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And all I did was strip wall paper and paint!  But it felt like I created something as big as ….hmmmm….at LEAST a country! : )

So here’s the scoop….

The wallpaper I added in the 1990s was totally out of date…It looked like this….

Here’s the wallpaper in the hallway….striped paisley stuff that I never really liked……VERY glad it’s gone.

Here are the two layers from the living room…

I particularly like the bottom layer of an Italian villa…..complete with fountain….

These 3 layers came off rather easily in the living room….

Because of a lovely coat of paint on the old wallboard…..ahh…I got LUCKY!

But….the luck ended in the hallway and entryway….ugh!

Underneath the ugly striped wallpaper I put up was…..

more stripes…..and this lovely…umm….stuff…

WHAT were they thinking?????? (BTW – my garage is painted the same pink as that little flower!)

Goodbye wallpaper of eras gone by…..

and then finally….c1958 wallboard……with the finest taping job I’ve seen in a while!  nice smooth walls!

The lady at the paint store where I bought my supplies told me I would have to texture the walls after stripping the wallpaper….because I would gouge the wallboard so badly.  I told her I didn’t want texture because there wasn’t any in my house…she smirked and walked off and thought to herself…that lady (me) is CRAZY!  Little did she know that her comment was all the challenge I needed to be sure I didn’t scar the wallboard.  And I DID prove her wrong!  (I feel so superior…is that wrong!?!?!?)

I found a few surprises along the way….

The outlet where the ONE phone line was brought into the house….

A fist sized hole in the entryway…

And a sorry looking patch job (which I assume was from a demolished piece of wall board)  They attached the spackle to the old wallpaper so when the wallpaper went…so did the spackle.  Had to start over…and I gained a WHOLE new appreciation for those guys who cover the seams on wallboard…geez…they should probably be paid more!

Pete came over and helped me patch the holes and switch out some light switches….

The cats seemed unfazed by the whole business and took advantage of the buffet’s temporary home in the kitchen…next to the windows….

(sorry for the blurry pictures….must have been the wrong setting on my camera!)

Then came the primer coat…

And then the paint….Ahhhhhh….SO much better!  The paint is an interesting color.  Not what I had first invisioned but I have come to LOVE it!

In some light, it looks green, in others it looks gray and sometimes it has a hint of brown…..but it fits into my home nicely!

I began on a Monday and ended on the following Monday….I consider that pretty good progress for an old lady!

They I started re-decorating things….

Packed away the Nutcrackers for awhile….and moved the buttons off the buffet..

and cleared away some clutter off the piano…

It feels really good to get this huge project finished!

Next on the list (and beginning this weekend) is getting the trim painted….wish me luck!

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……..died of heat stroke?……..been blown away by a tornado?………..packed in one of the many boxes of my belongings?…..asphyxiated on wool fumes?……kidnapped by Gypsy midgets and forced to perform trapeze acts in a circus?…..keeled over into a bush during boot camp?…….

Nah……just been super busy.  The end of school was more stressful than usual.  Along with end of year performances, grades, saying goodbye to the students….I had to pack my room…..that I’ve been in for over 15 years.  Well….I packed and packed and packed some more and little by little the custodians moved all my boxes of books, shelves, piano, desk and assorted cabinets…to the auditorium stage.  Yes, I’ll be having class on the stage but all in all it should turn out to be a good thing!  Check with me again in October and see if I’m still smiling.

With all the goings on at the end of the year, I just didn’t have the energy to get into the garden like I normally would so I’m sorta behind.  I need about one more morning and the front garden will be finished and mulched for the summer…..here’s a sneak peak from about a week ago….(yes, I’ve done more work since then…)





I’ve also been snapping a few pictures of the cats.  I cleared off the coffee table a couple of weeks ago to do something and the cats immediately considered it their “stage”….here are a few actions shots…

Fast asleep…


Elroy’s favorite sleeping position….



Fighting over who gets to sleep on the biggest piece of the paper bag they smushed earlier…..



Elroy has one rogue whisker….see it on his right side?……it’s as quirky as he is!  And yes, they look like this everyday!



Hopefully I will be updating more often with more pictures…..Happy Summer!



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If you’ve ever seen the musical “Cats” you know about Mungojerrie and Rumpleteazer (you can see the whole story  here) But this song is basically about 2 cats that go around the house wreaking havoc and looking innocent.


Here’s some of my favorite lyrics from that song….

Mungojerrie and Rumpelteazer
We’re a notorious couple of cats
As knockabout clowns, quick-change comedians
Tight-rope walkers and acrobats


And when you hear a dining room smash
Or up from the pantry there comes a loud crash
Or down from the library there comes a loud ping
From a vase that was commonly said to be Ming
The family will say: “Now which was which cat?
It was Mungojerrie and Rumpelteazer!”
And there’s nothing at all to be done about that!

So I’m writing the sequel starring my very own Miss Goldilocks and Mr. Elroy.  They may not be twin cats but they sure can wreak the havoc around here.


One day I sat on the couch and looked up and noticed that things had been shifted around and were teetering on the very edged of the RV cabinet and in a few minutes I discovered why….


It seems that it is Miss Goldilocks’ favorite place to lounge….and these “things” got in her way…


Yesterday I came home to one of my favorite “piles of stuff” that had been “stored” on the ironing board had been dumped and scattered…..and I know this is one of Miss Goldilocks’ favorite places to hang out….


