This year is zipping by and summer will be coming to an end before we know it. I hope everyone is enjoying July with relatives and friends. Never enough time to spend with family! I have been busy this summer keeping up with outside work, wood working and orders. We will have a lot of excitement in the months ahead. My sweet husband will be retiring and it will be amazing to not have to send him off to work in the morning. I know we will keep busy but it will be so nice to be busy together every day. We have been married for 25 years now and it has been the best 25 years of my life. We will also have another grandbaby. Won't know until it is born but I have a feeling it will be another boy. With 3 sons and 2 grandsons I am planning on a boy. Whatever it is, we will love it and spoil it~! I hope you enjoy every minute of the remainder of your summer. Never take your blessings for granted! Love you all!
Here we are, we arrived at the last day of June! Where did June go? Summer is flying by and we have not had a chance to go outside and enjoy summer yet. This month has had every day filled with down pours of rain. I only remember one day that it did not rain, June 26. There could have been one or two at the beginning of the month. Last week remembering the weather reporter saying if we had 4 more inches of rain we would surpass the all time record for the month of June. The next day which was Saturday, we certainly did get the 4 inches they predicted. Since then we have had rain every day and this is Tuesday. Wow! It is pouring down as I write this. I know there are other parts of the US and the world who desperately need rain and I feel sorry for them. I have enjoyed watching the deer and their babies play by the lake. We had two sets of twins and another single birth this spring. One of the mothers puts her twins by our fence for me to watch over while she is getting a much needed break. Love the little critters and making sure the neighbor's dogs do not disturb them. I am so blessed living here and witnessing all the wonderful wild life who come through our yard to the lake. The deer can stop in to have a snack of cracked corn or if they like some bird seed. The apples on our trees will be ripe soon and they love to eat the ones on the ground. Soon the pears will be their sweet treat. You can always count on the deer to show up when they get the munchies. I have been filling orders and making a few dolls and bears to sell. Working in my wood shop is a favorite thing to do and I still have some benches and another boxed in corn trough for the deer to make. The deer need a dry place for their food. A large cupboard is in the plans for my materials. It is exciting to think about it! I hope you are having a nice summer and enjoying every little part of it. Have a Happy 4th of July! Love you all!
We are in the middle of May already and what a whirl it has been. Cold, warm, HOT and this morning back at 35 degrees with a heavy frost on the ground and foggy. Beautiful! Love to take pictures first thing every morning. Pink in the sky with that sliver of a moon through the fog over the lake with a heavy frost covering everything! Whew! Top every day off with a fantastic sun set and you have to fill in the blanks in between. Some one ask me the other day if I ever put my camera down. I guess I always have it with me. You never know when you are going to have one of those brief moments that would make a perfect picture. I have plenty of those! Love my camera! Mr. P. always laughs when I run off with my camera shouting, "Better get a picture of THAT!" Poor man! He does witness a lot of my crazy moments but he enjoys it. This month has flown by and WOW it has been a busy month so far. Mr. P. and I had a wonderful 25th anniversary. He sure spoils me and I do try to spoil him rotten! Love him more every day and I plan to keep it up for another 25 at least. I hope everyone is enjoying spring and warm weather. The summer will fly by so plan to enjoy every moment God gives with a long breath grabbing on to every chirp of the bird and sun rise you can until the sun goes down in the evening and your head is spinning on your pillow from all the beautiful things you have consumed. Love you all!
