Saturday, April 23, 2011

Freshly painted house

Well our little cottage is almost finished with the new paint job. Only the north side is left and the first picture shows the house scraped from the old paint and ready to be primed. Our littel house is about 1500 sq ft and just right for us. We moved out of the big house because it was just too big to handle, but now I regret it because I would have a large craft room with french doors leading into the living room. "The room was a formal dining room that was rarely used and the bedrooms were much bigger. We chose to buy instead of renting even though it was cheaper to rent and we didn't want a big house again. You have seen most of the inside although only with Christmas decorations. I like my little cottage and wouldn't trade it for nothing.
This is the house all painted and fresh. That's my PT in the front. Will try to take more pictures later. Some people are lucky to live in large beautiful homes, but God must have known what we needed to buy at the time and I am not ashamed to tell you what we paid for it. He must have known that I would get sick and this way we won't lose our home due to medical bills like so many have done. I appreciate the simple little house and it is cute inside. We did all the work ourselves except for 2 rooms of carpet. We got this little house, it was a repo from a couple who lost it because of medical bills and paid $17,600 for it and is now appraised for nearly $90,000, so we did good in my mind. We thought about selling it but we still have room in the back of the house to build me a bigger craft room, which is on hold right now because of a leaky room in the back part of the house. I am a happy camper in my little cottage and we hope to add some gingerbread trim to it to give it character because right now it just looks like a white house.

I hope you all have a great and Blessed Easter tomorrow. My son and his family willl be joining us for lunch. Love and hugs, Pat

Thursday, April 21, 2011

What I learned from the Easter Bunny

                                                    All I need to know

                                           I learned from the Easter Bunny!

                                       Don't put all your eggs in one basket.

                                    Everyone needs a friend who is all ears.

                                  There's no such thing as too much candy.

                             All work and no play can make you a basket case.

                                    A cute tail attracts a lot of attention.

                                  Everyone is entitled to a bad hare day.

                                Let happy thoughts multiply like rabbits.

                                   Some body parts should be floppy.

                            Keep your paws off of other people's jelly beans.

                        Good things come in small, sugar coated packages.

                         The grass is always greener in someone else's basket.

                  To show your true colors, you have to come out of the shell.

                         The best things in life are still sweet and gooey.

                              May the joy of the season fill your heart.

                                    AND MAY GOD BLESS YOU!

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Happy Easter to all of you

Just dropping in to wish you all a very Happy and Blessed Easter. Hope you don't eat too much chocolate. I used to be addicted to it, but I have broken my addiction and it wasn't that hard to do. All I had to do was think about taking another pill for diabetes and that did it for me.
They just finished painting our house and got our insurance reinstated. Can you believe that is the reason they were going to drop it. Only a small section in the back needed to be painted, but they were being strick on their clients---so there went my craft room. I did cry, but I know that Al will save some more money and get it built. At least we had the money to pay someone to do it. So now it is a crisp new white cottage and it really does look better. Wish I could have helped them, but there was no way my back could take that.
So now I have to get busy and clean out closets and rooms to get ready for my garage sale. I wouldn't be lucky enough to make enough for the craft room, but I do have furniture for sale and lots and lots of things to get rid of. I have already given some things to my friend for a girl he knows that does crafts and anything left over, she can have. She is into altering things, so I'm sure just about anything I have will do.

Again,  wishing you and your families a very Blessed and Happy Easter. Love and hugs, Pat

Friday, April 8, 2011

Donnie in France

My son is having the time  of his life and I am so happy for him that he is a globe trotter now. His next trip will be in the fall when he visits London. I hope you enjoy the pictures he posted.

I have photos of him at the Effiel Tower, but I don't think he went up in it. He is due home next week and has many other villages to visit. He went to the beach there, but I can't remember the city off hand.

In other news, I had my yearly girly mammogram and so far, I have not heard from them, so all must be well. I do have a cyst that I would like removed because it can hide a cancerous cyst, so I will be talking to my doctor about having that done towards the end of the year. I have to wait because of the Plavix I am taking.

Al is slowly getting the work done on my old craft room and I have so much to go through and get rid of, but it will be an easy task with my friend helping me. Yesterday, I tried climbing 2 flights of stairs and almost didn't make it. My heart was pounding and I almost lost my breathe. Now I understand why the doctor didn't want me climbing stairs so soon.

I have not been a nice blogger as of late. Too many people to visit and not enough time in the day. I tire easily, so I usually end up on the sofa, falling asleep. This is not the norm for me. I could never fall asleep on anything but my bed.
Well going to try and visit some blogs and catch up on everyone. Love, hugs, and many blessings.

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Hello to Life

I have been given major thoughts on living lately and I find I enjoy the little things more than the big things. Going to be having a garage sale and getting rid of a lot of things that are no longer needed or haven't been used in over a year. Things have begun to clutter my life and I want a much simpler way of living. Even the tiny flowers on my confederate jasmin have brought me joy with their wonderful fragrance. Of course I have friends who suffer from hay fever, so they can't even go near them without sneezing.

Well we had an emergency and had to use the money for my craft room and we are lucky we had it saved. It has been raining in one room in the back of our house and a new roof on the section was needed, so the room is on the back burner. I did cry, but was happy we didn't have to borrow money to do it. My friend has been helping me and Al a lot lately, so we have been paying him to help in the back yard. We had some rotted eaves that have to be replaced and our insurance company is going to drop us. Our agent said if the work is done soon, they may consider reinstating our insurance. I cried like a big baby because we went out to get new insurance and it is going to run over $1,000 more a year and that's a pain where it doesn't need to hurt, if you catch my drift.

Since I will be downsizing, my existing room may be big enough to house all my cubes in the old craft room, so that will make me happy. As long as I have a place to work( not the dining room table again) I will be fine until we save up enough again to build the room of my dreams. Dreams should never be pushed aside, so I will keep on dreaming if it's the last thing I do.

My oldest son, Donnie, is in France right now and having the time of his life. He called Friday before he left the airport to say bye, he always does that, then he called from France to say he had made the trip safely and was already out taking in the sites. He plans on going to London in the fall and is already planning that trip. I am happy for my young globe trotter. There is so much of the world he wants to see. I have a niece who lives in England, so hoping they can meet.

Well, the heat is on over in the south here and although I am happy winter is over, I wish spring would last longer for us, but 89degrees is not my kind of weather. I do hope you all are doing well. I go for my mammogram this week and as always, I worry for nothing. Yes, I am a worry wart and worry about everyone and everything and haven't learned to just let go. See you later. Love and hugs, Pat