Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Some Work & Some Fun....

  Ted is splitting more logs. We will stack them later. We did get all the logs and wood from our fallen hickory ,down to the wood pile.
 More to split. Some of this is from Ted's brother yard.
 All the branches and twigs have been burned in the fire ring. We rake thru this the put some of it in a garden area and till it in.
  This is the place where the tree fell and now it's all cleaned up and mowed. I cleaned, raked, swept , and Ted mowed.
 The hostas under the tulip poplar are blooming and the hydrangea by the dri-gas tank. So lots of our work is done for now. Yippee, feels good too.
  This is our granddaughter Emma after I washed that big head of hair.  I like her T-shirt, she wears in her mommy's and others' honor. :):) Fighting breast cancer. Her mom Liz, is cancer free now.
 Emma wanted her hair in braids to wear home. Aunt Angie picked her up and took her home yesterday. I truly enjoyed my time with Emma. We did not do crafts. Took her swimming, shopping and out to eat. We watched movies, she drew pictures, we talked  and laughed. It just was a great time. I always miss her the minute she leaves out of the driveway.
  Hope you are all enjoying a great day. XO

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Saturday Visitors.....

   Emma and Layla Rose  came to visit.  My daughter Liz brought all her sweet girls to visit me.  Liz, Lynzie, Emily (Layla's mom), Layla and Emma.  It was so good  to get to see them all and get hugs. Layla is really growing  now. Not to mention Emma , who is  almost taller than me and she's just 11 years old.
   Emma stayed all night. She and I will go to brunch at Aunt Angie's house. She will be with me till Monday. It's amazing how quickly children grow. Seems more so when you do not see them often.
  Lynzie ( my daughter Liz's daughter) is expecting her first child in December. I could see she seemed tired yesterday. She's an R.N. so she has busy work schedules. The girls all stayed long enough for Papaw Teddy to get hugs and have a few minutes of catching up.
  If Layla were not being breast fed by Emily, she might  have stayed over night also. :) Emma says she is Layla's favorite aunt.   I think she will be. I can see Emma baby sitting one day. I had to watch my siblings when I was about  12.  You know, back when you could clobber your brothers and sisters. :):) The best part of baby sitting siblings.  LOL
   Wishing all a beautiful Sunday. The sun is shining once again here, and I am loving it. XO

Saturday, June 27, 2015

More Treasures.....

   There were many stained glass windows. Big as doors.
  This one had a couple of damaged places.
 This one was priced at one hundred and ninety-five dollars. I did not get a picture the arched one that was in the best shape, sorry. It was Two twenty-five.
   I always love these bronzed  baby shoes.  I later thought these would make good pen and pencil holders.
 This is just one shot of some jewelry. There are many, many display cases with jewelry. Some good , but mostly  costume jewelry.   Okay this is all the photos I have to show from my junking trip to the Treasure Mart.
  It rained all day yesterday and most of the evening too. The sump pumps came on and are still running. Water is standing everywhere.  There was flood warnings till 4:30 this morning. That was just for our county. Many more are still under warnings. I am hoping for some dry weather.  I hate to even say this, but the mosquitoes are already out. I do not see much outdoor activity  with out wearing some kind of repellent.  I am not crazy about that.
   Wishing all of you a good Saturday.  Be safe. XO

Friday, June 26, 2015

Toasters & Treasures......

 I took these pictures at the Treasure Mart when my daughter Kathy and I were there last Saturday.   Here's a cute  little play toaster for children . I thought it was in good shape and pretty.
 This is a toaster from Fiesta ware....well who knew ? Not me. I loved the curved top.
  This is a real treasure. It looked new, but did not have a power cord with it. I remember my mom's friend gave her an old toaster like this and it worked, so we used it for years.
 Here's some different kinds of toasters. LOL.  Toby ale steins. I guess you could make a toast with these.
  This metal goat was adorable. Someone is very talented. It was about two feet tall and three feet long.
  These are the treasures I came away with. Silver plated place card holders in the shape of birds sitting on a branch.....the silver had been stripped off.  Someone wanted the silver I guess. Two friendship cards, a wee dish from Washington's Mount Vernon home. A sweet cow creamer, that I remembered Linda of Isty Bits and Pieces had one ...so I thought I have to have one also. :):) You know how we are girls.
  So look how cute it really is, I love it. It says cream on the other side.
 Plus who would not want this tin. It must have been filled with hand tools for Christmas season.  It says Sears Roebuck & Co.  also has a craftsman decal. Looks like a dark haired lady is driving.  On top of the tin is a decal of screw drivers and wrenches.
  My daughter got herself a couple of bags full of fancy buttons and sewing trims. Right up that girl's alley. She purchased a metal scrolled fire screen. So pretty. Kathy says she is putting it in her flower garden. That will be cute.
  Hope all of you are getting ready for a wonderful fun filled weekend. June is slipping by my friends. Let us enjoy all this good summer time. XO

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

At Last....

