Sunday, September 28, 2008

New Project

I don't think I have stitched anything all summer....but last night during the football game I got out my needles and threads and finished this project. I hope to stitch this winter and learn a few more stitches and some silk ribbon embroidery... I'm collecting silk ribbons but haven't really been motivated to work at it.... I'm putting that on my list of things to do.

Anyhow, that's what I did last night.

Friday, September 26, 2008

Show and Tell Friday

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:  

living room fall (824 x 618) living room fall 3kitchen fall Tomorrow  I hope  to take all the pink off my front porch and get it ready for fall...  I just might make a fall banner.

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

fall sports

fires in the fireplace

shopping for sweaters and fall clothes

crockpot cooking

roasted chestnuts

What are your favorite things about fall?

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Farmers Market

marketThis 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

Ut Oh!!!

hmmmmm, my house is clean, my husband is out of town, I have a whole weekend to do whatever I want to do.... Last night I was reading blogs and one of them gave tips on cleaning and organizing their pantry. Well, mine is pretty disgusting right now so I thought maybe I'd clean and organize a shelf or two.... One of the things I remembered to do was check the dates of stuff and get rid of outdated stuff ..... Ok, here's a box of instant mashed potatoes, don't know when I would have used those so I checked the date and they are about ready to expire so I dumped them down the garbage disposal.... Ut oh....

I see now that I made a big mistake doing that.... I guess those flakes expanded as I added water to them and now I have mashed potatoes clogging my drain! Ok, so I know how to work a plunger.... hmmmm, well that isn't working... I'm thinking eventually the mixture of potatoes and water will bio degrade or something and I won't have to call a plumber. In the meantime I guess I'll take a photo and blog about it! I think I've done enough cleaning for today.

Ok, anyone have any stories to entertain me about the last time you did something really stupid?

Friday, September 19, 2008

Friday Show and Tell

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.
To see more "show and tell" blogs click on over to Kelli at There's No Place Like Home.

Saturday, September 13, 2008

Happy Birthday to Me

Today is my birthday.... My sister brought me a bunch of hydrangeas from her home in CT. She is here for a few days for a visit. Since she's home I invited her family for dinner tonight. So I spent the day cooking and preparing to feed everyone, there were 11 of us. Her youngest son who we often only get to see once a year came up to visit (1.5 hr drive for him). My daughter brought her laundry and new kitten and spent a few hours also so it was a happy day for me....and now since I have turned 55 I'm eligible for the sr. senior discount at my favorite department store.... Yikes...I just can't imagine being a sr. citizen... but isn't 55 the new 45? I sure don't feel 55!

Friday, September 12, 2008

Show and Tell Friday

It's Friday and so I'm showing and telling..... Today's favorite thing to show is a small cupboard with some small tea sets. As a child I can remember having a lovely little china tea set and drinking tea from it. It was a bit small for drinking from, I'm guessing if we wanted to do any serious tea drinking we used my sister's set of Roy Rogers tea cups....those were much larger in size. I have no idea what ever happened to either of our tea sets but when I see a set at a sale I remember back to the days of tea parties in the playroom.

A few years ago I purchased this child's cupboard at my Aunt and Uncle's Estate sale. It is about 36" tall and was made for my aunt by her father when she was a little girl. I estimate the cupboard to be about 75 years old and I thought it would be perfect to use to display some tea sets I've been collecting.

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

I'm a Winner!!

I have been so blessed to have won this charming composition book at a blog give-away by Dawn Edmonson from The Feathered Nest. Dawn is an amazing artist and I am honored to have one of her creations. Thank you so much Dawn, I know exactly what I'm going to do with it. I'm taking it to my office at my big girl job and I'll use it for addresses and user names, etc. beside my computer.

Saturday, September 6, 2008

Show and Tell

I am going to be participating in Kelli's Show and Tell Friday's... hang on, I'm already a day late but will try to be on time next week...

This little cat is from my grandparent's home. Apparently we gave it to my grandmother when I was very small as a thank you gift of some sort.... I don't remember the details but I always loved the cat as a child and now it is part of my own china closet.
Click on the link and check out the rest of the show and tell's this weekend

Thursday, September 4, 2008

The End of Summer and Other Depressing Thoughts

Labor Day has to be my all time least favorite holiday. As a kid, Labor Day was typically the day we put the cover on the pool and that marked the end of summer. I still approach Labor Day with the same sense of dread. Now that I’m all grown up and out of school, etc. I can hold on to summer a bit longer but it won’t be long before I will have to pack my flip flops up and get out the sweat shirts and jeans. Fall decorations are appearing in the stores and I’m guessing this weekend I’ll give into my urge to bring on the fall colors and start the decorating process.

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….