Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Playing with Fall decor and a "Dare" for you!




Hi! I hope you are enjoying this beautiful almost-Fall day. I had intended to accomplish a lot of writing and work on websites, etc... that I am wayyyyy... behind on. However, that just hasn't happened. I started out hanging sheers on the windows in the living room. They look so much better. I got those tension rods that don't require nails for $3.00 a piece at Dollar General. I hate hanging those white rods with those tiny nails you can't ever hold onto, etc...


Then I decided to work on my Fall wreath which I had not been very happy with. Here is a pictorial of the wreath, which hangs inside a glass storm door and must be thin. I don't use an over-the-storm-door hook because I like to open the front door and see out. We don't have windows in the foyer.

I had done this wreath with clip on flowers from Michaels when we first moved in. So, all I had to do was unclip and start over.










I found some really pretty Fall clip-on flowers much cheaper at Dollar Tree.  They were two to a card for $1.00, and I also picked up a roll of cheap ribbon.









I never quite liked it, however.  It just didn't "pop" like the blue one had. During the night, I was thinking about it.  (Yes, those of us who don't sleep ponder such weighty matters during the night...)
It needed some black! It needed black to pick up the other trim colors. And, I had some black flowers and the black polka-dotted bow that I removed from the other wreath. This is where clip-on flowers come in handy. Here are some  clip on flowers on Amazon.

I am pleased with it now!


I added a painted metal vase of yellow silk tulips to the top of the milk can. They were $1.00 at a yard sale. 




Now, my next Fall Decor project is to replace this twig wreath. I have a heavy oval grapevine wreath to hang out here. I made this twig wreath for Spring from twigs I picked up in the yard and wired together.




Here is a wreath I made for a friend's birthday a few weeks ago.  I really like the look of the straw, although it does shed a lot. 


Margie's wreath


Now for the dare....

We are having Shipwreck Casserole for dinner.  It is one of my family's favorite dinners. I posted the link to the recipe on my BarbieCrafts.com Facebook page, and a few of my friends had the gall and audacity (LOL) to post the equivalent of "YUCK" as a comment. 


Here is the recipe on Knoxville Cooking Examiner. 



Now, I am DARING you to try it and post the results on the BarbieCrafts.com Facebook Page. (Be sure and "like" it while you are there.) I can almost guarantee that your guys will LOVE it.  If you want to really wow them, double the ground beef and tomato soup. OH, my! Yes, it's probably a bit high in fat. (LOL)

Well, thanks for reading. I have been a bit remiss in updating this blog. My new devotional blog comes first. Have you read it? The link is on the side of this blog.


Thanks!

Barbie



Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Life used to be simpler when it didn't "beep" all the time...

I need one of these phones....


One of my friends remarked tonight that she had told her husband she wanted to get rid of the cell phones. She liked it better when people called you, and, if you were there, they got hold of you. The constant access can be very stressful, especially if you are a person who requires a lot of "quiet" time. People always seem to be surprised that I AM one of those type of people. 

The constant digital surveillance of your life is also annoying if you do your work at home. I hear my writer friends complain a lot about this; they are already working around the constant interruptions from their children (and often the neighborhood children, too.) 

Another group of people who are annoyed by the cell phone and the house phone are those of us who sleep at odd times. Oddly, I fit into this group, too. I often sleep until mid-morning if I have not had good sleep on my Bi-Pap machine or have been up working through the night because I didn't get it done during the day. 

It seems now that I am getting awakened at the crack of dawn, (8 a.m.) by doctors, dentists, insurance folks,  and others calling me with issues regarding my elderly mother. Half the time, I am so out of it, I don't even know what they are talking about.  Yesterday, I got a call on my cell phone from a bank who seemed to know all my business. I think they thought I was drunk.  I told them I would give the number to my husband. It annoyed me they had my cell number. Today, at 8 a.m. when I was in a deep sleep, I got a call from my mother's dentist about tomorrow's appointment. 

Somehow, when my cell phone rings, it feels much more like a personal affront; someone is in my space. I am not very nice when someone has my number without my permission.

I have some stupid setting messed up on my Kindle Fire Tablet, and it now beeps every time an email comes in to either of my main accounts. Now, I have got to take time to get that fixed before I throw the tablet in the creek.

