Wednesday, July 1, 2020

2020 part two ~ New beginings

 
Yay..  It's July 1st and that means it is the first day of my favorite half of the year.
The Jason months.
 
 
In honor of these next 6 months ..
and to give myself  a fresh start some inspiration, 
I bought some shiny new rings and started a fresh planner.
 
The January - June planner is already tucked safely in the cupboard.
I'll revisit that when I feel the need to remember that time we were on house arrest . 
 
I'm sure you've seen the meme before ..
I know I've shared it.
 
The first letter of the months :
 
July
August
September
October
November
 
Spell Jason..  which is why his lovely face graces the inside cover the Jason months planner.


***
Pretty flowers to commemorate new beginnings.
 
 
 
 
 And speaking of new beginnings.. 

 
My little baby robin left the nest this morning.

 
 
Last week..   the evening that I shared the first images of the baby birds,
I was alerted to activity in the nest .    A cat had climbed up and knocked the nest and babies down.
I searched for them in the pitch black of darkness and cried myself to sleep when I couldn't find them.
 
The next morning I went out at sunrise and searched again.
I noticed that the adult robins were chirping and staying near one spot...
And there it was.  One tiny little baby bird laying on a leaf..
I held the baby up in my hands so that the adult birds could see and then I placed it and the nest back near it's original location. 
 I went inside and watched the camera, 
 and mom and dad Robin came back to the nest about an hour later. 
  ( sigggghhhhhh)
 
Fly high baby bird.
I'm gonna miss you!!!
 
and this mother bird is finally going to get some sleep tonight.  : )
 
***
 
Lastly..  We ended the first 6 months of 2020 with a perfect beach day.
 
Yesterday Paul, Sally, Charlotte and I spent the day at our favorite place.
 

 
It was so  nice to have Sally out with us, 
between life, boyfriend and work,  she keeps busy and hasn't been on the boat with us in a few years.
I was good to see her having fun and relaxed.


 
The paddleboard queen was tired.
She is a total superstar on the water.

 
 


***
 
I hope that you all have had a good week .
 I am wishing you all a great July and an amazing 2020 part two.  
 
 Let's rock it!!!!
 
xo
 

 


Wednesday, June 24, 2020

The kitchen is painted

 
Good morning friends.
Happy Wednesday.
 
I just finished with a WW zoom meeting..
I needed it,  I've been slacking in the tracking.
This week I'm going to do better.
 
Stanley say's good morning too.
actually that's his - Are you ever going to feed me face.
 
Can't you tell,  the poor dog is starving. 
 
 
Yesterday I spent the day with some of the true loves of my life..
Stanley, a few cans of paint and a roller. 
 
At first I was a little intimidated by the new bright color.
 

But having finished it,  I absolutely love it!
 
And it looks so good with red!
 
 


 
While we're in here,  I wanna show you my grandma's cow collection.
My grandma Jean passed away 18 years ago and I inherited her awesome collection.
She and I are so much alike..  and I am honored to have pieces of her in my kitchen.
 
I can't remember what I did last week,
 but I can remember the exact places that grandma's cows rested in her kitchen pasture.
 
This little guy is a pitcher, but I normally use it for a vase.

 
A funky milk carton cookie jar.

 
 
 
This little cookie jar's (below) name is humpty because it's been dropped and glued back together again.
oops!
 
Also,  that's the toaster that inspired the color makeover.
 
 

 
I know,  that's a giant water bowl!!!
 
I have a bunch of these cow canisters that are part of a staggered set.
 
and a tiny jar of runts.
We all know that the banana's are the best ones.



And last but not least..  My favorite!!
It's a 3 section canister set that I keep on top of the refrigerator to keep safe.
 
 
Needless to say,  my love of cows is in my genes.
 
***
 
The Robins
 
 
Last week I put one of our security camera's underneath of our deck to watch a busy Robin's nest. 
Guys..  I am hooked!!!
The best thing that I did was trade social media for the "live" animal kingdom that is happening in my back yard. 
 
