Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Do you know what today is??????

YES!!! It is my favorite day of the year! The first day of SUMMER!!!
I love the sunshine and the warm days, it has been just a tad too warm here in Las Vegas, 100* to 115* each day this week....but it won't always be like that.

Summer has always meant no more school/ get days where you can lay down on the cool grass and read books, all day don't have to come in from outside  until the street lights come on.....
Summer was a time......
I would wake up on any given day of the week, make a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, stop at the library (remember those?) and check out a book, run over to the big park we had and find a quiet place to just sit and read in the grass....oh, I could do that all day! I loved to read when I was young...

Some of my favorite summertime books were:
anything from Judy Blume, Scott Corbett had some fun books about a mailbox trick, baseball trick, about a smart kid who could figure out all kinds of neat things! Oh I miss those summer days....

But, I still know how to enjoy summer, I will never lose that, only now I spend my summer swimming in my very own swimming pool, reading books on my lounge chair in my beautiful backyard, sipping wine when the tiki torches are lit.....

Ahhh, good old summertime....

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Lost in time?? losing my mind??

I am taking my first crochet class, it is 3 saturdays long.
Called Lost in Time Shawl....gorgeous...

but I am struggling to learn to read a pattern, the pattern had to be converted into english from another language so it is not really clear and has some goofs in it.

I have only learned  to crochet by youtube videos and following along with each trying to do a row without someone to watch is not easy!

I will continue on and hope to be able to read patterns on my own when I have completed the next two saturdays....

You can find the pattern on her website at:

Here is where I am at, I have had to get help from the teacher and from Tanya my yarn Guru....
I am on row 13 and my count is off again...UGH!
My homework was to get to row 21....hahahahaha, not going to happen all by myself...

This is mine up to row 12, cant get the count right on row 13...poo!
I will update in two saturdays!

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Whew! Number #28!!!!

Our date night, we had a nice dinner at the yard house and we played bingo!
Fun fun fun!!!

I made his card...I love the saying....Today we celebrate the best decision you ever made!

Hey all,
My hubby and I are celebrating 28 years married today! Wow! We have been together for 30 years come July...but we got married June 10th so long ago and far away....

We still have date night, we still hold hands, we still kiss goodnight.

We still think the key to a long and happy marriage is having fun and enjoying each others company, yeah sometimes life is hard and tough and things get messy, but if you work together you can come out shining on the other side! Teamwork is the only way.

So today, I give you some advice for a happy marriage, these really work for us, and maybe can work for you too???

Date night, once a week go somewhere, even if you have to go to fast food and sit and eat together, AND NO phones allowed at the dinner table! You talk, communicate, listen to each other.

Help each other around the house, one person can't do it all....he helps me make the bed, he will do the dishes or put away laundry....I always make him something to eat when he gets home from work, homemade with love! In other words work as a team for a clean and happy home....

Dinner at home is at the table with music tv, no phones allowed, again time to talk about life and all the things going on around us.

Talk nice to each other, no yelling, no name calling....if you don't have something nice to say..then think of something nice to say!!! And say it...again communication is the answer to everything ...keep talking no matter what,  I always tell Charlie my feelings on everything.....and he listens and tries to help me...I do the same for judging just helping.....teamwork!

There are plenty more things but those are most important, and we are not perfect..we sometimes slip but one of us will remember...hey we are not supposed to do this or that so let's get back on track!!!

You only live once and this once should be a happy journey...we get about 80 years on this planet, let's make those years fun and enjoyable!!!

So grab your partner and give them a hug, get back to Peace, Love, and Happiness!

Love does not make the world go around, Love makes the ride worthwhile!

Have a happy day!
Love, Jackie

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Scrappin Escapes in San Diego!

