Wednesday, June 21, 2017

HODGEPODGE WEDNESDAY

Well it's time for the Hodgepodge again...You can join the others by clicking on the pic below...ENJOY!





1.  The first day of summer rolls in later this week.  What are ten things you'd put on your list of quintessential summer activities?  Will you try to manage all ten this summer?  Well let's see....BBQ's. swimming, fireworks, corn on the cob, watermelon, home made ice cream, the beach, sunsets, porch visits after dark, fishing, and lots of cold dinners....I would imagine I will get around to everyone of these with the exception of maybe fishing.  Do you notice how many of mine involve food?  Better give that some more thought later.

2.  Do you collect seashells when you're at the beach?  What do you do with them once you get them home?  What's your favorite place to comb for seashells?  How many of these best beaches for hunting seashells have you visited?  Which one would you most like to visit?  No, I have never really been a seashell collector or hunter.  Not that I don't love a pretty or unusual seashell because I most certainly do, but whenever I found myself at the beach either growing up, with my kids after I was married, or these days, my interest has always been in the water.  I was either in it riding on the waves, or sitting on the shore with my toes in the water, or watching the waves and day dreaming.

3. At a snails pace, shell out money, come out of your shell, go back into your shell, drop a bombshell, happy as a clam, clam up....which shell phrase could most recently be applied to some event or circumstance in your life?  Explain.  Hmm well I guess I will go with at a snails pace. Because that's certainly what it felt like as hubs went about cleaning, and re-doing in essence our tile grout.  Painstakingly slow was definitely the pace.  But now for sure we both are happy as a clam since he finished last Saturday and we are enjoying the fruits of his labors, lol.

4.  What summer activity do yo? u dislike? Why? I think I have been giving this too much thought as what I dislike the MOST about summer really isn't an activity....it's just a fact here in So. California. It;s the heat! I REALLY don't like temps much over 90 degrees anymore.  Used to be I'd head to the beach and the water but anymore that's not something I do.  But there are sooo many of them (hot days) and I am in constant search of air conditioning.  And!  I strongly dislike the crowds that California seems to accumulate in the summertime.  Not that it isn't ALWAYS crowded here, but summertime we reach new heights!

5.  What's something you see as quickly becoming obsolete?  Does this bother you?  I don't think it will be long at all and NO ONE will have a land line phone at home.  We eliminated ours about a year ago and I wonder now why we drug our feet so no it doesn't bother me at all.  It DOES bother me that everyone these days of course is pretty much constantly on their phone in some way or another.  You see it everywhere.  People looking down at their phones totally consumed.  And yes, I too have been guilty of this.  I hope it doesn't get any worse then it already is!

6.  Insert your own random thought here....In my previous post I explained why I didn't post on Monday and how our electricity was off all day etc....well, of course that meant that all of the clocks and devices in our house had to be reset.  We have an old fashioned (I am thinking most people use their phones for this!) alarm clock on the nightstand by our bed.  Yesterday morning it was not reset (we each blame the other for not doing it) and yet all was well as I pretty much always wake up in the same vicinity of time.  Well.....hubby re-set it yesterday morning then.  Now this morning, the alarm went off (and yes it did seem early and actually woke me which it usually doesn't as like I said I am automatically awake anyway) and so hubby got up and got right into the shower as he always does. and I made the bed and wondered out to the kitchen for a cup a tea before my shower.  It seemed dark and I thought to myself it must be overcast and that's what's adding to the heat already...it's humid. Well, then I sat down with my tea, picked up my phone, and realized we were an entire HOUR before our time!  YES!  hubby set the clock an hour early. And set the alarm last night without realizing it was off! So I thought to myself, go back to bed and try to get back to sleep?  Never going to happen and besides I've already made the bed....And then I remembered...you never did the Hodgepodge....do it now.  Soo here I am, lol.  I have a feeling I am going to be sleepy later.  Hope you are all enjoying your beginnings of summer!  Blessings to you all, Debbie






Tuesday, June 20, 2017

KIND OF A LOT OF CATCH UP....

I intended to get this up yesterday morning but forgot that ALL the electricity in the park was to be off from 8 - 5 yesterday as they "checked" things...whatever that might mean.  We had a "mini check" on Friday as well, but that one only lasted about 3 hours.  It is surprising to me just how much I am dependent on electricity for the things I do during my day.  And I am surprised as well as I stopped and thought about it yesterday, just how much of a routine I keep to as well.  You know...Mondays I do some wash, try to put up a blog post, sew, and water thoroughly all outside plants... Well....without electricity my list was cut down to watering.  And on top of that it was to be 95 degrees yesterday and with NO WAY to run the air conditioner or even a fan to blow the hot air around, I was NOT a very happy camper, lol.  I got my watering done, chatted on the phone a bit to Mel, and decided I was going to have to get out of the house for the day IF I was going to be able to bear the heat.  Sooo I headed over to my younger sisters house, where I found believe it or not, a household waiting for their air conditioner repair man to show up, so therefore an equally warm environment, lol.  At that point I moved to plan B.  My niece Katie and I decided we would go out for a bit and let her "practice" her driving before her test next week, (soo cool in the car with the air conditioner blowing in our faces) and then we would get lunch somewhere and go to an afternoon matinee.  We did have one slight mishap as we found ourselves on a freeway on-ramp AGAINST our plans, with no way off of course, and so she was forced to make her first attempt on a BUSY California freeway with me!  It was just as nerve wracking as you might imagine even though we were only on there briefly, lol.  But after that we were good for the next several hours.  I enjoyed my time with her as always and I dropped her back off and headed home to arrive just as they were finishing up.  It did take a while for things to cool down in the house, but it was fine.  How I thank God for air conditioning!  I am such a baby anymore.  I REALLY REALLY don't like being hot.  We keep our air set at about 76 and it runs a great deal of the time and I try not to worry about the dollars bills bouncing off the ceiling as a result.  Again, just grateful.  But NONE of this was what I wanted to blog about, lol, just WHY I didn't blog yesterday.  I feel like if I don't make more of an effort besides doing the hodgepodge, none of the things I want to record will be on here anymore, so I am going to go ahead and post today even though it's Tues., lol.

