Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Something Is Moving In My Flower Pot!!!

I got up this morning at around 4:30am.  This is my usual time.  My husband has already left for work.  I am in the refrigerator getting ready to make some breakfast and I hear this rustling.  I turn and look into the dining room and my plant in front of the window is dancing all over the place.
Something is in my plant eating!! 

Now I can tell you, nothing upsets me more than something being in my house.  I ran to the phone and called my husband and said, you have to come right back home, something is in my flower pot.  Now we have gone through this before and he knows how I am.  He says, "Cindy, I am half way to work and I have already driven 40 miles, you are going to have to take care of this yourself.  Be brave and go in and see what it is.  I say,  Yah Yah blah blah, I will just do that.  We hang up the phone and I decide just to go over to my daughters house until he gets home later today.  Then, it dawns on me, today is the day before Thanksgiving.  I am having Thanksgiving at my house and I need to cook all day!
What am I going to do?  I am sick to my stomach now, I certainly can not cook with something in my house.  We caught two mice down in the basement over the last week and I just bet that is what is in there.  Well, I tip toed into the dining room and turned on the light.  That did not faze him, he just kept right on eating.  Then I got the flashlight and tried to see what it was while standing in the kitchen and could not see anything.

I then decided to see if I could throw a garbage bag over the plant and take it outside.  That is exactly what I did, I throwed the garbage bag over the plant and pulled the ends shut.  Then I put that into another garbage bag and tied the end shut and put it on the front porch.  I then pulled my pumpkin over and placed it on the end of the bag.  It will now set there until my husband gets home and he can open it up and see what is inside.  My plant is probably ruined and I have had that over 20 years, but I don't care, I want that animal out of my house!!  I called my husband back and told him my heart was beating so fast, I will probably have a heart attack.  He said he was very proud of me for being so brave!!  Yah Yah blah blah!!  I still think he should of turned around and came and got it!!  Here is a picture of my bag.



To be continued tomorrow!  What is in that bag!!

This post is by Cynthia Dickerson

Thursday, November 15, 2012

When Did Squirrels Get So Smart???

We have an acorn tree right outside our back door.  We have lived her for at least 20 years and have always had a load of squirrels.  No problems ever with them.  We have this squirrel now that just has me baffled. 
One day this summer I was playing hide-go-seek with my 6 year old granddaughter.  I ran to the back yard and stood behind the tree.  All of a sudden these nuts started falling all around me and one hit me on the head.  I looked up and there was this squirrel tossing down these nuts at me.  He did not want me standing by (his) tree. 

We have patio furniture out there and were eating with the grandkids and he did the same thing, started throwing down nuts at us.  Now he thinks he owns the backyard.

I also have been fighting with him because I have a clothes line tied between two trees, of course, one of those trees is (his).  I have seen him chewing through the line and I go back out and tie it back up.  Twice he has done this.   Now this morning I see it is down again and this time, he just untied my knot!!!!!!!



He is smarter than the average squirrel,  maybe we should invite him for Thanksgiving?  Anyone else have a smart squirrel???  If not I will send you mine and just so he knows, that is still "MY" tree not his!!  I am going right back out and hooking up my clothesline!  When it gets really cold and snowy out though, I saved some nuts for him in my stash to keep him going through the winter, just in case he did not pack enough away!


This post is by Cynthia Dickerson

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Crazy Ribbon Flip Flops

As some of you know two of my granddaughters are really into gymnastics.  They practice for three hours almost everyday.  They are starting their competitions this weekend and my daughter, Tara,  asked me to make these flip flops to wear with their gymnastic outfits.
Photo: Sisters! http://instagr.am/p/RkZaqrohwc/

Here is a picture, it would probably be a little easier to see if I had a tiny foot to put into them, but this will have to do.  They are made with all kinds of different ribbons cut to around 8-10 inches.  Then you just tie them on around the flip flop.  The more different types of ribbons you have the cuter they are.  I have never made them before.  My other daughter, April, stopped over and fell in love with them.  She wants them for her girls in every color.  That probably won't be happening, unless I can find cute ribbon at a better price.  Now it was worth it for my two daughter's competition, but I don't know if it is for everyday.  The shoes were $5.00 a pair at Old Navy and the ribbons probably added up to about, at least, $15.00. 



Monday, November 12, 2012

My Spice Cabinet Just Had To Go!!!

I don't know about you, but every time I opened my spice cabinet, which usually is everyday,  I would have to dig around for what I needed and at least three things would fall to the floor. 

