Wednesday, January 25, 2012

A Perfect Day

I went thrifting today! I went to a thrift shop I love but because of work rarely get there.
I got 2 rolls of crape paper streamers.
This is much smaller than it looks in the picture, but I am a sucker for a footed dish.
It makes everything so elegant.

assorted vintage wrapping paper

And be still my heart this tree. I have a tree made the same way that is 27 years old.
My tree is falling apart and needs to go, I have hunted and hunted for something like it but no luck or I would pay hundreds of dollars for it. For 6.00 it is wonderful and looks like it was hardly used.
When this tree is together and decorated you would never know it was a fake tree This is my tree all set up .
I know I know you are sick of Christmas.

This months country garden is a must buy. This is just one articles that interested me.
I am thinking I may find one of those wheelbarrows at the dump this year.
There are many more articles you will love,antique bee skep, living centerpieces,etc

A few months ago I joined
I thought it would be a great way to swap out some of my books.
I have gotten these in the swap but on a whole I am a bit disappointed. not much in the way for
decorating and DIY books.

And what would a post be without a dump find.
she is so sweet she was sitting on the shelf just waiting for me at the dump.

We were up early and into Boston to the Dr. David got a very good report, we go back in 2 weeks for a few tests to see just how he really is doing. I met up with my sweet friend Cathy. We had tea and a little conversation. In all I would say a perfect day. How was your day?
I am joining the thrifty groove to show off my finds.
Is this the party to whom I am speaking?
                                                   Lily Tomlin as Ernestine the operator.(If you are old enough to remember)

Sunday, January 22, 2012

A Very Productive Weekend

Day break is coming through the trees, while my little old Sadie watches the birds.
I hooked on lose woven wool for the first time and I have to say I love it.
I just drew it on and hooked. This is a very small pillow and I used the smallest wool I have ever hooked with. From now on it will be larger.

I also used some of my huge stack of Cards I have saved.

This one is my favorite, who would not love to live in that sweet little cottage?
I am also mid way through another craft project. All I can say it involves paper mache.

A friend of ours dropped off a beautiful set of  sheets, polar fleece. I am washing sheets daily.
They are the color of the siesta key ocean.(the gulf)

siesta key has one of the top 10 beaches in the WORLD. We have vacationed there for years
and love it. This is a bowl of sand and shells I have brought back over the years. the sand is like powdered sugar, white,soft and beautiful.  It is only an hour south of Tampa Florida. The links are to an amazing place to stay and to find out more. Sadly we can not go this year because of David's transplant.

We are watching the Patriots ohh it is a nail biter.
Miss Baby learned to drink from a straw this week. She found out that there was a frappe on the other end of that straw oh yeah.
Is it just me or is someone else having issues leaving comments? The screen freezes!
I am participating in show off your cottage House in the Roses
I am also joining cozy home scenes        No pessimist ever discovered the secrets of the stars,or sailed to an uncharted land, or opened a new heaven to the human spirit.    Helen Keller

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Ta Da Dump,knitting and More

I have had questions lately about my dump. Yes it is a real dump where you take the garbage and this is the name of the road it is on cute huh. We have a heated, lovely room that people put things in that other people may be able to use. You would be surprised at what is left or maybe you wouldn't ha!
And here is my latest haul. These movies are brand new all the wrapping are still on.

And from the same box, still all wrapped. I have not tried it yet but for free hey I will give it a try.

On the knitting front I am making 2 needle mittens. For some reason the way the picture was taken it looks like the thumb is out of proportion but really it is not it fits great.

Dinner tonight was left overs in another form. I used hamburg but you could use ground turkey,
a lot of veggies, a can of low fat biscuits,some spaghetti sauce, and a healthy amount of cheese. kids would love this and a great way to sneak in veggies.

We had a little snow and then a lot of rain at freezing temps. Our driveway could of been used for luge trials. We skyped Miss Baby last night she is now licking the screen when she see us ha she makes us laugh so much. It is cold tonight so we are hugging the wood stove and playing cards. I won last time by 100 points which isn't much David is calling for a rematch. Stay warm and cozy.
Respect yourself. You're the best judge of what's right.
                                                        Cheryl Richardson

Saturday, January 14, 2012

A Candidate And His Cookies

Since NH has the first in the nation primary we are swamped with reporters,candidates and their staff. Lots of hand shaking,baby kissing, phone calls at least 3 at day and mailings. In those mailing was this little cookbook. His wife has the Barbara Bush vibe so I tried it out.                                                                  I settled on the chocolate chip cookie. Not exactly heart smart for a Dr's wife but hay who am I to talk.

I did have to substitute a 1/2 cup of whole wheat flour  For those amazing bakers out there I have no idea how that changed the cookie. They are tasty, I will stick to my recipe in the future.

 I had to show you the birds coming to our feeder this morning. every time I moved they flew off.
It was pretty cold today and colder still tonight we are at 10 F right now headed to below 0.

I have found I post way to much about magazines, I think I may have a problem.
But here I go again,today I got the country gardens and a flyer for discount plants. So while we watch the Patriots win the game tonight (So sorry Tebow fans he is nice and all but....) I will plan my spring plantings.

