Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Teri's Crafts News letter for May 16, 2017

Teri's Crafts News letter for May 16, 2017
If you ever wonder why I post Christmas crafts all year round here is one reason. Some of the things "needed" for making a craft are just not easy to find in fall or winter. Example- Pool Noodles. Just try to find some nice PN's for crafts in November in the northern  hemisphere. Almost impossible. And if you are lucky to find any at all, they may have been used in a pool and the chemicals that are used in pools may have altered how the PN's look or feel.
Pool Noodle Palm Trees (could be used for Easter next year)
Pool Noodle sprinklers
Pool Noodle race tracks
Pool Noodle Luminaries.
Tulle Santas Wreath
Use Pool Noodles as a base for a wreath
It's not just little boys who would love this race track. I think their fathers would also enjoy a few races on family Night.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

For Today ... May 10, 2017

For Today ... May 10, 2017
Outside my door ...
How is your weather today?
It's going to be almost HOT outside today with our expected high around 85. Right now, it's almost comfortable cool. It's always the coolest of the day just before the sun comes up. We have an extended Dawn since we are down in a valley and can watch the sun creep down the side of the mountain to our west each morning, and watch the shade of night creep up the side of the mountain to our east each evening. Right now (5:45 local) It's still dark enough that most every thing is still a shade of gray to our west, but the Green of the leaves and the reds of the roses are just now showing up with the slowly raising of the sun shedding more and more light on every thing. The yellow of the flowers outside our front door really starts to pop while the red of the roses is still a darker shade of red. The edges of the yellow tipped Hostas lining the walk help define just where the flagstones are and as it gets lighter outside the birds get noisier and louder until the sun tops that eastern ridge and then they suddenly get quiet.
The birds start their songs about 4 am, with just one or two pipping a few notes.. but soon it will sound like every bird in town is just outside our door. The sudden quiet is loud enough to wake me up, if I have gone back to bed once Hubby had left for work. He leaves so early, and I just can't seem to stay awake most mornings, and will go back to bed. He goes to bed at 8 pm, and I go to the bedroom not long afterwards. He's been sleeping on the love seat for a few weeks now. No, he's not mad at me, but he discovered, as I did, that the couch, which is more a Loveseat size, is very comfortable. He has a bad knee and has found that he can either prop his foot on the armrest or have his leg stay bended and is less painful when he wakes up. He also once told me it's easier to get up to go to the bathroom from the couch that it is from our bed. There isn't much room on either side of the bed so we both end up "crawling" out off the foot of the bed.
sunny or cloudy?
(5:50) The sky is still a very pale color. The lightest of blue broken by the pinkish opal of the clouds as they catch the raising rays of the sun. The ridge to the west has a haze to it and is why this area is part of the Smokey Mountain Ranges. it looks very misty but not long after the sun is over the east ridge all that mist will burn off and it will be a bright green color. We are expecting only a few high light clouds today and tomorrow.
Rain, snow, or foggy?
Sunny, Lots and lots of sun shine today.
Cold, cool, warm or hot?
It's a bit cool here in the camper but that's because I have a fan on to move the air. We had the air conditioner on all night, set at about 74, so mostly it was only the fan running. I turned it off not long after Hubby left for work, the noise was just getting to me. I'll be opening the doors and over-head vents soon, and will be forced to close them all this afternoon. I turn on the air about an hour before Hubby gets home from work, unless I am getting too hot then I turn it on before that. I love being able to have the doors open and the vents up in spring and summer time.
I don't know what this is, but it's huge.

I cleaned up the yard this morning, The young man that Keith has hired to help around her has the riding mower out and I needed to clean up after the dogs. I heard a squeel though and so think that the belt is gone on that mower. Now I can see him out the dining room window and he's using the push mower around the rock wall, walkway and rock lined flower beds. I don't mind at all that he's using our mower as long as he mows our area while he's at it. Part of cleaning up the yard was cleaning out most of the fire pit. Almost every time I take Barney out, he manages to run past the fire pit and the lead gets caught on some of the wood and it goes flying. It's not like Barney is playing with the wood or bringing me a piece of it to toss for him. He is just running off some pent up energy. I really do need to get his ball out from under the couch and toss it for him a few times each day. I put the pieces of wood in one of the kennels we keep outside.
I decided to plant a few seeds and to try growing things in "pots".
I've put a few colorful pieces in the pots to help add some color.
I have Kohlrabi planted in this one.

