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I have wanted a laundry room counter with storage and enough space to fold clothing with this many kids.  The hubby and I hit a place in Grand Rapids named, “Restore”. It is a store attached to Habitat for Humanity and they resell items removed or not used in building new homes.  They make a bit of money to be able to build new homes for people and they also have some awesome deals on things. I found a bunch of old kitchen cabinets and told Macgyver I had to have them.  Next I told him he needed to grab a piece of plywood for my counter top and he didn’t understand why I didn’t just let him get me a normal counter top.  Normal? Me? sometimes I just don’t know who this man is.  I had the image in my mind of what I wanted and refused to tell him other than how the build should go.  I wanted something functional but also a keepsake for me.  Everyone is working on wood with stains and making beautiful pieces of artwork.  They blend stain colors to create flowers and such.  However, that sort of art is way out of my reach. So, I got to thinking how much I love my kids and the age ranges they are right this moment are priceless. I wanted a way to preserve them, something useful, doesn’t need dusting and could live on long after I am gone in the house.  Here is what I came up with…

Here is what I started with.

Here is what I started with.

I recruited help from the 5 year  old, Minnie Mouse.

I recruited help from the 5 year old, Minnie Mouse.

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She insisted we use her left over bedroom paint a seafoam color, it is pretty though.

She insisted we use her left over bedroom paint a sea-foam color, it is pretty though.

All 3 cabinets together, painted and a plywood top srewed down. I gathered all the girls.

All 3 cabinets together, painted and a plywood top screwed down. I gathered all the girls.

Pulled out an old dogfoord bag and smeared paint on it. By this time they were looking at me very strange.

Pulled out an old dogfood bag and smeared paint on it. By this time they were looking at me very strange.

Have them one by one, step in the paint, lift them to the counter and walk down it.

Have them one by one, step in the paint, lift them to the counter and walk down it.

Once everyone but the manchild walked the counter top, I had him dip his hands and put his thumbs together, spread out his fingers like a butterfly would look and he stamped one set of his hands in the corner. It does look like a butterfly but you can see his hands nicely.

Once everyone but the manchild walked the counter top, I had him dip his hands and put his thumbs together, spread out his fingers like a butterfly would look and he stamped one set of his hands in the corner. It does look like a butterfly but you can see his hands nicely.

Next I took a darker stain and brushed over the whole thing. Let it set for about 20 minutes and wiped it down with a cloth. The prints look old antiqute-ish.

Next I took a darker stain and brushed over the whole thing. Let it set for about 20 minutes and wiped it down with a cloth. The prints look old antique-ish

After drying I put 2 coats of polyurethane over it.

After drying I put 2 coats of polyurethane over it.

Then I called it a day.  My new, recycled laundry counter with storage and keepsake footprint top.  Love it!!!

Then I called it a day. My new, recycled laundry counter with storage and keepsake footprint top. Love it!!!

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Everyday dose of Reality

If you could go back in time and talk to the little kid you were, a wide-eyed 7-year-old, what would you say?  What would they think of the adult you have become?

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I would hug her, hold her hand and tell her that I loved her.  Expressing to her that although her life may be far from perfect and the fearful and heart breaking times ahead of her, in the end, everything will be OK.  I would tell her, she is stronger than she can ever imagine.  She is the super hero of her own life.  She will know heartache, pride, a sense of accomplishment, failure and feel love with unfathomable depth.  To take the moments to dance in the rain when presented, smile until the tears are all gone.  Be astonished by the beauty nature has to offer, cradle loved ones close every chance she gets and breathe in the sweetness of special moments and exhale until all of the bad life will confront her with is pushed away.  Never be afraid to say no, accept that you are beautiful and try to reach each end of the day with no wonder of “what if”.  I would remind her that with every storm she will and must endure, there are in fact, bright skies that lie beyond.  To look her fears and chaos in the face, laugh and tell it to kiss it.  Lastly, I would Thank her.  For without her giving all that she has and will in the years gone and to come, I would not be who I am today.

me 2013

 

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Everyday dose of Reality

I must be the only person in the world who can go buy a brand new puzzle and put it together to find one or more pieces missing.  There have been several occasions this has happened to me, and they are not small insignificant puzzles mind you.  I’m sure some of you think puzzles are insignificant to begin with.  Then again I’ll bet your bottom dollar you are trying to make a school hallway not look like a tunnel.  Here is my thought on the puzzle thing.  The halls in this house/old school are massive and you do tend to get a tunnel effect when the sun is not bursting in the windows.  To counter the tunnel effect which is only highlighted by putrid green tile, I have been buying huge puzzles to put together, glue & mount on the walls as some type of art.  Anything to draw the eye away from 320 feet of hallway with green tile has to look better.

