Friday, October 31, 2008

Beggar's Night and A Class Party Today!

We had our beggar's night last night. Alot of places are having there's tonight, but we can't. Why? Because our football team is in the playoffs!! Yep, our little school is in the playoffs, and has been for the last 9 out of 10 years! For a small school we usually do quite well in football. We are 10-0. Maybe that's why we are called "The Best Small School in Ohio" Oh, and in case you are wondering, yes have an excellent in our academics, too!

Here is My Emily and her best friend Mary carving the pumpkins.

Here is Emily putting Joker makeup on Adam. Adam......Adam is Emily's soulmate.....she just doesn't know it yet! But, I know what I see......mother's just know these things.

Emily, Mary and Adam waiting for the beggar's.

My sweet little Lauren as a butterfly!

And these are the treat bags I am taking to Lauren's class party.

And this is what is inside!

Well, that was our beggar's night. It was fun. I hope you all have a safe and fun holiday! Now, I gotta's time for the class party!

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Haven't Been Like This Since I Was 6!

I was sitting on my sofa reading blogs last Sunday night and all of a sudden I had the worst pain in my left ear. The kind of pain that actually makes you say "OUCH!" out loud! Do you know what I mean? Later, in the middle of the night, I woke up with the worst combination ear/throat pain I have had, since I was 6 years old! That was when I had to have my tonsils out. So, that was the start of doing nothing but laying on the sofa and sleeping. Everytime I would get on the computer to read blogs, I would get dizzy and throw up....not good! So, now I am catching up and boy there is alot to catch up on! Linda's having a baby or rather her son and DIL are! Lol! Katy found a catalog I haven't seen in awhile. Jenn's husband loves snakes.....eeewww! And sweet Lauren is missing her PawPaw so badly! I'm glad that I am back....just reading all of your wonderful little stories makes me feel better! Now I know, alot of you like a little pic with your blogs that you read, so I thought I would throw in a few pics of my fall decor. Just some new things I got and a few older treasured pieces.

This crows on the pumpkin is something I got from a real nice lady on Ebay. I love this is huge!

This is a ceramic scarecrow my mom made in 1984! I love it! I wish the pic was better.

This is my stained glass pumpkin I got from QVC. I have had this for about 3 years. It is really nice at night it gives off such a glow. Oh, and that plant is one my mom passed on to me about 7 years ago. She had it for about 40 something years! I just found a pic of it she took in 1968, when it was blooming. I have yet to see it bloom...I guess I just don't have the touch! Lol!

This is my new crockery pumpkin I got a few weeks ago on a road trip with my neice Ellen......that was a fun day!

This is a pic of my shelf behind my sofa with my new wood plate that has The Lord's Prayer on it. I got this at a prim store that is in a mall that we like to shop at.

And this is a closeup of the plate. It is my new favorite piece! I live by that prayer everyday of my life, the best I can.

Well, that's about it. (Like this blog wasn't completely, too long!) Hope I didn't lose too many of you! LOL! Have a wonderful fall weekend and enjoy your healthy days, they truly are a blessing! It feels good, to feel good!:)

Friday, October 17, 2008

The Bittersweet Fairy Came Today!

I was getting ready to leave for a day at the mall with my girls and Lauren said "Mom somebody's at the back door." She had seen a head go by the back door window really quickly, so I opened the door to find my niece Ellen dropping off this big pile of bittersweet! Yes, she had hit the motherlode on her way home from work in the morning. (She works at Target in a neighboring city and she has to be at work by 4:00 a.m.) We have been looking for it since September and our usual spots had been ravaged by the those terrible winds from Ike. I had a usual spot where I would get mine, but a new school was built across the road and they had to run utility poles and guess what? THEY TORN MY VINE OUT!! AAAHHHH! So Ellen has been on a mision to find us some and she did! Thanks Ellen!! Love Ya!!

Thursday, October 16, 2008

A Trip To The Pumpkin Patch

Yesterday I had to run out to the local pumpkin patch to get a small pumpkin for Lauren, my 7 year old. They are going to use them for a craft at school. So, I hopped in my car and thought I would take a few pics on the way.
This is one of the first things I came across on my trip. It is a steam thresher. This is an early version of a combine, which would be used to separate the grain from the unusable parts of the wheat.

This particular piece of equipment has special meaning to me. My grandfather, my dad's father, worked for the maker of this piece of equipment. The Huber Company of Marion, Ohio. So, when I saw this I had to stop and ask if I could take a picture or two.

As I continued on down the road this is what you will see. Oh yes that is bittersweet! She grows her own and not just one vine.......

but two!

So, here we are on the road to the farm market. The trees at the entrance were just spectacular!

Well, here we are! This is one of my very favorite places to go every year. If you look closer at the greenhouse you can see that sadly they did have some damage from hurricane Ike.

They have small pumpkins......

And you can enjoy looking at some of the old time farm equipment.........

And of course they have a werewolf driving a tractor.......

And wagon loads of pumpkins to choose from.......

