Saturday, November 17, 2018

Mission accomplished

I got home from work yesterday and my intentions were to get going on those table runners. But first, I had to chill on the couch with the tablet. Then there were a few little things to do around the house. By the time I finished that it was time to make some dinner. Once I finished eating I decided it was a good time to get the dishes done and clean up the kitchen.

STOP! ENOUGH! No more procrastinating.

I pushed up my sleeves and dug in and got those runners done. She wanted these for a narrow table so they aren't very wide. Sorry about the crappy picture but I took a quick one with my cell phone and it was after 6:00 so there was no natural light from outside.

Now I need to catch up on the blog reading and emails.

Friday, November 16, 2018

Looking back

I haven't done anything of a crafty nature since Monday so I'm out of posts. I was thinking about doing another one about the lanterns showing how I make them but haven't had the ambition yet. That leaves me with nothing other than talking about how I go to work and come home and curl up on the couch until it's time to go to bed. Since that's a pretty short story I thought I would look back to last year and see what was going on then.

Even though it's been cold I don't think it's gotten as cold as it did on November 11 of last year. We have been in the 20's though. Yesterday when I left work it cold, half rain half snow but I think the temperature was 32.

It seems last year in November I was on my paper bead making kick. Apparently the novelty wore off on that because I haven't made any in quite some time.

Maybe today when I get home from work I'll try and work on something in the craft room. I do have some table runners that I'm supposed to be making for someone. She brought me the material a while ago and I still haven't done them. My excuse is that she brought Christmas fabric and since I don't do Christmas till after Thanksgiving I wasn't able to start them.

Thursday, November 15, 2018

The green lantern part 2

I didn't do much to finish these lanterns off. Just painted them with some glitter paint which still keeps their color just adds a bit of shimmer. And then I glued on some bits and pieces that I had in my stash.

Here's a closer look and you can see some of the glittery paint. I painted one with a white glitter paint and this one with a green.

Now I need another crafty streak so I have something to post tomorrow.

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

The green lantern

Today I have another craft that was a free file from Simply Crafty SVGs

I made the first one exactly as the file came but thought that the tealight looked a little lost in it.

Then I thought I would see if I could resize it and I liked this size better. I added the bit of greenery around the tealight and it keeps it from moving around in the lantern

Here's a comparison of the two sizes side by side.

After I took these pictures I decided to decorate the two smaller ones a bit more. Come back tomorrow to see what they look like now.

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

I destroyed my craft room

I wish I was a tidy crafter but I'm not. All it takes is one itty bitty project to turn an otherwise messy and cluttered craft room into a complete disaster area.

Monday was a crafty day. I made another card. This one is a gate fold card and it was a free file from Simply crafty SVGs I embossed the front panels but afterwards wasn't sure if I liked it or not.

The inside. I took the leaves that were cut out of the front panels and inked them up a bit and then glued them on to the inside panel.

A closer look at some of the leaves

I did something else yesterday but saving that for tomorrow.

Monday, November 12, 2018

If I only had a brain

Last night before I went to bed I worked on a picture to use for todays blog post. Apparently after I got done doing that I got distracted and never wrote a post.

Other than the fact that my original plan was to simply post a picture of Gibbs, I had nothing important to share. If one picture of Gibbs is good then one picture of multiple Gibbs faces has to be excellent. Right?

Sunday, November 11, 2018

It's not what I ordered.

And yet snow arrived on my doorstep any way. I woke up Saturday morning to find the ground covered with snow.
I had registered to attend a Grief Share event called Surviving the holidays and it was scheduled for 10:00 Saturday morning. When the sun came up even though there was snow out there it didn't look too bad. The roads were clear, the sun was shining and I went out early to clean the snow off my vehicle.

Gibbs created a little art while he was outside attending to business.

By the time I was ready to leave, the snow had started falling, the wind was blowing and the road was now covered and looked slippery. Even though I was really looking forward to going, I made the choice to stay home. It was about a 20 mile drive and I just didn't want to take the chance of some idiot on the roads plowing into me. The first snow fall tends to bring those out.

Saturday, November 10, 2018


There are a lot of things that I am thankful for. All of you are right there at the top of my list. I'm also thankful for a craft room full of supplies that I can use when I'm feeling motivated to make something. I decided to take advantage of the weekly free files that Cricut offers in design space. Most were print and cut files and I printed and cut several of them. I actually even used some. This card is what I made.

The word Thankful and the pumpkins were the free files. 

Friday, November 9, 2018

No shortage on rudeness

Goodwill has a dropoff container in our parking lot at work. Right on the container it says "clothes and shoes only" I think it also specifies that you are to put all items "INSIDE" the container.
What is wrong with people?

There is deifinitely more than clothes sitting there. I saw a baby walker, some other type of baby thing, a tv as well as all those bags. It's crazy.

