Sunday, October 30, 2011

The Haunted Hat

I was supposed to go to Dallas this weekend for my friend Tom's annual Halloween Party.  Every year Tom throws a great shindig.  It always starts with a creative theme and hand made invitations. This years theme was "The  Haunted Hat."  I purchased this fabulous little black number that reminds me of the Duchess of Cambridge, aka Kate Middleton.  I've been super pumped about wearing it. 

However, this past Wednesday evening, I came down with my annual Fall sinus infection - Ugh.  I missed school on Thursday and saw the ENT in hopes of nipping it early.  I did make it to school Friday for the Red Ribbon Week Storybook Character Parade - but struggled to make it through the day.  By the time I got home Friday afternoon I had a bad sinus headache.  I knew the trip to Dallas was out of the question.  I stayed in all day yesterday and I'm feeling better today.  Now I have this seriously posh hat and nowhere to wear it - bummer. 

I also had this creepy spider clip that I was going to wear to school on Thursday (the day I missed) because it was "Say Boo to Drugs" day and everyone could wear their Halloween shirts.  I may wear  my spider tomorrow anyway. 

Here is a blast from Halloween past just for fun.  The photo wasn't dated but I think it's from 1979 or 1980. 

Steffi/Bat Girl - Me/Witch

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

After All Tomorrow is Another Day

Y'all know I'm a huge fan of Gone with the Wind - like any true Southern Belle.  I started collecting GWTW Christmas ornaments after visiting the Margaret Mitchell House in Atlanta a few years ago.

I got the 2011 Gone With the Wind Hallmark Christmas ornament this week.  It almost always sells out before the end of October.  I waited too late a couple of years ago - so now I try to remember to get it early.

It has the recorded audio from the "almost a kiss" scene which the figurine depicts.  I love it when they include the sound.  Last years was just a plain ornament of Scarlett alone.  I really like this one. 

Monday, October 24, 2011

Beau and Pumpkins!

Steffi got some really good pics of my nephew Beau at the pumpkin farm on Saturday.  They went to Yesterland Farm in Canton.  How did he get so big?

This one's my favorite - because Beau calls me Honey-B, instead of Aunt Betsy. 

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Weekend Update!

It's been a good yet busy weekend.  On Friday night I hosted a little get-together at my place for some new friends.  It was the first time I've had friends over in Tyler. (Not including family and my Dallas peeps.)

After dinner we broke out the youth addition of Trivial Pursuit which  is a little more challenging than you might think. 

I feel really blessed to have made this little group of friends so fast.  I know I've mentioned this before, but as a single girl who has lived away from family for over 10 years, having a strong support system is really important.  In fact, losing that support was my biggest fear when leaving Dallas.  Just like with every other detail of this move - God has worked it out.  During the months of prayer leading up to the decision to leave Dallas, I prayed about all the details.  I prayed about finances, living arrangements, a new church home. I even prayed about Zoe being able to adjust well.  He kept saying, "I've got this, just go."  It hasn't all been sunshine and roses, but I'm working more each day to let go - and let Him work out the details of my life.

Famous Friends

 My Friends

New friends are great, but I miss these friends - I'm glad I'll see them soon. 
 Nick and me

 Cheryl, Me, Steffi, Christa

Me and Amy

 The whole gang

Zoe and Nick

Saturday morning I attended the Fall Carnival at my school for a couple of hours before heading to Gilmer to meet up with Steffi and Beau.  In case you didn't know - Gilmer is the home of the East Texas Yamboree.  It was kind of hot and crowded so we ended up and the Dairy Queen - ha. 

Steffi and Beau met up with Tad at a Pumpkin Patch in Canton on the way home.  I hear that got some really good pics.  I'll have to post some soon.  

Thursday, October 6, 2011


I just wanted to share this cure wall hanging of Zoe.  Christa made it for my Birthday.  She's so talented.  I love it. 

By the way, Zoe is doing well.  She has good days and bad days - but mostly good I think.  She has to have 2 shots of insulin a day.  She's lost almost 7 pounds now. 

Thank you Mom and Dad for caring for my diabetic dog.  I really appreciate it - and Zoe does too. 

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Home Sweet Home!

Home Tour Continued.

I don't really know why it took me 3 months to get everything unpacked and in place, but it's finally done - so here it is. 

Ok - for some reason, Blogger will not let me add all the pictures I need to so I may have to  do this in two post. 

Here is the hallway from the dining room.  When Christa came to visit, she helped me hang some art work in the hallway. 

My bedroom. 

So now you should start counting the doors into the bathroom.  This is door #1 - from my bedroom.

Here is my old screen door.  I got it at a thrift store for $20 over 10 years ago.  I've used it in every apartment I've lived in.  I originally intended to use it as a headboard - but that never happened.  I've used it here to separate my room and the bonus room.

My new place is really considered a one bedroom.  It does, however, have a bonus room.  It's not a bedroom because you can't access it from the hallway.  You can only enter this room from my bedroom or the bathroom.  I use it as an office/guest/craft & sewing/exercise room. 

So this is looking into the closet in the bonus room.  I've always hung random posters inside of my closets.  That door with Scarlet on it - is bathroom door #2.  The curtain hides the storage area of the closet.  Curtain by Steffi.

Walk through closet - bathroom entrance.

Keep reading the next post for the rest of the tour. 

Home Tour Continued

Here is the bathroom.

Door #3 into the bathroom is from the hallway.  That's right - the smallest room in the house  has 3 doors. 

The Laundry area is in the back of the hallway near the back door. Again, curtain by Steffi.

Finally - All unpacked - Woo hoo!

Y'all come visit.

Sunday, October 2, 2011

There's no place like home.

I'm finally getting some pictures up as promised.  I posted pics of the apartment before I moved in.  You can see them HERE

It's taken some time but I finally have everything unpacked and in place.  I'm really enjoying this neighborhood.  I love the mature trees and brick streets.  I feel very lucky to have found a place to rent with such charm.  I know it makes sense to buy a house soon, but moving is so much work.  I think I'll just be happy here a while. 

It's a four-plex, built in the 1930s.
 Brick Streets

 The foyer.

 Just inside the front door.

Livng room

Dining room

You can access the kitchen from the dining room. .  .

or the hallway.

More pics coming soon.