Wednesday, May 11, 2011

~ Mumm's the Word ~

I guess you could say, I've had my head in the sand...
I feel like someone grabbed my life by the seat of it's britches and threw it into a full blown tail spin.
How does that happen?
How do we go from "all's well" to "all hell broke loose" in one day?
Better yet, how do you continue to function?
I guess some explaining is in order....

I'm fine! Skippy's fine....
Life around me hit the fan, so to speak...
I feel like the fall out shelter.
Several storms have come and gone. Some were weather related and wrecked havoc on my trees and others were life related.... All of them have taken their toll on me.
I'm not sure why, but I tend to set aside all extra things and start the tedious process of trying to find solutions and ways to help. If it's nothing more than listening to their needs and concerns, or just sharing a tear with them.
Some of these needs have required a bit more of me than others, and I feel a little overwhelmed.

 I wish I could stop myself from giving up my favorite things when these things happen.
I really need to add that one to my resolution list!
Why do we tend to take away our own pleasurable time when we're stressed?
I need to keep busy when I'm stressed or I fidget....
I usually sew, it keeps my hands busy so that I can think...

I found myself drawn to the sewing room,
like a bird huddles in it's nest,
I huddled and nested in the sewing room.
Anyone wanting to converse or be close,
only needed to curl up, in the confines of the rocker,
 and snooze, chat or watch TV....
Just don't ask me to stop,
the irons hot and I'm on a roll!
I was thinking,
rolling around all the possibilities,
recognizing the realities,
 and desperately seeking solace....

This is what I do to think...
Make quilts like this one that I made for my son and daughter in law...
 It's their wedding quilt...

I considered selling the dogs,
freeing the bird
and giving away Little Man..
Packing mine and Skippy's Runaway bags and heading for the hills!
But in the end,
 all it took was a friend....
 ( make that 2)
to reach out and pull me back...
To tell me they missed me,
to let me remember that I missed you guys!

If everyone can bear with me while I readjust to life with a five year old and a quack pack of baby ducks,
 (I forgot how hard that was!)
I'll do my best to not make you come and hunt me down!

Skippy has his first Birthday coming up in three weeks and we're planning a big  Birthday bash!


Robin @ Milstone Mercantile, thank you for your rescue services!
You dear, are a great friend....I truly enjoyed talking with you...sorry I scared you..
Hugs to you!


Linda @ Parkers Paridise, thank you for your kindness!
Skippy and I have truly enjoyed your little gifts of generosity!
You my dear, are a great friend too!
sorry I haven't called you, don't know how?
Hugs to you!

I'm sorry that was not much of an explanation,
but it's the best I can do and still smile!

Loves from me and Skippy!

Friday, March 4, 2011

~ Mountain Lotion Potions ~

Anti-Itch potions....

With soap to accompany it..

All wrapped up for Spring...

Lavender and Oatmeal
Essential Oils

My Mom has been having troubles with itching lately,
so much so,
 She ended up at the Doctors.

He's running test,

I came up with a remedy!
Hope it works,

at least it's pretty..and smells good.
Bet it's cheaper too..


Thursday, March 3, 2011

~ Head Count.... 8.....~

Just sayin'
We're at 8 now...
8 traps,
have lovingly been deposited, at the back door,
waiting for Little Man to return home from school and rid them of their gifted prey.

I've come to learn that Tucker is the Thoughtful Giver!
or the Grim Reaper as Molly refers to her...

I personally think we work well together.
I originally thought the cats could solve this issue,
but Tucker has chosen the path of least resistance,

I kill and she presents the loot and gets the praise...
I'll live with it,
 considering, I don't have to go crawl around in the shed and retrieve the traps from under the shelving,
I prefer to look at it as a co-op!
and go figure, the Boy's would leave the dirty work to to girls!

I thought, maybe, everyone would like to meet the Girls...
I must apologize in advance for the pictures,
it's very hard to get pictures when you have dinner in your hands!

