Monday, February 24, 2014

Just some stuff..

I was hoping to post a finish today - not gonna happen. I am still working on A Year in the Life of ... by the  Historical Sampler Company. I re-started it February 3rd
February 3rd

February 24
Pardon the terrible wrinkles - no point in ironing it just yet. It's funny how different the fabric looks! The picture on the link looks better - mine is bad. Almost done though. I got a few more patterns that I can't wait to start (stupid wip plan!!!)
ohhh purrrrdy!!
This weekend we worked on the fireplace room floor. We put Dutch oil on it....


almost done

 Isn't it lovely? We still have to go over it one more time with a towel. We have to cut off the foam you see in the picture - just filling gaps - put up quarter round and we can move the living room in there!! I will show a picture when we get the living room moved - we bought an ottoman to match our couch - can't wait to see it all together!! 
This state has this crazy thing called a house warranty - Scott says the realtor paid for it. One of the garage door openers stopped working a week or so ago. Scott has been manually opening it to park his car in there. Turns out it is covered by the warranty. It should cost us $75 to have them come out and replace it - not when you have me around though - then it costs $315. How did I manage that you wonder - well, let me tell you. The kid (no, really - he is 20 years old!!!) comes out to look at the opener - the one that has NOT worked for a week or so - Scott has it locked since it doesn't work - he says he disconnected it. I click the button so he can see how all it does it make this clicking noise. Well guess what.... yep, it works. Thank goodness he was standing under it - he reached up and unplugged it but not before it bent the H E double hockey sticks out of the top TWO panels. So, we had to buy two new panels. UGH Good news is they put in a very nice garage opener because despite the fact that it worked that time - it was indeed broken. The panels fit perfectly - size and color match - but still.
Here is the toolbox I bought a few weeks ago someone made it a blotchy green and black color.
This weekend I spray painted it and distressed it. Love it!! You can see how long it is up against that door!!
We found a place in town they call a flea market but it's kind of like the antique places with booths - there are some wonderful treasures (and a lot of worthless junk too) benches and old wooden tool boxes I would love to have!! Most of it has good prices and I can't wait to go back. We bought a shelf  and an ottoman - both of which I will have to show you another day. There are a few other things we want to get but they were closing so we will have to go back.
When we moved here I was excited to see the Cardinals come to my bird feeder - but sad to learn that they are very territorial so I would never have more than one set at my feeder. This weekend we had two or three (hard to tell) youngsters and the adult male flitting around in the yard. The "kids" are smaller and they played chase through the trees. They are hard to get a picture of - but here you see the adult and one of the kids
where's Waldo? Adult is top left and the little one is top right
 I also had a chipmunk under the bird feeder - if you look close his cheeks are very full!! So cute!!

 Almost all of our snow melted - we had some rain. The river down the road is flooded and the road is closed! I'm not sure if this guy was under the snow or this just happened - we hoped it was just playing dead but turns out it wasn't. I've never seen one up close - weird for sure!! Just like a huge rat!!
We have a mom raccoon and her teenager living under the porch. They come up at night and snoop around under the feeder - the mom will come right to me (I am inside with the window between us). I have not been able to get a good picture of them.
We were putting books on our bookshelf and I found my Gram's autograph book. The first entry is Sept 21, 1941. I am going to post one of the entries at the end of every blog until they are all here. I think they are great fun!! First I'll post her senior picture...
Mary Ellen Burns

 The first entry..
                                                                                                                             Sept, 21 1941
Well, Mary Ellen, this is
quite an honor to be the first to
write in your autograpgh book
just at the time you have
reached the ripe old age of 11.
But just remember, you were the dream girl that found me
                         As ever
                             Joe Sherlock 


  1. So much to comment on!

    First, the autograph book is way cool! I love old photos also.

    The floor looks great. Possum not so great. Eww!

    My Dad has a toolbox like that... and yes, he still uses it! He's had it like forever.

  2. Wow Jamie! Lots of great stuff in this post. First, I love the sampler and the floor(it looks awesome). You found some great treasures if there are more things like that cute tool box, a great finish also. Last, but not least, I will look forward to reading the comments from the autograph book. What a great idea! Thanks for sharing them with us!

  3. A Year In The Life is turning out so pretty.
    The floor looks great!