Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Day two

I forgot to turn my alarm off so it went off at its usual time and I shut it off. I went back to sleep and a little before six I woke up panicked because I thought I was late for work. Once I realized all was well I went and got a cup of coffee and settled in front of the computer. Around 6:30 the phone rang. Looking at the caller ID I had a funny feeling I knew what was coming.

I hear the boss ask if this was Ann and when I said yes he asked me what I was doing. UH OH! Why I'm sitting here drinking coffee. Next he asks if I want to come in to work because the meat wrapper walked out yesterday and he wanted some help in the meat room. Right now the boss is also the meat cutter since the one we had quit a while back. So being the wonderful employee I am I said that I really didn't want to but I would. After all it is over time and the extra cash in my paycheck would be nice.

I snapped a quick picture while the boss wasn't looking.

I was there from 8:00 am until 1:15pm. It wasn't too terribly long and like I said it's all over time.

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Day one

Well yesterday turned out to be quite a productive day. It was looking rather grim at first. I spent almost two hours sitting in front of the computer drinking coffee and enjoying the fact that I didn't have to get up and get dressed.

Once I did get dressed I went down to the basement for something. Gibbs wanted out and while he was attending to his business I started cleaning things up. The next thing I knew I was tearing into things and filling up garbage bags. I spent the majority of my morning tackling the project.
In the afternoon I headed outside to take care of another project. I'm embarrassed to say that the pool liner has been laying in the back yard since last summer when the neighbor tore down the pool. He left the liner and last year I was too overwhelmed with other things to take care of it. So far this year I've been too lazy. I finally went out there and cut it up into smaller pieces and rolled it up so I can put it in a garbage bag. When that was done it was time to come in and get a shower because I was feeling like a total scumbag.

Don't believe me? I have a picture.

Bad hair and totally filthy and I took a selfie. I must be totally nuts. Oh and did you notice I don't have my glasses on? Well when I was down in the basement working every time I bent over to pick something up they were falling off my face. I'm going to have to go back and see if they can adjust them for me.

Hmm, now what to do today.

Monday, July 15, 2019

No plans

As I go in to my 2 days off in a row (a rare and welcome occasion) I have no particular plans. There are a lot of things I can do, things I should do and even some things that I would like to do. I've decided that the best plan of action is to just play it by ear. I will do whatever feels right at the moment. It could end up being a very lazy two days. I could decide to sit and watch the grass grow.

Sunday, July 14, 2019

Just call me four eyes

I got a call last Monday that my glasses were ready and I could pick them up at my earliest convenience. The earliest I could get there was yesterday. I headed out yesterday morning so I could get it out of the way.  They weren't busy at all so I was in and out of there pretty quick.

These are no line bifocals. They are going to take some getting used to.

I like the glasses themselves but I'm having a hard time with looking out the wrong part of the lens. Like I said, it'll take some getting used to

So this whole week is going to be totally messed up. There are people taking days off this week at work so my days off changed to cover that. I have Monday and Tuesday off this week and then I'm working Saturday. I also have an appointment on Friday to get my vehicle inspected. I'm hoping I can make it through one more year without needing tires but I'm not so sure. I'm already looking forward to this week being over with. I think I need to schedule some vacation time. 

Saturday, July 13, 2019


The other day when I posted the picture of Presley a couple of you mentioned the family genes. I dug out an old picture of myself that was taken at about the same age as Presley. Here's a side by side comparison.

I think I can see the family genes in there.

Friday, July 12, 2019

A change

I've shown a couple of things that I've made to give my bathroom a bit of a new look. Today I have a little more.
The wall next to my sink has had the ugliest picture hanging there forever. Probably 20 years or more, this dollar store picture has been there. I keep saying how ugly it is and yet I have left it. I don't even know why I bought it. Before you ask, yes that is a snowman nightlight. It stays there all year long because we got quite used to it being on in there and I don't have one that is less seasonal.

Moving on I made some more reverse canvas signs. Yes they are plain but plain works for me. I attached these to a burlap ribbon but I think I may take that off and just hang them individually because I'm not crazy about the way it lays against the wall. I'm also not sure if I will leave it centered like this or maybe move it over and put something next to it. I was thinking that burlap cone would go here but next you'll see where I put that.

The biggest wall in the bathroom has had this shelf which has been empty since Christmas until I made the bath sign. Before Christmas I've changed things on it from time to time. The quilted wall hanging has been there forever. Maybe as long as the ugly picture.

I took down the quilt thing and put up the cone.