Got to spend last weekend in San Diego with Patti from

We arrived Thursday and had the salmon dinner at the LaJolla Marriott, always fabulous food there!
Try their hamburgers with caramelized onions, yummy!!
Scrapbooked all weekend, well, the city had a black out that took out the lights on Friday, so we kinda had to crop in mostly dark, some power was available to the power strips so we had our little lamps going...ate more great food, drank to many vanilla lattes from starbucks, got to lay out by the pool for a little while...ahhhh, a fun a couple good pages done in my British Isles scrapbook too:

I refused to get in the one elevator they had working on the emergency way was I going to get stuck in an I made Christy take the stairs with me.

Cropping in the dark, that was a first for us!

Ahhhhh, lounging poolside!!

Thanks go out to Patti for putting on these great crops!! She works so hard for us to have a fun place to escape too!!

Thursday, May 18, 2017

My Etsy shop is restocked!

Whew, I have been stocking up my Etsy shop:  with lots of new goodies, guitar necklaces, harmonica necklaces, etc....

I like to name my pieces for music artists and I decided I would write little tidbits of info and some lyrics along with my items, go check it out my shop and learn a little something about your favorite song or band...

Just a couple pics of some of the items found at :

Neil Young's "Cinnamon Girl"

Lynryd Skynyrd "FreeBird"

Janis Joplin "Kozmic Blues"

Moody Blues

November Rain "Guns and Roses"
They make wonderful gifts for the music lover in your life!! Plus you will be supporting a starving artisit....ME!!! Thank you everyone, have a wonderful weekend!!!

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Bucket lists and more....

I checked off another item on my bucket list!
My sister and I ventured to Cleveland to see the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame!!
We stayed right on the banks of the Erie Lake at the Double tree by Hilton Hotel.
Great place, everyone was so friendly and nice.
We could walk to everything, but they will shuttle you too, to the downtown area where there is shopping and restaurants galore near the baseball stadium.We did use the shuttle to have dinner at Flannerys Pub on Saturday night, I had my first Reuben sandwich, wow, that was yummy.

The hall of fame was so cool, lots of music icons and they had a whole section dedicated to John Cougar Mellencamp, which they rotate periodically, featuring other stars....I thought it was very fitting that Mellencamp was highlighted while me and christy visited because he was the first guy we started our concert trips with, in the early eighties. We would we hit every JCM concert we could and had so much fun singing his songs, then we found Chris Isaak and hit all his concerts,  and now we see tons of concerts together! So very cool on that note!

We walked and shopped and had a great lunch of Margaritas and chips and salsa at Nuevo Mexican restaurant right on the pier outside the Rock Hall...I highly recommend eating there if you decide to go to the RRHF, We bought a deck of music trivia cards and played them while we ate, it was fun!

It was a little chilly at 42* but we were keeping warm with the margaritas! Tried 3 different kinds, House, Cranberry (very good) and mango. The chips and salsa were fabulous and the salads were so good!

Well, it is back to the grind, we are still working on the backyard, I did add a new addition, his name is Diego and he is the cutest donkey you will ever meet!

Ok stay tuned for more fun in the sun...we will be opening the pool maybe next week! Yahooooooo!!! Bring on the summer sun!!!

Remember to do what makes you happy, live in the moment, you never know when your moment will be gone.....
Me and Janis are here to tell you to Rock On Everyone:

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Whew..time flies....

Did not realize I have not updated lately...been busy with spring cleaning and fixing up the house. Getting the yard ready for summer.
We had some pretty bad winds and our gazebo out back took a pretty good hit, it actually looked like a tornado hit it. One corner had been pulled in and twisted, which in turn caved in the center. I thought I took a photo but can't find it. It was getting old and needed replaced, outdoor furniture only lasts 2-3 years here in the desert sun.
I decided to change it up and got a nice pergola instead of a gazebo again. Less framing to get taken out by the wind, and a smaller cover that can be protected so less chance of sun rot....we will see how long this lasts, should do well.

The cover can be retracted to be closed and protected when not in use. 

My view, it has already changed and I will update with more once we finish the yard-scaping!
I decided to make a little cabana type area like you see at the fancy hotels, all I need now is a handsome cabana guy to bring me my pina coladas!

