Saturday, July 19, 2014


The cousins are having so much fun.  They have a never ending amount of energy.  Having all six of my grandchildren together is so wonderful.  Trying to get them all in the same picture can be challenging. Here are three of the better ones. 
Backyard fun.
Cheese Cake Factory
Sprinklers at Easton.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

The Happenings

We had our first open house on Sunday.  We used every last bit of energy to get it all ready.  The realtor said it all looked great.  He had five couples, that's really good esp. in the rain.  No negative comments, yeah.  He thought two might really be interested.
No showing since.  I don't what is going on in this market.  It was crazy then really slowed down.  But with the way my house looks after the Colorado kids arrived......I am actually glad we haven't had a showing.  Oh my, if we do.
We are having non-stop fun with all the grands  Cousins are loving being with each other.  Yesterday we did COSI.  It is a great science museum.  We were there for 6 hours yesterday.  Well, my body had had it long before we left.  They have IMax theaters so I took in an extra movie.  I saw the Return of the Pandas.  It was great.  Then we all saw the Shark movie.  Check out this row of relatives, hah.  The guy behind us looked at me once and just shook his head.  Our littles never ever stops talking, really.  And he is loud.  I am surprised these people didn't move.  I would have.
 All five are in this picture.  We are missing M. as he is at Lacrosse Camp at OSU
I haven't even taken time for some good pictures.  I am just trying to capture them in one spot lol.  So I will be back later but enjoy these crazy shots.  Oh, poor Goose.  See her eyes.  She wanted to ride the bike on the tight rope.  The guy had her all ready and then she was too short.  She has been hearing this for awhile.  She lost it.  Later her mom said she could go to Kids Space  I had to tell her that you had to be under 1st grade.  She said ,"Now, I'm too old."  But they didn't question her.  Guess she is small as she is going into third grade.  This girl steals all our heats.

Friday, July 11, 2014


I am going to the Farmers Market tomorrow to get me some happy flowers BECAUSE my doctor called and I do NOT have CANCER or any PRE-CANCER cells.  God is good.  Thanks for all your prayers and good thoughts.  Although these lumps (he called them masses) presented exactly like the ones that were cancer.......they weren't.  Whew......... So excited I might just ride that toy tractor down the hill..........JUST KIDDING.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Staging the bedroom

Piper photo bombed this picture.  Before showings I take all the linens off the bed.  I put the ones we use in closed plastic bags and put the new bedding on.  Why..........we sleep with dogs.  I don't want the bedroom to smell like our doggies.  It is a pain to change everything.  No, Piper is not allowed on this spread.  I found this one at TJ Max.  It is light weight quilt.  My big quilt has to be taken in to the cleaners to get washed.  I probably have more money in that than the quilt itself.  This quilt was less than $50.  The shams were $25.  I need more pillows though.  I put the owl pillow on to fill it out a little.  I also like the reverse side. 
The teapot lamp I have had for awhile.  It moves from one room to another.
I got the Happy sign at a barn sale this spring.  It looks easy to make and hopefully I can make another one someday with a different saying.  I had this canvas made from a picture last year when we were in Hilton Head.  Not a selfie, either.
Hubby's dresser.  I cleaned off all his junk and gave him the doggy collection.  And a couple of books about being a grandpa.
This big dresser will not being going with us when we move.  I decided I had to decorate this room a little.  It's a very long room, actually used to be two bedrooms.  I remember hearing that every room needs a little black.  So I added the black frames.  I saw this aqua frame and thought it would bring out the spread cover on the other side of the room.  Also the eggs in the basket.  I wish the paint color on the walls would show up better.  It is called bubble.  It is actually a little on the bright side but looks so well with real wood.
Sorry you have to stand on your head for this.  A lot of my framed things are put away.  The middle picture is from a friend that just started painting.  I was so excited that she wanted to gift me one of her first paintings.  I picked up the other barn and farmhouse canvas at a d├ęcor place for less than $10 total.  I know, I am such a big spender.
My grandmothers old dresser.  My parents had it refinished years ago.  I just love this dresser.   The picture is of the grands last summer also at Hilton Head.  My DIL had each one put their fingerprint beside their picture and sign it.  The bride was a wedding gift from my aunt.
The framed doily was done by the same grandmother.  I bought the bridal dress for a wedding shop but kept it instead.  It says "Once upon a Fairy Tale" .  I have something else I want to add to this but maybe later.  Last but not least the rocking chair that I rocked my babies in.  The first one is now 41.  It was our first piece of furniture that we purchased.  It has been a part of all of our homes.
Okay, hope you aren't too bored.  Just trying to keep busy.  We had a showing today.  Not as much drama this time.  I took the dogs across the street and I sat in the swing by our clubhouse.  Of course, they spilled their water first right off the bat.  Things went okay til we left for home.  Izzy's leash broke and she was off.  I got Piper home and Izzy came back.  She usually does but she got lost once.  She is so little that I am afraid someone would hit her.  I came back and crashed. 
No word on the pathology report.  I called the doctor.  The doctor told his nurse to tell me sometimes it takes awhile and for me to call him on Monday.  Okay, so I just need to be patient.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Staging with what you have.

