Thursday, May 31, 2012

Raggedy Ann & Andy

Yesterday I mentioned I collected Raggedy Ann & Andy in the Wednesday Hodgepodge.  I went around the house taking pictures of them, not realizing how many I really had.  Our first home had the country version of Red, White and Blue theme.  I loved it!  When we moved to our present house, we opted to go for a more modern country look.  I had a difficult time finding places for my dolls.  

Entering our home.  
In the hallway to kitchen and living room.

Shelf near front door.

Chest in living room.

Downstairs in our finished basement we painted the walls a brick and tan color.  The dolls looked at home here than upstairs with green and yellow.
Yes. I am one of those people who leave a Christmas tree up all year round.  It's a tall skinny one that has all my patriotic christmas decorations on it.

Is there something you collect? Something that your house is over run with?  Post about it! It's a cute way to show off your style!


Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Wednesday Hodgepodge

1. What can the average citizen do to honor a military veteran and/or those currently serving?
Disabled Veteran National Foundation   Is a great way to help a military veteran.  Volunteering to help a veteran is very rewarding to both the veteran and the volunteer.  Please take the time to check out their website.  Thank you!     

2. Besides a flag what is something you own that is red, white and blue?
I have a collection of Raggedy Ann and Raggedy Andy along with many patriotic decorations throughout my house.  I love the country look that goes along with the red, white and blue.

3. Does love really conquer all?
I searched for love and didn't really know what I was looking for.  Not until I met the man who is now my husband.  In his arms I felt so safe and loved.  His love conquered all my fears, my troubled childhood and my self-loathing.  I believe that love conquers all!

4. Strawberry shortcake or blueberry pie?
Strawberries and blueberries without the shortcake of pie.  I like my berries fresh off the vine!

5. Do you share personal stuff with your hairdresser?
No, I don't.  Usual chit chat is all I do. Just because she cuts my hair, does not qualify her as a close friend.

6. Does money lead to selfishness?
 I think it can lead to wanting more and more materialistic things.  I want this or I want that.  I always tell my boys "I know you WANT it, but do you NEED it?"  The response I receive is a heavy sigh and stomping feet as they walk away.  

7. What piece of furniture in your home most needs replacing or refinishing?
I wish I could tear down the house and begin again!  If I had to pick ONE piece of furniture though… hmmm, it would be the wooden filing cabinet.  We bought it at staples.  Although the wood is of very good quality, the connectors are crappy and the inside has tag board. It keeps falling apart whenever you open the drawer. UGH!

8. Insert your own random here.
Looking forward to seeing Snow White and the Huntsman this weekend. The 'Huntsman" is the same guy who plays Thor in the Avengers.  Hot stuff!


Monday, May 28, 2012

Remembering Poppop

My Grandparents were married in 1942.

My grandfather served our country during WWII.

He passed away in 2008.

I miss you Poppop.

Justin Bieber hairdo

I recently found these 2007 pictures on a camera card.
Zachary's hairstyle was cool before Justin Bieber debuted in 2009.

I think Justin Bieber stole his hairstyle from my son.

Dang it!  We should have rights to that hairstyle!
What do you think?


Saturday, May 26, 2012

Hatfield and McCoys

I've always been an American History buff.  Luckily my husband is a History teacher and he loves my passion.  We have taken vacations, much to the dismay of my children, at Gettysburg National Park  (Civil War), Willamsburg, VA and Boston MA (American Revolution).  We also live near Valley Forge National Park (American Revolution) and have frequently visited it.

When the History Channel advertised Hatfield and McCoys I was immediately drooling over my remote control.  Hard to believe someone can get that excited over the History Channel.

Whenever you hear the names Hatfield and McCoy most know it was a feud between two families.   

Do you know the how the feud began or the details of this true American story? 
Can you believe it all began over a pig? That's right - a PIG!
I wonder if the pig will be a star on the history channel?


Friday, May 25, 2012

Garden Helpers

This week I've been planting new flowers around our patio.
My favorite flowers are Star Gazer Lily's and Cone Flowers.
The Star Gazers were our wedding flowers (they haven't bloomed yet). 
Cone Flower

I also like any other flower that is purple.
While trying to plant some new flowers I ran into a problem.
The roots from our birch tree was in the way of where I wanted the flowers to go.
So I asked my doggies to help!

For that extra garden help call Ellie and Teddy Excavators!

Sample of finished work.

Head over the Mrs 4s at Half-past kissin' time to see how everyone's else's week was!

Happy Memorial Day Weekend!


Thursday, May 24, 2012

DONE! well, almost...

This is going to be my scrapbook room.  I love purple (I guess you can tell by the color of my blog, right?).  The new carpet was installed on Tuesday.  I put purple curtains up but they didn't match the walls.  The walls remind me of a pastel girly color. The curtains were something you may find in an Austin Powers movie!  Guess I will be going shopping for new curtains.. (oh darn!) The next set of pictures will be when all the scrapbook supplies and furniture is in.  It's been a slow process…. Yes I am a 40+ old woman with aches in her bones and cricks in her neck.  The body doesn't move as fast as it did when I was a 20+ (and all the energy in the world) year old.

Brandon's room has one wall painted 'brick red' the other three walls are gray.  I got new gray curtains that do not fade and block out the majority of the sun.  They are supposed to help conserve energy too.   My impatient son (I wonder where he got that trait from? AHEM!) began moving his stuff into the room before I could get a picture of it empty.  The TV has to be mounted on the wall.  His bed will be on the right, where the picture ends.  Do you see Teddy? He follows me around everywhere I go.


Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Wednesday Hodgepodge

Many thanks to Joyce From This Side of the Pond for hosting Wednesday Hodgepodge!

1. What's something you miss about the 1980's? If you're too young to miss the 80's how about the 90's?

I fell in love, had a broken heart and graduated High school 1986.

2. Do you have a library card? If so, how often do you visit?

Yes I do.  I go often to get books for the little angels in my day care.

3. What's the secret to success?

Confidence and Motivation.  Without this combination, I don't see how one could be successful.

4. This is National Backyard Games week...what's your favorite backyard game?

Lounging in a chair. Does that count?

5. If I dropped by today what would I find on your coffee table?

Toys, toys and toys!

6. Do you own a bicycle? When was the last time you rode a bicycle? Is that something you enjoy?

I did about 10 years ago. It became clutter in the garage because I stopped riding.  We got rid of it.  I don't know why either.  I enjoyed it.  

7. What's your favorite cheese?

Provolone.  I could eat practically anything with provolone on it.

8. Insert your own random thought here.

FINALLY DONE PAINTING!  Pictures will be up tomorrow!!!!

Sunday, May 20, 2012

The painting begins

Step #1 - Buy the products
Step #2 - Patching

Step #3 - Primer

 Step #4 - Hire a helper

Step #4 - Be careful  where you put the outlet covers.
Stay Tuned for more!