Saturday, June 24, 2017

I Told You!

This pic is a preview of my new ride...
more on that later!
This week was survival.
It has been a couple of years since I have helped with
Vacation Bible School.
I thought things had settled down enough finally to help again.
It was fun. 
I was not in charge of anything and that helps
ease the workload.
All those people that are a huge part of planning
Vacation Bible Schools
deserve a special thank-you!
What a great calling to bring the Word of God
to all those little minds!
These guys enjoyed it!
So now to the "I Told You So" moment.
Around the first of the year I noticed
that my car was not running right
was seriously using gas
had a hot smell to it.
I kept mentioning it to JWS
who would give me a lecture on my driving skills.
Blah, blah blah ba ba. 
(you know how the adults sound on Charlie Brown)
Would he please just smell it?
It smells like brakes.
It is getting like 17mpg.
Down from 30 something mpg.
So, in March I take it to the mechanic.
I explain all this.
Tell him that the back up beeper is not working.
It smells like brakes.
You have to push it to make it go....
(Well it is just a 4 cylinder....)
I seriously want to scream!
I get it back.
The back up beeper still does not work.
(He said it worked fine for him)
there is nothing wrong with the brakes.
It still smells hot.
It is seriously sucking gas. 
Keep in mind this was March.
My dad drove it, said it was fine.
John drove it, said it was fine.
My friends....all women commented on the hot brake smell.
So yesterday...
after at least
more lectures on my driving skills.
I drive too aggressive.
I should not have bought a four cylinder.
I should have bought a bigger car.
I use the brakes too much.
Blah blah BLAH!
And that was the final straw.
I said LOUDLY.
"There is no
 this car is seriously like the
Hooterville Highway
Cedar Point.
Like the bumper cars at the carnival,
like the lawn tractor.
If you are not pushing on the gas it stops.
I used $35 worth of gas to go to my Mom and Dad's house,
It literally stops going downhill"
So, I had shirts to deliver at the car sales where
bought the car.  
I snagged one of the nice young men that work there
made him take my car for a ride.
He noticed a problem.
The brakes are locked up! 
Honestly, I could have hugged him! 
That might have been
inappropriate though.
He has to be an awesome husband.
He should give classes!!! 
Because he listened!
He still says I need driving lessons.
I am signing him up for classes!
And the mechanic from March...
I am signing him up also.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

One Day

So, this is how the morning started.
Yes, that is 7 AM
and those kids are outside in pajamas.
Funny, how I would have never let my own kids do that!


pick up basketball game
some scooter and bike riding,
all before 8 AM.

That is the earliest Papa
has gone to work in a long time.

Wonder why?
I did manage to squeeze in some creative time before they all woke up!

Some restocking and cleaning up at Mimi's

Resin on the penny table.

Some wheeling and dealing
I have another vehicle lined up.
More on that later!

Almost finished with the cedar chest I have been working on!
Bible School.
I was down to two kids last night.
They are tired. 
They are all double timing VBS. 
One in the morning and one in the evening.
So far I have managed to make it through with
only a small incident of a dead battery.
So far.
Two days to go!

Saturday, June 17, 2017


Coolspring Engine Show
You know how you don't always take advantage of
what is close to home?
Ok, I am guilty!
What a great event
even if you are not into engines!
My dad seemed to love it!
Mom, maybe not so much!

I seriously would love this for a new Time Works vehicle!
Pretty sure that is not in the budget!
It was one of my crazy, confusing days.
Full of family
shop confusion
shirt printing

With a shot of
the van needs power steering fluid
the van needs new tires
where are the pics of the new next van I am trying to buy?
let's buy an antique washer for a friend
and try to find someone with space in their vehicle to deliver it.

And then it looked like rain
I power walked to get the vehicle
did a 50 yard dash at the end
a cup of butter pecan ice cream
in my hand
to get to the car before I got soaked.
Let me tell you,
it has been a long time since I did a
50 yard dash
and there has been way too much ice cream
in between them!

pick up the van,
stop and get flowers for the planters at the church
deliver an order of shirts
drive through McDonalds,
get a smoothie
(at least I learn from my mistakes)
go to church
plant the planters,
unload the vbs stuff
realize I have forgotten the screws
and stars
frantic phone calls
run to Busy Beaver for screws
(no I don't have your rewards card,
no I don't want your rewards card)
dash back out
stars arrive
set up the room
with the help of some amazing friends
go to church. 
Honestly, I smelled of compost and sweat.
Seriously, some people sat down beside me and left! 
I am going with
"They spotted their friends!"
At that point
after a hectic day,
it was so nice to sit and worship and rest
that I truly didn't care what I looked like
smelled like.
It was just so nice to sit and hear the
message and the music...

Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened,
and I will  give you rest.

