Wednesday, April 29, 2009

What’s on my wall?

 New paint!!

The contractor came and took off the existing window casings and baseboards, and the painters took over by painting the walls in the great room with a new color to replace the off-white that was there before. What a change that made! It is so cozy and warm.  I can’t wait for the wider width woodwork to be installed. It will give a more substantial look to this large room that has 18 foot high ceilings.



Of course,the project brought chaos with it! Existing furniture is placed in several other rooms throughout the house. Artwork is in closets and propped up against walls. Ladders and drop cloths abound!

And as always, one thing leads to another! I’m having two other rooms re-painted while the painters are still here. I’m going into our furniture store to order new sofas,  tables, and lamps.  And I’m going NUTS!  I work best under pressure and a deadline; but this deadline includes a houseguest in a couple of weeks. Dan’s California girlfriend will be coming to visit! She is a sweet girl and I think she’ll understand that the house might not be thoroughly complete and that there might be a few obstacles in the house.  I just hope that those obstacles don’t include tripping over boards, paint buckets, and workmen in her room! 


This post is linked to Barb’s “What’s On Your Wall Wednesday.” Click on the picture to see what others have on their walls.

Monday, April 27, 2009

Found Treasures

I am always amazed at bloggers who find  a myriad of goodies while on their Goodwill Stores shopping trips.  And I’m even more amazed at the very reasonable prices they pay!  The GW stores in the Dayton area never seem to have much in the way of “finds” or the best of prices when I do see something worth buying.  So when I see something that I think is a good buy, I scoop it up immediately. In the past, I’ve let things get away from me while I pondered whether or not I wanted the merchandise.  But now I either hold onto what I want or I put it in my cart and guard it with my life.  My hand grip never leaves that cart because I’ve seen what other shoppers do. I’ve seen someone pick from someone else’s full cart while the “cart owner” left her cart unattended while she went around another aisle shopping for something else!  And I’ve  seen the fight that ensued when the theft was discovered!  Two screaming women flailing their purses at one another and each one threatening to call the police was not a pretty site.

So it was with a little trepidation that I ventured out to our local GW early last Saturday morning looking for nothing in particular. And nothing was what I got after checking out the home area.  I was on my way out the door when I spotted something shiny in the locked case by the cash register in the clothing area. I made the assumption that they must be expensive. After all-  they were in a locked case.  But I asked the sales associate to take them out, anyway.  This is what  I found….

Two silver plated bowls.



The small bowl is  6 inches wide.







The larger bowl is 10 inches wide.




They need some  spit and polish to make them shine bright and beautiful, but even in this state, I like them.  And at $10 for the both of them, they didn’t break the bank.



In the same case, I spotted a small blue and white floral bowl. It will  be perfect for dropping odds and ends into it, and I’ll put it into the second guest room.  It was $3.99.


I left GW feeling as if I had done okay.  But I wanted more….   You know that feeling that you get when you just have to find a bargain like no other? Well I had that feeling. So I drove down the street to the Salvation Army Store. Now I have NEVER been able to find anything here. It is stocked mostly with clothing, a few ancient kitchen appliances like a broken Jack La Lanne juicer or a Sunbeam mixer missing its beaters, and torn scruffy sofas that even a college student wouldn’t want in his apartment.  After a brief ~make that a very brief ~ walk through the store, I decided to leave. But out of the corner of my eye I spotted the cutest little table sitting on top of an old desk.

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It has been “aged” with streaky, white paint and the drop-down latch needs to be re-attached, but it called to me!  New hardware and a better paint job would turn it into a nice piece for the mudroom.  How could I resist?  It was only $4.99.

Now I have to admit that I’ve only painted a few things in my lifetime.  I will even confess that on several occasions I’ve bought old chairs and parceled them off to the  re-finisher that works at the family furniture store.  Yup…  I seem to have been born with out the “painting gene.”  My talents obviously lie elsewhere and I am not ashamed to admit it.  You see, Saturday afternoon, I attempted to paint the shelf that I mentioned in an earlier post, and it was futile. I had issues with the sanding. It needed much more wood filler in a job that was more than I was qualified to perform. I failed miserably at my attempt.  So the shelf and my new purchase will be be going off to visit Al and I will gladly wait for him to finish them whenever he can. 

