Thursday, June 30, 2016


Last night after dinner I heard an HBO word being muttered in the kitchen and Gibbs was slinking away looking very guilty. Upon further investigation I found spaghetti sauce all over the kitchen floor. Turns out Wade went to put the container of spaghetti sauce in the refrigerator and the lid wasn't on tight enough and the rest is history.

Not quite sure why Gibbs was acting guilty unless he thought the 4 letter expletive was directed at him.

This isn't his guilty look. This is his why are you pointing that phone thingy at me look.

Wednesday, June 29, 2016


I may not be a bundle of energy but for the moment anyway, I'm not feeling sluggish. This guy however is a different story.

I really don't know what he's supposed to be but when I look at him I think of a slug for some reason. He's one of Gibbs's favorite toys and the poor guy no longer has his devilish smile. Now he has more of a snake like tongue.

So what do you do when two snails have a fight? 

You leave them to slug it out

What is the definition of a slug?

A snail with a housing problem

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

I forgot to say please

Yesterday for my day off I had a doctors appointment in the morning. This was for one of those gynecological type things that I dread. I haven't had one in probably a decade and when I started with this new doctor he suggested I might want to have that done.

Turns out the nurse practitioner who does them is someone I know. I thought it might be kind of weird but it wasn't. She's very nice and chats through the whole thing. Then we discussed things like my blood pressure which is a little high and the fact that I should be taking vitamin D and calcium. Of course we couldn't end the appointment without mentioning that I really do need to schedule a mammogram.

A quick trip to the store to pick up the vitamins I needed and I was back home playing in my craft room. I thought I had this plaque all finished when I realized I forgot to add the word please

I printed out the other words on the computer but wanted to hand write the word please in between. I remembered my manners, inserted the word and now it's finished.

Sunday, June 26, 2016

New selfie and playing chicken

I got a hair cut so I decided it called for a new selfie. I had a picture on my phone that I showed the girl for how I wanted it cut. The picture had bangs. When she got to that she looked at the picture again and asked me if I was sure I wanted to go with the bangs. I asked her what her opinion was and she said she wouldn't instead she suggested the slight side bang which I've had forever.  Oh well bang bang, shot the idea of bangs down.

Yesterday I went to Wal-mart a little later than I usually go and it was like playing a game of chicken. As I was walking along with my cart I would be walking towards someone coming the opposite direction and do you think that person would move out of the way. Even when they made direct eye contact with me they would keep on course and I was the one who had to veer over to avoid collision. What was up with that? And then there were the ones who were blocking an isle and knew I was there but didn't move to the side so I could pass. Was it national rude day or something?

Saturday, June 25, 2016

The end

Our last stop on our girls day out was a small farm market. They had more flowers than anything else and they were priced really high but they sure were pretty to look at.

I wish I would have taken a picture from the parking lot so you could see just how many flowers they had. The hanging baskets were all gorgeous and they had TONS of them.

We both commented that you would think they would have them marked down some so they could get rid of them.

Friday, June 24, 2016

The dock of the bay

We weren't sittin' on the dock of the bay but we did walk around it. There were others sittin' though.

Down one side.

At the very end of the dock is this monument dedicated to the patriots who built in Erie's harbor. The fleet that won the battle of Lake Erie in the war of 1812.

On the way up the other side we saw the Victorian Princess.

 And just for fun, a little artsy edit of the ropes

Finally because the past few posts have got the song stuck in my head, I thought I would share the you tube video of it

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Up next

How about a boat ride today? There are plenty to choose from

How about one of these?

If none of those appeal to you perhaps we can make like a pirate

and board the  Scallywags for a pirate cruise

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Before and after

Today I have a couple pictures I took while we were out on Monday. I have the original cell phone shot and an edited version

I can't remember if I mentioned that the miniature golf place we went to was right on the lake. Just down the road from it was the public dock or Dobbins Landing.

After golf we took a walk down to the end of the dock and back. Along the way I spotted this seagull and took his picture. He was much more accommodating than the one who was trying to eat his lunch and was under the impression that I wanted to steal his piece of bread.

The picture wasn't bad except I didn't like how it was centered in the shot. So following the rule of thirds I cropped and then added a little HDR effect.

Just before going out on to the dock there is a restaurant called The Wharf. They have a beautiful outside eating area that is covered in vines and hanging flower baskets. There a rather large seating area in the front of the restaurant and additional seating down the side.  I wish I would have taken a picture of the front because my description just doesn't convey how really beautiful it is

I cropped, lightened and did a couple other things which I can't remember
From these seats in the picture you can enjoy your lunch or a beverage and look out at Presque Isle Bay.

