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Snail Shell Art

6 Mar

We probably have over 50 snails in our yard on a regular basis. I like to see them hangin around all over the place.

I’ve heard of people painting snail shells as a sort of tracker. It’s a cute idea, but I imagine the paint fumes would be harmful to them.

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So, instead of harming my slimy little friends, I went on the search for some empty shells….

I painted this one white and put a small fuchsia heart on it.

Snail 2Back outside it went, as a decoration in my potted plant. It would be cool to see it moving around one day with a new snail in it!

If I had a garden I would paint a bunch of different ones and scatter them throughout!

snail 3Pretty cool huh?

Tata!

Christine Kay

The perfect table for two THREE!

15 Feb

Why so smily and happy? I’ll tell you why.

Happiest girls are the prettiest girlsWes left for work early on Thursday morning, and I got to work with romancing up our house! By the time he would get home, it would be Marvin Gaye central in here!

So, I’m running around the house picking up, watching Adrian and crafting little Valentine’s Day themed crafts…

(Like this heart chain that I hung in the livingroom)

Heart streamer

……..and I hear the doorbell ring.

It could either be another dang salesman or something from my Honey and I was glad that for once, it was not the salesman.  Believe it or not, yes, it was a surprise, because our Valentine’s Day celebration is this weekend in Vegas!

Oh the life of a spoiled girl

Card Chocolate covered strawberries Edible Arrangement packageThere’s something about teddy bears that never grow old 

After getting my package I was determined that my fiancée would not “Out-gift” me (like he always does). So, I got to work again with a little more pep in my step!

I created our own romantic restaurant at home!

I named it Amore Ristorante (Italian for “Love Restaurant”) because we were having very Americanized pasta. The sign also says Featuring head chef, Christine Kay, Please wait to be seated.

I taped it on the inside of my paper rose wreath, and hung it on the exterior of the door so Wes could see it before he walked in…

Amore Ristorante sign

I printed out menus that said “Valentine’s Day Special” and made place settings like we were at a formal sit down dinner.

 A perfect table for two!

Table settings with Menu

Buon Appetito!

Buon Appetito

So, I planned to feed Adrian and let him play in his room with his toys while we ate dinner. Everything was going as planned until Wes walked in the door…

Wes was totally suprised and his smile was pricesless!

However, as soon as he started talking, Adrian’s daddy radar went off and it was break down central until he picked him up. He is always so excited to see him when he gets home (a daddy’s boy).

We just had to make some small changes to our table and then it was perfect!

table for three

Adrian eating pasta

Now you see why I’m the happiest girl? What a wonderful night!

Hope you all had a wonderful Valentine’s Day like I did!

Tata,

Christine Kay

Horns

9 Feb

Finally finished reading Horns by Joe Hill last night, after having to put it down repeatedly! So I am officially in “the book is over” hangover – You know, when you were so excited to get to the end but then it’s over, and then you pout for a day? Yup, that was me last night. (signs of a good book)

Thanks to this book I had an interestingly realistic dream that my twin was the devil!

So yeah, on to the book……

Horns by Joe Hill

It was on my list of books to read from my earlier post on The Great Gatsby. “26 books to read before they are adapted into movies in 2013”

I didn’t even know who Joe Hill  was until I read this book and oh man, he is just as imaginative at thriller/horror novels as his Father, Stephen King. (He looks a lot like him by the way)

I absolutely loved this book and am on my way to reading his NY Times best seller, Heart Shaped Box, another thriller.

Horns, written in five separate parts, going back and forth within the story, kinda like the movie Pulp Fiction. Hell, Cherry, The Fire Sermon, The Fixer, and finally The Gospel according to Mick and Keith (a nod to The Rolling Stones).

The beginning of the book, section Hell, he really draws you in.  Ignatius Perrish wakes up from a blackout night of drinking after mourning the loss of his brutally murdered girlfriend, Merrin Williams.  He stumbles to the bathroom mirror and realizes he is sprouting devilish horns from his head. At first, he is trying to wake up from what he thinks is a bad nightmare, until he notices all the people around him feel compelled to tell them their twisted, sinful secrets.

Instead of losing his mind with his new-found devilish power, he uses it to try to find Merrin’s true murderer, which was unsuccessfully pinned on him from the very start.

The movie is post – production and will release sometime in 2013 with no definite date. Daniel Radcliffe (Love him) is cast as the main character, Ig Parrish and I think he will do well (little Harry Potter is so grown up).

