Monday, April 29, 2019

Monday: Miracle and Mess

I love birds! I've always wanted to hold a wild bird, but . . . how does one catch one to hold?

Last week a bird flew into a picture window and knocked itself out, temporarily. While it was stunned I went out and picked it up. It was so calm, letting me hold it and stroke it, all while speaking as reassuringly as I could. His feathers were so soft! God knows our desires and will grant them in His own time.

Downy Woodpecker


PFCMom and the Downy Woodpecker
As for messes, we knew we had a small leak in a pipe from the main second floor bathroom. Suddenly it got worse! TopDad, smart man that he is, tracked it to the wall between the second and first floors. He and Mr. Movie opened up the wall and discovered a crack in the original cast iron waste drain pipe. Oh joy. Not! Sometimes we think we should have gutted the house to the studs so we could do all the rewiring and re-plumbing needed, insulate the darn thing and then put up nice drywall. But we didn't win the lottery, and haven't stumbled upon a cache of cash in the basement or attic. So we proceed with one little (or huge) project at a time. And wouldn't you know, it was the very wall Mr. Movie had spent three hours stripping of painted over wallpaper, prepping for a new paint job. This house is going to drive me to drink!

View from the staircase side (with mess)

Would you look at that crack!


View from the foyer side

This is what my mess looks like!
The good news is that I found the couch we've been looking for: blue leather, double recliner (at a nearby thrift store). Now if I could just get the room stripped and painted! But that's not at the top of the list yet.


So, what's new in your life?

Saturday, February 23, 2019

Nana's are the Best

Jellybean at five and a half weeks
His momma said this is the first smile captured in a photo--good job Nana! I got it while his parents were out for lunch and a movie. We had such fun together!

Thursday, February 21, 2019

This is what joy looks like!

Nana and Jellybean
I'm in Utah visiting our son Lt. Lehi, our daughter-in-law Miss Pasta, and their five week old son Jellybean. He is totally adorable and such fun to hold and cuddle. I'm willing to do it all again!

The quilt I made for Jellybean - My Primary Colors

Burpies

And more Burpies

Double flannel blanket I made for Jellybean
The "circle of life" is real and made of sorrows and joys. Meeting Jellybean is one of the JOYS!

Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Are the Dishes Done?

Not yet!

Now they're done! A place for everything, and everything in their place.
I prefer to dry and put away everything so I start the day with clear counters and everything in its place and easy to find or get to. I love a clean kitchen with cleared counters!

Friday, February 1, 2019

A Whole New Family

What's more exciting than having your own family? Well, I guess it's having one of your children form a new family.

Lt. Lehi, Miss Pasta, and little Jellybean
FAMILIES CAN BE TOGETHER FOREVER!

Thursday, January 17, 2019

Finally!!

Lt. Lehi and his son Jellybean
He arrived 15 January at about 10:30 PM weighing 8 lb. 4 oz, measuring 20.5 inches. We are thrilled.

Sunday, January 6, 2019

New Year Update

Christmas visitors!
JET age 25

Noble age 29

Dandylion age 20

Mr. Movie age 22
I'm not a great photographer and I don't have a wonderful camera so my photos are less than "Kodak Moments" quality. But whatever, I take a few photos to jog my memory.

We missed having Lt. Lehi and Miss Pasta with us. They are just a few weeks away from giving us our first grandchild, Jellybean.

The holidays were quiet, spent at home, enjoying time together.

Mr. Movie building his new Lego set "Diner"



January is my month to take care of some health issues. I've already had some pre-cancerous spots of Actinec Keritosis burned off my face and right hand. Upcoming is cataract surgery on my right eye. After that, new glasses, and then on to seeing about my painful left foot. Seems like when I turned 60, a year ago, my body began to fall apart!

 Goals for the new year include:

Finishing long ago begun projects: Cookbook, photo albums, quilts, etc.
Learning to speak (and read and write) Korean: I'm using an online program called Memrise.
Planting a flower garden
Downsizing my fabric stash and associated notions.
Improve my health by losing another 50 lbs. and exercising 4-5 days each week. (I'm down 16 lbs. since last summer.) It's slow going because I am making permanent changes to my eating habits so the weight loss will be permanent.

I'm still deciding whether to attempt blogging regularly. There are others who are so much better at it than I am, but I think I have something to offer. Leave a comment with your thoughts! I think of those whose blogs I read and those who read my blog as my friends! I like getting together.