Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Changing it up a bit

I almost didn't post today. When I left work yesterday it was 21 degrees and snowing. I was freezing, achy, tired and I had a headace. Thankfully after a short nap and dinner I felt a little better. How many more days until spring?

Since we're in the deep freeze, I'll show you another snowman I made on Monday. I did this one a little different. Instead of a scarf this one is wearing a sweater and carrying a broom.

I like the way this one turned out and it's sitting on my coffee table. I think this one shall be mine.

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

The village

A few years back I bought some of those little houses for creating a Christmas village. I've added a piece here and there. It gets set up on top of my fake fireplace. If it gets much bigger I may have to move it.

The village people singing Christmas carols in front of the church

The newstand is a new addition this year

Every village needs an antique shop

There's more I could show you but I didn't want to load the post up with too many pictures. Now I'm looking forward to after Christmas sales so I can hopefully find some new additions at 50% off

Monday, December 11, 2017

It's a start

Saturday I finally found enough ambition to pull out some of the decorations and decorate the tree. Not only did I decorate the tree in the living room but I put up a little one in the man cave too.

The living room tree. Not the most elaborate looking tree ever but it will do

The man cave tree is only 4' and all the decorations are ones that Wade's kids made for him a long time ago.

Aside from the two tree I pulled out a few other things too. There is still  another whole box to go through but I ran out of enthusiasm.

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Nose job

Since I had all the stuff out from making the sock gnomes, I thought I would make some more of the sock snowmen.

I repeated last years version of using an orange toothpick for the nose but for some reason I just didn't like it this year. The nose is just way too skinny.

I decided that this little cutie needed a nose job. But I couldn't think of what to use instead. Then it hit me. I had scraps of orange felt and some orange embroidery floss. I decided to see if I could make something that might slightly resemble a carrot. I rolled a small square of felt into a sort of cone shape and then wrapped it with some floss to hold it. Then I made a little knot and slid it over the toothpick that was already there.

I think this snowman looks much better now with his brand new nose.

After I got done getting the pictures ready for this post I did a little playing.

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Gift giving

I have always been bad at gift giving. It's not that I don't like to give them, I'm just not very good at picking them out. Even when I come up with what I think is a great idea something goes wrong. It is either not available or totally out of my price range.

Then there are the people that I just plain don't know what to get them. They have everything they need or they're very particular and difficult to buy for.

At this point I'm wondering where exactly I was planning on going with this post and I really have no clue. This would be a good time to insert a picture that I took from and did a little edit to.

What would you consider the perfect gift to receive from a friend or coworker?

Friday, December 8, 2017

Never a dull moment

It's good to have people around who can make you laugh with their silly antics. There's one such girl at work.

Yesterday I was sitting in the break room when all of a sudden Jess comes over and strikes a pose wearing a couple of decorations hanging off her apron

Wade had a doctor's appointment after I got out of work to get his staples removed so I didn't have much time to come up with a blog post. I'm sure Jess won't mind me using her picture.

Thursday, December 7, 2017

At least someone is festive

It's nice to know that while I sit here with an unadorned Christmas tree in my living room and no other decorations out, others aren't following my lead.

There's a house on the next road over that usually decorates quite a bit. The view of their house is a straight shot from my back door. I took a picture the other night after they set this all up

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Making joy

This video is 7 minutes long but you'll be amazed at what she makes. Starting with just plastic bottles and aluminum foil. Simply amazing

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

A home for a gnome

I saw a youtube video for a sock gnome and fell in love with it. I had to make one for myself. I had some of the stuff on hand but had to go out to try and find a couple other things. I wanted the faux fur for the beard but couldn't find it at the store I was at so I substituted  a furry looking kind of material.

My first attempt didn't turn out so well. I did this without going back and rewatching the video.
What did I do wrong? Well first of all I made his nose too small. Second I cut the sock for his hat and I should have used the whole sock so that there would be a cuff on his hat.

Second attempt. I like this one much better but I still would prefer to have the faux fur for the beard. I think it would look a lot nicer. Or even if I could find the stuff she used in the video.

Oops. I guess I should have picked off all the little white pieces from his beard before I took the picture.

Here's one more showing the two side by side.

And finally here's the youtube video that I watched in case you would like to know how to make one yourself.. There's actually quite a few different ones. In the video she used a foam cone for inside the hat but I cheated and made a cone out of cardstock

Monday, December 4, 2017

Lacking focus

I guess I'm not alone in not being able to focus. Even my cell phone had a bit of a problem with it.

So this new tree I got only had white lights and I wanted a little color. I bought some cheap colored lights and wrapped them around the tree. I like the little bit of color randomly thrown in between all the white. Oh and the lights are all that have been put on the tree so far. It still stands undecorated and none of my other Christmas decorations have come out of storage yet.

Sunday, December 3, 2017

Chocolate covered

My friend Debbie and I went to another craft show yesterday.  I saw lots of good stuff but only spent a few dollars and bought things that were chocolate covered.

The chocolate covered oreos ended up being a snack that I shouldn't have had but they were so good. I also got a little bag of chocolate covered pretzel sticks. The cutest of the purchases though was the chocolate covered nutter butter cookie.

Friday, December 1, 2017

That about sums it up

I told the girls at work that I am a motivated procrastinator

Thursday, November 30, 2017

All my hats

With the help of Bing images I bring you a small representation of all the hats I feel like I'm wearing right now

There is my full time baker's hat, my nurse maid hat, my housekeepers hat and my chief cook and bottle washer hat.

My photographers hat is missing right now so I don't have any pictures of my own. I'm already looking forward to the holidays being done with and Wade at least past the helpless can't do anything for himself stage.