Not the flowers I want in there but it was all I had right now. That spot on the wall above the shelf is from one of those command strips that aren't supposed to harm the wall when you pull them down. This one harmed the wall. I need to paint in there anyway

So I should state here also that I totally suck at decorating. It's really just not my thing. Other people can put things together that look wonderful, me not so much. Maybe it's because I try and decorate with cheap stuff and things I make. But it is what it is and I can live with it so that's good enough. If you have any suggestions for a different arrangement of the things in these pictures feel free to share them.

Thursday, July 11, 2019

A visit.

So I've been playing around with vinyl on my cricut machine. In my searches I came across a design that made me think of my son's fiance. She's a hairdresser and the file I found was perfect for her. I added her name, cut it out and applied it to a water bottle that I found at Walmart for 98 cents. I didn't take a picture but I stole the one she posted on Facebook. Unfortunately it's really hard to see the whole design.

Looking at it, on the right hand side there is a blow dryer and the cord makes a heart shape. There is also a pair of scissors on the bottom right and a comb on the left. I'm kind of wishing I would have put the design up a little higher but live and learn.

Any way since I had made this I thought it was the perfect excuse to go over and have a visit with Miss P.

She gets cuter by the second and she's a busy little one always keeping her mom hopping.When I was getting ready to leave we blew kisses at each other. It was totally adorable.

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Best Wishes.

Monday I did some playing in the craft room and made a new card. This one is a little bigger than the ones I normally make. Usually my cards are 4 1/4" x 5 1/2". This one is 5 X 7".

I really hadn't meant to make this. I was browsing through the different things I have available in Cricut design space. The next think I knew I had a bunch of stuff put together so I decided to cut it all out and make a card.

I used various tools to add a bit of texture to the leaves and flowers. The flower centers are puff paint and I also added the puff paint dots around the pink oval. The words were cut out on plain yellow cardstock then I used 2 different colored markers on them to make them stand out a bit more and finished it off with some heat embossing.

Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Simple pleasures

Today I have something I made quite a while back but never showed here on the blog for some reason. When it comes to simple pleasures I'm perfectly happy crafting with recycled items and dollar tree supplies.

This was a bottle that I saved from the trash at work and I decoupaged on a napkin that I had bought at Dollar tree. I added jute twine around the top of the bottle.

I found this coursage in some of Wade's stuff. I think it might have been from his daughter's wedding so I stuck it in the vase. And this is how I enjoy simple pleasures.

Monday, July 8, 2019

Uniquely me

In a lot of ways I'm like anyone else. However, I'm betting there are very few people, if any, who can say that they have a potted dandelion.

Two years ago I had inpatients in this pot. Last year I didn't bother putting anything in it and this year I noticed that I'm growing a dandelion.

Sunday, July 7, 2019

Just stuff

The humidity continues to be high around here and the few rain showers we've gotten have been a welcome treat. I'm sitting here now wishing for a cool breeze to come through my window and inhaling the scent of someone grilling burgers.

Oh that reminds me, on the 4th I grilled hot dogs for me and Gibbs plus I made some macaroni salad and a couple deviled eggs and baked beans. I didn't want to dirty any more dishes and the only paper plates I had were leftover from Christmas. So it was a 4th of Christmas in July dinner.

Oh and I had another cake to do at work. This was on the 4th and they asked if I could put a flag on it. Then they said, you know red and white stripes. Good thing they told me because I've only lived in this country all my life and maybe I didn't know what our flag looked like.

Saturday, July 6, 2019

Super shaggy

Over the past year there were a lot of things I had to cut back on to save money. One of those had to be the regular groomer visit. Gibbs did get a free haircut from a friend during that year but it's been a while and he is really in need of another. Monday I'll be searching for a new groomer and hopefully making an appointment for him. Things aren't so tight now so he shouldn't be looking like a homeless stray.

The hair was hanging in his eyes really bad so I did snip some off so he could see better. He freaks when I try and go near him with a comb or a brush but he had no problem letting me snip off some of his hair.

Friday, July 5, 2019


The other day I noticed that the day lilies had bloomed so I had to take my yearly 50 bazillion pictures of them.

The first time it was really sunny.

Then I took some more on the 4th and it was a bit overcast. I forgot to change the white balance on my camera and this first one is a bit dark.

Thursday, July 4, 2019

Happy 4th of July

Wishing all the U.S bloggers a happy 4th of July and those of you who live elsewhere have a wonderful day too.

I'll be working this morning but it won't be a full day. I'll likely be out of there before 11. Then it'll be home to have a picnic with Gibbs. I think we'll have hot dogs.

