Thursday, May 21, 2015

Arrival of My Arch Nemesis!!!

This evening I happened to look out my kitchen window, while getting a much needed glass of water (Just Dance with my daughter), and guess who has shown up?

Paulie the Groundhog!

Heading to the shed when he hears my snarl of dismay!

And pops right out the other side to much some weeds. 

With peals of laughter, my family declares, "Let the Games Begin!"

If you click the groundhog label, you will be able to see him when he first showed up with two other siblings. They didn't stick around for long, but Paulie loves it here.
A groundhogs life span is 6 to 8 years, but ones as well fed as ours can live 14 years. He loves sweet potatoes and bok choy. The bok choy is already in (he must have smelled it) and Hubby said we will go find him some sweet potato vines this weekend. Nothing like planting the garden for EVERYONE!

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Morning Baking

A little aromatherapy this morning with a basic Apple Coffee Cake.  I added a pinch of cinnamon, ground cloves, and nutmeg to the batter and some rolled oats to the topping.  This is a great starter recipe that happily takes all the experimenting you can think up.

Happy Tuesday!

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Good Morning, Mushrooms!

This cute little mushroom village greeted me this morning, from my kitchen window. 
I just had to snap a pic!

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Saturday Dinner

A beautiful 4.78 lb. pork shoulder roast from Schuman's Meats. I'm trying a Red Fork brand cooking sauce they had on a shelf. It smells marvelous! 

This easy dinner will give me more time in the garden today.

Have a fantastic weekend!

Sunday, April 19, 2015


Tilled and planted! I was just too tired to take pictures yesterday, so here's the garden in early morning. Pole beans, eggplant, broccoli, cabbage, bok choy, tomatoes, bell pepper, cantaloupe, and zucchini. I might plant spinach in a couple days when it stops raining.

I also planted a few herbs in containers and Hubby wanted to try strawberries again. The squirrels enjoyed them immensely last time we tried to grow them.

The blueberries managed to survive the winter and the squirrels digging around them, so hopefully we will see a few berries this year. the electric company cut down our pine trees and I think the blueberries will benefit from it.

Now that I have the outside well on it's way, back to the crochet hooks.

Happy Spring!

Friday, April 10, 2015

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Finished in time!

While waiting in the dentist office, I was swatching a stitch pattern. The office manager smiled and said, "That would make a cute baby blanket!", as she rubbed her extending tummy. I presented it to her the next Monday. She is due in just a few weeks.

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Bible Blanket (update)

After a couple intense books ( Genesis, Exodus) and an intense Ohio winter, I am happy to have 24 rows finished.  This has turned out to be an exercise in patience.  I have more of a sense of empathy for the long journey without seeing a light at the end of the tunnel.  It was difficult to read what sometimes comes off as chaotic stereo instructions, but as I hunkered down and stuck with it, I realized God had to be very specific because these people had strayed so far from his instructions.  It really was like having young children.  

Blogging through bible with GMG button

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Bible Blanket (Book of Esther)

I wanted a tangible record of my accountability while I read through the Bible with Good Morning Girls. Marking each book read on a sheet of paper is fun and all, but easily mislaid and pushed aside. A large basket of yarn needing my attention kills two birds with one stone as I work on my personal Proverbs 31 Woman life change. I am "wasting not" any of the yarns and fabrics Hubby let's me buy. What better way to see and show my commitment to reading the bible each day than to make an afghan with my yarn (hoard) stash. As we finish a book, I will add two rows to the blanket. It will be a fun way to see how far I am getting in this goal, and will be warm on my lap by time the temperature drops here in central Ohio.


Wednesday, June 11, 2014

No Coffee Cans!

While Hubby was away a couple weeks ago, I spray painted a half dozen coffee cans to plant flowers in for the deck.

"No way are you making the deck look like a recycling hippie heaven!", mutters Hubby. So, he took me out to buy new pots, flowers, soil, and enough mulch to finish my blueberry bed.

Thanks, Hubby, it does look better than the coffee cans.

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Visions of May

As days are getting longer, so have my lists of things to do. We have started this season with the attitude of "Get rid of it, Fix it, Use it" for everything in our house. It is going to be a long process, but it has begun with 10 garbage bags of clothes and linens being dropped of to Volunteers of America. They are close, convenient and my favorite local thrift store. (Hubby told us we can't buy back our things if we see them there...LOL) We have cleaned out about half of the garage and Hubby even suggested painting it one color instead of the 4 random colors it is now. I think he may be getting into the groove of this project! My garden is going by the wayside this year for a few reasons, give the soil a break and let it rejuvenate itself, my time is being utilized in other places around our home, and the major one is a badminton net was found in a closet corner and magically appeared in the middle of the garden outline while I was at the grocery one Saturday morning. One other part of my summer will be having an informal Bible and book study from here with the young women that like to come over and hang out with my daughter. 
So, with no further ado, here are some visions of my last month or so...  

Spray painting is good for the soul...

Volunteer lettuce, randomly poking it's head out...  

 More spray painting, I really love spray paint!

 Moved the blueberries and made them a nice new bed...

 Homemade weedkiller working after just 3 hours!

 Our first outside dinner of the season...

 Grilled pineapple on charcoal is the best!

 Smooth homemade pasta sauce courtesy of my new blender... 

 2 lap blankets finished...

 A backyard waiting for fun!

Blessings and Happy June!

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Cheap Yoga Mat=Happy Hubby

When I gave Hubby my yoga mat to use on the kitchen floor, little did I know he would love it! He now has his own for home improvement projects and working on motorcycles in the garage. He says it is the best 20 bucks I ever spent! I even got a nice new faucet installed without any grumbling!

Happy Spring!

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Warm Ears

I cut the neck from a turtleneck sweater, sewed around the edge to keep it from unraveling, and pinned a hair flower to it. 

Instant fashion!

Dishcloths, Dishcloths, Dishcloths Everywhere!

What to do when everyone is sick (including me) and I have lots of time on my hands? 
Crochet dishcloths!

I found this site for lots of different dishcloths and they are fun and fast to work up.  I will have lots of new and pretty dishcloths for myself.  I was thinking of making kitchen gift baskets for Christmas and this will be an easy part of getting them put together.

Plenty of yarn waiting to become something beautiful!

Happy Thanksgiving!