I don't know.  Maybe I should toss the phone and tablet in the creek? I will keep the PC because a girl has to work!

By the way, are you searching for links to what I have done lately?  I hope so! I moved those off the sidebars hoping to raise my search engine rankings. (Little Cousin may still not have found my articles!)


Here is my first article for Examiner's new acquisition AXS.   It is pretty interesting because it is about the show, "Snake Salvation" that used to come on Nat Geo. There is a local tie.

I wrote an article about Sarah Palin which has garnered a LOT of comments. Last time I looked several days ago, there were 192 comments. I also got a letter sent to my editors which appeared to have been from a Palin family member or close friend. They forwarded it to me.  It was very interesting.  

Here is an article I did on Stackstreet.com.  It is called, "Millenials, your teachers lied to you."

Don't forget to bookmark this blog on your computer, too. 







Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Come on in!


Come on in!
Hi, and thanks for dropping by!

It's been a busy time, and I have not gotten to write on my blog as much as I would like.  I have undertaken a Women's Devotional Blog called "A Quiet Place," which I have put as first priority.  (Even then I have not made it every single day, but I have been close!)

I still have several columns for Examiner, along with a few other endeavors, so I stay busy! Today and tomorrow are allotted to appointments with my mother who is in a nursing home. I did drop by to see my "GRANDDOG" today.

Fenway tilts his head when you talk to him.
In the course of things, I fell and hurt my back playing with him on the steps.  He is adorable, but a bundle of unbridled electric energy! He is a 4-month-old Yellow Lab.  Our black lab has half "HEE-HAW" Hound in him to be much calmer. Sometimes I have to poke him to see if he is alive!


What have I been writing lately? Here are a few of the recent things:

This was a very distressing article about a mob attack at the Kroger in Memphis.  I thought about it a lot when we went to Kroger tonight.  "A Shocking Video shows Memphis Teen Mob Attack"

This article is quite interesting and even exciting for the Bristol area. They are considering making Bristol and Washington County, Virginia part of the official Lewis and Clark Trail!

Bristol Tennessee Police Department is hosting a drug take-back program on September 27.

This one was kind of funny.  I couldn't resist it. This woman stole a lot of eyeshadow.  Well, you have to see for yourself!

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Quick and easy soda scones are great with a cup of coffee: Made with Coke!

Soda Scones:  Copyright 2014 Barbie Crafts
These are a bit different from biscuits, but you will love them! These slightly salty scones are the kind of thing you will keep in an old cookie jar to have with coffee in the middle of the morning. They are so easy, and the fact that you use Coke is kind of neat, too.

Ingredients:


  • Coke: 1/2 cup very fresh and bubbly
  • Flour:  2 1/2 cups
  • Butter or margarine:  1 stick
  • Oil:  1/3 cup
  • Sour Cream:  1 cup

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Melt margarine in microwave.
  3. Measure the flour into bowl.
  4. Add Coke and mix well.
  5. Add oil and mix some more.
  6. Add Sour Cream and mix.
  7. Spoon dough by medium-sized balls onto well-greased cookie sheet.
  8. Spread remaining margarine over top.
  9. Bake until lightly golden, watch for burning. 
  10. Remove from pan immediately with spatula.

Fix a big pot of fresh coffee!






Thursday, September 4, 2014

"I've seen fire, and I've seen rain": 33 years of it!







In about half an hour it will be our wedding anniversary. We have been married 33 years. That is a long time and a lot of life experiences shared together. It would be idyllic if I could tell you it was all buttercream icing and rose petals strewn along our way, but that would not be true.  And, if it were, I don't think we would have the bond between us that we do today.

We have been through the richer and poorer, in sickness and health stuff. We have been abundantly blessed, too. But, I think the struggles are what truly brings you closer and forms the tapestry of your relationship. Oh, sure, much of the struggles we bring on ourselves as we learn the correct paths to take. However, it is much better to learn together.

After 33 years, he still called me Tuesday to tell me he missed being home with me after the holiday weekend. I missed him, too. Why?

Is it that old "magic" that they sing about? No, that old "magic" only works in the movies, and it often doesn't last till the popcorn's gone.  Lasting 33 years takes much more than that.

