Thursday, December 10, 2009
Thursday, December 3, 2009
Saturday, November 28, 2009
take one card and send it to this address.
Thursday, November 26, 2009
Thursday, November 19, 2009
If you go to this web site, www.LetsSayThanks.com you can pick out a thank you card and Xerox will print it and it will be sent to a soldier that is currently serving in Iraq . You can't pick out who gets it, but it will go to a member of the armed services.
How AMAZING it would be if we could get everyone we know to send one!!! It is FREE and it only takes a second.
Wouldn't it be wonderful if the soldiers received a bunch of these? Whether you are for or against the war, our soldiers over there need to know we are behind them.
This takes just 10 seconds and it's a wonderful way to say thank you. Please take the time to pass it on for others to do. We can never say enough thank you's.
Thanks for taking to time to support our military!
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
We attended a Veteran's Day program one day in Lake Steven's a few years ago. It was touching. If you have an opportunity in your community, take the time and attend.
You'll be happy you did.
So, Thank you,
to my Tony (my father-in-law who served in WWII),
to my husband (five years in the US Air Force),
to my son (four years in the US Army, he was active duty on September 11, 2001).
And to Patty, Joey, Jay, Lee, Jackie, Kevin, Norm and to the families of those that serve,
all of you that give so much.
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
Thursday, November 5, 2009
Sunday, November 1, 2009
Saturday, October 17, 2009
I actually love the sound of the rain beating on the roof or better yet the sky light in the master bath.
But what's a girl to do on a day like this...
Well, a few weeks ago my blueberry bushes looked like this.
Out I went to pick blueberries, put before there were all gone I wanted to rmember how beautiful they looked in the morning sun.
After the pictures were taken I got busy inside.
Don't they look wonderful?
I froze some and this morning with the rain they just sound wonderful.
A hot blueberry scone and coffee, and the rain!
Mimi Charmante is giving away a gorgeous wrap!
Please go to her blog and sign up as a follower and she will put your name into a
drawing for the wrap. Tell I sent you, won't you?
And remember sign up as a follower here and your name will be in a drawing for a cookbook authored by Dianne Berst.
Thursday, October 15, 2009
But I have a diversion coming up!
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
The sweet little snowman is courtesy of Sheryl Burnette.
Dianne's new book is due out near the end of October and I want one of you to have it!
I'm going to have a drawing on October 31st and to be eligible please join in as a Blog Follower.
I have just started reading blogs and writing my own...it's fun to find new friends that share common interests and find new things that spark our creative sides.
Friday, September 4, 2009
One of my most favorite signs of fall...a BIG pile of corn on a farm wagon.
The little girl is my niece Missy, she and Greg are looking through the big pile of corn for the beat ears for dinner
The corn fields are all over...this one is in south Skagit County, just off the Conway exit on I-5. And a fantastic price of 5 ears for $1.
The corn was so sweet and fresh! You just can't beat it! Give it a try...
Friday, August 21, 2009
Among my finds...
Monday, August 17, 2009
Thursday, August 13, 2009
This was the first annual Hot Blogust Nights.
What a night!
(I designed the poster.)
Our host Annie! And her right hand that night Mary.
And the food! This is the set up at Faded Elegance.
It was a fun night! We were visited by Rene Groom from Mary Jane's Farm. Rene is Sister-hood Coordinator, what a great title. I want that job. What an awesome magazine. Check it out!
I also met Susan Lytle, who owns the newest shop in Snohomish, Curly Willow. Please go check out here store. I love the French Country feel of her decor.
Coming up...Pictures of another new grandaughter born Sunday, August 9th!
Thursday, August 6, 2009
Here she is...our newest granddaughter, Isabella. She arrived on August 2nd, weighing in at just 4 lbs. She is healthy, just little.
Grandma (Me) and Isabella
Grandpa (My husband, Greg) and Isabella
I am so excited to have a little girl, all I have are boys. I'm sure that there will be more pictures soon. But as you can see this is what I have been up to for the past few days.
