Saturday, June 30, 2012

Grandparent's Say It Saturday

The last day of June; I can't believe it! I had some things I planned on getting done this month, projects I have been putting off and I still haven't started them! I guess I’ll try again this next month. By the way, I have a new Grandparent Blogger Directory. Look for it there at the top, and please add your blog.

Most of you know Lisa from Grandma’s Briefs I’m sure, but if you don’t please stop by and say hello. Her state of CO is on fire, and while she and her house have been safe, many in her city have not been as lucky. Lisa also hosts GRAND Social every Monday and you can link up there too. Thinking of you often, Lisa, and prayers coming your way.
 
This link is closing on Monday night, now that I have Wow Us Wednesday as to not confuse linkers who stop by where they need to link up. Remember, if you are of grand parenting age and blog, you are eligible here even if it is not about grand parenting; please just keep it family friendly :)


Add your link here every Saturday at Grandparent's Say It Saturday.
  • Please only link to a post, not to your home page.
  • Please link that post back to Family Home and Life
  • Link up to 3 post
  • While you are here check out other linkers and leave some comments
  • Consider following fellow linkers as well as me
  • No Esty Shops or give aways
  • I have a new Grandparetn Blogger Directory, I hope you will add your blog there

 
 
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Friday, June 29, 2012

Versatile Blogger Award

Before I get to the award part, I want to tell you about something that I'm having a hard time with; I've been putting off telling you this for a few months actually. I have fybromyalgia and it makes daily living difficult on many levels. I try not to let it have control of my life but I do need to juggle a lot of different things every day. I have had to slow down a bit. It took two trips to the ER, one after passing out while getting my hair cut, to get me to attmit I really had to make a few changes.

We  had all kinds of test run waited several months and redid it all just to make sure. After about a year and a half I guess I am now convinced; I just couldn't believe that I was only tired and exhausted. Everything pointed to nothing more than an over worked Grandmother with fybromyalgia who wants it all and who doesn't know how to rest and say no. I started by cutting down on some work hours, but that wasn't enough. I really did need to slow down even more.

Ok, I get it now. So, as sad as it has made me, I have stopped providing childcare to the extra sweet little ones that I have claimed as my own in addition to my grandkids. My house has not been as full of noisey happy voices, and I am very sadden by this! I still claim the right to be called Gramma by them though and they are still on my holiday gift lists. I do see them often because our family are all intertwined. I have missed adding their pictures on my blog posts along with the other kids.

If I don't stop going on about that I will cry so on with the award. Last week, I got a surprise from Jamie over at Love Bakes Good Cakes, telling me she was passing the Versatile Blogger Award onto me! Wow can you believe it?! I started this blog as a hobby and was so excited when I noticed a few people reading me; and now I have new internet friends all over the place! Isn't the web wonderful? Jamie has become a linker here at Wow Us Wednesday and she has a very nice blog. I would give this award to her if she hadn't aready received it :) Thank you Jamie for awarding me with the Versatile Blogger award!





Now the rules for this award are:

1. Thank the Blogger who nominated you.
2. Include a link to their site.
3. Include the award image in your post.
4. Give 7 random facts about yourself.
5. Nominate 15 other Bloggers for the award.
6. When nominating, include a link to their site.
7. Let other Bloggers know they have been nominated.


