Thursday, April 17, 2014


We are waiting patiently for Easter in this house. We are decorated, the eggs are sorted
and the basket is ready. We are hosting an egg hunt and dinner for family which is always
fun and good for some laughs.

We had very strange weather this week 70's on Monday then snow, ice, and rain
on Tues &Wed which resulted in this. It flooded the main road into the town I work in so around I went.
When I got to the parking area I found this. The little dot out there is an electrical panel that
the bans use through out the summer when there is concerts. I just hope it's shut off. 

I am blessed with many things in this life and most of all I am blessed with amazing friendships.
My sweet sweet friend gave me as she calls it a "spring gift" tonight the bee skep isn't it wonderful?
I can't wait to get it in the garden. This friend and I have been through it all and I do mean all.
She took a few late night calls from me when David was so sick. I was so glad she was there.
I just hope I am as good of a friend to her.

Tomorrow night another couple of long time friends are treating us to a Sox's baseball game!
Not just any seats mind you, primo seats with parking and dinner.(In Boston parking is worth it's weight in gold) I am so looking forward to this night out.
For years these friends would let us share their vacation time. What wonderful memories we have made.
Wed night I met up with my women's group we had'n seen each other since before 
Christmas. It is always a pot luck dinner and catching up with each other. 
It is a very eclectic group of women but somehow it works and is completely wonderful.
I hope everyone has friendships in their lives it makes life so much richer.
My best friend is the one who brings out the best in me.
Henry Ford
Happy Easter!!!

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Ask And Ye Shall Receive...

I wish I had a million dollars! 
Well it is rainy and chilly here just right for the fireplace. We have had wonderful weather
high 60's and just beautiful. We still have lots of snow on the ground but each day
it is less and less.

So just a couple of weeks ago my bread machine died. I had bought it 
at a yard sale for 5.00 and was very sorry to see it go.
Today at Ta Da Dump low and behold a beautiful bread machine 
with the instruction book inside. A little scrubbing and she is ready to go!
Now if I could just get that million dollars.

Along with the bread machine I found these Christmas plates all in their original wrap.

And these really cute books for Miss B.

We have a huge egg hunt for the kids, I buy plain bags at the dollar
store and have the kids paint, color, stickers and ribbons to make them 
their own.

These are folders I though I would pass on to my daughter to use at 
school. I think they are funny.
Thank you so much for all the wonderful encouragement I got 
from the last post. You made me feel better about things for sure.
Friday night we were given free tickets to a local theater that has live
talent we saw a guy named Louden Wainwrite III folk singer and story teller
we really enjoyed him and it was nice to be out and about..
Have a great week everyone!
You can't control the length of your life, but you can can control its width and depth.
You can't control the contour of your face, but you can control its expression.You can't control the weather , but you can control the atmosphere of your mind. Why worry about things you can't control when you
can keep yourself busy controlling the things that depend on you.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Just Fading Away....

At the used book store I manage we get all kinds of things in.
This magazine came in with some books that were dropped off.
It is October 1990 I grabbed it to flip through after logging in all the books.

And this is what I found, it is a pretty extensive article on rug hooking
by Pat Hornafus. It has lots of  natural dying instructions among how to hook and finish this rug.

I am posting a picture of the pattern I think since it has been in a magazine it is
ok to post for someone else to use. (If I am wrong please let me know) 
36X26. She talks about using burlap backing I know I was using monks cloth in the 90's.
My first rug I ever hooked was on burlap which I hated the feel of.

Well finally spring has come to New Hampshire. we still have snow cover in our yard
but with the warmer temps and the rain we have lost a lot of snow. I am not sorry 
to see it go. 
I have noticed that each year I post less and less so will this blog just fade away?
I still love to blog, I am just so dang boring. I can only post so many pictures of 
Miss B before everyone says enough already!

A good laugh and a long sleep are the two best cures for anything.
Irish Proverb

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

A Dumpster Dive...

showers often; the earth softens. Sunny and sweet.
Watch out for sleet! Dry feet. A soaking no joking!
Peepers croaking. Gloomy north, boomy south; What a 
sampler! Warming, but rain's ampler.
The Old Farmer's Almanac.

