Friday, November 18, 2016

Happy Thanksgiving!

"But now, on Thanksgiving, we still have the November
sun, and the clear deep blue of the sky, and the white glory
of the stars, and the loving-kindness of friends, just as our
forefathers had.  If only we can preserve the real things--
the love of man and woman, the peace of an evening by the 
fire, the sweetness of music, and the gay sound of children's
voices--we shall not have to hear the sound of the world
disintegrating into chaos."
~Gladys Taber, The Book of Stillmeadow

This Thanksgiving finds me thankful for so many things....I would have a very lengthy blog post if I tried to list them all.  As always, I am thankful for all my blogging friends.  I am wishing each one of you a very happy Thanksgiving Day and weekend!  And to those who live outside of the USA, I wish you a happy day and weekend ahead.



 🎶 The autumn leaves drift by my window...🎶

After the howling winds of yesterday, most of our colorful leaves
are on the ground awaiting a leaf rake or a leaf blower and 
a pair of willing and able arms to gather them into large piles.  

The wind made for a tighter grip on the steering wheel while
driving to the Big Town yesterday.  And a lot of hairspray didn't
really help my hair stay in place, either.  Not to worry, I saw a
lot of hairdos standing on end so I didn't feel quite so bad.
My first stop was a visit to the chiropractor.  My knee and sciatic
nerve pain finally got the best of me and Something had to be done.
It was a very warm day, as well as ultra windy, so I was wearing my
flipflops.  Which led me to mentioning--in case he noted my sorry
looking nails--that next on my agenda was getting a pedicure mainly
because of a recurring ingrown nail.  Doctor then gave me a tip that
he says really works.  I will be trying it out if I can ever figure out how to reach my toes again.  If anyone wants to know his method
for curing ingrown nails, just email me and I'll be happy to share it.
On to other things.  I didn't really intend to talk toes today.  👣

After the pedicure, I found my 💅 tootsies heading down to the
bookstore.  I found a book I've been wanting to read when I find
some time, as it's not exactly light reading.   I'll save the subject of this book, which has interested me for many years, for a future 
blog post all of its own.   

I then headed over to my favorite section...magazines.
Look in the lower left corner of the above photo.  See the arm?
Someone was looking at a magazine and snapping photos with
their iPhone.  Have you ever done this?  I suppose it was in
the interest of saving money since magazines have gotten so costly.

I intended to show both before and after photos in this post, 
but I only have a few before to share today in the interest of
time.  BG is off work again today and Monday to work at
The Project and I will be heading there soon to do some painting.

The photo above and the following are what some of the walls
looked like after BG tore into them to find the wire he was trying
to get into the outlet holes.  Whoever did the old wiring job 
sometimes drilled a hole through a stud in the wall, so the wire
didn't always go in a straight shot to the outlet.  I need to get a photo
of the attic where he has been working before he's through. 

This is a little alcove in one of the bedrooms.  The sheetrock has
been put back, mudded and sanded and is awaiting primer and 
paint.  Also, the above chocolate room as we call it and the living
room walls are put back together and awaiting paint touch ups.

Other than running a new wire to the kitchen for the electric stove, 
the above room is the last to be rewired.  Well, the basement still needs to be rewired, but it will be much easier since he doesn't have to get into the attic.  This room is what we call the spare room and was added on at the end of the upper deck.  Believe me, that pink will be painted over!  There are shelves on the other side of that
closet door and the right side wall has a door that leads to the
deck.  My daughter is planning making this room an office.

We haven't quite figured out how we are going to heat/cool this
room as it didn't have heat or cooling running to it.  Any ideas?


I'm slow getting started today, but it's time to go see if BG needs some help.  I'll probably start painting primer on those patched holes 
and then daughter and I can paint this weekend.
I probably sound like a broken record, but we'll be so happy
to get all of this work done.  Well, enough done that our daughter
can get moved in.  I don't know if we'll want to dance or sleep.  
And, I'll be happy to have more time for some fun activities
such as reading blogs, books and watching some shows on Netflix.

 Have a great weekend!
xo Cheryl

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

The Cow Jumped Over the Moon....

It was foggy in spots this morning as I went out the front door to try to get a shot of the moon before it set.  The cattle across the highway were there to greet me.  See the fog in the background?  The lake where I often snap shots of the sun setting is just over the hill and beyond 80 acres or so.  The sun was just coming up and cast a pretty, rosy glow on the trees.

There is just something about this face that makes me smile.

The moon this morning.  I've gotten clearer shots of the moon before, so it's either me or my camera.  I might have to ask Santa for a newer camera.  Oh wait, I need a new laptop more.  It has taken me hours to get my photos uploaded today.

This photo of the moon was taken last night by my daughter using my little Elph camera.  We were in CoMo shopping for light fixtures, blinds, shades and whatnot for her house.  And another trip to Menards was made for more wire and outside lights.  My 4th trip there in a week or so, but progress is being made!  There is one more room to wire and then the finishing work to do.  I'll show some before photos next post and maybe an after or two.  

