Saturday, April 23, 2011

Easter is Almost Here!! AGH!!

By the time you read this it will be OVER!  What?  No more Chocolate Covered Marshmallow Eggs or, much worse, NO MORE PEEPS!  Especially when they are hard and stale!  YUM!

Well, my dear followers, (and I do hope I have some left!) you may want to know what I do that takes up all of my time?  After all, I'm supposed to be retired!  Well, let me tell you it is hard to find free time to do all or even some of the fun things much less the "every-day" stuff...boring laundry, cleaning, errands, etc
So get yourself a cup of coffee or beverage of your choice and settle in...this will be a long (and hopefully not boring) post.

February and March were just ordinary months here in Northern California,,,all the usual stuff: meetings, (good!), shopping (good!), cleaning, (bad!), more meetings, (good?), errands, (someone has to do it!), lunches out, (good!), MORE MEETINGS!?, (sort of good!), classes, (good!), 
Dr. and Dentist Appts., (good and bad!)
Three Memorial Services in one month!, (very bad!),
Out to Dinner with S.O. (very good!)
and finally MORE MEETINGS!!!
(these are really getting on my nerves!)


Yes, that is HAIL on my deck.  I have lived in California for 30 years and have only seen hail three times; well we did have snow twice...LOL

Well it didn't stay for long and in a few weeks this is what we saw:

we were so happy to see these after all the rain

This Magnolia Bush is in my neighbor's yard and there are lots of them in the neighborhood

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Now, (are you still with me?) I have a question for all:  Whenever I read blogs I am blown away by how neat everyone's house is.  The only thing I think I have ever seen is a "stray electric cord" sticking out but no REAL MESSES!  
Is everyone but me a "NEAT-NICK"???
I consider myself a" normal, but not extreme neat" person, but now I am going to show you what happens when "projects" take over in a small house!"

Before I begin I have to tell you I was asked, along with several other women to VOLUNTEER to create center-pieces for SPRING tables for, (yes,) another meeting!  So of course I said: "YES!"  I love stuff like that and had several weeks to complete my contribution!  

So here's a sampling of how my Dining Room Table looked for a month:
Don't laugh, it is the only large spot I have in my little house!

Sort of speaks for itself, right!  

So here are a few shots of what I did with most of that stuff...

Here I was just figuring out how and what to do...I might add that that is the 3rd basket I tried to fit it all in!  
Here's more...hang in there...we're getting close

This is the "before" 

And this was the "After"
My helper was also from Minnesota 
so our theme was:
It was fun!

Had to add a couple of  tilting "melting" snowmen...
after all, it was "SPRING"!
All the "people" on the display wore fleece scarves as did the goblets for beverages.

And then, because I am a "PRIM" person, I had to add a little feather tree!  LOL

Of course these pictures don't really show how it turned out, but it was fun.  Goodwill played a huge part...the little houses (we repainted). the Bunny's jacket and throw made from the top of a pair of women's overalls (a mere $6, I might add!) and I stole the pine trees from my Christmas Village  Birch trees were tiny branches from my back yard painted white with little "black hash-marks." . For the place settings we used Scrapbook paper that looked just like "grass," with a paper doily on top (a Snowflake!).  We used clear glass plates from Ikea onto which we Modge-Podged a picture of a paper bunny.  In the goblets we used napkins pushed into them with Marshmallow "PEEPS" on skewers stitcking out  There is more, but I bet you are dozing off right now.  But never fear..


As long as I went to all this work (you have no idea how I have struggled with putting pictures on this blog in the right order), etc, etc, etc....

So to all you "sleepy" blogettes who hung in there till now...


I hope you enjoy some normal pictures from around my house!

I found this Burlap Bunny at HomeGoods!  He's really "sassy!"

The Dining Room table at it's best!  Clear!

A T.J.Maxx find added to my sheep

Whoops! (Forget about what I said about "figuring out pictures, etc.)...But Look!
The sheep have turned into a Chick with a Basket of Carrots!  WOW!

A Cross Stitch bunny from one of my daughters, and a little iron one from a flea market

And here's my front door with "BEATRIX saying: "Thanks for visiting
 and  staying awake through these millions of pictures and all my jabbering.  I love blogland and have found soooo MANY FRIENDS out there.
I hope you can come back again.  I can't tell you what a difference this has made in my life!

Prim Hugs,


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  1. Hi Joy I hope you and your family have a wonderfully Blessed Easter! I think your center piece came out adorable, and yes the little prim tree fit in perfect!!:0) Take care!!

  2. Hi Joy,it is so nice to meet you. Thank you for joining my blog. I joined yours and I LOVE your blog. I read your post this morning because everyone in my house is still sleeping. It is only 7:00a.m., well you are a hot ticket and a great crafter. I enjoyed reading and also seeing your pictures. The center piece came out perfect.
    Have a blessed Easter my new blogging friend. I will be waiting to read another great post.

    Easter Blessings,

  3. Hi Joy, welcome back! I miss your posts! I can assure you that on any other day than picture taking day for blogs normal homes have the usual clutter and mess as any other! I'm fortunate to have a finished basement with a crafting space so I don't have to mess up the kitchen/dining table anymore if I don't have to. You're ceterpiece looks wonderful! Very cheerful!

  4. Oh Joy, I am so glad to see you post. I was worried about you and there you were meeting and lunching!Your Easter decor is delightful. If you want to see a non perfect house pay attention when you look at my blog! The other day a chair had stuff on it, but I posted You just get what you get!lol Have a great week

  5. Dear Joy,
    I am so glad that you found me again because I love hearing from you. I feel so blessed that I've met so many new friends through our dear blog friend, Grammee Linda. I really appreciate your prayers and concern for me.

    I enjoyed reading every bit of this post and it was not one bit boring!!! You are so creative. I know exactly what you mean when you say how busy retirement is. When I retired from teaching high school, I intended to continue teaching at our community college. However, I've been so"busy" being retired that I can't seem to find the time to teach even one college class a semester. My poor dean has been so patient and understanding with me. Maybe I will officially "throw in the towel" since I've had this accident. As much as I enjoy teaching at the college level it is a lot of work and more than I may be up to for a long time.

    I hope you have a great week. I surely hope that you will continue visiting me because you really are a joy,Joy. Hugs, Lura

  6. Hello again dear Joy,
    I hope that you had a nice mother's day. We did. Lynell and Johnny stopped by before they flew back to Utah. We are all so excited that he made the national team we are about to burst. Johnny is just taking it in stride.

    Thanks for your support. I so look forward to your comments. Have a great week. Hugs, Lura


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