Saturday, August 16, 2014

Future Ciggies and the $11 fuse

Well it is the middle of August.   The middle of August !!!!!! Hope you are all having a great summer cause you know as well as I do it is fixin to be fall ready or not.  

Funny, just opened a chocolate--yum paper it was wrapped in says be spontaneous.  Well my friends we are or try to be the best we can.    We have not been on one our "trips" for a while so thought ok lets pack up and off we went.   A lot of times we don't know where we are going and how long we will be.  This time we thought at least two weeks.  

  Steel stallion loaded with whatever we take on a trip, tires rotated, oil changed  and suitcases saying where are we going now?   In our heads we were going to put about 5,000 miles in the stallion.  Yep we love the driving trips and just seeing what God has created, not the man made attractions but pretty things and country sides.  So to start the trip we went to Sedona Arizona.   Such a peaceful and calming place.  With Red Rocks and way to many tourists.   We went to our favorite place Poco Diablo with lots of ducks which I love to feed and by the time we leave I have named each little group.   To Limpy, whose foot was hurt, to the loner, who fly's in every time I fed them.   We had Momma and baby.  Well it was 3 babies but the Heron, a protected bird ate two of them.    Now I think it was last year it was 10 or 13 babies when we got there and I saw the culprit Heron eat several of them and when we left there were 3.   Poor little ducks.    We had the trio of ducks and I wondered if they were the babies from last year.   I really got excited when this pig of a bird was eating the babies.   Hubby said that is just the food chain.   But he didn't have to eat them in front of me.  Just my thought.  

Now here is loner and the trio waddling off after I fed them   We were almost ready to hit the road when I took these.  I thought I would take more but didn't.   Next time.  Some of them are aggressive little things and would jump up and say, or I think they say, hurry Annette you are dilly dallying to much.  
Quick pic of some of the ducks.  There is also a little 9 hole golf course there, we don't kill the golfs but it is peaceful there.    Now that is what I say golfers do, kill the golfs ( hit the golf balls) and I asked grandson yet has he figured out to cook the golfs?  Just one of my goofy things I guess.   I only had to step outside on the patio throw one piece of bread up and here they came.  Oh they wouldn't eat strawberries at least these wouldn't eat them.  

It is so peaceful at Poco Diablo  except for the Heron and you can get your head on straight there and just chill out or do as much as you want to.  Sometimes we are tourists and other times just chillers.   Now this time there were three weddings at the resort while we were there.  One had 80 something guests, one had about 35 and the other one was Bride, Groom, one attendant each and a flower girl.  That is it.  We got to see different photographers at work.  We watched from our patio and being as we did that combat photography for a few years were interested in the photographer.   Now they all three had different styles and it was interesting to watch.

I took lots of photos but thought naw this is just a nibbling of what we watched.  There is a gazebo behind the trees also. 
After three restful nights off we went to Yellowstone here we come.   Now we are kind of like boy scouts and try to be prepared and carry things with us that we might need.  In our wanderings we will go miles and miles without seeing a town or even another car.   We pranced out to the steel stallion like kings of the hill.   Put the key in the ignition and click, click, click.   Ok most people know what that sound is- battery problems.  Never had one iota of a problem.  We carry a self powered little thing and hooked it up to the battery and got it started and thought ok off we go.   Well on the way  to the interstate things started happening.     Have you ever seen the Stephen King movie   Christine?  Well Christine over took our steel stallion or we were on and Indian burial ground or something.   Our thinking was Phoenix is further but the road is level, to Flagstaff it is hilly or had mountains.   Why did this matter?  Fixin to tell you-gotta make another paragraph so you don't get exhausted. 
Sedona did not have a dealership there to check on the steel stallion.   The windows were going up and down, the air conditioner off and on and surging, all the electrical displays looked like a motion picture going thru everything it ever thought of.  The air bag displays OMG went nuts o .  The transmission clunked and we could go 70 or 40.  Gotta say an Escalade is tough.    We had maybe a string of a couple of minutes that things worked.   Talk about tense.   Nothing electrical worked, on star no cell Christine was taking over.   
We saw a high way patrolman, whew, he had some pulled over so we parked behind him and waited.  Well, he saw us and coming over to us, casually put his hand on his pistol, flipped the safety strap with his thumb and hand on pistol.   I thought oh no, Christine first and then the mad police officer.  We didn't kill the car just in case it wouldn't start.  
He was so nice and said let me think a minute.  There was a dealership within 10 miles so we thanked him and off we went.   Jerking car and all.   We drove into the dealership  and  parked the car and it was then dead as a door nail.   No clicks or nothing.  After 6 short hours at the dealership it was an $11 fuse.  They had not even heard of the car doing that.   But things happen for a reason.    They found a dead cell in the battery, they had had a factory recall on a transmission dip stick tube and it was cracked and our little jaunt of jerking down the road we had some burnt transmission fluid.  So with a new $11 fuse, a new battery and clean new transmission fluid we were of our way.   
Now being older and wiser we thought lets go back to Sedona.  Did that and got a room at our resort and thought ok, we are going back home and making sure the steel stallion is well.   So that is what we did, only 1650 miles on this leg of our trip.   We figure Yellowstone will not close and we have been there several times.   We made it home safe and sound and onward and upward we will go.  
Now it wasn't a total loss at all  we enjoyed ourselves and I did do lots of sketching.   Here are 3 that I did, while take their pics I had done a whole lot more.  I guess my muse was on overtime in Sedona.  So now we  will paint them and see where they go. 


