Thursday, May 14, 2015

A B&B and 1K


The B&B would be my own personal Bed and Breakfast. I get to stay here on certain occasions. Driving in on a Friday nite and staying a day or two. 


So inviting. But, I'm not the only VIP that gets a room. Her other friends and family also have their share of stays. 

This trip was to help with a garage sale we've been planning. And this was the weekend for it. 

That's where the 1K comes in. Almost $1000 in goods was sold. Actually just over $800. That's almost $1000. 


Minus expenditures on lunch with pizza delivery for the workers (aka family).


There were a lot of people shopping the sale. Cars and trucks parked up and down the street continuously. Until around 2 when the rains came tumbling down. 

Wish she had more stuff to sell. I think she could have sold everything in her house had she tried. 

Either she is a good seller. Or it was the perfect day for a garage sale. 

Gin



Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Walk-A-Thon

My personal walk-a-thon I manage to do 2-3 days a week on my own personal track made around the boundary of the yard and right at the edge of the woods takes me 1 mile in about 12 minutes. 

My track is similar to a field track at a track meet in length and shape without the nice rubber or asphalt cover to enjoy walking or running on. 

I pass the almost completed greenhouse along the back stretch. It's been in the construction phase for a while now. It's scheduled for completion this spring. Yayyy!! 


A feathered friend is asleep in her house at the peak of the greenhouse front. I've seen her in and out recently. You can see her sleeping with her beak sticking out of her door.  



Probably because it's so dang hot tonite she can't breathe all cooped up in her teeny tiny little house on a pile of straw and twigs that she made her nest of. Just saying. 

Times up for me and I call it a run. 
My phone app tells me I went my mile. 


Gotta get in shape!

Gin











Thursday, April 9, 2015

The "P" Word

I still have the pageant fever. It's enjoyable with a rush of excitement in planning for the day.  And excitement in watching the event which can be full of surprises because it's nothing you can control with babies and 2 year olds and not knowing what their actions are going to be. Then the excitement waiting on results. It's not if you win or loose but how you play the game. (Of course we always want to win top prize.) 

So here's a roundup of the past few I haven't blogged about. 

There was a benefit pageant for a good cause. 


Attire was Sunday best. 


We competed in a local preliminary for Sunburst National. 


Both won Queen and some side awards.


And then LA Our Little Miss with a Princess and a 3rd runner up. 


I love me some pageants! 

Gin














Monday, April 6, 2015

Food/Work Session

I spent an overnight/workday helping on a project and in return was served with delicious food prepared by the host of the project in her home. . She loves  to cook and never disappoints her guest.

Friday evening dinner was some of my favorites. On the menu was baked chicken, fresh homemade baked sweet potatoe fries, and baked asparagus. 


She has a Jen-Aire convection oven. And if you profess to be a cook you know that's the best cooking oven ever. Of course, it's made to be the most perfect cooking appliance the way it's designed to cook the food. I don't profess to be a cook, so I don't know the exact ins and outs of the procedure.  I just know the food is cooked so perfect. 


We slept well and arose at 7am with the tap, tap, tapping at the kitchen door of the other volunteer arriving for the work day. 

Our work list was accomplished before noon and we were feeling good about our project. The chef was back in the kitchen preparing our lunch of ham and cheese sliders. Not just any hot ham and cheese sandwich. But a Pinterest receive that was delicious with the extra topping. 



I'll go back to help with another project just for the food.

You can check her out here at Bobbie lately.

Gin


Sunday, April 5, 2015

The Great Easter Egg Hunt

Crawfish, eggs, filled baskets and an egg hunt all before the rain arrived. The meteorologist was exact with his prediction of rain at 3pm. So we moved our festivities up a few hours and had the perfect day. Not too hot. Not cold. And were finished right when the rain came down. 

The Great Easter Egg Hunt was right after the winding down of the crawfish, corn on the cob, potatoes, mushrooms, lemon and onion. 


The Easter Basket emptying was entertaining. 


It's ready, get set, go! 



The Egg Hunt for two and a half year olds  do not take very long. 




They make their own rules as they go along. 


