Wednesday, April 27, 2016

catching up...

  


I thought I would catch up on a few things.... It is raining today and it is much needed rain......

The pictures above was from a painting class.... I am on the right and the two ladies left of me are very precious to me.... The far left is my daughter Kim and and the middle one is my daughter in law Stephanie....  These two gave me a ladies night out gift of taking this painting class for my birthday.... We had a lot of fun,...  A lot of ladies drank wine.... Painting and wine.... The three of us did not drink...... I am not against drinking at all....but we chose not to as we were very serious about our painting project... it is  our very first painting we have ever done.. It was a lot of fun and plan on doing one another time.... 

Russ and I  have put our energy towards our back yard... We are taking out garden beds and putting down grass seed.... We cleared out two this past weekend....We just don't have it in us to keep up with them all...We are keeping a couple and then container gardening on the deck.... 

We are paying to have our lawn mowed..... We had thought about selling our home and moving into a condo....Our son made a lot of sense and said you will have  home owners fees when you move into a condo..... He said you might as well stay where you are at and hire a lawn service...Would be much cheaper that way.... . One of our other Sons needs extra $$$'s so we are going to give him odd jobs to do out back and he is willing to do it...  

Russ and I are finding out we just don't have it in us to do what we want to get done... So we will get everything done through other people we hire.... it helps us and helps them with money.... once we get things done in the back yard it will be done once and for all...  

We are trying to get everything done before Russ goes into retirement..... We are looking forward to it in 2 and 1/2 years.... There are so many things we want to get done....  I feel so far we are on track with our goals...once baby step at a time...

Our grand kids keep us busy..... My Son went to France for a week for a business trip.... We helped my daughter in law Jessica with the kids while Tim was in France...I enjoy these kids so much.... They keep us moving that is for sure...  

I have been trying to sew but other things keep me from sewing as much as I want to.... I need to figure out a routine that gives me some time to sew....That is my goal at least....

Till next time may your days be filled with many blessings.... 

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Another beautiful day...

Jack our grand son having fun with Easter Grass
Got a good picture after he threw the easter grass in the air....I am still finding the easter grass.. I laugh every time I find it..
Grandpa with Jack and Sarah at their home.....
Sarah Easter morning....She has red hair like her momma....
This is a picture of the flooring we put in.... Addie had to be in the picture...
Our living room.... sort of.... I bought this rug and it was still wavy from being rolled up... it was the first day I had it down.... Our Golden Retriever was having a hard time getting up and down on the new flooring.... He is 10 years old....Sidney my cat was checking out the rug for softness.... she loved scratching her back on it.... Never thought about the dogs shedding and the hair on the dark colors of the rug...UGH.... vacuum every day...

The flooring we bought is not wood flooring...it is made from recycled tires.... they are by Allure vinyl planks.... It does not scratch from pets...it is water proof  which we need with the snow... We bought rustic pine flooring... I love it... it cleans well....We had oak vinyl planks by the front door for 8 years and it looked brand new but we took it up and replaced it to match the rustic pine....

We will be putting the same stuff down in our basement...

I was able to sew some yesterday for the first time in a long time.... Between grand kids and flooring and pets and trying to declutter our home except for my sewing room , I haven't taken the time to sew.... I sandwiched together a quilt that I finished last fall...it was good to get that done with the help of my cats... When I pull out quilts they gravitate to them and want to curl up on them...I had to keep shooing them away...I really do think they wanted me to take forever.... They took turns bothering me... They are something else....

It will be in the 70's this weekend and I am so happy....  Russ is taking Friday off and we are going to do some garden shopping.... I am really getting antsy to play in some dirt....

We need to spray the fruit trees also with organic stuff.... We have apple, pear and peach trees.... not many but enough for us....

Till next time may your day be filled with many blessings...

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

It has been a long time.....

It has been a long time since I have had posted....

I am so ready for warmer weather where I can open all the windows and keep them open for the day...Today the sun is out and it is gorgeous but it is a tad bit chilly....

We put new flooring down in the living room and hallway....it matches the kitchen and dining room... I will never go back to carpet.... When we took up the carpet I was shocked... The carpet had been down for almost  20 years.... I told Russ that the carpenters just put the padding over the dirty floors.... there was so much sand under the carpets....  It tells you that I had crappy vacuum cleaners that's for sure.... And since taking up the flooring the dust levels in our home are way down.... I would dust one day and everything would be covered in a layer of dust two days later.... I couldn't figure it out since the windows were closed due to the cooler weather.... now everything stays nice way longer and things are not as dusty.... Our sinuses are way better to....

