Monday, April 16, 2018

Pretty Clutter

I really try to keep clutter to a minimum in my house,
except in my studio.  There, I live happily among
all the pretty things waiting to be put in my shop...
and some other things that are there just to make me smile.
We had snow today!  
And after having sick boys home all last week,
it was a good day to make extra coffee, 
light a candle, and work in a cozy, warm spot like this!
But... there was the buzz of a wet saw in the
background as bathroom reno number two continues. haha.

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Around Here, Lately

  1. It was good to see the squirrels this morning after tornadoes, wind, rain and power outages last night.  I guess they hunkered down into their little tree homes and waited it out just like we did inside.  Although, ....
  2. They didn't have their boys flipping light switches that didn't work for 4 hours. haha.
  3. Snow and tornadoes just hours apart!  Spring cleaning has been put on hold indefinitely since Spring isn't upholding her end of the bargain.  One must be able to fling the windows open and let warm breezes flow through the house to properly spring clean, don't you think?
  4. Did you have a nice Easter?  We had a nice quiet one.  Still ate leftovers as of last night. Good thing I like my own cooking. haha.
  5. The cats are all doing well.  All 15 of them. :)  It's been a whole month since Pepper died.  Charcoal here, is a pleasant distraction, though.
  6. We're still in the middle of bathroom renos.  First bath 99% done.  Just some touch up work left to do.  I'm guessing they won't do that until the end of the 2nd one.  Maybe the before and afters of the first will come soon since those little things won't show up in photos anyway.  I must say we are doing remarkably well in sharing one sink/toilet/bath.  Wouldn't want to do it all the time but it's been just fine!  Loving the boys' bath and soaking in their huge tub.
So, what have you been up to? 

Monday, March 19, 2018

Almost Spring

Spring officially arrives later this week!
Here in Ohio, Spring and Winter are trading days...sometimes hours...
as to who is in and who is out.  Warm then cold, cold then warm.
Today will be warm.  Tomorrow will be snow.
I guess it's time to take the vintage sled off the front porch.
Probably not smart to put the snow shovel away just yet.

Saturday, March 10, 2018

"You've been criticizing yourself for
years and it hasn't worked.
Try approving of yourself and see what happens."

Louise Hay

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Winter Wrens

This is the first year we've been able to keep the
wrens happy and fed all season long!  They don't eat
seed, so when they come around, they are looking for
bugs to eat!  I have seen them searching old webs for
dead, frozen spiders but after that there isn't anything 
out there in the middle of winter!  

Well, meal worms seem to be the answer!
It took a while for the wrens to find them in the feeder
but once they did, the word spread and they have hung
around and dined on those things every day!

We tried freeze dried crickets but they were
 soundly rejected. haha. 

Even birds can be finicky. 
Even when they are hungry. 
Even in the dead of winter.

Monday, March 5, 2018


We lost our Pepper over the weekend.
I took this little guy in last June, sight unseen.
He was billed as a sweet kitten and arrived as an old man 
with failed hearing and nearly blind from cataracts.
But they got the sweet part right!  Sweetest cat ever.
He snuggled on the couch with me with a paw on my arm
or leg, and slept snuggled to my shoulder every night.

He suffered from kidney failure a few days ago
and his body was shutting down.  Nothing could
be done for him.  It was his time to go.

Words can't even express how much I miss him.