Wednesday, July 3, 2019

Growing like a weed

The temperature has been hovering in the 80's the last several days. Wade had a thing on his desk that shows the humidity. It's reading 86%. It's really not very pleasant out at all. As I'm typing this I'm debating on mowing. I skipped it last week and now it really needs it but I hate doing it when it's that hot and humid. The thing is, it's not supposed to get any better. The entire week shows about the same.

Oh well at least some of the weeds make for good pictures.

Tuesday, July 2, 2019

Working on a project

Aside from taking Gibbs to the vet for his rabies shot I spent most of my day off working on a craft project. I saw a picture on Pinterest for a bathroom wall grouping. It included a cone shaped vase to hang and they had fake cotton branches in it. I would show the picture but it's from Etsy and I don't want to snag their picture. Any way, I liked the cone shaped vase and have browsed around in stores but haven't seen anything remotely similar.

Yesterday I was looking through my craft stash closet when I came across a paper mache cone. I also had some burlap and some jute twine. I've had all of this stuff sitting around for quite a while and decided that I would avoid the usual procrastinating because I might screw things up and just dive right in.

I started by braiding the jute to make a hanger. I stapled the ends to hold it together until I could hot glue it

Next I hot glued the burlap to the paper mache cone and I had myself a perfectly good cone shaped hanging vase.

These won't be the flowers I will put in it but I hung it on the wall (crookedly I might add) and stuffed in the flowers just so you could see what it looked like. Of course it looks like I had different lighting in all of the pictures so the burlap color looks different in every one. Also just to give you an idea of how big this is, the cone is roughly 10 1/2 inches high.

Eventually this will go on my bathroom wall along with another project I'm working on.

Monday, July 1, 2019

One half and then another

Saturday night I had a horrible nights sleep and when the alarm went off at 4a.m on Sunday morning I was not ready to get up for work. I dragged myself through the house getting dressed and then pushed myself out the door.

When I got to work one of the first things I saw was the two cake orders hanging on my table. I had forgotten all about them and dreaded having to squeeze them in to my morning. A cup of coffee or two was in order and then down to business.

The first one was due at 10:00

I had just started on the second one and was getting ready to do the writing when the lady who ordered it showed up and asked if I could take one name off because that person wasn't going to be showing up. I told her she was just in time since I was just about to do the writing.

Sunday, June 30, 2019

Across the border

The Pennsylvania state border that is. My daughter and I went out to eat and we crossed the border into Ohio. I've heard about a place called White Turkey Drive-In for ages. It's been there since 1952 and everyone always raves about it. I've never been there until yesterday.

You can sit at the counter that surrounds this or there is lots of picnic tables set up in the back. We chose to sit out back.

Amanda had the large Marge which is a turkey sandwich with bacon and I had a fish sandwich and onion rings.

Saturday, June 29, 2019


A while back I took some pictures while wandering around the yard and one of them was of them yarrow growing in my front yard. I can't rememer who I was talking to but I had said that I would try and remember to get another picture of it when it flowered. Well the other day I finally remembered.

This used to be a huge patch of it but this is all that's left now

Here's a close up of the flowers. I had a hard time getting a good one because of the sun and there was a breeze that kept moving the flower every time I snapped

Friday, June 28, 2019


I can't tell you how happy I am that today is Friday. Even if it's another day like yesterday was, at least I have tomorrow off.

Yesterday was one of those days where everyone and everything just annoyed me. As the day went on I just got more annoyed. There was absolutely no reason for it, it's just the way it was. It was nice to get home where it was just me and Gibbs. That is until he started barking at everything that moved outside. There is a kid who rides up and down the street on his bike and every time he goes by Gibbs barks at him. Then there is the rabbit who I'm pretty sure is teasing Gibbs. The other day Gibbs started going crazy, barking non stop. I looked out the window and there in the front yard about 6 feet away from the house was a rabbit. He was totally oblivious to the maniacal barking and sat joyfully eating grass.

He's lucky he's cute because that barking of his drives me nuts.

Thursday, June 27, 2019


I'm feeling old and tired so I dug in the archives for some old pictures. These were a couple edits from June of 2017. I remember doing them but forgot all about them. I kinda like them.

It seems like I have one day every week where I come home from work and crash and burn. Last night was my night. I don't mind the coming home and crashing on the couch but I wish it would happen on the same day every week so I could plan for it.

Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Retirement planning

I figured out what I want to do after I retire. This lady was my inspiration.

Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Thought for the day

I found this on Pinterest.

So what have I been doing? Sunday I came home from work and was simply wiped out. I lounged around on the couch and took a few naps before bedtime. Yesterday I picked my daughter up from work at noon and gave her a ride to her doctors appointment. We stopped for lunch too. After that it was back home for some more lounging. I seem to be getting really good at that.

