If you do stuff, stuff gets done.......

If you do stuff, stuff gets done.......

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

June 22 - catching up

Hello everyone! Here are some highlights from the last week or so .........
We found these 18 ounce Pfaltzgraf mugs at the base exchange for just $3.99.  We would of bought more but they only had 3. 
I bought 3 sets of nails to be more than ready for Fouth of July.  One set is royal blue glitter, one set is red and I planned to mix and match those 2 sets and then I found the red, blue stripe and white with anchors set.  
Patriotic things are always appropriate as far as I'm concerned.  

Fathers Day- most all our family was here- 20 of us ๐Ÿ˜
Lunch was tossed salad with tomatoes, onions and radishes from our garden, 
Garlic bread, our son made pasta salad and I made doubled eggs.  
My husband smoked brisket and a turkey breast, our daughter in law brought a potato casserole and I cooked green beans with tiny red potatoes. 
Fresh fruit 
My dad baked a blackberry pie with wild blackberries he picked near their retirement home and our daughter in law also brought a Texas sheet cake. 

The entertainment was a water balloon war with those new fangled quick and easy to fill balloon kits. 
It was messy and the main participants were the oldest 5 grands and the 4 young men.  They had a great time.  

It wasn't easy but we managed to get a decent group photo of the 7 grands,  they are wearing the dye shirts made with kits that Elizabeth got for her birthday.  Those squirt bottle tie dye kits work good too - but wear gloves if you use them.  I didn't and it took several days for all the dye to disappear from my cuticles. 

Our town has 2 brand new municipal water park splash pads. 
One is not too far from our home and has no admission fees.  
I took 3 of the grands this week and they had a wonderful time playing in the water for 2 hours.  

Then they had lunch in a pavilion next to the water park.  The summer lunch program, which I believe is a federal funded program operated by the school district, serves lunch there every week day to all children 18 years or younger.  
That day's lunch was a turkey and cheese sandwich with a fresh pear, baby carrots and a choice of white or chocolate milk.  
The grands were hungry after their water play and they gobbled down their sack lunches.  

Then we came home and they were all asleep within a few minutes.  
And I had a nice bowl of leftover salad from Sunday for my lunch and ate in peace while they all napped.  
I expect we will make more trips to the water park this summer.  

Granddaughter Andie stayed with us a few days.  She especially likes to "do crafts" which means she wants to cut and glue. She doesn't really care about structured crafts so I just spread the table with an old disposable tablecloth and gave her child safe scissors, a bottle of glue and scrap craft paper and a few stickers.  She was happy all day Tuesday just glueing and cutting away and making nothing.  

I think she is a good at drawing for a little girl who just turned 4.  
Can you guess what this is? 

A banana getting ready to swim in the ocean ๐Ÿ˜‚

Have a good rest of the week everyone!  I'll be catching up on some housework and staying inside as much as possible.  It is hot here in Oklahoma, just like it always is in summer.  

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

June 14 - morning sky

Genesis 9:12-16

To the east, I was looking at a beautiful sunrise sky.

And when I turned to the West, I saw a huge rainbow.
The rainbow is so big and I couldn't get it all in one photo.  

Thank you God, for this rainbow as a promise from you to never destroy all life on earth with water again.  

comments turned off for this post- 
This is not a political or social discussion blog, 
I just want to share this mornings photos and some of my favorite Bible verses.  

Sunday, June 12, 2016

June 12- church breakfast, CVS and bracelet information

We attend a tiny church. One man always cooks a big church-wide breakfast but he is away on vacation. ( the normal menu is eggs 2 ways, hash browns, biscuits and gravy and breakfast meats. )  We agreed to do the meal in his place but we did something much simpler.
Fresh fruit and assorted sweet rolls/ doughnuts all from Aldi. We also heated up precooked bacon and sausage.  One man grumbled about the lack of his favorites but everyone else happily ate fruit and doughnuts and meat.  
This little church building is rather quirky.  Can you tell from the photo that the serving bar is covered with floor linoleum?  

CVS today with no Extra Care Bucks.  
I only used coupons from recent newspapers and from the CVS red box scanner.  

