Friday, April 3, 2015

Spring is my favorite......


It's been a beautiful day in the Ozarks.  Started out stormy but quickly turned into a sunny, 70 degree day.  Of course, what that generally means is storms move in which is the issue this evening.

 
And, yes, my feet got a little wet.....




Wish you could hear the sound.......
 
 
Everything is coming back and we've had lots of rain.  That usually means a good start for the garden.  One more chance for a frost this weekend and then I'm hoping we're ok to start gardening....at least the early crops.
 
 
 Have a wonderful Easter weekend......
 


Friday, March 20, 2015

Spring.....YEA.......


Happy first day of Spring!  It's Spring Open House weekend at Leola's and it's forecast to be the perfect weekend.....70 degrees and no rain!!!!  Everything is changing.  The trees all have big buds as do my lilac and forsythia bushes.  I LOVE SPRING!!!!


The finch are slowly turning gold....a sure sign...

Leola's looks absolutely amazing.  Everytime we do an open house I say it's never looked better but this time I feel certain it's true.  We have the most creative people with us....










 
This is the wool applique pillow that I made and my fabric covered eggs....
 

 
Hope it's beautiful wherever you live.  Have a wonderful weekend.


Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Where is Spring......

Can I just say that I'm done with winter.....no more please!  I really do feel bad because I know many have had it lots worse but today, I'm feeling really sorry for myself.  Not really....I know I have few reasons to feel sorry for myself.  My house is warm, plenty of food (although I did run out of butter) and plenty of good reading material and my sweet grandson and his friend came and shoveled my driveway.



After my daughter shoveled her way out and brought Sage and his friend over, they had it done in no time.  After they finished, I told them how grateful I was and how difficult it is for older women to shovel a complete driveway.  As we drove down the street we spotted another woman about my age shoveling.  Sage suggested we stop and see if she could use their help.  She was so pleased and shocked.  They did hers and she asked if they would mind  shoveling a path for the 84 year old woman one door down to walk down and get in her car later to go to a doctors appointment.  They also did that and put salt I had in the car on the path to melt the ice.  They did it with smiles on their face and felt so good about their accomplishments.

Then we went to Freddy's and they had triple cheeseburgers and large orders of French fries.....life is good!

Leolas Spring Open house is coming soon and I've been perusing Pinterest trying to find an idea for something I could be making.  I have some great merchandise but wish I had something to make during these long days....

 
I had purchased these chalkwear beauties from a friend and have managed to mark most of them.  I'm a primitive kind of girl but for some reason, I really love these little cuties.  Think maybe they remind me of kitchens when I was growing up.
 




I'm also marking a collection of ceramic chickens. 



Some are salt and pepper shakers while others are just singles and one is a tooth pick holder.  Took a lot of marking.

So grateful for a sunny, beautiful, 40-degree day.  Making myself trapse through the snow and fill the birdfeeders.  The poor birds must wonder what happened to me.  Kept thinking maybe they would eat some of that expensive food they dropped in the snow.  Don't think they want to stand in that snow.....spoiled birds!!!!

Hope everyone has a wonderful day.....I'm off to Leola's!




Friday, January 16, 2015

January doldrums.....

Thank heaven the sun was shining today and I actually walked out the door without a coat.  I'm not a fan of January and my spirits start to pick up as I see the month slowly crawling by.  It certainly helps when the sun shines.

Have managed to get my house back in shape after taking down all the Christmas.  My sewing room has really overwhelmed me so now there are 2 big plastic bags in the garage waiting to be given away.  What a relief!  I have way too much wool but it's so hard for me to give it up.

 
Found these today on a Facebook page and thought they might be fun to make for Valentine's Day.  I made two (but neglected to take a picture) so we'll see if my needlework is appreciated by others.  Needlework is my favorite hobby but unfortunately, I've run out of room and others don't seem to like it as well as I do.
 
 
 
One of my favorite things to do on a drizzly, cold, wintry afternoon is to snuggle up on my chaise lounge with my heating pad, a cup of hot tea and my Kindle.  I've read two amazing books that I've added to my favorites list.  This one goes on the top.....
 
 
Sometimes an author will just amaze you with his ability to write and this is one of those times.  His writing is artistry but the story makes it difficult to put it down.....even when you have a migraine.  This is one of those books that you'll never forget reading.
 
My other favorite is this one....
 
 
There were times in this one that I thought it was dragging and then I'd find myself absorbed in it again.  It was hard to imagine a young woman being so brave as to take off alone on this journey through the wilderness.  You realize in the end that she faced far more to fear in her everyday life then she did out in that wilderness.  It really made me stop and think that in the world we live in today, that's probably true for a lot of us. 
 
Hope everyone has a wonderful weekend and gets a chance to do a little reading.



Saturday, December 27, 2014

It's a wonderful life.....

Can you believe another Christmas has come and gone!!!!  Seems like we were just decorating at Leola's and here it is just a few days until 2015 (I just got accustomed to writing 2014).  Time flies when you're having fun.....


We had such a nice relaxing Christmas this year.  The grands came in their pj's and stayed in them all day.  Lots of talking, laughing, and eating.


The kids and dogs took a little walk......

Allison and Sage.....

I love that the kids are encouraged to make things for Christmas presents.  They all have their specialties.  This year Stella made her sister Zoe a very special gift.....
 
Her Mom repurposed an old suitcase and made her a case to keep all of her sewing supplies together.  It's wonderful and makes it so convenient for her when she's ready to sew.  She does a fantastic job.
 
Phoebe does a beautiful job of painting pictures.  This is the one she did for me last year.....
 
 
 
Not sure about Sage.  He's a very talented writer.  Maybe someday he'll write me a story!!!!
 
I've been searching Pinterest to try and find a project.  Now that Christmas is over, I'm in the mood to settle in and do something creative.  Working with wool is one of my favorite things and I saw where Maggie Bonnanami (not sure about the spelling) has a book out so maybe I'll run to the quilt shop in Branson and see if they have it.  Nothing I like better then to have a needlework project when it's too cold to want to be outside.
 
Hope you all have had a wonderful holiday season and are ready to settle in for a little bit of winter.....hope it's just a little bit!  Stay warm!
 

picture from Country Living