We had a very busy week-end after a very busy week of me trying to finish up my summer sewing. We got NEW carpeting on Saturday to go along with our FINISHED tile flooring, and I was positively thrilled with the way it came out!  However, my goodness, what an ordeal.  I am sure as most of you know putting in new carpet is a HUGE HUGE undertaking as of course it requires MOVING everything completely out of the room.  Which for us meant my gigantic and stuffed to the brim china closet, a buffet, two fairly large cabinets FULL of lots of collectibles and nick-nacs, a curio cabinet in our bedroom full of more collectibles, a bookcase....full to the brim of course, and then of course just all the rest of the decorative sitting around items on tables etc.  Oh, and then there was a piano, chairs, couches, a bed, dresser and mirror, and more!!  I am sure you get the idea!  lol Lots and lots of "stuff" in addition to furniture to be moved.  And then of course as long as I was being forced to empty out all of these things, then naturally I wanted to go ahead and thoroughly clean it all as well.  Washing all my china and crystal (I do this once a year these days anyway) and all of the nick-nacs too, in addition to all the glass in the cabinets.  And might as well dust down all the walls, wipe all baseboards, wash windows and curtains, clean ceiling fans and on and on the list went....sigh. Soo I asked my oldest son's wife Leah if she might be willing to give me a hand.  Hubby was going to be busy finishing up the last of the floors.  Soooo she graciously and yes even cheerfully agreed and my gratitude for her help could never be expressed enough.  Without her we would still be at it.  Oh to be soo young and strong and full of energy again.  But at the same time, soo grateful that those who are, helped out.  I decided to re-arrange our bedroom some as long as it was taken apart and I am soo grateful now that we did as I REALLY like it.  But of course that meant some of the pictures on the wall had to be moved around as well, lol.  One thing always leads to another and another and another. Now hubby and I dismantled almost everything and took it apart on Friday night and that part wasn't too bad, and the carpet installers moved the heavy furniture.  But Leah and I (ok mostly Leah) put it all back together along with the cleaning etc.  I did snap a couple of pictures of my re-arranged room so Melody could see it, so I can show you that here.


SUCH BAD PHOTOGRAPHY I KNOW BUT YOU GET THE IDEA...MUCH MORE ROOM FOR MOM'S CHAIR OVER THERE AND THIS WAY THE BREEZE FROM THE WINDOW (WHEN THERE IS ONE) SHOULD BLOW RIGHT ON OUR HEADS, LOL.  

IF THESE WERE BETTER YOU COULD SEE THE CARPETING BETTER....I KNOW THESE ARE KIND OF DARK.  THE CARPET IS VERY SIMILAR TO WHAT WE HAD, ONLY MUCH MUCH NICER, LOL.  A LITTLE THICKER AND SOFTER.  

I am very well aware that carpeting and tile are not really "in" these days and so therefore are really kind of old fashioned and dated, and that wood flooring is all the rage.  But!  I honestly don't care, lol.  To have replaced all the tile and carpeting in our house with wooden flooring would have cost a small fortune, and seriously, I am VERY VERY happy with this.  It is clean, fresh, PRETTY and works just perfectly for us.  The only places in our home that are carpeted is the two bedrooms, and the living room and formal dining room.  Pretty much everything else is tiled, and then we've added big decorative area rugs.  Hubby is beyond grateful that the tile repair is done, and I am soo thrilled with the way it looks that I am sure he will be hearing my thanks and praise for quite a while.  Way, way, way too much work for a 65 year old man, but he did such a good good job it's truly unbelievable.  I am hoping that adding the painted sealant to the grout will eliminate the getting soo dirty problem we've dealt with in the past.... and soo far sooo good!  And both chocolate and soda have been spilled on it already without a single issue!  lol.  We've decided to move onto the kitchen cabinets painted next....but I think I am going to give him a couple of weeks off anyway, lol.

Father's Day found all of our sons over here for dinner and a good visit, and it was all really nice. Missed Melody for sure, but her little family will be here on the first of July and I am beyond excited as usual.  I will show you all my recent sewing items of the last few weeks, just so it's all documented on here, plus all the other pictures I want in my books...sorry, I am soo behind.  Hope you all have a good week.  Now if I want to get back on schedule I will do my hodgepodge post this afternoon, lol. But that means I am going to have to sew quickly too. Blessings to you all!  Debbie

OUR YOUNGEST SON JAMES AND HIS FAMILY ARE LEAVING TOMORROW FOR 2 WEEKS AT OCEAN CITY.  THEY BOUGHT THEIR KIDS LITTLE ELECTRONIC DRAWING DEVICES TO KEEP THEM ENTERTAINED ON THEIR SIX HOUR FLIGHT.  SOO LARISSA ASKED ME IF I MIGHT MAKE THEM SOME COVERS TO KEEP THEM PROTECTED IN, AND SENT ME THE MEASUREMENTS.  I LOVE DOING THINGS LIKE THIS FOR SOME REASON, AND SO THEREFORE HAPPILY COMPLIED.  I HAD A GOOD TIME WITH THIS LITTLE PROJECT.  I ADDED BATTING TO ALL OF THEM AND THEN QUILTED THEM AS WELL.  THIS ONE IS FOR 3 YEAR OLD VINCE

THIS IS 8 YEAR OLD TELL'S  THEY ARE ALL LINED IN COORDINATING FABRIC, BUT I DID NOT TAKE ANY PICTURES OF IT.

