Friday, September 19, 2014

Pick Your Favorites RESULTS & A Boy Named Sue

More about HIM later~

Well, you all voted
and here are the results!

You all LOVED #1-
Birch Bark Beauty
It was a clear winner-
I think it was the combination of
Birch & Roses & Fall Colors
that you loved.
2nd place goes to
Nuts About Pears
And 3rd place goes to
Pleasingly Plumpkin
Thanks for playing along and voting!
The winners were ALL from
Martha Stewart!
Guess she's still "got it"...
whatever IT is!

And the 
BOY NAMED SUE?
Well, this is what happens when 
THE LITTLE MAN
plays with his cousin 
SweetCheeks.
She's all good with trucks for 
a little while...
but then it is HER TURN to
"name the game".
You can see what happens here~
I know it is blurry- he was trying to
ESCAPE from his CUZSIN!

I can't wait for his Daddy to 
see the 
Little Man in a headband!
Maybe he will want a matching one
for himself.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

View From The New Craft/Sewing Room AND Booby Trapped

I FINALLY GOT
the cord I needed to load pictures
from my camera to my computer.

Here is the view looking from the patio doors
towards the bay.
See the storm coming in
over the water?
Awesome, isn't it?

Well, THE ROOM is NOT QUITE
ready yet.
I had a sick kiddo here and then I 
got "the bug".
While I had "the bug"
I managed to keep the kitchen clean
and do laundry.
MyHero has the bug, too.
He has managed to 
KEEP THE BED WARM
and that's all I'm gonna say about that.

I will give you a peek at what I 
have been up to out there.
This was an addition in the back
corner of the garage.
We used the windows that we 
took out of the main house when we
rehabbed it.
They are good windows-just not
what we were using in the house.
They are brown here-but the 
sliding glass door was already white.
Here they are with one coat of 
white primer on them.
1 coat of primer and  
2 coats of paint and they look like this.
The room looks bigger and brighter now.

I should finish the room up this Friday
and then I will show you the whole thing.

Meanwhile...
Here are the girls at the beach.
Two of them are waterside.
The 11 year old, 
wanted me to bury her in sand.
and I obliged.
THEN----
her little sister decided to
ADD TO
 the fun.
The moral of the story is...
Your little sister can always
MAKE A BOOB OUT OF YOU!
Hmmm...Little sister is going to need some
SERIOUS TRAINING
if she is going to be a plastic surgeon!

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

PICK YOUR FAVORITE- FALL CENTERPIECE

I am STILL waiting for a cord 
to come so that I can load pictures
from my camera to my computer.

So- Meantime, I thought I would
do a little
PICK YOUR FAVORITE 
post again.

Fall is ALMOST here.
I can feel it in the air here.
We were in the 30's last night
and highs in the 50's yesterday.
Crazy Fall Weather!

So...Ready?
Here we go.

Vote for your favorite and I will
tally them up.

#1
Birch Bark Beauty

#2
Nuts About Pears

#3
Pumpkins  De-Vine

#4
Grapes Are Good

#5
Pleasingly Plump-kin

#6
Mason Jar Magic

#7
Calling For Cloches

So- There you have it.
7 choices-
One for each day of the week.
Give me a vote and we'll see
WHO likes WHAT!
Pick JUST ONE please!

HOPEFULLY,
My sewing/craft room will be finished
in a day or so
and I can show you that.






Monday, September 15, 2014

SNIFFLES AND SNEEZES AND Oh- LOOK! It's SUPERMAN

We all had a busy weekend.
Family visiting.
A Packer Game.
A quick trip to Door County
and one little girl 
that spent the day on the couch.

AND because Mom has to work today
Nana gets to spend the day with her little
SWEET CHEEKS.
So, while SOMEONE is NAPPING
I hope to finish 
THE SEWING ROOM!

AND--IF I get that done I will
show you the pictures tomorrow.

IF I DON'T get it done I may have to 
show you some pictures of
SOMETHING SOMEONE ELSE.
Oh- Look!
It's my favorite Super Hero!
Nice Cape!!!!
Shhhh--- Don't tell him.
MyHero thinks he is 
SUPERMAN!
Somehow that cape just seems to be lacking
a certain something~
Ummmm..
Now THERE'S A CAPE FOR YOU!

Do you think if MyHero got a pair of 
BOOTS like that he would look
more like a 
REAL SUPER HERO?
Have a GREAT Monday!

Sunday, September 14, 2014

A Special Prayer Request For Beth Marie~ Please leave her a message~

You know
you meet some people in blogland
and they are just the kindest souls-
wonderful people full of sweetness
and love.

Beth @
is one of those people
Over a year ago in July of 2013
Beth had surgery for cancer
that was followed by radiation
and chemo.
She bore it like a trooper
and was pronounced
cancer-free.

