On Saturday evening, THIS was happening on the OUTSIDE of our house and. . . . . . . .
THIS was happening on the INSIDE! :(
Yes, our wonderful Missouri Tigers fought a great battle, but just couldn't make it happen. Connecticut won the game and has the honor of advancing to the Final Four this year!
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On Sunday morning, I made it outdoors again--hoping to find the newspaper that was buried somewhere in the several inches of snow that covered our yard.
The beauty of the snowfall and the clear blue sky helped me forget the sports agony that occurred the night before!
Then I headed back into the house, opened the paper and saw this headline on the sports page of our Kansas City Star!!!
"Dream season comes to an end" is how one of the articles started.
Yes, it was a Dream Season. Now the dream didn't have the perfect ending we'd hoped for, but it had a great ending none the less. The Mighty Tigers gave us hours of excitement this year! Thank you Dream Team and thank you Coach Mike Anderson for helping us have that great dream this year!!
Later in the afternoon, life was "moving on" outdoors.
Ah, yes, the temperatures were on the rise and the snow was rapidly melting!
Yes, sir, I could see the green grass peeking from beneath the snow again.
Hmmmmmmm-----what else was I seeing------up near the house?
THERE----close to the sidewalk!
Would you just LOOK at what THE STONE RABBIT had been up to!
While I was in the house-----reading the paper and talking on the phone to friends----- reliving the outcome of the game last night-----feeling a little down-------THE STONE RABBIT decided he would have fun with the Last Snow (he hoped!) of the season.
That little rabbit of stone made a SNOW BUNNY!
Honestly, how could I look at that sweet little face and keep on feeling blue?
To THE STONE RABBIT, I say Thank You, too!!! You've also given me lots of hours of entertainment!
I'm sorry. I know there is not one little bit of PINK in this photo, BUT you have to understand----Missouri has only made it to the Elite Eight six times!!!!We MIZZOU fans are wild with excitement over how well this team has played this year---and we LOVE Coach Anderson!
Their game against U Conn, on Saturday evening, will be a tough one, too, but ya know what-----we LOVE the Tigers----no matter what the final score happens to be! They've given us, their fans, a wonderful season! Good luck, MIZZOU. . . . . . and Thank You!!!
Now, on to my PINKS!!
My pal Bonnie and I exchange little Spring/Easter gifts each year. This year, thanks to the inspiration of Beverly's PINK SATURDAY , Bonnie surprised me with plenty of Eastery Pink!!
First, she gave me this wonderful "Happy Easter" sign! It is full of glitter and adds the perfect amount of sparkle to the mantel in our entry!!!
Look at this little vintagey card she found---filled with the sweetest Easter chicks with their little Pink touches!
Bonnie knows I LOVE Peeps------and that I personally believe the PINK PEEPS taste the very best of all!!
She even found a cute little PEEPS card!
OHHHHHHH-----I LOVE these little PEEPS filled with bubbles!!! Those folks at the Peeps Company really came up with some great ideas this year!!
I think my little Grand girl and I will have a great time blowing bubbles---don't you?
Bonnie and I made an Easter tree a couple of years ago by clipping branches from a tree in her back yard, then securing them in some plaster we poured into containers. We had the biggest mess you've ever seen--that plaster was everywhere but in the containers. Of course, the messier the project became, the funnier it was and the more we laughed. Our projects are never easy---but they're usually fun!
Anyway, I have some swell new ornaments to hang on my tree---many are adorned in lovely shades of PINK!!!
Bonnie always has a surprise up her sleeve! This time it was in the form of these WONDERFUL PINK candies she made!!
I have to admit, that I have (gasp) EATEN a couple of the smallest candies.
Oh, my! They were soooooo tasty! I do believe their PINKNESS added to their yummy flavor!!
THE STONE RABBIT thought one of the PINK ribbons Bonnie had used on my gifts would be perfect for him to wear for a Springy touch!!
He does look good in Pink, doesn't he?
It looks like THE STONE RABBIT loves PEEPS, too!
Hmmmmmm---it also looks like he might like them a little TOOOO much!
When I asked him if he was the one who nibbled off the head of one of my PINK PEEPS he said, "Yes!" He told me he had resisted and resisted-----until he couldn't stand it any longer!
