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    Could it be, signs of Spring?

    But first and update… For those that inquired and worried. The pen area for the chickens in once again secure. The smaller gauge wire is secured ever so fancy. Yes those orange zip ties do the trick!! Even the kitties have enjoyed having the windows cracked open. Snuggling together and all. From left to right, White Sox and Mooch, Penelope and Gabby (sister), Mr Bigglesworth. Here are some interesting prints… the top possible Duck?? and the lower come of find out is a dog. However, the dog owner has officially been advised of the coming consequences, if this is to happen AGAIN. I hear you… The paw prints were located…

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    Ducks and Ducks, a Treasure and Cleaning

    Ducks are back! Soooo excited, because this was day 4. These were taken on Sunday morning. There are 8 couples. Three Wood Duck couples and One Mallard set. Joe and I are beyond excited!! We decided that we are going to make duck nesting boxes. However, maybe not for this year. Really not super excited to go out to a store right now. Boy ohhh, boy we need a barn! Why?? So that we can have a space to have a stash of supplies for times like these. Right?? Joe has been spending some time in the basement to find this treasure. Do you know what it is?? Did you…

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    Snuggles, Funny, Pretty and more Funny

    Furry Snuggles… These two have been on top of me this weekend. I can not sit without one or both of them on my lap or up against me. I do love the snuggles, but I need some space too!! What makes you feel FABULOUS?! She is sooo cute!! I do see some shopping in my future… however, it will be online shopping. When was the last time you got a surprise in the mail?? A friend in Canada mailed this to me!! Soo beautiful right?! Check out my post on Instagram (link at top of page) tomorrow I will share her account! She sells on Etsy too! Lastly, one…

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    New to me, LuLu, a new kitty?? and wind powered…

    More room! This new to me table is just what I was hoping to find! Can easily fit 5 people! WoooHooo! I do owe a friend of mine back in Illinois a HUGE favor, but she knows I am good for it! Now to find fabric for the four matching chairs! I do NOT know what someone was thinking putting white fabric on kitchen chairs YIKES!! I sure did enjoy the sunny day Sunday. LuLu and I relaxed by the bbq while Joe was cooking. All of the chickens enjoyed being able to run around and take sand baths. Some even went foraging by the bird feeders for seeds. Here…

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    SNOW, a kitty and a kitty…

    Tuesday the snow started…. the above photo is from Wednesday morning! We for OVER 24 hours of snow! You bet I was loving it!! You know I was enjoying the snow STILL on Friday! Sat with my coffee, some tunes and a kitty on my lap! However, Penelope sure was not friendly on Thursday morning… ALL the kitties took a trip to the Hamscher Salon. Penelope sure was MAD at me! She did not want to even look at me, left photo. She sure changed her tune later when she was ready for a snack!! Figures, right?? Meet the outdoor kitty… no name yet! He is warming up to the…

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    Slow week…

    Good Morning to you! Gabby wanted to say good morning to everyone. She was enjoying the sunshine while we had it! I can be honest with you guys, right?? I did enjoy the peak of “spring” we had over the weekend. Did a couple things outside. Joe fixed the truck, YEAH! Again actually!! Finger crossed it’s all good now. Big Plans are coming… Joe and I even found time to play a few games of scrabble. Three rounds and both parties won. WoooHooo. The only left to do on his long weekend is to get tamales. However we have three days left! Well, plus some more relaxing!! This mess will…

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    They are DONE, Snow and buddies

    taxes, Taxes and TAXES They are done and Penelope will be very happy because she NEEDS more attention! Hahaha The big snowflakes covered everything! And yes I enjoyed every bit of it! My coffee was extra fabulous. Enjoying this view! New Friends? Gabby and Penelope right net to each other. The best part NO hissing. You can not see Mooch in the second picture but he is under the blanket and White Sox decided he wanted to lay there too! Fingers crossed that they keep snuggling! I will leave you with funny!! Does this apply to you too?? Hugs and Have a Great Day getting Crafty!!

