Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Trash to Treasure Tuesday

Okay, so I am a bit unprepared for Trash to
Treasure Tuesday! Why you are
wondering, well…for one, I forgot to
get the pictures together until late
last night right at time that I was
heading to bed. So at that point I also
wrote up a quick piece to go along with
my pictures but I needed to edit it. So,
instead of posting it to my blog, I sent it
to work, via email and figured I would do
it first thing this morning before work got

Since I don’t have that to post, gosh I
wonder what went wrong. Either I think
I clicked on send or it is floating around
somewhere in cyberspace. Then again
sometimes emails will get held up in the
hopper of our email provider, scanning,
checking for spam and things like that
for a bit…but I really expected it to be
here this morning. Oops!

So instead of doing my regular Trash to
Treasures Tuesday I am going to refer to
a blog I have been following and one that
I just love. The thought and ideas that I
have learned and that have come to me
in the past week or so since I started to
follow this blog makes me want to leave
my job and start a little business! Check
it out for yourself at http://myrepurposedlife.blogspot.com/2009/09/photo-holder-tutorial-and-giveaway.html

It also don’t hurt that by posting her link
in my blog I will be in the running for
one of her neat little give a ways! Wow…..
those are so neat. But even don’t win one,
I will still be following this blog for a long
time to come. She has some creative ideas
and like I said, I have picked up some great
ones myself. So go back and check her out.

Thanks for stopping in and please leave
a comment,

Monday, September 28, 2009

Another Caleb/Nana Project

Last week I posted a blog on Trash to
Treasure Tuesday about the little
lamp I got at a yard sale that was
made out of a mason jar with crayons
in it. I went to dump the crayons since
Caleb has enough of those at the house
and really don’t care much for coloring
anyway when the recycling person in
me came out once again. I owe that to
my brother Mark who through the
years has instilled that quality in me.

What should I do with those older,
fat crayons? One thought came to
mind. As children we use to melt them
down over a glass jar to make a candle
holder or a vase. I knew Caleb had
never done this so I figured I would
save those crayons for when he was
at the house and we could make that
our next Caleb/Nana project.

Jar? I really didn’t have one to use
but I remembered an empty wine
bottle I had saved for the purpose
of using it to paint on and make a
candle holder or something. That
would work perfect. I used a large
plastic empty coffee container to
sit the bottle down in and as I held
the lighter near the bottle, Caleb
melted the crayons down the side
after we had removed the paper
around them. He had a blast with
doing this.

What should we do with it now?
He did not need a vase or a candle
holder in his room so my thoughts
were for him to just sit it on his
dresser to look at, to show his friends
what he had made, but Caleb had another
idea. Way to go Caleb for thinking
outside the box (or bottle), he
wanted to fill it with color sand like
we had done with glass decorative
jars for his Mother and Great
Grandmother before. Hey, why
not. So upstairs to the craft room
we went. I tilted the bottle while he
picked the colors and decided how
much of each to pour and he did the
pouring. The bottle was green so it
altered the color of the sand that we
put in but that was okay, he thought
that was neat too.

The peaks and valleys of the color sand
inside the bottle that once held red
wine was complete except for how to
close it off to keep the sand in. I could
just cover the opening with wax from a
candle but then I remembered that I
put the cork for this bottle in the kitchen
window sill. Bingo…there was my answer.
I gently pushed it into place so not to
mess up Caleb’s color crayon was
drippings and then we sealed it with
more wax from a candle.

Now our project was complete for sure.
I asked him did he want to take it home
the next day when he went to display in
his room but he wanted to leave it in
his room at Nana’s house. So we took
it back upstairs to his room and he
proudly put it on his dresser. I love it
because he loves doing projects with
his Nana.

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Sunday, September 27, 2009

Chiropractor verses Medical Doctor

How many of you out there have had dealings with
a Chiropractor? Back issues, shoulders, knees...etc?

Years, and years ago in my early 20's (that would be
20 something years ago) I saw one for a short while.
After I felt better, I stopped.

Again in my early 30's I saw one for awhile, only to
start feeling better and stop. One issue I had with them
was that it was a continuing thing. Something that you
have to keep coming for to keep things in working order,
or at most, several upon several visits to get you feeling

I guess when I was younger I thought things should be
simpler and it should be a lot easlier of a fix. Funny
how we think when we are younger. Now in my past
the Chiro's I saw normally just did the xray, saw the
problem and adjusted for that issue. But like I stated, it
was not something that could be done over night and
you had to go several times a week for weeks to do this

In the early years I had heard Chiro's called Back Crackers,
Quacks, they were not medical doctors...etc. I remember
where most doctors did not even like to refer you to one.
Last time my back messed up, 10 or so years ago, I was
sent to an orthopedic doctor where I was given pain meds
and anti inflammitory meds and put out of work for three
weeks. So even then, an orthopedic doctor was referred over
a chiropractor.

I have an on going back issue, discovered while in high school.
I was told by one doctor that it was the type of injury you
would find in a football player and one told me I would be in a
wheel chair later in life. What it basically amounts to is the
L4- L5 slip out of line. When they do this and you take an
xray from the side view you see a stair step affect. I
understand that is not a good thing (lol).

What was never explained to me by a medical doctor or
the other Chiro's I saw in the past is the damage this
does to your nerves that lead to the spine that effect and
goes out to every part of your body. And me being
young and dumb never thought of it. You see, when I
was told I would be in a wheel chair (he was off base bad)
if I did not take care of it, I figured I needed to do all I
could while I could.

