Saturday, December 31, 2011

2012

Welcome 2012, this year I hope to:

1. Use my passport

2. Cook 10 Recipes out of my new Cuban Cookbook

3. Cook 10 Recipes out of one of my Mexican Cookbooks (Rick Bayless).

4. Complete couch to 5K. I have revisited this beginning with week 3.

Peace and Love and we LIVE fully in the new year!

Monday, December 26, 2011

Honest Reflections

I will be honest, I have not had a joyful last few months. I have been filled with worry and have had dashes of despair. I don't really know what the source of this has been. I am lucky enough to be married to a man I am still crazy about. I have daughters who amaze me with their kindness and generosity. I have friends who overwhelm me with their thoughtfulness.

It is beyond rationalizing, but I am still sad sometimes. I long to feel carefree and to be spontaneous, but that is not who I am. I would rather not be described as high strung, but it may be accurate.

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Syrupy Peanut Buttery Stickiness

This morning I made waffles. I love waffles while they are still hot enough to melt the peanut butter I put on top. Claire had hot chocolate, Delaney had cranberry juice and I had a cup of my favorite tea.

It's beginning to feel a lot like Christmas--even though I had a meltdown last night over two missing gifts, which were last seen in my closet. Someday, I hope to find you.

Monday, December 19, 2011

So Easy Sugar Cookies

Tonight I made these cookies. My mom made me a cookbook for Christmas when I was a freshman in college. These cookies are included with this note--Lynnea's favorite cookie. Even after all these years, every time I make them I think--yes, they really are my favorite cookie.

Ingredients

¾ cup sugar
⅓ cup margarine
⅓ cup oil
1 tbsp milk
1 teasp almond extract
1 egg
1½ cups flour
1½ teasp baking powder
¼ teasp salt
1 tbsp sugar for top

Method

Mix all ingredients.

Spread on 15 x 10 ungreased cookie sheet.

Sprinkle sugar on top.

Bake at 375 degrees for 10-12 minutes until light brown.

Cool 5 minutes. Cut into diamonds.

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Eleven



My first born, Delaney Elizabeth had her 11th birthday this week.



It's hard to believe she was ever this little.

Happy Birthday Delaney!

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Cheers...

My daughter Claire cheered her first game this morning as an Upward Cheerleader. I would have guessed playing basketball would be her choice, but she asked to cheer. I will admit, as much as I am not a cheerleader--she looks really cute in that cheer uniform.

Friday, December 2, 2011

Peace/Holiday Joy

My dear friend Quincy invited me to a Christmas Dinner at her church. It was a wonderful evening with many warm, friendly people.

Wonderful conversation helped me to realize the need to relax and enjoy each day--especially in the hectic holidays. We shouldn't be so stressed that we lose sight of the joyful celebrations of Christmas.

Monday, November 28, 2011

Neglected

Not me, but this blog.

Yeah, I haven't taken time to nurture this blog in recent months.

Truthfully, I have been feeling stressed by all of life's little responsibilities.

There are always jobs that need to be done and someplace to go.

Life can be frantic.

I am not great at dealing with the hectic pace.

I am working on enjoying the moment--and spending less time fretting over potential failures.

Anyone else been there?

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Muppets!

I can't wait..serious I am as excited as if I were going to Disney World. The Muppet Movie! Coming Thanksgiving Weekend!

I love the Muppets with a special soft spot for Animal. :)

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Will you help with the...

I am on some committees.

I have some responsibilities that involve recruiting volunteers.

Volunteers seem harder to get than ever this year.

I may be feeling overwhelming and teetering closer and closer to burned out.

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Ribbon Run



Our local Breast Cancer Run--I decided to wear my mom's wedding ring. My friend who has finished two rounds of chemo was there smiling and making her rounds of hugging everyone. I love her and was glad I was there. Of course, I wish my mother was among the survivors.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Hello...hello...

Ok. I am here. I have been away from the blogging world.

One--September was totally lost. I was ill. I had surgery. I recovered.

Two--October proved that I am well. Back to work, back to life.

Three--We went to the beach! Yay, glorious white sandy beaches. I love you.

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Food Glorious Food

I haven't been able to tolerate a meal since Saturday, August 27. Sadly, that wasn't a delicious one. It was a sandwich sold by vendors at Parrots of the Caribbean, which is an outdoor concert/fundraiser for our Rotary Club.

I dream of my friend Quincy's delicious mashed potatoes, mahi po'boys from The Po'Boy Factory, and for some unknown reason Apple Pie. I think the latter may be from watching too much food network the past week or so.

