She’s Got the Music In Her

You know I mention my family from time to time (especially my husband, Sir Beads) but it occurs to me that in the 3 years I’ve been blogging, I’ve seldom featured my kids.

There’s a reason for this. You see, I’m very proud of my two daughters and I’ve been afraid that once I got started, I’d never shut up! I wanted to spare you that. LOL

But, I did write a post (quite a while ago) on my oldest daughter (found here) so it’s only fair that I spotlight the younger one, today. When you consider that I’ve written close to 700 posts, I think my “proud momma” percentage is pretty reasonable. 😉


My younger girl LOVES music. She studied the flute during her school years. When she plays the “Waltz of the Flowers”, or “Dance of the Blessed Spirits”, I never cease to be amazed at how beautiful a flute can sound.

These days, however, she’s having fun playing the drums!


She’s in a band with 3 of her friends and they usually have a monthly gig in a local pub.

Sir Beads and I try to make it to most of their performances. We enjoy their music – a blend of folk and rock – and although we are often the oldest in attendance, they make us feel very welcome. 🙂

The band played again last week and for that show, there was a special treat awaiting our daughter. Her uncle (Sir Beads’ brother) and aunt had driven 750 miles to surprise her! Their plan was to get here shortly before the performance and then to be just casually sitting in the audience. 😉

So, on the night of the gig, we smuggled them into the venue before the band arrived. We had them sit with their backs to the door so that our daughter wouldn’t notice them when she entered . . .


She arrived, arms full of drums, and saw nothing at first. After a few minutes, she spotted Sir Beads and me. She began to wave at us, then suddenly her face went from big grin to loud gasp as she discovered her aunt and uncle at our table. It was a wonderful evening for all of us – a memory to cherish for sure.

‘Til next time,


Santa is that you?

Merry Christmas! 🙂

“Oh my goodness!
What in the world is Crystal yakking about now?
It’s MARCH and she’s wishing us a Merry Christmas????
Poor thing, she has totally lost it.”


No worries, Kids! It was Christmas on Saturday. At least it was for my extended family.

You see, last December we were all set to have our annual holiday gathering when suddenly there was a major blizzard. We had to postpone, and it was tough to find a new date!

When you’re trying to get about 25 people together on the same day (besides Christmas) – it’s just not easy! The kids go back to college, the parents are tied up with work schedules, and then there might be vacation trips to consider. March 19th became the day that most could attend. I KNOW – in the spring!

But, let me tell you, it was delightful. Sure, there was no tree, nor any Christmas decorations, but that seemed to magnify the beauty of the wrapped gifts!

In addition to secret santa gifts, we had our traditional “yankee swap”, which was the fun-filled, my-sides-hurt-from-laughing kind of event that it always is – even more so – if that’s possible. I swear there’s a comedic gene in this family! We all have a bit of it.

Delicious food is part of our gatherings, but we know it’s the love that really nourishes us. When the day ended, we all felt very blessed as we said our goodbyes and headed home.

And now I can testify from actual experience . . .

If your Christmas ever needs to be pushed off until the Spring – or later – don’t worry about a thing! It’s not the date that counts; it’s the people. 😀


How was your weekend?



Show and Tell Tuesday

Once Upon a Time . . .

(at Paulette’s house) 😉

a brand new kitten joined the family! They named him, “Jingles” and he immediately stole their hearts.

But who could ever blame them for falling for this little fella?

Months turned into years . . . and Jingles has grown up to be ever so handsome! 😀

Paulette says: “I love all my kitties, but Jingles has so much personality. He really knows how to get to all of us. One of our favorite expressions when referencing Jingles is “he’s putting on the act”. That means, he’s acting adorable, and we all have to run over and smother him with kisses!”

And finally, this last photo has to be my personal favorite. (Yawn, stretch!!!)

Can you say ADORABLE????? (Thank you, Paulette!)


More pictures next Tuesday! If you haven’t already – please consider sending one of your photos, too! Hey, even if you have sent one, we’d love to see anything else you’d like to share!



I do! I do!

I’m back after a few fun-filled days! 😀


It was our anniversary on Friday and then we attended our nephew’s wedding – a very special celebration that lasted most of the weekend!

Our whole extended family was in attendance and we all stayed at a hotel near the festivities. It was delightful to see grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins and friends – all at the same time, and for a few days instead of just an afternoon.


The bride and groom recommended the hotel, which was beautifully set up for a comfortable stay. It was quite a treat for us and the fact that it was also our anniversary weekend made it seem as if we were celebrating that too!

How about a tour of the place? 🙂

Doesn’t this look restful?

And a little corner of the powder room . . .

We had a fully equipped kitchen.

A comfy living room

A spacious desk

The dining area was bright and cheery!

I’ll tell you more about the wonderful wedding later in the week, but for now I thought you’d like to hear about our anniversary.

We traveled to the above hotel on Friday afternoon in anticipation of the wedding which was to take place on the following day. We checked-in, dropped our bags in the room, oohed and aahed about how lovely and spacious it was, and then went out for our anniversary dinner. After that, we took a peek in a nearby mall to see if we could buy a new wedding album!

It turns out that after 38 years, a wedding album falls apart! Our wedding pix are still in fine shape – but the album is disintegrating. We found a new one at a Hallmark store and I can’t wait to put our old photos into it!

So, with a delicious meal under our belts and a new album purchased, we returned to the hotel to begin a memorable weekend.

To be continued . . .


Gingerbread Girl Pattern


Valentine’s Day will be here in about ten days!

Do you need a small gift for a sweet person in your world? Maybe one of the kids has an extra-special teacher, or you have a wonderful neighbor who gathers your mail when you’re away on vacation?

How about making this little lady and attaching her to a small box of chocolates for a Valentine’s Day surprise?


She’s a gingerbread girl who loves to dance! 🙂

This project is quick and easy! It’s made of felt and scraps of trims/lace/ribbon that you probably have around the house already, if you are a sewer. But if you’re someone who hates to sew – no problem – the directions cover “gluing” the doll, instead! Trina makes a perfect tree ornament too. Maybe you’ll decide to make a few extras for next Christmas!

Gingerbread Girl
©2009 BHEA

Please Note:
This is a decoration only and is not suitable for small children!

Supplies Needed:

9″ by 6″ piece of brown felt
2″ by 2″ piece of red felt
2 small black beads
12″ red embroidery floss
10″ ribbon – 1/8″ wide
10″ ribbon – 1/4″ wide
20″ flat lace – 1-1/4″ wide
15″ decorative trim or braid
small amount of polyfil stuffing
12″ thin gold cord for a hanging loop

For full-size pattern pieces and complete instructions, click the following link:


Have fun experimenting! Dress “Trina” in a different style if you wish. Add a little hat, a feather boa or even some jewelry/bling. You could also make a gingerbread “boy” with a felt vest and bow tie! I’d love to see a picture of your version. 🙂