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 
beautifully! 

Another crazy week here, 
just trying to find time to do 
some yard work, 
some laundry
and 
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
at 
Home Again
in 
Boardman
https://www.facebook.com/homeagainconsignmentfurniture/
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 
in 
Youngstown. 
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Four-Seasons-Flea-Market/120953331249511
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
in 
Struthers.
https://www.facebook.com/Habitat-ReStore-Struthers-258274880910856/


But the BEST find of the day was these lamps. 
$20 for the pair
at 
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
and 
started cutting locks 
and 
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
and 
visit 
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 
to 
Pittsburgh Mills.  

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

However, 
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
and 
orders 
two double cheeseburgers and a Diet Coke. 
(Gramma refused to kill his brain cells with a Diet Coke)
and 
Logan is struggling. 

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



Alstroemeria,
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
that
all
old ladies
have windowsills that look like this.
Painted some roosters.
   
And
  
Kamden was so excited when he found

"this bird sitting on his nest"

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Ahhh, Flowers!


Can't you just smell it?
The warm dirt smell?
The first trip in a greenhouse in the spring?
The possibilities
stretched out before you?




Of course,
I am a realist and
know that
I can't go overboard.
By mid July
I will be struggling
with keeping it all alive.
But they are so pretty!
  
And unique.


 
 
How cool is this one?
   
And plants and flowers I have not seen before!

In the end,
I didn't go crazy,
but let's be realistic.
It's only early May.

There is time.

This greenhouse is located on Mahoning Road.
Owned by Noah and Lydia Byler.
It is one of my favorites!

Monday, May 1, 2017

Working In, Not On

 
It was time. 
Time to take a break 
and resume normal life.
Whatever that is!  
I needed to get back to painting things for the shop.
  
And a friend found me all this and more 
at yard sales on Saturday! 
 
 
Look what a difference a few decoration make! 
  
And...
I know,
I know. 

It is time to take a break, 
but I have a couple bedrooms to "do" 
before late summer. 
Ran across this photo on Pinterest.

Can't wait to get started!  

 

Saturday, April 29, 2017

59 Trips Around The Sun

Sometimes the best days are not epic! 
They are ordinary days. 
Magical, ordinary days.
Days spent doing exactly what you like to do
even if no one else understands! 
I had one of those yesterday. 

 
Lots of little projects
and 
not allowing myself 
to see 
"what really needs done" 
and letting it spoil the day! 

 
I spray painted this chandelier. 
Ready to hang today...
more on that in another post. 
 
Sprayed this mirror and finished cleaning and decorating
the hallway. 

  
Almost have the kitchen finished. 

Logan visited me to show me his 
hunting attire for 
turkey hunting today.
  
Dinner napkin valance on the front door.
I scrubbed the front porch
at the camp, 
tidied, spruced, decorated,
and it is ready for Jenn's party tonight,
almost...

JWS cooked that awesome meal above
and 
ended my night with that sundae! 

It was a great day! 
On to another year! 

A Thrifty Fix.


Another Pinterest Brainstorm.
There was an opening between the kitchen and the bathroom.
I just scratch my head sometimes
at 
people's reasoning
and remodeling skills. 
It opened right into the bathroom. 
You know, 
like washing the dishes and watching someone on the commode
type of opening. 
Oh, they had a curtain
and a 
mini-blind.
Do curtains and mini-blinds
keep out 
SOUNDS
and 
SMELLS? 
I think not. 


So, I find this window in the attic. 

 
And these gems
at 
Dollar Tree
Dollar General
and 
Walmart! 
....and I am sure I have some in my stash...
Some E6000 glue,
 
and at this point I run out! 
but I should have some in my stash SOMEWHERE! 

And I search...
And I go back to town and get more. 

And last night, we
mounted
placed
INSTALLED
it.

Since I have no carpentry skills
and JWS doesn't want to admit that he does,
bribed
INVITED
a friend
with carpentry skills
to 
supper.

 
It turns out neither of us have very good measuring skills. 

We have a lot of scrap wood, 
and finally
JWS
stepped in and helped. 


  
Doesn't that look beautiful?  
Cant' wait to put some little flowers in the vases!

Oh and the stones in the stash?  
Yesterday, while digging for some other items, 
I found four bags of them!  

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Another Day, Another Project

Aren't these apple blossoms pretty?
I love it when they bloom each year! 

 
One of yesterday's projects was to get this
bench put together in the hallway.  
I love it there but want to change
the pillow covers. 
I have something else in mind. 

Kamden and I did some yard work yesterday. 
This is the best view EVER! 
He couldn't wait until we got done to load
up the tractor
and take it for a ride. 


He convinced me to take the training wheels
off his bike yesterday. 
Wow, did he take off and ride then! 


   
Then we had an early supper 
at the park 
and he rode some more. 

I am battling 
killer cold right now. 
Honestly, 
I could barely walk the circle at the park. 
Hoping today is better!