Thursday, June 28, 2012

This and That.:)

 Yesterday I showed you the house and our painting of the shutters and door etc. Well..today I want to show you the landscaping design that Jim and Robby our youngest son created several years ago.After we first moved into the house. I NEVER tire of it.:) We added the ivy vines around the top of the waterfall a few years ago and it added just the right touch to it.:)

 Here's the waterfall and stream that they created to flow into the pond.(pic below) I added a few critters and they seem to be enjoying the water.LOL It's fun to see "real" birds and bees etc drinking from the stream. We have several Cardinals who come and sing in the tree (not shown..but to the left of the waterfall and shades the area in the afternoons.:) Jim trimmed the hedges the other day and they are really looking NICE!

 I just HAD to show you my Azalea bush that is in the back yard next to the patio. I couldn't believe how full it got and there were still blossoms waiting to bloom. When we first got it..Jim planted it down by the mailbox and it wasn't doing well at all. I asked Jim to plant it in the back yard and it is LOVING it. There is more moisture in the back yard because of  the trees shading it ..not ALL but most of the day.It was getting the afternoon shade from the trees across the street but that wasn't enough evidently.So..may I suggest...if you have a plant that isn't doing well where you planted it..try moving it to another area. :)

 A few months ago I started making our own pizza bread. Well..not my own bread ..but I did assemble it.LOL  Whenever I go to WalMart and they have baked too much bread..they mark it down and I get the bread at a much more affordable price. I take it home ..yeah..gotta get it there before I can make the pizza bread.LOL I cut the bread in half ..both ways.Then I get Ragu homestyle pizza sauce. Spread that on three of the pieces.Because Christy is allergic to tomatoes..I spread butter on her piece and sprinkle garlic on it then I add pepperoni to all of the slices.I cover the top of the bread with pepperoni. Then start adding the other ingredients to them. It depends on what you like on your pizza as to what you put on it.:) I then add the mozzarella cheese and cover it. Sprinkle grated parmesan cheese over the top and then sprinkle oregano over that. Bake at 400 degrees for about fifteen or twenty minutes or 450 degrees for about eight minutes. Make sure you put aluminum foil on the cookie sheet cause that cheese goes wherever it wants.LOL

I forgot to take a pic of the finished pizza bread before we all tore into it.LOL This is Jimmy's piece I saved for him. He had to work. Jim said he loves this more than regular pizza. The bread is crunchy and has a really good flavor to it. I have NO complaints when I make this for supper.:) Oh..I use Jimmy Deans regular sausage on ours. They like that better than the Italian sausage. Be sure to cook it though before you put it on the bread cause it won't stay in the oven long enough to cook before it's done.:)

 I have BIG plans for today. Jimmy wants to go to lunch with me and a movie. He hasn't see the Avengers yet. Jim, Christy and I saw it while he had to work. It's worth seeing it again and spending "quality" time with my first born.:)

Thanks for stopping in again.:)

Hugs,
Valinda

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Update on porch and shutters etc

 Okay..first of all..I did the pics in the wrong order.LOL This is the "final" pic of the porch and matching door and shutters. We all LOVE the colors. Especially Christy..she specified ..NO ORANGE. hehe You can see the orange door and the bottom corner of the orange shutters in the pic below.:) She was soo happy to see the orange gone.LOL

 It has taken a while to spruce the house up but is well worth the time and effort. We have lived here for sixteen years and it really needed it.I still need to clean up the brick..but will wait for Jim to move the stuff from in front of the garage door. As you can tell from the pic below some of the framing around the window got wood rot. (the bottom frame) Jim has replaced that piece this morning and it looks great!! The stuff in front of the garage door is his makeshift scaffolding so he can reach the window.:) He covered it to keep it dry and takes the tarp etc off when he uses it.

 We have a two car garage..but Jim's wood shop is in the one on the right and all the storage...plus a small pool table is in the one behind the scaffolding. He covers the pool table with another tarp when it isn't in use.:) I have an air hockey table that fits over  the pool table but I haven't used it since Christy moved back in and we gave her room back to her and moved the game room to the garage. (still needs lots of work to actually make it a game room. Right now..the pool table has been a really big help for us when we are painting slats etc.LOL Seems when no one knows where to put something in the garage..it ends up on the pool table too.:)

The porch etc has come a LONG way from here. It is soo nice to have a man around the house who use to be a mason and a carpenter.Seems Christy is learning a lot too since she seems to be the one out there working with him. She is crafty in all areas and I am so proud of  both of them!!:)


Thanks for stopping in and please don't leave without saying Hi:)

Hugs,
Valinda

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Father's Day :)

Well..seems I got so busy on Father's Day that I only took four pics with my camera and they aren't worth posting.LOL  Jim and Jimmy worked really hard out in the yard for our cookout with the family.Jimmy mowed the yard and Jim weed eated and trimmed hedges and cleaned up the edges of the yard around the driveway etc.

There were 21 of us here Sunday afternoon.:) We had hamburgers and hotdogs and everyone except the kids (well ...they did bring their energy..hehe )  brought something to go with them. It is soo much easier that way than one person having to do it all.KWIM? We had bible study that evening after most of the family left to go home. Robby and family stayed late..because he didn't have to work the next day.:)

 It has been a really FULL week for me. Not only Father's Day but the week leading up to it. Seems a LOT of people were out shopping at the same time I was and the electric wheel chairs at the stores were already being used. (every store Christy and I went into on her days off) I had to walk everywhere I went and for my poor ankle..that isn't a good thing.:( It wasn't as bad as it could have been though. At least I could rest it while going from one store to the other.LOL This lasted for a few days shopping and going to the craft stores etc.Needless to say..when I got home from shopping ..I was pretty much useless.:) Talk about shopping til you drop!!LOL

  Thanks so much for stopping in. Would love it if you would leave a "howdy" for me.:)

Hugs,
Valinda