Sunday, August 30, 2009

Panther Creek weekend

Went to Panther Creek this weekend to celebrate my mom's birthday and hang out with the much fun.

Emily had pigtails for only the second cute!!

I took Friday off so that I was able to get there in time for their pep rally (it's been 15 years since I went to a pep rally!!!)

Emily LOVED riding over to the gym in her wagon. Mommy and Papa gave it to her for her 1st birthday.

She also LOVED the "buhvs" .... balloons are still favorites!

At the football game Friday night, she was all over the place!! Phillip has to work during the game, but the other four of us took turns letting Emily play and run....

These stairs were a favorite item....she thinks that she can climb them......not quite by herself yet!

You can see here that her current speed is RUN!

Emily now has 6 teeth and is eating pretty much anything and everything.....though sometimes she has to be reminded that she likes something.

We celebrated Mom's birthday ..... she got some fun stuff, including two saucers to replace broken ones from the everyday dishes she's had since their wedding!!

And of course, more family has become a habit almost every time we are all together....

Monday, August 24, 2009

Second Annual First Day of School Dinner

Tonight I had my friends Sarah and Kelly over for the second annual first day of school celebration dinner. No, I'm not a school teacher, but they have both been teaching (7th grade math and elementary music, respectively) for around 10 years each! Last year we gathered at Sarah's and this year I volunteered to host. Of course, what I really needed was Kelly's husband, Adrian, to help me hang my trellis! But, whatever the reason, they all came over and we had a great evening.

On the menu tonight was a stir fry mix I had in the freezer, purple juice salad (served in my new thrift-store parfait glasses - found three more this past weekend at the Goodwill store for $0.79 each!), brownies and leftover home-made ice cream. Since they are family to me, it was a very low-key dinner -- which included me making the brownies as they were walking in the door -- very unlike me. I usually plan way ahead!

Here is the couch wall....before:

And as a reminder, this is what the trellis looked like when I bought it:

My amazing trellis-hanger, Adrian! (He really is quite the accomplished carpenter, so this was WAY beneath his skills.....I just didn't have enough arms and hands to do this alone!)

And the finished product, on the will be so fun to see what different things I can do! I painted the solid portion on the left with chalkboard paint, so that should be very fun to play with.

And, of course, no project in my house is ever complete without a new tool or some addition to my hardware closet. You've already seen my new sawhorses, plus I picked up some more screws and anchors. Gotta have the correct parts to do the job right!

Saturday, August 22, 2009

Views from the hammock

I enjoyed a lovely hour or so swinging in the hammock, watching the birds, and reading.....oh how fun this is going to be.


I ended up ordering a travel hammock due to the size constraints of my exsisting posts. It came in only a few days! Here is the before:

and the after! I tried it out after mowing, but had dirty feet and didn't read the instructions on how to get in the thing, so I didn't spend much time and it wasn't very comfortable because I didn't know what I was doing!! I'll have to go back out later this afternoon and give it another whirl.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009


Fun giveaway today over at The Inspired Room....but I don't want you to enter because I want to win!! :-)

Saturday, August 15, 2009


Who ever said the weekend was supposed to be restful?

So, last night I decided to go ahead and start painting that trellis from last was as close to cool enough as it gets in August in Texas, so I set up shop in my garage. See those nifty things under my trellis? Folding, plastic sawhorses! So great. I've been *needing* sawhorses for a while - they just make solo projects so much easier. But, I didn't want to buy big heavy bulky ones. And I think my grandpa made my dad's eons ago - I sure didn't want to do that (or even know how!). So, when I saw these, I knew it would be exactly what I needed.

Another recent find is these Tornado hooks that screw straight into drywall without having to use anchors or find studs. Perfect for my garage. I got a hook for my push broom several weeks ago and it is perfect. So, when I bought my sawhorses, I went looking for hooks to hang them on the wall....voila! Perfect size. Measured the span that would be right (used painters tape to get them reasonably level) and hung them while I was waiting for paint to dry.

