Friday, February 26, 2010

Up to My Elbows in Paint

We decided last week to participate in the local Home and Garden show...or should I say Lou thought it would be a good idea to participate in the Home and Garden Show...soooo I am in full production mode.

Freshly painted signs have been piling up in the upstairs studio. Some are orders so next stop for these today will be downstairs in the wood shop where they will have the finish sprayed on them.

After the finish dries, the orders will be packaged for mailing and the rest will be priced, boxed, and set on the shelves we have for finish products.

I feel like that old Dunkin' Donut commercial
"Gotta make the donuts"


On Tuesday, I was back to my one day during the week to watch my Darlin' Dylan ( isn't he going to hate that when he gets older ). Last week Dylan and his Dad drove to North Carolina to visit Chad's sister and her family. The week before, I wasn't needed because of the snow. I couldn't believe how much he had grown and how many new things he was doing. I guess that country song is right...Don't Blink!

Can't forget to add a photo of my first grandchild, Dre.

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Shall we play in the dirt?

As I've been paging through all the seed and garden catalogs that have been arriving in the mail over the past couple of weeks, I knew I had to come up with some new gardening signs for spring. This is one I painted today. I believe this sentiment is so true. It perfectly describes the gardener. Am anxiously the arrival of spring.

Monday, February 15, 2010


I had the tv on today while I was working on some orders. On the USA network, there was a NCIS marathon. I like that show...I like the relationship of the characters and whodunit storylines. I got to thinking about blood evidence and how blood is not easy to clean up. One may not be able to see it but it's still there. Abbey is always able to find it on the show and prove that someone was murdered and figure out who the killer is.

Quite a few years ago, I cut the tip of my thumb while using the band saw. I was in the shop by myself and I ran to the bathroom to grab some paper towels to try and stop the bleeding...leaving blood drops on the floor from the saw to the bathroom. Then I went to the phone to call Lou who was still down the house, still dripping blood everywhere I went. I ended up with stitches putting the tip of my thumb back where it belonged. I have to wonder if it can be determined if blood that has soaked into a concrete floor twenty years ago ( you can still see it) is different than new blood.

When all the CSI shows became so popular, Lou and I joked that he should document the the "blood drops" in case something "happened to me".

Soooo... if I disappear without a trace, Lou wants everyone to know that when the police find the old blood drips on the floor that I was still alive and kickin' in 2010.

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Snow Dazed

Another 20 inches of the white stuff today on top of 20+ over the weekend
blizzard conditions...high winds...white outs.

Lou shoveled a path for Lucy this morning.

After running around in the snow...Lucy needed a snooze.

A Love Story

I'm a sucker for a Good Love Story...
It starts in the early1960's. I am one of of 3 children. I have a brother, John who is three years younger than I am and a sister, Jan who is six years younger. John had a friend Paul, who he met when they were both in Boy Scouts. Jan's best friend was Patsy, who lived in the house across the street from my parents home. I know Patsy and Paul's paths crossed from time to time over the years at that big old house. Our home was a hang out for my siblings friends. Time went by, all grew up. Jan and Pat have stayed close all these years...through marriages and children. John and Paul drifted apart, although they saw each other on occasion. Both Patsy and Paul had their marriages end several years ago. Early last year, Pat put and ad on Craig's List in the personals, looking for someone to maybe go out to dinner with, or a movie. She had a reply from someone who sounded nice, but she didn't want to go meet him alone, so she took two of her grown children with her to meet this fellow in a public place. How surprised she was to find out that she knew him, had known him years ago. was Paul.

They have being dating for almost a year now. I spoke with my Mother yesterday and she told me that Pat and Paul are engaged and are planning a spring wedding. So here's to hoping that the words to that old song are true...Love is lovelier, the second time around.

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

and here we go again...

Mickey and I are looking out the window and watching the news/weather reports and it doesn't look good. Even though the sun is shining brightly this morning...almost blinding, reflecting off the white stuff that covered us this weekend, the weather people are telling us that "it" is heading this way again. Doesn't look like there is any chance it will miss us. Two lows are going to converge right over top of us. There's talk of another 18 inches or more, starting this afternoon and not ending until tomorrow afternoon. It was 15 degrees overnight. Guess this winter has sorta changes the idea of global warming.

I need to get up to the shop and package some items that need to be taken to the Post Office today...we haven't seen our mailman since Friday.

Sunday, February 7, 2010

The Country Workshop on a Snowy Day

I finally did make it up to the shop today for a little while. Lou did dig a path for me early yesterday evening, but this morning there was still alot of ice on the path. Our daughter called this morning and said that she and her husband would come over and help uncover the truck and dig out the driveway. This was such a help and we got to visit for a while with Holly and Chad and darlin' Dylan. My other daughter Meagan, pulled on her boots and climbed over the piles of snow to stop in for awhile. You can check out Dylan's first 3 minutes in the snow at Holly's blog.

Looking Out My Window...

Looking out my living room window at 4 am Saturday morning. We had "snow thunder and lightning" which woke both Hubbie and me. Since we were awake, we ate breakfast while we watched the movie "Guess Who's Coming to Dinner" with Spencer Tracy and Katherine Hepburn.

Same window around 11 am. We had planned to work in the shop but the snow was already 20+ inches. The decision was made for working today. It was a wonderful day to sit by the fire and watch the snow falling.

This was taken at 5:30 pm on Saturday. The sun peeked out for just a little while before setting. 28-30 inches deep, by the time the storm was finished.

Friday, February 5, 2010


Just a quick post while having coffee. I need to get up to the workshop to package orders and get them to the PO before the "Big Snow" Watching the news and looks like it will be snowing for the next 24 hours.

Photos are of some of my signs for the upcoming holidays...Love Day, St. Patrick's Day and Easter.

Hope all affected by this storm have been to the store for "bread, milk and toilet paper" and are ready to burrow in the house for the next day or two... here in Baltimore they are calling for 18-30 inches. Stay safe and warm.