The ramblings of a rooster collecting, cowboy lovin', country girl with a little renovating and crafting thrown in too!

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Where does the time go???

I am sorry I have been a slack blogger over the summer. We have had a busy one and not all of it good! I hope to be back to normal soon.

This week is the last week for my son being home. he moves into University residence a week from today. Its only 40 minutes away but that seems like a million miles to this momma! He is my only child and I am so proud of him but so very sad to have him moving out. Its a bittersweet time for me.

Most of you know I work in sales and that job just goes crazy come September. Some day I hope to learn how to organise my time much better than I do now! My boss also picked up a new line of cosmetics so starting the end of this week I have set ups to do in 18 stores plus everything else going on.

I did the Prim Pals Autumn swap and I will show you the fun things I made as soon as my pal receives them! I am hoping to have some time to make some for myself too.

On a not so great note my brother was admitted to hospital again Thursday evening. I spent the weekend with my mom and visiting him. Since coming home 3 weeks ago he has done so well and we are so very proud of him for abstaining from his vice. Unfortunately with his liver not functioning at 100% he has slowly been building up fluid again. His potassium was also very low and he was falling asleep constantly. They have corrected that and are working on the fluid with a stronger diuretic. All we can do is pray but I suspect the prognosis at this point is not good. My dad always used a saying * A day late and a dollar short*. I was reminded of that when my brother landed back in the hospital. Sometimes the turn around is just not soon enough to make a difference.

So I hope you all are having a good summer and I have been reading some just havent kept up like I should. I will try to gather my thoughts and get organised to post more!!


Sunday, August 22, 2010

Flowers, fences and fun!

Here is the almost complete pic of my fence! Still need to do a gate at the end and the tops of the poles cut off and capped but see how I dont have to look at that parking lot anymore?? I love it!
This is the front of my house with all my flowers blooming. Unfortunately it is shaded and my house is so tall its hard to get a good one with them all in it!

This is beside the front step(which will soon be a front covered porch I hope!) My geraniums and Canta Lilies in bloom. The hosta is about to bloom as well.
Looking down the driveway and side of the house....more Canta Lilies and the archway that needs trimmed big time! The corner of the window you see had plants growing out of it! We had tear it apart and have ordered one to replace it as it is rotten and has ants! NOT something we planned for...the joys of an old home!
Back porch with wave petunias that grew like crazy this year and my railing boxes. This area looks terrible because half the siding is off where we replaced the porch last year. It is all coming off eventually and we are going back to the wood shingles that would have originally been on the house. Thats a big project so we have to wait until there is more money!
This is an old wash tub under all those flowers. There are wave petunias and another pink flower I am unsure of the name. I had it sitting in the shade and it didnt do well so we moved it and it took off like crazy again. I am amazed at how well they have done this year.

We have had a good weekend here...I have finished up work on my swap over at Prim Pals and have Donnas goodies all boxed up to mail first thing tomorrow. Last night hubby and I went to a fun little rodeo and had some laughs. I also changed my header pic to a picture sent to me by a cowboy friend. he took this random pic of his boots all lined up and I loved it so much I decided to use it here for awhile!
Hope everyong has had a great weekend. Talk to you all soon.

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Who is turning 40????

Tammy!! And she is giving away this great doll to celebrate her birthday! Happy early birthday Tammy. The doll is beautiful and you are so very talented.
If you would like a chance to win this doll..... head on over to Tammy's blog and sign up! Click right here for a link! Good luck everyone...although I really hope I win!

Hope you all had a great weekend. Its going to be a busy work week for me and I have to finish up the BIG box of goodies I am sending my swap Partner Donna from Prim Pals Autumn swap!

Hugs to you all!


Thursday, August 12, 2010

Christmas in July!

I belong to Prim Pals Forum and we had a Christmas in July Swap. TJ from Willowbend Prims was my secret elf and look what she sent me! I was sooo spoiled! I just love ths Santa with his little crow on his shoulder and the tree and the star!
Here he is a little closer!
And this pic does no justice to these crows! TJ knows I love crows so she made me *Three Wise Crows*. There is also a battery candle behind them that you cant see. Tooo cute!
Then I got all these goodes as well,hang tags and soap and stocking ornies and a cute snowman plate. It really was like Christmas opening that box!
Last but not least this cute plate with chickens...another of my favorite things! Thanks TJ for everything!
If you arent already a member of Prim Pals come check it out! We are doing an Autumn swap now with Halloween to come and monthly happiness swaps as well. Lots of recipes and tutorials and patterns and just plain fun!

I had mentioned in my last post my brother was doing better. He is at home now and doing ok. Its mostly up to him now so we continue to pray he is strong enough to get thru this. If I hadnt seen it first hand I am not sure I would have believed what a terrible disease alcoholism is. Not only does it devour your body but it affects your brain and truly the hearts of those around you as they watch helplessly. I pray none of you ever have to see a loved one go thru this.

Monday, August 9, 2010

House of Henry Goodies!

Remember when I said I would post the goodies I got on my trip to House of Henry?? Well I know Im much later than I thought but here they are! This is the cutest doll and well you all know how I love my crows and she is holding one! The sheep is adorable made out of chenille.
This is a pic of her sitting on the old quilt I also bought along with the star pillow made from an old quilt! I have them all in my bedroom on my rocker but I think she may move to the livingroom so everyone will get to see and enjoy her!
I love them all and I was so happy to meet Faye. Check out her blog and her shop at Primitive Lace!

Lots of work for me lately so I havent posted much. My brother is doing well and might possibly be home this week. He wont ever be 100% and alot is up to him but one day at a time and God has sure worked a miracle this time. My yard is looking great still and one of these days I will get pics of my wonderful fence posted. I am sooo enjoying the privacy! Hope you are all having a great summer and I promise not to stay away too long this time!


Monday, August 2, 2010

Wow Ten Years!

Thats Dave and I ten years ago today on our wedding day. We were married on the beach in South Carolina the day after my best friend or as I call her, my sister, Debbie from Goat Creek. It seems like yesterday some times and Lord knows others it seems like forever!

We had a great day today....left this morning with no destination in mind. Had lunch at the Big Stop restaurant which is like a truck stop and has the best food! Then we headed further into New Brunswick and I decided I was going to make the long awaited visit to House of Henry. I met the Faye thru our blogs and she makes the nicest dolls. If you look at her blog Primitive Lace you can see the doll I bought sitting in her window in her header picture! She is holding a sheep and I just love her. I will take some pics of her and the other things I bought as well to show you soon!

Faye it was so great to meet you and your shop is just lovely! I will definately be coming back to do more shopping in the future!

We then travelled back towards home and stopped for some yummy seafood chowder and at a couple farm markets. I had a wonderful day just relaxing and driving and visiting!

Hope you all had a great weekend!