Monday, September 15, 2014

Celebrating Another Year

I turned another year older on Saturday.  Well, I suppose really it's only one day older, but now if anyone dare ask my age, I have a new number to tell them.  It's certainly better than the alternative!
 I started my birthday with a chilly but pleasant walk on the track at the Y.  Then we headed off in search of the great pumpkin!  We found several great pumpkins at my favorite pumpkin getting spot in Jane.  I thought Riley might enjoy a ride in the wagon, but...nope!
 We took the scenic route home through Eureka Springs, then had dinner at Cantina Laredo.
It was a great birthday!

The celebration of birthday week continued last night with dinner with Mom and Dad at the White River Fish House in Branson. My fish tasted just like chicken fried chicken!  It was delicious!  I love the decor of anything Bass Pro does, and the WRFH was no exception.  They should probably hire me to shop for the neat old stuff that they use in their stores and restaurants!

Saturday, September 13, 2014


Happy Birthday to my favorite mermaid.
Here's to many more miles of memories.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Feeling Crafty

I tend to assign a little too much personality to inanimate objects, so when this cool basket languished at my friend's garage sale after 2 days and a price reduction, I had to claim it.  Its first life was as a baby bassinet long ago and I couldn't stand for it not to have a good home. ;)  Can you see how this feeling sorry for objects might be a problem? 

I liked the white paint on it and the natural distressing provided by age, but to go in this particular spot, I thought a dark color would work better. it is!  I painted it with a Martha Stewart paint I found at Michaels.  It's supposed to have a matte chalk finish that works well for distressing.  As I painted, I realized how long it's been since I worked on some sort of crafty project.  While painting something solid black might not really get the creative juices flowing, I had a good time painting!
After letting it dry overnight, I took some fine sandpaper to it for some aging.  Here it's not that it's really that much lighter than in the above picture, but the sun was shining on it from the window in the picture below.
 More often than not, the end result that is in my head is seldom the end result that I actually get.  It's usually a little disappointing.  But this...THIS turned out just like I pictured!
I will have to admit...I turned on the dining room light this morning just to admire it one more time.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Happy Birthday!

 Happy birthday David!!!  Love you!

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Fall Came Early

I love decorating for fall, and find it too hard to wait for the actual first day of fall to get out the tubs of pumpkin themed goodies.  
 These little pumpkins and crow came from the Ozark Craft Fair, which is my favorite of the area fall craft shows.  I found the two little pumpkins at one booth, then said to Mom, "Now I just need a crow to go with them!"  She reached down into a half price bin at another booth and found this cutie!
 New faux leaves this year...found on clearance back in June and tucked away for fall.
 I love the brown colors and the texture of these dried gourds, but had a little trouble finding a good spot for them.  I think a few little (real) white pumpkins added to the bowl and they'll look just perfect!
 So far, Gracie is leaving the little pumpkin shaped seed pods in the bread bowl alone.  I figure it's a matter of time before she spreads them all over the house!  The Harvest wood blocks, a birthday present from my mom several years ago, have had many homes in my fall decorations, but I think I like them up here with the oak leaf and acorn garland.
 This quilted wall hanging is my favorite addition so far this fall.  I found it at a flea market in Ozark and slowly turned the price tag over, a little afraid to look.  Much to my surprise, it was not that much!  Both of the ladies at the cash register admired and said they hadn't seen it yet.  I have a feeling that it wouldn't have stayed much longer if I hadn't been the one to find it.  It's not especially old, nor is it handmade, but I love the fall colors.
 The Welcome Harvest sign, a gift from Christina, is the first thing I hang up every year.  I like it even more against the newly painted gold walls in the kitchen.

This is a fun little collection of mini pumpkins, tiny Colorado pine cones, little dried gourds, a velvety pumpkin, and a can of pumpkin.

I haven't done the outside fall decorations yet since it's so hot, but I'm looking forward to getting some pumpkins and mums put out.  Staying home today with a cold had given me an extra day to enjoy fall, and the cool damp weather outside is a nice addition!

Sunday, August 17, 2014


Today is my birthday.  I'm five years old today in people years. 
 To celebrate, I slept late.  Then I took a long drive with my people.  I put my head out the window, sniffed, whined with excitement, and ran back and forth between the windows so I didn't miss anything.  I love riding in the woods.
 We stopped and had a picnic and a little walk.  Later, we stopped again and I swam and swam in the Buffalo River.  I tried to stay far from the shore, because I didn't want to get out of the water.  I caught leaves that were floating by in the river.
All that fun wore me out, and I slept most of the way home.  When we got home,  ate a Greenie and  took a nap on my very favorite chair.  I ate little bits of steak and bacon from a fork. Getting to spend the whole day with my people would have been enough of a treat for my birthday, but getting to r-i-d-e and swim made it the best day ever!  

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Treasure Hunting

I am really enjoying these long weekends and will be a little sad when they're over!  It will be nice to return to a normal 8 hour work day though.  Last Friday, the weekend started with a fun girls' day with Mom, Aunt Connie, and Grandmother.  

Saturday we continued what might be a new hobby for us...another auction.  This wasn't as big as the one we attended a few weeks ago, but there was still a LOT of stuff!
 We are learning along the way - things like, some people don't follow the rules, some people have the same taste as us and will bid on all the things we're interested in, and I spend way too much time thinking before I put my hand in the air.
 The picture above is just a very small selection of the HUGE amount of galvanized stock tanks, buckets, tubs, etc. at this farm auction.  David went to check on the second ring while I stayed close to the Mason jars and sent a text telling me that he'd found the mother load of galvanized stuff.  He was right!  We brought home the two stock tanks to add to our raised bed garden for next year, as well as the two milk cans that David wanted.  And a wash tub on a stand, which I have been wanting for quite a while!  We also brought home a couple of Corning Ware dishes for Mom!  We felt like we were pretty successful at this auction.  Maybe a little TOO successful!
This was inside the barn.  My photography teacher in college told us that she'd seen enough pictures of barns, kittens, and babies to last her a lifetime and that we should find something else to photograph, but I just can't help a barn picture every now and then.

After we got home, we went to dinner with friends.  After we parked and were walking toward the restaurant, a woman parked next to us commented on the stock tanks that were still in the back of the truck and asked if we wanted to sell them.  In retrospect, I think I shouldn't have been so quick to say no.  We might have turned a profit on our auction day!  Oh well...I am already planning next year's bigger better garden.