What are you wearing, Wednesday, May 10, 2017
What are you wearing today? Are you in pants or a dress or a skirt?  I'm wearing Jean Capries today. Our high is expected to be 90 (What happened to Spring?)
What color is your top?  My top is teal and bluish, with lighter and darker plant leaves on it. Some of the leaves have a white sparkle glitter on them. It's very "Jungle" looking.
Socks and shoes or boots? White socks in blue canvas shoes
Are you wearing any jewelry? My gold band and Earrings that are small gold balls, but I'm going to e changing them in a little bit and not sure what I'll pick out to go with my top.
Have you any nail polish on? Not yet. maybe not, unless I can find my box of nail colors

A few plans for today...
Straighten up the camper for the day , bed made and dishes done. Table 'found'.
Clean top left bunk, sorting things into a couple of large tubs ..... didn't even get it started.

Print out some papers for Jerry.  I need to find the power cord and the printer cord first.

Well, I got the dishes washed, and the bed made yesterday,so I got most of my top three things done yesterday.

It is really hard to break a soft drink addiction. And I have and enabler, Named Jerry. During the week I can usually avoid all soft drinks. That is until He decided we need to go someplace and if it's more than just to the trash collection, He will stop and buy us both a drink. I don't like paying for bottled water, unless I just have to. It's just ridiculous to pay as much for plain water as it is for a cola.
During the week, while I'm alone in the camper, I drink water with powdered flavoring in it. I've tried using just lemon juice but I don't like that too much.
I use lemon aid, pink lemon aid or Orange aid drink powders. From time to time, I get a different flavor, but those three I will buy each week.
I wonder if you could quit cola much like you can smoking? Or, at least quit it like my mother did. She was a pack a day smoker at one time. But she realized that, at work, most of her cigarettes she would light at her disk were just burning up. So she moved her ash tray to the break room and would only smoke on her breaks. Once she got comfortable about that, she started dropping one smoke break a week. She started with her Mid morning cigarette, Because she could keep her hands busy with a cup of coffee. After that week, she worked on dropping her afternoon break one, but kept the one she would smoke at lunch time.. Then she was able to drop the ones she smoked between dinner and bed time.
She was able to work her way down to just 4 a day. Those last four though, she just could not drop. She would have one when she woke up. One at Lunch, one after dinner and the last before bed. considering she started smoking at 14, that wasn't bad.
Funny thing is. Mom smoked, Her mother smoked. Her father smoked. My dad smoked for a long time but gave them up. Both of my brothers smoke. I think David has given it up, I didn't see him smoke at all at the rehearsal or at the Wedding. Jamie smokes, but not around her mother. I don't smoke and never have. I have tried 3 times. Once as a kid, I think I was 9 at the time. Again when I was 16, choked up so bad, I couldn't breath well for hours. I tried again when Heather was small so I was maybe 23 or so. And well... I just never picked up that habit.

Wedding pictures 2

Resetting up after the wind came and blew things about.
 Jerry was on his way to our car, to get out something  while I was walking back to the pavilion. This was a bit after the wind came through.
Jamie made all the signs.. I love this one. Pick a seat and not a side.
This was set up on the parking side.  A nice way to be guiding into the area. There is a small dance area defined by some hay bales that the kids loved jumping on.
Here's the guest book and the treats for the guest. I don't know how many got the small pouches with silver Kisses, but there were a lot left when we left.
David, waiting for his Bride to come down to meet him.
This is Jamie, the bride. Her aunt is helping with the train and veil, keeping them out of the wet grass. I think this is her Father.
He passed Jamie to her Daddy, at the edge of the concrete. He and her mother "gave" the bride to our Son.
They make a beautiful couple.  This is the last picture I was able to get. My batter died on me.
Jamie posted a few pictures on facebook and I snatched them up.

Billie C.

Mothers hold their children's hands for just a little while...
And their hearts forever.

Proverbs 1:8
My son, hear the instruction of your father, And do not forsake the law of your mother;

May 10, 2017 Wedding pictures

Last Saturday, Our Son David married Jamie.
Hanging up the lights and stacking the hay were done on Friday evening just before rehearsal. It was cool but not awful cold but it was also cloudy and we had a couple of showers. We all had lots of fun though, and lots of laughter.
Every thing was set and people were just starting to come in when we had a storm come through. It was not nice and we had to scramble to save everything. A couple of the jars got knocked over and spilled their water that the candles were floating in. A few of the table clothes got soaked and had to be replaced.
The Photo wall (hay bales) was blown over. We were lucky that none of the children were nearby when it fell in.
It was a walk from the parking area to the pavillion but well worth it.  Jerry wore over alls as did many of the men in the wedding party including the father of the bride.
There was a lot of "Last minute" things going on. getting the lights and tulle to come together and hang as it should. The bells over the cake station, setting up the tables and all this was before the storm.
Jamie, David and Landon used a sand ceramony to show how their lifes, separate at first, have come together to become one. Landon is Jamie's son. I didn't get a picture of the sand in the mason jar as the finished product of their life starting together.
The Brides cake. The lady doing the cake worked hard on it. and then the storm and it was moved to a safer place. I think the hardest part was keeping the kids and the best man out of the frosting.
The Grooms cake. I had a small piece of this. Red Velvet cake.  I love the detail that was put into both cakes.

