Friday, July 31, 2015

Overdue thank-yous

I haven't made the time to sit down and post a thank-you for a couple of birthday gifts.
My sweet friend, Terry, sent me this little salt and pepper shaker set
Aren't they cute?
I thought they could keep my one birdie company from the set I already had. Sadly, his mate got broken. I'm happy he has a new friend! And I'm really grateful to have Terry as a friend!
My friend, Sarah, gave me this oversize pin cushion. It is 8 inches square and the numbers are big enough even I can see them! Should come in real handy next to Bertha. (my sewing machine)

I've been trying to wear contacts - I only started wearing glasses full-time a couple of years ago, but I've had bifocals for a long time. I could get by fine to read but needed them to stitch. When it got to the point I had to have them to see to cook I gave in and just started wearing them all the time. I never thought I could get contacts in and never tried them. For some unknown reason, last week I decided I was going to get contacts instead of glasses this year. Well, I've mastered the art of getting them in and out but we can't find the right combo to make them work for me. If my near vision is clear, everything else is fuzzy - don't try driving like that. If my far vision is clear, I need readers to read, in which case I might as well not be wearing them at all.The doctor said there was one more type we could try but she was out of them so I'll try those next week when they come in, If that doesn't work I will just have to get new glasses. I was looking forward to wearing cute sunglasses again. :( 

Hope you all have a lovely weekend. My plan is to stay indoors as much as possible - it's a bit warm for my taste. (100+ the last 3 days)

Thursday, July 16, 2015

8 years ago. . . operator error, part two

This is the other post that was supposed to auto-post, it was supposed to post yesterday. I really need to get myself together and spend some time learning my way around again, This now and then thing isn't getting me familiar enough with blogger to do anything!

I posted this post - my very first post. I didn't really know if anyone would find me or not. I didn't set out to become a mega-blogger and never really thought anyone would find me. My followers are few, but each one is special to me.
I know my posts have been few and far between but my life has changed so much in the past 5 years. I've made friends - some stuck with me through the rough times and are extra special to me - you know who you are.
I've met a few of you in person through the years and that was fun. I'm so thankful that I started this blog and that I didn't give it up. So many things are documented in this little blog. A post may seem boring to you but I am so glad to have them.
Those of you who have been around know I hate to make a post without a picture so here is one from a few weeks ago when my Hydrangea was in bloom. I decided to stop fighting it and let it be pink!

Thanks for stopping by and enjoy the rest of your week!

Using what you have - pt. 2 - operator error

Okay - clearly I have not spent enough time on the blog lately as I can't seem to navigate my way around to find anything. I tried to set up a couple of posts to post while I was out of town for a few days and not only did it not work, but I had a devil of a time finding my way back to the drafts to post them now that I am home - so, this was supposed to post on Monday. 

So, last week I showed you this trim piece and that I had 4 of them. I was planning to use them inside but then decided they were too much after we painted the kitchen. They have only been sitting out in the garage for like 5 years. I would have liked to put them outside but I didn't want to have to deal with the HOA 

So, I glued the four of them together and painted it white and hung it on the fence in the back yard! Got something out of the garage and added a piece of decor to the back yard. I would say that's a 2-fer.
Hope you had a great weekend!

Friday, July 10, 2015

Using what you have

Way back when - I found four of these in a thrift shop, all still in the plastic. I had some on my front porch so I knew they were about half of retail. I knew they wouldn't pass the HOA to go on my front porch here but I thought I could use them somewhere - I was thinking kitchen but after we painted and put the railing on the top of the cabinets I thought they might be a tad too much. This house has an open floor plan and several arched openings so there really isn't anywhere to use them so they have been sitting in the garage for at least 5 years. I finally came up with something to do with them. come back next week and I will show you what I did. :)

Have a safe and happy weekend.

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Pretty, pretty

Someone asked what kind of flowers these are.

Of course I couldn't remember and had to hunt down the tag to find out what they are.

They are an annual called Calibrachoa.
I think they are doing quite nicely - I can't say that for my hydrangea - poor baby needs some water but I'm going to wait until it cools off a little this evening then I'll get out the sprinklers and watering can. And when I say a little cooler, I mean very little. It doesn't cool off much but at least the sun isn't bearing down on you.

Hope everyone is having a great week! 

I'm having foot issues again but I'm trying not to let it get to me too much - already made an appointment to see the doctor, hopefully it is early enough that meds can take care of it and I won't have to have the shots again. Those suckers hurt!

Monday, July 6, 2015


From hot, humid Houston.

We did all the Celebrating on Saturday. Had an awesome service at church, then went to watch a fireworks display.

Yesterday we tackled the garage - well somewhat, we still have hubby's mother's storage building to clean out and there is a lot of stuff in there. Hopefully the only thing coming home with us will be the juke box and we will have to do a little re-arranging for that to fit in the garage - no, it is not coming inside! Yes, it would be neat to have in the game room but a.) the game room is full and b.) the game room is upstairs. Nope, not happening. Anyway, back to cleaning out the garage. We went through a lot of boxes we hadn't looked in since we moved and some of them must have come from MIL and we never went through them before we moved either because we made all kind of finds. Some were kind of interesting like this doll we found, still in the box. I need to try to get the rest of the sticker residue off the box. This item did make it to the game room. Just thought I would share.

Saturday, July 4, 2015

Happy 4th!

Hope you all have a safe and day.