Monday, June 17, 2013

Just stuff and a big surprise yesterday!

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We live in our screen room most of the summer (and weather permitting sometimes in the other seasons we enjoy it as well because we put up the propane heater) always fun to sit out there and watch the snow come down and we’re all cozy inside.  Even though it’s just screen Doug puts plastic all around the screen and it acts as a wind block as well as keeps the screens from caving in with snow and wind.

So we did our first of the summer cleaning where we take all the furniture out, wash it, hose it and then wash the screens, floors and walls – other times of the season we just wash the floor and screens.  It’s a big undertaking the first of the season but you can probably imagine all the pollen and dust that accumulates when Spring hits.

We wash the floor on our hands and knees because a mop would just streak the floor – we do it 2 times over and then I wonder if we get it all.

empty screenroom 

furniture 1

screen room 1

 screen room 2

screen room outside 1

screen room outside 2

I added 2 more potted plants since I took this picture
courtyard 2

courtyard 1

My gardens are coming along just okay…I’ve never been happy with them because of all the shade and it’s hard to find good shade perennials – I have mostly Yellow, White and Purples but did find a few Red Annuals that seem to be doing okay in the shade.
Well that’s enough of the outdoor stuff – not real interesting huh?

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Friday night we took the family out to dinner for Father’s Day…Brett and Heather couldn’t make it because Joe had BB tournament so we went with them Saturday night for Mexican.
Doug was happy he got to spend it with all of them at some point.

The 4 guys

Alex and Tylor…
Alex Tyler

Dare I say what this conversation was about….Alex and her brother Jesse are talking about how her underpants fit under her belly– he didn’t get it! lol
Just ‘one’ of our weird topics of conversation!
Alex 2

 Alex 1 

A friend of Alex’s has been taking monthly photos of her and this is the last one from a week ago.
Alex in flowers

And then WALLA!
Yesterday this…!
Yep…Zayne David born 3 weeks early – 5 lbs. 15 oz.
How’s that for a Father’s Day gift to Tylor…
Alex’s water ruptured instead of the water breaking and they aren’t sure why.
During contractions Zayne’s heart rate dropped way low and
they couldn’t get it back up fast enough so she had a C-section.
Alex and baby are doing great!

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My decorating has been at a stand still so I don’t have any new home photos to share – I haven’t felt much like tackling things and irritating my back…like we need to paint, re-paper – things like that – they would make a huge difference but I need to be in working order to be able to do it.  Maybe in the late summer I’ll be more apt to tackle things and then you will see some changes.

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I have been working on my Wool Runners from the sale I had…
thank you everyone who ordered.

If anyone else would like one I will honor the sale price for 3 more days!
Have enough wool left for 2 runners and would like to use it up.

I love working on these – the colors of the pennies look strange just laying on the runners but when they get stitched they just blend so well.  I know you all will love them.
I had an assembly line going which made things much easier.

For the first time I used Pellon – I ironed it on the wool so it wouldn’t stretch when I cut out the pennies – plus then I could trace my pennies onto the paper side, but I don’t iron it on to them when I stack or when I put them on the runner – I don’t want to flatten the wool – I like a more full look.

I normally don’t work in the dining room but the table worked well for the amount of wool I needed to work with – plus I didn’t want to be stuck upstairs working!!
Thank goodness I have one of the larger size cutting mats to use on the table.
I have two other smaller ones for upstairs.
I looove these mats! AND WOOL!!!
Wool 5 

Wool 4 

Wool 2

Wool 3 

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So for now it’s just ‘stuff’ to post about and nothing very interesting I know, but I sure do appreciate all my followers and friends who comment regardless.
I like keeping up with all of you as well – I know FB has taken over but I still think you get more out of the blogs when it comes to ‘knowing it all’ – there’s a complete story on the blogs!!  So thank you all of you for hanging in there in blog-land.



  1. I LOVE your screen room, Karen. It looks much bigger than I have pictured it.. I know you enjoy using it.. I would too !
    What a precious little baby. I'm glad he is okay after the surprises his Mom had.
    I don't know how your back held up after getting on your knees to scrub the floor of your screen room. It looks beautiful
    Enjoy your summer.. Your flowers are lovely.
    Charlotte in Va.

  2. Goodness Karen what a Fathers Day gift!! What is with these grands coming so early? My little Amelia is 3lbs now. Love that screen room despite all the work. It looks marvelous. I could enjoy a cup of coffee out there.

