Sunday, September 23, 2018

Happy Autumn

Happy Autumn!

Our weather has decided it is suddenly fall. Perfect for snuggling and planning.

I have been awol from house overhaul... Just enjoying the progress and decorations, crocheting, and dreaming.

We had a few days of high temps... But Friday night dipped into the 40's

I just needed to officially welcome this new season. Weekends seem so short, even to this retired teacher. My son agrees as he hits the road five days a week. 

I have been compiling a list of fall activities/foods for 2018. You share yours first! Have a great season!

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Frogs and Rain

Just a short post to send out a heartfelt prayer to all those in the path of Hurricane Florence.

I went on a little ride with a dear friend today.... just a bit of Mickey D drivethrough and a stop at the lake followed by a look around different areas of town. She looked at me and quite seriously posed the question: "Ok, if this were you, would you stay or evacuate?"

Fair question, and I personally judge no one for a choice based on so many factors. Provided my son would do the same, given my health and arthritis issues, I am gone... Leaving early with a few things, my son of course, my kitty.... that would be my choice. I would hope all those with very small or very fragile loved ones could do the same. Here in the MidWest we face tornadoes and blizzards. Both of those are less likely to be widespread and set in stone. Anyway... may God bless all the children of any age in the storms.

A friend took the following storm photos a couple weeks ago. She had these on Facebook.

Those were taken only a mile or so from my front yard. The beautiful and the terrible sides of nature are woven into one.


Today I had the pleasure of eating a frog.

Good old Mark Twain! Mom and I loved this saying and tried to live by it. I can see her now standing precariously, gripping the edges of the kitchen sink with her walker tucked behind her, water streaming down her fragile little neck and face. We had washed her hair first thing in the morning, and it was quite a chore. "Well, we ate our frog!" she "hollered" gleefully. Indeed, Mama. 

My frog today was to go get my driver's license renewed. It had expired on my birthday, June 29th. I don't really go anywhere on purpose so I really procrastinated, dreaded, and whipped this into an ordeal. Missouri gives six months before we must retake driving test, but if I drove, I was illegal. So today I stood at the new kitchen sink and washed my hair, promising myself (as if I were a separate, wayward small and rebellious child) if I "ate this frog," I could go to McDonald's....

I had taken three practice tests online and I typically hoped for a perfect score on the sign test. However, those "wascally wabbitts" left off the white words on the DO NOT ENTER sign...  I said it had words on it but I thought it meant... "Hey, you! Something's not right ahead of ya." She said I missed it by a smidge...

A laughing man took my photo (which looks as if I have been arrested for drunken crack cocaine use, by the way). He laughed really loud when he saw it and announced, "You look like you are lit up like a Christmas tree." ----or something like that.... I hadn't seen it so was expecting something holiday-ish... I am not sharing it since it is slightly more Lurch than Morticia....  and an entirely different sort of holiday...

Tomorrow I get to stay home. I have about five frogs that should be eaten, but not two days in a row. I had lovely company on Tuesday! I love that!!!!  

Whimsy and Hugs!

Monday, September 10, 2018

Good morning!

Whimsy and Hugs!

I cannot say how I am spending my days lately. I am beginning to feel comfortable and comforted in our new-feeling home. My son had a birthday, and we celebrated with friends and a taco salad buffet. He and I had agreed on zero gifts this year. Could I help it if the recliner we bought him arrived Wednesday?

I tried the pumpkin muffins with a large can pumpkin, one yellow cake mix, and a bag of butterscotch chips. Ummmm. It made a ton of mini muffins, but I was not thrilled... 

Early mornings find me stitching... This is a very old pattern called Pumpkin Stew from Shepherd's Bush. Somewhere in another house I have this half done from 24 years ago.

Finally we have a closing date for final cleanup and counter tops. I think they will be worth the wait and all the confusion. 

I had a 2 a.m. visitor come knocking at the back door... A wild-eyed opossum was checking out a carpenter bag just outside my back door, literally inches from my curious face. I did a ton of knocking, which scared only my son, who wildly thundered out to save us from obvious barbarian visitors.

We stand with a foot in summer and one stretched into fall. Our weather is cooler, darker, more stormy. 

