Saturday, January 7, 2017

Humps and Bumps in the Road

 


Hello Everyone.
Well, I hope everyone's January
has started off on a better foot
than ours has!
I have been MIA for a reason and
may continue to be for awhile.


He is my reason for being MIA.
Mr. Ken became sick on Monday
evening and I took him  to the ER
where he has been a "resident"
since then. I am not going to go into
details but I will say it was pretty
serious for a day or so.
He has made such great progress.
We still have a ways to go but hope-
fully he'll be released mid week next
week.


Some of you know about this via
Facebook and your thoughts and
prayers have been so helpful.

If you could continue to keep us in
your thoughts and prayers would be
appreciated.


I'll see you soon!


~Keep on Dreaming~

Saturday, December 31, 2016

2017 Is Around The Corner!

 


From Mr. Ken and I to YOU!!!




~Keep on Dreaming~

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Wednesday WriteUp

 

Happy Wednesday to you.
This will be our last Wednesday
Write-Up for 2016.

Today we will catch up with
Christmas. Mr. Ken and I
visited the Magic Christmas
Tree. This little tree hangs out
all  year but at Christmas it
gets dressed up for the season.
Visitors can bring canned goods
to donate to local food banks
when they come for a visit.


 
 

Such fun to see the lights and
listen to all the oohs and aahs
from everyone.


 
Our fave park got all dressed up too.

 
I guess we were good this year since
Santa dropped off some goodies at
the house.

 

My intention was to get our (all)
village pieces out but that did not
happen.
Instead I did  a couple of small
vignettes.  Number 1 --Ice
skating fun. I made the button tree
this year. I picked up the tree at
a craft fair in the fall and then a
friend showed me her co-worker's
button tree on her desk.

 
I picked these stockings up at another
craft fair for $1 a piece and the best
thing is that they are reversible! The
right one is the inside of the left one.
So fun!

 
Aren't these cute?
I found four of them at a thrift store,
these are green and the other two are
red. Love them!

 
Vignette # 2 -- Train Station.
The train set was a stocking stuffer
for Mr. Ken last year and everything
else is new to this year. The little house
is hand painted and has a secret drawer
in it.


Cards , cards , cards. We received
more cards than I thought we would.
Mine will be "after Christmas cards." 
I still love to get cards.


Went with a plaid theme this year.

 
Made a couple of  fancy paper chains.

 
Another project complete!  A star
wreath, sounds simple right? It
was a bit tricky getting the ends
together but I prevailed! It has
been hanging out in the kitchen
ever since I finished it.

 
More fun things to hang in doorways.

 
Fun with the family. Mr. K is opening
a white elephant gift at the family
gathering. Ha! Ha!


 
Unwrapping complete with lots of
great goodies from Santa.

 

 
Our poinsettia--this one has been a
little tough to please. It doesn't seem
to get enough water and we
have had so many cloudy days.

 

 
I am a bit obsessed with these critters.
The top two and the one on the right I
picked up at Target and the gray came
from Michael's or JoAnn's.  I was in
Target tonight and got another one for
half price. I just think they are too
cute. They will hang out through
Winter.


 

A friend of mine made this cute
Santa luminary. I added the plate
and colored ornaments.


That is it for Christmas 2016.


There will be some changes in the new
year for the old blog. Good ones I think
so stay tuned and I am thinking about
my "word " for 2017. I haven't been real
good the last couple of years with my
particular word, I hope to do better in
2017.


~Keep on Dreaming~

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Wednesday Write Up

 


Welcome to "catch-up day."
               AND
Happy first day of Winter!
We had "winter" type temps
here last weekend but they
have warmed up as the week
has progressed.
Christmas Day should be in
the 60's yes friends, I said 60's!
Plus a bit of rain.
Go figure...

 
I'm not sure we looked like that
exactly but pretty close.  We have
truly earned this break and I intend
to take every advantage I can. Still
have some Christmas details to finish
but looking at some R and R in my future
plus visiting with friends and family
while I am off. Mr. Ken will be off several 
days too.

