29 April 2009

Alice and the Big Brown Rabbit

My friend Alice kidnapped me yesterday. She called and said, "What are you doing? Have you seen the sunshine today?" "What?" I responded. "Get ready, I have the dogs in the truck and I'll be at your house in a minute." "Where are we going?" I asked. "Just finish getting ready. I'll be there in a minute!" She demanded. "Okay." "What???" "Okay." "Are you serious?" Alice asked in shock. "Yeah, I'll be ready in a minute. Where are we going?" I asked again, but Alice refused to tell me that we were going for a walk in the woods a few miles from our little neighborhood. In the past, I've requested far too many rainchecks when my friends have called to ask me to do something fun with them...so, I've finally decided to be less of a hermit and to cash in on some of those checks. Thus, Alice was shocked. At the beginning of our woodland journey, I saw this cool fuzzy tree. Alice took the picture with my camera. A couple of miles later, Alice stopped suddenly and said, "JULIE! LOOK! A BUNNY! It's over there...can you see it??"

"How cute! A bunny! LOOK!" Alice said happily. "It moved!" Alice held back the dogs...

...while I left the trail and went in for a closer look. "Lions and tigers and bears, OH MY!"

I was able to get closer...and even closer to the bunny to take some more pictures. As I headed back to the trail, I could see Alice beaming as she said, "I can't believe it!" You see, the bunny had REALLY let me up close without running away. I smiled...and showed Alice the close-up pictures.

No wonder that rabbit was so slow.

From this angle it looks much more like a tortoise than a hare!

22 April 2009

Feeling a little green...

Are you feeling green today? I believe in being a good steward of the earth, but I worship the Creator, not the created. I carpool, recycle, eat pretty naturally, turn off my lights regularly, and of course, I am a pack-rat. So, I recently went shopping for my kitchen project in my dish room. Whilst looking for a certain box of plates, I came across some lovely little green things I had completely forgotten. I just happened to have a nice big basket filled with crumpled tissue within arms' reach...so I filled it up with the pretty green things...and took them into the house.

Not so green? How's this...?

Aren't they sweet? The asparagus things are Fitz and Floyd (not the wee tea pot). The big "woven" mug is Bath and Body Works. The lovely lamp has the oldest cord I've ever seen, and the teeny tiny blue basket belonged to my Grandma A.

My friend Olivia, the neighbor..not the cat...came over yesterday. She saw the spice rack which won the race and is now happily living between my stove and chimney. I painted it bright banner red. Olivia saw it and instantly said, "I hate you!" I guess she was feeling a little green. If you are feeling green today, here is a yummy lunch idea for you, along with a picture of my new spice rack. Can you see it?

Chicken salad, 1/2 organic grapefruit, and organic apple juice in a chilled goblet

2 servings of chicken salad contain: 1 can Costco's "Kirkland Signature premium chunk Chicken Breast meat", mayo to taste, sweet relish to taste, 1/8 cup chopped red pepper, 1 stalk chopped celery, a dash of finely chopped almonds, and a tablespoon or so of organic cold milled flax (also from Costco). Too bland? Yes, I am. Season to taste. I like sweet things, but I prefer my grapefruit plain. Yum! I need to go finish my lunch.

 Have a beautiful day!

: )

Julie M.

16 April 2009

The Farm Chicks' "Happy Spring Giveaway!"


Pixie Dust Poplin Tuffets

The Farm Chicks are hosting a wonderful contest! The winner will receive 2 yards of Stacy McCallum's beautiful Pixie Dust fabric.

The giveaway ends Sunday, 19th April. The winner will be announced Monday, the 20th of April. For more details and to pick out your two fabric choices please click on the blog title to go to The Farm Chicks' blog....as I am having the dickens of a time getting my link enclosures to work! : )

11 April 2009

Glad Påsk!

Mr. and Mrs. Ray A. Anderson with little David, my daddy. My grandparents were first generation Swedish Americans, born and bred in Duluth, Minnesota. This picture was probably taken Easter Sunday, 1943, as my dapper dad was born in March of 1941. Glad Påsk!
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