Archive for February, 2008

Have You Ever Had One of Those Days?

Mondays are not the easiest day of the week as it is…but this Monday was one that I do not care to repeat. My oldest woke up with a very sore throat so I figured I better get him to the Doctor-to rule out Strep. They were able to get him in at 9am…although by then he didn’t want to get back up-but I had other things I had to do after his appointment so I prodded him to “get outta bed”. The doctor did a strep test-negative-which is what I wanted but to put him on over the counter meds and have him get some rest. Then off to Walmart after I dropped him back home. That morning I had went to get a cup of coffee-and it was cold. How is it that appliances do not last like they used to. Ofcourse we have had it for probably 2 years-so after 2 or more pots a day-it was bound to give out or give up-not sure which. So off to Walmart to get a coffee pot; some store supplies, and groceries or some…..between the 38 pound dog food bag a box of bubble wrap my cart was full….I was able to get the same coffee pot which was $10 off the normal price-so we are now back to enjoying good coffee-I think our old one had a lot of build up in it as now it is tasting alot better.

I have been struggling with a sore throat Sunday-then Monday was the stuffy nose-I despise being sick or not feeling good. Well back to leaving Walmart-I came outside to unload my purchases and smelled strong gas. I thought it might be coming from the van-so I called my husband and asked him to check and make sure there was no leakage where the van normally sits.-He said no. So I came home; unloaded my groceries…and off to get Ethan for his MRI at 12:30. The hospital was packed-as we had to sit in the ER area to wait for the MRI people. I hadn’t told Ethan he would have to probably have an IV for the contrast-he does NOT like needles. So I told him-and maybe cause he is now almost 14 he was able to handle the thought of it better. His appointment was at 12:30-didn’t get in until 1-and then he didn’t come out until 1:50. My daughter had to be picked up at 2:24 from school. So when we came out-again I smelled gas. I called my husband and said-this van is leaking gas somewhere…I was kinda nervous that it might catch on fire or something. He called back and said the local body shop said to stop down on our way through-so when we did Tom said-uh you can’t drive it as it is drip, drip, dripping….luckily he was able to get it in. So there Ethan and I stood on the corner…my cell phone had died….figures. Luckily Ethan had his-we called Rog, but he couldn’t come get us due to having daycare kids. (Oh did I mention the 2 new daycare kids?) They got there after the Walmart trip -screaming, screaming….it was awful…I wanted to cry-they are almost 2 and 3 and brothers. Cute as could be but with lungs bigger than any kid who has ever graced our daycare. So finally I had Aaron come down and get us….we got back home-Rog left to go get Abbey-well he was a few minutes late. Abbey panicked and got a ride home from a friends Mom….So he is downtown and she is running across the upper house lawn…crying. Could this day get any better?

Well the bill at Smalley’s ended up being under $50, that was a good thing-and now I am able to drive Abbey to her Drs appt today which is a half an hour away and it is snowing….ALOT…

I ended the day by watching “A Raisin in the Sun”. I read this book in highschool and really enjoyed it. Well the movie was even better-and it reminded me that we need to be thankful for each day; whether it is a good one or a bad one. We need to have pride in ourselves and when we are down or someone we love is down-we need to build them back up. People need to feel worth-and have PRIDE. I know that doesn’t really have to do with how my day went-but it was a gentle reminder to be Thankful for what we do have. Whether it be a strong family of love, or a house that may not be what we wish we had right now-but it is a roof over our heads. There are so many things to be Thankful for-sometimes it is just taking a step back and being Thankful. Now off to yet another Drs appt. Yet I am Thankful I have my kids to take to the Drs….I am Thankful for my husband, and I am Thankful for a busy business….

Where does time go?

