Thursday, November 10, 2016

Coffee, Paint, Yarn and Pizza.


Choices

The boys have been playing this game called 
Would You Rather. 
Some of the questions are completely ridiculous.
Some are thought provoking. 
Some even stir conversations with the boys about their choices. 

Here are mine. 
Hot black caffeine-laden coffee is essential to me in the morning. 
So I wake up and find out I can only have coffee with cream or decaffeinated coffee.
Would I rather have coffee with cream or decaf?
Or am I going to quit drinking coffee?

I enjoy painting.   
It is relaxing and fills my creating need.
I like certain paints. 
I have health issues with oil paints and can't stand to use cheap acrylics.
Would I rather risk my health or use junk?
Or I am going to quit painting?

Not a yarn snob, but an allergy to wool has me very careful of the choices of yarn that I make.
Cheap yarn just doesn't do it for me. 
Would you rather have hives or splitting scratchy yarn?
Or do I quit crocheting?

Pizza is one of my favorite treats.
I have one super favorite pizza! 
And really, it is rare that I find a bad pizza...
Would I rather never have my favorite pizza ever again and have pizza every day....?
The thought boggles my mind.  
An impossible choice, but never eating pizza again? 
Never.

And so the choices we all made this week.   
The "would you rathers"
Impossible choices to make.
Choices that divided friends and families. 
We made the choice. 
Whether you agree with your friend's, family's or co-worker's choices or not,
they were theirs to make.

Be thankful for the choice.
Continue to vote.
Continue to be kind.
Continue to love your family.
Continue to be a good citizen.
and most of all...
Continue to pray for our country and our leaders. 

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Focus



What a struggle!
I know that there are meds for it! 
Maybe I need some! 

Sometimes life just piles up
Literally and figuratively.
And mine has,

First the microwave went. 
Not the counter top kind, 
the range hood 
way overpriced microwave. 
That's ok, 
old school, 
we have a stove. 
Then my car broke down. 
Honestly, 
it was time to buy another one...
but I still have the van. 
Then the dishwasher went. 
Still have a sink.
Then, 
JWS hit a horse with his truck. 
(you would be amazed at how many people inquired
about the horse's well being 
prior to JWS' health)
In this order:
John is fine.
The horse is dead. 
The truck is not good.  
John was the priority here, 
he is fine.
Everything else is replaceable. 
Including the horse. 
Sorry folks if that sounds crass. 
The horse was not a pet. 
It was an Amish buggy horse...
not attached to the buggy at the time of it's demise, 
thank goodness. 








Now, to the focus issues. 
I am struggling. 
140 pounds of beef are slow cooking as we speak. 
This morning I tried to 
work on a project. 
Clothespin bags. 
Which led to digging through a bin of linens 
looking for the hangers that I know that I have 
somewhere for the clothespin bags.

So, now I have a pile of linens to be donated,
a pile to be thrown away,
a bin to be used for another project, 
and
a pile for clothespin bags. 
oh, 
and a pile of aprons that need pressed. 


And did anything get finished?
Well, 
I painted this chair. 
I love this paint! 


And I finished the baby afghan that needed done for the 
shower on Saturday. 

See what I mean? 
Oh yeah, 
I have meat cooking at the fairgrounds. 

FOCUS!  

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Just Another Day at Work




So,
It started this way, 
Monday morning
customers waiting for me when I got to the shop.
I really was not late. 
They want a table and chairs. 

I find a table that they are looking for
in a vendor's booth, 
covered with stuff. 
I unload it
which starts a chain 
reaction 
that included,,,



Moving a cupboard,
moving another table,
moving the cupboard again,
moving a dresser off the porch and inside,
emptying another table and 
then 
rearrange everything. 

I LOVE this job!  
Love building displays,
love putting things together,
love helping customers find treasures, 
love to hear the memories! 
I think I have found my fun place! 

Sunday, June 26, 2016

A Night at the Auction



and wow did I score some goodies!

Lots of goodies!

All these vintage quilt blocks,

and a few finished quilts, 
some more 
vintage than others.




And now the question? 
Sell them as is
or 
turn them into finished tops? 

Any thoughts?

Also, buried in the box were some 
awesome souvenir
pillows. 

And I found this little beauty of a lamp. 
My mom had a gray set like this....
My sister got those somehow....

And this double knit fabric
in the colors I need for a new rug at my side door. 
Just in time, 
the one there now is pretty embarrassing!  



