Sunday, October 4, 2015

Beads, Cricuts and Camera Straps!

Been busy over here, getting ready to put a workshop in the backyard for hubby to play in or sleep in if he is bad! The ultimate dog house! Will send pics when completed after October 13th.

I have been selling some items in my etsy store, a few camera straps and necklaces so I decided to break down and buy a Cricut Explore Air to help me with my scrapbooking needs. Having fun learning all the fun things I can make with it!

Also been beading, I never got the hang of beading even though I spent a fortune on classes, but when I dropped by Colleens house she had a bracelet there that I just loved the colors of. She said she made it on a loom and since she was not teaching it said I could take a picture of it.
Well, I ran straight to Joanns and bought a loom, cost a whole 5.00. Came home and did some researching online found this AWESOME video from taught me everything I needed to know and I did not need a loom!! Just a beading tray, already had one of those!
If you are interested check it out:

Here are three bracelets I have made so far!
This is the one I loved the colors on!

A nautical one for my cruises! 

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

A Boat, a Lake, and the end of Summer....

We finally took the boat out for a test drive. We are still here so you know it did not sink.
Needs a little engine tune up and a couple more little items but it is ready to set sail.
It was a nice calm Saturday morning on Lake Mead, wow, look how low the water is, it is like someone pulled the plug on our great big bathtub!
I think I can fill a whole album with all my feet and water photos...too funny!

Damn, look at that Dam
O Captain, My Captain (name that movie!)
Tomorrow is my sad day, summer is at an end, the leaves will fall, the wind will blow, and I will drag out my sweaters and socks and brace myself for the harsh beating from winter.....
take shelter my good friends......

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

San Diego, salmon and scrapping....

I went to San Diego for a scrapbook retreat over the weekend with my sister.
It was put on by Patti over at Scrappin Escapes

Her retreats are so fun and she picks the best places to go!
We had 3 days at the LaJolla Marriott, highly recommend this place if you are headed to SD. The rooms were beautiful and comfy, the food there is 5 star. You can walk over to the mall, and you can walk 1/2 mile to Bristol farms for snacks and wine.
We had a nice stay, very relaxing, we got a lot done in our books and we took advantage of the hot weather and swam in the pool each day! Next stop Ontario Expo in October!

The view from my room, sunrise!
Christy scrapping away
Me, scrapadoodling...
Dinner drinks, Riesling and Prosecco

Cheers to scrapbook retreats!

Cream of mushroom soup and ceasar salad, best soup I have ever had!!!

The salmon and creamed spinach, oh lordy, that spinach had carmelized onions and pancetta!!

Loved this shot of Prosecco, the bubbles just fell like a waterfall!

Stay tuned for more fun in the sun!

Sunday, September 6, 2015

Cooking with music on a boat

Pan Bagnet-french picnic sandwich
 This is a recipe for this scrumptious sandwich, you hollow out a bread bowl loaf, add layers of meats and veggies, wrap tight and put something heavy like a cast iron skillet on top in the fridge overnight, the next day you have this wonderful layered sandwich, so good, I made 2! A meat and cheese one, and a veggie and cheese one, it is so easy and so impressive looking, great for a potluck!
I am going to share the blog I got this from, her recipe has photos to go along with so you can see exactly how it is made:
Pan Bagnet Sandwich

Christy and Tanya on the Beach at Mandalay Bay...we all took in a great concert with Pink Floyd and Led Zeppelin bands, what a rocking good time that was!!!

In other news my hubby bought a boat, a 2006 Bayliner Bowrider 19.5 footer. I cleaned her up and we replaced the stereo, bimini top, and 2 cusions, and she is good to go, I can't wait to be lounging on the lake!

Time to get some work done around here, I have a couple scrapbooking trips coming up so I better get packing!

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Working and playing...

We are really busy at work so nothing good to post lately...I work, jump in my pool for a little exercise each day, make dinner, watch some comedy on TV (big bang theory, mike and molly, reba)

I did learn to make salmon from my friend Mary, and it is so easy, I never knew how to cook fish. I love it, it is so good. Just spray a baking sheet with non stick, place your salmon fillet on and top with butter and dill and lemon pepper, bake for 15-20 minutes and BAM, it's done. I bought my salmon at Costco and got 6 fillets out of one slab! I saute some spinach and serve to myself because racing has begun again after summer break, and the hubby is not home most nights. Quick and easy dinner for myself.
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Not my pic, but you get the idea...Yeah,I need to add lemon next time!
I am working in the backyard today, waiting for our new fence to be built and moving the BBQ for more room to cook, we need to build more shade cover over the BBQ area as well...will post pictures when I get it all cleaned up!