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    Baking and Kitties

    Found what I thought would be a pretty good recipe! AND OHHHH BOY!! It sure was. Poor Gabby she really wanted to try some too!! I can not make this too often because it has 3 sticks of butter. But soooo worth it! One sleepy boy (Mr Bigglesworth) and one of the Snoopervisors (Penelope). She was following me around all day. Apparently Paula did not talk with her enough! Poor Penelope all she wanted was a few pets! Hugs and Have a Great Day getting Crafty!!

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    Critter Highway

    I am not sure I have seen sooooooo many different tracks before on our property. Walks have been interesting these days. No sun, but lots to look at!! Round and round the edge of our property I go.. and the beauty does NOT escape me!! No matter sunny or cloudy. No matter snow or brown. There is always something new each day. Perfect example… Last night, waking up in the middle of the night. I looked out the bathroom window to see a doe munching on “grass” under the outside light. It had to be 2:30 in the morning. I wanted to get a picture, but was not that coherent.…

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    Finally… a party!

    Saturday, finally SNOW!! It was wonderful!! It fell ALL day! BIG …. FLUFFY…. SNOW!! I sure do not want to hear ANY complaints. This was the first snowfall. I was happy to to be invited to this beautiful ladies birthday party. Thank you sweetie!! Joe and I enjoyed spending time with you and your fun family! I know you had a wonderful BIRTHDAY!! Lastly, working on my end of month order… if you need to add to my order contact me by Wednesday morning please! Ohhhh, did you know that the new battery operated “candles” have timers?? YES a timer! That cute candle was a Christmas gift from my sweet…

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    Fluffy blue jay and medicine

    Okay, so due to the blog hop on Tuesday things are shuffled a little bit. I sure hope that is alright with you guys?? The temperature tanked last night. Sure happy that the feeders were full! This poor Blue Jay was patiently waiting his turn. To be honest though.. I surely hope that we get more snow then this. Ohhh, I know you don’t want to hear that….not sorry! After being sick last week … and going to the doctor… medication on board now and feeling almost back to normal! Just need a little more sleep. Thank you for all your well wishes! Ohhhh soo excited for the blog hop…

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    Bright orb, drive thru and lap cat

    Can someone please, remind me what that super bright thing is in the sky!! I sure wish I could see more of it. Wow, it sure was gray and gloomy. That day was a great walking day. I could actually feel my batteries recharging. Uugghh, shortly lived I am afraid. Fingers crossed tomorrow!! I know not the best picture. Thankful that the chickens have been locked up! This Red Shoulder Hawk has vacationed here before. Joe even saw her try to catch something from the pond. Today I was super worried! One of the chickens got out between my legs while I was feeding them. Phew, she hurried back in!…

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    Snow and…

    A couple weeks ago we had a different kind of “kitty” up on the porch sniffing for food. Happy that we pick up the food dishes at night. But this Opossum apparently ventured out after the snow. On my walks this week I have been searching for all the different types of leaves. This Oak leaf is a new one to me. I was SUPER excited to find it. I wonder what I will find next time! Hugs and Have a Great Day getting Crafty!!

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    Christmas recap and Last warm day…

    Ohhhh looks good doesn’t it?? Well, Joe worked on Christmas Eve and Christmas day. Our Christmas celebration was moved to Thursday night. Starting with this Roast that I know I should not have bought. However, you only live once, right? The carrots and potatoes where cooked in with that meat. Can you say YUMMMMM? After that we moved on to gifts. Joe and I decided only to do stocking stuffers. Yeah, that did not work to well. I did get a few things in my stocking. Joe had a pretty full one too. However, I thing this one is my favorite… Now if you do not know me… I am…

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    Window using Peaceful Boughs

    Remember back in October when we were doing the remodel and I took advantage of Joe having tools out? No?? check here. Here is a second project that was constructed that day. The first, in case you forgot, is the “ladder” that is now in the bathroom, check here. This one measures about 12″ by 12″. The perfect size for any paper crafting project!! It started with a cardinal. In addition to the Cherry Cobbler Diagonal Stripe ribbon, I paired it with the Burlap ribbon. Not using both, but layering one over the other. Using the perfect evergreen colors of Shaded Spruce and Garden Green. Using all three sprig dies…

