If you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.

Saturday, September 24, 2016

Happy Birthday, Stephen!






How lucky I am to have you as my bonus son.  Hope your day and this year is especially happy!

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

A Little Bit of Organizing

A couple of years ago Bridgette brought me most of her Stampin' Up! stamp sets and ink pads.  She needed space for Luci and her craft room became a bedroom.  I kept them in storage tubs and dug them out every now and again to create something quick and cute.  After Lydia and I did a bit of stamping during her Days, I decided to clean up and straighten up and have those where they were more accessible for crafting.  So, I put another thing Bridgette brought here to store into use and have a nice, organized crafting space.
This shelving unit with tubs used to hold toys in a corner of Bridgette's house.  Now it has stamp sets organized by size and alphabetical order.
I have it set up between the niche which holds my gift-wrapping paper and ribbon and my little craft table in my craft/sewing room.  The ink pads set atop the table I wrote my name on when I was a high school student that a former co-worker gave to me instead of sending it out to be trashed.
The supplies are organized and within reach for creating and crafting and I hope to soon have time to do a bit of both!
Now, when I walk into the room, I don't have to step over storage tubs and bags and stacks of stamps and ink and card stock.  It even looks a bit inviting!

Monday, September 19, 2016

Striped Pots

Back in July I was craving a good vine-ripened tomato and for the first time in at least ten or so years we had no tomato plants.  So, I stopped off at the local greenhouse and farm stand and picked out a few.  As I was checking out, I noticed the sign that said if I spent at least $20, I could also pick out some free flowers.  So, guess how much I spent?  Yep!  And I got four free geraniums!
Above is a photo fof them fresh out of the truck and before I even took time to deadhead them.  They are the most beautiful shade of deep red and I haven't had red geraniums in a while.  I knew exactly where I wanted to put them and how I wanted to enjoy them for the remainder of the summer.  Here is my inspiration:
I had seen this DIY tutorial for the simple striped pots and filed it away.  Now, I didn't have time nor the extra money to go out and get the cute square planters.  So, I just made-do with what I had on hand.
I had these simple black plastic pots that some shrub or mum or something had come in and I just wrapped blue painter's tape around it and gave it a quick spray with some inexpensive white paint.  I wasn't going for perfection or even being nit-picking about everything turning out perfectly because I wanted it done in a hurry.
There was a volunteer petunia in this smaller pot and I just wrapped it with a smaller width of masking tape and painted it, too.  (And you can tell I didn't clean off the table before I got a photo!)
I had three large pots and two smaller ones and I gave a quick tape and spray to all of them.
Then, I plopped my free geraniums into them and set them on the back porch.
My fourth geranium went into the big black pot I have in the yard-sale-bargain wire plant stand I keep on the back porch.
They were beautiful and still are!  Sometimes a cheap and free combination is just right and adds just enough perkiness and spunk to bring a smile to my face and this is exactly one of those times!
That was about the extent of my summer season decorating and it didn't happen till late in July.  Maybe I will get to fall fluffing before Thanksgiving!

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Randomness Volume #7

It seems that for most of this year I have felt as if I was just scrambling and trying to keep up with life.  How do things get that way?

Is it because I'm getting older and trying to do things I should have done when I was far younger?

Is it just the pace of life and we all are doing that?

I look around and see so many things that need to be done.  I also think of so many things I want to do.  Yet, I feel as if I cannot get to the things that must be done.

Maybe I'm feeling this way because the scope of my job has changed this fall.  My supervisor announced to us this week that she will be retiring soon.  What was my reaction?  I am excited for her!  AND I am a wee bit jealous.  How wonderful would it be to have the time to spend with my husband and family?  How wonderful would it be to choose how the day plays out and how to devote your attention hour-after-hour and day-after-day?  Wow!

Here are some bits of randomness to share...

I loved this post and cannot estimate how many times I've wanted to tell random strangers in the market something like it.  Sometimes when things seem messy, actually what is going on is the opportunity to slow down and appreciate right where we are in that moment.

Even though this bedroom might be a bit over-the-top for my tastes, I think there are lots of elements that could be taken and applied here and there in a home to make it fabulous.  Like the cute bow pillow.  Like the window treatment.  Like the striped daybed.  Like the polka dots.  Like that closet space with the drawers for storage and the shelves for shoes.  I'd like that in my master closet.  Hmmm...

I clicked through every single one of these fall printables in this blog hop and downloaded and saved several of them - a whole file folder is devoted to fall printables at this point because I also added these to the file.  Where would I post ANY of these?  I'm not sure, but I am thinking on it and trying to figure out a way and a place.

I absolutely love this garland.  I am going to make one for myself.  I am going to splurge on those smelly pine cones at the craft store this fall and hang this near my door so that the delicious smell will greet me every time I enter the house!

