Saturday, 19 August 2017

MY MAGNIFICANT SEVEN!!

                                      Seven members!!

I have seven, wonderful members who have joined my new blog.  I am so happy!!   Now, I feel like I am talking to you instead of my pretend people.
I also have met some wonderful new people, so giving and helpful in giving me a shove in the right direction.
I try hard to comment on your blogs, to let you know how much I appreciate all the work you are putting in your blogs.
I have learned more about gardening, finding plants I didn't know would grow in my area.  I have learned decorating on a budget, you don't have to be rich to have a rich look.  I have learned new recipe's.  Most of all I have new friends.  

 

Thursday, 17 August 2017

LETS BAKE A CAKE

                                No Recipe 

This has got to be close to my all time favorite cake and you do not need a fancy recipe to make it.
 All you need is:  Yellow cake mix, although they make pineapple cake mix now.  some brown sugar, can of pineapples, some maraschino cherries, lots of butter.  
 A mixer would help and so would an oven to bake it all in.oh, yes, my favorite.  so yummy and moist and just plain good.

Monday, 14 August 2017

THE MIGHTY COLUMBIA

                   Our Amazing River

I guess I am what could be called a river rat.  I love spending time on the river.  One of the things I love the most is all the birds that also love the river.  I was going to say animals, but I didn't get the picture of the otter, I tried but he was to fast.
                    The Osprey are amazing.

I will do another post and tell you more about the Osprey. They are a protected bird and return year after year to the same nest.  Our PUD, has built places for them to nest, to keep them off of the power poles.  Along the river you will find these huge poles with Osprey nests on top.


By evening, they all seem to be home and ready to call it a day.












Another bird that we spot along the river is the Heron.





It is time to call it a day, but we will be back soon. Nothing compares to the time we get to spend on the river.

 

Tuesday, 8 August 2017

BEES AND BUTTERFLYS

                                                103 is still to hot!

So I will keep planning my garden.  The good point now over the planning I will do this winter is-- in about two weeks the temps should drop and I will be able to do a lot of fall planting.

Big on my list is the white bombshell hydrangea.
 It will work perfectly in the spot I have chosen.  I will plant about 5 of them and make a hedge that will separate us from the neighbor.  It blooms in summer right when we need something new to bloom.
For my tiny patio area, I will concentrate on butterfly's and bees. 
 When I was at Lowe's this morning the bee balm plants were just humming away with bees, making the local honey I love so much.
 The colors were so pretty, but at 103 temps, now is not a good time to plant.

I will also be planting milkweed, and try to attract butterfly's.
 Also will plant a butterfly bush.  I had one in my old garden and it was planted by the patio, the smell was heavenly.  So one of those is also on my list.
Maybe staying in away from the heat and smoke is not such a bad thing.

Thursday, 3 August 2017

MY NEW GARDEN

                                            Way to hot!

No gardening today but I will dream and plan of what I want to do. One thing about moving is you get to make things new and to your liking.   The previous owner was not much of a garden person so I get a clean slate.  Although tiny, very, very tiny.  
I didn't know what this bush was, it is so different from anything I have seen.  So, I took a picture, posted on FaceBook and am told it is a sweet bush and they grow in the south.  why it does so good here is a mystery.




.

Tuesday, 1 August 2017

I TOOK THE CHALLENGE

                                    31 days to Joyful living

Rattlebridge Farm blog, just finished a 31 day challenge to joyful living.    I found myself watching the clock waiting for her next blog post.  I was captivated by her writing, and a bit of envy.  How could this person who it looked on the surface have everything and not be joyful.  Boy!  did I learn a lesson.
I learned so much about the person but also about life.  
I don't think there is an age where we can stand up and shout "I got it!  I know the meaning of life".  Just not going to happen.
We can learn, to be joyful where ever we are planted, what ever difficulties we face because everyday there is something to be thankful for.
I have had a rough time with our last down size move.  This was not the house I wanted, the not you buyers got to it first. So I thought I would 'settle' for this one.  How pathetic could I be?   We had the kitchen remodeled and it is beautiful, but I just found something else to be unhappy about.
Then!  I took the challenge and now I have so much to be thankful for, so many ways each day to find joy.  I will share those, joyful day's with you.

 My lilies bring me much joy.  They were an Easter gift many years ago and yet the continue to grow and flower.

Friday, 14 July 2017

HOME

The Angels came to usher Mr. Sweet home, early Tuesday morning.
I know this will leave a big hole in BJ"S heart.  A heart as big as Texas it's self.  I ask that you all pray for BJ, pray for her peace and understanding.