So the boss tells someone to call Goodwill and tell them to come and pick this stuff up. Goodwill says they can't get a truck there until NEXT Thursday. So the boss says tell them to pick it up now or they can pick up the whole thing. I can't blame him one bit. It's sad though that one persons inconsiderate actions will ruin this for other people. This of course isn't the first time this has happened but this is the worst that I've ever seen it. The other thing I see is people who will stand out there and go through the stuff to see if there's anything they want. 

Thursday, November 8, 2018

One down a few more to go

A couple weeks ago I finished what will likely be a Christmas gift. I'm hoping to get several more done since I have several people I would like to give gifts to.
This is another jar that is painted and then a napkin is decoupaged on. The truck with the tree is from a napkin and then the word Noel was cut using my cricut machine and glued on to the jar. I think this would work better on a larger jar since it's hard to see the whole truck and the whole word without turning the jar.

Maybe the next one I should use the word Joy.

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

While I was out

I wandered through a store called Gabes while I was out on Monday. They had a small section with tables and shelves and such. These are crappy pictures because I took them quick with my cell phone but I liked the looks of these. I'm sort of fond of rustic looking things.

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

I would say it was a productive day

I may not have accomplished a lot but I did get something big out of the way. I made a trip to the office of vital statistics and got a copy of that death certificate that I needed. I was a bit surprised when I handed the application to the woman at the desk and she asked me if I was going to wait. I said sure and she told me it would be about 20 minutes. I didn't time it but I'm sure I was there less than 10 minutes. I thought for sure I would have to come back another day. When I got home I got all the necessary paperwork (I hope) in the mail so it's on it's way to the insurance company.

As for yesterdays post. Those tracks aren't in my yard. They are just on the other side of the property line and they are in the property owned by the doctors office. I took a map from google maps to show where the tracks run. They drove quite a distance in before turning around

So backt o yesterdays trip to Erie. As long as I was there I figured I would visit some of my favorite stores. I was very impressed with my self control. Out of 3 craft stores that I visisted I did not purchase one single thing. Quite honestly I didn't really see anything I even wanted.

The amount of Christmas stuff in the stores is really quite disgusting. I really wish the didn't have to rush it so much.

Monday, November 5, 2018

How rude

I never heard or saw anything but Saturday afternoon I looked out the window and saw this.

Can you see those tracks in the grass? They run all the way across to the road. I don't know what someone ran through there, possibly a 4 wheeler but I find it incredibly rude that they could tear up someone elses property like that.

Sunday, November 4, 2018

And so it was

A very lazy day. It started out cold, gray and rainy which required lots of coffee and a little blog reading. Folding a load of laundry was the most ambitious thing I did all day.

Nothing new so I'm giving you another cute Presley pic

Saturday, November 3, 2018

Friday, November 2, 2018

Leaf it alone

I just couldn't. I saw it laying there in the front yard and had to take a picture of it.

Then I couldn't leaf well enough alone, I had to do a little selective color to the picture.

Thursday, November 1, 2018

Fall in my front yard

There is a bit more color in my front yard than in my back yard.

I don't have a picture of the whole tree but it's strange. One side is almost completely bare while the other side if full of bright yellow leaves.

Monday was cold wet and gloomy. Tuesday it warmed up a bit, the sun was shining and the sky was a beautiful blue. Wednesday it was back to raining again.

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Too much cute

Today I have more of Presley. They are not very good pictures but they are all about being cute. Presley LOVES to see herself. Give her a mirror and she smiles up a storm. Same thing if you let her see herself in your phones camera.

I guess the girl just knows cute when she sees it.

I know today is Halloween and I should have posted something to do with that but instead I decided there would be no tricks I would just treat you to some Presley sweetness.

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Fall in my back yard

Monday started off cold and rainy. As the day went on it stayed cold but the sun did come out a few times. I chose to stayinside and do very little. I did manage to do a little bit of cleaning that I've been putting off.

My back yard is littered with falling leaves.

The odd thing is that there are some trees that are already completely bare and some that are still all green. I haven't seen a ton of color. I had heard that this was supposed to be a spectacular fall but so far I haven't seen it.

Also in my back yard is the shed that is still standing. I've gotten everything out of it so now it's just up to the neighbor to tear it down when he has the time

Here's a closer look at the roof and the reason for why it has to come down.

Monday, October 29, 2018

Hey cupcake

Yesterday was our monthly family dinner. This time we all met at my sons house and him and Britney did the dinner. It was my turn to bring desert. I made cupcakes at work to take. Chocolate cupcakes. Half had peanut butter frosting and the other half had raspberry filling with white frosting.

Presley had her own cupcake.

She thought that was pretty darn good.

