Thursday, September 13, 2012

Only 3 days of vacation left

In the last two days, I've cleaned house, done laundry, made 2 dozen Halloween cards and enough embellishments to make a dozen more, finished reading one book and then finished the second half of another and helped my friend, Wanda, to make a blank book. Oh, and I played a few songs on the piano. Only three more days of vacation left. I think tomorrow I may try to be more productive. I don't want to spend the entire vacation lazing around.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012


Vacation is half over and it's been fun. Low-key, but fun. Last weekend was Comic Con, which wasn't so low-key, but since then, I've spent every day in the craft studio. I made books on Sunday and then visited with the missionaries. (That's one downside to working with the garage door opened, you can't pretend you're not home if you aren't in the mood for visitors.)

Monday I made half a dozen necklaces and yesterday I made a couple more and fixed the eyeglass holder one of my mom's students asked me to restring a year ago. Mom and Dad stopped by for crepes (yes I am obsessed) and to pick up the coral necklace I restrung for her. After I went to see Spiderman I came home and made a couple of bookmarks.

Today I'm going to get the house clean before I go back into the studio. If I go back into the studio. I may spend the day making music or putting a puzzle together. Making crafts is beginning to feel like work, and that's not what this vacation is about.

Sunday, April 1, 2012

Landscaping Makeover

Some before and after pictures of my landscaping makeover. Thank you Mike of Early Bird Home Services!

Berry Patch Before:

Berry Patch After:

Daffodils Before:

Daffodils After:

Flower Garden Before:

Flower Garden After:

Front of House Before:

Front of House After:

Garage Before:

Gazebo Before:

Gazebo After:

Side Bush Before:

Side Bush After:

Side Yard Before:

Side Yard After:

Swing and Fenceline Before:

Swing After:

Fenceline After:

Tulips Before:

Tulips After:

Wood Floor Before:

Wood Floor After:

Saturday, March 31, 2012

Yardwork is for the Birds!

My friend, Mike, of Early Bird Home Services,got here about 9 this morning and we worked until 5, digging, raking, hauling, planting, toting, barging, something or other all day long. It was exhausting, and I don't know how he does it. We (and when I say we, I really mean he) dug up weeds and planted flowers. We cut down grass that towered well over 8 feet in the air (yes, really). It's a good thing he was there, because I am not a gardener and I don't know a weed from a pansy.  The only time during the entire day when I knew what I was doing was when I left to go buy lunch at Chik-Fil-A.

We didn't quite finish today because it wasn't going as quickly as we had hoped. I tried to bring in extra help, but didn't have any luck.  Poor Mike was stuck with just me to keep him company. Luckily, I may not know what I'm doing, but I work cheap.

I'm really glad I had Mike's help with the yard and garden and it is going to be so much prettier out there when it's done. I won't be able to stand up straight to see it, but I'm sure it will be lovely.  Thanks, Mike!

Friday, March 30, 2012

5 things I couldn't buy even if I won the lottery

With all of this talk about the 640 million jackpot on tonight's megamillion lottery, I have been thinking about all of the things I would want if I were to win. It's fun to imagine new homes, travel, cloned Harleys and so on. But then I started to think of all of the things I want that I couldn't have even if I won and I'm not sure it matters all that much. Here's my list.
  1. Another 50 years. I know, people are living longer and longer, and maybe I'll live to 100 and beyond, but odds aren't good. Even if I do, how healthy and strong will those years be. I want 50 full, active, healthy years. How many millions would it take to get me those? While we're at it, I don't want any of my loved ones to die and leave me behind, either.
  2. The love of my life. I'm comfortable as a single woman, but that doesn't mean I don't wonder sometimes what life would be like if the right guy came along. Sure, if I had millions, I would probably find a man. But how would I ever be sure he wanted me and not the money. At least now, if I found someone, I would be confident that he loved me for me, not for the balance in my bank account.
  3. Peace. I know it's a cliche, but you know what, I HATE war. I hate that people are killed and left maimed and starving. I hate that children are left without anyone to care for them. With enough money I could help alleviate the suffering, but as long as there is war, there is no end to the need. No amount of lottery winnings can fill that gap.
  4. Beauty. No amount of money would make me beautiful. I am not a good candidate for surgery so there's nothing a good plastic surgeon could do for me and the one thing that 100% of all lottery winners do is gain weight - something I really can't afford to do. Maybe I could hire physical trainers to whip me into shape and personal chefs to prepare healthy meals, but there's only so much that can be done with what God gave me.
  5. Happiness. Talk about cliches - money can't buy happiness, I know. But, it's a cliche for a reason. It's true. If you aren't happy in your circumstances now, you won't be happy as a megamillionaire. I am mostly happy now and I would be mostly happy if I won the lottery. But I would never be blissfully happy. I worry too much. I see things in shades of gray and I find the cloud behind the silver lining. It means that I don't look for money to make me happy, though, so that's a good thing. Not that I'd turn it down, because you never know.
So, that's my list. What about yours?

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Time Travel

Try this. Go to Google Images. Type in the year of your birth. Nothing else. Hit Search. Take in a snapshot of the world as it was when you first arrived. When I tried it, I saw a world I didn't recognize. What's the saying? The past is a foreign country? Something like that. I was surprised to see that Elvis, the Beatles, Barbra Streisand and other entertainment icons were already famous when I was born. I had no idea. The cars look like rocket ships with all of the fins and fenders and the offices look so barren without computers. So, what does your year look like?