Sunday, November 16, 2008
Saturday, October 25, 2008
1.. Take a 10-30 minute walk every day. And while you walk,smile. It is the ultimate anti-depressant
.2. Sit in silence for at least 10 minutes each day. Buy alock if you have to.
3. When you wake up in the morning complete the followingstatement, 'My purpose is to __________ today.'
4. Eat more foods that grow on trees and plants and eat lessfood that is manufactured in plants.
5. Drink green tea and plenty of water. Eat blueberries,wild Alaskan salmon, broccoli , almonds & walnuts.
6. Try to make at least three people smile each day.
7. Don't waste your precious energy on gossip, energyvampires, issues of the past, negative thoughts or thingsyou cannot control. Instead invest your energy in thepositive present moment.
8. Eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince and dinnerlike a college kid with a maxed out charge card.
9. Life isn't fair, but it's still good.
10. Life is too short to waste time hating anyone.
11. Don't take yourself so seriously. No one else does..
12. You don't have to win every argument. Agree to disagree.
13. Make peace with your past so it won't spoil the present.
14. Don't compare your life to others'. You have no ideawhat their journey is all about.
15. No one is in charge of your happiness except you.
16. Frame every so-called disaster with these words: 'Infive years, will this matter?'
17. Forgive everyone for everything.
18. What other people think of you is none of your business.
19. GOD heals everything.
20. However good or bad a situation is, it will change..
21. Your job won't take care of you when you are sick. Yourfriends will. Stay in touch!!!
22. Envy is a waste of time. You already have all you need.
23. Each night before you go to bed complete the followingstatements: I am thankful for __________.Today I accomplished _________.
24. Remember that you are too blessed to be stressed.
25. Please share this with everyone you care about.
I know I haven't been blogging in a looooong time. The truth is my life is reallllly boring right now and I have nothing going on that would be of interest to any of you. Yawn, Yawn.
Just kidding. I am actually hard at work on my newest project for the dollhouse. A vintage shabby china cabinet that is almost finished as we speak, just a little tweaking to do. Pics will be up soon on my new blog that I have started for the "dollhouse" as I have been calling it. The dollhouse is actually, for you new guys that have not been following me, is our mobile home that we have purchased to put near the lake. You keep watching for pics now!! http://www.shabbylittleshack.blogspot.com/
I am off for now. I am going to attend a housewarming shower for Kerri this afternoon. Kerri is the girl who is living in the dollhouse/shabby little shack wannabe (hahaha) at this time and is getting ready to move in her beautiful new home!!! I am so happy for her and her family. (No Kerri I am not calling your mobile a shack, at least not til I shabby it up some, heehee!) Maybe I can get some pics of her new home today and she will allow me to post them!!!!
Have a wonderful day! God bless you all!
Your blogging friend,
Sunday, September 28, 2008
I am really liking my job now. It is really a lot to learn. The computer is not hard at all but one of those things where you have no clue where to go until the right time comes and then someone has to show you and then you really get it cause it is really user friendly to a point. Have I really confused you yet? The electronic medical records are what I am talking about. You don't use certain templates until you have that type of patient present to the clinic. Anywho It is falling into place and is a great place to work.
I still wish I could stay at home but the way the world is today I am fortunate to have a really good job. I am trying to convince myself of that anyway. hehehe
A really good job that helps me feed my habit of antiquing that is. I went to my favorite antique store today, Vintage Rose Antiques, and purchased some real goodies. An antique china cupboard for the dollhouse, a chenille bedspread, chenille shower curtain (too cool), a couple matching rose plates and an antique double size metal ice tray (we don't have an ice maker in the dollhouse fridge). I'll get some pics real soon I hope. Of course she had sooooooo many things that I need. Yes that I NEED!!!!! Good thing I love my job!!!
I had a wonderful time yesterday with my girls out shopping for fabric and of course we had to hit our favorite Mexican restaraunt for lunch. I really love spending time with them. We have so much fun together and our sides and heads always hurt after a day together from all the laughing......it is worth it though. GOOD THERAPY!!!!
