BLOGTOBER – DAY 13 – CURRENT CRAFT PROJECT

I started doing Blogtober with Sandra, but needed a bit more structure.  I found some old prompt lists and made my own compilation of those prompts.  I will start following it for the remainder of the month and try to backtrack to catch the earlier prompts too.

Today’s prompt is CURRENT CRAFT PROJECTS which is fitting as I did a tutorial on making these cute little guys.  You can find the “HOW TO” here for making your own Pumpkin family.

 

BLOGTOBER – DAY 10 – A FALL LOOK BACK THROUGH THE BLOG

Today’s prompt of ‘A LOOK BACK THROUGH THE BLOG‘ brought me a lot of memories, especially of more recent years past when we have lived in some more colorful places.  Fall is TRULY my favorite season and always has been.  Fall is the season where we truly welcome in all the cozy traditions, family holidays, comfort food recipes and cute clothes too!  Fall is also the season I do 80% of my canning in.

Here are a few fall pictures from recent years past. 



And here’s a recipe for one of my ALL time favorite fall recipes – Chicken Chili.

Day 478 HOUSE from HELL Update

You know how you have a picture in your mind of how a holiday is going to go?  I did for Valentine’s Day.  I was making Chicken Cacciatore ala Slow Cooker and the perfect Tiramisu cake.  We were going to have a nice bottle of Peach Moscato to go with our salad.  We were going to have an easy day because of the incoming rain, stay in, watch a movie and enjoy each others company.

Well, Mother nature had another plan!

I had just started the slow cooker with dinner and was sitting down to have my second cup of coffee before I went to shower.  The rain started dumping in buckets and the winds picked up beyond belief – so much so that I moved to the other side of the room and away from my favorite windows because the wind was actually a little scary. Tornado warnings started coming across my phone fast and furiously abut that time and then I heard water pouring into my laundry area through the ceiling.  If that wasn’t bad enough, water also started pouring in through the window I had just moved away from.

Wasn’t much we could do besides grab a bunch of towels and wait it out. I did call the roofer to put him on alert.

Once the worst was over, hubby went up into the attic to assess the damage and the roofer showed up almost immediately to replace the shingles and fix the roof.  That was the easy part.

Fortunately we had just recently bought a new box of contractor heavy duty bags. We then spent yesterday in the attic trying to clean up the mess of wet insulation.  Up until now we had pretty much ignored the attic because we didn’t plan on using it, only clearing away around the opening and air conditioning area, but yesterday we found some really odd things up there.  The bricks we found were the oddest things.  We also found some disassembled OLD, and I do mean OLD cabinets, disassembled bookshelves, old paneling as well as a “roll” of 40 year old linoleum.

 

Compared to other areas around town that were hit with the “tornado weather”, we got off easy.  Just a bunch of clean up and repair, but no real substantial loss besides our time. Seven 55 gallon bags later we called it a day and showered BIG time!

We spent today dealing with the window leak. It’s a 40 year old window that was installed into a brick wall 40 years ago without any insulation or flashing.We have completed the inside repairs and after a bit more dry out will also seal everything from the outside.

Fortunately, we were home when this all happened and were able to get the church pew and great grandma’s quilts away from the leak.

On the up side I was able to get the spice cabinets organized and cleaned up.

 

 

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Freaky Weather and House Update

Oh so much better!


We ran about 2 boxes short of finishing the “old” side of the kitchen and doing all the ‘hand cut’ pieces before the crown molding.

The dining room is done except for edge pieces that need to be handcut.

I was trying to keep my sense of humor while I did inside projects to stay out of the weather and get over my bronchitis. That’s the glue on the back of one of the ceiling tiles.

I loved how the snow was sticking to the light pole in a straight line. This was really wet snow and with the wind blowing was al over the place. I love this tree across the street. It always makes me think Christmas ~ even in mid April.
This was the 3rd time he’d shoveled the driveway in the last 24 hours. I had to laugh this time ~ just after he finished the plow came by and did the street and he had to do the bottom all over again.
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Is it really spring?

It just keeps getting better and better – NOT – LOL – now they added wind, centered it directly over us and increased the amount of snow tonight…
EXPECT PERIODS OF WET SNOW TO CONTINUE THROUGH TUESDAY AFTERNOON AND FALL HEAVY AT TIMES. BY THE TIME THE SNOW ENDS TUESDAY EVENING… EXPECT A STORM TOTAL SNOWFALL OF … 14 INCHES. THE HEAVIEST SNOW IS MOST LIKELY OVER HIGHER TERRAIN NORTH OF CRYSTAL FALLS AND IRON RIVER. THE COMBINATION OF THE WET HEAVY SNOW AND WIND GUSTS OF 15 TO 25 MPH TONIGHT INTO TUESDAY COULD DAMAGE TREES AND PRODUCE POWER OUTAGES.
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Enough is enough already…

Enough is enough already. I signed on to check out this week’s weather and the bright flashing winter storm warning caught my eye. Needless to say, I am less than thrilled with reading this… THE LIGHT SNOW ON MONDAY MORNING WILL TRANSITION TO A HEAVY… WET SNOW MONDAY AFTERNOON AND CONTINUE THROUGH TUESDAY MORNING. THE SNOW MAY BE MIXED WITH RAIN AT TIMES THROUGH TUESDAY MORNING… ESPECIALLY OVER THE LOWER TERRAIN. BY THE TIME THE SNOW ENDS TUESDAY AFTERNOON… LOOK FOR STORM TOTAL SNOWFALL AMOUNTS OF UP TO AND AROUND A FOOT INTO TUESDAY AFTERNOON THE HEAVY WET SNOW COULD DAMAGE TREES AND PRODUCE POWER OUTAGES.
I’m glad we still have indoor projects to do!
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Spring? Where?

They kept telling me all day it was the first day of spring, but it has been cold, windy and snowy here. So for now I’ll just dream that I’m waking up to these tomorrow.

My creation
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As my dreams turn to spring… FALSE START

The last several days have been fairly nice here with the temperatures in the high 30’s and even a bit in the 40’s and the sun shining big and bright. The snow has been melting well and the grass peeking through. I have been dreaming of these flowers starting to bud and bloom.



And then I wake to this! It just isn’t fair LOL

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The Calm before the Storm

I was able to capture these yesterday while it was spring like. Just look at all that grass peeking through.

It’s hard to believe that the next three pictures are of the same farm. I just love barns!

Look close at the next picture and you will see there is a ghost hanging in the loft window. A Halloween leftover?

This last one is my favorite with all the stone and warped barn wood. I love how the doors were hanging askew too.

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