  As sweet Etta James would say, at last. :):) We trimmed branches and limbs, then Ted put a snatch strap on a big limb and used the golf cart to pull the center piece down. He is showing his muscle after getting it on the ground. Now the  real danger was over.
 This is the pile of smaller limbs. to be stacked on Thursday.
 Then I carried these sections and had to roll a few of the bigger ones. Just getting it contained.
 Ted hooked up the log splitter and got to work splitting and threw the pieces in the trailer. As you can see it's hooked to the golf cart...which we call our mule. That old golf cart has paid for it's self many times.
This is all that's left of our hickory tree. We are leaving it, even though it's very sad, right now.  When the leaves fall off later this coming fall we will take the rest down. Look at that beautiful blue sky we had all day. We took plenty of breaks and had cool drinks of water and tea. So the hard and dangerous part is over. Come Thursday  Ted will split the rest of the wood and I will help him stack it. Then maybe we can rest. LOL.
  Thank you to all who warned us and worried for us.  Love your concern and I am so grateful for my blog friends and family.  Wishing you a nice Wednesday. XO

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

It's Work....

    This Hickory tree was about 40 feet tall . It is now half that tall.  There's plenty of branches to trim off first.
   We used our electric chain saw.  Because of all the stops and starts involved for branch trimming. Can you see what was left of the juniper tree. Remember the one I was always trimming on , trying to have that spiral effect?  LOL. Well I won't be cutting on it any longer...it's a goner.
  I am allowed to used the chain saw only on  branches and small limbs , because of the danger of kick backs.
This electric saw is bigger than the one we used to have. I would take it to my mom's and trim the dead out of her lilacs....which were as tall as trees. :)
 Ted had to run to get his meds and some oil and a filter for his truck. Then we will be trimming again.  We may get to the actual trunk of the fallen part today. Then I think our neighbor may have to help , because the trunk is leaning on the remaining part of the tree. Too dangerous.  Professional tree trimmers are really charging right now, when people need so many trees trimmed or cut down.  We will keep this hard wood to burn.  There will be holes in the yard to fill and seed, I am sure.
  Hopefully we will be finished this week on this cutting, hauling and stacking. Wishing all of you a fun day. That would be a "no cutting trees day to me right now " :):)

Monday, June 22, 2015

Treasure Mart.....

    You can see the sign and the truck that says this is the original Treasure Mart.  This building used to be a printing factory , many, many years ago.
  They have installed new windows. That is how they cool the place by opening the windows. I got a bit over heated on the second floor so there was no way I was going any higher. :):)
 I do not know how long this building is. It is full of antiques and junk and just about anything a person could want.
 I absolutely love the exposed brick walls. When you look up, the ceiling is actually the floor joists and beams of the next floor.
  I love just looking at things. Some things are really over priced. But many thing are affordable for anyone.  They were serving free sweet tea , fruit punch and cookies for anyone wanting them. I thought that was a nice touch to get people into the building to shop.
I had to take time to admire the huge posts and floor joists of this old building. I am so glad it has been saved and repurposed.
  Today Ted and I got to that hickory tree we lost. I finally had to call it quits for me. Too hot and I took a shower, made tea and had Ted take two breaks .  The neighbor man said we could put all our limbs on his back lot's burn pile. So I went to his house and raked up all the apples that blew off his trees. Oh my goodness that was  more than a wheelbarrow of apples.  So my arthritic ankles are done for today. 
  Hope all you fellows had a wonderful Father's Day.  XO

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Storm Damage....

