March 31, 2012

Ya'll ready for this??


March 27, 2012

The A-Z Challenge is coming soon!!!


I've mentioned before that I'm doing this challenge for the first time this year.  It should be really fun!  In keeping of the spirit of the name of this blog, all my posts are going to be somewhat mostly Halloween related.   And while concentrating on keeping posts short, there will be lots of pics.  Nothing terribly deep.

I have most of my posts already done & scheduled to post on the appropriate day, so I can have plenty of time to check out some other blogs - there's already over 1200 blogs signed up!

There's still time!  Go over to Blogging from A-Z to sign up and join in the fun!

March 26, 2012

Yay! Spring!

I love spring!  But this one seems odd.  Guess it's because we really didn't have much of a winter.  And my daffodils were sprouting up thru the mulch in early February.  But take a look at my tulips, taken this morning!  They seem to have a visitor.

OK, I should have posted this sooner, since it went down to 33 last night & the wind chill is still 20 degrees at 9:30 am!

Yay!  Cherry blossoms!

My daughter was in a dance competition this weekend - the first of the season for the studio.  They did pretty well, considering the other studios there had 4000 kids (or it seemed) and were in 25 numbers each.  They won more by sheer statistics!  But our girls held their own.  Proud of them all!   Besides pulling in 4th place for jazz line (all 4 levels of dancers, from petites up to seniors) , 3rd place for tap line and 2nd place for their hip-hop line.......
 5th place
Teen Small Group Tap

 7th place
Teen Small Group Jazz
(they swore sucked badly - guess the judges didn't agree!)

Angel is 3rd from the left in each pic.

I have today off work - so I'm going to do a bit of cleaning around the house and maybe cut the grass if it warms up (when you lose your Beagle in the weeds, it's time to mow!!)  

Oh squeee!  I found this guy at JoAnn Fabrics - he is totally wanting to be Halloween-ified!!  So many options.......

March 15, 2012

Happy Ides of March!

OK, so that isn't a holiday but it sounds like one, except to maybe, Julius Caesar! 

Anyway, not a whole lot going on.  Totally loving this weather!  Flowers are sprouting, the lilacs are seriously thinking about budding out, the robins are back - life is good!  Tonight there are some storms in the area - the worst went north & south of us, but we got one fantastic light show !! 

My brother lives up in the central part of Michigan & a tornado went right over his house Monday night & touched down just a few short miles away!  He was out on the porch (like where else would you go in severe weather??) and he said first you could hear the wind coming (the gust-front) and then the hail came.  He had drifts of 1/2 inch hail in the yard.  Luckily there was only minor tree damage.

We spent quality family time outside on Sunday (also warm & wonderful out!)  We did some geocaching, which is basically a treasure hunt using a handheld GPS - the link will tell more details about it.  We looked for 14 and succeeded in finding 12 of them. I should have known to NOT follow the girl with the GPS.  She thinks because the arrow points *that* way, she can only go *that* way.  So while Randy leisurely walked across the parking lot, down a road, across a lovely meadow, down a sunlit path & BOOM, found the cache we were looking for....Angel & I fought our way thru the Michigan version of the LeBrea Tar Pits.  Sticky ankle-deep mud, vines, picker bushes, rotten logs waiting to crumble & make you fall into said mud....yeah.  But we survived the day with only minor injuries & thankfully the bugs weren't out yet!

Since we only have 2 GPS units, I volunteered to be the documenter.  Which gave me time to take pics because Randy & Angel were looking for the caches.  Got some neat shots!

 I found him!

 This was on a truck parked next to us.  
I have to assume the eyes & nose light up when the brakes are applied. 


 I turned this upside down, since it looks like an owl!

The only other adventure is that Tuesday night my car died.  In rush-hour traffic.  On a hill.  I had no hazard lights or anything, but I only almost got hit just once.  I had my arm out the window waving people around me until it cleared and I could coast backwards to the shoulder.  I had to get my alternator, tensioner & belts replaced.  Fun!  But I played hooky from work Wednesday, since it was in the shop.  Randy offered to let me drive his car & he'd call Enterprise Rent-A-Car, but I said no! 

I was ready for a mental health day, anyway.  I got a lot of little chores done around the house that I've been meaning to.  Pillows & blankets hung out on the clothesline, windows wide open - Chester was in heaven!  He didn't know which window he wanted to be in!

Oh, I have been working on a project.  I saw this on Pinterest & tried it out.  I really am not happy with how the legs are attached.  But I really don't know how else to do it.  I took the long leg wire & bent it in half, then slid on a bead and left a small loop at the top.  Then I beaded both legs.  I did this for all 4 sets of legs.  Then I put a wire into the "head" bead, strung on the legs, then put on the "body" bead.   I guess if it's standing there and no one touches it, it's OK.  I don't like how big the area is between the head & body because of the legs.  Guess I'll just suck it up!

St. Patrick's Day this weekend!  Any exciting plans?

March 04, 2012

More Trucks!

 If you recall this post - I cleared stated my love of trucks. 

Last night, the fam and I went to see Monster Jam in Ford Field.  Due to having to make an appearance at the dance team banquet, and then insanely horrible traffic, the hubby dropped the girl & I off and we went in while he circled downtown Detroit looking for parking.  (the only other event going on last night was a dog show - I can't believe that would cause that much traffic!!)  Anyway - the racing & intermission were over and the 7th truck was doing freestyle before he even showed up at our seats - with my camera that I'd left in the car! 

So these are the note-worthy trucks that crashed - aka the fun ones!!!


 Hot Wheels getting towed off the field.


is it me or does it look like there are glowing eyes looking out of the window?
 Maximum Destruction

 Gravedigger - the Legend
he rolled the truck and was able to keep going!!

30th anniversary Gravedigger
he blew an engine, so we just got an impressive puff of smoke.