Cindy’s Accomplishment and My New Buildings

Cindy over the fence like a friendly neighbor.

Cindy was out earlier and walked the fence 4 times for her exercise regiment,  Out again just now ( in the rain) for three more trips.  She is  doing well.

I was out with her the first time filling feeders as she walked.

$7.00 for seed.

Keeping our feathered friends happy.

It is worth it to see them fly in and flock on the fence and then the feeder.

 

Our back porch

I’m about to change the flag again because I have a few different one.

My son Wes found a lady with some building for sale and the price was right so I got them

The Splashing Gamefish

Butler’s Wharf Lighthouse

Tinkers Creek School

Police Station


Hunter’s Hideaway

Essex School

This is the six building I just purchased ( love them).

 

Cindy cooked breakfast for Brandy and me this morning.

Scrambled eggs and toast tastes great when someone else fixes it for you.  I really think I’ll keep her.

Les fixed it so you can click on the pictures and make them bigger so you can see more detail.  Thank you Les.

Well it is time for some yogurt and butter crackers for my supper (maybe a few grapes also).  Have a good rest of the week.

 

Come See Us!

Well Cindy went in for a checkup and blood draw today and results are good so far.  The dietitian started her on creamed soup today for one meal.  It was only a 1/2 of a cup of Cream Of Mushroom with the mushrooms strained out but it is a start to better things to come.  She is resting now.

These are about the last of our decorations to post starting with the tree.

Chris Murphy set it up and fixed the branches carefully.

Chris Murphy set it up and fixed the branches carefully for about an hour for us.

The tree is up but not decorated yet.

The tree was up but not decorated for a couple of days.

I worked on it yesterday.

I worked on it yesterday.

The other side

The other side (it leans a little but we don’t care.)

Cindy called it a tree of memories because it was trimmed with ornaments old, home made, and some dating back before she was born.

Even a little Christmas crept into my bedroom.

Even a little Christmas crept into my bedroom.

This was the front window which is lighted at night.

This was the front window which is lighted at night.

Chris also hung the LEDs all across the front and down the side at the roof level for us.  It is tempting to turn them on but I’m trying to conserve the energy so early in the month.

There are more things on cabinets, shelves, door handles. and hallway doors but you will have to visit to see them.   You are welcome to drop by  Brandy and we love company.

The Latest

This is Sunday the day after the memorial for my daughter in law Debra.  I took very few pictures but these are the few I have.

Her picture table

Her picture table

How many people were there I couldn’t begin to guess. There was family, friends, and neighbors.  The food (pot luck) reach almost across the room and even started down the wall on one side.  Don Walker, Debra’s sister, and Jasmine, Debra’s Daughter all spoke.  Others, like myself sat and remembered all the good things that Debra brought into our lives.

KIm, my grand daughter, Courtney, and part of friend Jinny Murphy.

KIm, my grand daughter, Courtney, and  friend Jimmy Murphy.

Friends Pam and Easl

Friends Pam and Easl

Pam and I have been friends for 47 years and she is part of our ‘extended’  family.

 

 

Debra's daughter Jasmine

Debra’s daughter Jasmine.  Behind her is Shane. my old neighbor.

I missed both Wes and Dakota also Les and Anne.  The were others there that I had met but I’m poor with a camera in crowds so I’ll say thank you for coming even though I missed a picture of you.

Cindy stayed at home because of her surgery but I got a picture of her today.

Cindy is out walking her fence.

Cindy is out walking her fence.

Right after she came in she had her first visitors.  Sarah, Tonya, and Kota came by and brought this for her.

They are in the center of the dining room table.

They are in the center of the dining room table.

Well there are a few more holiday decoration pictures but I’ll save them for tomorrow.  Right now I have a Christmas tree to trim so I have to get started.

Still Things To Do.

Cindy is having a little pain but is resting well.  She even helped me feed the zoo this morning.

Right now I have to make the chip dip and bake the scones for the memorial tomorrow.  I’m debating at least browning the meat for the sloppy joes also.

Well a few more decorations to show you.

This is the Nativity set Jim Murphy made me several years ago.

This is the Nativity set Jim Murphy made me several years ago.

This wreath is hanging on the front door.

This wreath is hanging on the front door.

The tree is up but not decorated yet.

The tree is up but not decorated yet.

Like every year ornaments I have made are hung on the cabinet knobs.

Like every year ornaments I have made are hung on the cabinet knobs.

It adds a little color to the kitchen.

It adds a little color to the kitchen.

The last set is below because it won’t squeeze in here.

 

 

It is worth the sore thumb from pushing in the pins

It is worth the sore thumb from pushing in the pins

On to the bathroom.

Always have something on the shelf to look at as you sit!

Always have to have something on the shelf to look at as you sit!

Well that is it for now because I have to get to the kitchen and get busy.

Coming Home

Cindy is coming home today and here are a few things she will see.

The tree on the kitchen counter

The tree on the kitchen counter

The figures on the microwave.

The figures on the microwave.