12 YEAR OLD CAPRI'S....CAN'T SEE IT WELL HERE BUT THIS ONE HAS A SILVER METALLIC THREAD THAT SPARKLES THAT I USED FOR THE QUILTING STITCHES

THIS IS 10 YEAR OLD JD'S....I KNEW HE'D GET A KICK OUT OF THAT BUTTON, LOL.  VINNY'S CLOSES WITH VELCRO BECAUSE SHE WASN'T SURE THE BUTTON WOULD BE EASY ENOUGH FOR HIM TO WORK ON HIS OWN

I JUST COULD NOT RESIST THIS FABRIC!  SAM, LUKE, AND VINNY ALL WILL BE GETTING A PAIR OF THESE SUMMER PJ'S

AND HERE ARE CLAIRES...LOVE THIS FABRIC TOO!

SAM AND LUKE BOTH GOT A PAIR OF THESE

VINNY'S....THESE SUMMER PJ'S ARE A SNAP TO MAKE AND ARE SOO COMFY AND COOL TO WEAR AS WELL

VINNY'S....I USED UP A LOT OF FABRIC I HAD LEFT FROM OTHER THINGS AS  I CAN GET A PAIR OUT OF A SINGLE YARD FOR ALL OF THE LITTLE ONES

AND THIS LITTLE ZIPPERED PURSE/BAG IS FOR CLAIRE.  MELODY ASKED ME TO MAKE HER SOMETHING SHE CAN KEEP HER LITTLE DOGS IN SHE PLAYS WITH, PLUS COULD DOUBLE AS SOMETHING SHE COULD CARRY ALONG WITH HER AS WELL.  I COULD MAKE A BAJILLION OF THESE FOR SOME REASON, LOL.  

JUST HAD TO SHOW THIS CUTE LITTLE PIC OF MIKE WITH HIS LITTLE GOLFERS SAM AND LUKE

THIS IS SOOO ADORABLE.  I GUESS HE HAD PRACTICED AND PRACTICED AND FINALLY HAD IT DONE REALLY WELL AND WANTED TO SEND A PICTURE TO GRANDMA SO SHE COULD SEE IT TOO!  HOW I LOVE HIM! AND PRETTY GOOD FOR HAVING JUST TURNED 4 I THINK!

AND 8 YEAR OLD CODY CONTINUES TO DO WELL AT KARATE, FOLLOWING IN HIS DADDY'S FOOTSTEPS. HE RECEIVED A FIRST PLACE IN CONTINUOUS SPARRING, 2ND PLACE IN REGULAR SPARRING, AND 4TH PLACE IN KATA AT A RECENT TOURNAMENT.  THE COMPETITION IS QUITE TOUGH AT THESE TOURNAMENTS, AND THE MAJORITY OF THE COMPETITORS NEVER WIN ANY TROPHIES AT ALL, JUST SO YOU CAN UNDERSTAND HOW WELL HE REALLY DID!  CODY IS MILDLY ON THE AUTISM SPECTRUM AND CONTINUES TO IMPROVE EVERY DAY.  HE WILL REMAIN IN SPECIAL ED CLASSES NEXT YEAR, BUT SPENDS A COUPLE OF HOURS A DAY IN MAIN STREAM AS WELL.  HE IS HARD WORKING AND JUST AS SWEET AS HE CAN BE AND CONTINUES TO MAKE US ALL SOO PROUD!

CODY AND DADDY

MELODY AND CLAIRE AT A RECENT WEDDING THEY ATTENDED

MY GIRL....CAN'T WAIT TO SEE HER SOON

HUBBY AND HIS SONS...WAY TOO DARK I KNOW....I DID TRY!  LOL

HUBBY AND OUR OLDEST SON

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

HODGEPODGE WEDNESDAY

Can't believe we are to the 13th of June and I haven't posted since the end of May.  I just can't seem to stay disciplined on this blog.  I have NOT thrown in the towel, and I will PRESS ever onward. Meanwhile it is time for the Hodgepodge.  So click on the pic below and join the others hodgepodging as well!




1.  The Hodgepodge lands on June 14th this week.  Flag Day in the US of A.  Do you fly your country's flag at home? Sometimes, often, or every single day? Have you ever visited the city of Brotherly Love (Philadelphia)?  Did you make a point of seeing The Betsy Ross House? Have you ever made a trip to Baltimore? If so, was Fort McHenry on your itinerary? (Where Francis Scott Key was inspired to write the Star Spangled Banner).  Yes, we do fly our flag, but only a few days of the year.  The 4th of July, Memorial Day, and usually Flag Day too.  Never been to Baltimore, so no have not seen the Betsy Ross Home.  Not been to Baltimore or therefore visited Fort McHenry either.  If I were to ever go to Baltimore though, yes, it would be on my itinerary.

2.  Red or white flag? Which have you encountered most recently?  Explain.  hmmm, well I guess I will go with Red Flag.  There are a few things going on that are definite red flags of concern within our family, but they are too long and too involved to go into here.  Just a few reasons to be on our knees however

3. Are you a stay in the car listen to the end of a song kind of a person?  What kind of a person is that?  Well, I guess the answer to that would be seldom if ever anymore.  I USED to do that but honestly can't remember the last time I did.  I think part of the reason for me is honestly I do not drive around much.  And there was a day it seemed like it was all I did, lol.  As for the "kind of a person" that does that well I guess it would be someone who is sooo into music, that their heart gets carried away with it, and listening or singing to the very last note is just necessary....do ya know what I mean?

