Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Attic Room Progress

The room may not be complete yet, but there has been progress.

This is an imperfect room, and the plan is to keep it that way. The closet door has a homemade latch on it. I love the old look, no plans to change that! There is a mirror that will hang over the chest of drawers, but it shows the rest of the room, and it is incomplete.

The ever helpful Atticus has been supervising progress.

This painting was purchased years ago at an estate sale, and had found its way to the attic some time ago.

The painting was done years ago, the typewriter came from another room, and Daddy made the desk. The shelf was sitting unused in the attic, and has been repainted. Everything in these pictures was already on hand, the only thing that has been purchased so far is a curtain rod. The furniture has been painted, but the paint was free. We even had the brush on hand.

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This is truly an old attic room, there is no electricity on this side of the room. None, not even a light, so that has to be dealt with in some way. There is still so much to do, but this is the progress thus far.

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Flea Meds and Atticus

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Springtime ushers in a time of year that pet owner’s dread, flea season. Atticus dreads this season too. This means that he will need a treatment every month to prevent fleas. This is a dramatic event for Atticus and a traumatic event for me. It is almost as much fun as taking Atticus to the vet.
The moment that Kevin comes home with the white bag, Atticus knows. Eyeing the white bag, he takes a deep breath, hunkers down, and runs low to the ground, in search of a hiding place. He will quickly forget about the bag and walk out into the open if we are lucky. That is rare, usually by the next day he has forgotten about the white bag. Naturally, he will wait until Kevin is not here and this job must be done alone.
Experience has taught me that proper attire is important. Thick jeans, a long sleeved shirt and running shoes are required; something loose enough to run in, but snug enough that there is no extra material for Atticus’ claws to grab.
Atticus has a sixth sense, and he knows when I have the tube in my hand, so he must be chased through the house, up the stairs and down the stairs we go repeatedly until he has been caught. Speaking in soothing tones, and gently stroking his fur, Atticus is carried to a chair and we sit down. This works for a few moments, until my hands pick up the little tube. Another fight begins, sometimes he gets away and the chase is on again, once caught we sit down and start over. The tube is opened and the fight begins again. This tube is placed between his shoulder blades and squeezed, then the screaming begins, his and mine. He generally escapes again and the process must be repeated until the tube is empty. This is not a painful event for Atticus; it is a different story for me.
What he doesn’t know, is that I purchased an extra tube, just for him. The plan is to take care of the situation this weekend. We will wait until he takes his afternoon nap, sneak up behind him and quickly do the deed. This one time, we will be one step ahead of him, unless that sixth sense of his discloses our secret.

Friday, March 23, 2012

Spring Scenes

We haven't had much of a winter here, spring has come early, not that I am complaining! Even if winter wasn't difficult, can't help but find myself excited about spring.

When this Bridal Wreath Bush blooms, I know that warm weather is almost here. The blooms don't last long, but they are lovely when they make their annual appearance.

What would spring be without babies? These guys are growing too fast!

The fig tree that I was so afraid that we had lost last year has put out leaves. Can't wait for fresh figs!

The ducks are always happy to have the opportunity to play in the pool! Warm weather gives these girls the desire to play even more.

Chives are blooming!
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Warm weather makes me want to nap and day dream, but that doesn't get anything done! There are so many chores to be done this time of year, there is no time to relax too much. Thanks for stopping by for a visit and we hope that you are enjoying spring too!
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Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Attic Room Progress

Remember this bench from yesterday's post? Rather shabby looking isn't she?

This bench had gotten a stain somehow. Mama had recovered this bench while it was useable, it hasn't been used since I was a child.

This bench got a fresh coat of paint and new material. Just now noticing the dents in the fabric, looks like my so called helper, Atticus has been investigating this "new" bench. It is sitting in front of a window, but looks so much better now! She is once again respectable!

There was not a before picture of this shelf for a reason, just trust me it was ugly. Not that it is lovely now, but it is not as offensive to look at now. My Daddy would smile if he could understand what I did.