I see a light at the end of the tunnel that maybe someday in the not so distant future I will be able to enjoy these things again.

Friday, September 9, 2011

A bit less of me

Well friends, it looks like I am going to need my gallbladder removed. Many tests and opinions in the past two weeks have lead to this conclusion. No details on when yet.

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Cancer

One of my friends has breast cancer.

I am in shock.

I hate cancer.

Monday, August 8, 2011

I am fighting a war...

This war is against clutter. I am hauling out the ill fitting clothes, outgrown items, and just random junk. So long to the excess baggage they bring. :)

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Lesson from Rick Nelson

Went to a garden party, reminisce with my old friends,
A chance to share old memories and play our songs again.
When I got to the garden party, they all knew my name,
No one recognized me, I didn't look the same.

But it's all right now, I learned my lesson well.
You see, you can't please everyone, so ya gotta please yourself.


I am consumed at times with the happiness of others. I like everyone to peacefully get along. Well, lesson learned--and hopefully not forgotten. I try and try and well, people still aren't happy. Which makes me unhappy. What a crazy cycle.

Be true to my values and convictions and well, the rest isn't up to me.

Sunday, July 31, 2011

Oh Linda (or ode to cookbooks)

Remember this. I love that cookbook. I have wondered over the years what the As You Requested was like since As You Requested 2 was so awesome. Well, Josh came through and gave me it for an anniversary gift! Yes, someone received it for Christmas in 1994 complete with a matching bookmark. It is even inscribed -- Mary, I hope this becomes your favorite cookbook. Linda Adams December 1994.

Happily, someone sold it to Josh via amazon. It's in good hands now. I can't wait to curl up and start planning some cooking.

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Sleep

If you know me well, you probably know I love my sleep. Last week, a friend asked me if I wanted to go to Montgomery for the Alabama Songwriter's Showcase. Of course, I am usually up for an event like this. Three hours there, three hours back, I was home after the concert at about 2 am.

I was tired the next morning, but was it worth it? Of course.

Friday, July 22, 2011

Ink

Prompt from One Minute Writer--Ink

I love beautiful tattoos. I am amazed at the artistry of a well done tattoo. I have followed Ami James from Miami Ink to NY Ink. He and his crew are amazing. Vivid colors and amazing designs, much different than most of the tattoos I see in my day to day life.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Toes in the Sand

It's been too long.

I am a beach person. I know a lot of people are in awe of mountains and find that feeling I feel at the beach.

Few sights top a sunset over the ocean.

Then there is this craziness--Sunset at Mallory Square. I love this so much that Claire could have been named Mallory. The fact that Mallory meant unlucky or unhappy changed my mind.



Oh yes, the world is full of great places. I hope to discover many of them, hopefully there will be some sand for my toes. They really do miss it.

Monday, July 18, 2011

Homecoming

While I was waiting for Josh at the airport in Billings, Montana, I was able to witness a beautiful event. A Native American man was arriving home from military service. When he walked down the stairs there was cheering. A rug was put down and he stood on it. He was approached by older men who performed some sort of ceremony which involved wrapping a blanket around him.

I had tears in my eyes that I was able to witness this event. I could just walk away. I knew it was important to be still and respectful of this event.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Peace

What comes to mind? War? Internal feelings? Contentment? Tie Dye and Peace Symbols?

Peace is complex. I was striving for internal peace for a long time after my mom died. I chose Peace for my word one year. I wore a necklace with the word Peace engraved. I made peace a focus.

Monday, July 11, 2011

Remember Me?

I've been traveling. Thirteen states and gone from home 16 days. Whew. A wedding, Yellowstone, Mt. Rushmore, Grand Tetons, and much, much more.

Whew, we are home now. I just realized school starts in four weeks, gulp!

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Is the Glass Half Full or What?

I don't think I am a negative person. I admit, I sometimes think of all the possibilities. I think somehow if I think of it I will be prepared if the worse happens.

I have saved a Dove Chocolates wrapper that says, "Most of what you worry about never happens."

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Places I Love

New Orleans
Key West
Madison, AL
Atlanta, GA
Nashville, TN
Cape Girardeau, MO
Little Rock, AR

I decided to give blog prompts a try. I found this one

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Summer Pace

This summer has begun with a sprint...

At some point, I hope to enjoy the leisure of summer.

It will come.

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Too Much All the Time

I admit, I am on facebook. I have found it to be an easy way to communicate with my friends. Sometimes you learn things you didn't want to know. Other times, it seems down right strange. Especially relationship statuses. I am so glad I wasn't dating/engaged/etc. in the time were I had to make it facebook official.