I can’t believe that over a week has went by since my last post. But I have to say my customers are keeping me busy. Thank You! This week I have added new scents to the line up. I have added Freesia, Fresh Linen, Georgia Peach, Peach Melba, Raspberry Sorbet, Hot Orange Danish and Strawberry Jam. I, like many are tired of the cold and the snow/rain/ice-so I thought adding some Spring/Summer scents might be the way to go. I also added a new scent to the lotion choices. It is called Petal Sprinkles-so I think I have finally hit 25 scents in my lotions/bar soaps/body mists. I like people to have a lot of choices as what some like, others may be looking for something different. Since I took over I haven’t had a peach scent on the site-so I thought it was time.

I have joined yet another place that will promote my site in return for me looking at others. There is a link on the right side- called TrafficSwarm. They have some neat sites to look at and it doesn’t seem to take long to build up some credits. I feel anywhere that someone sees my site is one more place. Numbers can be everything-so it is good to get your site showing anywhere that is possible.

I have been busy this week researching doll patterns-as we already have a few from a great web site- Denni Doodles- http://www.ezshoppes.com/shoppe/?sid=DenniDoodles . Her site is worth looking into if you enjoy different types of Raggedy Dolls. I couldn’t believe the amount of places out there that offer fabric, some consider their pricing wholesale-where as I can’t imagine paying what they want for it. Maybe I am not “fabric” savy… but I am learning-and that is the great part of research-the more you look into things the more that you learn.

I am also going to start posting other people’s blog links on my site-beyond what I already have-as there are ALOT of interesting blogs out there. Stay tuned-I will try/plan to write more often to keep you up to date with what is going on in my/our life-and will post some pictures when I have a chance.

Things seem to come together….

A few days ago I was writing about how our taxes had me uptight and other things. Well I got the taxes done-phew…it is always an accomplishment when I get something like that done. Every year I say “next year I will start doing my receipts in January”. Well I haven’t started doing them yet-but I really plan to this time. We will see how that goes. I did get a free Quicken program from using Turbo Tax – www.turbotax.com . If you haven’t done your taxes yet but would like to do them yourself-they have quite a few programs you can choose from. We use the self employed business ones since we are both self employed. I have used the program for 7 years and it gets better every year.

Today I went with my Sister-in-law, my Mom, my daughter, and 2 nieces for my Grandma’s 84th birthday. We had lunch at a bar & grill-more grill than bar-and she didn’t know us “kids” were coming. It was really neat as it was 3 generations. My sister was sick so she wasn’t able to come.  I wonder if I will live to be 84-guess time will tell, as that is over 40 years away. I have so much I want to accomplish before I ever reach that age-so I hope that when I am 84 I have a lot to look back on. 

Off to bed for me-I have many orders to work on tomorrow-and can’t sleep in too late. Make sure you visit the sites listed on my blog-there are some great things to look into.

Thanks for stopping by. 

Baked Cheesecake Recipe

A great recipe to make with one of our Farmhouse Cheesecake Mixes. These can be found at www.cntrykeepsakes.com .

Baked Cheesecake
2 (8oz) blocks cream cheese, room temperature
1 Cheesecake Mix
1 tsp. vanilla (optional)
1/4 cup sour cream
2 eggs
1 -9″ crumb crust
Topping
1 cup sour cream
2 tb. sugar
1 1/2 tsp. vanilla
Place cream cheese into large mixing bowl. Mix with electric mixer. Add cheesecake mix and vanilla. Mix well. Add sour cream and eggs. Mix well. Spread mixture in crumb crust.
Bake at 350 degrees for 38-43 minutes until center just barely shakes. Remove from oven. Turn oven up to 450 degrees. Mix topping ingredients and spread over cheesecake. Return to oven for 5 minutes to set topping. Remove from oven, let cool 30 minutes on counter. Then chill 4 hours in refrigerator or 2 hours in freezer.
8 servings.

Enjoy-

Note: The cheesecakes come with a no-bake recipe-but this is something different for a change-and not as hard as the “made” from scratch recipes you find in your cook book.

