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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!!

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    Took a break from the Dust..

    Things are moving along… the last of the patches made… Mud filled all the spots. Then comes the BIG mess!! The Sanding!! Can I just say, YUK! Joe was careful and blocked the door, it is still just EVERYWHERE!! I am happy to report though.. the sanding today was completed, the floor damp mopped. Next, comes primer. Put a coat of primer on the new drywall. Tomorrow the WHOLE room. EXCITING!! Finally needing a break. A text was sent, plans made. Where did we go?? Duh!! Pizza of course! Thankful to them for joining us and having fun with us! But back to work! Hugs and Have a Great Day…

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    Construction update and MORE!

    Houston, we have insulation AND drywall. WooooHooo!! Two full sheets left too…HUMMMM, where can I put that?? Mudding has started too! I will leave that for the next Post. The Chickens say… bring on the fall weather!! The girls sure have been much happier with the cooler temperatures. However, this Sassafras is a reminder of what is to come. They are the first to turn color here. Pretty against all the green, BUT!! This poor butterfly/moth was not “feeling” the cooler temperatures. Joe brought her in for a warm up and an orange snack. Lastly, I NEEDED to take advantage of the tools being out!! I can not wait to…

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    Frogs and the auction

    While working on a few things later in the evening. I am sad that it is getting dark earlier. I know, that is part of fall, but where did September go? This tree frog is super confused. The nights were getting cooler, and BAM back to the humidity. This small thing gets VERY loud. Trust me, I am talking not even in the downspout …loud. No construction updates. Poor Joe has been “adulting” at the mill. Even working some overtime the last couple weeks. His long weekend is coming up, so fingers crossed. We need some dry weather, because drywall needs to be picked up. I had plans to take…

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    Construction updates and lazies

    Poor Joe, BUT all the sub-flooring has been replaced. I have been working on the prettier side of things. These will replace the plain and boring globes on the old ceiling fan. Joe and I wanted to find a floor close to the hardwood we want to eventually do. We did find a winner. In addition, I found the the PERFECT paint color. White Sox is OVER the mess and displacement. Poor Mr. Bigglesworth has missed sitting in the window. All of the kitties have been real good with all the craziness going on. Thankfully and hopeful it will be completed VERY soon! Hugs, Have a Great Day getting Crafty!!

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    Construction and Misc

    Good Morning!! White Sox apparently was needing attention this morning. I woke up wrapped up with legs. hahaha The other day, Joe and I went to Culver for a pizza fix and not too far from the lake we saw two deer. After that, this was the ending of a beautiful day of lumber getting and all that stuff. However, we are back to reality! Insulation removed, painted and replaced, now new sub flooring. We still need to go back to the get drywall, primer, paint and flooring. Enough messing around, back to work!! Hugs, Have a Great Day getting Crafty!!

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    It is just a MESS!!

    Well, where do I begin?? Joe, thankfully, found a water issue before it was a HUGE problem! He and I have been cleaning up and drying things out. Moved the whole bedroom upstairs. Clothes and all! You do not realize how going up and down stairs gives you a great work out. In other words, I am exhausted and in need of sweets/chocolate. Today’s post will be short and with NO pictures. However as things progress and move along I will be sure to share. I am super excited though because a master bedroom make over I will be getting!! WooooHOOOO!! Have a Great Day getting Crafty!!

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    Happy Labor Day

    I hope you had a wonderful weekend! The hubby worked so, I was left to play in the craft room. Hummm, that is a great way to spend the weekend. Even the chickens had the run of the place. I have to admit it is fun to watch them run around, talk to each other and have snacks, haha. Okay, I know the left picture seems weird and dark, but … this is as close as White Sox and Mr. Bigglesworth have been together for any kind of time. I was ready for bed and they all had full tummies. On the right, sister was upset because dad went to…

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    All about the kitties…

    Mooch would say the best part of this last week was that the windows where open. I would agree, a beautiful breeze and sunshine helps the mood for sure! Here is Mooch taking in some rays old man style!! White Sox would agree with Mooch, now. The leaking water fountain was down for “repairs”. However, the parts were ordered and arrived before the weekend. White Sox was grateful. In conclusion, Miss Penelope, over worked, decided that she needed a rest from her #snoopervisor position. I had to laugh because she is still in the box this evening. Paula, you worked her too hard today! I wonder what antics will happen…

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    Indiana Corn on a Birthday

    This HUGE grasshopper and I enjoyed a cup of coffee on the deck on Friday. How was your weekend?? As you know, there was a drive out to Illinois this past weekend. For….. His birthday. Dontcha LOVE the hat?? My sister did good with this one!! Dad was happy to celebrate with all the family, well almost all. There was sugar free brownies, salmon burgers and plenty of salad to balance out the bad stuff. Ohhh, And Indiana sweet corn…. this is how we roll, right?? Not much left over either. Lastly, we did sing happy birthday. More crafty ideas and who knows what else I can come up with……