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Monday, November 21, 2016

Amy's Ornie Swap

I recently participated in Amy's Ornie swap .  I sent in four ornies and received four back.  Here is a picture of the ones I received!
The beautiful woolie star is from Amy. 
The snowman head is from Jill at Lifewithnaturegirl.
The bell is from Allison at Sew Many Girls.
The sweet snowman was made by Becky at Ginger Creme Hollow.

Thank you everyone!
I hope you enjoyed the ornies I made.

Monday, October 31, 2016

Happy Halloween!

The days are growing shorter.
The leaves have been gorgeous this Fall, despite our drought.
But the cold winds of Winter are not far behind...
they have stripped many of the trees of their glory, but
the smell of newly fallen leaves is everywhere.

October has been very hectic for us.
Our renovation project that has been carrying on the past year is nearing an end.
With furniture spread across the house, we had contractors in to work on the new ceiling.  
The dust has settled and been cleaned, and it was onto our flooring.
Husband and I worked hard to complete it, now onto moldings and all the finishing touches.

It's been a huge transformation and well worth the effort!
I said to the Mister last week that I am glad we started last Winter, because as
we get older, I just don't know if we would have started it this year, knowing all the work 
we have had to do.

In between times, I have taken a small job at church, which takes me away a couple days a week,
but I have still managed to find time to create amongst the busy-ness and mess.  I didn't sell as many Halloween items as I would have liked, so if you visit my shop and see something you would like for next year's Fall season, you can take 20% off any Fall item with the special code, BLOG20, just for you, my blogging friends.

I am looking forward to seeing the grandkiddos this evening, dressed in their Halloween costumes.
I'll also grab some before and after pictures of our reno project and post them later this week.

Wishing you many blessings!

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Welcome October!

My oh  my, how does the time fly by so quickly!
Who can believe it is October already?  I am already missing the awesome Summer we had.  I miss working around the yard after dinner or sitting watching the chickens before they turn in for the night.  Now, sadly, by the time we are finished with dinner, it is already getting dark out.

But, there are advantages to the changing of the seasons.  Here in the Finger Lakes Region of central New York State, the hills come alive with the colors of Fall.  The trees are just beginning their change from Summer green to Autumn splendor.  I will try my best to share some pictures as the colors advance.

Despite the slowing down that the beginning of Fall would indicate, we are busy as usual.  We watched the boys this past weekend, and enjoyed them so much.  Petie and Joey are the sweetest...okay, I am just a bit biased, but little children make life worth living.  Their abundant curiosity, their goofy antics and those wonderful smiles certainly do warm the heart.

Chris has been traveling to Texas for business and I've started a new part time job.  I'm busy creating in my spare time, and thought I would share a few of the things I have made recently, all of which are now in my Etsy shop, which the exception of the cat quilt, which is hanging on my wall.

We are finally seeing an end to the huge construction project we began late last year.  Except for a few minor projects inside, the bulk of our Summer we concentrated on outdoor projects, so not much was done in the new room. We have still been using it all the time, but it will be good to have it completed.  Next week we have a contractor coming to do the ceiling.  The Hubby had started to do that first, but ran into problems with the less than level ceiling of this old 1830 home, so we decided to let the professionals deal with it.  Once the ceiling is done, we can put in our flooring - yeah - no more plywood floor!

Off to get busy with my day - enjoy the pictures below and have a blessed week.

Petie and Joey look on as Grandpa coaxes a spider from his web in the grass.
Smiley Petie
Joey playing on the soccer field

Baby Elena is growing up so fast...such a pretty little girl

Allie goes apple pickin'

All of the above items are now listed in my Etsy shop.  The two tall pumpkin people will soon be listed as patterns as well, so check back soon if you want to make them yourself!

Happy Fall!

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Popping in again on this special day!

Wishing a very Happy Birthday to our Joey!

He's two today!

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Catching up.........

