Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Today is Broadway Hair Day

In 1968, the musical "Hair" premiered on Broadway as a controversial rock musical play. It had been performed previously off-Broadway (premiering October 17, 1967).

"Everybody has to look at his or her own footprint and do the best they can. It's not about being perfect, it's about doing something. If we're looking for perfection, we'll never, ever get there."

-- Laurie David

FREEBIES: Productive magazine, free lunch today, organic doggy treats, Baskin-Robbins, Cute baby gown pattern

WHY? OH, WHY?: Ice blocker --- to prevent the ice from falling in your face, Peen patterns?

FUN STUFF: Nice bag, Fries? or FUNNY STUFF: Get your hair did, Lamb Cam (scroll down)

INTERESTING: The Edge of Space, Russia's Ghosts


BARGAINS: How to order online and get free shipping

So, I head over to the gym last night and after getting changed I realize I don't have my shoes. Thinking I left them at home and not being able to workout in flip-flops, I head home. No where to be found....durrr, I left them at the nail place when I got my pedicure the evening before. I slap on another pair of tennies and decide to do the 30 Day Shred video. What a workout! I had no idea you could burn that many calories in 20 mintues. Today I am sore in my arms and legs but not horribly so. It was a nice change from the gym. I highly recommend everyone trying it. I've been reading all the online reviews --- looks like this is a good one that keeps pushing you. They have a blip of it on youtube if you care to take a gander (a goose?).

Until next time....hook 'em!

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Today is the birthday of Picture Postage

In 2000, Canada Post became the first post office in the world to allow customers to personalize their stamps by putting photos of their choice front and center on full-sized stamps.

"The fishermen know that the sea is dangerous and the storm terrible, but they have never found these dangers sufficient reason for remaining ashore."

-- Vincent Van Gogh


HILARIOUS BLOG POST: BooMama - I just bought this DVD so we'll see how I do. I'm hoping it is not so brutal that I don't want to do it but brutal enough to get at these unabs.

FUN STUFF: Cartoon


Short post...hook 'em.

Monday, April 27, 2009

Today is Tell a Story Day

Take time today to tell a story to a friend, loved one, or child today. Or tell a joke, write a novel, or make a tape.

"It is the responsibility of every adult to make sure that children hear what we have learned from the lessons of life and to hear over and over that we love them."

-- Marian W. Edelman

Oh, I could hear the comments my siblings would make if I ever had to use this...

FREE PATTERNS: Spring bags, Bridal shower, Knitting mag.

YUM: Gruyere-Stuffed Crusty Loaves, Austin known for gluten-free goods.

FREEBIES: Today only - Kentucky Grilled Chicken at KFC,

WHY? OH, WHY?: Crochet, Chair Blinders.

Yes, short'n sweet...hook 'em!

Friday, April 24, 2009

That today is Over the Hump Flight Day

In 1944, a Boeing B-29 became the first plane to fly over the hump (across the North Pole) to China.

"Failure is not fatal, but failure to change might be."

-- John Wooden

HILARIOUS: blogger

YUM: Broccoli and Cauliflower Sformatino, Cowboy Cookies, Lots to choose from, Lots more, Do-Ahead Bread Mixes, Creme Brulee French Toast

GREAT IDEA: Body Scrub, Fun with Granny Squares, Pattern for Edging Waffle Kitchen Towels, Cedar Sneaker Stuffers Tutorial, Cool Dish Cloth Pattern, I wanna make this hat for new GB, Coasters, Patchwork Furoshiki, NEED for the new GB, and for the wedding.

FREEBIES: Notepad and Pen, Book for a friend, Quilt and Paper - two online mags, Ruffle Top pattern, recipe for shower cleaning spray

HELP: I have these "On Your Feet Bell" sandals in silver and dearly love them. I've worn them for two years, paid $10 for them at TJ Maxx and would love to replace them with new. If you happen to find these somewhere in a 6 - 7, please let me know.

WHY? OH, WHY?: Dog umbrella?

Enjoy your weekend...hook 'em!

