Jun 18, 2018


Unexpected tiny flowers on an unknown plant.

A toad looking for relief in the unbearable heat.  I gently hosed him off with cool water.

With thunderstorms looming, the staining is happening.  Depending on weather they will finish tomorrow.

Disassembling and cleaning the pain in the ass outdoor onion lights.  Soon to be on Craig's List as I locate a new style.  Great on a lighter house, not too noticeable on ours.

And Mark used the old windows' cedar trim to make a really nice bench, enough left for another one or small table.  The palm sander did a fine job removing the old finish and smoothing the wood.  Sam was impressed that we had very little waste for removal.

What's happening at your place?


Jun 17, 2018

The berry

Greetings people!  A hot one on tap today.  Mark came down with something last night, not sure what, so I may have someone pick up the birthday cake and stay away from my sister.  Just in case.  The little ones bring in colds and coughs but that's not what this is.  Only question right now .... how big of a chunk should I leave here?  Someone needs to smack me silly to stop this weight gain from continuing.  I did it before, why can't I do it again?  Maybe the house project decisions are keeping me unsettled.  Decades ago, cigarettes were grabbed by a skinny woman during such times.  Then the switch came!
 This photo is from Pinterest (of course) and I did some research to find the designer and release date.  Back in 2010, this was the Strawberry Hill chart released from By The Bay Needleart.  It's not a Santa or a sampler, but that berry caught my eye.  Isn't it adorable?  They also show this scissor fob on their blog, this page. 
While the house is quiet, I plan to step away from figuring wainscot and paint (second guessing already) and pull out a small piece.  Maybe a freebie or maybe a sampler.  I still have several very large charts on my mind but now is not the time.  Will it ever be for me again?
Have a berry nice day!


Jun 16, 2018

Happy Father's Day weekend

to those long gone and still missed every day.  To those here with us to celebrate today. 
Starting today the temps are rising so I will take off the sweatshirt and just sweat.  Making pistachio cake with pistachio icing for Carole's great grandkids' birthday tomorrow. 
Nit is enjoying the warm day.  He has been allowing me to brush him.  Until he decides otherwise and wants blood.  It's a delicate balance.  I really enjoy sitting on the swing when it's hot.  Maybe because the hot flashes aren't as noticeable.  But the chocolate melts so darn fast.
I thought my squawking baby wrens had flown the coop, but yesterday saw a few feathers in the entrance.  One had been pulled half way out, blocking their hole, and mom couldn't feed, they couldn't get out.  Five dead babies inside.  So sad.
I finished one of the boxes with a red velvet pad at the bottom, still haven't decided on the giveaway.  
FB reminded me that I gave away the Fox stitch two years ago for my birthday offer.  I didn't even remember that and I think both of them were let go.  Explains why I can't find them.  Maybe this should be my stitch right now, and I'll keep it for myself.

Sherwin Williams 40% off this weekend forced me to stop the samples (those addictive little jars) and make a decision.  So I did.  Urban Putty won over Bleeker Beige.  That dark taupe on the right is the current color of the trim, this will be a huge change.  Walls will be a little lighter.
 Close enough to the putty I was looking for, different on every wall, green when the sun shines through the LowE windows.  Also made a decision on the wainscot and decided to use wide board, plain, simple edge.  The room is so small and certainly not formal, so the panels and frames I had considered would be out of place.  I decided to also change the doors on the built in cupboards to simple planks, and use black iron strap hinges and bar style latches.   The best news, the house building couple can't decide on a few details which gives Sam some free time ..... for ME!!!  YAY!!  He doesn't get the style at all but will do whatever we want.  I'm hoping that woman is as indecisive as I am and he can stay here for a while.  He's single and throwing in a few meals (he hinted) would be an incentive!
Have a wonderful weekend!
Thanks for visiting.

