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Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Children home and tomatoes

Previous long weekend visit to see daughter and family.   Got to check out her high tunnel green house and the beautiful tomatoes that were still on the very tall vines.  Most  vines were at least 10 feet .   There were some pretty peppers also.
She sold quite a bit of veggies this summer and looks like she will have tomatoes right up to December.

To begin with there is some pretty nature and farms on the way to our childrens home.   Gorgeous pastoral views.




In the evening we arrived, we picked some tomatoes from the green house


She is going to plant now some kale and other winter crops


Hope I can help more next year.


Pretty black pepper on the vine along with tomatoes near by

She got the little tractor with a very old wagon that was left at the house.   They painted the wooden wagon red and that is what we carted the tomatoes to the house on

yeah, had to take a ride on the wagon, was getting dark as you can see


Aren't they beauties?


Next morning apples were picked from those tall trees. Those trees have been there for quite a long time.



grandson Seth sitting down on the job eating apples.  It's o.k. cause they are very good for ya.

nice way to spend a beautiful Sunday.

Thursday, September 8, 2016

puzzled and among other things

I love puzzles and I have two thats finished.  Not sure where I will put them.  I may laminate one for the table on the porch and the other frame it for the winter scene.



Love Macarons

I have a 12 x 36 inch one I am working on that is a winter scene upstairs on the table.

other things this past week was another trip with grands to science museum
Just inside the door at the science museum which used to be the old train station that I used to come to in school for a day trip with class mates to Washington D.C.  and a few other places.
This is in the little snack shop there in the museum where we sit with coffee and today will be a lunch for Adalyn and Genevieve.

on our porch I let the kids eat breakfast and I check emails and after that I let the kids watch a cartoon the chrome book.   Genevieve thinks she is doing what she calls 'her business' in this picture.   She calls it that because when she walks in on Opa working , he tells her to wait until he finishes his business,  so of course she picked that up from him.


She loves to watch Cailou - her very favorite

beautiful sunset last evening while we were out

stopped in hobbly lobby and the Christmas displays are out of this world - Beautiful!

I like the looks of this natural looking wreath

Red and white is always showy 

I started off this morning with a visit to the dentist
so glad it went well before the knee replacement I will have on October 3rd.



Sunday, August 21, 2016

moving along

Got my table on the porch.  I finished putting carnauba wax on it.  Hope it protects it a little bit.  I was going to faux finish doilies on top in the middle of table but changed my mind,  maybe later.   Right now I like the look of plain white.  
Be plenty of room when the leaves are up for several people to sit and eat.


Now I need to get a carpet of some sort for the middle and some cushions for the settee.   

I have some chairs in the shed,  I will probably see if they will work for extra chairs at the table.

Friday, August 19, 2016

just another day

Just another day here and everyone keeping busy,  especially the girls.
Here they couldn't make up their minds what they wanted to do first,  so they just tossed around some ideas - on the floor that is.

They all got picked up by Adalyn before some cookies I baked yesterday


While Adalyn was busy, Genevieve was busy in the office at Opa's work area.
Little fuzzy because of me moving to see what she was into there.

She said she is doing  her work stuff

She's working alright!
Steve usually puts up a page where she can type in letters or numbers and she likes doing that.

Meantime the front steps are being repointed and now drying before the cleanup.


                                         Back to the cookies
This recipe I used from a land O lakes margarine package.  It is soooo good.  I was surprised that they didn't melt down like others I have made when used just margarine instead of butter.

The recipe calls for peanuts and candy coated milk choc. pieces, and I didn't have that so I used asst.  semi choc. chips and some caramel chips  I had on hand.
Instead of the peanuts, I used slivered almonds and almond extract.  The oatmeal was 3 packages plain instant oatmeal.

These turned out really well and the texture was really great.  I did grease my dark cookie sheet because one batch I didn't grease turned out way to dark on the bottom, so greasing really worked for me.  They are just about all gone.
Next week vacation - get away a few days.

Sunday, August 14, 2016

porch table

Getting things ready to put on the porch now.  I  need to get a sisal type rug for the porch.  I also love the rugs that have large floral flowers that look like needlepoint.  In the process selecting a fan,  as the ceiling fan on porch has a broken fan blade and it's ready to be replaced.   Every thing seems like it needs to be replaced all at once.  

A friend of mine gave me a vintage table that I am painting white,  it's a shiny white, but it's what I have and I am not going out to spend anymore than I have too.  I may do some work with some lace on top for a touch of whimsy.  Not sure yet as to what,  maybe some lace decal.



Picture of grand daughter with a pom pom dog that she helped make at her day school.   So darned cute.


It has marble eyes

I think I will get some yarn and make a few and put in a basket,  so cute.

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Porch floor finished

Porch floor is finished and looks so clean.    I need to update the window blinds and clean the windows.   Will put a childrens small wood rectangle table  in here so the kids can color and do crafts.
The big elephant in the room is the portable air conditioner but it cools, not sure how much we will use this room in the winter.  Might get a little electric heater for days out there.
Right now it feels so clean with the floor and new door, even though we still may have to have it swapped for the inovo door we ordered, this is prism, but will see.
some cleaning and window treatment to take care of



Wednesday is re pointing of the front steps and repairing wall in back at the sliding door.
Hopefully I can start the ceiling painting tomorrow in the bedroom where the children sleep when they come over.