Wednesday, October 29, 2008
Monday, October 27, 2008
Thursday, October 16, 2008
After thinking about it and testing it several times before actually cutting into the fabric I settled on a pattern that I wanted to use for the topper over the kitchen window.
I can never sew without smiling and thinking of my darling daughter. When she was a young child she tried her hand at sewing but didn't take to it. But, that didn't mean that she wasn't creative. One day I sat down at my sewing machine and found this:
I always make sure I have plenty of pins so I don't have to use any of the ones she did.
The curtain that had been hanging over the sink when we bought QC was what I used for the lining and rod pocket. Waste not, want not -- my mother's words were echoing in my head.
Monday, October 13, 2008
Here is what I saw but I have no real explanation for. A young man walking beside a bicycle that he was pushing down the sidewalk and the bike had a ladder attached to it its side.
Here are some of the possible explanations that I thought of:
1. He is just getting into the gutter cleaning profession and can't yet afford a motorized vehicle
2. He is an environmentally-minded second story man
3. He found the ladder along the side of the road with a "free" sign on it and decided to take it home
What do you think?
Sunday, October 12, 2008
My friend, Sherrie, helped me to decorate the house.
Our caterer friend, KP, provided a table full of finger foods. This is what the table looked like before we removed all of the plastic wrap. I meant to photo it later but I was having too much fun visiting and didn't think of it until we had all served ourselves at least once.
It was wonderful to share good fun and stories and to make future plans to play with our other retired friends!
When it began to get dark several of us went out to a local corn maze. Several years ago we went to the corn maze and wandered through the non-haunted portion. This year we decided to be brave and travel through the haunted part.
We had to stand in line for over an hour and to my amazement the two sweet young ones with us stayed in good humor even when the adults were a little fussy about the wait.
I'm not sure why, but even though I knew there would be people popping out of the corn stalks trying to scare me -- they still did. I'll admit to screaming in surprise a few times.
Once a rather scarey looking creature with one of the most menacing moaning voice kept following me. When I yelled to the Cottage Master to protect me I found him several paces behind the creature laughing his head off. Great!
Friday, October 10, 2008
I picked up the doily a few weeks earlier just because I liked it and was thrilled when I realized that the two pieces were meant for each other.
I wanted a mirror for this corner and found that everything I liked was $300 to $400. Then I found a nice large ugly mirror for $80 and bought it. I knew that after I applied some paint to it this ugly duckling it could be a swan.
I painted the black stripe -- it had been white -- and brushed gold onto the top of the relief areas to bring out the pattern. It had been all white with no definition. When I bought it Cottage Master asked me, "Are you sure this is the mirror you want?" Yup, I saw its potential.
Tuesday, October 7, 2008
With this in mind my friend, Sherrie, and I were out on a fact finding trip to a local corn maze. We needed to know about the admission price, and what sorts of activities were available.
We were happy with what we found there in the way of fun even though the admission price seemed a little high to me. They also had a vegetable stand there and I bought a couple of onions to add to the soup I was making and Sherrie bought some squash that she was going home to cook immediately because it smelled and looked so good.
We were on our way back into town and a few blocks from Quirky Cottage when I interrupted our casual conversation by blurting out, “That’s my husband’s underwear!”
Poor Sherrie was so stunned by such an exclamation that she pulled the car to the side of the road. I jumped out for a closer inspection of the pair of white socks, blue tee shirt, beige walking shorts and a pair of dark gray Jockeys lying along the edge of the road.
The Jockeys is what caught my eye because at first glance they appeared to be identical to MY favorite pair that that the Cottage Master wears.
After approaching the clothing that had been flattened and ground into the asphalt by car tires running over them I was assured that they did not belong to the Cottage Master.
I had to explain to my astonished and hysterically laughing friend that the Cottage Master is notorious for putting things on top of his car then driving away. They very well could have been his, really.
Would I have picked them up had I been convinced that they were his? NO, no, no.
P.S. Just in case you are interested -- today, a day later, the walking shorts have been picked up but the rest of the clothing is still getting ground into the pavement.
Monday, October 6, 2008
I was certain that I could overcome any difficulties that it might present. The first year I planted annuals in there and discovered what a pain in the back it was to maintain.
Last summer I kept thinking I'd do SOMETHING but never did.
Now that I'm retired and have NO excuse for laziness the pressure was on to do something with that box.
So, out I went with a box of colored glassware . . .
And did this . . .
Thursday, October 2, 2008
During the late 1970’s I happily wallpapered no less than 4 large rooms in our home and in the late 90’s unhappily removed every inch of that wallpaper when it came time to sell the house.
I scored and applied water and fabric softener and/or some rather expensive glop that I purchased from the home improvement center with varying degrees of success. I know that satisfaction of hitting upon just the right combination and being able to peel large portions of paper off at a time.
So, when I stepped up to my current dining area wall it was with confidence that something in my past experience and bag of tricks would work. However, I didn’t realize that I was dealing with the wallpaper straight out of a horror film. It either was applied so expertly that it was intended to be firmly attached to the wall for the archeologists to uncover 2,000 years from now or so poorly applied that it has become a permanent part of the wallboard.
This, by the way, is not your ordinary sheetrock wall. I’m not sure what was used to create that curved wall but maybe when I get more of the paper off we can tell what was used to build it.
Now on to another adventure at Quirky Cottage. Our next door neighbor was informed that she needed to hire a professional exterminator to eliminate the termites, beetles and ants from under her home. I have seen the white panel van in her driveway for the past two days and can assume that the work is being done.
Tonight, as I sit in my cozy chair, I have had to brush off from my bare arm and ended the lives of two ants . The first one I gave little thought about but when I saw the second one my own antennae of suspicion was raised. Do you suppose that rather than exterminating the critters from under her house all they did was chase them over here? I will have to keep a watchful eye out for the next few days. Maybe this is the proprietor’s way of drumming up more business.