I hope everyone has made it through winter! The first day of spring has arrived and I am hoping we will see the signs of spring soon. Today it looks like the first day of winter complete with a snow storm. I have been sewing bunnies and making primitive wooden projects. I love to stay busy and I have a couple orders to start working on too. Looking forward to yard work and planting a lot of flowers this spring. Hoping SpRiNg will show up soon! I am always thankful for my blessings! Have a wonderful day! Hugs ~ Carol
This year seems to by flying by and February will be over before we know it. I am hoping we have an early spring this year. The freezing, below zero temperatures started January 3, and have not let up. We have had a day or so that it was warmer and not freezing cold. I guess calling 46 degrees warm is stretching it a bit. In the summer if we think about 46 we think that is cold. Nevertheless what ever it is we have to endure it and be happy for another day. I have been doing a lot of wood working and making bunnies too. I enjoy making bunnies and thinking about Easter time. It is a special time of year. The deer number has grown here and it is always a treat to look out the window and see them coming for dinner. There are twelve now. I keep food in their trough and bird seed in the feeders. The one deer who started coming first I call Deary. I did not have the special deer food then so she would tip the bird feeder and lick all the seed out. She is the only one who does that and doesn't eat the deer food now. She is special and I love to watch her. My neighbor Elouise told me she saw Deary come one day and there was no bird seed so she stood for ten minutes and looked right at the house. I must have been away and the birds had emptied the feeder. So now I fill the feeder up late in the evening so she always has plenty. Sad to see them trying to find food when the snow has been on the ground for so long. I also have a one legged crow who comes every day to eat. He is Hoppy. He has a difficult time eating and the other crows try to chase him away. We have been here over two years now and we are almost finished with the changes we have planned to do. We moved my Mother out of the house I grew up in and closer to us last year. She has had a better winter this year and stayed warm and well. I hope you are enjoying a wonderful week and are staying warm. As my Mother would say..."It has been cold, cold, cold, cold, cold!" The degree of cold requires more times said. Have a wonderful day! ~Carol
I hope you had wonderful holidays and are ready for Spring! Ohio has been hit with severe weather and this morning the wind chill is suppose to be -23 degrees and linger for a while. It has been a very cold week with actual temperatures below zero. I love all the snow but the cold temperatures that come along with it are not fun. I am thankful for a warm house! The air manages to creep in through any little break but what can you do when it is below zero and the wind is blowing? Please bring in any pets from the cold and try to feed the wild animals. Keeping the wild animals fed outside is very enjoyable. If they have some food in their belly they might be able to survive the cold. I would like to build a shelter for the deer to be able eat inside. They have a trough I feed them in but it is outside in the weather under a tree. I usually see 12 most days. My neighbor told me yesterday she got a nice laugh from one deer who didn't find any food in my trough or bird feeders and stood looking at our house for 5 minutes. My trips to the mill to buy deer food and bird seed in 50 pound bags are worth it. Seeing them every day gives me a lot of pleasure. Someone told me recently that animals do not feel pain. Wow! That really upset me! I was struck speechless! I could not pull my jaw off my chest long enough to begin to say all that was on my mind! I decided if they had not learned to have compassion for animals at their age I would not be able to inspire them with a quick kick to the shin ending with, "Did that hurt?" It might take more pain than that and I wasn't carrying my club! Animals are sometimes more intelligent than humans. They give us far more than we give them. Hoping you have a wonderful new year and enjoy every minute God has given to us! Bear hugs to you!~ Carol
This year has quickly passed. I hope you are starting to think about the holidays. I have been decorating the house and making snowmen and snow ladies. I love this time of year! Growing up we didn't have extras or holiday decorations. My dad worked in the coal mine and we were poor. We always had a Christmas tree and mostly that was put up Christmas Eve then taken down by New Year's Day. We would make paper garland and if my grandfather gave us a dollar we would buy a decoration to keep year after year. I made angels and decorations from scraps of paper and cloth too. Things that we cherished were taken out of old worn out boxes that were kept in the attic with great excitement and carefully placed. My mother would manage to save a few dollars during the year and buy us a Christmas gift. Everything was bought with cash back then and if you didn't have the cash you couldn't afford it. My uncle and grandfather would go together and buy a gift for us. One year I got a red wagon. Wow! I was so lucky! I love my decorations now and my house is filled with Christmas. Most of the things I have made and I still carefully take each one out of their box and feel the excitement of the holidays placing them in just the right place. It is wonderful and I love the feeling of Christmas. My nativity scenes are most precious and it is wonderful to be able to set them up every November. They are very old. I hope the joys of the holidays fill your heart and soul and you always remember Jesus is the reason we celebrate. Happy Holidays!
