Saturday, December 26, 2015

Christmas Day

We had a wonderful Christmas day here. I didn't take as many pictures as I should have, but here are a few.

Mom made shark slippers for Emily...

It was so nice to have the whole family together. Thanks everyone for making it a great day! :0)

Thursday, December 24, 2015

Merry Christmas!

Wishing all my family and friends a Merry Christmas! :0)

Sunday, December 13, 2015

Sewing Santa

I had a lovely surprise in my mail the other day. My good friend Lynn from Painting Thyme Needfuls sent me this beautiful sewing Santa that she painted. He's wonderful and has definitely brightened up my Christmas! Thank you so much Lynn! :0)

Sunday, November 29, 2015

Christmas is coming...

...whether we're ready or not! LOL I got our Christmas tree decorated today. And then I went to Brian's and helped decorate their tree too. This is Brian's tree...

And here is ours...

And just a few of my favorite ornaments...

Now I need to start wrapping the presents I've bought so I can get them under the tree! :0)

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

I'm going to miss this

So a LOT has been going on in our lives here the past month or so. I won't bore you with all the details, but the bottom line is I'm getting a divorce and will be selling the house. I'm definitely going to miss my new porch and my new shutters and my new roof. But those will also be great selling features once we can list the house. We've lived here for over 15 years, the kids grew up here (it's the only home they remember living in). But at the same time, Emily and I are ready for a new start. So while it's definitely the end of one long chapter in my life, it's also the beginning of a brand new one. And I'm excited about that. :0)

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

November Already?

There's been a LOT going on around here lately. I won't go into all the details, but life has definitely thrown us some curves recently. This is Emily's jack-o-lantern and it perfectly describes how I've been feel for the past week and a half. Thankfully things are beginning to sort themselves out and I do see a light at the end of the tunnel, even if it is a very long tunnel! LOL

We had decided to put a new roof on our house, and we did that this weekend. Here is the before of the old shingles...they've been on the house for 18 years.

And here is the after of the new metal roof. We still have to get the spouting back up but that should be done next weekend. It looks so much better and the new roof will last so much longer than new shingles would have.

A friend of mine posted this on Facebook today, and I thought it was just perfect for me right now. Maybe for some of you too. :0)

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Miscellaneous stuff

Is this not the cutest thing you've ever seen? My neighbors had this on their front step. I love how the mum makes it look like the jack-o-lantern has an afro! LOL

I've been thinking about getting a new bed for the spare room, and I finally took the plunge. And since I've really not been sewing, I went ahead and bought a quilt for the new bed too. I'm really pleased with how it's all come together. Pardon the boxes in the background...I've decided it's time to sort out some things to box up and some to give to goodwill. I just have too much stuff! LOL

I have been working on the t-shirt quilt. I have the blocks all ready to sew together with the sashing and cornerstones, once I'm sure what those are going to be. I need to meet with the friend I'm making the quilt for and then I can move forward with it.

Monday, October 12, 2015

Painting and mulching

I've been busy since my last post. Time flies whether you're having fun or not! LOL I've repainted the spare bedroom and Emily's room. You can't tell in this photo but the walls in the spare room are a lovely tan color now. Emily's room is a darkish gray, but I don't have any photos of it. These are the new curtains I bought for the spare room, and a new bed and comforter should be here this week.

I was out pruning the forsythia a bit today and found a branch with some buds on it. It seems odd, but I've had it happen before.

I've been working some on the flowerbeds, and have the left half of the front flowerbed mulched. There are lots of flowers that will come back up in the spring, but for now it looks pretty bare. I took out our water garden by the deck too, so that's also been leveled out and mulched.

Fall is definitely in the air around here, and on the ground as well. These maple leaves are just the beginning of the colorful leaves we have to look forward to over the next few weeks.

And while I've not been actually sewing, I have been working on a new project for a friend of mine. I'm making a t-shirt quilt for her daughter. This is the first t-shirt quilt I've made, so I'm learning as I go along. I'm ready to attach the t-shirt parts to the fusible now, and then I can cut the blocks to their actual size. Once that's done I'll be adding sashing and cornerstones. I can't wait to see how it comes out. :0)

Sunday, September 20, 2015

A little bit of a facelift

When we bought our house 15 years ago, it had blue shutters and blue porch railings. Earlier this year my son redid the porch and it made the house look so much better that I decided we needed to do something with the shutters. I considered taking them down and painting them, but several of them were falling apart so it just seemed simpler (though more expensive) to buy new ones. They came in this week and today we got the new ones put up. Here's a picture of the one window before...

And after, with the new black board and batten shutters up. I absolutely love how they look!

Here's an old picture of the house with the blue porch...boy did my flowers look good back then! LOL

And here's the front of the house today. I need to work on the flowerbeds yet, but the house itself looks so much better! :0)

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Late Summer Flowers

I planted morning glories three years ago, and they've come back every year since then. They tend to take over the flowerbed, but they're so pretty I have a hard time getting rid of them.