 We had beautiful clouds on the way home and even saw RAIN--yes Rain while we were gone.  Well it did hail one night but RAIN.  That is such a treat for us.  No complaining here. 


I was busy looking at the clouds and was seeing lots of teddy bears on their backs wanting to have their tummy's scratched then forgot to take pics.  But did get around to  taking a few. 
1/3 of the trip but will attempt again.   
Thanks for stopping by and seeing what is going on in my world today. 

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Happy Accident Project Finished

Here we go and welcome August.  It has been so cool for summer here, really cool.   Kind of scarey.  Our weatherman Ron Roberts even said he wouldn't be surprised if we got the S word in October.  We will see.   I mean I am not complaining but we don't mind the 100 plus days, I am not joking.  Well if we worked outside during the heat of the day we might but we try to get our doings one in the morning and then inside projects in the afternoon.

Now being Relaxed Retired should mean more relaxing and less projects, not sure where we messed up here.   I keep saying well next year we won't have many projects.   This would be true I guess if Miz Busy Person here wouldn't think of any projects or Mr. getting to be an engineer type person thinks of some also.  So right now Libby, our furbaby is the only one taking the Relaxed Retired to heart

Miss Libby and her Relaxing and sleeping.  Now the only time she gets out of her"Dog House" is when the rest of her human pack comes out.  She gets bored very easily because we are not giving treats or petting constantly.   She does enjoy the coolness of the rocks we put in the flower bed.   I am thinking next year we are going to do the same rock treatment to the giant cut out in the front.  It houses 3 large oak trees, lots of feather grass and 5 or 7, can't remember red blooming yuccas.    That will be a next spring project I think, here we go already planning new projects for next year.   Yikes Annette and Eldon you are Relaxed Retired.  

Now as I promised some pics of an accidental project.   The lawn /patio chairs we finished and working on the patio led to this project.    Hubby had set up his saw horses, yes horses in Texas : ), and put some boards on them so the painting would be easier and not so hard on the back.   Ouch.  
He had been experimenting with some old cedar fencing and came up with some shutters.   Well after using spray paint on them he said look at this.  Master pieces of art in my mind.   So he took some cross boards off of the one and I said this is perfect.  Could you make another one and I could paint on it and we could hang on the back windows of the patio? 
Off Hubby went and made another shutter and we were delighted at what we had created.   Now mind you these are not for the faint of heart or for beigh loving dears.   We would not put these on the front of the house, I think the HOA here would tar and feather us and run us out of the neighborhood.  This is for our enjoyment and our back patio.   Only Libby and us will ever see it.    Talk about a pop of color to go along with the rest of our patio.   Yahoooooo. 
Hubby and co-worker of our doings and projects.  

