Joel and I both got sick on Sunday so things have been a little slo-mo around here. I finally got out to do some shopping, coming home with the necessary ingredient of flour! Made gingerbread house dough and pizzelles with my friend, Danielle, this evening. She was so thrilled! So here she is, posing for me so I can get in my photo project of the day! I think it’s been 5 years or so since I have made them and I don’t think they were great then, but they’re pretty good and we had fun figuring it out together!
By the way , her middle name is Jeannette!
Buone notte, (i am sure someone will correct my spelling!)
I think I am getting a little behind here. sometimes I just have to stay OFF the computer. One little thing leads to a dozen more! But here is the finsiohed mantle project. The latch hook rug below it was made by Joel’s grandmother. Fits right in, eh?
We bagged a deer for the DPP!
The Monday after Thanksgiving is a ‘state holiday’ in PA. State colleges aren’t in session. It is the first day of rifle deer season, No this guy wasn’t caught. He is sonmeone’s Christmas decoration I have been enamored with. He looks quite big as you come upon him when going down the street!.
Who says it has to be in order/
So here is little squirt who does not have to be told what ladders are for and if you provideone, it is a matter of a few seconds till she is to the top!
One thing I love about Christmas is the decorations!!
The greens are from a friend, and a couple of things from my back yard.
I am thankful for my warm house on this blustery winter morning! We had a brand new furnace put in our house before we moved in and we were still freezing cold and paying astronomical heating bills! And it wasn’t just that the air was cold, everything we touched was cold. So there were the furnace installers, and a couple more companies giving estimates. Three companies dealing with the heating of a house. NONE of them looked down or up the chimney. In March we heard crumbling in the chimney. we had the chimney cleaned and relined. He got a heaping wheelbarrow of soot out of it, plus some bricks. The furnace works like a charm with no additional radiators, which is what everyone else was trying to sell us. To me it’s like putting a new engine in the car and never looking at the muffler. I don’t know much about physics, but I do know that moving air doesn’t come from nowhere! so it was my smart husband who got up and looked down the chimney, just so you know. We are amazed at the difference.
Last year I wanted a mantle. When you have a fireplace you have this wonderful thing called a mantle. But just because you don’t have a fireplace doesn’t mean you can’t have mantle. So I bought a nice piece of shelving, a couple of trim boards , but I wasn’t excited about it. One day I said to Joel, “You know what I’m picturing?” And he knew it was the one we had in Toughkenamon. It was a rough piece of barn board about two inches thick and we sanded it down and rubbed boiled linseed oil/turpentine combination into it and that was it. so I started looking around on craigslist. Found something for no less than $75. and no more than $300. I called a carpenter friend and he said, he was interested but a two inch board would be very expensive, but to come over and we’d chat. That evening I had some plans fall through and I had to go past Lowe’s on my way home so I thought I would just look. For $9. bucks I hauled home an 8 foot piece of 10 inch decking, 2 inches thick! There was nicer wood, but this had beautiful lines with some streaks of yellow. So The Man hauled out his belt sander and gave it good sanding, softened up the edges and rounded the corners for me. I found some stain that I think I bought almost 20 years ago and slapped it on. Here are the results.
The raw board
and the finsihed board
When we get up and ‘Christmas ized’, I’ll take another picture!
Ooooooooo and I think I’ve got some snowflakes in a dictionary waiting to be re-hung! Why am I wasting time here? To keep up with the DPP!
For some reason the pansy picture won’t come through, so let’s try this!
Do you see the little pansy face with snow in it????
Oh my, Joel and I have just been out having fun together. First we went to Isaac’s and had appetizers and dessert, then we went to a local historical church and sang carols, then we went on a Carriage Ride!! Joel met me downtown on his way home from work, so he was carrying his backpack which has weights in it. We checked out the Heritage museum, and the textile museum as well. It was a very full evening. And we met a man who has a hearing gadget that he condescended to explain to Joel and me. So here is my POD (photo of the day… should it be PHOD???)
Maybe I am getting ahead here, or am I still behind??? I realized the other day that I didn’t have ANY Christmas mugs, so I went to my favorite mug store (WM) and got one for me and one for Joel. Now I am with it! Joel went downstairs for a 2nd cup of coffee and when he came back I said “I wrote four blogs while you were gone.” He said, “I tore up the porch floor and insulated it.” This is the balcony one off our bedroom, and we’re pretty sure air is pouring in from somewhere. This house was used as a church for over 25 years, then it was a 2 unit, probably no one living here who would feel the pressure to solve the issues. It’s supposed to get up to 65 today and then plunge…. well, down to 45!