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Painted MILK CAN

My daughter-in-law found this “very old” metal Milk Can…

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It was green…

Now is black…

Because she wanted me to paint a scene on it…

The lid is rusted on it so it can’t be removed…

No care… she just wants to use it as a decoration…

She loves the “SIMPLISTIC” motif…

It just took me a month I guess… to finally get it finished…

I had to work on it in bits and pieces…

I paint pretty quick… but, as always I have to be in the “mood”…

and then get a design in mind…

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I run off papers of different photos … a little of this and that… and then incorporate into the drawing I like…

My brushes/paints/water/paper plates/paper towels are collected… and a few sponges to cut into shapes I might want…

VERY USEFUL!

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She wanted the Salt Box House… but lets me decide the colors and design…

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The other side I decided to depict the Simplistic Crow…

She has some of this design in her dining room…

She can use either side… to change things up…

I decoupaged material ribbon using Mod Podge… along the bottom and around the lid… adding a star of the ribbon material inside the stars I had painted…

It adheres really well…

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It worked well!…

and when final bows were added… and a coat of polyurethane was added…

the finished can was ready for her to view…

 

Part of My Week!

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Lunch with a friend that I worked with at school…

Good conversation… a good fruity “real” drink…

and more food than I could eat!

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A short trip about an hour away with my husband… to Belterra Casino…

On the way home… stopped to eat and I purchased this cute green bird candle that was on sale…

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I just loved the art work done on such a simple thing as “paper towels”…

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At least 5 sheets is a whole scene…

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A walk in the park…

with bikers… walking ladies… mothers pushing baby carriages…

kids playing…couples sitting on park benches…dog walkers…joggers…

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with trees… street lamps… leaves…

Just thought they were adorable!

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My first Morning Glory...They come up from seeds of last year…

so I never know where they are until the vine starts…

My favorite flower!

These have even mingled from blue and pink that I planted a long time ago!

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My first ever Sun Flower is blooming!

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With many more buds to open up!

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I found these cute blouses at the thrift store…

Fit great…like new…

except the tassels at the neck were a little worn…

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So I remembered I had bought some glass beads for little of nothing…

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I matched beads to each blouse and finished the tassels to look brand new…

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Works for me!

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Looking out my kitchen window…

I saw Kit Kit sitting in the bird feeder…

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Since she hadn’t caught any birds yet… and I do say “yet”...

because I find one almost every day…

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She decides to get down…

and come inside to eat her cat food!

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We drove with some friends to a farm in Indiana…

They grow and sell beautiful flowers, herbs, rose bushes and many other things…

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The old farm-house has someone living in it…

but, the grounds are set up with a green house… small shops… a Tea Room / Restaurant

and Winery / Restaurant… a places to sit…

They have craft / classes in a building for different things… weddings may be held there… they are building a small chapel…

music weekly on the grounds…

We walked and looked at all of the beautiful flowers… statuary… that are for sale…

and then had lunch at the Tea Room…

A salad of mixed greens, strawberries, blueberries, pineapple, glazed sugary pecans, avocado, grilled warm chicken and homemade strawberry dressing…. along with slices of french bread with herb butter…

I ordered Iced Plum Tea... to try something new…

If we hadn’t eaten already … a glass of Strawberry Wine Punch would have been good at the winery …They also have tasting of the Homemade Wines they make…

After touring a few antique shops…

we headed for Hancock’s Drug Store in Scottsburg, Indiana for homemade ice cream sodas!…YUMMY!…

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A yellow gladioli had been broken off with the rain…

so I brought it inside to enjoy…

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My goal for today was to make me this Water Challenge I saw on FACEBOOK…

Take a gallon jug… wash and fill with water …

Lable it with these words…

Goal is to drink this every day!

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(Mine that I made)

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I am at between 5-7 pm at the moment…

I think I will do it!…

A trip to the “thrifty nifty”… as my son calls it…

had me purchasing this neat Lemon Squeezer… shaped like a colorful fish… 

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It is porcelain… made in Portugal…

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Isn’t it great!

The “Rose of Sharon” caught my eye as I walked around the back yard this morning…

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A hardy bush that will grow anywhere…

The Bees and Hummingbirds love it…

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Bobby made the Bird Feeder out on a long pole where Mr. Squirrel couldn’t get to it…

so… I leave him a little at this feeder on the ground…

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The birds love the pole…

feeling safe and secure to feed…

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My Marigold Seeds finally are blooming…

Always have to grow these seeds…

a memory from my Mom…

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I have never been successful with growing Sun Flowers in our shady yard…

but, I found a very sunny spot this year…

and they are almost in bloom…

“Oh Happy Days”…

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I brought my Sweet Potato Plant that I had started indoors a few months back outside…

and hung it on the big tree in the back in a hanging pot…

Evidently loves it’s new surroundings…

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I really liked how my husband’s tools made shadows on the shed this morning…

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My Fairy Bird Feeder has not attracted birds…

but, I still think she is so pretty!

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I came in after “my walk”… to find Kit Kit sitting by the back door…

She either looks at the door knob or reaches for it… when she wants to go out…

Her turn to have a walk!

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Our amphitheater has movies in the summer…

My friend and I are going to see this one tonight…

IF!… it doesn’t storm…

I think I just heard on the news it might…

We will just have to wait and see!

