Winding down and away


This summer has been torture. Business has continued to be off and made us face the facts. We can no longer subsidize the freeloaders, so we are closing our store at the end of the month. The landlord doesn’t believe in negotiation and still believes that that this is prime property. NOT. Buyers don’t want to want to pay the landlord’s price for rent, so we can’t sell the business. sigh. We have a lot to do in the next 35 days.

Good news is that, after 2 months vacant, the rental property we own is finally occupied by a very nice family with an adorable 3 year old. Makes me miss our two transplanted cherubs all the more. Two months of painting and cleaning and making sure that there were no traces of lead paint was a challenge… but it was looking good when they  moved in last week. Wish our house looked that good right now. The Loading Dock was a wonderful resource for recycled product that could be used in home repair and maintenance. Cheap truly is beautiful when you have no spending budget.

I had hoped to start Christmas crafts by now, but have only acquired some of the items I needed to get going; now I’m not certain of being able to afford the rest. Oh well.. grand thoughts and plans… and, of course, I will now have to go out and get a job or eating could get a little tense.


Any given day


I am obviously not into the blogging thing so far. I am, however, still into the “make a mess you can’t clean all the way up” formula.

Pinterest is making me crazy with ideas. I can’t focus.

I have acquired felt and tutorials for the needle books, but that’s about as far as I got on that project because the weather got nice. And the kidlinks were back, however briefly. I fixed some rotted wod spots on the house… not the kind of project I was looking to  attend, but necessary.

I found 8 beautiful pallets. 3 have already been attached to the compost are I created. I lined them with that weed cloth… put some dirt in  one of the pockets(then ran out), and stuck some forlorn looking petunias and a fern in the dirt. Mercifully it rained to help them settle in.

I printed out some samples of QR codes on canvas… I had no idea stretcher strips were so hard to find. I sent out one of my stretched and framed creations to the upper NW for an annniversay .. feedback was minimal. Cute, I think, was the word. :~

I found a old drawer front that I cut in half to make 2 doors for the fairy garden. Rounded the tops.. and satined them. Put a framed mirror on one and am deciding what to do with the other. I Made a door frame for the former and painted it purple. Needs sanding and another coat of paint… then some embellishments.. and I can hinge it and attach the assembly to the cherry tree out back. I made a stab at stairs, but think they may have to be reworked… and have but some dirrt and flowers in the disabled wheelbarrow. Coming together.

Have not firmly decided on the porch swing/rocker… I am leaning towards the creation of a replacement swing out of a door we have in the basement, but then there is the bentwood rocker that cries for some red paint. And the china cabinet and buffet… more crying. But now it’s probably me. 🙂

Spring of my discontent


I have had the worst case of hayfever I can ever remember having. After several weeks of coughing, sneezing, sniffling and generally being miserable, I am at the runny nose, occasional sneeze and the rare cough stage. Needless to say little progress has been made on any projects.

On Monday I came home from work to find that my favorite cat in the whole world, had passed in her sleep. She was all stretched out in front of the window.. her favorite sunny spot. We knew it was coming as she’d been growing weaker for some time, but it didn’t make it any easier. She was supposed to be a temporary visitor – 13 years ago my son was between apartments – and gave it the old  ‘ can you watch my two cats for a little bit, til I find a place that allows pets?” Sure.

We already had a dog and a cat. What’s another couple of cats. So, the ‘gran-cats’ moved in. I wanted to like the other cat visitor better – the  little one since she was petite – a black and white tuxedo cat – and beautiful. But she had what looked like vacant spaces where here eyes should have been. She was also pure evil. This one, only about a year old, was a little chunkier… but like a puppy. Eventally, my original cat passed, as did the dog and we were left with the two ‘grans’. It wasn’t that bad.  Big cat (we never did get around to calling her by the name my son gave her) was amazing.  She followed me every where. She slept curled behind my knees at night, she hovered next to me whenever I had one of those blasted migraines, she woke me by gently batting me in the face with her paw. She always used her box. (a bonus compared to the other, evil, sensitive-nosed cat). She did have a penchant for hairballs, but getting the expensive food seemed to help. Oh, and she did like to chew on the plants. She never wanted to escape from inside the house – except when we were sitting on the front porch. She had to be out there with us.

I would have been happy to keep her around forever. Sadly, we couldn’t do that… and now she’s gone. And I am a basket case. I can’t get another cat because we still have psycho cat. This one doesn’t even like herself, much less any other cat. However, she does appear to be suffering from the loss as well. She has been sniffing all of the old sleeping cats for the dearly departed.

I buried my cat near a cherry tree. I had already started landscaping there a few weeks ago – planning to make it a fairy garden.. I have the broken wheel barrow… and several small plants positioned for maximum enjoyment. Now, I can make a marker… and remember her fondly – hopefully the water works will slow down soon… it is not helping my runny nose at all.

