Monday, November 30, 2009

Mondays with Mother

Janet is 2 years old and playing with her wicker baby carriage. She’s standing in front of the dining room window.


Here she’s sitting on the front stoop with her older brother Tony and another little boy.

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My mother would be leaving this house in another year and growing up in the home of her grandmother. Her father (my grandfather) passes away suddenly and her mother (my grama) can’t raise 2 young children and work too. So she rents the house and moves back to town until the children are older.

My grandfather built this house (circa 1940), my brothers and I were raised in this house, and my mother still lives in this house today.

Friday, November 27, 2009


I’m not in sunny south Florida, not skiing in Colorado, not even loafing at the sea shore, I’m home putting in a new radiant hot water heating system. Let me explain how much fun this vacation is…


You start with this unassuming coil of tubing and feed it through all the rafters then attach it to the ceiling of your basement. How hard could it be?! Wait I have to drill holes in each rafter?!? I guess I can manage that…


I have to feed HOW MUCH tubing through those holes?!?! It’s rigid 1/2 inch tubing that’s a continuous run from one end of the basement, looped through each rafter then fed back to the starting point…GEEZ! A rough estimate – probably 300 ft of tubing is run already. 700 feet left to go…

See those fancy bends at the ends of the run? At least it was some consolation that I got to use my crafty heat gun to make those bends (and it fell off the ladder one too many times & I have to go buy another one!)


When you are all finished securing the tubing, you get to cover it with rolls of silver reflective insulation. If you look really close, the very far left run has the insulation stapled up there already.

Zone 1 is almost finished…there’s 2 more zones to go and my week’s vacation is over already!! (SIGH!) Well almost over…I still have Saturday and Sunday left to go…Think I can finish by then?? Nah, me neither.

Hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving week!

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Library Night

Today’s inspiration from my favorite place…






I hope you had an inspiring Tuesday!

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Library Night








Mondays with Mother

I was so inspired by Maureen’s blog dedicating Mondays with stories about her mother,


(much to my mother’s dismay I’m sure) I decided to join too!

Me & Mom


Yep, that’s cute, adorable ME! My mom would be 23 years old in this picture. She still lives in the same house and that mirror still hangs in the dining room. She wore glasses all of my life (I’ll have to ask her when she started wearing them). I didn’t start wearing glasses until 30.

A few years ago my mom was ready for a new pair of glasses. It had been a few years since she gotten the pair she was wearing. She started complaining about not being able to see, especially at night. One day we were sitting in her dining room talking about making a new eye appointment for her. She asked to try on my I handed them over. She put them on and exclaimed “OMG, the trees have leaves!!!”  Yes, they have leaves I told her. She couldn’t see “actual” leaves with her glasses. Come to find out, she had the wrong eye glass prescription for a few years.

Only MY mother…

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Silver Bella Swap

My final swap is completed!!! I couldn’t decide which ATC I wanted for the New Years Resolution swap, so I made both!



I’m right on schedule. Need to start packing now… Oops, forgot I got some ironing to do yet.

Hope you had a fabulous weekend!

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Library Night

This week’s books…




And my novel for November…


Luckily I picked my books up last night knowing that I would not be at work today. No, it wasn’t “play hooky day”, my oldest had his tonsils removed today, at age 20. He’s not hurting too badly.

Hope you had a lovely Tuesday!