This year is flying by and it will be the holidays before we know it. I have been busy making some prims and I enjoy making them this time of year. I put a Snow Queen on eBay today and have two more I am working on. I should be making more bears but this has taken my attention at the moment. Most of my flowers are cleaned up but I still have three large pots of flowers, morning glories, zinnias and marigolds to cut back. The snow will be drifting down soon. I made a very primitive bench last week and have made plans to make a new fabric cupboard. I cannot wait to start on it. Watching Nolan every week has been a pleasure. He is the sweetest baby and keeps me hopping. I cannot wait to start decorating for Thanksgiving and Christmas. The holidays are the best time of the year! Have a great week and enjoy every minute! ~Carol
Summer has flown by and soon it will be Autumn. I love pumpkins, Halloween and everything that goes with fall. I will be decorating soon. Summer was very wet here and chilly at night. Not very good for the garden. I have been working on my long list of things I had to accomplish before the snow flies and they are all crossed off. We have a few little things to do yet but it was a struggle with the constant rain to accomplish anything outside. This was our second summer here and we planned to get mostly everything done. Next summer we have a few things we plan to do but nothing major. I have been working on bears and other critters when I have time. Last weekend I took Harriet, Roseanna, Gerald and Elaine to The Boston Road Collection. Roseanna has already been adopted and I am hoping the other three will have a home soon. I don't always have a lot of time. Fred and I moved my Mother to an apartment near here so it is easier to spend time with her. Watching my grandson is a great joy in my life. He is always smiling and so happy. He has allergies and the poor boy doesn't let that get him down. I am amazed at his laughter. He thinks the simple things are funny and he makes me laugh out loud with him. I hope everyone has had a wonderful summer! Have an amazing Labor Day holiday weekend and enjoy family and friends. ~Carol
I am hoping everyone is enjoying every minute of summer. It is quickly slipping by and it will be fall and pumpkin time soon! This has been another busy summer and I am happy to say I have completed most of my long list of the things I planned to accomplish. I am now working on the front yard and redesigning the landscape. It will be much easier I hope to take care of with less weeds. I used an organic mix of vinegar, borax and blue Dawn this week and it did help to eliminate the weeds. I painted the front porch Monday and made a smaller bench for the corner of the porch moving the larger one to the front of the house. Happy to cross that off my list. Our garden had been giving us a great deal of cucumbers and we have canned dill pickles. It is always nice that Fred and I always work together. I have a great husband! I finished Herriet last weekend. She is 24 inches tall and made of long mohair. Working on a giraffe and elephant and hope to have them finished soon. Enjoy your day and give God the glory for another day to be happy. ~Carol
Summer has been a wet one so far here. Spring and winter were also wet. Great for the garden and flowers but we have to work around the storms that come daily. I remember my grandfather John Jacob Hanselman use to tell me when I was young that if we had a lot of snow summer would be fairly dry. If we had a lot of water in the summer the winter would be dry. I found that to be true and always remembered he told me that. Now we never know what is going on. I do think MAN has created a mess with the environment causing the weather to drastically change. I also believe God has been left out of our lives. God always blesses us if we allow him. I have been working on bears this week. Thank you and enjoy every minute of every day!! ~Carol
Summer is flying by and we are ready to celebrate the 4th of July. I hope everyone is ready for picnics and parades with beautiful fireworks to end the day's celebration. I am hoping for a day of celebration minus rain as I am very anxious to watch some fireworks. We have not ventured out to watch the fireworks display in the last several years. There is never enough time in a day and the days do fly by. We have been busy as always working on the house, yard and garden. Settling my Mother into her new apartment has been an enormous job. Gladly we only have a few details to finish up. I have made 4 bears in the last few weeks and busy cutting out a giraffe today. They are so much fun to make! I love to paint their spots! I finally finished my new flower garden fence, scare crow, bench made from some of my Dad's old wood he left for me, and two bird houses. That was one of my projects this summer. I still have a few left and I hope the rain will let me paint the deck, front porch and redesign the front yard landscaping. All 3 will be HOT jobs. I hope you enjoy your summer and celebrations. Always remember to thank God for your blessings. HAPPY 4TH OF JULY! Bear hugs to you. ~Carol