4.  What are some of the traits or qualities you think a good dad possesses?  In other words, what makes a good dad?  What's an expression you associate with your father?  I think I have made a whole post about this very subject before, a LONG one, but I haven't the time to search for it, and no I don't label mine, so I will just have to think back and pick out a few thoughts.  My husband is one of the best dads I know.  Both to the kids when they were young, and even now to them as adults.  So I think I can just tell you how he is.  He is quite simply ALWAYS there for them! Interested in what they were doing and what they are on.  He played with them all on a very regular basis. Whatever it was that THEY were interested in,  Be it basketball, football, swimming, sleeping giant, (long story!) or my little ponies with his daughter.  He was very involved with every one of them with whatever sport they were playing too, and was frequently one of their coaches as well.  He was firm and steadfast when he had to be though, and there was always a sense of respect mingled even with a little fear.  Or maybe it was just fear they would disappoint him.  He was the spiritual leader of our home and prayed with them all regularly too, as well as making sure they were at church every Sunday, and sacrificing to send them to Christian school.  They saw Christianity walked and talked out pretty much every day.  Some of them still call him so that he can pray with them over the phone.  He taught my 3 sons how to be a GOOD man, a real man, and my daughter what to look for and expect in a husband.  He could always and still does find the fun in a situation, the humor, and can make almost anyone smile no matter how down they are.  I thank God for the dad my kids have, because sadly mine was none of these things. It was important to me and one of the main things I prayed for when asking God to find me a man to share my life with.  I will always be grateful for that answered prayer some forty three years ago.  I am sorry if I make him sound like a saint, because obviously he is far from perfect.  But when it comes to being a dad...he's about as good as you can get!

5.  What's one rule you always disagreed with while growing up?  Is that rule somehow still part of your adult life? Is that a good or a bad thing?  Well we had MANY rules but honestly I can't remember one that I really disagreed with. Didn't keep?  MAYBE...but not really disagreed with. Can't say any of it is part of my adult life though.

6.  Insert your own random thought here.....We are STILL working on the floors over here. Though there is DEFINITE light at the end of the tunnel.  Poor hubby.  Not sure how he has born it all, though he has hung in like a trooper.  My youngest son took pity on him last week-end and drove up and put in a FULL day on Sat. helping and honestly I haven't stopped being grateful!  It not only of course made the work go twice as fast...but provided his dad with good conversation and humor to get through the day as well.  All that's left at this point is the utility room, and the back bathroom. Neither one of these areas is very large, and by far the vast majority of it is done.  And it's BEAUTIFUL!  And!!  We are going to replace the carpeting in our living room and formal dining room, and our bedroom this Sat.  I am practically giddy, lol.  It too will be a lot of work, (we've replaced carpeting a few times over the years so we know the drill) but hopefully it will go smoothly.
JAMES AND HUBBY ALL READY TO BEGIN.  PROTECTIVE GLASSES, (the cleaner you scrubbed with was strong!) GLOVES, AND THE MOST IMPORTANT....KNEE PADS!

HERE'S THE POSITION YOU PRETTY MUCH ARE IN THE WHOLE TIME!

SIDE BY SIDE...JAMES IS OUR SON WHO IS MOST LIKE HIS DAD.  HIS WIFE AND I JOKE AND CALL HIM HIS CLONE, LOL.  TRUST ME, IT'S A GOOD THING TO BE!

AND THE FINISHED PRODUCT!  SOOO NICE!

OUR BATHROOM GOT FINISHED TOO!

There has been a few other things going on as well so hopefully I will get to another post in the next couple of days, and catch this blog up.  Hope you are all enjoying these warmer days.  We are heating up in the next few days to the nineties!  Heat here we come.....Blessings to you all!  Debbie






Wednesday, May 31, 2017

HODGEPODGE WEDNESDAY

It's already Wednesday and time for the Hodgepodge!  I love 3 day week-ends for soo many reasons, but this is just near the top.  It makes for such a short week!  Join the others who hodgepodge by clicking on the picture below.



1.  What makes you feel accomplished?  Explain.  Well I guess there are a few things.  But probably one of the first that pops into my head is to complete some sewing project or another.  Especially if it incorporates something that is new to me such as learning to do a ruffled or lettuce hem as I recently did. But I have done that on a few things where I want to know how to do something.  Look it up on line, and then kind of somewhat teach myself to do it and then do it. For some reason it does give me a sense of satisfaction or accomplishment to figure something out on my own, lol  For those of you who do not know what a lettuce hem is I'll show you one of my recent projects that had one...

IT GIVES THE APPEARANCE OF THE SKIRT BEING RUFFLED
I DID IT ON BOTH THE HEM OF THE DRESS HERE AND THE LITTLE FLUTTER SLEEVES

2.  If you had your own talk show, who would your first 3 guests be? Tell us why. OH..MY..GOODNESS... This is going to require some thought, lol.  And of course I am totally basing this on what would interest ME, not what I think might necessarily interest everyone else watching, lol.   I think one of my first guests would be Karen Kingsbury, lol.  I've read every one of her books and enjoyed them, and then she's done a couple of bible study videos that were really good too. She seems soo down to earth and someone I could totally relate to and I think she would be really interesting to talk to and meet. My sister is in Hawaii right now on a Christian Marriage Retreat and she is one of the guest speakers. She sent me a little video of her talking and I soo wanted to pull up a chair, lol.  No doubt that's why she popped into my head.  My second one would be Jenny Doan from Missouri Star Quilting Company.  She is the owner/operator of a HUGE online and in Missouri quilting store business.  She has done literally hundreds of quilting tutorials and has a huge following. She played a HUGE role in helping me teach myself to quilt, and I just think she'd be really interesting to sit and talk to and kind of get to know, lol.  And my third one would be Carrie Underwood, lol.  Kind of a big star I know, but this is My talk show after-all so we are already dreaming.  I love her!  I love her voice, her music, her faith, and just most things about her.   So there you have it.  I can't wait to read who everyone else picks!  I have a feeling mine are pretty random.

3.  Do you have a great burger recipe?  What's in it?  What do you like on a hamburger and where is your favorite spot to order one out?  Well, I have several burger recipes I use pretty regularly, but I wouldn't describe any of them as "great" lol.  I will go with hamburger pie.  I use the gluten free Bisquick when I make this, and serve tomatoes and avocado and pickles to the side.

    1lb lean ground beef
    1 large onion, chopped
    1/2 tsp. salt
    1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
    1/2 cup Bisquick
    1 cup milk
    2 eggs

Directions

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Brown ground beef and onion together until meat is cooked. Mix in salt. Spread in bottom of glass baking pan. Sprinkle cheese on top.