In November of last year her
house was hit by a tornado
and suffered quite a lot of damage.
She got through that, too, without
a complaint-
glad to be alive and feeling healthy.

Sadly,
Cancer has reared its ugly head again.
A few days ago Beth, once again,
had surgery.

She is meeting with the oncologist 
and is expected to have 
THIRTY - FIVE 
chemo treatments between now and 
THANKSGIVING!

That's a tall order for anyone 
at any age.

Beth has asked for prayers.
You know-
it's a hard thing to ask for prayers for yourself.
Especially when you are a strong, independent 
person- as she has had to be since her
husband passed away.
She has been a person that has always
prayed for others.
Now maybe we can repay her just a bit.

Please pray for her.
Pray that she has strength to see this 
unpleasant ordeal through.
Pray for healing of body, soul and spirit.
If you are not a pray-er then please
send her your best wishes,
love and support.

You can leave her a message here and 
she will check them as she can.

Thank you- All of you!
You are the best!

Saturday, September 13, 2014

BigBoyE Heads Off To School & Changing Wisconsin's Motto

First I have to say that these
are NOT my best pictures.
hahahaha- I NEVER have
any best pictures!

I am waiting for a cord for my 
regular camera so that I can load
pictures into my computer.
Sometime over my 
BLOGGING BREAK
my cord went MIA.

Anyway -these are taken with my
back-up camera...such as it is.

Here is our little guy all 
set to go-shown here with 
Mom, Dad, Charles-In-Charge and
Baby Bright Eyes.
You will notice that 
CHARLES IN CHARGE
is looking pretty happy
to think he is now 
IN CHARGE!
You will notice that BigBoy E's smile
is slipping just a bit.

Daddy loves his BigBoyE
but BigBoyE
is getting just a tad nervous..
even though he has his ducks in a row.
He has decided he is going to be an
ACROBATIC ZOOKEEPER.

Guess that means he will swing through
to check on the monkeys?
There was a picture of me with Ethan, too.
However, I only had 3 hours of sleep before
my 2 hour drive down and I 
looked like crap I was really tired..

We walk across the street past the playground
and into the school yard.
Uh-Oh Apprehension strikes!
And we leave just before the tears start.
Ours AND his!
However, SOMEONE doesn't look like
HE is going to cry!
He now has Mom to himself
a few hours a day...
Well-except for 
THIS ONE! 
Baby Bright Eyes
and she is clueless.

She'll catch on in about 
four more years!

Sorting continues in the basement.
You know how Wisconsin is the 
DAIRY STATE?
They fondly embrace the
GOT MILK? campaign.
Well, thanks to ME they have decided to
CHANGE THEIR SLOGAN!
Yes, Indeedy!
Their NEW slogan is
GOT PAINT?
Sadly that is only one section of
THE PAINT ROOM....
Cleverly hidden behind 
Curtain #1!

Back later-
Guess who is visiting
this weekend?!
I'll tell ya all about on Monday!
Have a GREAT weekend!

Friday, September 12, 2014

EASY Guilt Free Cookies! No Sugar-No Flour AND They TASTE GOOD+ Cleaning Up A MESS!

Holy Cow!
We say that a lot in Wisconsin-
even though we KNOW cows are 
NOT  REALLY HOLY.
You DO know that, right?

Anyway,
Holy Cow- I have been busy.
I didn't get the craft room done yet.
However, I did get the basement sorted.
Yes. I. Did.

To celebrate THAT accomplishment
I wanted something SWEET.
I have been TRYING to eat healthier
so I saw a recipe that someone posted
AND
I decided to make it my own and 
change it up just a bit.
You know me-Can't leave well enough alone.

Look!
Look and See!
Look and Smell!
Look and Eat!
uh- oh-
what the heck are those bubbles in my coffee?
I hope SweetCheeks didn't dump a goldfish in there!

Come closer.
Can you smell them?
Hey!  I never said they were PRETTY!
I just said they TASTE GOOD!

See that little Green Bay Beverage bottle
in the top picture?
Here's a closer look.
 THAT was sent to me by my friend, Kris,
She found it in an antique store about 200 miles
South of me.
MyHero grew up drinking soda
from Green Bay Beverage Company.
It has been closed and gone for years
and we have NEVER seen one of  their
bottles anywhere.
How cool is that?
Hmmm...maybe my flowers would 
LAST LONGER
if I made sure the stems were IN the water.
What do YOU think?

