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Here you will find scattered pictures from my point and shoot camera, random thoughts from my little world, treasured memories of days gone by, hopeful dreams of the days yet to come, and a bunch of ideas - because I've always got ideas!

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Where Have I Been?

Nearly a week ago, THGGM and I travelled to Wisconsin for our annual fall visit with family.
We had a WONDERFUL time.
I feel sad for people who do not have amazing relatives like we do.
I took nearly 400 pictures on our trip.
This year I did not drag along my laptop nor did I crop and post pictures as the days went by.
No.  I saved all of that until I got home.
Well, THAT was not such a great idea after all.
THGGM had Monday off, and as we were sitting around our living room Monday morning I began to go through my emails.
There was one from FedEx, saying that I had missed a package delivery.
I mentioned this to THGGM, asking if he had ordered anything. 
He answered, yes, but he couldn't recall what it was.
Silly me.
In the SECONDS between when I asked that question and he remembered that his delivery had in fact been received, I clicked on the email.
Immediately, my computer went all wonky.
My computer was infected with the DECRYPT virus, which holds one's pictures hostage until a ransom is paid.
This virus has been around for a bit, wrecking havoc on businesses. 
I am an old gray haired grandmother with PICTURES. 
Please do not even ask if I had backed up my files.  Okay.  since you asked anyway, I DID back up many of them, but not all.  It isn't like it is free to do that, and my space was full, meaning I would have had to purchase more storage.  Apparently, it doesn't count that I was thinking of doing that. 
My amazing Son-in-law took my computer and was able to rid it of the virus, but nothing but paying the ransom would bring my pictures back, and I do believe it is already too late for that now.  After much intensive Googling, it appears even the FBI suggests that one just pays the ransom. 
Of course, it could be much worse.  I know that.  Most of my pictures appear on Facebook or this blog, so there is that. 
But, still.
I am so angry! 
I can barely sleep at night if I even think that something I have said without thinking may have hurt somebody else's feelings.  How do these people who do this kind of stuff sleep at night?  Ugh.  I do not know.
Anyway, all is not lost!  I've been trying to get comfortable using the camera on my Kindle Fire.  So, after four days of being away, I DO have this picture that came out somewhat decently.  This is my cousin's beautiful dog, Honey.  Honey wants me to throw that tennis ball for her.  So, there you have it, a picture from my fall vacation.
Now I am going to sulk and mourn a bit more, then I shall return with the silver lining.  Because, you know, there is ALWAYS a silver lining.
This silver lining will also reveal a bit more of my stupidity (yes, really, truly, it will) so I am giving myself a teeny tiny break before I admit to another incredibly dumb thing that I have done. 
Sometimes it is just so very difficult to be me.
But we had a GREAT vacation! 

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Thrifty and Fun Finds

Over the past two weekends I found a few fun things at the thrift store and thrift store-ish places.
One was this little wooden chair that works great for the American Girl doll.
I paid $2.00 for this.
What a deal.
It doesn't take much at all to add a few punches of fall color to a table or two.
This piece...
...and this piece were .25 cents.
Works for me!
I also found this lovely piece of linen for .50 cents to recover the sewing machine bench.

And, I have always wanted a plate rack like this!
It will hang over that civil war era dresser someday soon.
I haven't yet decided what dishes to display on it.
But, I think figuring that out will be great fun!
And I do not lack for plates.
I did not need this basket.
Nor the wooden fruit that fills this basket.
But I like it.
There are occasions for which one must throw caution to the wind and purchase produce that will never rot.

Over the past few weekends I struck thrift store gold in the fat old lady clothing department.
I picked up a bunch of shirts and four pair of jeans.  The shirts are a bit on the large size, but I figure that if I have to, I could gain weight.  Okay.  That wasn't funny, but I could, as gaining weight is one of those things I am awfully good at.  So, after I got the great deals, there was an email in my box the very next day saying that ALL clothing was on sale this week for a dollar.  I went back yesterday and picked up four more shirts.  These appear to be brand new, never been warn, some with tags still on shirts.  Not fancy at all, but then neither am I.  Yay!
So, that's what I've been up to.

Monday, October 17, 2016

Still Making Things on Monday

It is Monday, so we made things, which is pretty much what we do every day.
I've used this idea before, but not with Hertsje.
I didn't tell her what we were going to do, except to say we were going to make a coconut tree.
We cut out the tree, leaves, and coconuts.
Okay.  So neither of us have ever seen an actual coconut tree, but we did do our best!
Still, she was not quite sure why we had just taped our creation to the bottom of a cookie sheet.
Her expression says it all.
There are times when I just plain exasperate her.
But the minute I opened up the package of magnetic letters, she KNEW!
And all the letters made their way up the coconut tree!
Chicka Chicka BOOM BOOM!

