My Beautiful Basement. . . office . . . uugh!

This Monday along with the rain went the power.
My husband was away, as usual and the floods came in.  Literally.  My sons and I had to salvage whatever we could but it was too late.  Now I have to repaint, get new carpet because it was destroyed and re -organize.
What a mess!  The only thing that kept me sane through all of it was thinking about Haiti and the people who dies and the people who lost everything in the earthquakes.
"This to shall pass" is all I can say in my head.  My mess is a grain of sand in a beach of messes and disasters.  I thank God for my blessings and thank him all he has given me and I take a deep breath, say a prayer and go on to the next day.
I can rebuild it . . . Stay tuned. . .


New Year, Strong Goals!

2010 is here and I am not going to let another decade go by while I sit waiting for the same dreams to be just that, dreams.  I am back on track. (For now) searching for a good literary agent to represent me.  I have 1 finished novel that I love and am proud of, a second novel almost done that I am equally as fond of.  Two screenplays completed.  I have quite a portfolio to represent my writing style and with prayer and alot of mailings and e-mailing I'm going to get published eventually (God willing).  Hey, nothing is impossible right, not learning to play piano at 44 or getting published  or loosing weight, whatever it may be it we set our mind on it and pray alot and have the support of people you love, it can be accomplished.
Maybe even a new dew for the new 2010?  Okay, maybe not yet. . . (hee hee)


Look Who Turned 14!

Matt just turned 14 and I feel like it was yesterday when he was crawling around the floor.  It's crazy how time goes by.  So in honor of the JETS, Matt's favorite team (and my husband and older son) in the world, Matt's wish was to have a JET room.  My husband painted it and it looks great.  We ordered the sheets and curtains and quilt set all having the Jets logos on them.  I will take another picture when they arrive. For now you can see the walls and the "Fathead" of Mark Sanchez, NYJets quaterback, on the wall.


Settling In For Winter

As the Winter winds howl at my window I find that I am longing for more time at home to nestle and settle in.  Take time to make a fire and curl in your favorite chair.  I love afghans and throws and enjoy sitting to watch television or read a book with one around my legs.  Maybe it means I'm getting older or maybe it's just Winter's way of bringing people back to slowing down and enjoying the quiet.  I will enjoy this Winter as much as I can.   A few suggestions:
A cup of Orange or Pear tea with lemon, Any of the Twilight Books (Hee Hee) George Winston,
Jim Brickman on the CD Player.  Enjoy Tori Amos's winter on my playlist below.   Just press play.  I like this song.  It's soothing and haunting at the same time.  Maybe watch the Black and White version of The Ghost and Mrs. Muir with Gene Tierney on the screen and relax.


Ordinary Time!

This has been one of the hardest weeks for me.  I have trouble facing reality sometimes, like the fact that Christmastime has come to an end.  I hate to turn off my outside lights, I mourn the loss of listening to Christmas music.  I shall miss the smell of fresh pine inside my house as opposed to outside, which thankfully I still have.  I miss the festive decor along the streets of my town and stores and will even miss the red christmas starbucks cups that introduce the Christmas season.
I began taking down my decorations today.  A sad sad day!
I do tend to enjoy organizing my things so that when the time comes, everything is easy to find.
My friend Dawn was laughing because I changed my beds into "Ordinary Time Beds"
You know how in the liturgical calendar the time after and before Christmas and Lent is called ordinary time?  Well during Christmas all the beds in the house are dressed up with their Christmas bedding.  I just changed them back to "Ordinary Time Bed"  Very sad.  


Carolyne Roehm's Pecans/ Lisa's Pecans

Every year I make this recipe and all my friends go wild with this pecan snack.  Here's the recipe.  Enjoy!

These are the easiest pecan treats to make, the perfect mix of sweet and salt. I recommend using kosher salt or Portuguese sea salt to give the pecans a little extra zing. We shopped at BJ’s; any good box or bulk food store would be a great source for pecans this time of year.

Recipe for Mittie Ann’s Sugared Pecans
1 pound pecan halves
1 egg white
1 teaspoon cold water
1 cup sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon salt

  1. Preheat oven to 250 degrees. Beat egg white with water until fluffy.
  2. Fold pecans into egg whites until well coated.
  3. Mix cinnamon, sugar and salt. Fold coated pecans into sugar mix. Bake on a cookie sheet for 1 hour. Serve warm.
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