The puzzle with no missing pieces.

The puzzle with no missing pieces.

I went on a puzzle hunt and found some beautiful Thomas Kinkade’s.   I’ll admit his paintings are breathtaking but I have to say … in puzzle form, they are pure evil!  All those colors, blending, folds and crests in waves & clouds.  Don’t even get me started on the rainbow of flowers in just one puzzle.  Suffice it to say I have just finished my second one by Mr. Makemegoblindandgivemeaheadachethesizeoftexas Kinkade.  The first one was fine after you eat enough aspirin, but the second GRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR.  I finished it last night and there are 2 pieces missing.  Now, I can make something out of nothing given the proper mindset and let’s face it I’m working with minimal mind left.  I CANNOT draw to save my life.  I am not joking in the slightest.  If I were ever taken hostage and some knife welding person said, “draw me a horse, cat, or house” I would be a dead woman.  He would get a stick horse, the ass end of what I would call a cat and the dilapidated drunk version of some Dr. Seuss house.  Dead woman.

What am I supposed to do with a puzzle missing 2 pieces?  Toss it in the trash?  There are two options here as far as I am concerned and calling the manufacturer is not one of them.  Yes people, I have been down that road and pulled my hair out over the mapping grid sent to me for a puzzle to figure out what piece is missing, to be able to place a “missing piece” order.  Never again.  No, no.  My options as far as I can see were, taking the puzzle apart and use the pieces to make some type of layered frame for something.  Or … attempt to recreate the missing pieces.  Well you know me, pencil and Xacto knife here I come.  It was a lapse in judgement let’s say, but here I am the next day and there is no turning back.  The puzzle is already glued and to the mat as well.  Armed with a pencil, Xacto knife I cut out 2 pieces that didn’t fit mind you.  Good thing I only wasted an hour & 20 minutes over that 🙂

Next I only had one thing left at my disposal.  A 24 pack of Crayola crayons, non of the colors I needed were in the box, naturally.  Keep in mind since I am not artistic that also means me ability to mix colors with wax crayons is limited as well.  So here is the end result.  You can’t tell at all can you?  Just do me this one favor and lie to me.

Can you see the 2 missing pieces?

Can you see the 2 missing pieces?

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Everyday dose of Reality

So… there was a shrew loose in the house, oh the life I live.  Between the kids, cats & dogs it has finally been captured.  Can’t even tell you how happy Orthos was.  You would think it would all end there, but alas that is not the case.

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Adventures of Orthos

There is a shrew at large in our living room.  You would think the two cats my mum has would take care of the situation, and having a shrew in the living room ,where two cats live…is a SITUATION!  It started out by the vacuum cleaner and I’ll give a paw up where it is due.  Mr. Tom narrowed down where the thing was hiding, BUT he did nothing about it.  It was me that had to push the kids chairs out of the way, the ladder and finally mum moved the vacuum for me.  Miss LuLu sat there like a statue and watched it run pass her.  This Mr. Tom, fierce survivalist “I have lived out in the wild almost all my life” allowed that shrew to run across his paws!  Can you believe that?

Mr. Tom the firece hunter my tail!

Mr. Tom the firece hunter my tail!

My mum yelled at me when I grabbed LuLu and threw her at the shrew.  Folks, what else is a dog to do?  If you’re wondering is my side kick Buck was at my side, the answer is no.  His lazy mixed breed butt was snuggled up in bed with my dad.  I am a protection dog.  I pride myself on making sure my family is safe.  I swear I am living with Scooby-doo times 3!  These 3 are not even remotely interested in helping me with security detail.  Not in the least.

Now I have to keep circling the couch until everyone wakes up and mum will move it for me.  I know I’ll get into trouble for rearranging the furniture.  I will circle the couch and since I have the cats trapped under the tree, I’ll circle back by them too and give them my “I dare you to come out” look.

