Thursday, February 27, 2014

Post #37 - an original craft

So I've been looking through Pinterest a lot for inspiration and I finally got a spark of my own creativity. I've been in a dry spell for far too long.
I'm pretty stoked.  (Does anyone say that any more?) 

Anyway, here is what I came up with.  A cute little plaque for St. Patrick's Day.  I had some sparkly shamrocks left over from my wreath makeover project and some scrapbooking paper. I grabbed a scrap piece of wood from the woodworking bench and got to work. I originally thought I'd paint or stain the wood, but hubs suggested that I just cover all the sides with paper...and that's what I did. After he smoothed out the rough edges for me. (Thanks, Honey!)

I decided on two phrases, then set to work looking through my vast font collection for just the right ones to express those phrases. Then I cut the scrapbook paper down from 12x12 to 8 1/2 x 11 so it would fit in my printer. I printed, cut out the rectangles and glued them to the block of wood.

One side says, "Kiss me"...

and the other side says, "Blessed."

Then I distressed the edges with some stamping ink, glued a glittery shamrock to each side and admired my work.  I'm kinda diggin' it.

I don't normally decorate for St. Patrick's Day, but as one other crafter/blogger put it: this winter has us all looking for a touch of Spring.

I have one more shamrock craft planned with a friend, then I'll move on to Easter.

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Post #36 - snow

It snowed all day yesterday.
It is snowing this morning.

And because not everyone who reads our blog is local I think I should clarify.
By "snowing" I don't mean snowing. (See picture for reference.)
 I mean the kind of snow that you have to squint to see. (See picture for reference.)
 This is what the backyard looks like now.
I'm ready to go camping.

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Post #35 - kitty news

I shared this picture when this blog was brand new of the stray tomcat who'd captured my heart. He belongs to a neighbor, but he likes to visit my porch.

He is very affectionate and friendly. I would step out on the porch and sit in a chair on sunny days and he'd climb in my lap and cuddle and purr.  He was an un-neutered tom, so he got into lots of fights, had lots of scars and boo boos. He was a lover and a fighter.

A couple of weeks ago he showed up at the feed bowl with a limp.  The next day he was still holding his paw up. Several more days and he wasn't getting any better.  I told hubs that I thought he may have dislocated his shoulder.  Hubs said he wouldn't last long that way.

The next day he didn't show up at the feed bowl.
Or the next day.
Or several days after that.

Meanwhile, remember this kitten?
I wrote about her here.  She is the scaredy cat who is warming up to us.  
She and I have gotten to spend a lot of time getting to know each other since it was now just the two of us.  She comes when I whistle and call. I recently discovered that she hides under my porch. She likes to be around us, too.  She no longer shakes when I pet her. She purrs a lot. She is crazy about being petted. She loves it more than the food I offer her. She very much likes the special kitty treats that Kate bought. She sits in front of the door like this and waits and watches for me.  She truly can't get enough attention. Hubs will go outside to pet her. Tim will go outside to pet her.  But every noise, every blowing leaf, every passing car makes her jump. And if two of us are outside, she stands off to the side--it's too much for her. We can't pick her up and she doesn't jump in the chair to be beside us.
 The day before yesterday she started sitting in the cat box that I had put on the porch at the beginning of winter for the tomcat. 
She must know that he's not coming back. 

Meanwhile, I went shopping yesterday and picked up some supplies to re-make the Christmas wreath that a friend had given me (thanks, Karla!).
I wanted to get some fake gold coins, but of the two stores I checked, I couldn't find any. Oh, I found a bag of coins at the Dollar Tree, but it had silver, gold, and brown coins all together...only 3 or 4 of each in a bag. I wanted only gold ones. Lots of them.  I ended up getting a shiny green derby hat (which I spray painted flat black), a green and gold shamrock garland and some clover cut outs at Crafts 2000. I added them all to the green wreath last night and ...
viola!  My St. Patrick's wreath.
I also picked up something at JoAnn's to change the Valentine's wreath I made into an Easter wreath.  I'll share that another day.

