Friday, October 19, 2012

Did You Know. . .

That October 20th is "Sweethearts Day"?  Yes Tadpoles, yet another "Hallmark" holiday - or as we like to call it "A card buying holiday."

I really shouldn't blame Hallmark - it could be American Greetings or Shoebox Cards or some other entity, but when I was in Target the other day I noticed the sign for it.  I thought "What?  Valentine's Day isn't enough?"  We don't even celebrate Valentine's day - Pooldad already knows and I tell him every single day that I love him, as he does for me.  Who needs a designated day?  I know you guys - you're the same way I'm sure.  Even if you do celebrate silly holidays like Valentine's day you let those that you love know everyday, even without the hearts, flowers and candy, eh?

But...knowing it would make Pooldad laugh [at the ridiculousness if nothing else] I succumbed to the marketing and bought a cheesy card to mail to his work.  He is so goofy he will put it up on his desk.  At least I know he will get a chuckle out of it.

Ahhh. . .the powers of well placed advertisement and the allure of an unlimited card display. :D

So, how the heck have y'all been?  Besides not blogging - I haven't even been reading or commenting.  And really?  I have no excuse.  Everything here is going along well.  Basically the same 'ol, same 'ol.  Which is a good thing.  Autumn has arrived with all it's beauty and gorgeous weather which means the start of the holiday season.  I saw my first Christmas commercial the other day - QVC [a home shopping channel] SHAME on YOU! and also saw my first Christmas tree decoration in a retail store. Bad Kohl's. BAD.  We haven't even handed out our first Snicker's bar to the trick or treaters and they are pushing Christmas. sigh.

Halloween is shaping up nicely.  Our neighborhood is pretty neat because people really like to decorate. Even if they don't have kids any excuse to put up colored lights and decorations and they are there.  I went to the Dollar store and bought many dollars worth of decorations :D Wallene did a spectacular job while we were out one evening and I get the biggest smile every time I pull Oscar into the driveway.  I did start my candy buying about a month ago. What?  I am STILL trying to gain weight here people. heehee [well, that's MY excuse anyway] and so far we have gone through the entire Lifesaver, Skittle and Starburst lines and are soon to hit the chocolate and peanut butter families.  Gosh, I LOVE Halloween.  Anyone dressing up this year?  Wallene is marching in the annual town Halloween parade and their section [the mellophones] are dressing as gnomes.  She isn't too excited, but she was voted down.  Any ideas on making it a unique costume for her? What should I use for the costume base?  Exactly what KIND of gnome?    Any hints or anyone that has dressed as a gnome before - your suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

Let's see?  What else can I bore you with this week?  Oh, as I said - the weather has just been spectacular.  Even with the rain it has been great.  We have started taking Spot to our local park.  Did you know that I have lived in Sterling, VA for over 7 years and not until two months ago had I ever been to this park?  It is 2 miles from our home!  It is hard to describe just how beautiful this simple park is.  It is all natural, meaning there is no planning to it, no gardens or such - just paths and an occasional shelter with picnic tables and grills.  It runs along the river and there are benches erected to you can just sit and take in the beauty of it all.  When we first started going it was always Pooldad, me, sometimes Wallene and Spot.  With everyone being so busy with work and school it is now just Spot and me.  It is so peaceful.  What is fun is we see the same people, with their dogs, everyday.  It is like Doggie Social hour at 4 pm here.  We had to buy Spottie a new harness and extendable leash because she was darn near choking herself on the conventional collar and leash set up.  Now she thinks she is "all that". heehee

I swear I compose a post or two in my head at least once a day but I never seem to be in front of the computer long enough to get words to screen.  I really do have a whole lot more updating to do but for y'all's sake I think I'll take it slow and ease back into this whole blogging thing. :D  And yes, I have pictures, recipes and baking updates to share [KNITTY!] We'll see what I can toss up here in the near future.

