Friday, July 23, 2021

around the yard

A happy little frog watches over my house from the front yard. 
The plant my daughter gave me for my birthday is doing very well.

The hydrangea is still doing well and has multiple colored blooms on it. I should have gotten a better picture since they all look the same color in this one.

This gnome loves to hang out in my backyard

Thursday, July 22, 2021

strawberry love

I recently sliced some strawberries and look what I found

In my post yesterday Grace wanted to know what I used to dress the pasta salad. Martha had suggested just using the marinade from the jar of artichoke hearts. I tried that at first but for me it just didn't do much to add flavor to the pasta. I ended up drizzling a bit of Italian dressing on it.

Wednesday, July 21, 2021

pasta salad

Recently Martha posted a pasta salad that looked so delicious I had to try it for myself 
Besides the pasta I added green peppers, tomatoes, red onions, black olives, and marinated artichoke hearts

Tuesday, July 20, 2021

another box

This is a box card that I made for Wade's oldest son. His birthday isn't until November but now I have the card done and out of the way. Here it is folded flat for mailing  
And a few views of it popped up

Monday, July 19, 2021

Super fun beach day part 2

I didn't hang out long but I did stop at one of the beaches and took a little bit of a walk

From the pictures you would think that I had the beach to myself but actually there were quite a few people there. I walked to a spot where I could avoid getting anyone in the picture.

Then it was time to head back. The speed limit in the park is 25 mph so it's a nice relaxing drive.

Sunday, July 18, 2021

Super fun beach day everybody

That line from the Progressive insurance commercial is the perfect title for todays post.

Last Thursday I had a follow-up appointment with the orthopedic specialist. It was an early appointment so after I got done I took a drive around the peninsula, also known as Presque Isle State Park. My first stop was Perry Monument 
It was a beautiful day, temperatures in the 70s with a nice breeze coming off the lake. The geese were enjoying themselves 
The only problem with this many geese being around is there is also a lot of goose poop around. You definitely had to watch where you stepped 

 when I left here I stopped on one of the beaches but I'll show you those pictures tomorrow

Saturday, July 17, 2021

make a wish

I was experimenting the other day with making some box cards. I'm not entirely happy with this one and I may or may not send it to the person I made it for. But it is worth a blog post.
Here it is folded flat. The bottom flaps are actually supposed to fold up when you put it in the envelope however because of where I placed the birthday cake it won't do that  
Here it is popped up

Friday, July 16, 2021

Video answer

 Grace asked a question the other day on my Christmas card post. Here is my answer in a video. You'll have the excuse my stumbling over words. This one was about the 10th try and finally said however it comes out is how it's posting.

Thursday, July 15, 2021


The other day when I was outside waiting for my dinner to cook on the grill I happened to notice my hostas

I don't get out in the yard nearly enough. I really should take a walk around every now and then and see what I can find.

Wednesday, July 14, 2021

Christmas in July

I wanted to get a head start on making my Christmas cards and I've been trying to come up with a design that I liked. Monday I think I found what I want to do. This will be the basic layout the patterned paper may or may not change. Some may have this paper and some may have something else. That I haven't decided yet. I suppose it will depend on how much I have.

Here's a close-up of the poinsettia. This is a free Cut file from

I added a little more character to it by inking the edges and making the vein lines in the pedals
Next I just need to decide how I want to stamp this.
I think I'm also going to add  a ribbon to break up that large white space. As for the stamping I may use one of the above or go with something completely different. 

Tuesday, July 13, 2021

Things don't always go according to plan

I made a vinyl decal to put on my donut case at work.
You'll notice that there is a second one up in the left-hand corner. The lighter pink one is my first attempt. The first thing I noticed that I did wrong was that I layered them in the wrong order and the brown sprinkles didn't show up because I buried them under another layer. And then came the second mistake.
Somewhere in the process of making this I laid one of the layers back down on a backing paper. The problem was I set it down on the wrong side of the backing paper. One side has a shiny coating so that the vinyl can be easily lifted. There was just no way to get that paper off of there.

Second attempt I made it a little smaller because I was short on materials. I didn't even have enough of the light pink so had to go with the darker pink
This is just proof that not all my crafty endeavors come out looking great the first time around.

