Saturday, September 5, 2009

Fall In The Air!!!!

Finally back to post. Nothing much new - but I did get the shutters up on my back door, and I was right....they look fantastic!! I'm so happy! Maybe I will get motivated to do a bit more - I hope! Today I'm going to pick all the blooms off of the hydrengea bush and hang them on a drying rack for the front porch. I never know what to do with that bush, if it rains really hard, the darn thing gets all droopy and doesn't bounce back and the blooms look nasty all down. So I think today I will pick them all off and hang them to dry naturally on the rack. Of course, my hubby thinks that it is crazy, but I have to keep reminding him that the only taste he has was when he was picking me out for a wife!! And, I had to convince him of that!!

A three day weekend was really needed!! The first two weeks of school are crazy and we were counting down the seconds until we could close the doors on Friday!! I work with college students, and I love it...but a break was really needed!! My office staff is down one person so we are twice as busy, and we switching companies that help us process claims and that has been a nightmare as well! These 3 days will do alot of good in recharging everyone's brains!!

Our local area has a large Labor Day celebration so I believe I will head out tomorrow and see what all the crafters and fleas have to offer. I haven't been in ages and I think it's time to get back into the thick of things. I've really put off lots of things I enjoy to enjoy life with my now 18 year old son. He will leave in December for the Marine's, so I will be just me again and that will have to help occupy my mind while he serves our country. I probably will post a bit more here and try to figure out the next step in my life with my hubby. It's been such a long time since we've been alone - it scares me alot!! I hope we can make a new life out of our old life and find more things in common than we did when we started out.

Someday I want to own my own primitive/country/antique store in my small little town. I know I can do it....I just hope that I do!!! I thought that I would have a shop and then a weekly/monthly craft session with guests in the back of the store learning new crafting!! Naturally, I thought that I was the first in the world to think of this because no one in our area has ever done anything like that!! Wrong!! It seems that others have been doing it for a while and it works fantastic!! I stumbled onto one such gal through a blog and am so excited!! I'm going to pick her brain a bit to try to get my ideas come to life!! Before all this blogging thing did people know????

Well, I'm off to hopefully enjoy the weekend and start on some new projects. Thanks for listening!!

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Gone but now I'm back...

Not gone from anywhere in particular, just not putting anything on my blog. I don't know if anyone has every looked at my blog, but I'm going to keep posting on it anyway - it's kinda nice to put down into words what my old noggin' is thinking!!

My work has been way too busy and I haven't had much time off from it this summer, but I'm taking tomorrow off (no one knows yet!) and try to do some fun stuff around the house.

One of the things I am going to tackle is my back door. I have 2 old green chippy shutters that a friend was going to throw away that I raced and took off her hands!!! What a lucky find for me!! I have had them for a number of years and not used them but now I think I will put them on either side of our back door. We used to have a doorbell but it failed and then rusted onto the siding so I think this will be a perfect "patch" - and look absolutely primitive as well. I then will be able to adorn the shutters as per the season and not worry about punching holes in the siding!! This should make my husband very happy!! I have to convince the husband to take them down from them garage rafters tonight so I can get this done!! I also have some honeysuckle vines up there that I would love to play with some - maybe I can think of some way to use them on the door frame as well. We'll see!!

I also am going to tackle the fountain that I spoke about in a earlier blog (I think!). What I have is an old copper boiler that was at one time air tight, and my dad gave me a water pump that he I'm going to make a fountain to put on the deck - I hope!!! I'll have to work on that a bit, polishing etc. to get things going. Not sure if I need to treat the water in the boiler to keep it algae free or not, but a friend puts bleach in hers......I wonder what the bleach will do to copper? I may investigate that one a bit!!

And then, I'm going to finish getting all my fall goodies out in the house and outside!! I'm a fall girl and I decided that I need that stuff out now.....I need to feel good and boy, does it make me feel good!!!

That's it for now....I will try to update after I have updated!! Have a good one!

Sunday, July 26, 2009

A Sad Week......

This week has been busy, stressful and sad. A friend passed away from that awful disease cancer. She fought a hard battle but just couldn't win it here on earth. She is in a better place now joining those who have come before her. She was only 58 years old and was alot of fun!! She loved to laugh and you couldn't help but laugh with her!! There is a benefit for her today, unfortunately she isn't here in body to reap the benefit of seeing everyone come out and help her but she will be there in spirit. Rest in peace, Fay.

And then on Friday night a classmate died in a car accident. I hadn't seen him for some years and was on Facebook and his sister popped in and told all that he was killed. How awful for his family and friends!! You will be missed, John.

I had a huge gathering at my home on Wednesday for my entire family! All made it but one nephew and one niece! My sister was visiting from Texas and brought her new guy over so we could all give him the up and down and give our blessings! And he is a great guy and everyone really enjoyed him! Sis deserves a new man in her life that treats her and her 2 boys well and I think she has found it in this one! There was alot of laughing, eating and enjoying everyone and I loved every minute of it! Family is so important and it feels so good to have us all together and enjoying one another!!

