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LAST year we had a big birthday party blow-out for MoM,

MoM's birthday 2013

THIS year is very low-key and quiet with a small family bbq on Sunday.

Prince George's b-day!BuT–parties abound for my niece’s nephew (are you thinking that one through?!), for a great-great nephew, an early celebration for my cousin’s son (while we were just up North at my Auntie’s cottage), and don’t forget Prince George!  ; D

I’m busy on a time-sensitive custom paint job for someone and will be back to you soon—with pictures!


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Happy 4th!

Happy 4th of July!

6 Things You Didn’t Know

About the Flag


….hope you check it out!


Happy 4th of July!



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rain-rain-go-away.....I think we’re in a Rain Forrest.

The rain continues -d a i l y.

And nightly.  Those storms make it hard to sleep for worry about the winds and the tree.

I hardly know what to do with myself anymore.  My TO DO list is sO lengthy and tough to balance -WITH. -RAIN.

Back to those tree-worries…….

Last summer’s tornadoes wreaked havoc on the Box Elder tree—remember this?

the tornado damage--

Pardon the PUN, but when damages were triaged all around town, we were placed lower on THE LIST.  A double-edged sword—thank God we didn’t have it worse!

Numerous tree companies have assessed the damages and remedies.  They can’t, they won’t, they’re just not sure….but we did find someone to take it on.  Another “but”–things need to be DRY-er so we’re STILL on hold!   AND LOOK HOW SCARY THIS BRANCH IS GETTING!

the tree damages get worse---All this rain has made the Hostas and the Annabelle Hydrangeas (more than) double in size!  And the moss is growing nicely in the voids of the flagstone—but so are the weeds.

look what all the rain is producing!The deck is in a perpetually WET state so we’ve used it I think 3, maybe 4 times?

the perpetually wet deck--Last Friday -on ONE of those unusually nice days- I headed out for an end-of-day 18-mile bike ride!  All was gOOd until the end.  When the vERy bumpy road tipped over the remainder of my water bottle….


Toast.  Fried.  Two days packed in rice did NOT do the trick.

Sprint sent me a new phone in 12 business hours! (Can you believe?!)

But~while I was there I snagged a Tablet in a Hard-to-say-NO-to deal!  And a blue-tooth keyboard!  So I have been camped out trying to set up and figure out the tablet and now the replacement phone.  I lost all but my contacts.  And learned I no longer know anyone’s phone number without my phone.

Help!  -seriously-

gOOd luck on Family Poker Night!My luck  -zero-  until Family Poker Night!

Only five of us this time and still the saSSy-trash talk of a crowd! hmmm….

And I’ve binge-watched my way through–

sara's cottageThat was really fun to watch again!


Guess I’d better figure out how to get along with Mother Nature or nothin‘s gonna get done….


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We have the most peculiar weather front moving through. . .

…and it is making it diff-i-cult to plan what work to work on for the day.  I’ve been through plan A, B, C and now I just don’t know WHAT TO DO!

The Cottonwoods are shedding so badly it looks like snow—so I can’t paint.

The West-blowing winds are a bit rough so I don’t want to open the garage door—which is of course West-facing.

This is how my whole list runs on….

I guess I can go back to ripping MDF and door casing to finish the upstairs hall….???   More. stairs.  Well, I need the exercise.

the upstairs hall project--

Until then….


What Country in the World Best Fits Your Personality?One of my nieces shared this quiz with me—she’s

“New Zealand!”

What Country in the World Best Fits Your Personality?

(where do you land?)


Convenient. . . . since I was born there!  ; D

http://www.playbuzz.com/larak10/what-country-in-the-world-best-fits-your-personalityYou are a romantic who enjoys strolling through cobblestone streets and markets. You are inspired by art and architecture, and thrive being surrounded by other artists and intellectuals. You enjoy the bustle of a city, but also love spending time in the warm countryside, sitting at a cafe, and having a glass of wine or coffee. Your soul is nourished by being in nature, and by having deep meaningful conversation about love, art, and the meaning of life.

Oui!  That is moi to a tee!

–how accurate is yours?


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There must be a pony in there somewhere!Did I scare you?

I have been busy.  To say the least.


And over the(very loooooong for me)Memorial Day weekend,

–still going on–
  1. help!I emptied the Page 10 workshop (aka *garage), took down the greenhouse and packed it away for the summer, then began to re-pack Page 10 (*garage) and prioritize the MANY projects awaiting my attention.
  2. I restored the deck for the summer–YaY!  But I have not been able to clean the winter dirt away yet–maybe today–??
  3. I’ve continued sorting through my things and lighten my load by  1. giving things to family and friends,  2. selling things in a garage sale,  3.  selling things on craigslist,  4. and a few things are going to the Antique Mall.
  4. I’ve made repairs to numerous things that are setting up–then I can work on finishes.
  5. Things are finally in a position to start replanting the green house flowers–again, YaY!