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Today is the birthday of Valerie Bertinelli '60, Shirley Temple Black '28, Joyce DeWitt '49, Lee Majors '40, and Herve Villechaize '43

"One has to handle these negative experiences alone. You can't get help from your friends or family. You're finally alone with it, and you have to come to grips with misfortune and go on."

-- Shirley Temple Black

FREEBIES: Wildflower Pincushion pattern, tape measure pouch pattern.

Short/sweet - they made me work today.

Hook 'em!

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Today is Filling Space Day

In a 1956 piece for the New York Herald Tribune, Dame Rebecca West defined journalism as "an ability to meet the challenge of filling space." Why not fill some space today? Write a good story. Do a good deed. Do something. Fill the space!

"To live a creative life, we must lose our fear of being wrong."

-- Joseph Chilton Pearce

FREEBIES: Reynolds Wrap Roll, Movie Download, Oakley Sketchpad, a download for Cuzzin Ruthie, apron idea

COOL STUFF: 50 States Project, Recycled Sweaters Ideas, Recycled Countertops, Chair, Crayon rings, Single Bowl Kitchen Sink, I love you more than..., bathroom sink,

HEALTH INFO: Pancreatic cancer

BAD MEMORIES: Aunt Ruth's stove

Until next time....hook 'em!

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Today is Firehouse Pole Day

In 1878, the city of New York installed the first firehouse pole. Firefighters at Engine Company 21 in Chicago, Illinois, were unloading hay for the horses that pulled their fire engines. When the bell rang, firefighter George Reid was up in the hayloft on the third floor. Rather than run all the way down, Reid decided to slide down the pole that was used to secure the hay to the wagon.

CLEANING: How to clean your sewing machine, spring clean your sewing room,

YUMMY: A twist on banana bread favorite, Yum that looks like this

Fun to watch.

I must be partially schizophrenic, partially drunk or partially high because I can see rhe concave face as convex when it gets near the end of its spin. See the video here. My favorite bench Monday picture. Fun stuff!

FREEBIES: Ben & Jerry's free scoop, Super Duper Diaper Doo (third item down), Vintage wrap-skirt pattern, knit button-tab hat pattern, Tulle Skirt pattern

BARGAINS: I so love this, would love a bag like this, if you're a stamper - clearance sale!

That's all I've got...hook 'em!

Friday, April 17, 2009

Today is Blah, Blah, Blah Day

I know I'm an earth sign but I crave the water. I need to start swimming some days instead of working out every day.

“Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go.”
- T.S. Eliot

FREEBIES: Flix, Prilosec, Puppy Ziggies, CFL Light Bulb at Home Depot starting Sunday, April 19th, IKEA Breakfast April 17-19, Online, speedy scrabble game, Fun e-mag for us crafties or visual types: Parasol

BARGAINS: New Balance workout apparel, 77% off Two Lips Shoes,

COOL LINKS: The Noticer Project, Endearing to my heart how she raised this coyote from a pup - we can't help how we're born and we all just want to be loved. Stop-motion movie, community cookbooks, more Susan Boyle and her interview. Whatever gobsmacked is, she did that to a lot of people. Makes you rethink your prejudices, doesn't it? Stand By Me song pieced together.

YUM: Maple Sour Cream Walnut Muffin.

Yes, there is turmoil in Oz about taxation and the TEA parties...can't help but giggle at the tea bag comments. I'm sick like that. Speaking of the economy, although I'm a financial advisor and know all of the things I (we, you, them) should have done over our lifetimes - here is a good list of how to prepare for a layoff. Fired for Now is a fun read.

Texican Whopper? I couldn't eat at BK no matter how much they appeal to my residential loyalty.

That's all I've got....hook 'em! Speaking of #2 party school....

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Today is National Stress Awareness Day

Stress is one of the major causes of illnesses. On the day after income taxes are due, we need a reminder to take a break from the stress. So breathe deep and relax!

"Worry a little bit every day and in a lifetime you will lose a couple of years. If something is wrong, fix it if you can. But train yourself not to worry. Worry never fixes anything."

