Saturday, July 23, 2016

Here it is July already!

Hi everyone!  I've spent the last few days following a quilting blog hop called Christmas in July.  Since I haven't blogged in quite a while and am trying to get back into it now that I am retired, I've noticed that several of the blogs I followed a while ago, no longer are blogging, so I don't have a whole lot of people to follow and to gain some inspiration from.  So, I checked out this blog hop and came out of it with quite a few new quilting blogs to follow.

I've gained some amazing ideas from these gals.  Fabric cards for Christmas and other occasions, how to make a French Seam so your seams don't ravel when washing say pillowcases that are homemade.  I can't wait to give these a try!

I'm currently preparing for a craft show at the Pymatuning Lake Festival in Andover OH, which is right across the causeway near where I live.  This is a beautiful area to have a 2-day festival, right on the lake.  Praying for non-rainy weather, of course.  My friend, Ann, and I have been doing this show now for about 4 or 5 years, I guess.  We tried to change up our crafts this year and display, so once we have a mock up, I'll have to post some pictures.

For now,  This is Ann's and my new logo for our little craft business.  We call it Crow Cabin Creations.  We hope to be selling our crafts soon on Etsy.  We are just about setup and only need to add our items for sale with pictures.  We probably won't get this completed until after the lake show on Aug 6 and 7th.

At some point, I'd like to have our own Primitive, Country, Rustic crafts website which is something that my son, Bryan, the computer guru would be able to help me with.

So stay posted, much more to come in the future!

Here's wishing you a beautiful summertime day in July and a beautiful weekend!!

Hugs,

Debbie

Friday, June 17, 2016

Friday and Flowers

Just thought that I'd share what has been growing in my yard this Friday!

 These are my favorite day lilies that I planted a few years ago and they come up more beautiful each year.  This year there are 27 flowers on this plant.  Couldn't pass not taking a closeup of them.




 These are again Perennials - my Diathus.  I have these in several colors below is my hot pink ones.




These are more pink with white.



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This next pic is of my front porch arrangement of annuals, my geraniums are red with white and blue little flowers. I went with the R/W/B theme this year in honor of my brother who passed away in January who was proud to be in the Army and serving in Vietnam.


 This picture is looking beside the garage.  I didn't re-mulch this year.  I typically do it every other year.  Next year I may go with brown instead of red.






That's it for today.  I haven't begun quilting yet during my retirement, still have to clean my craft/sewing area and believe it or not, just haven't had the time just yet.  :)  

Take care and enjoy your weekend!!

Hugs!
Debbie


Monday, June 6, 2016

I Am Officially Retired from the USPS!!

So my comeback blog said I'd have some news and here it is............

I am officially retired from the United States Postal Service!!!!

Last week was a whirlwind week for me for sure.  It began on...................

Thursday, May 26, my employees got together and had a breakfast in my honor.  We had homemade Raspberry Cheesecake, two kind of homemade dips with salsa chips, banana nut muffins, sausage/egg/cheesebake, coffee cake, cinnamon rolls, deep fried Oreos, and a Chef Pierre Restaurant Gourmet Chocolate Cream Pie!!.  Also, balloons, Black Diamond Crapemyrtle Bush to plant, a floral arrangement of pink roses, a Crossroads 4-wick Lilac Candle, cards, and I can't remember what else.
It was a wonderful day!

Friday, May 27, was my last day at work.  My boss graced me with his presence to present to me my official USPS Service Award Certificate.




Sunday, May 29th was my 60th birthday, which was a fun time with our son, Bryan, and daughter-in-law, Jess.  They came to visit us and took us out to Montana's Rib and Chop house for dinner.  Then we had cake and I opened presents.  It was a wonderful day!!

Next was Monday, May 30th, Memorial Day, this was my official Retirement Day.  One day after I turned 60.  To say I liked turning 60 would be an understatement!!  I don't feel any older than 59, so what the heck.  The benefits were great!!!  This was a picnic day at my in-laws house.  We had a wonderful time!!

So that was my week, a lot happened and I'm so very happy.  So you ask what do you do when you still feel like you are just on vacation and not retired?  Well, you run around here with projects to do thinking you won't have time to get them done, when you have lots of time to do them.  So today was a take Macy to the groomer day,  Lucky for me the groomer lives right down the road from me, so that was a quick trip, because I have lots to do!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Right now I just took a break from doing this..........................

Yep, sanding the front porch.  I will be sanding all day on this one, and then my back deck will be next.  I will be staining and preserving the decks as well.  Lots to do!!

So, thanks for stopping by!!  Hopefully, someday soon after all these projects are done, I'll be able to get my craft/sewing area cleaned up and get to some quilting!!