I am finally on the list for the electrician. Or so I think. We have several issues to clear up. One will be this cord running current to the refrigerator.

I am loving the longer nights. I finished a baby blanket for my friend's daughter. 

I loved trying this new pattern. I am using tutorials from YouTube. 

Talk to you soon! 

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

So..... this happened

This wall. I kind of woke up feeling the pull toward fall.... I mean, the paint color is called "Autumn Ridge." Well, oops! I see a little plaster dust from hanging pictures. Oh, well, I will never be perfect. Eventually ( I hope soon) I will have a Hoosier cabinet brought up from another room..... but until then..... This wall. I love the way less in a space invites breaths of peace and mellow tranquility.

I succumbed to the pickup truck phase in a big way. I saw this blue one from Valerie Par Hill on QVC, and yes, in the midst of minimizing I ordered it because we all recall my favorite moment.... bucking snow drifts with Daddy in his 1947 Chevy. It was dark Southwestern Bell Grey then, but he and my son chose the most beautiful shade of blue for it now.

That's some pumpkin, huh? We suffered all weekend with an Air Conditioner malfunction, so now that it is fixed plus the predictions for a chilly, stormy night have inspired a little premature Fall flair.

Slowly I am finding the treasures and basically hanging most of them right where they last spoke to me. Both the comfort and the consistency make  me realize the familiar is not an enemy at all. 

I splurged $49 on a black pencil tree. I really had this vision with the darker walls and dark orange fairy lights. 

Switching to a peek of my bedroom and my cat who seems to have some assembly required. Mom embroidered that quilt for my son, but he gave it to me. Yes, I coveted it. He didn't want it really... Plus it is right out in the open for him to look at! He used to ask Mom what she was doing when she cross-stitched away on these fall leaves. "I'm making you a quilt for when you grow up to be a man." She told me he always persuaded her he would rather she played with him.... and so she did. I will always forever treasure how much fun my parents had with my little boy. They took him everywhere, and my mom stalked the toy stores in Columbia. They called it Kay-Bee Mall because of the central attraction! But I am glad she also threw a thread or two at the future. So far, he hasn't met the mother of my grandchildren... so I have her quilt! 

I am making the first chili of the "season." It is my last package of hamburger. What else would I make? We have our new beef at the processor's. We order from dear friends. I always throw a roast in my Lodge cast iron Dutch oven first, the day when we pick up the meat....  (then more chili or my favorite Taco Salad, of course)

Have a great week... 

Whimsy and Hugs!

Saturday, August 18, 2018

Make up Your Melon!

No. This is not a reveal....(unless you count it as a revelation of just how wacky I am)... A couple years ago I painted a kitchen cabinet with "Little Billy Goat" tomato red mineral paint. Then I glazed it and top coated it, added a little glowstick.... LOVED it. (The front below on the right....)

Then.... In the spirit of renovation out with the old and in with the new, I decided to repaint it and all my cabinets a chalk paint called linen.... I dark waxed them... Then....I white waxed them....  Here is the early shot of the linen... But, ...... See that pretty red glaze?

Alas!... I am not really the clean, shabby chic, farmhouse girl at the core..... the end, I got my "parky carcass" (my mom's favorite term for lazy butt!) out of bed at 3:15 a.m.  And I started the process of three coats of "Little Billy Goat" tomato, glaze, and top coat...  Oh, my goodness!

I want to be done and eat watermelon in a month without an "R" in its name. My poor little cat who never says a word has decided enough is enough... and she wanders the house meowing all night...  My son does a close second, but a 37 year old man meows differently.... not as mournful but a bit testy....

We I got rid of all our recliners except one... and the back fell off of the one I chose to be the sole survivor! "No rest for the wicked."

Almost done. I can taste the watermelon now!

Whimsy and Hugs!

Friday, August 10, 2018

Reveal: Kitchen News: Part 2

So we went with a beautiful color called Rainy Afternoon in the kitchen.

It is a chameleon color that changes with the lighting from blue to grey to green... We love it!  

We still have cabinets to paint and a countertop to install, but we are loving the new space!
More Reveal to come!

Whimsy and Hugs!