The flower in the window over the sink

The flower in the window over the sink

1/2 of the birds in the doorway

1/2 of the birds in the doorway

The other half of the birds in the doorway

The other half of the birds in the doorway

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This is the unlit front window for the dining area (not the greatest shot but you get the idea).

That about does the kitchen/dining area but there is more to come later.

Right now I have to get her bedding washed, feed the zoo, get dressed, take the trash to the cart, and wait until David picks her up.  I’m happy, happy, happy!

Who Was Debra!

Debra was my daughter-in-law for 26 years.  She loved gardening and for several years she worked on my berm for Mother’s day.  She kept the plants both inside and out of her home in lovely condition.  When I was getting ready to sell my house she spent time painting my stairway, cleaning and painting walls and every where it was needed.

But she was more that just that.

She was a member of our clown group.

She was a member of our clown group.

She participated in the Christmas parades.

She helped get others ready for the events

She helped get others ready for the events

 

She even got some of her friends to join in the celebrations too.

She made a tasty spinach salad, cookies for Christmas, and was a very good cook.

She was a loving wife and mother. She raised two children to be proud of.

Jasmine and Dakota

Jasmine and Dakota

She raised two children to be proud of Jasmine

The family while Dakota was in service

She was a creative person taking all kinds of objects and turning them in to works of art.  Her home was filled with things of an older age and she made them fit in gracefully.

She would help if you needed it no matter what it was. I will miss her greatly.  There is a vacant place in our family now that she is gone but we will remember her and the good things she represented.

 

 

Cindy

Daughter Cindy’s surgery went very well according to her doctor today.  David and I were both there during the procedure and spoke with her when she woke up.  David is returning this evening for a visit but I have to get things here under control so I won’t be going.

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If all goes well she will be home tomorrow or Thursday.

Keep resting Cindy I’ll see you soon. Love yah

What I Did

What I did today,

First I took Molly to the Vet’s.  He said she is much improved, needs no more medicine, just MiraLax (1/8th teaspoon) in her food every other day.  That was good news.

Next I came home and started searching the garage for my Nativity scene.

What a mess I made going through every container.

What a mess I made going through every container.

I decided to sweep up all the junk on the floor, put like things together, downsize the boxes/ containers, cut up all the cardboard on the tailgate of my truck and stuff it in a large garbage bag as I kept searching.

It took two sessions with a little lunch.

It took two sessions with a little lunch in between.

I also fed the Zoo while I was in the house during that time. But all my searching was in vain my Nativity scene isn’t out there. My next move is to go to the storage unit and search there maybe tomorrow.

When I came in for the evening I managed two tubs of laundry and am now about to do my washing.

I remembered when I went to the computer that I needed to change two ink cartridges so I clean out the file cabinet drawer at the same time.

I did find something in the garage to rig up a light for this.

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I painted this for Cindy a few years ago but never got around to lighting it.

This is our flag for right now but the wind was not co operating with me.

This is our flag for right now but the wind was not co operating with me.

Well it has been a busy day and I’m starting to drag my butt so I’ll close for now.

Getting Ready!

Thanksgiving is packed away and we have started unpacking Christmas.  With containers from two different homes it is proving to be a real challenge but we are getting a handle on it.

The first things to go In the front window

The first things to go In the front window

The fiber optic tree is fascinating  to watch and the snowman with his rumpled hat just seems to say you don’t have to be perfect to bring a smile!

Even the Dalmatian That sits in the window all year round is dressed to celebrate the coming holiday

Even the Dalmatian
That sits in the window all year round is dressed to celebrate the coming holiday

Even the clock says it is time to get started.

The clock says it is time to get started.

With Cindy’s surgery coming up we wanted to get some things under control early.  We will continue to work on this project over the next few days then I’ll have to finish up with her directions.

With all that is going on Lily found a safe place observe from.

Hey nobody checks the file drawer right!

Hey nobody checks the file drawer right!

I hope you are beginning to think about the next happy time.

 

 

 

Thanksgiving

Yesterday was a very special day around here. Cindy had her first family holiday dinner in our home.  Wes, Jasmine, and Dakota came to visit for a little while.  Lesley, Anne and Courtney were here.  In addition our friends Darlene and Michael came.  Friends and family on Thanksgiving is what it is all about.

Grand daughter Jasmine, Grandson Dakota, and son Wesley.

Grand daughter Jasmine, Grandson Dakota, and son Wesley.

Even during this most difficult time for them they took a while out to be with us and we were happy to share their visit.

Son Lesley

Son Lesley

Daughter -in-law  Anne (Les' wife)

Daughter -in-law Anne (Les’ wife)

The second family to be here along with their daughter Cortney. (Picture to follow.

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This is Courtney with friends Michael and Darlene.

Hostess is daughter Cindy

Hostess is daughter Cindy

And of course the co hostess ( little old me)

And of course the co- hostess ( little old me)

The dinner was the traditional turkey and dressing meal with pumpkin pie and cheese cake for dessert (of course piled high with Cool Whip). I must apologize because I forgot the Eggnog in the fridge, the pickles, the cheese cubes, and the olives but hey I’m old and bit feeble minded at times!!

I hope your Thanksgiving was as great as ours.