Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Kids... they grow up so fast....

Look at that! Barely a week old and the two of them fill the nest. Look at all that fuzz!!  Momma Hummer is certainly doing a great job... They look so big here in this picture... the way they fill the nest .... but they are ooohhh so tiny.  Hubs and i want to find a way to give you some kind of reference in the next photo ... the last photo actually before we move.  We are going to wait until later in the week ...maybe we'll hold a coin up there or something......


Oh my the house is feeling empty.... We had a few friends come over this past weekend and help us carry the heavy stuff from upstairs and move it downstairs..... We left a mattress up there and a few things in the bathroom.... Kinda feels like camping......Very 'posh' camping that is......... 


The last of the craftroom... the chair looks kinda forlorn in there doesn't it?... I have never lived in such a nice house before... not growing up or all the years of my marriage... Living in this brand new house has been a pleasure.  And i have to say i've been a little bit spoiled..... Until this house i've never had a dishwasher... never really wanted one.. Um... i love my dishwasher now.. :)  I call her my maid... she helps me out so i can go do something else.. :) Yep spoilt..... Then theres the whole separate tub and shower... yep love that too......... spoilt i tell you... But there is so many things about this house that is not us............ Its too new... it has no character...not history.... no little quirks.... Its so new that in some aspects i'm afraid to touch it...  i don't want to 'mess it up'...  I want a house that if i want to paint a mural on the wall that i feel free to do that...... I'm hoping this next house will do that for me.... 

Ofcourse the coffee pot and cup were left out for the time being... So i could join my Tea Buddies over there at Elizabeth's and Bleubeard's T stands for Tuesday party.......  If you could read the time on the coffee pot you'd see it was 4am this morning.... I saw hubby off on his last Monday of work before retiring... I got him to pause at the door for a moment and take it all in.....before he walked out....Last Monday commute (80 miles roundtrip Mon - Fri), Tomorrow will be his last day of work period... I will go to work with him. The people he works with are having a pot luck lunch for him....Isn't that nice?? He touched alot of lives working here in CA for three years.. helped alot of Veterans which makes him feel good... Retirement is kind of bittersweet for him....... But he's ready... oh so ready...... And so am i... ready to have him all to myself....The stress of the last three years has really taken alot out of him... I see it... and i think he does too...... its time...   

The house we have our eye on in Arkansas is in the final stages... It has passed the inspections now it has to make appraisal...... which will happen sometime this week...  If it doesn't appraise for what the owner wants then he has to be willing to accept less......If not we will walk away...... This house is a 1975 fixer upper.....and we have doubts it will appraise for what he wants.... but fingers crossed... cause we really really love it...... I will tell you more about it once we know if we have it or not... no sense in getting your hopes up too...lol  Sorry i'm a little long here........Next Tuesday i will be on the road headed to Arkansas.....so ......... i probably will not get to post here for T Tuesday..... I'm not sure just when i will be set up again to post so 'Until we meet again my friends'!!  Big big hugs! deb

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Birth Announcement !!!

Okay everyone together now.... AAaaaawwwww...... LOL! Well... i don't know is any naked baby bird really 'cute'...?? :) I thought you'd want to see this ...One baby totally out of its shell and you can see a little hole started on the second one... Oh i hope they make it!Wouldn't that be wonderful?! Two brand new baby Hummers in this world...

Lets see if my calculations are right it took about 3 weeks for the eggs to hatch... They have about 2.5 weeks before we move and when we pack the truck there is no helping us passing by that tree while we load the truck... Hopefully Momma Hummer will tolerate us and not abandon the nest...... She 's been so good about it... What a treat this has been.... 

An update now for my Tea Peeps .....You must know i'am nearly done packing when i tell you i have packed the coffee cup collection.. lol ... I've kept out a not so favorite cup to use until we get moved and settled so if something should happen to it i will not be heartbroken ..... But all the rest are safely bubble wrapped and paper wrapped  and tucked safely away in a box labeled 'fragile'... 

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There's been some painting going on .... Can you tell? Look closely along the top and right hand side... I've finally taken a deep breath and plunged into working on the blue. Its probably difficult to tell but i've been having great fun watering down the acrylic paint and using it like water color.... getting it to flow and blend has been a wonderfully fun and learning experience.....I'm a little further along than this picture shows... I've finished across the top and most of the way down the left side..... I will hate to pack it away this coming weekend... I may get one more Tea Tuesday with Elizabeth and Gang before i'm missing in action ....... I hope Spring is knocking on your door... ! Hugs! deb

Monday, March 16, 2015

Busy as a Bee.............


.......Maybe you can pick them out.......   There must be at least a dozen busy little bees in that lavender photo.... They are just covered! Wouldn't you just love to get a hold of some lavender honey?? I'm not even a big fan of honey but it sounds scrumptious. 


I apologize for the blurry photo....... Its a postcard done with acrylic paint and cutting and pasting on a cereal box chipboard ... Lots of fun for the times i needed a break........ Its winging its way to a special friend who's feeling a little under the weather.... 



LOOK ! at that nice clean craftroom!! Now if i always had that much space... lol ... But you can see i've kept myself some crafty stuff out and i have my nice fluffy pillow to sit on and my cup of coffee for all my fellow T Day visitors.... Doesn't the sun just feel delicious this time of year?! Not too hot ... just right.... 


