Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Terry Got a New Toy

Can you see his mustache flying?

John Deere says to cut in high gear!

We won't have to ask Ky twice to cut the grass!!

Sunday, August 29, 2010

I Got A Rep To Protect!!

Just to give you a little background here, let me tell you something I LOVE to do.
Years ago, when I did a lot of cake decorating, when someone at work had a birthday or other special occasion, I used to make them a cake that was symbolic of what they liked.  A pool for the swimmer, a sunny beach for the sun worshiper...you get the idea.  That all got to be too time consuming.

But it did evolve into something else that is tons of fun.  The ower and President, John, looks forward to it.  Is even disappointed if I don't come through.  Once when he went on vacation, our plant supervisor brought his 2 year old son into the office.  We took all kinds of pictures of him then posted them on a board with cute captions...you know like because the boss likes to leave early,  one caption said something about gotta run to beat the 2:30  traffic.  Another time I got that fake cobweb stuff and covered his door.  You get the idea.  We have a relatively new plant manager, CJ, who just happens to be John's son-in-law. Last week he went on vacation with his father to Canada.  CJ's father was going bear hunting, but CJ swore to me HE was only going to fish.

Everyone knows I love animals. Since deer around here are totally over-populated I can ALMOST understand deer hunting season.  But Bear!  No Way!!  Well I just couldn't let this one go by.

CJ had to be initiated into my Hall Of Fame.

I gathered my favorite bear.

Found a few militia type guns.  Very high power!

Dressed him to the nines!

Gave him the warning!!

I think he'll get the message!!

Saturday, August 21, 2010

What is YOUR Creative Style?

I was surfing around the blogs and came across a link to this site. 
The answer I got was pretty interesting to me because it was pretty much right on the money.
Check it out, if you want to see if its right about you.


Creativity gives you insight

You feel that creativity provides insight into your own being. In fact, it is like therapy for you, enabling you to get to know yourself better. You seem to be looking for a way into the mysteries of the subconscious. It’s not really self-expression you are seeking, but rather the tools of self-expression: discovering what your creation will reveal about yourself. Art helps you reflect on, analyse and expand your personality. You long to be creative, and it’s not just because you need to deal with your emotions. It’s the tension between contradictions, and the need to resolve doubt that drives you to be creative. Painting pictures, decorating rooms, arranging shells in the sand — these are all creative processes that allow your introspection to roam. You can trace your life through the different ways you have exercised your creativity. For you, art is there to make sense of life. You are more attracted to artistic activities that demand reflection, planning and solitude, and the personal discoveries you make often provide answers for others, too. 

Tuesday, August 17, 2010


He saved his money.
We saved ours.
His mom gave the rest.
We found  a car.

He's not driving, yet.


Wednesday, August 11, 2010

What Will My Legacy Be

When I look like this, will anyone remember that I did needlework?

On Tuesdays, my friend Lynn posts about Tuscarora beading.

This morning when I read her post, it got me to thinking about handwork that has been done and passed down over the years.  Beading, needleart, patchwork.  Some pieces have been saved for hundreds of years.

I have some of my mother's embroidered  and crocheted pieces. I have my grandmother's crocheted doilies.

Will anyone see the value of my work and want to save it and keep it safe?  Will they even admire it?

It saddens me that my daughter has no interest at all to learn how to do the needlearts.  I am more than willing to teach her.  She didn't have any interest when she was small either.

How will I be remembered
When I am gone from this earth
Will they think of me with love
Will they know how much I loved this earth
Will they speak of my garden, birds, squirrels and frogs
When they talk about me.
Will they recount that I was bold and out-spoken
But could be gentle and kind too.
Will they know that I will be here in spirit
To always hear what they say?

Monday, August 9, 2010

Big Flowers

My garden and yard is full of Rose of Sharon.  I have several varieties in all the common shades.  I have double flower bushes too. Rose of Sharon are in the Hibiscus family.  I have  Hibiscus in Fuchsia.

I can't remember where or when I bought this bush. I think it was last year or the year before.  This is the first year that it flowered.  The leaves are purple.  Believe me, if I knew the flowers were going to be this huge and this gorgeous and this color I would have broke the bank to load up.

Sunday, August 8, 2010

My Back Hurts When I Do The Dishes

He mentioned to me that his back hurts when he does dishes.
I thought, yeah right, though it was out of character for him to complain about work.
The other night, he called his brother to the kitchen.
I heard dish water running.
Peeking in, I saw him hunched over the sink.
He is 15 and 6'3".
Later I looked in. 
I wish I had taken a picture.
 He was kneeling at the sink.
  On his knees, he stands about as tall as me when I'm standing.
So I got my stool.
Folded a bath towel on it
So he could be comfortable.

Saturday, August 7, 2010

39 TODAY!!

No, I am NOT 39 today.  Well, in a sense I am because I had my 39th birthday quite a few years ago.  But I HAVE been MARRIED 39 years today. 

Every day I look for inspiration from the Universe.  Today, my inspiration, my gratitude, my positive energy....comes from US!!

I can honestly say that I have had far far more better days than bad because I am married to this guy.

If it is true that there is one person on this earth that we were meant to be with, I thank the heavens that we found each other.

Taking a rest after yard work.

A quiet moment with Ky.

Guy talk with Corey.

I wanted a quiet place.  I wanted a place to attract the birds.  I wanted frogs.  He built me a pond.

I wanted more light in the living room.  He put in two patio doors. Then he built a porch.

As long as I have him.  I have everything I need.

Happy Anniversary, Terry.  I love you more than Dino.

PS to my readers.  Dino was my most beloved ever dog.  When the boys were growing up, I used to tell them that I love them more than Dino.  When I said THAT, they REALLY knew they were loved!  Its been my saying ever since.

Wednesday, August 4, 2010



Here is the second installment of my pages in transition. I have to say that I like these two pages, in certain ways,  better than any others I have done.  I was never really comfortable encrusting entire pages with beads.  I think in the future I will feel at ease incorporating more and more threadwork into my pages.

I started by thinking about how I would color the back ground.  I wanted to use chalks, but for the life of me, I cannot find my chalks.  So, I used crayon, then heat set it.  It was OK, but not quite the effect I wanted.

I don't know much about stamping on fabric.  I love the saying on this stamp and decided I wanted to use it on this page.  Stamping on wool felt didn't work too well for me.  After the page was stitched and beaded, I had to tackle the fact that the stamped words had faded.  I tried stamping on other material but didn't like the look on the page.  So, I restamped a piece of felt.  Tested textile medium on a stamped scrap and proceeded to glue the new stamped piece to the page and secured it with stitching.  I'm still not too happy with the way the stamping looks, but after all its a learning experience.

I love these two newest pages.  I'm not totally sure why.  Maybe their 3 x 3 size.  Probably the mix of thread stitching with the addition of beads.  Its likely the fact that I am trying new things has a lot to do with it, even if it is in a small way.

Monday, August 2, 2010

Do You Know Lisa?

No, this is not Lisa. But we both like squirrels so I just posted a pic of this little guy on my roof.

Lisa is one of my favorite cyber friends.  I met her a little over a year ago.  She is THE most amazing bead artist.  This is a link to one of her  recent posts.

She made the most amazing and creative gift for another bead artist we know. The thought and time that Lisa spent creating this gift is just an example of how wonderful she is.

I hope we always stay in touch.