Which is kinda cute. They share the same baskets at times. And they don't care who found the most.


And some big bunnies were there to enjoy the day. 


And eat and and play. 


Hope your a Easter Day was blessed too!

Gin










Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Welcome Spring

Someone's FB page was welcoming spring with shots of beautiful blooms from her garden. 

It had me wandering outside to see what was showing up in my garden. I found blooming azaleas, iris', bridal wreaths.  And angel trumpets and hydrangeas sporting fresh green leaves amongst brown stems. Natures cycle of life, death, and rebirth. Just like our celebration of Easter. 

The biggest and most profound find was the wisteria along the front wood fence along the street. 


Years ago we stole, scavengered, helped ourselves to wild wisteria growing along the edge of a little country road with no traffic or houses in site.  Little new plants were sticking up everywhere under the huge overgrown wisteria vines. They were rooted very shallow and made pulling them up extremely easy. So we helped ourselves, brought them home and planted them.  


Voila! They embrace our fence with a  lovely shade of purple and have a sweet fragrance that I can smell everyday when walking down to check the mail. 

Only thing, the blooms are soon gone and then a thick green leafy vine takes over with the little velvet bean pods hanging everywhere.  




Saturday, March 28, 2015

Plan B

If it's not going as planned, do you have a Plan B? 

Or, never mind, I'll do it myself plan? 

I had to take the reigns myself this week and go to Plan B. 
 
I had taken the easy road (I planned) and ordered this cute little dress on Etsy for $23. Great price, cute outfit for an Easter theme pageant, and the seller promised It would be delivered on Friday. It would be a no stress pageant preparation day. 



Being in full pageant-getting-ready mode on Friday, the mail man came and went. No package.  The UPS guy never showed so no package. 

By 6pm I knew I had to make this happen. The pageant was the next day. And all parties involved expected and wanted this outfit. 

My fabric/trim stash had everything I needed.  And socks were on hand from a clearance purchase I had made earlier. Just because I knew one day I would need them in a rush.  

After cutting, sewing, appliquéing, and embellishment, and admiring my 5 hour rush job, I'm so thrilled of the outcome. 

 
The chick appliqué was made from a template printed from the computer. The chick appliquéd on, and tiny yellow and pink stones emblished around, is just perfect. 


A bow and boot toppers made it even cuter. 

So plan B was a success.  


Perfect fit and looks just like the Etsy one except the color. 


So Etsy, I don't need ya. I'll do it without you if I have too.  

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Back at it

Life kinda stop sometimes. Lazy, un-eventful, boring days, it seems. But in reality life is happening. You just have to find the fun. 

So this is me lately:

Loving when I'm on baby sitting duty.


They are so good. 



The two bigs are terrific two and a half year olds. 


Look...the same pose. Then and Now.  
One taken a year ago. The other taken just recently. 


And the little one. Good as gold. Never fusses. Always goes with the flow. 


Love my life.



Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Tis the Season ...

. . . for King Cake, that is. If you are at my house at any given day during the Mardi Gras season you will be eating King Cake morning, noon, and night every single day.  


With the baby and all things purple, green, and gold. Everything from fleur de lis', beads, masks, and parades and balls. 

It's a good thing the season doesn't last long.  


Gin

Monday, February 9, 2015

A little entertainment for you

A day of fun with valentines, Cupids, and hearts everywhere started February off with a bang at a local fun pageant.  

This 2 year old was full of spunk and was cuter than ever on stage in her Valentine wear. 


She did everything on her own and even more that took us by surprise . No coaxing this day.  


She was the best in her group. 


Waves, kisses, and judges eye contact was perfect. 


She kept us entertained.


She was sooooo good. She was crowned 2 year Division Queen.  And was the 3 highest score in 0-6 years old. Just missing the top 2 supreme titles. 


The outfit I made fit her sassy-ness perfectly.  It makes me want to sew and sew and sew. 

And baby sister held her own.  She didn't place Queen. She didn't smile enough. But her outfit got high judge ratings and remarks.  


So, I'll be sewing up a storm with all the visions I have in my brain for pageants, pageants, pageants.  

gin