Thursday, August 16, 2012

From Yuck to Yowza! {I'm biased}

A few months ago I bought 6 chairs off our local Air Force Base's Virtual Yardsale site on Facebook. I paid $20 whopping buckaroos for all 6 chairs. Great deal. I had every intention of redoing them all, but it ended up that they matched my antique dining room table perfectly! I was looking for two for that table & the rest would be used in my new crafting area/room. I also had hoped that two would flank our giant china hutch, but unfortunately they would not fit in the tight corners. 

It took awhile, but last weekend I finally took the seats off & dug through two ancient layers of seat covering in order to find the foam underneath. I sprayed it down with Febreez & let them sit in the sun for a good LONG while {err, until they went flying up the street when the wind kicked up}. I then took some Krylon white primer & semi-gloss paint to them. It took three cans, I'm not quite sure why. I was hoping to get by with two cans. 

Anyway, I touched one of the grossest things I think I've ever touched - the bottom layer of upholstery. If you can even call it upholstery. It was more like a table cloth from the 1970's that someone had initially covered them with. Ugh. DIS.gust.ING. I needed a gas mask. The crap {i.e. dust} that flew out of those things was enough to make you gag a maggot. 

Two for the craft room

Two layers of funk

NASTY, nasty, nasty! They had to be ripped 
(well, they really didn't give a choice)
 & dust went flying out of them when ripped. GROSS.


So much better! Duck fabric from Hobby Lobby. 
About $8 a yard, but use one of those handy dandy 
40% off coupons - because they rarely put the Duck on sale! 

I'm stoked at the outcome. So stinking pretty. 
I do need to distress them a bit, but I'll do that on a rainy day.

Friday, August 10, 2012

Fantastic {thrift store} Find

I had a fantabulous Friday off work today & hit up our local base thrift store. As soon as I saw this gem, I knew I had to have her...

Ahh... don't you just LOVE a good thrift store find. I can't wait to put it to use.

Saturday, August 4, 2012

A moment of 'weird'

Such an odd, perplexing morning. I woke up to the sound of something seemingly scraping the side of the house (or the garage, our bedroom is over it). I got up & went into the kitchen to ask my husband what he'd just been doing. Nothing. 

A bit later I step outside to enjoy the cooler weather for a moment & ask him where he put my umbrella. I'm assuming he cranked it down & put it on the deck. He looks at me baffled & says "I didn't touch it," I said "no, really..." He says he didn't touch it & so I realize it must have blown off the deck onto the ground. I go outside & look over the edge and.... well.... NO umbrella. He gets shoes on & walks down to look under the deck ...... no umbrella. It's not on the side of the house, nor anywhere else in the yard. 

Someone stole our umbrella?

I mean I know I just bought it, but REALLY? Someone STOLE our umbrella. There's a pressure washer sitting RIGHT THERE. Someone came onto our deck and STOLE our umbrella!??? We could not wrap our minds around this. I said, well I'm calling the police. I'll report it missing & it's seriously bright & beautiful, so I'll find it in someone's yard & report them! LOL 

My husband says to go check out front. Um, okay? So I go out the garage & walk to the other side of the house & there is my umbrella. 

So... that noise I heard? Yes... that was the umbrella flying over the roof of the house & scraping down the side. :) Oh what a morning. There wasn't THAT much wind. Plum weird, if you ask me. 

I go inside after closing up my now broken umbrella & as I'm walking inside I reach down & scratch my arm. I feel a bump (that wasn't there a mere five minutes ago) & realize I've been stung by something. 

What is going on? Am I in the twilight zone. I don't have freakishly active or exciting mornings. The extent of a.m. excitement in our house is usually what DVR'd show to watch while we eat breakfast. 

My sting was so bad I had to take an antihistamine. Which didn't help the fact that I had to be at the fair grounds in oh... two hours.... to work the Sarpy County Fair for TEN hours. But I made it. The Benadryl fog   hit me about three hours later & I swore I was going to fall asleep. But I made it through. It was a beautiful day for the fair - highs in the high 70's, a nice little breeze.... we have the windows open right now at home & it's supposed to drop to 58 tonight. I'll take it! You can see the dead grass in my umbrella pic. Our entire city's grass has just turned to hay for the most part. It's heart-breaking to see the shriveled up corn stalks. 

The rest of the day was your typical 'county fair' variety - seeing every 'what not to wear' rule broken, mullets from the 80's, hearing accents you can't understand, and seeing food you have no idea what you're supposed to do with... 

But all in all, it ended up a pretty normal Saturday after all. Ya know, besides the fact that I could cut off my feet because they hurt so bad :) 

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

John Sandford: Mortal Prey

What I'm currently reading: 

Here's a tip. It's very rare that you'll find me reading something on some list somewhere. Something that is thought provoking &  life altering. Something that an AP English teacher would be proud of. I read to escape. Give me a good serial killer & I'm good to go...

I also like Amish fiction. Go figure. I'm an enigma like that. :)

Top of the month: August 2012

It's August 1st. How did that happen?

