Thursday, December 1, 2011

Hi Everybody!

I hope everybody is doing well!!

I am checking in on everyone today and all your great Christmas decor!!

I need to get in the spirit!  And I knew you guys could help!!

Mom is the same, she's had some bad falls and looks like she went up 
against Mike Tyson and unfortunately, lost!   
She is on Coumadin for her heart and she tends to bleed and bruise easily.

Thanks everybody for all the nice emails and for checking in on me!

I wish I could invite you all over for a little Holiday Cheer!!

Thank you so much all my good friends!! 

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

I'm A Bad Blogger..........

Wow I miss everybody so much!

I haven't been on here in forever!!!

I have had a few changes in my world.  My wonderful Mother has taken that turn in life where I am now the parent.  

She is still on her own, but we don't want to leave her alone.

I have been doing her laundry and paying her bills for some time now but within the last few months she needs more attention.  My sister and I take turns every other day taking care of her.

Nobody tells you about this part, and as a kid you sure never think about it.  
It's hard, really hard.  

It's hard hearing the same story over and over, it's hard telling her she has to take a shower, it's hard getting her eat something other than ice cream!  And it's hard looking at her across the table wishing she was the old Mom.  Not that her mind is all the way gone but she's different now.  

And my job is really busy!  I got a raise, HELLO!  With all the blogging I was doing at work, that was a shock!  Thank goodness I haven't been caught yet! ha 

So with my Mom and that place I have to go to that pays the bills, I haven't had time to work on any of my projects. I am so behind!  I have so much furniture stacked up that I need to get to. 

AND I haven't even changed my house to FALL!!!!
Can you imagine!!  

Thank you for sticking by me and not un-following me!  I promise I'll get my mo-jo back soon!

I feel like I know you all personally and I have been a really bad friend for not checking in.

I miss everybody so much.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

My Great Grandmother's Journal 1898

I have been such a bad blogger!
I've been having to actually work at my job 
and have just no time for blogging! 

The other I was dusting, no I really was......
and my Great Grand Grandmothers journal caught my eye.

When I was young I would spend the night at my 
Grandparents house whenever I could.
Great memories, Gram let me watch Star Trek!
We would also sit on the patio and Grandpa would read to me from his Mother's Journal.
I loved it! 
 I would picture her and everything in my mind.

Here's some entries.

Diary beginning July 19, 1891
Miss Effie M. (Mae) Collins

She would have been 21 years old.

Sunday July 19 - at home  Oscar rode up in buggy 

Oscar would be my Great Grandfather, he would have been 22 years old.

27.  Did big washing, baking, scrubbing etc.
Adda and Kate came down in pm.  Charlie stepped on a nail.

 29. no coal, no school, heavy snow all day 
worked on quilts

Effie Mae was a teacher.  
She writes on each day how many pupils were there.
Seven pupils today, nine pupils, 
can you even imagine a class that small!!

17. Oscar went to Platte for hay, in eve went to town in wagon
I saw a balloon. Came back home 

18. at home all day Oscar cut oaks

19. Wash day   Helga came form me I went down for dinner. Then she came up we worked on quilts.  Uncles went to Hackberry 

20. Ironed all day and quilted
6. home all day  Oscar making sled

7. At home all day  Oscar went hunting

8. went to church

9. in bed most of am   ironed and patched

10. at home all day  Oscar fixing sled  darned socks

11. in bed all am 

20. Oscar and I home all day

21. sick  went for Dr. baby born 5 o'clock pm 
Mother came 

22. wash day   Mother dressed baby

23.  baked bread, apple butter, Mother dressed baby

What!??  She just popped out a baby 
and went back to washing the next day!

Think about it TV, no TIVO, no Housewives of ANYWHERE!
Not only that, but she walked back and fourth 
from the school she taught at.
Both ways in the snow
(OK I added the snow part, but there was snow, it was Iowa)
Sometimes Oscar was able to pick her up in a buggy.

There are entries were Oscar was calling on her 
and there was a chaperone!! 

I can't even imagine life back then.

Remember my dinning room photos.

Here is Effie Mae, Oscar and Lambert.

Here are all their children.
My Gramps is the baby in white.
Lambert is in back, he was the oldest.
 And in this picture, Oscar is in the middle of the back row.
That is his family.

I sure wish I could go back and talk to everybody!
How cool would that be!! 

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Where is Jane?

Wow I have been crazy busy.....
and not with my furniture stuff! 

Taking all that time off for vacation was not smart!
It took over a week to clean my desk!
Job security....... I guess

And last weekend we took my nephew to college!

I rode with him and his parents followed.
And I gotta tell ya, there are a few rap songs that I did enjoy!

The dorm and the essentials.......snowboard!

The Nephew and his roommate putting together dressers!

Now that was hilarious!!

Three hours later and one almost cut off thumb......
 The Bother in Law was injured early on!

