Turning to your left again, is the shed. It's sitting on what used to be a raised flower bed, but last year, we moved the cinder blocks into the front yard to level that area out, and make my flower beds. Mind you, there is not a gate big enough to fit that shed through, so Travis and I had to lift it OVER the fence to get it into the back. Notice the nice black mesh along the bottom of the deck railing. That's to keep our dogs out of the deck area when we don't want them there. The little one can fit through the cracks! SO we've been busy. Clearing out, and re organizing. Everything that we've done to the place so far has been free. Just a lot of hard work. It's looking really nice though. I'll be savoring every SIP of my Vodka Lemonades and Margaritas this summer when it comes time to enjoy the fruits of our labor!
Here are is my card for my Deck Of ME. Emily Falconbridge has given us YET again a wonderful prompt... A Symbol you love. I had a hard time deciding that I wanted for my symbol. I thought about a cross, my wedding ring, and some others. Finally I decided to do the masks of greek mythology for theater. Theater is the place that my life was changed in so many ways. I'll never be the same person I was before I got bit by the bug. NEVER.
THIS is what I've been up to today! Getting the compost out of the back of the truck! We unloaded it into Trash Cans and hauled it into the back. There isn't a place for the truck to go back there, so we had to take it all one load at a time. The truck was FULL when we started.
Have I mentioned how much I love this place lately? Our neighbors are the best. One of our neighbors is an older man. One of those twisted and gnarly white haired men who works like a dog all day long even though they are retired. He goes out gathers wood and brings it home to split it BY HAND. BY HIMSELF. Did I mention he has a PELLET STOVE? He does the wood for extra money, and to help out the widowed ladies that he and his wife know. He's the guy to go to if you need to know anything about what to plant, what to fish with, how to clam, WHERE to clam. You get the picture. Travis went over the other day, because we saw that he was unloading a pallet of pellets (say THAT ten times fast) from his truck.
Who do you think showed up with his wheelbarrow today, and dug right in? MmmmmHmm! Good 'ol Dick. I think he just wanted an excuse to see my garden spot. I've been telling him about it since I decided to put it there... He says it's just about the best spot. He imagines there won't be much I won't be able to grow there! So the compost is out of the back of the truck, and I am going to get about 5 more cans of it to do the front beds again, and finish the garden. I think 5 will do it. Hopefully, I'll be done by the end of the day tomorrow!
I made this case for my Deck of ME. I got the idea to use the box that the cards came in from BareFeetSparkle who is also participating in Emily's challenge. Thanks for the great idea, Niki! One day, we WILL have to have that Tamale Day. I'd love to see more of your work! I cut the sides of my box off, and then put the strip together with some yummy Wild Asparagus paper. then I tied a vintage button onto the flap, and put a string through the other side to twist around the button. I might doodle a bit more on it before it's DONE... not sure yet.
Shhh... Don't tell!
I like the mystery.
One day, someone will ask me,
"What do you do?"
and I'll answer,
"I could tell you, but then I'd have to kill you."
They will laugh and say,
"No really, what do you do?"
.... I'll let them wait for
e n o u g h......
"Well, I'm a Memory Preservationist, you see. It's a top level security position. You can't tell ANYONE I told you...."
They'll look at me with wonder and amazement...
"Oh! I had NO IDEA! I promise! I won't tell a soul!"
and it won' be until I'm in my grave, and they read all my stories in my Preservation Files,(that's fancy for scrapbooks) and they are talking among themselves, that they will realise that they all knew, and never told, that I was a top level security officer in the Department of Matrimony (that's fancy for MOM of my family)...
"She TOLD you!?" They will all exclaim...
Ahhhhh. That'll be the day.....
PS~ I have other things to say about all of this, that are not related to this book. You can read them HERE
Next project, save my pictures to disc. Travis and I ordered a new computer today. It's going to be here in a week or so...
...until he went off the side of the slope and got a goose egg hitting that big rock in front of him.
No new snow last night. *sigh* I really hoped for it. The temperatures were in the low 20's! I slipped and fell on the black ice in the road last night. Whoops. I didn't hurt myself, but I'm not letting the boys go to school today. The ice I slipped on is still there, and I'm not going to risk one of them falling on their way to school, or on the playground today. The temperature is not going to get THAT high. So here we sit! Home again. Only today, we won't be going out to play. I'm thinking Hot Cider, a Chicken in the crock pot, and some house cleaning. Gotta call my friend Pam too. Maybe she and her family will want to go to the mountains and play with us in the snow there. So what are your plans this weekend? Any good ideas? We're just hangin' out. Travis is off, there's no school Monday. It's just the right set up for lazy folk like us.
This is Ian's. I don't know what his name is. He's my third attempt. This time, I ran the seam along the outside so that it was easy to stuff, and so that I could be lazy when I sewed the hole closed, and it wouldn't show.