Saturday, September 27, 2008

Happy Birthday Aunti Bev

my mémère, a donkey, my dad,
aunt betty, and aunti bev
at benson's animal farm back in the day ...

"If you carry your childhood with you,
you never become older."
~ Abraham Sutzkever

Happy Birthday

Aunti Bev!


Thursday, September 25, 2008

16 days 'til Oktoberfest

16 days until GHB Oktoberfest! Susie and Tracey are coming out from OH and we can't have Leah (she'll be vacationing in HI), and that's all I know. Hope YOU can make it!


Monday, September 22, 2008

Mouses are moving IN

Today is the 1st day of Autumn and the neighborhood mice are moving in to stay warm. You thought I was kidding about the mouse house in the shed ... well here it is! A snuggly condo with clean dry rags stuffed in a McCain K-Cup box. Even cut them a little hole for easy access.They are going to live in the shed whether I like it or not, just check out their little mouse holes they come and go from. They chewed up the Lawn Boy grass bag, the volleyball net, etc. Next, they will be making nests in the mower engines. So I thought if they had a warm little place they could call their own, they just might leave my stuff alone ... and I could just throw it away in the spring when they moved out! Worth a try ...

Here's a 'mouse view' of their new home. Not sure if anyone has moved in yet.
Mowed the lawn today too. I love to mow the lawn. When I was a young girl my Dad would never let me mow the lawn because I never mowed in a straight line (he was kind of a perfectionist). Well some things never change, I still can't mow straight. But it made me smile. I knew my Dad was looking down on me and just shaking his head and laughing.

Borrowed a bunch of old pictures from my Sister. The below picture is my Dad and his Sister, my Aunt Betty.
Michele also had this picture of my Dad. Aunt Betty was hoping we could find it so she could have a copy. I LOVE old pictures!
stay warm,

Sunday, September 21, 2008

Happy Birthday Weekend!

Big birthday celebration weekend! Had lunch with Donna F. on Friday at Ruby Tuesday's to help her celebrate her 5*th birthday.


Friday night was dinner at Shell and Bruce's to celebrate Kathy's 6oth birthday (Filet Mignon and lots of Crab Cakes ... way YUM!). Rog picked out the candles!
... and the card (can ya tell?) ...
"aging is inevitable,
maturing is optional"
gotta love a Hallmark

Then off to the Putney Inn in VT on Saturday for Larry's surprise 60th birthday party and he was surprised! Had a great time with Larry and Miriam and Leon and Leslie and Linda and a whole bunch of other folks that we never get to see.

Great job on the party Miriam!Shari's birthday is today too!
Happy Birthday Shari!
(how old are YOU now?)

1964 photo ~ Shari, me and Shell at Santa's Village

Spooky is off to Calgary, Alberta. Had a little going away party for him with his friends on Friday.

Spooky brought in $70 for the Nie Recovery auction.
Thank YOU Cassandra!
have a great week family and friends ...


Thursday, September 18, 2008

too much fun with Picasa 3 ...

... on 'stay'cation with Rog and having WAY TOO MUCH FUN with Picasa 3! Celebrating Kathy's 60th tomorrow night at Shell and Bruce's, and other stuff on Saturday (will tell ya about it later).

p.s. scroll down to the very bottom if you'd like to listen to some of my favorite music. I just started putting together a 'playlist'. Click on the arrow facing right.

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

GHB at 2200 feet

My brother-in-law just passed his private pilot's test! Congratulations BRUCE! ... and my little sister is his co-pilot and photographer. Here's our home away from home at 2200 feet! GREAT 'pics' sis!

please fly SAFE,
you two!


Saturday, September 13, 2008

heads up "Fam"!

One week from today, Saturday, September 20th, is Kathy's 60th Birthday! Shhhhh, don't tell her I told you!

Little "Miss Kathy" with her favorite Aunt Nancy at the beach ... just a (way) few years back.

(love the glasses Kathy)!


Friday, September 12, 2008

my Nie Recovery auction item

Just finished this Halloween treasure today for Kim's, Nie Recovery auction. Visit her blog to see all the great items donated to raise money for Nie Recovery (and bid, bid, bid). Hopefully this little guy will show up there soon!

An 11" Alabama Chinese bottle gourd painted to look like a pumpkin with a curious inhabitant and a spooky witch takes to her broom with her 'batty' friends. You'll never have to buy another pumpkin again!

I love these embellishments made by Dana Bates at Crafts 'N' Scraps

Had to take this 'pic' of the original trio of rescued ironing boards before one left for its new home.


Tuesday, September 09, 2008

rescued vintage ironing board #3

Apple Harvest Time! This 4 foot rescued vintage ironing board is a commissioned piece, and I love the way it turned out. I wasn't sure when she told me what she wanted ... but I really think it works!
I love the way the original ironing board stamped name shows through the red apple ...

my rendition of bittersweet ...
My computer is sick, I'm between cameras and most importantly, trying to finish a piece for Kim's, "Nie Recovery" auction! Visit Kim's Blog to see what's happening! Don't forget prayers for the Nielsons!


Friday, September 05, 2008


happy ten whole years!


It's so great to find that one special person

you want to annoy for the rest of your life.
~Rita Rudner


Tuesday, September 02, 2008

Gotta Love a Weekend!

Congratulations Boys!
Big weekend at GHB!
Rick and Rog secured the Pres. and VP positions,
respectively, at the Fall GHB Election.
They hit the campaign trail for 5 hours on Saturday with the below campaign flier. Picture of Rick and Rog by Linda H. Thx Linda!

On the artsy side of things ... a sketch materializes into an art form and saves a 'smelly' old vintage ironing board from the dump!

It stands about 4 & 1/2 feet tall and after the primer and all it's not even too smelly. Anyways, I'm sure the smelly, musty part adds character. It was probably the ironing board of a 'wicked witch' and when she wasn't ironing, it held her open spellbook ...

Building continues to progress at Bruce and Shell's "Moose Manor"!

Bry ... this one is for you!
Brandon was at THE game (I swiped the pic from Jill's blog, thx Jill)!
"Utes overcome mistakes to crash the Big House"
(I even stole Tony's title)

have a wonderful week

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