Thursday, September 11, 2008
I really like the people that I work with. One of the nurses and I used to work together in the ER but I didn't know that she was at this office til I started there. The other nurse worked at the ER right before I went there. So I feel like I am following them around town!! Great bunch of front office staff too. They are all really young and really make me feel old!!!! They have such drama in their lives that seems so traumatic to them at this young age and it is right funny to sit back and watch. Boy if only they knew............ teh hee
I have done really really good with the transition of going back to work. I really hope I don't get bored until I am out of debt though.
I have worked the past three days on zero sleep too. Danny and I got into a patch of chiggers on Sunday afternoon clearing our land and OMG are they itching. I have taken everything in site put any and everything on them and it is only a temporary relief from the intense itching. The new Dr that I work for didn't have anything new to had except the tincture of time!! I am really expecting to sleep tonight. Please!!!
I will keep you posted and post pictures when I get back to work on my decorating. I have a lot of unfinished business!!!!!
Hugs to all and a goodnight wish!!
Monday, September 8, 2008
Monday, September 1, 2008
Finally the machine has a newly repaired engine as of this morning and it is on it's way to my land to start clearing it!! YES!!!
The first little piece of underbrush is moved. It doesn't take much to make me happy.
This boy thinks he's hot stuff with his big ole toys. Yep, I am sure his life would be so much easier if he just accidentaly pushed me into a brush pile ;o)
Maybe he is hot stuff. I am surely liking this place more and more. The driveway will cut around toward to the left and the home will be secluded by a lot of big trees, ya know a "private retreat" is what we are after.
It was 11 Am before we got the dozer to the land and we left at 6 PM with a pile of land cleared and the driveway roughed in. We will be back on Saturday to try and finish so we can move the mobile home in when it is ready. I am sooooo excited. It is really looking great. Pictures really don't capture the lay of the land and the beauty but it is really looking good.
Ok Enough of the boring construction shots right?
Monday, August 25, 2008
Stuff like family reunions and boating excursions and job hunting! I hate job hunting. Of course you wouldn't think that I hated it if you knew me better but I really do. I have landed (apparently landed) a job though. Fulltime M-F in a Dr's office in Blacksburg. I could throw a rock and hit Va Tech from the office. It seems that I had given up on hearing back about this position and the manager thought I knew that it was mine......miscommunication from the get go......... that might not be a good sign!!
Otherwise all is well here on the farm and around in my life. I'll update better with pictures and such soon.
Saturday, August 16, 2008
Yep!! I sure did!! After about 3 attempts at cheesemaking at home I finally figured it out!!
Look at that curd setting!!
Oh My I really could get a good stretch out of this batch too!!
Just look at that cheese!! My grandpunks Colton and Emma were here and they said it was "The best cheese they ever had." Well there ya go, straight from the bruttaly honest mouths of babes!! So I guess in this family I get the "Cheesemaker of the year" award ;o)
OMG!! It even came with a terrific chest!! I am so spoiled! It didn't even smell vintage!! It had no smell at all!!
This my little girlfriends is another service for 8 that is silverplated from W.M. Rogers also and the pattern is "Desire". Here you see it all polished up and glistening. Now you want to guess how long it will stay that way?
It has a beutiful little rose on each piece!
And last but not least, a brand new service for 12 of Colin Rowie stainless flatware. Whew! No polishing needed!! You can click on the above pics for a close-up and then you will understand why I am hooked!!
Now I have to tell you that the person who got me "Hooked" or "Addicted" to this new habit is Cindy over at http://wwwcutepinkstuffcom.blogspot.com/ ......yep it's all her fault.......I told her about it too!! If only I had a farmhouse table like hers with the drawers to store all this new flatware it would be better!!! You go Cindy!! I love ya!!
Thursday, August 14, 2008
Tuesday, August 12, 2008
This little lady is Princess Haley! Now isn't she a doll! She was very clingy to her mother for a long time cause she was scared of the water and then about 30 minutes before she had to leave she really decided that she liked it! I didn't post the pics of me floating around in the little yellow rubber ducky float that we took for her!!!!!
OK So is this a left over 60's hippy chic or Elvis's girlfriend, who know's? As you can see my hair is at a length that while cruising around on the boat my hair will beat holes in my face so I got creative and decided to make a bandana headband, which worked but the girls thought it needed Morgans "Yellow Elvis Glasses" to go with it!! Crazy girls!! They actually let me out in public looking like this!!