What do you do for entertainment? There are a lot of choices for entertainment this time of year. I enjoy a lot of things in my life but I enjoy dancing, a lot! I have to say it is one of my favorite things to do. Mr. P. and I love to dance! We have some great friends who go with us and it is always fun to enjoy a band and dance to the music. The other thing I love to do is watch animals and take pictures of them. We have a lot of deer where we live and there are usually six or so running by the lake. They love the apples from our trees and it will be fun to watch them and take some pictures as soon as the apples are ripe. I knock apples off the tree every day so they have plenty to eat. They are amazing animals. Working on some bears and trying to whip the flowers and yard in shape has not been an easy job this spring with everything else I have had to keep me busy. I am getting there. I will be taking Suzanna Jo to The Boston Road Collection this weekend. Take time to enjoy life and the beauty of summer. ~ Carol
Another month gone! May seemed to slip by quickly and was a super busy month. Every day is an adventure. Most adventures are great! I just hope summer is a happy adventure and I can catch up on some things I have neglected. Tobias, Andrea and Chase were here for Memorial Day and that was too much fun! Back to dull and boring after they leave. My long list of things to do is slowly being checked off. I finished the little 6 1/2 inch bear Cassandra last week and she is on eBay. Working on two other bears and I need to cut out a large bear this week. Finally getting my Mother settled in her apartment. That has been quite an undertaking. Saturday morning Fred and I motivated early and took out the old commode and put in her NEW throne. The apt. manager said she would pay for it if we wanted to install it. A NEW throne for the Queen! I have to admit we have installed approximately 11 in not so many years. That has to be the worse job in the world...well maybe not the worse but it comes close. We have a system and it goes fast except for rusty bolts that have not been loosened in 50 years. I am a germ maniac and I have to be adequately covered and if my rubber glove touches some nasty I freak out! Oh YUCKY!!!! I always scrub down everything with Clorox and I have to have a vat of Clorox for that job! Poor Fred. As my Mother says, "I can't help it!" Hung a couple clocks and pictures for her and I made a wreath and floral for her dining room table this past week. They delivered a new refrigerator for her Tuesday and I hope they fix her dryer this week. She will be set! The weather is perfect and I enjoyed working in my flowers over the weekend. I hope you have a wonderful week and enjoy beautiful summer weather! ~
It certainly has been a wet spring! I hope everyone is enjoying the most beautiful time of the year. I have been very busy packing my Mother up after 57 years living in the same house. Moved her last weekend to her apartment near us and was very busy all week unpacking her, cleaning and getting her settled into her new place. I hope she will be very happy. Up until today she has been staying with us as there seemed to be a big problem with AT&T getting her land line hooked up. That is a long boring and maddening story! Seems you have to jump through hoops no matter what you try to cancel or hook up now days. Every day I come home exhausted with my work to catch up on. Tonight is her first night there alone. When we left her I felt like I was leaving my child at college. It has been a very emotional couple of weeks. Leaving the house I grew up in for the last time with the last load of her belongings was not a happy time. My Dad passed away in that house a few years ago and I felt somehow I was leaving him behind. Onward and forward as I always say to better things. Letting her make the decision to move was the best thing to do. Last winter was a very long winter and she decided she did not need to be out in the middle of nowhere alone. That was good news! I worked on some bears for the wonderful antique shop and they picked up the order almost two weeks ago already. Time sure flies and I have been sewing every chance I get but have not completed the two bears I am working on. Please enjoy a wonderful weekend and be thankful for your blessings. ~Carol
Wow! Finally the flowers are coming up and it is looking like spring. The sunshine sure warms our hearts. Beautiful! Busy as usual here and getting more busy as time goes by. I love my little Nolan and he is the sweetest little bundle of pure joy and smiles. He is always smiling and loves to be kissed and cuddled by Granny. Watching him is a great pleasure. I have been busy with orders and keeping up with my grandson, mother and other things. NO time to dilly dally! I will be making some treasures for Chagrin Valley Antiques in the near future and I hope the mohair arrives soon. I finished Elouise, Axel and Annabella and they are waiting on their forever home at the antique shop now. I still have other obligations I have made making and selling my creations. It sure keeps me hopping and that is good. I do admit with the sun popping up now I am feeling the need to get outside and work on a few projects for summer. I plan to make a new patio on the side of the house, a gazebo roof over the basement doorway, a raised garden, two more fences and a flower garden near the new patio complete with a scarecrow like the one I made at the other house. Painting the deck will not be as much fun but fun when it is finished. I still think Miss Kitty should learn to sew. She could whip up a few CATastrophes if nothing else. I always ask her every morning if she wants to go outside and she will say, "Yeah" but she says that to everything. I think she is just waiting until she can go outside and lounge around. She will go out for a little while but pops right back inside to her comfortable fur blanket inside her fur bed on top of her love seat. She is Queen Cataberious! Her royal name but she also has a few others. Have a wonderful month of April and enjoy every minute God gives us!
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