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Toad What?

Josh and I were able to attend Toad Suck Daze, which is an annual festival in Conway, AR. We happened to be nearby when we escaped the power outages at home after last month's tornadoes.

This is named for a local lake/park which is named for some sort of something steamboat operators would yell out--or something like that. It's a family friendly event, even though the name is suspect.

Anyway, Jerry Jeff Walker was the headline music act Saturday! We were in town and JJW was there for FREE!

We had made plans to go with some friends, but in typical current fashion, the weather was not agreeable. Storms were coming and the concert was move up by several hours. It wasn't doable for our friends, but we jumped in the car and made it. Well, we got a bit turned around. We missed the first few songs. We parked and I RAN to the stage. :)

So, in a seven day span, I was able to see Jerry Jeff Walker in AR , Jimmy Buffett in MO, and Mac McAnally in AL.


Claire, Delaney, and Mac McAnally at The Whistle Stop Festival in Huntsville, AL

Shh...

I am going to a concert Tuesday...

My dad is coming to stay with the girls. :)

To the land of coconut bras and grass skirts, here I come.

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Minor Woes

I had to have a gum graft. Yeah, fun stuff. They take skin from your mouth and attach it to your gums. Odd but true.

I apparently dissolve stitches at rapid speed, so I had some issues. Yes, my stitches came out in two days rather than 5-6. So, I had to be extra careful for fear the graft would fall off. I have had three checks in the first week, when originally it was see you in two weeks. Fun times, lots of soup, pudding, and jello.

It's been an odd week or so for The Hortons.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Hello

Well, it's been a bit crazy around here. Big News:Tornadoes. LOTS of them all over Alabama. Some of them too close to think about to my home. No school for a week due to power outages and major clean up.

Friday, April 22, 2011

Confession

I called my boss to give her a heads up that I will be out one day this week for dental work.

When the phone was ringing, I forgot who I had called. I didn't know what to do when I heard hello. I stumbled on my words and said this is Lynnea. When I heard her voice I remembered who I was talking to.

Things that Interest Me

Steel Drums--middle aged white girl that plays the pans?

Mandolin--Is it possible for me to learn to play an instrument? I think a Mr. Shell, Mrs. Wegman, and another teacher I forgot her name would disagree.

Running--I have the shoes...lack the motivation.

The Quest for the perfect jeans--Is a myth much like Big Foot?

Pedicures--Can I perfect the at home pedicure?

Biographies--Perhaps I will live a life worth writing about, it seems pretty awesome on this side of it!

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

35 Things

Last year I donated 34 things to charity in honor of my 34th birthday. I am working on doing the same for 35. I have a bag started, perhaps this afternoon is a great time to finish up this goal.

To my dear friend Q who is my most faithful reader, I agree--we must see each other soon! Give me a day and we shall meet up for ice cream after school! I could be pressured into chips and salsa as well.

Thursday, April 14, 2011

I am 35

Yep, it is official. I am now 35 years old. I know it is silly, but I cried this morning. After my morning tears, the day was a fine one. I was cheered up by many great co workers. I had lunch with great friends. My husband and daughters shared a fine dinner of Stanlieos Subs with me. It is a fine life, aging, wrinkles, and all.

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

I am Falling Apart

Short story-- I have been using a sonicare toothbrush, neti pot, and have a limp.


Long story--My gums are receding--due to my over zealous brushing technique. I get to go to a specialist to talk about a possible gum graft--is it just me or does that sound terrible?

My head is about to explode with sinus pressure.

About an hour ago, it felt like my knee was going out--what? This one is new.

All in all, I feel pretty miserable and slightly sorry for myself.

Friday, April 1, 2011

My Favorite Place in Town

I love The Po Boy Factory in Huntsville. It is without hesitation my favorite place to eat. They just don't let me down. Of course, it's me--so it isn't just the food. I like the people who work there and the owners. I know, I am that kind of person. The people mean as much to me as the food. Don't misunderstand, this place is the perfect combination of both.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

What I'd Like To Be Famous For...

Well, maybe not famous, but I'd like to make great pralines. I made an ok for me, but not suitable for gifts, batch this Fall. Oddly, I don't love pecans, but somehow I love pralines.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

My Love of Robert Redford--sort of

I can imagine wearing just about everything in his Sundance Catalog. The dresses--wow. I am sort of in love with their jewelry too. I dreamily browse online, spending most of my time in the outlet section. It is how I dream of dressing--the perfect casual boho, yet put together look.




Excuse me, I have some more browsing to do.