Jun 13, 2018

Mistaken identity

My laptop battery came in and I am very happy with it.  It was recognized by the device, came half charged, no special instructions required.  It is giving me 5 hours and from my research, the company stands behind its products.  Ordered from Amazon, SOLICE laptop battery for my Dell model.
Still sanding.  It only gets worse.  We're using 80 grit but should have tried 60 and just taken the wood down.  It's a real mess.  When Mark was working I had eight hours to do what I knew he would not agree with.  Now retirement is really screwing with me.  I have to wait until he's golfing and I only have a few hours.  He said we were finished with the sanding, I wasn't.  Today was finally warm, really warm, and I decided to throw on long pants to catch the dust, and fully zip a hoodie to cover my hair and upper.  Safety goggles, a face mask, completely covered in dark clothing with a hood.  Sweating like a maniac.  How the heck do you go inside to pee when you are covered in black powdery dust?  So I strip off the stuck-to-me clothes in the garage and make it in time.  I went back out and put the outfit on, donned my mask and glasses, covered my head with the hood and walked out of the garage.  I hear someone yelling "I'm calling the police!  I'm calling the police!"  My sister was in her car at the end of the driveway and thought I was a thief robbing the house.  Who else would be covered head to toe with a hood and face mask in 90 degrees?  But I assume she is having a heart related event and calling for help!  I run toward the car, she starts screaming.  Good grief.  Good thing I just went or I would have wet myself from laughing.
My brother found more of Pat's stitching accessories and we have a group of those ceramic buttons to get rid of along with all those brass findings for some cross stitch projects.  

 In the box were also bird buttons, shank style.  Mom would have loved these across her sweatshirt. 
Pat stitched a lot of Homespun Elegance that called for the charms, but why the heck did she have so many?  If anyone is missing a particular item, let me know, it may be in this bunch.
Enjoy the week!

Jun 12, 2018

It works

If you have a blogger blog and are not getting your comments emailed, try this until Google corrects it.

Go to your dashboard

click Settings
click Posts and comments
change comment location to Full Page
When you publish a post, view it on your blog and leave a comment, even one word, on your new post.
Directly under your identity, click on Email follow-ups and you will get an email for every comment posted after yours. 
Must do this for each new post.


Jun 11, 2018

It ain't over

But it won't be too bad.  The stupid ass clips that hold the grilles/bars in the windows are falling out and moving around.  Andersen came out today and decided the interior wood warped, they are replacing the sashes in about 6 weeks.  The thing that upsets me most is the fact that these quality glass sashes that could somehow be used or salvaged, are not.  He said they will go into the dump.  Multiply that by thousands of defective or replaced windows across the country.  Makes me nauseous.  But the hours involved with trying to correct the problem and then refitting them into frames would not fit in with their assembly line production. 

We're still sanding, it's been power washed, probably coming to stain next week.  Narrowed the light interior paint down to two.  One is SW's Urban Putty, another is a little lighter and custom.  Bleeker Beige (HC-80) from Ben Moore is also really nice but I want as light as I can without matching the wall paint.  I'll do the windows and trim but may see if the painter can roll the walls for us.  I threw all the sample jars together and mixed them with two gallons of another beige I don't want, there should be enough for Carole's living and dining room!
A laundry room nicer than my bathroom.
My birthday is coming up and I don't know if the giveaway will be something stitched, a box, journals, or if all else fails, GC.  We'll see how this week goes but time is running out!
Have a fabulous week folks.  Mid-June already? 
Summer will be over in the blink of an eye!

Jun 9, 2018

Let there be light

I always melt when I view Phoebe's home on Pinterest (before she changed it to all white) which I've mentioned before.  It took years to get a contractor and I'm weary of thinking about the changes for that length of time.  Finally an end to at least part of it.

