Thursday, April 28, 2011

Change My Subject Matter?

I'm starting to feel like all I ever share with you is health issues. So, I will give you the latest anyway! lol I've had ankle pain and swelling for a couple of years. I just figured it was arthritis and my weight probably wasn't helping it. I sit all day at my job, so I was surprised by the way it was swelling and it hurt even more than usual.

I normally have slender ankles. (The only thin part of me!) ;)

I spoke with the doctor I work for and he referred me to our in-house podiatrist. I had x-rays two days ago and found out today that I have a quarter sized bone chip on my ankle from an old injury that healed. So now I get to have a fun cortisone shot, and if that doesn't work, then it's surgery. Yippee...

I posted on facebook that I AM IRON WOMAN... chip a bone and just keep going... Hey! It made ME laugh!!!

Monday, April 25, 2011

Funny Monday

I'm addicted to Pinterest. Here are some things that made me laugh tonight.

Something happened to the comment. It said "it's not what it looks like"....

And now you know. I'm easily amused!


Thursday, April 21, 2011

Can You Say Yummy?

When I got home from work tonight, Hasseman was already here. That rarely happens. He generally gets home about 30-45 min. after I do. He said he was off to mow the yard, and out the door he went. Before too long, he was back, saying "Look what I found!"

He had run over one, but was able to save it and stopped the mower to look for more. He ended up bringing 6 rather large Morel Mushrooms in to soak. I LOVE them!!! My Dad called last night to tease Lumpkin about having eaten some without her. She loves them too. Last year was not good for them here, so it's happy news to hear that people are finding them everywhere this Spring.

Now we just need at least a bread sack full for a nice snack! If you're not familiar with them, you first soak them in salt water to remove any unwanted guests after slicing them in half, let them soak overnight, then flour them and fry them, adding a little salt and pepper. Delicious!!!

Do you eat mushrooms?

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Monday, April 18, 2011

Shooting For Etsy Success

I keep getting sidetracked from the progress I need to make in order to open my etsy shop. I have some handmade items, some vintage linens and enough supplies to keep adding to it. So the question I pose to you, my experienced etsy-selling friends, is how many items should I post/have on hand to open my shop? I'm not exactly sure what my niche is yet, but I plan on offering a variety to see where it all goes. I'd love to be able to sell a number of different things because I'm sure I'd get bored if I made the same type of item over and over. I'll take any and all advice that you have to offer! Thanks!

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Sunday, April 17, 2011

I'm Back! And Flower Time!

So, I'm still taking antibiotics. I didn't miss any work, but I went to bed early every night this week and I'm feeling better. Thanks for the well wishes! Today, Hasseman asked me if I wanted to go to the local greenhouse with him. Ummm... yeah! He gets free flowers every year, but not until around June. He had the planting bug and wanted some Pansies. We picked out six different colors and brought them home. This is a Bleeding Heart plant that came up from last year. I LOVE PINK!!! I picked out this Happy, Sunshine-y yellow Pansy.

Here is the small flat we brought home. Can you tell the deck needs some TLC?

Not sure about this one- looks like a Hosta. Today I spent more time outside than I have since last year, and it felt great! What did you do this weekend?

Monday, April 11, 2011

Unscheduled Blog Break

Hello my bloggy friends. I join you today from my lunch break at work. I'm counting the minutes until quitting time so I can run to the pharmacy and pick up some meds that will hopefully make me feel better, then home. I will have to wait an hour to pick up Lumpkin from Driver's Ed before I can have an early bedtime. I hope to join you in a few days.

Friday, April 8, 2011

Creative Girl On The Inside Screaming To Get Out

I just love that! I found it on Pinterest. It speaks to me. Isn't that what art/creating is all about? Pouring yourself onto your work and sharing it with someone you've never met... being a bright spot in their day, calling to some happy memory in their heart... I want to learn new techniques, create beautiful things, speak to someone's heart. I believe I can, and so I will... it's just a matter of finding the time. Darn this need to work for a living...

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

A Funny Thing By The Door...

I've heard of Cat In The Hat and Jack in the Box, but this is ridiculous! ;) Hasseman has two cats, Princess and Lolly, so named when he rescued them from an uncertain fate. Their owners could no longer keep them and he took them in. Princess and Lolly are sisters. I like to think of Princess as the big sister. She is more mature, stately, and well, fluffy. She can't be bothered with silly pursuits. Lolly, on the other hand, is like the kid sister, wild, unruly, and tries to escape every time the door is open. Princess is the lady of the house, and let me tell you, Hasseman is her man! She really has very little to do with anyone else. Lolly is a bit more playful and not quite as picky about her playmates. They are beautiful cats. Now, if I can just get Lolly to sit still long enough for her photographic debut!

Monday, April 4, 2011

All White Decor - Yes or No?

I found this lovely room at

I'm enamored with the fresh look of all white (really more off-white) as a decorating statement. I'm just not sure I could do it for long, and certainly not the whole house.

The more I've looked, the more I've decided I could not live with an all white bedroom. Too utilitarian. Just doesn't look inviting to me. But I do love Rachel Ashwell. She has some beautiful things on her Shabby Chic website.

But this one is better. A little hint of color. I'd still have to do something with that bare wall.
I have to have a little color. Especially in the kitchen. To me, the kitchen in all white lacks warmth and a feeling of home. It gives it an almost industrial look. But, that is my opinion, and you know what they say opinions are like!

Not all white, but just right.

I saved the best for last... my dream pool area.

Sunday, April 3, 2011


I'm at that point in this little project. You know, the one where you're wondering... "Is this done? Does it need more?" It still seems a little bare to me. I'm dissatisfied with the cut-outs of the words. Lumpkin said the only thing she likes about it is the fuzzy button I added. And I thought I was my toughest critic!

Good advice on this last pic... Be Yourself

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Saturday, April 2, 2011

Upcycled Tin Cans - Garden Lanterns/Votives

I heard about Pinterest from fellow bloggers and thought I'd check it out. It has been at least one month since I signed up, but had yet to really check it out and see what it's all about. Oh my! If you haven't signed up yet, please do! So many beautiful pictures and a ton of fab ideas and yummy goodness! This is one of my favorites from today that I will definitely be trying. Hasseman has a wonderful deck that I fully intend to enjoy when the weather warms up, and these will be perfect. This project, complete with tutorial, is found at fine Gardening