Thursday, August 28, 2014

Dog Days of Summer........

It's been an incredibly long streak of upper-90's and I'm sooooo tired of it.  It saps me of all energy and there's so much I need to accomplish.  Why is it that when you have crummy weather and need to stay inside, it's so hard to have any ambition?????  It has taken all my energy to just keep things watered (not an easy task)!!!!

So this is some of the handwork that I've managed to finish.

I found the wonderful early blue dough bowl and decided to fill it with rag balls.  Love that blue is showing up again.  The black cats and pumpkins are just a primitive idea I saw and wanted to try.  We'll see if customers like them.
I made two of these pillows last year and sold them.  They take a lot of time but I love making them.....


 
I have company coming next week.  Barb lived in the little town of LaRussell with us and we were very close.  She sometimes stayed with us while her parents traveled for their business.  She lives in California now but loves to come back for our reunions.....this is her 50th high school reunion.  This time she's bringing her daughter for a first-time visit.  So next week is packed full and the next week we'll be getting ready for our Fall Open House.....
 
 
It's called "never a dull moment"!!  Hope you all have a wonderful Labor Day Weekend!!!!
 



Thursday, August 7, 2014

Where did the summer go......

Can't believe my little ones (they aren't very little anymore) are getting ready to head back to school.  This summer has flown by and I can't stand to see it go.  Guess we actually have a couple more months of nice weather but it always seems that kids going back to school signals "the end".  It did back when I was in school but waaaaay back then, we didn't start until after Labor Day.  Sometimes I want to yell at father time "SLOW DOWN"!

I know I've been so bad this summer about blogging but to you few who still read Summer Sundays, I'm going to make a real effort to be better at this......we'll see!

My garden has been doing medium well.  I get enough for my everyday needs but not much to freeze.  There are tons of green tomatoes so maybe someday soon.  Meanwhile, Judy and I took off this week and went to visit an old friend of ours from LaRussell.  Kaye lives on a small piece of land not far from Carthage.  It amazes me what women can do when they're not afraid of a little (or a whole lot) of hard work and Kaye definitely is a hard worker.  She has an amazing garden that was overflowing with ripe produce.  We brought home tomatoes, zucchini, peppers and eggs......

Look at those tomatoes lined up on her deck and there were boxes of them below that.  She said she had canned 125 quarts of tomatoes and I forgot how many green beans.....
 
 
 
I love all of her outbuildings.  It was an old farm and she had intended to live in an old rock house but it burned before she could move in.  The rock walls are still standing but that's all.

This is one of several outbuildings that are wonderful.  Some are rock, some old tin, and most are this old wood. 

 This is her chicken house.  I'm thinking there were 8 chickens.  This is one of the original rock buildings.
 
This is a sign she made and hung on the coop and yes, she left the "r" of the rooster.  Love it!


 
 
They are a happy bunch of chicks.....
 
 
Our friend, Murray, met us at Kaye's.  We've all been friend's since school and are all the better for it.
 
Last weekend was the monthly sale at Fordland and Allison, Stella, Phoebe and I .went.  Judy always participates and everything looked great......
 
 

Phoebe wanted the "p" but Mom thought it might be a little large for her room.....
 
This is there special events room but they also sell the merchandise.  They had their first wedding there a couple of weeks ago.


I bought two of these posts with the hopes of making lamps.  They will make amazing, large, lamps.
 
 
It was a fun day and came home with some great treasures.
 
I have a new computer and it's about to push me to the limits trying to get adjusted to it.  It's just so darn sensitive and has a difficult time doing what I want   it to.  Change is so hard for me!
 
 
Hope everyone has a great day.  I'm going to really try to do this more often!!!!!!


Sunday, July 20, 2014

Nothing much better then summer sundays....

We have been blessed with the most amazing weather for the last week.  Open-window nights and enjoying- the -back- porch days.  I've managed to keep the garden weeded and the flowers dead-headed without too much complaining.  My tomatoes are just starting to ripen and finally, I'm beginning to get cucumbers and zucchini......life is good.

Yesterday, Phoebe was with me and we made peach jelly.  She loves helping me and there's never a task she won't tackle.  She's a delight!
Just read this quote on Susan Branch's wonderful blog and love it.....

  We made up some of my bread so she could take bread and jelly home with her.



I've been without a sewing machine for over 2 weeks now and I've felt a little lost.  Since the weather was nice enough to work in the garage, decided to paint this wicker table for Leola's....

 
I painted the bottom but left the top natural wood but put a finish on it so you actually use it.  Love the way it turned out even though this isn't the greatest picture.
 
I still have a garage and basement to clean out.  The garage sale got rid of a lot of "stuff" but didn't put out many clothes.  My goal at the first of the summer was to bag the things that I never wear and see if I missed them.  Well, I didn't so they're all going....someplace.  Love that I have drawer space and closet space again.  "Things" really do slow you down.
 
Hope everyone has a wonderful week.
 


Saturday, July 5, 2014

Beautiful weather.....

It's a very odd to have this mild weather in July in southern Missouri but we'll take it anytime.  It was a beautiful 4th of July and by all the fireworks going on around my house, lots of people took advantage.  I swear some of them shook my house!

We worked at Judy's on Thursday getting her porch and yard ready for the photo shoot that Vintage Style Magazine will be doing bright and early Monday.  They mentioned us in their most current addition as one of their favorite midwest shops and actually used a couple of my photos in the article.


Linda, enjoying resting on the lawn....

 This old wooden box had been setting on the porch and when we opened it there were millions of wasps.....we took care of them.....



It all looks wonderful and vibrantly green thanks to all the rain.

Hope all of you have a wonderful weekend.

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Summer Saturdays.......

It's been a beautiful Saturday in the Ozarks.  Warm with a few gentle showers to help the tomatoes grow.  Now tonight I'm sitting on my backporch enjoying the sounds of crickets, frogs and kids next door playing in their pool.
 
My kids are on their way home from a week in Colorado.  They've had such a good time. 


 
They went with some of their really good friends and think they've had a really good time.  What wonderful memories!  Can't wait to see them!
 
This was the weekend for the Fordland antique sale.  Love being able to go and take pictures. 
 

 
 The guys have the most beautiful herbs in all kinds of wonderful containers......












This is a small portion of Judy's area.  She likes to do this show and does a little promoting for Leola's.


Hope all of you are having a wonderful weekend and enjoying the same beautiful weather we are.  Have a wonderful Sunday.



picture from Country Living