I have never been one to wait on anyone to move anything,
to wait on help or to ask for it. I have learned this past yr.
with my health issues that I have been given NO choice.
Between the sleep apnea and now the back, I have had to
ask for that much needed help. I have learned the hard way.

But in my finding, thanks to the doctor a great Chriopractor,
I seem to be on the road to fixing things I did not know they
could help with. Things that my medical doctor would
send me to a specialist for and have me put on a drug

Not only can this DOCTOR help with the back by putting
it back in line, he will be able to help put space between the
L4 and L5 where the disc is about gone and give what is left
more room to expand. He will be able to stop what is pinching
the nerves, the muscles spasms, the leg numbness and the
tingling in the toes. But in my first visit I also found that they
could help with my migraines to ween me off the preventative
migraine meds I have been on since 2005. And it does not
stop there, with the adjustments, and a change in eating
that he recommended that cuts out food that helps
inflammation enter the body, I should be able to lose
the weight that I have been fighting to lose and could
not know matter what I tried (let me note also here, that
I talked with my medical doctor about this and tried to
explain to him there was more to it then just dieting,
something was preventing my body from allowing me
to lose, his reply "you are going to have to find a diet that
works for you or you are in trouble"!)!! No offers to help...
he is NO longer my doctor. Okay...back to what this
DOCTOR can do, and he will be able in the long run by
doing adjustments around the nerves that are being effected
to help with the IBS that I developed a couple of years ago
(that I was also given a drug for).

Before I had started with this Chiropractor, I had decided
to give it one more hard good try to lose weight before
seeing my new medical doctor, this was before I messed the
back up again. I cut sugar, flour, starches, things like that
out of my system (even Weight Watchers allows rice and
potato's in their diet). In two weeks I did manage to drop
6 lbs. The the change in eating plan the Chiro gave me allowed
me to drop another 3 lbs from Monday to Friday. I am not
only feeling good about what they are going to do for me about
what they are already showing me in this area.

Not only that, I have had an added extra bonus I was not expecting,
I am sleeping better. With the number change and 3 mask changes
at the first of the year with my sleep apnea, I was still waking tired,
still sleepy during the day, still no energy. The first week with the
Chiro, I am waking not tired, not sleepy during the day and doing
more at night, having more energy.

So now I have to ask........Chiropractor or Medical Doctor?
We will see in the long run. I have changed my whole
way of eating, fruits and veggies, mostly organic. I am
sleeping better, I have been told they can help with the
back for the pain, the line it up, the hip, the nerves, the toes,
the legs, the digestive system and my migraines. It is going
to require 3 visits a week for 4 weeks then 2 visits for 3 weeks
then I will come once a month, or when I feel the need. I have
been given exercise to help keep the muscles stretched and
strong. I already feel like a different person, in 2 months...
the world should be mine.

I will continue to blog about this and my weight loss, not
for anyone that happens to read this, but for me. I weigh
more then I ever have in my life. But the putting on 40 lbs
three years ago over night due to the sleep apnea was
hard...I hope to kick this and not let all this crap kick me.
Come back on Sunday's and view my blog and see where
I am and how I am doing.

Thanks for stopping in.

Saturday, September 26, 2009

The Ghost With The Most

When my kids were younger I decorated for all
the season's. In doors and out. Over the years
as they grew and they got older, I got older!
Somewhere along the line I stopped putting
as much out here and there for this holiday

and that holiday and along the line I got rid of things.

As I have been surfing other blogs I have seen
where everyone has started to decorate for fall
and for the Halloween season. It started to put
me in the mood, so Friday before leaving work
I put my things out around the office. But as I
went to look for my Halloween things to decorate
with this year at home I realized that I did not
have that much stuff anymore.

I guess I really need to get busy and start making
somethings to decorate with at least to bring in the
fall season but with the planning of Octoberfest,
photo shoots of class seniors ( I do part time photography),
trying to get my back issue back in working order (slowly)
and work, I am not sure that I will get much done this year.

The sun did shine some today (12 days of rain) and I
did manage to get out and put my ghost in the trees.
I made these ghost, thanks to a friend, Phil Ware,
giving me the pattern several years ago. I have been
using them long enought that they have been spray
painted twice, maybe three times.

I cut them out of thin 1/4 inch ply board with a jig saw,
spray painted and drilled a hole in the top of each
one to hang them by fishing line. The fishing line
allows them to hang from the tree but also to
dance in the breeze. It makes for a ghost entrance
to the front yard.

Yes, that is a black wooden bat hanging in front of that
ghost! There are a couple of them also.

Thanks for stopping by. Enjoy.

Friday, September 25, 2009

Crossed Wires?

Two days ago as I was leaving the
office my cell phone rang. I was
unable to get it but when I got in
the car I returned the call. It was
from my friend, Nancy from Ohio.
She apparently was not able to get
to my call also so I left a message.

As I was driving home I heard my cell
beep, like I had a message. I checked
it and sure enough I did. Upon listening
to that message, from Nancy I realized
that she had just called back but I
could not understand how I had not
heard it ring, you see, I have my
ringer up loud and it plays “Does
your Momma Know”! How could
I miss that?

