Friday, August 31, 2012

How to Clean a Deck

Take a large tub,
fill it with sudsy water,
(Johnson's Baby more tears)
Add a five year old,
a four year old and
one year old...
and set them free,
sit back and watch the fun!

It's also a good way to entertain three small children.

They had a ball...
such cheap, clean entertainment.

The next morning,

Gracelyn convinced Papa to let her cook breakfast. 
He did supervise,
I mean after all,
she is only four.

A canvas painting,
inspired by this dish towel.

Two more finished scarves.

And more snowmen!

Tuesday, August 28, 2012


As decorative painters, we used to have a saying,
"The wood has to season."
That was the excuse for buying wood
when we already had quite a bit.
It was the excuse for not painting some wood.
It was really
more like,
"I can't figure out what to paint on that."

This cupboard door has been in the basement stash/hoard
quite awhile.
Four years actually.
I remember when and where
I had to have it.
Construction Junction
Shelby was with me and pregnant.
Kendall is over three now.
It "seasoned" well.
It was ready!

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Peppers, Paint, A Dam and a Surprise

JWS came home from town yesterday
with peppers.
A lot of peppers!
He made this pepper relish that is delicious
on burgers, chips
or just a spoon!

I painted,

and painted...

and painted some more!

Jenn wanted to take the boys to see the dam.
They had seen the sign yesterday
and wanted to know
what it was.

This is about a mile from our house
as the crow flies.
As the Chevy goes,
 a little farther.
So this evening we went for a ride.
So close and yet I had not been there for a few years.

Mahoning Dam is a
Corp of Engineers
Flood Control Dam.
The boys were impressed.

A little friend that we saw on the way in.

And the surprise.
brought this home for me yesterday.
An Ipod!
I love it!
I spent the evening last night loading music on it.

What a guy!

Saturday, August 25, 2012

Twenty Eventful Days!

As of the last post,
I had returned from a nice restful weekend of painting.
did I hit the ground running!
Almost a week of fair preparation,
mowing, decorating and
even testing my limited carpentry skills.
Two DD days,
(Dialysis Driver)
and Saturday brought the start of the fair.
High School Rodeo
on Saturday,
Horse Pull &
Kitchen help on Sunday,
followed by the church service
and the crowning
of a new fair queen.
A tearful farewell to last year's queen,
who holds a really special place
in our hearts.
A visit overnight from the
Pennsylvania State Fair Queen
and her mother.
Quick sheet changes..


in moved Toodles the Clown
and her son for the week.
Better houseguests could not be found!
They made themselves at home,
and we enjoyed having them.

The fair brings it's own form of exhaustion
we were tired when it was over.
rest was not in the cards.
My Dad was admitted to the hospital last Saturday
and Sunday
bright and early,
I was on my way to Ohio.

I came home to see this.

Logan's first day of school.
After two years of watching his brother get on the bus daily....

he finally got to go along!

Excited doesn't begin to describe his demeanor!

I might have had a tear or two.
When did they get this big?

Thursday AM was back to Ohio.
My dad was having another procedure.
The results were good!
What a relief!!

My Dad is 80 years young.
I know that I have been blessed to have him in my life
for all these years.
I count those blessings daily.
I am counting them hourly this week!

These hydrangeas were outside the hospital.
So pretty!

And the scarves at the top?

That was four days of nervous knitting
sitting around a hospital.

A couple of more days of rest would be nice!

Monday, August 6, 2012

Zhostovo Class

Other than edging and varnishing,
I am calling this done! 

I spent last weekend in
Gainesville, Virginia
at the

David Vernon
runs a great program there
he and Mark,
they could not have been better hosts.

Tatiana Sholokhova
was the teacher
she is an amazing painter
such a lovely person. 

It was so nice to sit and paint,
to not have any interruptions,
to not have the phone ringing,
nothing to

I loved it.

Now back to the craziness that I call life.