This is Molly,
Good Golly Miss Molly!
Molly is five years old and has lived here since she was eleven weeks old.
She loves babies (all babies, even mice) and rolling around with Little Man.
She has Elbow Displaysia and is limited in her mobility.
I will admit, up front, she's very spoiled...
Very Spoiled!

This is Miss Lovie,
Lovie is around three and has lived here at
Loafer Mountain Retreat for a year now..
Lovies story is a heart wrencher,

We have temporarily paused this posting to allow you to retrieve tissues.
She was found abandoned,
on the side of the road,
tied to a fence post,
starved and shot in the head.
She had been left there to die.
A very good friend was walking,
as he does every day on his lunch break,
when he happened upon her.
She had fought the lead, and in the process,
tangled herself in the barb wire, until her face was hung up on several barbs.
She had multiple punctures and cuts and two bullet holes in the top of her head.
She weighed about half what she does now and both ears were severely infected.

The friend called me from the side of the road asking what to do.
At the same time the local Veterinarians assistant happened upon them. He helped to cut her loose and proceeded to take her to his work.
The vet in question is a large animal vet and doesn't usually deal with dogs,
 but made an exception for her.
Everyone involved knows me and knows that I have Mastiffs and have taken in critters in need.
Needless to say, she came upon my doorstep and I could not turn her away.
She has been a loving quest here at the retreat since!

She is real testament to strength and endurance and despite her misgivings she still loves people!

and just for the record....

this is the sun room in question,
it's attached to the dog house,
not my house!

Lovie still has issues, she can't stand not seeing whats around her and has fashioned a peep hole so she can stay aware while she eats... In the summer the plastic comes down and the sunscreen is left.
They always have a warm and dry place.
Beyond this is a 12x8 foot heated dog house with beds.

I told you they were spoiled,
I even cook for them...

How many dogs do you know,
 that have their own heated dog house with attached sun porch?

 Better yet,
Room service with a view?

By the way,

I did agree to let the girls have some pet birds...

aka.... the critter keeper....

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

~ Mouse Training 101 ~

 It was brought to my attention  recently,
 that we have a wee bit of a problem.
You see,
I have just discovered that my big girls (my Mastiffs) have been holdin' out some relevant information.
Information that I consider to be Important.
They have a pet...
mouse..mmmmm.. or rather mice!
 I discovered this whilst I was feedin'.
I was going about my normal routine,
feed Lucky boy, feed the girls, wash water buckets and return to see,
 Molly sharin' her breakfast with THEM! 
 "Them" as in the mice!
They scatter the very second I step into the sun room, leaving both girls perplexed, looking at each other like I just ran over their favorite puppy.
Molly looks at the hole in the wall, where they made their escape  and then back to me like..
 " What did you do?"
"Where did they go?"

 That didn't bother me half as bad as the fact that I have three cats and it sure appears that they are not doing their jobs!
 I talked it over with Mr. Fix-It and after wayin' the pro and cons, decided to buy some mouse traps and enroll the three, free loaders....
 in Mouse Hunting 101.
The traps were promptly added to the weekend grocery/shopping list and all things furry and fun were quickly enlisted in this endeavor to train three lazy felines to rid the homestead,
of this rodent infestation little situation.
I explained to the big girls,
 that they could not have pets without prior approval as well as the fact that I can not afford to feed the neighborhood.

Besides, it wouldn't be fair, I already told Skippy that he could NOT have a Rottweiler,
even if it was to be the "Mascot" of his Fan Club!

We proceeded to set aside time each evening, to play out the role they were expected to preform.
Mr. Fix-It would gather all the furry critters,
and one by one,
fire them out for the kitties to catch and return,
so that once again, he could practice with them.
 They loved this schooling, and looked forward each evening to  
practicing their stalking and pouncing skills with Dad.

We were fairly certain that they had gotten the idea,
 so this morning I awoke bright and early.

 Snatched three free loading felines,
 from their comfy little beds
 and shoved them outside at the crack of dawn...

Now get your butts out there and earn your keep!

I set about doing my mornin' chores of laundry, dishes, make the beds etc...
and as I pass the back door, 
I notice something different.
Upon further inspection I discover.........

