Until later….. Have a Happy New Year!
Wednesday, December 31, 2008
Until later….. Have a Happy New Year!
Tuesday, December 30, 2008
So I worked all day Saturday putting junk away and trying to make the room look presentable. I still have a week to work on the project but I’m showing the before and after today even though I still have curtains to hang and more junk to put away, etc. You get the idea.
Saturday, December 27, 2008
Saturday, December 20, 2008
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
Saturday, December 6, 2008
Editor's Note: When I said I want to drop the curtain rod... there are 2 curtain rods one for the valance and one that is a cafe style curtain underneath the valance. That is the one I thought should be shorter but my sister says she likes it as is and that saves me some work so I guess I'll leave it and maybe add a tie back on either side of the cafe curtain.
Thursday, December 4, 2008
Saturday, November 29, 2008
Saturday, November 8, 2008
Wednesday, November 5, 2008
Saturday, November 1, 2008
Friday, October 31, 2008
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
Sunday, October 19, 2008
Friday, October 17, 2008
The highlight this week was opening my mail and seeing that I got a message on Facebook from former exchange student Julie Wery. We hosted Julie for about 6 months…..probably 10 years ago. Julie graduated from high school in Belgium, when she studied here she repeated her senior year.
Julie was the perfect daughter, she never disobeyed and she understood all the Rotary rules and was a model ambassador for her country of Belgium. Julie is all grown up now and married and has 2 children, a boy and a girl. I’m sure she is a wonderful mother because she was never in a bad mood, always pleasant.
Today's photo is of some Belgium lace that Julie gave me when she lived with us. Belgium is famous for their lace and chocolate. I remember her grandmother would often send a magazine in the mail to her and always inside the magazine would be a couple pieces of Belgium chocolate! Grandma also sent money occasionally! I think Grandma may have sent the money for her prom gown…. I remember searching everywhere for that dress and we finally found the one in a small shop in Lewisburg.
I have many happy memories of the time that Julie spent with us and I’m glad that we have found each other again and I was able to catch up on her life.
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
Friday, October 10, 2008
Saturday, October 4, 2008
Everything about Cindy’s home is beautiful and as an avid reader of her blog she inspired me to want some blue somewhere in my home too. I decided to paint my bedroom blue. The first phase of the project was to paint my furniture white and shabby it a bit, I did that this summer. Phase two is painting the bedroom walls and today was the day.
If you are a reader of Cindy’s blog you know that she can work miracles in a weekend. She makes it look easy. Ok, I bought paint about 3 weeks ago and today is the day I’m devoting to painting… I got up early this morning and was so glad to hear my husband offer his assistance with the project. If I did the edges and cut in, he would roll the walls…..so the project is getting easier by the moment and I am sure we can be finished by the time Penn State kicks off at noon. I’m a very fussy painter and could probably do this job without a drop cloth and dressed in my best clothes but why tempt the fates… I put on a pair of old shorts and a t-shirt and began the project.
As I moved the ladder for the first time it started to collapse (who knew that you have to latch it to keep it open) and the whole gallon of paint fell off the ladder and onto the carpet! Can you believe it! Luckily (yeah right) the paint can landed right side up so only about a half gallon of paint landed on the carpet and drop cloth…. I began scooping up the paint off the drop cloth and putting it back into the can and my husband got wet rags and went to work on the carpet. One of my first reactions was to take a photo but my husband did not think a photo shoot would be a good idea so I waited till he went out into the kitchen and most of the mess had been cleaned up before taking a quick photo of the carpet and paint… we were planning to replace the carpet anyhow but were still in the “thinking about what we want to put in there” stage… This mess has prompted me to call the carpet man who will be here Monday to measure for new carpet!
So, changing the color of the room has once again turned into a major project, so much for anything easy.... We will also change the carpet in the dressing room so that means everything in there will have to come out in order to replace the carpet….we’re talking a major job!
I’ll be working on my bedroom makeover for the next week or two, so stay tuned!!!
Wednesday, October 1, 2008
Well to make a long story short, the job that I am presently working at offered me full time work with benefits. So instead of working 25 hours a week I am now at my office for 8 hrs. a day. And, we will be staying in our home for a few more years.
