Sunday, July 16, 2017

You've got to be kidding!!!

Well if this hasn't been the most fun week I'd be lying - Ops,  I'm lying!!!!!

Our sweet little town of 10,000+ was hit with historical rains on
Tuesday afternoon and into the night.
We had 12+ inches in less than 6 hours and the town flooded.
It came on so fast the town really was caught by surprise but I must say
they jumped into recovery mode fast.
Back in 2008 the dam crested at 12 ft. This time it was at 15 ft.!!

All of Wednesday we were able to use the shop vac and get water out of the basement -
well, not out, just tried to keep up with it until around 4:00 when they did a shutdown of the sub station...it was under water and they did it for safety reasons.
Our 4 bridges that run right in the middle of town were all closed -
the rushing water was incredible.

By early Thursday our town was full of Army National Guard standing at all intersections keeping people and cars from crossing plus there were search and rescue from 4 different cities plus WE-Energies from several cities to build 2 portable sub stations.
Power was restored around 7:30 Friday evening.

We were finally able to get back down to the basement to soak up the rest of the water and Sat. and today (Sun.) was bringing everything up to the garage so we can scrub down
the basement with bleach and then put up new paneling and paint...
it will be ongoing for a couple weeks I think.

But this town...how they pulled together was/is incredible!!!

Here's the dam on Wed. - by Thurs. there was no definition of water flowing over it.

A few people had cars under water

This is our bank from the back side

Here's the reason the bridges were closed - the water was rushing against them - and it's near the top in this picture...they feared they were breached but as of yesterday 3 were opened up and just one is closed yet for further inspection

Oh...I just now saw this fish was jumping! Didn't see it before

This is our new Veteran's Terrace building they had a whole lot of damage...the whole bottom level was totally flooded


The out door wedding/reception area at the Veteran's Terrace - there was a wedding scheduled for Friday evening. Not sure what they did about not being able to hold it here





I won't bore you with more pictures - there are so many that I took off of the Burlington
site but just wanted to share a few.

On a brighter note - we got to enjoy Miranda's 5th birthday party.
It was a Moana theme and she even had the outfit!




Besides a sundress and some toys we gave her this pool turtle and she loved it!

Last night there was another storm that was to roll through - it missed us but got Darren and MaryAnn's place. They had hail damage on the car, house, pool cover, gazebo and deck.


Hope you all have a great week - thanks for stopping by
Karen

Friday, June 30, 2017

Preparing for a show!

Good morning this last day of June!
I wish I could say summer was here but again the weather just doesn't cooperate - 
hot then cold and 'repeat'.  
Summer decorating here has been sparse - didn't put out as many geraniums this year as 
I usually do. I lost my mojo for some reason but that's not a bad thing...
less to take to the basement in the Fall.
We didn't do much for outside potted plants either and the few we did buy are getting pelted with downpours - I like rain for the flowers but it really beats them down.


I may change out some of my 'placement'of geraniums each Spring/Summer season but this one will always be in our long wood trencher on the dining room table - 
it is my favorite grouping.

Normally I would put real geraniums on this bench along with the birdhouses but couldn't find a potted one that looked nice - may have to assemble one myself.

I love this arrangement of flowers that we bought at the Mukwonago flea market a few weeks back.  When the sun is out it is gorgeous but the rain pushes it right down!!

Last week a very dear friend and I had a wonderful lunch and visit in our screen room -
I love this lady with all my heart.  We worked together for 20+ years and she's part of our 'former' co-workers  'luncheon' but this time I wanted it to be a
one on one with her and so did she.
She lost her 16 year old grandson on Memorial weekend in a horrible car crash that claimed his life and 2 of his friends.  The car hit a tree and exploded and they literally burned to beyond recognition.  Her heart is so broken and she needed to talk, so we did.
This community was so awesome - it pulled together for these 3 families - the high school held the visitation and funerals and the local food market donated the meals.....you have no idea what this community did for these families...it was beyond amazing.
I love you sweet Darlene Lemmon!!

Last month we went to the huge flea market near us and for some reason I was taken in by this beautiful pine box....it is actually a fruit crate
and I loved the patina on it and will use it at the show we are doing
in September as a display prop....isn't it great!!
For now I have it sitting in the dining room next to a cupboard and I'm putting my 'finished' penny rugs and other smalls in it for safe keeping for the show.


It does have one crazy screw in the handle that Doug will most likely take out and try and replace with something not so ugly....but I still love it anyway even if he doesn't get it fixed.

