Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Snow pictures

About that special picture of Eli...

Does he look rotten or what?

I sent a few snow pictures to Andee and Todd to show them the amount of snow we got here. Seems they got more rain than snow. They have moved back to NC but are in a county further east.

Anyhow, from one of the pictures, Andee zoomed in on Eli and came up with this sweet picture. Andee thinks the caption should be,

"I want to be rotten, but I'm just way too sweet"

Eli loved the snow!

and here's a few more snow pictures...

We rarely get snow in December, and certainly never this much!

The old bird house looks like a face.

Little Weetie struggled to run through the deep snow.

Snow made the raggedy old chicken wire fence prettier, 

 and the little duck pen down near the pond.

Cedar limbs heavy with snow hang low over the dam.

Just a few more, I promise...

Whew! Way too many pictures, I know. It was just so pretty!

The beauty of today was that big warm sun in the sky and the snow beginning to melt away! As beautiful as this snow was that first day, you just can't beat a warm sunny summer day. 

Thank you for looking.


Monday, December 10, 2018

What a snow storm this turned out to be!

But first, I had never given a thought to kitty cats eating those silver icicles off a Christmas tree. Thankfully, neither of our cats have ever bothered the tree, but I will be watching them closely. Thank you Deb, and others too, who mentioned this in their comment.

A few days ago, Granny Marigold asked about the bunny rabbits, so I was working on a Bunny post.  Wanted to show you how I had added tarps to the bunny lot...

Yep, I did good! Now the bunnies would be protected from the cold winter wind.

The bunnies would get the early morning sun through the open front and a little late afternoon sun from the one open side. It would be cozy.

Then we hear the local weather report...Snow storm! Beginning Saturday night! Up to six inches predicted for us (we got eight inches!) with snow all day Sunday and wind gusts up to 35 mph. Good grief!

So, I bundled up again and headed back down to the bunny lot with another tarp to cover the other side. Only the door end of the lot was left uncovered. Now the bun buns surely would be cozy through the storm

Early Sunday morning Bunny Village looked fine, even with a covering of snow. All four bunnies were safe inside.

But the next time I checked...

Oh no! One side of the canvas top, filled with heavy wet snow had fallen in. The bunnies were fine, but what a wet soggy mess their sweet little village has become. Poppy has already ordered a new canvas top. Hopefully it will get here quick!!

Thankfully each of the bunnies has their own box filled with hay and protection from the weather.

"Penny" and her son, "Chief, Son of Bun".

Sweetest "Fiona"

Messy Mr. "Bun Bun"

One of these days I hope to have a pretty little house for each bunny. I keep check on Craigslist. For now though, the old cages will do. Poppy says these rabbits eat better than we do. :( 

Thank you to two new followers, "Changes in the Wind" and "Phoebe's World. I appreciate your friendship.

Thank you Granny Marigold for asking about the bunnies.

Well I wanted to finish up this bunny post, but tomorrow, hopefully, I will be back with "snow pictures"!! Bet you can't wait!! :) There is a really special picture of Eli.  


Wednesday, December 5, 2018

More on Christmas!

Hey friends,

Think I've found what the little Christmas tree needed...

Do you all still use those old fashioned icicles?
all knotted and tangled. Every year as I stand and carefully hang one icicle from the tip of each branch on the tree, I remember the years Shelby, Jackie, and I decorated the trees at home. 

Shelby, being the oldest, was in charge and of course there was always an argument, especially when it came time to hang the icicles on the tree. Jackie, the youngest at the time, wanted to throw the icicles and let them grab onto the tree.

"Icicles are supposed to 'HANG' on the tree like icicles"! Shelby would say.

"Mama, tell him to STOP throwing icicles on the tree"! 

"Huh uh mama", Jackie would say, "look, you're supposed to throw-um on and let-um fall down like snow".

"Oh, for goodness sake, hush, all of you"! Mama would say in that pleading tone of voice.

"Surely, mama didn't mean me too. I wasn't doing anything".  I would think to myself. 

I was the middle child and afraid of Shelby. Why, she had warned me many times, "DON'T TOUCH ME"!  So, being the odd ball and of all things born a Virgo, I was probably sitting in the background sorting out Christmas balls by color and size.  Plus, purposely trying to be the sweet one in the bunch, which sickened Shelby. 

We were simply being children, siblings. We loved each other and did get along...most of the time.

The icicles show up more in this little side view of the tree.

anyhow, I've put this old chair here thinking Santa might want to sit and rest a little between stops. Hope it's sturdy enough. It's very old. A gift from my Cousin Patty back when she gave us the old Civil War cupboard. Thank you Patty.

and here's Eli...