Needlework will show itself off without distraction of dark colors on windows and moulding.
So light it will be.  A perfect backdrop for painted pieces and dark wood, calm and serene.  She did have some areas of color which were fabulous but I am using one color throughout.
Her new look is pure white.  Decorating austere or sparse is very difficult and I think all white is even harder.  If the pieces aren't correct, it just looks like white paint and the theme is lost.  Phoebe's talent for decorating is unique and there is no way I could pull it off, not all white.  If you like that look, farmhouse, sparse, check out her Pinterest albums.  https://www.pinterest.com/phoebetroyer/
 I may be mistaken but it appears many photos I remember of the house before white are no longer shown.  If you have a favorite pinner that showcases this style, dare I say, show me!!  Like I need more photos to contribute to my confusion.
Have a great weekend.

Jun 7, 2018

All done

Sam came back today after two weeks to finish the trim and he did a beautiful job.  What a joy to not have to follow someone and check their work.
I could not wait to see what the stain color will look like so I did one coat on the window trim.  Haven't painted the window sashes yet, just the frames, and I may leave it alone.  This color is dark but soft, like a charcoal brown.  Looking at the old stain around it, the clapboards turned a bluish gray.  I think I will be happy with this.  I WILL be HAPPY with this.
Just wanted to mention a few things if you are considering the Andersen A series windows.  The interior is wonderful, the grilles are not.  My other Andersen had a spring ball on the ends of each bar that slipped into a little hole in the sash.  Perfect.  Someone came up with the idiotic idea to install metal clips that CANNOT be removed and have the grilles snap into them.  Are you kidding me?  I have already sliced two fingers trying to wash a window with these thin metal clips all around the glass. 

 You cannot paint them to match the bars since you can't remove them so from the outside, they look ridiculous.  The glass is also tinted green for LowE efficiency and naturally, my curtains look pukey green from the outside. 
In order for the bars to not look green, since red removes green I custom mixed a little paint for them.  Take a look at the actual color and that same color behind the glass.  What would you do with white windows and bars?  Sam couldn't believe that they need to be light purple to show as brown through that glass. And why do you not see the clip in this photo?  Because I painted card stock with the purple paint, cut pieces to cover the clips and slid it behind them. 
It's appropriate to show you my swollen painful fingers over a bear claw design isn't it?  Oh boy.  My feet are smooth from the Baby Foot treatment but my hands sure don't match them!
Now comes the dreaded interior color fiasco.  I love the colonial colors but have decided to go very light.  So far, too yellow, too green, too pink, too gray.  The usual.  I want wainscot and paneling, Sam will come back. 
 Even if I knew the colors used in these rooms, the paint would never look the same because of the computer.  But I like the look. 
Will I tire of it quickly and be sorry I didn't chose a colonial color?
I already am and I didn't even pick a color yet!  Why do I have this problem?  The rooms are so small I don't think doing each a different color would be a good idea, and I don't like an ivory room next to a dark one.
 I need help!  But honestly, what good would it do?  Whatever I choose, I will want the opposite, and choosing the opposite in the beginning never works. 
My laptop battery is dead and it took me many hours of research to decide which to order.  I didn't trust the "new" branded ones on Ebay and Amazon because I read they have new cells installed in old housing, not good quality to hold a charge for hours.  Didn't want to pay $100 either.  It took me four days to make a decision and it's only a battery!!  I need counseling.
So there you have it.  Another boring post.  I haven't stitched in a while and hope to start something soon.  Will I be able to hold the needle with these fingers?  We shall see.

Hope the week is going well for you.
Thanks for visiting.

Jun 4, 2018

Best to stay away

The crab is having a bad day so we'll just lounge on the deck for a while.  I don't know if Missy sneaking upstairs to the craft mess and knocking things off the counter has anything to do with it.

Tomorrow will be a better day and we can bug her for our Temptations catnip flavor treats.  Except for Missy.

Jun 3, 2018

Forty years later

and I finally do something with the sweet heart boxes. 

I sold them soooooooooooooo long ago that I don't remember how I finished them.  I'm assuming since that was the paint period, I must have done a little Christmas theme on top and sold them as ring boxes.  Probably why one has a green base with red paint over. 

