Sunday, August 19, 2018

The Weekend View...Fall Ahead

We have passed the halfway mark in August... September and fall are just around the corner. 

You can wait if you want, but I'm breaking out all the pumpkins and welcoming fall right now. Summer is done as far as I'm concerned!

If you've been to Hobby Lobby or PotteryBarn lately, you're probably convinced (like I am) that fall is near and Christmas will be here before we know it.

Hobby Lobby even has their Christmas displays out and their Christmas decor was on sale this week.

This "Fall Find" came from PotteryBarn. I'm a big fan of crows and really like this more subdued version of brown, black and green.

On other news...Wild Bill has been to the emergency room 3 times in the last 10 days, and had to go into the hospital 3 days the first E.R. visit and overnight the third visit. I started thinking he might have a girlfriend up there! 

The first time it was pneumonia, and then breathing problems and insanely high blood pressure readings. 

He's doing better now so don't worry. We're tough Texans after all! 

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Sunday, August 5, 2018

Staining The Sawed-Off Bed Frame The Easy Way

Finally got around to finishing up the footboard to our bed frame that we cut off a while back. 

Raw wood was left when we took a saw to the bed and sawed off the overhang to reduce the likelihood of running into it at night. I posted about it HERE.

I used a mouse sander to smooth the edges and sides, then colored in the raw wood with a Minwax Stain Marker...

There were many options for different stain finishes to match most wood stains with the Stain Markers. We just took a guess and picked the one we thought would match the best. 

We found our Minwax Stain Markers at Lowe's, but I'm sure every hardware store has them. They were around $5 or $6 if I remember right.

Here's a full shot of the bed in a before photo...

The "before" photo below shows how far the foot board stuck out before we sawed it off...

Believe Me This Was A Hazard At Night!

Here's the foot board after we sawed off all the outside edges...

After sanding, I started coloring in the wood with the Stain Marker...

If you can color in a coloring book with a marker, you pretty much have the skill necessary to complete this job!

I filled in the first coat of stain with the Stain Marker and then went back over the wood several times until I was satisfied with the results.

The bed is kingsize and very heavy so we had to saw, sand, and stain it inside the bedroom using a drop cloth.

It was hard getting a good photo of the results in our dark bedroom and, as you can see, blowing up the photo makes the wood look a little wonky.

I would highly recommend the Stain Markers for small jobs like ours. The match of the Stain Markers to the finish on the bed frame turned out way better than we expected! 

You might want to do a test spot on a part that doesn't show if you're worried about matching perfectly. We weren't too worried about trying the Stain Markers out as we figured we had nothing to lose. 

Besides, I was more than willing to paint the bed frame white if need be! In fact, I was a little disappointed that painting the bed frame white wasn't necessary.

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Friday, August 3, 2018

LaurieAnna's At Canton TX Trade Days

Just a reminder to all local Texans that Canton's "1st Monday - Trade Days" is this weekend.

Here's the latest photo from LaurieAnna's shop in Canton...

LaurieAnna's shop is broken up into different type rooms. This bedroom setting is in the entry room of LaurieAnna's. Their Kitchen Rooms and Dining Rooms are always my favorite rooms to walk through and pick things up for our house. 

LaurieAnna's shop will be decorating for fall soon, my favorite time of year in their shop.  I'll be impatiently waiting to go there even if it's just to look around and get ideas on how to use the fall decor I already have.

Speaking of fall decor...this mustard colored spray was new at the Frisco Mercantile shop the other day. The vendor was just setting them out so I plucked one out of the box to try at home. Love them!

The Kitchen Pig got this fall sprig to replace the pansies he's been sporting since spring. He does seem to smile a little more since his mini-makeover!

The colors of fall go well with our house since it's a blend of browns, yellowish golds, and such. 

How about you? Do the fall colors make you happy the heat is almost over...or sad because summer is coming to an end?

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Saturday, July 28, 2018

The Continuing Birds Saga...

Would you believe the birds are at it again? Yep.

I started noticing my clothes dryer was steaming up a sauna! Our dryer vent goes up the inside of the wall and out the roof. 

When I looked at the vent coming out of our roof, I could see a nest up against the vent keeping it from opening.