I'm also cherishing this post of Ann's because I have really been feeling old this week with an aching back that has almost crippled me completely.  Thankfully, I have asked for help and Mike has stepped up and done just that.  He has done some cooking and some kitchen cleaning and that is truly a rarity - the cleaning, not the cooking.  He has even volunteered to run the vacuum for me this week.  I'm not holding my breath on that one but just the thought helped me to live with the dirty floors for another day today.  I think it is just the desperate need for a new mattress that we have ordered but has not yet been delivered.  The new mattress and springs set was originally promised before the 23rd and this week is staring that down.  It just cannot come soon enough.  Of course, that means that the old mattress in the back bedroom will go out and the one on our bed will go back there and the new mattress will go on our bed so there will be a bit of a fruit basket turnover and a mess to get all straight again but, Lordy!, it will be worth every bit of the straightening if my back stops hurting.

I've slowly been traveling through some blog fall home tours when I feel the need to sit as a new position reliever for my back pain and I'm getting inspired.  Maybe with the back relief I will also get the energy to do a bit of fall decorating.  I have noted that I want to set out some limelight hydrangeas for cutting and for drying because they seem to accent almost anything during any season beautifully.  I skipped summer almost completely.  Bridgette crafted me some cute burlap door hangings and that is about all I did.  Well, I forgot, I did paint some flower pots for my free geraniums!  I'll post about those later.

I am really liking all the Magnolia wreaths I see out there and even cut some sprigs that were cropping up under Mom's tree and brought them home to make myself one for hanging over the mantel.  However, life got in the way and now I have springs of brown, dead leaves.  I'm not going to throw them away just yet because I think I may get some metallic paint and make a DIY wreath kind of like this tutorial shows.  Of course, at the end of that post there are suggestions for making a boxwood wreath and a pompom wreath and gobs more.  See, I just need to retire and pursue some of these things!

Well, it is time for me to find a new position because sitting long enough to craft this post has lasted as long as I can stand this sitting one.  Hope your randomness is relaxing and wonderful!

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

An Estate Auction

I just realized that I haven't shared the photos from Daddy's Estate Auction.  There were lots of jobs done behind the scenes far before auction time.
Above picture: Fudge and chess pie tarts baked by Mama in preparation for concessions at the auction.

Things like getting fields bush-hogged, repairing fences, removing fencing, filling holes, baking pies and tarts, and such had to be done.  We spent days cleaning out and sorting.  Then, the day before we did some major prepping.
This guy used a pressure washer to clean up all the large implements and farm equipment.
One-by-one we drove or pulled each piece to the rock and concrete area outside the calf barn and Bob washed it down.
There were sheds to be swept and tables and trailers to be set up in preparation for concessions and sales recording and receipts.
 There were trash barrels that had to be prepped and stationed.

We also had to line up items to get them ready for the progression of the auction.
Little by little the line grew as more items were added.




Eventually, there was a long row stretching across the field in front of the tool shed and milk barn.
The following morning we added the wagons of smalls that we had sorted through previously.
The food was brought from the house to the newly-cleaned tool shed...
...and there was a little time for the grands to check out everything one last time.



Other folks were checking things out as well.
The line-up became the focus for the next several hours.
The folks started arriving and checking things out.





We gathered as a family and welcomed the folks and the auctioneer began his rhythmic call.









One-by-one items and buckets and boxes of items were held up and offered for sale.




The sun beamed down and the day was ultra-hot.  Folks sought refuge in the shade at the grave yard, in the tool shed where there were fans, and at the concession stand.


To help keep folks cool and hydrated, we had tubs of ice and bottled water set out at different locations.


And as the day wore on, Mike and Dwayne turned the ATV into a water delivery truck.
As things were claimed and folks began to gather up their purchases, we continued to make certain that everyone had plenty of water and to gather up trash.

The trucks started to roll away but the clouds started to roll in.
 A quick check of the radar told us that rain was on its way!

 Just as we were almost finished loading things up and wrapping up the day, the heavens opened up and down came the rain!
We took shelter and had a snack and a bit of fellowship.

 





 At the end of the day we gathered together and shared stories of experiences each of us had throughout the day.  There were special ways that Daddy was remembered people shared with us.  There were tales told to us about interactions with him.  









We recalled different folks and what items they took home.  I enjoyed a HUGE sandwich and a few other members of the family did as well.  Everything was put away into its storage place and we went our separate ways.

It was a long, tiring, emotional experience.  The crowd was large and they seemed to appreciate and treasure the things Daddy had accumulated through his life's work.  We hope that those items found homes where they are used and appreciated as much as Daddy did when they were his.

We hope that those items make people's days enriched by having them.  There was lots of talk, lots of laughter, and lots of remembrance done that day.  Daddy would have loved it and been really proud that folks found something of substance and use to take home and continue the legacy he started.