Okay- 
Here is all you need to make these cookies.
Banana Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

2 LARGE very ripe bananas
1-1/3 cups Oatmeal (Quick cook kind)
1/2 cup raisins
2 Tablespoons peanut butter (I used Cashew butter)
1 Teaspoon vanilla (I use Mexican Vanilla)

(optional- Add- 1/3 cup chopped nuts)

Mash bananas completely.  Stir in all ingredients. 
Drop by large tablespoon onto prepared cookie sheet.  I use Baker's Joy spray.
Bake @ 350 until set. (12-15 minutes -or more depending on how dry you like your cookies)

I use air baking sheets.  These take about 18 minutes on airbake sheets.
Cool completely.

These are so moist and sweet-
You won't believe they don't have sugar in them.

I did NOT get the craft room done.
But I DID get the basement pretty well sorted.
Here is a BEFORE.
I hate to even show it.
I am NOT putting MY name on this
cuz I don't want it floating around the 
internet with MY name on it!
I was thinking about putting 
SOMEONE ELSE'S NAME 
on the picture below.
You know- Someone like
Wouldn't she LOVE to get credit for 
having a basement area that looked like THIS?
She would think she died and went to 
Decorating Hades.
Is that SAD, or what?
Well, a lot of this has now been 
MOVED to the craft room.
And here is that area now.
I stitched some drop cloths,
used clothesline and strung them up
to hide the vacuum, water softener,
and some pipes that run through there.
The table is set up for the kids
to use for craft projects.
All their supplies are in a 
cabinet to the left now.
I can just whip the tablecloth off
if the project is messy.
I see a pillow peeking out
from underneath the table.
Apparently, I didn't do my
"blog picture" check
before snapping pictures.

I have pictures of BigBoy E's
first day of school coming soon.
Maybe even tomorrow IF
I can get myself in gear!

Meanwhile-
Have a great day.
I will be figuring out storage
solutions in the small craft room today
and HOPE to have pictures of
that in the next day or so.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

God Bless America- 9-11 Thirteen Years Gone

If you want funny you won't find it here today

because I am remembering the 

911 tragedy that touched all our lives.


I think every single one of us remembers where

we were the moment we heard about what

had happened in NYC at 

The World Trade Center.

We were enjoying the last few days of summer

and living in a house we had built on the

Ahnapee River in Algoma, Wisconsin. 


I was on my way to Green Bay and 

stopped at McDonalds to get a 

cup of coffee.

Did you hear? asked the server

with a horror stricken look on her face.

She then proceeded to tell me what she knew.

I turned around and went home and stayed

glued to the TV for three days straight.

watching the tragedy unfold.


The tragedy united us in a way nothing else

ever had.

We were proud to stand together,

man to man, woman to woman,

race to race and

citizen to citizen.

We were proud to 

 declare that we were one.country

indivisible by ANY terrorist attack.

Let us remember that today.


Let us remember those  2,996 people

that lost their lives needlessly that day.

Salute a solider.

Shake a policeman's hand.

Thank a firefighter.

Say a prayer for all those still grieving.

Let us stand united yesterday

 today and tomorrow.

I am proud to be an American

God bless us all.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Still Working On My Projects

Just as I promised-
I am back this morning.
Guess what?
I am about 80% done
with projects.
Whew!

I have been using up paint.
This used to be BRIGHT BLUE.
and was a roadside find years ago.
It was dirty-dirty-dirty
and was used in the garage for 
storage for at least a decade.
A little elbow grease and a little paint
and it is clean enough to use again.

I had some Seafoam paint left over
 and that is what is on the outside.
The inside is another can of
GREEN that I had.
It is still wet there as you can see..

I am moving my basement area 
Crap Craft/Sewing area to a little room
that MyHero had built into 
one corner of the garage
when we moved in.

It was supposed to be to start plants
in sun-filled windows 
and to pot things up.
Umm...Hello-
It faces North and gets NO sun.
Bad idea-bad, bad, bad!

Well, I am taking that baby over.
Yes.I.Am.

I found some material I had stashed that
I had about 5 houses ago.
Look how good it matches the picture
my grandgirls gave me years ago.
Now, I might have hit a little 
snag this weekend.
A little
TIME CONSUMER. 

However, 
I know how to FIX him.
Just one misstep and this is what happens here!
Still misbehaving, huh?

Well, buddy, I warned you.
Down you go-
IN THE HOLE 
as they say in 
THE BIG HOUSE.
No use to look through and try
to "cute" your way out.
Nope- Not gonna work here!
Just milk and cookies for you and
THAT'S FINAL.

Ha!
Bet Mom & Dad won't let him come back!

So, I am almost ready to reveal one of 
my projects.
I just need a day or two more.
I won't get anything done today
because I am headed to Milwaukee
this morning to see my 
little BigBoyE
(is that an oxymoron-or am I the moron-
don't answer that)
Anyway, he is off to kindergarten.
2 hour drive down-and then back
and an appointment in town at 1
and a meeting tonight that goes until
about 10.  
I might not get around to visit-
ya know what I mean?

Hope you all have a great week.