Monday, May 27, 2013

Memorial Day

On this Memorial Day, we remember our women and men serving this Country and those who  gave all to keep us safe and free.

Monday, May 20, 2013

Some Randomness

We went boot shopping Saturday.  Can you tell?
Grandpa threatened to wear his boots and camo shorts to Travis' next wrestling match.  You know, for the cool factor.
Personally I think those knobby knees are rather sexy, don't you?


I see you

You can't see me.  I blend in with the driveway.  So there.

Nanna nanna boo boo, I still see you!

Remember my poor cherry tree, bent to the ground under the heavy snow?

Here it is a few weeks ago.  It won't be long now and the good Lord, the worms, and the birds willing, we will be once again picking juicy red cherries.  Amazing.

A conversation with Jim recently:
Me:  I need to get the pruners and trim some of the dead limbs off the cherry tree.
Jim:  Those dead limbs aren't going to get any deader.  We have a lot of other, more important, things to do.
Me:  Yea, you're right.  I need to get the flowers and herbs we bought yesterday planted.  By the way, where are they?
Jim:  I don't know.
Me:  What do you mean you don't know?  You got them out of your truck!
Jim:  The pruners?
Sometimes we really do have difficulty communicating...

Did you know that Google keeps track of your birthday and posts a special birthday image for you on your special day? It feels a little FBI-ish to me...
Happy Birthday to me, Happy Birthday to me, Happy Birthday dear me..... Happy Birthday to me!

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Housing Problems

I love my birds.  I feed them all winter long,  and all summer long, and those two seasons in between.  We also have one of those sweet bird baths so they can dip their little beaks in cool refreshing water or take a bath if their little hearts desire.  Like I said, I really like my birdies.

Pretty Blue Bird
This Spring we put up a few more bird houses.  Two for Purple Martins (I call them Schwarzes because I kept forgetting their names.  Jim told me to do the name association thingy. We know a guy from church named Martin.  His last name is Schwarse.  So I think of our friend and then I can remember the name of the bird.  But I digress, and besides, I'm pretty sure I've told this story before.  We also put up a blue bird house and have two more in the wings (bird - wings - get it?) waiting to be mounted to posts.

Blue Bird House

So far we haven't seen any Purple Martins, which I'm assuming means we won't get any this year.  Especially since a family of Blue Birds moved in before the Schwarzes got to town.

Blue Bird in a Purple Martin House
Oh for Pete's sake, don't get all pissy with me.  We're not going to move you out until after your babies hatch.  But I'm telling you right now, you will be packing your things and moving eventually.
Usually I'm pretty easy going but I have a pet peeve that I want to share. 
We have a local newscaster who often ends his sentences with at.  Last night he said "So go online to Facebook and let us know where you are at."  How I cringed.  That irritates me about as much as people who step on the car brakes to make a turn, and then turn their signal on.  A little late there buddy, don't you think?  Do you have a pet peeve?  I'd love to hear them.

Friday, May 10, 2013

One thing...


I have my computer back!
Need I say more?
Will be visiting your neighborhood soon.  Yea baby!

Friday, May 3, 2013

Good Mail

Several weeks ago I received a box in the mail.  It wasn't just any box, but rather a sweet present from an even sweeter friend.  I met Queenie Jeannie a few years back through this wonderful world of blogs.  Through her blog she shares her day to day life, her love of her family, her country, and card making.  It is because of her creative passion that I found a renewed interest in scrap booking and a new interest in crafting in general. 

Don't kid yourselves folks  This stuff is a sickness.  It gets under your skin and won't let go.  I'm loving playing with all of my new "toys".  I'm loving my new scrapbook nook, and I'm loving my box of goodies from Jeannie.

Many Magnolia stamps, rhinestones, and a wonderful magazine with Magnolia stamps crafting ideas. 
The Magnolia stamps are crisp, clear images begging to be colored... with Copic markers.  Copics are an alcohol based marker that makes blending easy.  They are a dream to use.  Unfortunately, they are a bit pricey.  I've been buying them one at a time for weeks now.  Every time I'd get within shouting distance of Hobby Lobby, I'd march in with my list of must have markers and 40% off coupon.  Because they are so loved and pricey, they are kept under lock and key.   The keeper of the key knows me well.  She sees me coming, waves, and heads towards the Copics.  She almost got a big hug yesterday, though, as she confided they were getting in a new supply of Copics and all of the existing ones were going on sale for 40% off!  No more sneaking in with my coupon week after week.  Oh my word.  What am I going to do with all of my spare time?

Of course my box of goodies came with a beautiful hand crafted card.  I didn't realize until I posted this picture that the card got hidden under all of my other goodies.  But never fear, I know how to steal photos and took the liberty of stealing a picture of the card from Jeannie's blog! 

So pretty!  And guess what?  It is even prettier in real life.  But then, you'll just have to take my word on that, now won't you?

Thanks for stopping by.  Will be by to visit everyone soon.

PS:  Update on my computer.  It is seriously ill.  The Dr. says he can make it better, though.  It just needs a new heart.  We are hoping it will be released from the hospital next Tuesday.

PPS:  I have an idea of something to send Jeannie if I can find it.  But this is our secret.  Don't tell Jeannie. ;)