Showing posts from September, 2009

Trash to Treasure Tuesday

Okay, so I am a bit unprepared for Trash to
Treasure Tuesday! Why you are
wondering, well…for one, I forgot to
get the pictures together until late
last night right at time that I was
heading to bed. So at that point I also
wrote up a quick piece to go along with
my pictures but I needed to edit it. So,
instead of posting it to my blog, I sent it
to work, via email and figured I would do
it first thing this morning before work got

Since I don’t have that to post, gosh I
wonder what went wrong. Either I think
I clicked on send or it is floating around
somewhere in cyberspace. Then again
sometimes emails will get held up in the
hopper of our email provider, scanning,
checking for spam and things like that
for a bit…but I really expected it to be
here this morning. Oops!

So instead of doing my regular Trash to
Treasures Tuesday I am going to refer to
a blog I have been following and one that
I just love. The thought and ideas that I
have learned and that have come to me
in the past week or so since I sta…

Another Caleb/Nana Project

Last week I posted a blog on Trash to
Treasure Tuesday about the little
lamp I got at a yard sale that was
made out of a mason jar with crayons
in it. I went to dump the crayons since
Caleb has enough of those at the house
and really don’t care much for coloring
anyway when the recycling person in
me came out once again. I owe that to
my brother Mark who through the
years has instilled that quality in me.

What should I do with those older,
fat crayons? One thought came to
mind. As children we use to melt them
down over a glass jar to make a candle
holder or a vase. I knew Caleb had
never done this so I figured I would
save those crayons for when he was
at the house and we could make that
our next Caleb/Nana project.

Jar? I really didn’t have one to use
but I remembered an empty wine
bottle I had saved for the purpose
of using it to paint on and make a
candle holder or something. That
would work perfect. I used a large
plastic empty coffee container to
sit the bottle down in and as I held
the lighter near the bot…

Chiropractor verses Medical Doctor

How many of you out there have had dealings with
a Chiropractor? Back issues, shoulders, knees...etc?

Years, and years ago in my early 20's (that would be
20 something years ago) I saw one for a short while.
After I felt better, I stopped.

Again in my early 30's I saw one for awhile, only to
start feeling better and stop. One issue I had with them
was that it was a continuing thing. Something that you
have to keep coming for to keep things in working order,
or at most, several upon several visits to get you feeling

I guess when I was younger I thought things should be
simpler and it should be a lot easlier of a fix. Funny
how we think when we are younger. Now in my past
the Chiro's I saw normally just did the xray, saw the
problem and adjusted for that issue. But like I stated, it
was not something that could be done over night and
you had to go several times a week for weeks to do this

In the early years I had heard Chiro's called Back Crackers,
Quacks, they were not …

The Ghost With The Most

When my kids were younger I decorated for all
the season's. In doors and out. Over the years
as they grew and they got older, I got older!
Somewhere along the line I stopped putting
as much out here and there for this holiday

and that holiday and along the line I got rid of things.

As I have been surfing other blogs I have seen
where everyone has started to decorate for fall
and for the Halloween season. It started to put
me in the mood, so Friday before leaving work
I put my things out around the office. But as I
went to look for my Halloween things to decorate
with this year at home I realized that I did not
have that much stuff anymore.

I guess I really need to get busy and start making
somethings to decorate with at least to bring in the
fall season but with the planning of Octoberfest,
photo shoots of class seniors ( I do part time photography),
trying to get my back issue back in working order (slowly)
and work, I am not sure that I will get much done this year.

The sun did shine some today (…

Crossed Wires?

Two days ago as I was leaving the
office my cell phone rang. I was
unable to get it but when I got in
the car I returned the call. It was
from my friend, Nancy from Ohio.
She apparently was not able to get
to my call also so I left a message.

As I was driving home I heard my cell
beep, like I had a message. I checked
it and sure enough I did. Upon listening
to that message, from Nancy I realized
that she had just called back but I
could not understand how I had not
heard it ring, you see, I have my
ringer up loud and it plays “Does
your Momma Know”! How could
I miss that?

