Friday, December 18, 2009

Christmas Greetings!

Finally! It's the last day of school before the Christmas break and it's starting to feel like Christmas! My kids are pumped. They have been doing tons of homework every night and they're excited about Christmas and about getting a break from homework!

I took DD2 to see the Radio City Christmas Spectacular featuring the Rockettes last night and it was...Spectacular! It was a wonderful show and we had a lovely time!

The costumes, the sets, the dancing were all amazing.

I didn't know what to expect from the show--a lot of high kicks of course, but how many kicks can make up a show? It definitely wasn't overdone.

One of my favorite numbers was the 24 (25?) dancing Santas. Imagine a large, group of Santas, all dressed alike in bright red and white costumes. Now imageine them dancing in perfect precision on a mat black background. So striking! And the choreography was just fun, fun, fun!
I would definitely recommend this show as a fun, family outing.

Here's a lovely vintage graphic from Cyndy's site -- Bon Secours Orphange. You can see the other lovely e-cards she has posted and check out information for Bon Secours. Take a moment and drop by!

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Dear Santa...

Dear Santa,
I hope you have time to look at my list. I know you are very busy this time of year. I hope you and the Mrs. are feeling well and that you are not under too much stress.

I am trying to be good without complaint. Having two teenagers and one pre-teen is very trying at times, especially when trying to keep the homework in check right before Christmas break.

Hmm, what would I like for Christmas? I have given my husband a long list of fabric that I would love to have for Christmas this year. But you know how that goes. He only buys things that he likes and well, he's just not that into fabric. I'm not complaining, he's a great husband, and he makes some lovely choices, but to me, fabric is the perfect gift!

And Santa, I really like Holly's Lakehouse fabric from the Fat Quarter Shop. All the teatime florals in pink, the frosted dots, the pretty teacups--they make me smile when I see them. They look so lovely and our local quilt shop does not carry them. I would love an assortment of fat quarters to admire and sew!

Do you remember when I was a young girl, I asked many times for a hula hoop, but it did not appear? I often reasoned it was because maybe it was just too big to carry in your sleigh. I wish I could say I had forgotten and it wasn't a sad time in my youth, but it was. I didn't understand why. But fabric, fabric would make it all better!

So Santa, if you're able, please send me some Lakehouse fabric.

Mrs. E

P.S. check out the Jolly Jabber for more Chrismtas wishes. But please put mine at the top of your list!

Thursday, December 10, 2009

More dog pictures

Here's a pic of Brady, Buttercup, and Delilah. They are all getting along very well and look at how well they pose! Better than the kids.

Buttercup loves to play, play, and play. And Delilah and Brady do play with her--just not all the time.

Sunday, December 6, 2009

The New Puppy

And here she is DD2 and Buttercup...

Thursday, December 3, 2009

What I'd like to make today

These are really cute~

And they are on Spoonful of Sugar.

Hmmm, but I really should do a little more house cleaning first. Maybe, maybe this afternoon...

Is your Christmas tree up? My sewing machine is where my Christmas tree should be. And the tree is still in the attic. Maybe the tree will come out later today!

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

PW in PC

Pioneer Woman in Ponca City

When did you start reading the Pioneer Woman blog?

I started reading her blog in April of 2009. My dear friend, Mrs. C, had moved to Singapore and it was she that sent me a link to a PW recipe. How ironic! I'm state-side in Texas--I had no idea that the Pioneer Woman blog existed! So I became a faithful reader and started reading recipes and looking at photos and enjoying the tales of life in Oklahoma.

I could relate to life in the country in Oklahoma. I grew up in a small town in Oklahoma (population less than 200) and I enjoy the photos and info on country-living. The wide-open spaces. Cattle. Gardening. Canning.
Cooking with ingredients from Walmarts. Calf fries (I love calf fries). Photography. I enjoy my daily visits and reading her posts.

My current life is the oppostite of PW's. I'm a transplanted country girl in the suburbs of Dallas. (I can see my husband roll his eyes with that--he's 6'4" but when we had the possum in the yard, guess who removed it? I'm just saying....)

I love PW's new cookbook and was making plans to get it signed here in Dallas. Hmmm, book signing. There was a book signing in Ponca City, OK.

Look at the stats: Ponca City population - 26,000
DFW metroplex population - 6 million.
I thought Ponca City might have the shorter line. I made plans to go while I was in Oklahoma for Thanksgiving.

Bright and early (well, not that early) my mom and I hit the highway to Ponca City. Thanks to mom's deft driving skills (read: lead foot) we got to the book store before 10:00 a.m. Brace Books & More, anticipating a large crowd,decided to hand out numbers at 10:00. The parking lot was not filled to capacity. So far, so good!

We parked, went in, and stood in line. There were a few locals waiting for numbers and new friends from San Antonio and Wichita, KS. It was a pretty demure group!

I received number 22! Yes! I was pumped. Population stats of Ponca City (and surrounding areas) versus the Dallas numbers were working in my favor. Oh yeah!

So with number 22 in hand I did a little shopping at Brace Books, a very lovely place to shop. Local history books are an interest of mine. I like to read local history books covering the oil industry, cattle ranches, architecture, cowboys and cowgirls. Brace Books also carries fun gift items, decor, kitchen and a few toys. I just love book stores, so I had fun shopping. I now have a little Christmas reading with the purchase of The Filthy Thirteen.

But after shopping, mom and I had time to kill until the 1:00 book signing.

What to do in the city of Ponca City? Let's go visit the source of the Pioneer Woman's moniker The Pioneer Woman statue and museum!

Here's the entrance to the Pioneer Woman museum which is operated by the Oklahoma Historical Society. I worked for them in the 90's. That's a different blog entry.

The entrance was locked. There were no holiday hours posted but they were apparently closed for the Thanksgiving break. Bummer. But the statue was there for the photo-taking.

The Pioneer Woman was unveiled on April 22, 1930 and Will Rogers was there for the event. My mom told me that her mom had been to the unveiling. How interesting! I never knew that. It would have been interesting to hear Grandma's story of the event.

After the very short visit to the closed Pioneer Woman museum we drove the the Cann Memorial Garden. The flowers were on the way out but the garden was still very lovely.

We then drove thru the neigborhoods looking at the lovely, larger old homes. We then had lunch and shopped at The Walmarts. One o'clock was approaching. It was time for the book signing!

I had taken great care in preparing for this meeting.

Vintage silver jewelry, (purchased at the Rock show)

Cowboy (cowgirl) boots,

(Can you guess what kind of boots these are and what they are made of?)

And three cookbooks, one for me, one for Mrs. C and one for Mrs. D (check out their blogs -- links in the right column).

I was so excited! I've met authors before. I enjoy a good book signing. But I was really pumped!

PW made her entrance. The crowd was so polite. The lovely, elder Drummond daughter accompanied her mom. No MM or other family members.

(Please excuse blurry phone pic.)

"Hi, I'm from Oklahoma...."
"I live in the big city now..."

I blabbed, I prattled, I gabbled. I got my books signed! PW was very gracious and charming (and very photogenic) Your hair is lovely.

Mom jumped in the photo.

And my book was signed after standing in line for 25 minutes. Thanks Pioneer Woman. Thanks Ponca City and Brace Books!

So now, books #2 and #3 will be making their way to Mrs. D (next door) and Mrs. C (now residing in Nanjing, China) as Christmas gifts.

Well-traveled books after their eventful trip to Ponca City, Oklahoma.

Later, as we driving home, discussing our adventure and meeting The Pioneer Woman (I still don't think mom knows exactly what a blog is), my mom turns to me and says, referring to PW, "She sure is a pretty girl..."