Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Thanksgiving Blessings To All

I had to stop in to wish you all a happy and peaceful Thanksgiving, and share two main reasons I've been a bit preoccupied lately...

My new granddaughter Kara, who is one week old today (congratulations Trav, Ashley and Ryan!)...

and my new grandson Tristan, who is three days old today! (Congratulations Jake, Nicole and Anthony!)

I hope to get back on track with my blog and my Etsy Shops after Thanksgiving weekend, as I haven't been very attentive to either for a few weeks. Mom has been helping me refinish furniture... she found a beautiful old pine headboard and footboard for free on the side of the road, and my dear neighbor Carol called me about a free dresser and vanity on the side of the road which my son and his wife picked up for me. I've finished the floors I had been stripping and have gotten most everything back into the two rooms I was working on. Still lots of sorting to do! Mom will come up after Thanksgiving and stitch up some curtains... red homespun in the grandbabies' room and blue for mine! (I can't sew unless I have to!) We finally got the gardens cleaned up and cut back in preparation  for winter's impending snows, and I've been trying to get my workspace in order. The barn is clean, and I'm waiting for the first real snowfall, but the weather has been unseasonably warm for that to happen!
Well, there's lots to be done tomorrow, so I'm off to bed! May you have a lovely weekend!

Monday, November 2, 2009

Thank You, Janet of Meatless Mama

It has been a chaotic week, to say the least. It began with the idea of re-doing the upstairs, with the exception of my daughter's room and the bathroom. I only wanted to repaint the two bedrooms, one of which was the computer/ storage/ packing room, which became a total mess after my oldest son moved out. I want to totally redo the bedroom, and transform the computer room into a spare bedroom for the grandbabies, as Ashley is due shortly and Nicole soon after! It started with peeling off wallpaper (thanks mom and Mandy for all your help!) to sanding and stripping the beat-up pine flooring, and now everything that was in the computer room and the larger bedroom is packed and squirreled away and I know where nothing is. Bob is coming tomorrow to do the painting, and I have weeks of sorting and moving and weeding out ahead of me, and amongst all of this, I received a phone call with devastating news about a friend from the preschool I taught at.

Thus I have been away from the computer, as it's been mostly unplugged... although I am grateful to my daughter for the use of her laptop for quick check-ups now and then! When I finally got my computer hooked back up and on today, I had a note in my email from darling Janet of Meatless Mama... please view her scrumptious recipes and very informative blog at

I am grateful to be one of her chosen six for the Friendship Award. It was such an unexpected gift, to have a trying week, and to come on and find her little note to stop in to her blog! THANK YOU for brightening my November, Janet! I will now gladly choose another 6 charming blogs to bestow this award upon!

The rules of this award-

This award is bestowed on to blogs that are exceedingly charming.

These kind bloggers aim to find and be friends.

They are not interested in self-aggrandizement.

Our hope is that when the ribbons of these prizes are cut, even more friendships are propagated.

Please give more attention to these writers.

Deliver this award to six bloggers who must choose six more and include this cleverly written text into the body of their award.

I will pass this award to six blogs that I find exceedingly charming...
~Crista and her photogenic blog

~Leslie and her beeyotiful blog

~Tina's herbal blog

~Lemon Verbena Lady's lovely blog

~Kristi's sweet blog

~La Tea Dah's wonderful blog http;//

Now see what you've helped do, Janet?! One random act of kindness will lead to many others now! Thank you, Janet, and thank you to everyone who reads all the wonderful variety of blogs created by an even more lovely variety of bloggers! Blessings from Laura of Wildenblue Farm