Saturday, October 31, 2009

Out and About

I'm sure that you, like me, are always are on the look-out for Pinks (or blues!) as you are out and about. Look at this splash of pink!

I have no clue what the plant is named, but it certainly makes a statement against this white fence.

Precious Beverly at How Sweet the Sound hosts Pink Saturday

Please Pause at her Place to see Plenty of other Pretty Pink items that Precious Pink Participating People are Presently Presenting for your Perusing Pleasure.

They've Plotted, Planned, and Preformed to Perfection so you can take a Peek.

See you in two days for Blue Monday!

Don't forget to turn those clocks back!

Daylight Savings Time ends tonight.

Friday, October 30, 2009

Plants Need Sunshine

Today I'm joining Tootsie at Tootsietime for Fertilzer Friday. This is a lady who not only has a green thumb, but a pair of green hands! She does remarkable things with plants while living in cold country. Could you imagine what she'd do in sunny Florida?

You may remember that we are renting a condominium while our new house is being built. To make the place a bit more like home, I bought a pot of blooms and a palm tree. (This is Florida, and I WILL have my palm!)

This porch faces North, so after a few months, my plant is yucky, and the palm tree is beginning to whimper. Tootsie encouraged me to show all, so here it is. 

From a distance, it doesn't look too bad.

Upon closer inspection, you can see the little tree needs to be trimmed. Can you hear the sad whimpering? I can.

This is the one pretty bloom left in this poor sun-deprived Anthurium.

Look at the leaves. Besides a lack of sun, did we fertilize too much? Too little? I'm guessing that the plant might have had a time-release fertilizer when we bought it, so it didn't need our feeding. I'm going to let it alone for a time. Perhaps when we move into our new place, it'll snap back into its former beauty. Let's hope.

I hope to see you back for Blue Monday!

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

We Have Walls!

Last Wednesday evening, we snapped these pictures of our walls getting taped. After the dry wall is up, walls are taped and plastered with drywall mud. The following day, the walls are sanded, and then another layer of plaster is applied. When that dries, the walls are given a final light sanding. Soon, I will be able to measure for window treatments.

This is standing in the dining room, looking toward the front door.

Thursday, we were surprised (and thrilled!) to discover that they were applying stucco to the outside of the house. You'll remember that block walls are under that stucco. They give it two coats: a scratch coat and a finish coat. Next the house will be painted. This is the front of the home, looking down the block.

For the first time, here is a shot of the back of the house. I took it with the zoom lens from across the pond. Although not all are seen in these pictures, we counted seven men working. That's a good sized crew. We drove back a little after 7 PM, and they were still at it!

This is NOT the color of the house, as it's not yet painted.

Later in the week, we got this shot of the walls being sanded.

Yesterday, we discovered that the walls and ceilings were completed. According to the builder's prediction, it should be five more weeks until we close.

Please com back for Blue Monday!

Have you noticed the new book giveaway in my sidebar?

Susan at A Southern Daydreamer is the gracious hostess for Outdoor Wednesday. Participants post pictures of anything that they might find outdoors.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Four Question Test

I got this email from a nonblogging friend. Forgive me if you've seen it before.

1. How do you put a giraffe into a refrigerator?

Stop and think about it and decide on your answer before you scroll down.

The correct answer is: Open the refrigerator, put in the giraffe, and close the door. This question tests whether you tend to do simple things in an overly complicated way.

2 How do you put an elephant into a refrigerator?

Did you say, Open the refrigerator, put in the elephant, and close the refrigerator?

Wrong Answer.

Correct Answer: Open the refrigerator, take out the giraffe, put in the elephant and close the door. This tests your ability to think through the repercussions of your previous actions.

3. The Lion King is hosting an animal conference. All the animals
attend.... Except one. Which animal does not attend?

Correct Answer : The Elephant. The elephant is in the refrigerator. You just put him in there. This tests your memory. Okay, even if you did not answer the first three questions correctly, you still have one more chance to show your true abilities.

4. There is a river you must cross but it is used by crocodiles, and
you do not have a boat. How do you manage it?

Correct Answer:? You jump into the river and swim across. Have you not been listening? All the crocodiles are attending the Animal Meeting. This tests whether you learn quickly from your mistakes.

Monday, October 26, 2009

Blue Monday - We've Been Busy

It's Blue Monday! To participate:

1. Post about something blue on your blog. It can be pretty, ugly, funny, old, or new as long as it's blue. Leave a link to this blog on your post.