During my conversation with Nancy,
still on the drive home, I explained
that I had been having a few minor
issues with my home from time to
time. Usually nothing more then it
telling me to insert the sim card or
smart card, when its already inserted
or going straight to voice without
ringing. But I admitted that maybe
since the phone was an antique that
maybe it was time I got a new one,
you see, I was probably the last
person on earth to get a …

Trash to Treasure Tuesday

One day a few weeks ago I showed this item that I
had gotten at Goodwill on my Trash to Treasure Tuesday.

This past Saturday I was at the local animal shelter fund
raiser and I ran across another one that was almost like
my first. I had to get it. I paid $1.50 for this one. They
both look so cute on my porch.

Also, I picked up this Christmas wire basket type thing. I
love it. It will make a perfect basket for gift giving for
Christmas. I found this one at the local animal
shelter fund raiser also. This one also cost me $1.50.

From there Mom and I stopped at a couple of yard sales.
I found this cute lamp. I was not to crazy about the
shade but the old mason jar and lid was really neat.
The crayons will go and I will replace them with marbles
maybe and I will also replace the shade. This will look
so cute on the counter in my kitchen. Works great,
I gave a whole 75 cents for this item.

Now, to show you a couple of pieces that I picked up several years ago at a senior citizen home fund raiser. I was walk…

Dakota-Tricks- Video

My daughter thought my grandson needed
a dog a couple of years ago. That lasted
about six months or so then they moved
and were not allowed to have pets. It
was not that big of deal cause Dakota
(dog) and Caleb (grandson) had not
really bonded. When I say not really
bonded I mean Caleb being a boy, bored,
not many kids around to play with, he
tormented that poor puppy. Not hurting
Dakota but doing boy things such as chasing
him with remote control cars, chasing him
under beds, growling at him and the poor
puppy just did not care for that, or Caleb.

Anyway, two years ago this past August,
Dakota came to live with me. He was at
that time just six months old. He is a Jack
Russell terrier. Now, the deal was, could I
keep him for a couple of weeks until they
could find him a home…..yeah right. I knew
how that would go, so I started to look for
him a home. After a couple of weeks, he had
started to worm his way into my heart, even
though I stand firm in saying “I did not want
a dog”.

My daughter and grandson had li…


Happy Saturday evening all....

For those who know me well know that I love hot
air balloons, The Wizard of Oz and clowns. Maybe
its a child like thing, the colors or the fantasy, I
don't know, but I love these things.

Today there was a fund raiser for the local animal
shelter where my sister in law volunteers. It was
to raise money for the shelter and to try to adopt
out some of the animals.

My sister in law, Lori, had homemade squash relish,
canned tomato's and salsa. Donations were taken for
these items.

There were booths set up all around with lots of
items for sale. It was like a rumage/yard sale type
thing. I picked up a couple of items that I will
probably have this Tuesday on Trash to
Treasure Tuesday so come back then to
see what buys I got.

But today I want to tell you about the gift I
got that came from this sale. My brother, Ray,
was there first thing this morning and as he
was walking around he spotted three pictures
that brought me to mind. Knowing that I love
clowns, he made a d…


Ever just have one of those days where
something is said that just sticks in your
mind and hangs with you? A saying, a
phrase, a comment or a statement….

In my office we tend to pick up on those
type of things on a regular basis. For a
while there I was even keeping a weekly
list for the “phrases of the week”! That got
a bit hard cause at the end of the week
when I sent the list out to people, I either
had to remember what the conversation
was that lead up to that phrase and or
comment or I had to explain it to someone
that happen to not be around when it took
place…it was getting harder to do that each
week. And then there were those times with
each comment or phrase that it just was not
as funny unless you were there, you know
the ones I am talking about…the ones where
you busted a gut laughing at but when you
retold it, the impact was just not there!