In a separate bowl, mix together Bisquick, milk and eggs (mixture is supposed to be runny). Pour mixture over meat and cheese.
Bake in oven 25 minutes or until a knife inserted comes out clean. 

I like the basics on my hamburger.  Lettuce, onion, tomato, pickles, avocado, and ketchup.  The only place I ever order a hamburger anymore (which is rare) is Red Robin because they have a gluten free bun and the burger itself is really pretty good.  I order the mushroom burger which comes with sauted mushrooms of course and Swiss cheese.  I used to kind of like Carl's Junior Western Bacon Cheeseburger, but I haven't had one in years.

4.  What's the biggest anxiety producing thing you do on a regular basis?  Honestly, I do nothing on a REGULAR basis that produces anxiety as anxiety itself has been a thorn in my foot for pretty much my whole life.  So I try to do whatever I can to avoid stirring it up.  As a general rule these days not much does.  If I let my mind go....and don't bring it under the control of the Holy Spirit, then it can get out of hand on many subjects.  I can and do worry too much.  Always have.  And it pretty much never goes anywhere good.

5.  This is the last Hodgepodge of May.  Tell us about your summer plans.  I guess I don't really have all that big of plans.  My daughter and her family are coming for a week.  They will be here over the 4th of July and we are all gathering at my sons house so I am looking forward to that.  Then, I always have (or try to anyway) all of my younger grandkids come and spend a couple of days with us on a one on one basis.  There are 5 of them that do this so that does require some scheduling and some time.  We always thoroughly enjoy it.  And then we are going to spend a LONG week-end in August (probably 4 days) in Big Bear.  Haven't been to the mountains in a while and it does sound good.  Other then that most of my days will be spent doing what I always do.....sewing, lol.  And I do already have some Christmas ideas and plans in my head that I will probably begin believe it or not in July.

6.  Insert your own random thought....Last week I mentioned that my grand daughter Lindsey was coming over so I could help her make a sensory toy for her Early Childhood Development class as part of her final.  We settled on a cute teething ring as it did incorporate all of the senses and we finished it up today and she just left a little while ago with it.  We had such a good time.  Let me show you...

OBVIOUSLY ALL THE COLORS ETC WILL SATISFY THE SIGHT SENSE.  AND THE TOUCH OF COURSE WOULD COME FROM HANDLING IT ETC.  FOR THE HEARING SENSE WE PUT CRINKLED PAPER FROM THE BACK OF HEAT AND BOND INSIDE BEFORE WE STUFFED IT WITH FIBER FILL.  IT MAKES A WONDERFUL "CRACKLING" SOUND, AS WELL AS FEELING SOFT AND SQUISHY LOL.  FOR TASTE THERE IS THE WOODEN TEETHING RING ITSELF, NOT TO MENTION OF COURSE EVERYTHING GOES IN A BABIES MOUTH.  AND FINALLY FOR SMELL WE COVERED IT IN BABY POWER AND THEN DUSTED IT OFF COMPLETELY WHICH LEFT A WONDERFUL "BABY" SMELL, LOL.  I HAD EVERYTHING FOR THIS ALREADY ON HAND WITH THE EXCEPTION OF THE WOODEN TEETHER WHICH I FOUND ON AMAZON.  LOTS OF MOM MADE SHOPS ARE SELLING HOMEMADE TEETHER'S NOW SO I GUESS IT'S A THING, LOL.  ONCE I FIGURED OUT HOW TO GET THE TEETHER INSIDE AND STILL MAKE MY MACHINE WORK, WE WERE HOME FREE!  HOPE WE SHE GETS A GOOD GRADE, LOL!


Hope everyone is having a good "short" week!  Blessings to you all!  Debbie





Tuesday, May 30, 2017

TRANSFORMATION PROJECT! the man's a saint!



I am going to try to do this quickly as it deserves a post of it's own, lol.

We have lived in this house 7 years now.  When we moved in we put ceramic tile in a GREAT deal of the house!  The entry way which leads into both the kitchen, and the large family room.  Then there is a fairly large "kitchen eating area" (which is connected in a big room to the family room - that is my sewing area!) that is also tiled.  Then there is the utility room and both bathrooms.  Soooo lots and lots of tile!  My brother did it for us mainly while I was laid up from my mastectomy surgery.  Well, he used a color of grout that while it went BEAUTIFULLY with the new tile I would have never chosen as I KNEW it would get dirty, and probably pretty easily.  I have been fighting it for years! lol.  But of course slowly over the course of 7 years it has become.....well, the only word for it is filthy!.  It drives me wild!  I have this thing about floors.  Just ask any of my kids.  I have tried to pretend it wasn't there.  Told myself the tile was thoroughly mopped once a week, (and it usually was!) and it was swept a couple of times a week (ok, MAYBE only once...but usually twice, lol) and there have even been a few times of my hubby on his hands and knees giving it a GOOD cleaning as well.  But it is what it is......It was sooo dirty.  And rather I should have been or not, I was HATING it!  Sooo I of course began complaining, whining, flipping out, asking hubby if we couldn't figure out a way to FIX it.  Clean out that grout.  Either professionally, or by ourselves....but some way!  OR! honestly I wanted to rip it all (including our living room and formal dining room carpet) and RE tile it all in a wood tile with DARK grout! Nothing 4 or 5 thousand dollars wouldn't solve, lol.

Well hubby I am sure was beginning to tire of my constant nagging mentioning of this so he decided he would go ahead and do it himself!  OH MY GOODNESS!  What a project!  I honestly feel really bad I ever said a single word.  Sooooo much work!  But!  It has just come out beautifully! and this gal couldn't be more pleased.  Though!  After 2 and half days of work, all that is completely done is the entry hall! The family room is completely prepped and ready for the painting/sealing part, but the rest of it looms.  How will he ever bear it??  I am pampering him as best I can, but honestly I really am not much help.  I got down on the floor for a while, but almost couldn't get back up!  lol  And I am not kidding.  But I did, and truthfully I paid for that the rest of the day!  But what he has done looks sooooo good, I am almost giddy.  Better then when it was new and that is not an exaggeration!  This is going to take weeks of week-ends to complete, but I have promised myself nary a word will be spoken to speed it along.  No matter how anxious I am to have it all done.  I'll let the pics tell the rest of the story!