My daughter and I were hungry after an exhausting night of shopping, we stopped in at Panera Bread for soup and a sandwich.  The place looked full, but we were so hungry that we said we'd eat at the outside patio in the dark if the tables were all full.  We put in our order.  Kim wanted a bread bowl.  Strike one...they were out.  I ordered a bowl of broccoli cheese soup.  Strike two...they were out.  Okay, how about the baked potato soup?  Got it.  Then we both asked for a ham and swiss cheese sandwich to go with our soup.  And medium drinks.  When our order was ready, we noticed that they had forgotten the cheese.  Strike three.  The glasses for the medium drinks were so small that Kim said it's a good thing we didn't order small drinks because they most likely would have been as small as a shot glass.  That set me off to giggling and we both started in and couldn't stop, and soon the girls across the aisle were joining in!  We actually ended up getting our meal for free plus a free pastry for the mixup.  Score!!

Happy Tuesday to you!
xo Cheryl 

Friday, November 11, 2016

Veterans Day

The phone rang early this morning and it was our son calling my favorite veteran, BG, to thank him for his service.  Many in our family served our country including BG's father who was an army veteran and fought in World War II, his uncle was a prisoner of war for 3 long years during the Korean War, my uncle was in the Navy during World War II, my older brother was a member of the National Guard, BG's brother is an Army veteran, and so many others that I won't list here.  

My heartfelt thanks and appreciation goes out to each and everyone who served our country.  Let us never forget that our freedom isn't free.

Happy Veterans Day,

P.S.  I'd like to say to those rioting and protesting the election, please remember those who fought for your freedom regardless of who the president was at the time.  When they were called to serve, they did so without complaint and served bravely with many giving their lives for ALL of us.       

Tuesday, November 8, 2016


Today is the day we vote for a new president of the United States of America.  I will be going to the polls with my hubby when he gets out off work in a couple of hours.  I hope that everyone will exercise their right to go vote today and may the best man for the job win!  :)

Our son was home for the weekend.  He helped his dad who is spending all his spare time working on the other house aka The Project.  They did take a little time off late one afternoon to walk around the Back 6 and take a drive to the lake.  The above photos were taken on those jaunts by Brett on his iPhone.  

We are making progress at the other house.  Only a little more to go on one bedroom, a wee bit of wiring to do in the kitchen, and wire the spare room which may be the most difficult (I hope it goes smoother than BG thinks it will) and then all the wiring for the upstairs will be done.  
Then our carpenter will come in and repair all the walls that BG had to put holes into in order to get the wiring where he wanted it to go.  He also will put down some trim boards, fix a closet door which doesn't open good, and a few other jobs such putting back together the closet in the bathroom, hanging doors, etc.  Then we will finish up the painting, get carpet down in the spare room, and clean the hardwood floors that have already been refinished in the rest of the rooms.  

Our daughter fixed chicken fajitas and queso dip one night for supper.  Yum, good!  We were hungry after a day's work and didn't take time to bother with place mats or putting everything in a bowl.  ha!  I did grab some napkins after I snapped a photo.    
So, that's my weekend wrap-up.  Today really seems like Monday to me as our daughter and BG both took a vacation day yesterday to work on the house.  BG was also home Friday, he's taking long weekends to get this job finally done.  Well, at least enough done that someone can move in!  The basement still needs to be wired, but that won't take nearly as long as the upstairs because the drywall was all taken out.  I may be repeating myself here, but there may be new readers.  I have a couple of new followers signed on.  Please let me know where you are so I can follow back!  

Happy Tuesday!
xo Cheryl 

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Tuesday Tidbits


Hello November!  
My older brother, Bill, would have been 74 on this day.
I still miss him.  It's still hard to not be able to pick up the
 phone and talk to him.  Likewise my younger brother
whose birthday was also on a first.  January 1st.  They will
always be in our hearts and on our minds.

When I was young, I used to envy both of them for
having birthdays on the first of the month.  It just seemed to
me back then to be much cooler than having a birthday on
the 14th of the month.  ha!  The things kids think!  

Did you have some cute Trick or Treater's last night?
My daughter borrowed a Stetson that had belonged to my
dad, which I had kept, to wear for Halloween.  
She dressed up as a cowgirl for the party at the center.

My son sent me photos of his girlfriend's 2 children.  They
were so cute, wish I could show them.  Little Cooper wanted to 
be a slice of pizza and he was! 

I'm off next to make a run down the road to CoMo to Menards 
to get some things for BG.  He had taken yesterday and today
off to work at the other house.  I have a list of things to
get that we've run out of such as electrical boxes, wire,
and I need to get more paint.  

First, I just had to do this post to get the last one down the
page.  Those bloody spots were beginning to make me queasy.  lol!  
I wanted to do that post to see if someone could help me figure 
out what might have happened, but now it's time to get past it!

Happy November to you!
xo Cheryl