TGIF


I took this picture of my pretty girl last night. She's just the sweetest thing. After the long winter she's pretty shaggy but will be getting her spring haircut in a couple of weeks. She looks so funny after she is sheared! I'll be sure and do before and after pictures. Last year she looked so embarressed, like she was naked or something. It was so funny! I took a phone picture and sent it out and was laughing at her. Ended up getting in trouble with my mom. She said to stop making fun of her :o) which gave me another laugh! I am so glad it is Friday. I've had a rather stressful week but all is ok. You know mama said there'd be days like I've been having. Thankfully they do pass.  


I had to stop and get gas this morning so I decided to go in to pay so I could get a big Coke with extra ice (I don't drink coffee and it's nice to have ice on these warmer days) and while I was paying I got a nice compliment about my nails from the clerk. I recommended she go to the CVS, which is right across the street, after work and grab her some Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure. I really like this nail polish. It is suppose to have all the things you need in one bottle but I have found that if you do not use a base coat it will yellow your nails like any nail color will do if you do not use a base coat. I also feel it needs a top coat for shine but I always use the instant dry anyway which shines the nails also. The color I am wearing is "Shrimply Devine" and I think it is the perfect spring pink. I also purchased "Back to the Fuschia" but have not tried it yet. Don't you love it when you get a compliment out of the blue? It was very sweet of her. Just goes to show how you can lift someone's spirits with just a kind word ♥ 

Since Fadra's favorite singer is Britney Spears I decided she would be my choice of video today. Whenever Fadra hears some of her livelier tunes she perks up and starts bobbing her head. I thought at first it was probably just a catchy tune by a female singer but then noticed it was only Britney that gave her that bobbing feeling :o) Need to see if I can catch her on video sometime. It's hilarious! A few years ago Britney released her single "3" on my birthday which I took as a personal gift to me :o) I downloaded from iTunes and hear it often, however I had not seen the video until today. All I can say is.....WOW and then I watched it again ♥ 







CET Pet Dental chews


Buying Flowers - The Oxeye Yellow Daisy



This time of year I always find myself looking forward to digging in the dirt and thinking of pretty flowers. I love planting flowers and making the yard look nice. I'll leave the cutting of the grass, the edging and weedeating to my hubby, though. Although I do, on occasion, do those things. I'm not uncapable, just don't want to :o) That part can turn into hard work and I'd rather play in the flowerbeds :o) We first moved into our new home a few years ago and when we moved in we didn't even have a driveway so I had to start from scratch and I do mean scratch. The home was remodeled and new but the yard was one big mess! I've done a bit each year so far and it's looking pretty good but I still need more flowers which seems to always be the case. I don't know if it's a good or a bad thing living next to a creek because creek rock reminds me of flowerbeds which makes me want more flowers. 

I am currently in the market for summer flowers and for something to put out in the wooded part of our land. I need something that will multiply and flourish without alot of care on my part.  I decided upon the Oxeye Yellow Daisy which looks to be a beautiful flower that will grow a couple feet tall, multiply and naturalize.  It will bloom mid summer through fall.  Bonus is I can do the "he loves me, he loves me not" with the petals this summer while wondering around my yard dreaming of days gone by ♥
They are having a buy one, get one, right now at Brecks.com (the link is good for B1G1 through April 8). I have purchased through them before and they are very good, reputable and they do have a guarantee if your plants or bulbs do not grow for you. You have to be careful doing mail order for flowers because they are all so beautiful that you want to buy everything and they can get expensive. Be sure to check how many plants or bulbs you will be receiving and keep in mind that one plant may only mean one flower. There are dozens of plant types so know what you are purchasing beforehand. My granddaughter wanted some expensive tulips which only came up one year and then the bulbs must have been eaten by squirrels or moles because they have not come up again. They may have frozen out but tulips usually grow in my area but maybe just not in my yard. Sometimes you just have to bite the bullet if your plants don't make it. More than not I have had good luck with what I have bought but I do have a few fails here and there. I was never able to grow roses in my last yard but the little rose bush my granddaughter planted last spring is doing excellent so your yard will make a difference also.



You'll want to know when they will be shipped, when they should be planted and what season and for how long the plants will bloom and whether or not they are viable to your growing region. Spring bulbs ship in the fall for planting and summer bulbs in the spring but you should check for the season of the plant you like and when it needs to be planted. You'll also want to see if your flower will flourish where you plan to plant it. If it needs shade it will not grow in direct sunlight and a plant that will multiple and will get large you will not want to plant in a small area. Also, how much time do you have to spend watering, pruning and things of that nature.

