Thursday, February 23, 2012

Visions of Flowers Dancing in my Head

A beautiful, spring like day here today. Looking at gardening websites and pinterest for a bit tonight and came across this flower waterfall. Thought I'd share this great idea that I will just have to try this summer. You can click on this link Build a Flower Tower and create one for porch or garden.


Monday, February 20, 2012

Looks like its Springing...

The weather report was calling for some snow in our area...instead I had the first happy yellow jonquil pop open in the yard.

It was a wonderful weekend. Holly's sister-in-law, Heather, held a small baby shower or "Sprinkle" at her home to clothe the soon to be born Mariah in pinks and purples and other girly colors. All the ladies who attended must have had a wonderful time shopping for girly things as this child will be able to wear 4 outfits a day for a month
and never be dressed in the same thing twice.

The daughters and their hubbies were here yesterday for dinner. We also planned on sorting a box of photographs from my Mom. Photos of my great grandparents, my grandparents and my parents from years ago. It is a mish mash of pictures from the 1920's through today. My daughter Meagan is an artist and for a while worked at an art supply store and she learned about storing art and photographs properly. It is driving her crazy that my Mom's photos and our photos are sitting in various boxes. She wants every photo and negative stored properly and has supplied archival paper, bags and boxes to get all organized. The girls and I worked several hours and got just a tiny amount sorted and none of them scanned. We want to be able to get them scanned so we can share with all the family.

I was able to get this photo of my grandmother and her sister from my Aunt Ruth, my Dad's sister and had copies made for my daughters, my sister and brother.
Edna and Lillian Ostertog
around 1904
My Grandmother is Lillian.
The necklace she is wearing, was given to me as a child and I gave it to Holly to wear on her wedding day.

I am looking forward to getting all organized for a family history.
I believe you need to where you came from and want my grandchildren to know
that family story also.

Thursday, February 16, 2012

A Good Valentine

I seem always to be playing catch up here on this blog. I know many of you feel the way I do...that there aren't enough hours in the day for all I want to get done.

I spent my Valentine's Day with my 2 favorite fellows...the Darlin' D and his Gramps.

Dylan stayed the night here on Monday and while eating breakfast on Tuesday morning, he made Valentines for his Mommy and his Great-Grandmother.
Gramps and I took Dylan to the local mall...the one with the Disney Store so we could visit Mickey. We asked my Mom to come with us so she too
could spend the day with her favorite boy.

Several of the local malls now have indoor playgrounds, which are great for winter days. Dylan and his cousin Paul were able to play together at the one at Towsontowne several weeks ago. It was mostly grandparents with their grandbabies that day. We were able to visit with Paul's Mom Mom and Pop Pop while the boys played.

Holly had a check up on Monday and there was a chance that Mariah may have flipped to a breach position. She was sent for a 3D sonogram and below is the amazing image it produced. The baby is exactly where she should be and all we can do now is wait for her to decide she is ready to come into the world.

The tech who took the images also said that she had never seen a baby with so much hair.
Mom Mom needs to visit Etsy today to find baby headbands and bows.

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Dogs Welcome

We've had a visitor for a few days...My brother's dog, Cali Lou. She and Lucy get along so well...although every photo I took of them together they were looking in different directions. This is a short the summer we had her here for over 2 weeks while John and his wife Marcia took a trip to Nova Scotia on their Harley. Can you imagine riding on a motorcycle for all those days, all those miles?

Cali is a such sweetie. She will not go up to the shop with us...I think she is afraid of the sounds of the saws and sanders. When she sleeps she is usually on her back with one of her front legs sticking up in the air and she's large. She believes she is a lap dog.

We also usually keep Holly and Chad's dachshund, Dre when they go away. As Holly is getting all her ducks in row for the birth of Mariah, one of our things to do, will be to pick up Dre when they head for the hospital. Lucy and Dre love each other...they have been family since they were puppies and are always happy to be together.

Lucy does have a problem when we leave her alone. She howls and cries when we leave home. We now hide treats around the house before we leave so she doesn't see us walk out the door. I've spoken to the vet about her "separation anxiety" and he suggested another dog.

I think we'll just let Lucy have friends over for a visit. Maybe we should open
Lucy's Doggie Bed and Breakfast.

All Guests Must Be Approved By The Dog

I'm Ready For...

A warm summer day at the beach...
I am so not enjoying the bitter cold windy weather today


Friday, February 10, 2012

Baby Booties

Just purchased these from The Baby Crow on Etsy.
I am lovin' pink.

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Hands of a Family...

“If you look deeply into the palm of your hand, you will see your parents and all generations of your ancestors. All of them are alive in this moment. Each is present in your body. You are the continuation of each of these people.”
Thich Nhat Hanh

I found the photo pinterest (and could not find a credit for the photo) and thought what a wonderful idea for a bit of family history. I have wonderful memories of my parents and my grandparents. There are times when I glimpse my hands while I'm painting and see my mother's hands (although my nails never look like hers) and also her mother's hands. I see my Grandmother's face sometimes in the mirror, looking back at me.

Granddaughter countdown continues...less than 4 weeks...she may be a leap year baby.

The Country Workshop