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Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Old Beading

I'm currently working on creating four 12"x12" squares for Tommy's annual exchange challenge. They aren't due until September but I have another project due that same time frame so.......because I can't show my current project and Mr. Blue hasn't been touched in over a week, I thought I'd share some 8 1/2" x 11" beaded pieces I created for the Bead Journal Project back in 2010.  We had to create a beaded piece monthly....I think I was involved in this project for about 3 years. Hope you enjoy seeing some of my beading from 7 years ago!
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March

April

May

June

July

August

September

October


November

December

Friday, July 21, 2017

Workin Hard or Hardly Workin!

Honestly, Bob and I are "workin" hard!  We usually stain/paint our deck every 2 years or so but this year Bob noticed several of the boards were rotten.  He called to get some estimates on the repair and after hearing the estimate (I should say after he picked himself up off the floor!), he decided he would replace the boards himself.  

As with any project, once you define the problem, decide on the resolution, identify resources/products needed,  prepare your timeline and identify your 'team', heck you're well on your way!  

We all know Bob is very project oriented and I know a job he does will be done well.   He's been working on his excel sheet, measuring, buying lumber and equipment and now we are in the construction business!   I showed this picture in my last post  but it gives you an idea on the size of the deck.  The top level opens from our dining area then you go down about 8 steps to a small level, then more steps down to the yard area.
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You can see the 2nd level at the bottom of the stairs.  

Bob started this past weekend by tearing off some of the bottom boards that needed to be replaced on the top level. 


 He's cut some boards and stained them but before he replaces them we have to paint the bottom of the spindles....guess whose name was on that 'task'!  Yep!  That's me!  

Actually, we had our house built over 21 years ago and I've always painted the spindles and then helped paint the rest of the deck with Bob.  So no surprise my name was on this task!  

So on Tuesday I painted the entire spindles.  You can see the wood showing where the original boards were just nailed in place.  Deck builders didn't do any of the staining the year we had the deck built.  Bob thought it best we stain the bottom to help prevent more of the wood rotting out and while I'm there I might as well just paint the whole spindle!!!  Yep...that's a project manager for you!  




It really didn't take that long but it sure was hot on the deck!   The flooring looks bad but it's because Bob used the power washer on the deck...we're going to power wash and scrap more of the stain off before we paint the floor.....but we have a long way to go until that job is ready.  Right now Bob needs to cut the boards and replace on the inside of the top deck.  Then he'll do the same on the outside. 

Then we can start on the lower deck area, down the stairs then come back upstairs to the top deck and replace the top boards!!!  Whew...I get tired just thinking about this job!  

It is keeping Bob busy and he's really enjoying see how much money he's saving by doing it himself!!!   But my reward is dinner out so it might not be so cheap for him after all!!!  

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Time to work outside!

I've been wanting to scrub our fence in the backyard for a few weeks.  It's vinyl and pretty maintenance free but they do get  mildew and just plain yucky dirt on them....so, for 3 hours on Monday that's what I did!  And before you say "why not just power wash it?"   First off, I think that's just a waste of water...you can see our backyard is quite big....this is just the north side..


And to use a power washer is really pumping a lot of water nowhere!  We have stone around the fence so the grass wouldn't even get the excess water.  
Second, even the inside of the slats had quite a bit of mildew and grime, so much better to take a brush/bucket with soap and scrub!  So that's what I did...here are some before and after shots! 




 See how nice and white!!! I brought down my little seat/wagon and once I sprayed some cleaner on the fence, I'd sit my butt down and scrub.  I did wear my brace and rubber gloves, which was an excellent idea!!!  And see how nice and clean!!!
This is the south side of the yard...Only problem, once the inside was done, it was also time to do the outside of the fence!!  Oops...almost forgot about that!  But I did finish the outside too, south and north sides, with exception of the back of the back of the fence! That faces the woods (east side) and no neighbors there...just woods and I don't see it!  Kinda like the back of your hair!  I don't see mine! HA  Bob said he'll do that....someday....the fence..not my hair!