Only Me

So in an odd, only would happen to Lynnea thing--my tattoo got infected while in NC. I can get a tattoo with no problems, but getting it removed I get an infection. Thankfully I was visiting my sister in law who is a nurse and her husband is a rep for medical supplies. It's much better now.

Friday, March 11, 2011

Spring Break 1997

Many Spring Breaks ago, I joined eight others including Josh Horton on a journey from Cape Girardeau, MO to Kissimmee, FL. Five us went on to Key West, FL.

Among the group were two couples who were relatively new in their relationships and an engaged couple. The engaged couple broke up and the other two couples both are married.

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Show Me Missouri

I made a quick trip to Missouri last week.

Josh made a work trip to Missouri this week.

Thankfully, we are both in Alabama tonight.

Monday, March 7, 2011

Lenten Season

Last year I participated in Lent for the first time. I gave up eating all meat and fish. I thought it was a meaningful experience, even making it though a week of Disney World.

I am still thinking about whether or now I am going to participate this year.

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

When I was 19

When I was 19 I was a summer missionary. I taught a lot of Bible Schools and Children's Camps. A few Youth camps were sprinkled in for good measure.

I was on a team with Audra, Andy, and Clay.

We had a lot of fun and acquired a lot of stories. I'm a crab--pinch, pinch. That one is for Audra's sake.

I also acquired a cross tattoo on my ankle that cost $25 at A Different Drummer Tattoo in Cape Girardeau, Mo.

Today I had my first laser treatment to remove it. It was almost 16 years--we had a good run.

Friday, February 25, 2011

Dear Friend and Teacher

In Tuesdays with Morrie, Mitch Albom wrote:

"Have you ever really had a teacher? One who saw you as a raw but precious thing, a jewel that, with wisdom, could be polished to a proud shine? If you are lucky enough to find your way to such teachers, you will always find yourself back. Sometimes only in your head. Sometimes right alongside."

Ben Whitener was this teacher for me. Ben was a serious teacher, who expected and at times demanded attention and respect. I first met him as a teacher when I was a 14 year old Freshman. I continued to have him for a teacher through four years of French, as well as English my Senior Year. I was a hardworking, but not excellent student. I set high goals for myself and was defeated that I never made it into National Honor Society. Near the end of my Senior Year, Mr. Whitener came to me and said, "Lynnea, I wouldn't think any more of you if you were in Honor Society." I was one of the lucky ones--I have been profoundly changed by having had Ben Whitener as a teacher and friend.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Life is Good

I am baking up a big batch of Party Mix. I went for a three mile walk today. The weather is perfect. The girls are happily doing homework. I wore my Wonder Woman lipstick today.

The sum of these parts=Happiness

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Tired

Yeah that about sums it up. I am tired. Josh was out of town earlier this week and I didn't sleep well. I was watching the clock fearful I would be negligent on my getting the girls to school on time responsibility.

It is 4 30 and I am interested in curling up for a nap--but I have places to be at 5 30, so that isn't going to happen! Sounds nice though.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Oh Yeah...

I envision this in my future decor!

What to Wear?

I am that crazy person. I try on my clothes for the day every night. Yeah, I know. I don't just lay them out. I try them all on with various shoes, etc. I have been doing this since I was little. It gives me sanity somehow. :)

As I write, I have two possibilities for tomorrow. I wonder what direction I should go?

PB Snickers

Are only so-so.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Just So You Know...

I am Aunt Lynnea now.

I have a niece born yesterday evening!

Friday, February 4, 2011

Good vs Evil

Mega Mind was totally worth the $1 each at the movies tonight. I thought it was great.

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

OXO Kitchen Shears


Not only will they cut through chicken breasts, flower stems, twine, and other household items. They will snip human flesh. Ouch. I wondered for a few minutes if I needed stitches.

Sunday, January 30, 2011

Muppets

I have a soft spot for the Muppets and Sesame Street. I especially love this guy.




Last winter, one of my students made a penguin that looked like Sam the Eagle. I think it was the way he placed the googley eyes that made the resemblance uncanny. That penguin cracked me up, I am still thinking about him a year later.

ForEveryBody

ForEveryBody Candles are amazing.

They are often on sale buy 1 get 1 free at Kohls.

They are made in the USA.

They smell great and burn completely.

Check out the clearance section and often there are seasonal scents discounted. Large jars of cinnamon and apple pie were $4.95 at my local store last week.

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Princess and the Frog

I was it's defender again last night! I even joked that I was always supporting it!

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Baking

I'm up to my elbows in these. It makes a ton of dough, so it you try them you will know what I mean about elbows.