Take care!!  Until next week.............................enjoy your week............!!!!





Monday, May 23, 2016

I'm Back - It's been nearly 2-1/2 years since I Blogged. Time to make a comeback!!

I'm Back and Extremely Happy!!!
You ask why?????

Could it be that my birthday is next Sunday?

Could it be that I love the Memorial Day Weekend?

or 

What can it be?

Well, I will have an announcement to make on my blog next week!!!

  
I didn't have many followers before, but I thought that I'd give it a try again and let you know what I have been up to for the past 2-1/2 years, and what's in store.

So, stop on by next week!!  Have a wonderful Monday everyone!!!!

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Secret Santa Soiree

Hope everyone is enjoying this wonderful time of year!!  Stressful to say the very least, but fun too!!!  Time spent with family is the best!!

So to continue with the Secret Santa Soiree!  I blogged before about all the postcards I've been getting, so yesterday I get one from Ohio!!  So could this be where my Secret Santa lives!  Still have no idea up to this point as once again, no postmark on the card, just a stamp.  So now I'm really amazed that my Santa never got a postmark on any of the cards that were sent to me.  I can't believe that she was able to accomplish this feat!!

So here is the card I got yesterday!

So during dinner I'm telling my hubby about the pallet of packages we got in at my post office yesterday!  I told him they were stacked taller than me and looked like a Christmas Tree!  He says, "like the pile that was on the porch yesterday when I got home from work?"  So I ventured into where he put them and their it was, my Secret Santa Package!  I was so excited that I ripped the package open without taking a picture of the outside.  It said it was from Kris Kringle and yes, finally, a zipcode with a +4.  I googled it immediately and found that my Secret Santa was from Toledo OH, actually I know the street where she lives!!  

So I continue to open what was a beautiful box full of goodies!!


So I immediately notice the postcards, two old-time Christmas postcards.  So beautiful and I can add those to my collection.  Next I opened this incredible looking long one with green ribbon at the ends, I'm thinking a scroll calendar, imagine my delight when I opened it and found two fat quarters of fabric!  Woo Hoo!!!

Next I notice something address to Macy Kate from the 3 Wise Cats!  Macy jumped for joy after opening her Snausages snacks.  

Then the next I see is some holiday Peppermint Patties, my favorite candy!  The box was literally filled with them on the bottom and a green tree bag full of them as well.  Oh gosh!  Opened one of those up and ate it immediately while continuing my ripping of paper frenzy!



Next was a cute little picture frame album and a beautiful cross cross-stitch ornament.  I love doing little projects like that, because I feel a sense of accomplishment when I've completed a project finally!!! :)
Then the next package was more fabric, oh my gosh, I love it, followed by another package and two spools of ribbon!  Next was two pine tree candles, so very cute.  
Then I came across this very interesting, squishy, larger package along the front of the box with a note that this came from her Grandmother's estate.  How sweet that she would give me something that had belonged to her Grandma!  I'm touched, and thought what a very special Secret Santa I have this year.  So, I open it carefully and there is a Afghan Kit to Crochet.  Such beautiful pastel colors. Her package tag also said that it was for me to add to my Retirement Chest!  Yes, something more for me to do when I retire.  I plan on keeping myself busy doing fun, creative things.  This Secret Santa really read my blog, and I'm not even a good blogger!!


Then I got to my last package, it said "Open Me Last."  Now what could this be..........I ripped it open and found a box, I open the box and inside is the most beautiful Yorkshire Terrier ornament.  The yorkie is handpainted on this ornament.  A golden ribbon is on the top.  It is green, my favorite color, the yorkie looks so much like the two yorkies I have had, Macy Kate and Dixie.  On the back it was signed, D.Theos, OK, is that my Secret Santa and she is an artist!  I still don't know and will be trying to figure this out!  I have some clues now anyway.

But, I just want to thank my Secret Santa, whomever you are, for all the wonderful presents.  I enjoyed myself opening them very much, and it couldn't have come on a better day!  I love EVERYTHING I got and I wish you and yours a very Merry Christmas and Happy, Healthy, and Prosperous New Year 2014!

Thanks again, you are the Best Secret Santa a gal could ask for!!



Saturday, November 23, 2013

Secret Santa Soiree Happenings Here!

I am participating in a Secret Santa Soiree that Coloradolady is sponsoring.  I've done it before and it's so much fun trying to figure out who has your name.  Anyway, on Thursday I get this postcard in the mail......


So it is a post card of the Monongahela National Forest in West Virginia.  And since I'm a Postmaster I looked at the postmark, looks like iti was mailed from Elkins WV and also was processed through Charleston WV plant.  Hmmmmmm  my Secret Santa must be from WV.


