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A Tiger for Elena


Little Miss Elena loves tigers.

Not just any tigers, she loves the tiger at the zoo…and I think the tiger loves her.

We all went to the zoo on her last birthday so she could introduce us to her friend, and while we were there Elena stood on a ledge to point out her tiger, who was pacing back and forth.  One moment he was pacing, and the next he’d reared up with his front paws on the glass to literally look at her eye to eye.

I’m not sure if he was thinking ‘lunch’ or not, but I quickly told her he was saying “HAPPY BIRTHDAY!”  The poor little peanut turned her wary look into a big smile and off we all went to see the next animal…and her love of tigers remains!

I decided a week ago to get rid of an old dresser I’d been hanging onto.  I mentioned it to Elena’s Mom, Jen, and she said she didn’t have one  for Elena yet and maybe it was time.

Well…I couldn’t just sell her the plain old dresser, not for our little Miss Elena. I had hoped at one point to paint a beautiful flower on the front and then sell it, but had decided to just get rid of it…needless to say…the idea came back to me.  I asked Jen what animal I could paint on the dresser for Elena and she immediately said a tiger.  I should have known.

A few days later little missy appeared in her favorite t-shirt adorned with what else, but her favorite animal.  So I convinced her it was dirty (it actually was), so I could borrow it.

Here is my weekend project, done with lots of love, for a sweet little girl who loves tigers…

(This is where my oldest daughter would say “Ta-daaaaaa!”)

Elena got to see her new dresser yesterday and her smile said it all.

Patty O

ps…this is absolutely one of my favorite things to do…so if you know of anyone who wants an extra splash on their decor, whether it be for a child’s piece of furniture or an adult’s, just give me a call!

Monday’s Here…Bring on the Coffee!


Gasp…Gasp…crawling out of the weekend into another week…

Lots accomplished this weekend.  Garden harvested and cleaned out, fall decorations up, spray painted new/old goodies and furniture, birthday dinner and cake for Miss Alex, sewed in some clothes (for Gabi), cleaned up the house…etcetera, etcetera, etcetera.

And, Alex, Tom and Louis came up Thursday night for a visit!  Mr. Louis had surgery (snip, snip…and hernia) on Friday with our favorite vet, Jen.  He was quite a trooper and back to normal by Saturday afternoon.  More stories to follow, of course as he and Motzy had loads of fun.

And…while they were here, Tom and Alex helped Tim put in our new fire pit and dig out an old sidewalk.  Tim and I jokingly called it the sidewalk to nowhere…it didn’t go all the way to the shop, and it didn’t match up with the garage door.  Gone, gone, gone!

There was a bonfire, toasted marshmallows, a game of Horse in the dark (with a light up basketball).  There were naps (ok, not by me…), visiting with the babies, and more craziness sprinkled throughout the weekend.

Pictures of the harvest, fall decorations, recipes, maybe a little story of the sewing swear session (I hate sewing machines), and more to come.

Sorry for the absence, this blogging thing takes a lot of time and I’ve had ENERGY.  More energy than I’ve had in a year…guessing it’s a thyroid thing…whooo heeeee!

Talk more soon!

Patty O

Thank you to Women Get it Free for sharing the photo!

What Should I Write About?


OUR WEEKEND

There were flowers and puppies, children, friends and husband.

Chocolate, wine and Chocolate Moose Cake…

There was napping and cleaning (in that order).

Gardening, trimming, and weeding.

Movies, neighbors, chrome chairs, pizza. Read more

My Prayer for You on This Sunday…


Another find from Pinterest, these words say it all.

God Bless…

Patty O

ps…  I promise I’ll try to be back to my wordy self tomorrow.  It’s been a crazy weekend of moving things into the basement (the storerooms are now done) and cleaning, moving, and organizing in my NEW workshop (aka old storage room).

Needless to say I’ve been having fun working playing in what will be my new workshop!

OK…full disclosure:  One of the keys in selling Tim on the idea was to describe it as our “Finishing Shop” where we’ll do all the painting/staining of the pieces he builds.

Shhhhhh…don’t tell him I’m still going to call it “my shop”!

🙂

 

YOU…ARE NOT…A MAN!


This was the funniest comment of the day courtesy of my friend Patty.

She had just asked me how I was feeling and how the shoulder recovery was going.  I explained it was going great – 2 more months of PT – and then we’ll hopefully get the other shoulder fixed.

She looked at me incredulously and said:  “WHAT DID YOU DO?”

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I explained about the rock wall…blah, blah, blah.

She looked at me and said “Why were you building a rock wall?”

To which I said:  “I enjoy manual labor…and it’s beautiful!”

That’s when she said it.

“YOU…

ARE NOT…

A MAN!”

She went on to say, “Men say ARRRR” (making a growling sound)…”Women say aaaaahhhh” (making a sweet little sighing sound).

Needless to say, I haven’t laughed that hard in quite some time.

I told her “I’ll be sure to remember that the next time I get the urge to do manual labor!”

I’m still shaking my head and smiling…

I wish you could have heard her.

The way she said, so emphatically:  “YOU…ARE NOT…A MAN!”

Yes, I will remember this Patty.

Thank you for the literal laugh out loud today!

I hope you readers had a good LOL moment today too!

Happy Saturday!

Patty O

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