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Perfectly Imperfect Life..........

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Thursday, February 28, 2013

Spring Weather

Yes, I believe Spring weather has arrived here
in the central valley of California!
The fruit trees are in bloom,
 the bees have been placed in the orchards, 
and I am doing my darnedest to get in the mood.
My favorite time of the year too. 
So many unpleasant things going on I guess....
I decided to head to Pinterest and see what I could find to inspire me to get outside and enjoy the weather.
Shh, don't tell anyone but my front door still has Christmas on it!
A few Holiday decorations linger in the house too.
Not like me at all. Yikes!!
Since I do have Snowmen on my front door, I thought I'd better start there. After all, that's the first impression right?
Of course, I Love this wreath with Dragonfly's
 and birds nests


This old rusty water can used as a vase would look awesome.
But the HOT afternoon sun hits the door, so probably would have to use faux flowers.
But do love the fresh cuts.

 What a great and darling idea this is!!
Great upcycling that old purse too!
But I think this is my favorite.
The umbrella screams Spring with those
April showers we sometimes get..


Hoping you get inspired too


*hugs*
deb

Guess we now know why the U.S. is broke.

 Wonder if any of these countries will try to help us????
Well?
Republicans and
Democrats?

We read all the jokes.

   Someone please tell me what's wrong with
  All the people that run this country!!!!!!

Both
  Democrats and Republicans
We're "broke"
  And can't help
  Our own:
  Seniors,
Veterans,
Orphans,
Homeless,
Etc.,???????????

In the last years we have provided direct cash aid to
Hamas - 351 M,
Libya 1.45 B,
Egypt - 397 M,
Mexico - 622 M,
Russia - 380 M,
Haiti - 1.4 B,
Jordan - 463 M,
Kenya - 816 M,
Sudan - 870 M,
Nigeria - 456 M,
Uganda - 451 M,
Congo - 359 M,
Ethiopia - 981 M,
Pakistan - 2 B,
South Africa - 566 M,
Senegal - 698 M,
Mozambique - 404 M,
Zambia - 331 M,
Kazakhstan - 304 M,
Iraq - 1.08 B,
Tanzania - 554 M,
With literally Billions of Dollars and they still hate us!!!!

Our retired seniors
  Living on a 'fixed income'
  Receive no aid.

Nor do they get any breaks while our government
And religious organizations pour
Hundreds of Billions
Of $$$$$$'s and Tons of Food
To Foreign Countries!

We have
Hundreds of adoptable
Children who are shoved aside
To make room for
The adoption of
 Foreign orphans.
AMERICA: A country where we have
  Homeless without shelter, children going to bed hungry, elderly going without needed medication and mentally ill without treatment, etc.
YET.......................

They have:
A 'Benefit'
For the people of Haiti on 12 TV stations,
  Ships and planes lining up with food, water, tents clothes, bedding, doctors and medical supplies.

Imagine if
The *GOVERNMENT*
Gave 'US' the same support they give to other countries.

Sad isn't it?



Monday, February 25, 2013

Dreams.......


Time for a little cottage get together over at Etsy Cottage Style
I'm not sure if I'm the only one whose kitchen table is usually covered with whatever project the kids are currently working om...especially these days, now that the are grown. When they were little it was cute...now not so much.
It's currently covered with tattoo equipment and parts to a game controller...
No, the two don't go together. 2 boys, two different interests.....
So needless to say ~ tables capes don't happen in this home :(
 For that reason I will be sharing one of my fave pieces of furniture with a few of my Mom's dishes displayed on it.
Even when I was little, I always had my eye on a corner hutch we had. I thought is was so neat, maybe because of the shape, as I had never seen one like it before. Both my Mom's and my Aunts and Uncles up at the Ranch had built in hutches. I never thought about where it came from (we always had a little but of everything, Dad didn't toss anything away and people were always giving him stuff they no longer wanted or he would bring home things from the junk pile at work. Hmm sound familiar?
Anyway Dad kept some of his tools in it. Didn't really pay attention to what type for tools, I was just interested in this wonderment ~ the corner hutch. Every time I would feed the Ducks I would stand there and just stare at it. It's home was outside under the chicken house roof that extended beyond the building it self.
Years passed.
The time came to clean out our farm.
The first thing I thought of was that hutch. That hutch that was out in the weather, the one full of tools! By now I was much, much, much  a little older and couldn't imagine how he could have left that beautiful (in my eyes) hutch out in the weather to be ruined! Much less store tools in it!!
I headed down the lane to the old Duck pen and there it was. leaning against one of our 3 chicken houses in the same place it had always been.  I took out all the tools and pulled it away from the building.
It could still stand by itself...UPRIGHT! I was so surprised. It had been years since I had been down there and had expected to find a wood heap. But it was in pretty good shape for being out in the weather for 50 yrs so long! So I hauled it home in my most favorite car ever, my van. ;)
When I got it home I took it out in the backyard and gave it a bath, a real good bath. Sure it needed a paint job, was a tad wobbly and "someone" thought I was crazy for bringing that "hunk of junk" home.
At least my kids believe in me
B was still living at home at the time and helped me to re-glue and reinforce it in the back. Great idea to reinforce it in the back with new wood so that all the original wood could still be seen in front. Yes, on one side the wood is warped and wavy, but I liked it like that!
All the wonderment this piece had, Where did it start out? Who had owned it prior to us? As I scraped the old paint off it changed from one color to the next. Each owner putting their own "stamp'' on it before it moved on.  Now it was my turn.
We have a small kitchen and no dining room.
We have a "farm" table in the kitchen with some inherited chairs from my great Aunts, Uncles, and Grandparents along with a couple of benches. 
There is only one corner where anything could be put,
all the others have cabinets and then the entrance.
B and I placed it in that one corner and it was a perfect fit....
it was meant to be.
Just the right size ~ wasn't too big or too small, just right.
So here it is with some of my favorite dishes that belonged to my Mother in it.

