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Aug 31, 2009

SANTA COLLECTION #8

This is the last Santa in this style for a while. I will be showing some different types, although you won't see any department store  Santas.
I have really enjoyed your comments on my collection so far. Gabby Hayes and Grizzly Adams. You smarty pantses (I know it's not a word) are getting underwear for Christmas. I am annoyed that he didn't show up when he was scheduled to this morning. Darned scheduled posts. Here he is a little late.

Aug 30, 2009

METAMORPHOSIS MONDAY

Susan is calling, can you hear her? Metamorphosis Monday is ready and waiting for all of us at Between Naps on the Porch. Visit her and the other bloggers who link up for this meme.

This Metamorphosis Monday was a breeze to accomplish. it was not trouble at all. Mostly because I wasn't even there to work on it. The cabin is my BB guy's domain. The projects are all his. I figure there is enough for me to do at home I don't need more projects there.

This project is an outdoor kitchen and barbecue area. The deck wasn't even here when we bought the place a few years ago. This year he added the covered barbecue area because they are there in the snow as well as the heat. Can't have that snow watering down your drink now can you while you are grilling the meat? I hear grunting don't you.
He closed in the back and sides of the enclosure

On the inside there are lights and stereo speakers. It is also wired for electrical plugs.
The large stainless steel counter and cupboards were put up there a while back but he had pulled it out to work on the area.

This is the first time he has ever tiled anything. There was a learning curve but he figured it out. He built a raised platform to put the stainless steel barbecue on.

Although the barbecue looks really low to me in the picture it is higher than counter height. I guess pictures look different from my 5' tall photos to his 6'3 photos.

Attention to detail. Keep things level so your chicken doesn't roll off of the grill while it is cooking.


Some lattice work to finish off the back.

Here it is with the counter and cupboard back in. He planed the would himself and also created the moldings around the posts.

Don't look at the ratty cushions. They are shredded by the sun and will be replaced. The only thing missing from the counter top is the blender for the margaritas.
My ensuite bathroom needs redoing and I think he could totally do it. Don't you.
I just went into his camera and changed the date/time stamp on it. It has been wrong for years and annoys the heck out of me.

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SANTA COLLECTION # 7

Santa sometimes has to get to some hard to reach places to visit you good children (and maybe some naughty ones too). Leaving the sleigh at home he ventures out in his birch bark canoe.
This Santa is about 8 inches tall and a foot long. 
This is the last photo from last year. I will now pull out all my guys just for you to see and I promise I will take better photographs of the rest of them. 

Aug 29, 2009

SUNDAY FAVORITES

Sunday Favorites is a re-posting of an old post that other may not have seen before. I have had several new followers lately and they may not have met Maxine before. She is 12 years old now and is really showing her age. This was posted back in March of this year.
Head over to Happy to Design and visit Chari and the other sites that have joined in. You should join in too.

My dog thinks I am the greatest hunter in the world. I am so amazing that I can bring in 4 different meats in one morning. I barely break a sweat doing it either. No running, no chasing, no taking out the weakest member of the herd.

I just leave the house as usual and when I come back I have beef, chicken, pork, fish. Her nose goes crazy following me from the garage to the kitchen. She must dream about the chase. Her feet are running in her sleep. Little yelps come from her. I bet she is helping bring down our prey. No wonder I am the leader of this pack. I am the Great One.

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WHO'S YOUR MOMMA

My sister emailed me these pictures today and I just grinned from ear to ear. How beautiful. I had to share it with all of you. The pictures are of Taskin, Gypsy Stallion owned by Villa Vanners of Oregon.

STAND BY ME

standbymeImage by Lemoox via Flickr
I first saw this video back in May when I was out of town. The song is the standard oldie Stand By Me but it is done by many singers around the world and put together.
Imagine that. People singing the same song in different cities around the world. I think you will love it. Turn up the speakers and click here. You can see more from
Playing For Change here.





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BRANDO HAD NOTHING ON THESE GUYS

One of my favorite stories is from my brother in law. Back in the 50's he rode motorcycle in a group. The word gang just doesn't fit when I think of him. The towns folk didn't really feel the same way I do because after they rode into this small town in Ontario (sorry I don't know which one) they literally closed up the town. Shutting doors and locking locks. 
My sister rode with them often and she is one of the most down to earth non-partying types ever. Not your typical motorcycle momma for sure. 
Anyways I think this photo is a real piece of history and culture or counter culture.
My brother in law is the one on the far right kneeling down. 
I have a great family.

SANTA COLLECTION #6

Number 6 in my collection of Father Christmases ?? is this lovely fellow. I feel he has that deer in the headlights look about him but I still like him. The beads are multi hued greens and maroons.

Aug 28, 2009

SANTA COLLECTION #5

This country fellow is 11" tall and looks more like a prospector than a Santa but he has swapped out his six shooters for candy canes.

Aug 27, 2009

ROOSTER PARTY

There is  a rooster party going on at Bella Vista hosted by Barb. This is such a popular theme because there is just something about roosters that seem to draw us all in. 
I didn't intend to collect roosters and in fact I don't. I just seem to end up with a lot of them. 
 
The large picture here was painted by me. It is part of a vegetable storage bin. The chicken wire is actually painted on. Now starting at the top smaller photos there is my doorstop, utensil jar, jug from Portugal, kitchen hook, plate, S&P shakers and double hook. 
 

This painting was done by the friend of the lady at a local apple orchard. It was in their store. When I asked if it was for sale she hesitated and he said YES. I felt really uncomfortable buying it as she seemed to not want to part with it. Smaller pictures are from the top, bucket, wood carving, wire roosters, Betty Crocker dishes, utensil jar, plate and shelf. 
I do have a few more rooster items but thought of them after I was done with these. I guess they have just become part of the household and I don't notice them all the time.  
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SANTA COLLECTION #4

 
This Santa is very furry and soft. Sorry about the skis covering his face. His lantern is really nice. Rustic looking. Thanks to my BB again. 

Aug 26, 2009

TABLESCAPE THURSDAY- COFFEE GROUP BARBECUE

Visiting with Susan @ Between Naps on the Porch for Tablescape Thursday is always the highlight of the week.

This past weekend we had the coffee group and their spouses over for our yearly barbecue. Oh I love my coffee group. They are so much fun. They are rude and crude and we make each other funnier by our rebuttals and quips.
As I always say it the funny isn't done until someone has liquids coming out of their noses. I don't care if it is coffee or wine or water.

We started off with 3 tables. Expecting 15 for dinner. Now I am no superstar in the Tablescape realm so don't expect them all to match perfectly but they did turn out pretty good and our guests always feel so relaxed at our house. The plywood top on the left side table was cut out by my BB to replace the glass center that blew out 2 years ago in a storm. I love the newly stained deck but oh do the pine needles ever show up on it. I am sweeping all the time. Grrr.
Here the plywood is covered with a vinyl tablecloth to keep it dry until Saturday.


Now I moved the vinyl cloth to the bar table and covered the plywood with a white sheet to hide the wood.

A red and white tablecloth over the white sheet.

Some white plates with red napkins. The wine glasses are turned upside down to keep the pine needles out of them. What a pain.

The second table is set the same way but with a tan table cloth.

The final 3 seats were set at the tall bar table.
Here is the view from our upper deck off the dining room. Apparently one table managed to clear the dishes better than the other table. Shame on you guys. Look at the mess you left for my BB to clean up. Lol.


Actually we were pretty well behaved this night. Really we were.
Oh yes, this is how much prime rib we cook for this bash. This is rubbed with a mixture of crushed garlic, rosemary, thyme, pepper, salt and olive oil.

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