Taylor Swift poster from Aunt Jane......
Hey The Roommate LOVED it!!

The good bye photo......

Me, The Nephew, My Sister

I think my Bother In Law was a little misty eyed....
he took the photo.......

I cried more than the parents did!!

I promise I'll be back soon!!

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Mayan Southwestern Style / Vacation

The Boyfriend and I had a wonderful vacation at the 
Iberostar Tucan Resort in Cancun.

The view from our balcony!

Yep, need I say more!

We've been here before and for the price it is a great vacation place.
It's all inclusive, there is a jungle, a huge pool, several different restaurants and the
staff, could not be any nicer!!

Oh and there's the BEACH!  
Me at 6:30am, the sun just came up!

My only complaint...........

The people of Cancun did not get the memo that 
Southwestern is DONE!

Mayan Southwestern, yes,
but it's still done.......

This is the view from the balcony looking in........

Huge room, lots of space!

But the pastel, the whole Southwestern thang is so over!

OK, so I don't get yelled at, if you live in a cabin, or maybe New Mexico,
Southwestern could still be used.

Iberostar Resort  People, hear me.......

We something new and exciting!

At least there wasn't one of these bad boys in the room!!

We did get these nice robes.....

And fresh flowers, every other day!

And the staff made these towel animals everyday.

I don't know who thought this up, 
or who had enough time on their hands to make up the 
art of Towel Animals.....

Look they even have eyes!

You decide......

One afternoon when we came back from the beach there was 
a Towel Baby Head......with eyes and a mouth........

The Boyfriend dismantled it immediately and put the towels outside!
It was really creepy! 

And because I know how fun it is to look at other 
peoples vacation pictures....

Look at this cute little guy!

To give you some idea how small he was!

Here's The Boyfriend and I floating on our raft!

There were monkeys everywhere!

And for your listening and viewing pleasure

Me being Jane Goodall 

The Boyfriend said YELLED the 3rd one over and over......
and over and over and over...........

Thursday, July 28, 2011


I'm baaack!!!

What a wonderful vacation, more on that later........

I WAS there........

Here we are heading for the door!

We waited till around noon to head over.
We hoped by then all the crazies were gone........not so much!

You would not believe how many people spent the night in the parking lot!
For DAYS.......just to be first in line.

OK, the first 150 people got a sofa and a chair.......but still,
it was a parking lot PEOPLE!!!

(Truth be told, I was busy in Cancun.....
and don't own a tent 
or I probably would have been there too)

All the new stations were there!

The parking was full and the were busing people in from the mall next door.

It was REALLY crazy!

I really like this tile....... kitchen remodel in my future????

I really want this rug......
I am so into PINK!
What am I a 12 year old girl........?

Took a picture of this rug for the 
"Man Room"  The Boyfriend is demanding!

Oops it has flowers......but it's BROWN!
Brown is a big MAN color!

I liked this one too.......

And really when it comes down to it....
like he's going to get anything he wants in that room!! 

Silly, silly MAN!

This was all I came home with!

A few candles, candle holders and some Tupperware.

Well, not Tupperware, IKEAware!!

This is me and my shopping assistant after a huge day at IKEA!

This was truly one of the happiest days of my LIFE!!


Thursday, July 14, 2011

IKEA and Vacation!


Look at it in all it's GLORY!!!!!

I can't take it!!
I'm so excited!!!

I snuck in the parking garage and drove around.

Some Security Dude started blowing a whistle at me.......

I escaped without incident!

I'll be there opening day! 

I am on a vacation all next week and back the 27th!

This is me next week....... 
except I don't own a white bikini,
and I wouldn't just LAY down in the sand like that,
and well.......I look nothing like HER!

(I hate her)

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Odds and Ends.......

So last weekend I met up with 


If you don't know these ladies you need to check out their blogs.

It was the first time we had ever met.  
We had such a FUN time. We shopped, laughed and ate!

We went to an antique market called Paris Street,
in Boulder, CO.

Tammy made out like a bandit, 
Sommer and I ......nada!

Here we are!  
Sommer, Tammy and me.

(Note to self, white makes you look fat in photos)

If you read Tammy's blog you know she's a million miles
hour all the time and believe me she's that way in real life!  
She's crazy, I wish I had her energy!!!  

And I'm pretty sure I have Sommer talked in to becoming a chicken farmer!!

Speaking of which.........

Remember these babies......

They are growing up fast!
Nice photo, 
there's a little Chicken Moon from brown chick 2!

Look at brown chick 1, she looks like she's yelling at me!

Oh and guess what.......

I decided to turn an old barn into a work space!

This stuff needed to get out of the house
before The Boyfriend snapped!! 

I think it has potential......

I hope me and the black widows, the wasps, and the
bats can work in peaceful harmony......

Better call the Bug Man!

And did I mention........

This is me the 19th - 26th!!

Returning the 26th to make the grand opening
on JULY 27th of