Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Last Friday, Next Friday


Last Friday was spent at
Conneaut Lake Park.


One of my favorite places to be..
I went there when I was young.
I took my girls there
and now
my grandchildren.


The park has struggled over the years,
but
they are persevering
and
coming back.
It was so nice to see a nice crowd
a clean midway,
and
ride attendants that went above and beyond
to make sure that
all the families
had a great day!
Four generations spent the day there
Mom and Dad,
Me
Shelby
Gracelyn, Kendall and Garren.
There was something for everyone!
Such a relaxing day!


And
next Friday,
I start this.
A painting class in Virginia
at the
Pampered Palette.

I can't wait.
It has been a long time since I have taken a seminar.
Three days of painting,
no phone,
no stress,
no demands.
What a break!

I have always loved this painting.
This well worn book sits on my coffee table all the time.


I even bought this piece a few years ago.
Now I am going to try to make my own.

And funding that trip?
A lot of this.

Four of these in the last week.
I'll be glad to be painting fruits and flowers after these!

Pantry Cakes, Painting and a Parade

Gracelyn decided to stack these pantry cakes that we made over the weekend.
Her version of a wedding cake.

She took the cinnamon process of pantry cakes very serious.  
The rest of the time...
this was her movement level.
Garren seems to be at his happiest when he is eating.

The beginning of the pantry cake process.
Believe me,
after the third batch,
nothing was this clean and shiny.

The candy cane parade went on loudly for quite awhile.

Garren even joined in at one point.

Garren seemed to think this was really funny!

Gracelyn with her wedding cake!

And even another painting finished.
We also spent a day at Conneaut,
just not sure where I filed those pics!


Monday, July 23, 2012

Snowmen in July

Guess you can't start on them too early.

Finally finished this milkcan.



Some dark houses...

and the deer heads are done!
Well, at least the three that I had a deadline on.
Hope to get the other one done this week.

Pics of those tomorrow!
Aren't you glad I warned you?

Saturday, July 21, 2012

Barn Raising and My New Job!

This barn is being raised at the fairgrounds
and
right below our home.
JWS is more than slightly
pre-occupied with all this right at the moment.

This is the view of it from our back yard.
It is a draft horse barn for the fair
and will hopefully be ready
for the fair when it starts in less than a month.

There are better pics on JWS' phone,
but he is gone for the day.
So how does this get a new job for me?
Well, I am to take pictures of the events of the day
for the local newspaper today,
but,
I already have a job for the day.
Deliver my MIL to dialysis
and
deliver the invitations for my niece's reception
(pictured later)
to my mother.
So, delegation is the key.
Jenn, although she does not know it yet,
will be the official
Leader-Vindicator
reporter of the day.
Delegate.
I love that word!

Thursday,
while my printer was in the hospital,
I found this place.
Carnegie Antiques.
What a great little store!
Hot, but lots of cool items and reasonable prices.

I found these train cases and the pitcher.
My last one broke and there is just something better about
fresh lemonade from a glass pitcher.

Also found this place right down the street,
but managed to control myself and not add to the hoard.  
My niece's invitations,
all ready for my Mom to address this week.

And,
just had to share this here.
I did put this on Facebook last week.
I had to snap this pic while my car was filling at the local gas station.
What a way to haul your boat!

And as a final note/question.
How many of you still have a gas station that has an attendant that pumps the gas for you?

We do here and I love it!

Friday, July 20, 2012

Remember the case I found at an antique shop a week or so ago?
It didn't make it far,
but for now,
this is it's home. 
I think I need new candles!

The
Great Door Delivery of Yesterday.
Now to get them to the basement...
but first to find room for them in the basement.
Thank Goodness,
JWS
is more than slightly pre-occupied with fair preparations
and
barn building.
He has not had time to
comment,
complain,
whine,
or
completely go nuts
with this latest escapade.
The only thing he said was,
"Did you really NEED those?"
Really?
Who doesn't need 70+cabinet doors?
I mean really,
they match the 100+ cabinet doors in the basement already.
It's a collection!
(It might be a hoard, but let's not use that word just yet.)


I will end this with my sudden realization of yesterday.
I got to work and all attempts to fix my printer have failed miserably.
It is a large format printer that we use to make the films for the screens
and we were basically shut down without it.
It had to go elsewhere to get fixed.
Elsewhere being the other side of Pittsburgh.

Sixty miles each way of traffic.
I don't mind city driving.
What I hate most are
1. People who ride the left lane at 55 mph.
2. People who ride the right lane at 54 mph.

The speed limit is 65 mph.

The way I figure it is
right lane = 67 mph
left lane 80 mph+

I had such a bad case of
Road Rage Impatience.
It might have surpassed my
Waiting in the Dr's Inner Office Impatience.

The good news is,
the printer is fixed,
I even had time to find a nice antique shop.
More on that tomorrow.

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Done, Half Done, Almost Done and Not Even Close

Done!
The pillow from the four week embroidery class.



Done!
Twenty of these for a bridal shower.

