Thursday, January 19, 2017

My Happy Planner arrived!!!!!

 And I'm a happy girl with a Happy Planner!  It's pretty self-explanatory...........
This is the beginning of the month and mine is an 18 month planner but it started last July so it isn't really...........
Here's the monthly layout............
and the daily..........
 I've gathered all my supplies in a plastic tub so I can keep them all together............
Now all I need are a boatload of stickers!!!!
Happy Trails!

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Lots going on around here!

What have I been doing you ask?  Nothing glamorous that's for sure but I am making some progress..........this was yesterday........I tried the Krud Kutter but I went back to Chlorox Toilet Bowl Cleaner Gel.....it sticks and it works...no runny mess........
I do little sections at a time and then let it sit for 15 or 20 minutes then I go back and scrub it with the grout brush (love that brush!) and then wipe it all up.

It's not perfect but I never feel I've wasted my time as long as it looks better than it did before.........
I'll keep working on a few sections a day until it is done and then I will completely wash the floor again.  I also have a grout paint pen for painting in the grout lines which I might use....we'll see.....most floor tiles are bigger than this but oh no, my Dad had to use smaller ones.  I guess I should be grateful they're not the 1 inch tiles! LOL!
On a fun note though, yesterday I had to make a quick trip to Walmart to get some ingredients for my supper tonight and even though the gal in the craft department said they did not have any glitter gel markers....I took a peek in the office supply aisle and guess what I found?............and the woman had one of their handheld computers where they can look it up but did she?  No, but I found them! 
Not only are there glitter but also neon and metallic! Oh yeah!  I'll be having some fun with these!
 I also picked up one of those 'tape runners' for my planner and my yarn journal.............I've never used one so we will see how it goes...........
 and although I found the sticker department to be a bit lacking I did find these cute little birds........
I actually watched a You Tube video last night on how to decorate your planner and she gave a lot of good tips and also places to get various accessories.
Guess what came in the mail today?.............Give  up?  My hat kit!!!!! Remember I ordered it quite a while ago and then they called me and said Blue Sky Fibers were all out of the kits but they would be making up some more.  So I said that was fine and I would be more than willing to wait as I love that hat so much and it's finally here!!! Look at all those gorgeous wool skeins with every color of their new worsted wool line.......I can order with confidence now since I know what every color looks like!  I think it was a brilliant marketing strategy and every yarn company should do the same!
My only problem now is I don't have time to work on it as I am still doing birthdays and also CALs and KALs.  In fact, it was my son Ben's 39th birthday today and he still doesn't have his card or gift and this time it's not the mail who is at fault...it's Mom!  But lo and behold he and Amy did finally receive their packages that were mailed Priority on December  27th or 28th, I can't remember now.  Amy got her's yesterday and Ben got his today but everything was ruined except for the 2016 Collectible Christmas ornaments...thank goodness!  They both said the boxes looked like they'd been through WW3 and Ben's box actually had 2 things missing and the food was all wrecked......the cookies were in cookie tins and yet they had been reduced to crumbs.  So, tomorrow I will be going to the post office and not only requesting a refund on my Priority shipping cost but also collect on the $50.00 per package insurance.....we'll see how far I get with that......
My Prisma colored markers came today too....I think I have enough art supplies to last me a good long time now.................
 Now I'm off to make supper.........Penzey's Brat, Beer, and Cheese soup........yum!  It's all prepped so I just have to throw it together now..........
Happy Trails!




Tuesday, January 17, 2017

The luckiest girl in the world!

That's me!  I was feeling a bit homesick and for some reason decided to download Google Earth and see what I could find..........well.....let me tell you!  I am so excited!  I can see everything in and around my hometown!  I spent 2 hours last night traveling the back roads of my youth and I was in heaven!  Here's a brief tour of some 'hotspots' of my youth.....of course, they've cut some trees down, a tornado went through in 1974 and took a lot and then Dutch Elm disease but much has remained the same......it's just the people that I miss terribly. 

 This was my cousin Frank's farm where I played as a child.............
The gray bungalow was my Uncle Homer and Aunt Bernice's where I spent the first 5 years of my life and every summer until I went to college.........the ranch house was not there.....my swing set was!  When I was little my bedroom was downstairs but when I came for the summer I had a bedroom upstairs where those windows are with a big 4 poster bed with slanted ceilings.....so cozy....my childhood was like Anne of Green Gables!
This house was not there when I was growing up and it was all grass and there were 2 huge trees where someone had put a rope swing and there was a gulley that I would swing over......it was wonderful!  They've cleared it all out now and the forest that was behind my Aunt and Uncles house.  When I was a child there were cougars/mountain lions in the area and I could hear them at night.
 Those days are gone...........

The first building used to be the Hanover State Bank and I remember when it was but now it's a bar.  The red building used to be my Uncle Homer's meat market and grocery store..........I think it's a restaurant now.............he had a smoke house out back where he smoked meat and I used to love that smell.....still do.........
This building was a few doors down from the market and it belonged to my Aunt  Alice and Uncle Ben and they lived upstairs and rented out the downstairs to my other Uncle Chuck and his partner who had the insurance agency in town.   It is still an insurance agency...just different people.........
This is the church where I went every Sunday...........it hasn't changed at all.........thank goodness!
 This was my cousin Kay's house and it was newly built back in the day and they had sticks for trees.....but granted that was many moons ago......they were 'modern' for that day and age but I do remember the big tall aerial that was in the back yard and there it is.....still!  My Aunt Edna was the best housekeeper ever.......she canned and sewed and gardened and did everything and was the best cook in the whole family.....it was her Swiss Steak I was trying to recreate last week.........close but it will never be as good as hers.........
When I would visit my cousin Kay we would spend time with her best friend, Sue Potter who lived across the street with her Aunt and Uncle............I loved their family..........I'd give my eye teeth for that house...............you can barely see it but it reminds me of an English cottage...........when I was growing up these roads were all gravel......now they're all paved........amazing...........
The Stewarts were another family that we hung out with..........they had a farm right on the edge of town down from my cousin's house.....again these were all gravel roads back then....the farm is still there and the matriarch of the Stewart clan is also, from what I hear............a beautiful old brick farmhouse............  
Now, we're going up the hill past the Apple River dam where I played..... you can actually go underneath the falls and walk across the river.........I don't think we were supposed to but there was so much freedom for children back in those days......now you have to worry every second....I was so blessed to have the freedom I did as a child to explore and go where ever I wanted........everyone watched out for everyone else.......there were party lines back then and they would just get on the phone and ask if anyone had seen me.....and of course, they had...........
This is Evergreen Cemetery where almost all my relatives are buried............it sits high on a hill overlooking the Apple River and the hills that surround this beautiful little town.  This is where I would like to be buried also............
I hope you enjoyed my little trip to my favorite place on earth......
Happy Trails!