The dropped from $134 to $41 
I got back $19 in ExtraCareBucks and should get $10 in BeautyBucks within 2 days.  

I had some questions about these bracelets. 
And the black with stars one is made almost the very same.
Yes, the beads do move around and are supposed to.  
I could not find the glue on end clasps in my town or from any USA store.  I ordered them from a very low cost EBay seller in China.

Good night 
And Good Bye weekend. As always, you go by so fast! 

Thursday, June 9, 2016

June 6- June 11

Hello everyone, 
I had this unrealistic idea that I would blog everyday in June.  Obviously that didn't happen.  But here's what I've been up to.  

I took a supper to share with my parents at their retirement apartment.  My daughter's family also ate this meal. 
I baked a loaf of bread and some sandwich buns- and remembered to put yeast in both batches ๐Ÿ˜„
The entree was chicken salad.  I boiled and shredded one whole chicken. 
The small batch is just chicken and mayo. 
The big batch is chicken, mayo, toasted pecans, red grapes, craisins and a little celery.  It was so good!  I will be making this again.  And soon! 
There were also some grape halves and quartered tiny heirloom tomatoes to eat with the sandwiches.  

I made a big batch of chili- mostly for the freezer.  We like chili here year round though I've heard lots of people say they don't eat soup or chili in the summer.  We do both! 

My daughter found out about a small blackberry farm near us and has bought beautiful berries there twice.  
The berries are just huge, so good and have very few seeds.  
I put most of ours in the freezer for cobblers.  
We also ate plenty just fresh.
Granddaughter Elizabeth found a blackberry shaped like a heart ❤️

Huge Blackberries!  That's one berry by a regular teaspoon.  
We hope to get more in a week or so when a different variety is ready to pick.m 

As usual, I do my manicures with Impress press on nails.  I especially like this polka dot- glitter- orange combo.  

There's been a little jewelry making going on.  I have a lot of beads- passed to me when my mom downsized here crafting supplies.  
I made these 2 with Pinterest tutorials.
My son and grandson enjoy making rubber band bracelets.  

Sewing- I hemmed some suits pants for my son- but no photo. 

This stuffed cat had a tail problem- I suspect it had been swung around by its tail ๐Ÿ˜ฑ and was barely still attached.  
I sewed it back on - extra securely.  I also sewed up 8 cloth napkins.

Our neighborhood had its annual yard sale today.  We didn't sell anything but we did set out some discards by our front curb with FREE signs taped to them.  Everything was gone within in an hour ๐Ÿ˜„
That was easy. 

My grandson and I shopped at a few of the yard sales but nothing much interested us. We did see lots of good deals though.  I have been decluttering and organizing for several months and I just didn't see any bargains I wanted to let occupy our straightened up spaces.  
We did spend a quarter- grandson bought one of those old fashioned wood paddle toys with a rubber ball on a bouncy string.  

My husband has been gone for almost 2 weeks helping his parents after his mother needed surgery for a fall and his father came down with a bad cold.  Both are recovering and my husband returned safely home this morning.  ๐Ÿก

So, that's what I've been up to!  I hope all of you are fine and getting lots done.  

Sunday, June 5, 2016

June 5- new to do list

Here is my to do list for the new week- decorated with fabric washi tape from Dollar Tree and rubber stamps.  

Have you made your list yet ?

Thank you everyone who commenteb on my bread goof up.  I know little things just happen every so often but lately, when I do something goofy, I always wonder if I am getting Alzhiemer's.  ๐Ÿค”๐Ÿ˜ฑ๐Ÿ˜ณ
I'm pretty sure Alzheimer's is a whole lot worse than just accidentally leaving out a spoonful of yeast in a recipe. 
Anyway, all your funny stories really made me smile 

Have a wonderful new week everyone! 

Saturday, June 4, 2016

June 4- A little sewing, some thrift purchases, a recipe and an Oops!

Hello everyone.  I sewed up another tissue box cover and put it on the hall end table.
When a cold or allergy attacks are going around all our little grands,  we use a lot of tissues! 