I told him I knew EXACTLY how he felt!!! It's really hard to resist the temptations of those tasty little PINK PEEPS!
In this tough economic time, one of the places where I have tried to cut costs is in the area of "entertainment". I have been trying to find thrifty ways that help enrich and improve my life, but that are also fun!!
One such place that fits those areas I described is our local bookstore!
I love to go there. I can be entertained for hours just strolling up and down the aisles---looking at the great titles of books, checking out their lines of greeting cards, and seeing all of the other merchandise they offer---like planners, pen sets, plush animals, and book bags. See the great PINK on this one? Wow, that gal is one avid reader, too. She's not paying one bit of attention as to where she's walking---maybe she'll fall in a deep hole, or maybe she'll step on a rattlesnake, or maybe a bear will jump out from behind one of those trees and snatch that book right out of her hands. SEE!!! Going to a bookstore can spark all sorts of entertainment!
One hot section at this book store is the area where they have TONS of discounted books. I always check in that spot-----you just NEVER know what you will find at a bargain price.
On this particular day, I realized what a wealth of PINKNESS was going on in the bargain book section! Whoa, not only was there a bunch of PINK but the topics covered in these books were incredibly helpful, enriching and fun.
For instance, for $7.98, a person could find the answers to some of the most pressing questions known to mankind--like "Why do we have eyebrows?" and "What makes sled dogs run!" This book would certainly provide unknown hours of fun for a family on an entertainment budget! Your family could sit around the kitchen table on a Friday or Saturday night, munch on homemade pizza (thrifty and healthy) and take turns tossing out some of the great questions in this book!! Yes, indeedy, this is true cheap and fun and enriching entertainment at its best!
When I saw this title, I thought it might be about selling the extra stuff we have around the house that we don't need---stuff that could bring us a little quick cash in these hard economic times, but as I read a bit more on the cover, it looks even better than what I thought!
For the mere price of $4.98, a person can learn how to get more and better stuff---like a good job, the perfect man and MORE!!! That certainly is a thrifty investment for us right now! It's certainly cheaper than taking a few classes at your local college or paying an on-line date-finder!
I realized there were LOTS of thrifty PINKISH books that focused on inexpensive ways to improve our outward appearance. I didn't see the price on the front of this, but it had to be a bargain, cuz it was a book and gift set!!! It included temporary tattoos (in various sizes for various body locations) and adhesive body jewels!
I gave this serious consideration.
I know I have an Elder Body and it's equipped with the Elder Wrinkles and Sags, but maybe a few temporary tattoos and body jewels, strategically placed just might provide lots of entertainment to folks near and dear to me!!
It certainly would be thrifty entertainment in the "fun" category!
I can always come back and pick that up if I change my mind--I doubt if they sell out.
Now the Pink title on this book grabbed my attention! I love the idea of defying gravity---a workout that will lift and tone my ENTIRE body---and it will help me lose 2 dress sizes in a few weeks! That's a whole bunch of improvement for the thrifty price of $7.98!!! Certainly cheaper than a gym membership. If only I could look the way Tamilee does on that cover! I wouldn't need all of those tattoos and body jewels would I?
OH YES!!!! This PINK book certainly hits the fun, enriching and improving aspects of cheap entertainment for which I am constantly searching! For $6.98, Dolphina has promised I can get "fit and feel fabulous". PLUS, I could go on the hunt for a beautiful and thrifty belly dancing outfit to wear while I perform!!! Not only could I look fabulous, but it could open the door for a second career! I'll bet nursing homes and care centers would love to have me come in a do a little belly dancing demo!!! Of course, it wouldn't be free--I could pass a little basket around and let the guests toss in some donations!!
SEE!! Isn't this thrifty entertainment fun---and possibly profitable to boot?
I have long been a fan of Denise Austin's. I love to sit in front of the TV and watch her exercise! Whew, that woman can wear me out as I watch her do some of her "step aerobics routines"!! Now, for $5.98, I see I could "sculpt" my body with "balls and bands" just by following the directions in her book!!
It must work, cuz Denise looks very sculpted.
It also looks like a little more effort than what I want to put out at this point. It may be cheap, but it doesn't hit the area of "fun".