Monday, July 12, 2021


 The other day when I wrote about being cranky, Sandra left me a comment saying:

When you feel better right up why the day make you cranky we all want to know. Was that the customers was it the people you work with was it the manager did someone throw a ham at you did someone smash a pie in your face you know details please

Well today I'm here to give you details. I'll try to list them in order of how they happened.

  • The deli people are horrible at washing dishes. For some reason they can't grasp the concept of washing in clean hot water. Every morning I grab a tray and it's coated in grease. Tell me how can a person put a tray away without feeling the grease all over it? Well naturally that was the first thing that set me off last Friday. You think I would be used to it by now but I'm not.
  • The next thing was one of the managers telling me there were some dairy  items that needed to be reduced. My response to him was if I get to it. Well excuse me but I have a whole list of bakery things to do, I'm second deli person and you want me to reduce some dairy items? Why can't you do it yourself or get your cashier whos standing at her register texting to do it.
  • Third was the cashier who was standing there texting at her register. I did a double take as I walked by her and said "phone? really?" She gave me a look that pretty much said, yeah, and what are you going to do about it.
  • 4th was the girl who works in the meat room. Our dress code is black or khaki pants, and black or white shirt. She walks by me wearing blue jeans with rips and holes up and down the legs and tie dye tee-shirt. 
So there you have it. Nothing serious, just a whole lot of little things that irritated and annoyed me and made me very cranky. No hams or pies were involved.  To add to the part about reducing dairy items, yesterday the boss comes in and he tells me there are some more dairy items to reduce and to make a point of checking that area every morning. Well care to hear my response to him? I said "When and why did reducing dairy become my job? That sounds like a job for (insert cashier name) or I suppose that would cut into her texting time. Everyone seems to think I just stand around back here doing nothing and have all kinds of free time on my hands" He looked at me and said you're a bit snarky today, fine I'll get someone else to do it. 

Sunday, July 11, 2021

Random thoughts.

 Just a few random thoughts that are rattling around in my brain.

COOKING: I used to love to cook but the older I get the more I hate it. Because I pretty much learned to cook for a family of 4 it's hard for me to cook in smaller quantities. It was hard when I was trying to cook for Wade and I because I always made too much and he didn't like to eat leftovers. These days it just seems pointless to cook for just me. If I'm going to cook though I will eat the same thing for several days just because it's so much easier to reheat something in the microwave.

WORK: There are a few people at work who simply annoy the heck out of me. Back when I first started there were rules and policies that we had to follow. If you didn't follow them then you were written up. Now people just seem to do whatever they want and don't care. They get away with it because we are so short of people that they don't want anyone to quit. I get that but it doesn't make things easier for those of us who try and do a good job and follow the rules.

FAMILY: I really need to stop reading certain posts on Facebook. My son put together a softball tournament to benefit a woman who's husband recently passed away. My son was a friend and neighbor of the couple. Well on one of his posts regarding the tournament someone said something about how nice it was of him to do that. His response was "that's what you do for family". Call me crazy, but it hurt my feelings a bit, because I AM family and he doesn't even call or text me. 

DAY OFF: Yesterday on my whiny post Ginny said that she hoped I had the day off Saturday and yes, I did. Anni asked if it was time to retire and yes, I do wish I could. I did in fact take it easy all day Saturday too.

Saturday, July 10, 2021

Just a quick post

Today has got to be a better day than yesterday. I got to work Friday morning and it didn't take long before I was feeling cranky. The day only got worse from there. By the time I got home from work all I wanted to do was lay down and take a nap. Other than to get a quick bite to eat for dinner, I spent the rest of the evening on the couch napping. I never went near the computer except to write this post to schedule for this morning. 

Friday, July 9, 2021

This or that

I want to thank Martha from Seaside Simplicity for the great blog post idea. I copied the questions from her blog and here they are with my answers.

1. Morning or Night - I was always more of a night person until I started working in the bakery. Now that I've been both, I prefer mornings.

2. Coffee or Tea -For years I was a tea person. I loved the smell of coffee but hated the taste. One day at work we were out of cappuccino so I made coffee with hot cocoa mixed in and the rest is history. I don't drink it with cocoa any more but I drink way more coffee than I ever did tea.

3. Text or Call - I prefer to text. Since my hearing has gotten bad I have trouble hearing on the phone so texting is way easier.

