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Tuesday, October 31, 2017


No Costume... No Candy... No kids... No Jack-o-lantern! YEP A BORING HALLOWEEN!

I spent the evening adding a border to the latest Round Robin that found it's way to my mail box. I am really enjoying these quilts and can hardly wait to hear what the owners thinks when their quilts return home. I am hoping to get my kitty back this coming month. Here is Kathy's after I added my border ("before" photo in previous post).

Graphic 45 - Secret Garden border fabric
Scott had blood drawn today for his 6 month check-up and he has a consulting appointment with the Dr that will do his colonoscopy. I guess he figured he ought to get one since he has been putting it off for awhile now. 

We did a little thrifty shopping at the Goodwill in Easley on the way back home. I think we spent $8... watch out BIG SPENDERS HERE! It's always fun to stop and see what treasures await.

I am feeling a lot better; still have a bit of residual crud to cough up or blow out but  am doing so much better than I was last week. I am hoping thats the only illness I get for this Winter... knock on wood.

Monday, October 30, 2017

Lets catch up!

So here it is the day before "All Hallow's Eve" /HALLOWEEN and October will be gone. Months just fly by anymore and soon it will be Christmas and a New Year will begin. Last night we had our first frost and Scott's silver car was all glistening like it was covered in diamonds this morning.  

Scott broke down and put the heat on mid-week last week as I was so sick and he didn't want me to get chilled. Thankfully the crud is leaving and I am nearly 100% again. Still a little congestion but nothing like a few days ago. I was living on Tylenol severe sinus during the day and Robitussin CF at night just so I could breath. I still have a slight barky cough too but it is productive so my lungs are clearing... thank goodness.

Tippy loves to walk into any photo opt he can find these days and goes all cute and adorable. Callie is nearly as bad.

Art Journalling prompt cards for a You Tube challenge. I love how these turned out. I laminated them for her too so they won't get messed up while she is "arting".

A delightful bit of Happy Mail from a fellow You Tube Artist.

 Scott and I decided to get our power line drop clear and created this huge brush pile that is STILL there. I guess the city isn't going to pick it up  for us. I will start loading it up into the truck when I am feeling a bit better and will drive it to the landfill myself. We still have a little work left to do but need the pole saw from the house to get it done. Next weekend we will take the truck down so that we can get the saw; it is just too greasy to haul in the car.
 Another Round Robin has arrived for me to add a border and mail it on to the next person. Saturday I was feeling well enough that I wanted OUT of the cottage so Scott and I went up to Hendersonville, NC so that I could go to Foam and Fabric. It's actually in Fletcher, NC and I just adore going in there.

 October 21rst was my Mother-in-laws 90th Birthday and there was a bash for her at her church. Scott was ill with the crud so he was miserable that day but pressed on and we were able to attend. Of course the next day is when I started getting ill and he was nearly over it by Monday. The men that caught that crud were ill for just about 36 hours but any women that have caught it have been ill for a week.

 I was put in charge of cutting the cake and everyone seemed to enjoy it. I had a small piece and it was very good.
Birthday Girl in black.

 While we were still dressed up I got Greg to take a few pictures of us together in front of the cedar tree I planted some years ago as a 1 foot sappling.

 Greg's stray "Buddy" came to be part of the photos. He is quite the handsome cat and quite vocal.

 I have taken to making "Loaded Oatmeal" some mornings and we really love it. I cook up some apples with a bit of butter and cinnamon (NO SUGAR) ahead of time and then I cook the oatmeal in Almond milk instead of water.  Once the oatmeal is cooked I put it into our bowls and top it with the cooked apples, either raisins or crazins and a bit of flax seed.

On our Saturday (Oct. 28th) adventure we saw this boarded up house and thought the window combination and roof detail were quite interesting. And one of  the road side antique markets had a couple very interesting old buildings next to it that I could not resist photographing.