Done!
Two more little pillows,
and...
an apology.
Someone wanted some of this fabric
and I told this person
that I would send them some...
and
lost the email with the address.
Please...
re-email me and I will get it sent!

My tray for the class at
The Pampered Palette
in two weeks.
Not unpacked
and
of course,
Not prepped.
Calling that
Not Even Close!

My checkerboard
returned
from
Create and Decorate.
Not Unpacked.

Almost Done.
Needs Varnished.

Almost Done.
Just needs some details
and
varnished.

And 
Half Done.
Two Orange Camo
and
One Snow Camo
and
One still under the counter.
Not even close.

Another Rug.
Almost Done


Embroidery Project
Not Even Close.

Yarn, still looking for a pattern.
Not Even Close.

ANOTHER Embroidery Project.
Not Even Close


Almost Done. 
Can't decide on a stem and a leaf.  
Almost Done.
Just needs a hanger.

Done.
Can't show it.
Create and Decorate.
Winter Issue.

And Done.
The little boys stayed for a sleep over.
Mom picked them up and took them home.


And in the middle of this blog post....
I had someone bring me about 70 cabinet doors.
Another big
Not Even Close!

Sunday, July 8, 2012

My weekend so far...

Well, it is going to be one of THOSE posts,
so hang on!
Keep in mind the 100+ degree heat
that runs throughout this entire account.
Also keep in mind that there are two small
window air conditioners
in this house
that work
really hard,
but just don't keep up.

So with that said....
of course
I did get this rug finished.

I had hoped to get these done...
but...
well there is still today.
Twenty of these to do,
and I have five done.

So,
much of the weekend has no pics,
you will have to use your imagination.

Friday night
after work
Wyatt arrived.
Keep in mind
that while we have called the two oldest boys
a couple of Rotties,
this little boy
is wilder than they ever were.
He is 18 months of constant motion.
I am talking
"batten down the hatches"
wild.

From 5:00pm
until
8:00pm
he
emptied my spice cupboard
and I was getting him out of that,
I didn't notice that he had a
small container of
blue food coloring.
Blue hands, blue legs,
blue mouth,
blue grandma hands,
blue kitchen floor,
blue clothing...
A picture would have been really special.
But who had time to get a camera?
While I was picking up some dumped furniture,
I lost the shift key on my computer.
Really?
How did he get that off?
So at this point,
I think that I will take him outside.
The Rotties are out there,
maybe they will run some of the energy off of him.
The boys are riding their bikes.
I put Wyatt on the tractor
and push him.
Please refer back to the 100+ degree heat.
Finally, he decides to push it himself...
right into my car.
Chipped and dented.
So
Blue everywhere
no shift key
wrecked car.
not bad for an evening with an 18 month old.

Still with me?
We will move on to Saturday..
after a really hot, non-sleeping night.
Get Wyatt up,
get him fed and dressed,
load the car seat into my MIL's car
load the same MIL into her car.
Drop Wyatt at home,
Drop MIL at dialysis.
Now...
try to follow.
On Friday,
after John was gone for the weekend,
I found out that my driveway,
which was to be sealed sometime next week,
would be done on Monday AM,
which meant that the driveway needed edged before Monday AM.
I borrowed an edger from friends.
I hate to borrow anything, but power tools are the worst to borrow.
We don't have regular sidewalks, so I normally don't need an edger.
So, after dropping said MIL,
I head to Sears to buy an edger of my own.
Here is how the next hour went.
Sears, not open.
Tractor Supply,
the clerk points randomly in the direction of the edgers.
no help.
Back to Sears.
The little boy there points to the weedeaters.
But he hasn't turned the lights on yet,
and I have to step over lawnmowers to get there.
Ace Hardware.
The clerk points to the area of the weedeaters
and
says she will send someone back.
No one comes.
Really?
So at this point,
I think that I will just use the borrowed one.
But I need regular gas for it and all we have is mixed gas,
so I have to buy a can somewhere.
Oh well, off to Shawnee's to visit those two cute little children.
But first,
a yard sale.
I find a cute little sweater and scooter for Gracelyn,
and as I turn around,
I see it....
AN EDGER!
$15!!!!
Unbelievable!
I snatch that up and off I go.
Visit with the kids,
Gracelyn takes me on her
Berry Walk.
For as timid as she is about everything else,
that little girl is sure comfortable in the woods.
Back to pick up my MIL at dialysis,
Get her lunch,
get her home,
change my clothes
and out to edge the driveway.
Again
100 + degrees.
and
pavement.
Five hours later,
the driveway is edged,
cleaned off,
and
I even got the campground mowed at the fairgrounds.



So here is the driveway,
ready to be sealed tomorrow morning.

I have sweated more than I thought was even possible.
But the whole time
all I could think was how fun those boys are going to have on a freshly sealed driveway.
They are going to be
just like
Mater and Lightning
in
Radiator Springs!

Off to Ohio to spend the day with my
Mom and Dad.
They were away for both
Mother's Day
and
Father's Day,
so
I am going to hopefully make it in time to go to
church with them
and
then
take them to dinner.