Monday, June 18, 2018

June CupboardScape



I hope all the Father's out there had a grand day!

In Honor of Father's Day,
This CupboadScape is all about
the male folks of my family.

Although my father has been gone
for 25 years now,
I still thought about him yesterday.

My grandfathers and father,
instilled their values, love and compassion.
Plus some fine memories...
even a ghastly one.
See below for the shocking one.


Grandpa Bruno B. was caught making whiskey
during the Prohibition Era and spent a week
 in the small towns pokey.
{ whiskey jug }

He also wore the gray Fedora hat.
{ hat }


Great Grandpa Robert W.
wore the gray spats.
Spats were placed over the ankle
to protect ones shoes and socks from mud & rain.
{ gray spats to the left with box }


Grandpa Charlie H. use to carry a water pitcher
around the farm for his thirst.
{ blue enamel water pitcher }
We would walk the back pasture
to call the cows in for milking.
He always let me ride one cow back to the barn.

He always scrubbed his arms and hands
after the farm chores were done with Lava soap.
As a kid watching him, I thought he would scrub
his skin right off he did it so hard. LOL
{ Lava Soap }


Grandpa H and my dad both liked playing checkers.
I would play with grandpa most nights
when visiting the farnhouse.
{ Checkerboard }


My own father used tobacco.
Up until he was thirty when he quit.
{ Prince Albert Tobacco Tin }

Both Saturday and Sunday Bob's dad
came over for dinner.
It was a treat for us because not only
did he cook us up some ribs,
but he cooked steaks we had bought too.
Yesterday it was so hot that I decided to
make BBQ pulled pork sandwiches 
made in the slow cooker.
Potato Salad and a Cucumber Tomato Salad.
Also made a chocolate pie.

How was your weekend spent?

Father's Day Post Blessings To All!
Janice

Friday, June 15, 2018

Magical Fit


Last weekend was a rainy one,
fitting for the ducks and water birds
we have here.
The gloomy day made my mind wander.
Wander to the magical time of Halloween
to all that is related to the
witchy hour. 


Blacks, oranges and purples
Yummy colors for this design.




Am calling this one 
Witch Parking

By reason that someone decided
to park himself on top of said boot.

Can you guess what character did this?

Will share who parked a ride later on.

Visiting with my mom almost daily
has brought out
the pencil and paper...
Not being able to drag out all
of the July 4th decor...
Halloween has been popping into my noggin.
I know crazy right?

My fabric is easier to get to. LOL

Working the store tomorrow...
then having Bob's dad over for
a grilled steak dinner on the barby.

My dad is no longer with us, 
so I know he will be here in spirit
for Father's Day.

What will your plans be for this weekend?

Magical Fit Blessings To All!
Janice

Monday, June 11, 2018

Flag Day


The Second Continental Congress
adopted the 
United States
flag on
June 14, 1777
which makes this the 241 year of our flag.


Nicknames for our flag are
Old Glory
The Red White and Blue



Stars & Stripes
The Star Spangled Banner


{{Long May She Wave}}

Hope everyone remembers our flag.
June 14th.

Flag Day Blessings To All!
Janice

Saturday, June 9, 2018

The Garden Plot


Its been a long long time
since I have really loved my garden.
At my old house I had many many gardens.
Here I only have room for a small few.



It was a cold start to our Spring,
however once the Spring flowers started
they are really putting on a show!



This was the door trellis Bob made for our garden
a few years ago now.



First year Honeysuckle planted.


The Hummers are going to love
 the Honeysuckle this year.
Our trellis is loaded
 with this sweet scented flower.
{one was even humming near me when I took this pic}



We even have real bunnies visiting us now.


I usually plant Red Geraniums in my planters.
This year I opted for Red Gerbera's, 
magenta petunias & a variegated pink green vine.  


The magenta spirea is also doing great!
The little Henry Sweetspire is full of buds too.


Then there's the kiwi vine.
I almost pulled this vine out last year.
It was the second year and was just green.
I purchased it because it was supposed
 to be white, green and pink.
Year three and it is finally changing colors....
and WOW it has sprouted and growing
like a weed now on the opposite side of our trellis.
{so glad I did not pull it out}


See how high it is getting this year on the left.



The Honeysuckle is on the right.



I want Bob to make me another one at the other
end of our walkway so I can add two more
flowering vines.
Any suggestions?


Other than my volunteer sunflowers,
I don't normally like yellow flowers,
but this year I added a few Dahlias.
The tiny white flowers are called
Angel Wings


This flower pot is at the top of our steps 
to the porch.
I have been reading up on natural plants
that deter mosquitoes.
Sage and Ageratum are some of them.
The Purple Ageratum is to the right,
and behind that is the sage.
{hope it helps}
Bob says we grow the mosquitoes
 big around here. :-)


Then on our porch by the door,
is another planter inside our
antique wood sorghum cutter.
If you live in the South you know what this is.
Sorghum syrup was the staple 
like Molasses was here in the North.
Now it is used as livestock and even made into ethanol.
The plant itself grows tall like corn and is a cereal grain.
You would boil it down to make the syrup.
It was thought to have been brought over from
Africa with the slave boats and grows
 great in the South because it is drought resistant.
I love the Sorghum candles from the
A Simple Life magazine.
One of the editors does a prim show with us...
and I purchase the candles from her.

Laundry and cleaning today.
Then work on prim goodies.

On another note:
Mom is doing good with therapy, but is only
at 10% usage with the hip she had the surgery on.
She needs to be at 90%
 before they consider letting her go.

Bob and I visited with her on Thursday night.
My brother and his wife spent time with her yesterday.
My sister is going today to do her hair.
She is a beautician...and the rehab place told her
she could use their facility.
Tomorrow, more of my family will be visiting
and I will go back with her cleaned laundry
 on Monday sometime.

