Thursday, December 15, 2016

The Making of a Snow Man

I was part of an ornament swap with a group of friends this year.  We all make or buy handmade ornaments to swap.  There were 11 of us, so we all got 11 different ornaments back.  It's always a lot of fun seeing what everyone comes up with.  This was my third year doing this so I have a tree that is just for these ornaments.

I had seen directions for a little snowman in a magazine a few years back and thought it would be fun to make something similar, but as an ornament.

I started with a bunch of wooden balls, tiny wooden pots, string, skewers, tooth picks, paint, glue, glitter and power tools!





This is what I ended up with.  I love the way they turned out.  I got to keep one for myself, but I wish I had made more for me!



They were snow much fun to make.












Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Decorating for Christmas

I have been working on decorating since the week of Thanksgiving.  The tree was up before then, but only had the lights on it.

We finally put the ornaments on the tree last night.  Today I thought I'd share some of them.  We seem to have a growing collection of Mickey Mouse ornaments.  Seems like we get a new one every couple years or so.  Sometimes we buy them, sometimes they are given to us.  Either way, it's a fun collection that I think we need to add to.

This was our very first Mickey Ornament.  I we ordered it from the Disney Store...Way back before the internet.  I kind of miss those days.




 We bought this one on a trip to Disneyland a few years ago.

The set of shorts, hand and foot are from an aunt and uncle who share our love of Disney.






Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Touring the Garden

I am in the garden everyday...without a camera.  We've had quite a few zucchini and yellow squash.  We've tried a couple new recipes, we've eaten some plain and we've put a lot in the freezer.  We've had some tomatoes and several cucumbers - but they are on the weird side!  They are kind of pointy and curly on the ends.  From what we've read online, this could be due to heat.  Or cold.  Or too much water.  Or not enough water.  We have no idea!  New this year - brocolli!  That's been fun, though there hasn't been much.  We've had lots of green beans.  We're waiting on carrots, potatoes and eggplant.  We even have a couple pumpkins.

Here's what the garden looked like today.

{The Garden - August 9}


{The Garden from the Other End - August 9}

{Eggplant - August 9}


{King of the Lids - August 9}

{Fading Away - August 9}

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Touring the Garden

A look at the garden this week.

{All of it - June 26}

{Basil - June 27}

{Yellow Squash - June 27}

{Zucchini - June 27}

{Broccoli - June 27}

{The flowers - June 27}

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Touring the Garden

June 2016

Things are finally starting to grow in our garden.

{The Garden - June 6}

{A Gnome - June 6}

{View from the Kitchen Window - June 6}

{Rusty Bug - June 21}

{Pray - June 21}

{A Gnome Again - June 21}

{Rusty Bird - June 21}

{Zucchini - June 21}

{Potatoes - June 21}

{We have a Tomato - June 21}

{Broccoli - June 21}


Thursday, June 2, 2016

A Game of Giant Jenga

Wow...It's been a while, but here I am again!

We were at our oldest son's engagement party a few weeks back.  The kids all played a game of giant Jenga (made by our son and his future father-in-law) while we were there and they loved it.  When the end of the trip came and we decided to plan a surprise birthday party for our almost 16 year old daughter, I decided I'd make giant Jenga.  

I watched a few videos on YouTube and thought, "This will be easy!"  We went with a jelly bean theme for her party (her favorite candy), so I decided to paint the Jenga pieces different colors.  My husband was going to be away the week leading up to the party, so it was up to me to get it done.  (I hadn't told him of my plans anyway, so I HAD to do it!) 

First, to the store for paint.

Next, a trip to Home Depot for 2x4's.  I think I was asked about four times if I needed help.  "Nope.  I got this."  The cashier asked if I needed help getting it to my car.  "Nope.  I got this."  

(I was a hot sweaty mess by the time I got them loaded in the car!  Maybe I should have accepted help!  haha)

I got the wood home, brought the saw outside and started measuring and cutting.  

I ended up with 16 stacks of three.  I think there are supposed to be 18, but one of the 2x4's had a crack through half of it, so I couldn't use it.

Next came the sanding.  It. took. forever!  A belt sander of some kind would have been great, but I used what I had and they turned out amazing.  (If I do say so myself!)

I painted/stained them with a watered down acrylic paint, then applied a wax to make them slide.

The kids seemed to have a lot of fun.





Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Homemade Soup

Homemade soup warms the heart.


Homemade soup with homemade noodles.


It's good for what ails you.

Unless what ails you is thyroid surgery.  Last week I had half my thyroid removed.

If that's what ails you, then you need lots of rest.

And some really good drugs.


Linking up to Jenny Matlock's Warm Heart Wednesday