Sunday, November 29, 2009
Well, the Georgia vacation went great! It was just wonderful with my sister in law and her family. We ate like kings and shopped like movie stars. We had so much fun just hanging out.
Vandy even went hiking two times. He hiked up Hardin Mountain the first day and the second day he hiked up two mountains, Blood Mountain and Brasstown Bald Mountain, which is the highest mountain in Georgia. He had a priceless moment on Blood Mountain with a ham sammich and a cold stout. He was so happy when he showed up for dinner those nights and it made me happy to see him glow like a little boy.
This upcoming weekend we head to Louisiana for Heath's wedding (my cousin on my Mom's side). We are also going to go see Vandy's dad. It should be fun, but I have to be homest with you .....
I just want to stay home and decorate and clean and enjoy the holiday season.
I'll try to catch up on everything I have been promising to post. But in the meantime, enjoy a glass for wine ..... oh I am the one holding all the wine from Crane Creek Vineyards ... another story to share with you!!!!
Saturday, November 7, 2009
Addie went down to Morehead State University in Kentucky again this weekend with her best girfriend. They got up at 5 AM this morning, got ready and off they went by 6am. She arrived safely, OUT OF STATE, at the exact time Gerdy said she would .. 9:30 am .... and they LOVED it. LOVED. Not, it's okay Mom. It's alright. LOVE IT ....
So I ask you, what was I thinking? I have been crying like a baby all night now. She's home safe and sound and at a sleep over with the other three girls that went down and don't love it. But, she and Erika are ready to go now ..... SHE HAS 6 MORE MONTHS OF HIGH SCHOOL.
Man, I am thinking I need more time for this transition. Pray for me. Really.
Wednesday, November 4, 2009
Welllllll, last year I became an addict. I haven't started any 12 step program because I LOVE making them, I love even more the excitement on my family and friends faces when they open one and it's so fluffy and cozy. And I have to admit, flannel is easy, but corduroy is all about the warmth and fall and winter and yummyness. And who would have thought quality matters -- IT DOES LADIES!
I have 7 quilts completed and 5 more to finish. When you have a bolt of innies, it will go to waste if you don't sew it all up, which is what I am doing, sewing it all up. LOL It's like that last dollar in your pocket ....... it will get funky in there if it is all alone and not out with other month and getting yor a Hershey Chocolate Bar with Almonds.
Anyway, I'll post the stack of quilts later, because right now I am sitting under a ZSQ clipping and I don't want to get up .... you'll seeee, try it, join me in my addiction ........ giggling
Monday, November 2, 2009
Wow, what a worldwind weekend.
I am just exhausted. I knew when my other best friend didn't ask me to be "in" her wedding, that I would be "working" the wedding instead. Which I love to do, honestly. I took Michelle for her mani/pedi, then to get her hair down and calm her nerves and tell the "professional" hair dresser where she needed to hide bobbie pins and protected her from her "mean" sister. I made all the brides maids bouquets, and helped with decorating the mansion and then managed to go upstairs and help her with her dress and calming her down again ..... and I took a ton of pictures. I like being useful.
The best part of being busy this weekend was, well it was my Dad's birthday. And I missed him, but I was way too busy to miss him too much. It was nice to be busy and needed.
It was a beautiful wedding and she was a beautiful bride.
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
I saw this idea in a magazine, twisted it up a bit and now have decided I am going put it in my favorite things baskets I am making for my friends this year for Christmas presents. Now Addie thinks they are ugly, but I like 'parkly things too, like my, goodness, my 3rd cousin Morgan who is umm I think 3, maybe 4, definitely not 5. So here is my 'parkly day.
Anyway, I had been collecting silver goblets, to do something else with, so after collecting about 20 of these things, I have decided I don't want to do what I was going to do with them, BUT, I love sparkly things and I think it will look great as a topper to my baskets of love, or my favorite things ..... and to show you the love .. remember a few months ago I was making hot pepper relish, not gooey candles, well those are going in my basket of love too .... and here is what I went through ....
Monday, October 26, 2009
Can you see the joy on my face? I am just so flipping excited. So excited. I am ready .... I need the barn wood flooring, but I am truly ready .. "Picture This" is going to be a great success.
And you know, it couldn't be possible without my parents ... they bought me my first camera .... and my beautiful, adoring, super supportive husband and of course, all the encouragement from my friends.
