Think Pink


Things were looking up last week when these pictures were taken. The sun was shining and I had on my mauve shoes! 32 years beforehand I had given birth to a bouncing baby boy. All was good. This week has been an utter mess. Rainy and cold plus I've been having lots of trouble with machines. My car stopped on me yesterday. It was like it wasn't getting any gas when I first started it up. I made it up the road and it quit. I sat there a minute and started it back up and it ran fine after that. Art said it was probably the cheap gas I had been using but then later said I probably need some new spark plugs. I filled it full of some high test at lunch yesterday and so far so good, though. He'll have to take it in to get it worked on. My little Sony camera is now saying there is something wrong with the memory stick although I tried two. I know I am going to have to let it go and replace it. To top off my morning my tray for my keyboard broke on one side so I had to type with it laying sideways on my lap. I wore some jeans today and spent some time under my desk removing it. I moved my keyboard to my desktop which is going to take a little getting used to. Then to top it off the ladies' room toilet starting getting stuck so the top of the tank had to be removed to stop it after flushing. Of course, everything happened on a day when lots of clients were in the office so I had to run up and down the stairs in between typing sideways and worrying whether or not I was going to have to spend a fortune on my car. Yikes, feels like I should have stayed in bed with the covers pulled up. 


♥ Dress: Maggy London
♥ Sweater: American Living from JCPenney
♥ Belt:  Modcloth
♥ My Mauve Shoes: Kohl's

I purchased this pretty dress from eBay on the cheap. When I received it I loved the color but found the neckline a bit too low to suit me. I had purchased this sweater awhile back and found the color to match perfectly. I don't wear pink very often but on occasion I love it! When all else fails I say...think pink ♥ 








Ground Beef Vegetable Soup Recipe


Since the weather is still a bit cold and we are expecting rain all week I decided to make a pot of soup yesterday. It's actually a soup you could make year round. With fresh from the garden vegetables it can't be beat. It is so yummy! I'm not sure where the initial recipe came from but I've changed it around to make it my own over the years. Not much, just added more hamburger, less carrots, and dry parsley rather than fresh. I mean, who has fresh parsley laying around? It's certain you won't find any in my fridge. I have added corn to the mix at times so I'm sure if you wanted to throw in a cup of your favorite veggie no one would be the wiser.

Ingredients:

2 pounds hamburger

3 cups cabbage

1/2 cup carrots

3 cups red potatoes
1 cup onion
1 tablespoon dry parsley (if you use fresh use more)
6 cups water
1 28 oz. can of tomatoes
1 14.5 oz. can of tomatoes
1/4 teaspoon dry bay leaves
2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon pepper

How-to:
Put your hamburger on to fry. I like my hamburger in chunks for soup rather than crumbled so in order to get your hamburger to clump you need to let it fry awhile before you turn it. When you turn it make sure you don't chop it too much. While your hamburger is frying chop your veggies and place in your pot. I'm not sure what size of dutch oven I have but it fits right over my biggest burner perfectly. Once you have everything chopped up add your spices, water and tomatoes. Stir and start cooking. Once your hamburger is done, drain and add it to your soup. Bring to a boil. Once your soup is good and hot, add a lid and simmer for about an hour. 

This soup is great with a peanut butter sandwich but for our dinner yesterday I made Jiffy corn muffins. Since my cupcake pan makes 12, I also made blueberry muffins for dessert. 







I also had a chance to play around with the Hipstamatic camera app awhile yesterday. I mentioned awhile back that I hadn't messed with it much and that I couldn't see that it did that much other than take a regular picture with a frame but after taking a couple hours to learn what it was all about I discovered that there are tons of different ways to use it. It's different than the other camera apps I have and I guess that's what was throwing me off but after a little effort of discovering what it was all about I really like it. I'll do a post later about it ♥   

  



Spring flowers


We finally got a bit of warm weather over the weekend so we all got out and went for a walk on Sunday. I wanted to check out the flowers and see if things were at least coming up. I found these beautiful wild daisies on the creek bank. I think I will dig them up and plant them in my flower row which I started a few years ago. It starts at the creek and winds around the small wooded area. It's mostly lilies and daffodils but I planted some daisies and iris last year to add some different colors. The iris are supposed to be double bloomers. My fingers are crossed that they come up this year. I ordered them through Brecks.com.  There are lots of online and catalog shops for bulbs if you can't go shopping. I usually buy annuals at Meijers or Lowe's and whenever I buy those I usually pick up a couple of plants or a few bulbs along with the annuals. Sometimes they live and sometimes they don't. It's not always whether or not you have a green thumb. If I want a guarantee on a large purchase it's probably a good idea to go to a local nursery. Flowers can be expensive so be sure and know what you are buying beforehand. Of course, if you have a friend with flowers that grow from a bulb you can learn how to separate the bulbs and get some for free to start. Here's a good how-to on dividing bulbs from About.com.   I also found a good article on how to start a garden to get you going. Now get out there and grow something pretty ♥ 

