Thursday, February 25, 2010

Nana goes nuts- gets a puppy!

I have been wanting a little purse puppy- which is crazy, right? I am not a dog person- I have totally freaked out my family, but I have a near empty nest so... a girl at work had a mini-schnauzer that had just had puppies. I heard her talking with one of my other co-workers and I don't know what possessed me, but I asked her if she had any puppies left. She had one left, but a lady was coming to look at it the ncxt day. So, a week or so passes and whew! she had all the puppies taken- but for some reason I couldn't get the puppies out of my mind-(and hubby asked me about the puppies every day too!) they were going to be little- the picture I saw was so cute... oh, well, the last thing I needed was a puppy. Then another week later- my phone rings and it is my co-worker- the last puppy was never picked up- was I still interested? Um, ok, I will come over and see it (who was I kidding, I was bringing that thing home- she had a name already!)

I picked up little Co Co and she fell right to sleep in my arms. Her mom was a pretty little mini-schnauzer and her dad was a chihuahua- so hopefully Co Co will only be about 10 pounds. She is so cute- and the boys also fell in love with her, including our lab/shepherd mix, Beau.

So 5 weeks later, she is still small, eating like a little piggy and getting pretty close to house trained. (I use the crate-training system during the day, but at night, we need some sleep!) Don't laugh, but I actually sleep with her sometimes- shhh, don't tell Beau- he isn't allowed on my bed!!) So here are a few pictures of her- don't worry, I have tons and tons of pictures of my grandson on Facebook, so no guilt here! Ok, I will put a few here too!


Cute or what???

Here are my 2 baby boys!

Here is my grandson, and my new grandson to be (our son in law to be's litte guy- we have adopted him already!) oh, and Santa!
Ok, now the guilt is over and here are the pics I have of our new family member!

Here is Co Co with my son- she was born Dec. 8, 2009, so she is about 6 weeks old here after we first got her.

She is getting bigger- she is so cute, isn't she? She pulls off the Chihuahua ears, pretty well.

Co Co is very smart too, she actually climbs up this chair and has since we first got her, but... she can't get down! This is her "play pen"!
"Help, I can't get down!" Beau helps her down every once in awhile!
She is going to have a little of the Schnauzer coloring- a pretty gray color.

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

A Lenten Tablescape

I will have to confess that I did this table last week, but couldn't take pictures until I ironed my napkins! Oh, what a difference that makes! I wanted to do a simpler table in light of it being the beginning of Lent. Purple says Lent to me- this "tablerunner" (AKA fabric) is a little lighter purple than I wanted (looks blue) but I had it- then just simple plates and candles.

My little angels stayed around after Valentines Day!
I just finally found a paper napkin holder that I liked, so I left it on the table. (I know, I know, I should use cloth napkins all the time!)

The ironed placemats are a symbol of how this time of Lent can help us! I feel like a wrinkled napkin a lot!

WOW! I hope I can have that kind of fire in my spirit! (Gotta watch those metallic candles!)

Just a simple table, but I love it- one of my favorites- I think this is my 18th tablescape! Yeah! God bless you all during this Lent. (I have given up complaining for my Lenten "sacrifice" and I hope to do better at my Bible reading! Praise Be to God!) Be sure and check out for some gorgeous tablescapes!

Monday, February 22, 2010

Tassel Giveaway!

Check out for a wonderful tassel giveaway!! Fun!

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Feeling the love! Tablescape XOXOXO

It was a lot of fun designing my Valentine Tablescape! I also did the table by my front door. Be sure and check out the great tablescapes over at
Here is a close up of my little visitor, Cupid.
I made this hurricane candle thingy after seeing it on another blog- sorry I forget which one, but have seen it several times on other blogs since then. I found 12 red candles (a mix of Colonial and Candle Lite) for .25 each at a thrift store last week.
The centerpiece is a candle floating bowl that I put the red filler in with the rose candles.
I love the cherubs! The white ones are from the tree! The gold set I got at a thrift store.
I used gold and red chargers- didn't have all my coffee when I put the plate on top of it here- kinda crooked! My sister gave me the napkins- lacy- when we get more than 4 of anything Tablescape-wise we share! She also found the Ironstone plates (which I just started collecting after seeing them on Bill's (I think?) blog- they are so beautiful and versatile. I also found some gold rimmed ones, so now I have 7 plates- my sister found 2 dessert dishes too, but sadly, they fell off the chair where I had them stacked :~( the heart boxes are from the tree. The glasses were a gift for our convalidation/renewal of vows we had 3 years ago.Here is the cute little heart I bought from Cindy at the Romantic Home- her Etsy shop- it is really cute.This is my Valentine Tree- all of the decorations are from after Christmas sales! I love it!Here is my cabinet with the heart displayed.I found these hurricane candle lamps at Michaels after Christmas for $3 each, candles were after Christmas and the ribbon is again, from my sister. (Mary is always with us, right?)Close up of the conversation hearts- I bought 4 boxes and used 3 in the hurricane lamps. ;~)

March for LIfe!

Last night I was watching EWTN's coverage of the annual March for Life (on the Mall in DC). I have wanted to go for many years now, but unfortunately, have not been able to. However, I do want to thank all those many thousands who have given the unborn a voice. I applaud those who went in the freezing cold weather and stood with their signs speaking for the unborn and letting our abortion pushing White House occupant know that just because abortion is legal, doesn't make it right. As Catholics (and other faiths as well),we understand that life begins at conception.(Because when else would it begin?) When we come to understand this and embrace LIFE as God would have us, when we look in another person's face and (try to) see Jesus-that is when we realize there is no "it's my body" argument. We are created in the likeness of God. That is heavy stuff people! God, yes God! created US! Many thousands and thousands of women, finding themselves in an "unplanned" pregnancy have been fooled by the devil into thinking abortion is no big deal. Many teenagers are afraid to tell their parents of a pregnancy, many that do tell are made to end it. I saw one sign that said something to the effect of "Men regret the loss of Fatherhood"- men, too, have learned the hard way that agreeing to, or coercing their partner to have an abortion, isn't very loving, or manly and above all it is very heartbreaking for all concerned. All too late is the lesson learned that "waiting until marriage" is God's plan for us for our good!!! In a perfect world, this lesson is easy, but here in the 21st Century, we want to do what we want to do without thought of what may happen. I pray, O Lord, change hearts- make saving our babies paramount! Praise Be to God!