Seriously. I think I ask that every month. What's up with time seemingly flying by these days? Does it just seem to get worse for you as you get older? It does for me. I blink my eyes & a year goes by. I honestly don't understand. I'm not that busy of a person. We're not that busy of a family. Where does it go? WHY does it seem to blow by us with no regard for tomorrow?

This month holds a few things in store for us:

1. I work the Sarpy County Fair every night through Saturday for my place of employment (we have a booth, I'm not a carnie) ;)
2. FOOTBALL starts. #thankyougod
3. The Olympics continue. We've been having such a good time watching them. But I don't look forward to track/field. My husband will be GLUED to the tv. He loves that stuff.
4. I will finish my new craft cave!!
5. I might start school again :)
6. We're going to our first real baseball game & it's vs. New Orleans! Yay!
7. We're going to try out a new church

I'm looking forward to cooler nights if not cooler days. By the end of August up here we always have cooler evenings. I'm not looking forward to less daylight hours. We learned this past winter that we both have SAD (seasonal affect disorder). Tonight I was able to tell that it got dark much earlier (8:40ish vs. after 9) & it seriously bothered me. Not a happy camper. Speaking of camping - I hope we can go camping when the weather cools a bit :) Happy August to you! I'll be {attempting to} participate in the August Photo a Day over at Fat Mum Slim's - haven't done it since February. Looking forward to it keeping me accountable to paying attention to daily life.

Day One: Outside
we've been ravaged by drought & heat waves here in the Midwest.
 It's heart breaking.

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

A gift for mom

My parent's are full time RV'ers. They hit the road after retirement in 2010 & have spent the last 2.5 years traveling this great country of ours. Since we moved to the Midwest, it's actually pretty convenient for them to swing by on there way here or there. We've hosted them twice here locally & I flew 'home' to Mississippi {actually where I moved up here from} in April for a quick visit. We were fortunate enough to have them here with us for about a month this summer. Lots of fun {& unfortunately illness} was had by {almost} all. A couple years ago, I discovered making yarn wreaths through DIY/crafting blogs. I fell in love with them - the versatility is endless! So I made my mom one she can use this autumn & she one-upped me! Check this out...

Here's the wreath I made with yarn/flowers.

Here's the wreath after she added a tin Fleur-de-lis :) I love it!

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Overcoming barriers. {literally}

Yesterday I took part in the Omaha area Warrior Dash. You need to understand a few things about me. 
1) I'm no runner. 
2) I'm not physically fit. 
3) I'm pretty darn lazy. 

So to participate in such an obstacle course 5k was nothing short of a miracle for me. Seriously. I said a few prayers during the event. I wanted to quit {about 3 minutes in} & I thought I was surely going to die. 

But I did it. 

And now I can say I'm a warrior. {quite possibly a stupid one}

I want to stress to you - HARDEST. THING. I'VE. EVER. DONE. 12 obstacles & 3.3 miles. 

Summer Tubing

Sometimes it seems as if we don't have a lot of water around here - landlocked in the Midwest. But that comes from this south Louisiana girl who spent most of the last 6 years on the Mississippi Gulf Coast living right on the water. So it's nice sometimes to dip our toes into a local river. One such river is the Elkhorn (I don't think you could get me to go into the Missouri River). A friend & I went tubing - having a fantastic time.

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Sunday, June 3, 2012

Landscaping: baby steps

We bought our house almost two years ago. Hard to believe we've lived in Nebraska for almost two years. We've traveled home twice (technically three times - my husband went without me once) in that time frame, so we're doing pretty good! We aren't sure what happened last summer - maybe it was just settling in to our lives here or maybe we were sad. Who knows - but we do know {& now see} that we did NOTHING last summer. I'm not really quite sure what we did every weekend, but it must have involved a dark room, a couch, books, & sleep. So this spring/summer we've been playing catch-up & I think we will be until the fall. We did a tiny bit of landscaping in our back yard this weekend. And I also found a lovely {weird} little creature! 

{weird little} creature

Future sitting area (we want to get stones & make a large square area for our fire pit, 
bench, chairs, etc.) But for now this will do.

Just a little landscaping around a backyard tree.

Future sitting area

I. LOVE. this bench. 

And my flowers are doing really well :) 

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Wordless Wednesday

I live in the Omaha, NE area. It stays 'twilight' well past 9pm. This was Tuesday evening, sitting on our deck... enjoying the simple things in life.

And... happy anniversary to two little birds in {the big} Robin's Nest:

Friday, May 25, 2012

A {low key} birthday celebration

Tonight my husband & I celebrated his 37th birthday. He was able to fly home last week, which I'm extremely thankful for, and spend time with his twin sister. Tomorrow, they turn 37. We had a simple, low-key celebration at home. He isn't feeling well (sinuses), so we ate cake & our favorite chips (those tortillas w/ a hint of lime) for dinner! Not everyday you can do that ;) He said he didn't want anything for his birthday, but of course I got him a shirt. He's picking out a new laptop this weekend with the Memorial Day sales. All in all, it was exactly what it needed to be = family time, togetherness, and happiness.

Happy Birthday my dear sweet one...

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