May 15, 2016


The Japanese maple is beautiful this year.

Japanese Maple

 flowers are blooming all around the yard.
Snowball bush

The columbine self seeded and is beautiful

 I love the front fountain. So soothing when sitting on the porch.

wild columbine in back garden

First year for the fern peonies blooming 

I love having cut flowers in the house.New cup from the Kuiper family for Mothers day.

It was a really good birthday. Cake,flowers and take out Chinese from Chung Garden.(no cooking)
Call from Josh.
Becky,Cam and Matt--- thanks for moving the block.Saved my back.
Dan--- thanks for the new Ipad. It has taken me 15 years to figure out the pc. Hope I can figure out the Ipad in a few weeks.
I am blessed.

Oh my----- Cam is taller than I am. And he has his driving permit.
Getting Mr.T. to take a picture was so funny. Have a great week.j

April 30, 2016

April 30th

Well again the year is flying by. Mr.T had his 3rd chemo and is doing well. April showers has brought flowers. Iris,tulips,phlox,lilacs,bluebells and apple blossoms.My tomatoes are sprouted. This week I will transplant them into bigger pots.

I have a couple of ideas for the pond area. Mr T. started taking it apart last fall when he got so sick.I saw this picture on pinterest and want to do something like this in the pond area. There will be water but no pond. After t
he 3 boys vandalized the pond we decided it was better to remove the pond. That area is in the hosta garden . We did enjoy the water sound and want that again. I talked to my nephew Jake and he has agreed to help move things I can't do any more. There is much yard work to do. This week has been a rainy week so not much done outside. The front water feature is cleaned and running. We have been doing some spring cleaning inside.
I really need to stay off pinterest. There are way to many ideas.I love this fence. I'm not sure if I am brave enough to try this.
I have the ironing board to make this.We also have the posts to make the lights. Much to do. have a great weekend.j

April 17, 2016

Our week

We celebrated another birthday this week end.  Our youngest grand son Cameron, ,turned 14 today.(17th)  It does not seem possible he will have his driving permit next weekend.
He told me I could not post pictures on Face Book but he said nothing about my blog. VBG.
 Love this picture of him and Sadie.

Tomato seeds are planted. Peas are planted. We are behind on our seed planting.

It was great to have help moving things around. Shelves,beds,wicker furniture and,table,Thanks Matt,Cam,Becky and Mr.T

We have had another busy week. Cleaning the garage. Cleaning and rearranging the sewing room. The garage is just off the sewing room. I decided to utilize the wall space on my side of this garage. My PT cruiser still has her place but I now have much needed storage space.
The basement steps are beginning to bother my knees so having the fabric totes all on this level is great.
I found a really perfect sewing table at the local 2nd hand shop. Carol Ann's always has things I NEED. I will share pictures in the next post things are still piled from the rearranging.
We celebrated another birthday this weekend.

We also got the back patio cleaned off. The Christmas tree I put there is still green and soft. We decided to leave it in the bucket of water to see how long it will last.  I enjoy looking at it and the birds like it as well. I have added the little red metal table and chairs. It will be a nice place for breakfast.

I did away with the large 1/2 ping pong table that was my cutting table. I should have taken a picture before we moved it but didn't this is the best I could do. It was a very large cutting table and was nice to lay out a quilt but it was also really handy to pile things on as you can see. (wink)
I had a table of sorts in the basement (brought it up today) that will work out well. It is smaller. It was a display table in a clothing store. Mike's For Men was the name of the store and he used to display the dress shirts on this table. I remember looking and buying shirts off the table for Mr. T. When the store closed I bought 2 of the tables. The other is on the west patio with a large piece of slate on the top. Great for setting BBQ utensils

Do you ever have projects that get ALMOST done? I have a few. One is where the sliding doors were added in place of the windows in the sewing room. Well sheet rock was added to the side of one and has never been finished. I decided to do at least mud the seams and screw heads. Got it done and will texture and paint this week. Good to have it started. All this time I have had it covered with a little quilt. When I get finished Mr. T can put up the wood door trim. That will cover the remaining screw heads. There is also a spot on the ceiling where we took out a wood stove pipe.