BJ and Mr. Sweet have become a big part of our lives as we follow them through her blog.  I feel as if I am a neighbor of hers and we visit over the fence.  Actually, I am many states away but still get the blessing of knowing them.
I do know BJ is a lady that when served lemons turns around and makes knock your socks off lemonade.  I know she will use this as a blessing.
Another thing she does is make biscuits, I wish I could make biscuits but it's a southern thing.
You will want to visit BJ at   
 http://bj-sweetnothings.blogspot.com/

 Leave some prayers for her and keep her in your daily prayers.

















 
 

Thursday, 6 July 2017

PAPER PLATE DAY

                            I am a paper plate person

Hi, I hope you all had a wonderful fourth of July and celebrated our Independence.   
We celebrated with a picnic on the lake, lots of fun and of coarse boating was involved.

Another thing that was involved was paper plates, lots and lots of paper plates.

 See, I even finished my water melon, using this plate.

Now, I have seen table scape  after table scape on blogs and wonder is it me?  or are there others that think a paper plate is just fine.

 Now, this is cute, I like it.  It isn't me!!  I think some times with social media it is easy to lose who you are.  
I am trying to find my way back to what really makes me happy.   
I am trying to find the courage to be honest about who I am. Like my daughter has said "Mom, if you want new plates, you have to get rid of the old ones"  You can tell she is not a collector of 'stuff'.   
So I will say that even though I am olden, I am a work in progress.

Wednesday, 28 June 2017

WHY BROWN??

                          I have no clue as to why I chose brown.

The walls are painted Macadamia by Sherman Williams. At first it looked dark going over the pale green but I am so happy I stuck with it.

  You can see the paint color here.  A very neutral go with everything color.  Then, I picked brown for the counter tops and went with a copper/brown glass tiles for the back.

 The stove top and oven will be replaced as soon as I decided what to replace it with.  Sometimes I want a down draft stove top, sometimes I want the glass top and other times I think this works, why replace it!!

 The same tile on the sink side.  The guy putting up the tiles kept asking "Do you want this all the way up?"  I am sure he was not super happy installing those tiny pieces.  He did a wonderful job of it.

The cuteness boarder had to go and was replaced with stained wood.  I like that so much better.

So, there is the remake of the kitchen. I have storage for the big appliances, like mixers and slow cookers.  They are all tucked away when the counter was expanded.

Thursday, 22 June 2017

Summer time!!

                                         Summer means beach time!

                      Summer means boating time!


                     Summer means the river is still cold!


                          Summer means a beautiful end to a 
                   beautiful day! 
Summer in paradise means enjoying the day, the family and all that comes with it.
                           Welcome to nonies paradise 

Tuesday, 13 June 2017

SPEAKING OF KITCHENS!!

                                 Paid a visit to 'SWEET NOTHINGS'

I needed inspiration for my kitchen make over.  What better place to visit then SWEET NOTHING.   I do not remember exactly when I started following BJ, I just know the first time I visited her,  that her decorating was exactly what I was looking for. I was hooked.
 Just look at that cuteness!  Not sure that is even a word but it becomes a word when talking about BJ.  This picture gives me so many ideas for my new/old kitchen.  Loving the lamp, need to find a lamp.

 Black and white is her signature colors along with turquoise and a touch of red.  So, so cute.  I need to find a plate for my cream and sugar.   So many ideas!!
                             Just lovin it

                   Oh look!  Another lamp.

I am all inspired to keep going with my kitchen.  Just love visiting BJ, wish she was my neighbor.   At least she is only a click away.
   Right now, I am looking for something as cute as BJ, has to hold her tea bags.  Isn't that clever??
I don't think I over used the word cute--or---cuteness.
I did steal, use these pictures from her blog with permission.

Please say a prayer for BJ and Mr.Sweet, as he is battling cancer.   

Saturday, 10 June 2017

KITCHEN FIRST

                                   KITCHEN OF COARSE

I just had to do the kitchen first.  Well, the very first thing was to get the air so we could breath.  Once that cleaning was done, or, almost done. The crew came in and got started.

 Things got torn out, lots of painting started to happen.

 How I wished I had the money to replace the stove, that will just have to wait.  We did replace the microwave.

 Another item we replaced, was the kitchen sink.  why do they put tiny sinks in manufactured homes?   Also all the plumbing and wiring had to be redone.

I am glad we have made headway.  I have such a long way to go, but for right now it keeps me out of the weather.