David has been dumpster diving and pulled out this!
It looks like it may have come out of one of the local dorms

She has very nice feet though. I will 
revoke David's dump sticker if he should ever do this again!
It is very dangerous and he does not need to do anything
stupid. I will show you the after once it is done.

I came out of work to find this on my windshield ugggg!

which turned out to be this from a local restaurant
if you click on the picture I got the violation for not enough
bumper stickers. (I have none)

Today was one of those days you wait all winter for.
The sky was so blue, and we made it all the way to high 50's.
I took a walk it felt so nice to have the sun on my face.
We are off to Boston tomorrow for a Dr's appointment
along with an estimated 10,000 firefighters that are going to the funeral 
of the fallen firefighters.
Spring is when you feel like whistling with a shoe full of slush.

Sunday, March 30, 2014

A Ta Da Dump Find

This is a chest that is about 12-14 inches tall.

All dove tale joints and a drawer on the bottom

The brass plate on the top is missing a few bumps and bruises. 

The inside is lined with a chamois material. It is oak or maple all wood
great chest. So this is the before after husband finishes with it I will show you.
This was found today at our dump.

This was a dump find also. This is the after!
It looks great and will look great around our fire pit.
and all it cost was paint and a few nails to fix up.
Husband made this from drawers that was taken from my aunts
kitchen and the door were salvage he bought. 

Crown molding on the top this is a very pretty green kind of like a gray green.
He is getting ready to sell this I am sure it will go fast.

 Prayers for the Boston fire fighters that lost their
lives this past week. But for the grace of God go I.
While David doesn't go in the buildings anymore he still
answers the calls, runs the trucks, and anything else that needs to be done.
Have a great week everyone.

Sunday, March 23, 2014

A Really Cute Cupboard

We went to the airport to pick up a friend an hour from our house and this is what it
looks like. As you can see not much snow at all.

This was taken on the same day at then end of our road.
who would think there could be that much difference in just an hour away.
I just thought Dead end summed up how I am feeling about spring right now.
and hold on to your shovel we are in for a big storm Tue evening through the day

We got to see our little cutie girl though she is such a 
ball of fun!

David was in the middle of waxing this cupboard. He made this
cupboard he does such a great job. And it is already sold!

Since it is still very cold and windy here I made a pot roast  for dinner.
and then I stewed the blackberries I had picked last summer that was still in the freezer 
and made dessert. with some puff pastry and vanilla pudding so elegant and easy.
I am weeding out some very old patters I have had for a long time
I plan on posting them on ebay if I can figure it out.
Have a great week and help me pray for spring.

Monday, March 17, 2014

Danger Whining A Head

This is my motto and I am holding on with just my finger nails. 
Our weather has been horrid we are still colder than the normal for January.
We are below zero a lot of nights or single digits. Our lake is still making ICE!
It should be getting ready to go out by the end of this month. We have had major snow storms and ice
storms! Were is global warming!   
I have found the best recipe for banana bread. It is from Cooks Illustrated.
Really the best I have ever had this is the second loaf I have made.

I hit the thrift this weekend, the good news is I took a lot of 
stuff to drop off it felt good to get rid of it. I pulled out my bread machine 
on Saturday and it is dead!!!! My yard sale find lasted about 5 years and for 
5.00 it was good to me but I am so sorry to see it go. Now I am on the hunt for another one.
With all of this baking I wonder why I am gaining weight ugg. I am just like the old black bears
here only at this point they have used up all of their winter weight.
Miss B was sick bad cold poor chicken which lead to bad dreams so she and 
her parents were exhausted. Her little friend came down with it and had to be hospitalized for an over night.
So scary for those parents.
Then husband came down with it and guess who has it now yeck!
It must be floating around out there because we didn't see miss b to get it
and miss b didn't give it to her friend. But husband gave it to me. 
My step sister lost her husband last week He had cancer that took him quickly. He was only in his 50's 
I feel so bad for her as they have a 15 year old son. We were are not super close as
our parents married when we were all adults. But my heart still aches for her.
Well that is the boring news from here I have been reading and not lifting a hook.
maybe I would feel better getting back to hooking. I think after this cold goes away I will get back to it.
I am off to take a nap ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