Saturday, January 31, 2009

Food for Thought

I was tagged by OldBagNewTricks to look in my 6th folder and post the 6th picture. I did this before but it was the 5th folder and the 5th picture. I was hoping again for a summery garden picture but my 6th folder is all Jerzie. I guess you can't get more summery than this. Children need models more than they need critics.
If you'd like to play along leave a comment to let me know.

Friday, January 30, 2009

Show and Tell

Even though I'm really sick of snow, I'm still lovin' my snowpeople! The glass front cupboard in the kitchen holds some snowman dishes. The picture in my topper is also my kitchen. This shelf is over my double kitchen windows. This shelf is over the sink. Before I remodeled there was a window here that would now look into my shower. It's fun to decorate the shelf with some of my favorite things. Click on the picture to enlarge and see the cute bell tree on the right.
I switched out the Santas for snowmen in the boxes I made for table decorations.
I have candy canes and snowmen in my tiny bathroom. This very prim snowman just happened to have a red and white striped scarf on.I like different little trees and they mix well with the snowpeople. A couple of these are vintage candles. My daughter gave me the candy canes on the wall for Christmas. It was funny because I'd never really used candy canes before and she gave me a couple. They worked right into my plan.
I bought this several years ago from one of our favorite craft sale vendors. Notice the barbwire.
I hate putting this little girl away in the spring but I probably enjoy her more when I only see her part of the year.
Even this little snowperson we made has candy canes!
For more Show and Tell posts go over to Kelli's House.
Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, January 29, 2009

What a deal!

I got this neat bird picture at an outlet store (Ollies) when Laurie and I were in Erie. Of course, I loved it because it was birds. It's a little over 2 feet square.I think the detail on the frame adds a lot of interest. It looks great on my living room wall. Because I like change, I don't like to spend too much on this type of item.
I probably would have paid more than the $7.99 they asked for it but I sure wasn't going to tell them that!

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Times...they are a changing!

First of all, I would like to thank you all for your thoughts and prayers about my job. Your thoughtfulness means a lot to me. I started my new job last night and I think I made the right store choice. I really like my immediate boss, we clicked right away and I already know we have the same opinion about several issues. The 20(?) year old that trained me in the service desk/office was a very pleasant surprise. She called everyone over to introduce me and was great at explaining the way they do things. I expected every store was the same but there are several differences in procedure. Tonight I have my first night on register.
Those of you that have read my blog for awhile know that this is the time of year that I need a change in decor. I have been thinking about changing this entry for awhile. It is very small and has doors leading to the outside, the kitchen and my tiny bathroom. It also has a wall ironing board and a coat closet. I will be changing from this cutsie country to...
...You didn't actually believe I was going to tell you already did you? All I'm saying is that this is my inspiration.
Since we got about 5 inches of snow overnight and are expecting 6 more today and 3 more tonight, the shop is very slow today. I have started priming the walls. I stripped the wallpaper border but not the walls. I don't usually paint over paper but the paper is still very tight and the only thing over wallboard, so I decided to try it. I'll keep you posted.

Monday, January 26, 2009

It's Bloomin' Tuesday!


Today I'm showing your birdhouses and blooms from the garden tour I went on this past summer.

Now check out this 'Flower Show' from all over the US!

Thanks for stopping by on Bloomin' Tuesday! We would love to see your blooms even if they aren't bloomin' right now! If you'd like to join our tour just add your name and permalink to Mr Linky.


I'm not big on black clothes for a little girl but I couldn't resist this darling jumper. When I want a picture, Jerzie goes and stands by the frig because when she makes something we stick it on the frig to take a picture.I loved this cute winter scene made of beads and sequins. Not too much bling for Mommy but a little for Jerzie!
I also found black shoes on sale. Mommy has wanted a pair for awhile now.
I want to write down a few Jerzie-isms to show her when she gets older.
1. Every ones favorite was when she had a bug bite. She would put bug and itch together. "Gramma, I got a bitch!"
2.If she doesn't want to try something she says "I can't like that!"
3. She would also say "I can't want that".
4.She had a fake tattoo on her arm the other day and we were discussing it. She told me Mommy and Daddy each had a tattoo so I should have one too! I'm not quite ready for that yet!

Sunday, January 25, 2009

Snowy Sunday!

It's not hard to take snowy pictures around here again this week. We've bypassed last years snowfall already and have had about 140 inches which translates into 12 feet!
What the heck made these tracks under my bird feeder? Any ideas?
Burning bush.
Click to see the red berries still on the branches.
Entry window.
I found these at an antique store and had one added on each side of my windowless entry several years ago.
For more Snowy Sunday posts go visit Chris and Laurie.
Update: I got a job in the first store on my list with the manager from my original store. I requested this store because he knows I do well in the service desk/night office, which is what I prefer to do. I start on Tuesday. Several full time employees were demoted to part time with pay cuts and benefit cuts. Several long time employees came back at closing for a party and were still there when I left at 8:15.

Saturday, January 24, 2009

New Hobby!