Up date on Mr. T. He will have his 3rd chemo on the 19th. We have aired out the camper and will add a few things tomorrow. Depending on the weather and how he feels we are planing on going to Beads lake soon.Hope you all have a great week. Spring is here and I love it.j

March 28, 2016

Fun with family.

I love when the kids come to visit. Yes I get tired and yes it is a lot of work but I wouldn't have it any other way. We celebrated 2 birthdays. We got to meet our Great grand son Colby. We are blessed with great family. Becky had surgery on Thursday and all went well. We missed her and Cam.Tom is feeling good and it is great to see him smile. 2nd chemo this week. Praying it goes as good as the first one.Hope everyone has a great week.

Us with grand kids and their kids

Carol,Josh and Colby

Colby and Alice

4 generation

Sydney and Josh

Birthday boy

Dan and Iris

Bruce the beagle

March 9, 2016

New recipe

HAMBURGER CHEESE-BAKE: I could eat this every day!
I have been making this recipe for literally decades and have no clue where the recipe came from. But I promise you: It is EXCEPTIONALLY DELICIOUS!! It's different from most hamburger casseroles (not spaghetti-based). And the flavor is full-bodied - - unique without being weird. Give it a try! I just betcha it'll be a family favorite!
Nonstick cooking spray
1 lb. lean ground beef
1 lb Jimmy Dean Sausage (original flavor)
1/2 C chopped onion (1 medium onion)
1 15-oz can tomato sauce
1/4 teasp salt
1/4 teasp garlic powder
1/4 teasp ground black pepper
4 C fat egg noodles, cooked (about 10 ounces)
1 C cottage cheese
4 oz package cream cheese, softened (or just buy the pre-
softened kind)
1/4 C sour cream
1/3 C thinly-sliced green onions (about 3 green onions)
2 Tbsp grated Parmesan cheese (fresh is best)
Fresh parsley for garnish (optional)
Directions. . .
Preheat oven to 350. Lightly coat a 2-quart rectangular baking dish with cooking spray; set aside. In a large skillet cook the ground beef, sausage, and onion until meat is brown and onion is tender. Drain. Stir in the tomato sauce, salt, garlic powder, and black pepper. Remove from heat.
Cook noodles to al-dente, according to package directions; drain.
In a medium bowl stir together the cottage cheese, cream cheese, sour cream, and green onions until combined
Spread half the noodles in the prepared baking dish* (SEE NOTE!)
Top with half of the meat mixture, then all of the cottage cheese mixture, spreading evenly. Top with the remaining noodles and remaining meat mixture. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese.
Bake, uncovered, about 30 minutes or until heated through. If you want to make it look fancy, garnish with parsley. I have to tell you that I almost never take the time to "layer" the ingredients. I just mix everything together, pour into the casserole dish and bake. Turns out SPEC-TAC every time!
This is the one I made and I did not layer it.
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Mr.T has started his chemo. So far so good. God has been good to us.
I got such a nice surprise from Justine. She gifted me with
the American girl doll Emily.
The local fabric shop had a one day sale and I treated my self to a bit of new fabric for doll dresses.

Baby Alice was here for a visit.She is such a good happy baby.
I worked on a disappearing 9 patch.

I stopped at a flea market on Saturday and found this cute little pitcher.It will be great for holding fresh cut flowers this summer.
 The squirrels have bent the feeding pole over AGAIN this year. in the next week we should have warmer weather so i can get out to do some clean up.And get the Christmas put away VBG. Look at that pile of old bird seed. They ate well.Hope everyone has a good rest of the week.j

February 27, 2016

thread holder

 I want to share an idea i had for spools of thread. When I have hand sewing the spool always seems to fall and roll away. I use my old medicine pill containers to hold the thread. Use an awl to poke a hole in the snap on lid. Run the thread up through the hole,snap on the lid and the thread is ready for you to use. no more run away spool.

Makes it easy to take along too. 

We will be making trips to Ames for Tom to have chemo so I will be doing some hand sewing while waiting.

It has been a rough couple of months. I pray for God to lay his healing hands on my dear man. j