Yep, thats right...
We now have three retrievers!

No ones tellin' whose bright idea this was..


 and the freeloaders....

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

~ Thank You Olde Lady...~


That is..
I couldn't help myself...
I'm Sorry.. It just struck me as being funny.
Maybe I'm just looking for a reason to laugh today.
I need it. I really needed a spirit lifter today.
My doorbell rang and I when I went to answer it,
 I found this!

Whoot Whoot!
I sure wasn't expecting this today...
It's from Marie over at Primitives by Olde Lady Morgan
I won her giveaway!
Don't you love the lable?
You just know it's gonna be great with a lable like that....

Then I opened it and this is what greeted me!
aawww.... Kindred Spirits,
 sure lifted mine!
Thank You Marie, I will enjoy it,
 I'm enjoying every little magnificent detail!
Everything is wrapped so sweetly and with the cutest primitive paper....
Just makes your toes curl with anticipation!
and it smells Divine...

Wow Marie, You sure know how to spoil a girl!
I Love it all!

I placed the small bunny and eggs in the trencher on the table...

Then I displayed  chubby boy,
 front and center on top of the buffet...

And last but not least,
I placed the large bunny on top of the wash stand....
Isn't he great? or is she?

Thank You once again, It was more than I ever expected and
they are the perfect bright spot in a not so bright day!

This is my final week of classes and I sure hope that I can remember everything.
It was a tremendous amount of information in a short amount of time.
I'm having a blast taking pictures. These were taken with my new SLR.
I'm shooting in manual!
It's been a little tough practicing my Photo Shop class work,
 my version is the older CS2 and doesn't have a lot of the features that CS5 has.
It will still do the necessary things that I need for now...

I hope everyone had a wonderful Valentines Day..
Mr. Fix-It and I stayed home and I cooked him a wonderful dinner. 
Nothing fancy, just a nice dinner and movie,
Primitive Style!

What do suppose they did 200 years ago?
I don't suppose FTD delivered prairie flowers in a mason jar...
buy buggy....over the mountain...up the draw...past the yard dogs..and the barrel of shot gun,
 just to give the lady of the house flowers?
I was just wondering...
It would have been romantic.

I wanted prairie flowers in a mason jar,
 a blue mason jar.....


ps...Skippy says Happy V'Day Y'all !

Saturday, February 5, 2011

~ She Called It Manda-Licious!...~

Whoot Whoot!
The sewing room is all clean,
my fingers are sore from binding,
It's washed, dried and all puckered up,

and she called it,

(I think that means she likes it)


Monday, January 31, 2011

~ Oh My Word..... Skipa'roni...~

 That's his new name, " Skipa'roni "
Lordy Y'all, I'm havin' Issues...
Next, we'll have the Paparazzi hangin' around!
Mr. Fix-It has taken to calling him the 'Special One".

Let me show you why....

Aunt Linda over a Parker Paradise sent him a package,
 all the way from Paradise!
He was havin' such a hard time controlling himself.
He was doin' the Jiggy dance all over the front porch..

He was rippin' things open and had his little whiskers stuck in so fast...
I had to make him use his manners and let me get a thank you picture first!

Aunt Linda, Skippy says Thank You!
He loves his package from you
 and he Loves You Too...
He was such a good boy and offered to share with everyone..

I also got a package!
I ordered a Shoofly from Carmen over at Prim Cats
I Love it! Y'all should head on over and check them out!
Thanks Carmen, It's Perfect!

So, What the heck happened to January?
I know I've been busy, But seriously where did it go...

My classes have been fun and I'm learning a lot.
I'm shooting in manual mode... Yikes!

I've also spent a bit of time in the sewing room.
I finished the jeans and green quilt.
I didn't like the way it turned out, Little Man did, so I gave it to him :0)..
I do however, love the way this one did.

I made this for the Fledgelin' Daughter.
It's now at the quilters...

And this was made from the scraps..

I think I'll try machine quilting this, maybe?

This is what the boys do...
 When Mom sews....

and some of this....