BEFORE

PART OF OUR MANY "TREATMENT" PROCESSES

AFTER TREATMENT WAS APPLIED IT ALL HAD TO SCRUBBED WITH A STIFF BRUSH ON HIS HANDS AND KNEES....AND THEN!  CLEANED THOROUGHLY WITH OUR STEAM CLEANER

AFTER CLEANING PROCESS, BUT BEFORE SEALING AND PAINT

PAINT/SEALER HAD TO BE APPLIED WITH AN EYELINER BRUSH!!

THIS PROCESS TOOK FOREVER!  6 HOURS ON JUST THE ENTRY HALL!

HE DID THIS TO QUICKEN THE PROCESS BETWEEN THE TWO COLORS WE DECIDED TO USE ON THE GROUT.  FIRST A SNOW WHITE TO HELP COVER EVERYTHING, AND THEN A SOFT LINEN.  I "TRIED" TO GO DARKER WITH A BROWN AND ONE CALLED HAYSTACK, BUT IT JUST GAVE THE APPEARANCE OF ALREADY DIRTY.  JUST DIDN'T GO.  I HOPE I DON'T REGRET THIS LIGHTER SHADE.  I AM HOPING WITH THE SEALER IT WILL GREATLY HELP!  TRUST ME....THIS IS NEVER HAPPENING AGAIN, LOL


FINISHED PRODUCT.  AND THIS PIC DOESN'T REALLY DO IT JUSTICE!  THE TILE ITSELF IN ADDITION TO THE GROUT WAS SOOO MUCH CLEANER AFTER THE STEAM CLEANING!

MY VIEW THIS MORNING!  

DIFFERENCE BETWEEN FINISHED ENTRY HALL AND KITCHEN!!  OH MY!  NOT A VERY GOOD PIC BUT IF YOU LOOK CLOSELY YOU CAN EVEN SEE THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE TILE ITSELF AND NOT JUST THE GROUT!


Wednesday, May 24, 2017

HODGEPODGE WEDNESDAY





Well I am really behind today.  As my regular readers might know I have had some computer issues.  I did get mine back last night, but LOTS of things were un-installed or missing or just not right...sigh...soo frustrating.  But I "think" I've got most of them back, so we will see.  Soo it's time for the Hodgepodge.  lol   Join the others by clicking on the pic...







1.  What color is prominent in your home?  Are you glad about that or wishing you could cover it up or remove it?  All of our walls and floors are in a neutral shade of taupe, or tan.  All of the colors we decorated with are golds, burgundy's and olive green, and oh some navy as well.  Honestly I still really like most of the colors.  And I've run the theme of them through the whole house so to change it would be too expensive.  If I could do anything, I might paint the walls a very pale olive green, but that's about it.

THIS IS THE COLOR THEME PRETTY MUCH THROUGH THE WHOLE HOUSE

OUR BEDROOM....GOLD, BURGUNDY AND OLIVE GREEN

2.  What's something you'll NEVER do again?  Hmmm  let's see.  I guess it would depend on rather or not I am looking at it from the stand point of a mistake I'll be sure not to repeat, or something I've grown too old to do.  I always overthink these things, lol.  I guess I will go with what I am past the age of doing.  I'll never ride the waves on a bogie board in the ocean again, lol.  It was something I used to LOVE to do.  I honestly enjoyed it more then I can possibly describe, and did so whenever I got the chance well into my early 50's.  Just swimming in the ocean period.  Now I can't even walk in the sand (arthritis in my knees completely keeps me from doing this!) let alone get into the ocean.  Now I might replace my knees someday and walk on the beach again, but ride off on a wave?  I think those days are gone for good.

3.  Tell us a couple of ways you fit the stereotypes associated with your gender, and a couple of ways you don't.  Well I think I am your typical woman in the respect that getting married and raising kids was what I wanted to do with my life, and what I did.  I think I am your typical grandma too in the respect that my 13 are just everything to me.  I love to sew, create and craft as well.  I enjoy a good romance either in a movie, a book, or a TV show too, and certainly real life too, wink.  I LOVE to get flowers and I LOVE perfume. How I might not be typical is that I enjoy most sports.  I LOVE a sports movie right underneath a romantic one.  That's all I can think of right now, though there is probably others.  I am really pretty much a girly girl.

4.  May is Motorcycle Awareness Month.  Have you ever owned a motorcycle?  Ever ridden a motorcycle?  If the opportunity presented itself would you hop on a motorcycle and go for a ride?  I have NEVER owned one, nor has my husband, or thankfully any of my kids.  I did have a ride once as a little girl if you can believe that.  My uncle gave me a short ride on his once.  Whatever were they thinking??  lol  No helmet either.  It was somewhat terrifying, but I pretended to like it. And NO there is no way I'd ever hop on a take a ride these days.  Just not me.

5.  If someone wanted to understand you, what should they read, watch, and listen to?  Hmm this could be a LONG thought process and answer but like I said I am already behind so I am going to go with the quick and easy answer.  Someone could watch Little House on the Prairie. LOL  And not because I ever lived on a prairie or because I don't use and enjoy modern conveniences, but because I just like the family oriented and Christian values the show portrayed.  Ma was always busy baking, cooking, cleaning, or reading her Bible.  And raised her kids with grace and wisdom and with a firm foundation based on the Bible.  She was always selfless.  NOW I don't think this was how I was, lol. (only in my dreams) It was just what inspired me and what I TRIED to copy.  These days praise music is playing most of the day, but years ago it was Country.  Still enjoy Country music, but just don't turn it on like I used to.

