Fall Update …

claudiaOur bulldog puppies:  Patchouli, Bergamot, Lil Wayne and Claudia … awwww!  They are 3 weeks old and too stinkin’ cute!  They play and wrestle with each other and are realizing there is more going on outside of their (pool) box.


fall-harvestWe closed our garden down and pulled our last vegetables, herbs and flower harvest.  I have ordered my birthday present, so … nothing to do but wait for February to start seeds and eventual greenhouse gardening.


I’ve completed a couple of Christmas dot designs.  I like them …xmas-dot

And, not to be left out of hobby farming, my city-girl sister recently brought home 1 yr old miniature fainting goats …Now, I want goats!!!  Smile

Love and peace, y’all! Winking smile


We bought a thing …


Yep – a 5th wheel camper. It’s beautiful and I love it! Here are a few pictures. We have some plans for this home-on-wheels … but we’ll get into that another day.

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Linda had her babies yesterday … four gorgeous new additions. So far she is settling into motherhood well, and likes her extra calories (yogurt, ice cream, chicken livers, etc.)…Smile

More photos to come!!!


Hugs Y’all!

Meat Party – Take 2…

Yep … this time it was lasagna, ribs and BBQ rabbit.  Plus whatever sides I finally decided on.  We had my grandpa, uncle, my mother in law, and our youngest baby out for dinner.  Our boy will be leaving for additional USAF training in Texas soon, and will be gone for almost a year!  It was time to cook the favorites!  Winking smile  And now I can say all of my family has tried rabbit.  They like it!

chicoryMeanwhile, I’m learning all about chicory and roasting and decaf coffee alternatives.  You’re welcome, DH!

This is chicory … you will find it in almost every non-manicured yard, especially in Michigan.  It’s roots are roasted and ground, then added to coffee for a 50/50 decaf drink.  We love it … so I’m making it!


resumeI’ve also decided to join this decade.  I’ve updated my resume, complete with profile pic, hobbies and astrological sign (OK – I maynew-card be kidding about one of those) … I hope to have a job interview or two soon.

I played in the studio – made a card.  I like it.

Somewhere along the way, I decided abdominal cellulitis v3.0 would be the way to go … But, I’m beating back with oral antibiotics!

And Miss Linda Blue, my chunky monkey will be having babies soon.  Arrrggghh!  I’m so excited!


Still Kicking …

We had family out to celebrate birthdays at what I lovingly referred to as the ‘Meat Party’ … We served beef ribs, homegrown chicken and rabbit … Doh!  (Along with many, many sides…)  I decorated with zinnias from my garden.


20220902_154808Speaking of which, that garden is still producing! I’m pretty sure I will end with 10 gallons of tomatoes before summer is over.  We continue to harvest beans, and now we have watermelon.  Along with one lone sunflower, as ‘critters’ ate the other seeds right out of the pots!


20220831_104223I wrapped up a ‘dot’ project (diamond painting) and my sister gave me a GINORMOUS one 45×85 cm (… which is almost 18 x34 inches)!  I plan to have it on display at my funeral some day (no photo yet – I’m too young) …

DH sanded and refinished the floors with a bit of help (thank you Mason and Josh!).  They look great and we are STILL moving furniture and tchotchkes back.

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Finally, we picked up some peepers (six Cornish X chickens [SKOS – first mentioned HERE] and a couple of guinea fowl).  It will be interesting to see what we decide to do with the guineas as the weather turns … but we have them!!!  Doh!


Love and hugs Y’all!  Winking smile

Because I Knew …

tiaraI knew I needed a tetanus shot, so OBVIOUSLY the best way to get that is to swan dive out of one’s pool to perform a [9.3 … 9.1 …9.6 … 9.2 … 9.4 – the judges have scored …] FACE-PLANT onto a cement paver outside of said pool.  Yep, that tetanus shot was mine, ALL MINE!  [Yes, that was a wee few hours after my last post … here is a photo of happy me, in my anniversary tiara, just minutes before …]

Now all up to date on my immunizations, I am sporting an incredibly sexy burger stamp on my forehead, along with two quite colorful eyes …. Oh and that magical eyeshadow is just starting!   I have a rainbow of shades to go through … AWWW!

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So, yeah … I knew.  Just like I know I’m having family out later this week to celebrate birthdays.  Because timing is EVERYTHING!!!  Oh Y’all …. just DOH!

What do you think of this look … Too OBVIOUS???