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Honest..I've been busy!

Can't believe my last post was almost a week ago.  I do try to post every 2 days or so.  This is after all my journal!  I print out my posts every year or two (depending on how much of a discount coupon is being offered!) and then I have a hard copy of my life!  Speaking of life....

Yes, I have been busy!!  Mr. Blue is slowly getting his body!  I've started to outline his little feet and then I'll switch between the rest of his body and feet!  Those tiny #15 seed beads get to me so I relax with the larger beads (#10's).

 I altered his picture to black and white and sepia!  Just kinda fun to play and see the light and dark beads!



And I'll have to remember to send a final picture to The Fiber Art Bee group!  I did a lecture/trunk show  (you can see that post here)  back in 2016 and they presented me with LOTS of blue beads!
 I've used so many of the beads they gave me in Mr. Blue!!  This fiber group are wonderful and talk about active!  They always have some interesting workshop taught by members or professional artists.

I've also completed my challenge piece for the online group, Art Quilts Around the World.  Our theme this month is Nursery rhyme and it's due July 31st.  I can't say what my piece is...but here's a sneak peak!   And it's finished!  YEA!!!


And I'm now working on the 4, 12"x12" squares I need to have completed by September for Tommy's exchange this year.  Again, I can't show what I'm doing but trust me...I'm working away!

And on a good note...so far the injection in my wrist is holding up...although, I had a scare last week...I went to shift my body (hip hurts if I sit too long!  ha) and used my right hand to help move my body!  Not a good idea!  Boy, did that hurt!!!  So I  kept my brace on for a good part of a few days and iced it.  So far I'm ok!  Whew!!!!

Bob has been working hard on our deck.  We have lots of boards that, after 21 years!, are finally starting to rot.  We have had estimates but they want so much money it's ridiculous!  So, Mr. Fix-It has his project plan (on Excel!) and has been buying wood, an air compressor (the one we have is too heavy to move around!), a staple/nail gun, paint, etc.


 He's pulled off some of the boards and has painted some new ones.  Monday, I'll start painting the spindles where he removed the boards so that area is painted and hopefully will save from rotting.  Have to give Bob credit...he's taking his time...that was my main concern he would overdo and kill himself...but he's doing a little each day.  So far...so good!!!  And he's still alive!!!

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Gigi's Gottcha Day!

Yep, today is two years since we adopted our little Gigi!!  She actually looks like a puppy here but the rescue figured she was about 2-3 years old.  So we figure she's around 5 - give or take!

And what she looks like today!  Well, her tongue isn't always out but you get the picture!

 You can read more on Gigi's adoption story here and how wonderful our lives have been since that day two years ago here .

Saturday, July 8, 2017

Roberta Warshaw Art

I follow several...ok, more than several! artists blogs and one that I have followed for quite sometime is Roberta Warshaw.  I so enjoy when I see Roberta has posted another post and a picture or two of her work.  Roberta's artist statement follows:

"For most of my life I have been a painter. I have worked in pen and ink, watercolors, gouache, oils and acrylics. I have always painted the world around me in all its true splendor. For many years I lived in the tropics and painted the lush plant life that surrounded me. When I left the tropics and moved out into the country I painted landscapes of the local farms and my wonderful vegetable garden. Now that I am living part time in the Sonoran desert, I am influenced by the very unique and wonderful looking cactus and flowers I see on my walks."

I love her work because it always looks so delicate to me.  I  save some of her recent pieces from her blog to show here in this post.  I hope if you aren't familiar with Roberta's work you take a 'trip' to her blog and Etsy page (she has a 'shop' link at the top of her blog).  I am hoping she gets back to producing some of her artwork in cards too!  



I think this piece would look wonderful hanging on the wall!!!  Gee, maybe we need to talk Roberta into creating patterns for quilts!  HA  Like she needs another 'job'!  Isn't this piece so delicate!



Even her lino cut artwork is outstanding.  