And in meantime,  I will continue my little forays to the Goodwill. But you better believe I will take my big purse, just in case…..


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I’ve linked this post to Southern Hospitality’s Today’s Thrifty Treasures post. Click on the picture to see what others have found on their shopping adventures. 

Friday, April 24, 2009

A surprise award

lemonade-gratitude-award_thumb[2]Attitude of Gratitude Award 

This is an award for people who know how to make lemonade out of the lemons that life sometimes hands you. It is also an award for blogs that have a good Attitude and plenty of Gratitude. Your attitude is not determined by circumstances, but by how you respond to your circumstances. It’s how you react to events, not the events themselves, that determines your attitude.

My new blogging friend, Sherri, at Sharing with Sherri, has presented me with the Attitude of Gratitude Award. Thank you, new friend, for all of your kind words and comments to me.

Sherri is a new blogger, so please pay her a welcome visit.

***The Rules of Accepting and Sharing this Award***

1. Put the logo on your blog or post.
2. Nominate up to 10 blogs that show an attitude of gratitude.
3. Link to your nominees within your post.
4. Comment on their blogs to let them know they've received this award.
5. Share the love and link to this post and the person who nominated you for the award.

                6. Tell others how you have come to have an attitude of gratitude


I have a very strong and opinionated personality and I express myself honestly and openly. Sometimes my foot even takes a giant step into my mouth…   So I am very grateful to my family and friends who tolerate my ranting and ravings and accept me for what I am, faults and all. 


In turn, I am passing along this award to the following ladies who have embodied a spirit of friendship I so appreciate.

Susie Q






Thursday, April 23, 2009

Cell Phone Etiquette

I’m sure we all try to be responsible and turn off our cell phones or set them to vibrate when we are in a situation where they should not be ringing.  But then, there is ALWAYS the one person who has to be the exception to the rule….

~Make sure to turn off my Playlist before clicking on the arrow~

Karma, anyone?

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

My flight over the Sierra Nevada Mountains

wordless wed. Dixie @ French Lique, Texas is hosting Wordless Wednesday with an Earth Day theme. Click on her blog name to see what everyone else has posted.

Sierra Nevada Mountains

~ click to enlarge ~

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Southwest Themed Wall


Barb @ Grits and Glamour is hosting “What’s on Your Wall Wednesday.” It’s an opportunity for us to see how everyone is decorating their walls. Click on her blog name to see what others have to share.

I am showing the sofa wall in my great room. Since I am originally from New Mexico, I have a penchant for southwest items. Many of these items were acquired while I was still living there.

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This ladder is made out of aspen wood from a forest in the mountains near Las Vegas, New Mexico.

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This three dimensional piece of art is embellished with leather thongs and beads.

mirror This convex starburst mirror, although not a true southwest piece, is a nice addition to the wall vignette. And yes, that is my reflection in the mirror!

ladderI found this old rug in a shop in Albuquerque, New Mexico. A hand-made basket, fashioned out of birch bark, hangs off one of the ladder rungs.

great room4 The sun plays a prominent role in American Indian beliefs. The lower picture is a shadow box featuring a sculptured sun face. In the small contemporary piece above it, the artist used corrugated cardboard and a small piece of copper. I am interpreting it to represent the moon.

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These two pictures are lithographs of Indian pottery.

As you can see, not everything in southwest themed art is bright and colorful. The colors used in my wall art are all subtle earth tones.

Wendy’s 200th Post Give-Away

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Wendy @  is celebrating her 200th post with a give-away of one of her fabulous numbered pillows. Click on her blog name  to get to her site and see more of her cool pillows.

What should I do with this?

I found this little shelf in one of my favorite little stores in Lebanon, OH. last week. It measures approximately 24 inches tall and 36 inches wide and it is painted (badly, I might add) a brownish-black color.