 Here are my random facts:
  1. I have a particular fondness for bunny rabbits and I only have a rare teddy bear around for the kids to play with; all other stuffed toys are rabbits.
  2. I have a lot of food allergys, chocolate is one of them but I just have to have a Hershey bar now and then.
  3. I always wear shoes, even if it's just flip flops. My feet hurt if I don't.
  4. I am a bit of an artist, oil painting is my specialty though I do a little of everything.
  5. Though my natural hair color is burnette, I should have been a redhead :) I would be now if I wasn't allergic to hair dye :(
  6. I grew up thinking I could do anything if I really put my mind to it and only found out recently that that it is just not true. I do, in fact have many limitations.
  7. Though I may seem out going here on my blog, I am actually an introvert who loves to stay home and can go for days without leaving the house if I don't have to.
The hardest part was picking the bloggers I would give the award to; it wasn't easy but here are my picks. Please stop by and check them out.
  1. Frugal and Thankful
  2. Living Life Intentionally
  3. Love andLaundry
  4. Jellibean Journals
  5. twelve-O-eight
  6. The Thriftiness Miss
  7. Bear Rabbit Bear Crafts
  8. Our Pinteresting Family
  9. Rosie Sweet Home
  10. Headant
  11. Babblings and More
  12. a Short History of Now
  13. Schneider Peeps
  14. Jellyfish Jelly
  15. Nifty Thrifty Things

Thanks again Jamie!


Thursday, June 28, 2012

Day from my life #19130, give or take 24 hrs

I'm having one of those weeks, you know where you have to change your schedule multiple times daily? Today it changed three times before 8 am. So, I pulled out something I wrote last summer and forgot about to give you today since I clearly don't have time for something fresh. It was almost exactly a year ago to the day that all this happened. Enjoy!
          
I have recorded what a day can be like for me, this day was extreme, but days like this can come at anytime and do. (You can read about the first part of the day with the kids first if you want; below is what followed when they all left and I am home alone.)

I turned on the TV to watch the news and started cleaning up all the toys; I didn’t stop until it’s all put away before I head to the shower. I am wore out from this busy day.

8:30pm: I am giving myself an overdue pedicure when I realize the wind seems to be picking up speed quickly. (This proved to be a unprecedented storm July 5, 2011)

It has started to rain and it is blowing sideways! I feel a little frightened because I don’t remember when I have ever heard the wind that loud before. Something slams into the back of the house; then the power goes out! Ok, no need for panic, just find the flash light and some candles and matches.... which are not where they are suppose to be. I use my cell phone as a flash light, calm down and remember where to find things. I send out text messages to all my kids to see if everyone is safe. I don't want to make calls and run my battery down.

One daughter in law calls to say she was driving on the freeway with the baby when the storm hit her, but she is ok now and her phone is going dead. I ask her to please let me know when she makes it home safe, which is 30 miles away and the storm is intense. Everyone has checked in except one daughter.

I’m getting worried about scorpions that come out after dark here and are sometimes chased into the house by rain. I've had one climb up my leg before so I sit in my chair with my feet up off the floor in the candle light. After about an hour, the wind is calming down and the rain has slowed to a sprinkle. I go outside to see if anyone has power on our street. It feels nice outside; it’s getting really hot inside. I’m so tired I just want to go to bed so back inside I lay down in the heat of my bedroom and listened to the quiet.


I wish I could talk with my husband but he is unavailable at work. I thought of all the things I had not done yet on my list for the day. The kitchen cleaned up, the vacuuming, Face Book and emails that weren’t checked. Did I get the mail? I thought about the happy times of the day, the babies and precious grand kids I’ve been blessed with. The first day of school for one grandchild, the first day of a new job for my daughter, the sister of my daughter in law lying in a hospital bed sedated because of the intense pain.

I can’t seem to quiet my mind and I realize I have been too busy for too long; I need a break, not for a few minutes or hours, for a few days. I think about how much it would cost to get away and can we manage it right now. I think again about how quiet it is and how I’ve grown use to the noise of my life, and I’m not sure what to do when I am without all the noise.

My phone receives a text message; a call now would drain my battery completely. Daughter #3 telling me that daughter #2 who had not yet checked in had come home to find their house had been broke into and robbed! The police say it looks like a planned robbery, even took 2 yr olds piggy bank. The house was trashed, lots of valuables taken. “But is everyone ok?” I quickly text back. I start thinking what this means to them, what they have lost. "Everyone is ok" the message comes back. I text other family members what has happened and wait for replies.