Wild Daisy

Daffodils

Grape Hyacinth

Blue Bells

Beautiful Sky

Lonely Daffodil

Flower Row

Hot Dog

Wild Cat
  

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Instagram lately


Instagram is one of my favorite photo hobbies. As I've spoken of many times I've been trying to hone my photography skills (on and off my iPhone) and Instagram was a great place to start because it's so easy and gives you the basics. You can take your picture, pick your filter and save to a live feed all from one app. You can follow others and others can follow you. You can post to Facebook and/or other social sites right from the app as you download to your feed. It's mostly artsy fartsy type photos which makes it perfect for beginning photographers. No one thinks you're silly for taking a picture of a rock or a pile of leaves. With the push of a button you can change that plain looking rock into a beautiful work of art! I've kept my feed to a minimum but some folks post all the time. I love looking at all the different photos. It has also given me a feel for using filters for different looks and understanding the whole digital picture app thing. After downloading the KitCam camera app I have been using it to take pictures rather than the Instagram camera. After a few updates to Instagram I realized that I could go into my camera roll and choose any of my pictures so that's when I realized it was time to move on to a camera app that did more things.  Of the camera apps I have downloaded KitCam is by far my favorite. I'm loving it!

Since I feel I have mastered Instagram (even though there's nothing to it) I decided maybe it was time to integrate pictures from my regular camera also. I'm not sure how to upload photos from my computer to my smart phone so I decided if I came upon a great picture that I thought was Instagram worthy I could always email it to myself and save to my phone from my email which is set up on my phone so that's what I did with the above picture. If you are like me you are usually using one camera or the other and to trade cameras just to take the same pictures I was finding to be a bit redundant. I am currently using my Nikon J1 for most of my photos. I'm still in auto mode, slowly but surely I'm learning how to use it. I bought it for it's smaller size but it's still a bit too big to pack around all the time so my Sony Cybershot Camera is still my go-to camera for on-the-run (since I dried it out with rice). I'm taking more pictures with my iPhone too. They say it's not the camera but the photographer so I've been putting that to the test. Although I have 2 point and shoot cameras (Canon Elf and Nikon Coolpix) that I blamed blurry pictures on rather than the operator, I have found the more you know about the device you are using the more likely your pictures are to be gorgeous rather than a blurry ugly mess. Maybe after I figure out this stuff I'll try giving them another shot. Maybe ♥   

  

  

  

  

  

  

  


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Easter, April Fool's Day, Opening Day, ducks or zombies?

♥ Dress: Calvin Klein You can also see it here.
♥ Belt: Calvin Klein (Didn't come with this dress)
♥ Shrug: Kohl's
♥ Boots: Vintage

I couldn't really decide what to write about today. There was just so much going on the last few days. First I was off Friday for the holiday, then I cooked a big pork chop dinner Saturday, went to Mom's for dinner Easter Sunday, all the while trying to get in the Walking Dead marathon (spoiler alert ahead) before the season finale last night. Today is April Fool's Day (I really did see ducks and I have the pictures to prove it) and baseball season's opening day. Where do I begin??

I guess I'll start at the beginning. I really had a nice day Friday out running around with my hubby. We had a big steak early for dinner and then hung out with friends awhile. We didn't stay out too late, just long enough to have a bit of fun. I don't like to do physical work over holidays although it's not written in stone but this year I took it for what it was worth and didn't do anything work related. The weather is not cooperating with spring cleaning or yard work anyway. We decided TV and a big dinner was the order of the day for Saturday so that's what we did. Along with zombies, we also had a free weekend of HBO and Cinemax so our DVR was working overtime. We have Dish Satellite and they have free channels quite often. We record a bunch of movies and we are set for awhile.

All week AMC has been running The Walking Dead from the first episode through the finale last night. I've been watching the show since day one and it's one of my favorites. You can read a post from my former blog here with pictures, video and links. I made a deal with Art that if he would watch it with me I would owe him when he wanted to watch something that I wouldn't choose myself. A little give and take never hurts a thing. He likes the show but it was a lot of episodes in a row. Luckily we had already watched season one in black and white so we were able to skip straight to season two so it's not like we were glued to the TV for hours upon end but I have watched it so much this week I have zombies on the brain. I didn't want to wait to watch the finale because I knew I'd be crazy wondering all day today what happened so it was either watch them all or none. I talked him right into it! Before season finales we like to guess what will happen. I usually never get it right but sometimes I get lucky. I couldn't have been more off base this go round. I said that I thought Milton would save Andrea, she is after all my favorite female character, and I'll be damned if he didn't end up turning and biting her and they both ended up dead. I was not happy! Art predicted the Governor would get killed one way or the other but he just killed his own army and drove off. We were both so wrong. He said I would be bitching after I watched it and he was right about that prediction. I love this show!

 
I've written so much about The Walking Dead I think I have lost momentum on other topics so I'll just say I had a wonderful Easter and I saw some beautiful ducks in the creek today. I've never seen ducks floating there before so I thought it was pretty cool. I haven't had any April Fool's jokes pulled on me but last year I did which you can read about here but the day is not over yet. Also, I'm not really into sports and haven't been to a game for a long time but opening day is always fun. I hope the Cincinnati Reds kick some serious butt this year.  GO REDS!!

I hope you all had a wonderful weekend ♥  

  





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