I hope that you can view these...
they are so sweet.
 
 
 
I've been watching the 2 babies grow all week..
and this morning ~  the camera is gone!!!
no signal.  nothing.
 
Flew the coop!
 
This morning I am having withdrawals.
 
I'm hoping that it was knocked behind the perch that I had it sitting on,
but I'm afraid to climb under there and check..
The last time I got near the nest, I scared 3 babies and Paul had to run around collecting them and putting them back in their nest.  haha.
 
 
 
Hope that you all are doing great.
Have a fantastic day!
xo

Sunday, June 21, 2020

Overalls and kitchens

 
Good morning and Happy Father's day. 
I hope that you all have a great day .
 
I'm not sure what's on the schedule for today.
I do know that the kids are getting Paul some steamed crabs for dinner.
We're both excited for that!!  : )

The Garden

Our vegetable garden is small and when one weed grows,
 a thousand weeds grow and take over the tiny space.
 
 
Yesterday morning I felt accomplished ( and professional)  as I put on my Duluth gardening overalls and rolled around in the dirt for a few hours.    I pulled and dug out all of the weeds and planted Michelle's spring onions and lettuce.

 
There's not much to this garden.. 
2 tomato plants
3 styles of pepper plants
1 cucumber
A few herbs
and now the lettuce and onions.
 
 
The rabbits have already eaten one of the lettuce that was planted last week so I put this screen over the new additions.    It doesn't look to pretty but I'm hoping it will help protect them.
 
 
 While I was out there looking all professional and pretending that my back wasn't on fire,
I worked my way around the flower beds too.

 
Last night,  Paul and I were sitting under the umbrella on the deck watching the rain and he says..
"Btw, Those overalls looked hot!!"
 
That's the funny thing about men..
or at least my husband.
I could spend all day getting fancy and he doesn't seem to notice.
It's the days where there are dirt smudges on my face and I am looking like I just hopped off of the hot mess express that he say's, "you look pretty today."
 
haha!
 
 
 
***
 
I picked up some paint samples at Sherwin Williams.
This photo doesn't show the colors clearly,
but I am leaning towards the middle.
 
It should brighten up the kitchen.
I just hope that it matches PUMPKINS.
 

 
***
 
And now,  on to the tiny kitchen.
I'm excited for you to see the makeover.
 
This is a before picture.
 
 
My original plan was to paint the existing cabinets but then (after I messed them up) I decided to replace the cabinets altogether.

 
The new cabinets. 
Aren't they gorgeous!! 

 
 Installation day.
 
 
I had to add some lighting and a backsplash.

 
And then fill the tiny shelves and drawers.

 
And look!!!
The oven actually opens!!!
It is literally the small things that make me happy.
 
 
I painted the refrigerator black and added wallpaper.
 Unfortunately the new layout didn't leave room for the windows but I don't mind.
To give it better lighting, I ordered a new ceiling light fixture that should arrive soon.
It's super cool and will look very familiar. 
 

Cute right!!!!!


 
 
I have no idea why people complain that they get confused when I share pictures of the tiny kitchen and the real kitchen...   : )
 
 
***
 
I am off to catch up on some blog reading and then do some Father's Day celebrating with the awesome dad that dwells here. 
 
Have a wonderful day everyone!!!
xo
 
 


Thursday, June 18, 2020

Random Thursday ~ Pear Custard Bars

I
love
Amoooooorica!
 
 
Happy Thursday Friends!!
Can you believe that we are just one day away from the weekend already!
  Seriously.. where did this week go?
 
Here's what we have to look forward to over the new few days.
 
I'm hoping it will change so I can get some paddle boarding in.
This quarantine stuff has made me lack motivation and
I don't get nearly enough exercise anymore.
 
aka.  I'm lazy.
 
 
However,  I have motivation to chew.
Especially good stuff like these pear bars.
Oh my goodness.. 
I'm not supposed to have nuts and I gotta tell you,
the macadamia nut crust is to die for.
 
