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♥ Kim - blogger since 2006

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Wednesday, January 28, 2009

~*Where I Blog*~

Hello dear blogging friends! It sure has been fun hopping around blogland seeing where everyone blogs, so I thought I would join in on the fun. I blog from our dining room.
I tried to create one pretty area on my desk. The teapot belonged to my Mom...I added the "fake" violets. The little saucer is for my glass of water or nice steaming cup of hot tea. I don't want to end up with a water mark on the wood. The little picture was a thrift store find.
I also keep a jar full of some sweets...right now I have Smarties Love Hearts...who knows what will go in it when it's empty.

If you haven't posted where you blog, why not join in on the fun? I'd love to see where you all blog. Thanks again for stopping by, as always I love to hear from you.


Thank you all so much for your sweet comments on our family vacation. We had a nice time, but was gone non-stop...I think I needed a vacation from the vacation!

Love, Kim

Monday, January 26, 2009

~* Vacation Post *~

I posted the first part of our vacation...you'll need to scroll down after my "New Barn Doors" post to read it....Thanks!

Thursday, January 22, 2009

~*New Barn Doors*~

Hello blogging friends...it's taking me a lot longer than I thought to get all of my pictures together and organized for my vacation post, so I thought I would go ahead and show you several pictures of our new barn doors...I think they turned out great! They were custom made by a wonderful carpenter named Fran...thank you, Fran!

Hopefully, I'll have our vacation post done soon...stay tuned and thanks for stopping by...I appreciate your visits as always!
Love, Kim

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

~*Our Trip to Florida - Part 1*~

I'm so sorry this has taken me so long to get this post written. I really didn't think it would take me that long, so I'm breaking it up into several posts.
The First Day: Thursday, January 15th, 2009
My family and I headed off to Orlando, Florida, leaving a bitter cold Pennsylvania behind! We were taken on vacation by our employers, the Swanks. I can honestly say that we work for the nicest people ever! We stayed at the Old Key West Resort...it was such a wonderful place to stay. (I also want to thank all of you who said a prayer for us as it was our first time flying. I didn't think it was too bad, dh didn't mind it, but doesn't like to sit near a window and dd LOVED it and is ready to fly again!)
This is my daughter, Emily, Me and my hubby, John. The weather was a little chilly for the first several days...it finally warmed up on Sunday to 70 some degrees, but I still had to wear my jacket.No, I'm not actually going to ride this bike...it was bolted to the wall, but I thought it looked so sweet there along the wall.
Our first evening was spent at the Magic Kingdom. Here are some shots of the castle...it's so very pretty at night...sorry for the blurry pictures.

These next two pictures were taken while we were walking through the castle...aren't they beautiful? So sorry for the glare...I'm not that good at taking night time pictures.

We ate at the Crystal Palace...it was a yummy buffet. There were so many cute Disney characters there...Eeoyre stopped at our table for a picture.
We had a great evening our first night. We ended up only riding on one ride and that was Space Mountain. I rode it with my Dad back in 1975 and I must stay it is still very scary! Later we went to La Nouba - Cirque du Soleil on Main Street Disney...that was one fantastic show and I highly recommend it to anyone going to Disney. You have to see it to believe it! We got back to our room at 11 p.m. We were very tired, but happy.
The Second Day: Friday, January 16th, 2009

The next day we got up bright and early to head to Animal Kingdom.
This is the tree of life and it is H-U-G-E! The trunk of the tree has various animals shape in it...you have to see it appreciate it! If you look closely at the next picture you'll see that it's a woman...she was covered in folliage. She was a contortionist...it was fascinating to watch her. Let's just say that a lot of people didn't realize there was a person in there and would jump when they realized it was a human being!
The mountain peak in the background is the ride called "Expedition Everest". It's a rollercoaster. Our daughter rode on it and said it was terrifying!
My husband loved the Kilimanjaro Sararis ride...you take an open-air vehicle on an expedition through an African-style savannah where giraffes, gazelles, elephants, rhinos and lions roam freely. This was my husbands favorite ride since it was on the ground and slow-moving!