IMG_0005Both shelves have a plate groove, and I think this little guy could be hung on the wall or possibly (?) be placed on the floor as a small console underneath a larger piece, such as the one shown in the picture below.

bathroom shelf

This black, stained piece is hanging on a wall in my downstairs 3/4 bathroom. The room is currently under construction- the walls have been stripped of wallpaper and need to be skim-coated, the baseboards and casings are being replaced with wider stock, and I will be making a drape to cover the glass shower door. The area directly underneath this shelf is empty except for the upright toilet paper holder.

img_0002 (2)This is what the small shelf looks like placed on the floor underneath my existing shelf. Does it have the capability of being a console, or is it strictly a shelf? It does fill the space and could hold a multitude of “things.” But I’m not sure it really works.

Regardless of where the shelf gets placed, it needs some minor repair work. It will have to be sanded and touched up with a little filler. But do I just paint it? Do I paint, then sand and stain? Do I decoupage it? Oh, the dilemma for a novice…

Please tell me what you think, as any suggestions will be greatly appreciated. Thanks.


Monday, April 20, 2009

The Continuing Saga of our Mole Infestation

The moles are still tunneling and our bumpy yard is looking more and more like a war zone. So in another effort to solve our infestation problem, I went to Home Depot to find what Mr. Sullivan said was going to be the solution to ridding our property of the little buggers. Seems that one of his employees had experienced the same problem with moles a few years back, and he told Boss Man that he had placed sulphur sticks into the tunnels on his property and had gotten rid of all of his moles.


“Sulphur sticks?” I asked. “Are the moles supposed to dine on them, get sick, then die?” Mr. Sullivan shook his head no, then laughed at me. Mr. Employee had told him that you pop the sticks into the holes in the ground and light them. Apparently, the poisonous fumes from the burning sulphur should be lethal enough so as to kill the moles. That or get them stoned and cause them to wander off in a stupor to the next door neighbors’ yards. (did you read my last post?)

So I bought three packages of these sulphur bombs and set out to see what havoc and destruction they could wreak on the moles. Mr. Sullivan inserted them into four main burrow holes in the front yard and lit them. According to Mr. Employee, the smoke and fumes from them would travel through the moles’ connecting underground tunnels. Puffs of SMELLY smoke did indeed start emanating from ALL of the mole holes. But I was laughing so hard when I saw them that I couldn’t run into the house fast enough for a camera to capture the moment.

If you want a mental picture of what my yard looked like, think Yellowstone Park and steamy smoke coming out of the ground- except on a much smaller basis…. but out of MORE holes! yellowstone

Now, you know the neighbors were peeking out from behind their curtains and blinds to see what the Sullivan Family was doing NOW! They’ve seen me enough times chasing flying birds and scampering squirrels out of my front door (that is another varmint saga to relate to you at another time), so I was really glad that the sight of my yard seemingly on fire didn’t cause enough alarm for anyone to call the fire department.

Once the smoke finally cleared, we picked up the debris of the bombs and retreated into the house. It is going to become a “Wait and See” game to find out who is going to come out ahead in this little war of ours.

So now, every time I venture outside into the yard, I will be on the look-out for new raised tunnels and dirt clods. I’m hoping that we have begun eradicating our unwanted visitors, but if we haven’t, as many of you have said, “The big guns are coming out!”

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Smoke Inhalation

I awoke this morning to the yummy smell of ham and beans emanating from the Crock-pot downstairs in the kitchen. I went downstairs to check on them and make a pot of coffee. Knowing that I had a while before anyone else got up, I went back upstairs to catch up on my blog reading. While checking my mail, I saw that I had received a comment from a fellow SITS member, Jennifer@Hope Studios. So I went on over to her blog & discovered that Jennifer uses her great sense of humor in many of her posts. My kind of gal. Anyway, I was going through some of her old posts and I clicked on this YouTube video link. It cracked me up and I hope you get a kick out of it, too.

**** Make sure you turn off my Playlist before you view this. ****

BTW- Did you catch the “pot” reference in the beginning of the post- Or am I too old to remember that no one calls it that anymore?


