January 14, 2016

A few dreses

To keep my mind busy I have made some American girl doll dresses.Stay warm j

January 10, 2016

2016 a new year.

We have not started off our new year the best. Tom ended 2015 with health issues. COPD has been diagnosed. In June he had pneumonia, then was troubled with pleurisy .In Oct he had more pain with the pleurisy.During these months he has had 5 x rays. In June it showed the pneumonia and then the pleurisy.
 Thinking things were better till he went out to blow snow just after Christmas and could not catch his breath. Now he is unable to much of anything. We have an appointment Jan.26th to see a pulmanloagist.(sp) They drained a pint of fluid off a sack they spotted in the x ray.Thought we were on the mend but the fluid is coming back. Thus the reason to get to a specialist in Waterloo. We have been told there is no mass. We also have to make a trip to Ames to the thyroid doc for biopsy. Good news that there is no mass but not knowing and having to wait for 3 weeks is not good for his health nor mine.The driving to to cities in 2 days will be exhausting. I pray God's will be done and  for God healing hand on Tom.

I have tried to keep busy but my mind wanders. I have made a couple of Valentine doll dresses. I am thinking of doing a simple strip doll quilt. Something that takes little concentration.

The birds keep my mind busy.
Morning dove
purple finch

January 5, 2016


Ziva got a bath and hair cut today. She has the hairiest feet on a dog ever. She doesn't like to go but does not make a fuss,Does she look Happy?Nope. She does not like her picture taken.

 Look at those hairy feet. She had so much hair on the bottom she kept falling down the wooden stairs to the sewing room,We put carpet on them so she would not get hurt.
It has been a stressful few weeks. Waiting for tests results is NOT a thing I want to do often. Got good results but you know how your mind goes in to dark places. God is good and things will be fine. Have a great week. j

December 31, 2015


From our house to yours.Happy new year. Wishing you all Health and Happiness. j and Mr. T.

December 28, 2015

Winter birds.

 I love to watch the birds and we have had many. I thought I'd share some of the pictures I have taken.The colors on the female cardinal are beautiful.
blue jay

downy woodpecker

Canada geese

female cardinal


male cardinal

gold finches
nut hatch

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of course the thief.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

Well I missed telling everyone Merry Christmas.So I will do it today and wish you all a Happy New Year. It has been busy here since Thanksgiving. Don't ask me why we were busy or what we did but The time just seemed to fly by.
 The snow, Christmas day, was beautiful. Ziva was on the porch looking at me taking pictures. She had the "you are really nuts to be out there in your pajamas look" taking pictures.It was so quiet and still no wind and no noise. Not many morning like that in town.

Christmas for the family was supposed to be on Sat. I got ahead of myself and cooked the turkey on Friday.Part of the family came on Friday.So we ate then and again on Sat. and again on Sunday morning before they went home.
The Mn. family did not make it because of the weather.
 Here the group are grazing. Some in the dining room

 others in the living room playing with toys and video games .

Cam has a new amp. and played for us. Love it!!There was one one asleep on the couch but he asked I not post that picture. LOL.
 Thank goodness everyone got here and home before the new storm. I have heard from all and they are at work. Hoping all get home tonight safe and sound.Happy New Year to you all.j

December 13, 2015


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Well it has been a while since I posted. Sorry. I'll play catch up so this will be a bit long. Decorating is on going and will not end until after Christmas when I put away Santas and bring out snow men,All classic Christmas red and green.
Things are a bit different.We sent the buffet to Mn. and that was where I displayed some Christmas. This year there is a new built in unit.You can see it behind the table.I am working on the table settings. Works in progress.I have not displayed my green pottery for a few years.

The silly plastic piece on the cupboard is the first Christmas decoration I bought 51 years ago.It is supposed to hold 3 candles but is tipsy so I just leave it as is. Brings back good memories.  I added new pieces yesterday after a trip to the Story City antique mall.The sleigh and the leaf salt and pepper.

I love my kissing Mr. and Mrs.Santa.
This is a small table in front of the west windows.
Mini cyclamen are so cute and last for a really long time.
 The trees are the same.This is the dining room tree.Natural ornaments I made years ago.Hand dipped candles,nuts,painted pine cones. Cinnamon ornaments.Corn husk angel.More trees in other rooms.

I have 2 sets of Christmas dishes the ones on the table and the ones displayed on the hutch shelves.I added a new large tray to the sets. It goes with both sets of dishes.I love dishes ------Well lets face it I love lots of things.I'll share pictures after the table is all done. For now it is ok as is.

 This small chest has some of my Wexford glass displayed.After Christmas I will display more on the side board cupboard.

 Finally I have my Santa mugs and Tiny trees on display above the breakfast bar.

The baking has started and this morning early I made snack mixes and peanut clusters.Yummy.They are ready for bagging and eating. Hope you all have a good week. Stop by for a cup of tea and some goodies. see ya soon j.