I can honestly say I have missed you y'all so much, but I don't know that I can make any promises if I am going to be able to keep up like I once did.  I will do my best.  Just know that if I am not here tap, tap,  tapping away I am here in spirit - cheering you on and sending a hug or two when you need one.  Believe me when I say you are ALL in my prayers every morning.  God is well acquainted with the term "Tadpoles" by now I would hope.

Best wishes that you all have a great weekend.  Enjoy yourselves and don't forget to SMILE!

See ya' on the flipside. xoxo Skippy


Yart said...

Here is what I found... I hope its not to over the top! :o)

Carolyn Renee said...

You know, there's nothing to be ashamed about for NOT just means that you're enjoying REAL life! :)

Mystic Mud said...

Oh ((Skippy)), I am so glad to hear from you. I have been waiting, and waiting, and waiting for a new post. I finally was going to email you, but that was yesterday, or was it the day before??...teehee. And then again this morning, I was sitting here getting ready to do the drawing for my giveaway and I thought "I STILL need to email Skippy - just to let her know that I'm thinking of her and love her" and then when I refrshed my page there was a post from you!! So anyway, I'm so glad to hear that you are doing well and getting out to enjoy fall.

We have some Halloween decorations, but I haven't got around to getting out the box and letting the kids tear through it and throw crap all over the yard'm sure that Wallene does a much nicer job than my crew :) I don't know on the doesn't sound too hard, and I kinda think knomes are cute in a creepy sort of way. I always imagine them living their own life at night in the yard while we are all asleep.....over active imagination I guess - you'd think I have more important things to

We're having homemade pizza tonight - I'll make you one with extra cheese and pepperoni and then have my helicopter deliver it to you while it is still hot, say, around 5:30?'t you wish that one of us REALLY did have a helicopter?? That would be SO cool! Anyway - I love you and hearing that you have been doing well for the last week made my day :) xo~michele

Jill said...

Sweethearts Day? I will have to surprise my husband with something to do with that tomorrow. He won't be expecting it, so it will be all the more special. Sticky buns? Apple dumplings? I dunno. He likes it all. Good to hear from you again.

ellen abbott said...

glad you are at least checking in now and then. I've been to busy to blog, visit and comment much myself.

EM Illustrator said...

Hi Skippy,

Sweethearts day, that was something new - and funny cos I've been on a nice and successful date during my lunch today! Glad to see and read from you. Autumn has arrived here as well, and it's slightly getting colder. We have had some nice days actuallly.
Enjoy your weekend my friend xx

life in the mom lane said...

I have missed you!!!
I have been doing this picture blog challenge so have had to post daily *grumble* but every time I look... nothing new. I have hoped that no news meant it was all good and you have been enjoying life.
I too was appalled at the first signs of Christmas decorations.. holey moley it isn't even Halloween!
I am so glad to see you back! :)))))))))

thisisme said...

Hi dear Skippy. Like all your other tadpoles, I was thrilled to see your post up today. I was just about to e mail you to see how things were going. You say that you think of all of us - well, we certainly think of you my dear friend. We certainly never had Sweethearts Day over here, but I'm sure Pooldad will be really chuffed (and surprised!) with his card. You little rascal!Enjoy your halloween. I will actually be on holiday with Eleanor at that time, although I know that Ruby and Eli are looking forward to dressing up! Take care. Sending big hugs your way x

Yum Yucky said...

I am missing you, TOO! Please give the family and Oscar my love.
As for needing to gain more weight. Ohhh, how I wish I could successfully develop the scientific concept of "calorie transfer". I eat the pie. You gain the weight. Back to the lab I go....

Jeannie said...

Maybe the time comes when blogging just isn't all that any more. I'm glad you are getting out and enjoying lots of candy. I'm trying desperately hard not to open the halloween treats because once I start, I won't stop and unfortunately, I really don't need to gain weight.

I wanted to thank you for the post card. I know it was some time ago...I'm thoughtless but not in an intentional way. You brought a smile to my face anyway.