See how perfect they are hanging up?? This is why I have a garage. Plus, of course, to house my car.

The other project of last night was to illuminate my gazebo. I've flirted with the idea of hanging lights for a while. Even bought a ton of cuphooks last Christmas intending to hang lights out there (because that is how lights are hung on my parents' house). I abandonded that idea as too labor intensive. Finally, after seeing some cute dragonfly lights on my friend Cindy's patio hung with staples, I decided to just bite the bullet. So, I bought some basic round lights and stapled them up around the perimeter. Yes, I ended up with slightly more length than I needed, but I just pulled out the bulbs from the doubled over section and have them as spares (which is good because I did break one while hanging them!). Ever try to hang lights by yourself? Thank goodness for a long extension cord and electric staple gun!

I also decided to hang one row of cuphooks on the front and use that for seasonal fun lights....these little chinese lanterns jumped out at me and I couldn't resist. I'll probably see what fun lights I can find at Christmas time - and might even see if I can change out every other bulb in the regular string to be red or something.....we'll see.

And on to the fun of today. I unintentionally woke up early and just decided to get up. So, I was out the door about 8:30 to run some errands and find what I could find. Lowe's was the first order of business. I've been wanting a hammock to hang between the two posts in my yard for a while....found one (on sale 50% off!) and got it home, but it was too big. Boo. So that goes back to the store.

Then down to Target to get another string of lantern lights - one wasn't enough. En route to the estate sale that was the ultimate goal, I found a thrift store and scored several treasures. A set of white shelves that are very sturdy - the openings are about 15x15x6 and it is about 30" high. Could be great scrapbook paper storage, except that I have mine stored in other ways. Basically, I don't know how I'm gonna use it yet, but for $4.94, I couldn't pass it up. I also got a pair of ice cream sundae dishes for $1.91.

The estate sale was a bust, but as I was driving aimlessly pointed in the direction of home, I stumbled across many more garage sales. I don't usually stop just because of the hassle of in and out of the car and I'm usually on more of a mission. But today, that was my mission. I found a couple other treasures - a fun snowman to add to my collection for $2 and a ribbon plate for $1. Plus I bought a book for 50 cents.

Once home, I unpacked all my treasures, hung the second set of lights, tried to hang the hammock (which required a trip back out and all around town because I didn't have the right hardware), repackaged the hammock to return, painted part of the trellis and salvaged boxes with chalkboard paint, painted a spot on the bathroom ceiling that was damaged when I had a A/C vent installed earlier this summer, and unloaded the dishwasher.

Now, I am gonna go season my steak for dinner, then chill for a while.....probably pay some bills and maybe run a load of laundry. Maybe I can rest tomorrow afternoon!!

Sunday, August 09, 2009

Sunday finds

After church today, while killing time before a wedding shower, I ducked into one of my favorite shops, Junkadoodle, that I, of course, discovered through my friend isn't antiques, it isn't quite junk, it is just fun stuff that has been repurposed or reclaimed to serve whatever creative juices are drawn in. I've been thinking for quite a while that I needed to do *something* over my sofa in my living room. I already have a big mirror on the other end of the room by the dining table, plus the whole facing wall is windows. Artwork, shelves for knick-knacky stuff, .....nothing was striking me. Plus I kinda hate to be too stuck on a color palette.....

So, when I saw this reclaimed trellis, I knew instantly that it would be perfect. I need to decide if I am going to paint it -- I'm afraid it would just blend into the creamy walls right now (and I'm not up for painting my living room at this point) the dilemma over color begins to rage. Freshen up the white? I've got brown paint left from my office re-do last summer ...... I've sent photos to Kelly to get her take as she is often my decorating guru, but I'm gonna throw this out there for you as well...... any thoughts??