It’s 10pm. When is this day going to be over? Suddenly the power comes back on, so I get up and decide to wait up for my husband to get home from his second job, about 11:30. How could I sleep now? I decide to get on the computer while listening to the news on TV to see what happened during the storm. My short lived time out, my moment of silence, was over.

Next morning, I have forgotten about the silence. I am back in the groove, although I am over tired. I send a text message to see how the sister in the hospital is this am; I post an update about it for family on Face Book. I discuss the robbery of daughter #2 with the man of my house. I know that yesterdays events will soon be forgotton and life will once again become routine.

But just now, I feel that silence is whispering to me, “come back, we need to talk. You need to spend time with Me if you are to be what I intended for you to be.” I pause…...yes, that’s true…… but then I see those pots and pans still waiting on the stove for me to wash them. Later, I’ll wash and clean up and then I’ll rest and be quiet, later…….



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Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Wow Us Wednesday

This month has flown by! Where does the time go; please all, forgive me but I simply have not had time to visit and comment on each linked up post.  I hope to be able to do that this coming week. Extra goings on around here this last week and this week. Here are my favorites from last week's link up. Once again I couldn't keep it to three, but after a lot of nail biting I did narrow it down to six.

Such a simple and fast and cheap idea with such an big impact; dollar store craft Pot holders.


This flag is wonderful and more work than I usually want to do but I may try it, good instructions too for this Flag.


So simple and so beautiful and personal, this lovely Picture Frame.


Incredible simple, absolutely beautiful photo and a great idea, Photo in a Bottle.


Great Tutorial and very nice after pics of how to paint strips in a room, Painting Strips.


Last one, I've never heard of this before and I've been craving coconut, Coconut Bread.

If I featured you feel free to grab an I've Been Featured button if you would like one. Thank you all so much for linking with me!





Wow Us Wednesday is a link up for:
  • all items, projects or ideas made by you.... crafts, art, photography, furniture re-dos, organizational feats, recipes, money saving tips, decorating ideas, party plans, you name it!
  • Grandparents if you have a post about a fun grandchild activity or visit, you are eligible too. If it wows us, it belongs here on Wow Us Wednesday! Don’t forget to link back! — a text link at the bottom of your post, or link somewhere on your blog is okay! Or grab my button.
  • This link will be open until Friday noon if you forget on Wednesday.
  • I am starting an email reminder list for this link party. Please make sure you enter your email when linking to be included. Thanks!
  • I love followers! Please consider following me in someway. Also please visit some other linkers and comment there too, ok?
  • Please link up to three post and please do not relink ones from the previous week. Link to the specific post, not your blog home page. No Etsy shops or giveaways, please!

    I would love to feature projects I choose and share them throughout the following week - by submitting a link to this party you are allowing authorization for your project to be featured with a photo from your post. Featured links will include a photo and a link back to the originating site.

    Ok it's time to show us what you've got!






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Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Kids Painting Projects Recycled

I surely do have a bored out of school kindergartener. I’m always trying to find ways to keep her busy. Now that she is an educated school girl it seems that Gramma isn’t as much fun as she use to be pre school days. That’s so sad!!! For me anyway…..well.  I’m working on that problem but I am having a hard time engaging her;  she wants to play with her friends.

It's not a clear picture but you can see the boredom on her face. I pulled out all the left behind paintings that the little kids left behind and some other discarded paper and told her I needed them cut into strips and the other pile needed to be circle punched for an art project I wanted to do.

She got to work and had a big mess in progress and after I put Itty Bitty down to nap I sat down with her to do my project. Of course she decided to help me. This is a good way to use up and recycle those papers that would just be thrown away.


We used the punched circles to make new art.  I talked to her about using them to make patterns using the circles with the same colors.

One used only circles that looked like they came from the same ‘family’ or the from the same paintings.

One circle picture was totally random.

I 'needed' a paper chain too so we glued some strips together from the cut paintings.