I had to work all week except for Wednesday to get ready for the family which was alot of work in itself!! But on Thursday I worked alone and had to do orientation that night, Friday worked alone and I had to go in on Saturday to work another orientation so I am beat!! I did get some pool time at a friend's house yesterday afternoon which was wonderful!

Off for breakfast now and then the benefit for Fay. It will be an emotional afternoon but amazing to see everyone pull together for a friend and family in need.

Until next time-

Saturday, July 18, 2009

Still sickie...but gettin' better, I think!!

Well I'm still not 100% but am getting there, I think!!

I went to a 30th class reunion, not mine, but with a friend for her's last night and I probably shouldn't have. I should have stayed home to get better, but my 18 year old son said "Mom, you may not get another chance - go and have fun!" so I did!! And he gave old mom some great advice because I had an awesome time!! I saw lots of folks I hadn't seen in over 25 years and it seemed like it was only last year!! Of course, we have all aged a bit but we still looked great!! I laughed and laughed and really enjoyed myself. Since it wasn't my class, I didn't have a name tag on and yes, everyone kept looking to see who I was. I just smiled alot and had a great time!!! Thanks, son, for the great advice!!

I've been looking at colanders to make into lamp shades for my kitchen. My idea is to hang them upside down with a light kit inside. I need 6 of them for my kitchen. My hubby thinks I'm nuts, but then again, he doesn't have the divine vision that I do in situations like this!! Have you ever done this for yourself? My dad is pretty handy so I'm going to enlist his help in the matter.

Also, have you ever put the honeysuckle vines around an outside door? I'm thinkin' of doing that as well. Let me know what you think on any of these matters!!

Enough for tonight.....enjoy!!!

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Sick.....I hate this feeling!

Well, it's the dead of summer, humidity in the state is nasty, the bugs are starting to get on my nerves and now I'm sick!! Not only am I sick, but my hubby is and my boy as well! I think the hubby brought it home - he denies it naturally! My son missed work this morning and he NEVER misses work or school - so I know he is sick.

Enough whining!! Sorry, I needed to vent for a bit!!

One of the blogs/websites I like to follow is The Pioneer Woman - have you seen it? Now she has a cooking site that she just launched, I'll get the name up here soon. I haven't looked at it yet, but I'm sure it's going to be over the top!! I love to read her and her friends. They make you feel like one of the girls on the block. It's soooo nice!!

Well, I'm off to get some much needed rest....hope this nasty cold is gone in the morning!

Until then........


Monday, July 13, 2009

Monday, Monday!!

Monday - not the most praised day of the week - but hey, we get to start all over on the week again, kinda like a do-over. However, my day today is not the do-over type. I'm having trouble having time for ignorant people - and I've talked to a few today. But I'm gracious and courteous on the phone and in person - just after they are gone.....I rant just a bit in private! The ranting sometimes helps, sometimes doesn't, but we just roll with it!

I've decided to put out my fall decorations around the inside of the house - this week! Fall is my ultimate favorite decorating time. Oh the smells, cider, apples, pumpkin and the decorations are delicious as well....pumpkins and leaves - my very favorite!! So, I'm going to get in a great mood this week with fall coming to my house. I can't wait, and I've gotten in a better mood just typing this out - huh, this blog stuff can really work wonders!!

I'll be back - and I think, I'm going to try to snap some pictures and put up here as well....

Until then-

Saturday, July 11, 2009

The first of what I hope to be many....

Just starting, it has taken me 3 months to do this much!! I hope I can stay with it and post often.

Where to begin.....

Well, I'm a 40-something mom, wife, daughter, sister and friend. I work at a college in the midwest and have for 23 years. My one and only son has graduated from high school and decided to join the Marines. This is something he has wanted to do for quite some time - 8th grade or so. I'm not real jumped up about his decision, given the situation in the world right now, but I am backing him up because this is what he wants. So tough for a mom to do that sometimes, but that's part of the job description, isn't it? Your child takes and gives just like you do and the turnout sometimes isn't what you want, but you get there together. Stay with me on this journey, I think I'm going to need all the support I can get from whomever, wherever!!

I love anything primitive-country for my home. I love to read the blogs all over the internet about primitive-country goodies, and have bought many things from ebay and all over to quench the thirst that I have!!! I absolutely love to go to little country primitive stores and shop, get ideas, shop and display in my home!! It's such an addiction that I know I am not alone in!! Oh, and candles - for the love of it all - candles!! A major weakness of mine!! The first step in addiction is to admit it - right? Well, I love a first step and I am admitting my addiction, but you know what??? I'm not stopping!!!! No intervention for me!!

Well this is enough for my first post....stayed tuned, I'm sure I'll be back!!!

Robin -