We ate at a restuarant called the Tusker House. It was all-you-care-to-enjoy carved meats, salads and desserts--all with an African touch. The food was excellent...especially the chocolate cake made with chocolate from Africa! This is a picture that I took looking up from the area where the food buffet was. It felt like you were in a village.
We went to see the show Flights of Wonder, which was about various birds...it was amazing. This bald eagle was beautiful...I wish I could have gotten a picture of her face. She turned her head just as I was taking the picture.
We had a great time at Animal Kingdom. In the evening we went to Hollywood Studios.

We didn't ride anything while we were there because we had dinner reservations ant the Brown Derby Restaurant, home of the famous Cobb Salad (it's delicious). I enjoyed this Grapefruit Cake...very yummy!
Just looking at this makes me terrified...it's the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror!
I loved this guitar for the ride "Rock-n-Roller Coaster starring Aerosmith. It was so detailed.

We had an enjoyable day, but was so tired. Tomorrow we are headed to Epcot.


Thank you all so much for coming by to see our vacation pictures. I'm going to work on the next post for the remainder of our trip!


Also, thank you sweet blogging friends for your kind comments on the new barn doors...I appreciate your visits so much! Have a great day.

Love, Kim

Monday, January 19, 2009

~* I'm Back *~

Hello sweet blogging friends...oh how I have missed you all so much! It's going to take me a few days to get settled back into my routine and when I do, I promise I'll be back to fill you in on our adventure!
Love, Kim

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

~* So Long *~

for now dear blogging friends...we are getting our bags packed for a fun filled family vacation...see you all when I return.
Love to you all,

Saturday, January 10, 2009

~* Tweaking *~

Thank you all so much for your sweet comments on my last post...I didn't know there were so many "RED" lovers out there! I've been doing a little tweaking since my last post. I added the candle holders, sugar bowl and place mats. I'm pleased with it...I did some shopping in my own home to find these items which was even better! I love moving things around as I know many of you do, too.
I decided to paint the frame of my Susan Branch print...the frame was oak and I painted it RED.
This apron was the inspiration for my next phase of tweaking...
I took the colors from this apron and tried to incorporate them into what I displayed on my Amish made hutch...I still think it needs some tweaking...again, I used things in my home that I had stored away or were used elsewhere.
This is something new I put together...I found the cheese dome awhile ago, but didn't put it with a plate, until I was looking through several that had I stored away...I love the red and the delicate flowers.
My dear friend, Josie gave me several old cookie cutters for Christmas. I bought this jar and added them, along with others that I had.
The green platter belonged to my dear Gram...she used the green and white dishes at Christmas. The orange juicer is old, too...it belonged to my Gram also.
Thanks for stopping by to look at my "Tweaking"...I appreciate your visits and kind comments as always. I also can't even begin to express how thankful I am for all of your prayers for our trip to Florida.
Love, Kim
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Tuesday, January 6, 2009

~* For The Love of...Red *~

Hello sweet blogging friends...I've finally returned from a much needed break! I hope you all are well and enjoyed the holidays. We had our Christmas dinner on the 27th of December...my dh's side of the family has grown and since his nieces are now married and have families of their own, we decided to host a meal at our home on a day other than the 25th. There were 18 people all together. I remember the days when I fretted over cooking a meal for a few people...my how times have changed!
I wanted to give a fresh, new look to the kitchen, so I had dh take the leaf out of our table...I love a round table! I found this great table cloth at TJ Maxx yesterday...I love the fact that it has both red and burgandy in it.
I love how it looks on the table.
I also wanted to show you my new Paula Dean coffee pot! I LOVE the color. I was actually on the lookout for a new tea kettle, but every one I found looked so modern...I'm definitely not a modern gal. I spotted this beauty and knew that it had to come home with me.I think my new favorite color is now red...oh no, I hope that doesn't mean I'm going to start painting things red...dh will not be happy...LOL!

I finally changed the saying on my chalkboard...since valentine's day is just around the corner, I decided to add hearts and a Bible verse about LOVE.
Thank you so much for stopping by...I appreciate the New Year wishes you left for me and my family...that was so sweet. I'm so sorry that I haven't been around to see all of you. My time on the computer has been so limited and it will be again, too, as me and my family are going to FLORIDA from January 15th through the 19th! We are so excited....we're going to Walt Disney World...please say a prayer for us...we've never flown before and I have a few butterflies.
Love, Kim