Eli has once again asked Santa for a new bear. He's says my stitching just doesn't hold up any longer, and see, the bear's head is falling off again.

and Smokey...
says he will be happy with whatever Santa brings, but can he sleep on the footstool near the tree on Christmas Eve?

Dumperoo and Weetie are too busy running through the house to stop and speak...we'll check with them later.

Oh friends, I promise you...I will get over this soon and stop posting so much about Christmas!


Monday, December 3, 2018

Trying to get that Christmas Look

The new church, situated in the little mantle village...

I've been busy trying to make things look a little like Christmas around here, or at best, a little like December.

Do you ever get your Christmas decorations pulled out, get the furniture moved around and pictures taken off the wall, then feel like the whole house is up-side-down. Well, I do, and did! and now, not even sure I like what I've done...  

Things do look a little out of proportion.

Wanted the look of cedar trees in the background of the mantle village. Oh, did you see the "real" bird's nest up there? Second picture up?

So, between rain showers on Saturday, I cut a wheelbarrow load of cedar boughs from another fallen cedar tree...

I'm not good at making wreaths for the door, but I do like tying a handful of cedar and holly together to make a swag.

Did I mention the acres and acres of brown leaves?

reminds me of another neat line in that famous Christmas poem by Clement Clark Moore...

"as dry leaves that before the wild hurricane fly, when they meet with an obstacle, mount to the sky. So up to the house-tops the coursers they flew, with a bag full of toys, and St. Nicholas too".

Can't even see the paths here! I'm thankful to say the sun has come out this morning and if these leaves dry out, I just might rake a teeny tiny bit!!

and Eli says he just might sleep through all this fuss...

and guess what else I did with that wheelbarrow load of cedar? Outlined the entire fence around the front porch. I surely did...

Oh gosh! I've done way too much here; the post, I mean.  Will be back with the Christmas tree.  Just not happy with how it looks. :( 

Thank you so much for putting up with me. Best friends I've ever had! Oh, and thank you to a new follower. I appreciate you!


Thursday, November 29, 2018

Still, so much to post, so little time

Well, the new rug is unrolled and under the table...but first, thank you all for your comments, which meant the world to me. Here's the new rug...

The fit is perfect and the colors in this rug make it look old. I like that. 

So, I promise to hush about all this now and be happy, and stop feeling sad about the old mahogany table. I've got to tell you this though...a small strip of wood from inside the old china cabinet door fell off. Seriously! You can see it in that first picture. After all these years. Trying to tell me something maybe??

Having more space to move around in the little dining area is good. Why, I can now open the china cabinet door without bumping the table...

and Poppy said, "Mel, don't let the cats climb on these new stools and get hair all over the seats". :(

Wellll, what was I supposed to do?

Up at 4:30 this morning, (Poppy works at the deer processing plant today) I carried Eli and Weetie out first thing. It was freezing cold and the moon was overhead and that made me think of, "Twas the night before Christmas..."the moon on the breast of the new-fallen snow gave a lustre of midday to objects below". Of course, we don't have any snow, but it felt like we did. I love that poem and that is my favorite line.

and thinking of Christmas...

I went in the "Safe Space" thrift shop in downtown and was simply amazed. They have turned the entire place into a little Christmas village. I've never seen so much in one little building, all used stuff, but beautiful! Wish I had taken my camera. I bought the cute Santa above. It is really neat.

look at their faces...
It's big and heavy. Too heavy to hang on the tree but will look good added to the Christmas village on the mantle. Oh, and I found the prettiest church too...need to take a picture, but...
I kinda like these fat little ice skating snowmen too. I've simply got to bring the tree inside today and start decorating..I'm so excited!! 

So, here's the church...

Pictures taken inside the cabin sometimes look dark, but log cabins are dark inside. Makes me think of Tasha Tudor saying, in one of her books...

 "Everyone says my house is dark, but people don't realize how dark old houses were. I love it dark. It's like a nice chipmunk's nest".  She also said, "Candles are flattering to an old face. I've always used them". Don't you just love Tasha Tudor. I do!

Looking forward to building the little village. Got to drive to Henderson and pick up a prescription before starting anything! :(

Well, I was serious about the title, "so much to post, so little time". My little blog shop and sewing room have been much neglected, and there are new aprons and crafts to show you. Need to post about the craft festival Shelby and I did weeks ago, and tell you about two very special gifts I received from two sweet blogging friends. There's acres and acres of leaves to show you and well, hopefully I will be back here soon. :)


Tuesday, November 27, 2018

So much to post, so little time

Well I've got so much to talk about this morning, I simply don't know where to begin. Bet you dread it...

Oh friends, I am trying to adjust to a modern counter height table and stools sitting next to my 1920's mahogany china cabinet. :( Wouldn't it be wonderful if life had a rewind button? Just go back  few weeks and LEAVE WELL ENOUGH ALONE!!