  3. Love your porch, I would spend a lot of time there! Congratulations on the new baby! How exciting!

  4. Your screen room looks heavenly and peaceful. Also, congratulations on your first G-grand baby:)

  5. aww i love your porch...
    and the baby is so sweet..kisses xxxxxxxx

  6. Congratulations Great Grandma and Great Grandpa!!!
    How exciting and on such a special day!!! Glad to hear they are both doing fine.

    I can see why you like to spend time out in your screen room ~ such a beautiful and comfy place ~ love it!!!

    Wow ~ it looks like you've got a lot work to do ~ always nice to be busy.

    Prim Blessings

  7. Hi Karen,
    Love love love your screened room! Oh my it would be heaven to sit out there and hook rugs! The work to maintain is so worth it.... as long as you don't over do it with your back!
    What a sweet blessing to have your first Grt. Grandbaby arrive on Father's Day! Glad to hear all is well with baby and Mama! He's cuter than a bugs ear!
    Your sewing area is wonderful Karen! So organized and having a big table to cut the wool is a blessing! That is a lot of pennies to prepare and sew!
    Your post was great! FB just isn't the same as blogs... we bloggers know the time and effort that goes into a blog... bless your heart for keeping at it!
    Cathy G

  8. Congrats to the new Mommy and Daddy! What a wonderful Father's Day surprise!! So sweet.
    I would love a screened in room!! I really want to look into how much it would be...I would be using it as much as you do!

  9. Congrats Great Gram. What a wonderful surprise. Love all your sun room and outside pics, so pretty.


  10. Oh, Karen, I am so excited about Alex having her healthy beautiful baby. Our G-Grand is 4 weeks today. What changes happen in that short time. It is so fun to be a Great Grand,isn't it?
    Your screen porch has always been a favorite, it looks so nice with your pretty furniture out there and the area surrounding it is so nice too. Love the bricks.
    You get so much done on your Pennies, the colors are wonderful.

  11. Oh the screen room looks like the perfect retreat. Congrats on your new great grandbaby. Warm Blessings! Amy

  12. What a sweet surprise on father's day! What a joy he will be in the years to come! Glad Doug got to spend it with his boys! Beautiful screen room...a lot of work but so much pleasure it brings! Hope your back doesn't act up from all that scrubbing! Wishing you a pain free week!


  13. Congratulations to Doug and Karen on being first time great grandparents. You must be elated. That is one of my biggest hopes to be able to see a great grandchild. I'm so happy for you. The young keep us young, Karen!


  14. Karen what a wonderful exciting Fathers Day surprise. so glad the mom and baby are doing fine.
    Love Love your screen room Karen!!!
    What a great gathering room for famil to sit and relax.
    Your posts are never boring and always fun to look at.
    Take Care

  15. Hi Karen! Congratulations on the arrival of Zayne.... what a precious little guy he is!! And how special that he was born on Father's Day.... the best gift ever!
    Your screened room is wonderful!! I have one less than half the size of your's, but I do enjoy sitting out there as much as possible! I'm sure you get many enjoyable days in your's... it is just perfect! Love all your flowers and outside pics.... Looks like a great place to hang out.

  16. Congratulations on that new baby! Adorable! Love your screen room, I think I would be in there all the time too. Wow, all that wool and pennies! You could save yourself a lot of time by using the Go or a Sizzix to cut them out! . My sizzix and my Go die cutter both work great on wool. I can cut tons of pennies in very little time.Have a great day,
    Olde Crow Mercantile

  17. Hi Karen,
    I prefer blogs too. Never been too much of a fan of FB.
    What a beautiful great grandbaby. So happy to hear mom and baby ate doing good.
    I Love your sun room.
    I think this is the first time I have seen photos of how big the space is.
    Have a great weekend.

  18. Congratulations on becoming a Great Gma! And to the Grandparents and exciting! Your sun room is beautiful! My next home (retirement) will have a much larger sun room then I have now. Have a good week...hugs!

  19. Congrats on the Great Grand! How precious. So glad all is well now. Love all your have done to your blog. Love the page header. You have been busy with that wonderful screened porch and so many other projects...beautiful. What a great space. Have a great week and do not overdo it. Blessings!

  20. Oh wow, how exciting to have a Great Grandchild...congrats to you all. I love your sunroom, a lovely outlook over your garden. Hang in there with the plants, you will find something to plant there.

