What a good and productive week this has been. On Monday, we traveled back from Austin early so we would be able to let Trudy outside before her little bladder popped. We had tried something different this weekend since the regular pet sitters weren't able to keep her. A very nice lady from church came to our house to stay with Trudy and, although I had a few qualms about it, all was well! Since she had to go to work early Monday moring, we needed to get home ASAP!! I thought the trip would wear me out, but I felt energized after a cup of coffee and did a few household chores, bought groceries, and then fixed dinner.
On Tuesday, I made a grape salad from a recipe I found on Pinterest. I was looking for something really simple and this was it! Our Ladies of Grace was having a salad lunch at my friend Victoria's beautiful new home. I took home an empty bowl and later that day, Victoria told me her husband had judged the grape salad to be the best of all the others! Super! I have the link here for the recipe for this easy Grape salad.
Thank you, Victoria for hosting this very nice luncheon for us.
After lunch, Marie, aka the Chicken Lady taught us how to make washcloth animals.
(Marie is known as the Chicken Lady because she loves chickens,
collects them, and wears various chicken outfits
to minister to children and at nursing homes.)
Each year we pack shoe boxes for Operation Christmas Child for Samaritan's Purse. You are probably familiar with Operation Christmas Child. Marie thought it might be fun if we made these practical little gifts to put in each box. You can slip in a bar of soap and the child can then untie the ribbons and have a bar of soap and a washcloth!
On Wednesday, I went shopping for a birthday gift for a friend and, of course, I found a lovely gift for me! I never wanted to spend the money for a Vera Bradley bag, but Dillard's was having a 50% off sale, so I thought maybe! just maybe ... and I did!
On Thursday, I met my friends Nancy and Sherri for Sherri's birthday. As always, it was so nice to be with them. We go back a looooong ways and only see each other now four times a year - for each of our birthdays, and at Christmas.
Thursday evening Jason and Amy came over with the kids and we had dinner at the new Cheddar's Restaurant. They were all sunburned from spending the day at Hawaiian Falls water park, and very tired, but excited about the good time they had that day.
On Friday, I met my friend Connie for lunch to catch up with each other, and later that evening, attended Amy's Jamberry party to check out the fun method of doing nails yourself in a most easy way without the fuss of waiting for nails to dry or paying for a manicure only to have it chip away the next day (very long sentence, I know). We each did a sample and today, I even felt inspired to polish my nails as I wait for my new set of nails to arrive next week.
Except for the usual Saturday type happenings, chores around the house, etc., oh well, I also spent this morning searching online for a quick little trip for DH and me next week. I had pondered making a trip to Tulsa and Arkansas to visit relatives, but somehow it just seems too hot to be driving and getting in and out of the car. It was my plan to make stops at different memorable places in Arkansas and to take photos of aunts and uncles while I can. Then I thought about a trip down to Wimberley, Texas which is supposed to be really nice, but decided that is a trip that should be made in the spring or fall. Just as I was ready to give up my search, I stumbled upon a fabulous spa/resort about an hour and a half away which looks wonderful and after reading over the website and finding it all booked up for the dates I wanted, decided to make it a birthday/anniversary celebration for us in a couple of months. Great idea! It is a diamond collection rated spa/resort and one of the top ten culinary inns in the world. Who knew?
I Am. So. Excited!
Amy and I are attending an event at Covenant Church for an Evening with Kari Jobe and Christine Caine. I'm looking forward to this, and dinner with Amy. We haven't had much time together since Kate started school.
And finally, this past six weeks, I have been dealing with the proverbial hair dilemma. Blech! Bad haircut and bad highlights, along with humidity have given me fits!!! My friend Elizabeth at Beauty Without Within has been discussing hair this past week, so I thought I would share my trials and tribulations with hair.
This is what I like my hair to do:
This is what it wants to do:
This week it's going to be whacked off!
I am hoping for the best! Just very thankful I have hair and that
And finally, last, but not least! As a matter of fact, much should be devoted to the fact that five of our finest from the Marines lost their lives this past week in another horrible and senseless killing. I am so sad for the families of these brave souls who lost their lives not on foreign lands, but right here in our country on a military base. Tragic. We live in a sick world.