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Saturday, January 28, 2012
Sonny made another driftwood tree up at the lake ~ first one went to friend Margo ~ the second one, to her daughter, Lynne. They do so many nice things for us ~ and entertain us so beautifully throughout the year. They both love all things beach related, so we know she'll love this, too! Maybe, the next one will be ours!
ULU ~ have you ever heard of an Ulu? It is this chopping blade ~ made in Alaska ~ the handle is some animal's antler! Son Chris, gave this to Sonny while we were in Seattle ~ we both LOVE it! It chops like a dream and came with it's own rounded out chopping block! I chopped my little heart out the other day to make vegetable soup ~ it made enough to feed an army ~ nice for the freezer for upcoming cold nights!
This is Seattle grandson, Hunter! His parents had this cut-out stand-up picture made for me for Christmas and I just love it! He stands on the desk so I can see him every day!
The two desk tops are finally cleaned off and organized ~ woo hoo! I rarely work at a neat desk ~ kind of weird not to be searching thru piles of paperwork!! I really do know where everything is, though ~ and now most of it's where it should be ~ that's even weirder!! I have to go thru the files now and pull out things from prior to 2005 and have Luke shred them ~ he likes that job! That will make room for last year's paper work and then, voila! The office will be in order!!
Last night, we went out for dinner with Cliff and Margo (she bought Sonny a birthday cake for dessert at their home). Tonite, we're entertaining grandson Luke while his dad and Luci go to the father/daughter dance. Have a good weekend whatever you do!! Stay warm!
Tuesday, January 24, 2012
It's hard to believe but this is a condo! It was featured in one of Judy Condon's home decor books last year ~ I can't remember which one ~ but there are lots more photos there ~ a really nice tribute to Pat and Chuck's decorating style!
We were treated to one of Pat's wonderful homemade soups, some of her fabulous homemade bread, a great salad and scrumptious dessert! She even put out a cookbook last year with family recipes and family anecdotes ~ it's a treasure for sure. Sonny has used her recipes in the past ~ he keeps them in his own files because I tend to misplace things and he wanted to make sure he had them at his fingertips!
Wednesday, January 18, 2012
Friday, January 13, 2012
In the family room, this huge antique fan quilt hangs over the mantle and on the mantle are some great mug jugs, done by various artists. Their origin dates back to the mid 1800's and were made by the slave potters at the end of their work day ~ some say made in their own image from the left over clay. They fascinate me ~ anything with a face does ~ and we have a couple of smaller ones here at our house.
Look at this great stack of blanket chests! And wooden shoe molds to the right, hold antique pin cushions. Lori and Michael have great collections ~ each one showcased beautifully in their contemporary home.
This cute guy resides in the two-story entry and is dressed in red longjohns for the long cold winter! Pretty darn funny to me ~ wonder what the neighbors think!! I'm sure they find Lori a fun addition to their neighborhood! She and her husband are wonderful hosts and they made a houseful of guests from different walks of life, feel very comfortable on a winter evening.
This new addition to our house was made by my resident carpenter, Sonny!! He reminded me that we bought the table top at David T. Smith's tent sale years ago. He ran across it in his shop and made the splayed-leg base for it ~ then did a hand-rubbed oil finish ~ now we have a new table in front of the fireplace. It really is beautiful and made him really happy to be out in his shop creating. He's also been working on hooking frames for the upcoming show season ~ yay!
We had lots of snow today ~ no school in our area ~ there's also a lot of flu going around ~ I'm staying inside so germs don't get me!! Today was the wholesale market in Columbus ~ I love to go but not on these roads ~ good sense prevailed and I stayed home!
The beginners rug class for tomorrow is postponed and we're rescheduling in March ~ it's going to work out much better since the weather isn't cooperating and illness is running rampant. Son Teddy and grandsons, Luke and Camden were down with the flu bug this week ~ I dropped Luke's homework off to him and practically threw it in the door ~ I didn't want those people breathing on me! Thankfully, today, they're all on the mend!
Stay warm and stay healthy ~ winter has finally reared it's blustery head but Spring is right around the corner!
Tuesday, January 3, 2012
Fireworks in Port Clinton!