Our glue bottle was low and that is annoying waiting for it to run to the opening so we kept it upside down in an old mug between uses.




Here's a weaving project we made with some paper strips. I tapped one end of each strip down to the backing paper and then we weaved the strips through. Then I secured all strip ends with a drop of glue.

She also decided to make something for the Fourth of July; a finger print painting. Well, I managed to keep her busy for an hour or so but then she was back to being bored. I’ll have to think up something new.




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Monday, June 25, 2012

Grandparent Blogger Directory

photo from Graphics Fairy

Hello Grandparents! I have started a Grandparent Blogger Directory simply because I want to help older bloggers network better and get the word out about their blogs. If you go to my new page (above), Grandparent Blogger Directory, you can add a link to your blog there. It is intended to be a link to your blog home page, not to a single post. Also it would be good to add a picture that represents your blog so it can be easily recognized as you. I have instructions on that page on who can link and how. Thanks for joining me!


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Nesting Update



Well the eggs have hatched! Look how big these babies are? It always amazes me how those little eggs hatch into such big babies. I’m sure a lot of it is fluff. If you missed the first post and you want to see mom, it's here.



Several days later and look how they have grown? 



This morning I went to check on them and they are gone. My plant survived nicely, but I'll miss checking on my little birdies. 


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Saturday, June 23, 2012

Grandparents Say It Saturday

Hello Grandparent’s Say It Saturday linkers. Can you believe this is the 10th link up now? Thank you all for making it happen! I sure do enjoy you all linkng up with me and it's fun to see all the little thumbnail pictures of your post. It's really great to sit down with all of you and have a visit! 

Remember, the link is going to be closing earlier, on Monday night, now that I have Wow Us Wednesday as to not confuse linkers who stop by where they need to link up. Second, if you are of grandparenting age and blog, you are eligible here even if it is not about grand parenting; please just keep it family friendly :)


 
On Monday’s, you can stop by at Lisa’s at Grandma’s Briefs to link at her GRAND Social link party.
Add your link here every Saturday at Grandparent's Say It Saturday.

· Please only link to a post, not to the home page.

· Please Link that post back to Family Home and Life with a text link or use my button

· Link up to 3 post

· While you are here check out other links and leave some comments

· Consider following fellow linkers as well as me

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Friday, June 22, 2012

The Fun at Gramma's House

What does red and green nail polish on my kitchen counters, candy sprinkles on the kitchen floor, and an over tired Gramma and Papa have in common? A pajama party at Gramma’s house of course!


It was our first ever over night with the grand kids at our house. We have stayed at the kids houses over night before but to have them at our house was a real treat. We have a scorpion problem in our neighborhood, and our house had an infestation of scorpions when we moved in. Scorpions are most active at night. It was not uncommon to find several scorpions a day in the house. One night we found eight in about 15 minutes. I thought I was going to lose my mind over those creepy things!  I have found them in kitchen drawers, under my dishwasher handle, in my dryer lint catcher, on the walls and ceilings as well as the usual dark places you might expect to find them. I have unknowingly showered with them and even had one crawl up my leg while I was sitting at my sewing machine. Yes, I have been stung, on my arm one night while I slept.  I am so thankful a child has never been stung! It took a few years to get that problem under control and we rarely see one now.


Everyone felt it would be ok to have the kids over night, so we had the five older girls come and stay. We started the night off with letting them just run around and have fun. They were so excited to be having a PJ party together. It was loud in my house, lots of screaming and giggling going on. Then dinner and then it was makeup time. One of them had seen an episode of Maxx and Ruby and the girls there had ‘make overs’.  They also brought nail polish……even though I had them stay in the kitchen trying to keep it all under control I still ended up with it on my counter. It came off though so no worries. Next time no nail polish I think.