There is still a lot to do!! I decided to spend a little time there every day until this project is completed. Many days I wish that I could choose to do a project and work on it until it is complete, real life has a different idea though!
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There is still furniture that needs to be painted, and the room is in need of a spring cleaning too. The work never ends. More to come later.

Monday, March 19, 2012

Attic Room

We live in an old farmhouse, it may not be perfect or look like some of the pictures that I see in blog land, but it is home for us, and we are happy with it. This is an attic room that was finished for it's time possibly, maybe, well who knows. The walls are the lovely old original bead board, someone painted them white before we moved in, and the floors are hardwood.
This has been a catch all room, the room where all of the stuff that you don't use any longer, or the room to store odd stuff that you really don't know what to do with. Doesn't everyone have one of those, please say that you do!
If you have been reading this blog, you know that my Daddy has Alzheimer's, when the time came to make changes at my parent's home, somethings had to go. The desk/table thingy was one of those things. Daddy built it, Mama hated it! Daddy wanted to put it in the dining room next to the piano, Mama said no way. Daddy won that one, one of the few that he did win! LOL!! His keyboard sat on this desk/table thingy. Admittedly, I am a daughter that loves her Daddy, but this thingy was ugly. I took it to get it out of Mama's way and because Daddy built it, so I couldn't just toss it! Fast forward to last weekend when Ace Hardware was giving away a free can of their new paint, and the idea of creating a room took shape in my mind. Of course I didn't remember to take before pictures until I had painted part of the desk/table thingy.

The salesman claimed that it was one coat coverage, I used 2 thin coats, hoping to prevent drips. After this piece dried, it was waxed. This piece does look better blue that it did when it was green.
As this is a room that will not be used by anyone but us, my first thought was that there would be no budget, just use what we have here on hand. However there are things that will need to be purchased, such as a curtain rod. Other things will pop up, but the budget that I decided on was $50. So far I have spent $1.75 plus tax on this room. It is far from finished.
I thought to myself, if this was for us, why shouldn't it be a space that we can use and enjoy? It deserved a budget, even a small one, and a challenge for me to create something comfortable and useable.

This desk/table thingy looks a little more respectable now.
This small green table had been painted and used in the guest room. A different table is in there now, so this little table found a home in the attic room. she has lovely legs!

A coat of paint, some wax and accessories that were stored are used in this beach themed room.

Another "attic treasure" was this shelf, it was purchased at a yard sale, but never used. I almost hated to paint over it, but I was not using it. If I didn't paint it, it would have just gone back into storage, what good is that? The shelf was painted and waxed, finished picture to come later.

Another "attic treasure" from Mama's, was this piano bench. This went with my first piano, and was not in the best of shape. The piano was sold long ago, but the broken bench remained in my parents attic.
My husband repaired the bench, it has been repainted and recovered and the reveal will come later. This bench was restored to respectability!

This shelving unit was in my brother's shop. the shop was cleaned out a couple of years ago. My brother needed to use the building for his job, there was some of my stuff/junk in there. These shelves were not part of my junk however, just want to make that clear!
We were all standing there that Saturday, and Daddy kept asking each one of us if we wanted the ugly shelves. Everyone said no, Daddy had his feelings hurt, my heart broke, something happened to me in that moment, I am claiming some type of insanity. My voice began speaking and said that I would take the ugly shelves. Daddy smiled, inside I was screaming "what is wrong with you", my husband just looked at me. He quietly loaded the shelves onto our trailer. These shelves had to be taken apart to be put upstairs, they are UGLY, so there was no before pictures. I was not risking damage to my camera!! These shelves have teased and taunted me for 2 years! They can be heard singing bad songs from the 80's, and they sing off key too! I don't where my Daddy found these things, but I couldn't stand for his feelings to be hurt.
They have received a coat of paint, sealing up any desire on the part of these shelves to sing bad music! A coat of wax will be next, hopefully ending the bad music, and all of those things from the 80's that we would all like to forget! Including a few hairstyles!

