Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined. Henry David Thoreau

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

White Wednesday

My oh my, how many times
have I shown you 
some obscure piece of equipment
with long cords, wires, pipes, tubes or what have you
winding it's way into my front door?

This my followers
is the machine
that pumps
the white stuff
that has to cover the sheet rock

A few days ago
men were stalking the halls
wearing these cute boots.

I secretly longed to try them on
and of course have my picture taken
wearing them.

Until one of the men
mentioned that his dad
had fallen several times 
wearing them
and he wears them
for a living.

I don't like falling,
so there goes that dream.

O.T.'s crew works very hard.

Today they sanded with these cool round sanders.

Just lightly,
to take any imperfections
off of the 

Here is O.T.
doing something.
It was so cloudy in there,
I couldn't tell just what he was up to.

This young man is up to something all right,
up to the ceiling, that is!

It made my neck and shoulders hurt
just watching them.

the sweeping begins.

Every particle of dust 
that those men sanded off the walls
is waiting for me .

Dust is everywhere.

Every crack and cranny will be swept
and swept and swept
in preparation for the painter
who will begin the magic

When that first swipe of paint goes on
I think I will do something crazy 
to celebrate.

Stay tuned.
In the meantime, 
I must rest.

Tomorrow is going to be a long one.

I wish I was blogging about
making something

lovely out of tree branches
painted and glittered
and spread over
a luscious banquet of 
fabulous foods
and lots of pretty ideas for decorating,
but alas it is not to be.

Until that day,
let's enjoy my daisies from summers past
and gardens past
and keep on plugging away.

Thanks for joining me
on this journey
we're almost to the fun part.
I promise!

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Baby Lilacs and Sheet Rock...mmmmmmmm!

I wish you could smell these little lilacs.  

They are so proud of themselves 
for making it through the winter
and want everyone to know
that they have arrived!

Hello Lilacs!

Lilacs will always remind me
of my mother-in-law

Her lilac bush was huge, 
and we took pictures of the kids every year at Easter
  in front of the lilac bush.

My friend Gail brought me this one and her twin
because she heard me say that I had always 
wanted a lilac bush of my own.
Stick your head down here and take a sniff....



All sheet rock has been hung and
the taping / mudding crew started today!

Here is some of that tape/mud goodness

Look how they covered every inch of the floor
with brown paper and tape so that when they are done
they just roll up the mess and leave!

I love these guys!
( I am the Chief Sweeper around here, and let me tell you,
this stuff makes a mess on the floor!)

The rooms are really looking like rooms now!


They wear these stilt like things to avoid having to climb
up and down ladders all day,
fetching more mud and tape.

Also it makes them look cool.

Here is O.T.
He runs this crew.
He owns this crew.

What O.T. says,
the crew does.

O.T. does 
the metal edging
and who knows what all else.
Stay tuned.
He started doing this when he was 14 and is now 45.
O.T. knows his mud.

It has been a good day in the land of cedars...
a very good day.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

A Day at the Dump

Didn't I tell you that there was 
a lot of beauty to behold
on the way to the dump?

These lovely redbuds
were everywhere you looked
along that dusty county road.

We crammed that trailer as full as we could
with the scraps of sheetrock.

Of course, the whole time I was loading it up,
I was thinking....

What could I do with this stuff?

Isn't there some craft project
just calling out
for some nice smooth pieces
of scrap sheet rock?

Just look at all this waste!
I also wondered if there were treasures to be found out there in the vast dump...

I always read about wonderful finds
that people discover at the dump.

Not this dump.
Just plastic bottles
and more plastic bottles.

I will never drink from a plastic disposable water bottle again.

This doesn't look like a very big load of trash,
but it cost us $84.00
to unload it there.
Which also made me a little testy.
Because the Hubster forgot his checkbook.
I just paid somebody to let me do this???
What is wrong with this picture?

I'm startin to get a 'tude, honey!

But hey,
Somebody's got to pay the guys who
runs these bad boys around, right?

All in all, it was pretty depressing to see
but Jim assured me that the
sheet rock scraps are actually good for the soil
because they contain a lot of lime
and the lime sweetens the soil.

And that soil needed some sweetening up!
Big time.

Holding your breath while unloading
all the sheetrock was no small feat!

On the way back I marveled at
God's hand in making
even the most
ordinary out of the way place
look stunning....

just for you and me.

Don't you love how He does that
everywhere you look?
I sure do!

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Feelin ornery...

This is a test.

I have been very busy
and have lots of pictures 
to share with you.

Lots of stories
to be told.

But for some reason
I have been unable to post
on this blog.
Until today.

Sweet Heather
wrote to tell me 
what I need to do.
I now need to
use Picasa
to upload my pictures.
Why, I ask you.
It was so simple before.
Now there are more hoops to jump through.

I was seriously thinking
Blogging that is.
I need
to see this thing
through to the end.
This thing called

So dear friends
and dear family,
here are a few 
that I stumbled upon
while trying to learn 
how to maneuver through yet
another hoop
called Picasa...

ok, just kidding..
I'm doing something wrong..
let's try this again...

I know just how you feel
dear girl...

Where is my  passie?????

I am going to go beat my head on a rock
and maybe 
things will become clear to me
in a little while...

In the meantime,
it is spring.

The sun is shining,
and it warm.

Here is some of the spring loveliness going on.

Our one lone flowering tree.
Yesterday on the way to the dump
with a load of sheetrock scraps
there were miles and miles
of blooming redbuds and wild cherries

just growing wild...
willy nilly.
I was purple with envy
and wanted to just 
snatch one right out of the ground
to plant in my yard...

Someday very soon
I will have lots and lots
of redbuds.
Jim says we dont have any
because the cattle who roamed these parts
would either eat
or trample them down.
Darn cattle!

The best news of all is


Here is where the magic begins...
This crane unloads the sheetrock right up to the door.
Cool, huh?

In the past few days
a lot of hammering
and screwing
has been going on...

Heavens to Mergatroid!

We have walls!
I have just taught myself
how to blog my pictures again!

Stay tuned for more
And a plethora of

"Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could. Some blunders and absurdities no doubt crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day; begin it well and serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense." Ralph Waldo Emerson

About Me

My photo
Welcome to my happy place. A place where I can share ideas, projects, and dreams. I am a nester, a crafter, a creator and a dreamer I hope you will find inspiration and encouragement for the journey you are on. I am a Jesus follower, wife, mother and nana. Blessed beyond measure, just trying to live my life gracefully and make a difference in my small world. Join me!