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Jun 19, 2017

Painting Projects Finished!

All done!

Painting Projects Finished! 
Finally they're done!!! I finished the chicken garden (thrifted years ago) sign yesterday. Dave and I hung it up tonight-

We used thin copper wire to hang it, and I think it looks great! The wire will age nicely-

Before picture

I painted with craft paint I have and added raffia. I used a similar green spray paint of the hanger piece, sanded and did 2 coats of paint-

I was able to see the outline of the original letters on it, so I used small brush to re-do. I free-handed the leaves. I used a stamp on the other side of the wood-

Zero cost re-hab!!!

Next I did my country magazine rack for Grand babies books, thrifted $4.00-



Blue paint I had on hand, did 2 coats


After other side

While my sponged stencils aren't perfect I'm happy! I just used what I had on hand. All in all time well spent...

Jun 16, 2017

Vacation Day Projects

Vacation Day Projects-
We had a crazy week in Boise, with almost 2" of rain in two days!!! It's been warming up gradually since then. Going into the 70's now, with 90's forecast for next week. I wound up being offered a "vacation" day today, due to lower work load. Since I had tons of little projects I jumped at the chance. Sometimes it seems like all those little things can add up being very time-consuming. So today was project day! I did sleep in, so I can't complain too much. And got lunch out at Sonic, love their Chicago dogs!

On the list of things to do today- 
Called my FSA (health savings account) card company for 30 minutes. I had to clarify why I keep getting emails over and over for the sme claim. Fixed :)

I finally found some small river-stone type rocks buried in my craft cart to finish off my lucky bamboo. I had moved it to a bigger pot-  

I washed our living room chair slip covers, pretty dirty around the edges. All clean and purty now-

Re-painted my $4.00 thrifted magazine rack for the Grand kid's books. It was a free re-do, I just used spray paint I already had. I thought about doing chalk paint on the ends (still may do) but I wanted a durable paint finish.

Before, a little scratched and faded

Little country scene

1st coat, 2nd coat will do tomorrow

Before picture, the other side was worse

I finally repainted my fave thrifted garden chicken sign. It took a real beating for 10 years outside, then we had really heavy snow this winter. It's been the cursed chicken trying to paint it! Every time I was ready to paint it rained! I won't match things exactly, but that's OK. It was another no-cost rehab, just used the paints I had on hand. I will give it a coat of polyurethane at the end for extra weather durability. I will use a foam stamp for the edging. I can't free hand that kind of thing! I used Dave's new nail gun to attach the one wing and strengthen the other. Maybe it will go for another 10 years! Rain was approaching this afternoon again, so fingers were crossed. A light breeze helped the drying time. I still need to finish painting tomorrow, just too humid today. I thought I'd gt all the painting done today, but Mother Nature didn't cooperate. Ah well!

Sign after sanding-

Cedar under there

I hung it on our bird feeder so I could paint all sides at once- 

First coat

I will do another coat tomorrow, since it's so humid, and sprinkling. I will re-do the welcome letter and add some edging. I found another fun chicken (spoon rest) yesterday-

$4.00 at Big Lots

I posted a few things on Craigslist for sale today. We've sold some biking gear in the last 2 weeks, and extra $60.00 for us! 

I'll be ironing summer work clothes tonight, boring but it takes time too.

I'll be taking down the Spring decor tomorrow and putting up some summery stuff! I can end the big projects with something easy and FUN! I'll post photos of the completed painted things this weekend.

Jun 13, 2017

Spicy Black Beans Cakes!!!

Spicy Black Beans Cakes-
I always loved this recipe from Katie Brown Entertains book. I got it dirt cheap at Ross discount store years ago when my kids were young. Published in 2000, it's a winner! I have always loved her shows, and she's still on PBS. She has a great website as well. Being too tired to type the recipe out, here's the recipes in two photos. The Tabasco sauce really makes it!

Serve with chips and veggies and it's a meal. Pretty in expensive and you can modify as needed. No meat required. The mixture keeps well in the fridge, and I usually make a double batch for several meals. Enjoy!!! 

Jun 11, 2017

Deck Cleaning and More Planting, Grand Baby's 1st Birthday

Deck Cleaning and More Planting-
Talk about more crazy weather, it was in the low 60's and rained off and on this weekend. It's 52 and POURING right now at 9:00 p.m. So much for summer weather. Luckily it will warm up late this week. I'm taking Friday off and looking forward to doing some painting projects outdoors (more later). We built our backyard Trex deck abut 10 years ago. I highly recommend that material, very low maintenance! It was getting pretty dirty. We pressure washed it about 3 years or so ago. Dave borrowed two washers from friends, but they wouldn't work, so he rented one. $60.00 later it looks like new! 

Dirty on the right

He also pressure-washed a few other things at the same time. $ well spent! As for planting I still had empty pots to fill-

I had a $10.00 off coupon at a local nursery, so we bought a couple more tomatoes, replacement lemon cukes (chickens ate them!), more basil and some annuals-

Dave and I got everything planted before the mid-afternoon rain storm-

More cukes, added more protective fencing this time

2 more Roma tomatoes, ready for cages

Next year I plan on setting up our mini-outdoor greenhouse indoors, with grow lights. We can start seeds, earlier, with stable indoor temps and save $$$. This spring was too crazy. Time to adapt!

Yesterday I thawed the last of last summer's tomatoes (that's only 1/2 in the pic) and made a tasty pasta sauce! Looking forward to some fresh ones soon! I added some Italian sausage and cooked it down for dinner last night with whole grain linguine. To go with it I made a wedge salad with Trader's Joe's balsamic glaze, blue cheese and red onion-

I also made a triple berry cobbler to have some fruity dessert-

With Trader Joe's amazing custard vanilla ice cream, oh the goodness

Neighbor kitty Poesy came for a visit, and a drink-

We have tons and tons of baby peaches on our front tree and Dave and I had to think them. Some of the branches are the size of chopsticks, and the branches were bending already. Still mote to come, but sad to do. Gotta protect the tree long term though. We have a ton of apples as well. I think I may have a major canning project this year, which is great! Pear tree and berries are loaded as well. I think they liked the wet spring.

Little River man

Grand Baby's 1st Birthday-
Last Saturday we celebrated our first Grand baby's birthday, how exciting! He's a really sweet boy, and learning how to walk-

With cousin Oliver, on the left, Grand baby #2

We had a potluck at our daughter's house, with food, and then outdoor pool time! Love their outfits, how cute :) Time sure goes fast. Oliver was born a 10 lb.+ baby, now the same size as River, who was born 6 lbs.+, crazy!

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