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

a Monday full of fun

Yesterday my friend Debbie and I had a girls day out. We headed out in the morning and hit a few stores then we did something I haven't done in a very long time.

Can you guess what we did? This is where we were.

Maybe this one will help 

Yep, miniature golf. When we finished we walked down to the public dock and I've got a ton of pictures to share now. After that we stopped and had lunch.

Oh, who won? Debbie kicked my butt.

Monday, June 20, 2016

Gibbs says

I've been super photoed

To make matters worse, mom is going to go running off this morning to spend the day with her friend Debbie. Tomorrow she goes back to work so I'll be on my own then too. I think I need to report her to the bad mom bureau.

Sunday, June 19, 2016

Super Photo fun

First off let me say Happy Father's Day to all the dad's out there. 

I downloaded the Super Photo app and had some fun.

Just an ordinary not so good cell phone picture

 Tiled could make for a nice patriotic wallpaper

How about a cube?
So Saturday I did do a few little things but mostly I napped. I took 4 naps yesterday. I wonder how many I can take today

Saturday, June 18, 2016

Yesterday was another vacation day for me and it was such a productive day. I got so much done and today I'm feeling it. So today is going to be a sit back and chill kind of day

Friday, June 17, 2016

If it isn't one thing it's another

Well I didn't go to my PT appointment yesterday.. It was cancelled. The place I was going (which by the way is right across the street from where I work) isn't in UPMC's network so they won't pay for me to go there. If I want to go to physical therapy I have to travel at least 18 miles one way. Quite frankly I'm pretty sure I can handle doing the exercises at home by myself. It's basically just stretching and she told me that walking is good but I should avoid inclines for now.

Some of you asked about the lift for my shoe. Since I have scoliosis one hip is higher than the other and the lift helps even things out.

Totally unrelated is this stepping stone that has been sitting in my yard for 10 years now. The color is all worn off of it but I still like it

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Not much of anything

No I'm not feeling like an angry bird but I am hoping that today goes fast. It's going to be a very long day.

I went to physical therapy on Tuesday and it was mostly her asking questions and checking a few things. I go again today so we'll see what happens. She did give me a few very basic very simple exercises to do and she also gave me a lift for my shoe. I'm supposed to wear it in the shoe opposite of which hip hurts. I did wear it yesterday and I guess it helped a little.

Since I feel like I'm just rambling and not saying much of anything I'm going to cut this short and end here.

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Fasting isn't for me

I had to go for blood work yesterday morning and was told I had to fast for 12 hours. My appointment was for 9:00 am so not so bad right? Not eating wasn't too bad although there were several times I was thinking about heading for the kitchen and grabbing a bite. The worst was not having coffee. They said I could have water and a half a cup of black coffee. I don't drink black coffee. I need to add sweetener and creamer. So I wouldn't forget I hung this on the front of my coffee maker

Can you guess what the first thing was that I did as soon as I got home? Yep, had a cup of coffee.

While I was there I asked about my xrays to see if they had any news for me on those. According to them I have slight osteoarthritis in my hand and back. They're sending me to physical therapy and my first day of that is tomorrow. If you don't hear from me it's because I just didn't have the time.

After I had my coffee I did some playing in the craft room and on the computer. I posted that picture of my tree with the knot that looked like and eye and Sandra a.k.a. Mad Snapper said it might require some editing play time. So that is what I did

I won't show the original picture but if you want to see what it was you can go HERE

Now the tree has eyes and when I duplicated and flipped the picture it also gave it a beak.

It's a wise old tree and it sees everything

Monday, June 13, 2016

Morning guests

Yesterday morning while I was waiting for my coffee to get done I stood at the sliding glass door looking out in the back yard. I saw what appeared to be a brown plastic grocery bag laying in the yard. My first reaction was annoyance at someone being so careless with their garbage.
The arrow shows the trash in question since the picture isn't very good

While I was looking at it and taking the picture, it moved, then it came closer. Turns out the trash was the neighbors cat. I'm wondering if it was laying there watching the bird feeder

We also had this little guy visiting. He didn't care if the birds were hungry or not. He later started picking up all the seeds on the ground.

I had a video of all the rowdy birds but when I uploaded it to youtube it didn't look so good. They were out there in full force and they went through an entire cherry flavored suet cake.

Sunday, June 12, 2016

Around the yard

I've gotten a later start than usual today since last night I was being way too lazy very busy and this morning I slept in. It was heavenly not having to have my alarm set.

How about a walk around my yard this morning.