More pics of the Olympic Diver! Robin caught this angle with her camera. I am sure this is the shot that will be on the Wheaties box one day!! I mean perfect form!! This is my kinda diving cause when her little belly hits the water her head does not go under. How does she do it? Would it have anything to do with my weight? I mean when I dive...excuse me belly flop or fall in....I drink half the lake and of course my hair is wet!!
I love this picture!!!! I think it really captures the beauty and peacefulness of the lake on a summer evening around 6:30. The water was perfect and the air was warm and gentle and we all had a great time!!
Wednesday, August 6, 2008
Oh My little princesses are enjoying the spin around the lake now aren't they. You wouldn't think they had a care in the world. (these little tootsies belong to the little fishes mothers, however you would think that thier mothers had fins the way the little buggers can swim)
A Fish Called Emma!! (5 years old)
She is very serious about her new found sport! Olympic diving!
All wet and ready to take home her gold!!
Thursday, July 31, 2008
Well I have been singing it for the past few days now because we have purchased a fabulous mobile home for our little retreat near the lake!!! A friend of ours has been living in this home for 6 years and is building a new house and she has been so gracious to let us have first choice on her mobile.
I am so excited about this house. You see we have a nice 7' X 17' (when opened) pop-up camper sitting there now. No electricity, no water, and we use a porta-potty concealed behind 2 big tarps tied to trees for privacy. Get the picture!! Now we can really camp in style. 14' X 70' with 3 bedrooms 2 bathrooms, kitchen, living room ... LAUNDRY ROOM, 2 big decks and the best part........it comes completely furnished right down to the beds. All of this for a really great price! Only a couple grand more than we paid for the itty bitty popup a few years ago.
One of the beds that she is leaving is a beautiful full size 4 poster bed that will soon be white to look just like Stanley Furnitures "Isabella Poster Bed" that I have been drooling over for many months since I started my new "romantic cottage shabby chic look" ;) .......Robin has given me the set of bunk beds that she has had stored in our garage for many years now for another bedroom. The bunk beds are already white and it has a trundle bed also. I will have plenty of room for all the kiddos to come and spend the weekend with us there!! Then there is a twin bed for the other bedroom too!!
I have to stay focused now and not get too crazy too soon because my friends have to finish their new house first. So in a couple months I will have my little dollhouse that I have always wanted!! I have to frill it up enough so the boys won't be so inclined to stay the night there to keep from driving home after a long night of hunting!! Trust me that has already been mentioned because my husband and his friends coonhunt all around the lake!! Do you think they will like to crawl in to a white 4 poster bed with Laura Ashley sheets, pink with roses? Of course they will!!
OK so now you know the little things in life that make me happy. Hand me down furniture that I can paint is right up there near the top of my list!
Gotta get busy and finish all my painting and decorating and sewing for this home first. Or do I ? Now really do we ever really "get finished" ? I don't think so. What would there be to do with our time if we got finished?
I hope you all have a really great day!
Monday, July 28, 2008
This is her garden. She has been really busy making pickles!
The back view of her place!
Emma playing in the clothes! Look at that great big barn. It really should be on my property!
This is Colton striking a pose!
Sunday, July 27, 2008
There are 53 pieces! Look at that sugar bowl. Isn't she "Sweet"?
This set is so vintage it is possibly older than me! These were made in Japan between 1940 and 1968. (could be younger by a hair than me ;) and they were sold by Sears. They are Harmony House "Platinum Garland".
My parents house burned down many years ago now and a neighbor of their's gave them this set. Of course they recieved many sets of dishes from many friends and neighbors and my Mom said that she wasn't really into anything this fancy and decided to give them to me. Well I am not sure what kinda mood I was in but I really thought they were just about the ugliest dishes at the time I had ever seen!! Yuck! So off to the attic they went and it wasn't until we were preparing for our recent yardsale that I actually got a good look at them and decided that they were in fact not ugly but very beautiful indeed!!