As you know, our house has been listed for 2 1/2 weeks now.  Just thought I would show you a couple things that I changed.  Remember the little blue table that I was using for a coffee table.  I liked it but others thought the house would show better with a different table.  So the blue one became the side table.  This long sturdy bench I found out our local vintage and candy shop.  It was marked down to $29.  At first I thought I could stack some of my benches like Brenda of Cozy Little House did.  I may do that later.  The flowers were from my daughter as a "thinking of you" gift.  (Later the blue vase fell and shattered everywhere, but not til the flowers had seen their better days.)  The candle and the book were gifts.  (It's a book about vintage campers)  The burlap banner was a giveaway gift from a generous blogger.  The three floral and burlap pillows came from a sale on a blogger's etsy shop.  ($15 each.......I love those pillows.)  The other pillows came with  the sofa that I found at another vintage shop.  The picture above the sofa is another gift from my children.  So minus the sofa this whole arrangement cost me $74.  Not bad, right.  If you count the little blue table then it would be $94.....still under $100.  And, I already had all of it.

Saturday, July 5, 2014

Happy Belated Fourth

Today I am doing better.  Not so sorely but a bit woobily.  I took a shower today, yeah for me.  I have been sitting instead of laying in my bed sleeping.  But I do feel a nap coming on.
I couldn't let the holiday go by without some pictures.  Our downtown is one big Norman Rockwell celebration for 4 days.  Streets closed, carnival rides and food, a parade, reunions, games, and a whole lot of fun.  Also the exercise studio is open and classes are full.  Tonight is the open house.  Hubby will go attend.  I will pass for this one.  Anyhow, it is cool and our windows are open.  I can hear the children playing at the pool in our neighborhood that is across the street from us.   
My wagon with some patriotic bears on board......the banner was from one of those online sales. Very cheap and cute.
My pretend mantle, hah.  Just a few things I still could find.
Closer view.  This Madame Alexander doll reminds me of Betsy Ross.  An old baking soda tin and a sweet candle.
The other side, bears of course.
I was in a patriotic swap hosted by Linda of a Very Cherry World.  There were only 5 of us participating.  The polka dot star on the light blue is mine.  I showed it before on another post.    I will make a banner from the three little ones.  The large one on the right, I may cut down to go with the others.
Then there was Judy, she made the sweet banner for us.  It's the one around the bottom.  Pretty choices of fabric so well sewn together into it's own banner.  So nice of her.  The place mat I already had.
Piper got a haircut on the 4th.  The groomers (both of the ones we use) have been so backed up from the long winter.  His first cut since December.  He was really buzzed.  Poor guy is so thin.  He eats well and we always have food out for him.  He just doesn't gain weight.  He doesn't even weigh 30 lbs.  Any suggestions on what to feed him so he can add a few pounds.
Well, that's it.  Back to being COZY.   Hope you have all had a lovely holiday in the USA and in Canada as well.

Friday, July 4, 2014

Doing okay

Doing okay.  Feeling sorely.  Seven lumps removed and off to the lab.  Doctor was feeling positive.  So glAd it's over.  Bad previous memories.  Thanks for being here for me.