I have been watching on the Internet and it seems like all the ladies are getting this area straightened up.  Now it was my turn.  Here is what I am dealing with, probably shouldn't even show you this.
I have large containers from Sam's Club and plastic containers from the Pumpkin Seed and then the usual.  It is those little Tone containers that usually land on the floor. 

I have had this old shelf down in the basement that was in my father-in-laws barn which I have kept for years waiting for the right opportunity to use it.  I knew it would be perfect for my new spice rack.  I talked my husband into staining it to match my kitchen and hanging it on the wall for me. I told him to make it extra strong because it was going to hold a lot of jars!   Now I love to decorate country, so don't be shocked when it see its ruff condition.

I bought two different sizes of canning jars.  Try to find those now that they are out of season!!  After traveling to several stores, I managed to get the number of jars that I needed.  Next, I worked on how I was going to label the jars.  I thought of getting chalkboard labels and writing on them, but I was afraid they would not stick since there is not a smooth side on these jars.  Next, I thought about embroidering something with my sewing machine and even creating tags to hang on the jars. 

I was talking with my niece, Becca, because she is an avid scrapbooker and we finally hit on something much more simple.  I used a paint pen.  This would be so much simpler and much cheaper and I already had the pen on hand, so I could get started right away.

I finished it up this morning and first, here are all my empty containers.


 And here is what my new spice rack looks like!  I just love it! 







What do you think?  I might add some lace doilies in here, I will have to play around with the decorations.  Well, I better go! Now I feel like cooking!!!!!!!!!  Cindy



Written By Cynthia Dickerson

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Bella The Kitty Made By My 6 Year Old Granddaughter!

My granddaughter, Gisele, started on this kitty over a year ago.  She is six years old.  She would do about 3 rows of knitting and stop and put it away.  She never gave up and I didn't push her.  If she saw I was knitting she would pull up her chair and grab her knifty knitter and start to knit.  This was a great project for a beginner and small child.  I would wrap the thread for her and she would do the knitting.  I did do the final sewing to put the kitty together, but she made all the parts.  I will introduce you to Bella!  She picked the name.  I am very proud of her and even more she is so proud of herself!  If anyone wants the pattern, just let me know!


 
This post is by Cynthia Dickerson

Thursday, October 18, 2012

My daughter posted this on her website!  She made these cute Bat Pumpkins out of pumpkins and black duct tape.  I thought they were so cute!  I am planning on making one this weekend.  If you would like instructions, you can visit her website.  It is called Unsophisticook and here is the link:   http://unsophisticook.com/

She is like me and loves to cook and bake.  You can get some fabulous recipes on her site and some are passed down from our family also.

Monday, October 15, 2012

Sickness, Cameras, and Hedge Apples Oh My!!!

I hopefully will be able to now get back to some sewing! My mother has been sick and was in the hospital for a couple of weeks and then she came to my house for a week to recuperate. She is home now and doing much better. I am hoping to get a little free time for myself.

My husband, mother and I went for a ride out into the country while she was staying with us and I got out my camera to take a couple of pictures and I didn't have the SD card in the camera. I stuck my camera in the cup holder in the car. The next morning I was looking for it and realized I must of left it in the car. When I went to get it, the cup holder had about 2 inches of coffee spilled in it and there was my camera setting in it. It was in its case, so I was praying and hoping that it would be protected. Well, it wasn't! My camera would not turn on and I loved that little camera! It took really good videos and pictures! I don't know how the coffee got spilled, but it was no place but the cup holder!
I have been doing some research on cameras and purchased another one last week. I have been taking pictures around the house to make sure I like it. I thought I would post a couple of my decorations for the Fall/Halloween season! You can click on the picture to enlarge it if you would like a closer look!




If you look, you can see those green balls that we found out in the woods. They look like tiny green brains. I had never seen them before and had no idea what they were. I got on the internet and typed in green balls that look like brains and sure enough a picture of them popped up! They are called hedge apples. They make great additions to center pieces. Here is a closer picture of what they look like.  They are kind of sticky and they say to wash your hands after handling them or you could get a rash. I raised them up on a bottle cap so they are not sitting directly on my table runners.


I read up on what everyone does with them and it says that they are great for repelling spiders and crawly insects. My husband cut one open just so we could see what the inside looked like and said he was going to put it down in the basement to repel the spiders. The next morning I went down to the basement to wash a load of clothes and I turned around and saw this blob sitting in the middle of the floor back at the far end of the basement and I got scared to death. I thought it was a mouse! It didn't move, so I tip toed a little closer and there sat half of one of these hedge apples. I don't know why he would sit it in the middle of the floor, I would think it would work just as well in the corner of the basement!!!
Men just don't think like women!! LOL