I'll bet she doesn't sweat either---she NEVER looks sweaty on TV after she's been working out for 30 minutes. Of course it's more fun when you aren't sweating--have you every tried to hang onto one of those bands when your palms were dripping with sweat---or do a crunch on a ball with sweat rolling down your back? It can get dangerous!
I love you Denise, but I can't do it.
Now Yoga looks like it could be full of entertaining self-improvement---for $6.98, this is cheaper than signing up for a class. Unfortunately, there's no way on God's green earth that I could sit like that gal in the PINK leotard on the cover and if I did, my legs would never unlock. Of course,getting my legs unlocked would mean a trip to an Emergency Room and THAT would not be cheap or fun or entertaining---well, it might be entertaining for the ER staff!
I think I need to get out of the self-improvement section.
The title of this book popped out because it was in PINK glitter!!
I didn't open it , so I'm not certain what it is about. I will say it did provide me with a little giggle, so that in itself was thrifty and fun entertainment!!
This book should be required reading for many parents. It looks like it could be worth every penny of its $5.98 price!
I did find one thrifty book for THE STONE RABBIT!
I had to dig deep in the stacks of books in the discount aisles, but I found just the one I thought he would like and it just so happened to be PINK!!!
Judging by the look on this face, I think it's probably entertaining--I know it was cheap! :)
Even THE STONE RABBIT likes thrifty fun---especially if it's PINK!
For much, much more PINK Saturday fun, check out Beverly's blog, HOW SWEET THE SOUND!! You'll find many folks with Pinks to share!!
Don't you just love a reason to have a little gathering of your special friends? I do and St. Patrick's Day is certainly one swell reason to call some of those buddies and say, "Hey, ya wanna come over for a little Breakfast of Green?"
Our gathering was planned at the last minute, but my buddies pooled their talents and creativity to help make the event a special one!
Bonnie brought a festive bow tie for THE STONE RABBIT to wear in honor of the Greeness of the Event! Afterall, the rest of us were wearin' our green, too!!!
We had LOTS of greenish food to help celebrate St. Patrick's Day!
Raylene brought Kiwi Fruit!
Bonnie made yummy Green Biscuits--from scratch!
Sandra brought delicious Kobe House poviticia ----not green, but heavenly!!!
Patty added Green Grapes and - - - - -
In the foreground, you can see the delicious Gooey Butter Cake made by Laura and the glasses of mimosas (yes, the OJ had received a bit of green!) made by Mary!
The butter laden objects at the top of this plate are the Green Pancakes I made. I also pulled a Christmas ham out of the freezer and warmed it to the point of nearly turning it Green. However, we had to have the ham to go with the Green Eggs!
THE STONE RABBIT sang "When Irish Eyes are Smiling" with great gusto---he has a bit of Irish blood in him, you see!
We also took turns sharing Irish Toasts and Blessings---while enjoying those mimosas AND Irish coffees. Then we were ready to - - - - -
get in line for our very own St. Patrick's Day Parade!!! What a fine stroll it was on such a glorious, WARM day!!! See how GREEN our grass is turning--just in time for the special day!
Ah, yes, in deed! 'Twas a grand old time we had at our Breakfast of Green!!!
I will leave you with this little Irish thought:
May you live a long life, full of gladness and health, with a pocket full of gold, as the least of your wealth!!!
Last Spring I shared a photo of Leanna and her husband in their tent at the Independence, Missouri, Garden Sale. They sell yummy canned foods (jellies, pickles, etc.) and an ever changing variety of other items!
Well, not too long ago, I saw her again at a local sale where she was not only offering her great food items, but also wonderful flower bulbs. She had tulips, daffodils, paper whites and a very, very special and SECRET BULB only sold to very, very special people like ( I'm blushing as I type this) ME!!!
Oh, YES! She would only let us special folks buy the SECRET BULBS and only if she was certain we were the ones who would be able to see the amazing specialness of the plants that came from the bulbs!
It was very obvious to her that I had the ability to "see" how special her bulbs were!
I told her I was honored that she picked ME to be a keeper of her SPECIAL BULBS, but that I didn't know what I was supposed to see! She slowly nodded her head and grinned and told me I would know the minute I saw it!
