warm and cozy

warm and cozy

Friday, November 25, 2016

after the oven is off

the party started.

 The few pictures you will see are curtesy of others.  I just didn't have the time, I was wrestling with a 23 # bird, a few ham's, over 10#s of potato's, I could go on but it makes me tired all over again.  The end was a wild success with 23 people full of yumminess and happy to be in each other's company.

My father in law coming to my rescue to cut the bird.  Joel always seems to disappear when its time to carve.  Totally suspicious.

Here you will see Nate came home (so happy to see him) but you will also notice this photo is taken in the garage.  Part of our big holiday plan, since our tiny cabin will not seat 23 around the table like our old home.  Our recent remodel included the interior of the garage to be used for family events (and my car).  We were gifted a very nice used Kitchen from Joel's Uncle Freddie in Buffalo that was doing a remodel to a new home. Pine tongue and groove ceiling and 1/2 walls. Yes, there is also a TV so that sporting events are not excluded, maybe some girl Movie nights, hmmm will have to think on this new development.      There will be more photos of this as Joel completes the transformation.

Joel's brother was in from Chicago, and the kids came back this morning to see the Buffalo family before they headed home.

Below is our snow storm from last week.  Our new green metal roof is keeping us nice and dry.  New gutters and metal soffits to keep out the carpenter bees.  I think my flowers are toast.  See my new door between the house and garage.  No more blowing snow and rain can come in underneath it.  I will paint it green to match the front door if we have a break in the weather or in the spring.

I am hoping to have more good news in the upcoming weeks, but we will have to see how things play out.  Times are changing, its time to move on and let some things go. Sometimes change is needed and good for the soul.  I know that I need some renewal and I am working hard to make changes that will make me happy and help set the stage for the next stage of our lives.  So wish me luck and I will bring you the results as soon as I can.

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Totally Juiced

Despite the extreme drought that we experienced here and surrounding counties this summer the grape crop was good.  Being wine country that was a huge relief for these famers.

So what happens when you take three bushels of lovely smelling grapes? 

 You get 36 quarts of juice.
Really good juice.
For Sunday morning breakfast and making jelly!

Monday, November 7, 2016

Cha, Cha, Changes

I think that is how the song goes?
and it fits what has been going on here

Would you like me to shed some light on the subject?
I would love to

Before Kitchen:
 After Kitchen:

 Before Porch:
 After Porch:
 Before Office:
 After Office:
 Before Living room:
After Living room:


We also have some changes to the roof, garage door now doors, new people doors, doors where there were none and so much more to come...
new bathroom floor, new washer and dryer (to us) its not a new toilet but a fixed one, I told you so much has changed.
Halloween I humiliated myself as a unicorn...yes, you heard read correctly.
Worse part was one of the Amish workers between laughing hysterically asked if I was a mule?

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

boy calls home and

asks for a photo of the view....he misses and wants to show off to his friends.

View on October 23rd, 2016 after three days of rain and yesterday a horrible day full of wind.

It looks like the Amish will be here starting Tuesday to put on the new roof and other projects as time permits. Yippy!

Sunday, October 23, 2016

with thy needle

I've been working on tiny quilts.

Snowman mittens is a finished size of 14x20

Angel's song is 9x14

Not sure if these will be gifts or go up for sale, yet.

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

welcome to the family

Not our house but Samantha's house

So this is my new grand kitten, Ryland.

He has come to visit several times as he loves to ride in the car?

Look at all the toes.

He really is a sweet baby.

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Mittens for Snowmen

or snowman mittens

either way it's some new stitchen coming from the room upstairs...

a quick stitch that will make an adorable tiny quilt.