Friday, April 17, 2009

Sue, Rue, and Sue

Thanks, Rue. Nothing like a little pressure for me to pound out this post…. how come I knew you would be the first one to post about our little outing yesterday? Okay, so I did start writing a post when I got back home yesterday, but then I got side-tracked eating checking out some of the food goodies that I bought for myself the family. By the way, that caramelized onion spread is great on Triscuits!

my goodies A few jars of what is left of my goodies.

Attention to readers- if you’re here on my blog for the first time, you are probably here because you linked in from Rue or Susie Q. I’m pretty new to Bloggy World, so I don’t have the multiple readership hits that they get. So until I get famous for my wit and stylish room settings- tee hee hee, it’ll make me feel popular (even if only for a day) if you leave me a comment…. so thanks in advance for making the trip over here.

Sue and Rue are two awesome bloggers that I had the funnest (I don’t think my journalism professor would say that is a word, but I kind of like the sound of it) time with yesterday on our little foray of shopping and eating. It started out as an adventure because Susie Q’s husband, who was once a Navy navigator, didn’t give her the right directions to where we were supposed to meet. I had taken along my GPS just for good measure, but not even that miraculous little tool could have led us to the correct destination if the correct address isn’t entered! Yup. Bill had given her the wrong name of the road, too. Sue, are you sure he has never gotten you lost before? LOL

Oh well, we were only a little ? late in meeting Rue, and I never once had a thought in the back of my mind that she might have

A. thought that we may have bailed on her.

B. thought that she thought she may be at the wrong place.

C. thought that she thought that meeting new people from cyber-space could be dangerous.

It all turned out okay, though. The other Sue and I apologized for our tardiness, we hugged, we laughed and commiserated, we shopped, and then we ate! Courtesy of Rue’s blog, you’ve seen Louella, the restaurant’s patron “saint.”



I think this is the farm’s resident cat. Cute, huh?

You’ve seen Rue’s lunch. You’ve seen her gifts. You’ve seen the tops of our heads.

Alas, I don’t have too many pictures to show because I was too busy eating--at the store and at the restaurant. When I see free stuff, I have a tendency to go a little nuts. I flitted from one sample to another while Rue and Sue spent time getting to know one another. I’m also sure that I had the freshest of breath after eating the multiple sample spoonfuls of the caramelized onion dips and the garlic spreads…. At the restaurant, Sue even had to take a picture of my prime rib sandwich because I was too busy chowing down to take out my camera. It might be posted for posterity on her blog. By the way, I got gifts, too. But I think you now know what I was doing instead of taking pictures……

IMG_0706-1 I can attest that this is a good tasting bottle of wine. No, I didn’t drink it while I was here; I’ve had it before. Sheesh……..

IMG_0710This is the restaurant where we ate.

sue and rue Rue and the other Sue

( I changed the caption so people wouldn’t think Rue had gone blonde… It used to say, “Sue and Rue.” )

After lunch we stepped outside of the restaurant to pose for more pictures. I even took a few. Some guy drove by and honked at us, most likely wondering why three crazy women were hugging and laughing together like old friends do. And it was as if we had always been friends, not as if we had just met. It was a blast and the time went by so very fast. I would have liked to have had more hours to spend with these two girls. Thanks, Rue and Sue. We’ll do it again, and I promise that I’ll behave and won’t get us into any trouble. Really….

xoxo Sue

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Photo Album Give-away

Katherine @Country Romantic is sponsoring  a  give-away on her blog.  Stop by to say hello and enter to win!

Monday, April 13, 2009

Making a mountain out of a mole hill…

I have been invaded!!!


Moles- furry, little, tiny-eyed creatures that burrow underneath the ground, destroy grass roots, and raise molehills, have  invaded and over-run my property and are making my lawn the most unsightly yard in the neighborhood! 


IMG_0301 A little background information…….I once had one of the two most envied lawns  in the neighborhood.  I subscribe to a yard service that comes out 10 times during the growing season to spray for weeds and fertilize. I water the grass on a regular basis to keep it as green and it gets double-cut  twice a week. It is  precision edged and if a weed dares to rear its ugly head, it gets eradicated by my pulling it out and spraying a bit of weed killer in what was once its root system, just for good measure.