You can also check out some more of Roberta's collages here.  If nothing else, I know you'll love her work and perhaps be inspired to purchase a piece of art or just be inspired!!

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Good bye my friend..

This post is really more for me than my readers....I have lost a beautiful friend's smile but heaven has gained that smile!  My bud, Sally, passed early on July 1st from cancer.  She had just turned 65 and was excited that Medicare would now take care of her medical bills!  Yep, that was Sally!  Her smile was contagious and as she told me about a month ago, "I will put on a smile for everyone else".  That was Sally.
 Bob and I met Sally and her husband, Dan, the winter of 2015 and it was like we had been friends all our life.  Hard to find both spouses that you like, isn't it!  This was back in 2015 one night when Sally and Dan joined us for dinner!  We enjoyed our time with both of them and went to dinner often these past two years....Sally would have a margarita or two!!  See why I was so crazy about this lady!  And see that smile!!!





















Sally and I bonded quickly...sharing stories of our life, loves and dislikes!  HA  I would send her a message in the morning asking if she wanted to "ride shotgun" with me!  And 99% of the time she would!  Even days that her cancer made her feel so sick, she would still toot around with me.



This was taken this past April...I surprised Sally with a shampoo and haircut for her birthday!







She looked so cute and she loved her haircut.  She did lose her hair with the 1st set of chemo but it grew back...hence the hair cut.  With this last chemo, she never did lose her hair...











Of course, we had to get a treat when we went anywhere!  Just what we did!!!  And one of our favorite treats was.....KEY LIME PIE!






Sally was a great wife, mom and grandma...here she is with her hubby, Dan, grand daughter Alexis, SIL Tom and daughter, Kristen.




Tell me that isn't the greatest smile every!  And check out Kristen's smile...just like her mom!!!




And a special grandma to all her grand children.  This is Alexis, Kristen and Tom's daughter.  They moved to Florida last year and so glad they did.  Kristen was able to be with her mom a lot this past year and I know that meant so much to Sally and Dan.












Sally brought her coloring books over one day but never did color...Gigi took up all her time...interesting...this was the last day that I worked on my blue squirrel....Sally called up and "said since you are beading, I'll bring over my books to color!"

I did start beading again today (Sunday).....and my thoughts were about Sally......hence, this post........




Sally's sense of humor was great too....her sister had knitted this 'purse' for her but when Sally opened the package she thought it was a hat!  She said to me "I thought it sure is a hot hat for Florida!"...yes, she did figure it out at home but was so funny and allowed me to take a picture of her with it on her head!!!









Several of us planned a surprise BD party for Sally this winter!!!  It was held at her daughter's/SIL's restaurant and was so much fun.  You can see my post on that day here.  I am so glad we surprised her and she was surprised!!!  Although, I started to feel bad about lying to Sally so much!  Between giving her a lie to get her to go with me to the beauty shop for her 'hair' day and lying about getting her to the party.....I told her she wouldn't believe anything I said anymore...she told me I was a "good liar'!  HA

Some days we both didn't feel so hot but often said "so glad I came out today...I feel so much better"...yes, that is what friends do for each other.  Sally did it for me as much as I tried to do it for her!

And friends.......



This was taken at Pickin by the Pool this winter.  Dan plays in a band with Karah's hubby, Howard and others.



Sally, Marilyn and I enjoyed a girls day out with shopping and lunch, of course...

We all had similar outfits on and had to take a picture!!!  This was a good day for Sally...she wore Marilyn and I out!!



My friend, Peggy, and I took Sally to Shalom Park this past winter.  It's such a beautiful and peaceful botanical garden area.

We did tire Sally out so she ended up sitting eating a treat and reading while Peggy and I walked around the lake area in the park.  But I know she enjoyed the day!












This was Sally as we walked around the gardens....







My heart breaks for Dan and their family but I'm selfish enough to feel that heart break as well.  I will miss my friend so much....she became my staple in Florida and my 'go to gal'.
You will ride shotgun with me again my friend....and until then you'll always be in my thoughts and heart.