I like a mix of perennials which come up every year and bloom at a certain time for a few weeks along with a mix of annuals which are planted for one season but tend to bloom all summer. There are lots of online sites that will guide you in planning your flower garden whether it be a big yard or a small area. Most of the sites have all the information you'll need. Some even have specific pre-planned gardens that you can purchase which makes chosing a breeze for a specific area.






When we moved in I found there were lots of these pretty lillies growing wild. My granddaughter and I dug a bunch up and planted around the wooded area of the land. Took us more than one weekend and was alot of work. Last year they looked good but this year I think most of them will bloom and be beautiful. Last year I planted daffodils in between the lillies and only had a few bloom but next year I should have more blooms. It takes a couple of years for new plants or transplanted plants to bloom.




I have been writing about flowers for a couple weeks seems like and had planned to share a tidbit I found out about the daffodil when I posted a picture of mine but posted by mistake and never did locate the information again but since I was looking for links and such about flowers today I decided to find it and share it in this post. The daffodil..... "There are two derivations of the name. One is that of the youth of Greek mythology called Narcissus, who, in at least one of many variations of the tale, became so obsessed with his own reflection as he knelt and gazed into a pool of water that he fell into the water and drowned. In some variations, he died of starvation and thirst from sitting by the edge of the pool, transfixed by his own reflection. In both versions, the Narcissus (daffodil) plant sprang from where he died." Oh my, he must have been one pretty boy or at least in his own mind ♥





Music Monday - Gotye ft. Kimbra




This song is quite haunting for some reason. Every time I hear it I want to hear it again. I love it ♥





A Spring Poem


Daffodil

Spring in my step
Spring in the air
Spring!
Spring!
Lingering everywhere.

Spring fever to follow,
But I don't care,
Spring, for new journeys,
I'll meet you there!

Where?
By the garden gate,
You silly thing,
It's an invitation to frolic
So let's begin to sing.
It's Spring!
                                                                             - author unknown







Vogue - Kate Moss at the Ritz Paris





photographed by Tim Walker

I love the photography in Vogue. They always have such beautiful photos!
They are remodeling the Paris Ritz and these are some of the last photos taken there.
You can read the story and see more pictures here.





I just had one of those WTH moments!

Ok, so I was suppose to work through lunch since I'm trying to make up a bit of time I took off with my dental surgery and I'm also behind in my work. But right before lunchtime my boss (the one that is still in town) asked if I could drop something off at the post office today so I was all for that since it was such a pretty day and hey I'll get it all done, right? After all I was on his dime so I still got credit for my hour. Sweet! Since I usually go home for lunch I wasn't sure how to waste my hour so I decided I'd go to the post office, get a bite through the drive-thru and then run my car through the car wash and take the long way back which wouldn't take the whole hour so no reason to feel guilty. Go for a little ride to finish blowing the water off and enjoy the sunshine and some lively music. A break in the craziness that is Monday in a law office was welcomed so at noon off I went.

I got all my running around done and I had traveled the couple roads that I could drive 55 on so my car was all blown off and it was time to head back to work the rural way. I was sitting 2 cars back at a stop sign that stops my side and the side across from me which also had two cars waiting. The main road has the right of way with no stops. I'm sitting there listening to John Fogerty sing about Sugar Sugar and how much I loved that song and how I needed to see if there was a video for my blog when bam, this car comes out of the blue across the street down the main road and hit a huge rock (you know one of those that you need a piece of equipment to move it because it's so big and heavy), the car bounced over it and the rock rolled, he then skidded all over the yard and then came skidding back out onto the main road and took off like a scalded dog. OMG! All I could think of was what the hell was that!!! I think all of us were in shock since no one moved an inch and when I looked over the car that was first at the stop sign across the road had mud all over it. I mean all over it! I guess they are lucky that maniac didn't hit them with his car. However, I am so glad I was on the other side of the road since I had just washed my car :o) After a bit everyone moved on and I turned the same way he was traveling but never came up on him in anyone else's yard or anywhere else that I saw. I decided it wasn't someone with a medical emergency but yet a wild person that shouldn't have been on the road so it was ok to laugh. He probably headed home to clean his pants! With the day I have been having I do believe everyone had a bit too much Irish spirit over the weekend ♥


