Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Saturday at the Lake

Most of day two of our getaway was cooped up indoors due to inclement weather....booooooo.  It was nasty too-sleet, wind, frigid temps.  We attempted to go thrifting but only made it to two shops before we headed back to The Inn.  Once we snuggled in for awhile John decided to make the most of the a-man-ities and pamper himself with a self-labored manicure and who knows what else!
Trust me there is nothing to be said here that hasn't already been said.  Once the princess was sick of his man-spa treatment we headed back out and to our surprise the rain had let up.  I found a yarn shop and Hubble bought a tobacco pipe.  He is now one step closer to being an old man, although I suppose going to the yarn shop kind of makes me an old lady.  Ha!  Below we stopped at a tacky version of St. Louis's Gringo Jones.  I have no idea the actual name of the place, but this hat was the best item for sale.  The place was full of weirdos.
We then headed to the Not-So-Outlet mall and scored some good deals on books and the Gap clearance racks, but otherwise it was a total letdown.  Finally tired from traversing through the Ozarks we nabbed a greek salad and pizza from a joint called Chicago Brothers.  If you head that way, give it a is worth the money although not the best pie I have ever had either.
Thus ends our mini-vacation.  I hope we get to do something like this again in the future, although probably not for a long time.  We really needed it and we had a good time.  Adios!

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Five Years and Counting

Sooooooooo...March 18 is the day after my Dad and Gram's birthday and it is also Team Hubble's (that's us) wedding anniversary.  Woot!  We decided to get a little crazy for our five year celebration and go to.........a bed and breakfast at the Lake of the Ozarks.  I know-real crazy, but it was great because this is the first trip we have taken on our own since we have been married.  Needless to say, it was well deserved.
This is a little bit of our room.  Right outside was our hot tub.....king size feather bed....amenities....the whole she-BANG.  And the place was immaculate!  I have never stayed anywhere that clean and the hosts were charming.  We were trying not to go anywhere too country and The Inn fit the bill very nicely.  If you are in this area and need to get away John and I highly recommend it.
First night of kicking back.....
Ahi Tuna steak somewhat overdone but otherwise tasty.
Veggie side and bottle beer......the place didn't sell drafts!  And we were lucky they had Stella.
The food on the other hand was pretty fabulous at Shorty Pants.  They an extensive cajun and creole menu.  Up there is the Duck Po' Boy with dirty rice.  Dinner and then some relaxing gave us a great start to the weekend.  I will be back later with pics from Saturday when the weather turned nasty!  Ciao!

Sunday, March 7, 2010

Little Improvements with Big Impact...

...and no stellar pics, but at least you can see what it going on.
I dressed up the wall in my WC with some pics I snagged out of a Dutch Bulb catalog I found at the library sale last year for a quarter.  Some nice mats and 4 cheapo frames later and I no longer mind heading back there to read my mail.  Unlike the picture the effect is quite dazzling.

And this is some sweetness I would like to share.....last weekend Bud, of his own accord, cleaned my room, made the bed and managed the laundry pile.  On top of that he went out of his way to make some sunshine for me because he knows how much I love tulips and thought I deserved to wake up to flowers everyday.  The best part is it was all his idea!

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

This is What You Make....

When a certain 2 year old niece takes the lei from the dress up box and snaps the thread......Hibiscus Button Bobby Pins!  There will be about 24 total to give as gifts to little princesses all with unique buttons from my grandmother's collection.

These are super easy to make. 
You will need:
"Silk" Flowers  (trust me, these are not real silk)
Bobby Pins
Needle and Thread

Layer two flowers together and find a coordinating button to put on top.  Take one thread and make a lark's head knot on your bobby pin (you should have two threads to work with now).  Thread the needle with both ends of the thread and start sewing through the flowers and the button.......back down and through the bobby pin.  I did a lot of criss-crossing on the pin to make me feel better.  Fasten off and wear!