Poppy said, as the last stool was put together and placed under the table, "I can tell by the look on your face that you don't like it".   He also said, "well listen, if the Lord is willing and we're still here a year from now, we will put this set on Craigslist and buy something else". 

Actually, this is not as ugly as I had built it up to be in my mind. But before the stools were finished and under the table, I felt sick looking at that tall skinny table. The stools leveled it out a bit. I was thinking a lace tablecloth (I love lace tablecloths) would give it a more old fashioned look, but it only emphasized the height. 

and, remember the pretty red rug  that was way too small...

well, it is now for sale on Craigslist for less than half what we paid for it. We kept it for two months, waiting to sell the old mahogany table; too long to return it. We have ordered another larger rug. So, as soon as it arrives, I will be back with pictures!! 

Poppy has been mighty patient through all this.

Did you all have a good Thanksgiving? We surely did. Andee and Todd have moved back to North Carolina. Maddie too, but she is away at college. We are very thankful to have them close to home again! Poppy and I had Thanksgiving dinner them. It was wonderful and very special!

So, Andee sent me a few good Thanksgiving pictures for my blog, but the problem is, I don't know how to move them from email to home pictures, or to my blog.  Oh I managed to transport them, somewhere, but where?? The pictures may be headed your way, who knows! Dear dear me!

So my two pictures will have to do for now...

Andee opened the oven door to check the food. All I saw was how clean her oven was. Makes me ashamed. 

The food not only looked good, it was delicious!

Well when I started this post yesterday morning there was so much to tell you...guess now it will have to wait.

The new rug arrived late this afternoon, but I haven't had time to open it. 

Also, Eli spent the day with the groomer...he came home looking like a brand new stuffed polar bear, and smells so good! 

I will take pictures of both, and a few other things and hopefully, will be back tomorrow.

Thank you, friends. 


Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Oh my goodness! Has it really been ten days since my last post?? Where do the days go? and why can't I remember past yesterday? what has taken up the hours in my days...

Maybe I can start with yesterday. Let's see...Poppy worked at the deer processing plant. I fed the animals, straightened the house, washed two loads of clothes, then went to Walmart for groceries. Coming home from Walmart, a big silver truck got behind me and rode my bumper all the way down the dirt path. Guess who! Poppy, of course!

Great! He helped unload the groceries. We ate a little lunch, Poppy took a very short nap while I put the groceries away, then we left for Henderson to pick up our new dining room table and four chairs. That's right! another little update to our teeny tiny cabin, but wait...

Oh friends, don't ever tell Poppy, but deep down inside...I just know I've made the wrong decision. I just know it. It's the same feeling as when we sold mama's sweet little old car and watched the new owner drive it away.  You see, we sold our antique mahogany dining table and six chairs...

We sure did, on Craigslist. A young couple drove almost two hours, arriving here at 6:00 last evening to take it away. I loved that old table. We even threw in that old rug from under the table.  

It all started one morning not so long ago when Poppy, all bundled up to go hunting, found it hard to squeeze himself and his gun between the dining table and the refrigerator to get out the front door. At the time the dining table was turned around the other way, with the captain's chair at this end.

So, while in the furniture store in Henderson one day; picking up our two new counter stools...wait, I haven't told you about those either...

that's them way there in the distance, on the right of the counter. Anyhow, Poppy saw this small counter height table and four stools...the stools were identical to the two counter stools we had just purchased. He said he really liked the set. Where I messed up was when I said, "me too". 

So now I have this big empty hole in the dining room, and also one in my heart. 

And if that's not enough, I unrolled the new red rug...

that will go under our new table, and discovered it is a 6' x 6'...way too small, if you ask me! The old rug was a 6' x 8', at least! 

The new dining set is sitting in Poppy's shop waiting to be put together. Betcha that mahogany table didn't have to be put together before it could be used!!

So, back to yesterday...we got home from Henderson and unloaded our new table, leaving us about an hour to spare before carrying both Eli and Weetie for their vet appointments, which turned into a two hour ordeal...arriving home about an hour before the folks got here to buy the old table. Eli said, "Enough! I've had it"!

Well, my plan was to back on up and tell you about Sunday, Saturday, and Friday but I've already talked way too much. Besides, Friday and Saturday, Shelby and I were tied up with the big craft festival, so that will be another post, but don't expect much. :(

I will say though that I've cancelled my appointment to get the Prolia shot for my osteoporosis, for the time being anyway. Also, the steroid injection for my back has worked wonders, once again. I'm feeling almost back to normal, almost. 

Better get up from here and dip the ice cream. Well actually, I'm having a rich chocolate shake...made with one cup of chocolate almond milk, a frozen banana, and a tablespoon of cocoa...all blended up in my Nutra-bullet. It's delicious!

Wondering, should I publish this mess.