Today I will….

Do you ever set goals for yourself?  Maybe you set big ones, but how about some small daily ones?

I like to plan my tomorrow at night before I go to sleep.  But in the morning, after my prayers and thanksgiving, I like to set my daily goals.  I speak them right out to the universe, something like “Today I will write on my blog.  Today I will cook tuna for dinner.”  The goals don’t have to be big, but by planning and speaking them, you are affirming them, and willing them to happen.  And it feels so good!

Once you start with small goals, you will find it easier to have larger goals.  Any positive affirmation helps you through the things that seem tough.  Remember these guidelines and be realistic.

Set your goals, and make it happen!!  And do it every day.  Make it a habit!!  Today I will set bigger goals for myself!!

Let sleeping dogs lie…..

Do we really know what it means to let sleeping dogs lie???  I always thought it meant to leave things alone so you don’t stir up things you really don’t want to surface.

But now, I believe I know the true meaning…  This was my chair this morning….

The sweet, innocent, little puppy was sound asleep beside me in my chair.  She is almost too long now to lay beside me in the chair.  And she is definitely too long to lay on her pillows.  But back to the point.  She was sleeping.  And so peacefully.  What exactly does this mean?  First, it means peace for the other dogs, who were asleep until I decided to snap their pics…..


When Gizmo is awake, she is wide open.  She crawls on the Lottie and Kilo.  She grabs Lottie’s collar and hangs on.  She chews on their ears.  She gets under Kilo and bites at his feet…..and they tolerate it.  They play with her and Lottie barks continually.  Outside, Gizmo runs circles, literally, around them.  Then to stop, she slams into them full force.  She is goofy.  And a brat…anything the other dogs have, she takes away from them and hides…

But, when she is sleeping, and the others are sleeping, I get to work on my beads, knitting, sewing, etc.  THAT’S what it really means to let sleeping dogs lie…..

Treat yourself…..

This month is the month of Halloween, Trick or Treat and the likes.

I am not really much of a fan and have never been.  I do admire the amazing artwork of the season…..the fall colors, the beautiful weather, the pumpkin carvings and comfort food.

But during the time of trick or treat, treat yourself.  You deserve it.  It doesn’t have to be extravagant.  It just needs to make you feel special.

Buy yourself a gift.  Have a special lunch or dinner.  Get that pair of shoes you’ve been wanting.  Get a pedicure or manicure or BOTH!  Have a hot fudge sundae.  You are special and you work hard.  So treat yourself!!  You deserve the best the world has to offer, so don’t be shy about taking care of #1!!


Play a little every day!!!!


This is one of my favorite lines from one of the Star Trek movies, as a child was explaining to Data how to be more of a young human.  I play with dolls, among other things.  This one is my newest.

When she came to me last year, she didn’t look like this at all!!  So, after a trip to the PGR spa and the wonderful talents of Pat Reno, she is now so beautiful.  What did she look like before?What a huge improvement!  Pat does amazing work!  This girl is the only overall repaint I have,  I also have a face up by Pat!  More on that doll later…

Here are a few of my other dolls.  The fashions are all made by me.  And they are available on my Market Place website.  I have fashions and wigs, too!!



I have lots more dolls, too, but the “play” for me is the sewing and knitting for the girls.  I try to play a little everyday because this is relaxing for me and I enjoy it!


Cool fall days…

How do you spend your cool fall days?  Well, Gizmo likes warm puppy blankies fresh from the dryer….

I spent my morning cooking when I wasn’t doing laundry.  I am ready to change things up and make some of the wonderful comfort foods that are so good when the weather gets cooler.

First, I filled the crock pot with a ham bone, some chopped onion, and lots of green beans….yum!

Can’t wait till those are done.  Add some potatoes and we are good to go.  But what to have with them?  Growing up, bread and butter was always on the table.  And it was so yummy.  I still love it today.  But I am trying to be healthier, so I made some twisted flax bread sticks.  Full of garlic and flax, it is hopefully somewhat better for you.  They also make a great snack!

We also needed something sweet.  By we, I mean my brother and DH.  One of Wes’ favorites is scones.  I never had any I really liked because they were hard and dry.  But when we signed up for Gourmet Cupboard ( ), I decided to try my hand at making them from a mix.  OH MY!!!  How yummy!!!  They are light and moist and so tasty.  I used the mix as directed and added one apple, cut up and lightly coated with cinnamon.