I’m not sure they have the full cast pinned down, but the main line up is here.

Here’s a web search of a promo photo I found.

Side Note:

I might not have picked up on this, had I not known the cast before I read the book, but there are Harry Potter references that I picked up on.

In chapter 22 he describes a waitress as one of the evil witches in Harry Potter, and in chapter 28 Ig  is preaching a devilish sermon to snakes, I hope they don’t make it sound like parseltounge in the movie. 😉

Also, his psychopathic BFF, Lee Tourneau, is described as a silvery blonde (aka Draco Malfoy), but they cast a brunette to play him. Which I think was a good move on their part.

Maybe I’m just hoping that Joe Hill is just a big, dorky Harry Potter fan…like me.

Just an observation.

Seriously, this book is nothing like the Harry Potter series, and I hope they make the movie as gruesome as I read it, Rated R.

What did you think of the book?

Next week…

Paranoia by Joseph Finder

Tata,

Christine Kay

The Great Gatsby

4 Feb

I came across this article while skimming through the internet, “26 books to read before they’re adapted into 2013 movies”.

I’ll be honest, usually I don’t care for many books that are made into movies, it’s never what I pictured and sometimes they leave out unique parts that were my favorite.

However, I was taking a break from my usual Mary Higgins Clark and wanted to try out some different genre’s.

In the article there are some titles that I don’t care much for reading, and some that are already in the theaters. So, I picked about 10 books from their list that I would actually go to the theater and see, and put them on my local library waiting list.

I’m picking them up as they come in….

Yesterday, I finished F. Scott Fitzgerald‘s  The Great Gatsby…again.

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It’s a great book and a quick read.

I love that when I picked it up from the library it looked like it was read a million times.

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Made me smile to think of hundreds of other people who have kicked back in a comfy chair and read it, like I had.

Leonardo DiCaprio will be playing “Gatsby” ,and I think he is brilliant for that role. I can already imagine him in his swanky suit, with his hands in his pockets saying “Old Sport”.

Tobey McGuire will be playing the narrator of the book “Nick Carraway” .  How perfect is he? I always imagined him as a mousey sort of man and Tobey McGuire fits that bill.

The others, well,  I’m not so sure about, but either way, I think it’s worth seeing.

What do you think about the casting of this movie? You can see the full cast here.

Here’s the official trailer!

The trailer wasn’t what I expected. Maybe a bit too much of a modern flair to it, but we shall see.

Reading Gatsby

I just picked up the second book on my list.  Horns by Joe Hill.

Follow up to come in a few days!

Tata!

Christine Kay

Libraries and Help Signs

23 Oct

First off I must say, hello again. It has been a long time since I have seen you last and I have missed this (you all).

I have been very busy with a growing baby boy and a domestic goddess sort of life but I have decided to get back to focusing on a little more time for me. Me time which is often spent these days either reading or thinking of writing.

I remember as a kid my mother always took me and my twin sister to the library. The library close to where we grew up in Virginia was a pretty large one compared to where I go now, tons of isles filled with different genre’s, a huge auditorium and a separate stage for story time or other library activities. It was brand new and we had wonderful memories there.

I hadn’t been to a library in those many MANY years since I was a kid. In my teens I never read any books. Mostly, because it was usually a teacher telling me I had to and I was too busy running around with my friends.

Now it is back on the top of my favorites list like it was when I was a child.

My cute little library is only a couple of blocks away from my house. It’s right next to a gas station, dollar store and a barber shop where the area military men get their buzz cuts. There is always an older homeless woman outside next to the book return slot with a shopping cart full of  random things.  She wears heavily clumped mascara, a large coat and always has a sad look.

I usually visit my library once a week and stop in the dollar store for random crafting things while I’m in the area, maybe next week I will give the old woman my spare bucks instead of going to the dollar store. Then again, I never know if she would be offended by me offering money. She never has a sign asking for help, she never speaks and you just never know about a person I guess.

Yesterday, I saw a woman on the corner at the stop light with a sign that said “Need some money for gas so I can apply for jobs Please Help.” I noticed a ton of people giving her money out of their car windows and I wondered why I never see that with anyone else holding signs……It’s probably because her sign showed some initiative to work and be  productive.

I will admit that I am always the person rolling down my window to spare a dollar, even if I have a feeling that what they spend that dollar on is not for their best interest.  It still makes me feel warm and fuzzy inside to think they might have gotten something from the McDonald’s dollar menu or a needed item at the dollar store.

~Christine Kay

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