 A bit of treasure came home with us... a thrifted toothbrush holder and a couple cigar boxes I can alter. And from one of the Antique shops I found the jar of thread on wooden spools and the interesting buttons.

We also had lunch at a favorite Restaurant - Iannucci's and as always it was DELICIOUS!

 My sweet boys laying next to me on the couch trying their best to make me feel better.
 And Callie just looking beautiful as always.
 Scott was showing off a couple of his refurbs for the camera. The table say was bought for $80 and he has completely restored and refinished it and has added a mobile base out of reclaimed lumber.
 And he cleaned up this old grinder and reworked the hand made base that he believes his Grandfather had originally created years ago. He gave it a nice coat of paint so it looks like it was manufactured professionally. Of course his Grandfather WAS a Professional... mechanic/ handyman. I am pretty sure that is where Scott got his talents.

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Scott's Project

Scott bought some plans for this table from New Yankee Workshop and while he was on vacation this week we went down to the house and he built it. He said he needs to remake the legs as he feels he made too many mistakes on the ones in the photo.
 I think it looks GREAT the way it is but I know him... he won't be happy until he has rebuilt the legs.
While he was working on this table I finished painting the ceiling in the den/kitchen with the ceiling white paint. I also painted the den to porch door with a second coat of white enamel paint and I also cleaned the two doors to the porch on the outside with plans of getting them painted with the terra cotta color. It was just too hot to paint out there; especially in the afternoon as the sun beats right in there. I also cleaned off the porch and raked up chestnut hulls.

The dogs required some attention as well with Bernadette making a trip to the groomers to get her hair shaved off and a bath. Amelia went to the vet and is on an antibiotic for 10 days and the Vet also put her on a pain reliever for her hip pain. They are both getting old and I am not sure how much longer we will have them around.

Adele was so sweet and came and stayed at the cottage while we were away and took care of our three cats. Tippy REALLY missed me bad and has stuck right to me since we returned on Thursday. He is my little buddy. Callie and Howie missed us too but they have at least gone back outside of their own accord. I hate to leave them but it's just not practical to haul them back and fourth and they would have to stay indoors down there and I am not sure Piper would like that much.

Have a great weekend!

Sunday, October 08, 2017

Round and Round

 It took me several days but I finally got all the little blocks pieced together and then saw that I needed to add a small extra border to make my pieced borders fit properly.

I finally got Marsha's Round Robin finished (or at least my part) and it is now on it's way to Betty; the next gal in the round robin. I LOVE how my additions make the center pumpkins pop...

Marsha's Round Robin - ready for Betty's addition(s)

Saturday, October 07, 2017

Quick Update

 I have begun work on the border I will be adding to Marsh'a Round Robin. I just love her starter block of pumpkins.
I am thnking I need to add a small black border strip before I add my pieced border and Scott agrees. He says it will really frame the center and make the border pop. I still need to sew the top and bottom border sections but had to stop as my shoulders were killing me. LOTS of seams in this one.

Howie is such a suck up and he adores being held and having his back scratched.

Monday, October 02, 2017

Art and the Weekend

 I tried my hand at "pouring" paint this past week and my first results were ok but I don't believe it is something I will want to continue. I think I like manipulating the paint more than just pouring so that may be the way I use up the supplies I bought for pouring.
I love how this one looks and I think this is how I will use up the supplies. Paintings with movement.
Last week I also did a bit of thrifting and found a few things at two Goodwills (Easley and Travelers Rest, SC Stores). Some clothes for our neice , Abby and some crafting and organizing items for myself.

And then on Saturday Scott and I tried to hike to the top of Table Rock... we stopped short of the very top by about a mile and a half. Still pretty good for two 50+ year olds. Here are a few of my favorite photos...

Two cats, some soup and a dog

Tippy Howie Vegetable beef soup and cornbread My very first toy... a dog  On November 8th I decided to do surgery on the little dog that cam...