Can’t wait to cut into these bad boys later this evening!

So that was half a day for me along with a trip to the post office.  Now it is time to move on and get back to my knitting.  More on that later.

Enjoy your day!!



Outlook for Monday!!

Another week has flown by and it is Monday again.  I like to start off Mondays with a positive outlook.  It makes the day better.

I love this affirmation!  I am sure it was meant to be shared.  Please feel free to use it everyday!!!

My favorite things

I love jewelry.  Most women do and I suppose I am no exception.  My favorite jewelry, other than for my hair, is a pretty bracelet.  When I started beading jewelry, I started with necklaces, but soon found that I could be very expressive with color making bracelets.

Red is my favorite color, so I had to make a red bracelet.  I have a large wrist, so making pretty bracelets is easier for me than finding the right size.  I can wear a 7 1/2″, but an 8″ is more comfortable to me.  My daughter has a tiny wrist, so 6 1/2″ is more comfortable to her.  So I customize what I make.  If you want a particular size or certain colors, I can do that!!  Just contact me!


These are all available.  My grandson, aka the monkey, sells them at our craft events.  Come see us this weekend in Martinsburg at the War Memorial Park on Saturday!!

It is finally puppy nap time!!!

All the dogs are asleep…even the Giz!!

She is sleeping with Kilo, so now it is time for me to get to work on some of my projects like knitting or beading.  Can you imagine having this in your lap and having a playful pup jump up to say “Hi!  Play with me right now!”?  Yes, that is little tiny beads and a needle and thread.

So what did I make with this pile of beads?  I made a beautiful necklace.  I have also managed to make a pink necklace and yesterday, after many attempts, a purple necklace was finished.

I love beading.  It is relaxing to me.  And I like when people buy my stuff because it speaks to them.  But right now, we are raising money to help my grandson move from the Baltimore County school system to Jefferson County, WV.  So a portion of the proceeds from any of my jewelry will go to that fund.  We also have bracelets (which are my favorite to make) and earrings.

So, here’s to the puppy naps that make this beading possible!!!  Have a blessed day!!

There’s no place like home..

I am fortunate to have lots of happy childhood memories.  Sights, sounds, smells, etc.  And even though I don’t get home real often, I made it back to my home state of Ohio this past weekend.  We went home for the wedding of my DH’s niece in Canton.

I grew up in the south eastern part of the state and one of our favorite treats was Conn’s Potato Chips…

There is nothing like tearing open a fresh bag of memories…..the smell, the taste, the crunch….well, you get the idea.  We couldn’t find the chips in Canton after visiting 3 different stores.  So, on the way home, we stopped near Cambridge and bought our 8 pounds of chips.  They are made in Zanesville so we had to get close enough to there to find them.

Why 8 pounds, you ask?  Well, my brother lives here in WV and he likes the regular the best.  My daughter lives close by and she likes the Barbeque.  My sister lives in NC and comes up for Thanksgiving, and like me, she loves them all, but I prefer the wavy.   So I had to get a variety, right?  Something for everyone.

I didn’t get to visit with my friends and family in Lancaster, but I did have a wonderful visit with my extended friends and family in the Canton area.  And the wedding was beautiful!

Can’t wait until my next visit….more Conn’s!!! Yep, there’s no place like home.



Gizmo, Gizmo, Gizmo!!!!

Meet Gizmo!!

We got Gizmo from the Humane Society in May.  We were all feeling down from life and we needed some happy.  And happiness is a warm, wiggly puppy.  She is a mix of Chihuahua and Bassett hound and was named, most appropriately, by my brother.

She has 2 speeds…..full throttle and sound asleep.

And, may I say, she sleeps wherever she chooses!  Even if it means running the big dogs out of the doggie bed!She has grown from around 3 pounds in May to 10 pounds currently.  I am hoping she doesn’t get much bigger.  She is very long legged and very long.  She has a Basset nose and Chihuahua eyes.  Her personality is a mix.  She knows her mind and takes whatever she wants from the other dogs.  She chews on the dogs, chases the dogs and, in general, aggravates them.  But they are very tolerant.  She sleeps with Kilo, and follows Latte (Lottie) where ever she may go.  No place is sacred any more…..And she thinks she pin Kilo down and take him, too!



You will hear many tales about the critters at my home.  Gizmo and the clan are entertaining, to say the least.  But she is a sweet little girl who brings love and puppy kisses into are lives!!