Simpler Times

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I have done a lot of thinking this past weekend on Simpler Times. The new site www.lemonpoppyseeds.com opened through DJdoodle and while looking at all of the extreme prim and primitives got me thinking about that period of time.  Its kind of a thought of what would have it been like to live during that time? No TV, Radio, let alone the internet. The simple dolls with no faces, the beautiful homespun bonnets that adorned the little girls, teenagers and mother’s heads. Beautiful dresses that were for everyday use. Family times around the kitchen table by candle light, simple toys (not our fancy electronic gadgets). I know they didn’t miss what we have now as at that point in time they didn’t fathom that it could be possible. Could you imagine waking up one morning and being back to that time period? I often think of Little House on the Praire-and wonder “would that life be easier”? No purchasing loads of school supplies, backpacks or lunch boxes. A slate, chalk and a little bucket was all they needed to go to school-oh and maybe the “Reader” that helped them learn. Kids really appreciated 1 gift for Christmas or  their birthday and didn’t ask everytime they went to the store-“can I get a toy?” Where as these days a lot of our daycare kids just can’t wait to go to Walmart to get a toy or treat.

I think sometimes we long to go back to that simpler time-looking for antiques or old, weathered looking items. So our country, primitive or extreme primitives items are so special and so wanted. Oh I know there are people that don’t care for that type of look or items-but I think by the looks of the craft/prim community there are many out there that do. Looking at all of the primitive, extreme primitive items just made me want to go back-even if for a little while to experience that “Simpler Time”.

How about you?

Check out the Lemon Poppy Seeds group, I think you will see exactly what I am talking about. www.lemonpoppyseeds.com

Its the Weekend

Well I hope everyone has had a great week. It has been a little crazy here-our weather has been icy, rainy, cold and windy. Then we ended the week with another snow day-well ice day and at this point and time (11pm) it is still raining. But I guess that is February in New York for you.  I have been busily processing candle orders, packing orders which is a great way to keep busy. I updated the Just Doodlin Around page on my web site. Just doodlin Around is a great free advertising opportunity. If you want to check into it just go to www.justdoodlinaround.com and there you can find out the information. Or you can go to my site www.cntrykeepsakes.com and under the “just doodlin around” tab there is the information and what your page would look like  if you joined-but with your own background.

I haven’t watched much TV this week as with this writer’s strike seems that a lot of the shows we watch during our lunch time are repeats. We use our DVR to tape the shows we enjoy and then each day for 45 minutes we watch one-it is my husband’s and my “time” together as long as the daycare kids are sleeping. Our favorites are Criminal Minds, the CSI’s, the Law and Orders (well SVU and the regular one). We also enjoy Medium. I have gotten into October Road-which is one I watch if I can catch it-as I think it is more of a “girl” show. I really enjoy Private Practice and Grey’s Anatomy but they haven’t been on lately. Speaking of TV the other day we watched a Dr. Phil about the “baggy pants issue”. I feel that Dr. Phil handled it well-but I think, and this is my opinion, that things like that don’t deserve ordinances and laws. If we are going to have laws on how people dress then where does it end? If you want more information on that episode go to www.drphil.com and it would be under the “Pull them Up” Episode.

This post has somewhat become a hodge pod of different topics. It has to be getting close to bed time as all the dogs are snoring and I think I can even hear my husband in the living room. He gets up at 4a.m every day as usually daycare kids start showing up at 7a.m. This morning he was busily cleaning off the driveway as the ice/and sleet was unreal. No one showed up-but it enabled our son to get down it later and the postman to get up it.

Well I guess I will end this for the night and write more this weekend. Hopefully I have some better things to talk about. 🙂

I hope anyone reading this has a great weekend. Don’t forget to visit my sites- www.cntrykeepsakes.com , www.thehomesteadregister.com and if you are looking for a place to post your banner for free you can go to my Top 100 site and help me get to 100 people on it by posting your banner ; the address is http://thehomesteadregister.gotop100.com . We’d love to have you. If you are a retail country store looking for affordable country staples just request wholesale information on our retail site-and I will be sure to get you that information. Have a great night!