I copied the recipe below if you want to try them.
 
 
***
 
Attack of the killer bird!!!
 
Don't mind my yucky baseboards.
it's on my list of things to do.. 
and I only had 3 months to do them.
 
Can you see Pearl in the center of the rug?
He loves to venture out of his room and boss Charlotte around.
He chased her down the stairs and then marched back into his room doing his creepy bird laugh.
This house is definitely full of life.
 
For those of you who haven't met Pearl the dove..  
 He belongs to my oldest daughter who has had him since she was 7.  
  Pearl is old enough ( +1)  to buy booze now.
I think he's mad that we still won't let him drink and he takes his frustrations out on the pups.
: )
 

***
 
I'm off to go clean up the kitchen and switch the curtains.
Next week,  I think I will paint the kitchen walls,  I just haven't decided what color yet.
I keep leaning towards shades of light green.
 
Oh man,  I forgot to share it, but I recently gave the dollhouse kitchen a makeover
( I was getting desperate to makeover something) and it is adorable.
I'll have to post about it next time.
 
Have a great night.
xo
 
The Pear Custard Bar recipe is below !
 
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2/3 cup chopped macadamia nuts
  • TOPPING:
  • 1 can (15-1/4 ounces) pear halves, drained
  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup plus 1/2 teaspoon sugar, divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 350°. Cream butter and 1/3 cup sugar until light and fluffy; beat in vanilla. Gradually beat in flour. Stir in nuts.
  • Press into a greased 8-in. square baking pan. Bake until light brown, about 20 minutes. Cool on a wire rack. Increase oven setting to 375°.
  • Cut pears into 1/8-in. slices; blot dry. Beat cream cheese until smooth; beat in 1/2 cup sugar and vanilla. Beat in egg just until blended. Spread over crust. Arrange pears in a single layer over top. Mix remaining and cinnamon; sprinkle over pears.
  • Bake until center is almost set, 28-30 minutes (filling will firm upon cooling). Cool 45 minutes on a wire rack. Refrigerate, covered, at least 2 hours before cutting.

Tuesday, June 16, 2020

red, white and blue dining room

Are you sick of me yet?
 
I'm losing count of how many days I've been off of Facebook.
That's a good sign right?
 
My morning ritual has been to wake up,
grab my coffee and start scrolling through my phone.
 
Now,  I get up and look around the house for stuff to do.
Never mind.. I always did that.
 
Anyway..  Harry is happy that I'm here.
He wanted to show off his hat.
 
 
I mean, come on..
How cute is an Antelope wearing a patriotic fedora?

 
I reverted back to the old blogger format.
Thank Goodness!
~  I didn't realize we had that option.
 
It's a cool breezy morning here today and I've already been out to run errands.
My Jeep was in desperate need of a vacuum ~  did that.
 
And it's evident that I haven't been leaving the house much.
Normally my purse is heavy and the bottom is filled with loose change.
This morning..  I had no quarters for the vacuum.
There were no coins in my purse.
weird.
 
While I was out I stopped at the grocery store and made a quick stop to the dollar store.
Truth is that I was looking for tiny Halloween skeletons but I think I am a bit early because all they had was patriotic and summer stuff.  : )
 
 
 
And..  speaking of patriotic stuff..
 I added a few more patriotic touches around the house.
The dining room is feeling festive in red, white and blue.
 

 
It's a pretty simple tablescape.


I added a few sparkly rockets to the chandelier that really shine in the hue of the battery operated lights that are on the table.


The shelves are filled with more red, white and blue.

 
I figured I'd use my necklace as part of the d├ęcor since I only wear it once a year on the 4th of July.

 

 
Thank god for special days and celebrations.

 
 I am off to clean up the kitchen and bake some Pear Custard Bars.
It's an old recipe that I've made many times and they are always a big hit.
 
I'll share the recipe this week. 
 
 
Happy Tuesday Friends.
xo