During my conversation with Nancy,
still on the drive home, I explained
that I had been having a few minor
issues with my home from time to
time. Usually nothing more then it
telling me to insert the sim card or
smart card, when its already inserted
or going straight to voice without
ringing. But I admitted that maybe
since the phone was an antique that
maybe it was time I got a new one,
you see, I was probably the last
person on earth to get a cell, saying
I would never have one…now I can’t
live without it! Go figure. But I got
this phone, three and a half years
ago and I still am operating on the
same battery. I think that is pretty
good. Charge it once every other
day and I never turn it off.

Okay, as normal I ventured off the
regular story, what’s new there?

I was talking to Nancy, as I drove
home, carrying on the conversation
about my antique phone when it
went dead. Yes, it did. I tried to call
her back but just as it would ring,
she would call in. I tried to switch
over to her call only to find the line
dead. This went on a couple of times
but finally I got my call to go through
without her calling in, only to get a
complete stranger. Now to make
matters worse, that conversation
would only last a couple of words
before the line would go dead again.
Little did I know that each time
Nancy tried to call me (it would
show up on my phone she was
calling) the line would be answered
by yet another complete stranger!
Oh yes, this was getting confusing,
yet interesting.

The whole time I am thinking this
is my phone. I was to meet my Mom
at Big Lots and I walk into the story
with a confused look on my face and
the back off my phone while I rearrange
and shake the battery (okay, I was
hoping it was like a toner cartridge
on a printer..shake it and it works
better). At this point Mom tells me
that my sister in law called her
earlier looking for my brother, she
sounded strange. Later she called
back, she was concerned cause she
could not find Mark but a woman
answered his cell. No, Kim did not
think the worst, she thought maybe
someone stole his phone or he lost it.

Something clicked then and I asked
Mom did Mark have a AT&T phone
at which she did not know. But how
could it be AT&T…no it still had to
be my phone. As we walked through
the store to the back, my cell rings.
My other sister in law, Lori is
calling me. I answer and no one
is there. Now I am getting a bit
ticked when a clerk ask me did
I have AT&T. Said that had happened
to her all day. Can’t call out because
she would get strangers and people
calling her got strangers….how strange!

BINGO! Not my phone.

About 2 hours later things seem to
be worked out and back to normal.
My other brother Ray, who has an
Iphone, had no problem. A woman
at work who has an Iphone, had no
problem. Who knows.

I thought all was well on the way to
work the next morning talking to my
friend Debbie (I do my best talking
and thinking while driving) when
the phone died. Yes, here we go
again. I tried to call back, no such
luck, I did not get a stranger but
the call did not go through. She
called 4 times and finally that 4th
time got me back.

So I ask, what’s up with AT&T? I
have had my issues with them
before, mainly billing and customer
service, have they gotten to big for
their pants?
Check out that post…

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have a great day.
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Monday, September 21, 2009

Trash to Treasure Tuesday

One day a few weeks ago I showed this item that I
had gotten at Goodwill on my Trash to Treasure Tuesday.

This past Saturday I was at the local animal shelter fund
raiser and I ran across another one that was almost like
my first. I had to get it. I paid $1.50 for this one. They
both look so cute on my porch.

Also, I picked up this Christmas wire basket type thing. I
love it. It will make a perfect basket for gift giving for
Christmas. I found this one at the local animal
shelter fund raiser also. This one also cost me $1.50.

From there Mom and I stopped at a couple of yard sales.
I found this cute lamp. I was not to crazy about the
shade but the old mason jar and lid was really neat.
The crayons will go and I will replace them with marbles
maybe and I will also replace the shade. This will look
so cute on the counter in my kitchen. Works great,
I gave a whole 75 cents for this item.

Now, to show you a couple of pieces that I picked
up several years ago at a senior citizen home
fund raiser. I was walking around, up and
down the tables looking things over when I
noticed this bowl. It just grabbed my attention.
I thought it was really pretty and it was only $1.00.
As I walked around looking for other stuff I happened
to see a woman carrying a large platter type plate
that was the same pattern as the bowl I had. I asked
the woman where she found it, hoping there were
more pieces but there was not. I was about to ask
her if she wanted the bowl to go with the plate when
she asked me! Of course I wanted it. So I got both
pieces for a total of $2.00. I have tried to look them
up on the internet and have been unable to find
anything on them. The plate stands on the top of
my secretary in the living room and the bowl as fake
fruit in it and sits in the bottom of a stand in the kitchen.

Bottom of the bowl and plates


The last trash to treasure items I am going to show
are some more items that my brother made. I
showed some a few weeks back but these are
some other ones. Mark makes these out of metal,
screws, and other things he has laying around. I
love the spring dog. I love his talent and his sight
with making these things

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Dakota-Tricks- Video

My daughter thought my grandson needed
a dog a couple of years ago. That lasted
about six months or so then they moved
and were not allowed to have pets. It
was not that big of deal cause Dakota
(dog) and Caleb (grandson) had not
really bonded. When I say not really
bonded I mean Caleb being a boy, bored,
not many kids around to play with, he
tormented that poor puppy. Not hurting
Dakota but doing boy things such as chasing
him with remote control cars, chasing him
under beds, growling at him and the poor
puppy just did not care for that, or Caleb.

Anyway, two years ago this past August,
Dakota came to live with me. He was at
that time just six months old. He is a Jack
Russell terrier. Now, the deal was, could I
keep him for a couple of weeks until they
could find him a home…..yeah right. I knew
how that would go, so I started to look for
him a home. After a couple of weeks, he had
started to worm his way into my heart, even
though I stand firm in saying “I did not want
a dog”.