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I found this unfinished board already beveled and cut…

ready to paint…

I knew I could use it for the “Teacup Holders” Bobby and I are making…

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Bobby just had to spray it a Mossy Green…

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and it matched the cups/saucers I had found perfectly…

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They look so cute hung on a wall…

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I imagine you recognize this squash…

It seems to grow in abundance!

This one was huge!…

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I cut it in half… peeled… and sliced in thin circles…

placing them in salt water for a while…

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Dipped in egg that had been beaten…

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and dredged in Bread Crumbs that I had…

These happened to be Italian Style…

so I only added a little salt/pepper when frying in cooking oil…

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YES!… I fry sometimes… There is just nothing like Fried Green Tomatoes…

and in this case Fried Zucchini fresh out of the garden…

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Drain on paper towels…

and you will just have to pick one up immediately to taste!

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Bobby’s birthday was celebrated last Sunday with the kids…

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They just make him Happy!

Both of our sons, daughter-in-law, her Mother, the three grandkids and a friend of Carson…

and of course me!… were there to celebrate!

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My youngest son with my oldest Granddaughter and Grandson…

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Youngest Granddaughter in cap…

and Grandson in blue shirt with a friend who came along…

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Melanie (daughter-in-law) made two chocolate cakes…

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and this one tastes like Hostess Ho Ho’s … ho-hos-1-280x219

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The lotus candle that opens up, sings and rotates…

was a hit for the cake as we sang Happy Birthday!…

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We had cooked out…

Hamburgers/Hotdogs (all the fixings)

Baked Beans

Green Beans

Pasta Salad

Squash Casserole from Melanie’s Mom…(DELICIOUS!)

Good Times!

 

 

I’m OK Now!

After coming home from Bobby’s treatment yesterday… I think I had a mental break-down…

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We got up at 6:00am and left at 7:00am… to get to VA Hospital by 8:00am…

I hadn’t gone to sleep until after midnight… k9940098

Anticipation!…

It literally makes my stomach hurt… to deal with this…

although I had been putting up a pretty good front…

The people are excellent… couldn’t be better…

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He is a trooper…

So kind… so caring… trying to be upbeat for me…

making small jokes with the nurses…

One even said, “He’s so cute!”…

At times I think so!…

We sit… wait… eat a bite… watch TV… read… talk… sleep…

and finally we leave after he is hooked up to pump to bring home for 46 hours… at 3:00pm…

YES!… approximately 7 hours!…

I get home finally… and the phone is ringing…

and I see messages left…

My sister… checking on us… Love hearing from her!…

My neighbor walks over to ask how things went… Love her dearly!

A cousin calls… Love her to death!… she’s like my best friend!…

My son is there and wants me to go somewhere…

“Don’t think so!”…

Bobby still coming down from the steroids they give him k25049902 … wants me to look something up on the computer…

I had been in the door less than 30 minutes!…

Usually that’s fine… but, all of a sudden my mind is saying… ENOUGH!…

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“I can’t handle any more!”…

I am so tired I just want some quiet time…

and the tears come!…

Uncontrollable tears!…

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and they look at me like I’m losing my mind…

I even question myself…

I wash my face… take a pill… sit down… and just let it all out…

I couldn’t sleep… although that’s what everyone is telling me to do!…

I am wired so tight…

I just need some space!…

I eventually take a long soaking bath… k22403889 change into some pajamas…

I don’t even blow dry my hair… that’s how I felt!… (cute, this morning)

Sooo…. when I wake to my husband walking around… beeping going off k6967133 … that is NOT the microwave k20482693

I am wondering if I have really lost it!… k11061578

It’s 3:00am in the morning… and the cat is meowing at me so loud k21354195… I tell her to just “SHUT UP!”…

and God love her… she did!…

We find it’s the batteries  on his Chemo Pump that are going off…. needing to be changed…

With my glasses half on my face…

Bobby saying, “turn on the light!”… and my hands not seeming to work fast enough…

I get the old batteries out of the pump… insert new ones k14501675 … and get it back to working…

Quiet!… once again!…

and now here I am writing… so keyed up… I decided I might as well… wear myself out… and then sleep later…

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I don’t think a little caffeine at this point… is going to make a difference!

 

 

First of all…

Bobby had another chemo treatment today… 2 down… 10 more to go…

and he seems to be doing GREAT!… so our “Positive Thoughts” are helping…

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“Praise”!

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I found this metal wall hanging and had to have it…

I feel I have had the Lord’s “GRACE” bestowed upon us recently…

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I heard this rendition of the song played by “Condoleeza Rice” and “Jenny Baker” around the same time…

Coincidence???

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I saw this Teacup Holder on a site…???… have no idea where!

I FOUND IT!… on Pinterest…

so glad… because I like to give credit where credit is due!

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and of course had to make one…

Bobby cut my board… beveled the edge… and then painted it…

a creamy white to match the Teacups…

I had found at my favorite thrift store

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I love “blue”… and it would match my kitchen…

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I have hooks to put on the handles where utensils or anything else you want…

can hang from it…

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I touched the board in a few small areas with a sponge stamp I had… to accent it a little…

and used “Gorilla Glue” to glue them on the board…

It took a few days to dry… but, will not!… come loose!

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NOW!… to find a place to hang it!

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The suet feeder I found and filled was a hitonce it was found…

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