Here they are.  We love them I said you know some flowers would be pretty underneath them.   He said how about a flower box?   Hummmm maybe another project?   Not sure.   We could not have planned these any better if we tried.  You can see where we had arms and legs  ( of chairs) scattered around   Like I said not for the faint of heart but we love them and they give lots of personality to our patio.     Oh did you notice the cushion on the left?  I thought why not spray paint the cushions.  They are still good and let's just change the color?  Tada,  presto changeo.    
Grandson was here a few weeks back and he said it is beginning to look like Nana now.  Best compliment ever.    Thanks Grandson.

Just a little reminder of what the patio looks like.   We are thinking about what to put on the concrete now.  Dang that is another project isn't it?  See what I mean?   It is never ending.  Guess that is what keeps us young. 

Well thanks for stopping by and seeing what is going on in our world today.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Some of This and That and the Skunk

Hello there, well here it is ending sort of July.    We had a dab of rain today maybe 2 tenths of an inch but will take it any day.    Some days we have the dog doldrums and just plod along in the Summer but we always seem to have little projects beside our regular doings in the Summer.    Our little surprise project is almost finished and can show you soon.   Here is a tad of things that was going on last week.

When we went to the parade of homes in June and there were lots of end of bed things and I thought I can do that.   So here it is.  I used some of the blue silk for the base and then had the pretty embellished silk and used it for the top, added gimp and lots of beaded trim and happen to have some pretty pins with lots of bling so added those.   I think it weighs maybe a ton or close to it but keeps the feet nice and toasty warm.  One we saw at the parade of homes was leopard fur with pins but no leopards for us.  It may be finished not sure.   I took it off of the bed and we thought it looked blah now without it.  

Here it is with the "Queen" pillow as we call it and some of the same silk on the pillow as on the end of bed doodad.    Now we only have 12 things to put on the bed every morning.   The good thing is though that we do leave the end of bed doodad on there.   That thing isn't going to budge.  I used an old comforter for the inside and thinking now maybe just  some of the polyester stuffing but who knows it may get replaced yet.   Probably not though. 
Now me and my doings,   I  was thinking we have two very comfy chairs and ottomans we happen to use every night while watching the Texas Rangers play and I thought they need to be spiffed up big time.  They are to good to chunk and I have never really made slipcovers for chairs.  So we got online and found a company with fabric we liked.  Well the first fabric was for outdoors and the lady said it might not wear as good as we would want.  She and I looked together on the computer and she said you know you might light this.  Well I loved it,  I just flopped the fabric  on the chair to see what it looked like and I love it and so does Hubby.  That is good enough for us.  Just needed something to add some cheer and life in there.   I went to JoAnn's, love that place, and bought 12 yards of muslin and am going to make a pattern first before I order the rest of the fabric.  The lady at JoAnn's said if I could make wedding gowns this is a piece of cake.  I will let you know while I am doing it.  Pictures to and may or may not pull my hair out.  Shouldn't be to bad if I take my time.  
Our living room rug, over the wood floors, is the cranberry color here and the turquoise is scattered around.  I did buy a new yellow and turquoise rug for the kitchen dining area.   Ya gotta wait for that one though.   Now I have to redo the chairs around the table, see?   Another project.

Next, the other morning when we were sitting outside the sun was shining here I love it.  One Bougainvillea is blooming it's heart out and the other one it trying.  We have several more scattered around the patio.  

 Just a couple of pics of some the West Texas greenery we have right now.   I am thinking the Croton will come in the sunroom when it gets colder.  We have one pot with three of them in it and then a watering can we painted turquoise with one croton in it.   We have some Hibiscus also but the tree one died. It was probably 10 years old but bit the dust this spring so just have a baby one now.  

One of the Mandavella  blooms, not sure of this one spelling but spell check wouldn't play with me so it is my spelling.   They are so pretty and love the heat and sun so heat and sun it gets.  We have tried to over winter them but the mealy bugs seem to invade them so they will be frozen little popsicles this winter.   

Now I did mention a skunk.   Our sweet Libby protects us at night and during the day from Dragons disguised as trash trucks and the coyotes that go down the alley, yep they really do run down the alley at night.   We heard Libby and thought ok she is protecting us.  Well she really was. 