I finally have a chance to sit down and write a little post for you all.
It's been two week since we have returned from vacation, and we've been busy catching up.  The garden and berries are producing like crazy, so I have been busy processing squash, beans, cukes and making batches of jam.  It's always satisfying to put up your own foods, but I am so tired from standing in the kitchen all day.

I dream of the beach, and how simple things were when we were on vacation, but it is good to be back home, even if it is a ton of work!

Here's a few highlights from our vacation pictures.
Petersburg Battlefield

Storm to the north the first night at our house on the OBX

Avon Pier - always beautiful

Entrance to the beach we took each day.  We were only 4 houses away, then up and over the dune to the beach.

Scott, Steph & Allie

Our little princess

Grandpa and Allie

Sunsets on the OBX

Chris & Scott on the Ferry to Okracoke Island

A beach fire  at night...how utterly relaxing.....

Little Elena was as good as gold

Allie in her 'pool' on the beach.  She LOVED it.

We always enjoyed watching all the crabs that came out at night.

A visit to Kitty Hawk

To say it was hot and humid was an understatement!
Bodie Island lighthouse.

Allie hamming it up for the camera.

Sadly, the last sunset at our place before heading home.

A storm as we approached Fredericksburg, VA.  We stayed nearby and visited the battlefield too.

Our lunch stop before the final push home.
I hope you have a wonderful week everyone!

Thursday, July 21, 2016

July is flying by.....

Yup....you can believe it...I am finally making a post!
It has been so long since I've made a good post, and I apologize for that....life gets in the way sometimes, and Summer is especially busy.

We had our usual 4th of July party over at our son's home, with fireworks to end the evening in the school field right behind the house.  We've done this for 20 years now.  We always had a party when we lived there, and now, Drew and Maria are carrying on the tradition.  The kiddos were a bit scared of the fireworks being so close, but they soon got over their fear and really enjoyed them.  I think one of the best things about being a Grandparent is that we get to watch the grand-kids enjoy all those simple things in life that we sometimes take for granted.

Around the 4th of July, we invited our good friends over to introduce them to kayaking.  It was a beautiful day and I think they really enjoyed themselves.  We came back to the house for a nice lunch of chicken salad sandwiches, fruit and homemade ice cream.  I took these pictures when we were out on the water.  I even did a little fishing and caught a small bass and a little catfish...both went promptly back into the water.

Our friends Eileen and Paul

We were lucky to catch this goose family in the water nearby.
We have been trying to do more fishing this year. Some nights, our oldest son, Scott and his daughter, Allie, meet us down at the lake.   Allie looked so cute the first time, but had little patience for fishing.  I feel bad for Scott....he's had the WORST luck..and hasn't caught anything in so long...like....years.....I can't figure out why, but I feel for him...he gets so frustrated, but keeps on trying.  As if that isn't bad enough...his new rod fell into the water from his kayak last year...and he keeps getting snagged and losing lures.....
Here is a picture of the 14" pike I caught...he went back too.  I mostly like to fish for the fun of it.  I hate to kill anything.....

Allie all ready for fishin"

Best buddies Jack & Kizmet
 Random pictures from our Summer so far......

Grandpa with the boys

Goofy Petie hamming it up with my 'granny glasses'

Petie was helping me with dinner, making some watermelon balls, when Joey decided to climb up in the chair and sample the juice.
Picnic in the back yard

Elena's baptism

Sunset at the lake

Selfies of the hubby and I

Two sundresses I made Allie
The boys enjoy the new sandbox we made for them.

Teddy bear picnic (with Jack too)

Petie wanted to build something, so we made a birdhouse together and he painted it

...concentrating so hard.....

My newest chickies....
Well...it is getting late, and I don't wish to overload you with more pictures right now.  I'll make a post soon with our vacation pictures...and egad...I have a surprise in store when I show you them!

Stay tuned!

Have a lovely weekend my friends.

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