My daughter and grandson had lived with
me for the last 5 plus years and for a year
I had finally had my home to myself again
and I was being selfish and was not wanting
anything I needed to take care of. Dakota
fell in that category. I tried to find him a
home but I seemed to always find something
wrong with the people that wanted him.
So…in January, five months after coming
to live with me…I excepted that he was mine.

To tell you the truth, he is the king of lair
at my home. He goes to my Mom’s everyday
on my way to work to play with her dogs
and stay at Granny’s Doggie Day Care
( that is what I call Mom’s house). But
he has been good company for me. He is
funny, he can be a pain, but I have really
grown to love him.

Dakota is jealous of my computer, my
camera and Caleb. If I am working with
my camera he will jump up and touch
his nose to the bottom body of my camera,
telling me he wants attention. He demands
that often. When at the computer he will
lay at my feet or if he thinks I have been
on to long he will jump up and start
scratching at the back of my chair or my
legs. Then when it comes to Caleb being
at the house, Dakota tolerates him. He
rather him not be there. Dakota will
worm his way between Caleb and I, he
will snap at Caleb when I am not looking
but the biggest thing is he will follow me
around like he is so afraid I will get out of
his sight……and Caleb will get attention he
will not know about.

I have to say that Dakota has been so easy
to teach tricks to. He is very smart. I can
ask does he want to go out and he runs to
the door, I ask if he wants a treat and he
will run around the room and dart to the
kitchen. I can say something about Caleb
and he will run to the window to see if he
is here. But the tricks are the best. I have
never had a dog that was smart enough to
work for a treat!

Dakota can walk on his back legs, he can
dance on them to. He can lay and roll over,
he will kiss me and the cheek if I ask and he
will sit, sit up, shake and high five. If you
ask him to love you he will his head on
your stomach and look at you, or if riding
in the car he will lay his head on you shoulder
and snuggle you neck. But the newest
trick is that he will get a treat on the
count of three. I love it.

Yes….this is the dog I did not want but
so glad I kept.

Check out Dakota's tricks. Video is not the
best, kind of hard when you are trying to
video and do the tricks with the dog too.
Need more light next time also I think

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Saturday, September 19, 2009


Happy Saturday evening all....

For those who know me well know that I love hot

air balloons, The Wizard of Oz and clowns. Maybe

its a child like thing, the colors or the fantasy, I

don't know, but I love these things.

Today there was a fund raiser for the local animal

shelter where my sister in law volunteers. It was

to raise money for the shelter and to try to adopt

out some of the animals.

My sister in law, Lori, had homemade squash relish,

canned tomato's and salsa. Donations were taken for

these items.

There were booths set up all around with lots of

items for sale. It was like a rumage/yard sale type

thing. I picked up a couple of items that I will

probably have this Tuesday on Trash to

Treasure Tuesday so come back then to

see what buys I got.

But today I want to tell you about the gift I

got that came from this sale. My brother, Ray,

was there first thing this morning and as he

was walking around he spotted three pictures

that brought me to mind. Knowing that I love

clowns, he made a donation for these three items

and I just love them.

I had been wondering how to decorate my craft/

art/painting room and now I know. I am going

to paint it a light blue, picking up from these

prints and then I will hang these in that room.

These are just so neat. They are matted and framed in solid strong


I was so touched that my brother saw these and thought of me.

Touched that he wanted to get these for me. Thanks Ray.

I will enjoy them hanging and watching over me as I work in

my special room.
The painting of the clown at the beginning of my blog was
painted by me about 4 yrs ago. I was so pleased with the
way he turned out. It was painted for a friend for Christmas.

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Thursday, September 17, 2009


Ever just have one of those days where
something is said that just sticks in your
mind and hangs with you? A saying, a
phrase, a comment or a statement….

In my office we tend to pick up on those
type of things on a regular basis. For a
while there I was even keeping a weekly
list for the “phrases of the week”! That got
a bit hard cause at the end of the week
when I sent the list out to people, I either
had to remember what the conversation
was that lead up to that phrase and or
comment or I had to explain it to someone
that happen to not be around when it took
place…it was getting harder to do that each
week. And then there were those times with
each comment or phrase that it just was not
as funny unless you were there, you know
the ones I am talking about…the ones where
you busted a gut laughing at but when you
retold it, the impact was just not there!

Today one was said that just seems to be
hanging with me. Deborah in the office
made the statement that the hand sanitizer
she used at the doctor’s office had a strong
smell. She asked could we smell it, and of
course we could not. So she commented
that it was in her nose! Okay, you know
what I am talking about here, when you
smell something and it seems to stick to
the inside of you nose and you can’t shake
it no matter what you do (unless of course
you put VICK’s vapor rub up your nose)!
Well, Deborah proceeded to say that her
“nose had more memory then her mind
had”. Now, that I write it I am sure that
does not appear to be funny to most of
you, but at the time and even now it is to
me…I like that saying and I can relate. I
can relate because usually when you have
that smell that sticks to the inside of your
nose and will not let go, it is usually not a
good smell, know what I mean?

