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Saturday, January 6, 2018

Merry New Year!

SO, I got the New year off to a good start. I finished my last UFO project before I watched the ball drop.
 This Hexi table runner was something I put together, but kind of lost interest in, I still don't know if I love it or not, but it's done.
 I wasn't too sure how to bind it around the zig zag ends, but it came out fine.
And it looks good on the fireplace. Then this week it's been super cold! Like below zero cold-I had to snow blow for the first time on New Years Eve Eve too!
 Then last Tuesday morning at 4 am hubby called me at work and said-"hey, do you know how to turn off the smoke detectors?" I said, Are you sure there's no smoke? He said yes and he had used the stick to push the hush button but they weren't shutting off. I could hear them (all 5 of them) going off in the background-so he had to suffer through that noise until I got home from work-I had to work late too! SO I unplugged them all from the ceiling. Did you know you're supposed to replace your smoke detectors every 7-10years?
 Well I know now! I picked up replacements and Ben came over and helped me get them installed. Look at his silly dog baby Ladybird on the chair helping him! She's a circus dog! Of course the brackets were just a tiny bit different than the old model, a little bit more effort! He did 4 of them in half the time it took me to do one! Thanks Sweetie!
 Then it was time to take down the Christmas tree. Ringo helped. I like to think he felt badly because he was the cause of the only ornament breakage this year.
 Don't the vintage ornaments look good in this bowl?
Ringo pushed by me and rammed into the hairpin leg table(he always takes the smallest possible route to squeeze through) and that made a picture fall off the wall, and that landed on the bowl of ornaments.
 And of course it broke one of my favorite vintage ones! Oh well I'll find some more I'm sure.
 Sad news too....Dannie hit a deer on New Year's Eve night, and poor little Sparky car is a goner. She was driving down Old Hwy 6 and a deer ran right in front of her. Not an uncommon thing- luckily, she was right near the trailer court so she could pull in there and stay safe and warm. It was below zero of course!
 Thank God Dannie & Yeager are fine, but a new car will need to be found!
So today we went to the car dealer to look at a model we saw on line. It was almost too much for Dannie to stand!
 But we got the job done, and here's the new part of our family fleet!
 It's a 2017 Jeep Renegade-just like mine, but newer, and has 4 wheel, drive, and a removable sunroof....and heated side mirrors.
It's really nice car, and we got a good deal on it too! SO January is really off to a busy start! I could take a little bit less busy while I get over this darn cold!!
Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Christmas Roundup

 So, we got off to an early start by heading to Mom & Dad's for BRUNCH-who's idea was that? Anyways, here's the first platter of cookies.

 We had a lot of fun, and enjoyed waffles and breakfast casserole as well as fruit and cookies and sausages too.
 We spent a little time reminiscing with the photo albums-I think we do pretty good making sure the youngers know who the olders are!
 And the lovely Jean is always seeing a new snapshot of her hubby!

 What a good looking family! So that took care of the festivities for Saturday!
 I went to my usual church on Sunday morning for the Christmas program. Then it was off to Aunt Francie's for the traditional Christmas eve family time.

 We had just a little bit of snow over night and it was still flurrying on Sunday-a kind of white Christmas!
 The next plate of cookies-supplemented by Lovely Jean's cookies! She's the cookie baker award winner this year!
 My cousin, Robin and me were the story readers this year! When we were kids, the cousins would all gather at Gramma & Grandpa's for Christmas Eve, the oldest kids were responsible for making up a Christmas PROGRAM-which meant recruiting readers to read the Bible verses and leading the songs and getting everyone organized. I think every kid HAD to read a part, no matter what! Gramma supplied a box of books and poems and church bulletin clippings so we could choose what was to be read. Ahhh, what fond memories!
 Then it was time to exchange gifts-with only 6 of us, we made quick work of that!
 Then back to home I go!
 Santa arrived on Christmas morning!
 And the Hub made a turkey for Supper.
 The kiddos made quick work of opening presents-and I thin  we scored some good hits with the gifts.
 Sweatshirts, and shampoo were winners and the basketball was good too.
The quilt was appreciated and we did pretty well selecting books too!
 I don't think anyone was happier than this guy when he unwrapped the Nintendo Switch game system.
 We had fun-faces were made, games were played and no one cried. I can't tell you how much I adore these people!
 We ended the night with the 2nd annual Pokemon GO! road trip to look at Christmas lights.
On to 2018 we go!!
Saturday, December 9, 2017

The Christmas Tree Box

SO, I am so happy with how this box for my Christmas tree came out!!! 
I used scrap lumber from the garage. These are the old slats from the park bench. I replaced them on the bench in the back yard a few years ago, gosh back in 2012!  I just cut them to 22" and made 2 frames.

 I just guessed at the 22" size by putting my tree stand down and measuring with little bit of room to spare. Turned out, it was perfect!

Oh and I got a new POWER TOOL!!!!!!! I LOVE this thing!! It's an air nailer and it will handle brads and staples. I got it at Harbor Freight in Cedar Rapids on sale for only $15! YES-WHAT A DEAL!!!
 I've never used an air nailer before and I couldn't believe how easy and FAST it was! I whipped up these frames in just a few minutes.
 Then I used some of the last pallet wood boards I had around to start filling in the sides. I took a measurement of the length of the Christmas tree trunk to the floor and went with 9" tall for the box.
 Then I started cutting 8 1/2" long boards from the pallet wood. It was kind of like a Jenga to figure out which pieces would fit in to fill the 22 inches of space. Being weathered pallet wood it broke into smaller width boards, and that was good. It all fit in great!
 The air nailer made quick work of nailing the boards in place. I was amazed at how fast it went!
 SO I got it all together, and see how I was thinking ahead and left a little ledge around the inside? Pretty smart! I cut a scrap piece of Masonite-like cardboard-like stuff to the correct size and then drilled a hole in the center, just a little bit larger than the tree trunk with my saber saw.
 I hoped that the branches would pretty much hide the cover on top and luckily it does!
 I can't get over how good those rustic pallet wood boards look! You might notice that all ornaments at the bottom third of the tree are unbreakable plastic or metal-the dogs tails are a weapon! They can fling a poorly wired on ornament 10 feet in one wag!
 This tree is kind of narrow-it's the same on as last year-I know, I know, but I just wasn't thinking about using a different one this year. And the box fits just right. I'll have to test it out with the other trees next year to see if it would look good.
 I got Ringo to sit still for a moment.......
Just one moment!!