Tuesday, July 30, 2013

This has been the busiest week

And I mean busy – it hasn’t let up…well I think Thursday there isn’t anything going on so I’ll make something happen! LOL
I may go to my nieces place and see what they have cooked up for the upcoming wedding of Krista my great-niece.
She is getting married August 17th so it’s coming up fast.
It’s going to be a fun and cute wedding.  She’s a farm girl all the way and that’s a good thing!!!
Camo/burlap/jugs/bottles and Yellow flowers.
I’m even going to get some big Sunflowers from Dan Dipaol’s farm next week to take to her for it.

My niece and the girls came over last week and took home all the 1800’s antique jugs and bottles we had plus 2 twig wreaths - you name it she got it – oh ya, quilts also left here! 
Tina is creative so she will make this work.
Oh…there will be old quilts on all the tables too!

So I fixed a light late afternoon meal of Mediterranean BLT’s and Spinach/Strawberry salad. (recipe to be put on recipe tab later).
And for dessert I had made skewers of Strawberries and mini Cream Puffs – they were a hit.
Then they all left (after fixing a flat tire on the van) for the Brewers game in Milwaukee.

I didn’t take a picture of the sandwiches after they were under the broiler…sorry!

 Strawberry salad

This past weekend we headed up north to Doug’s cousins for the annual cousins reunion – the weather did not play nice with us though….it reached a high of 42 for all 3 days and RAINED.  They actually had the furnace running for 3 days it was so cold.  But a great time was had.
cousins group 

And….Ruth Ann (in green top on right) is in a Ukulele band so she had some of the members come over on Sat. afternoon and perform for us.
They call themselves ‘The Ukuladies and Lads’ as there are 2 gentlemen in the band as well.  There were 10 there which was about half of the group.
It may sound ‘hokey’ to you being a Ukulele band, but THEY WERE FANTASTIC!
They perform at events around Hayward…for Food!!!!  lol (really, that’s all they request)

band 2


On the way up north we stopped at two great places.
One was in Rice Lake and lots of you know Cathy from http://orangesink.blogspot.com/
Oh my – it was a dream to step into her studio…I know you won’t like this but the photos will come at another post…this one would get too long.
But a wonderful time was had and she gave me a parting gift – sooooo sweet!
A darling sheep hooked rug kit – yummy!
Thanks so much Cathy for the great afternoon….so fun to meet you.
 Cathy 2

 cathy and karen

And then when we left there we headed about 30 miles north to Vicki’s shop ‘Simply’
And again…disappointing you I know – pictures later!
But I did enjoy the time there too.
Karen and Vicki
Couldn’t leave there without purchasing treasures though (later folks…lol)

This is as much as I’m going to tease you with today because I have so much to put on here.
Cathy’s shop and treasures
Vicki’s shop and treasures
And the chairs! Oh my goodness the chairs….so glad we got them but LATER!!!
want a peek?

I will certainly try and get that post on at least Friday – as we are leaving early Saturday morning with Emily and Joe on our weeks trip east to see the country.
Lancaster, Gettysburg, Annapolis, Baltimore and New York City!
Going to be a fun trip with a 13 and 15 year old who love history and fun.

Check out my other blog for 2 new items for sale

Blessings to all



  1. Oh so busy! But it all sounds good.Can't wait to see all your pics! Warm Blessings! Amy

  2. sounds like you have been busy! don't make us wait too long to see the treasures you got! hope the wedding goes off without a single hitch! except the nuptials that is!

  3. You busy girl! Sounds like you've been having a ball. Can't wait to see you in just over a month! Dawn

  4. You sure have been busy. So glad you are having such a great time with so many wonderful people. Can't wait to see all your treasures, your food is making my mouth water, looks so yummy. Have fun with the grands in Pa. hugs, Lecia

  5. How wonderful.
    Ok you had me with the yummy food, but I would have love to see the ladies and lads perform.
    I love music all kinds.
    I know I would have enjoyed.
    We enjoyed a wonderful bluegrass band at CornFest
    Good to stay busy and acquire more treasures.
    Woolie Blessings to you :)

  6. You have been busy...can't wait to see the photos of the shops you visited. Also, from your upcoming road trip with your grandchildren...sounds great!


  7. Good looking group of cousins!! And you look cute as a button! Sandwiches look great, too ~ can't wait to see your photos at Cathy G's and your other stop and your new chairs! You have lots to tell us!

  8. Karen you are sooo busy. I do not know how you get it all done. You are always on the go.. I love that! You will have to posts pics of the wedding it sounds very creative. Hope you can take it easy Thursday but knowing you I am sure you will find something to do. have a great week. Blessings!

  9. Karen,
    So glad to see you made it home safe and sound! And survived the winter like weather up in Hayward! It was so great having you and Doug here and I still wish we could've spent more time together! Hoping your trip out east is wonderful and we see a lot of photos!
    Big hugs to you and Doug!!
    Cathy G

  10. A ukulele band sounds like F-U-N!!!
    How lucky to meet Cathy. I'd love to meet her someday, too. What a talented lady.
    Hugs :)

  11. Summer is such a busy time. Have fun on your trip east.


  12. Karen,
    I love what they are planning for the wedding of your great~niece. Sounds perfect to me! Be sure to get lots of pics to show us. Sounds like you had another wonderful trip. I'm so jealous you got to meet Cathy! I do so want to get over to meet her some day. She is only about a four hour drive from me. And what a tease you are!!! Can't wait to see more pics of your trip and those great chairs. Have a wonderful day. Hugs, Lori

  13. You are a busy gal but oh what fun!
    Looking forward to seeing your chairs! Have a great time on the trip east!

  14. aww you busy girl :) but it all sound so much fun.i am so happy for you.
    sweet pictures.
    big hugs x

  15. Holy Cow!1 You busy nasty girl! to tease us with visiting orange sink! Sounds like you have had a wonderful time! I so hope you are feeling better! OLM

  16. Kareen You are on my list to write a big thank you to for your always nice comment, but I have also had a really busy week. Just a little more paint, a bathroom floor and a cabinet to install and we are done until the fall when it is a little cooler. I enjoyed this post of yours and just want to say I wish I had a tiny part of your energy. If all goes well I will be making the move to the Midwest next spring. I miss my kids too much. Have a great vacation!! {{HUGS}} Joy

  17. Yep, summer sure has been busy for a lot of folks, but I'm sure you wouldn't have it any other way!!
    Sounds like a very cute and fun wedding!
    Can't wait to see all the rest of the pics!!

  18. Wonderful! Thanks for sharing with us. 'Glad to see you are doing well also :)


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