Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Spring or Summer

The temperatures in Oklahoma have been in the high 70's and low 80's and all things green are blooming. This is unheard of in March. I've known us to get snow as late as mid March and the temperatures don't get this warm until May. I can't tell if we are in the spring of the year or the beginning of summer. Does this mean we will be looking forward to another hot summer?  I hope not. 

Our azaleas are in full bloom and the Japanese Maple is all leafed out. This has gotten my gardening juices flowing and I've been doing some yardwork this week. I've already made a trip to Lowe's gardening center and invested in some Boston ferns. At $7.50 a pop I bought eight!  I put them in the front entryway which gets a lot of shade.

As soon as the begonias come in to our local garden centers, I'll be planting those. I don't think I have to worry about a late frost this year. 

How is the weather in your neck of the woods?  Are you doing any yardwork?


Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Kitchen Makeover

As most of you know I've been working on a kitchen makeover. Stripping wallpaper, sanding, texturing the walls, more sanding, and finally, painting, has been my job focus for the last month.  The makeover is 95% complete. At a later date we will add a new kitchen sink and faucet.  I have to do this in stages as money is available. 

                     Our kitchen and dinning area have gone from this,

                                                           to this,

to this,

                                                        and this,

and this.  The paint color is Valspar Filoli Honey.

I found this copper pot at a local antique market and added the floral arrangement to it.  The boy and girl with ducks was china painted by my mother many years ago. 

          I covered our dinning room chairs in a beautiful red and gold fabric.  I've decited when I tire of this fabric I can always recover.  I think this is the fourth covering on these chairs.  LOL

I still need to paint around my kitchen window, but my body says to relax a while before going forward.  In a few days I will tackle that job. All in all, I'm very pleased with the results.  If you have noticed I've written the word I throughout this post.  It is because I have done all this makeover myself!

One thing is for certain...I won't be doing any more makeovers for a long time. This one about did me in.  This chick isn't as young as she use to be.

Cluck, cluck.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Cuckoo, Cuckoo

A few weeks ago my hubby and I went to an estate sale. This is what I came  home with.

It not only has a little bird that cuckoos, but a little man comes out and plays Dr. Zhivago. I have always wanted a cuckoo clock and I love it. Now if my hubby just loved it as much as I do.

I admit that it takes some getting use to, but as deaf as he is, he shouldn't be complaining. Anyway, the grandchildren love it!


Thursday, March 8, 2012

Rocky's Antics

               I just love, love sleeping on my mom's bed pillow. It's a big "no, no" at our house, so I have to keep my eye out for her.

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Life Just Keep Getting in the Way

Blogging has taken a back seat in my life lately. Have you noticed?  Taking down wallpaper in our kitchen, medical check-ups, cleaning up the yard and flowerbeds, babysitting grandchildren, and domestic chores have taken precedence. In other words, life is front and center of my universe right now. It's not hectic by any means. I don't allow my life to be hectic anymore. I take it nice and slow. The wallpaper is down, finally. My kitchen/dinning area is still a mess, but I don't plan to have company anytime soon. Sanding and painting is next on the agenda and then hopefully, everything will get back to normal in there.

The weather in Oklahoma has brought spring three weeks early. I've taken advantage of it and done some cleaning up in my flowerbeds.  My hubby has helped me out some. He's not a "go getter" when it comes to yard work. I think he helps me because he doesn't want our neighbors talking about how his wife slaves out in the yard and he doesn't lift a finger.

Today we are having dead limbs on one of our maple trees in the backyard trimmed. Keeping an eye on the trimmers is a full time job. I don't want them butchering it. An ice storm about five years ago really damaged it and at that time we had it trimmed and were just happy to be able to save it. Since then it has grown out lopped sided and needed another trim. I am pleased with the results.

The grandchildren have had soccer games and birthday parties to fill in some of my time. Everything stops for that.

I've also gone to some estate sales and attempted some crafty projects in between all this and I'll have a show and tell later this week. Today I am going to rest and catch up on blogs that I like to visit. Some "me" time I call it.  Don't let anyone tell you that life can be boring once you retire from a full time job. You just exchange on job for many others!