The girls at work were talking about a new way to knit that they were enjoying. They were making hats with a loom. When Laurie and I were in Erie I used a 50% off coupon to get a set.My set has 4 different sizes. The tiny blue one makes infant hats. The red, youth hats. It is really fun, mindless work. I made this infant hat that night. It only takes a couple hours. Just loop the yarn and lift the bottom loop over the top loop and off the peg. I'm having a great time!
Jerzie wanted one too so I made her one while she was napping and watching a movie she brought over. She loved it and I had to make her take it off to eat lunch!
I'm working on another infant hat so I got 3 hats from one skein of yarn. There are directions on line for other items, scarves, purses, shawls, etc. I'm anxious to try making some different items. I got a Joann's gift card for Christmas and I'll be using it to buy more yarn.
Have you tried this? Do you have any patterns? This is so easy anyone can do it and it's very rewarding.

Update: Still no word on where I'll be working. I go in from 3 to 9 tonight but the store closes ar 6. Certainly should find out tonight!

Friday, January 23, 2009

I'm Back!!!!!

It has been a very frustrating week around here! As most of you know we were told that the grocery store I work in is closing Jan. 31st. Since we have a union, we are able to bump employees in other local stores to keep our jobs. We were finally supposed to be told on Wed. where we were to be placed. When I got to work there were signs all over stating that we would close the 24th instead, this Sat., tomorrow! The union and company reps had placed 4 employees that day and then left! Only 58 to go! I am going to work tonight and still don't know where or if I will work on Sun, the first day of our week. Needless to say I'm very stressed and upset with the way we are being treated. I need to work for this company because they provide all my health insurance.
I never realized how much reading blogs and keeping in touch with you all helped me relax. I can't believe how a few years ago I insisted I wasn't interested in having a computer. Then my son moved home and brought his with him. Next Laurie introduced me to e-mail and as they say, the rest is history. I have missed you all and will never take you for granted again! The good thing was that I had my sweet Jerzie to make me laugh!

I'll bet she made you laugh too! When asked what she was doing she said "just playing!"
It will take me all weekend to check up on all of you but I'll visit as soon as possible!

Monday, January 19, 2009

No Bloomin' Tuesday Today!

Mom is having problems getting hooked up to her new Internet Provider so she isn't going to be able to do "Bloomin' Tuesday" this week.
Hopefully she will be back online soon.

Thursday, January 15, 2009

O my, a meme!

I've been tagged by Laurie and Chris. Here are the "rules" for this fun meme:
Open a document or photo folder and choose the fifth folder and then the fifth photo in that folder. Next, post the photo with a description about it and then tag 5 friends to do the same.
I was hoping for a beautiful sunny garden picture to brighten my day but this is the picture that fit the description!Just what I needed to see...more snow! We have had about 130 inches of snow so far this winter and there is a snow advisory for up to 2 more FEET in the next couple days. We only had 138 inches all winter last year. This picture was taken of my house ready for Christmas at least 3 years ago. There is a nativity that I painted on the far right. It is actually a cut out piece of plywood that I screwed to the house. That is in the spot that I now have my 'window box' so I no longer have a place for the nativity.
I'm going to tag:
I may be gone for a few days so I can't come and check up on you guys. My internet server went out of business and I haven't been hooked up to the new server yet. Not quite sure how I can survive the very cold (single digits), snowy weekend without internet but I may have to find a good book to read.
Stay warm and safe!

Wednesday, January 14, 2009


Gramma had done some shopping for the new baby that is due in only 4weeks! We don't know if it is a boy or a girl but since Jerzie was born in July they don't have any warm tiny clothes. Jerzie and I wrapped all the clothes and made a card from her for Mommy and Daddy.This 'blanket' was the first purchase and I had to get some jammies to match.
I got a ducky set with footies, a bib, a onsy, a hat
and jammies.
A set of onsies with one that says Gramma loves me, of course,
and a bear set. Daddy gor a kick out of the tiny footies. Jerzie loved them all and so did Mommy and Daddy!
We're all getting really excited about this soon to come arrival!

Monday, January 12, 2009

It's Bloomin' Tuesday!

The last couple years I've started to get into Coleus. Of course, I love the burgundy color and they are great for pots.
Seems like every year they have some new color combinations and different patterns.
I'm loving this bright green!
This is a new one I found this year. I can't wait to see what's different this summer.
To join the fun just add your name and Permalink to Mr Linky. Don't forget to add a link to this post so everyone can enjoy this "winter" garden tour!

What's Cooking?

Jerzie and I are cooking up some 'warm and fuzzy' food and a surprise for Mommy and Daddy. (We can't tell the surprise because Mommy and Daddy read the blog to see what we are doing on Jerzie day).We call comfort food 'warm and fuzzy' food. Click 'warm and fuzzy' under labels on my side bar to see what is comfort food for us.
Today we are making boiled dinner and eclair cake.

Jerzie likes the filling for the cake!
These are both family favorites.What is comfort food for your family? Maybe we should have a "Warm and Fuzzy Day" when we all share a comfort food recipe. What do you think? We will show you what our surprise is tomorrow!

I'm listening to Jerzie read to her doggie and she just counted to seven with no help. When we ask her to do it she pretends she can't!