Well I guess I'd better go,
Nomi just told me, Skippa'roni said,
  if he stayed off the bed he could be the...
"President of his Fan Club"...

My Word,
 What Next?


Tuesday, January 18, 2011

~ Inspector Skippy Strikes Again...~

I had a bright Idea!
Yep, thought I was real smart....
A couple of weeks ago our furnace went on the fritz...
It took Mr.Fix-It two days to get the part and get it fixed....
A very cold Two Days!
So, In comes the bright Idea.....
I have a wood stove that we haven't used in about 12 years,
Yes ,I did say 12 years..
Mr Fix-It had a house burn about 20 years ago and since then he's been reluctant to use a fireplace or a wood stove
But me on the other hand, having used this kind of heat most of my life, am not reluctant to use it at all.
I made the appointment to have someone come and clean and inspect the chimney and verify that everything was in good working order.
I called and had it added to our home owners insurance policy.
Then, I told Mr. Fix-It what I had done :o]....
He took it better than I expected and so, I set forth, planning my wonderful new adventure.
I am going to have a wood stove!
I'm going to be warm the next time the furnace quits or the power goes out!
I cleaned off the stove and  removed all my Prims that had been displayed around it.
I even made cookie dough the night before, so that I would have something to do while the man did his job!
I even took pictures of the process so that I could share this recipe with y'all...

The big day arrives,
I'm ready!
It's cold and snowy,
I've got cookies baking in the oven,
The Man cleans out the stove and pulls it out from the wall,
goes out and gets a big vacuum hose and proceeds to tell me that everything is in great shape it just needs to be cleaned... Very Bad!
DUH...... Really? after only 12 years....
(Okay, I'll be nice :O}.... That was my resolution!)
As he's telling me this, he changes the subject to.....

Him: No Kitty! No Kitty, Don't!
Ma mm? Your kitty is......
Kitty please don't, come out!
Ma mm, Your kitty is crawling up the flew pipe!.... 
Please Stop, Sweetie....

Me:  That's Skippy, my pest..
He'll come back out in a minute... 

Him: (panic in his voice) Ma mm, he's not coming out....

Me: (taking cookies out of the oven) I'll get him in second..

Him: Could you hurry, he's all the way in there!

Me: (come around corner to see nothing but a pipe)
Where is he?

Him: In the pipe....

Me: puzzled?
I look, sure enough, he's up there....
I tap on the pipe and with the sweetest voice I ask,
Skippy Sweetheart?
Could you please come outta there,
Mamma's gotta finish baking and this nice man needs to finish his job....

Skippy: NO! 
Hey Mom, I smell dead birds!

Me: Skippy, NOW!

Skippy:  NO! Not yet,
I'm not done...

Him: If he gets past this junction he's headed up the chimney and you want be able to reach him...

Me: Could you hold these for me? (my pot holders)
Skippy, last chance..... No, okay then...

I reached in, my arm was in that pipe past my elbow and scratched his little bum, then I promptly grabbed him by his two back legs and drug his scrawny little behind out.
Now mind you he wasn't so willing to come out, so he arches his little back and dug his little claws in and tugged with all his little might!
But I won!
All I could hear was this poor man saying,
I'm Sorry over and over...
He was telling me that in 36 years of doing this kind of work that had never happened...
I quit laughing just long enough to tell him that was because,
he had never taken.....
Inspector Skippy.... to work with him!
I promptly stuck Skippy in the Grooming sink and scrubbed him for twenty minutes...
Surprisingly he took it really well... He's watched enough dogs be bathed I guess he understood.
He was solid black and couldn't quit sneezing so therefor I didn't get any pictures. No way was I letting go and having him get soot everywhere. That poor man laughed so hard he couldn't go up the ladder for ten minutes and he was really tickled watching Skippy get a bath... Skippy wasn't so tickled!

I finished up the cookies and Skippy napped by the stove.... It was warm and he was a little chilly!
All's well that ends well!
I just wish that I could have gotten some pictures...