Hubby pulled over to help someone with a tire this weekend and i entertained myself with the camera.... I have no idea what those yellow flowers are but they are everywhere..... covering whole hillsides around here... I hope you'll click on the pic to enlarge it as it is quite lovely large. The foreground is a little fuzzy and i kinda like it........

My patience paid off and i captured a Red-winged blackbird while sitting on the side of the road. There were several of them flitting around but they would never hold still for very long...... I think he's a beauty!!! Well i hope you had a fan~tabulous weekend! The packing is winding down around here ...I really only have the kitchen to worry about and a few odds and ends.... whew...  I hope you'll join me visiting all my fellow Tea Drinkers this week....

Monday, March 9, 2015

A Gift........


This home we are about to leave keeps leaving me parting 'gifts'.... First a Humming Bird not only visits but nests in my front yard and lays two eggs.... AND .... the nest is at a height that i can keep a discreet watch on whats happening in the nest.... For a Hummer update scroll down to previous post.... 

Then! In the header you will some Ice Plant i planted last summer ... It did not bloom at ALL.....Then just as we get all serious about packing look what happened! Full bloom and just as gorgeous as i knew it would be...  

i hope you'll click to enlarge!

Nearly all of my art supplies are packed away but i did manage to put myself together a variety of things to keep at hand so i can still create 'something'... Above is a postcard i tore right out of my sketch book and made it work... The notebook paper is glued right to some cereal box chipboard . I used colored pencils and paint and some pearl paint for the stars so they shine... Its an idea i would like to use on a canvas some time... but made a cute little postcard for now...Its winging its way to someone's mailbox to hopefully brighten their day...


Jinx is very interested in all the going's on.... He has to be in the middle of everything... I helped him out today by plopping him down in the middle of a box of packing peanuts....It was so hilarious... he looked like he was swimming thru the peanuts to get out of the box..... OMGosh i laughed till it hurt... I know i know  poor little kitty.... But sometimes he has to entertain 'mom'.... No kitty was harmed in this adventure... and he came out as fast as he went in....lol ... Psst by the way those are biodegradable peanuts and we got them off a website called freecycle.org... we got our boxes from there too... great website.... 

Well my Tea People thats about all for this week.... Its been a little crazy around here... Hubby signed his retirement papers today....Woot woot!!  We are still packing like busy little bees... We made an offer on a house in Arkansas.... Fingers crossed... OMGoodness its a little piece of Heaven on Earth.... but.... for us its priced a little high , needs quite a bit of loving updating....And the old man who is selling it does not seem motivated... but hey.. we love it so we gotta try.... You still have everything crossed right ?  Remember its fingers, toes and eyeballs...fingers, toes and eyeballs...  And if you can still see with those crossed eyeballs hop on over to Elizabeth's and visit all the Tea Drinkers ,they are a lovely bunch. Hugs! deb

Friday, March 6, 2015

A Quick Hummer Update....

Well i know its blurry but we were in a hurry... We didn't want to disturb her too much but can you see that??? Two, two little , itty, bitty, hummer eggs....  And she is such a brave little momma... She flits off the nest everytime we walk by and hovers off to the side making little pipping noises at us.... At first i was afraid we would eventually scare her off but she's determined to have her nest there right by the walkway.... Its fine now but i worry about when we start loading the moving truck in about a month.... I'm guessing the eggs will be hatched by then...Isn't it exciting!!??  

The almond trees are in full bloom around here and i just had to get a picture before we left... the bees were buzzing and the smell was intoxicating... I would have loved to walk thru an orchard but somehow i don't think the farmer would appreciate that! lol  Take care and have an incredible weekend! I'll be packing.... Hubby turned to me last night and said  " You know ...we could just have a big yard sale..." ....Ha!  Hugs! deb

Monday, March 2, 2015

Taking a Break.......



I'm taking a break......  i don't care what the 'task master' says (aka. hubs)..... Boy when he gets a bug to do something its best either A. get out of the way or  B. go with the flow............. I tried my best to do one of those two things this past weekend when hubby got the bug to get some things packed... lol   But i HAD to visit with my tea drinkers today....  and i HAD to show you my little birdies!!! Aren't they adorable???  I found them at Michael's ....i GOTTA stay out of that place...it just gives me more things to pack!!! These little guys were like $2-$4 THEN 50% off that!!! I couldn't resist....  I can just picture them along a window sill in the new house....Hubs thinks i'll find them all along the floor after Jinx swats them off.... better make sure its a windowsill over carpet..lol 


I've also fit in some painting .... I'd about given up on this painting... if you click and enlarge the one above you will see lots of streaks .  Thats the Martha Stewart pearl paint.... and no mater how many coats i put on the streaks wouldn't go away and i . did. not. like. them.  THEN!


I had an epiphany...   simple really..... i could kick myself it took me so long to realize my problem.... I added a little water to the paint... just a little , too much and you lose the pearl effect .... Then use quite a bit of paint on your brush when you apply... don't be skimpy.... and more or less dab it on not pull it in a streak but dab...  Its difficult to tell by the pics... I tried and tried to get good pics but the camera was NOT having that pearl effect....  I'm really happy with how it is working out now so i will play with this until a few day before we leave then i will let dry and pack it.... 



Just evidence of more packing.......   Looks like the day we pull away will be April 5 or 6th..... knock on wood.....  Well i guess i 've had enough of a break...need to get supper started soon and i'd like to pack another box or two before i get started...   Boy this is slow going.... Hugs! deb