warm and cozy

warm and cozy

Saturday, August 27, 2016

just a message

Some times a message is all I need.  Nate met up with his college (also all Army officers) buddies down south where they are all stationed and did what they love to do goof off, run and get dirty.  He is in the middle of both photos.  No, I was not stalking facebook this is what he sent me.

Both of my kiddo's were on the road traveling this weekend.  All grown-up and doing their own thing.  It still feels like yesterday they were in the yard driving their little tykes cars pretending.  How did it become reality so fast?

 I did get a photo of the pillows I made this summer together. Looking all matchy, matchy and decorator.

Thursday, August 25, 2016

sexiest men alive

Could be Tom Selleck or Sam Elliott ( I know this dates me)  I would not turn my gaze away from any of the male Avenger's either


It could be my husband in a bow doing the dishes!

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

all signs lead to

Isn't this the cutest little sheep sign ever?

Here is an update on the front of the house.  In the header you can see the before with the bushes that really were attacking the house like the blob alien.  Joel was nervous when I said I wanted to get the front garden in.  He saw dollar signs dancing in front of his eyes and got slightly nauseous.  He still is not in tune with my frugal side, I did say "don't worry it wont cost much", but he didn't hear that.
So this is how the plant hunt went down.  We pulled into Lowes and Joel immediately had to go to the men's room.  I think he was just scared.  But when he came back he found me at the sale racks.  Where I found most of the plants I had researched for this planting areas lighting. I loaded up my cart with Hydrangeas, Daisies, black eyed Susan's, Russian sage, lavender, phlox, and a yellow flower, I had some hosta in pots at home to add to the mix.
I ended up with 18 plants at the register and it came to a total of 70 bucks with tax.  Yes, the sale plants look some what sad, but that is because they are root bound and need to be in soil with a place to grow.  So they don't look "blow your mind fantastic", now.  But wait till next spring and I will have that money I saved to buy something else!
Oh, and back to Joel.  The look on his face when I handed him the receipt, total shock.  He did confess he didn't think we would walk out of there for anything less than $300.00
The fact that he keeps bragging about it to anyone who will listen, priceless.

Sunday, August 21, 2016

it's time to can tomatos

yes, it is.
I am always excited when I start
then at 1am when the canner is still processing away I wonder what the hell am I doing?
I can get sauce on sale for 99 cents.
 rub a dub dub, all you tomato's in the tub...
 time for your steam bath.  Not healthy for you, but oh so healthy for me.
 Next,  two bushels of tomato's through the food mill, let's just say I'm feeling the burn.
 I love my Mehu Maija.  I then add a ton of garlic, onion, peppers with a little of this and a little of that, cook, cook, oh lord I am still cooking it. Then I ended up with 14 quarts of yummy sauce, bring on the pasta!  This is a two day process.  Day one, juicing the tomato's.  Day two, is making the tomato's saucy.

Then there was a phone call, the sweet corn at dads is ready.  So I turned off the sauce for a while and Joel and I hopped in the truck and headed to the mountain.  Where we picked 2 1/2 bushels of corn.  This yielded 12 quarts of corn in the freezer.

Friday, August 19, 2016

Bearly fun

I purchased a couple of bear patterns and I wanted to see how hard this one was.  Not hard at all.

but kinda plain...

so I jazzed it up a bit with a belly and paws.

Someone we know just had a baby boy so...off he goes.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

missing bones

It seems that these two have been at the heart of many a mystery here at the cabin of the late.
And never do they look like they could be the culprits of anything, let alone larceny.

Zeke does look a little concerned in this photo, right after I asked him where his bone was that I had given him about 25 minutes earlier.

It seems when they are not busy stealing HAM.  That they practice their craft on each other.

Today it seems that BooBoo is two for one.  He looks extremely pleased with himself.

As soon as one of them moves from their spot the other one zooms in and steals the other ones bone.  They never fight, just patiently wait for the other one to get a drink or go for a stroll and BAM, your bone is gone.

I have to say today I did not feel any sympathy for Zeke, he had just finished coming into the kitchen to trip see what he could get me to drop on the floor with unfair dog tactics.
(your right, it does upset me to be outwhited by pups)

Monday, August 15, 2016

In Joel's travels

He has a new gig, hauling and driving the Amish.  This day it was farrier day.

He has been working for a construction company, a farrier, and various others picking up lumber, delivering hay and he is enjoying himself immensely.

I guess this fella gave them a really hard time and took forever to shoe.  He was pretty high strung.  Can't imagine getting behind him in a cart.  But check out the cute foal that was watching from the stall.

I tend to think that only I have naughty animals and no control.  Joel took these to show me we are not alone.  Even the Amish have misbehaving animals.

Below everything is going as planned....LUNCH

 but then here comes Mr. Naughty.....

What??  I always eat with my feet in my dish... I don't like the short jokes from the guy in the next stall.   Excuse me but who are you and why are YOU in my barn.