Tuesday, September 11, 2012

911


REMEMBER


Monday, September 3, 2012

MERRYMAKING

TAKING A LITTLE BLOGGING BREAK
TO CELEBRATE THE HUBBY'S BIRTHDAY.
And my 3 year Blog-Anniversary.
See you on the other side.
Be BACK soon.

Friday, August 31, 2012

CRAZY FOR THESE

I have always decorated for
Autumn and Halloween
in a BIG way.
This year is no exceptionBut I'm into things this time around
that I have
NEVER
been into before.
I have discovered
FAUX PRIMITIVE
skeleton, pumpkin and cat dolls.

Nothing in my house will ever be the same.
I LOVE these. Absolutely smitten.

Something sweet and endearing about them.
I see them with
a childlike innocence and wonderment.
I can NOT sew very well
 so there is no sense in me
buying a
'pattern' 
to make one.
Though, 
I would LOVE nothing more.
I have searched high and low.
Finding a REAL primitive doll 
for this season
in an antique/secondhand store
has proven fruitless.

So I guess I will stick to
the FABULOUS fakes
I found in Joann Fabrics.
They MADE my day.


Tuesday, August 28, 2012

YOU HAVE TO SEE THIS TO BELIEVE IT

We recently took a trip to Michigan.
While driving home, in the middle of nowhere
out of the corner of his eye,
my hubby saw this
TRACTOR IN THE SKY.
He was so shocked,
he made a U-Turn,
trying to find out how to get closer.
He wanted me to take a photo of it.
There were trees blocking our view
from almost every angle.
But after going down a side road
I was able to snap a few pictures.
CAN YOU BELIEVE IT?
A vintage tractor
sitting up on a silo
about 60-75 feet
off the ground.
Some things just defy
explanation, don't they?

Sunday, August 26, 2012

IN MEMORIAM OF A ROLE MODEL


"Back in 1969
the ENTIRE world
stopped
and took a collective
BREATH
when a man named
ARMSTRONG
walked upon the moon.
Today...
we wipe away our tears
and mourn his loss. "




"What was most significant
about the lunar voyage
was not that
men set foot on the moon
but that they
set eyes upon the
EARTH."


My NANA loved LOBO
Remember this song?
ABOUT a MAN named ARMSTRONG.

Friday, August 24, 2012

GOING NOWHERE FAST

We were FLAT OUT of luck.
So we called our friends at
AAA.
Been members over 30 years.

In 15 minutes 
they sent someone 
to the rescue.
He JACKED up the car
and took the flat tire off.
Then CHECKED to see WHY it was flat?

He could NOT find a reason?
No holes, nothing stuck in it.
Just would not hold air.
So he couldn't put a plug in it.

My hubby and him
went to search for the spare tire.
We were not sure I even had one???

They found it
 but it NEEDED air.
The guy's compressor took
FOREVER
to fill it.

But eventually it did.
And he put the spare on the car.
Put on the bolts.

Tightened them.

And said
GOODBYE
while we put out
other fires that cropped up.
Like this fallen branch
for instance.

It's ALWAYS something.

"A bad attitude is like a flat tire.
If you don’t change it, you’ll never go anywhere."


Sunday, August 19, 2012

PRICE IS RIGHT. MAKING WORK FOR MYSELF

Some days you get LUCKY and find a bargain.
On this particular day I found two.
One BIG and one SMALL.
First this.
Aren't these beautiful AUTUMN placemats?
They go perfectly with my rust colored tablecloth.
Can you believe the price? $1.50 a piece.
I purchased six of them from Big Lots.

Moseying down the road...
this also caught my eye. 
I had been looking for a sideboard for months.
But truth be told, couldn't afford the high price tag.

So when I stopped by
The Goodwill Store and ran across this one...
 I couldn't believe my good fortune.
It was solid oak and marked $59.99.
I bought it on the spot.
Yet, had no way to transport it home,
since all I had was my car.
I called my husband.
He drives the van.
He left work a little early,
driving two hours from Indiana
 so we could bring it home.

There are no pictures of my hubby and I
lugging it out of the van,
inside the house, at 10:30 that night.
But I will tell you it was
slightly reminiscent of a good
Laurel and Hardy Movie.
Of course, while we were resting
from all this strenuous activity...
our cats thoroughly 
inspected the new piece of furniture...
Ultimately giving it, their final stamp of approval.
After moving a few pieces of artwork on the wall...
Then decorating the top of the sideboard
with a couple of my favorite things.
I am ready to add some of
my reading material inside.
I own MORE books than a library.
I have my WORK cut out for me.


Tuesday, August 14, 2012

DON'T MISS A THING SHARING

DID YOU KNOW YOU CAN
GET TO THE HEART
OF A SANDWICH
WITHOUT THE BREAD?
And it's so much better for you.
Because of my diabetes
  I can't afford the extra carbs
in a slice of bread, much less two pieces.
So I now ask for my bread
on the side or not at all
if I go out to eat.
And most restaurants
are happy to oblige.
LATER ON MY WAY HOME
I share that BREAD I didn't touch
with a few of my friends.
Seems they can never get their fill of it.


Friday, August 10, 2012

LIFE IS A FESTIVAL


We haven't really gone anywhere this summer that you could call a vacation. BUT... we have made a number of DAY trips here and there. A few weekends ago we caught a festival in full swing close to home. It was hot outside. Temps were over 95. My hubby doesn't do well in that kind of heat because of his COPD. But he knew how much I wanted to see all the merchants and entertainment there. So off we went. He sat out most of the time and I scooted along from booth to booth.

FOOD vendors had a BLOCK to themselves. The smells were intoxicating and the temptation was great.

 

I must confess I  LOVE  gryos. And wanted one. But we had just eaten at home, so I really wasn't hungry and neither was the hubby.


Colorful dresses lined the street.


Purses and shades were in abundance.



Earrings galore. And dream catchers too.


Interesting hats and more shoulder bags.


And a booth dedicated to pumpkin boxes.


Little dancers were center stage putting on a show.


A man juggled his balls.


An artist drew impromptu portraits.


And we saw the CUTEST baby in the whole world.
(No relation to us, I might add.)


Suddenly the sky opened up and it began to pour rain.
The festivities were over for the day.

But I managed to snag one
of these gorgeous Harvest Trees before I left.
Ain't it pretty?