6.  Insert your random thought....My mind right now is focused on getting all the materials together that I need to help my grand daughter Lindsey create a toy she needs to have as part of her final in a child development elective class she is taking.  It is to be a sensory toy.  She had a couple of good ideas so we are running with that.  I LOVE things like this.  She asked her teacher yesterday if she could use her grandma's embroidery machine for the project and got a thumbs up, so that will make things fun and easy.  Letting my grand daughter help operate the machine might take a little more effort, lol.  Hopefully we can get it done in a night as it's due next Wednesday.

Hope you all have a wonderful rest of your week!  Blessings to you all!  Debbie


Monday, May 22, 2017

WEEK-END WRAP UP...AND A FEW SIDE STORIES TOO!

Well it's fairly late Monday afternoon, and I am STILL on hubby's computer.  And yes, I still hate despise loathe dislike it.  I spend way too much time re-doing and re-typing and just flat out "thinking" when I try to work it.  But the good news is mine is fixed and he is going to pick it up for me on the way home from work....YAY!  I contemplated just not doing this post of course until I got it back, but honestly I have a full day already tomorrow and I want to get this post done today.  Sooo I will just have to trudge through I guess and hopefully won't end up totally frustrated and in a grumpy mood when I am finished.

So let's see....I got my sewing machine back last Tues morning, and then I met my sister Diane for lunch and a little bit of shopping.  She doesn't really get many opportunities to do this as she home schools her grandchildren, so I jumped at the invitation even though I really should have sat down and sewed as I had a big list of things I wanted to make for Sophia's first birthday party on Sat.  But we had such a good time and I was soo glad I went ahead and went.  I just have to tell you what happened at lunch though.  I don't remember the last time I laughed quite as much.  It had been a perfectly normal lunch with lots of talking and eating and we had just had our drink glasses filled with water again and were settling back for a little more conversation, when I reached forward and tipped my glass over.  Icy cold water spilled in GREAT quantity on my lap, all over the table, and of course onto the floor.  I honestly don't know how it happened, but it did.  And then!  My sister in her haste to grab napkins out of the holder to help mop it up before even more went onto my lap and the floor, promptly dumped hers as well.  We were literally under water.  We were laughing so hard and making such spectacles of ourselves, I don't know how they didn't ask us to leave.  But we got it all mopped up eventually, got fresh glasses of water, and tried again, lol.  Don't think we will be forgetting that lunch for a while.  We did have to do our shopping "damp" to put it mildly, but it was a break that it was a REALLY warm day.

Then, I spent the next 3 days frantically sewing.  Honestly I don't know why I waited to the last minute.  It really isn't like me.  I sooo dislike feeling pressured that I plan things out way in advance usually.  But I just didn't do it so I just had to really push myself.  Another little side story though has to be told here.  I wanted to make her a swim suit.  I had enough fabric on hand and a pattern that was the same one I had used to make Claire's so I went to work on it first.  Well....I should have done a little refresher video on how to make the elastic work as I did remember it was a giant pain and I didn't do it well.  But I was in too big of a hurry and was feeling on the lazy side so I didn't do it and just raced ahead.  Well I was barely into it when I realized I had botched it up WAY too much to fix. The bottom line on ANY knit fabric (or swim fabric is even worse!) there really is NO making of mistakes, as the stretch stitch I use is pretty much unrippable.  But I had just barely enough fabric left to squeeze out cutting out another piece, so I did and started over.  I got quite a bit further this attempt, but again made a mistake, and by this point I was regretting ever even giving it shot.  Sooo rather then waste any more time, I tossed it aside and began something new.  Thankfully most of the rest of the stuff went fairly well.  I ended up just buying a swim suit, a cover up, and a little sun hat, and honestly it was a lot more enjoyable, lol.  Let me show you everything....

SO HERE IS THE SWIM SUIT, COVER UP AND LITTLE HAT I BOUGHT...SOO CUTE! OH! AND EVERYTHING WAS 50% OFF SO IT WAS REALLY REASONABLE TOO

NOW THIS ONE I REALLY LOVED!  I HAD ORDERED THIS FABRIC MONTHS AGO IN A PRE-ORDER ROUND FROM ONE OF THOSE SHOPS THAT SELL THE PRICEY BUT WONDERFUL KNIT FABRICS.  I CAN'T RESIST IT...I CAN'T!  BUT ANYWAY, IT DIDN'T ARRIVE UNTIL 2'OCLOCK ON FRIDAY AFTERNOON, SO THIS DIDN'T GET MADE UNTIL AFTER THAT, AND I HAD TO WASH AND DRY IT AS WELL FIRST IN ORDER TO PRE-SHRINK THE FABRIC.  ISN'T IT JUST DARLING FABRIC?  I INTEND TO MAKE ONE JUST LIKE IT FOR CLAIRE!

I GOT THIS FABRIC AT JOANNES A WHILE AGO AND HAD IT ON HAND AS WELL

ANNABEL SENT ME THIS TODAY SO I COULD SEE HOW WELL THE FLAMINGO OUTFIT FIT HER.  I LOVE THE COLOR ON HER!  SHE IS SUCH A LITTLE DOLL...LOOK AT THOSE EYES!  SORRY, I CAN'T ALWAYS CONTROL MY GRANDMANESS


AND THIS IS SOME OF THE "NICE" FABRIC THAT I HAD LEFT OVER FROM CLAIRE'S BIRTHDAY PRESENTS.  I USED THIS PATTERN WHEN I MADE ONE FOR CLAIRE TOO.  IT'S SUCH A CUTE PATTERN, AND REALLY PRETTY QUICK AND EASY

NOW THIS ONE WAS FROM PART OF THE FABRIC THAT ARRIVED FRIDAY AFTERNOON, AND I WAS JUST GOING TO PASS ON USING IT FOR HER AS I HAD REALLY RUN OUT OF TIME, AND BY THE TIME I HAD FINISHED THE LITTLE DRESS, I WAS TIRED AND MY BACK KIND OF HURT FROM SITTING THERE TOO LONG....BUT! WHEN I GOT UP SAT MORNING I DECIDED TO GO AHEAD AND WHIP IT UP EVEN THOUGH WE HAD TO LEAVE AT 10:00 AM.  NOT ONE OF MY WISER DECISIONS.  I DO NOT SEW WELL UNDER PRESSURE OF TIME (have I mentioned that?) AND I MADE MORE MISTAKES ON THIS SIMPLE,  SIMPLE SIMPLE LITTLE PEASANT TOP THAN I CAN REMEMBER MAKING IT A LONG TIME.  BUT I GOT IT DONE, AND IT WAS WORTH IT.  I LOVE THIS FABRIC!