Eldon is usually the early riser, I am not !!!!!   He said he opened the sunroom door and he knew instantly what it was-----Peppy  La Pew had been in the back yard.   Oh what a fragrance only to be loved by another skunk.   Do you remember a couple of years ago that Jewel and Libby got sprayed and we let them in the house before we realized it ?   Oh my what a smell.   Well we ran down to Pet's Mart and got some de skunk concoction and gave this baby a bath.  Last time we used peroxide and baking soda which worked well.   Libby's skin is so sensitive we thought this Pets Mart concoction might be better for her.  It was but we didn't put it on her snout and around her eyes.  They still smell like Peppy.  I have some cloths that I soak in baking soda and wipe the snout and the hair around the ears and hope that helps.  

Here she is tired after the bath but she is pretty and white again.  She is a protector for sure.   Good Libby.   Oh she is part Australian Shepard and Brittany .     Smart as a whip and is getting over our sweet Jewel going to Heaven.  For any that are worried she is very up on her Rabies shots 
There you go what has been happening in our world this week.  Thanks for stopping by and checking in to see.   

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Miz Lazy Bones and CQing

Ok, now what is up Miz Lazy Bones Annette?   My goodness I thought-- oh my I haven't blogged and I know it is summer and we get so busy doing things and little projects before it gets so rip blazing hot outside.  Sometimes Hubby and I think why do we give ourselves so many projects?  We are retired and thought we were relaxed retired.   Right now he is in the back garage/shop finishing a little project for me.   This one was a total accident.  A great one and will have pics of it soon.  I know when some see it you will say what is she thinking ?  BUT no one will see it except y'all and us.   Can't wait to show you, a happy accident I guess you would say.

Now we ordered some Adirondack chairs on line.  We looked at some sort of like them and they were $499 each.  I thought I don't want to spend that for some chairs that will sit out in the sun and weather.   We got them in, they were stained and I thought well that won't do for our patio.    So spray paint world here we came.   Yellow and Turquoise were the lucky colors.    I had painted an outside rug a couple of three years ago and just wanted something to go with it.  It does have a few Jewel footprints on it.  Seems like she liked the turquoise paint and branded the rug and patio with her little footprints.  

The chairs came in pieces and many pieces I might add.  I used liquid sander and some of the chair is turquoise and some is yellow.  They recline and have a foot stool that pull out.   I even wore a mask with this project.   I don't want to be brain dead from the fumes.  

I got those painted, sprayed some polyurethane on them and Hubby put them together.  We spray painted outside pots and spiffed them up and even bought a cut little table at Garden Ridge and repainted it.  Man alive it didn't move in our back yard it got sprayed a color.  

Pictures please Annette:

Have some fabric ordered to cover the cushions for the newly painted old patio chairs.  They were standing still so zip zap they got painted.    The little yellow and  turquoise stools now little tables.  They were some stools I had left over from photography days.  They were brown and very useful at the time and I used them a lot from the photography days. I thought they needed a new lease on life.   So tadaaaaa   little tables. 

Even the garden trellis got a coat of paint.  This is a pic also of the rug, it has resisted several bad hail storms and lots of sun and snow but still perking along.  This rug must weigh a million pounds and only once blew up one corner with our winds.  It has one coat of kilz and two gallons of yellow paint. 

Fresh painted table also.  

Now you can see at the top of the pic the stand alone flower bed which is where my faerie garden is. 
Had to show some of the flowers we get to see and we have planted 11 trees after we got here and the two bigger ones were here and have grown like weeds.   Our water is so hard that if anything survives it we plant more of it.   Tough little trees.
Now we have several other projects going and I have been Crazy Quilting also.     I am also a member of a group called Crazy Quilt Divas on FB and they are doing a round robin where we make 6 naked blocks and mail them off and each of the 6 players in our group embellish one block that we have pieced together.  Then we get all 6 of our blocks back and they are embellished to each artists taste.  I did 6 blocks of faeries, who would have thought that? The blocks are 6 1/2 by 6 1/2. 
This is the first block that I did of Mary Beards in Austin , Texas.   A fellow Texan and very talented.   I forgot to take a pic before I started putting lace on but I bet you get the picture of a naked block.

