Monday, September 29, 2008

Can I take your picture ?

I got a new camera recently. In need of something or someone to "practice" shooting on, my dear sweet little cousin Alexis stepped up to volunteer. Telling me anytime I needed to practice that she was here for me. Here is a collage I have done of some of the pictures I took yesterday. She's a real trooper, not at all camera shy. ;) I have been experimenting with my settings and still have a long way to go.

I couldn't let Alexis little sis feel left out I took a few shoots of her too. But she was much more interested in the dogs & bees than having her picture taken. Give her about 12 more years and that will change. Maybe by then I will have all these settings figured out! ;)

....Many more to come :)

Saturday, September 27, 2008

My 2 loves.

One look at these 2 mutts and my heart instantly warms. Goldie is really slowing down now, it shows in her eyes. Sometimes she stumbles. But in her heart I really think she thinks she is still a pup. Mr.Biscuit is a breath of fresh air around here. Always under my feet , always ready to play and bursting with personality. He is such a mutt we often have guessing games as to what breed he is. He is truly a one of a kind.

There is no greater love than that of a old dog.

My little dog - a heartbeat at my feet. ~Edith Wharton

I talk to him when I'm lonesome like; and I'm sure he understands. When he looks at me so attentively, and gently licks my hands; then he rubs his nose on my tailored clothes, but I never say naught thereat. For the good Lord knows I can buy more clothes, but never a friend like that. ~W. Dayton Wedgefarth

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Over at TDIPT we have been doing a Secret Sister Fall Swap. All the names of those participating were drawn and sent to us by email. Our secret partner would not know what hit her till she got her surprise package and found out who had her name. So all this month the gals have been getting their gifts and posting pictures of them .With each picture I looked at I drooled more & more and became more anxious to get my gift. Everyday thinking "today could be the big day, that I get my gift from my secret swap P." For the past 2 weeks everytime I checked my mail at my post office and got a package I thought to myself"THIS IS IT" ! A few times even doing the "Happy Dance" right there in the post office, giggling telling people why I was so excited. But then upon opening my PO Box to find out it was a boring ole part for a CB radio my hubby had ordered or dog wormer I ordered online & forgot about.
Some of us girls who had not got our gifts began to joke that we were getting weak. I joked that I was so anxious I began pulling my hair out. So by the time my package arrived I was BALD ! ;)~JK

But the big day came a few days ago and boy oh boy was it worth the wait ! Sharon just swamped my with her creations. The first thing I saw was this wicked cool Witch make-do , another witch make-do on a stick,then a awesome Penny Rug (first one Sharon ever made...and for me ?! ), the package was spilling over with other goodies, A sweet Halloween tick or treat towel that Sharon did all the FANTABULOUS stitching on. A little Frankenstein ornie, a adorable pumpkin man ornie, pinkeep with yummy smell good candles, tarts,CHOCOLATES,black wax ornies,apple cider mix and I'm sure I have forgot to mention some others but its all very much appreciated and will be treasured by me for years & years.
Thanks Sharon for such wonderful goodies ! Be sure to check out Sharon's work on her blog won't be disappointed.

Saturday, September 13, 2008

The Good Old Days ? Life In The 1500's

I received the following email and thought it was so interesting. I have always heard of the good old days.This does not sound so good. ;)

Life in the 1500's and other stuff you didn't know, very interesting..
The next time you are washing your hands and complain because the water temperature isn't just how you like it, think about how things used to be. Here are some facts about the 1500s:
Most people got married in June because they took their yearly bath in May, and still smelled pretty good by June. However, they were starting to smell, so brides carried a bouquet of flowers to hide the body odor. Hence the custom today of carrying a bouquet when getting married.
Baths consisted of a big tub filled with hot water. The man of the house had the privilege of the nice clean water, then all the other sons and men, then the women and finally the children. Last of all the babies. By then the water was so dirty you could actually lose someone in it. Hence the saying, Don't throw the baby out with the Bath water.
Houses had thatched roofs-thick straw-piled high, with no wood underneath. It was the only place for animals to get warm, so all the cats and other small animals (mice, bugs) lived in the roof When it rained it became slippery and sometimes the animals would slip and fall off the roof. Hence the saying . It's raining cats and dogs.
There was nothing to stop things from falling into the house.. This posed a real problem in the bedroom where bugs and other droppings could mess up your nice clean bed. Hence, a bed with big posts and a sheet hung over the top afforded some protection. That's how canopy beds came into existence.The floor was dirt. Only the wealthy had something other than dirt. Hence the saying, Dirt poor.
The wealthy had slate floors that would get slippery in the winter when wet, so they spread thresh (straw) on floor to help keep their footing. As the winter wore on, they added more thresh until, when you opened the door, it would all start slipping outside. A piece of wood was placed in the entrance way.. Hence the saying a thresh hold.(Getting quite an education, aren't you?)
In those old days, they cooked in the kitchen with a big kettle that always hung over the fire. Every day they lit the fire and added things to the pot. They ate mostly vegetables and did not get much meat. They would eat the stew for dinner, leaving leftovers in the pot to get cold overnight and then start over the next day. Sometimes stew had food in it that had been there for quite a while. Hence the rhyme, Peas porridge hot, peas porridge cold, peas porridge in the pot nine days old.