Sunday, October 28, 2018

a whole lot of nothing

Saturday was cold, wet and dreary and my energy has taken a hike.

Saturday, October 27, 2018

I can't explain it.

To start with, this is a a bad picture but it's not here to be a work of art, it's here to tell a story.

I've got this aquarium. It has just that one fish in it and a huge ugly algae eater. It was Wade's aquarium. He fed the fish, he cleaned the tank, I did nothing with it. Probably 2 or 3 times a year, he would empty it and totally clean it because it would get that disgusting looking. I can't say for certain but I'm thinking that it was a month or two before he died that he last cleaned this. By now the water should be looking nasty. I haven't done a thing to this. I haven't cleaned it, changed a filter or anything. All I do is throw in some fish food every day and add a little more water when it gets low. The tank is spotless. Like it was just cleaned yesterday, spotless. There isn't even a bit of a algae growing on the fake plants.  I am totally baffled. The only explanation I can come up with is that Wade is continuing to take care of it.

Friday, October 26, 2018

Decisions decisions

It's hard to decide on what to post about when there is absolutely nothing exciting going on. Work was just a typical day with nothing out of the ordinary. I came home and did a few chores. I suppose I could have posted the cob webs that I had to brush out of the way in order to get into the crawl space to put some stuff away. Not real attractive though. I could have posted a partially finished project but I would rather wait until it's all done. Final decision was made to grab some pictures of Gibbs. He's always a winner.

Not quite sure why but he hightailed it down to the basement and went to his bed. Normally he'll do that if he's done something bad. When I went down he even looked a bit guilty about something. If he did do something, I haven't discovered it yet.

Thursday, October 25, 2018

It's like night and day

Todays post is something simple and uncomplicated.

On my way out to work I admired the big beautiful moon. Of course my phone can't capture what my eye saw but I took a quick picture over the top of my vehicle.  It almost looks like I was standing in front of water but it's just the water that was on the roof of my car.

Leaving work the sun was shining and the color in that tree across the street was amazing. I was sitting at a stop sign and by the time I pulled my phone out to take the picture, the sun went behind a cloud. The sky was a pretty shade of blue though

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

A story I wasn't going to tell

I was going to keep this off the blog but since I hinted at it yesterday and some of you asked questions I decided what the heck, why not. This could get long so if you aren't in the mood for long you might want to stop here. Otherwise grab a cup of coffee and I'll begin my tale.

Yes, my mother recently passed away. As a matter of fact it was 5 days before Wade passed away. My mother and I were not close. I respected the fact that she was my mother but that was about it. She divorced my father when I was about 10. From there she went on to marry 2 other men. I lived with her for a couple of years until she moved out of the school district and then I moved back with my father where I stayed until I got married. My mother had other more important things to worry about. I was simply the spoiled rotten brat.

When I was 13 she had another child with her second husband. I will refer to her as my mothers daughter from her second marriage. (MDFSM) Since my mother rarely lived close to me I really didn't get to know MDFSM. Once she was an adult wherever she lived, my mother lived. I can't recall how long ago it was that my mother moved back here saying that MDFSM had kicked her out and said she couldn't live with her any more. For my sanity I maintained the "respect because she was my mother" thing. If she called me I would be courteous and civil but I did not go out of my way to make contact with her. I couldn't take the conversations that revolved around every ache and pain, how she wasn't going to be on this earth for much long and then the breakdown on MDFSM and her children. Every Christmas card, birthday card and every other card she ever sent was a complaint about her diabetes, high blood pressure, arthritis and all the other ailments. Just once it would have been nice to get a card that just said Merry Christmas plain and simple.

Lets fast forward to this past June. She passed away on the 8th. MDFSM sent my daughter a text message telling her. When my daughter asked if she was going to contact me MDFSM said no. She told my daughter that there was no funeral or service, they were having her cremated because supposedly that's what my mother wanted. She and her husband were cleaning out the apartment and if there was anything my daughter wanted she needed to be there by such and such a date. End of story.

I can't remember how long after Wade died I got a comment on my blog from MDFSM asking if I saw her other comment. I went back and found a comment (on the blog mind you) saying that my mother never changed the beneficiary on her life insurance policy and I was still listed as the beneficiary. If I wanted the paper work I needed to give her my address. I sent her my address through email as well as through facebook messenger but never heard another word from her.

Now fast forward to a couple weeks ago. I got a letter from the insurance company where my mother had her life insurance policy. They say they need additional information. They need a certified death certificate. I've tried to contact MDFSM but she will not answer my emails or facebook messages.  I have no idea where she lives so I have no physical address for her nor do I have a phone number. I have no idea what funeral home handled the cremation and I don't know my mother's social security number which is needed to apply for the death certificate. I called the insurance company and they suggested going to the social security administration. They said that since I'm a family member they would give me that information.