Severe Case of Butfirst Disease


I have successfully avoiding getting a whole lotta nothing done as a result of Butfirst Disease. If you are not familiar with the diagnosis, let me explain. I want to work on a really cool idea for mason jar pendant lights in my kitchen. My kitchen is experiencing a year long facelift (I can be very slow when I have to). One of the many ideas I saw on Pinterest was for mason jar pendants. I have an abundance of mason jars for my kefir fermenting, so I figured ‘why not’? I know I have some hanging fixture parts in a box of electrical stuff in the basement.

 Butfirst kicks in when I go to the basement and realize I forgot to put the wet clothes in the dryer and start another load in in the washer. My freezer in the corner of the basement near the washer/dryer, so I also grab some food to get a head start on loading the crock pot. Butfirst – I really need to clean out some old stuff in the freezer. I stack the frozen crock pot goods on the steps and go back over to the corner of the basement where my stash of old electrical stuff is. Butfirst I have to go thru the box – and find the parts for 3 pendants – almost – the mounting plates that cover the connections at the ceiling don’t match – and I only have two, not three. So – butfirst – I have to find another plate… and I have to paint them to match. Butfirst – on Pinterest – I saw a neat idea to make the mason jars look like the old blue jars, with food coloring and white glue. My glue is like taffy, so Butfirst – I have to get some new glue. And another mounting plate.

Last week I found a cover plate at the local Home Depot and glue at the dollar store. I painted the inside of 3 mason jars with white glue tinted with a couple of drops of blue food coloring. I took the light bulbs out of my exising recessed lights and used screw in adaptors(which I had to go out and buy) to turn them into outlets and decided to test the look before committing to mason jar fixtures. I am glad I did. They looked like crap. Too crowded and fussy. I think I will clean up the look of my existing recessed fixtures and stick with them. Fortunately, thewhite(blue) glue dissolves with water, so they were easy to return to normal. The wiring for the pendants will go back in the scrap heap – and the cover late – back to Home Depot. Maybe I will find something else to get into while I am there. Last time I found a brand new Swiffer thing(the brand new starter kit) marked down to $2.79. And the Re-Store for Habitat is nearby – and they ALWAYS have cool stuff.

Butfirst, I have to return library books. And I saw(on Pinterest) a cool recipe for an upside down banana caramel cocotnut cake that looked exceedingly decadent – so I might hit the dollar store for some cheap coconut. Then, of course I have to get up to work by noon today.

Onward and upward. The day is young, I don’t have a headache… and I have places to go – things to do – and plenty of opportunity for some quality Butfirst.  Who knows, maybe they’ll send me an email from the latest Cutting Edge stencil give away at Uncommon Design. Then I will be in serious trouble. 🙂   AND, the grans are in town; they are the ultimate in Butfirst distractions. The very best kind. 🙂

Gumption Loss


I should be standing in front of a self help meeting instead of posting this. I am a Pinterest addict. It as if I suddenly have access to a bazillion beautiful magazines and all of the pictures of all the beautful ideas and projects. It’s time to do triage and prioritize.

The granite didn’t happen. The weather got yucky last week and I did not want to lug it, or cinder blocks around in the rain. I did, however, re-discover Re-Store and the new store they opened in our neck of the woods. I scored a gallon of Minwax stain and  a gallon of poly. Separately, I also found the parts to continue a mason jar hanging pendant lamp(s) project for the kitchen. I have 3 recessed lights that are about to be converted. LOL

My son introduced me to Microsoft OneNote… and the app available for my smart phone. I am putting more of my notes in there… I just wish I was better at it. My typing into the darn thing is abominable.

In the spirit of prioritizing, my first stop this am will be to check out a place my son recommended for new tires. My galavanting will be severely curtailed if I don’t replace my bald eagles soon.


onward and upward:)

Things never go as planned, do they?


I had every intention to acquire some scrap granite pieces Wednesday, but it didn’t happen. Couple of reasons. I didn’t allow enough time to make it happen – went to the Loading Dock, searched for some pretty pieces, but by the time I saw where they kept them now, I was running late to work. Perhaps I can accomplish a ‘do-over’ on Saturday. Or I might just come up with a whole new plan. Maybe I’ll just hunt for pieces that would work as new tops for the radiator covers. Tomorrow is Friday – maybe I’ll make another run at it tomorrow. 🙂 The second reason… and probably the reason I was running late…. exploding head! Better now, but Wed was not fun.

Tomorrow, tomorrow…

Opening arguments


I wanted to sign up for a free stencil contest. Cutting Edge Stencils have the most amazing designs and have been offering some neat gifts on various blogs. In order to enter the aforementioned contest, they wanted me to sign on with a Google ID, or open ID. Well, I didn’t want to use my Googe ID because it is for work, and this is for play. So I decided that I’d go to WordPress and sign on for an ID/blog space. Why not? I’m always making racket about something… and trying to do something on the cheap – after all, cheap is beautiful, free is better. So here I am. First post on a blog that I wrote. Imagine that.