Then they wanted to dance so I put a kid’s music cd in the player and let them get rid of more energy. Now it was time for ice cream and other sugary things.  After, I sent them to the bathroom to brush their teeth and we all crowded (except Papa, he was M.I.A. by then) into my big bed for a movie. The two smaller girls would later sleep in pac n plays I set up at the end of my bed. (no one would ever dream of sleeping on the floor here because of the scorpions) The plan was to move them to the pac n plays when they feel asleep. I realized that was not going to happen and eventually put them in the pac n plays and they were asleep in seconds! The older two stayed awake for a while full of giggles and wiggles but finally all were asleep and I got as comfortable as I could on the edge of the bed and slept too. Papa slept peacfully and uneventfully on the new bed we recently put in the playroom.

The party was fun and I do want to have one again; I learned a few things about PJ parties too. It won’t be noticed if you vacuum and mop before they kids come. Save yourself the effort because you will do it after they leave anyway.  Asking them to brush their teeth before going to bed can be premature as they may all decide they want another snack just after climbing under the covers and will need to brush again. Anything and everything is fodder for giggles and silliness with a girls PJ party.  The next day you will be very tired so plan for that and don't have to go to work like Papa and I did......waaaahh!!!!



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Thursday, June 21, 2012

Kitchen Updating, Counter Tops; part two

This is the second post about our new concrete counter tops we poured in place in our kitchen. (Read Part One Here)


In layman's terms, the cement was mixed to about a 2” slump consistency and was too dry actually. If we had to do it over again, we would make it a little wetter and it would have had a smoother finish and not as much sanding. My husband carried the mixed cement into the house in a 5 gallon bucket and dumped it into the framed up sub counter top.


The frame work around the counter area had been built carefully making sure that the top edges were level, this would ensure the correct thickness and keep the cement level for the finished counter. Once the right amount of cement was in the frame it was worked, or leveled off, with a 1x2 sliding along the edges of the frame.



Then the top was carefully smoothed with a cement tool, a float. Now we and waited for it to set up. (It was late so we went to bed, then in the morning we went to a birthday party.....returning just after noon. We highly suggest you don't leave your counter top that long because it can set up really fast in a dry climate. Fortunately it was not too late when we returned home, but almost!)


The frames were then removed from around the sides and the edges were smoothed while it was still somewhat wet. We checked for holes or gaps and they were filled in with a  cement slurry mix.

Next came sanding. Most of the videos we watched used wet sanding at this point but we wanted to fore go the mess that makes and my husband sanded away using dry sandpaper sheets. They were being used up fast and he went outside to look for a rock. Yes, a rock; it was a smooth river rock just large enough to fit in the palm of his hand which actually did a better job than the sand paper and wasn't costing us an arm and a leg buying cases of sandpaper. Ok I exaggerated the cases of sandpaper part; but rocks are plentiful around here in everyones yards. Just saying.......

After the sanding was finished we added slate tiles to the outer edge were we have three bar stools. We let it cure for about a week then sealed the whole thing with several coats of natural stone sealer.



Well, what do you think? It took us about 5 weeks to do all this but really it could be done over a weekend and holding off on sealing until it cures a few days.


We just had so much going on all the time and the window of construction time we had carefully planned for was ruined by the product not arriving as promised. There is some variation in the coloring which I really like. Coloring can be added to the mix if you don't like the natural color. Staining is an option too after it dries. I understand you can wax it to seal it but I didn't want to have to do maintenance very often so we choose the stone sealer and it should be good for 6 months to a year before it needs another coat.




I surely do love my new counters, sometimes I think I love them more just because they are finally done and I am no longer in a remodel mess. Next will be the painting of the cabinets and then the floor will be replaced. I'll be sure to let you know when all that is done, but don't hold your breath alright?



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Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Wow Us Wednesday

Hello linkers and readers. Thanks for stoping by! It's Wow Us Wednesday time again and here are my choices from last weeks link up. It's hard to pick just a few of my favorites, and I hoped to keep it to three but….
This first one is just so cute for kids, really good tutorial too. Jet packs at Jellyfish Jelly.