I don't like to post without a picture so I thought I would feature a picture of the lovely Fadra I took yesterday. She was telling me there were squirrels running around aggravating her. I told her I couldn't help it :o) They are pretty wild this time of year. Kind of like crazy drivers! What are you gonna do? Be careful and watch out for crazy squirrels (in people form too) ♥





Spring must be here, the daffodils are in bloom




After staying up last night till all hours watching the Leprechaun movies I must be running a little slow this morn. It was such a beautiful morning I decided to take some pictures of my daffodils, which are just now beginning to bloom. I then decided to do a draft post but I posted this post by accident without anything in it! lol I had planned to post it later and add all kinds of goodies about the beautiful daffodil but alas I must post. I guess I really should get some rest because while messing around the other day I ended up following myself! I had to laugh at that one but then I found it's pretty cool looking at my stuff in the mix with everyone else in the reader. I love the google reader! If you are not using it you should :o)

Have a beautiful Sunday! I'll be heading to bed early tonight ♥





Kiss me, I'm Irish!

I think I am mainly descended from hillbillies but by the looks of me I have to have some Irish in me somewhere :o) So pucker up ♥


♥ Green top - vintage
♥ Belt - vintage
♥ Grey sweater - Country Shop, Italian yarn - thrifted for $5.00 :o)
♥ Black skirt - Ralph Lauren
♥ Moccasins - Minnetonka


I love the zippers on the back of the moccasins!
I have found that due to the handstitching of the shoes I need to wear socks for comfort, though.


St. Patrick's Day was gorgeous today! I have my green on so no pinching :o) The skies were a beautiful shade of blue and nature blooming all shades of green. Spring is so refreshing. Today was the first time I tried out my tripod for some natural photography. I was pleased with the results but my camera only takes one picture at a time on the timer so  it was a little time consuming but fun nonetheless. I might get the hang of this after all ♥



I look like I've just been put under the Leprechaun's spell. Oh No!!!!


I sure enjoyed romping around the creekbed keeping an eye out for the Leprechaun. You never know when he'll come out of nowhere to take your gold. Now time for dinner and green beer and then home to watch the movie Leprechaun. I love that movie and have the whole set on DVD. Some of the movies are better than others but most are worth the watch. They've been on all day on SyFy to boot. I know what I'll be dreaming of tonight and then I'll wish I had changed the channel instead of just letting it run all day. There is something adorable about the little fellow though and I can't help but like him, he knows exactly what he wants and what he needs but he's so misunderstood. I just hope not to meet up with him any time soon :o) Pretty funny stuff!

Try as they will
Try as they might
Whoever steals me gold
Won't live through the night
                            - Leprechaun    

Beware my friends and Happy St. Patrick's Day ♥





A lonely flower on a sunny day




I spotted this little flower walking in to work this morning. It was a bud looking rather lonely sticking up all by itself. At lunchtime I noticed it had opened in the sunlight and I thought what a pretty picture it would make. It's a beautiful day here and I think this flower defines how we are all feeling with the sunshine shining! Let me feel it on my face! We may even break the record high. It's supposed to be close. Fadra had to go to the beauty shop today at lunchtime so rather than driving home I went and got some gas ($3.89 a gallon, yikes!) and picked myself up one of those new Doritos Tacos from Taco Bell. Boy, was that tasty! I had a little time left so I took the long way back to the office and listened to some tunes. I could have kept right on driving! Too bad I have to get back to work :o( but my boss is in Florida so while the cat's away you know what the mouse has to do.....play, play and play some more ♥  

A couple of months ago I posted a cool video which features Jaleel White (you know the guy who played Steve Urkel) as Cee Lo Green singing "Cry Baby" which I have to pop in and watch at least once a week. I  love that song!  (Watch here) It made me think of a video by Paul Simon in which it looks like Chevy Chase is singing "You Can Call Me Al". For some reason I wanted to hear it today. It's as good as I remember!

Enjoy ♥







Product Review: Candy by Prada and Maybelline 14 hour Lipstick

While recuperating from my dental surgery I laid quite a bit in my bed watching tv or napping. The bed clothes were all freshly washed and dried with the Downy Simple Pleasures products in Lavender Serenity which smells as good as it sounds. My hubby says it's too flowery for everyday laundry but I would beg to differ if it were just me. While laying there with my mouth in agony and my nose in heaven, it hit me that I needed some new perfume. Santa seemed to have missed that one on my list somehow.

