Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Hot Dog, Hot Dog, Hot Diggity Dog!


Please Spay or Neuter Your Pets
This is a tragic example of an in-bread dog


Received this in an email and thought I'd share.
Made me giggle...what a dear little face.


Pumpkins, Pumpkins Everywhere...

We traveled a hundred miles north today, to Reading, PA, to pick up a wood order that we absolutely needed as we were down to less than one 4x8 sheet of mdf that we use for our signs.
I noticed that autumn was starting to appear as we crossed the state line from MD into PA. The tops of the trees are beginning to turn shades of yellow, orange and red.

We also passed many, many farm stands and shops with mountains of beautiful pumpkins,
not only in orange but also in white.

I took my Darlin' Boy to our local farm yesterday hoping to be able to go on a hayride but the ground was still too muddy, so we settled for a pumpkin, some apples, a jar of apple butter and 6 apple cider donuts.


I have had visions of decorating with lots and lots of pumpkins and mums every year, but when the girls were small we usually had only 1 or 2 pumpkins made into jack 'o lanterns for Halloween. Since they've be out of the house I haven't even done that. But I'd love to do do something like the photo below that came from the Martha Stewart website.
I have a drill...I can do that!

Monday, September 26, 2011

Two Years Ago Today






We were in Thurmont, MD at the wedding of
our beautiful daughter, Meagan and the love of her life, Erik.
Happy Second Anniversary my darlings. We love you!


Thursday, September 22, 2011

Burlap Pumpkins with Hydrangeas...


I saw this great idea and thought how lovely...and I have the hydrangeas.
I might even find the time to make some burlap pumpkins to decorate for fall.



Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Just Maybe...Hokey Pokey

The Hokey Pokey Press to play music

You put your right foot in,
You put your right foot out,
You put your right foot in
And you shake it all about.
You do the Hokey Pokey
And you turn yourself around,
That's what it's all about.


Monday, September 19, 2011

It's Apple Time...

Found this easy to make Recipe for Baked Apples in the crock pot. I think I need to try this. I haven't made baked apples for years. Looks like I'll need to make a trip to Weber's Cider Mill today.


A Snow White sentiment...the Wicked Stepmother/Witch or
An Apple a Day keeps the doctor away.

Have An Apple Dearie....


Saturday, September 17, 2011

A Quick Change of Seasons


The Feel of Autumn rolled into Maryland on Thursday evening. Seems we will be having a lovely couple of days. A bit cloudy today, but Sunday and Monday are going to be beautiful, sunny with temps in the low 70's.
Can't ask for anything better than that.


However, in Ocean City, Maryland, the quick weather change on Thursday caused a tornado to form...no warning. Video of the Tornado

Hundreds of bikers are in OC this weekend for the annual Bike Week. My brother and his wife and my sister and her boyfriend are there with friends for the weekend. Thank goodness no one was hurt.




Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Some Halloween Decorating Ideas



A different face on this Jack'OLantern...A little creepy and very unique.

BHG Website
Thought these eyeballs were cute...

The Country Workshop
Made especially for my friends and me...could be a snapshot!

Jenny's Tole Shed
Spider and Web Candle Mat


Tuesday, September 13, 2011

A Day With The Boy



Spent the day with my Darlin' D today. He stayed overnight, so we had an early start to the day. We made pancakes for breakfast then set out to get pumpkin colored acrylic paint for Halloween signs. Dylan talked to me the whole time we were strolling through Joann's as he was sitting in the seat of the shopping cart facing me. Now that he has so much to say I have discovered he is quite a character (very like his Dad) and he makes me laugh.



Then we headed to Weber's Farm for apples, peaches and cider. We visited the turkeys, which I'm sure will be on Thanksgiving tables in November... but I will never tell Dylan that. He gobble gobbled all afternoon.



I saw this cute idea for making a Halloween greeting using the foot prints of a child and making them into 2 little ghosts. It wasn't as easy as I thought. Although Dylan was happy to cooperate...what 2 year old wouldn't like having paint spread on the bottoms of his feet, the first try was to put the black card stock on the floor and stand him on it. His little feet just slid forward in a streak. So I re-painted his little tootsies and had him sit in the high chair and pressed the card stock to his painted soles. It took several more pieces of cardboard before we got this one. It was hard to get just the right amount of paint on the feet. Then I popped him into the tub, as we were both covered in in white poster paint. Later we added eyes, the moon, stars and glitter.


Good Night All

Sunday, September 11, 2011

We Remember

We Remember

Long Leggedy Beasties...


All Hallows Eve is coming up quickly...time for ghosties and ghoulies and things that go bump in the night. Lately, around here it's been the long leggedy beasties we've had to worry about.




Don't know if it was the earthquake 2 weeks ago or Irene or the week long buckets of rain drenching the east coast, or maybe a combination of all of three, but those spiders are growing pretty big around here.


This lovely creation fills the door frame going out the laundry room to the backyard. It spans the entire width of the door and is almost four feet tall. Definitely not an Itsy Bitsy Spider... Thank goodness it didn't reach the floor or Lucy could have been the beastie's breakfast.




This amazing iridescent piece of art is on our porch. Just love the way the web has a purple tint to it. Maybe this guy is a Ravens Fan.

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Just hoping the Beasties stay outside.

Thursday, September 1, 2011

We Survived the Weekend...

We prepared for the worst and although we had lots of rain and lots of wind, we had only had to deal with being without electric and small branches and leaves all over the yard. I was actually concerned for the first time in 30 years living in this house that the large oak trees, one in the front yard and one in the back, might fall because the ground was already so saturated. We decided sleep in the downstairs family room on Saturday night just in case.

My daughter Meagan and her husband Erik, who live just across the street from us had no damage, just some time without electric. Holly, Chad and Dylan have been staying with Chad's Mother as their electric is still out. Having a well, they also have no water. Dylan stayed here with us on Monday and Tuesday which was entertaining and exhausting, but when he left, the house was so empty.

I received an email from my niece asking about my hydrangeas. She is hosting a baby shower for her friend the end of September and wanted to know if there were still flowers on my bushes that she could use for decorating the tables. I was feeling sad that the hydrangeas would not get used this year. Two years ago Meagan used the flowers from the bushes my garden, which turn burgundy and green this time of year (like the photo above), for centerpieces and decorating at her wedding. Last year I dried them and they were used for the wedding of the daughter of my best friend in February. I'll be drying some for myself to use in the house but am so glad Leslie can use them for the baby shower.

Need to get to the shop on this beautiful day to fill some orders and work on adding up inventory for the shows I'm doing this fall.

Also I can still use votes for the OC Photo Contest. I think I probably can't win as I don't have hundreds and hundreds of FaceBook Friends like some of the other entrants. Seriously, who can have 967 friends.