Thursday, November 20, 2014

Bill Cosby, Ad Nauseam!!!!!!

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Okay, I’m on a rant this morning, just seeing red and have to get this off my chest.  I’m watching GMA and they have a clip from three weeks ago of Bill Cosby sitting down for an interview with his wife, his long suffering wife, and she’s just grinning from ear to ear like everything is hunky-dory in their marriage.  The reporter starts questioning him about the alleged sexual assaults and he refuses to answer over and over again, then he goes on to badger the interviewer, trying to get him to not release the tape. And there she sits, with that smile pasted on her face.

Now my problem isn’t with Cosby as much as it is with his wife, the man apparently is not the Cosby we thought we knew, if the allegations are true, he’s a criminal!  He had power, abused it and got caught with his hand in the cookie jar, albeit it, a stale cookie jar.  In my opinion, the old fool should just stay home and shut up! 

But what is this woman doing, sitting there beside him presenting a united front!  She looks like more of a fool  than he does.  It’s such a pattern, all the politicians, sports figures, etc., they admit their transgressions on camera with their wives next to them, “standing by their man."

Why????  Camille Cosby is a rich woman, why, why, why is she sitting there with him when he is in so much hot water he’s boiling.  Because he told her to???  Where is her pride, where’s her backbone ?  She doesn’t need his money, why doesn’t she just kick him to the curb and let him fight his own battles.  

Is it position, status?  Well that’s all gone to hell in a hand basket, and this morning more women are stepping up to the plate, accusing him of sexual abuse.

Totally infuriates me, totally!

Okay, I’m done, I’ll go back to my nonsense, just had to put in my two cents worth!

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Abby is such a little trooper...

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Neither wind, nor sleet, nor snow will deter Miss A from her horseback riding lesson….

Monday, November 17, 2014

Growing old(er) means letting go of dreams...

 

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Hubby and I have always collected antiques and when we moved to the condo twelve years ago I was so tired of them. I just wanted them gone.  Exit vintage, enter French Counry.

And I love French Country, I’ve always loved it and I’m not tired of it, but when I see pictures like the one above, Joanna’s House from The Fixer Upper,  it makes me long for all things vintage again.  This show also makes me long for fainting goats and chickens,  but it’s not to be, there will be no more houses to renovate, no more dreams and plans for restoration, that ship has sailed.

But wait, has it really?  Not quite, we’re not finished yet.  Because of the popularity of sliding  barn doors and yours truly watching way too many episodes of The Fixer Upper, I talked hubby into putting a door on a track to close off the den.  The grandchildren sleep in there when they visit, it would be perfect to block the noise and it would be fantastic!   So the hunt was on, and it didn’t take long for LC to find the perfect door on Craig’s List.  Even more perfect was the price $30.  Sounds like a deal, right?  Well, not exactly.

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Now, I know you’re thinking, “oh my” that’s pretty rough.  And it is, but hubby is a miracle worker.  It has great bones and I have no doubt that he will restore it to it’s former glory.  

He just bought the track for it to slide on, oiled bronze, that’s where the cost comes in.  But I paid $30 for this, remember?  And he’s going to have the word ANTIQUES painted vertically in the middle pane, that’s more money, but it’s going to be great when it’s finished.

So did that satisfy my need for a little home improvement project.  Oh no, not at all.  When we were at the lake this fall with the family, the house we rented had a wonderful old industrial warehouse cart that they had refurbished and used for a coffee table.  I was in love, it was just so cool and so I’ve been searching for one.

Last week in Heavensville, a large furniture company, Karges, who had been around since the turn of the century was having an auction and they had 100+ of these old industrial carts for sale in this huge old brick warehouse.  We went to the preview, it was cold and damp in that old building, but we checked them all out, took pictures, I especially loved one that had been painted and the paint was all peeling off.  We didn’t however have a tape measure, and we came home and decided that one of these would just be too big for the den, LC thought it was 3ft. wide, 48 inches long.  So the day of the auction we decided not to go.  It started at 9am and by noon I was in a tiz.  You know how you just have that nagging feeling that you should do something, well my gut was telling me we were making a big mistake not buying that cart!  So poor suffering hubby, knowing that they wouldn’t have sold it yet, decided to check it out online and lo and behold, they were having an online live auction.  Since I had taken a picture with the item lot number on it, we didn’t have to go down to that drafty, cold building, we could just bid ahead online.  So we did, and all afternoon we watched things sell.  It was so much fun, just sitting around in our cozy house, drinking hot tea, watching things sell. Cart after cart after cart sold, the prices were great, they were selling for $100 to $150 apiece, they would sell them in lots and you could have your choice.

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We put in a bid of $160 and when the time came, sure enough it was sold in lots with your pick.  Well, it sold for $110, and I was sure we didn’t get it since we weren’t there to bid on it in person, after all, this was our first rodeo with bidding at a live auction online and we weren’t quite sure how it worked.  And after it sold we heard the auctioneer say, “oh, they only bought one, just the painted one.”  Hot damn, we got it after all!  And when we picked it up, he took a tape measure with and it’s not 3 ft. wide, it’s 2 ft. wide, so it’s going to work easily.

For now, it’s sitting in the garage next to the door, but we’re having a blast of winter this week, five inches of snow last night and frigid temps all week, so it’s going to have to warm up a bit to work on our projects, but oh, it’s so exciting.  We both can’t wait to see what the finish pieces will look like.