There is another saying that seems to come
up in this office often, one that in the
beginning made my stomach turn. Now,
keep in mind here, I have a cast iron
tummy, not much can make it turn….
but this did for some reason. The saying
is “Hanging in there like a hair on a biscuit”
….now come on, that is just not a vision
I care to be a part of. Nasty. Well, it’s been
said, laughed at, said some more, over and
over again in the last couple of months
(I think because they knew what it did
to me) that I have gotten over it pretty
much. That is a phrase I am sure that
will come back to haunt me time and
time again when I least expect it to,
when I have put my guard down and
my tummy is settled!

Deborah is a woman that lives for big
hair! Yes, you heard me, she has big
hair and wears it proudly! One of her
sayings is “The higher the hair, the
closer to heaven”. Due to this I have
decorated her magnet on our office
board with a pic of a woman with big

Now Cindy, she is what one might refer
to as our little devil. Cindy has been
dealing with the hormonal change
issues that all of women deal with at
some point in time so with that from
time to time (often) those little devilish
remarks come out. For this Cindy’s
magnet was adorn with horns, a tail
and a pitchfork.

Me, what can we say, my magnet
should have angel wings! LOL…..
hahahahaha….but no that would
not be a true picture at all. I am a
clown at heart. I was a class clown
in school, I am a jokester now and at
one point in my life I did children’s
parties as a clown, so my magnet is
decorated with the pic of a clown.

Now that you have a somewhat clear pic
of the three secretaries here in this office
maybe now you can understand why simple
sayings such as “hairs in biscuits” and
“nose having memory” can become so
funny to us all. Think about what type
of comment could have come from this
~ Bikers week/rain/leather/sunshine……..

Thanks for stopping in,
Have a great day and find a phrase
to laugh about.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Office Joke - Birthday Surprise

I have always been one that is always full
of jokes, fun remarks and laughs even
at the office or work place. I found
that if you did your job but there was
laughter it helped to make the day go
by faster and the work to flow smoother.
I found that to be true for sure on the job
I have now. But little did I know that
there would be so much competition in
that area! Most times before I can come
up with a good one liner (and I am usually
Johnny on the spot with them) someone
else has jumped in with one or before I
can think of a good trick to play, someone
else has come up with one…..not this time.

We work in nice neat little cubes with
about 5 foot or so walls. We tend to talk
to one another over the walls through out
the day. There is a man that works down
from me, very nice retired Navy man, keeps
to himself, and there are some days that
I wonder how he handles the days with
all of us women around him. He never
remarks on our conversations, our
comments or remarks, unless we call
out his name. He is fun to have around.

Last week was his birthday. He took
vacation last week and the first part of
this week. He will return to work tomorrow
(Thursday). I thought it would be nice to
gift wrap his office for him for a b-lated
b-day gift! I have done this before, to Phil,
the photographer I worked with before
coming to this job. Just not so sure how
this guy will take it! Guess we will see

Everything in his office, well, most
everything is wrapped in newspaper.
The chair, keyboard, screen, personal
belongings, the hanger for his coat but
tonight before leaving I will seal the
entrance to his cube with paper and I
will apply a Happy B-lated B-day sign
on the front!

Enjoy the pics!
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comment please.

File cabinet

computer screen/keyboard


Monday, September 14, 2009

Trash to Treasure Tuesday - Two Cabinets

Today I am going to feature in my Trash to Treasure Tuesday
two really great pieces that came my way.

The first is a oak cabinet with three glass sides. The right side
opens as a door. It has a light in the top but it has not worked
since I got it. I have yet to get in there and mess around with
it to get it working...Maybe that will be another project.

This cabinet includes three glass shelves also. I have several
of my favorite items displayed in this cabinet in my kitchen.

I found this item at a yard sale next door to my Mom. The
family that was living there had sold their home and was
moving out west and selling most everything they owned...
no they were not going by wagon train! The buy on this
was just way to perfect to pass up. Not a scratch on it....
$10.00! What a steal. I love it.

The next item was an even better steal. Can you say FREE. I
love FREE. The woman that lives a couple of doors up from
my Mother had this in her home and during one of her sales
she was getting rid of this. She had a $40.00 price on it.

My brother has a really large home and he has quite a bit of
collectable and antiques. Mom called him and told him about
this item, asking him if he wanted it. He said he did. They
got it to Mom's garage, Ray paid Mom back and it sat in her
garage for 2 years. Finally, I told Mom that if he did not get
it I was going to pay him the money and I was taking it.
The word was past on and he told Mom to tell me to just
take it home he really did not have room for it anyway.

It is an awesome secretary. The top drawer actually
opens to be a small desk top with a slot for mail. It is
really cool. No...no pic, it would have required me to
clean out some junk to take one!

Anyway, these are my two feature items for Trash to Treasure
Tuesday....my way of recycling the old or reusing something
else that someone else did not need.

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Christmas Plaques - Still Working on Octoberfest Stuff

Octoberfest is just a month away so I spent
all day Saturday (okay, I cleaned the house
and put laundry away first) on some plaques
for the sale. I had been making some
“Welcome Friends” plaques for porches
or front doors when it hit me that I made
some other plaques a few years ago that
were really cute…..the light bulb went off!

On the way home from work Friday

evening I stopped at the local craft store

(Hobby Lobby…gotta love it), and picked

up some things I would need for the new

plaques. I am thinking that these will be

good sellers since people will probably be

thinking Christmas gifts or decorations

while walking through the many tents of

Octoberfest. Or at least I try to think that far ahead.