How about making signs with the kids as a summer project? I'm going to try it; Sew & Dipity.

Love this, and it reminds me of those towel jacks from, what the 70’s? Love and Laundry.

The above idea is really a creative use of repurposing what you already have, something I really like to do. Apples and Peanutbutter.

I liked this little bag because I have a son who loves old school tattoos, he's a daddy now and I made him a black diaper bag and put an old school tat on it for him. Howling at the Moon.

** 6/21/12 Update: If you have been featured on Wow Us Wedensday please feel free to grab my new 'I've Been Featured!' button in my left hand column!**
Wow Us Wednesday is a link up for:
  • all items, projects or ideas made by you.... crafts, art, photography, furniture re-dos, organizational feats, recipes, money saving tips, decorating ideas, party plans, you name it!
  • Grandparents if you have a post about a fun grandchild activity or visit, you are eligible too. If it wows us, it belongs here on Wow Us Wednesday! Don’t forget to link back! — a text link at the bottom of your post, or link somewhere on your blog is okay! Or grab my button.
  • This link will be open until Friday noon if you forget on Wednesday.
  • I am starting an email reminder list for this link party. Please make sure you enter your email when linking to be included. Thanks!
  • I love followers! Please consider following me in someway. Also a comment here would be nice and visit some other linkers and comment there too, ok?
  • Please link up to three post and please do not relink ones from the previous week. Link to the specific post, not your blog home page. No Etsy shops or giveaways, please!

    I would love to feature projects I choose and share them throughout the following week - by submitting a link to this party you are allowing authorization for your project to be featured with a photo from your post. Featured links will include a photo and a link back to the originating site.

    Ok it's time to show us what you've got!




 
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Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Doll Quilts

A few months ago my husband and I were getting ready to leave the house with about 30 minutes to spare. We had an errand that required driving for a while then waiting in the car for a while, (possible a long long time) and then driving home.  I detest down time with nothing to do, so I scrambled around looking for something to take with me to work on.  I enjoy hand sewing a lot and needlework seemed the best option. I didn’t have a thing I could grab and go with so like a mad person I grabbed my rotatory cutter and some fabrics and quick put together a small doll size quilt top. I haven’t had time in years for actually making a full size quilt.  I have wanted to make some doll quilts for the grand kids to play with and I wanted them to look like full size quilts in miniature.



(All of my photos here seem to be a little lopsided. I think I was holding my camera at a bit of an angle. The quilts really are fairly squared up).


So began my doll quilt collection.  That first one is a bit of a mess, corners don't match so well, because I was rushing so much to get it put together. I have three made now and I love making them. Now please, those of you who are expert stitchers; don’t judge me here. I have some issues with my right thumb and forefinger so my perfect stitching days are over. That doesn’t mean I can’t hand sew just because I like it and the kids really love my little quilts. I’m sure each grand child will have at least one of these little quilts if not several. It gives me something to do with my hands and also gives me a sense of accomplishment when I finish one.

I didn’t use a pattern but cut my squares 2 ½ inches making a finished size of 2 inches each. The finished quilts are about 20 inches in size. I machine stitched them together and just kept adding fabric where I thought I needed it.  Then I added some simple embroidery. After that I sandwiched a piece of white flannel between the pieced top and the backing. Regular batting seemed too thick. All fabrics are pre-washed of course.  Then its basted to hold it all in place and I put it in an embroidery hoop to hold it while it’s quilted; starting from the center out. It’s easiest to making the backing an inch or so larger all the way around and then fold it over the raw edges and stitch down when the quilting is finished instead of binding it.



 On this one I cut the squares in half then stitched them together to make the pin wheels.


If you are someone who has always wanted to make your own quilt but felt intimidated to try it, this would be a great option for you because of the small size. They are beautiful and fun; and perhaps you have a little person in your life that would love to get one of these as a gift.



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