The block after I embellished it.  I had found a pin at an estate sale and thought it would be perfect for this block..
One more July piece I have created.. Not sure what this one is going to be but she is ready maybe to be a purse?  
Now even the sun room is getting a make over.  The Martha Stewart wonderful chair and foot stool even got painted white.  Shuuuuuu don't tell her we painted it.   It has a new run in there, I did mess up and yes I admit a mess up.  The rug is perfect but cotton so I am spraying scotch guard on it hope that helps.  Pics later don't want y'all to have overload here.    
There you go what I have been doing, well not all of it but some of what I have been doing for July.   Thanks for stopping by and seeing what is going on in my world.

Friday, June 27, 2014

A New Home for Faeries

Do you have a spot in your garden/yard that you just can't do anything with?   You know the spot, maybe to sunny or to shady and you are thinking what in the Sam Hill am I going to do with this?   When we moved into our home over 5 1/2 years ago now there was this sort of flowerbed.  It had some shrub and geraniums in it.   I thought how pretty, well it had all been just planted for the show and to sell.   You know the tricks of the trade I guess.   The plants including the shrub died and I have tried several things in it.   So shade loving plants have sort of lived.  You know the sort of trick that plants play on you don't you?  They look great and then half of it dies and you don't have the heart to dig it up and throw it away.  I had planted some Holly Fern wonderful stuff when we lived 80 miles or so south of here.  Always was green in the winter and just did it's own thing.   Not so here but it does sort of come back every year.

I did keep fiddling with the plants that lived and then this year the light bulb in my head turned on.   Ok Annette, the piddle queen of the world lets really put the thinking cap on and see what you can do.

We were at Wally World and there was this little box saying here I am Annette pick me up.   I did pick it up  and proudly brought it home and it was colder than a booger bear but it sat in my art room's bathroom  mining it's own business until it finally warmed up.  

I positioned what was in the box and thought ok but you still look a little bare so went to JoAnn's and to Michaels and they had things there that fit the ticket.  Now I have played and rearranged and think I still need more in the area but here is what I have done so far. 

I had this young lady for years and she is faded but she fits the ticket I do believe.   The mother of faeries.

Can you guess what is coming next ?   Yes I made a Faerie village of sorts.  A work in progress but of course that means a little more shopping.   I think some more tiny little red mushrooms around would add some color.


The Faeries had to have a recreational area so they don't go bananas tending to their little world.   We found this little bird house at Garden Ridge and thought tada for the Faerie village.    

There you have it a tour of my new village.   It is a flower bed of brick and about waist high so perfect to peek in and see what is going on.   Some of the Holly Fern which is suppose to stay green in the winter covers it all and I had to hold the leaves back to photo this.   So it is hidden from the green and blue dragons that go down our alley once a week.  They are disguised as trash trucks.   I hope you enjoy seeing the progress of it all.

Now I have been busy also with some Crazy Quilting of some little pouches using----you guessed it Faeries.  They are surprise gifts and they wanted to be included with the yard faeries. 

One of my first little gals I did several years ago.  She is going to her new owner in a month or so.  

One more Faerie her name is Sparkle and will be going to her new owner soon.
There you go and thanks for stopping by and seeing what is going on in my world today. 

Friday, June 20, 2014


It is funny how circumstances  happen and change your life and little things make your heart grow.  This precious little fur baby came into our life late one night in October 2007.  Our life was never the same when this little bundle of energy came into it.  We enjoyed every second of her.    We went to the vet the first time on May 12th and by May 22, 2014  this little bundle of fur and love  died. A shock and to us both and she was so deep into our hearts.   We know she is at the Rainbow Bridge waiting for us when we cross over to go to Heaven.   
I do need to back up with my story though.   Our Granddaughter  moved with her family and was not able to take Jewel with her.  They had given her to some people in their neighborhood and some how late one October night she wound up in a busy busy intersection some 20 miles from where she was suppose to be.  Hummmmm I could almost think someone dropped her off.  An Angel found her and rescued her from certain death and we received a call, thank goodness for dog tags and this is when this bundle of energy came into our life.   When we would babysit our grandkids we always enjoyed watching this wiggle tail baby and entertain us the whole time.
There was not a day when we didn't laugh and be so entertained by her and her busy personality and wiggle tail and never never met a stranger.  Now I could fill a book about her but just wanted to share a little about this sweet fur baby.  I won't mention though the skunk incident, wow was that ever strong.  Peppy la Pew really got she and sweet Libby good and we even let them in the house before we knew it.   The tomato juice trick was not the helper in that experience but peroxide was the winner to get rid of that smell and good ole fresh air helped the inside of the house.    

