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Sunday, November 29, 2009

We Were Going to Use a LIVE Tree, But I think It Got Swine Flu...

This is a tree in the pasture which faces the main road by our house.
I've stared at this tree for years thinking that it looked ALIVE.
When I happened upon some plaster eyes, I knew EXACTLY
what to do with them.
You might have to click on the picture to get a better look.
Looks like a sick tree, doesn't it?
Thanks to my sweetie who braved a TALL ladder...just to
bring a smile to my face and many passerbyers.
If I get creative, I might make some bigger eyes...and some teeth. :)

Sunday, November 22, 2009

More of the College Road Trip to College of the Ozarks

This the Keeter Center/Hotel/Lodge/Restaurant/Classroom/Museum/Gift Shop
We stayed here...for ONE night....busted our budget.

This is the lobby. The Keeter Center is located at the entrance of the College of the Ozarks. It is run by the students of the college. If you've never heard of this college or it's other name, Hard Work U, CLICK HERE.
Students graduate DEBT FREE.

This is Madeline putting our breakfast menu/order outside the door.

We arrived late and still hadn't had dinner...so we headed to Branson and ate at Dick Clark's....loved seeing the 80's American Bandstand and reliving it w/ these girls. When we got back to our room, we had warm cookies and fresh milk from college dairy waiting on us.
The WELCOME is written in CHOCOLATE....Sydni, my chocolate freak...figured it out and ATE IT.

The milk is fresh from the college dairy, Jones' Dairy.
Notice the bottle says PROPERTY OF....otherwise, that
baby would have been taking a road trip to OKLAHOMA.

We breakfast delivered to our room....part of the package.
A continental breakfast is free with the room. We chose to get a
more substantial breakfast for $6.00 a person. That is much cheaper
than IHOP. Last time I checked, IHOP didn't deliver either.

This is the college chapel. We could see it from our room.
We had a huge balcony...isn't this a beautiful view?

College of the Ozarks is an agricultural college...right up my hubby's alley.
This is the school farm as seen from our balcony.

Forgive me for not knowing this river....I'm too lazy to go look it up.
This is the view from one of the college buildings. They have a patio in which
the students can sit and admire God's handy work...and study I guess.

A closer look at the chapel.

We were quite impressed with this college. It seems like
a perfect fit for our daughter.
Stay tuned....

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Teens are Possibly Harder to Photograph than Babies...Just Sayin'

We recently took a college road trip to Point Lookout, Missouri.
I mistakenly thought it would be a great time to take some
more Sr. pics of Sydni and her friend, Madeline.
Yah, notice I said MISTAKENLY???
If College of the Ozarks happens across this post....
BEFORE they send their acceptance letter....

This sign is "Honk if you think I should go to college here".

Yep, I had more goofy pics than I did "serious" pics.....TEENS...
who invented them???

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

A Message for Carly....

Malachi 3 (The Refining Fire)

In the process of refining metals, the raw metal is heated with fire until it melts. The impurities separate from it and rise to the surface. They are skimmed off, leaving the pure metal. Without this heating and melting, there could be no purifying. As the impurities are skimmed off the top, the reflection of the worker appears in the clear, pure surface. As we are purified by God, His reflection in our life will become more and more clear to those around us.

Carly, remember you are being refined...those impurities are being skimmed off. I hope November 16, 2009 stays in your heart as a new lease on life. May God continue to keep His grip on you even when you feel like wriggling right out...lol.


Monday, November 16, 2009

Parade of Aprons and A Donna McIntosh Original

This is Donna, she makes incredible things.
You might remember her from the Primitive House Tour I did.
Here she is holding what I managed to outbid people for at
our annual UMW Spaghetti Dinner.
I love the vintage-iness of the wreath.
Look, it even has a Little Golden Book of
Goldilocks and the Three Bears!
Do you see the THREE BEARS?
Here is another creation....sorry for the terrible pics, I didn't
have much time and didn't have anyone to hold up the wreath.

Now, on to the parade of aprons.
In September, I taught an apron making class.
Should I mention that I've never even made an apron before?
Well, guess what? I still managed to have people make some great aprons.
Not to mention, I had several sewers in the class that were a true blessing!
Below is Regan...no, she didn't make the apron...no, she wasn't in the class...
I just thought she looked so cute in the apron.

This is Christy. She DID make this apron in the class.
It is made from two tea towels.
Christy DOES sew.

This is Leah and Deb.
Leah cheated and bought an apron that someone from the church made....
someone that didn't come to our apron class...I think
whoever made it, needs to teach the class next time.
Deb is wearing the apron I made. My very first apron.
She won it at my Pampered Chef party.
I need to make her a smaller version...this one swallows her!!

This is Julie.
Julie took the class.
Julie made her apron.
Julie just had a baby.
Julie is probably talking on the phone
to make sure baby is ok.
Julie has a family that sews, but Julie is learning.
Julie has her own blog.
Hopping Farms

Thursday, November 12, 2009

A Re-Cap in Pictures of the Vintage Show in Tulsa

I had a wonderful time at the vintage show.
I didn't take as many pictures as I wanted, buy here are a few.
The good news was that most of the booths I really liked
are local people. I was expecting prices to be out of this world.
Most prices were very reasonable.
I hope Tulsa has another one in the future.
I got the yellow fan for my bathroom...LOVE IT!
The 4 radios were are real steal for $32.00/set.
Can't you see turning that display into a lamp??

My great nephew is the going to be the new owner of this chair thanks
to his GiGi.

A left-handed phone table....

I really wanted this wagon....but chose not to get it.
It was only $25.00.
The pig is a MAILBOX...how cute is that?

Last but not least is the wonderful chair...
I just knew it would be great for some photography pics.
Look at the texture on it...and it didn't even SMELL!!

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