I start my community classes tonight!
Photo shop classes on Tuesdays and Photography on Thursdays!
They only last for five weeks but if I like them I can take the next level...
It's all part of my resolution remember?
To refine my self taught skills..
Plus it's time out of the house. I find, ex specially in the winter, that I holed up here for days on end. If I don't have to leave I won't. I'm trying to be less like a hermit and more like a normal person. I do enjoy staying home, all my things are here, all my critters are here, my sewing room is here, my wood shop is here, my Skippy is here...
I better quit, I'll talk myself into staying home!
I'll get that cookie recipe listed for you, plus I'll tell you why they're called Menopause Cookies!
I told the stove guy what I called them that right after he ate some :o}..... He asked!
That was fun too!
Y'all have a great day now!

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

~ Who Thinks These Things Up...~

Have your kids been tellin' you your "Un-Cool"...
Do they tell you " You Don't Know"...
How bout' 'Weird"

I got told I was 'Way Olde"..
Yep, not only did i get told this today but my computer just reaffirmed it!

I came home from running errands after school with Little Man... and being told I was olde along the way.
I'm not so concerned about that, I'll get even later ;)
I decide to take a couple of minutes and check out some of y'alls Blogs :)
First up I went by and visited with Lauren over at  Rugs and Pugs we had a great little chat about Menopause! Yep, good old Hot Flashes and the works....
Now mind you I had emergency surgery that resulted in a full hysterectomy  two years ago. I don't mind I was done having kids twenty years ago.. (Little Man is adopted) and had already had surgery to remedy that.
I however am not old! Forty-Something is NOT OLD! Just because I don't know about no situations and don't care to Know how to pronounce Justin Beibers name correctly does not in any way constitute me being old.

Okay on to my next visit.....
 I stopped in to see Tiff over at the Folded Gingham she has done a fabulous job painting her cupboards and wanted her to know I thought so! I left the sweetest message for her and the when it came time to verify that Yes it was me and Yes I did want to securely send words of encouragement to her this happened!

I was nice...

Who would do such a thing?

I refuse to let technology bring me down!
I am a strong confident woman!

And Skippy swears he didn't have anything to do with it!

He better not have...

Wayolde, my @#S!

Smokin' Hot Grandma maybe,
 But not "WAYOLDE"

I hate Word Verification!
dumb tech junkies anyways....

See now they've made me go and ruin a perfectly good new years resolution!


Monday, January 3, 2011

~ Can It Get Any Better Than This...~

I don't know about the rest of you, but I feel Blessed.
2010 was a pretty good year!
Loafer Mountain Retreat gained a few more residents!

Skippy Loves Me!
We took our very first 2-week vacation.
Antique shopping!
(What could be better than that?)
Little Man started Jr. High!

I Love Skippy!

The Fledglin' Daughter came back to the nest!
I gained a wonderful new Daughter!
December 15th...
 Yep, that's Jamaica in the background!
I'm so proud of you son!
We love her...

Skippy loves her too!
she calls him her little Lover Boy!
Watch out Jake, he's puttin' the moves on her...

The Holidays were full of Family and Fun!

and Tons of Snow!

December also brought Baby Bundle news to..
It's official, Skippy is now considered our 4th son!
(Skip E Henrie)
Like y'all didn't know 'that' already...
My youngest Sister!
Me and Mr Fix-its Daughter!
and 2 Nieces!
our family tree is soon to become a forest!
2011 is destined to be even Better!
My New Years resolution....
 To be kinder to others in my thoughts and actions.
To take some community classes and refine my self taught skills!
I'm going to be Happy!
 (and everyone around me better be too!)
I'm going to clean out more closets and plant more flowers!
I'm going to hug Skippy and the rest of the gang a little more often!
I'm going to tear up Mr. Fix-its honey do list!
 (I'll feel much better just knowing that he isn't ignoring me.) 
By Golly this is MY year!
 I sure hope yours is all that...
 and a big ole' box of chocolates too!

I'd share my Skippy but I can't,
I never said I wasn't selfish....
Besides It's not on the list!