Today one was said that just seems to be
hanging with me. Deborah in the office
made the statement that the hand sanitizer
she used at the doctor’s office ha…

Office Joke - Birthday Surprise

I have always been one that is always full
of jokes, fun remarks and laughs even
at the office or work place. I found
that if you did your job but there was
laughter it helped to make the day go
by faster and the work to flow smoother.
I found that to be true for sure on the job
I have now. But little did I know that
there would be so much competition in
that area! Most times before I can come
up with a good one liner (and I am usually
Johnny on the spot with them) someone
else has jumped in with one or before I
can think of a good trick to play, someone
else has come up with one…..not this time.

We work in nice neat little cubes with
about 5 foot or so walls. We tend to talk
to one another over the walls through out
the day. There is a man that works down
from me, very nice retired Navy man, keeps
to himself, and there are some days that
I wonder how he handles the days with
all of us women around him. He never
remarks on our conversations, our
comments or remarks, unless we call
out his name. He is fun to h…

Trash to Treasure Tuesday - Two Cabinets

Today I am going to feature in my Trash to Treasure Tuesday
two really great pieces that came my way.

The first is a oak cabinet with three glass sides. The right side
opens as a door. It has a light in the top but it has not worked
since I got it. I have yet to get in there and mess around with
it to get it working...Maybe that will be another project.

This cabinet includes three glass shelves also. I have several
of my favorite items displayed in this cabinet in my kitchen.

I found this item at a yard sale next door to my Mom. The
family that was living there had sold their home and was
moving out west and selling most everything they owned...
no they were not going by wagon train! The buy on this
was just way to perfect to pass up. Not a scratch on it....
$10.00! What a steal. I love it.

The next item was an even better steal. Can you say FREE. I
love FREE. The woman that lives a couple of doors up from
my Mother had this in her home and during one of her sales
she was getting rid of this. She had…

Christmas Plaques - Still Working on Octoberfest Stuff

Octoberfest is just a month away so I spent
all day Saturday (okay, I cleaned the house
and put laundry away first) on some plaques
for the sale. I had been making some
“Welcome Friends” plaques for porches
or front doors when it hit me that I made
some other plaques a few years ago that
were really cute…..the light bulb went off!

On the way home from work Friday evening I stopped at the local craft store (Hobby Lobby…gotta love it), and picked up some things I would need for the new plaques. I am thinking that these will be good sellers since people will probably be thinking Christmas gifts or decorations while walking through the many tents of Octoberfest. Or at least I try to think that far ahead.

Check out the new plaques. I think they are so cute. For those of you who wish to make some here is what you will need.

Wooden plaque –oval, round, etc (your choice on that as well as size)
Ribbon or jute
Bonding glue
And craft Christmas lights – flat on back side

Stain the plaque and allow t…

9/11 - Eight Years Ago Today

In a way it’s hard to believe that it has
been eight years already but yet in other
ways, like with the war, it seems forever.

It was a time when we all came to a standstill.
Planes stood still. I remember sitting on my
deck where planes usually fly over often to
hear pure silence. To drive the interstate at
dusk to see no semi's on the road. It was an
erie feeling. So strange to what we all knew.

I want to say a prayer and I hope all
join in for all the men and women who
are away from their families today fighting
for us, the US, you, me, our families, so that
we can blog, we can email, we can pray and
we can hug our kids today! Bless each and
every one of you. Bless Phillip, one of my
best and long time friend’s son. He should,
as we speak be recently arrived back on
American soil. And bless Michael, another
long time friend’s son who also at this time
is on American soil from a recent tour in
Afghanistan. These young men are fighting
for our us and when I say us I mean you
and I, I mean the U…


Up until a few months ago, I had no clue as
to what this was, thanks Danny for
enlightening me to this one! Now it
seems that every where I turn I hear
about “playing cornhole”!