-- Mary Hemingway

BARGAINS: Looking for an electric griddle? My DSIL has one and I couldn't believe how quickly he can cook bacon. Found a cool site that appears to update daily and includes a daily deal and coupon codes for sites.

COOL SITES: The history of photoshop...1850? Lava....without the heat. Interesting article about budgeting. Great links for resolving an issue with a product: and This place posts a new job daily. Cool new book....this link shows 22 pages out of the book and it looks fun! Better food storage than plastic. Amazing. Britain's hidden talent...I was stunned as the audience when she started singing!.

YUMMY: Walnut cake; fun recipe; Yums to order

NOT SO YUMMY: Burger Grease Art

FEEL GOODS: Fond childhood memories

Until next time....hook 'em!

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Today, besides being Tax Day!, is Get That Stain Out Day

Celebrate the birthday of Heloise, provider of helpful hints, by getting out the stains in your clothes, carpets, sinks, or bathtubs. Heloise was born on April 15, 1951, at Waco, Texas.

"Cleaning your house while your kids are still growing is like shoveling the walk before it stops snowing."

-- Phyllis Diller

Cut away web clutter and read the guts.

FREEBIES: Tax day only, dog treat, coffee.

BARGAINS: Don't need but would love to have.

Another good one gone. Wonder if Scott likes her films!? Guess they're now collectible.

Until next time....hook 'em!

Monday, April 13, 2009

Today is the anniversary of the Apollo 13 Incident

In 1970, an explosion aboard the Apollo 13 spacecraft led to the most dramatic rescue in U.S. space history. The three astronauts (Fred Haise, Jack Swigert, and Jim Lovell) and thousands of NASA employees worked for four days to bring the astronauts safe.

"There are people who make things happen, there are people who watch things happen, and there are people who wonder what happened. To be successful, you need to be a person who makes
things happen."

-- Jim Lovell

Bargain Shopping: JCPenney has daily deals now....bottom, right side corner of their home page. They have a "4BIGSALE" coupon - $15 or $10 off a $75 of $50 purchase. If you love VS clothing as much as I do, they have a 25% any one item code (SAV25) and a few other codes on their site. Their jeans are wonderful and everything I've ever ordered has been a perfect fit.

Cool idea....I wonder how sturdy it is? I'd need a girlie version.

If I get a girl grandbaby I'll have to buy her something from this etsy lady. These are so cute but $72?

Knitting: I like this manscarf pattern. If you have lots of energy, try this Bedtime Duvet. And even though I probably wouldn't use a dish towel, this pattern shows how to use a small square to make baby pants. Shoes that grow? I know what you're thinking.

Tis all I got...hook 'em.

Friday, April 10, 2009

Today is the birthday of Arbor Day

The first Arbor Day was held in Nebraska in 1872. It was founded by J. Sterling Morton, secretary of the Nebraska Territory, to encourage people to plant more trees. Plant a tree today and
another on National Arbor Day! "We can learn a lot from trees: they're always grounded but
never stop reaching heavenward."

-- Everett Mamor

I love skirts or dresses during the hellacious summers here in Austin.
Freebie skirt pattern: 5-minute skirt, circle skirt, 30-minute one-seam skirt, maternity skirt for DD, a now that I'm thinner, show off them curves skirt. There are many more and all compliments of Sew, Mama, Sew! She's a great source of inspiration so look around her site. Here is a link for making a skirt out of tired jeans.

If you buy from Land's End they're having a "free shipping + 25% off swimwear" through Sunday. I need a new suit or two for the summer but I'm going to hold out to see what size I end up by June when I also need to aquire a "Mother-of-the-Bride" dress. I've been pondering what style I want for this glorious occasion.

My unreliable brother did not come through for me on the shipment of perogis. I'm sad. Speaking of yummy. Breakfast yum, keep you regular yum, interesting yum? Thai Masaman Curry yum. Chili I'd like and family would hate. Scroll down for Puffer Cake recipe. How about Easter Rice Pie? or Easter Pizza Gaina: here and here - the 2nd link looks yummiest to me.