And this past Sunday we went to the same flea market and FINALLY bought a weather vane for our now, 10 year old screen room cupola - it's a weathered copper...
isn't she a beauty and just in time for the 4th...she flies high!!!
It was worth the wait.

All of this month I have been making canvas board prints for the September show.
These are two of them that we tried over our fireplace...a tad small for the space (16" x 20") so I am in the process of making two larger ones with an older looking couple (20" x 30").
So far I have made 14 different people.

Here are some of the ones that I have finished

These are the two I am making for us for over the fireplace as a 20 x 30 -
plus there is a pair in the 16 x 20 size for the show.
Even though their backgrounds aren't the same I still like them together.


Last week we celebrated our grandson Aidan's 9th birthday and tomorrow we will be celebrating our granddaughter  (his sister) Miranda's 4th birthday.
(Darren and MaryAnn's children) 


Here's the show we will be vending at.
I will post updates every now and then and when it gets closer
I'll hopefully have a list of vendors.

I can't think of anything else to chat about today so I'll say good bye for now and hope you all have a wonderful and safe 4th of July!!!

Sunday, June 4, 2017

KEEPING BUSY

I just can't seem to sit still - I was supposed to go away this weekend but plans didn't materialize so I tore into some much needed work around here.

See these pictures of the family room beams/baskets??


Here's where they all ended up!


This year I took pictures of the placement before taking them down so the chore of putting it all up again would be a tad easier (on Doug!).  We can switch around a bit but the arrangement works well the way we have it so don't want to mess it up.  I know, some of you probably do this more often - but it really isn't the most fun tasks to do so they get washed once a year come Spring/Summer!

Then inside to get other things done...it is 89 degrees right now and I have had enough of out doors heat - last week I started making more 'eggs' - this time they are a Robin's Egg Blue - aged a bit and then sprinkled with Cinnamon and Cloves - Oh they smell soooo good!  I had a hard time finding the exact color that was in my 'minds eye' so I had to make my own.  Blue plus a bit of Brown and lots of Green and it worked!!


I have ours tucked in with my redware eggs
I will have them for sale on my website later today.

Yesterday we went to Dan DiPaolo's barn sale and found this sweet Bakery sign - found the perfect spot next to the pantry

If you are in the area - here are his open hours


That's all for me this week.
Hope you all had a wonderful and safe holiday last weekend.

Blessings
Karen

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Wool - more wool and Fun!

Last Thursday I went to the CREAM CITY RUG HOOK-IN in Milwaukee and enjoyed it so much - I know I will go to next years for sure.
My self, Kathleen Woodbury, Betty Pearce and her sister Karen Duncklee
were at the same table so it made the event even more special and
fun sitting with people you know.

I took several trips through  all the rooms with the vendors and just couldn't get
enough of all that wool and patterns!  It did overtake me and I bought way more
than I probably should have but it was so much fun!!!
We had treats throughout the
day, there were drawings all day long
and a wonderful box lunch was catered in.

The pictures were taken early on just after I arrived so it looks like there aren't many there but there were approx. 200 and it was spread out in 5 different rooms.









Betty Pearce, Me, Kathleen Woodbury, Karen Duncklee

I did purchase some wool - well, lots of wool and a very large pattern to hook from Red Barn Rugs.  If I ever do get to it and 'finish it', it will hopefully go above the fireplace.
 The colors are so rich.

It was nearing the end of the event and my number was drawn for a door prize!!!
The basket had 1/4 yard of wool, hooked heart pillow and a wool flower pin.

There were several ladies that brought their finished work to be voted on...this was one of the winners.  It was incredible up close...looked just like a painting. The detail was awesome.

We have a mama Robin that built her nest in the corner of our pickets right at the driveway - we have to disturb her every now and then if we get out of the car in the driveway instead of the garage. Silly thing has no protection from the rain (which it did for 4 days!)


I have a few new punch needle designs punched - still need to tweak the sheep one - I think I am taking out the blue in the flowers and punch them white like dandelions gone to seed.
They will go to the show as well.
The patterns will go on my sites soon.




Today I am working on cutting pennies for more penny rugs for the show - I guess that's what will keep me busy for the next few month getting things made up.

That's it for this week - hope to have more next week!
Thanks for visiting!
Karen

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Details for the show
IN THE SPIRIT OF FRIENDS
Folk Art/Antique/Primitives show
Saturday, September 23, 2017
10 - 4
Malabar Farm
Lucas, Ohio
This is held along with 'Heritage Days'
Many Colonial demonstrations as well as
modern day exhibits at the farm.