Hope everyone has a sparkling weekend.
Ours may be a rainy one :-(
{but we do need it}

Garden Plot Blessings To All!
Janice




Wednesday, June 6, 2018

A Whim Of A Pillow


I am so glad it is Wednesday!
Thursday afternoon I had to run up to the mall
to add minutes to my mom's phone.
The phone place was right next to Target,
so I popped in to see if they had the pillows
I was eying at online.
I am by no means a pillow connoisseur...
but I liked the gold ones I had found online.
Well the ones I wanted, they did not have.
However these were on clearance.



W O O H O O

They were also the perfect color for our front room
since the colors are red white and blue.


The background red color is almost the same shade
as our chairs.


Plus the red also matches the wool background
of the current penny project I am working on.


It was like a match made in heaven.
Prim heaven that is.


This is one of our chairs.
I have my basket next to it where I have been
working on my penny project.
{notice there is another flag pillow to the right}
I decided I needed to make one for myself too.
I worked on it during my mom's surgery.
Just needs a bit more rags stuffed inside.



Last night this is what I came home.
Sweet Ace kitty sitting in his catio.
Bob made this years ago and the kitties
go in and out through the window...
only during the daytime.
Too many critters around to leave it open at night.

Mom is in rehab now.
She was not happy with her PT, 
but my niece visited her yesterday and told her
the PT was doing the right thing.
You see my niece is also a PT...however she cannot
touch my mom as it is the law in Michigan
that doctors and physical therapists cannot treat family.

We are not sure how long she will be there...
but at least she is in a good place now.
One where she will get on the road to recovery.
Us kids decided now that we will take turns visiting her.
It's just too much for all of us to see her on a daily basis.
We all have full time jobs....
and all of us took time off while she was in the hospital.
The rehab facility is another 20 minutes farther.
I will go see her today for a couple of hours.

Well it's off to work I go.
Hope everyone has an awesome day!

Whim Of A Pillow Blessings To All!
Janice



Sunday, June 3, 2018

Americana Winner


I cannot believe it is June already.
Thank you all my friends
for all of your prayers and well wishes.
My mom's surgery was a success.
The hospital personnel were amazed my mom does not
take any medication for her young age of 83.
The surgeon was very nice and thorough.
At first I thought he was too young to be a surgeon,
but when he told us he had been doing this for 20 years....
well that put my mind at ease.
Now the recovery starts.
They had her sitting up for a few hours yesterday,
and walking a bit with a walker.
She will be released from the hospital tomorrow hopefully
and then to the rehab center.
Not sure how long she will be there....
but after that she will be staying with us for a bit.

Yesterday coming home from the hospital
I was a witness to an accident.
A gentleman ran through the intersection
hit the car in front of me a bit.
I immediately stopped.
The car spun around and continued speeding
towards me. I had nowhere to go,
There was a gas station to the left of me and cars to the right.
The driver at the last minute swerved,
ran up the embankment and hit the gas pump.
Fortunately the gas pumps did not explode.
I stayed and gave my statement to the police.
I thought the man driving might have had a medical emergency,
because he never braked.
It was like his foot was on the gas all the while.
Someone was with me as he would have hit me head on.

Onto the winner of my Americana Giveaway.


Sandy, Fran and Lauren guessed correctly
on my latest find.
Lauren opted out of the giveaway, 
therefore Sandy and Fran got 2 chances to win.


It is indeed a collar box.


The collars were still inside of this beauty!

The lucky winner of my Americana pillow is Linda!
Congrats to you!!!
Linda please email me your mailing info at 
primsbythewater@yahoo.com
with your address.

Thank you to everyone else who participated.
More giveaways to be had in future dates.

Now I am off to go to the hospital to visit with my mom.
Hope everyone enjoyed their weekend!

Pre Americana Blessings To All!
Janice 









Thursday, May 31, 2018

Americana Giveaway

~ FRIENDS ~

Walking with a friend in the dark
is better than walking alone
in the light
[Helen Keller]


The friendship I have with each of you
 has grown over the years.
Seven wonderful years! 
I have learned much about you through these years,
and enjoy reading what's going on in your lives.

It has been a rough night for me.
I received a call last night just before 10 from my sister
that my mom fell and they were rushing her to the hospital.
She called me first because the hospital 
they were taking her to was closest to me.
I left immediately and beat the ambulance there.
She broke her hip.
The worse part besides the hip being broken...
she was watering her newly planted veggie garden
and she did not realize that the hose wrapped 
around her ankles and she tripped and fell.
This happened at 2:30pm and she kept screaming
for help until her neighbor heard her at 9:00pm.
She crawled to her back door 
to try to get to her phone which was inside.
(she did not think she needed it as she was just going out
for a few minutes to water her garden)
She was outside in the heat of the muggy day
and became dehydrated. 
Surgery is tentatively scheduled for 3pm tomorrow.
Please if you can say a wee prayer for my mom.

Now onto my giveaway.


In appreciation of those who follow me,
I have created this Americana Flag pillow.
Rag stuffed it measures 7 x 4 1/2 inches



Made from red wool, vintage buttons.
Blue fabric with white stars completes this creation.


Now for the rules.
1. Must be a follower
2. You must comment that you would like to win 
on this post only.

~Extra credit~
For an extra chance to win.



With your comment 
let me know what you think this item is.
I recently purchased this for my bedroom decor.
I do know what it is, so if you do too,
you will get another chance to win my flag pillow.

I will choose a winner on Sunday sometime.
Good luck to all!
Will also let you know how things go with my mom.
It will be a long recovery.
They will be adding a rod and screw...
no hip replacement because of how she broke it.

Thank you for listening to me.
Much appreciated.

Americana Giveaway Blessings To All!
Janice