Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas!

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

it finally happened!

I finally did something...
I was sorting my little tubs and found this...
notice, I have had this since 2007...

and I found this print I did an eon ago...

knew right where the paint was...
if you were paying attention, you know I sorted that mess out the other day...

grabbed a brush and started playing...
Americana Warm White is the color...

add another coat and wait...

I ran out on the deck and saw this happening...

we got a good dusting out of it...

I even found this guy...
one of my April Fool's vintage postcards...

and now its dry...

I found the sand paper...
it was in the kitchen...
don't even ask...
I lightly sanded the entire thing...

you know me and my black polky dotted tape...
(I use it on everything!)

I taped the bottom and top...

then I taped the side edges...
folded it all under on the ends...

and put it together again...
(I did wash the glass)
I love it...

and I was under constant supervision...
by the way...
she has a name...
Buttercup...

and that concluded my playtime today...
its sad leaving this room...

but wait!
for all of you that held out this long...
I am having a give away...
I found these, too...
collages that I made and sent the images in to be printed on photo paper...
there are 5 of these photos...
ready to frame...
or throw darts at...
all you have to do is leave a comment...
and I will throw your name in the drawing...
dead line is midnight Friday night...
and the winner will be notified right away...
so that's all you need to do...

Keep Courtney in your prayers...
today is her big day...
I will post with news when I get it...

Monday, January 26, 2015

happy Monday...

just wanted to thank you this morning for all your prayers for Courtney...
its going to be a tough healing up and taking care of 3 little ones...

but with God's help and healing...
it will all be over soon...

these images are from our Saturday drive...
it was so sunny and I soaked up as much as I could hold...

yesterday the clouds were back and we didn't know what we would end up with...
but the snow didn't happen, came as rain...

I hope its over and passed us by...
but it is colder and could be slick out this morning...

the weekend was a good one...
kept up with the cleaning and the laundry...

nothing exciting and no crafting yet...
but I will take being able to keep up...

threw some pork chops in the roaster with carrots, potatoes, a box of stuffing and 2 packs of brown gravy mix and let it slow cook all day long...

it smelled so good in here and it was a really great supper with lots of left overs...
yes- that is an old caboose...
in the middle of no where, not even close to an old set of tracks...
many years ago a house stood out front, but gone now...
and the yard was so awesome and in the back was this caboose...
all nice and pretty...
no decaying and the property turned into storage...

getting a gallon of black paint to start the kitchen this coming weekend...
that's going on the island...
small enough project...

and then I will paint the walls a lavender...
a deep, rich lavender to the pink...
after all of that, I will start on the rest of the cabinets in here...
they are going off white...

I am so ready for a change...
its been like this for 20 years...
oak cabinets, which I hate with a passion...
but DH loves them with just as much passion...
so, I let it go...
but now, its my turn...
;0)

and if he says anything close to...
"we should have done this years ago"...
I'm boxing his ears...
pinky promise...
;0)

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Courtney's amazing mustard seed of faith...your prayers are needed...put her on your prayer lists, please...



I need prayers for my cousin's daughter in law...
her name is Courtney...
and she is a wife and mother of 3, the youngest are twins...
and she has been fighting a very nasty cancer...
so nasty that when they first found it, the doctors told her she would be gone by now...
but we hit the net and started asking for prayers....

and she started chemo...
hitting it all head on with faith and determination...
and she did so well on chemo...
finished with flying colors...
and got to ring the bell...

her family was right beside her all the way...
and at every blood test and scan...
they showed they were working...
and she kept praising God over and over again...
but we are here to ask for prayers again...
we need to touch the throne one more time...
on her behalf and those of her family...
because they need her here with them...

Courtney goes into surgery on Tuesday morning...
to remove the last of the cancer cells...
this is not a wimpy surgery, either...
they are taking 40-50% of her liver and removing her rectum...
and lymph nodes...
they are installing a permanent colostomy bag...
which she will have to live with the rest of her life...
but, she is happy to do it...
so, here is what she wanted to say in her own words...
may they uplift your hearts...