In other news, I went to Vogue Knit show with to see all the fun things I can crochet.
I can make a showgirl costume:
Or a beehive gown:
All in fun....I saw beautiful yarns and wonderful things I can create, it was a fun day. We played bingo, had a crappy breakfast at Red Rocks cafe, I really don't recommend eating there, the service is always horrid and the food is never good there, for some reason...

We headed to the The Christmas goose quilt shop since we were on that side of town and to the big IKEA...then called it a day.

Oh I almost forgot, I have to go online to get some of this gorgeous yarn, it was not a the show and it is the most beautiful gray with a hint of teal picking through...YES! That is my colors!!!

Stay tuned for more fun in the Las Vegas Sun, next Saturday I head to Empty Bowls....More on that later.....

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

A birthday gift for my kitchen....

I splurged on myself....I know, but I did not ask for any Brighton, I just wanted this pot to make fabulous meals in! Yes, a Le Creuset, the 4.5 French oven (dutch oven) but Le Creuset is there you go!
Oh the soups and stews I will be able to master in this pot!

I bought it after taking the British class on making Beef and Ale pies. We used them in class and I just had to have one, plus I got 10% off that day on anything I bought. They are an investment but they will last a couple lifetimes, yes, you have to put them in your will because they will out last you!!

250.00.....ugh!!! But I came home and made my own pies with it!

I wanted to take this class after having eaten the pies in London last year, we ventured to the Sherlock Holmes Pub and they were so delicious!!

Me and my sister in London eating pies!

Cooking the veggies

Ramekins are perfect for pot pies! These are red to match my kitchen,
 and they hold 14 oz. perfect pot pie size!

Must have a six pack of Guinness, one goes in the pies and you must drink one while eating the pie, fabulous!

getting the filling all yummy!

I like ready made pillsbury pie crust, great flavor and so easy!

Heading to the oven...

Goes great with my March tablecloth!

So delicious!

You can take a class at your local Sur LaTable store, just look for British Cooking!
I can probably post the recipe next month when they stop offering the class.....

Monday, March 13, 2017

Happy Birthday to ME!

You know I love Las Vegas! So for my birthday all I wanted was to go play and be a tourist!
We got a room at Red Rock hotel and casino and just played bingo all day and night Saturday and had a wonderful dinner, our room was spectacular!
I got a nice copper bracelet from colleen, flowers from my son and I am making beef and ale pies, British style, and chocolate cake for dessert! What a great birthday!
The view!

Sweet copper!

My flowers, lovely!!

Made a birthday cake!
My birthday dessert at the steakhouse

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Year of the Rooster

I was out for a little Vegas day with Tanya....we ran over to the Bellagio, if we run in and take our photos with in 1 hour, we don't have to pay for parking, because Vegas now charges for parking almost everywhere, UGH!
They have the place decked out in The Year of The Rooster:

The Rooster ranks tenth out of the 12 animals in the 12-year Chinese zodiac cycle. 2017 is a year of the Rooster.
Years of the Rooster include 1933, 1945, 1957, 1969, 1981, 1993, 2005, 2017, and 2029.
If you were born in one of those years you are a rooster! My husband is a rooster and this fits him to a T!

The Rooster's Personality: Observant, Hardworking...

People born in a year of the Rooster are very observant. Hardworking, resourceful, courageous, and talented, Roosters are very confident in themselves.

Active, Amusing, and Popular Among a Crowd

Roosters are always active, amusing, and popular within a crowd. Roosters are talkative, outspoken, frank, open, honest, and loyal individuals. They like to be the center of attention and always appear attractive and beautiful.
Roosters are happiest when they are surrounded by others, whether at a party or just a social gathering. They enjoy the spotlight and will exhibit their charm on any occasion.
Roosters expect others to listen to them while they speak, and can become agitated if they don't. Vain and boastful, Roosters like to brag about themselves and their accomplishments.
Their behavior of continually seeking the unwavering attention of others annoys people around them at times.

It was a beautiful display!