Sunday, April 30, 2017

My Update From April 23 through 28.

On April 23, we had minor flooding in the campground. I was able to get a ride, with the dogs in their kennels, up to Heather's home. Where we spent the night. It didn't take long for the water to go back down. One of my steel pots floated away but I was able to find it on Wednesday along with two of the Elephant Ear roots that has washed out of it. I had called Jerry at work and explained that the water was raising and I was going to have to head to Heather's with the dogs,walking, and he needed to come home. Keith and his wife asked if the dogs would ride in their kennels in a trailer long enough to get to Heather's place and that is what we did, We loaded the kennels onto his short traler, then I put each dog into a kennel, and Keith got the guns out of the camper for me and put them in his truck and took us to Heather's home. We unloaded and by the time he got back to the camper the water was to our hitch and Jerry was soon there and between them they got everything unhooked (Power, wate and sewer) and someone from the Rescue Squad came with an old Surburban and pulled the camper to the front of Keith's place. Keith took a picture of it and the water was to the under side of the camper when it was pulled out along the driveway. (I'll see if I can get that picture) Of course I was worried about the camper, but I was more worried about getting me and the dogs out at the time.
Monday, I mostly just slept.  My sugar was up then low, then up then low again. We had bought a few things to eat at Heather's house and we ended up leaving a bit of it there for her kids to have. Some cereal,  fresh bread, and bananas. The water went back down rather quickly and Jerry called Keith about putting the camper on a different site. One on the other side of his house. Which is a larger, nicer site, but the wifi will not reach that far. It's a good trade-off and, if the water raises again. I'll have a bit more time to prepare to leave the camper and we now have a plan for that. Keith can more is Pop-Up, then hook up his small trailer and take me and the dogs to Heathers'. and while he's moving his Pop-up and can ready ours to be moved by getting everything out of the way of the slide out, and once the dogs are loaded, I can pull in the slide out, and also help with unhooking the services before he takes me up the mountain. We are just praying that there is no "Next Time".
Tuesday, I spent cleaning up the kitchen area and taking care of a few things that I should have taken care of before it flooded. Tossed some stuff, cleaned up a skillet of ham that got left out, by giving it to the dogs to enjoy. I then washed up the dishes. put a fan on the living room area carpet to help dry it out from where the water leaked in from under the slide-out. It wasn't a lot but it took two days to get it all dry again. I cleaned out the fridge and took inventory of what we would need for the rest of the week, which wasn't much at all, really. I then started on Cleaning the Bunk room. Yes it took two days to do that and I'm still not done, but I need some tubs t put things in to make it work better in there. We went shopping after Jerry got home from work and we had sandwiches and chips for dinner with fresh fruit for dessert.
Wednesday, I cleaned more in the bunk room. I had put it off for way too long. I didn't do much to the upper bunks but I straightened out both lower bunk beds. Jerry and I had one one of the upper bunks about a week before. He was searching for something. we are thinking of drilling a hole near the foot of the lower right bunk for the coax for the internet connection to run iwithout having to lift that decking and having to move all of that to the kitchen area until the man is done getting that set up. Wednesday was an 8 hour day for Jerry and we went to the local Telephone ompany to see if we could get internet and cable. You have to join the membership, and have their telephone service in order to get the other stuff.  I talked to Jerry about just getting the cable while we were there, but he said he wanted to see about getting our dish moved first. We had Hot dogs, Has Brown potatoes and chips for dinner.
On Thursday,  I had Jerry's  phone and he had mine and the Dish man showed up about 4 pm. He tried and tried but could not get a good line of sight on any of the satilights for our tv  service (Directv) and so that ended up being for naught.  We ended up eating dinner out, as it was just one thing after another keeping me from starting dinner. But Heather brought home the kennels from my taking the dogs to her place and she brought home the handguns we had taken to her home, the day the creek left it's banks.
Friday Morning, around 2 am. as we were getting Jerry up and ready for the day, the foot feed to the toilet broke off. Jerry decided that he better stay home anyway, because he's in the bathroom with urgancy every 20 minutes or so.  He called around looking for a replacement toilet and there is one, in Ring gold Gergia which is about 50 miles from here, and we would have to join their membership club to get the discount price that still wasn't as low as what Jerry's search of the "net" showed and that didn't please him at all.  We went to Heather's to use her "Net" and Jerry found one on-line for about $60 less including the shipping and handling charges, but it will not be here until Tuesday. In the mean time, we can use the toilet, it's just we have to put our face kinda close to the seat in order to flush it. and we have to use either the shower hose or a bucket to put water back into the bowl. But we can handle doing that until it arrives next week.
