03.24.20 Kids LOVE painting and hiding rocks! All the skinny on how to do it!

I absolutely LOVE rock painting! If you know me you know this is a passion of mine! Sitting in my rock room painting rocks and listening to Christian gospel music puts me in my absolute best “Happy Place!”

If you have kiddos at home while schools are closed and throughout the summer rock painting is a great way to help them pass the time! Even my 5 year old granddaughter makes some really nice rocks! Since no one should be hiding rocks right now, the kids and you can hide them in your yard! They will enjoy it all from painting to hiding! If they don’t hide them, they can let them collect and hide them in the community when we all get back to our normal lives!

Some of the rocks I got recently at Smith’s Landscaping in Ponchatoula!

Rock painting awakens creativity in my brain. It’s simple to do and I love that I can reach out to others about God’s love and saving grace, and put a smile on someone’s face, spreading joy, and possibly brightening their day.

My friend Nancy sent me a picture like this in case of these adorable “chicks” I’d like to do these. I loved the idea and these little guys are my creations!

I’ve stopped hiding rocks until the virus spreading is over so please do the same with your children. No rocking hiding, just lots of painting and creating!

Lately I’ve gotten into decoupaging by applying napkins and wrapping paper to glass plates and trivets. I’ll write about that soon.

It’s a whole different thing than rock painting although I do a bunch of rock decoupaging as well.

Click on the word graphics below to get to each of the four parts of my blog about Rock Painting

PART ONE

PART TWO

PART THREE

PART FOUR


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03.23.20 Family fun time – crawfish boil

Our oldest son’s family spent the day with us a week ago. They brought everything to boil crawfish and we sooooooooo enjoyed it! We sold all our crawfish cooking equipment when we decided to live on the road so having some cooked for us at our home was fabulous!

Having our grandchildren fishing, riding around in our paddle boat, swinging on the hammocks, riding their 4 wheeler around the area and the little ones riding their jeep all around made this Grannie’s heart very happy.  Paw Paw’s too of course.

 

Roy toting the crawfish boiler loaded with crawfish on his lawnmower cart down to our picnic area.

They caught quite a lot of nice size perch which was a lot of fun to see!

Our only grandson loves going out in the pond to fish. Smart kid that he is he created a live fish well in the paddle boat!

Our oldest son, whose name I cannot share, was the crawfish boil king! Delicious crawfish, corn, potatoes and sausage! Silly girls love to swing in our hammocks really high. Even when they fall out they got right back in after a tear or two was shed!

Roy and our precious oldest non teenager granddaughter had a nice visit on the front porch before they left.

Since we’re not getting out it was really wonderful to have one last in-person visit with some of the people we love the most!

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This graphic above is for my son whom I love very much.

 

03.21.20 A teacher brought balloons to school and…

A teacher brought balloons to school and asked the children to blow them all up and then each write their names on their balloon.

They tossed all the balloons into the hall while the teacher mixed them from one end to the other.

The teacher then gave them 5 minutes to find the balloon with their name on it.

The children ran around, looking frantically but as the time ran out – nobody had found their own balloon…

Then the teacher told them to take the balloon closest to them and give it to the person who’s name was on it. In less than 2 minutes everyone had their own balloon.

Finally, the teacher said, “Balloons are like happiness. No one will find it looking for theirs only. Instead, if everyone cares about each other they will find theirs as quickly as possible.”

 

I found several cute videos and this is one of them. I hope you enjoy it! Turn your speakers up!

 

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03.20.20 Cindy Lou’s Retirement Extravaganza and her She Shed!!

My sweet wonderful friend Cindy LeBlanc retired from Southeastern at the end of last year. She made it through having cancer, surgery, and radiation recently and was given a wonderful retirement reception when all that was over.

Below are a few pictures of that special event held at McClimans Hall on Southeastern Louisiana University’s campus. It was all very much Cindy like with flowers and butterflies on the wall and in the other decorations.

Donna Methvien, who was Cindy and my boss. baked this beautiful three layers cake.

Cindy had a time of sharing about her time at Southeastern which was 33 years long. Most of her time at Southeastern was in her position in the Office of Technology. Cindy’s was the sweet face and personality that everybody first saw when they walked into the office door that is behind her.  Her beautiful daughter and husband are to the left of Cindy helping us celebrate her retirement.Cindy and I worked together for 15 years and have experienced a lot together. I thank God that she’s made it through having cancer and is now going to enjoy her retirement years. Cindy is the friend that turned me on to using napkins to decoupage and gave me several ceramic tiles and so many beautiful napkins to get me started with decoupaging! Just remembered that I took a couple of pictures a while back of Cindy’s “She Shed” and thought I’d share them here!

Can I say how my mouth drools when I walk in there! And what you see here is only a small part of what she has.  The rest is stored elsewhere!  I am so happy Cindy is retired and hope we get to do crafts together often!

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03.18.20 Sprucing up the metal yard art, so cute cute cute!

Since it’s springtime and everything blooms afresh I am working on freshening up our metal yard art. The first two I’ve done are the three sunflowers with a lady bug and the single large flower.  Before repainting:

After repainting using brighter colors that make me happy!

The big flower below before being spruced up. It’s about 4 years old and lost most of its luster and pretty color. The real flowers around the metal one were planted three years ago this is the first year they have bloomed and we were tickled that they did.

The big flower after being spruced up with its new purple and gold!These precious metal arts hang on the fence in our vegetable garden and after getting a good painting they will now survive another vegetable garden season!