There has to be a way to give these shelves respectability!
An old headboard and mattress set was in the room, the headboard got a paint job, and a painting from high school was hung up over the bed. Not happy with the painting in that place, but the room isn't finished yet.

An old plate rack was hung on the wall and a set of dishes was placed on the rack. The dishes have a lighthouse on them. The drop leaf table was in my brother's shop and the old chairs were in the attic room. They got a coat of paint from paint that I already had. I used a semi gloss paint, so no waxing!

If you notice the bottom right hand corner in the above picture, you will see my "helper" investigating. He is keeping me safe, or maybe he is just being nosey!

There are not pictures of the entire room for a reason, it still needs lots of work! There are boxes that must be dealt with, furniture that needs to be painted and pictures to be hung.
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My goal was to take an unused attic room, use the furniture on hand, my creativity, $50 and create a room that we would use. Not finished by a long shot, but working on it daily. There is much to do, and a reveal will come later when the project is completed.

Vanilla Chai Tea

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There was an email in my inbox this week, with a recipe for Vanilla Chai Tea. The author described this tea as tasting so good, that her eyes rolled back in her head. Since I have used some of her recipes, I decided to investigate further. Was I missing something good? There are recipes all over the Internet and mixes in the grocery store, this gave me the feeling that something good may be out there and I haven’t tried it yet. The ingredients sounded tasty, the spices were cinnamon, cloves and ginger, and reminiscent of a tea that we drank years ago called Russian Tea. There was the addition of milk in this recipe.
Would this tea change my life, would I no longer be able to enjoy a glass of cold sweet tea without longing for the taste of Chai? Would I become enlightened, rich and famous by drinking this Chai? What about my coffee? This is a life saving beverage in my home, and my husband insists or demands rather, that I drink a cup or three before attempting conversation with him.
Was it possible that a life sustaining force outside of my
morning cup of coffee existed? Sweet tea and coffee are a vital part of life in the south. Tea has a special place in our hearts and we all know the taste of our mama’s and our grandmother’s tea. My Granny’s tea was particularly good and my Aunt makes sweet tea that tastes very close to Granny’s, perhaps it is the water, but her method is perfect. What could taste better than cold sweet tea or a steaming cup of coffee?
Carefully following the directions, the tea was made. It was pretty and smelled nice, but a sip revealed what I had suspected all along, it is not as good as my tea or coffee. My wonderful cup of dark roast coffee with one teaspoon of sugar, and milk, not creamer has not been replaced by a funny sounding drink. My eyes did not roll back in my head and the only revelation that I can claim is that coffee and sweet tea are still the drink of choice at my house. The first clue to my final decision should have been when I read that Chai, means tea. When we say Chai Tea, we are really saying Tea Tea. I’m just saying……

Monday, March 12, 2012

Oh Honey, It's My 100th Post

This is Honey, or the "Boss" whichever you prefer to call her. Honey is a busy girl, she is responsible for all of the supervisory duties here. Honey takes her job seriously, and works hard every day to make sure that things run smoothly.
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Love that little "pirate" tooth!
Honey is a recent addition to our home, she comes from a loving home, and she is amazing! When I realized that my 100th post was coming up, I needed something special to write about. Honey is special, so the spotlight is on her today!