WHOA! How fun, I thought! A Special little secret and I LOVE secrets!
Bonnie caught Leanna selling a few of the SPECIAL BULBS to ME! See how sneaky we look when we were caught picking through that basket? You see, Leanna doesn't keep that big basket of SPECIAL BULBS out for regular folks to see. NO sir! She has them under her pickle counter--just beneath the pickled beets. That's a real handy spot for her to keep those SPECIAL BULBS---ready to grab them when the really Special folks come by----like ME!
Anyway, she sent me home with a few of her SPECIAL BULBS---and with instructions on how to plant them.
When I arrived home, I pulled out the necessary items. Leanna told me I would need one of the SPECIAL BULBS, a container for planting the bulb, some dirt and a few rocks! NOW the important thing I needed to add to the bottom of the container was a PINK rock--THAT, she told me was necessary in order for the plant to really take on its specialness!
It's hard to tell, but this rock is PINK! I dug through a pile of them in our backyard until I spotted the best PINK one I had.
I tried to get a clear photo of my Secret Bulb once I had it planted, but as soon as I added the last bit of soil, the entire container started jiggling and shaking! I think the PINK magic had already started!
Leanna told me to make sure my SPECIAL BULB received plenty of light, so I placed it in my window.
THE STONE RABBIT and a couple of his concrete friends had heard me talking about how excited I was for my SPECIAL BULB to come to life, so they gathered outside and looked up in the window at the sight of the cup holding The Secret! They were excited, too!
Everyday, I would take my SPECIAL BULB down from its resting place in the window and check to see if it needed water. Before I put it back in the window I always told it I was so excited to see the surprise it had in store for me!! I read on a blog, I think it was Nola of ALAMO NORTH or maybe Brenda of A VIEW FROM THE PINES, that it helps if you talk to your plants every day, so I was willing to give it a shot! Both Nola and Brenda are great gardeners--so I'll do whatever they say when it comes to plants!
THEN one day, as I reached for the SPECIAL BULB, I saw a little sprig of blooms coming from its middle! Woo-hoo-----the surprise must surely be near!
Two days later, I took it over to the cabinet to look at it and talk to it and that's when I discovered the first of the Special Surprises Leanna had promised I would see! YES! this SECRET BULB bloomed a PINK shamrock. This HAD to be the special surprise she was talking about!
I got on the phone and called her! I told her how beautiful the PINK shamrock was that had grown from the bulb. Then she told me not everyone SEES the shamrocks from this plant as PINK! That's right---only very, very Special People see the Pinkness of the shamrocks. Ordinary people still see them as GREEN!!!!
Well, I was hopping up anddown with sheer delight---I WAS so Special after all!!! YES! that shamrock was definitely a PINK one!
A few days later, I saw my SECRET BULB had produced more shamrocks---but they were GREEN!!!
I was so upset!!!
I quickly gave Leanna another call. "I still have my wonderful PINK shamrock, but the newer ones are Green!" I whined. "Don't worry," she said, "just wait until you see what happens next!"
I had just hung up the phone when I heard a loud, high-pitched noise and turned to see the SPECIAL BULB shaking and trembling---the little glass container was rattling all over my counter top. THEN, it started shooting out more and more of those PINK shamrocks and pushing the Green ones out of the way!!!! Before I knew it, I had an entire pot of PINK shamrocks.
THE STONE RABBIT and I were watching in shock as the SPECIAL BULB was producing more and more of the shamrocks right before ours eyes. It was an incredible sight to behold!
When the plant was finally still and the last of the PINK shamrocks was visible, he slowly turned his head and looked at me. "Those shamrocks are. . . . .PINK, aren't they?" "Yes," I said with a big old smile on my face!
I'll bet Leanna knew THE STONE RABBIT would be able to see the PINKNESS of those shamrocks, too. He's always been a very special rabbit!
Later, I told her that I thought I would write my Pink Saturday post about the PINK shamrocks that bloomed from her SPECIAL BULBS. She asked if I thought any of the Pink Saturday folks would be able to see their
PINKNESS. I told her I was pretty certain they could, because they are all very special, too!
Please visit Beverly's blog, HOW SWEET THE SOUND. You'll find many more folks ready to share their Special Pinkness!