The other five I decided to do white and age them.  The wood is a little rough and gives them a nice look when sanded.  I've never done anything in white but I think it's perfect for this little box.
They need a pad down at the bottom, some wax, and they're done.  Better than burning.  Perfect size for a ring or thimble, maybe a special coin.  The lid is attached by a small dowel and swivels to open.  Cute huh???  Much better in person. 
I'll be gone for a few days.  We're buying coveralls and hats and sanding the house this week since the painter is AWOL.  My right hand is so stiff and painful that I seriously doubt there will be any keyboard smacking.  My ankles are the same, worse than ever, mostly from the sprains (another negligence I regret not pursuing).  Tylenol does nothing and I really miss taking Advil.  Getting old!!  Another birthday this month, happy to be here and able to crab about it.
 Hope your week goes well!

For some reason

this doesn't look as nice as I thought it would.  It looks like an Arctic Creel ate some bad fish.  Doesn't it?  I think an upright non-hurling look would be more pleasing to the eye.  Mine anyway.  And since it's right outside my kitchen window .....
I think impatiens would eventually be too large so pink and white begonias may be the ticket.  Maybe a vinca vine in the front pocket.  For this display scale is important.  Unfortunately, mine has increased once again.
I had another fire but held back three small boxes to label.  I know everyone is sick of them, me too.
Hope you're enjoying the weekend!

Jun 2, 2018


During the craft room elimination I came across the 5x7 mache journals, and wondered if I should print a few sampler labels before I delete those files.  No.  At the same time I found a hoard of scrapbooking papers, the majority of which went to flame.  I kept some for the few boxes I have left but thought they might work nicely on the journals.  But as always, the paper mache warps when adding glue.  I don't trust Modge Podge but may try that instead.  I have at least 10 sets but doubt the only local shop will take them.
 I've seen some really shoddy work being consigned (when we actually had shops) and I am probably being too damn fusspotty.   If I offer them for sale here, the shipping alone would be close to $5.  This is why craft room elimination rarely works.  We see something and find another possible use instead of just adding it to the pile.
See how the cover curls up?  That bugs me.  Yes, I have issues with things I make to sell.
 I also found the large set of tall rounds which I had my stitched samplers on at one time along with a few labels inside so I may paint those and offer them.  Another fire is always the quickest and most decisive manner of removal though.  There is one pile for Goodwill, a pile for doubt, a pile for keeping, and a pile for "one day".  Over and done in a bright orange flash is sometimes the best method for indecisive people.
I hope your weekend goes well.  Mr. six foot level never returned so my room contents are still piled in heaps waiting for the inside trim to be finished.  I think I will take it all upstairs to one room and sort it out later.  The painter that promised a start, is now delaying us into mid June.  You cannot stain a dark wood in the summer with full sun.  I'm not happy.  But crabasses should not be if they want to keep their status.
Thanks for visiting!

Jun 1, 2018



Howdy.  As the torrential rains pounded the roof, I started tearing up the craft room.  Soon to be a sewing room only.  I am removing all the other items and came across this vintage flower frog.  If any of you collect them and would like this Magic Kenzan, I'm selling it.
The paper with it is very aged, there is no date or any other info on it except for Koken Mfg.  I've searched online for a time period but except for a few photos on Pinterest, there aren't many out there.  Pretty hefty, the links can be separated and positioned.  Comes in a little plastic case.
Price is $25 includes shipping to US, email me at top right if interested. or click
About the new privacy notices... oy vey.
I have no idea if we all need to post something or what.  I have an older template and the notice does not show (or at least I cannot see it).  If we don't advertise or sell ads, is it still necessary?  I also see that Open ID is not supported for leaving comments. 
Nit is glad he doesn't have a laptop and is inside during the storm.  One clap of thunder and a black streak with white feet comes flying in from the woods.
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