We will eventually do the whole house with our new flooring....I will take some pictures soon...the flooring is a rustic pine flooring... not real wood....

We have been seeing the grand kids a lot and boy oh boy do they keep us busy.....Jack is 2 now an Sarah is almost 7 months.... Sarah is about ready to crawl..... she gets up on all 4s and rocks... Jack is all boy and he goes and goes and goes..... Very active...

Our next big project is putting new flooring in the basement as we have  in the living room....We are planning on making our basement our craft area....Russ will have a woodworking area,,,, Because retirement is in 2 and 1/2  years we want all major projects done with the house...We will have to keep the thermostat a little higher in the summer and the basement will be cooler than upstairs so we want a crafts/woodworking area for us...We will have a sitting area also to retreat to in the late afternoon to read or watch TV.... or we can craft....

I am planning a small garden this year.....Herbs and some veggies....it won't be huge....we will go to farmers markets also....

Till next time may your days be filled with many blessings....

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

I am so excited that spring is around the corner...

I am so excited that it is March..... All the snow has melted and I have been dealing with muddy paws..... I am hoping the back yard dries up so the dogs can come in with out muddy paws....

We have been really busy with our grand kids..... they are growing so fast....Our Grandson will be 2 on the 8th.... And our granddaughter is 5 months old already...

Our son David and daughter in law Stephanie have been married 8 months.... this past year has flown by... David earned his bachelors degree in Human Resources and they want to move back where family is.... They feel so far away.... They are leaving it in God's hands ....

We bought flooring for our living room and hallway.... We are going to be working in sections.... it will take a couple of weeks...Russ had planned to take a week off but he can't right now.... With what happened last  year with his job and he moving to a different area he has been doing his new job and his old job.... He will be training the new person to do his old position...it is going to take a while to train them... He wants to get them where they can work by themselves so he can take days off....It may take a couple of months ..... It is hard to explain to someone how to do everything he has done for 19 years... and it is not just a few things he does tons of things he has been doing...I won't get into it but they had transferred the  older guys into different areas because they didn't fit in like they told Russ..... Russ didn't realize they did it to two others.... Russ was the last one they told that he didn't fit in... Well the other two were told they were coming back to there old positions because the new young ones couldn't handle the stress and screwed up a lot of stuff...  They are finding out they need the old ones... I have a feeling it is going to happen the same thing with Russ.... We will see... He is counting down to retirement... It's two and half years away...

I am planning to do some vegetable gardening this  year and I am so excited.... I didn't grow anything last year.... I missed it alot.... So I am going to a few things and see if I can handle it... My knees are so bad.... Russ made me a stool for me to sit on a couple years ago and I will be using that...I am going to do some container gardening to...

It has been pretty boring around here..... I have been sewing and quilting and alot of projects not finished... that's my life....

Hope you have a wonderful week and may it be filled with many blessings...

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

2 days in a row!!!

Two days in a row with writing a post.....
I wanted to post some pictures of my grandchildren....there will be more writing below the pictures...
Sarah is now rolling from back to front.... I was so excited when she did it... She is precious and I know everyone else's grandchildren are precious also...

My husband and Jack were  playing with the train set that we gave to Jack for Christmas... He loves Thomas the train.... He is so like my son... Jack however has an abundance of energy.... Keeps us busy that is for sure...Smart as all... like his dad again...I see him being a electrical engineer as his dad... and my husband.... His mommy is a engineer to...

We spend a lot of time now with these kids... I didn't have that luxury with Jack....I won't get into it; some know about the problems I had when Jack was born.... It has turned around and now Russ and I are always helping...I am not complaining...really I am not... I love them with all my heart....

I am excited to try new things.... One is I want to conquer knitting... Ha I have been saying this for years.... This year I am going to make it happen.... And I want to learn didn't stitches with crocheting.... I need to learn to read directions for projects... it is all greek to me... Just like reading music.... I can not read it for the life of me...Some people have the gift and some don't and I am one of the ones who don't.... See the piano in the back ground of the picture with my Husband and Jack....Jessica plays the piano, flute, Obe.... and piccilo.... I wish I had the gift of music.... But I have alot of other gifts that I am thankful for....

My daughter started a new job this past  Monday.... She had been working at her other job for 3 years and they were moving departments around and they were going to have lay offs in March.... she decided to see if there was anything out there... Well low and behold the company that my husband and son and daughter in law works had a position open....She applied and was called for a interview and had the interview and then offered the job all with in a week.... They liked her and she has a CPA degree.... so she is in finances/payroll... so 4 in the family at the same company...it's a huge company....

Till next time....
May your day be filled with many blessings...