So this morning while I was getting ready for church hubs came in the bedroom and said, 
"Guess who's on the front porch!"
 I looked at him and said, "REALLY!?!?!"
He said, "Yes, and he's missing something."
My precious tomcat has had surgery. He is a tripod kitty now. It looks like his stitches were just removed. I covered up the area with a butterfly because frankly, it's a bit of a shock.
When I stepped out on the porch he came RUNNING from next door, talking to me as he jumped onto the porch and purring and rubbing against my legs. But I couldn't stay long.
When we came home from church he was still on the porch. I sat with him for a while, but it became apparent that his pain meds had worn off. He was agitated and couldn't find a comfortable spot. But that didn't keep him from checking on the female kitties in the area and following us around when we were outside. Losing a leg has not slowed him down a bit. He clearly was over-doing it his first day out. By evening he must've returned to whomever is caring for him because he didn't come back to the food bowl.
But the female kitten did.
Enjoying life, one kitty at a time. :-)

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Post #34 - update

The cold bug has come for a visit. Hubs and I are the last two in the household to catch it. Not fun. Not fun at all.  But, instead of writing about coughs, sniffles and wetting your pants when you sneeze, I thought I'd give a short update on the greenery around here.

You're welcome.

First off there is the celery growing in my kitchen window sill. 
 The one on the left looks more like celery stalks than just leaves now. I peeled off some of the outer layers because they were beginning to look yucky. I probably could peel off a few more.
I don't know how much more it will grow without any soil. It didn't cost me anything extra, isn't taking up much room and I'm a little curious, so it will hang out a little while longer.

Next are the Paperwhites.
 They've gotten quite tall.  No more blooms have shown up, though. And they aren't nearly as stinky as they were when they first bloomed. Either that or my nose is too plugged up to notice. Whichever it is..WIN!

And yes, that is a June Mobberly original hanging on the wall behind it. Thanks for noticing.

If I'm going to use that corner cabinet for a photo shoot, I should wipe it off for crying out loud. Oopsie.
Not much housework going on this week. I haven't felt like doing much of anything, actually.  Basically, I just snoop around my favorite blogs, check out Facebook and peruse through Pinterest in between naps.  In fact, I have only cooked once since I started feeling bad Sunday. My family is surviving, though.

Moving right along.

 Outside the snow is melting. My backyard is re-appearing.
My kids probably don't remember a winter when the snow hung around so long. We used to have them all the time, but lately our winters have had some snow, then a warm up to melt the snow, rinse and repeat.  But this year it snowed, then snowed some more, and snowed every day for almost a month. No melting in between.

 That pretty much does it for an update. I wish I had something more exciting to share. 
Maybe next time.

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Post #33 What does a Walmart supervisor do on her day off.......?

She goes to her ex's house. As odd as that sounds, yes I did. We were friends for three years and dated for three years so I'm still friends with him and the family. 
Anyway, he wasn't home and I went to visit his mom. Love her. 
And got to help with the chores! 

Meet Grand (the goat) and Amy (the cow, though she may think she's a goat)
Grand is one of the Alpine bucks for breading and 
Amy is a cow that need to be bottle feed and is therefore spoiled a lil. 

And this is the other reason I visit the farm.
This is my baby, DashAbout. 
She had to go live on the farm when we were dating and still lives there.
She's scared to death of chickens.....and anything outside of the barn........still. 
And she still loves her mama, me. I walked around with her inside my coat most of the time.'s been a while but if I remember right the black one is Sissy
and the other is either Claire or Bubbles. They are both Alpine milk goats.
Yes I enjoy milking goats, but most of them are pregnant right now so they aren't giving milk. 
This would be the only remaining Guineafowl on the farm.....
and boy was he noisy. He stayed on top of the chicken coop the whole time though.

GEESE!!! Also noisy. They hiss. 

Want to know what animal I won't help care for on the farm.........
Chickens. I would help hold them for 4-H showing at the fair, 
but that's the only time I will touch a chicken.

And this cute guy kept yelling at us. 

And I love taking pictures with snow. 
So I had fun with this very photogenic cow.

And these poor guys thought it was time for us to feed them......
not till later. 

This is Wrangler. There is another black lab somewhere named Jeepers.
I see a theme in the dog names. 

We also worked on a puzzle but we were to busy trying to figure out which pieces went to the house roof,
which ones were the waterfall, and which ones were just trees for me to take a picture.

So that's what I do to get away. I have very little cell phone service there 
and it's in the opposite direction as work. 
I love it! 