4. Small town or Big city -I'm a small town girl all the way.

5. Beer or Wine - I very rarely drink but if I had my choice I would have wine. I don't like the taste or the smell of beer.

6. Messy or Tidy -I can be a little of both. My house is actually pretty tidy but if I'm crafting I make a huge mess and my craft room frequently needs cleaned.

7. Introvert or Extrovert - Introvert unless I'm with someone I know well

8. Cats or Dogs - Both. I prefer animals of any kind 

9. English or Math - I would have to say neither 

10. Sweet or Savory -I like both but probably go for the sweet more often than the savory

11. Beach or Mountains - This one is too close to call. I could be happy with either one

12. Predictability or Excitement - I'm a very boring person and quite predictable. 

13. Time machine or Magic wand - A magic wand for sure and if I ever wanted to time travel all I would have to do is wave my wand.

Thursday, July 8, 2021

another year another picture

Every year I can't resist taking a picture of the daylilies when they start to bloom. These don't look any different than every other picture I've taken over the years and yet I get new ones

Wednesday, July 7, 2021

blue truck

Driving up the road the other day I spotted this truck sitting in a yard. I stopped just before the stop sign and started taking a picture. I was going to zoom in to get a closer look but another car came up behind me.
Here is a cropped version so you can get a closer look at the truck

Tuesday, July 6, 2021

We the People

Sunday morning I had to make a trip to Walmart to pick up a few things for stuff I was making to take to my daughter's house later that day. When I headed to the registers I noticed a section they had set up with $1 manager specials. I saw an item I couldn't resist buying. I took them to my daughters as a special little gift. There were two towels in the pack. Not bad for a dollar

Monday, July 5, 2021

Boom Bang

 Saturday night I stayed up late so that I could watch the fireworks. The little town I live in has been doing a pretty good fireworks display for the 4th for several years now. I sit out on the deck and get a pretty good view.

I started to try and take pictures of them but then decided a video would be better. I actually took several short videos and I won't bore you with all of them but here is one.

Ginny left me the following comment yesterday
I really like this post, I can tell you put a lot of thought and time into it. Will you be off? Will Presely get to see fireworks? Will Gibbs be scard of them? Perhaps I need to tune in tomorrow for the answers.

Yes, I did have the day off. I wasn't expecting to because Sunday is my usual day to work so it was a nice surprise when I saw that I didn't have to work it. I have no idea what Presley will be doing. I haven't seen her since Christmas. Last year before Christmas I made a comment that apparently didn't sit well with Presley's mother and my son isn't much for keeping in contact or bringing his daughter around to see me. 
Gibbs isn't bothered by the fireworks at all. I don't think I have ever had a dog who was.

Sunday, July 4, 2021

Independence day

 So on this 4th of July we celebrate our independence

We'll have picnics, go to parades, set of fireworks.

We'll thank those who were brave enough to fight for our freedom.

John F. Kennedy

"Let every nation know, whether it wishes us well or ill, that we shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe, to assure the survival and success of liberty."

Galatians 5:13

"For you have been called to live in freedom. Use your freedom to serve one another in love."

Wishing all my U.S. friends a happy 4th of July. For those of you who live elsewhere I wish you a day filled with love and happiness.

Saturday, July 3, 2021


On my post yesterday Sandra from Madsnapper left me the comment  you can proably decorate this cake with your eyes closed.. at least they did not want a flag, that would be harder

Well I never did get around to taking pictures at work of the 4th of July cakes I made but I knew I had some in the archives that were flag related. It's actually quite easy to do a flag cake.

This one was for a family reunion. I remember asking the woman who ordered it about it and she explained but I don't recall what the story was behind this cake

This one was pretty simple also.

Friday, July 2, 2021

I love easy orders

And this one was pretty darn easy 
I had some cakes that I did for the 4th of July and I meant to take pictures of them but I forgot. If I think of it at work today I'll take pictures then

Thursday, July 1, 2021


A month or so ago I noticed that my hydrangea plant was looking rather sad. The frost had gotten it and I wasn't sure if it was going to do anything at all this year. Well I took another look at it and it's doing fantastic


If you've been around for a while, then you may have heard me mention before that this plant is rather special to me. My dad planted it for me the first year I moved into my house. It was from one of the plants that he had growing in his yard. My dad was an excellent gardener. That's a trait he did not pass down to me.

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