Monday, April 30, 2012

parks are for everyone circa 1905

This lovely scene from a park in Detroit shows us two important things:

#1 people used to wear alot of clothes (and never went without a hat)
#2 parks have always been a great place to enjoy

Find more amazing photos from our past at SHORPY'S

Saturday, April 28, 2012

chocolate wine

Can't wait to pop the cork on my new find...choclate wine!  When it comes to trying new wines, I'm rather adventurous.  I tend to select wine that promises woodsy notes, but I don't shy away from fruity wine either.

While shopping around for something new, I came across a small selection of "wine for the chocolate lovers".  At first I thought it was a blend of sweet flavors with clever brown packaging.  But the wine itself is milky in appearance and the bottle is clear to show the unique coloring.  Just had to have it.

I'll let my blog readers know how the choc-wine measures up - perhaps served with brownies or frosted cake?  Should be interesting.

Thursday, April 26, 2012

spring cleaning 2012

We are so settled in our little farmhouse, and very happy to be in the country. After trimming and grooming the lawn, I take on the housework like there's no tomorrow. There really is something to this 'house-proud' feeling and I enjoy making our home clean and comfortable.

I started with the closets, and moved out our winter clothes to make room for summer. Then I was able to make good use of a small dresser that my mama gave us.

My best effort has been on the wood floors and rugs. I bought a steam mop and tackled each room. The old wood floors have never looked better - they'll never have a bright shine, but they do have a glowing luster.

Cleaning house is something I really enjoy doing - strange, I know. But it means alot to me.

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

wordless wednesday

Monday, April 23, 2012

romantic tapestry

My sweet sister gave me this tapestry because she didn't have a place for it in her new home. I couldn't wait to get it mounted in my dining room - which is really the only wall large enough for it.

The dreamy scene brings alot of romance and adventure to my home. The row boat, the houses along the shoreline, and the blooming shurbs. I really love the tapestry with it's muted tones. Someday I may have a bedroom large enough for it.

Thanks so much to Kelly for thinking of me!

Sunday, April 22, 2012

who done it?

I just love a good murder mystery. In fact, those seem to be the only kind of books I read. I've been trying to keep my SHELFARI list updated and I think I've listed all my recent reads. There are a few thriller novelists that I prefer, but I'm just as likely to dive into some unknown author if the storyline interests me.

I'm lucky to have connected with other readers with the same taste in lit as myself, and we often trade out our paperbacks to keep the shelf full. One of my traders just handed over 30+ mystery books that I've never read! So, I passed along my dusty collection to my sister and few friends.

We are stocked up with mystery novels of every kind - follow my SHELFARI account to see what I'm reading. Maybe I should start writing some reviews on SHELFARI?

Saturday, April 21, 2012

CATurday is lazy

Bubba got a new blanket and he needs to break it in

Thursday, April 19, 2012

stupid feet

Ever heard of plantar fascitis? Well, I got it. Found out that the cool shoes I'd been wearing to work (for over a year) weren't 'proper' and caused my heels to be very sore. Had to throw those pups away.

After many trips to the pod doc and a new pair of supportive shoes with padded inserts, I'm well on my way to healing. I probably won't be wearing flipflops this summer, but I will be going for pedicure very soon. And I bought one of those car-wash-for-your-feet that goes in the shower. Even though that wasn't the cause of my problem, I need to be taking better care of my feet.

Sure, my heels still get sore but at least I don't hobble around and take advil non-stop.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

wordess wednesday

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Gator Whistle prototype

My musical and crafty brother, Mike has designed and built a new instrument!  It has strings and frets just like a guitar, but it has a large square body and is played in your lap - he calls it the Gator Whistle.  I recently took Mike's prototype and woodburned a "GW"logo, fret markers and some wicked artwork on the fretboard.

The Gator Whistle! Handmade in USA by an American. Acoustic lap slide Guitar. These materials can be found in your local hardware store.

The body red oak plywood, the bracing is pine. Made with hand tools, so if you want a top quaility instrument try a Gibson, this is home made.

The sound hole is on the front for proper sound projection. G tuning for that "Delta" sound. Note router bite on this one on the back side.

Oak neck thru with string thru on washers, 24" scale, 2 1/4 string spacing, fretless with painted dots, slot peg head

I was in such a hurry to get the finished insturment back to Mike, that I forgot to take photos.  I hope we'll be able to get some nic pictures for posting later . . .  later, Gator?
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