Monday, August 31, 2009

Textures - Round 2

Wow, it has been a week since I last posted.  Time is certainly flying by. I know the texture posts are almost over but I thought I would show round 2 and then I have some other things later in the week that I hope to be able to blog about.  I have my surgery on Thursday so maybe by next weekend I will feel like blogging.

Each and everyone's textures have been so interesting.  Here are the last  of mine.

These are just a small amount but hope you enjoyed them. 

I have a new laptop computer and am learning to use it.  There are so many different types of items are on it, I will probably never know what they all do.

Everyone have a great week and I hope to be back by this weekend.


Monday, August 24, 2009

Textures In My Home

So many of you have been doing the textures in your homes and I think it is so interesting to see what everyone has in the way of textures. Carolyn, at Primitive Devotion, mentioned this on her blog. If anyone can give me some insight on how to post a link that would be great. I cannot figure that one thing out.

I am just showing pictures

I hope you enjoyed.

Until next time.


Friday, August 21, 2009

Fresh Veggies and New Finds

First off I want to thank everyone for all of the prayers and wonderful comments. I never take prayer for granted. I am feeling better and will have minor surgery the first week of September. The Lord is in control of all.

Our vegetable garden yielded so many great veggies this spring and summer. I was able to put up some brocolli this spring along with many other things this summer. With these tasty veggies

I got to put up this. This will be good in spaghetti, chili or stews and soups.

With a green version of these tasty veggies, I got to put up this green tomato relish. This is so good with fried catfish and hushpuppies and a baked potato. Yummo!!!! but the fried items are not very good for the waistline.

In this green tomato relish are these. It gives it just enough a kick for some flavor. These are good in guacamole, chili and oh so many other things. We like spicy foods.

We also had a large amount of herbs. I love basil and will use it in the tomatoes above for sauce. I have dried a lot of it for this winter. I also marinate tomatoes in olive oil and basil and it is oh so good.

These are oh so good marinated or made into pickles. Our garden bed just overflowed with cucumbers.

I went on a little shopping spree last weekend and this is what I came home with. It is a little box that playing cards were stored in.

I am going to paint it up and then I will put checkers in it for the checkerboard my hubby is going to make me.

In our area, it is rare to find a nice item like this. It is painted, etc but I am going to re-do it. I will show you once I get it done. It still has the dust on it.

I loved this little bowl. There are so many in blogland who have re-done bowls and I think they are great.

I really like wooden spoons, forks, etc. I had some in a previous post I had redone. I will also do these to add to my collection.

I hope everyone has a great weekend. Be safe.

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

What To Post About!!!

First off I want to thank everyone for the comments you have left on my blog. Everyone in blog land is so nice and so helpful.

I have been away for several days because I have not been feeling well. I have had severe pain on my right side and my skin is very sensitive to the touch. I have had ultra sounds for gall bladder and nothing. I have had complete blood workups and other tests, nothing was found. I had a CT scan yesterday and a very large cyst was found on one of my ovaries. I had blood tests today to check for ovarian cancer. I certainly hope this is not the case. The doctor doesn't seem to think so, but he wanted to make sure.

I go to a specialist on Friday for another doctor's visit. I am never sick and it is hard for me to sit still and do nothing. I don't like taking medicine, which I have been doing, so I have been feeling groggy also.

I am not here to complain but just to tell everyone not to take your health for granted. It is something that should be precious to us all.

It is so hot here and so humid that going outside just makes one sweat profusely, so needless to say, I am inside at home, doing what I can to keep myself occupied. I am going back to work tomorrow. Wonder what will be waiting for me!!!!!

Hopefully I will be back posting again in the new few days. I was in some small shops last weekend and bought some really neat things that were very inexpensive.

Everyone stay cool and fall will be here shortly.


Friday, August 14, 2009

My Back Yard and Flowers

I thought I would share with you some pictures of my backyard before summer ends. On Saturday mornings, I take my coffee and go on my patio and I just sit there and listen to the birds and just enjoy the peacefulness of it all. My bench is one my dad made many years ago. It has a slight tilt to it but it makes it more rustic. I call this my Saturday morning sit-a-spell spot. I love ferns and have lots of them. I trying to think of a way to protect them over the winter so I can have them next year.

Our deck is where my husband does all of the outdoor cooking. He has his grill and his smoker and also a turkey fryer. He fixes all kinds of goodies out here.

I have begonias planted in my planter boxes on the deck. They don't require dead heading and are so easy to grow.

We have a small fountain in our backyard and I planted zinnias around it. I like zinnias because they do not take a lot of care and they can handle our hot and dry summers we have.

The elephant ears come back every year. I am really surprised they came back this year because we had a real bad ice storm in January and lost several trees in our backyard. I like them because they offer a lot of greenery and look good with other flowers in a setting. We like to feed the birds so we have several hummingbird feeds and other feeders for woodpeckers and various other birds.

I like little flags in my flower gardens because they offer some color. These are 2 of them that I have.

This one is for fall, which I am so ready for.

I hope you enjoyed the short tour of my back yard and flower garden.

Saturday, August 8, 2009

Make Overs & Antiques

I have been working on a few things the past couple of weeks, inbetween my 40 hour a week job and other duties that must be done around the house. This is a long post and I hope I don't lose you.

If you remember on the post where I showed items my hubby had built, this item needed some TLC. Here it is before the makeover

and here it is after.

The next one is a bench that my dad made years ago. Here is the before

and here is the after. I had a difficult time getting the white spots off. They still show through a little.

I found some old wooden spoons and forks when I was out and about one day and I brought them home and and here is what I did to them.

These are some really small boxes that I have had for over 20 yeares and they had cows and pigs on them. I painted them and antiqued them but I an not real sure I like the color of them. They look too much like a caramel color. I like the blue that everyone is now using.

This is a small shelf that had a heart cut in it. I tried to fill in the hole, but you can still see the outline. You can tell that I like red by all of these pictures, can't you. That is my favorite color. I just have to find a place to put it.

Next are some of my antiques. This is our kitchen table and some of our chairs. The table has square nails and lots of cracks. We played cards on it one night and had to move to another table because the cards kept falling through the cracks. My uncle bought these chairs in Boston on one of his buying trips. A story about the chairs, our daughter had to sit in the backseat of our car when we brought them back from Oklahoma to Arkansas. She was not a happy camper but very glad when we got home.

I have a salesman sample possum belly table that I use as a night stand. The inside of the possum belly is metal where my large one is wood in the drawers. Here is a picture of each of those. I probably should have moved the fan before I took this picture. My display really looks better than the picture shows. Oh well, can be perfect and I am far from that.

This one is the salesman sample. I was very fortunate to find it.

This is a bed that we found lying in a ditch in Eureka Springs about 15 years ago. We go there frequently. We went up to the owner and asked her if she wanted to sell it cheap and she said sure. That was my first iron bed. I have one more.

I purchased all of these items many years ago. I couldn't afford to do it now. My husband lost his job over 3 years ago and has not been able to find one since. When you get to a certain age, no one wants to hire you, even though that is against the law. He interviewed at many places and once they found out his age they would never call back.
I would like for everyone to go over to Tammy's blog at Country Girl at Home and read her Faithful Friday's post. It is a great post and pertains to the future of our country. We have to really pray for our country and it's future. Our politicians are not listening to us and are doing what they want, not what the people want.
One of these days I will learn how to post a website so you can link to it.
Blessings to you all!!!