Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Make Do fountain

The gardens are starting to tire out with the signs of Fall arriving.  We had our first frost advisory of the season last night.  It was in the 30's and a bit chilly in the house this morning since I refuse to shut the bedroom windows quite yet.  So as I watch the season change I still like to "update" the gardens.  I say update very loosely since in most cases the updates involve old items.   Anyway, I had a more current fountain in my garden that started to leak this summer.  Sure did take me a while to figure out where all my water went over night.  Id fill it up every morning and it was empty by the next.  There was no visible signs of a leak anywhere, but after another storm the crack finally showed itself.  The water was leaking back inside the fountain.
SO I had this old shower head for the last 5-6 years just waiting to be a fountain.  I needed a wash tub stand, and as luck would have it I found one at a auction this last weekend.  Ive seen them over the years plenty but kinda forgot about my old shower head!
I love the result - the sound is beautiful and it is right outside my sewing room window.   I need more plants now around it since my old fountain had a bigger base and took more ground.
And I must say this is so great!!!!
Time to go stuff more dolls,  a lot more dolls....

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Great friends and fireworks!

Every year our neighborhood gets together for a potluck picnic fireworks!   Our neighbor George celebrates his birthday that weekend and he also has a pyrotechnic license.  He loves putting on one heck of a show for the neighbors.    We have maybe 25 houses in a mile radius at the most so its a small area each with a min of 2 1/2 acre lots.  But we all bring friends and family to watch this show!   Now keep in mind there are less than 100 people that are invited (that includes the non neighbors that attend) and we all bring our lawn chairs, sit in the front yard and watch this - so much fun living out in the country!   The video is the last 34 secs of a show that lasts 20-30 min.   This is his grande finale - not bad for a fireworks display in his front yard!  He does  AMAZING job!  He is licensed and gets all the required permits.   The video is from last year but get to enjoy the get together again in 2 weeks!

Saturday, August 6, 2016

Yet another storm...

We have been hit here again with such bad weather.  I thank the Lord that we have not had this damage at our house, but this is all within 5 miles.   The winds came up so strong, I sat straight up in bed at 3:30 am.   I am ok with storms but winds scare me horribly!   About 10 years ago we had 90 mph straight line winds come down our road.  We lost 5 trees - one on the top of my sons car, making it into a instant taco shape.  I ran down to wake him up to get his sound equipment out and he thought I was playing a joke on him.  I asked him - Have I ever woke you up at 5 am to tell you there is a tree IN your car?  He jumped up right quick and went to save anything he could.  Car was totaled of course. The neighbors lost 23 trees on one side of us and the other over 30. It was a mess!   But the storms in the area last Thursday hit on the same path of a destructive storm just last year.  There was horrible damage July 2015 and yet again Thursday.  The country fair happened to be going on and the grounds were hit.  Thankfully a great group of volunteers were able to get the trees off buildings and patch together the tents so the fair could open just a few hours later than scheduled.

 We also have a amusement park here - Paul Bunyan Land, with Babe the Blue Ox.  Poor old babe could not handle with wind poor guy has a crack in his side and a bent horn.
They were able to get a hoist and put him upright - just looking a bit rough.

Christmas in summer!

Getting ready for market in Oct, means Christmas in Aug.  Im sewing reindeer for Santa to ride! I always have my helper close at hand -
I have become very good at sewing one handed as not to disturb the cat.  Any one else make things more difficult for themselves just so they dont upset a sleeping animal?   I find I wont move so I dont wake the cat - you know he doesnt get enough sleep with his 23 hour sleep schedule.

Here are some pictures of my work load.   It just hurts my hands doing all that stuffing!
 Above and all ready for paint.  Below are ones I had to stitch the legs on.

Thursday, July 28, 2016


We also spent the day at Sturbridge Village.   It was a beautiful day and got there right when they opened to beat the school kids on their class trips.   Just about made it thru the entire village before the kids were everywhere!   If I didnt know better I would have thought we were at a amusement park.  But I remember the silliness of being a kid on a class trip - even though it was a long time ago. 

 This little house was so cute but dang tiny house living would be interesting!  But back in the day this would have been quite nice.  Now everything has to be bigger and bigger.  Im ready to downsize but not to this extreme. 

 The little kid hole in the outhouse made us laugh.  But I guess it is practical. 

 Got to have chickens - I just smile at their antics.

 The landscape is so lush.   Unlike here there are vines growing on everything!

 I love this sink!

 Look at these wide floors.  And all the years and years of use the knots are actually raised up.

If you ever get the chance to go, do so.  I enjoyed the peaceful walk thru every building and the beauty of the landscape.