Monday, 5 June 2017

Where do you start?

                                     I didn't know where to start

The first step was to clean up the smell.  We, brought in a company called "Clean Air Connection".   They cleaned out the vents, put a room deodorizer in the vents and came back the next day to scrub carpets.  I wanted the carpets gone but that is not in the budget yet.

The we hired a contractor, Rod Hoffman from "Hoffman Homes".  The kitchen was torn apart.  I would say the kitchen would be a good place to start.  

 If you look at the before picture, it shows the counter space as small and divided.  One part lower then the rest.  My idea, was to have the space used by one big counter.  Usable from both sides.  Also below the counter is 'space', this space is for storage of all those appliances that do not need to take up counter space.

a long way to go but it was a start.  

Friday, 2 June 2017

WHAT A MESS

                                        We bought it any how!

You might wonder what makes people that seem normal take on such a project.  
For one:  We wanted to move to an adult park of manufactured homes.
Two:  those homes are super hard to find. They sell as they hit the market, but, most of the time they never hit the market.
Three: This one never hit the market, a friend was helping us look and when she herd about this one she called.
We looked at it and I wanted to run. Not only was it a mess it stank so bad you could only be in it for a few minutes.

I will show you a few before pictures.  I would love to hear your opinion.

 this is what the kitchen looked liked!!  
guess you can tell it is a kitchen.


 The side opposite the sink area.


 This is the bathroom off the master bedroom.
 
                                                The guest bathroom

None of this was pleasant to think about.  None of that feeling of getting to move to a new place.  
I was, depressed for months.  Still it was something we had to do.  

Sunday, 21 May 2017

NEED A BREAK

                       HOT FUDGE SAUCE

                  From Ree, the pioneer woman

I am sure you have been to her blog, or watched her on TV. 
I have her cook books and found this recipe for hot fudge!!
It is so yummy.  When you are trying to decorate, or sew or maybe work in the garden you are earning points to spend on yummy stuff.  So forget the diet, forget about scales. Just make some wonderful fudge sauce, pour over your favorite ice cream and enjoy the day.

                            Recipe for fudge sauce
1 cup unsweetened cocoa
1 cup sugar
1 cup heavy cream
1 stick unsalted butter, cut into pieces
3 teaspoons vanilla extract

in a medium saucepan, gently whisk together cocoa powder and sugar.  Whisk in the cream, then turn heat to medium and whisk it as it warms up.  When the mixture starts to heat up, add the butter and stir it in to melt.  Then when the mixture is nice and hot, add the vanilla and stir to combine.
let sauce cool in the pan about 5 minutes and transfer to a mason jar.  Store in the fridge.  It will harden, just scoop out the amount you  want, warm in the microwave.  the pioneer woman

Friday, 19 May 2017

IT CAN BE A (MY) CASTLE

                             OKAY, so I exaggerated!

After being pretty unhappy about where we moved to, I started re-following Marty, who owns the blog "A Stroll Thru Life".   
Her advice, was, change your mind, look at things with a different point of view.  By changing your point of view your home can become your castle. 
Maybe for me, it will start with the little things, like not using the dining room table as a place to store things.  Actually clean it off and do a center piece.
Just because you have to down size, does not mean you give up on life.  Just means, things have changed.

Marty, is a wonderful person.  I only know her by following her blog, but I look forward to each new entry.  I know I will learn something new.  I know I will get inspired to try something new.  
For now, I will trick my mind into thinking I have a castle. My tiny bathrooms will become jewel boxes, (another blog post from Marty).
another point, Marty does all her decorating on a budget, she can take something old and thru her vision make it something new.
So, if you have not discovered A stroll thru life, follow her for awhile and you to will know you live in a castle.

Monday, 15 May 2017

SPRING

                                  SPRING AND TIME FOR FLOWERS

         Just love my hanging basket 
               of petunias

         These are geraniums.  I added 
         them to a hanging planter.

         Mothers day gift, another hanging
           basket of geraniums.  
            Just love them.
           This is my first year of
         trying to grow the sweet potato
         vine.  I am hoping it just goes
         wild and take over the spot. 
         It is in a hanging planter.

           I am always amazed that these 
         keep coming back, year after year
         They are lilies,from a Easter 
          present, given years ago.

           A porch planter, planted with
           petunias.  I have never planted
           plants this tiny.  Will see how
            they do!

That is my porch garden so far.  I am hoping it grows and as I sit on the swing I can enjoy being surrounded by flowers.