Adorable Easter carrot pattern. If you're thinking of crafting check this out - hilarious!

Fun get to draw lines to bounce the balls. Cool site to speed through 5 areas of Italy to see a 24-hour stretch in flash-based photo-and-audio. Another neat site, if you have an interest in old news.

WHY? OH, WHY? People are so strange.

Tis all....hook 'em!

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Today is the birthday of Times Square

In 1904, Longacre Square was renamed Times Square when the "New York Times" moved its headquarters to the triangle between Broadway, 42nd Street, and 7th Avenue.

I love these and they're offering a free sample! If you're thinking of painting, try a sample of dry-erase paint.

Last week I saw Paul Deen make this recipe. My arteries clogged just watching.

Do you have a load of those keyring discount cards? Check this out.

That's all I got. Until next time...hook 'em.

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Today is Zoo Lovers Day

"Every person, all the events of your life are there because
you have drawn them there. What you choose to do with them is
up to you."

-- Richard Bach

Pretties! Ugliest room contest. Apron pattern give-away. Free pattern - easter egg shaped basket or vase.

Speech funny.

I wish we'd had this when I was growing up! Who am I kidding? You know I'd still enjoy it!

Quick and easy recipe: Hot & Sour Wonton Soup.

Until next time...hook 'em!

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Today is I've Got the Blues Day

Celebrate the birthday of Billie Holiday by singing the blues. Happy birthday, Billie! "Somebody once said we never know what is enough until we know what's more than enough."

-- Billie HolidayOne of my favorite flowers....for your viewing pleasure.

Free orange julius! Free Grand Slamwich tomorrow. Free photo card for Mom...or whomever.

Anything marked new arrival at Old Navy is 30% off!

Fun idea! I would love to find the time to make myself a skirt.

I love this small bathroom idea and this rug! Oh Calgon! Shoe idea...and a recycled towel or tee bath mat. Spring cleaning list ~ for those of us who love crossing things off.

Easter wine...yum! Oh, a recipe for beignets! They say NY, I say NO. Have they never been to New Orleans and had their beignets?

WHY? OH WHY? Itch? Sex Ed/Art class? Tell me this style is not coming back!

I don't know why I'm fascinated by folk art. Perhaps it reminds me of the things my grandmother collected. For knitters, I find this entertaining.

I was tied to win the "donation pot" for the bracket....sadly, I didn't win since NC won.

For my GBOTW (GrandBaby on the way) I have to make these! Free pattern for Ravelry members. If it's a girl, I should also make these. This is a must have - I love the commercially made one I have by my machine. Sewing for Betty Crocker types...check out the ruffle apron. Before I sew for me, I need to do this. With my ever-changing, weight losing body - nothing is permanently affixed.

How about this to wrap your sandwich? Personally, I'm not a sandwich kinda gal - too many days at St. Joe's took care of that.

Vacation deals! Recipes for body scrubs. A great way to find the cheapest cyber price!

24 years of NYC posters collected!

Until next time...hook 'em!

Monday, April 6, 2009

Today is Knock Your Socks Off Day

In a 1953 "Peanuts" comic strip, Charlie Brown first gets his clothes knocked off by a line drive during a baseball game. And that was just the start, Charlie Brown!
"In the book of life, the answers aren't in the back."-- Charlie Brown

I need to get this for my son's girlfriend.

Sorry this is short...they made me do some actual work today.

Until next time...hook 'em!

Friday, April 3, 2009

Today is the birthday of Rip Van Winkle

On the birthday of author Washington Irving, take a long, long nap. Irving, the creator of Rip Van Winkle and author of "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow," was born on April 3, 1783, at New York, New York.


Gotta love the dolphins! Be sure and watch the video.

I love this story...trying to teach kids compassion and they're the ones who have the most of all!

This story cracks me up....bird brain!?

I like this idea and think I could leave it in my glove know, for when I'm at garage sales or the thrift store and find that perfect piece of furniture.

Until next time...hook 'em!