The End of My Stay-cation

March 3, 2011 at 5:49 pm (Stay-cation 2011)

DannyO is coming home tonight.  I ate an ice cream cone for supper… tomorrow I will have to make sure to have a balanced meal.  DannyO doesn’t like ice cream for supper!

I’ve been reading blogs on the Internet and have come to the conclusion that these young women have more energy in their little fingers than I have in my whole body.  The bloggers I’ve read about would have refurbished a bedroom set, painted the house and designed a line of jewelry in these five days.  I’ve read a book, started another, de-cluttered a bit, worked on a coiled wire/beaded flower for a bracelet and, well, taken lots of naps!

My edited kitchen cabinet corner... a bunny my Momma gave me, a happy teapot Danny gave me, a picture of darling Tess

My edited primitive cabinet corner... Everything on this wall makes me smile 🙂

A coiled/wire, beaded flower. It looks better in person ~~ DannyO has my camera

{{Shrug}}  I can only do what I can do.  The important thing is that I always put one foot in front of the other.  It will be nice to see my darling hubby again.  He had fun golfing with his brothers.  I have enjoyed just taking a step back.  I had two whole days that were pain-free.  I am blessed.


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A Not-So-Fun Stay-cation, Day 4

March 2, 2011 at 5:40 pm (Stay-cation 2011)

They say only two things we can depend on are death and taxes.  This day was spent preparing our federal income taxes.  I was prepared to pay lots and lots of money.  The good news is, after four hours, I think, I hope, I pray, I need to double-check, that we only owe a teeny bit ~~ YAY!!

The sun is shining and the snow is gone.  I walked to Tess’s grave and talked to her for a while.  I told her how much I missed her and that it still hurt to think about her.  She was my faithful friend.  I am going to plant some lily of the valleys when Spring comes officially.  Right now, her resting place is marked by two stones.

Tess's resting place

I ended the day rehearsing with the traditional praise team at EBC.  What an encouraging group of friends.  We prayed, sang, talked about some great scripture and, thanks to DB, Jenn and I have been singing “Puff The Magic Dragon” for 24 hours.  Thanks DB!!

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Stay-Cation, Day 3

March 1, 2011 at 4:08 pm (Stay-cation 2011)

The third day of my stay-cation was spent at a voice lesson, meandering through Big Lots and an evening session of “Creative Souls/No Rules.” Daniel Teadt is my voice teacher.  I am so blessed that he is making the trip to Johnstown two times a month.  He is helping me to find my voice again 🙂  I think I am liking what I hear!

Nadine, Nancy and Deanna came over for our bi-weekly painting session around my kitchen table.  Nadine brought a box of fortune cookies.  We ate them until we found the fortune we really liked!  Okay, so I ate four cookies and all of my fortunes were good 🙂 .  My first fortune was, You are gifted in so many ways. I absolutely do not believe in “fortunes” this way, but it was fun!!

I also worked on a teapot that I basecoated a year ago, completely forgot what my plan was for it, and wiped off all that I painted the last time we got together.  I am pleased with my progress.  It isn’t any particular style, but a mishmash of bauernmalerei and rosemaling.

A strokework teapot ~~ in progress

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Design Inspirations — Stay-cation, Day 2

February 27, 2011 at 12:03 pm (Stay-cation 2011)

I am on Stay-cation, Day 2.  Hermit that I am, I’ve got all my supplies and am chillin’ and resting my back… but my mind is working overtime!!

As I told one of my Twitter buddies, Design*Sponge , I’m in a design rut.  I have been looking on-line for the latest trends.  The “latest” seems to be minimalist and muted.  I like color!

I thought what I would do is photograph my favorite individual pieces already in my home and figure out what I want to do with our home design going forward.  Remember now, darling DannyO has my camera so these pictures are being taken with my cell phone 🙂

A "broadleaf" ceramic vase that was my Grammy's

"Primitive" cabinet in our dining room

Originally a gas light, this was in my Grandma Amelia's music room.

A happy teapot DannyO gave me

A colorful old wool blanket ~~ felted from years of washing

A breadbox I painted a few years ago ~~ another happy piece 🙂

Beautiful purple textured fabric I bought... well... because I loved it!

Beautiful toile fabric I bought on e-bay many years ago... because I loved it 🙂

A lamp I bought a Big Lots. I love the design on the shade.

One of my designs ~~ happy and colorful

What I appreciate about the minimalist look is that it conveys a serene feeling.  However, I like a happy feeling.  To me, happy means, color… color, not clutter.  I think the first thing I need to do is to edit some of my collections.  I don’t have to have every piece out all the time.  Darling DannyO doesn’t realize that he is going to have some work to do when he gets home ~~ I need help to paint.  Room-by-room, we will lighten (by editing) and brighten  (by painting).  I will use some of my extensive fabric collection to add pops of color.

See, a stay-cation clears the mind 🙂  AND creates work!

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February Stay-Cation

February 26, 2011 at 12:12 pm (Stay-cation 2011)

DannyO and his brothers left early this morning for their annual golf trip to South Carolina.  This is the first time in 14 years that I haven’t had a child or a dog to take care of while he is gone.  (Crabby Max doesn’t count).  I have decided (as I laid in bed this morning) to take a stay-cation.  Because it is cold and snowy outside, I am not leaving the house unless I have to (church, rehearsals, voice lesson).   I am drinking as much coffee as I want to, reading, surfing the “Net,” napping.  I also want to work on some design projects and do some in-depth Bible study.

If it was July, I’d go rummage through some antique stores but it is cold outside.  I am really into staying warm…

I am going to, because I don’t have anywhere to go, really, take some of the meds I have to hopefully help my back (the meds are of the “take and don’t drive” variety.).

DannyO took the camera so I will have to document my week with my cell phone camera.

Coffee, Book, laptop 🙂

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