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Friday, February 20, 2015

Rugby and a Trip to Las Vegas

Hi guys!

Yep, I was gone for a week and where else would I go????  RUGBY!  Which just happened to be in Las Vegas.  NO!  I've never been there before.  Have you???

I had to go.  tee hee hee.  This was a tournament of the top dogs.  The world of rugby is tough to figure out when you don't really know anyone else involved in it.  There are so many leagues.  Then there's the 2 different (I think there's actually 3) types of teams.  7 on a team or 15 on a team.  7's are fast, short games (7 minute halves) played with only 7 players on a team.  15's are full length games (40 minute halves) with, yep, 15 players on a team.  Each is played on the same size field.  Full sized.  7's are my "drug" of choice.

This tournament involved 16 teams from around the world with some of the top players in rugby.  FUN!  Our U.S. Eagles took 4th place in this tournament.  They played GREAT all weekend.  Click on this line to get to their website for more information.  At the same time, right next door, was a tournament for top amateur rugby teams.  Our local Seattle Serevi team was there and took their tournament.  WAY TO GO GUYS!  I only got to watch 2 games, but you were amazing ... as always!

Seattle Serevi line out.

We had record weather.  O.M.G.  After drowning in Everett, WA for the past several months it was AWESOME to get sunshine and 60 degree weather to wake up too each day.  I'm not a gambler so I spent a lot of time, in the evenings, hanging out in a sports bar watching 20 PLUS TV's with tons of hockey on.  HOG HEAVEN is what I call that.  Free drinks, thanks to my new friends I met there. 

Check out 2 of my drinks.

Blushin' Jasmine - yes, the orchid is edible. 

The Frozen Margarita that came with my
excellent Mexican dinner.

I spent 3 days at the rugby fields, 1 day downtown, 1 day at the movies, 1 day at the spa and pool.  OH MY!  If only I could afford to do that once a month.  Just think of the great mental therapy this would be.  LOL! 

Did I gamble?  Well, once.  How did I do?  tee hee hee!  I bet on 2 hockey games .... yep!  They both won and so did I ... thanks guys!  That's enough betting for me.  

How about a few pictures I took from the weekend?  You have to realize the crowds are crazy fun.  Ready? 

Sam Boyd Stadium, Las Vegas, NV.
Our U.S. Eagles starting lineup.
Danny Barrett ... my fav! 

The ball.

The stadium.  OH!  And check out that score.

U.S. -vs- RSA ... my "other" favorite team.

How about a few pics of the fans???

I brought the 12's flag hoping to get it on the screen. 
HA!  I guess they don't like the hawks.

2 baby bees and their "keepers".  These guys were so FUN!


AND .... I have to find a lady about a pair of earrings.  They are gorgeous.  She was a vendor at a cutting horse event going on in the horse arena at my hotel. 

I think the earrings will go great with a necklace
I bought a few years ago in Mexico.

I learned a few things on this trip. 

FIRST:  Don't believe every thing the hotels tell you when you make reservations.  You are only getting a 1-800 #.  Call the hotel directly and make them answer your questions with "proof".  That's what the internet and instant email answers are all about. 

SECOND:  Get a "real" camera.  While a fun, nice digital camera works, a 35mm digital is the answer!

THIRD:  No matter what happens on your trip ,,, just go with the flow!

BTW:  On one trip to the field I found a scrap yard.  YEP!  If they have this event again next year ... I'm going!  I just have to see what they call scrap.  OH ... I've got my fingers crossed!!!

I love going places and finding other goodies and events going on that I didn't know would be there.  I had a ball.  I had mimosas with my pedicure.  I had coffee and Bailey's in the mornings with my bagel.  I had drinks at night while watching hockey.  These are things I never do.  I believe that's what vacations and trips are all about .... doing things you normally don't get to do.

I hope you find the time to take a wonderful vacation this year.  It can be more like my normal trips ... a day or two in the mountains fishing.  OR, maybe a fun trip like this one.  Just go have fun and do something out of your ordinary.

Take care and thanks for stopping by!  Shell     

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

I Dig These Finds!!!


Are we having fun yet????  I am!  I sure hope you are toooooooo!

Check these puppies out!!!!

What??? A pile of shovel heads???

Can you say fire pit????

I hope to!

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

New Rusty Goodies That Make Me Think Room Divider

Hi guys.

How are ya????

I'm in heaven!  Why?  Look what I found ......

3 great rusty pieces.

Now they are 3 AMAZING rusty pieces.
Can you see it????

Does this look like metal bamboo to you?

Does this look like honeycomb???

Rusty honeycomb???

Waiting for my plasma cutter!!! 

Bamboo and honeycomb are something you will find in nature.  We love to find them in our gardens.  SO!  I'm going to make them into a garden room divider.  I'm hoping to make a few of these.