When I went to the SSA on Monday and told the lady what I wanted she said she couldn't give me that. I asked what she suggested, calling all the funeral homes in the area until I find the one who handled the cremation? I told her the entire story and gave her copies of my birth certificate, marriage certificate from marriage one and two to prove who I was. After talking with her she made copies of everything and said she would look into it and get back to me.

So that is where I'm at right now. This whole thing could be a whole lot easier if MDFSM would just provide the needed info. I'm also wondering if there was a will because at one time my mother had said that she had listed me as the executor of her will. Of course she could have had that changed but I have no idea. Honestly, one way or the other I don't really care, I'm just curious. As for the insurance money, when MDFSM first mentioned it I thought perfect, this could go a long way to making life easier right now. HA!!! fooled me. I know that MDFSM is most likely furious that I was listed as beneficiary because I'm sure she feels that she is more deserving. Not my problem. As I see it, my mother was never really there for me when I was growing up so this would sort of be a way of her finally helping me out. We'll see how it goes.

MDFSM knows about my blog and has read it in the past. I'm curious as to whether or not she ever reads it now and if she does how she'll feel about this post. It's really not meant to slam her it's just to tell my story and she's part of it.

And there you have it. It's just always something.

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

On my day off.

I made a trip to the social security office. I was the beneficiary on my mothers life insurance policy and I need to send them a death certificate. Attempting to get the information I need through the one person who could supply it is useless. That person refuses respond to any attempts to contact her. The life insurance company suggested the SS administration. The nice lady I talked to there is attempting to get the information I need.

After leaving there I strolled through Joann fabric. It's been a long time since I've been there. I can't buy anything but I can still look.

Came home and attempted to do something crafty. It's not the most beautiful card ever but I cut it using my cricut machine. It's one of the free files for the week..

Monday, October 22, 2018

Flower power

It's not much but I managed to do a little something crafty. I made some paper flowers.

I sure wish I could get past this crafting slump.

Sunday, October 21, 2018

oh hail no

Saturday was cold, rainy, dreary and we had hail.

I would have spent the entire day in the house but yesterday was food pantry day. Until I get my mortgage paid off, which my last payment will be May 1, 2019, I've been taking advantage of the local food pantry. I felt kind of weird at first but after going a couple times I'm getting used to it. I figure every little bit helps and as long as I qualify for it why not take advantage of it.

After I got home from there I worked on moving some furniture around in the bedroom and doing a little more cleaning than usual in that room. I got some laundry taken care of and that was about it.

Saturday, October 20, 2018


Some of you yesterday wondered what a pepperoni ball is and whether I would share the recipe. There really isn't a recipe. They are made from italian bread dough. The loaf is cut into 10 pieces and each piece is wrapped around 8 slices of pepperoni and 1/3 of a slice of mozzarella cheese. They are placed in a proof box which is where they rise, then baked for 20 minutes till they are golden brown.

It's been cold here and I've been craving soup. I've seen some recipes for hamburger soup and have wanted to try it. I read several different recipes and none of them were the same. I ended up coming up with my own version and it turned out pretty good if I do say so myself.

One recipe I read called for beef broth and tomato sauce. I had neither but I did have bouillon cubes and jarred spaghetti sauce. I mixed about a half jar of sauce with 4 cups of water and 4 bouillon cubes. I added some carrots and diced tomatoes. Next I browned some burger with onion and garlic and tossed that in. I let it simmer until the carrots were starting to get tender then I cut up some potatoes and threw those in along with a can of cut green beans. I call it my use what you have hamburger soup.

Friday, October 19, 2018


Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday, my department at work makes pepperoni balls. We sell them for $2.99 for a bag of 6. I make 15 bags for a total of 90 pepperoni balls. These are baked pepperoni balls, not deep fried. Although I do occasionally make the deep fried ones as well.

Yesterday I get to work and find a note saying that a customer will be calling to order 250 pepperoni balls for Friday. The note said that they took out a case of italian bread dough in case I wanted to make them the day before. So the total pepperoni balls made at work yesterday was 340. I ended up being there an extra hour to get everything donel

I'm sick of looking at pepperoni balls.

Thursday, October 18, 2018


I procrastinated all night long thinking something would come to me. Nothing ever did so I'm relying on an old picture to fill the space.

And that's what Gibbs has to say about my plan

Wednesday, October 17, 2018


There is a house down the street that just might be haunted.

There is even more all along the other side of the house

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Pumpkin walk part 2

Here are a few of my favorite pumpkins along the trail.

I think these were from the school office

These next two are as simple as can be and yet I found them totally adorable.

So if you were to carve a pumpkin would you go with the traditional triangle eyes and nose and crooked mouth or do you like the elaborate carvings?
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