Anniversary Day

Yep, 32 years of wedded bliss.  Smile

We’ve been enjoying pool days just about every day.  Our garden continues to amaze with cucumbers (- look at that cucumber!), tomatoes, zucchini, patty pans, herbs (basil, sage and mint), beans and NOODLE BEANS … yep, we tried those for the first (successful) time this year.

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dot-tpI’ve finished up a couple of ‘dot’ projects … Here is one that I had to frame, as I love it!

Had dinner withlotion the high school girls last week.  I’m happy to report we are all well and aging gracefully.  Smile  I’m making goat milk lotion now, and gave some to the ladies.  It smells so good!

teryaki-rabbitWe cooked up a teryaki rabbit recipe.  Very yummy.  We’re having family out next week, so we’ll be serving home grown chicken (SKOS) and rabbit, along with home grown veggies … and a few store made things, like cake!

We went fishing in our pond yesterday and for the first time ever, caught some sharkey-32-yrsfishes … bullhead catfish and some kind of giant minnow-looking thing, along with a painter turtle.  All went back into the pond to grow and thrive …  [No photos of our fishing, but here is the DH ‘Sharky’ 32 year anniversary gift]

Leaving with a photo of me playing with some CRAZY artificial lashes …  Happy DAY Y’all!clown-lashes

Summertime 2022

I know – it’s been a bit.  But I am alive and kicking, and enjoying summer pool time, along with Chloe …


So, to hit some highlights over the last few months:

Our oldest son graduated from law school, and is presently in VA for tax law.  Our youngest (the twins) turned 25, and we celebrated at our favorite Japanese steakhouse (no photo) …

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Our garden is rocking!  Two words – BUNNY Pooh (compost) … Oh my goodness!!!


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Sangria/swamp juice 2022 – the magical drink no longer requires any kind of written recipe and is SOOOO good!

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I continue to play with recipes and incorporate yard plants/homeopathic treatments when possible …. So this is mullein, and we made a lovely Mullein Strawberry Ginger tea.  DH says he might just like it.

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Speaking of DH – Chloe and the bulldog gang love him:


I’m tinkering with diamond paintings (or what DH calls ‘DOTS’) …


pizza22We’re also playing with pizza, trying to uncover the perfect homemade crust (anyone with recipes/hints … HELP!).

And, I am apparently reliving my childhood, as only a serious shopper can.  We have a gumball machine and cotton candy machine  on their way to us …

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My bulldog sisters are never far from me …


Yep – those are the high lights.  Leaving with a 2022 picture of me.  Happy SUMMER Y’all!!!


I like this pace …

april-cardsCruisin’ along, getting stuff done, cleaning, making cards, playing with babies … I really could get used to this slower pace.  But, I’m ready for summer!  My garden is calling me ,,, Those teaser weather days really hit me.

Anyway – I am making steady progress on the mess that is the studio.  I moved a few cards along.  I turned the abstract water color from last week into these four bases – just waiting for sentiments.

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And, now that they are 4 wks old, Thumper’s babies are eating lots of good stuff (cucumber, rolled oats, carrots, hay) and are just too cute!  Have a great week, Y’all!


So now …

The dreaded taxes are done!  Yay!  So now, we can focus on the next job(s) … Our group project is refinishing the hardwood floors.  MY NEXT project is finding and CLEANING this studio.  I’m going to majorly shame myself and post a photo.  It shows just how cluttered I’ve become.  Gah! 


In between, I will continue to make cards, run the occasional kiln load and watch over my garden starts.  I’ve been playing with watercolors …

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And, I’m kicking around the idea of hosting some classes.  I plan to rope my sister into helping me figure out a working agenda for each, but here are some of the items I’m thinking about.classes

baby-bunnyOur baby bunnies are getting cuter by the day and starting to explore the world outside of their nesting box ro-headphones… Awwww!

I’m also sharing a quick pic of Miss Rotunda, who likes listening to my blue-tooth face (eye) mask with thunderstorms and crickets playing …

And now, I’ve got to start cleaning.  Hugs Y’all!


That time of year …

glass-bulbsBut first – here are some of the bulbs I made in the glass blowing class with my sister.  taxes-22We had a great time, and now we’re looking at other classes to take.

It is THAT time of year, so tax prep is well underway.  I’m hoping we can pull them together within the next 2-3 days.  Maybe, sure …

seed-bookIt’s also seed-starting time … So, I busted out my big ‘book of seeds’ and got a few trays going.  So far so good!

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I continue to play with cards as we’re looking at the various farmers markets in our area.  Meanwhile, DH is making beautiful pottery (photos to come).

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I hope to have some cute Thumper baby bunny photos for you next time.  And, it looks like Princess Buttercup might be having a few, too.  Hugs Y’all!