Check out the new plaques. I think they

are so cute. For those of you who wish to

make some here is what you will need.

Wooden plaque –oval, round, etc
(your choice on that as well as size)
Ribbon or jute
Bonding glue
And craft Christmas lights – flat
on back side

Stain the plaque and allow to dry
Paint your saying “Dear Santa ~ I can explain”
Glue on the light blubs
With black paint, paint a line attaching
each blub
With bonding glue attach jute to the back
for a hanger

This is not suitable for hanging outdoors.
But they do look so cute hanging around
the Christmas tree at Christmas time. Enjoy.
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Friday, September 11, 2009

9/11 - Eight Years Ago Today

In a way it’s hard to believe that it has
been eight years already but yet in other
ways, like with the war, it seems forever.

It was a time when we all came to a standstill.
Planes stood still. I remember sitting on my
deck where planes usually fly over often to
hear pure silence. To drive the interstate at
dusk to see no semi's on the road. It was an
erie feeling. So strange to what we all knew.

I want to say a prayer and I hope all
join in for all the men and women who
are away from their families today fighting
for us, the US, you, me, our families, so that
we can blog, we can email, we can pray and
we can hug our kids today! Bless each and
every one of you. Bless Phillip, one of my
best and long time friend’s son. He should,
as we speak be recently arrived back on
American soil. And bless Michael, another
long time friend’s son who also at this time
is on American soil from a recent tour in
Afghanistan. These young men are fighting
for our us and when I say us I mean you
and I, I mean the U.S. Lets say a pray that
they remain safe and say one for their
families for the fear they go through each
time they say good bye to their loved ones.
Thank you guys!

Let’s also remember to keep the families
of the victims of 9/11 in our hearts, thoughts
and prayers today. We do not know the
suffering they have been through in the last
eight years. The children that have grown
and lived without a Mother or a Father, a
wife or a husband that lost their special
someone that day, or a grandparent, special
aunt or uncle or a best friend that was lost
that day. Let’s remember those victims that
did not get out that day, the ones that did not
get to hold their loved ones one last time, the
ones that did not get to make that last call to
say “I love you”, the ones that helped others
out to risk their own lives.

Then there are those hero’s that risked their
lives to go into those crumbling building to
save a life, the life of someone they did not
know. Those men and women who knew
when they went in that they might not see
their family again, but at that given point,
they were all about saving someone else.
Let’s pray for their families today also.

I know, like me, a lot of people wish this
war was over and our men and women
were home where they belong…..but I also
know that at in your hearts we all know that
sending them over there to defend our land,
our home, our people, our way of life was what
needed to be done. I for one, believe that it
is time to end this and bring these men and
women home, I believe that we need to
make sure something like this never happens
again but I am not sure doing it from another
country is the answer after 8 years.

We are a nation united. I think we have
always proved that, I think we will always
continue to prove that. I think that when
it comes to push and shove, you mess with
the US, you mess around with the wrong
people and we will come out fighting! I
think that point has been proved this time.
We stood together eight years ago, we stood
in disbelief, in fear, but then we pulled
together and started kicking butt!

On 9/11, eight years ago, our history, our life
as we knew it changed. Our safety on in our
home land was at risk. History was changed
and not for good, not from our choosing and
our making but because of it, it now part of
our history for generations to study and learn
and for us to remember and hold near to our
hearts for years and years to come. It was an
eye opener for our nation, for
the United States. Let’s not ever forget, but
let’s not ever repeat!

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were here.

Thursday, September 10, 2009


Up until a few months ago, I had no clue as
to what this was, thanks Danny for
enlightening me to this one! Now it
seems that every where I turn I hear
about “playing cornhole”!

To enlighten me even more I took my
grandson, Caleb, to our regular
grandson/Nana/Kids Project Day at
Home Depot this past Saturday and they
made a mini one. I have blogged about the
Home Depot Kids Project before, this is
something that Home Depot does for kids
up to 12 years of age, 9 am to 12 pm. on the
first Saturday of every month. It is free and
it is so nice for the kids, it allows them to
get in there and make something with their
hands and they have such pride of doing that.

Anyway, as usual, I got off the subject,
Caleb made a mini cornhole board. These
boards are simple in construction basically.
In Caleb’s kit there was only 5 pieces that
he had to hammer together. The hole in the
main board was already cut. Two of the smaller
pieces that go under the main board are for
holding the corn filled bags that you use
for tossing. Caleb is great with a hammer
and in 5 minutes top we were out of there.
But look at the pride on his face with his
finished project! I love it!!

Now, for those of you who are so like me in
you quest to know more about this “cornhole”
craze….read on. Personally, I know that by the
time Caleb left my house on Sunday my right
arm was tired of tossing little bags at a hole in
a board and my dog was so tired of sitting
nicely by when all he wanted to do was chase
those bags and grab one and take off running!

Cornhole or Corn Toss is similar to horseshoes
except you use wooden boxes called cornhole
platforms or boards and corn bags instead of
horseshoes and metal stakes. Contestants take
turns pit ching their corn bags at the corn hole
boards or platforms until a contestant reaches
the score of 21 points. A corn bag in the hole
scores 3 points, while one on the platform
scores 1 point.