I have been on Mouse patrol,yes that's right we have mice, little gray mice cute outside not so cute inside.
So I set the trap when we get one (3 to date) David yells another one I get the rubber gloves and 2 plastic bags and dump the whole works eeewwwweeeeww I hate it but David can't deal with it so I am it.
I want to thank everyone for their warm welcome for Jody she is so sweet and emailed me very excited.
I too get excited when I get followers and comments I hope that feeling never goes away.
I hope everyone is warm and cozy on this cold night GO PATRIOTS!:0)

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Cracker Jacks

This is our house it looks so nice in the snow, naah just kidding. WE did get snow, but this is an oil painting I got at a resale shop for 30.00 I just love it, the color is so much better in person.
I think I am a reasonably intelligent person but holy cow I can not get my head around knitting. The circular needles are to long. I have done and redone and I am going to give up I think. Not as much fun as I thought it might be for me.

While pondering my knitting problem I am eating crackerjacks. When I was a kid I was in the money if I could buy a box of crackerjacks. I even remember how much, 9cents per box(this bag is 1.09)
and if I had a dime I had a penny left over for the gum machine. If I was really lucky I got a charm with my gum. I had a box of charms and prizes from crackerjacks. My friend and I would trade them and see who had the best stash.  
 After I got home I heard someone shoveling our walkway. It was a young man from the fire department, they have a list of who shovels for us.  The most amazing thing he had just come from getting a root canal! David and I very humbled and over whelmed with our community.( One of the other guys plows us out )
I would love for you to visit a new blogger! I met jody though an email she sent when we were still figuring out David's condition. She is a strong amazing woman tell her I said hi.

Ask for help. Receiving is an act of generosity...Cheryl Richardson

Monday, January 9, 2012

Saving A Dime

This brook is near our house. I was driving by and saw how beautiful it was and just had to take a picture.
We still have no snow (that is ice) which is fine by me. No plow bills and the furnace is running less. But not everyone is happy.I guess we all can't be happy .                                                                                  
I am very loosely calling this chili. I used up all the bits and pieces of left over veggies, added some left over hamburg and caned beans with some spices. Not to toot my own horn it was very yummy and a good way to use up left overs.

David was organizing the pantry and I am ashamed to say he found these bags in the bottom of a basket.
So not one to throw them away. I put them on a baking sheet and baked them at 350 for about 10 minutes.
It makes them crispy again.

And them I put them in a food processor and made crumbs. Great to coat chicken or put in a meat loaf.
If I have pretzels left etc I do the same and mix them all together it makes a unique and delicious mix.

I made a trip to the dump today and got a couple of goodies I am going to pass on to my daughter.
It is a hooked of Phonics, new all the cards are shrink wrapped.
and 2 boxes of children's valentines. She is a teacher so I am sure all will come in handy.

Since I have resolved to drink more....water I have lost 2 lbs. I have cut back on what I eat but no "diet"
I just hope this keeps working cuz I have a ways to go.
We went to Boston today and David was told" you are doing well I will see you in 2 weeks". That is a big step forward. We have been going weekly.

No matter what is happening around you, first take care of yourself. When you're balanced, all things will be gradually added to your life,and the changes you have asked for will occur.

Saturday, January 7, 2012

Happy, Happy, Joy, Joy

That is David with Miss Baby. Everyone was healthy so we took a chance. We are on day 66 that means 34 more days until David is cleared to do something else like see Miss Baby but who could wait any longer? we haven't seen her in person in 3 months. enough is enough. and as you can see by my husband's face it was worth it! We got to exchange our Christmas gifts  I gave miss baby some board books my daughter just gets out of her mouth " Oh she loves board books" When Miss Baby takes one of the pages and bent it in half.(it is thick cardboard) I had to laugh it was like there no more board books!
She is such a joy she makes us laugh so much and we got to see her take some steps. She really thinks about it before she trys to walk. She is looking at me like enough gram I need lunch.

On the way home we went ta da dump. I got this cutie wrong season but it will look good this fall on my table. When I pull out the fall things I will weed something out. That is one of my new resolutions also. something comes in then something must go out.

It screams Acorn Hollow to me

Well we all tucked in for the night a bit tired from all the excitement today.
I got the new Mary Jane's farm today and I am reading a great book.
Night Road by Kristin Hannah If you have never read her you should give her a try.
the other titles I loved were
Firefly Lane
Winter Garden
I stopped and got the correct needles for the hats I want to knit (I got the wrongs ones when I turn tail and ran.) My goal is socks I want to make socks so much. So if anyone has a very easy pattern I would love to have it.

One cannot collect all the beautiful shells on the beach, one can collect only a few.
                                                                           Anne Morrow Lindbergh

Visit my daughter here and see more pictures of Miss Baby.

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

I Resolve To Drink More....

Water,now what were you thinking? I do not drink enough fluids. I know it will make me feel better and help to keep me feeling full.
I will also read this daily to get inspiration for the day.

And I want to learn to knit more than slippers.
On New Year's day I braved the crowd and went to a knitting store that had 20 percent off the entire store.
I was shocked at what women were lugging out of there. The knitting store is owned by the same people that own keepsake quilting I walked into the quilt store, there was a line that circled the store people waiting for fabric to be cut. I turn tail and ran for the car.

I got the new rug hooking magazine today and it is a perfect night to curl up and look through it.
It is 5 F right now and it is going below zero, our first really cold night of the season.
Tonight I appreciate the warmth of this house.

My car is in the garage the motor for my defroster fan is dead. Not the best time of year to not have a defroster. Again I am thankful it happened at home and not on the way to Boston.
I have tomorrow off no Dr's appointment just a day to myself  I am looking forward to it.

Things turn out best for for people who make the best of the way things turn out.
                          John R. Wooden