I am baking two trays of them now. They are looking good!

Monday, January 24, 2011

While I Was Gone

I remembered how much I really like being with Josh and the kids. I really missed them! They were fine, they went to visit Nana and Poppy in Arkansas.

Bright Lights

Yeah, so I went to Vegas with my friend and co worker Carol. Yeah, we aren't really Vegas types.

We had a blast going to shows. We saw Barry Manilow. We saw Cher. We saw Penn and Teller. We saw a Magician. We saw 3D movie previews at Sony. We watched a movie at the M &M store. I had a Coke at the Coke store. We went up the Eiffel Tower. We walked around the shops. We ate lots of goodies from the Bakery in our Hotel. We watched the fountains at the Bellagio from our room window.

I laughed and told our co workers that Carol and I went to Vegas and in true Carol and Lynnea form--we managed to have a PG experience. It's who we are!

Friday, January 21, 2011

It's a Party, well sort of

You know I love you if I go to your home sales party. You all know the type, Pampered Chef, Creative Memories, Tupperware. I made a vow several years ago to not go to parties of this sort. If I am interested in any of these type of products I probably know someone who sells it and order from them directly.

I once went to a Southern Living at home party and when the order was totaled my tea was $20. Shipping, taxes, etc. that pricey tea was over the top. I quickly decided to combine my order with some one else, but still ended up spending more than I was really interested in spending for a product I wasn't that thrilled about. I didn't want to go and not buy anything.

Tonight I went to a party, because of my dear friends was hosting it. I didn't buy anything and only feel slightly guilty about it.

That is why I don't usually go.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Snow Fell on Alabama

Two winters ago, it snowed. Well, it was flurries in the middle of the night. People woke their children up at 2 am to see snow. These children had never seen snows. Last winter, we had a nice dusting of snow. Measurable snow for Alabama, a dusting to most anyone else.

This winter it snowed. Several inches Christmas eve--ugh, we missed it! We were out of town. The girls were sad. The snow was the talk of the school.

Ah, It snowed again! Really snowed, we measured eight inches at our house. It was cold, so the snow stuck around for a week.
School, church, nearly everything was cancelled. The whole place shut down for days. No school for a whole week! Bliss!



We went sledding after a breakfast of snow ice cream. We ate pancakes and drank hot cocoa. There was plenty of time for playing in the snow. The girls sprayed water colored with food color in the snow to make paintings. There were angels made in the snow on the trampoline. We had a cozy fire in the fireplace.




We can't forget this beauty of a snowman. Josh and the girls even made an igloo they could go inside! They do have an engineer for a dad after all. Eight inches of snow in Alabama sure was fun!

Friday, January 7, 2011

Why I love The Princess and the Frog

I have defended The Princess and the Frog since it came out. I watched it soon after it was released and loved it. I saw it again at the theater and now own the movie. Oh yeah, I know I am an easy sell on Disney movies and New Orleans themes, so it added up to be a hit for me.

Ray and Louis are a charming pair. A lovable, naive firefly in love with a star and a trumpet playing, goofy alligator--a perfect pair of side kicks.

I love the theme of dream big, but keep on working towards the goal. Tiana's father told her to keep dreaming and she could do anything--but it doesn't fall in your lap without working for it.

Naveen is rich--but that doesn't solve his problems.

Mama Odie reminded us that what you think you want isn't always what you need--or even really want.

I love the songs.

I love the scenes of New Orleans, the river, the street car, Jackson Square--ok beignets and gumbo too!

I love that the spoiled princess in the end really shows she is much more than that.

A green dress that looks like a lily pad, awesome!

I love that Tiana isn't looking for a prince to solve her problems, although finding a prince can't hurt!


Yeah there is voodoo. I don't see the hang up with this. There is evil/darkness in all the princess movies. I don't think this movie is any darker than The Beast ripping up the palace or the town people storming the castle in Beauty and the Beast. I can name similar scenes in The Lion King, Aladdin, Snow White, and on and on.

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Eyeliner

I never could get a hang of eyeliner. I know that sounds crazy, but it's true. I even had a makeup counter lady try to teach me a few years back. Last summer we had a Joseph, Egyptian themed VBS. I wore a costume and heavy black eyeliner every day. Hey, in the process I learned how to apply eyeliner. I have been wearing eyeliner quite a bit since then with a much nicer line than I would have imagined I was capable of doing!

Monday, January 3, 2011

Daily Grind

Interesting story about a man who keeps on going to work as usual, even though his business is closed.

2011

Peace and Love to Everyone in 2011!

If I think of anything I find witty or interesting i will post!