It feels right, it feels sooooo right.
Thank you friends.
Saturday, October 24, 2009
One wall left to paint, the accent wall on the wall I won't use in the studio.
I am venting.
Do you mind?
The one wall I am going to mix with a quart of white and the damn gray I have left over. Oh and did I mention. They told me I needed two gallons. I barely used one ... so who wants a flipping gallon of GRAY paint?????
I can't even take a picture of it .... I want to cuss.
So, I am going to go find a pillow and scream in it. I am going to scream until I have no voice left so I can only whisper to the paint EXPERTS that I need a quart of white.
And what's the difference between gray and grey anyway? Earl perhaps?
Wednesday, October 21, 2009
I have been gearing up for the "grand" opening of Picture This and it is sooo much fun. I am of course, taking pictures as much as possible! Can I total telling you that nature just offers us unexpected gifts .... and this is one of them!!! Back to wrk, enjoy the shot!
Monday, October 19, 2009
Hello hello! Okay, I had forgotten, but then I remembered! The grilling deck is finished!! The "man" grilling deck is complete! Wooohoooooooo Vandy finished it a few weeks ago, like the weekend after my sister and I decided it was a "girls" dance floor. We danced all night on it, do you remember Sugar Hill Gang.
Anyway, it's so totally cool! And we have a sail to put over it to keep the sun off all those grilling heads, but that won't go up until next spring. Call Vandy and tell him you want him to build you one too! He won't, but it would make his day! lol
So what do you think???
Saturday, October 17, 2009
Don't feel sorry for me, my husband is home today taking care of the things that I would be taking care of, but haven't the energy. Laying back down now.
Have a great day.
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
So miss me. Think of me. And I'll be back with pictures of the new paint job. Friday. FRIDAY I say.
Monday, October 12, 2009
And this is the ugly. I have not a professional upholsterer. I am so frustrated with this piece and the scary thing is, I have two of these chairs!!! GRrrrrr They are really going to look cool in the studio, I left one really vintagy with chipped paint, layers of different decades of paint and the other one I painted a black. So the back I have to upholster and I am clueless. So, if I leave it for a day or so, someone will come to my rescue, I am sure of this!!!
And well, the ugly is just too ugly to discuss. End of discussion!!!
Saturday, October 10, 2009
HOMECOMING! And you just can't practice and play with homecoming pictures. I was afraid, really afraid. Senior year, last high school homecoming, all dolled up and Mom messes up the backyard photos! YIKES!!!! Well< I didn't, at least I don't think I did. I'll find out tomorrow when I download them. I want to take a break. And guess what????
It's break time! Night night all!!
Wednesday, October 7, 2009
So, I have I told you about the traveling adventures coming up? Look at this ...
September was Arizona
October - Maryland, wedding
November - Georgia, Thanksgiving
December - Louisiana, Wedding
January - Arizona again I hope, party
February - Michigan for snowboarding and skiiing
March-April - Florida, spring break
May - OHIO -- Addie graduates from HIGH SCHOOL!!!!
June - South Carolina
July - Marathon in the Keys
New luggage is in order! So how is that schedule for traveling this year?? lol You want to be me, don't you! I knew it!
Sunday, October 4, 2009
Okay, okay, I remembered weeks ago saying I would post my Country Living and Extravaganza finds .... so here are a few pictures. I am playing catch up at home, I am going to paint the studio tomorrow and I am going to recover the chairs I bought .. I am I am ... as long as my swollen knee cooperates with me. Don't ask. I fell. Hard!
I was nine and she was eighteen. Eighteen with a guitar and an amazing voice. She knew all the worlds to Bye bye Miss America Pie, drove my chevy to the levy (we actually walked to a haunted house, down a long farmers path, away from all the adults singing this song) I remember my sister shel, her sister becky and our other cousin debbie ... and the make believe band in the house. Someone found something to beat on for drums, and I played air guitar. And we all sang, but not like the coolest cousin. That was 33 years ago, the summer of 72, hippy clothes were in and coolness was at its peak, at least for a nine year old.