It's so hard to put into words how amazed I am by the amount of prayers that are going up for me. I truly believe every single prayer counts and I am so very thankful for every single one! Although I may not know every person that says a prayer for me I love every one of you and I pray for everyone that prays for me and I ask that God blesses every single one! I am very nervous but I know God is not a spirit of worry so I pray for a guarded mind and a peaceful heart! How amazing that I will go into the surgery with cancer and once I come out of surgery the cancer will be gone! All because God made it possible to operate which in my case only 5 to 10% of patients are able to have this operation! If that's not a miracle I don't know what is! If you are reading this and don't know God or if you are doubting God please know He's still working miracles and I am living proof! Thank you for praying and please continue to pray for us! If you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer - Jeremiah 21:22

as you can see, this one has much left to do...
and after she is healed up, she plans on helping others make their way through the cancer maze...
sharing her faith of a mustard seed and her story of triumph...
God has big plans for her...
and I promise to share an amazing story of her angel and how she calmed her fears...
Courtney has left an impact on all the staff who have been treating her...
and the lives she has touched already...
just think what she will be able to do once this is over and she is well again...

so...please remember her Tuesday...
and through out the week...
its going to be a healing process and won't happen over night...
but we all know God's got this one...
in His hands...
tucked close to his chest...
;0)

where I will create...someday...

been working in here a bit this week...
this is what you see when you walk in here...
my very own playroom...

on the other wall, are trunks and suitcases full of keepsakes and family genealogy...
old photos, family items...
kids scrapbooks and yearbooks...

I really have no idea why I keep what I do...

yellow roses...
remind me of my dad...

angels for protection and guidance...

I do love silk flowers...

vintage postcards...
I used to deal in those quite a bit...

a basket of odds and ends that need to be dealt with...
those yellow things are leave scoops that I found at a farm store right after Christmas...
they will come in handy this spring...
because we dumped all the leaves on the flower beds...

this is my view from my work area...
I had planned to spend some time there reading the winter away...
it just hasn't happened yet...
too much to do...
sometimes I just go in there and sit just to be there...
and the guys stop by and visit if I am in there too long...
and this weekend, I am moving my computer back in there...
and will be in there a lot more again...
when I am not in here cooking and doing dishes...
doing laundry, knocking down cobwebs...
there's another post right there...
had all of them gone for Christmas and I turn around...
and bam!
they're back again...
ugh...

I do know there will be a lot more painting to be done come spring...
and warm weather...
I am lining up the projects to knock off once we get back outside...
I am getting my kitchen done before long, too...
cabinets and walls painted...
nothing extravagant...
too poor for that...
but it will be different and brighter...
so off I go...
its after midnight and I need some sleep...

a note on my SIL...
the doctor would not do the heart cath yesterday...
her heart rate was too weak and she wasn't breathing right...
might have fluid in the lungs...
she had done her dialysis the day before and was all goofy on them...
so not sure what that is about...
got her on IV antibiotics and meds to take off the fluids around the heart...
I think she is 66 now, so not too terribly old, but getting up there...
her name is Susan...
please keep praying...

Thursday, January 22, 2015

one project at a time...


I had put my Americana paint bottles in the green cabinet when I first started organizing my playroom...
but it looked yucky...

then today, I was goofing off in there...
and looked at this, then opened the door...
there wasn't much in there and it could go somewhere else...

it didn't take but a few minutes to move the bottles, sorting as I went...
so all the greens are together...
the whites...
the blues...

and it came out looking like this...

and hidden away as soon as you close the door...
but withing reach and so easy to get to when I decide to paint something...
which I am itching to do...

then there is this box from Christmas...
from Tia...
there are, I think, 21 of these little jars in there...

and then I have drawers full of stuff like this...

and it is starting to look like this now...
in the green cabinet...

I have missed being in this little room...
tomorrow, I am moving the new laptop in there...
DH got his old one back...
and I am still trying to figure this one out and get all of my downloads on this one...
but the camera is working on it...
and my editor...
so all is good for now...
not sure how I like this one...
will take me a bit to get used to the keypad...
so, have a good day tomorrow...
its my niece's birthday...
and she is sick...
and her mom is in the hospital with fluid around her heart...
they are doing a heart cath in the morning, so prayers for her would be appreciated...
there is a blockage and the dye from other tests have her on dialysis anyway...
she is sick, too...
they all caught something in the doctor's office waiting room about 10 days ago...
so they could all use some divine help to get through all of this...
;0)