Saturday, October 15, 2016

Well Would You Look at That

Surprise, surprise!
I made some more of these!
Now it seems more like a chorus of carolers.
THGGM doesn't like them either.
Truly, there is NO accounting for taste.
Yesterday I went into the depths of my basement knowing that I had a pile of different scraps of red plaid wool, and I found a rather large piece that more than covered this table they are standing on.
Well, I should say WERE standing on.
I put them all away.
Even I know it's waaay to soon to decorate for Christmas.
And, our house works best with the colors of autumn anyway.
Don't want to rush things.
Christmas WILL come soon enough.

Anyway.., isn't this littlest caroler adorable?
It isn't a Thermos, like the others, it's just a plaid mug with the handle in the back.
At first the wooden ball fell too far inside, so I looked around for something to hold the doily up a bit more.
What did I end up using?
An empty toilet paper roll!
It is easy to make things with things you have around the house, when you have a lot of things around your house!

Friday, October 14, 2016

This Week

These pictures were taken over three days.
I just left everything out on the table from Wednesday afternoon to Friday night.
It's all cleaned up now.
These three kids enjoyed making these as much as I did.
And you KNOW how much I enjoy this stuff!
Aren't they just the cutest?
The spiders too!
When I get low on certain craft supplies my anxiety levels rise.
I had to make a Friday night run for stick-on googly eyes.
Oh, I HAD more.
But could I FIND them?
NO!  I could not.
They are now hanging (there is a tiny clothespin glued underneath them) in our breezeway, looking very scary.  But in a cute way, as I don't like really scary things.

Wednesday, October 12, 2016


One of Hertsje's favorite things to do is to look at my Pinterest board titled "Ideas for the Grandchildren".

So, yesterday she asked to do that.

The most interesting thing to her on that board were the Spin Drum girls.

So, we made them!
These are simple to make, and we entertained ourselves with them for quite some time.
Although I am very interested in crafting, my favorite part of it all is the conversations that ensue while we are making things.
These range from how a face is arranged, the beauty of pig-tails, and eye color choices, all the way to what kind of sounds different beads might make when slapped against the cardboard face.
Hertsje also had a very sore leg yesterday, so we also talked about how many things there are still to do even when it hurts to move around much.
There is a melancholy feeling that comes with watching grandchildren.
It's the knowledge that they won't remember this.
A few weeks ago I was sitting on the couch watching "Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood" with Feintsje, who came home from school not feeling so well.  Kado joined us, we added a blanket and a bowl of snacks.  I looked over at the two of them, remembering how this used to be our afternoons for quite a few years.  So I said to them, "Doesn't this feel like how it used to be when we would do this?"  They both gave me blank stares.  Kado said, "We used to to this?"  Feintsje added, "I don't remember."
Well, I remember.
And I miss it very much.
So on I go - making things, doing things, reading things that no one will remember.
Which, by the way, I LOVE every minute of.
Hopefully, it is doing some good for them.
I know it is for me.

Monday, October 10, 2016

It's Still Monday

And I am still making things!
Even I can admit that the tiny carolers are cuter than the large ones.
I've been making things while avoiding nearly all of the political shenanigans.
All in an effort to keep myself sane.
I hope it works.

It's Monday!

Today Hertsje noticed a picture I had taken of Broeder sitting on my piano.
Well, the picture wasn't actually Broeder SITTING on my piano, just a photograph OF him.
She asked if I could draw it for her so she could color it in.
Well, of course!
It is Monday, and on Monday we make things!
So I made two quick sketches.
We each did our own take on her brother.
She added one blue eye, because his eyes are blue.
And one orange eye, because orange is his favorite color.
Some people don't like Mondays.
I do.
Because on Mondays Hertsje is here and we make things!

I Had a Dream

Over the weekend I had a dream that I took a plaid Thermos and turned it into a Christmas caroler.
When I woke up, I thought I'd give it a try to see if it would actually work.
I really liked it, and made three more.
I still have several different colors and styles of Thermos' around here so I may end up with a fairly large choir.
They are made from five very simple items.
A Thermos, a doily, a wooden ball, and two pipe cleaners - one to hold out the doily, and one for a halo.
So simple!  And, nothing is glued down, so if I decide they don't work anywhere in my house, all I need to do is put all the parts away.
I don't think it could be any more simple than that.
Daughter told me that she HATES them.
Silly girl.
I think this means she shall get one for Christmas!