Last week, after all those years, I got to spend a few days with my coolest cousin in Arizona, so far from Salem Ohio, and she got out her guitar and sang some home spun songs for me and I was transformed back to being nine, in awe. Bouncing on one of those giant exercise balls, smiling like a kid that had just lost her two front teeth, that giant smile that only a mom can truly appreciate. And she just floated in her own little "I can't believe I am doing this, I never do this, never ever" world, but continued to pluck away for a few more songs. And I am forever grateful. And in tears at the moment, so blessed, entirely blessed beyond words. To have my coolest cousin back in my life and well, we have SOOO much in common. I am from this family, this artistic, cool, inspiration family and I am normal, well as far as normal can get you ... but better than all of that ... we are cooler than normal people, we are artistic, both in similar and different ways. I am 46 and cool. Hmmmph.
Artistic people look normal too.
Thursday, October 1, 2009
A white dress, no spills. She wasn't worried about her chores once she fell down the rabbit hole. No, Mom badgering her about the laundry she left all over the basement floor, the excessive driving she did in her new car .... lol .....I think I will have to reread that book.
I am procrastinating putting my things away and preparing for tonight's class. Prep work. Yuck. I actually want to snuggle back into bed with warm fluffy socks and dream of warmer days .... sunshine and suntans and the smell of coconut oil. Fall is here. I see her and normally I embrace her like my long lost friend. She looks great, wonderful new wardrobe of oranges and reds, a crisp stride in her walk. Me, still holding on to bright pinks and yellows, but I know she has arrived to do her annual makeover .... and I will eventually give in.
So, off to the jean closet and thinking Alice had it easy in that white dress and blue apron.
Tuesday, September 29, 2009
It's day five in Arizona and I am just not ready to leave. I need an extra day or two. I do wish Addie was with us, but school is keeping her home this trip. I watched the sun rise this morning, and the colors simply put are like no colors I have ever seen in a sunrise.
The picture is not the sunrise I saw, that picture is the sad excuse of the picture I wanted to take on the way up to Cottonwood the other day when Vandy was doing 88 up a giant curvy hill, but wouldn't stop, so I had to take a picture on the way DOWN from Cottonwood when he did stop. I do love my husband, but he doesn't stop until he is ready to or I say, I am going to pee in my pants if you don't stop. I didn't have to pee on the way up the hill to Cottonwood, I had to throw up and couldn't tell him because I was scared to death, Go speedracer go!!!
Monday, September 28, 2009
I am in Arizona.
Tim Holtz lives in Arizona.
I am in Arizona. Wondering. Do you think? Just maybe? Well? Do you? Hmmm.
Looking for phonebook. Grrrr yellow pages. He's probably not listed.
Tim Holtz might invite me to dinner, though, if he knew I am all the way here from Ohio and a fellow scrapbooker.
Hmmmm. Wondering. Wishing. Thinking. I'd like to peek at his studio, live and in person. Should I?
Tim Holtz lives in Arizona.
I am in Arizona.
P.S. Tim, if you follow my blog, call me, I'll be right over. That's not stalking if you call me first.
Friday, September 25, 2009
I think we could live here, truthfully. I could sell our entire household and drive cross country and reside in this state. Vandy said he'd like to live up north a bit, but I am okay so far with the heat. I thought Edwards Air Force Base would kill me, the lack of greenery, the missing smells of spring and fall .... the none existence of seasons, but today, today I think Arizona is beautiful and I am sharing it with the love of my life.
I have things on my plate at home to finish up, but I am going to enjoy these five days without worry. That's my plan and I am sticking to it.
Saturday, September 19, 2009
And then today I went shopping at "Country Living" in Columbus. Okay, okay, it was fun. I now officially have two new favorite stores. I promise I will post pictures tomorrow if my finds. I promise!!!!
And of course I am getting ready for my trip to Arizona!!! WOOHOOOOOOo I can hardly wait to teach and play and sightsee and sleep in and eat and play!
Monday, September 14, 2009
What a trying week. This picture should explain it all. I am glad that part is over! Now I am packing to go to Arizona to play with my cousin Jenny and my friend Melanie! I am so excited!!! I have so many scrapbook/card goodies to bring with me, well, heck I am going to mail then, you never know what you'll need or what to add to the mix!!! Woooohoooooooooo
Tuesday, September 8, 2009
I have so many things running around in my head, I just want to get off the track and catch my breath today. lol The website for Picture This is getting closer and closer, it was a bit more work than I had first expected, but aren't all the great things in life worth a little work?
