Friday, March 26, 2010

Dylan's New Cousin

Dylan has a new cousin. Paul Samuel made his appearance early yesterday evening. Another new baby in the family is such a blessing. We have all waited impatiently for his arrival. Mom, Melissa is doing well and Dad, Scott is the doting father. What what a wonderful life is in store for this beautiful child. A baby most loved.

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Dirty Dog...Wet Dog...Clean Dog..Soon to be Scalped Dog

Last night, after a day in the shop, I took a look at Lucy and decided that she needed a bath and a hair cut. She was looking like a poor neglected girl. I try to keep her clipped fairly short to cut down on the hair balls that roll over the floors like tumble weed. Also when her hair is shorter she doesn't seem to pick up as much dirt and dust from the shop and the yard. Well she did get the bath last night and I dried her, but she needs to be completely dry in order to use the clippers. Doesn't she look like she's thinking...I'm bathed, I'm clean, don't you think that's enough? Later today she'll get a hair cut. I put the hair onto the compost pile in the yard this time of year. The birds actually will use the hair to build their nests. What they don't use, I'll just turn it over when I turn the compost and a little bit of Lucy will be in the gardens later in the year.
I want to thank all who paid Holly a visit on her blog. I talked with her this morning and she was so very touched that you would take the time to give her words of encouragement.
We have had some good news this morning, my niece, Melissa, went into labor a little while ago, and baby Paul should be arriving soon. Now Dylan will have a new boy cousin to play with. All his other cousins, close to his age, are girls.
Wishing you all a wonderful day...

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Tape Challenged...

Yep...that's me...I'm tape challenged. This isn't a new thing, but this morning as I wrapped several orders for shipping, I was again reminded of how I can not use the tape dispenser at it was designed to be used. Every time I try, I just can't pull the tape out and cut it with a flick of the wrist with the cutting edge of the dispenser. The tape sticks to itself and when I pull it off to start over, it sticks to my fingers or around my fingers. I have found that it is just easier to cut the tape first and "stick where it needs to be stuck". I am glad for the days when the Husband is not around to try to show me how it should be done, and when he just shakes his head and rolls the eyes. The packages for today are wrapped and on their way.
I guess it's like the Frank Sinatra song...I did it my way.
Also Ladies, if you get a chance, please drop by my daughter's blog and say hi. Holly is still having a rough time getting over the injuries from the accident. I was with her yesterday to take care of Dylan and she's got the blues dealing with doctor visits and insurance companies and having her life thrown into a tizzy.

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Be Careful What You Wish For...

For the past 2 weekends we've been set up at the Home and Garden show. In November, we signed up for 2 craft shows at a local high school...a spring show and a fall show (because we were given a break in show fees if we paid then). All week I've been making items to replace what we have sold over the last couple of weeks. I have been wishing that we weren't doing that high school show today. I'm just gettin' too old to set up for a show three weekends in a row. But I did commit to doing this show and worked like crazy to be sure to have enough product.

Well...Thursday evening, my head started to get stuffy. Yesterday morning my throat was scratchy and by the afternoon I gave up trying to paint, came down from the shop and climbed into bed. Full blown head cold with all the symptoms, sore throat, stuffy nose, coughing, sneezing and generally feeling like someone was squeezing both sides of my head. Still thinking, however, that I would be able to set up at the show this morning. just wasn't going to happen. So here I am, on the most beautiful day of 2010 so far, in the house, feeling sorry for myself. I have opened the windows to at least get the feel of spring in the air.

So folks, do be careful what you wish might just come true!

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

When Irish Eyes Are Smiling...

Wishing All A Day Full of Blessings

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Spring Has Sprung

Had time today to notice that spring is certainly on its way after a winter to remember. These are the first jonquils to bloom every year, usually a full week before all the others. Last week the front yard was covered in snow crocus, but with the rain and getting ready for the craft show, I didn't get a chance to enjoy them. Found the purple crocus in the corner of the garden.

And although these are bulbs, I am reminded...
Who plants a seed beneath the sod and waits to see believes in God.

Monday, March 15, 2010


For the last few years, I have limited the number of craft shows I participate in. This spring I decided to add a few more than I had set up for last year. So for the past two weekends I had a booth at the local Home and Garden show. But doing shows on weekends cuts into family weekend doings. I had to miss a bridal shower for my niece Jamie. The Bride-To-Be in the photo above is the little one in pink with very little hair. Her brother Nicolaus is behind her. My younger daughter Meagan is the one making the funny face and my first born Holly is sitting behind her. In the photo below, taken yesterday at the shower, is Meagan, the Bride decorated with shamrocks, Elizabeth (I know I somewhere have a picture of her as a little one with the her girl cousins) and Holly (who thank goodness felt well enough to be able to go to the shower).
My girls have been so fortunate...they have cousins who they played with as children and have grown up to be friends today.

Friday, March 12, 2010

Counting My Blessings

I have often said to each of my daughters that no matter how old they are, they will always be my babies. This really hit home this week when my first born, Holly, was in a bad automobile accident to with her first born, my first grandchild in the car. Giving thanks that my baby and her baby are alive. Dylan is fine...the car seat kept him from being hurt. Holly is having a harder time both physically and emotionally. Hopefully everyday will be a little better.
You can read on Holly's blog her thoughts about the accident.

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Witch Balls from Gecko Glass

While at the craft show this weekend, I admired the work of a very talented glass artist named Erin Shepard. She makes jewelry, kaleidoscopes an other glass items. I just loved her witch balls and while I was away from our display, my dear Hubbie, purchased the one I had been admiring all weekend. He surprised me with it in the truck on the way home. He's still my sweetie after 35 years. (most days)

Legend of the Witch Ball is that when hung in windows, they protect against evil spells and negativity. The beauty of the orbs is said to attract evil spirits and their energy is trapped inside the glass. If my witch ball does that for my house...great, but I just thought it was pretty.

Erin has an etsy shop Gecko Glass and also has a website for her wedding jewelry. She will again be at the Maryland Home and Garden Show this weekend.

Monday, March 8, 2010

Maryland Home and Garden Show

Quick post as I must get back to painting for the second weekend of the HG show, but just wanted to put up photos of our booth. It was so hard to be sitting inside when we had such beautiful weather this weekend but one must do what one must do. Hope all had a wonderful weekend.