  21. Try as I may, try as I might, there just ain't NO way I'm gonna be able to wrap my head around you being a great grandmother.... I was just somewhat getting the "grandmother" thing. But, despite my head issues, congratulations!! YAY! so glad to hear all is well!! And oh how I covet your wonderful outdoor retreat...I would love an area like that.....(even tho we might only get to use it a day or two up here...yikes - what a wretched start to this summer season!!) This is actually the first year EVER that I have not gone out and bought tons of plants....It was just too blustery and cold....and now it's too late. Throw in a few health issues, and I guess I need to "get over" it and plot and plan for next year. Hope all is well....yes, I agree, FB has NOTHING on blogs. I just wish I could keep up with blogging. Happy new week my friend....Smiles & Hugs ~ Robin

  22. Good Morning Friend
    Wow how truly beautiful is your screen room.
    Sometimes scrubbing on our knees make it so worth it in the end.
    Your home is beautiful.
    And your family too.
    What a wonderful Father's Day Gift.
    God is soo good.
    I love your Wool Runners.
    Woolie Blessings

  23. Karen,

    WOW! Congrats on your first great-grandbaby! How exciting, so glad everyone is doing great!
    YOur room is to die for! I wish now when we added onto the house we did a screen in porch, I never even thought of it...sigh... I must say you have one organized work station, my looks nothing like that! hugs! I am hanging in there... helping run a 2nd house, sure does take up some of my extra time...but it needs to be done. OLM

  24. Hello Karen
    Love your Screen Room. Looks so comfy!
    Congratulations on your new great grandchild. Glad to hear they are both doing fine.
    Have a wonderful day!


  25. Karen,
    Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous porch and patio. Sigh....I envy you the screened in porch. I can only dream about how wonderful this would be! Especially this year when the mosquito's are so bad! Congrats on your beautiful little one. I'm glad all is well. Thank you for sharing. I always enjoy your posts. Have a great and productive day.
    Hugs, Lori

  26. What a precious baby boy! Congrats to everyone! Your room is so very wonderful...what a place to hook...or drink a cup of tea...or simply doze. Wonderful!
    Hope you are felling good...enjoy the week,

  27. I just love love love your sun room! I would so enjoy something like that!!! I would like the husband that helps with the Spring cleaning too! LOL

    Congratulation on the new Great Grandchild!!!

  28. Well, I have to say that you sure have a lot of interesting going on in your life. Very well managed at that!
    Your home is awesome and I can tell that you and your husband put a lot of love and labor into it.
    We've got a little enclosed back porch intended for the fur babies, but it is nice sitting out there when it's raining and or snowing. Just so relaxing.

    Oh my goodness, congratulations on your new great grand baby! I'm so glad to hear they are both doing well. Excellent FD presentation!

    I prefer our blogs over FB as well. More personable. I don't do FB so well, too many rude, cruel and ignoramouses on there.

    Take care and get healed enough to work on your home sweet home :)


  29. Congrats Great Grandma! Zayne is so precious! I am happy that everyone is fine. Love all of that wool.
    If I has a screened room like you do I would live in it also...very homey and pretty! THanks for sharing. Have a good week,
    Be blessed,

  30. Congratulations, Karen and welcome to little Zayne. I can see you sitting in that beautiful sunroom with your new great grandson telling him stories about his parents. Enjoy. Hugs Sue

  31. Hi, Karen,
    Your room is so pretty! I'm sure you must spend a lot of time there. I know I would!
    Congratulations on the new little one. He is so cute! I'm glad he and mom are doing well.
    Yes, I agree with you about the blogs. We get more of a complete story that way. I have a facebook page, but I also like the blog.
    Take care. :-)

  32. sweet to have a new baby around...You are so Blessed with a large loving family... And I love, love the screen room and the wicker. Looks so comfy...Don't blame you for spending lots of time there when weather permits. Take care of that back, Karen. Blessings!

  33. love your screen room! I too would spend most my time out there! beautiful and peaceful! lots of work that spring cleaning but so worth it! your gardens look like they are coming nicely! I love green!! I don't seem to have a lot of color in my perennial gardens.. but do love green so that helps. I have filled in with variegated hostas that adds some color..
    what a beautiful great grand babe!
    now the fun begins! enjoy!!

  34. forgot to mention all that beautiful wool and stitchen ahead! love seeing your work in progress!!enjoy!

  35. Oh my! Congratulations on beautiful Zayne! Alex went through the same experience I had with Brian...his heart rate fell 4 times before an emergency C section. It's amazing how fast those doctors can move! Prayers that little Zayne flourishes.As usual your woolie goods are do such neat and consistently nice work.---Jan

  36. Karen, your sun room is breathtaking!!! I keep going back to this post and looking at it. I would love a room like that. Congrats on your first G-grand sweet and cute !


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