 
These two celebrated their 17th
Anniversary earlier this month!
More about where we were in the
pic above in another "catch-up"
post.

 
We went to brunch for our Anniversary
and after we finished, our server took
our picture for us.

 
Also got a chance to talk to Santa. We
had a nice visit. I assured him that I had
been a good girl this year but Mr. Ken
being a good boy was questionable but
Santa felt otherwise. :)

 
The big event for the month besides
Christmas was an early birthday party
for this young man.
This is Mr. Ken's Dad and his birthday
is right before Christmas, so we had his
party early. Best part was that he had NO
IDEA this party was in the works!!

 
The birthday boy turns 80 this year and 
we decided to surprise him with a Pie
Party. One of the local restaurants has a
party room that we booked, we ordered
several pies and served tea, water and
Coke and Diet Coke to drink. We invited
the family, his friends, and neighbors.
Lots of fun for all and yes he was
SURPRISED!!

Best way to have a party!!


For my staff, I decorated ornaments
with their initials and dots. This picture
only shows a few there were four
more outside of this picture.


On the health front , still have a bit of the
cold and Mr. Ken had picked up a version
of it now. Hopefully by Sunday we will be
over it. I also hope all my students get
healthy over break. Would be nice if all of
us can go back without the sickies hanging
over us.


~Keep on Dreaming~

Thursday, December 15, 2016

Last Minute

 


Hello!
I am getting better, thanks for all
your kind thoughts!

Today's post is for those of you who
need something for a "last minute" 
gift, an activity at a family dinner,
girl's fun night etc.
I have the idea for you!

Round Salt Dough Ornaments 

According to this article, mix  4 cups
flour and 1 cup salt then gradually
add 1 1/2 cups water to form the dough.
Roll the dough to 1/8 " thickness and
cut using two round cutters. Place
ornaments on a cookie sheet and bake
at 350 for 1 hour or until hard.
Cool, decorate, and use them as you
choose. They put candies in the middle
of these.

We made a version for these today
at  school, added green food coloring ,
mixed it really good and used tree
cutters for tree ornaments. Make
sure you make a hole in the top for
the string or ribbon.

You could use different cutters for
the upcoming holidays and them if
you wanted to make them for
Valentine's Day you could use heart
cutters.

Have fun with these!

Tomorrow we will do some catching
up. This cold has messed with my post
schedule for this week.



~Keep on Dreaming~

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Christmas/Holiday Fun

 


Good Tuesday afternoon from
the land of ill. I am doing better
but it is still visiting and as far
as I am concerned it can leave!

This week we re going to have
a little holiday fun.

Today we have two posts in one.

Monday's Post:

Table Trimming:

Santa Napkins

Red Napkins
Black Ribbons
Glitzy Gold Cardstock

Cut a square from the cardstock,
then cut two slits in the cardstock
that are the width of the ribbon.
Thread the ribbon through the
cardstock and tie it around the
napkin.


Today's Post:

Christmas Music Trivia!

Answers at the end...NO
PEEKING!!

1. I saw Mommy...

2. All I want for Christmas is...

3. I'm Dreaming Of  A...

4. My true love gave me five...

5. I want a __________ for
Christmas.


Answers:

1.  Kissing Santa Claus

2. My two front teeth

3. White Christmas

4. Gold Rings

5. Hippopotamus


How did you do?


~Keep on Dreaming~

Sunday, December 11, 2016

Pop In

 


It is two weeks before Christmas and all
through the house we have not a lot up
for Christmas YET!!

We have celebrated our anniversary (later
post), Mr. Ken went out of town on business
and is back home. Yesterday we celebrated
my Father-in-law's birthday early.
These three things have taken a lot of time
and focus over the last two weeks.

Just in time for the work week, I have
developed a delightful cold. Having fun
now!!

I hope your Sunday has been productive.

Stop by this week, I will try to post daily.
We will have holiday posts and a Wednesday
Write  Up, where we will do a little catching
up.

See you tomorrow!


~Keep on Dreaming~

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