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    Happy Day after Christmas

    What a great way to start Christmas, baking! Joe is working soooo, it was a good breakfast and off to bed for him. Eggs, ham and still warm cinnamon rolls. I did let Joe pick which coffee cup he wanted this morning. Which do you think he choose?? Yeah, he choose the nice one… WHAT?? I am not naughty, well, okay, maybe just a little. My sister-in-law found a very yummy recipe. I knew that baking them for Christmas would be perfect!! Did not take too long either. Joe and I will be celebrating our Christmas on Thursday. Humm, I wonder what Santa is going to bring?? I hope everyone…

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    Merry Christmas 2019

    Mooch wanted to be the first one to wish you a Merry Christmas! He starts his Christmas with this chair. What do I mean?? When I moved in with all my boxes he was not sure what was going on. I moved in, in April. And then in November and I brought all these boxes up from the basement he started acting super weird. Both Joe and I noticed. Until this chair was put in place and the lights turned on. That is when he became the Christmas Kitty. During the winter months this chair is out and yes, plugged in, Thankfully he is one happy kitty. Here is another…

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    Happy Christmas Eve on the Homestead

    If you know me… You know for sure I love to decorate for Christmas. This year I got a late start, BUT… Here is how it all turned out! From the foyer, top left, and to the kitchen table. The old wood, evergreens of all types, to the cardinals. It just helps to bring the outside in. Our Christmas tree in the family room, fireplace, the stocking are hung, but not in the picture, sorry. All doorways are adorn with evergreens. Remember, I try to decorate more for the season, so the snowmen will stay with us thru January and into February. Yes, I decorate the bathroom too! Lastly the…

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    It was a crazy weekend soo…

    No naps for me, but…. I could have used one! Instead I putzing around the house… did a little decorating… made some cookies… did a bunch of chilling out. The above were taken within 5 minutes of each other. Every house kitty sleeping all at once. I was surprised and enjoyed it too. I am grateful to be able to make my own schedule. Enjoying a nice relaxing day with the kitties. Hugs and Have a Great Day getting Crafty!!

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    Kinda Coffee and Cards

    Today was a quick coffee and cards day. I am sorry, but was making a few new friends out in my parents neck of the woods. Had a GREAT day and was talking with a few folks about classes and clubs. Sooo exciting to meet some new people. I need to tell you guys… I am soooo BLESSED! Family is very important and my family is such a huge support for me! My parents came out today! My sister and two nieces were also able to stop! And one of my cousins from Wisconsin even stopped by. My sister on the left, Mindy, I am in the middle, and then…

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    Leaves, kitties, being a student AND a tree

    Way past time to take these fall decorations down, right?? YIKES!! I do not way to even tell you how many pumpkins there were around the house! The “Grateful” was my favorite creation this time… The two snoopervisors… apparently they do not mind “hanging” out on the sofa together. Who knew?? It is not very often that I get to be the “student” and you bet I take advantage when I can!! Paula and I went out to Holly’s shop and made these beauties!! I had fun learning a new crafty thing. If you have not been out to her shop be sure to stop by: Geodes and Gemstones, Knox,…

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    Thanksgiving, big mess and chilling out… news too

    My sister-in-law, sister and me. We had an amazing Thanksgiving. Talked, laughed and made memories. I am very lucky and grateful for family! This is the aftermath from the Starke County Holiday Shoptacular. A HUGE mess, well not really. It only took me 45 ish minutes to put this all away. In other words, thanks to the new shelves that I added last week! There were two bags just of cards, YIKES!! Need ideas?? I am sure you can find something to inspire you in those boxes!! After all that was cleaned up, Joe had be clean EVERYTHING off the fireplace. He decided it was time to get this fireplace…