Yeah, I know- all you “naturalists” out there who don’t believe in chemical use for lawns are probably laughing at me and saying under your breath that I am getting my just desserts. But I hate dandelions, quack grass,thistle, thick bladed rye grass, and anything else that will make my yard look any less than a golf course! And I will do anything to help keep it looking like one.

So, back to the mole infestation….  Last fall, I was outside tending to the grass when I noticed some movement in  one of the planting beds off the main sidewalk. All of a sudden, the movement stopped and a little head popped out of an opening in the mulch. It was the dreaded mole.- the bane of existence for every homeowner who attempts to have the perfect yard. If I would’ve had a tool other than the electric edger in my hand, I would’ve tried bashing it in the head, but since it had startled me, I just stared at it in horror!  I ran into the garage for a shovel and returned to the bed to try and find the little creature.

What a sight I must have been for the neighbors- a wild woman screaming for that little sucker to dare look me in the eye, as I repeatedly poked the shovel in and out of the ground, hoping that I would mortally wound it.  Silly me!  The thing simply retreated into one of his tunnels where he laughed and plotted against me with plans to leave the  mulch bed and make its way under the sidewalk into the……yes, you guessed it…..THE LAWN!!!!

You may know the saying about seeing a mouse in the house, right? You may just see ONE, but there are always more where he came from!  So why did I believe that I had just one lone mole in the yard? DENIAL, that’s why! Little did I know that this creature had most likely moved in with his entire family and  friends.  And why they picked my yard to infest, I know not why. NO ONE else on the street has these things!  I started seeing raised dirt mounds. I could follow their movement across the yard because they pushed their tunnel dirt up toward the surface of the ground. The grass started dying and dead spots appeared. 


My first line of defense was to go out and buy some of  those stick pinwheels that you can find in the toy stores. I had read  that moles don’t like vibrations within their burrows and that these new found “tools” of mine could generate enough energy to transfer annoying vibrations into what I had come to call “the tunnels of destruction.”

pinwheelNow if you can imagine about twenty or so of these whirling durbishes scattered throughout my front yard, you can see why I got funny looks from the mail carrier, the UPS man, and the many other curious people who walked past my house! I prayed for wind, (a part of nature that I never really liked before because it makes for more bad hair days than usual) so that they could start eradicating my enemy.  I left the pinwheels in the yard for a couple of weeks; but to my dismay, my plan didn’t chase the moles away, I did, however, notice that they seemed to be popping their heads out of the ground a little more often-- I’m sure  it was because they were mesmerized by the spinning motions of all their colorful new toys…. 

The moles’ actions continued throughout the growing season. I bought a liquid mole deterrent that I sprayed onto the yard. I watered it in, and the smell of the chemical was supposed to chase the moles away.  I didn’t care if they went to the yard of the neighbor on the right or the neighbor on the left. All I wanted was for them to be GONE out of MY yard! 

Now, if I thought the damage those little creatures had done was bad before this, the end result of the spraying was pure chaos!  I think the chemical made them CRAZY! They tunneled in zig-zag patterns and were more active than they ever were before. It was like they were on drugs! I was at wits end, but I thought once winter set in, they would die from the cold and I would be free from them.        Ha Ha  Ha…..  they continued to dig all during the winter, and have continued now into spring…….

The trails of these pests are everywhere throughout the yard. Patches of grass are greening, but the trails of dead grass from where the moles have killed the roots  stand out like a sore thumb. It is time for more action and I need to formulate some sort of a plan.

I know that the only thing guaranteed to work is to pave my lawn over with concrete, which is certainly not cost effective or environmentally sound. Not to mention, simply unattractive! So I am exploring an alternate method of eradication-    poison


I’m off to the hardware store to try and find something the average homeowner can use. I will be back with an updated report as soon as I can see some sort of progress. And if I don’t, then it is going to be


Saturday, April 11, 2009

Beware of Identity Theft This Easter…..


It is said that there is at least one other person in this world who looks extremely similar to each of us. I think that this could apply to the animal kingdom, as well. Enjoy looking at these pictures and have a Happy Easter.



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