Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Fresh Cherry Earrings

My neighbor gave us some beautiful cherries - they looked so pretty in the bowl that I almost hated to use them. Luke found a recipe for some cherry crisp. It was great with vanilla ice cream. I may have to look for a cherry tree to plant. I don't really know why he goes along with me when I do stuff like this to him - but he usually does.
Luke made these potato skins. They were delicious!!!!! - better than any restaurant.
Life is Just a Bowl of Cherries

Monday, May 19, 2008

Jacob's Field

Unfortunately Jake's team was eliminated from the play-offs on Saturday. So another season is coming to the end. He will be playing ball this summer - but I hate to see this season end. I love watching him play.
Getting ready to steal second.

This picture is so Jake. He is so competitive - but always seems so relaxed and at ease when he plays. His high school coach said about him once - "He can go 0 for 4, - or 4 for 4 - and his expression is the same. He has a lot of self control on the ball field.
Playing 3rd base
This one was taken while they were warming up. This is my favorite picture - because he really seems to be enjoying himself and I love how you see the ball coming to him.

"Nobody ever said, "Work ball!" They say, "Play ball!" To me, that means having fun." –Willie Stargell

Sunday, May 18, 2008

101 degrees calls for Shaved Ice

summer It is supposed to be 101 degrees today - a good day for shaved ice. For the ultimate shaved ice treat - we put a scoop of vanilla ice cream on the bottom. We have quite a few flavors now - grape, root beer, cotton candy, bubble gum, watermelon, banana, cherry, lemon-lime - possibly a few more I can't remember. This is so good when it is this hot. May 20th and 101 degrees - I guess our summer is here - and this heat should warm up the pool enough for me to finally get in. I am looking forward to summer - as always.
Summer is the time when one sheds one's tensions with one's clothes, and the right kind of day is jeweled balm for the battered spirit. A few of those days and you can become drunk with the belief that all's right with the world.-- Ada Louise Huxtable

Monday, May 12, 2008

Blood, Bike, Buttons & Beads

Here's a picture of Jake and KC after giving blood. They both needed less than a point to get an A in their Health class and they were able to earn enough extra credit by giving blood to get their grade up.
I will post more pictures of my new bike soon. It is so pretty. But for now this shows my favorite part. The hula girl decal I think was the deciding factor in Richard choosing this bike. This was my Mother's Day gift and I am so excited! Richard and the boys seemed just as excited to give it to me. Later in the day Brent brought over a basket for it as a mother's day gift. So I am all set to ride it to work - which I did this morning. It is only about a mile to work - and the mornings are not so warm that I will get all sweaty riding that short of a distance. It was a little breezy this morning - but it was great. I changed into my skirt and some other shoes once I got here. I have wanted a bike for some time - it is so pretty!!!!!
I made this bracelet last night out of seed beads and buttons. It was easy and fun to make. Although I am a little worried about how it is going to hold up. I think the pattern would make a neat necklace also.
Another picture of the bracelet I made and today's mug. I even had room in my bike basket for my coffee thermos and my cup. Did I mention how excited I am about my new bike?
"Think of bicycles as rideable art that can just about save the world." ~Grant Petersen

Monday, May 5, 2008

Potstickers - yum!

Luke and I love potstickers! Richard and Jake will eat a few of them - although Richard hates the way they smell while we are cooking them. It has gotten to be a feeding frenzy when we make them - especially if Jennifer is over - she loves them too. We also have lumpia tonight that Reno's mom made.

Monday Morning

I cleaned my house like a crazy woman this weekend - rearranging my bedroom and organizing. But I did have some time to get some beads out and make a couple of simple bracelets and a pair of earrings. I hadn't messed with beads in such a long time until last week - I forget how much fun it is.
A friend wanted some earrings in blue and gold to wear to her son's baseball games.

And today's mug. I woke up Saturday morning and this was sitting by the coffee maker. Richard had gotten in for me - I think to cheer me up. (I had had a terrible day on Friday).
My friend Marcia gave me a bracelet that came in this cute little silky bag. It is so fun!

"Be pleasant until ten o'clock in the morning and the rest of the day will take care of itself." ~Elbert Hubbard