So then to throw me a real curve ball...............I get these two post cards yesterday......


What's this?   One is from the Chattanooga Choo Choo which I'm figuring means Tennessee and the second is from the Wilson's Cheese Shoppe in Michigan..........Hmmmm  now to look at the postmarks, what NO postmarks, my fellow postalworkers have let me down!!  How can I possibly figure out who my Secret Santa is without these postmarks.  I think I need a congressional hearing as to why they didn't postmark these cards!!  Ha Ha!!!

Now is this Santa from WV, TN, or MI!!    I'm still thinking it's?  Oh never mind, I don't want her to know I will figure this out before she is revealed!!

By the way, I collect postcards and I don't have any of these, so thank you very much!!  I'm having so much fun!!!

I've been collecting goodies for my Santa partner as well!!  Still need a few more items to fill the box.  Perhaps a postcard to her will start her a thinking.........Hmmmmmmmmmmmmmm!!  Thank you, whoever you are, for sending me the post cards and the idea to send my partner a card as well!!! 

Have a wonderful weekend everyone, we are in a lake effect snow warning.  Probably will get some inches of the white stuff tonight into tomorrow as Lake Erie is still very wet and not frozen over.  Once it freezes over, the lake effect will stop but that doesn't usually happen until January.

Wishing everyone in the states a very Happy Thanksgiving!!!!  Go Peyton!!  Beat Brady!!!  Sorry, I'm a Peyton Manning fan, Go Broncos!!!

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Ghosts and Goblins and Long-Legged Beasties and Things That Go Bump in the Night!!

HAPPY HALLOWEEN!!!!!!

I thought that I'd tell you a story about the last time I went Trick or Treating as a 13-year old.

I lived in a very small town in Western PA, where everyone knew everyone by name, what they did for a living, etc.  We walked to church in groups every Sunday morning.  All the neighbors helped one another.  That kind of town! Not many places like that today.

My cousin's lived down the road and every year I went out Trick or Treating with my one cousin, Donna.  Our town on Halloween night was awesome.  The police car and volunteers and their fire trucks were out making sure we were all safe as their were two taverns in our town.  Even the taverns gave out potato chips and pop to the trick or treaters if you dared to go in there.  The owners of the taverns lived in town and we all knew them.

The towns folk would invite the trick or treaters into their homes back then, it was OK to do this, we didn't have to worry about crazies or bad people, as we called them.  So when you were invited in you went in and they proceeded to try to guess who was under that mask or costume.  Donna and I had always been guessed because we always came together her with her straight blond hair, I in brown curly, easy guess Donna and Debbie, but if you could fool the people then they gave you two candy bars or whatever they were handing out.  We had never been that clever in our younger years to disguise ourselves so that we could not be figured out.

My cousin and I figured it was time to give up trick or treating as we were becoming teenagers and we would be much too grown up to continue with this childish tradition.

So, what would be our last trick or treating night we decided to enlist the help of her brother and friend.  They were only a year or two younger than us.  We came up with a plan to go together, all four of us, thus we already had an advantage because the folks would be looking for a twosome.  So now to come up with costumes, we figured if we borrowed the boys football uniforms, helmets and all, tucked our hair, which was always a giveaway, up into the helmet, but a stocking from our Mom's stash over our head and face  and then dressed the boys up as cheerleaders, stockings over their face, they really gave us a bad time about wearing their Mom's stocking, but when we told them that we would surely get 2 candy bars, they went along with it.   We knew we would surely fool everyone, since they guessed us individually.  So this was our plan!!

All four of us went out and each house we visited couldn't get us right, they kept guessing the cheerleaders as Donna and I and the football players as the boys, 2 candy bars, WooHoo, for each of us!!  That was 8 candy bars at one stop, we were filling our pillowcases pretty fast.

Until we got to just about the last house, an old lady, who sometimes gave us popcorn that she had popped, or apples, she lived alone.  So we knocked on the door and she invited us in, she spoke in broken English, as she was from the old country.  She looked us over pretty good, going behind us looking, looking, we were all getting nervous, what was she looking at, would she be the one to figure us out and thus end our streak of 2 bars or whatever they were giving out  per house????  Surely she couldn't guess us correctly, but she did!   We couldn't believe how this old lady got us right when everyone else was wrong.  So, we asked her, how she was able to figure us out, and are you ready for this....................................she said.............................
"Well, I do have a telephone!"  We knew that her daughter-in-law lived a few doors down, but who would think that she would call just to tell her who we were.  The old lady laughed and told us to have fun and yes, all four of us came out of her house with 2 popcorn balls each!

It was a great night and one that I'll always remember and that was 44 years ago tonight!!

Wishing you all a very HAPPY HALLOWEEN!!!!!!!