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Quick update

We only spent about 6 hours total at the hospital yesterday. After I got him home I had to go run for his prescriptions then make sure he was all set up and get dinner ready. After I ate I fell asleep on the couch. That means todays post is just a quick update.
His surgery went well and like I said we were only there for a total of about 6 hours. He's naturally hurting and will be for a while. He's on a weight restriction of 2 lbs so that means I pretty much pick up everything for him.
I'm off to work today, hopefully he'll behave himself while I'm gone.

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Paper, glass and wood

Yep, still stuck on making paper beads. This time instead of making the bracelets with the metal spacers I tried something different.

On this one I used wood beads in between the paper ones

This one is a bit closer and you can see how shiny the beads are after they've been coated. It's the most obvious on the to p bead.

The picture for this one didn't turn out quite as well but this one I used glass seed beads in between the paper ones. Since blue has always been my favorite color I like the looks of this one.

This morning, so long as nothing changes, Wade will be going in for his surgery. I need to pack a bag of things to do while I wait.

Monday, November 27, 2017

Plan B

The other day I told you that my friend Debbie and I were going to a huge craft show on Saturday. Well after I wrote that post I discovered that the craft show had been cancelled. Debbie found another one that we could go to instead. 

This one was located in the Warner Theater in Erie, Pa. This is a very impressive place. It was built in 1930 and it's an Art Deco and French Renaissance style theater. If you click HERE you can see a picture of the outside of the theater. 

I took a few pictures inside but because of the lighting and only using my cell phone, they aren't very good. It does give you an idea of how impressive this place is though.

This is standing at the top of the steps looking down towards the front lobby

Inside looking back towards the balcony

Looking across, you can see the stage to the left

An impressive light fixture that caught my eye

Did I buy anything? Why yes I did. While Debbie did very well purchasing several Christmas gifts, I bought two things for myself and only one Christmas gift. Maybe tomorrow I'll have pictures of the things I bought.

Sunday, November 26, 2017

Christmas bracelets

Tis the season to decorate with red, white and green. While you're decking the halls don't forget to deck your wrist with a pretty Christmas colored bracelet

Red and white

Green and white

and red white and green

Saturday, November 25, 2017

A crafty kind of day

Friday I had a leisurely morning of sipping coffee and playing in my craft room. I started by finishing some paper beads for 3 bracelets that I'm giving someone for Christmas

Then I made some name tags to clip to our stockings at work. We had old ones that the names were written right on the stocking and several people have quit. I bought some new stockings (cheap small ones from Dollar Tree) and instead of putting the name on them I'll just clip these on. This way when someone quits I don't have to get a new stocking for the next person coming in.

Then I made some Christmas colored bracelets which I'll save for tomorrow. With some left over beads I made a little bead and wood spool ornament.

I even ended up going out for my weekly grocery trip to Walmart. I went in the afternoon and surprisingly, even though the store was quite busy, the lines were next to nothing.

Today I'll be going out with my friend Debbie to a huge craft show. I hear it's a good one.

Friday, November 24, 2017

Black Friday

Today is the day that I keep my bank account in the black by NOT going out and hitting the stores for all the sales.

While most people would show you a beautifully set Thanksgiving table with happy friends and family gathered around I'm going to show you another side.

I give you the table after everyone is done eating

and the carcass of the poor turkey who gave his life so we could share our feast.

After my daughter and her boyfriend left, Wade retired to the man cave for some football and nap time. I pulled out the new Christmas tree and put it up. Still not decorated but I've got a sneak peek at the branches

This tree wasn't a very expensive one but it's much smaller which is what I wanted. I think I'm going to have way too many ornaments now.

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Happy Thanksgiving

Whether you live in the U.S. or somewhere else, take a moment today to think of the many things you have to be thankful for.

Go ahead and gobble till you wobble today

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

In the shadows

When the sun was shining through my sliding glass door the other day I couldn't help notice the shadows on the wall. And then I had to take a picture of it.

Tuesday, November 21, 2017


Yesterday I took a few pictures to use for a blog post. Unfortunately my computer is being difficult so I needed a plan B.
Plan B consists of rambling and using a picture I had on my phone. I took this when we were at the hospital on Saturday. Your typical motivational poster but I liked what it said

 Yesterday I spent the morning cleaning and then since the sun was shining and almost all the snow was gone I took a trip to Hobby Lobby to pick up something I needed.

Back to work today and I'm looking forward to the week being over already.

Monday, November 20, 2017

It was bound to happen

It's that time of year and like it or not it's snow season. It was just starting as I was leaving work yesterday.

Snow on my deck

Snow on the doggy gate

snow in the back yard

and snow in the front yard

I'm very happy that I have no place I have to be today.

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Late and early

Late = Wade and his hernia problem. He's had a double hernia for far too long and should have had it taken care of a long time ago. Finally he's doing something about it and is scheduled for surgery on the 27th. Yesterday he had to go to the hospital for blood work, chest x-ray and EKG.  

Early = the hospital already having decorations out

The tree in their front lobby

And this in a corner as you're going down one of the halls

Saturday, November 18, 2017


I randomly chose an old post to repost for today. That's just how lazy I'm feeling and how little I have to blog about.

So here it is from May 21, 2011

Hey Ralph, what's that crazy lady doing down there with that flashy box?

I don't know but maybe if we just ignore her she'll go away

 Ralph, where you going? Don't leave me here by myself.

Friday, November 17, 2017

Craving sunshine

It has been cold, overcast, rainy and downright gloomy around here. I took this picture while I was sitting in the drive thru at the bank yesterday so you could see how dreary it looks.

I'm in desperate need of some sunshine
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