Isn't it sweet!
Nothing fancy, just as full of charm as one can be.
I painted it all white and added a lilac bouquet decal at the top.
That's my Grandma's long white apron hanging on the right side.
It's still hard for me to believe that I fell head over heals in love with a piece of furniture when I was about 5, and that it would eventually end up being mine.
 One day I was visiting Dad at the Board and Care Home he was in and we started talking about it. He had gotten it from our neighbor when I was a child.  Mrs Haynee was going to take it to the dumps. Dad snagged it before that could happen, of course.
Hmmmm, sound familiar? (yes, again)
Thanks Dad

Sunday, February 24, 2013

I'm still here............



February flew by faster than a speeding bullet! Between every one's Dr. appointments, therapy appointments,  psychiatry appointments, court appearances, and CPA appointments for taxes I seriously had no me time. Needless to say we are still in limbo regarding the divorce, so what's new. 3 years and same o same o. Well, enough of that nonsense. 

Hoping March will calm down a bit, but will probably be busy too. In between getting ready for Easter, one of my best friends will be visiting again from Wyoming. So, busy, just a less stressful more happy busy.

So no I haven't fallen off the edge of the earth.
That darn real life stuff just gets in the way sometimes.
Wishing all have had a wonderful Valentines Day...better late than never, right?
 

We did have some fantastic news on the B&T front! They bought their very first house!! So excited for them! Everyone showed up to help with the move, then left them with ALL those boxes! LOL I'm sure they will have everything in it;s place soon. I do have pics but they will have to wait for another post. 


I have the best kids ever...
yeah, I know every one says that ;)

I was lucky enough to be presented with these

 Just what I needed to cheer me up and
 put things in perspective.

  Wishing all a great relaxing day
Relaxing, what is that anyway???

*hugs*





Thursday, February 7, 2013

If Only.....

I could go Treasure Hunting through all of  this!!
Oh what fun that would be!
Reminds me of when we cleaned out the farm.
Photo Gallery:
Estate Auction 103yr Old Same Owner!
  Can you imagine what you could find!?
Such eye candy!
Did you see all those vintage jewelry boxes filled to the hilt?
♪♪♪  Heaven  ♪♪♪
Dad had some of those old orchard ladders from my Grandmother. I wanted them so badly, but they, not even one, would fit in my van. I pushed it up through the middle to the dashboard and it still hung out too far even to tie a red flag to it :(
Oh well, wasn't meant to be.


Tuesday, February 5, 2013

February Giveaway at Etsy Cottage Style


February Giveaway!


 This month's hostess is Shirley from Shirley Stitches

She is offering up 2 hand embroidered tea towels (your choice) from her etsy shop.


Here are a couple of our favorites, but you get to choose if you are the winner!

Approx Value $30

sign up with your member name and email address.
  Deadline to sign up will be Feb.28th. Winner will be drawn and notified the first week of March


Sunday, February 3, 2013

Cats are sooo dramatic!


For my cat loving friends
EVEN FOR THOSE THAT AREN'T CAT LOVERS ONE HAS TO LAUGH OVER THESE PHOTOS.




















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