I think that it is something supernatural, however. A good marriage is a blessing of God. I am thankful.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

'Climb Every Mountain'



Yep, that's me sitting on that red Target ball. I finally convinced my daughter to snap a photo of me on there. I had wanted to sit on that big red ball for years, and when we moved to another town, she finally consented!

This red ball photo started a phenomenon in a private Facebook group I am in, and everyone is posting them. We have done a background photo for the group, of course, it is changing as we get more shots.

One of the group members asked why we were doing this again because she had forgotten.  I had to think a moment, and then I remembered it had to do with doing those things that we always wanted to do! (And not caring about what people think in the process.)

This "Climb Every Mountain" thing got me in trouble a few weeks ago. I wasn't going to tell anyone, but my husband has insisted on telling literally everyone everywhere we go, so I might as well.

I have had knee, leg and foot problems for quite some time.  I had gotten a brace that was recommended by my friend Jeanni that worked amazingly! I was no longer riding in the "Old Fart Cart" when we went to stores. Not totally perfect, but I was doing much better.

We went and bought a screen door at Lowes for our back door the other week. I enjoyed walking around the store for a change. After we came out, Ken was loading the door onto the truck, and I told him I would return the big blue cart thing.

OK...Here's the scoop.  For months, I had been teasing Ken about giving me a ride on that big blue metal wood cart thing. It looks like so much fun.  So, the brilliant idea came to me that I would ride it back to the front of the store while nobody was looking at me outside.  Ken was busy securing the purchases in the truck.

I was in such a good mood, and I decided to just get a running-go and treat it like a Scooter, jumping on with one foot.  Well, that's what I did.

The problem was that I jumped with my right foot, also the one with the bad right knee.  I landed on that cart, and the pain was excruciating.  So, I fell backwards off the cart, but didn't hit the ground, luckily.  I froze and screamed bloody murder.  Everybody in the lot was looking, including my horrified husband, of course.

I was barely able to get back in the truck with Ken's help. I had a setback and had to recover again, although not as bad this time.

ON the way home, I texted "Little Cousin" who asked how my knee was doing.  (It had been so bad I could not go up and down the stairs.) When I told her what had happened, her response was basically the "title" given in the family to the experience:

"Some People Never Grow UP."


Yeah, I guess she is right.




Friday, August 22, 2014

The first episode of the Internet Hit Series: 'The Barbie and Ken Show'

Hi! This is the third take, believe it or not. There is just not much I can say about it....LOL... Let me know what you think. Ha!

BarbieCrafts.com is back and running

Sit down and stay awhile!

My Barbie Crafts.com blog is back and running.  I did a bit of housekeeping on this blog, but it is still in progress.  I was going to move much of the personal drivel off of here, but I intended up keeping some of it!
Sometimes, I feel like I want to reduce some of the personal information that I have accumulated online.

I want this blog to be my little piece of home on the web where people can always find me. I am hoping to share what I have written each day with you here. Of course, you can find all of my columns at Examiner under the tab at the top under the title.  I have removed the live feeds on the sides. (I have already gotten complaints....but it was just "little cousin" and she will get over it.) lol!

I have been very consumed with my new devotional site.  If you haven't seen it, check it out.  It is called "A Quiet Place for Women."  You can always find it in the sidebar of this blog, or you can subscribe and have it delivered to your email.  Just enter your email address in that little blank under SUBSCRIBE.  You will be sent an email to click confirm that you really did subscribe.

So, what have I done today? Here's a list.



  1. I started the day with an entry in my devotional blog.  It was called, "I'm Only One Person
  2. Next, I got an article done for Stackstreet.com. At this time, it is featured on their frontpage. It was called, "Living Life with Only One Hand."
  3. Next, I wrote an article for my Knoxville Social Media Examiner Column:  'Tech-savvy terrorism: Parents of James Foley got warning emails
  4. This article for Bubblews was a deep one!  There's a New Flavor of Tootsie Roll Pop!
  5. Another really journalistic achievement on Bubblews:  What do you put in your chicken salad?
  6. Here is one of my celebrity smart aleck articles from the night before:  Kim Kardashian Book of Selfies:  Why buy the cow?


Well, be sure and check back here every day for the links to what I have written around the web. And, remember, if you will, to purchase your Amazon Products through my Amazon Store at the side of the page. I get a little commission, and I appreciate it!

Barbie