This little guy was pitiful and had almost no color left on him!  He’s very happy and colorful now with rolly polly eyes and fresh paint on every piece of him! You can see what he looks like hanging up in the second picture! My favorite is Billy the Cow (I just named him!) which has not weathered well over time. He lives directly under where the roof drains off to the ground during rain and that’s why he’s not weathered well. The mustardy color around Billy’s face is actually rust so it’s next in line for getting a spring sprucing up!

I hoped to have Billy redone by now but so many other things are going on that he will have to wait a bit.

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03.16.20 Here’s the SCOOP!

Okay, so I am 65 years old and Roy is 69 years old. We both have what they are calling underlying conditions that make us more susceptible to getting the Coronavirus.

Several days ago we made the decision to stay home away from people for as long as we can. Hopefully that will be until the virus is contained and eliminated.

About 4 to 6 weeks ago we, for no reason but I think it was God’s doing, stocked up on freezer food, pantry food, and paper products.

Since it is springtime there is an abundance of work we can do around our property. I also have branched out from rock painting to decoupaging glass items so there are lots of projects and things to keep us occupied and happy around here.

We both LOVE staying home and enjoying our little slice of heaven here in Amite.

This time at home also gives me plenty of time for blog writing! Also I have lots to share in blog posts soooooooo every day till I have nothing to write about. This will give me something else to do with my time and I’m hoping this will provide ya’ll some distraction to the coronavirus news and stress related to that.

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03.17.20 Bo and Peep’s new home!!!

Our renter’s dogs Droopy and Duke went to live elsewhere on Saturday. When they first moved in we bought and put together a fenced-in area for them. When they moved out we took their cage down and moved it to behind the storage building for Bo and Peep to live in.

Here’s Roy taking down the fences. Since we bought all those concrete blocks for the dogs to lay on when the dirt was wet Roy is finding places for them to go around here!

The fence sections are making their way down to their new home. How we wish they could have made their way down there on their own! Those are heavy sections of the fence.

Don’t I look like I was having fun with this??? I was NOT!!!!

Here it is all assembled where Bo and Peep can enjoy it! Peep’s nest with her eggs in it is still in the smaller cage and will stay there.

Here’s my hard-working hubby Roy who was spreading out some hay in the cage.

Here’s what it looks like from our house. I really like it being there instead of where it was. It fits perfectly behind the storage building and you no longer see it from the road which makes the front area look better.

I saw they were both wandering around inside the fenced area so I took a couple of pictures. It may take a while for them to get use to being in there since they squawked and yacked at me while I was taking the pictures.

The area where the fenced space was located for the last few months is going to become our second vegetable garden!!!! All the dog poop should make for well fertilized soil!!! Roy is going to till that area soon so it’s ready for planting when the vegetables are ready to plant!

 

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03.05.20 The words of Christian hymns truly never leave you

The words of Christian hymns truly never leave you. Their words and what they mean to our lives are imprinted on our hearts. No matter what amount of time has passed, when we hear the music, the words come streaming back into our minds and out of our mouths as we sing them!  I listen to a lot of hymns on my computer while enjoying creating in my craft room. Right now I’m listening to Alan Jackson sing several hymns played on Roy’s computer in his office. The volume is turned up so I can hear them in the living room.

What made me start thinking about hymns staying in our hearts was something that happened yesterday. We had one of our occasional visits from our son Chip. He brought the Alan Jackson CD “Precious Memories” with the hymns on it. We played them like we are doing right now. Chip was cooking a special breakfast for us and I started to hear him sing with the hymns. He sang every word of hymns he had not sung in church in years.

Chip was raised at our church Trinity Baptist Church where we’ve mostly sung from a Baptist Hymnal all his growing up life. As an adult, he began going to and now is a member of a non-denominational church that does not sing hymns. They sing contemporary Christian songs which I also love but they are not the old hymns. I would have thought he’d have forgotten the words of the hymns he used to sing. Not so, he could sing every word of every song we listened to.

Roy, Chip and I were singing together with the music. Chip was in the kitchen cooking, I was in the living room and dad was in his office.

The sounds of the music, our three very untrained voices, all singing praises to our Lord was a moment I won’t soon forget. I thank God for our Christian family and the love for our Lord that we all have.

The weekend is almost here, I hope you have a Blessed one!

02.28.20 Getting ready for spring blooms!

We have two large ornamental grass bushes near our driveway. They are beautiful when in full bloom but over the winter the beautiful green long leaves die off. Last year Roy cut them both back really well and they were prettier that year than ever before.

This year when Roy got to that item on his “honey do” list he did a great job cutting it back. The first photo below is of one of the bushes cut back. He did the cutting and I picked it up and piled it in our driveway. We had one chair out there and when one of us was doing our part the other one rested in the chair.

When Roy lit the pile on fire I just knew the whole house was going to go up in flames.  It did not! 

I guess that’s how things are done out here in the country.  This was about a month ago and now those bushes are shooting out new growth all over the place! It won’t be long before we can start seeing their beauty again! 

Our blueberry bushes have lots of blooms on them which I am hopeful means a productive blueberry season, FINALLY!!  I hope you can see the blooms on this one bush. They are light pink. We have eight bushes which would mean lots of blueberries!

We cut back and divided our lantana bushes so hopefully, soon we’ll have new blooms and flowers on those. One of our knockout roses died last year. We don’t know why but it was dug up and a new one planted. They have sprouted lots of leaves and should be blooming soon. The azaleas are doing well and blooming now like they do each year. Lots of our bulb flowers are sprouting all over our property.  A couple have bloomed but I’m waiting for more blooms before taking photos to share!

Ya’ll have a Blessed weekend!