Saturday, November 3, 2012

" Get out of town!" ..........and I did!

I went to Mountain Home yesterday for lab and doctor and it was a gorgeous day!  I wish I could have taken pictures of Lake Norfolk which is HUGE and going over the HUGE bridge that spans it.  I used to "white-knuckle" that bridge driving over it but I'm better now....not much but I get over it and back! LOL!
Of course, when you drive over an hour up and down and around mountains and hills it is VERY tiring but I managed to squeeze in a little shopping.  It was reward for going through it all! LOL!
I got a new book.........
I needed a new book like I needed a hole in my head but..........I was totally drawn in by the illustrations and the story sounds interesting too.  It is a best seller and  I got the impression it is along the lines of Harry Potter or one of those books that both children and adults enjoy.  Of course, I do love children's books so who am I kidding!  I looked the artist up on the internet and lo and behold the author and illustrator are husband and wife!  This is the first time they are collaborating on a project.  I have visions of designing some needlework along these lines as I love her artwork....well mostly the creatures and woods. Let's put it this way...I'm not going to trace her artwork but it is inspiration for a project I have in the works...along with Snow White and a few other inspiring tales from my youth.  They all have to do with animals.  Unfortunately,  I find inspiration every time I turn around I just need to DO something with it all! LOL!
I also picked up a couple magazines.....who can resist when there are no book stores near me and as long as I had to spend the gas money I needed to make the trip worthwhile, right?
Ruth, are you out there?  Do you see this? Ruth is a blogger friend who is REALLY Irish (not just wannabe) and lives there.  She also does beautiful needlework of all kinds and has a big family and another on the way.  Please check out her lovely blog at Ruth's Little Leprechauns .  I'm so excited!  I was especially interested in the article...."The Last Witch Burned in Ireland"...hmmmm.....I thought my relatives left because of the potato famine but now I'm beginning to wonder!?!?!  And of course "an Irish Christmas"...I'll be having one of those for sure this year!

 And who can resist this precious gem from Stampington and Jo Packam.............
I was so tired from all the driving and shopping (the 2 things that literally tire me out the most) that I got my jammies on right after supper and slipped beneath the covers with my new treasures and this........
ahhh....a caramel pumpkin spice latte (decaf) is good!  I was asleep by 9:00 p.m.! LOL!
I hope you had a great Friday for yourself and a wonderful Saturday today!  TTYS!



  1. Sounds like such a wonderful time.

  2. Sounds like a great time but driving all that way is very tiring. Love the magazine ! Can't wait to see if Winter Solstice does indeed turn out sunny, the last few were wet and rainy, will be nice for the few who get to enter Newgrange ! The children think it would be wonderful for the baby to arrive on winter solstice, me I'm not so sure as that requires a longer wait on my part lol. In answer to your question about christmas cake it will keep perfectly fine once wrapped properly and stored in a cool dark place, in fact both cake and plum pudding will keep until the following year in this manner, well at least mine do. The alcohol (only small amount) is still enough to preserve them. You can feed them with extra alcohol but I don't bother but you can make one now and it would still be fine. This week I'm working on mince pies, I need to freeze these this year so we have some when baby arrives, normally I just make them as we need them and to gift them.

  3. My goodness, that's a lot of driving. And if that's a long bridge over that lake, I'd be white knuckled also. Glad you got to do some shopping. That book looks very interesting and that magazine also. I need to check those out.

    Hope your Saturday was a good one. I spent the day getting rid of old files and emptying boxes and file drawers. Now I'm tired and ready to cuddle up with a good book.


  4. The cover of the book is very charming, I can see why you were drawn to buy it, and that decaf coffee sounds delicious as you sit in bed and read.

  5. I am glad to hear all is well. Is there anything better than a new stack of magazines and some free time with a cuppa? What a treat for sure. Hope all is well and you have a great week. Slower around here and I could not be happier about that.

  6. Whew.. you were one busy gal.
    Hope that all the tests and the Dr. visit went well.

    Love the new reads!
    I esp. love the "Where Women Create" ...... love those magazine/books.

    Hope that you have a wonderful week.


  7. I swear, Sam, you are a hoot! You definitely made the most of your day. I've bought magazines in different countries that were in different languages, but just looking at the inspiring photos was enough for me. I love beautiful illustrations - especially of a little more rustic or primitive quality. Look forward to seeing what you create from all that inspiration. Definitely sounds like you had a great day. I do love my pajamas. Best wishes, Tammy

  8. The art work on that book cover is glorious, I can see why you're inspired by it :)

    Sounds like driving in North Wales, though my house is actually on a fairly flat bit and our bodies of water are all quite small!


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