I went with my Pa to the Arsenal to do some tours for some West Point Cadets. I used a lathe to saw at a piece of metal. It was very fun, but the truth is: :-] !!!! after the first tour I got to sleep over at my Pa's house. In the morning, we went to McDonald's for breakfast. I brought my arsenal medal which I got free because I was told that I earned it. Pa had to go to a type of doctor. There, I got to read magazines and I got candy. It was a lot of fun. The last day was my third day doing the Cadets, but I have done many other tours at the Arsenal and at the Burden Iron Works.
I can't wait to do more. It is so fun. I love spending time with my pa. I Love you, Pa!!!!!
Keith started the day by taking Gilli out to breakfast, then to get her haircut and new glasses. She is so helpful and responsible we wanted to do something special for her.
Since Keith didn't have stairs to repair today he was able to work on his office. A while ago we relegated his clothing to the pantry (aka hallway coat closet I put shelves in) and put a desk in his bedroom closet. No, it is not a fancy walk in. It has worked well for us but needed some Adirondack style panache. Keith covered the walls in gorgeous tongue and groove oak. The whole room smells like yummy oak filled goodness.
I tackled a few easy projects in our horizontally challenged bathroom.
This room is long and narrow.
I made a collage board. The frame is spray painted and I added some fabric I bought to make the boys bow ties for Resurrection Sunday (Easter). There is a horizontal wire that I made a few clips for. I hung a family pic and a hanky holder I made for my Grandma Rion. I never knew what to buy for her and one birthday I sewed a holder for her cloth hankies.
The ever present spray painted bird is nesting underneath.
Oliver helped my recover this bench that Nana Deno gave us a while ago. The kids recovered all of my dining room chairs with Nana Deno in the fall so Oliver knew how to unscrew/re screw the cushion on plus he helped to use the non-powered staple gun. We used fabric I also bought to make ties with. I don't think Keith was too keen on my tie sewing idea.
Can you stand that my floor is vintage aqua quatrefoil?
I used to hate it...now I love it.
This has been hanging up forever but I hung a frame in which I framed some linen behind it.
The whole bathroom makeover only took about 2 hours, wayyyyy less than Keith's office makeover extravaganza.
I also wanted to share this post with you on loosening the grip of "stuff". It is a must read.
How times flies! Eight years ago yesterday Abby made her grand entrance at almost 5am and 8 lbs. I couldn't decide what to name her. It was my turn as Keith named Oliver. I was deciding between Abigail and Anneliese. I wanted her middle name to be Evelyn after my Grandmother, my dad's mother.
When I saw her in Keith's arms I knew it had to be Abigail which means "my father's joy".
Yesterday we had my parents and Keith's mom over for dinner and cake to celebrate Abby turning 5.
Abby wants to be a missionary to Africa to help people and
to tell them about Jesus's wonderful love and provision for
Tonight I figured out an amazing solution for a daunting problem.
I have a long denim skirt that I literally wear at least 4 out of 7 days a week. It almost has a hole worn through on the back of it. I must be sitting around all day too much.
It has 2 back flap pockets. Unfortunately, the 2 back pocket flaps stick straight out and I look like I am ready for take off with 2 wing-like appendages. They stick out so much I have considered sewing them down but if I ruin my skirt I am down 40% of my daily wardrobe.
Normally I follow my "don't look in the mirror, what you don't know can't hurt" you rule. I also apply this rule to looking at the back of my hair. I just don't do it. My apologies to whoever sits behind me at church.
Back to my pockets. If I am going somewhere I do occasionally try to iron them down but it rarely works. They spring back up like rubber balls. As I was attempting to wrestle them down for co-op tomorrow I remembered I had some left over fusible interfacing from making myself a cover for my new Kindle (thanks Hon!) It is the double sided kind. I ripped a few small pieces and fused the pockets down. I don't know how long it will last but at least for tomorrow I won't look as though I am preparing for take-off.