(from the internet)
Who knows the “real” history of Cornhole?
Let’s settle it here. Ok maybe not. The problem
is that there are many different versions of
the history of Cornhole. Most of the story
tellers of course, all believe they have the
real story. I guess the actual history will
probably remain a mystery. I’ve laid out the
versions that I have come across in my research,
and I’ll let you be the judge. If you have your
own version, please share it below. We would
love to hear any other stories that are out there.

CincinnatiCincinnati is the true origin of the
game. At least that is what you will hear if
your at a party in Porkapolis (a nick name
for Cincinnati). It may or may not be where
the game really started, but there aren’t many
that will argue its popularity around town.
It is estimated about 1999 that the game really
started catching on. It all started on the west
side of town. The story goes; from there it has
been working its way across the Midwest.

Foothills of KentuckyPioneers could have
played a version of the game in the foothills
of Kentucky. This would fit with the Midwestern
popularity as well. There are some that believe
that this is where it all started.

Midwestern FarmerThis story gives credit to a
Midwestern farmer named Jebediah Magillicutty.
It is said that Mr. Magillicutty started the game
back in the 1800’s.

German FarmerDid a German farmer bring
the game to this country? There are a number
of stories that confirm this version. This falls
in line with the Cincinnati story which may
give it some additional credibility. Cincinnati
is known for its strong German roots. It is very
likely that Germany could have been the actual
origin, with Cincinnati still taking credit for
starting the spread throughout the U.S.

Ancient CivilizationThe tribes of ancient
civilizations tossed rocks at holes in the ground.
This is yet another version of the ancient
beginnings of the game. This very well could
have be the first time something similar to
Cornhole was played. This one however,
seems to be a pretty far stretch from the game
as we know it today.

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leave a comment so that I know you have
been here.

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Trash to Treasure Tuesday-Age and Love for Older Things

I remember when I was young not liking
older things at all. I liked history but
I can’t say that I liked the history
behind an item or the desire to
have an older item in my home,
with or without that history. As
I have aged, that has changed. My
home is a mixed of new and old, hand
me down and then the newer things.
I find myself leaning more to the older
hand me downs or the things that I have
acquired at a sale, flea market or antique
store. These are my trash to treasure items
that I am posting today.

First there is my black kettle. I would say
this is fairly old for one reason and one
reason only….its so heavy and so well made,
you don’t find items made like this anymore.
It was given to me by an old friend a couple of
years ago and a great added addition to my

A couple more items given to me are the
meat grinder and the egg keeper. A
friend of my Mothers that lives up the
street from her was having a yard sale
a year or so ago and these items belonged
to her Mother in law. The sale was finishing
up and I had these items in my hand to
purchase. Ms. Betty just told me to take
them, she would not let me pay for them.
Once again, really nice additions to my
kitchen oldie look!

The next two items were somewhat of a
find and a give to me. I was cleaning one
of my brothers houses, a woman had
moved out and left a couple of items
behind. I found them while cleaning
and my brother said to take them!
This metal pitcher was one of those
finds. It is a bit beat up and rusty in
places but I think it has character! The
next find that I located that day was this
glass vase. Not an old item but it was
perfect! It is so heavy and solid and a
bunch of cut flowers displayed in this vase
show so pretty

The small ivory handle razor that you see
standing up here was a find. I found this
walking around the lake when the lake was
low and down about 25 years ago. Where
our lake stands use to be farm land with
homes and barns. When that area was
flooded for the lake it was flooded with
houses still in tack. Sometimes you can
locate all sorts of things that have over the
years floated up on shore. This razor being
one of those rare finds

The strainer I picked up at a yard sale for a
couple of dollars a few years ago. It is one
of those items that is hard to display. It
has set on the courter for dish towels to
be placed in at one point, it has been placed
on a shelve, but now it just sits on the end
of my table as a sort of catch all. But it adds
that old feel to the kitchen.

Last but not lest is all the items I have
purchased here and there for my walls.
There are whisk, strainers, bottle openers,
mixers and a potato masher. The old baby
plastic cup is indeed old….it was mine when
I was a child!

Hope you have enjoyed a somewhat tour of
my kitchen and the items that were once
someone else trash but have now become
my treasures. Thanks for stopping in and
please leave a comment.

Sunday, September 6, 2009

Octoberfest Coming Up

Octoberfest is coming up for 17th and 18th of next month.
Although I have been to these things and to different kinds
festivals I have never been a part of anything like this so this will
be all new to me. Wish me luck.

I will not be doing this alone. My friend Debbie has rented
the booth with me. I am not sure what she will be putting
in the booth but I have several projects going that I will be
puttting in there.

One of my projects is a flip flop flyswatter. These things look
so cute! I make these using a childs small flip flop and bambo sticks for the handles.
They are really strong although they do not look very thick. I drill a
hole in one end to run a ribbon through for hanging the flyswatter when
not in use. Then I drill a hole in the end of the flip flop. I insert the bambo
stick with a bonding glue on the end into the hole. From there I decorate
to any style. Cute aren't they?

Next thing I will putting in Octoberfest is some homemade candleholders.
These are made from cups and saucers. I take some bonding glue
and apply it to the bottom of the cup, attaching the saucer to that.
Very simple but so cute. You can do this with everyday cups or you
can really fancy and do the old vintage china ones.

I pick up all my cups and saucers at Goodwill. About 50 cents per
cup and per saucer. Not a bad deal.

