Sunday, September 30, 2012

A Very Fun Weekend

We had so much fun this weekend. we toured 3 NH wineries just beautiful.
This winery was on about an acre.

They had grapes to show and taste. I was shocked at how
sweet the grapes were nothing like supermarket grapes.

And of course we tasted wine. Some very different wines were
tasted. Honey, elderberry, apple, blueberries, peach and ginger to name a few.
Some of the winery's asked you to buy a wine glass for a few dollars each.
I have to say the one winery that didn't ask us to do that was the best.
We did buy a few bottles and I have plans to go back to around Christmas to some gifts.

We went with my brother in law and his wife. They stayed over and
brought a great hostess gift.
In the evening we went to see a comic Juston Mckinny he grew up in
Kittery Maine and he has the people down. If you get a chance go to see him you will
laugh a lot.

Ok aside from all of the wine drinking I did get something done.
this bunny pillow was backed with that great cloth piece I found.

I did a little crochet edge to fill in I think it looks pretty good.
We had a lot of rain this weekend but we made the best of it anyway.
I got a chance to read the new farmers almanac for us in the North East
it will be a year of low moisture. It looks like some snow but lots
of rain. If it means ice I would rather have the snow. But the temps are suppose
to be moderate. So we shall see.
Measure thy life by loss instead of gain.Not by the wine drunk, but by the wine poured forth.
Harriet King.

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Not So Hard To Bear

Our foliage is coming along slow but sure.

I got a chance to hit my favorite thrift. I found 4 magazines
that were dated October of this year at 10 cents each, and I found this
very large fabric sample.

Since I have not finished my little bunny I hooked this spring I thought
I would make a pillow. Here are the other two color choices.
I will use the darkest sample. I paid .60 cents for the whole thing.
And the big news I have finished binding the cat rug she is done and on the table.

When I cam home from work today this is what was in our tree!
it is three cubs, one is to the left of the mom and mom.
lord they were so cute look at the one at the top:)
I have a thankful journal and though I am not good at writing every night
I do lay my head on the pillow nightly and list all the things that I am thankful
for in that day. Tonight I will be thankful for seeing such a sweet sight.
I am off to get started on the bunny rug I am on a roll.
If men could regard the events of their own lives with more open minds they would frequently discover that they did not really desire the things they failed to obtain.
Andre Maurois

Monday, September 24, 2012


I have had to work the past two Saturdays not my favorite thing to do.
So they gave me today off (Monday!) I watched the sun come through the trees
and headed for the hospital to get some blood drawn (just the yearly thing)

By the time I got home I was so hungry. So a scone that I made Sunday and a
cup of coffee and I was good to go.

And I finished! Yahoo! ok the binding is left to do but it is
steamed and ready.

I said I would not decorate for fall but we are having company
next weekend I had to do a little.
My Brother in law and his wife are coming for the weekend
we are touring 6 NH vineyards and going to see a show at the college
a very fun weekend.

My one thrift find this week is a rock yes a rock that has been drilled for a candle
holder. I have seen these and really like the look and for 1.00 its a deal.

And to top the day off we went kayaking and saw the loons
getting ready to leave in the next month. I would say
we fit a lot into my Monday.
Have a great week.
Things turn our best for people who make the best of the way things turn out.

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

A Quick Post

This is just a quick post. I got the 2013 Farmers Almanac.
The 2012 is worn out. I do hang it in the bathroom for
times you are sitting and could use something to read.
On another note  If you see the book Folly Beach by Karen White
get it . I am only 1/2 way through but it is sooooo good
I hate to put it down.
The are calling for frost in our area,so I have all my plants dressed in their ghostly
We went to Boston today and had a great appointment we do not have to
go back for a month! yahoo.
I have a sleepy tea, my feet up, and I am off to bed soon.
Have a great night!

Sunday, September 16, 2012

A Little Apple Picking And A Little More...

Pepe I will show you where the best apples are.
She is holding his little finger. This is such a blessing
considering what we have been through in the past year.

It was a perfect day and it was Miss B's first apple picking.
She is growing so fast.

Well you know I hit the dump this week annnnd
it was pretty good! This is the second book I found at
the dump(ok recycling center)of Julia's.
I used her crust recipe for the apple pie in the oven right now.

These are plastic dishes never used. they will go
into my camping tote. For that once a year camping trip.

The bottom one is just white Pyrex the top one has never
been in the dish washer. The funny thing is that was a design
that I chose when I got married for my every day dishes.
So I have lots to go with it.

I also found a pedestal dish that is quite pretty.
I thought during the holiday season I would use it to bring something
pretty to a party and leave the dish for the hostess.

There was also this hand carved bird that I thought had
such a great primitive look and I have already taken him off
the board and put him on something else.
the leaf dish is a copper tone dish made in mass.
No man is a failure who is enjoying life.
William Feather
We are expecting our first frost this week so it may be the last
of the tomatoes. Boo Hoo. I have made 2 batches of sauce.
I have enough for one more batch it should keep us for
the winter.   Have a great week!

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

It's All About The Dump

Husband hit the dump this week. This is one of a few garden decorations he
picked up for me.