It could have been the fact that I had always decorated my house in some sort of Country theme and this new Romantic Chic Theme has mellowed me out and Femmed me up a little!! It could have been the fact that at both houses I could not get to them because of having only a ladder to reach them and trust me this ole gal doesn't do ladders very well at all. But more than likely the reason was that in the basket in which they were given to me were these HORRIBLE SILVER METALLIC 1980"s placemats that were covering up the beauty of these dishes. Grant you the platinum trim probably looked pretty good with the silver in the 80's but it gagged me for years!!
The lady who gave these to my parents was an old maid school teacher that taught my Father, brother and I in elementary school and then she was the librarian for both my children in elementary school!! Ms. Julia Laprade. The only spanking that I ever got or almost got in school was from her! She swatted a really big thick paddle at me and missed my rear and it the metal on the side of the desk seat and you coulda heard it ring for miles!!! She even laughed afterwards when all the other classmates were laughing at her!!
As far as I know she is still living, I will have to check on that one. I am sure she would be happy that I am enjoying her china so much and I haven't even had a meal on them yet!!
This quest for new dishes has came because we are in the beginning stages of purchasing a great mobile home for our land near the lake. 3 bedrooms and 2 baths sure beats the heck out of a pop-up camper right??? So of course being the little "nester " that I am (bred into me from my Mom!) I have to make plans for such stuff as what kinda dishes will be in my cabinets and what kinda bedding and towels and the list goes on and on and on. The really great thing is that I already have enough of every household item there is to furnish 3 homes!!
The dishes above can be purchased from Replacements.com for an extreme fee per piece, such as $17.99 per plate ......but .....drum roll please......I just found 27 more pieces on ebay for $19.99 so I will have a 16 place setting!! Applause!!! Applause!!!
I hope you all have had a great weekend!!
Hugs to all,
Tuesday, July 22, 2008
This bigger ruffled number is also recycled from an antique chenille bedspread. The rose fabric was new from Joanne Fabrics. I am sooooo happy with this one. I purchased the bedspread at an antique store for $10 knowing that I could use it for pillows but it turned out better than I thought. I have enough medallions to make many more pillows and lots of solid chennille too.
Back of the chenille pillow.
I wish the spread would have worked on one of my beds but I think this way it will work on all 3 of them just fine! I started working on the guest bedroom today. I have the new old white chenille bedspreads cleaned and on the beds and a little more decorating started but no pics until it's finished.
Monday, July 21, 2008
These cool cats are my nephews Brad and his precious little Brady. Brady is getting a little brother in another month!! Mom had to sit this trip out but Nana and Papa and some others were there with us on their pontoon boat!!
It was really hard to read Robin's expressions. Sometimes she looked as if she was laughing and sometimes mad or scared. We weren't sure if we should stop or keep going so we chose to keep going for a really good while!!
Scared? Who could tell??
Not sure what to make of this one either. I missed the best shot which was when we decided to cut the fun and slowed the boat to a stop. When you stop this tube with two people in it it will sink quickly and the look of surprise on Robin's face was priceless as she went down on a sinking tube!! Eric knew it would happen as did we but we all forgot to enlighten her to the fact!!! She actually was game for another trip around the lake and that time when the boat stopped Eric gave her a BIG push out before it sank and she went under anyway!! I don't think we broke her cause she was having too much fun.
I didn't have enough for a really big batch of 14 Day Pickles so I studied my cook books and online recipes for a good while and then decided to make my own recipe. Yes I know that is very risky!! Danny just walked in and saw a small bowl of them on the table that wouldn't fit in the jars, and he said they were great!! So I guess it worked.
I made 9 pints and my kitchen is full of that wonderful popping sound that is music to any canner's ears!! I have also froze 13 bags of squash and picked another bucket full to freeze later!!
I had to act like a housewife today, ya know back to the real world, after the wild and crazy weekend we had on the lake. The pic above is my darling on the tube, no I am not driving the boat, Brad our nephew is. We met up with them on Sunday for a lot of fun.
This is SIL Eric skiing! He and Robin went down with us on Sunday but they had to leave early so she could go to work that night. We stayed til 8PM!!!
I have to post the pics of the 2 of them on the tube. Really cute!!!
Ok so I'm off to eat supper.....home raised fried chicken, fresh half runner green beans, squash and macaroni salad.....pickles on the side ;)