And here are some gourds that are painted up to look like apples and they really did, too!

Well, that was my quick trip to the pumpkin patch. It is only about two miles or so from my house. It's just one of my favorite little local places and I wanted to share it with all you gals! I hope you enjoyed it!

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Turkey Pillow Giveaway!

I just wanted to let everyone know that Terri over at Thistle House Primitives is having a drawing for this cute little turkey pillow! So get on over there and leave a comment to be entered! Oh, and good luck!

Whatcha Workin' On Wednesday

My niece Ellen over at is always saying "Why didn't you take a pic and blog about it?" I always forget! So this time I you go Ellen.

So, here is what I used to put the cat food in.....not very prim, I know. Not very attractive either.

Then I went to Goodwill. I saw this and thought I could somehow make this work! I only paid 6.00 for it, which I thought was a good price.

And this is what I came up, it covers a multitude of sins! Oh, and I flipped the lid over because the "pet vittles" just wasn't my thing!

Corner of the kitchen before....

Corner of the kitchen after....

And of course kitty,(aka Betsy), had to have a nibble in the middle of my picture taking! Lol!

Oh yea, here's a picture of some boxes I covered in some fall fabric I had.

Here's another pic.

So, other than some dishwashing and laundry doing.....and I'm sure you don't wanna see a pic of my husbands underwear! That's about it! Hope you all have a wonderfully blessed day!

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

What A Lovely Award!

Hey everbody! I just wanted to let you all know that Rondell over at Tomatoe Creek Prims gave me this wonderful award! Thank you so much Rondell!

The award was created by Jen at Bittersweet Prims. Great idea Jenn!

Now I have to give it to six more deserving ladies! So here is my list:

Ellen-It's A Golden's Life
Lauren-Simple Blessings
Katy-The Country Blossom
Leslie-My Country Home
Wendy-The Cozy Yellow House
Lisa-Black Sheep Prims

Monday, October 13, 2008

July 29, 1922 - October 13, 2005

Today is always the saddest day for me. It is the day my Dad passed away.

Dad had non-Hodgkins Lymphoma. He bravely battled it for 10 long years. The cancer came back for the third time in 2005 and Dad refused to be poked, prodded and used as a science project...he had indeed had enough.

As you can see by this photograph Dad was in the Army. Not once, but twice. He fought in WWII and it was one of his greatest, as well as, proudest acomplishments in life. Please, if you know a WWII veteran......thank him and do it today! They are passing away at an estimated rate of 1,000 or more a day. Time is running out for the "Greatest Generation". Ironically,the type of cancer Dad had is only found in 2% of the world population and is traced back to a virus that can be found in the swamp waters of Louisiana. This is where my Dad did his basic training before being shipped overseas. Life is strange, isn't it?

This is just a favorite picture of mine...I was young, Dad was young...but more importantly, Dad was still here. I miss him so......

Friday, October 10, 2008

This is What I Love About a Small Town.....

Tonight is our homecoming. A time to remember, a time to see old friends, a time to kick some you know what in football! Tonight it will be a match up between the Indians of Mechanicsburg (that's us) and the Indians of Cedarville. We are pretty well assured to win because, well, we're undefeated and traditionally on homecoming you pick a school that you are sure you can beat! Otherwise, it makes for a pretty sad dance to attend on Saturday night!

I Love That The Parade Goes Right By My House.....

I Love That My Daughter Marches In The Band.....

I Love That The Band Director Is Not Afraid To Step Out To Say "Hello".....

I Love That I Can Look At Sweet Macy And Remember How Different She Looked Dressed Up For Halloween As A Trash Can.....But Look At Her Now.....

I Love That I Look At My Daughter's Class Float And.....

A River Of Memories Come Flooding Back, Of My Float Building Days.....

I Love That The Local Car Dealer Donates His Best Cars To Make Everything Look Pretty.....

I Love That Our Superintendent Knows Everyone Well Enough To Stop By To Chat.....

When I was growing up I always used to say "Someday I'm gonna get out of this one red light town." "I'm gonna move to the big city." And I did for a short time, but now I'm back! And I wouldn't trade my little hometown for any other town, big or little. There truly is "No Place Like Home" and "You Can Go Home Again!"

Monday, October 6, 2008

Pumpkin Re-Do

So I found this pumpkin at Walmart. It was the last one they had. I looked it over and thought it was nice, but not as nice as some I already have, but then it is only about one third of the price as the ones I already have. But, I thought I could make it look better with a little bit of paint and stain. So, I repainted it with Americana Burnt Orange and I painted the stem Americana Plantation Pine. I also stained it with a combination of Americana Burnt Umber and DecoArt Antiquing Medium. So, what do you think? Much better than it was before?



I wish you could see it in person, the difference is amazing! Pictures never really show the whole story.

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

October 1st...How Can This Be?

The pumpkins have on their top hats......

The school flag is on the post.....

The wreath is on the door.........

The mums are in their pots........

I just don't know how this happened.........but I'm glad it did!