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Sunday, August 17, 2014

She's The Lady Boss!

For my Sweet Sister in laws birthday, I put together this Western Cowgirl birthday card shaped like a lucky horseshoe.

I used my Cricut to cut out the horseshoe shape. Then I had way too much fun making all the elements.

When she met my brother he was into rodeo and fancied himself to be a cowboy. He was wild and I gotta say, she tamed him down a bit. It took years, but she is the "Boss Lady"!

She is beautiful! Talented! Generous and loving!

She deserves to ride through a banner in her honor!

She is throwing a birthday party at her gorgeous Western Cowboy themed home! It will be fun!

She's cute and sassy in a pair of heels or boots!

She's a cowgirl at heart!

Happy Birthday, Carlene!
We are blessed to call you sister and friend!


Monday, August 11, 2014

My Daughter Has Moved to Colorado!

Yes, my Dear Daughter and family have moved to Colorado. That means my grandchildren are gone! Whaaaaaaa!

So, to comfort myself, I made this wall hanging-card thingy for her new vintage home - to help me let go.

To say that my daughter has the gift of hospitality is an understatement! Everywhere they go she makes new friends. She is fun. She is real. People love her. It's a wonderful aspect of her personality. And, it makes life easier and lots of fun for her husband and children - that she can pick up and go the way she does. Do you know she sold nearly every piece of furniture and moved a family of five in a 17 ft. U-Haul!

She was ecstatic to leave the desert climate! She is not a sun worshiper. She hated the heat of summer, so for the last two days she has been texting me short messages of how beautiful Utah and Colorado are. Oh yes, I thought the same when we drove thru the majestic mountains and incredible greenery.

Her husband works for Costco and is doing his very best to promote and get ahead. He has worked for C since he was 18, and he is 35 now. He is a " Company Man" and has big dreams to have a store of his own someday.

So, today they reached their new rental; the Little Red House, in Loveland, Co. Can you imagine living in a town called, Love-Land!

May The Lord Bless this sweet family and use them in ways they have never imagined.


I told Hubs I could leave my mountain home and go to Colorado. He also grieves their moving. But here we are, in our dream home. And could I sell everything? Oh, honestly, God would have to help me.

Our Son in Law told me the night before their trip, "I want my own store, and if it means we move to the Midwest, we will." We cannot follow them. It's not our path.

So, life changes again.

Blessings, Patti


Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Summertime Projects

We have been quite busy this summer making our new home more "homey". Hubs and I have been very busy!

At the beginning of the Summer break, Hubs finished up the planting beds.

They are filling in nicely.

A look through the back yard toward our neighbors house. Hubs put in a rose garden!

He built a small deck out of the reclaimed wood from our old home's swimming pool deck. We plan to build a roof over the top that shades the afternoon sun. We can sit here and watch the sunset!

The tub is packed full of volunteer blooms from last year. The bees and wasps love these flowers.

I didn't have to plant anything new here this year.

I painted this old dresser red and gave it a burlap curtain. It stores lots of gardening things.

I painted this old cupboard red, too. I put lots of blue and red enamelware here just for fun.

You can see the deck on the back side of the garage. Hubs plans to make a window box and shutters on this little window.

The pumpkin patch is growing! My dad and sister made this scarecrow for me years ago. I love it!

A rugged little corner near the side gate. Lots of rusty things to decorate with. The scooter belonged to our son, Matt. He's 30 now! The stansion came from the dairy farm my husband grew up on. I've been collecting rusty old saws to make something out of. I think we have about 20 now. And, our lone Mulberry tree that we have to move this winter. It's planted too close to the leach lines.

What's going on, you ask?

Hubs loves to play in the dirt!

Hubs moved our pool from our other house in the desert, where our daughter and family live, and put it up close to our existing deck. He added the new wood part. The best part is the wood was 75% off!

And we found these wedding cake steps on Craigslist for a song!

And, I painted our patio set red!

I sure do wish that you might stop over for a swim and an iced tea! It would be a lot more fun with you here!

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Smokey the Gopher says, "Stay tuned for more garden updates!"