The hostas that were broken up and moved to various places are doing quite well except for one plant. (not this one) I have one that is very puny back under the tree in my back yard.

The bark on this try is all curling. 

Same tree different view. Doesn't that sort of look like an eye?

Oh and look what else is in my yard. Gibbs, enjoying the shade with his ball.

Saturday, June 11, 2016

But of course.

Well how could I not be happy. I'm not going to work today and I can do whatever I want. I don't even care that the weather forecast is for thunder storms.

I hope you will Bee Happy today too

Friday, June 10, 2016

Who's birthday is it today?

It's Amanda's of course. My first born is 33 years old today. Holy smokes where does the time go. Wish I could remember which birthday she was celebrating in the picture.

Happy Birthday Amanda.

Thursday, June 9, 2016

More this and that

Random this and that is all I can think of. Maybe one of these days I'll get back in to the swing of things and have something crafty to post.

The temperatures have dropped a bit and now we're hovering in the 50's. I hope that doesn't last too long.

If you look out towards the horizon you'll see that Friday is approaching fast and that means weekend. I've got a 3 day weekend since I took Sunday as a vacation day. I was over due for one.

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

This and that

Thank you everyone for all your well wishes yesterday.  To clear up one thing, I think I may have given the impression that I was still having problems with the finger I cut at work. That was on my left hand and has healed fine. The hand I was having x-rays done on was my right hand. I've had some sourness and swelling on my one knuckle which is most likely arthritis.

The peonies have bloomed and they smell like heaven. Its' a real shame that they don't last longer. 

At the end of last year we had a really bad wind storm that blew off the storm door on the front of my house. I think I mentioned it  here on the blog. What I haven't mentioned is that I've gone this long without a storm door. It FINALLY got put on Monday. I'm so happy that I can finally open my front door and let some air in.

Yesterday I left work to go get those x-rays done. I left at 10:30 and it's probably a 15-20 minute drive to get there. I was back at work at noon and that included stopping at Burger King and sitting there eating my lunch. No way did I think I would get done that quick.

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Well it's about time

The old lady has been complaining about all her aches and pains and the fact that her pieces parts are all wearing out. She should have gone to the doctor a long time ago but she wanted to switch. She didn't really like going to the old doctor because she only ever saw the nurse practitioner and she never felt like they listened to her. Not to mention she hated the half hour drive just to get there.

After being sent to the doctor who is right behind our house when she cut her finger at work she decided to switch to him.
Her first appointment was yesterday and he's already given her a prescription for pain and inflammation to use until he gets some more tests to see exactly what's going on. She's going for x-rays on her back and her hand. She's scheduled for blood work to check out a whole slew of things. 
But that's not all. She's also scheduled for a pap test and then will be scheduling a mammogram. He's also gave her something she has to do at home and so long as it comes out a certain way he won't harass her about a colonoscopy just yet. She really likes the doctor and everyone in his office seems to be really nice.

Sunday, June 5, 2016

May craft report.

To me, it felt like May was over in mere minutes after it began. I can't believe how fast it flew by. I don't really feel like I was all that productive craft wise but I did get some things done.

I made 2 butterfly magnets and 5 plaques.

The stripes on the flag plaque are fabric strips. The two bottom plaques are copies of ones I've already done but thought they were worth repeating.The one with the key has a much different look than the first one I did but the key and the saying are like the first one I made.

Update on my garden (or should I say lack of). Apparently the rabbit who didn't care for pepper plants changed his mind when he came back and found that tomatoes were no longer on the menu. My pepper plant now matches my two tomato plants.

Saturday, June 4, 2016


...a word of advice.

It's not nice

to snoop through a ladies purse.

I wonder if Ace found anything good in there

Thursday, June 2, 2016

dam rabbit

For the last couple years we have been planting our tomatoes next to the shed. It had gotten a bit neglected and this year I wanted to clean it up. Monday I went out with shovel and got busy.

Once it was all dug up I used some very old and rough landscape timbers to put around it. Doesn't look too bad if I do say so myself.

Since there is only 2 of us I only planted 2 tomato plants and 1 pepper plant.

Tuesday morning I went out to check on them and both tomato plants look like this


Apparently said rabbit is a fussy eater though because he didn't care for the pepper plant.

Notice the one leaf laying on the ground pretty much untouched. I guess he grabbed that, didn't like the taste and went back to the tomatoes.

In case you were wondering why I didn't post yesterday After the yard work on Monday and then some morning weeding on Tuesday my allergies had given me a terrible headache and I didn't even want to look at the screen. I love this time of year but I hate the seasonal allergies
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