Saturday, June 27, 2015

Thinking of Erasmus

If I have money I buy books.  If I have any left over, I buy food and clothes.

I'm thinking of good ol' Erasmus today.  I have time to go to either the library or the grocery store, but not both.  I've opted for the library....

Weekly Round Up

A couple of weeks are being "rounded up" all at once here.....

While the ladies had a tea party….

… the gentlemen watched the kiddos.  Thanks, Ann, for a lovely Sunday afternoon!

I started drying some herbs and rose petals.  This is not the correct, official, typical way to dry these herbs.  But this is the way I have time for!  We’ll see how it works.

... I took my first pottery class.  I'm in love!  It was so much fun!

Tuesday, June 23, 2015


"Every man dies — not every man really lives."
-- William Ross Wallace

Monday, June 22, 2015

Cleaning Ephemera

ephemera: items designed to be useful or important for only a short time, especially pamphlets, notices, tickets, etc.

I found this when cleaning and I haven't the daftest idea what it is.  

A map of.....?  Plans for....?
I saved it so it must be important.....

Any ideas, clever and creative readers?

Street Art from Trash

This guy is pretty amazing:

Here's an article with a photo gallery.

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Quotables: Art

Everyone discusses my art and pretends to understand, as if it were necessary to understand, when it is simply necessary to love.
-- Claude Monet

Whenever I think of Monet, I think of my Mom.  In 2013 my sister Rachel and I took my mom to Europe.  One of the top items on her list was to see Monet's garden at Giverny, outside of Paris.  We spent a lovely morning amid his flowers, and Mom said the whole trip was worth it just for that experience.  Love you, Mom!  (Rachel, you're pretty awesome, too!)

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Wanted: Puzzle Pieces!

Do you have puzzles that are missing pieces?

Do you have pieces that are missing puzzles?

Do you have puzzles that you are never in a million years going to put together again?

I will take them off of your hands!

I need THOUSANDS of puzzle pieces for an art project that is also a gift.  I am happy to come pick them up if you are fortunate enough to live in the vicinity of Lincoln, NE!

In the meantime I'm busy sorting by color....

Monday, June 15, 2015

Retirement Trip Camping

My parents both retired the same week.  To celebrate, the parents and all four kids (along with families and significant others) went camping at Ponca State Park.  

Mom and Dad were in their new RV, Mark and Chrissy and Co. stayed in cabins, and Rachel (+ family) and I stayed in tents, all in the same park.  So a family camping trip doesn't have to been roughing it for everyone.

We all had a great time, despite the mosquitos, two tent failures, the torrential rain followed by flood warnings, and getting lost in the woods (silly trail map!).

Arwen and Maria (Mark's sweetie) had never been camping before.

Here are some photo highlights:

Setting up the tent for what turned out to be the last time.

Saturday, June 13, 2015

Weekly Round Up

This week I....

... had cupcakes with the girls and their kids

Please note that Simon (on left, with spoon) is to be included among the exceptionally cute kids of my friends!  :)

... spend more than an hour on the phone with AppleCare but my Mac is now running smoothly again.  Belovedest had downloaded some Adware when attempting to add WhatsApp to my computer.  I learned a few things whilst on the the phone with the AppleCare guy, and I've set up the mail program which is much more keyboard friendly than on-line email programs.  It pulls in emails from my yahoo and gmail accounts, and I haven't given up hope of getting it to talk to my work email either.

... learned that I need braces.  Oh, dear.

... sprinkled crushed egg shells around garden beds to deter slugs.  We have saved eggshells for months, but we didn’t save nearly enough to go around all of the beds.  However, we are now set up to do a little experiment to see whether or not the eggshells make a difference.  TIP: rinse the eggshells as you go and wear gloves when you crush them.

 ... hung up a curtain that I scored for free at the EcoStores Free First Friday.  I used a curtain rod that I had lying around.

COST: $0

Coming Monday: highlights from the Retirement Camping Trip!

Wednesday, June 10, 2015


We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.
--Winston Churchill

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Father's Day Gfit

You are running out of time to order a Father's Day gift.....

How about beard oil from Charlemagne Beard Oil?

(Support businesses with subtle puns in their names!)

Beard oil makes beards softer, more manageable, and less itchy.  It will be the most talked-about Father's Day gift of the day!

Tea Time

The tea is from a our very own tea tree, given to us by Auntie M and sadly deceased. 

Happily it works really well with the tea-maker-floating-chick-thingy that my in-laws gave me.  (Does anyone know what they are actually called?)

Sunday, June 7, 2015

Sunday Thoughts

This is the signature on my spiritual director's email:

“I no longer wish to find happiness in myself or in created and perishable things, but in Jesus my Savior. He is my All, and I desire to belong wholly to Him. It is the most extreme folly and delusion to look elsewhere for any true happiness. Let us, then, vehemently and courageously renounce all other things and seek only Him.”
                                                                                                         St. John Eudes

Saturday, June 6, 2015

Weekly Round-Up

A week of ups and downs.....

... this is what birds did to all of our newly planted tomato seedlings.  Yes, after tenderly nourishing tomato seedlings under grow lights for weeks, we're going to have to buy more.
Doug the Expert Gardener thinks it was nest-building birds, anyway.  I am not amused, but what can you do?

.... However, Arwen had fun at her playdate with the little LeBs, so that was fun.

Hope everyone is having a good weekend!

Friday, June 5, 2015

May Budget

Ah, May!  The school year ends, the summer begins, and the garden grows.

It's a lovely time.

Budget-wise, it's not so hot.  The Amazon link generated $1.58 work of income.  We bought new beds, so we now actually have a guest room bed and we got rid of our old mattress, which was long overdue, but that was a big chunk of change.  Plus car insurance.  Despite my temp work, we still took money out of savings.

Hopefully June will be better.  And there's still lots to be grateful for in life. 

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Book on Paper Crafting

I want this book.  Please, someone buy it for me for my birthday!

It’s all about paper, upcycling, and frugal crafting.

It’s got all my favorite paper projects, plus more than a few new ones, in every category from fashion to home d├ęcor.  I want to try the switch plates, the building blocks, the beads, the earrings, the paper flower headband and….