Mar 19, 2014

Grammy Bear's Tea Party

Alex, Harmony, Elias, Grammy Bear, Suzy, Ella, Erin and Deby


Every time I visit with my grandchildren, I always plan a tea

party.  It's a big deal.  We have been doing these parties since Miss Harmony

was around 6 years old.  We all dress in hats, and jewels and skirts; we plan a

menu with tea sandwiches and sweeties, along with yummy tea.

   This tea party happen to fall on Valentine's Day, so in preparation for

 party decorations, the grandkids and I did some valentine's

 day crafts after school up until the big day.

First we made these 

hanging hearts and hung

them from the dining 

room light.

Then we made these

 colorful doilies. 

Both Crafts are from

The day before the party, I

made the cookie dough,

rolled it out and let the kids

cut and decorate the sugar


I had the girls decorate the table, Miss Harmony invited a friend.

Tea Party Menu - 
Cucumber Cream Cheese
Square Sandwiches

Chicken Salad Heart Sandwiches

Sweeties - Sugar Cookies (BHG recipe, made by the kids), Brownies (made by Suzy), Cake Pops (made by Erin), Double Almond-Blackberry Blossoms (recipe online, made by me and Ella Bear)

Tea Served - Black Tea, Plum Black Tea and Pomegranate Passion Tea

Then of course comes

 the photos!  Suzy, Ella,


Harmony and Alex.

Yep, Deby can not pose

 with a straight face...

Elias is a real trooper.  He

does all of the crafts

with us, and shows up

for the yummy food, then

checks out.... 

he's a good sport.

Ok, so Deby can pose

with a straight face. 

This is Erin, she is my

son's new bride.....

(I'm sure she thinks we

are nuts.) 

                   Welcome to the family, Erin.....

Our tea parties are great family fun. 

Thanks for stopping By!

Jan 14, 2014

Cabo Critters

The wild life here in Cabo is simply spectacular, so bright and colorful, and a plenty; of course you wouldn't want to get too close to most of these critters.  The small lizard hung out in our condo for a few days and the blue heron sunbathes atop the Wyndham hotel.  All of the rest of the photos were taken at the job site.

Birds - Blue Heron, Buzzards, Pelican

Lizards - Horney Toad


 Snakes and Tarantulas

Scorpions and Crabs

Bugs - Big Bugs - Giant Centipede and Bettlebug

Hornets and lots and lots of bees

And lastly, something everyone hears about but never really sees.......The monarch butterflies migration to Mexico...


Thanks for stopping by!

Dec 29, 2013

Hanging Towel with added Flare

Easy Hanging Towel
With my sewing supplies in WI, while I was there I was determined to bring something back with me to Mexico  so I could sew,  (even though I know I have to hand sew.) I went through my sewing bin for all I need to make my Hanging Towel I don't have one on my stove here, I miss my towel not falling off when I'm cooking.

While digging I found a finished towel  that was already stamped.
My wonderful sister bought a stamp with my trademark.
Now I have the pattern, the towel (material), the fat-quarters, pins, needles, thread, scissors (forgot a thimble).  I'll heal.....

Dec 23, 2013

Holiday Travels

I honestly had no intentions of traveling during this holiday season.  Bill and I haven't spent Christmas together in 5 years and I was excited that this year it would be just the two of us. I got word that my Mother had a severed nerve in her neck and had to have it operated on ASAP.  I bought a one-ticket on Saturday, and then on Tuesday I flew into Chicago, from Cabo.  It was 81 degrees when I left out of SJD, to walk out of ORD into 28 degrees... Burr!
Mom's surgery was on Thursday, she did awesome through the entire process, pre-surgery, surgery and recovery.  They kept her overnight.  That night we had a lovely ice storm.  When I woke up the next morning everything was encased in ice... yah, just gotta love that Mid-western weather.

I braved the icy roads to pick Mother up from the hospital (her driveway was actually the worst of it).  I was in her hospital room when the Nurse went over the do's and don'ts... the look on Mother's face when the Nurse informed her she's not to drive for a month, was priceless... you just can't keep the woman down.  I did get her home safely.  My Mother's Sister, Aunt Junie and I tended to her that whole day; she was getting tired of being fussed over.  Realizing she is going to be just fine and with Aunt Junie there to dog watch her, I bought a one-way ticket out of MKE back to Cabo, to spend Christmas with Bill.
Shopiere, WI
I left Mother's house on Saturday to go up to my Sister's in WI because of a snowstorm that was coming in that night.  Yesterday we woke up to eight or so inches of fresh white powder.  So beautiful, all the trees, first iced then the snow over it, well it's just breathe taking, taking the picture through a car window.... outside, not so much.

I fly out of MKE tomorrow morning; I will be spending Christmas with Bill, in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico... 

Merry Christmas and Safe Travels!

Update on my plan to leave the frozen tundra:  The flight out of WI was delayed because a water line on the plane was frozen, go figure when I arrived at MKE, it was -2.  With the flight delayed in WI, I missed my connecting flight to Cabo.  I would have stayed in WI for Christmas with my family, but they refused to pull the luggage off of the plane, I had to follow my luggage.  I fly Delta when ever possible, in all my travels I prefer this airline above all, and now I know why.  After getting to ATL, Delta who could not get me to Cabo until 4 days later, got me a flight out the next morning on a different airline, gave me a very nice room at a close by hotel for the night and food vouchers.  I flew out the next morning and arrived in Cabo on Christmas Day. Go Delta.