I planted sunflower seeds in pots on the deck this year. The first one has bloomed finally and has already attracted a little butterfly.

I bought two combination planters for on the deck this spring. I like them there because they attract butterflies and hummingbirds. I remembered to fertilize them this summer and they're still looking pretty good.

Still no sewing here. It's been three months now without a stitch. Well, I have done some mending, but I don't think that really counts! LOL

Monday, August 17, 2015

A Day at the Lake

Emily and I went up to Lake Erie to the Marblehead Lighthouse today. It's always so peaceful and relaxing up there. It was cloudy so my pictures aren't very bright. We saw a bald eagle too, but I wasn't able to get a picture of it.

Seagull with a fish...

Toes in the water...

Seagull feather on the beach at the second place we went to...

Monday, August 10, 2015

Some summer reading

I've been doing a lot of reading this summer. I just finished this book tonight and I had to share it with you. This author is amazing, adding twists and turns to her stories in the most amazing ways. I've read some of her other books too, but this one is by far the best one yet. I highly recommend it.

Here's a little bit about it...

When Heather Toulson returns to her parents’ cottage in the English countryside, she uncovers long-hidden secrets about her family history and stumbles onto the truth about a sixty-year-old murder.

Libby, a free spirit who can’t be tamed by her parents, finds solace with her neighbor Oliver, the son of Lord Croft of Ladenbrooke Manor. Libby finds herself pregnant and alone when her father kicks her out and Oliver mysteriously drowns in a nearby river. Though theories spread across the English countryside, no one is ever held responsible for Oliver’s death.

Sixty years later, Heather Toulson, returning to her family’s cottage in the shadows of Ladenbrooke Manor, is filled with mixed emotions. She’s mourning her father’s passing but can’t let go of the anger and resentment over their strained relationship. Adding to her confusion, Heather has an uneasy reunion with her first love, all while sorting through her family’s belongings left behind in the cottage. What she uncovers will change everything she thought she knew about her family’s history.

Award-winning author Melanie Dobson seamlessly weaves the past and present together, fluidly unraveling the decades-old mystery and reveals how the characters are connected in shocking ways. 

Set in a charming world of thatched cottages, lush gardens, and lovely summer evenings, this romantic and historical mystery brings to light the secrets and heartaches that have divided a family for generations.

Thursday, August 6, 2015

Still missing

Well, here it is the first week of August and there's still no sign of my sewing mojo. I went to Amish country the other day, and had no desire at all to go into a quilt shop. I got my copy of Keepsake Quilting in the mail today, and there wasn't a single thing in it that caught my eye. Maybe Emily was right, and my sewing and quilting was just a phase and now it's time to move on to other things. I can't imagine that to be true, but who knows?

This is one of my favorite times of the year in the garden. Once the butterfly bushes bloom, we have lots of butterflies to watch. And of course the hummingbirds love them too.

Sunday, July 26, 2015

More of the same

I'm beginning to wonder if I'll ever sew again. Seriously. The longer I go without sewing, the less interest I have in even sitting at the machine. Well, I did have to fix a seam in the side of Emily's work pants yesterday, but I don't think that counts for anything. LOL Meanwhile the flowers are blooming and the butterflies are loving it. There are actually three butterflies in the first picture, although they're a bit hard to see. If you click on the picture to enlarge it you might find them all.

Monday, July 13, 2015

Never-ending yard work

Still no sewing going on here. It's all I can do to work and keep up with the yard work. It's been a few years since we mulched the flowerbeds. The only one I've gotten done this year is the one by the deck, but it makes it look so much better. The others may have to wait until later this summer or even next year. But still, one done is better than none.

The other day there were several of these butterflies on my purple coneflowers. You can see how badly the Japanese beetles have damaged the coneflowers. They've been wreaking havoc with my yellow rose too. Still, it's lovely to see the butterflies in the garden! :0)

Saturday, July 4, 2015

Hot Air Balloons

Every year a nearby town has a hot air balloon festival on the Fourth of July weekend, and we try to get to at least one of the flights each year. This year I had to go by myself, and while it wasn't as much fun as when one or both of the kids went along, now that they have their own lives, I guess I just have to get used to doing these things on my own. Anyway, it was a beautiful night for them to fly, and I did enjoy it. Here are a few of the pictures I took...

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Cutting up

It's been a busy month here, and I've not done any sewing. But I did finally do some cutting tonight. I've had a fat quarter bundle of "Serenity" for Henry Glass by Heather Mulder Peterson forever, and I've finally decided to make something with some of the fabrics. I love the soft browns and blues in this line, and since I've decided to redo the spare bedroom in these colors, I finally decided to cut them up and make something with them. There are greens in this line too but I'm not using them on this project. I cut nine-inch square blocks to make the most of the fat quarters, and now I have a stack of blocks to lay out tomorrow.

And here's all I had left of those fat quarters...not much waste on this project that's for sure!

And here's the beautiful sunset we had tonight. I just had to share it with you all.