Sometimes they could obtain pork, which made them feel quite special. When visitors came over, they would hang up their bacon to show off. It was a sign of wealth that a man could, bring home the bacon. They would cut off a little to share with guests and would all sit around and chew the fat.
Those with money had plates made of pewter. Food with high acid content caused some of the lead to leach onto the food, causing lead poisoning death. This happened most often with tomatoes, so for the next 400 years or so, tomatoes were considered poisonous.
Bread was divided according to status. Workers got the burnt bottom of the loaf, the family got the middle, and guests got the top, or the upper crust.
Lead cups were used to drink ale or whiskey. The combination would sometimes knock the imbibers out for a couple of days. Someone walking along the road would take them for dead and prepare them for burial. They were laid out on the kitchen table for a couple of days and the family would gather around and eat and drink and wait and see if they would wake up. Hence the custom of holding a wake.
England is old and small and the local folks started running out of places to bury people. So they would dig up coffins and would take the bones to a bone-house, and reuse the grave. When reopening these coffins, 1 out of 25 coffins were found to have scratch marks on the inside and they realized they had been burying people alive. So they would tie a string on the wrist of the corpse, lead it through the coffin and up through the ground and tie it to a bell. Someone would have to sit out in the graveyard all night (the graveyard shift.) to listen for the bell; thus, someone could be, saved by the bell or was considered a ..dead ringer..And that's the truth...Now, whoever said History was boring ! ! !

Sunday, September 7, 2008

Corn Dip

Corn Dip
3 11-oz. cans Mexi corn,drained
4 oz can green chiles
1/2 c. chopped green onion
6-oz can chopped jalapenos
1 c. sour cream
1c. mayonnaise
1t. pepper
1/2t. garlic powder
16-oz. pkg. shredded sharp Cheddar cheese
(Optional 1c. finely chopped, well drained, crisp bacon pieces)
Mix all ingredients except corn chips and refrigerate. Serve with corn chips. This taste better if you let it set over night before serving.
Makes about 6 cups.
Corn Chips

Thursday, September 4, 2008

Oct 31 Celebrate All Hallows Eve

Got something NEW on eBay. I have not had time these days to list things on eBay like I would like to but I did just list a all new sign this evening. Its really cool, be sure to check it out.
Click ~here~ if you want to take a peek. :)

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Primitive Excellence Award ...again :)

I was just visiting Patty AKA Tails from the Dogpatch's most awesome blog and seen she too had awarded me with the ~Primitive Excellence Award~. my head is too big for my Halloween mask. :) Be sure to check out Patty's blog ~here~. Thanks Patty !!
~UPDATE~ I'm at a loss for words. Deb AKA Bittersweet Pastimes has just given me the ~Primitive Excellence Award~. Gosh ladies Im really not worthy (but so very thankful and honored ). Be sure to check out Deb's blog ~here~. And check out that kewl American Scarecrow she has on eBay. Love him! Thanks Deb !

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

2 New awards...for me ? WOW !!

2 New Awards ! WOW how lucky can a wood working girl get ? The first one is the ~I LOVE YOUR BLOG AWARD~ and it is from Cheryl at She Seeketh Wool & Flax. She has a wonderful blog , be sure to check it out ~here~. Thanks Cheryl. .... Gosh girls my old head is going to get so big I wont be able to wear my Halloween mask ! LOL.

The second one is from Annette at Huckleberry Arts. The Primitive Excellence Award. Isn't it pretty ? Be sure to click ~here~ to drop over to Annette's blog too. Thanks Miss Annette !!


OH OH, And and was just ~AWARDED a second time with the ~Primitve Execellence Award ~ From LaDonna Welter. Be sure to check out her beautiful work on her blog. Thanks girl !