2. Please place the Blue Monday button on the top of your post so that people can easily spot it.

3. Mr. Linky will be up after midnight. Return here and link in with Mr. Linky by leaving your name and the Permalink to your post. To create a Permalink, click on your Blue Monday post title and copy all the stuff in the http window. It is a longer address so that people can find your post even later in the week--whenever they get a chance to visit.

4. Visit other Blue participants by clicking on their links. Make someone's day; leave a comment. Please remember to leave me a comment.


Some people are asking how I/we plan to decorate our new home. (I say "we" because unlike other houses we've owned, this is the first time that Johnny is an active participant in decorating. Up until now, he's been busy working, but this time, he's jumped into the decorating decisions with both feet. Oh yes, his favorite color is blue--always has been.

Today, I'm sharing some of the choices we've made for our living room. Of course, you will see some blue. This is a sample of the silk material we've chosen for the drapes for our living room, dining room, and foyer. I taped it to a white door to try to give you a good color idea. The soft blue is cut off in the right lower corner, but I think you'll get the idea.

We recently selected this rug from Home Depot when they had a 50% off sale. It's wool and has many shades of blues and tans.

I'll give you a closer look so that the blue is more obvious.

Here's a good close-up of some of the blue.

I've placed a cushion from our living room chair that came from South Florida on top of the rug. At the lower right is one piece of our tile flooring peeking out.

I am getting excited about our new home. We visit it every day. I love having you blogging friends who give me so many creative ideas.

Happy Blue Monday!

Blue Monday Participants
1. Sheila
2. Mary@OnePerfectBite
3. Candy @ The Little Round Table
4. The Stylish House
5. Deborah
6. Rinkly Rimes Australia
7. Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti
8. Anne Fannie
9. Diann @ The Thrifty Groove
10. LaVoice
11. katherine
12. Cindy @ Applestone Cottage
13. hip chick
14. Beverly
15. Rose - Korea
16. Becky K
17. d'Sailor
18. charli and Me
19. Susie@Tickled Keys...Play it by Ear
20. A Vintage Cottage Home
21. Erica-Sweet on You
22. Jeanne,backyard neighbor
23. Boulevard Int Design Elle Decor Book Give Away
24. Regina, Philippines
26. Susan @ Between Naps on the Porch
27. ellen b
28. cindy
29. hapzydeco
31. kathy b
32. mizhelle
33. angie @ annies home
34. Fifi Flowers
35. Claudie@Bubblin'Over
36. storyteller at SmallReflections
37. Sara
38. DeniseMarie
39. Aino
40. carolynUSA
41. Christine
42. Shelia @Notesongs
43. chenoa
44. Maria's Space
45. Myrna Lee@ My enchanted Home
46. Shy
47. Alicia @ Titere con Bonete
48. Maria Berg, Sweden
49. AnnA
50. Ms. Sharlotte's...Southern Reflections
51. LUNA
52. Lorie Shewbridge
53. Carrie - Carola Nativity Gallery
54. Charlotte
55. Carrie - Oak Rise Cottage
56. Carly's Photography

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Sunday, October 25, 2009

No Boo!

I do not like spooky things, and this time of year so many decorations are all about scary. With real evil prevalent, I don't want to "go there."

Spiritual Sundays are hosted by gracious Ginger and charming Charlotte. To visit other participants, click here.

See you tomorrow for Blue Monday!

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Watercolor by Caeli

My granddaughter, Caeli, painted this watercolor of delicate Pink flowers in a pot. Caeli will soon be nineteen years old, attends the University of Gainesville, and paints for enjoyment. She is the oldest daughter of my daughter.

Precious Beverly at How Sweet the Sound hosts Pink Saturday

Please Pause at her Place to see Plenty of other Pretty Pink items that Precious Pink Participating People are Presently Presenting for your Perusing Pleasure.

They've Plotted, Planned, and Preformed to Perfection so you can take a Peek.

See you in two days for Blue Monday!

Friday, October 23, 2009

Found in Print #4

This is my final batch, folks. I hope that you enjoy them.

Hm, I wonder how much I'd bring in?

Hey, it's "like new!"

Gee, I'd go, but I've already made plans for that date.

I'm sure that it's been dried out and sanitized.


I did not realize that Wal-Mart had a dress code.

Oh, I should not tell this story on myself, but we're amongst friends--right? When I was a small child, a bill collector, working for an insurance company, came knocking on our front door. Mama didn't want to tell him AGAiN that she did not have the payment, so she had us children hide. The man knocked louder and louder. Finally, I called out, "nobody here but us chickens!"

Poor Mama had to open the door after all. I'm sure that it wasn't funny then, but I've sure laughed about it plenty of times.