Friday, November 18, 2011


I did not have jury duty today, it was canceled.    So, I went shopping.  :o)

When I came home, I found this!  

Yep, that's a sign on our new shed!

I laughed so hard!  My neighbors are loads of fun!

Sunday, November 13, 2011


We often get to see hawks in this area but rarely am I able to get photos.  This one landed on our fence but by the time I got my camera, it had flown to a nearby bush.

This is a red tail hawk and it's amazing just how large they are!

The other day, I was lucky enough to be outside just as a blue heron flew over my head!  This heron has been here for years but I wonder why it's still here in this cold weather!

Friday, November 11, 2011

New Shed!

Remember this post from months ago?  That post was from the day we ordered our new shed.  

Since then, I wondered and bit my nails, wondering if I picked out the right colors, if they would look okay, how the shingles would look etc.

Well, no need to wonder anymore!  Today was delivery day!  I was horrified when it poured last night and wondered if he'd be able to drive a truck on the wet yard.  It did sink in at a few spots, but not too bad, not huge ruts which we were worried about!

Here comes the truck down our tiny, narrow road!  It arrived at 9:22 AM.

Not much room to bring it in, it's amazing how these men can drive these trucks!
This shows just how close to the house he had to get to the backyard.
Arial photos courtesy of me, standing on my toilet upstairs and hanging out my window!
Getting closer!
Now, they swing the bed of the truck around so it's facing the direction you want!  
Now, they start moving the bed of the truck forward.
Okay, this is just plain scary.
Make any adjustments as to where it is to be placed.  Continue to move the truck bed out as the back of the shed rests on the ground.
And there it is!  They added the ramp kit to the doors and had it all set up!  They actually left our house by 10:17, isn't that just amazing?  

My hubby says I can have the left side of it, I'm going shopping for carpet, a sofa, light and table!  Now we have to build shelving for the inside and move everything back in it from the old shed and see how much space is in it!

Landscaping around it will have to wait for next year.  I will be adding two curly willow trees to each side of the door that I all ready have in large pots.  I think a bench along the side and I'll probably keep it simple with a few potted plants.

Now I want to re-side the house to match the shed!

Monday, November 7, 2011


I've been searching for all kinds of vintage charms to make a bracelet.  It took awhile to collect enough but here it is!

I have a few duplicates, so I might replace those if something else comes along.  There's two mustard seed charms, two pink Lucite cubes and two shoes with birthstones (different stones in them).

I can't decide if I want to continue and add more charms on the other side of the chain, too.

I love the door knocker, it moves but my favorite one is Popeye!
See the old license plate?  I want to find a ton of those to make another bracelet, so if you happen to have any laying around, please let me know!

Saturday, November 5, 2011


I've been wanting a new wreath for my front door for a long time!  I've finally got one!

I took a straw wreath, 3" square pieces of fabric that I cut with a wavy edges and my hot glue gun.  I wanted to work on this last weekend but couldn't because of the power outage!  I finally got to work on it this week and this is what the finished wreath looks like.

The word IN was purchased from my friend at VintageEmbellishment on Etsy.  She sells vintage marquee letters and I was fortunate enough to find this in her shop!

Then, while on the subject of wreaths, I wanted to get some letters for family members for Christmas and I purchased letters from Peppercorns2  and yes, VE and Pepper are sisters!  

I was rushing to get these done before it got dark today so you aren't seeing the actual finished wreaths but you can get the idea.

I am using wonderful Sweet Huck wreaths and simply attaching the letters to the wreaths for a welcome feel to their homes.

I just love these Sweet Huck wreaths!
 LOL, no, the M really isn't that off center once I got the letters wired into the wreath!
And they do look better now that they are wired in!

I have a great head start to Christmas presents!  I even have one full set of cluster balls with bowls finished!  Woohoo!

Friday, November 4, 2011

Grand Jury Duty

It's been a long week and I'm still not caught up with everything I need to do after being without power for four days.  I'm not going to complain because I know a lot of people are still without power and we were fortunate enough to have a generator and propane heater!  The sound of generators has been replaced with the sound of chainsaws, for those who have to deal with downed trees and limbs.

We still had to go to court today!  Luckily, it was a very short session.

As we were just getting started, my table started to vibrate.  I tried to ignore it, no one else's table was vibrating, just mine!  Finally, I couldn't take it anymore and asked, why is my table vibrating?  LOLOLOL!  Here the assistant had left her cell phone at the end of my table and she was getting a phone call.  I didn't know a vibrating cell could move things that much.

We were introduced to a new case.  This one with a new DA, Christine.  She was the one that was with us the day of jury selection and is a super nice and very funny lady!  I look forward to seeing more of her.  We were basically just introduced to the new case and didn't hear too much of it since they are in the early stages of collecting evidence.  We had a witness to hear but briefly and she kept going back and forth from Sargent to corporal in rank with the poor policeman and she finally said she keeps demoting and promoting the man so she's just going to call him Protector of the Universe from now on.  LOL!  She also forgot to swear him in, so when she did swear him in, she asked him if he's been telling the truth or he's just going to start telling the truth now that he's sworn in.  :o)  She's a hoot.

We had a witness from another case come in but he was so rude and obnoxious and decided he wasn't going to answer any questions, he pled the 5th. and after asking him if he was going to plead the 5th. for anything asked of him and his reply was yes, they dismissed him.  At this point, an entire review of his part of the case was made and the jury decided it was time to submit it to court.  In other words, an arrest warranty will be taken out for his arrest and now it is in the hands of the courts to decide if he's guilty or not.  We might, in the future, hear about other participants in this case but for now, that case is off our schedule.

The third case we are hearing now was put on hold for this session, so we got to go home!  It was a short one, for sure.  I fear that means the next session will be very long in order to get caught up on things!

It was interesting, got to have a few conversations with a detective while we were in breaks.  I found out there's an underground system in place to bring prisoners from the prison to the courthouse.  Why was I interested in this?  Because I feared running into a shackled prisoner that just gave testimony, while I was waiting for a ride home!  And I wondered why the detectives were wearing tiny little bright green tags on their suits today.  Why did this interest me?  Because I'm nosy.  The reason is, it shows they are carrying firearms.  Now, isn't that interesting?  He, also, said years ago, the bad guys caught onto this and were copying the tags and walking right into the courthouse with weapons and that they used to wear a certain color shirt to show it, too but that caught on and the bad guys were walking the streets with the same color shirts and other people could tell they were carrying weapons!  sigh.  I lead such a sheltered life!