To enlighten me even more I took my
grandson, Caleb, to our regular
grandson/Nana/Kids Project Day at
Home Depot this past Saturday and they
made a mini one. I have blogged about the
Home Depot Kids Project before, this is
something that Home Depot does for kids
up to 12 years of age, 9 am to 12 pm. on the
first Saturday of every month. It is free and
it is so nice for the kids, it allows them to
get in there and make something with their
hands and they have such pride of doing that.

Anyway, as usual, I got off the subject,
Caleb made a mini cornhole board. These
boards are simple in construction basically.
In Caleb’s kit there was only 5 pieces that
he had to hammer together. The hole in the
main board was already cut. Two of the smaller
pieces that go under the main board are for
holding the corn filled bags that you use
for tossing…

Trash to Treasure Tuesday-Age and Love for Older Things

I remember when I was young not liking
older things at all. I liked history but
I can’t say that I liked the history
behind an item or the desire to
have an older item in my home,
with or without that history. As
I have aged, that has changed. My
home is a mixed of new and old, hand
me down and then the newer things.
I find myself leaning more to the older
hand me downs or the things that I have
acquired at a sale, flea market or antique
store. These are my trash to treasure items
that I am posting today.

First there is my black kettle. I would say
this is fairly old for one reason and one
reason only….its so heavy and so well made,
you don’t find items made like this anymore.
It was given to me by an old friend a couple of
years ago and a great added addition to my

A couple more items given to me are the
meat grinder and the egg keeper. A
friend of my Mothers that lives up the
street from her was having a yard sale
a year or so ago and these items belonged
to her Mother in law. The sale was finishing

Octoberfest Coming Up

Octoberfest is coming up for 17th and 18th of next month.
Although I have been to these things and to different kinds
festivals I have never been a part of anything like this so this will
be all new to me. Wish me luck.

I will not be doing this alone. My friend Debbie has rented
the booth with me. I am not sure what she will be putting
in the booth but I have several projects going that I will be
puttting in there.

One of my projects is a flip flop flyswatter. These things look
so cute! I make these using a childs small flip flop and bambo sticks for the handles.
They are really strong although they do not look very thick. I drill a
hole in one end to run a ribbon through for hanging the flyswatter when
not in use. Then I drill a hole in the end of the flip flop. I insert the bambo
stick with a bonding glue on the end into the hole. From there I decorate
to any style. Cute aren't they?

Next thing I will putting in Octoberfest is some homemade candleholders.
These are made from cups and saucers. I…

100/Plus a Wow

That is the score that my grandson,
Caleb got on his math test two days
ago in school.
His Nana is so very proud of him!
Way to rock it Caleb.

The teacher even added the WOW to the
top of the page which made him even prouder
of the grade he had received.

Caleb is a very smart little boy, he learns fast
and easy but the best part is he retains what
his little brain soaks in. I love it…math was
my worst subject in school. Course, I don’t
think I will really share that with him just yet.

Caleb finished the 2nd grade reading well into
a 4th grade level. He loves to read science
books and it amazes me the things he comes
out with from time to time just in a normal
conversation. I have turned to the internet a
time or two just to check it out after he has left
my house! Usually he is right on the number
with it!

Not only does he learn in school and from books
but I have had him tell me things and when I
ask where he learned that he will tell me either
on Animal Planet or The Discovery Channel.
Soak it in Sweetie…so…

My Photography

The diamond drop


I have always tried to have a camera in my hands. I think I got my first one, a Polaroid
Instant camera when I was about 12. Of course that was a black and white that took a flash cube. From there I went to a pocket camera with the flash bar.
From there I lost track of the camera’s I had and for a short spell with running a household and paying bills, a camera was not a priority. That meant when one died the money was not there to replace it and there was not always the money there to have film developed. So for a few years I did without.

But then came the nicer 135 mm cameras. Still not the professional type, but they were just fine with me. I never had the type that you changed out lens or flashes. But I still loved taking pictures, usually the family and the kids. Then, five years ago I went to work for Photo Services for the State of Tennessee. This was the department that did the photographing needs for the state, state parks, Governor events, any state depart…