Hope your summer is going great!

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Summer Concert Summer Fun Summer Sun

My sister came to visit for an amazing concert and to lounge in the pool for some much needed vacationing....
Christy with her beer goggles on!
She finally gets to relax and soak up some of my Vegas sunshine!

View from our room, you can see MGM where we walked to for our concert!
We started our mini vacation when I picked her up at the airport and we checked into the beautiful Mandalay Bay resort, it was a Saturday, we got to our gorgeous room unpacked and headed down for some lunch, we ended up in Ri Ra Irish Pub in the shops at Mandalay bay, so glad we did, we had fun talking with the waiter who was from Ireland and telling him that we were going to be going there next May, loved the accent, will be fun to talk to more Irish people next year! The food was very good, potato and leek soup and a sandwich. I must go back for more of that soup!

After that we headed back to the room for  a quick nap, at 4:00 we woke up and walked to the MGM, did a little shopping and got to our seats, with drinks and a pretzel we settled in and waited for Steven Tyler and Joe Perry to Rock our world...YES, we were there to see AEROSMITH!!!
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They put on quite the show for us, our favorite was Steven popping out of the floor with a piano singing Dream On!!! Oh it was so great!!

Christy took this picture from a bridge, great shot of the strip after dark!
We walked back from the concert and crashed. The next morning we checked out, had breakfast at the MB cafe.

Back home we jumped in the pool and bbq'ed, drank too much wine and laughed and swam the night away.

Monday we went out for Mexican food, and Tuesday we made French bread pizzas. Wednesday Christy headed home. We had a fun time for sure!

Before she left she made a new chalkdoor design!

That is awesome!
I started some construction, I have wanted this wall to come down for some time, so Sunday I picked up the sledgehammer and went to work, once Ethan and Grandpa got home, Ethan wanted to help, and what 11 year old boy wouldn't want more then to swing a sledge hammer and tear down a wall?? Needless to say, all I had to do after he got there was clean up detail!

We will have the fence guys come back and add the fence and gate for this side, as you know in Vegas you keep your pools locked and fenced, far to many children die in this town due to unnecessary drownings!
Having a gate here will make getting to the outdoor kitchen much easier! Nice!!
Stay tuned for more fun in the sun.....Happy Summertime!

Tuesday, July 28, 2015


OK this is very husband actually took a Thursday afternoon to a Sunday off...I can usually get a Friday to Sunday out of him but a Thursday, no way...
it all started when he decided he wanted to Ethan our 11 year old grandson ocean fishing...we had to drive to San Diego on Thursday, check in to hotel, dinner, sleep then get up at 5:00 am, get to charter boat and go half day fishing then back to hotel for Friday night- Petco park Padres baseball game...then Saturday morning get up go to the Midway naval ship tour back to hotel for Saturday baseball game, then sleep and home for Sunday.

Yep, it worked out fine...
we got to San Diego in 7 hours, checked in at the Hilton Bayside hotel, went to dinner at the Fox bar and grill, very good food, sleep, and then the boys got up  and went to the charter boat, I slept in, ordered room service, coffee and breakfast sandwich , then went to Spa for facial and manicure then the pool , got back at 3:00 just in time for them to get back and tell me Charlie caught a 27 pound tuna, a record catch for the boat....We went to dinner at the spaghetti factory to celebrate, then to the ball game.. fun!!

Saturday the boys headed to the naval ship and I went shopping on the seaside village, once they got back we all went to the ballpark and watched the Padres win again...back to hotel and up at dawn to drive home....
it was very special weekend...We all had so much fun!
View of Petco Park

More Views!

View of the bridge and ocean, Fabulous room!!

Yummy Popcorn shrimp

My coffee and sandwich

Sitting on the dock of the bay! Having coffee and watching the boats leave!

Ethan and the boat they fished on.

Fun at the Game!

Walking the board walk back to the Hilton.

Waiting for the boys to get back enjoy the views!


27 pounder!! It is vacuumed packed and sitting in the freezer!