A couple of weeks ago, Mary and Steve were thinking of comeing to Dunlap the first weekend of May, not realizing that is when David and Jamie are getting married. But I chatted with Jamie and she said the more the merrier and said they could come to the wedding. But now, because they had to fix Mary's car, they may not e able to come at all. Jerry and she talked for about 40 minutes this afternoon. it would be nice if they can still make it, but the changes are slim right now that they can do it. Heather has offered them a bed so they don't have to go to the motel while they are here and Jerry said we could cover the cost of any of their meals while they are at her house.  So they have a wedding to come to, a place to sleep and family to visit.  But as with almost all plans.. things happen. Mary said she would know "For sure" on Wednesday this week if they can make it out or not. but don't count on it.
Heather is using me as a back up if something happens while she and Corbin are camping with his scout troop. Bailey is in Dollywood with the band and also has my number. So if anyone calls me, I can relay the messages as needed. They both have my cell phone number in case they need to call someone. We just didn't know if Jerry would have to work this weekend or not.
Tonight (Friday, the 28) as we were winding down, I set up some Tiki torches in the yard and near the camper so we could sit outside without being bugged too much. It was nice and peaceful to just sit and watch as the world got darker and darker. Jerry was falling asleep in his chair and so now we are inside and He's already asleep and I'm typing this to go out as soon as we get the "Net" back again.
I slept very little last night. I would sleep a few minutes then wake up and struggle to get back to sleep, I had figured on going to sleep after Jerry left for work, but as I wrote before, He stayed home today. Oh, we got a lot done though. We went and changed our order at the phone company to include the basic cable. We really don't watch much more than the national stations any more most of the time, and we can afford Netflix once we get the "net", and can catch up on shows through that. We went to the pawn shop where Jerry was told some more guns were coming into the store, and he had to check that out. And yes, we put another one on lay a way.  He also picked up a power washer / sprayer.
After we left Heathers' it was back to the pawn shop for some more information on a gun Jerry had looked at, and then we decided to just go to the camper for a light lunch of sandwiches and cola's.
Tomorrow (Saturday the 29 th) I think I'll be moving some of my plants around a bit. I want the two steel pans on the top of the empty Propane tanks at the front of the camper.  That will open up the metal step stool I have and it can go to the back of the camper to sit on while we open the black water tank every two weeks. Of course, I could put that near the backdoor and put plants on it, and just take them off when that tank needs to be emptied. I hate to leave things in sight at the back of the camper if we are not going to be using it on a daily basis.
Sunday's plans are...laundry (ugh, that is going to take at least 7 hours, I'm sure) Heather and Corbin should be back home around 10 am. I don't know when Bailey is due home but I am guessing mid to late evening. But once Heather gets home, She and Dad will come to the camper, pull it forward about 4 foot wit her truck. place down some boards on one side, then back the camper onto those boards to make it much more level.  After that, the plan is to move Jerry's gang box full of tools out o Heather's car port and take it to storage. I am in hopes that they will move that old spa tub out and either take it to Heather's home or find someplace else to take it. Just get it out of our storage so we have more room for "our" stuff. Heather said something about her maybe getting some of the things she's got stored in there and taking them to her home to sort, and discard the majority of. Most of what it is there, is the kids school papers from Kindergarden through last year. And she's got a few craft things in there to take care of, as well.  I want to try to set up "Zones" in the storage for things like Craft at the back, Seasonal clothes in the middle of one wall, Jerry's stuff, better orgainized, near the front. and outdoor stuff behind his stuff along one side and that would leave more space for things we have but don't Need Right Now, in the camper.  Maybe we will bring home the base for a pop up shade. Or Heather may want it over her picnic table. We have two or three of them in different sizes.
I know that the orgainzing won't get done on Sunday, because I'll be doing the laundry while Jerry and Heather deal with the storage.

Billie C.
How much can a dragon carry?
As much as it thinks it can"
Anne McCaffrey

Psalm 144:15
Happy are the people with such blessings. Happy are the people whose God is Yahweh.