I came across the Prada Candy perfume which came out last fall somewhere over the internet awhile back and read that it smelled like caramel and vanilla without being overbearing or smelling like a kid. Sounded just yummy! I love the musky and vanilla smells but most are too strong for me even though I don't have a sensitive nose. And then there's the fact that I've never smelled a caramel perfume so this was the perfume I wanted to try.  I've been wearing Calvin Klein's Eternity, which is flowery, (but I know smells good on me and everyone likes) since I can remember so it seemed the perfect time to give Candy a try since my last sprintz of Eternity came out of my bottle on Valentine's Day and I need to try something new. The reviewers seemed to either love it or hate it so I had a 50/50 chance.

Since a trip to the mall to smell it wasn't anywhere in my future I decided to check it out online and found it was $80 plus shipping for the smallest bottle most places. I then decided to check it out on ebay prada+candy+perfume.  Of course, it is Prada so I expected it to be that price or more but since I hadn't even smelled it I was pleased when I came upon 3 new sample vials for $13 which I could purchase right then and there. Yay! I love ebay! It came in the mail yesterday and I tried it right away. I must say I really do love it! Guess I'm going to have to shell out that money after all. I put it on this morning at 7:30 and it's the end of the work day and I can still smell it and still love it, although I could probably use another spritz. It does not have a strong smell and I read reviews of it losing it's scent early on for some ladies but the holding power seems fine. On me, this perfume has a warm, caramel-y scent with hints of vanilla just as I had hoped it would and is not overbearing. This is definitely my new daily perfume. I'll have to get a new bottle of Eternity for special occasions ♥


The cute fellow in the back is Oscar, my giant Mud Pie piggy bank. I love him!
I normally sell these in my ebay store but currently don't have any boutique items listed.
I need to get on that I know :o)




So yesterday when I went to pick up Synsodyne toothpaste I happened to walk by the display of the new Maybelline 14 hour lipstick. Buy one, get one 1/2 off at Walgreen's right now. I've been wanting to try it so what better time.  I picked Eternal Rose and Ravishing Rouge. Eternal Rose is a bright pink and is what I am wearing in the picture below. I had looked for a long wear in this color last year but was never able to find one so I was excited! Ravishing Rouge looks to be a dark red but I haven't tried it yet.

When I took the cap off I noticed the lipstick has a sweet smell but was not overbearing.  I could not smell after applying to my lips. It was creamy and smooth. It did not feel like a long wear lipstick and I liked the way it went on. No gloss or moisturizing extra tube of anything needed. So far so good! That's about as far as it goes. After getting to work I noticed some came off on my straw and after eating a greasy taco at lunchtime I had to reapply. I love the matte color, the feel and the lipstick in general but you can't believe the 14 hour hype. The only way it would stay on 14 hours is if you didn't touch your mouth to anything. It would probably depend on what you ate also. That taco grease will cut through the best of long wears.

After wearing all day I can say that after drinking through a straw all day and eating a breakfast bar in the morning and a cookie in the afternoon I didn't feel the need to reapply other than the one time after lunch.  It is a good day lipstick or when you are just kicking around and have time to reapply if need be. All in all I really like the feel of it because it is not drying to the lips. I also love the color! I will be keeping this in my purse and wearing it alot but if it's true long wear I want I will stick with my  Covergirl Outlast all day lipcolor in Ever Red-dy which is what I normally wear.

Bottom line is I think the lipstick is worth a try but don't have great expectations for 14 hour wear :o)  However, it's still a great lipstick with lots of great colors so I'm happy with it ♥





Snow one day, Flowers the next

Monday was my oldest son's birthday and this is the first time we can remember that it snowed. Yesterday the temperatures reached almost 60 and I had flowers blooming around the house. Crazy weather we are having for sure!

I've been recuperating from periodontal surgery I had on the 22nd of February on the right side of my mouth. Other than going to work I haven't been doing anything. Only soft food and liquids for 2 weeks plus they cover your gums with a putty type material and it kept gagging me. Thankfully I finally got it off yesterday so no gagging but oh my how sensitive. Hitting the drug store for Synsodyne toothpaste and Ibuprofen at lunch :o)






I took Fadra for a walk around the yard yesterday to take pictures of the flowers and it wore the poor girl out. Tried to root me right up while I was reading but finally got comfortable taking up the whole bed. She was even snoring! 


And I thought I was getting a purse dog! I'd have to have a saddlebag to carry her around ♥