Post #32 - Just in time for Valentine's Day

Last night as I was perusing through Pinterest I came across this website:
that describes how to make Conversation Hearts ornaments.

How adorable!

So today I made my own set!
I used gel and paste food coloring as well as the liquid to achieve the colors. Having pink gel coloring was especially nice.
 You have to really mix in the coloring into the salt dough.
 Then roll it out and use a cookie cutter. Pick up the scraps, re-roll and cut again.
 Put them on a cookie sheet lined with aluminum foil. This is where I veered off the path a little and used a straw  to poke two holes instead of just one. I planned on making garland instead of ornaments.
 Bake at 250 degrees. 
After 2 hours mine still was a little soft on the bottom, so I peeled them off the aluminum foil, turned them over and baked a little longer. Actually, I turned the oven off and walked away and did other stuff for an hour or two.
 After they cooled I wrote messages on them with a red Sharpie marker, threaded some bakers twine through the holes and hung them up.
 I made it JUST under the wire. Tomorrow is Valentine's Day.
Happy Valentine's Day!

Oh, by the way, why didn't any of you, my friends familiar with flowers, tell me that the Paperwhites I wrote about blooming in my last blog post would stink instead of smell pretty?  I certainly wouldn't describe their odor as floral. I can't decide what they smell like.  Their only saving grace is that they are pretty.

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Post # 31 - There are flowers in my house.

When I woke up this morning and stumbled downstairs I was *VERY* surprised to see that my plant had bloomed:

 The celery has grown a little in the last few days, too.

In other news this little kitty has decided that I am okay.
 I have food. But more importantly, I have a petting hand.  A frighteningly wonderful petting hand.
She will forgo the food for a scratch behind her ear. She is so skiddish and afraid, but that ear scratch feels soooooo wonderful she takes the risk.  She shakes and purrs the whole time.
But before we get to that point, she has to be talked into coming closer.
 She rolls...
 and stretches...
and rolls some more.
It takes a lot of soothing sweet talk on my part, but she finally comes close enough for me to touch her and then, ooooohhhhh, ahhhhhhh, it is a blissful time for her. 
Until a noise frightens her and she strikes a pose, ready to bolt.
But then she decides it's not enough to keep her from just one more ear scratch and we do the whole "talk me in" scene again.
Maybe one day she will trust me enough to come straight to me.

Friday, February 7, 2014

Post #30 - miscellaneous ramblings

 There hasn't been anything notable happening around here, so we haven't had any blog fodder.  Those with jobs go to work as scheduled (in spite of a worried wife/momma because of the weather conditions).  Meals are prepared (or not).  Regular activities are cancelled because of the weather and others are taking their place.  I love hearing my kids and their friends laughing and enjoying each other's company.  I love having a happy, full house. Snow days have been plentiful as well as opportunities for sleepovers, eliminating digital zombies, and sledding.

About a week ago I was cutting up some celery and decided to put the root ends in water. I've seen plenty of pins on Pinterest declaring that you can grow your own celery.  I don't have any grand ideas of harvesting a crop of celery from it, but it is pleasant to look at something green growing in the windowsill.
The one that I cut closer to the root end isn't growing as fast as the one that was left a little longer. It will be interesting to see how they develop.

At about the same time I planted some Paperwhites bulbs from a kit that I purchased on clearance. They have taken off. One of them had gotten a head start inside the box. Can you tell which one?
I'm anticipating seeing them bloom--a touch of Spring inside the house. I want to get one more kit now that I see they will grow.

I hastily sent a submission for Picture of the Day to the local TV station early this morning. It was chosen and broadcast an hour later. That never gets old.
Here it is:

Monday, February 3, 2014

Post #29 - Another craft project is finished.

So, I saw this project on Pinterest a while back and fell in love with it. It was a wreath form wrapped in grey yarn with pretty hearts attached in such a way that it looked like an argyle pattern.

I fell in love.


I purchased a wreath form and a double skein of yarn a week or two ago. And wrapped.

And wrapped.

And finished wrapping (with Hub's help) while watching the Super Bowl last night.  (Not that there was much of a game to watch. Jus' sayin')

So today...
It's finished and hanging on the front door. 

Love it!

So tell me: have you found anything interesting on Pinterest lately?  Have you tried it?