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    Happy Thanksgiving

    I hope your travels are safe, your family time is wonderful. What is your favorite pie?? Do you even have pie?? Today baking started with pumpkin and moved to apple. Tried a new recipe also… and the first attempt was a FLOP!! I will advise how the second attempt turned out tomorrow. However, that is not what Thanksgiving is really about is it?? I would say the food is a BONUS! Hug your family, tell them how much you love them. No matter the fights, no matter the differences, just enjoy the time that you have with them. Above all be thankful that they are there. I am thankful for…

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    Today I did some cleaning…

    Do you have a Tree that is refusing to let go?? Both of the homestead Cleveland Pears still have all the leaves on them. The birds are happy for the shelter. Several of the oak trees too. The third Thursday of each month is Team meeting night. Apparently this black and white kitty wants to join the team! What do you thing team?? Should it become an Inky Whisper Sister?? Under this rack it has been driving me CRAZY!! (short trip, but..) See the mess, picture all the way to the left. CRAZY!! While shopping with Kaitlyn a couple weeks ago. I found this 6 cubbie shelf. I have to…

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    11/18 Tidbits..

    Sooo, last Thursday… I went out to my favorite hair salon and did it. Had Jen do a somewhat drastic cut. She was hesitant but after I told her that I have been seriously thinking about it and had an idea. YUP, she chopped it. My neck is a little cooler, and I have enjoyed the sassy parts too! WOOOHOOO! I have spoken about Cracker Barrel before… and we ALWAYS go there. The charm was picked up and I will share that one later in the week. But these are a few highlights of the things we found while window shopping!! I know that I need the one on the…

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    More for Fall, but Mother Nature had other ideas…

    Remember the post several weeks back when I was using the miter saw? This is one of the new additions to my decor. I look forward to changing it with all the seasons. However, Mother Nature is having other ideas… Today, the cold front and snow arrived. Happy it was today rather then later this week!! The Homestead has several trees that are still Green. This one is the Cleveland Pear, and I am sure that it will change color now. Even the poor Turkeys were scratching for food. Meanwhile, White Sox is on antibiotics and this was at the vet. Not happy to be there, can you imagine?? Poor…

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    Closets, Fairs and Fall

    Last week started kinda slow, but with Joe’s long weekend coming up and moving day creeping in I hope. The closet was all my job. I had the task of figuring out how to put it back. The old way just did not make sense to me! However, I did not want to purchase too much more! Adding one and moving the line of shelves what my first attempt. Making more for dresses and another place to pile things. Ta-DUH!! Joe and I picked up blinds, curtains, new small lamps and even new curtain rods. Although we still need to get trim. With the cooler weather here there are a…

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    A floor, more color and shhh

    Finally nearing the end of this remodel journey… a temporary floor has been glued down. Yes, it is dusty, but Swiffer to the rescue. The kitties have been enjoying the sunlight in here. If you look VERY close you can see a dark green bouncy ball in the far end of the floor (kitty toy). Joe, wants to move back in this next week. Fingers crossed because the closet needs to be put back in, new blinds on the windows and trim. I will keep you posted!! haha Remember last weeks tree?? This Sugar Maple is just enjoying the change and so are we!! The temperature is going to shift…

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    Too much to list…

    I worked into the night to get the second coat of paint on the walls. I love how it turned out… Joe had his short weekend this time so no real work has happened because the floor is next. Been working on the prep work, fingers crossed that we can go and get what we need on Thursday! Cooler temperatures bring some yummy food. However we had to tag team this one. Joe makes the best Sausage Gravy EVER!! And if I say so myself those biscuits turned out AWESOME! With yummy leftovers too! It was a SUPER windy day here… and ohhh did it rain. Thankful that the Sugar…

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    I am sorry…

    Hello Everyone… I spent the day in a different kind of crafty mode. Starting last night with the first coat on the ceiling. Continuing this morning with the second coat. The directions give a two hour dry time, BUT… I immediately headed back in the closet to keep moving. Did not finish the second coat until almost 11. My hand hurts, darn Carpal tunnel, so off to bed I go, after feeding the four legged critters. Good Night, Hugs and Have a Great Day getting Crafty!!