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Wishing

moms-backyardThis is my mom’s backyard right now in Florida.  They’re all the time sending me pics like this, rubbing it in about how they’re freezing and it’s down to 60 degrees.  Give…..me……a……break!  Of course I love seeing these photos that they send.  I love flowers, gardening and spring time.  Which got me thinking about my new and cool spring time stuff.

 

 

 birdfeeder-and-jacksonFirst up, is this huge awesome bird feeder built by my dad (biological dad) who lives in the K.C. area now.  He makes these to sell as a hobby.  They had already reserved a space at the craft fair in Ozark this past October (my stepmom does beautiful floral work and I’m certain she made that green bow out of ribbon) and planned to peddle these bird feeders and her arrangements.  Anyways, they got sick and didn’t get to the show!  We lucked out and were given a bird feeder for the holidays.  It’s made of cedar and they sell for around $70 if you’re interested.  It’s a big bird feeder and I would like to put it out front, so I can see it through our huge picture window.  Jackson (the white cat) is pretty excited about it too!  I can just see him now, chirping at the birds and trying to jump through the window!! 

  

recycled-birdfeeder1Craft fairs have their share of crap, but when we did the one in Ozark (our first experience ever) I got a chance to leave our space and browse.  I love pottery, and there was lots of it!  I don’t necessarily dig country quilts, I cannot sew, but I have great appreciation for those who can, my sister included.  I ran across this tent with these sunflower things.  What in the heck is that?  It’s a bird feeder, it cost $16, and it’s made out of the side wall of a tire.  I watched the guy and his wife make these.  They took a tire, they had several side walls ready to go.  He would then scallop the edges with some sort of saw.  Some were flowers with pointed edges, some were rounded, some were larger, and some were smaller.  After that, they whipped out the spray paint, mostly using yellow, the underside is painted all green.  Then they spray-stenciled a little ladybug on the edge.  Next up was the soft screen center that they stapled in with a staple gun.  Then they hooked a chain on all three sides and brought it together in the middle with one of those heavy duty, plastic, no-slip ties.  Amazing!  What you see on mine, is the pulp from three apples and two pears after the kids juiced this morning.  Squirrels and birds, love it alike!

 gnomesI love garden ornaments and sculptures.  My favorite set of gnomes, was purchased at a garage sale.  Four gnomes, a mushroom and a snail to be exact, all made out of ceramic for $10.  They’re getting chipped, I didn’t even bother to bring them in this winter like I usually do.  Before Christmas, I was at Hobby Lobby gathering some stuff for the craft fair this year.  Almost everything in the store was 50% off.  Even the holiday stuff, it was wild.  Of course, I always get sucked into the garden decor, it was 1/2 off as well.  I got these two guys (made of resin) and this mushroom with bits of glass pressed into it, as it’s made of heavy ceramic.  Can’t wait to plant some stuff, but I guess I’ll have to be patient.  Just like I have been, while I wait for our big front porch/deck to appear, so I can landscape the front of the house!!

In time.


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The Energy of 11 Year Olds

 

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Lauren will be 11 on January 28th, to be exact. 

Last year for her birthday, I went temporarily insane and let her have 7 girls spend the night.  We don’t have a huge place, no basement, one living area, 3 bedrooms and an office.  We had kids camped out in her bedroom and some on the front room floor.  It was wild  (putting it mildly) and I will never, ever do that again!  So of course this year, she wanted to have another sleep over.  No way.  In lieu of that, we had one of her best friends from her home elementary school spend the night last night.  It’s amazing, how well they play and how quiet they were, until ELEVEN at night!  What’s with that?  So until around 1:30 a.m. we had quiet shrieks, giggles and footsteps up and down the hall.  Exhausting.  I’m old.  Word to those who don’t have kids yet.  Do it when you’re in your twenties.

The weekend after next, she will have one girl from WOLF School spend the night.  Then we’ll have a few girls from her home school, over for lunch and cake.  Growing up, we always had birthday parties.  It seems now, people just don’t do it.  I’ve talked to so many parents who just give me a weird look when you say “birthday party” I don’t know why.  Maybe it’s old school and not cool anymore.  Maybe kids just stay home with their parents and have dinner or something, I don’t really know.  We’ve even asked kids to come “gift free” or make a donation to the Humane Society ’cause we sure don’t need anymore crap around here.  Don’t get me wrong.  Kids always come to the birthday party when we have one, it’s just that not many other kids have one theirsevles.  I’m thinking next year, we won’t have a party, but will do something as she is getting older.  Like have a friend spend the night, go to the movies,  or go to the pottery place and make some cool stuff.

So I guess the question is, what’s up with the birthday party banning?  Anyone?