Above is a picture of the top of the cart that I took at the auction, and you’re probably looking at this and thinking “law-dee, that woman has lost her ever loving mind.”  Ok, so it’s a little rough, okay, so it’s a lot rough.  But thats what I want, a primitive look.  Oh quit rolling your eyes and thinking, “um-hmmm, it’s primitive all right."  Hubby will sand the paint off even more, stain it, give it a few coats of polyurethane, clean and restore all the iron wheels and it will be awesome.

 

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Here’s one exactly like ours that’s been refinished, and you’re thinking, "no way that piece of crap in the picture is going to look like this".  But remember, hubby has the magic touch.  Ours will look like this, except with the painted top, and we will stencil Karges Furniture Co. on the side of it.  It’s gonna be fantastic and I’ll show you the finished product.

That’s not all of the projects we’ve been working on, but that’s another blog entry, the rest of them.  Check back, I’ll be posting more soon...

Friday, November 14, 2014

Hammie Sammies, a "must try" recipe on Jan CAN Cook

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My friend Nisha made “Hammie Sammies” and said they were fantastic.

Check them out on Jan CAN Cook, we’re making them soon!

Here’s the quick click

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Baked in a Buttery, Flaky Crust

 

So, hubby and I are at Rural King, he’s inside buying rabbit food for Butterbean, I’m mindlessly clicking on Facebook links and I come across this video.  Well, it’s the funniest thing I’ve seen in forever, and I’m sitting there laughing so hard tears are streaming down my face.

Passersby are looking at me strangely and I continue to just laugh hysterically.

I came home, watched it again, and same scenario, belly laughs.  This guy reminds me of LC, oh he’s a treasure….

You watch it and see what you think.  ~ Jan

Saturday, November 8, 2014

Tammy's NuFace Demonstration

 

You all know how much I admire Crazy Miss Tammy and her enlightening videos.  Well, yesterday I watched this NuFace Demonstration and was pretty skeptical.  She used this machine for the first time on half of her face, and I have to admit, you could see immediate results.

What you don’t know is if it lasts for several hours or several minutes, and if repeated use really does firm your skin.  It’s pricey, but the mini verson is $200, which is very doable.  I just don’t know if I would actually take the time to use this on a daily basis.  Maybe ten years ago, but I’m quickly approaching sixty-five in just a few days, you can only do so much.  Know what I mean, Vern?  But it is an interesting experiment, give it a watch, see what you think. ~ Jan

If I could turn back time

If I could find a way…

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Burberry's Color Block Poncho

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It’s the hot ticket this season, this Burberry Poncho.  Sarah Jessica Parker had her’s personalized.

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If I was a rich girl, I would snap this up in an instant as I love, love, love poncho’s.  But at $1395, it’s a bit out of my league.  Apparently it has been so popular that it’s hard to buy,  eBay is selling it online for $2,050.

So I’ll just look at the pictures and drool, but if you want to read all about it on Burberry’s site, here’s the click...

 

Sunday, November 2, 2014

The Biltmore House

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There’s frost on the pumpkin in Heavensville this morning.  I saw this picture of The Biltmore House in Asheville on Facebook, it was too pretty not to share.

We used to spend a lot of time in Ashville, many, many years ago.  John was a baby, LC’s company had facilities there, and John and I would always tag along when he went to Asheville.  We’ve toured the Estate several times, it’s simply amazing and worth the trip just to see it.

It’s history is fascinating, you can read more about it here...

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Halloween with the Grands...

The grandkids looked so cute this Halloween,  Olaf and Elsa, and our little lamb, Lexi with Izzie the Wonder Pup Lamb and I thought they were all just perfect.  What joy these little souls bring to my life, oh little ones you are all too cute for words.  

XXo ~ Grammie

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Friday, October 31, 2014

Love this kitchen...

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I saw this earlier today and just had to share.  Is it not perfection?  Love the coziness, the colors, the details, notice the lamp inside the cabinet.  And of course the roosters, what is it with me and roosters...

Happy Halloween, stay safe and bundle up!

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Hubby's latest project...

Pantry organization

My spices are a pain in the patootie.  I have a cupboard for them with staggered shelves, but I constantly knock the front ones over trying to see what’s in the back.  I usually end up having hubby find things for me because I can't reach far enough back.  Waaaaaa

Enter Pinterest.  I have a renewed love affair with Pinterest this month.  Organization is the key, that’s always been my motto, and thanks to just searching pinterest for Jewelry Organization I’ve come up with some great ideas that we’re implementing.  So then I found this pantry door organizer on Pinterest and hubby jumped on it like a hot potato!  It’s his weekend project, building this for the inside of my pantry door.  I’ll let you know how it works out.

And back to Pinterest.  I have a new Jewelry Organization Board if you want to take a look.  So far he’s sprayed an iron shelf with hooks with Old Gold Spray Paint, mounted it in my bathroom and I have a lot of my necklaces hanging from it.  On top I have candlestick holders for my bracelets, and more.  I’ll update with pictures soon.  It’s working great!  On the other bathroom wall I want a picture frame with mesh in it so I  can hang my earrings and maybe another picture frame for rings. But I can’t have just two frames, I need three, so I’ll figure out something else.

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I thought this idea was so clever, wine corks with push pins.  Not for me, but somebody was really creative with this one.  You know, back in the day, I thought I used to dream up some pretty creative things, but now realize that I didn’t really have a clue.  I’m constantly amazed at the things people come up with.  It’s so frustrating being old(er) and not having space for all these new ideas.

Oh, the possibilities.

Here’s the click to the board, I know you want to take a peek… ~ Jan

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