Next items to put in the sale will be some jewelry that I make. This
started really simple....I wanted to make something to match an
outfit of mine. It just went from there. Sometimes I pick up certain
beads, colors or styles at the store that I might need but a lot of
my beads come from yard sales. You can get these in bags for just
about nothing or you can also pick up jewelry already made that can
be taken apart and redone.

One other item to put to the sale will be some plaques I make. Simple,
just takes a little time. I buy the wooded plaque at Hobby Lobby or
any craft store. They come in Oval, square, round ..etc. I then stain
them. Using a stencil I put what I want on them, along with the wording.
I then put a protective coating over it when it drys, this will protect it
from the out elements if hung by your front door or at your porch. After
that is done, I staple a some jude to the back to hang it by. Makes for
a really nice welcoming entrance to your home.

Enjoy my projects and come back and show me yours if
you decide to make any of these.
Leaving a note will also let me know what you think of
these projects.

Friday, September 4, 2009

100/Plus a Wow

That is the score that my grandson,
Caleb got on his math test two days
ago in school.
His Nana is so very proud of him!
Way to rock it Caleb.

The teacher even added the WOW to the
top of the page which made him even prouder
of the grade he had received.

Caleb is a very smart little boy, he learns fast
and easy but the best part is he retains what
his little brain soaks in. I love it…math was
my worst subject in school. Course, I don’t
think I will really share that with him just yet.

Caleb finished the 2nd grade reading well into
a 4th grade level. He loves to read science
books and it amazes me the things he comes
out with from time to time just in a normal
conversation. I have turned to the internet a
time or two just to check it out after he has left
my house! Usually he is right on the number
with it!

Not only does he learn in school and from books
but I have had him tell me things and when I
ask where he learned that he will tell me either
on Animal Planet or The Discovery Channel.
Soak it in Sweetie…soak it all in! Keep up the
good work in Math and in all the subjects!

His little brother DJ, who will be 10 months in
two days, is growing like a weed. He went to the
dr. the other day to get a new pair of shoes for
his feet and his brace.

DJ was born with a club foot and is required
to continue to wear a brace to straighten the
foot. He wore a cast for the first 2.5 months
of his life. Hopefully this will prevent him
having to have surgery later down the road.

He is pulling up on things, he can fly (when
not in the brace) when in his walker from
room to room and is even faster crawling.
He has 5 teeth now.

Both Caleb and DJ carry their Mothers trade
mark big blue eyes ( I thought my daughter
would never grow into hers). A crystal blue color
that shines. Can’t remember what age Caleb was
when he started to walk but my daughter
Amber, their Mom was 9 months old, so she
will be chasing DJ soon I am sure.

Thanks for stopping.



Thursday, September 3, 2009

My Photography

The diamond drop


I have always tried to have a camera in my
hands. I think I got my first one, a Polaroid
Instant camera when I was about 12.
Of course that was a black and white
that took a flash cube. From there I went
to a pocket camera with the flash bar.

From there I lost track of the camera’s
I had and for a short spell with running
a household and paying bills, a camera
was not a priority. That meant when one
died the money was not there to replace
it and there was not always the money there
to have film developed. So for a few years I
did without.

But then came the nicer 135 mm cameras. Still
not the professional type, but they were just
fine with me. I never had the type that you
changed out lens or flashes. But I still loved
taking pictures, usually the family and the
kids. Then, five years ago I went to work for
Photo Services for the State of Tennessee.
This was the department that did the
photographing needs for the state, state
parks, Governor events, any state department
event that need an event documented by
photos. I was just the secretary for the booking
and scheduling of these shoots but I worked
with three talented photographers and several
really talented freelancers. In being around
this type of work daily, my desire to shoot
came out more.

In 2006 I got my first point and shoot camera,
a Sony. I love it. I still to this day carry it daily
in my purse for those times that I need to
catch something fast. I started to venture out
and away from snap shots of people and family
and started shooting nature and other items
around me. My talent started to improve.

I loved doing this so much, so in July of 2008,
I decided that my hobby needed a REAL camera.
I purchased my first professional camera, Nikon
D40. I went wild. The things that I could do with
this camera. Here I was thinking that this was
just going to be a costly hobby and it has actually
made money.

I now work for the Tennessee Bureau of
Investigation, another State agency. We have
employees all over the state. One of these
employees that came into the Nashville office
one day, was able to view some of my paintings
and some of my photography. Keeping this in
mind she contacted me a few months later and
asked me would I be interested in photographing
her nieces wedding. Talk about being blown away!
I was not thinking that I was good enough to
venture out and try this, but after an offer was
made, I accepted. I am so glad I did.

Now thanks to her I have two weddings under
my belt, both booked by her. I shot her nieces
and I shot her son’s. I also have a friend who
is a wedding photographer who has stated to
me that he would have no problems using me
if he ever needed to. Wow…

From there, I recently shot some senior class
photos for two boys. I am pleased at how well
they also turned out. My niece is a senior this
year and it looks like I will also be doing hers…..
who would have thought this hobby would have
turned into a part time here and there job! I love it.

Although I love doing this, I am still more
comfortable with doing nature shots. I love
going out and finding the usual to shot, or to
take something that someone else would not
see the art in and shooting it in a way that you
look at it as art.

Thanks for stopping and thanks once again to
the woman who got me started with the
weddings and the others adventures…she
knows who she is!



My first Wedding

2nd wedding

caught in flight

resting in the garden

Niece's fish

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