   We lost our front yard hickory tree. Our only major shade tree in front. See my daughter's husband's truck. Kathy stayed all night here. We lost power for over 5 hours.  I am still so thankful that the tree did not fall on the truck..it fell the other way. Plus It did not fall on the house or garage/shop.  It did also take out the juniper tree by the flag pole. Bent the flagpole to the east a bit.
This is a before shot, you can see how tall it was. We can not save it, the main trunk is broken . The neighbor lost half of one of his apple trees. The storm hit at 2:00 , the power and the tree both went at 2:15.  There's trees down all over town. They were showing pictures on the news broadcast this morning. I am ever so thankful the power is back on.
   Ted and I will have plenty of work this coming week.  Of course he will save the hickory wood for burn ...maybe around February . It has to season.
   Hope all of you are safe and faired well through the storms.  XO

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Going Junking....

   My daughter Kathy is coming for a quick visit . We are going to the Treasure Mart . Major junking site. Three stories of junk and antiques.  This is a photo of another time when we had a day of junking fun. Today's weather isn't that pretty. The sun did pop out for a brief showing.  Flash flood warning around the state. Praying for all to be safe.
     Kathy is a crafter and loves recycling old things into something useful or pretty. She also makes jewelry and can sew out of this world. She's been sewing for years. Actually made her own wedding dress years ago.  She and her DIL have that in common...they both love fashion and sewing.  If I buy anything interesting I will post a photo.
  Wishing all a good Saturday . XO

Friday, June 19, 2015

Friday With Rain....

   First there was Monday, Wednesday, Thursday with rain. LOL.  We did not have rain on Tuesday, although it was forecasted.  No sitting out today.
 The hydrangeas are blooming.  The plant is a nice size,  but so far not many flower heads.
  The lilies are loving the rain.
 The Japanese maple is doing very well.  The one near the road, not so much. I think it got some over spray from the farmer's field , across the road.
 We lost a huge limb is the winds yesterday. It was from the willow tree and lots of sticks from the hickory. So The burn pile is full again and the lean to has more for the burn pile. But the yard is cleaned up.
 That was a lot of picking up sticks and bending over, doing squats......and that was after I did an hour of Zumba Silver in my daughter's class , she's the instructor. It was the first time I have tried that class . I was sweating like mad when I was finished. I told some of the ladies, "Jump into the car and roll down the window and I'll drive us all around with our heads hanging out." Quick cool down.  Just kidding them of course.  Angie did a cool down stretch period for the class.
   Wishing all of you a great Friday. Be safe. XO

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Bouquet Of Lilies....

     I cut some lilies yesterday and made this bouquet.  I put them in an old milk bottle.  I love using the bottle as a vase.  I put it on the table on the porch, so I could enjoy it while outside yesterday.  Ted and I did get to sit a while on the porch.  Yesterday was plenty warm...but not as hot and humid as it had been. Today we are having rain.  Actually rain is forecasted for the next few days.  The rain and heat is making things grow. The corn across the road is going to be knee high by the 4th of July, as the old saying goes.
   Today is always a long day for me.  So I am planning on taking things out of my closet and donating.  It's been needing it for a long time.  It I take out a dozen things that is a far as I normally get in cleaning closets. Maybe if I get photos of the donations , I'll do better. LOL. Wish me luck.
 Hope all of you have a good day. XO

Monday, June 15, 2015


 My granddaughter Lynzie and her husband Mark are celebrating their first year of marriage.  I just sent them a card with some money to go to dinner on papaw and me.  Now they have told me they are expecting their first child in December. I am excited for them.  They will be wonderful parents. They are both so loving and kind.   I sure never get to see my grandchildren as much as I would like. You know they are busy working and making a life for themselves.
 I had  some running to do today, got that done. Ted and I had lunch out. So I just had  some laundry to do and my chores for today were over.  Hope you day was a very good one. XO

Sunday, June 14, 2015


   This is along side of our library. I love the grounds there, although it's limited. Around the corner at the end of this path is a pergola with a seating area. So sweet. Smells so good with the scent of the pines.
 This is a seating area in the front. The sculpture was made by our art teachers at the local high school. This is a shady breezy spot to sit.  A nice place to sit and enjoy your coffee from the Subway sandwich shop.  I pulled these photos off my files. I have not been to the library for some time now.  I was going to take art classes there this past fall...but they were always later than I wanted to take them.   Hope all of you have a great library and enjoy visiting it. Oh Kathy at Looking Through My Bifocals...works in her library.  :)
   Blessings for a great Sunday. XO