This is not our vent, but it's an example of how birds can clog up vents...

For quite some time, I've been trying to find a company that cleans out dryer vents. Now it was time to get serious and find someone.

We were discussing our nest problems with some friends at a restaurant and a friendly older lady told us "Try a Chimney Sweep!"

Polar Bear Chimney Sweep

A local chimney sweep company came out the next day and took care of the dryer vent problems. The chimney sweeper also climbed right up on top of a ladder and plucked down the nest the birds built in the outside chandelier. 

Polar Bear Chimney Sweep Took This 16-foot High Nest Right Down!

Happily we are "nest free" once again...for now. 

So if you find yourself in need of a dryer vent cleaning, or the removal of anything up high, try calling a chimney sweep for the job.

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Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Blame Debbie Dabble's Cute Filing Cabinet

Downsizing my late mother-in-law's things has been a long, drawn-out process due to the chaos in our life right now.  

My father-in-law is learning to adapt to being "Me" instead of "We" after a long happy 71-year-marriage. 

At 95, he's springing back...although that spring is a little too sprung more days than not!

Recently I brought home two drawers from their little filing cabinet intending to shred my mother-in-law's paperwork and then donate the 2-drawer file cabinet.

Debbie Dabble's Colorful Patio Furniture

Blame Debbie Dabble that the empty filing cabinet is still hanging around our house! 

I came across Debbie's post HERE and fell for the colorful cabinet she has on her patio...How cute is that little guy?...Well, cute enough for me to think I might copy her idea someday using my mother-in-law's file cabinet.

Debbie Dabble's Colorful Porch

I hope you'll hop over to Debbie's PLACE if you need to add a little shot of color in your life too...It's like she stole a rainbow and put it on her porch.

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Saturday, July 14, 2018

Saturday Thoughts And Clarifications

The comments on my last post make me think I was not clear enough about where the birds (we think they are Barn Swallows) tried to build their nest. 

Right behind this high glass window is where the chandelier hangs. At night, when the chandelier is turned on, you can see it through the glass window...

I think some commenters thought the birds were nesting inside our house! They are actually up in the top of this area outside our front door.

I thought I'd show you how the outside entry is built and why it has a chandelier-type light hanging in it.

Our outside entry has a covered roof, but the doorway is wide open and so are the windows on each side of the entry. 

The chandelier is protected from rain and wind as it's positioned way up high.  When the chandelier shines through that high glass window it makes the house look very charming.

When we bought the house, there was a planting bed on either side of the enclosed entryway, and the walkway was straight with blocks of cement that made it hard to walk up to the house.

House In 2010

This is my father-in-law coming from the house when it was for sale. We signed the contract a few days later on New Year's Eve Day, Dec 31, 2010.

House and Walkway 2010

At the very top of our "To-Do List" back then was: "Replace The Dangerous Front Walkway" 

We had it done as soon as we saved up the money to do it, but after we put in the front patio. 

Small Patio Replaced Dying Planting Bed

The small flagstone patio got put in when all the plants in this area kept dying a slow painful death. It is one of the best things we did! 

Finally Putting A Safe Walkway In 2013

This east side of the house gets the morning sun and then is in full shade for the rest of the day. 

I Always Pictured A Curvy Walkway In Front Of The House

Our back patio, on the west-side of the house, gets full sun from 1 p.m. to sundown so you can find us on this shady little front patio on a hot summer afternoon.

Unfortunately, the nesting birds like this side of the house too. We couldn't step out the front door without them dive-bombing us!

Nest In High Up Chandelier In Outside Entry

I wonder which birdbrain it was who thought the crossbars in the chandelier was a secure place to raise their babies? I don't think it was the mama.

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Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Attack Of The Crazy Nesting Birds

When you open your front door and find twigs all over your welcome mat and entryway floor, you know that's not a good thing!

Looking up, I find the culprits are trying to build a nest right in the hanging chandelier!

It's so far up! The top of the front door is 8 feet tall...

...then another 8 to 10 feet from the top of the door to where the chandelier hangs...

That's too high for us to climb up and take the nest down. We'll have to call someone with a tall ladder and nerves of steel. Can you tell high places scare the bejesus out of me?