Don't look at the poor fading garden but the fun sunflowers
he pulled them out of the metal pile. I love them.
He found this basket it was hooked to something else which we
have no idea what. but it is pretty large.

This would be great filled with moss on the sides and a great ivy growing out of it.

I wish I had taken a picture of this before. This was a dump find.
it was brown paint, Husband started stripping it and found that
it is a little cherry table. Just look at her lovely legs.
I had to keep it. It is a bit more red in real life.
The box on the top I found at the dump today it held something from
England not sure what. But it is a pretty inlay box.
The flowers on the top are picked from our yard. I came home
on Monday (one of my long days) Husband had made dinner and picked flowers
putting vases all around the house. ohhh how lucky am I?

I have it by the chair I hook in to hold my goodies.

And this is husband's latest find.
pretty funny and it is screaming for a mum or a bum:)
I had a Dr's appointment today ( I lost 10lbs from last year! yahoo) so instead of taking an hour
off I decided to take the whole day off.
I am so glad I did it was a beautiful day, we went out to lunch and sat outside
while eating which will not happen to much longer.
Our nights are getting so cold we are in the 40's most nights.
We had cable T.V. issues so I went on line to chat. He asked if he could
take control of our TV. Ummm ok, so he did from God knows
where he was. He did fix it but I was a bit creeped out.
Happy Birthday to our sweet beautiful daughter!
we love you!
since she is a teacher this quote fits.
The teacher is one who makes two ideas grow where only one grew before.
Elbert Hubbard

Sunday, September 9, 2012

A Full Weekend

Today was a beautiful clear crisp day. So we decided to take a drive north.
This is not that clear but it is out of the truck window. We went to Woodstock
NH. and had lunch at a fun place on Main St. We took the back way home and found
a new place to kayak. 

On Sat I went to the town wide yard sale in the next town.
I found these 2 books for 1.00.

And this cute new purse/ wallet.

I came home and made pasta sauce. It is the first time I have made it
from fresh tomatoes. I checked on line for some hints but really
made it to our tastes. Then I made meatballs, so it was pasta for dinner last night.

A neighbor called and told me to pick some zucchini from his garden.
I made bread with blueberries and chocolate cake from the zucchini and I still have
some left over.

Last night we had some heavy heavy rain and vivid lighting warnings
well the lighting never happened thank you very much. But the rain kept going.
we tucked in ate and watched a movie.
My hydrangea made it through the rain without much damage.
The light has changed so much now, the shadows are getting long.
I am not ready for what comes after fall. The long nights and the oil bills.
But this too will pass.
Is it proper for a single girl to have dinner in a bachelor's apartment without a chaperon?
(this came from Bangor Maine. 1956)
Social conventions can do very little to protect a girl really bent on getting into difficulties. Her yardstick should be "Could I tell my Mother where I am?"
a career girl in her twenties and beyond should not say beyond 10-10:30. If others are present she may stay as late as 12 but never beyond.
a good rule is "Avoid the appearance of evil."
(that is the short version)


Thursday, September 6, 2012

In The Sauce..

If you saw last post you know that I redid a lamp from the dump
and almost electrocuted myself. All fixed! and It looks great.

Another one of my dump finds was this book written by a blogger orangette.
It is funny because I have checked in on her now and then but not a faithful follower.
I am enjoying the book so I am off to visit her again.
We have a couple people in our little town who write books. So they are sent
advanced copies and sometimes  if I am lucky I get to snag a good one.

I also picked up this one thinking I could enlarge some of the letters
and use them in rug hooking.

and last but not least I have some sauce to make oh boy. All of my tomatoes
turned at the same time.
Have a great weekend everyone. Town wide yard sale on Sat, the next town over.
I may go out for an hour or so but other than that I will be home making sauce.
Someone once asked me what I regarded as the three most important requirements for happiness. My answer was: "A feeling that you have been honest with yourself and those around you; a feeling that you have done the best you could both in your personal life and in your work; and the ability to love others."
Eleanor Roosevelt

Sunday, September 2, 2012

Ta Da Dump Makeover

I found this lamp at the dump it is heavy and has very classic lines but as you can see
it is tough shape. The base has a bit of rust, the shade is stained and dirty.
I did a bit of sanding, and then many coats of black paint.
I tore the fabric off the shade and started the redo.

The fabric on the shade was a stark white and black I toned it down with a pot of coffee.
I sprayed many coats of black. Then I wrapped the candles with vintage music sheets.
I just love how it came out. I was so excited to show husband and get it lit. I plugged it in and

was very lucky I wasn't shocked. this had a control on the cord.
someone took it out and left the wires. The up side to this is just under the base everything is
wire nut so husband will have no problem rewiring. Moral of the story check the cord out first!

I purchased 2 things this weekend a stack of pop up books for Miss B.
and this sweet tablecloth.I think that this was done with fabric paint but
it was a great job and it has no stains.
I will use it on my porch I do use tablecloths and place mats.
Also at the dump I found a great book of  positive quotes.
so I will go between quotes and good manners.
I hope you are all enjoying the last grand weekend of summer!
The best part of our lives we pass in counting on what is to come.
William Hazlitt