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Keep calm–

funny minions-

It’s been a

-tough-

-crAzy-

-exhausting-

-exasperating-

-say whAAAT?-

-kind of weekend.

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Is it over yet–?

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ehh......huh?

minion war

minion humorHow’s YOUR weekend?

Catherine

 

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Craig's list #3Worth traveling for.

Brought it back and immediately cut it in 2.

Started making repairs, and sanded and re-stained top of “new dresser.”

Made all necessary construction adjustments to the new forms.

(But one~to be made tomorrow.)

Painting.  Outside.

Almost 60° –shocking.

craig's list #3Craig's list #3

-out of the BOX!

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Tomorrow, I pick up another of my Craig’s list finds!

An incredible, architectural table (to be re-purposed)!

And hopefully, that square-backed Louis chair!

Catherine

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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.

NO.  JOKE.

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–  ¦:  

Catherine

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will winter ever go away?

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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.

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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.

Catherine

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Feeling like it or not–the energy for it or not,

I spent a much-needed day at the antique mall.

I’m absolutely shocked at just how well it’s done considering I’ve all but abandoned it of late.

*As it was getting set up in November……(looks so sparse at that moment)

antq mall new space

I’m resetting BOTH sides COMPLETELY. . . and painting.

I was there until they turned the lights out on me, and I’m heading back shortly for the rest of the day.

But as I began to write this post look what suddenly appeared….

a Bald Eagle.

I’ve never seen one so close up before—and it was HUGE!

Amazing!

And just to give you an idea of its size—
he’s behind the branches of that enormous (about 5 stories high) tree.

the Bald Eagle in our neighborhood this morning--Another size reference–one of our monster ravens in the tree by the eagle.

some ravens with the bald eagle

More soon~

Catherine

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Talk about a paradigm shift~

having a bad day--I seem to be having a BAD DAY- -try like one after another lately.  Too many going-out-of-their-way to be rude and inconsiderate people, things going wrong-falling over-breaking-WHAT NEXT? kind of bad-days-in-a-row.

I am NoT a patient person with this kind of stuff.

And then a loved one just posted this on fb tonight…..

 

Me: God, can I ask You a question?
God: Sure

Me: Promise You won’t get mad?
God: I promise

Me: Why did You let so much stuff happen to me today?
God: What do you mean?

Me: Well, I woke up late…
God: Yes

Me: My car took forever to start
God: Okay

Me: At lunch they made my sandwich wrong and I had to wait…
God: Huummm

Me: On the way home, my phone went DEAD, just as I picked up a call
God: All right

Me: And to top of it all off–when I got home, I just wanted to soak my feet in my new foot massager & relax–BUT it wouldn’t work–!

     Nothing went right today!  Why did You do that?

Me: God, can I ask You a question?God: SureMe: Promise You won't get madGod: I promiseMe: Why did You let so much stuff happen to me today?God: What do u mean?Me: Well, I woke up lateGod: YesMe: My car took forever to startGod: OkayMe: at lunch they made my sandwich wrong & I had to waitGod: HuummmMe: On the way home, my phone went DEAD, just as I picked up a callGod: All rightMe: And on top of it all off, when I got home ~I just want to soak my feet in my new foot massager & relax. BUT it wouldn't work!!! Nothing went right today! Why did You do that?God: Let me see, the death angel was at your bed this morning & I had to send one of My Angels to battle him for your life. I let you sleep through thatMe (humbled): OHGOD: I didn't let your car start because there was a drunk driver on your route that would have hit you if you were on the road.Me: (ashamed)God: The first person who made your sandwich today was sick & I didn't want you to catch what they have, I knew you couldn't afford to miss work.Me (embarrassed):OkayGod: Your phone went dead because the person that was calling was going to give false witness about what you said on that call, I didn't even let you talk to them so you would be covered.Me (softly): I see GodGod: Oh and that foot massager, it had a shortage that was going to throw out all of the power in your house tonight. I didn't think you wanted to be in the dark.Me: I'm Sorry GodGod: Don't be sorry, just learn to Trust Me.... in All things , the Good & the bad.Me: I will trust You.God: And don't doubt that My plan for your day is Always Better than your plan.Me: I won't God. And let me just tell you God, Thank You for Everything today.God: You're welcome child. It was just another day being your God and I Love looking after My Children...REPOST if you Believe in HIM Worth posting. Like the page @[353141244793408:274:Astig FM] and Visit www.astigfm.net.. Thanks!
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God: Well, let me see—the Death Angel was at your bed this morning and I had to send one of My Angels to battle him for your life.  –I let you sleep through that.
Me: (humbled) Oh~