AND THIS LITTLE PINK AND BLACK ONE TOO WHICH SHE PUT ON HER AFTER SHE HAD CAKE, LOL, AND SO YOU CAN SEE HER IN ONE OF THEM.  IT FIT HER PERFECTLY AND I WAS PRETTY HAPPY LET ME TELL YOU.  IT IS ALWAYS RISKY SEWING SOMETHING FOR A GIFT BECAUSE IF IT DOESN'T FIT YOU ARE REALLY PRETTY STUCK.  NOW I HAVE MELODY MEASURE EVERY LITTLE THING FOR ME AND THAT WORKS PRETTY GOOD FOR CLAIRE.  AND LAST YEAR AT THIS TIME CLAIRE WAS TURNING ONE AND I USED THE PATTERNS I USED FOR HER THEN FIGURING THEY WOULD PROBABLY WORK AS THEY ARE PRETTY SIMILAR IN THEIR SIZES.  IT DID!

We met at a park to celebrate and had pizza for lunch.  The kids played ball and we had a good time.  But it was HOT (95!) and so we broke up early and went to my son's house so everyone could swim.  I watched for a little while, but ended up going inside to relax in the air conditioner, lol.  Afterward we all went for spaghetti at the Old Spaghetti Factory.

YUMMY CAKE...AT FIRST SOPHIA WAS REALLY EXCITED ABOUT THE CAKE.  BUT THEN SHE STUCK HER FINGER IN IT AND THE FROSTING OF COURSE STUCK TO HER FINGER AND SHE HATED THAT FOR SOME REASON AND BURST INTO TEARS, LOL.  POOR LITTLE THING AT THAT POINT WAS SOO TIRED AND OVER IT ALL.

THE LOOK ON HER FACE DEFINITELY TOLD HER MOOD, LOL

SOPHIA'S MAMA, MY GRAND DAUGHTER ANNABEL (JOE'S OLDEST DAUGHTER) AND HER HUBBY DANIEL, AND LITTLE TIRED SOPHIA

THE KIDS AND GRANDPA PLAYING SOME SOCCER AT THE PARK

THE GUYS PLAYED SOME BASKETBALL AT JOE'S HOUSE BEFORE THEY JUMPED INTO THE POOL.  IT WAS SOOO HOT WE GALS KIND OF THOUGHT THEY WERE NUTS.  BUT HONESTLY MY BOYS AND THEIR DAD JUST ALMOST NEVER GET THE OPPORTUNITY TO PLAY BALL ANYMORE ALL TOGETHER, AND JUST COULDN'T PASS UP AN OPPORTUNITY TO DO SO.  THEY PROBABLY PLAYED A THOUSAND GAMES OR MORE GROWING UP RIGHT IN OUR DRIVEWAY.  I AM GLAD THEY STILL ENJOY IT.  BUT AT 65 I AM KIND OF CONCERNED THAT MY HUBBY STILL GETS IN THERE WITH THEM.  HE JUST CAN'T BEAR TO HANG UP HIS SHOES.  HE STILL DOES PRETTY WELL TOO

JUST ANOTHER SHOT

THE KIDS GOT RIGHT IN THE POOL....SO DID THEIR DOG, LOL

LITTLE TELLA IS THE ONLY ONE WHO WOULD STOP AND "POSE" LOL


I have one more little side story...when we arrived at the restaurant my hubby couldn't find his phone. I think (but wisely didn't say!) that he was just SOO tired from soccer, basketball and swimming that he just wasn't thinking clearly, because after we did the search thing on my phone looking for his it showed up that it was on a street we had used to get to the restaurant.  Hubby then remember he had laid the phone on the roof of our car while he loaded up our things, and then just drove off with it still there I guess.  We figured it was gone for good, because it is a REALLY busy street it was saying it was on.  But after we left the restaurant, hubby and I drove by there and he got out of his car and looked and actually found it!  And it was still working just fine!  Now the screen was definitely cracked and somewhat shattered, but it was still working.  We honestly couldn't believe it.  He was hoping to get it repaired today.  How wonderful that there is such an app on an i-phone that helped us locate it, as we of course would have NEVER found it.

Sunday we didn't do much of anything besides lay around after church.  We watched a little TV, took little naps, and generally lazed the rest of the day away.  Today I started work on Luke's 4th birthday things and I need to finish up what I am making him and get them in the mail no later then tomorrow afternoon.

I MADE HIM THESE DINOSAUR SUMMER PJ'S AND TOMORROW I AM GOING TO MAKE HIM A DINOSAUR PILLOW CASE.  HE IS SUPER INTO DINOSAUR'S RIGHT NOW.  IN FACT, THE THEME OF HIS BIRTHDAY PARTY ON SUNDAY WILL BE DINOSAUR'S, LOL.  I WILL REALLY HATE TO MISS HIS PARTY!

Well that's about it for now.  I did this FAST so hopefully there are not many errors.  Not too frustrated either and I am sure hubby will be glad that I don't feel too grumpy either, lol.  Hope you all have a good week.  We are going to cool back down to 70 on Wednesday and I am soo glad.  I don't think I am ready for HOT HOT weather yet.  Many blessings to you all!  Debbie