Monday, July 28, 2008

Teusday Mail

Have you ever noticed how nothing good ever comes in the Tuesday mail? It's like the post office has this secret rule that the Tuesday mail has to suck. No packages, cards or postcards can be delivered on this day. Only bills and junk. I am anxiously awaiting a package full of yummy fabric. I was REALLY hoping it would come today since it was shipped over the weekend and it usually takes two days to get here from there. But do you think it came? No of course not. What DID I get in my mail today? A radio shack add (which I don't shop at) a Bed bath & beyond coupon (which again, I don't shop at) A flyer for a local credit union (which I am not a member of) and a pre-approval for some crappy auto insurance. Yeah! Can you hear the excitement in my voice? On a happier note FedEx did deliver a pair of shoes I just ordered from Zappos. But more on those later!

Friday, July 25, 2008

Meet Hussy

I got Kate this adorable doll from Bitofwhimsyprimsy on Etsy for her birthday. Which I forgot to give her and found it the next day. Later that day she had not named the baby yet so we were talking through some names. Kate was getting rather goofy at this point and was making up names from the names we suggested. Somehow we got on S names which led me to the name Sissy. Kate promptly responds with much enthusiasm, "No, how bout Hussy!" It was all we could do not to fall on the floor laughing. I honestly do not know where she got that name from. I am thinking it is just a made up word to her. She still has not settled on a name and changes it back and forth a few times a day. But for now meet Hussy.

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

My baby is three!

We celebrated Kate's birthday Monday. She is now 3 going on 13. We had a fun little bash with family at Grandma & Grandpa's house. She was ecstatic and was waiting in anticipation all day for her cake. After the last birthday cake fiasco I was not looking forward to the cake making this time. And since Kate couldn't decided exactly what she wanted I came up with an idea that she in turn loved. While searching on evite for an invitation I found one with Matryoshka dolls on it. And since I had already made her a Matryoshka doll outfit & I love and adore all things Matryoshka it was perfect! Not only that but a Matroyshka doll cake would be sooo easy & easy it was!
Simple but cute!
Kate was in one of her Ham it up for the camera (see 1st pic) & PRETEND to be shy moods (see 2nd pic) so some of her birthday pics are rather funny.

Sunday, July 20, 2008

Midnight Visitors

Thursday night after work I was up late working on homework. I heard some animal noises coming from the backyard. I turned on the floodlight to investigate and found these 4 little creatures.Taking a dip in the pool they also deflated. But they were so cute. Then one of the babies got in trouble and Mom shooed him out of the pool. That was rather funny. Seeing this little raccoon being put in time out. I wished now that I had had the sense to record their interaction in the pool instead of taking pictures. They watched me through the window for a minute or two. Till my husband managed to scare them off with a b-b gun. Don't worry he didn't injure any of them he just scared them away.

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Is this not gorgeous!

I was reading one of my favorite blogs Portabellopixie & I saw this post for a giveaway! at Old Red Barn Co. blog.

Isn't it gorgeous! I would so love to win this!

Repurposed and Cute!

I have been wanting to make something for Kate out of old t shirts for a long time. But I didn't want to use just any old T's. I wanted it to have meaning. Last week I saw something on Etsy that was made from a T shirt from South Dakota & immediately I knew which shirt I wanted to use. You see I spent the first 6 or so years of my life in Rapid City, SD making regular trips to Mt. Rushmore so the shirt I had in mind held some special significance. I found it in the bottom of my husbands drawer & the other T I used came from the bottom of my drawer. It was SOOO easy to make & I had it done in less than two hours. The whole project cost me about $1.00 because I had to buy another T from the Salvation Army to use for the tie for the shirt.I can't wait to make more! I think next I am going to use one of Duane's old band T shirts that really he should have retired from his wardrobe along time ago.

Saturday, July 12, 2008

Oh, my goodness! Wednesday Finds!

The school where I went to high school was sold to the local public school district about 5 years ago. The building itself it close to 100 years old and also was originally an all girls catholic high school. Well the public school only used the building for about 2 1/2 years while they were renovating another building. So for the past year and a half or so the building has just sat empty. So sad that the school district has let this beautiful old building sit and rot. Anyway, on Wednesday they had an auction for all the contents inside the buildings. I couldn't help but go just to see what the school looked like now.
Of course it was FILTHY! And there were all these sweaty old men DRAGGING huge metal cabinets down the flights of stairs scratching the nice old granite floors all the way down. Then dragging them down the hallways. Oh it was more than I could bare. I had to turn away. Thoughts of my own two feet walking down those same staircases and hallways was too much. And to see that floor destroyed without a thought.
I didn't have my camera with me but my dad was there & he took some pics so as soon as I get them I'll add them. Elijah was with me and was enjoying walking the halls with me. I pointed out all the rooms I used to have class in. Where my locker was, my homeroom, told him about some of the ornery things I did that I probably shouldn't have. It's a good thing he is too young to remeber those things for when he gets into high school. Hopefully he won't be able to say "Mom, remember when you did.... when you were in high school?"
There are 2 buildings that are attached by a walkway. The second building was an elementary school when I went there and the art rooms were in the basement of that building. No one was over there & I literally had not been in that building in 13 years. Am I showing my age? I wanted Elijah to see the art rooms so we adventured into the 2 building and down to the basement. When we walked into the doorway of the building I found this.
My dad, who is a school administrator, later told me that he would have loved to buy it to sit in front of the principals office. What a hoot!
But the REAL treasure was what I found in the ceramics room downstairs.
These 2 vintage metal lawn chairs!

Just sitting there amidst a bunch of dusty objects. Forgotten yet not lonely because there are two of them. And such a lovely color of yellow. Of course I knew I had to have them!
The basement was last on the list of things to be auctioned off so I moved them to the walkway so they would be sold quicker! He he! The auction company actually told me I could do that. Who knew! I ended up having to leave so I told my dad to bid on them. I was willing to spend $30 total (they were being sold as a pair). I was hoping that by moving them I had thrown anyone off who had seen them in the basement & would miss them.
I don't know if that strategy worked or not but I got those chairs! Guess how much! $9.00! WHOOT WHOOT! 9 bucks! For BOTH! Now they do need some work & I have already but a little elbow grease into them but can't you just see the potential! Now if I can just decide what color to paint them. I'm thinking a nice retro turquoise but the original color seems to be yellow so I may go with that too. Decisions, decisions...

Thursday, July 10, 2008

While I was working on a paper for one of my Grad classes I came across this video. The music is kinda cheezy but the video itself is good. It makes me thankful that Seth's birthmark has lightened so well with the laser treatments. But at the same time it makes me wonder what is in store for him.

Friday, July 4, 2008

Happy 4th!

Things I am enjoying today on this fabulous day of celebration.
Freedom & for all those who fight to keep us free. God bless you because we would not be here today if it wasn't for you all risking your lives.
A cup of coffee because it is nice & cool & rainy out today. But not just any coffee, Highlander Grogg from Boston Stoker, my favorite!
The sound of silence because my kids are spending some time with Grandma & Grandpa!
Waking up with my down comforter pulled up to my chin!
Yummy Strawberry Pretzel Dessert that I made for a picnic later this evening.
The smell of charcoal drafting in my dining room window from a neighbor's grill.

Happy 4th of July everyone!