Saturday, March 10, 2012

My Kids

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When I was younger, I dreamed of having kids, not the goat kids, but the human kind. That may not have worked out for various reasons, one being that I was so busy having fun with that one human kid! The time flew quickly, and now this human kid is a woman. Babies seem to bring those thoughts to the front of a mother’s mind.
My temporary kids, the goats, are doing great. Growing, running and playing happily, these two are changing almost before my eyes. There are no more late night feedings, and I am missing their sweet night sounds and wiping their milk mouths. They remain unnamed; their only title is “the boys” or “my boys”. The thought that my little fellows will be gone in a couple of week’s tugs at my heart strings, but this was never about me, and I must do what is right and fair to them.
There has been a discussion with Clover about the possibility of keeping one here. Clover would then have the opportunity to create the type of goat-man that she needs in her life. She can teach him to do the things she wants done. Like how to scratch her sides, or maybe she could convince him to bring cookies to her. Then she would not have to get up, she could lie down and eat her special goat cookies.
We have in fact discussed this idea with Clover, at great length, and feel that it might be a possibility. There are 2 boys, she could choose, a woman likes options and Clover is no different. Her last potential boyfriend left, in disgrace. He was rejected by the goat woman that he longed to marry. We have not offered to pay for the therapy that Bill will no doubt need to put his damaged and bruised ego back together, and hope to avoid another such incident.
In the meantime, my boys are quickly growing and changing. Their antics keep me laughing. They are also curious. The cats however are not very appreciative of this curiosity, most especially when they find themselves the object of that curiosity! It is part of the learning process for them. Besides, if one of them is going to grow up and marry Clover, he had better learn as much as he can right now. He will need a great quantity of knowledge to deal with Clover.

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Spring Equinox

My inner geek loves this kind of stuff. This is all over Facebook, can't believe that I actually tried it, or am posting it!!

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The broom is standing alone, no joke. Admit it, you know you are going to find your broom and try it now! It works, no joke!
Okay, now I have to go and get some eggs, more geeky fun!

Friday, March 2, 2012

Pimento Cheese

Pimento cheese is a southern favorite and there are as many ways to make it as there are southern cooks. Each cook has her own idea of how pimento cheese should taste. My Gran was a pimento cheese purist, only extra sharp shredded cheddar, pimentos, mayonnaise, salt and pepper could be used. My Mother is almost the same way, she uses sharp and mild cheddar cheese. Without a doubt, their pimento cheese is delicious, whether spread on a slice of fresh bread, celery stick. or just a cracker, their version is delightful.
My love for cooking comes from these talented women, but sometimes I tend to push the boundaries. I will never turn my back on their version of pimento cheese, but will continue to try other tasty variations.
This is a quick favorite suitable for any time of year, but as the weather warms and time is shorter, this is my fallback method.
Pimento Cheese
2 cups shredded cheese blend (for this version I am using a Cheddar, Queso Quesadilla, Asadero Cheese and Monterrey Jack blend)
2/3 cups mayonnaise
1/3 cup chopped pimento peppers or roasted red peppers
Fresh ground black pepper to taste

Place all of the ingredients in the bowl and mix with a fork until all ingredients are mixed. Serve on bread, crackers, or celery sticks. How easy is that? We like to keep these sandwiches ready made in the summer as a quick lunch to go.

The ingredients can be changed to suit your tastes. Sometimes sliced jalapeno peppers are added to the cheese, or different varieties of cheeses are used. If you are counting calories, lower fat mayonnaise can be used. The possibilities are endless.

Yes, I know that this can be purchased in the grocery store, but why buy it when I can make it and customize it to our tastes at the moment? Besides, it will not have the wonderful, fresh, homemade taste that this sandwich has!

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There have been times that I cheated and used cheese that was purchased grated, some days time is short and I must do things to save time. If you want the old fashioned taste, take the time to grate the cheese and taste the difference. Play with additions, some people choose to put onion, or sweet pickles in their pimento cheese, try a dash or more of hot sauce for another flavor variation. Vary the choice of bread, or place a slice in the oven until the cheese is melted. Different cheese will produce different flavors, the sky is the limit! Take this recipe and make it yours!
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at Miz Helen's Country Cottage
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Thursday, March 1, 2012

My Kids

These pictures may not prove it, but these guys are cute!

And sweet too!

Curious and hardheaded!

Busy and fast!

They are learning to eat.

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So much for pictures, but the kids are growing!