the levee, but the levee was dry
And them good old boys were drinkin' whiskey and rye
Singin' "This'll be the day that I die
This'll be the day that I die"

They were singin' bye-bye, Miss American Pie
Drove my Chevy to the levee, but the levee was dry
Them good old boys were drinkin' whiskey and rye
And singin' "This'll be the day that I die" 

~ sung by Don McLean



Sunday, February 17, 2013

A Little in the Center


Hello, Dear Ones!
I thought I'd show you what I've been up to ~ playing!

I put together a little centerpiece for the dining room table 
and this is what I've come up with.

 I grabbed three cake stands, stacked 'em and started poking fauxs all over the place.
I know you'll love my lace runner. I got all 'pleated' with it. :)

 I think it turned out rather nicely on this side.

 Even pretty cute on this side!

Bottom layer...

 Middle layer...

 Top layer.

After I finished, I stood back and thought,
"This looks rather weddingly with a few artichokes poked here and there."
Does anyone know of a wedding planner who may want to hire me 
with all of my talentedness? ")
Be a bunch of sweeties,
Shelia ;)

I'll leave you with a little Note Song ~

Going To The Chapel

Going to the chapel and we're gonna to get married.
Going to the chapel and we're gonna to get married.
Gee, I really love you and we're gonna to get married.
Going to the chapel of love.

Spring is here,
the sky is blue.
Whoa! the birds all sing as if they knew.
Today's the day, we'll say, "I do"
and we'll never be lonely anymore.

Because we're going to the chapel and we're gonna get married.
Going to the chapel and we're gonna get married.
Gee, I really love you and we're gonna get married.
Going to the chapel of love.

Bells will ring,
the sun will shine.
Whoa, I'll be his and he'll be mine.
We'll love until the end of time
and we'll never be lonely anymore.

Because we're going to the chapel and we're gonna get married.
Going to the chapel and we're gonna get married.
Gee, I really love you and we're gonna get married.
Going to the chapel of love.
(yeah yeah yeah yeah)
Going to the chapel of love.
(yeah yeah yeah yeah)
Going to the chapel of love...
~ sung by the Crytals


Saturday, February 16, 2013

Valentines - Update



I wanted to add an update!
I've just received Grace's sweet card.
Please scroll to the bottom of my post to see it.
Thank you, Grace!

Hello, Dear Ones!
Do you remember the Circle Journal group I was in?
Well, we decided to have a Valentine exchange.
Let the fun begin...

I gathered my supplies and went to town Valentining!
You talk about fun!

My cards were basically the same ~ I just used different papers.
I put the snap of the little girl singing and playing the piano on the back of each card.
Of course, you know that's me! :)


Look at all of the lovely cards I received from the girls!
They are all so talented and this has been such a great group.
I think we're going to exchange Easter cards!

Now I want you to see the glorious Valentine's cards I received ~











Just wanted to let you know I've received Grace's card who blogs at Pink In The City.
Thank you, Grace, I love it!


Oh, this is so much fun. 
If you get a chance to be part of a circle journal group ~ do it!


Be a bunch of sweeties,
Shelia ;)

I'll leave you a little Note Song ~ 

Girls Just Want To Have Fun

I come home in the morning light
My mother says when you gonna live your life right
Oh mother dear we're not the fortunate ones
And girls they want to have fun
Oh girls just want to have fun

The phone rings in the middle of the night
My father yells what you gonna do with your life
Oh daddy dear you know you're still number one
But girls they want to have fun
Oh girls just want to have

That's all they really want
Some fun
When the working day is done
Girls - they want to have fun
Oh girls just want to have fun

Some boys take a beautiful girl
And hide her away from the rest of the world
I want to be the one to walk in the sun
Oh girls they want to have fun
Oh girls just want to have

That's all they really want
Some fun
When the working day is done
Girls - they want to have fun
Oh girls just want to have fun,
They want to have fun,
They want to have fun
~ sung by Cyndi Lauper



Thursday, February 14, 2013

Happy Valentine's Day To You (and to me)

Hello, Dear Ones!
I have something to tell you.
Sit down!
Are you sitting down?

I won another giveaway!!
I won a set of Mikasa dishes from Anita at Far Above Rubies!

Can you believe it?
This is service for 6, Mikasa "Modernist Black".
I don't know why this snap shows the dishes and table cloth as cream colored
but everything is so pretty and white!

 Look how gorgeous they are!
I just had to set a Valentine's Day table with them.

 Aren't these dishes just gorgeous?
I know the square plates don't really fit the round charger, but heck, I don't care. 
I love the way it looks. :)

 
 Using some olden stemware from Target I bought many years ago.

 The new dishes just screamed 'silver'!

Had to use my big ole rose bowl for the centerpiece and nothing else would do but roses!
Faux roses of course.
I sure do love my fauxs and my new dishes.


This is the key to the Kawai piano I played when I was pianist at our church in Roswell, New Mexico.
No, there were no aliens there! :)

 I just had to pop back in the dining room as the light was fading 
to look at my new dishes one more time.
Then...

 Uh oh...where did Elvira come from?
She was put away after Christmas.
I think Mr. Precious has been in here! :)

 Happy Valentine's Day!
Thank you so much, Anita, for drawing my name to your awesome giveaway.
I'll be black and blue tomorrow because I keep pinching myself!

Be a bunch of sweeties,
Shelia ;)

I'll leave you with a little Note Song ~

I'm Yours

Well you've done done me and you bet I felt it
I tried to be chill but you're so hot that I melted
I fell right through the cracks
and now I'm trying to get back
Before the cool done run out
I'll be giving it my bestest
Nothing's going to stop me but divine intervention
I reckon it's again my turn to win some or learn some

I won't hesitate no more, no more
It cannot wait, I'm yours

Well open up your mind and see like me
Open up your plans and then you're free
Look into your heart and you'll find love love love love
Listen to the music of the moment people dance and sing, we're just one big family
It's our God-forsaken right to be loved loved loved loved loved

So I won't hesitate no more, no more
It cannot wait I'm sure

There's no need to complicate
Our time is short
This is our fate, I'm yours

Do you want to, come on, scootch over closer dear
And I will nibble your ear

I've been spending way too long checking my tongue in the mirror
And bending over backwards just to try to see it clearer
But my breath fogged up the glass
And so I drew a new face and I laughed
I guess what I'll be saying is there ain't no better reason
To rid yourself of vanities and just go with the seasons
It's what we aim to do
Our name is our virtue

But I won't hesitate no more, no more
It cannot wait, I'm yours

Well open up your mind and see like me
Open up your plans and then you're free
Look into your heart and you'll find that the sky is yours
so please don't, please don't, please don't.
There's no need to complicate
'cause our time is short
This oh, this oh, this is our fate, I'm yours 
~ sung by Jason Mraz







Wednesday, February 13, 2013

I Won! I Won!


Hello, Dear Ones!
I won a giveaway from Linda at A La Carte
and
it was just in time for Valentine's Day!
 LOVE!
 Darling cookie cutters!
 A wonderful heart wall hanging!
 The cutest cup and saucer and honey, they're huge!
 Peep inside!
 Then, this lovely heart dish.
 Two wonderful smelly candles.
And, this adorable kitchen towel. 
See that Rooster? Linda knows me well.
Thank you so much, Linda.

Be a bunch of sweeties,
Shelia ;)

I'll leave you with a little Note Song ~

Color My World

As time goes on, I realize
Just what you mean to me.
And now, now that you're near,
Promise your love that I've waited to share
And dreams of our moments together.
Color my world with hopes of loving you
~ sung by Chicago