Thursday, May 27, 2010


Tom after his haircut, with Arthur.
"Day-O-Beauty" is an old family saying, that means getting a haircut
Lucy and Arthur - before
"The Ragamuffins"
Arthur and Lucy - after

"Miss Stinky" -before

"Miss Pampered" - after

"Mr. I need a bath" - before

"Mr. Clean" - after



After your dog relaxes, wash his head. Never spray water directly in a dog's face. Slightly lift his face so that the water runs down the back of the head. Use your fingers, a washcloth or sponge to move the water around the eyes, nose, and mouth.

Saturday, May 22, 2010


I love looking at front doors.
When I go for walks, it's the front door that I look at first.
Inviting doors are what make the house a home.
Add fresh paint to the door, a few plants and it says, Welcome!

"A small key opens big doors"
~Turkish Proverb~

"Personality has the power to open many doors, but character must keep them open"
~Flora Whittemore~

"Every wall is a door"
~Ralph Waldo Emerson~

All doors open to courtesy.
~Thomas Fuller~

Door: What a dog is perpetually on the wrong side of.
~Ogden Nash~

When one door closes, another opens; but we often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door that we do not see the one which has opened for us.
~Alexander Graham Bell~

"Don't spend time beating on a wall, hoping to transform it into a door."

~Coco Chanel~

by Tricia McGill.
Life is a series of pathways and doorways.
The doorway to life is always open; with welcoming arms she calls you in.
Some doors are large and some are small, but no matter the size they have one thing in common. To let you in to a room or a garden, a new slant on life that's sure to be different.
A door to a church where we go to pray, a door to a heart where we long to stay.
Red doors or brown doors, tin ones or wooden, some with bars and padlocks to form a prison.
I remember a door in a small town in Cornwall with a porch made of wood, surrounded by creepers, so quaint, so welcoming, so olde world charming.
A door to a cottage built long long ago.
Doorways to pubs and doorways to schools;
No matter our age, our gender or colour, we all go through doors on our way to our goals.
We have to enter new doors each fresh day to take us forever onwards;
To open new chapters in life's endless search for avenues of learning.

If you're replacing your old door with a prehung unit, first determine if you need a left- or right-hand door. Stand in the doorway and face outside. If the lockset is on your right, you have a right-hand door.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Look what I got from my Friend!

Today, I received this citronella candle from Judy
I mentioned that all the citronella candles that
I have bought are u-g-l-y.
So I hide them behind anything that I can find. All I could use them for is to get rid of the bugs!
Now, I have a decorative candle and it will get rid of the bugs.
Judy makes all kinds of candles. She even posted a tutorial showing how she does it.
You have to have patience and a lot of imagination plus plenty of talent.
Judy has them all. Go see for yourself!
Thank you Judy for being a friend.
(Judy just adopted a dog, another must see!)
Ever get that black cauliflower knob on top of you wick? The wick is too big.

Saturday, May 15, 2010

Prom Night

Prom Night is an exciting night for girls of all ages.
Seniors girls, moms, and yes, even little girls.
Pictures for our Prom are taken at the high school, before the dance.
This gives me the opportunity to go and see all our students in their finest.

This year I took Lulu and Kimmy.
Lulu had on her Princess Dress.

We stopped to talk and admire dresses on the way in.

Do you remember your Prom Dress?
Mine didn't look like this!

So many dresses!

On the way out we stopped to pick daisies.
It was a lovey night.
I can't wait to see our Prom picture!

Ten Things to Remember when Dancing:

Dancing is about fun; so don’t take yourself too seriously!
Be confident!
The man leads
Be relaxed, be smooth
Eye contact – don’t stare at your feet
Help each other out
Never dismay
Practice make perfect

Friday, May 14, 2010

Play Date

This is our backyard on any given day.
Serene and clean.

On Thursday, I invited Kimmy and the kids over
for a Play Date.
I raced home after work and found them ready to play.

After a while this is what the backyard looked like.
All the toys were out and played with.
Kimmy and Levi swung on "Grandma's swing".

Levi swung on the children's swing.

Grandma played ...


and laughed!

Mommy said, "It's time to go home".

She packed the kids up in the bike carrier.
And I rode with them back to their home.

A Play Date is the best way to end a long day at work.


If you are using a blanket for your picnic, you might want to consider packing a plastic tarp to place under the blanket should the ground be wet or damp. The tarp can be hosed off when you get home and folded up for your next picnic.

Saturday, May 8, 2010

A Baby Asked God

A Baby asked God, “They tell me you are sending me to earth tomorrow, but how am I going to live there being so small and helpless?”
“Your angel will be waiting for you and will take care of you.”

The child further inquired, “But tell me, here in heaven I don’t have to do anything but sing and smile to be happy.”
God said, “Your angel will sing for you and will also smile for you. And you will feel your angel’s love and be very happy.”

Again the child asked, “And how am I going to be able to understand when people talk to me if I don’t know the language?”
God said, “Your angel will tell you the most beautiful and sweet words you will ever hear, and with much patience and care, your angel will teach you how to speak.”

“And what am I going to do when I want to talk to you?”
God said, “Your angel will place your hands together and will teach you how to pray.”

“Who will protect me?”
God said, “Your angel will defend you even if it means risking it’s life.”

“But I will always be sad because I will not see you anymore.”
God said, “Your angel will always talk to you about Me and will teach you the way to come back to Me, even though I will always be next to you.”

At that moment there was much peace in Heaven, but voices from Earth could be heard and the child hurriedly asked, “God, if I am to leave now, please tell me my angel’s name.”

“You will simply call her, ‘Mother.’”

Author Unknown


Thursday, May 6, 2010

New Carpet?

Is this, OURS ????

A friend of mine bought new carpet from my husband.

The weather has been awfully cold and wet. Not good carpet installing weather.
The carpet was waiting in the van, to be delivered to her home,
first thing in the morning.
Because it was so cold outside, Tom decided to bring the carpet rolls into our living room to warm up over night.
This isn't the first time I've gotten excited seeing new carpet in my living room.
Only to be shipped out.
Living with Tom has it's funny moments. Sometimes there are very funny moments.
Tom has his own "style" of doing things.
He's different, alright.

Love that guy!

Approximately 50 percent of the dirt that collects in carpeting can be vacuumed out on a daily basis. Yes, I said daily basis!

Monday, May 3, 2010

Building Your House

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"An elderly carpenter was ready to retire. He told his employer-contractor of his plans to leave the house-building business to live a more leisurely life with his wife and enjoy his extended family. He would miss the paycheck each week, but he wanted to retire. They could get by.

The contractor was sorry to see his good worker go & asked if he could build just one more house as a personal favor. The carpenter said yes, but over time it was easy to see that his heart was not in his work. He resorted to shoddy workmanship and used inferior materials. It was an unfortunate way to end a dedicated career.

When the carpenter finished his work, his employer came to inspect the house. Then he handed the front-door key to the carpenter and said, "This is your house... my gift to you."The carpenter was shocked! What a shame! If he had only known he was building his own house, he would have done it all so differently.

So it is with us. We build our lives, a day at a time, often putting less than our best into the building. Then, with a shock, we realize we have to live in the house we have built. If we could do it over, we would do it much differently.

But, you cannot go back. You are the carpenter, and every day you hammer a nail, place a board, or erect a wall. Someone once said, "Life is a do-it-yourself project." Your attitude, and the choices you make today, help build the "house" you will live in tomorrow.
Therefore, Build wisely!"

I have a great carpentry tip for carpenters that swing their hammers frequently, swing with your wrist and not your forearm. Let the wrist do all the work.
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