Sunday, June 23, 2019

The good with the bad

In order to balance everything out you need to have a little bad to go with the good.

My approval finally came for my glasses. The place where I'm getting them said the measurements they took were wiped out of their computer. Instead of one trip to go pick them up now it will be two. One to remeasure and then another to get the glasses.

The laundry is done and folded. I discovered I left a tissue in one of my pockets and had little bits of white tissue all over my clothes.

I have material and ideas for craft projects. I have no ambition to do them.

I have a job that  pays my bills. I don't want to go today. Yes, that wimpering you're hearing is me as I go off to work today.

But look, I'm still smiling.

Saturday, June 22, 2019


It was a bit of a struggle to come up with a title for this post so I decided that the word struggle would become the title even though it has absolutely nothing to do with the post itself. To be perfectly honest, I'm not really sure what the post is about. 

I took a picture of the tree in my back yard but I was attempting to get a picture of the lines in the grass from mowing. When I came home from work yesterday it was time to mow. Apparently the back yard was a little too wet because the mower left extra heavy tracks through the yard.

Sorry, bad cell phone picture.

But yes, there are deep tracks through the back yard but it's mowed and that's what matters.  Oh and my shoes will dry. 

Friday, June 21, 2019

Well isn't that special

I picked up the mail and found two identical post cards. They were from the local newspaper trying to get people to subscribe. Would you believe that neither one was addressed to me. One was addressed to Wade and the other was addressed to my ex husband. Now Wade I can understand but the ex hasn't lived here since some time around the turn of the century.

My favorite is the local volunteer fire department. They send out letters every year for their fund drive and want you to pay a membership fee. Well every year it is addressed to my ex. I figure if they want money from me they better send the letter addressed to me. Then again if I need a ride in an ambulance it'll cost me since I don't send them the money.

That's it for today. Not even a picture to go with the post. Can you tell I'm feeling lazy?

Thursday, June 20, 2019

No Frills

When you're making a card for a guy you have to skip the frills. No glitz, no glam just a card. I needed such a card since Wade's youngest son has a birthday coming up.

I made this one using a free cut file from

Not the best picture since I took it with my cell phone but you can see what it is. The Happy flips up, the birthday flips up and then the bottom half of the card opens to the side. Plenty of room to write messages or maybe tuck in a buck or two.

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

The end result.

First of all let me start by saying that the video I used for yesterdays post did not demonstrate the easiest way to remove the canvas from the frame. And yes, there is a much easier way to do it. If you take a box cutter you can simply slice all the way around and then just pull up on the piece that is stapled down. One blog I read said that she doesn't even bother removing the staples but I found that some would come up with the canvas and some I used a knife to gently lift them up and then pulled them out with some pliers.

But enough of that. Here is what mine looks like.

In the picture it looks like some of the letters are worn or have white spots on them. It's a glossy vinyl and that's just from the light coming in through the window hitting it. The letters really do look solid black. 

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Just a peek to pique

That's right, I've got just a peek at what I was working on yesterday. I hope it's piques your interest enough to make you come back to find out what I did.

This is my first attempt at a reverse canvas project. You start with a stretched canvas and then cut the canvas off of the wood frame. You then paint the wood if you want, paint the canvas and add whatever you want and reattach the canvas to just one side. For now I just have the wood frame and the canvas. I've painted both but was waiting for everything to dry before I finished.

If you want to learn more about reverse canvas you can watch this 4 1/2 minute video I found on Youtube.

Monday, June 17, 2019

The making of a flower continued

Getting back to those paper flowers I'll show you how to turn those die cut pieces into something more lifelike.

Gather the die cut flower pieces, some cotton balls and an ink pad that is either a darker shade of the color of your paper or a complimentary color. Since I didn't have a yellow ink pad I chose orange. You could also do this with a marker.

Rub the cotton ball on the ink pad to pick up some of the ink then rub the inked cotton ball on the flower pieces. You don't want to completely cover the piece just highlight certain areas like around the edges or any raised areas there may be.

Once done with that you'll need a toothpick, skinny dowel rod or something else to use to curl the petals of the flower

After you've used your chosen tool to curl the edges the pieces will look like this.

Aside from curling the petals I also pushed down in the center while pushing the petals up from the bottom to give it a slight cone shape.

Now all you need to do is grab some glue and with a dab on the center glue the layers together. You can use 2 or 3 layers depending on how big you want your flower to be.

Now all it needs is a gem or pearl in the center of it or you could even leave it plain.
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