When I went out to water the plants in the pots, a couple of birds circled me overhead. Apparently they wanted to get back to nest building!

That's when I discovered one of those little devils even tried to build a nest in my Hydrangea bush and tore a side of the plant out. 

If you know how much I love and baby my Hydrangea bush, you know my first thought was...Birds, This Means War!

Wild Bill removed the nest from the flowerpot before I thought to get a picture of the mess.

I bought a large box of mothballs and spread them around in the pots. Wild Bill got out his pink Barbie BB gun and shot it off each time the birds flew into the entryway. 

Birds don't like the sound of shots (even little pink BB gun shots) and will learn to stay away. 

In some small rural towns that have problems with birds nesting in downtown trees during the nesting season, they employ "noise cannons" to discourage the birds from nesting there.

In regard to the mothballs, our last house was near a lake where 22 deer roamed freely around using our flower beds and flower pots as a salad bar.

The only thing I ever found that deterred the deer and other wild animals from eating our plants was mothballs. Hopefully birds don't like mothballs either.

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Saturday, July 7, 2018

In The Potted Garden With My Thoughts

The bright colors cheer me up when I'm in the little potted garden out front. We have quite a few wild rabbits around that love to chew on anything in the ground as well as whatever hangs over the pots.

It's strange how the days past so quickly even though they're longer now than any other time of the year!

There's so much that needs to be done, but the heat of summer makes it hard to want to do much around Northeast Texas this time of year. Even the Hydrangeas seem to be hiding out...

We're learning so much about how you can be healthy one minute and the next you're not. 

Through the years you always hear, "Guard your health!" Now we know just what is meant by that. It truly does feel sometimes like it's being stolen away.

Thank you for your prayers and kind thoughts for us. Life is slowly getting back to normal since Wild Bill's diagnosis and his mother's death the next day. 

We traveled to M.D. Anderson's Cancer Center near Houston the day after mom's funeral hoping for a better prognosis and possible treatment. Though the Center had nothing different to offer, the doctor was especially kind and through in walking us through the PET scan and explaining everything to us. 


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Friday, June 29, 2018

Friday Finds

My mother-in-law was a pack-rat. She saved and "collected" so many things. Some of the things are worthless and cause us to chuckle, but some are worthwhile. Therein lies the problem!

We've found we must go through every box and stack because one never knows what you'll find! It's slow going so we've agreed to try and do a little each day.

My father-in-law, at 95, is the exact opposite. He will throw away anything that gets in his way of cleaning a counter or shelf. 

Because of this, we have to remove everything from his assisted living apartment that is not needed or necessary to him.

We box it up as fast as we can and have stored it for safe-keeping while we do a little at a time. Here's some interesting things I found while emptying a box...

This Woman's Day from 1965 cost just 15 cents! Mom was crazy about doll's, doll patterns, and books about dolls. She cut parts of magazines out to save for both information and patterns.

The magazine pages included page after page of old dolls in different's just a few of them.

Also in this box, several books on making various type dolls...

And my favorite...a book on embroidering animals...I'll add this book to my "someday" pile. I love to embroider, but haven't done it for years.

And here's an article on Frontier Doctors from Texas Highways magazine...another piece I'll squirrel away on my Texas Research shelf!

Two sets of fake pearls...or are they real? No telling! We'll have to take the jewelry to someone who can appraise it. 

I'm betting these are not expensive, but there are some family pieces that need an evaluation so we'll take the rest just in case.

Just the other day, due to a conversation, I wanted to re-read The Constitution. As if by magic, a copy was at the top of the first box I opened!

Cheryl, of the blog Cheryl's Frugal Corner, posted the other day about "letting go" by clearing out all the unneeded things we have. She talked about how every piece of clutter represents $$$ spent. So true. 

I agreed with her at the time and still do, but I am finding it interesting seeing what one woman saved from all the things she bought. 

I'm saving some of her things for myself, hoping for a time in the future when I can explore them fully and understand her a little better. 

Hopefully our three daughters will read this post, and they won't have to wonder why I saved some of these things shown in this post today. 

They'll have so many other things to ponder after all! I can hear them now laughing away and asking, "What in the world was she saving THIS thing for?"

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