I think fall is coming, quickly. It was just a perfect weekend. There is a festival at George Roger's Clark Park every year called the Faire at New Boston and all my years here, I have never attended, UNTIL Sunday. It was super cool. do you remember stilts as a kid? I DO TOO!!!!! And I had to prove it to Vandy! So there you have it folks ....
Anyway, I'll be getting on the stick .. tee heeee and posting more and more this week!
Tuesday, September 1, 2009
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
As for me ... well ..... I have been working on business cards, business pamphlets, websites and enjoying a week visit with my sister. It has been a very good week and tonight is "family" dinner with my sister and her son Cody and my brother and two of his three children. I am already tired. Perhaps I should consider a nap.
I also start teaching scrapbook classes again next week. It will be nice to get back into a routine I think. I like routines. I live for routines. No wonder I feel like Alice! lol
Anyway, off I go to work on some more pictures! Have a great day and know I have missed you all!
Tuesday, August 11, 2009
Well, this one was for fun, it was just when the heat of the day had taken it's toll and she was FINALLY loosing up. It's so her though. Did I mention she is thinking of going away to school now? After swearing she was a "failure to launch" child, she's saying she thinks she may want to go away. And you know, I use to kid her about you are going away, no way staying at home ... now guess who is freaking a little bit? I might have to double up on the little pink pill. Now who can blame me? lol
Monday, August 10, 2009
Thursday, August 6, 2009
Of course, I also learned how to spit the pits too ... we had so much fun laughing about this new talent that I acquired! Katie and I ate a box of cherries all by ourselves, did I mention they were delicious too?
Wednesday, August 5, 2009
I can't wait to post some fun things I am going to work on this week. If I can catch up on my sleep. I feel like we have run run run for the past month. Well lets see, catching Addie from Columbus, then to Baltimore and Virginia, then hospital stay, then Orlando, no wonder I am tired! lol No more trips this month .... and then off to Arizona in September!
Tuesday, August 4, 2009
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
I do hope my flowers behave and don't go wilting on me! All that work, I worry about leaving them alone for three days with "scattered" rain in the forecast. See you in just a few days! Have a great midweek couple of days!
Monday, July 20, 2009
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Wednesday, July 8, 2009
Saturday, July 4, 2009
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Friday, May 8, 2009
Happy Mother's Day.
I know this weekend is going to be crazy, so I thought I'd take care of my "wishing" all the mother's out there, much happiness on this day of honoring and cherishing our mothers! You all deserve the perfect day.
If you still have your Mom around, spoil her crazy this weekend. If the case may be you don't, celebrate the memories you hold close to your heart, for this is my plan. I like jam packing this weekend, it makes the little bit of pain in my heart easier to deal with. She's in a great place, this I know, this makes it all okay!
Enjoy the day, is all I can say!
Wednesday, May 6, 2009
Monday, May 4, 2009
Saturday, May 2, 2009
Oh, and the green grass cut perfectly just for this photo! lol
Friday, May 1, 2009
Thursday, April 30, 2009
Wednesday, April 29, 2009
Monday, April 27, 2009
Sunday, April 26, 2009
Did I mention the pool is open and at a cozy 86 degree temperature? I like this part better than the rocks.
Have a great weekend ladies, church this morning and then rock movement and perhaps I will mow the grass in the front of the house. Oh and let's not forget pool time, my backside hasn't enjoyed as much sun as my front! lol
Thursday, April 23, 2009
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
Monday, April 20, 2009
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Saturday, April 18, 2009
Wednesday, April 15, 2009
Tuesday, April 14, 2009
Can you believe this lovely daughter of mine can drive 82 in a 65? How do you teach them to slow down? Well, it is not by watching her Daddy drive! Anyway, court at three today. Say a little prayer for her as if she loses her license, she'll need it because I will be her taxi for six months!
Monday, April 13, 2009
They have a lot to pick from, so who knows which one will hit the wall of fame! Anyway, it was just a terrific vacation and as soon as I recover from exhaustion, I will be upstairs cropping my heart away on a mini album for a Mother's Day gift for my friend Debi.
I hope you all didn't miss me too much! I did miss you all!! Have a fabulous week and we'll chat later!