In the middle of all this chaos, I have at last come up with a creative plan for dealing with the tornado-damaged Box Elder tree that has to come down.  We’re incredibly sad over that fact.  Up to now it just seemed like there was no way around it—but I think you’ll find my idea ingenious when I reveal it!

 at the end of the day---Every day has been a back-breaker, but I did get to end a few of them like this….

I’ll get back to some cool projects here in a minute so I hope I haven’t bored you to death and you’ll come back.


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Happy Easter!



Wishing you all

a wonderful day

spent with the people you love

Happy Easter



Happy Easter


and don’t forget to relax—   ; D

don't forget to relax. . . .

 And check THIS out!  ; D

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The winter that won’t end.

Mother Nature has a seriously wicked sense of humor.

. . . not again. . . .

I ran away for the weekend . . .

. . . to somewhere that almost felt like summer.

And this is what we woke to this morning.

I don’t think summer is in the cards for 2014.

~for us anyway~


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Keep calm–

funny minions-

It’s been a





-say whAAAT?-

-kind of weekend.


Is it over yet–?




minion war

minion humorHow’s YOUR weekend?



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multi tasking--Spring.  Cleaning.

Multiple family “events.”

Still fighting with that perfect (!@#$%) hall paint color.

~rolling eyes here~

Editing and deleting and more Spring Cleaning….purging gOOd!

Then— u h   o h . . . a M I G R A I N E .

a  M I G R A I N E.The 6th one I’ve ever had.

They. are.


I spent Monday in the lower- level trying to escape A N Y light and noise.  I spent Tuesday in DARK SUNGLASSES- -but I was out of the basement.

This Midwestern atmosphere is beating me up beyond reason–how I miss the Arizona desert.

The DULL headache I still have seems like a relief and I’ve resumed

Spring Cleaning-

-Cleaned out the underwear and sock drawers of all the “had better days” stuff–time for some fresh and new!  Need to go further through the dresser and closet and shoes.  (…when’s the last time YOU did that?)

-Cleaned out the bathroom drawers and cabinets–even cleaning through make-up for old & things not really used . . . Cut-Cut-Cut.

-Got back to some sewing projects.  Made some new satin pillow cases for mom, finished sewing the rest of the 70′s-styled faux fur pillow forms for my spoiled nieces–just have to stuff and hand-stitch them closed.

*I found a King-sized Matlasse coverlet for $10 in a thrift store and got that sterilized washed for use on some future upholstery projects!  That’s a LOT of fabric for $10!

spring projects--

wiring up long stems on the Christmas hydrangeas

AND….I’ve been playing with the Christmas tree hydrangea heads, adding long stems for some future usage!

Yea~it’s not some FABulous project (that I’m anxious to get back to), but it’s whats been going on.

Hope you’re having a better SPRING than “we” are-

-we’ve had two snow storms since “Spring” arrived–  ¦:  


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will winter ever go away?


Yesterday we woke to snow—hmmmmmm.

Dear Winter,

how can we miss you

if you if you won’t go away–?

We’ve been in Spring about an hour now— uh huh.

I’m not convinced.


Call me an optimist -but- I’ve been pretending it IS Spring and I’ve busied myself Spring Cleaning and deleting and de-cluttering and rearranging things throughout mom’s house.

. . .much to her dismay.

When you have a small house, every bit of space is important and it’s easy to be taken over by –stuff.  (And harder to cut things loose)  Mom was not too happy with me doing this to her, but liked the end results–whew!

These are two quick examples [of the angst I put her through] while everything got a good “cleaning.”  ; D  Again–this is the last room in the house to get a make-over-renovation.  With the plans we have, we need to sell some more Oz stuff to pay this tab!

mom's kitchen--the pantry/stove wallSimple changes–just editing, deleting and shifting things about.  I bought the iron-clustered hooks at Hobby Lobby to organize that crazy bundle of aprons~and YES, they get used!

Spring cleaning in the kitchen--Just a gOOd cleaning and editing and rearrangement here!  A-maz-ing the amount of filth under a microwave and behind a fridge–wOw!

*My mom was inFATuated with Holland during our Air Force-years in France, and wanted a blue and white kitchen.  There are lots of Delft touches throughout~now you get her slate blue stove-?!

**The soffit says: “The only thing to stir up in the kitchen…is trouble.”

…back to cleaning, painting, eradicating all signs of

w i n t e r…da da duhn.


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