Then, while driving home, I swung down a street in my neighborhood to check out a "HUGE SALE" -- it wasn't all that. BUT, on the way down the street, I saw these interesting items out for the bulk trash pickup. I stopped, got out to examine, and folks, these are some prime boxes. Sturdy and in extremely good condition. Could be transformed into shelves, toy boxes, planters.....who knows?! And for free? You know I had to pick them up. So, while I've got you brainstorming......any ideas? I'm thinking possibly planter(s) on the front porch, but I'm not sold on that yet......

Well, I think I'm off to put away clean laundry and then relax for the remainder of my Sunday before that ugly "W" word comes back into play tomorrow.....

Monday, August 03, 2009

Another random meme.....65 questions this time

65 Questions You've Probably Never Been Asked.....

1. First thing you wash in the shower? body

2. What color is your favorite hoodie? don't wear hoodies

3. Would you kiss the last person you kissed again? yep - Emily kisses are just right!

4. Do you plan outfits? sometimes

5. How are you feeling RIGHT now? annoyed

6. What’s the closest thing to you that's red? message light on my telephone

7. Tell me about the last dream you remember having? I don't remember the last dream I remember....

8. Did you meet anybody new today? nope

9. What are you craving right now? garlic bread

10. Do you floss? not often enough

11. What comes to mind when I say cabbage? ick

12. Are you emotional? at times - I ususally hide it, though

13. Have you ever counted to 1,000? not that I can remember

14. Do you bite into your ice cream or just lick it? lick it

15. Do you like your hair? depends on the day

16. Do you like yourself? most of the time

17. Would you go out to eat with George W. Bush? probably

18. What are you listening to right now? iPod on shuffle, fan blowing

19. Are your parents strict? in the past - yes

20. Would you go sky diving? yep

21. Do you like cottage cheese? absolutely not

22. Have you ever met a celebrity? yes

23. Do you rent movies often? not anymore

24. Is there anything sparkly in the room you're in? my cut glass business card holder is as close at it gets

25. How many countries have you visited? actually spent time in? 6, I think

26. Have you made a prank phone call? yeah, before caller ID

27. Ever been on a train? yes

28. Brown or white eggs? doesn't matter

29. Do you have a cell-phone? of course

30. Do you use Chap Stick? yes

31. Do you own a gun? yes

32. Can you use chop sticks? not very well

33. Who are you going to be with tonight? me, myself and I

34. Are you too forgiving? probably not forgiving enough

35. Ever been in love? not with anyone other than family

36. What is your best friend(s) doing tomorrow? probably enjoying the end of their summer break

37. Ever have cream puffs? I don't think so

38. Last time you cried? yesterday

39. What was the last question you asked? "Are you ready to work on _____?"

40. Favorite time of the year? winter/spring

41. Do you have any tattoos? not yet

42. Are you sarcastic? ummmm, yeah

43. Have you ever seen The Butterfly Effect? nope

44. Ever walked into a wall? almost daily - it's sad

45. Favorite color? this week? orange

46. Have you ever slapped someone? yes

47. Is your hair curly? not really

48. What was the last CD you bought? Aerosmith (at Half Price Books)

49. Do looks matter? some

50. Could you ever forgive a cheater? depends

51. Is your phone bill sky high? no - pretty much the same every month

52. Do you like your life right now? mostly

53. Do you sleep with the TV on? yes, go to sleep with it on timer every night

54. Can you handle the truth? usually

55. Do you have good vision? yep - after LASIK

56. I'm deleting this question b/c I don't like it. don't know what the original question was here.....

57. How often do you talk on the phone? every day at work

58. The last person you held hands with? probably Emily

59. What are you wearing? black pants, green shirt, black sandals

60. What is your favorite animal? none

61. Where was your profile picture taken at? New York City

62. Can you hula hoop? nope

63. Do you have a job? Yes

64. What was the most recent thing you bought? stuff at The Container Store yesterday

65. Have you ever crawled through a window? Not that I can recall