God: I didn’t let your car start because there was a drunk driver on your route that would have hit you if you were on the road.
Me: (ashamed)

God: The first person who made your sandwich today was sick and I didn’t want you to catch what they have because I knew you couldn’t afford to miss work.
Me: (embarrassed) Okay…

God: Your phone went dead because the person that was calling was going to give false witness about what you said on that call, I didn’t even let you talk to them so you would be covered.
Me: (softly) I see God.

God: Oh, and that foot massager–it had a short that was going to throw out all of the power in your house tonight.  I didn’t think you wanted to be in the dark.
Me: I’m sorry God.

God: Don’t be sorry, just learn to Trust Me…. in All things, the Good and the bad.
Me: I will trust You.

God: And don’t doubt that My plan for your day is Always Better than your plan.
Me: I won’t God.  And let me just tell you God, Thank You for Everything today.

God: You’re welcome child.  It was just another day being your God and I Love looking after My Children…

WoW, uh,

Tomorrow IS a new day.

Catherine

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I seem to be off to a slow project start in this new year, but really enjoyed this list of

awesome ideas!

Some of their solutions left me asking,

“Well—why didn’t I think of that?”

Check out the full list…

89 Genius Solutions To Simple Problems

Catherine

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These are a few of my favs…

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This one goes out to my family…you know who you are!

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happy new year!

May I give the very Best Wishes to you all

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give Many Thanks to every visitor to this blog~it is

SO VERY APPRECIATED!

Catherine

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My focus for this coming year…

…I wish this for all of you as well!

My goals for this coming year!

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Remember this?

the chairs really ARE under all that stuff!

A family friend -and expert in all things Oz- has flown in from New York this week to help us go through my Uncle’s private collection of Wizard of Oz memorabilia.

So my week has shifted from furniture projects to riffling through more “storm damage” and a veritable treasure hunt.  Uh huh~we’re actually finding money sent to my uncle left in the envelopes they came in!

(he sent them their stuff, I guess out his own money since their money is still in the envelope-??)

We found this confederate money someone sent to pay for something. . .

confederate money found in some my uncle's mail!

Mom and Michael are PAINstakingly going through EVERY. THING. while I continue making trips to fetch more boxes fOr them to go through.  A BiG jOb folks.  No kidding.

We will be offering this extensive, and (in many cases) rare collection for sale through a new blog,

my Uncle painted in tribute as an honorary Munchkin!Oz Without End

~his passion for all things Oz!

My late Uncle was a very smart, interesting, saSSy, and humorous man—and I hope you’ll check it out (and subscribe) to see the mANy cool things that will be offered for sale, and laugh over the crazy antics of my late Uncle!  *btw~HE is the “Freddy” in Freddy & Petunia!

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I have several projects waiting for my attention that I can’t wait to get started on—but THIS project is taking over the week!  ~Bear with me, pretty please!

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Btw~what’s your favorite part of the movie?!?   *which will be 75yrs old in 2014!

Mine was when the Coroner pronounced that the wicked witch was not only MEREly dead–she was really quite sincerely dead!  As a kid, I remember being so impressed, “WoW, THAT’s dead!”

And sadly, although my Uncle knew the actor (Meinhardt Raabe) personally, I never got to meet him.

Catherine

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the fall acorns--found on my daily walks!As I go for my (supposed to be) daily walk–I see the acorns are once again falling from the Oak trees.  Yay!

NoT.

That means summer is OVer. And that makes me incredibly sad. Summer is my FAVorite time of year!  Oh how I will miss all the beautiful flowers, and watching the dragon flies, and the birds in the fountain.

the view out the windows~

the view out the windows~

. . .And waking to the song birds fighting over the 4 perches at the feeder.  :’ (

2 of the fall colors I've chosen!But—I’ve started painting acorns for   fall decorating.

A relaxing job WITH

a nice CD of french music

AND a glass of wine.  ; D

*I’ve been channeling Kim/Savvy Southern Style and Kim/La Belle Époque Home and their shopping trip to France— and wishing I could’ve gone too!  Instead, I’m enjoying their pictures on instagram!

Catherine

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