Here she is and is 11 years old here.  We enjoyed this baby for about 7 years.   She even got her weight down to where the vet was pleased.   Not by her choice I promise you.  If she had her way she could have eaten constantly.  We bought food once for older dogs, wow did that ever pack on the weight for this little gal so back to the Lite bites for her.   And Beggin Strips, don't know what is in them but they would go nuts for their little strip just before bed time.  Lots of bouncing around.  

You can tell there was some length to this little body and very seldom still.  Always exploring and hunting.   We had lots of excitement one morning---a rabbit got in the back yard. Oh my goodness things got pretty busy then but the rabbit was quick and escaped thru a tiny opening in the back gate.  Every morning we would say where is the rabbit and action popped into the back yard.   Hunting and sniffing for the rabbit.


Now when we got a new mattress, yearly, for her dog house we had to always slit it open so she could tuck herself in and get comfy. Sometimes totally covered and sometimes just the little black nose would stick out and the little doggie heating pad was on most of the time.  Except when it was in the high 90's and 100's.  Even after the new "dog house" aka sunroom was built she still had to have her covers.   I mean it weighed nothing but it was a cover.  

She loved to dig, guess that was the Beagle in her.  This was the frog hole she dug and get the frog out for Libby to play with.  They were a team.  Jewel would do this with gophers  in the back yard on the other side of the berms.  I once told Grandson if you ever had to go in our back yard at night don't go past the berms.  It was like the Grand Canyon back there.  Everytime it rained it stirred up the smells and off she would go to dig and dig.  Sometimes her copartner Libby would stand guard and watch and Libby would even take turns to dig.  Wasn't that sweet that Jewel shared the digging duties with Libby?

Libby with one of their frogs.    Now we named her Libby, thanks to Carolyn's suggestion because we liberated her from the pound on November 2009. Lots of energy back then for Libby.

Here are the "Butterscotch Twins" just before they got their morning toothbrushes, AKA doggie chews.   Now Libby is alone and not sure but you remember she is a rescue baby and we feel like she had been left alone all day and then fed and hopefully loved in the evenings.  She is very timid and if you have anything in your hand, anything she cowers down and almost turns herself inside out so you won't see her.    She and Jewel got along so well and hunted those gofers and  rabbits together.  She is doing better and I know misses her little friend also. 

We did make a Christmas card with them and Santa.  Well actually they were sitting there waiting for a chew and I popped Santa in there. 
I did this painting of her the other day and had to include it with her story.  
Our fur babies just love us unconditionally and just ask for love back.  They don't care what we look like, what we wear, what we drive or where we live.  They just love and want to please.    I know several of you have lost your pets and I am so sorry but know they are waiting for us at the Rainbow Bridge.  This is a beautiful poem and if you have time look it up and read it.  It will do your heart good to know that our pets are waiting for us.    A dear friend Dee told me in the dog world on the first clear night after they die to look up into the sky and the first bright star you see will be Jewel.   We did see her in the sky.   I know some say they don't have souls but I don't believe that and they are so perfect that they don't have to come back to earth and relive their lives.  They are perfect in every way.   In the past 7 years we have lost 3 fur babies and it is always hard.  The joy the bring to us is wonderful and we miss them all so much. 
Thanks for stopping by and seeing what is going on in our world.  It has taken the "soup" out of us losing this baby and time does heal but sometimes your mojo just takes a while to get back to normal. 

Friday, June 6, 2014

June is here

June is here already.    Here is my June block for CQJP.   I had created several ahead and so glad I did.   Sometimes life gives you surprises and you get bogged down.  But my little Faeries were there and ready to be created into something.   Sooooooooo here she is.
I used some little silk flowers on this one, I always remember Pat Winter says there are no rules.   Thank goodness.   So some silk ribbon flowers and of course a few hundred beads later this little jewel is done.  I hope you enjoy looking at "JUANITA".   I printed her up a little softer but the pinks and creams were ok with what I did.  
This blog note is a tad short but promise the next one will be longer.    Have a good week and oh my create something today even if it is pie.  Now I love pie so I will be able to smell it.   Thanks for stopping by and seeing what is going on in my world today.