Mrs. B, @ Her Peculiar Life I think these would be great secret sister gifts and they are very quick and easy to sew up.  

My son and I shopped at a couple thrift stores today.  
He found a nice leather belt but I didn't get a photo.  
I got 4 name brand golf shirts for my husband, $4 each.  They are all in brand new condition, except the Polo brand one.  It is very good condition and I know he will like the color.  

I'm not sure where I will put this skinny owl lamp but at $3, I knew I would regret not buying it. 
It looks a little crooked in this photo but it's not.  

There were a group of here for supper last night.  
I made this Peach Crisp recipe for dessert.  
It's a recipe I copied down years ago and have made many times since.  
It makes a lot of servings and is nice to take to pot luck type meals.  
I've always used canned peaches but I think thawed frozen peaches would work great and might be more economical than canned peaches.  

The oops - I put ingredients in the automatic bread machine to bake a loaf of bread and never did check it during the 4 hour cycle.....apparently I did NOT add the yeast.......
So instead of a nice loaf of light bread,  I found a bread rock ๐Ÿ™

And just a bit of bragging- 7 year old Gavin colored this tiger and I think he has a very good eye for color.

Have a good rest of the weekend, everyone! 

Friday, June 3, 2016

June 3- that free mirror and a little sewing

I got this giant mirror from the yard sale leftover pile of a nearby home.   
It was gold, which I didn't care for, so I spray painted it.  
I read a tip online to slide sheets of cardstock under the frame and between the mirror.  It worked great to keep the paint off the mirror and was so fast! 

To hang it,  I used a 50 pound gorilla hook.  They are the best way we have found to hang most anything. 
They just push into the wall with no tools and are easy to remove, leaving just a tiny hole.  

Our son Bobby told us about Gorilla Hooks.  He does construction jobs like remodels and he says he uses them to hang heavy things for his clients.  
If you shop for Gorilla Hooks, the big packs are a lot cheaper per hook than the small packs.   Our multi pack contained 35 hooks, we've been using them for everything.  

The breakfast nook that is now kitchen space- where I hung the mirror.  

I did a few little sewing jobs yesterday ......
Patched a hand towel 
Added extra elastic to our very slim granddaughter's play shorts so hopefully they will stay up.  

And I sewed a cover for a facial tissue box.  

Just trace around your box and cut out the pieces leaving a seam allowance.  
Then sew it up-if you want better detailed instructions, you can  look on YouTube or Pinterest - which is what I did ๐Ÿ˜„
I used this fabric, which is not really cloth fabric- but I don't know what it is exactly.  It is sort of like heavy interfacing but it sews and cuts so nice and has a nice appearance like fabric.    I got it at a thrift store and it wasn't labeled.  
I do like how it turned out and have already cut out a second one.  

Have a good Friday and good weekend everyone ❤️

Thursday, June 2, 2016

June 2 - Perfect day for yard work

Our temperature is in the low 70s with just enough breeze.  
The yard is all mowed and edged for another week or so.  
Now I'm just resting before I get cleaned up.  
I think I'll sew a little this afternoon. 

The new sandbox has a cover and we keep it covered unless the grands are playing it.  
I've never seen any feral cats in our neighborhood.  The cover is mostly to keep out all the rain we've had this spring.  

Speaking of sewing,  one of my favorite British television shows has a new season of The Great British Sewing  Bee.  There are good versions of all 3 episodes so far of the current season on YouTube.  
They are about an hour long so you will need to find a stretch of time to view them. 
I am enjoying them so much! 

That should be a link to season 4 episode 1.  
Just do a search on YouTube to find the others if you choose to watch them.  

Have a good Thursday everyone!

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

June 1 - starting the month with a To-Do List

Hello everyone,  
My days are a little less busy as my school age grandchildren and their parents who work the school calendar are off for the summer.  Which means I have more free days.  
I've rested some and now am back to my regular homemaking tasks.  

Below is my hope to do list for this week and some tasks will stretch into June.  

Decorated with snails and bees- because sometimes I feel like a busy bee, but sometimes I feel like a snail.  ๐Ÿ˜„