Thursday, July 30, 2009
One of the books I grabbed for this section was Number the Stars by Lois Lowry. It is a juvenile level book so it may be a quick read for some, but what an inspiring story of a Danish family helping to save the many Jewish families from the Nazis during the occupation on WWII.
Monday, July 27, 2009
I have been typing my little fingers to the bone! I wish I could type like my sister, Joanne. 100 words a minute... me, try 40 'ish and don't count my mistakes!
My cousin, Dianne, is working on another cookbook called a Collection of Favorite Recipes and I volunteered to help enter them into the typing program. I wish I could spend more time on it, but lately with heat in the upper 80's to 90 my office gets TOO hot. So here I am this morning while it's cool.
Here is one of her other books and a gift basket that she sells on her website.
Also coming up August 8th is HOT BLOGUST NIGHTS!
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
Tonight it was home work. I am taking my last class at Everett Community College. It is an English class, my diversity credit. The class is Children's Litereature, the book we are using is Literature and the Child by Lee Galda and Bernice E. Cullinan. I really like the section we are in now, Folklore. It's awesome to be reminded of all of the fairy tales and stories that I have forgotten as a "grown-up".
I think we should all go to the children's section of our nearest library or bookstore and pick up an old favorite or a new story that catches your eye and return to childhood for just a little while.
Thursday, July 16, 2009
My niece, Erika, gave up her room so "Auntie Barb" had a place to sleep. I arrived Friday and we were off Saturday morning to Monterey, Cannery Row and Pebble Beach 17 Mile Drive.
My sister Joanne and I on Cannery Row in Monterey.
Dinner at Bubba Gump's...if you loved the movie you'll love the interior of this restaurant!
And of course the seafood is outstanding!
Great day for the top down...part of the reasoning for going to California.
Erika wants a turn as our tour guide.
Here's the new dream house. Right on the shores of the Pacific Ocean. And my Husband would approve...he loves the Spanish style architecture. Better keep buying those Lotto tickets!
The vista from one of the viewpoints on the 17 Mile Drive...isn't it beautiful?
I'll let you know when I get to by that house!
Saturday, June 27, 2009
I'm so happy to be back in my own little world again!
It's been a busy couple of weeks...I've
- Finished my Finals
- Gone though graduation
- Hosted a party
- Drove to California for a week to visit my sister
- Driven back (OMG!)
- Started Summer Quarter Diversity Class
With school back in session I'm up to my neck in homework again...just when I think I'll have more time...RIGHT! I'm taking an English Literature class for my last needed diversity credit. The class is Children's Literature. I like it, but there is a lot of reading and research. I'm happy not to have any other classes.
Now it's on to trying to find the top of my desk!
Wednesday, June 10, 2009
Brandi, the "porkie-yorkie"
and Maizie, the l o n g - d o g.
Don't they look precious. Don't let them fool you. As you know, most small dogs are barky and these two are no exception. I'm trying to keep them quiet while my husband sleeps...he had a very long day yesterday (16 hours) and he'll have to work tonight.
I'm going to be here at my desk for at least part of the day. It's finals this week. I have been a full-time student for the past two years, working toward my degree in Web Design. This is my second to the last quarter. I'll be taking a class this summer and will then have my degree. YAHOO!
Have a great day!
Women are like teabags. We don't know our true strength until we are in hot water!
Tuesday, June 9, 2009
Let me introduce myself, my name is Barbara Halstead. (I also answer to Barb and Barbie, along with a few other titles like Mom, Gramma Barbie, Auntie Barb and Aunt Barbie.)
I am 50 years old and I am reinventing myself once again...I just graduated from Everett Community College in Everett, Washington with an Associates in Technical Arts, my major is Web Design. It's been a busy two years and I'm not done yet. In September I will go back to college and over another year take 5 more courses and have a Fine Arts degree in Graphic Design.
My goal is to work as a freelance graphic artist and web designer to help small businesses owners have a professionally designed web site and printed material that includes logos and corporate identity packages. You can check out my portfolio at www.bhalsteaddesign.com.
Have a wonderful day...and thanks for stopping by.