Saturday, August 6, 2011


I just picked up this picture I got framed from Northside Galleries.
My friend Theresa brought it from Assisi, Italy.  It is a print on canvas then there was some overlaying of paint on some of the poppies.  I just love it so much.  It is going in my bedroom and goes well with the Ivy Chests that I got recently.  Thank you again Theresa, I do cherish this.

Thursday, August 4, 2011

All Cleaned up

From This

and This
He does have a nice bunch of great hair.

To This.

Everybody had a nick name at camp.....Sam's was Mohawkins.
Pretty Clever.
The sweatshirt is because he still isn't used to the air conditioning.

Tuesday, August 2, 2011


Here is a new chair and ottoman for the upstairs.  See how well it goes with the rug?

Also ordered an ottoman to go with the chair.  It goes so well with it.

Here is a step shelf that belongs in the sunroom. It fits that spot perfectly.

This little birdcage was formerly my Mother-in-Laws.  It was a light green.  I have given it a new coat of black paint.  I am going to get an African violet to put inside of it. 

Everyone is home now

Sam got home yesterday from working a boyscout camp for 8 weeks.  He is sporting quite a new doo, the soft Mohawk.  It had to do with some kind of skit.  I had to get a picture before he had it neatly cut.
Kudos to Sam for working up at camp and sometimes losing their water and electricity during the hottest July on record. 

We picked Kevin up from Minnesota on July 12th.  He had a fantastic time and will for sure go back next year.  These are prestigious awards he won.  A high award in canoeing and also in archery.

He also received his canoe paddle of which he decorated and polyurethanes on his own. 

Now we are preparing for college (Sam and I) and Senior year for Kevin.  He starts the earliest on August 17th.

Thursday we have an appointment for the Senior Picture.  Where did that time go? 

Sunday, July 31, 2011

Herb Pot Update

Here are my sorry looking herb pots.
I can definitely get smell off the catnip but the leaves are so small the cats would probably be insulted if I tried to give them a piece of the plant.
I don't know if my poor result is from a combination of inferior dirt and the heat, but I will try again next year for sure. I am not disillusioned at all.

I cooked a chicken in the slow cooker and had to do something with it so I am making homemade chicken noodle soup.  My it does smell good.  It called for the herbs marjoram and thyme and I had some, but I thought it would have been nice to go to my "pots" and get some fresh.  But I didn't plant those flavors. 
Here is a picture of my simmering pot.

I like chunks of everything instead of chopped.  That way it is easier to remove the offending piece of vegetable that the person doesn't like.  I am meaning Kevin as he doesn't like onions.  When he was little he called them 'yunyions'.  He likes the flavor just not the actual yunyion.
I will have this tasty soup for my lunches this week.
Here is the recipe.
I found it in a Taste of Home
Heartwarming Soups Magazine and then did it "My Way".

Chicken Noodle Soup

1 cooked chicken done in a crock pot, cut or pull apart the cooked meat.
In a large pot add:
2 1/2 quarts of water
3 tsp. salt
6 chicken bouillon cubes
1/2 medium onion cut into large chunks
1/8 tsp. pepper
1/4 tsp. dried marjoram
1/4 tsp. dried thyme
1 can of baby carrots
1 cup chunked celery.
 Let simmer until vegetables are tender.
Add the noodles and cook till soft.
Enjoy with warm bread, and a cool side salad.