We often have NASCAR races through the house….haven’t figured out who actually wins and we have several sumo wrestling matches a week. (Mr. Elroy is kinda chubby)

Goldie used to be the one to steal my yarn as I was knitting with it and steal buttons out of the button jar in the living room.  I guess she’s moved from cat burglary to Home Interior Designing.  I wonder what’s next?

Don’t be fooled by this display of innocence!

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Yes, once again it is our annual Valentine’s dinner…

The usual were in attendance…..

Pete and Lou

Bonnie and Dawn

Dawn (again…she’s not a twin…and that’s a good thing!) and Mom and Dad



Lou was very sweet and sent a BEAUTIFUL bouquet of flowers..


I TOTALLY forgot to take pictures  of the meal but here is the  menu:

Rack of Lamb (SOOOOOO good)

Roasted Asparagus (my favorite)

Salad of my own creation:  Tomatoes, cucumber, red onion and mozzarella cheese with Olive oil/basil/Italian dressing (was very good)

Cheese Biscuits (just like the ones at red lobster)

Plain old Mashed Potatoes made with red potatoes with the skins on and extra butter (great comfort food!)

I did, however, remember to take pics of the dessert as I was making it…

Chocolate-Peanut Butter Torte

Make a brownie-like cake.. (with 1 whole cup of cocoa!!!)

next ingredient…


yes, those are peanut butter cups and yes, you use all 10 of them!!!!!!



Elroy was supervising (and no…  my house is not on fire…it’s my humidifier)

Out of the oven…


put peanut butter between the layers…with peanut butter frosting and more chocolate on top and you have death by chocolate!  It was wonderful!


Elroy was trying to eat the flowers!


Elroy entertained us after dinner playing fetch….


Again, please?!?!?!


Dawn spent the night so we had breakfast the next morning….

Short Bacon… (ask Dawn!) and blueberry pancakes… (and you can see last’s night’s dessert in the background)



I’m not going to worry about counting the millions of calories I’ve enhaled this weekend….It’s Valentine’s day and they don’t count!


Thanks Pete, for the Valentine Heart filled with Hershey’s Kisses….and Bonnie for the DELICIOUS chocolate chip cookie and Dawn for the beautiful red mug and hot cocoa mix.


It was a wonderful evening with friends and family…..Thank you for coming!


p.s.  I’m not playing favorites with Elroy…Goldie likes to hide when I have company….she’s shy!


Happy Valentine’s Day!










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Yes, it has become an annual event that we either get ice or blizzard in January and miss several days of school!  2011 was not going to be left out of this party so yesterday we received about 12″ of snow (but who really knows since all it did was blow around into giant, albeit beautiful, piles!

Here’s a timeline…sort of…..

This is about 8 a.m. on Tuesday morning…

Outside my front door (the garden ornament at the end of the house is about 2.5 feet tall….to give you some perspective) during the thick of the blizzard

Out the backdoor (same time)

Mother Nature’s Artwork on my window

But here’s what we did all warm and snug inside:

(please notice the Elroy’s point toes….dreaming of being a dancer?!?!?!?!)

While I was knitting on the couch….Goldie sat in my lap and bathed…Here’s her action shot!

Here it is about noon on Tuesday as the storm is nearing it’s end (at least for snow…winds howled all day!)

Later in the evening…outside my garage door!

Yes….that’s a 13″ snowdrift I have to dig out before I can get my car out!

and…..This morning, Wednesday, about 8 a.m.

Elroy snuck out and tested the snow… He didn’t like it  much..

But yes….That’s SUNSHINE!!!  …. even if it was 3 degrees outside!  BRRRRRR………

Another visitor…..very cold and brave…..I wish I had some food to give him!

So….another day at home….wonder what I’ll do today?

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My good friends, Jeff and Wendy, just added a new baby to their family…and the tradition I started was to make each one a quilt.  This is the 7th one I’ve made for their family!!!!

Since I’m out of school for the holidays, I invited Mom down to help me make the quilt….and  yes it was a QUILT IN A DAY kind of day.

We started with this pattern and using some fabric from my stash and buying ONLY 2 1/8 yards….we were able to get it done!  We had quite a factory going in my sewing room.

Goldie and I did the cutting and ironing..

While Mom and Elroy took care of the sewing…

He was VERY interested in the sewing machine!

But soon tired of the whole business…

Quilt top finished!

I started with the solid color from my stash so I had to find something that matched it and came across the fish…and it was perfect!

The fun began again when we were layering the quilt together….

Goldie was holding down her side…so nice of her to help!

and now…one very cute quilt (this pic shows the actual colors much better!)

Don’t you wish you were a going under the sea with little baby Malachi?

Welcome to the world, Baby!

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As the holidays have whizzed by, I’ve been taking photos of the animals…..


Elroy seems to be the most photogenic….still acting like a kitten and all….


But Goldie can win the prize for being the prettiest!


Sometimes, there’s just no words…..




But don’t forget the dog!


Boys just do things so differently than girls…. (putting a whole new spin on eating)



A friend brought the felines some wheat grass…..they LOVE it!




My favorite Goldie pose…


The best part of Christmas…..TRASH!


This is how they “help” clean my office!



How can you resist kitty feet?


and my current all-time favorite….

a little out of focus, i know…but it’s those eyes!















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