Matthew 11:28
And today I am off!
This is one of the projects that I have in my mind to work on! 
I have a fun idea for it!
I want to go to camp and spend the day,
creating and painting

I will let you know how that all works out!

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Slow down

Life has been chaotic.

I realized it was time to slow down.
Nothing better than hanging clothes on the line
enjoying watching them flap in the breeze
loving the smell of them!

I stopped to look in my car.
Running and racing,
the evidence was there.

I had to write it down.
I couldn't remember it all otherwise!
Here goes!
One dead plant
Two pool noodles
One roaster
One tent cover
A can of chalk paint
A bottle of perfume
Two 2 gallon galvanized buckets
A tote bag with my work shoes in it
A cobbler's shoe form
A set of pink depression glass cream and sugar set
Two rolls of toilet paper
A vinyl tablecloth


Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Weeks Fly By


I am totally struggling with this blog post.
I have written it twice
and it won't publish.

Maybe the third time is the charm.

Spent a day working on this house
that my sister is on her way to now.
I still have the poison ivy to show for it!

I started this post way over a week ago.
Not sure where my weeks are going !

This dresser is finished and in the shop
and has been rearranged twice.

This little girl is back in Colorado
(I hope)
 great cousin memories!

This landscaping is already growing weeds.
I am seriously fighting the week battle this year!
Paintings are already moved to the new booth
in the shop in Saxonburg.
More on that later.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Rhubarb + Softball + Graduation = SUMMER!

JWS baked a rhubarb strawberry pie! 
Is is amazing!

Kendall had a softball game last night! 
What form! 
Garren had kindergarten graduation. 
He looks less than impressed! 
But he did his spoken part perfect! 
All signs of summer coming! 

Thanks to my klutzy friend, 
I have some great painting surfaces! 
She keeps breaking mirrors. 
I have a third one in the garage. 
And these two flea market finds! 
Counted cross stitch and framed 

Another crazy week here, 
just trying to find time to do 
some yard work, 
some laundry
clean those porches! 

Friday, May 12, 2017

Ohio Picking and Delivering

Wednesday was a delivering day.
More on that later. 
It was a great excuse to go picking
in a different territory. 
I found these awesome paint by numbers
Home Again
Check them out!  
I have not had the heart to put a price on them and sell them. 
I know, it's the hoarder in me. 
But I might never find another set as nice as these! 
and the colors...
I can't bear to part with them. 

Found a couple of coffee pots. 
I think I will paint them! 
 And these little beauties. 
I think I will sell those.  
It will justify keeping the other ones.
And this rug....struggling parting with it also!  
All found at 
Four Seasons Flea Market 
And these?   They are just perfect for my camp kitchen. 
$1 each and they have little chips in them
so there is no push to sell them. 

They are already on the wall. 
 This swan..
all from the
Habitat ReStore

But the BEST find of the day was these lamps. 
$20 for the pair
Four Seasons!  
I just can't BEAR to part with them! 

And the delivery? 
Well, we almost forgot it in the excitement of the day!  
These were delivered to my sister's new house 
that just happens to be padlocked at the moment
I am really not sure 
what the neighbors thought when
we rolled in with bolt cutters
started cutting locks 
breaking in
but I guess when we left furniture 
instead of taking things...
we must have been ok. 

Of course, 
no trip to Ohio 
is perfect
until you have 
Elmton Pizza
Pat Catan's.

All in a girls' road trip! 

Monday, May 8, 2017

No More Happy Meals!

Saturday night and the boys and I headed 
Pittsburgh Mills.  

I wanted them to try zip-lining. 
They were hesitant. 
So we settled on bungee jumping.

on the way, 
since we were running a little late, 
we drove through McDonald's.
Tyler, bordering quickly on 12, has apparently
passed by the whole happy meal thing
two double cheeseburgers and a Diet Coke. 
(Gramma refused to kill his brain cells with a Diet Coke)
Logan is struggling. 

"A 20 piece Chicken Nugget,
No wait... there is a Mario Toy
I want a Chicken Nugget Happy Meal 
10 piece Nuggets" 

So I order. 
The girl wants to know what he wants to drink with that Happy Meal. 
I ask him and he replies,
"I think I'll have a French Vanilla Latte!"

I calmly reply that Lattes are not on the Happy Meal menu.

We finally decide on a Sprite 
and as we drive away
I inform him
that perhaps his days of Happy Meals are over.  

Friday, May 5, 2017

Roosters and Flowers

my favorite!
Flowers from Shelby and kiddos
for my birthday.

Found these
glass pieces in the house.
They were from a chandelier
but will make
fun candle holders.
They are glued and waiting for a place.

Some flowers and plants for the windowsill.
JWS informed me
old ladies
have windowsills that look like this.
Painted some roosters.
Kamden was so excited when he found

"this bird sitting on his nest"