1st divider:  the "bamboo" hanging from a wood frame.
Middle divider:  the sheet of metal with a nice cutout design on it.
3rd divider:  another "bamboo" hanging from a wood frame.

Then the "honeycomb" might become the header for all 3 pieces.  OR it might work into another room divider.  I'm not sure yet.  Although, by the time I get to putting these together ,,, I might change the whole idea.  Who knows.  I'll know as I'm putting them together!!!

I think these will be a hit!!!  I might even hang these from chains so you can hang them from your covered patio????  I just don't know yet.  Although ,,, I'm finally excited to get outside and start a piece.  After all!  It's only 4 1/2 months away.  EEK!

Thanks for swinging by!!!!  Shell

Thursday, February 5, 2015

A Couple Fun Finds For Sorticulture


Check out these funky little finds.

Last year I gave one of these to a little guy about
2 who was having a very bad day.  It was fun.

I will mount this on a piece of rebar
so you can plant it in a garden.
These are fun in your garden and the prices will be great!!!

Friday, January 30, 2015

Look at this Sweet Vintage Fairy Garden Light

   OH MY!

       This is why I go looking for goodies. 

                This will be on Etsy soon!


Isn't she just the sweetest little lantern
you've ever seen?

The fairies broke out and made a run for it.

Needs new wiring.

The back is damaged,
but I would leave it alone.


Great view!  Nice color and texture.

How it mounts and hangs.


The hanger is secure. 
Your lantern can not fall off.

This is just gorgeous!  I wouldn't rewire it.  I'd set it in my garden some place so the fairies can come home.  They were being held by the troll and they had to break out of the back to get away.  They lost their house and they want to come home.  So, put this in your garden by some moss and a few clumps of wonderful flowers or small stumps.  Then they will show up and take care of your garden and it's good bugs just for you.

Some thing like that.  I suck at telling stories don't I?  Oh well.....

You could also set this on a metal or glass plate with a candle inside the lantern.  SWEET!

She's a beauty!  More soon!

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

I've Got Garlic Dip Breath YUMMMMMM!


How are ya???  I'm over here in the Northwest in record or near record heat.  Where are you?  Breaking any records?  I've seen some of the weather reports on TV here and I'm so happy I LOVE the rain!  I can not believe some of the snow and storms I see back East.  Hang in there guys!!!

Hey!  With the Seattle Seahawks in the Super Bowl I was thinking of junk food to eat that day.  It's legal and fat free that day.  Tis Too!!!  LOL!

Here's an amazing garlic dip recipe that never fails to win the hearts and breaths of every one who tries it.  Just 5 ingredients.  If you want ,,, you can make it like I do.  How's that?  I don't measure.  Just toss everything in a bowl and mix, pour, bake!  DONE!  I know.  I suck at reading recipes.  tee hee hee!

The only way to mess up this recipe is by NOT putting enough garlic in it.  The Parmesan cheese gives it texture, crunch and a little flavor.

Here we go.  Please forgive the pictures.  Those icky new light bulbs turn all my pictures yellow.  ICK!!!

5 foods you love to hate!

Toss it all in a bowl, then throw that in a pie plate.

I saved a little... sorry, indoor picture!

OUTDOOR!  A little for me, a little for a friend.
We'll bake these Sunday.

Creamy and lumpy!  It's okay.  It's from the parm cheese.

350* for 40 to 45 minutes ..... OH MY!



Crunchy crusts!  You know you want to try it!!!

Just one BIG bite!!!
Can you smell it???

YEP!  My recycle guys got this today.

This was all that was left.  Sorry!  Indoor pic!

Here's the recipe:


1 ½ cups mayo

1 ½ cups sour cream

8 ounces cream cheese – softened

3 TBSP minced garlic, not dry (from a jar) OH>>> I like HEAPING TBSPs!!!

2 cups shredded parmesan cheese 






You can serve this warm or cold.  I like it either way, but it's delicious straight out of the oven!!!  I eat butter snap pretzels or Wheat Thins with this.  Any type of chip would work, just some better than others.
OH!  It makes a very large batch!  If I don't need this much ... just make half the recipe.  Or,,, well, I kind of put 1/2 the ingredients in.  Like the cream cheese,,, you can buy a 3 ounce block.  Close enough!  Only have 1 cup of Mayo at home,,, close enough.  These changes barely make a difference in the taste. 
This stuff is truly amazing.  Give it a try...


Monday, January 26, 2015

A Shower In The Making

Hi guys!

Look what I found!!!

Crusty and old!!!

Isn't this a sweet shower head???

Yep!  Old and used!!!  It just needs some TLC!!!

I get so excited when I find things like this.  Do you remember what last years shower looked like???  Click here to see it.

This is going to make a great shower for Sorticulture.

Thanks for stopping by!  Shell