Since my office is now going to be my home away from home, the first order of business has been to “decorate”. I am an administrative assistant at my church and am the first person to have that job so the office that they gave me was actually a storage room with no heat, air conditioning or window, just pipes and wiring running everywhere… I have made the best of a poor situation and am actually liking the fact that I am downstairs and at the end of a hall and that I can work uninterrupted because no one can find my office! Here are the before and after photos…
Once again while my sister was visiting I drug her down there to help out and she even did the shopping and picked up fabric for my make over… Here is a photo of her hanging fabric to cover the pipes that were everywhere. Thanks Lindy… I still have painting to do. The paint I picked out looks awful on the wall so I’m taking it back to see if they can add some brown to it to tone it down.
Sunday, September 28, 2008
Friday, September 26, 2008
Today I'm going to show my fall decorations. My sister was here a couple weeks ago and while I spent an afternoon cooking, she decorated my mantle and my living room. Here are a few pictures:
In Pennsylvania we have 4 seasons and although I really don't like winter much at all, each of the seasons have things about it that I really look forward to. Here is my list for fall.
the warm colors
the smell of burning leaves
fires in the fireplace
shopping for sweaters and fall clothes
What are your favorite things about fall?
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
This morning my husband and I got up early and went to the farmers market about 40 minutes away from home. He has decided that he would like to eat healthy so what better way to get started than to go to the farmers market and start with healthy food. There was a lot of beautiful produce and the day was perfect for an outdoor market We loaded the car with some Asters, and cut flowers, cabbage, green peppers, pumpkins, gourds, corn on the cob, apples and onions. I picked up a little bit of everything and kept sending Al back to the car with bags of stuff. I didn't get back to the office till 11 so I went in tonight for a couple hours.
The photo is one of the vendors at the market.
Saturday, September 20, 2008
Friday, September 19, 2008
My show and tell for today is gardening tools. I have two sets of vintage gardening tools. Both of my sets are well used lovely sets. I usually display them in my home from spring till fall and then pack them up when the fall decorations come out. So before I packed them up last week I snapped a photo.
Saturday, September 13, 2008
Friday, September 12, 2008
Wednesday, September 10, 2008
Saturday, September 6, 2008
Thursday, September 4, 2008
My 21 year old daughter is making some very unwise decisions and that is breaking my heart, but on the brighter side, it is strengthening my walk with the Lord and today I decided that when I can’t sleep or find myself eating everything in site because I can’t cope with her choices….I will be reciting a favorite Bible verse: Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding, in all your ways acknowledge him and he will make your paths straight. Proverbs 3:5-6
God is in control of my personal life as well as the seasons and occasionally we all need a reminder that He has a perfect plan for each one of us, we just need to be patient and wait for His timing….
Friday, August 29, 2008
Sunday, August 24, 2008
I’m guessing everyone’s favorite this year has to be Michael Phelps as he won 8 gold medals… What an accomplishment! As if that were not spectacular enough did anyone notice what he did after each race? He went over to his mother and gave her the flowers! In a couple of the interviews he talked about how special his mother was to him and about her sacrifice…. As a mom, I was impressed that the world’s top athlete this week gave his mother the credit.
I want to be Michael Phelp's mom!!!!
Tuesday, August 19, 2008
Here is the recipe, it is a type of coffee cake and as I was growing up it was a special treat that my mother would sometimes make for our breakfast.
Shoe Fly Cake 8x8” pan
1 cup sugar
½ C margarine at room temperature
2 C. flour
1C. Hot Water
½ t. baking soda
½ C molsasses
Grease and flour an 8x8” pan.
Mix sugar, margarine and flour (Save about ½ C for the top)
Add hot water, soda and molasses
Mix together, but not thoroughly, it will be lumpy
Pour in pan and sprinkle the 1/2C mixture on top
Bake at 350 for about 25 minutes
Saturday, August 16, 2008
One thing I have learned about yard sales is that some people think their “junk” is golden! I went to one of those today and since it was someone I knew I felt like I couldn’t just walk away and not buy something since I engaged her in conversation. Luckily I found some gift bags that didn’t have a price tag on so I asked the price and since they weren’t hers she gave me a bargain and I came home with a few gift bags.