Friday, October 28, 2011



Please, tell me I’m not the only one that delights in these whimsical paper Mache sculpture. I’m not


quite sure what it is about this little couple but they always make me smile! Unfortunately, my family


gives me a hard time and calls them creepy. Honestly, do you there is anything “creepy” about this


happy couple? When I found them at Marshall’s a few years ago, they practically jumped into my cart!


Meet Otis Pumpkinhead, and his proud wife Pearl. They are the happiest pair I know and love to travel.


Oh! Speaking of fun. Have you downloaded Red Stamp to your iPhone? I made these quick as a wink. Just in case you are reading the personal messages and wondering why Beth and I can’t have a decent conversation it’s because every time we talk our call ‘drops’… It can be quite annoying to everyone but Pearl and Otis. The dears, stand very tall, grinning from ear to ear!

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Eat more oysters.


Just thought you might love these lamps and wanted to tell you how easy they are to make.

Here’s what you’ll need:

A cast off lamp(s) with an interesting shape as shown above. A caulk gun and a tube of Liquid Nail adhesive. A whole lot of oyster shells.


Starting at the bottom apply Liquid Nails with a caulk gun and press on a row of oyster shells. Continue to move upward adding and filling in until the lamp is covered. Let it dry overnight. Attach shade, turn on lamp and glow at your accomplishment!

Coaches Kids….I’ve never met a bad one!


The above, is something Coach Spradlin says every now and then, and I believe without a doubt, he’s right!

I know Aisley and Brennan Ransleben, daughters of Coach Wayne and Kim Ransleben certainly are a couple of amazing young ladies. These lovely sisters are two of the most helpful teenagers I know! They film and photograph football practices and games for the Wildcats, entertain the younger kids at after game parties, and babysit whenever needed. Their thoughtful kindness, generosity and helpful hearts have wowed me and many others. Last Sunday, after arriving at our house for Caramel Apple Day, they stepped right up to the plate, I mean burner and single handedly made several batches of caramel from scratch. They were so helpful, they were happy, who am I kidding, they were life savers! Then they ran outside and played with the younger kids! Thank you Aisely and Brennan for the many things you do. For inspiring those around you and for making a difference in your corner of the world. Your warmth and willingness is greatly appreciated and I look forward to watching your grace continue to grow….and being your friend.


Monday, October 24, 2011

Caramel Apples


October is a difficult month for a coach’s family, for the season has begun to grow long and lonely. Reality


has settled in. So over the years, Caramel Apple Sunday has become a tradition we all look forward to.


We washed apples, poked in the sticks, and turned on the stove. You won’t believe how easy it is to make


your own caramel. A cup of cream, a cup of sugar, 1/4 cup dark Karo and 2T. of unsalted butter. Try it!


Everyone brought their own toppings. Nuts, toasted coconut, crushed peppermint and toffee, mini


sprinkles, chocolate chips, Reese's pieces and M & M’s made an appearance this year. There were lot’s


of smiles! There’s nothing quite like women getting together for an afternoon of fun. I’m so thankful for

each of you special ladies and your precious children. You have enriched my life greatly! October has

never felt better! Thanks for the sacrifices you and your children make, that your husband can have a

lasting effect on the lives of young men. The future looks bright in Temple, Texas. Go Wildcats, Go!!!

Friday, October 21, 2011

Fall Decor…indoors!


What can I say but, ‘It’s out’! Thanks Carter, for helping me place things around the house. She’s a dandy!