 

Totally disgusted with the cats


Totally disgusted with the cats

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Look at miss LuLu cowering behind the tree. If she comes out, I’m throwing her at the couch to get that shrew!

This is war!!!  The only things the other animals are interested in securing are Mr. Tom whines about food, Miss LuLu secures her sleep & Buck, well he is only into securing his next snuggle hostage.  I say hostage because he will pin a person down to love them to death.  They are untrain-able animals, I have no use for them.

Heyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy!  I know who would love to help me and do major shrew damage.  Minnie the duck and her gang of chickens.

*Note to self – when mum and I go out to feed the chickens and ducks I will free them, and bring them in the house.  FREEEEEEEDOMMMMMMMMMMMMMM!

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Adventures of Orthos

Another alien has landed in the house, now there are two!  Turns out that alien the family calls Miss LuLu Bugginsworth, is a funny little thing.  My mom and dad bought her this playground contraption and for the first week it collected dust.

Isn’t it nice? It is sooo-ooo soft too but way to small for me. I know if I tried to climb it I would crush the bugger.

I could never fit my big ole butt into those tiny alien houses. Not totally sure what the top 3 platforms are for other than to put alien worship statues on, who knows. Any way there are these 2 white fluffy mice hanging from stings to play with. If it were mine I would have my mom ditch the mice and hang bacon. Uh, bacon is so good.

This is the alien LuLu and as you can see she is laying on top of a ladder. Not on the alien playground thingy-ma-bob that has no bacon, so I can’t really blame her.

Yep there she is perched on top of a 12 foot ladder. There is no hope for bacon up there, just saying.

Now, about 5 days ago alien LuLu started using the playground completely out of the blue.  I think it has to do with this dude below, another alien my family calls Tom.

He also has a bedroom in the gym and it is next to LuLu. I don’t think she likes him much. There is a lot of hissing and some pretty scary growling coming from her when alien Tom walks by her.

Mom said something about, “be nice to Tom he has been living in the woods for a year. He’s just a baby Orthos so be nice and mind your manners”.  Even though she has a pack of kids, clearly this woman has no concept of what a baby is.  She calls me puppy still after 2 years.  Something about when she calls me puppy though, I come running like a drooling floppy eared ginormous bunny.  Then she said something to the kids about when Tom was just little someone ran over his tail with a car and that is why there is a ball on the end. It healed all knotted up. OK, so uh, question for you folks. Why is nobody else totally freaked out aliens live all over in our woods and…ran over his tail with a car? IN THE WOODS?!?!

Mom says alien Tom is neutered.  Well duh mom. He is nu-ter-all-of-us, not just you.  She also mentioned to dad that he needs to make an appointment to have alien LuLu spayed.  I am so never going to the dog doctor.  If he is turning alien LuLu into a garden tool who knows what he would turn me into and I’m not going to find out!

 

 

 

 

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Everyday dose of Reality

Macgyver & I hit the wedding dress steal of a lifetime!  While out and about today we stopped in a little store that was clearing some of their dresses & gowns for new coming in.  We about choked on the prices! Beautiful wedding dresses that range from $1200 to $1500 were marked down to $200.  Then we hit the mother load.  We found a grouping of about 10 dresses that were marked down to $29.95 but with the discount the lady gave us… Each dress was $10bucks!  Macgyver looked at me while I Oooh’ed & Ahhh’ed and said, “we should grab the ones you think are gorgeous and save them for the girls”.  True I fell in love with only 3 but if we hit the sale again next year and pick up a few more and store them away, all the girls can pick which one they want.  I mean come on, who could pass up that deal when you have a team of girls?  Plus, living in an elementary school, I can turn one of the rooms into a bridal shop when the time gets close and walk them down the hall for the day to try on dresses in our own home.  At this rate we might just be able to pull off all these weddings later on and not have to kiss retirement goodbye!

I snapped a few pictures of the 3 dresses we picked out today and so far 3 of the girls have laid claim to the dresses.

Dress 1

Dress 1 front bodice

Dress 1 back

Dress 1 back bodice

Dress 2

Dress 2 bodice

Dress 2 bottom hem

Dress 2 back and I realize this isn’t “Say yes to the Dress”, see no clips to hold the dress but my daughter was a trooper holding them up on her 😉

Dress 3

Dress 3 back

Dress 3 train

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