Friday, June 24, 2016

Two Beautiful Evenings



After a really stressful week, 
at least I can look back on these 
two beautiful evenings.




And one awesome day with these cuties
and their mother
at the 
Children's Museum
in 
Pittsburgh. 


Such a fun place! 

Sunday, June 19, 2016

Quick Florida Trip.



So, it was like May 21.  
A Saturday. 
JWS was going to Florida to visit a sick friend. 
He had a flight, a car, a hotel. 
I was going to be home alone. 
I had a list. 

Big 
List
I was going to get so much done. 

He is packed, 
he is ready.
It is 2:00 and he is leaving at 3:30 for the airport, 
when something in the way he asks me to go 
for the 59th time, 
makes me say 
"OOOOHHHKAYYYY"
At 3:30, I had a ticket, I was packed, showered 
and out the door. 
Spontaneous? 
Yes. 
So, in my booking, I had gone against all wisdom of hotels and booked
Days Inn. 
After two bad experiences in that chain, 
you would think I would know better. 

We arrived, 
after eating a sandwich at a gas station
in not the best part of town
at midnight on a Saturday night. 

It was bad. 
There was a nefarious party going on in the next two rooms. 
Expensive black cars
(way too expensive for a Days Inn)
coming and going as we carried our bags in. 

The room smelled.
There were black hairs all through the sheets
and I slept with my clothes on. 
Mind you, 
I have lived for up to two weeks in 
Third World Nations. 
This was worse. 

We checked out the next morning. 
I am still fighting for a refund. 

We visited our friend and checked into the 
BEST MOTEL IN DAYTONA BEACH! 
 I am telling you, 
it was perfect! 
In the 20+ years that I have been going to Daytona, 
I have always admired this place. 
JWS is strictly a chain motel person and there was little compromising. 

I think that he was just rewarding me for the 
quick packing! 
Check them out here:
http://tropicalmanor.com/

Florida charm, 
Friendly people,
Spotless rooms,
I love it! 
We booked our March trip right away!



This was our round room above the office! 

I could not get pictures that would do it justice. 
Just check out the website. 

Sunday was a visit with my sister.
Thai food for lunch 
and 
fun times. 

But the highlight?

Our friend had a scooter that needed moved to another location. 
She seemed to think that we 
should rent a trailer. 
We tried to make her understand
that we were driving a rented Mazda. 

I kept looking at it and saying, 
"It's only five miles, I can drive it there."
To which I kept getting "the Look."

Finally, I hopped on and took it for a little spin around the parking lot
and took off, right up A1A 
and across a really high bridge
and 
to the place it needed to go. 
JWS and his buddy that kept circling to make sure I was ok? 
Stopped at a 7-11 for a snack and lost me. 

How do you lose someone going 10 miles an hour 
on a handicapped scooter? 

I don't know that you can view that video...
But I am sure with a little imagination  you can picture it! 




Saturday, June 18, 2016

All is calm, until....


The day started out pretty calm.
Painted this tray and table for Jenn's porch.
It was a purple kind of day. 



Then Shawnee put together this lovely
arrangement at Time Works for me.
Even the butterflies liked it! 
Then I painted some wine bottles,
still sort of purple-ish.


And even strayed from the purple 
(actually the table WAS purple)
and painted the kids picnic table.
This was accompanied by a bit of sadness 
knowing that by the time it needs painted again, 
all the kids will be too big for it. 

Then sat down on the porch for a little quiet time
reading and crocheting, 
not at the same time, mind you.

When the final PURPLE arrived.
Wyatt wanting in the Hot Pool, 
as he calls it, 
puked something Purply looking all through
the 
Hot Pool. 

So that is why at 9:50 at night we are sitting outside 
waiting for the 
Hot Pool to refill
and 
grilling burgers.

Well, honestly, I don't know why we are 
grilling burgers, 
that remains to be seen. 

Friday, June 17, 2016

Vacation Day, Staycation Day


Sometimes you have to take a
Vacation Day
to prepare for a
Staycation Day.





Honestly,
I wish I was one of those people
that could not see the things that
need done.

That I could turn my mind off.

So now that this side of my house is somewhat cleaned up

I will have my
Staycation Day
on only one side of the house.

So if you have any thoughts of visiting my home...

Use the side door by the porch.


Because this is where I will be,
Tonight and tomorrow! 
Ginger Ale in a copper cup and a somewhat quiet evening!