Sunday, July 29, 2018

Princess Sparkles gets what Princess Sparkles wants...

As the title suggests, my granddaughter pretty much gets what she wants, when it comes to her PawPaw.  A little while ago, she mentioned that she wanted her own camper.  Mind you, she is only eight years old, but she thinks it would be fun to have one that she can call her own.  So, being the good PawPaw that my Mister is, he is building her one.  I thought I would share a few pictures of the progress.

I didn't get pictures of the trailer frame before he started so this is after he has pretty much got everything built.

Two large windows, one on each side, will allow for a cross breeze.  The rain gutters will help direct the rain away from the sides.  See the antennae on the end?  Yeah...she asked for and so she will have a tv, dvd player, and sound system...nothing less for our Princess Sparkles.

The door is solid but it can be fully opened and will have a screened canopy covering the entry.

The inside is very simple with wood like vinyl flooring, an A/C, and shelving for the sound system and storage.  I didn't get a picture of that but it is on the left above the fire extinguisher.  It will have a fold out cushion chair/bed, curtains, and a place for a few books and toys.  She hasn't nailed down decor, yet, but I think she is leaning towards tie-dye, peace signs, and beads.  Girl has her Granny's hippie-gypsy heart.

The front will have a cover over the A/C, that can be removed when in use and of course the frame will be painted and the fenders will be put back on.  I am in charge of painting it like she wants it.  So far, I have one coat of primer done with at least one more coat needed, before I start painting it like she wants it, and she wants it like this...

...sans the "cheesecake" wording.  See, I told you she has my hippie soul!  As I said, what Princess Sparkles wants, Princess Sparkles gets!

I can't wait until it is finished.  I know PawPaw will take it out on overnight camping trips and I can't wait to hear the talk around the campground!  LoL 

Stay tuned!

Grace & Peace,

Thursday, July 19, 2018

117* in the shade!

What can I say about the heat wave going on in Oklahoma, other than, "It's Freakin' HOT!".   107* in the shade with heat indices making it feel like 117*!  And...we still have August and September to get through.  It seems this time of year depletes everything in me.  I don't like Winter anymore than I like Summer so I'm not going to wish for that.  I would love to live someplace where I could get outside, year 'round.  I hate being stuck in the house, with the curtains closed and A/C working overtime.  Hate, Hate, HATE, it!  Oh well, that is my lot in life, I guess, because we're not moving anytime soon.

So, since we're not moving someplace where I don't have to be inside all the time, I made new curtains for my kitchen windows.  Don't mind the dirty dishes in the sink...or the dirty window.  Both are clean now!   I needed color and I think I achieved that with these bright and fun fabrics.    

I reversed the fabric on the set of double windows, on the other side of the kitchen.  I think it gives it a quirky little difference that I can switch up whenever I want a change.  I love them but honestly, I can't wait until I make some new curtains for the Fall and Winter!  Back to that nasty hate of  this hot weather!  LoL  Sorry but it's horrible!  I do love my new curtains, though.  I will use them a lot, I think.

I don't think I told y'all about selling our massive, 7ft. farmtable.  With no more foster kids and very seldom having our own kids and grands, over for a meal, it made no sense to keep that big ole table.  Besides my precious grandson kept walking into the corners and I was afraid he would really hurt himself.  So I sold the table and adopted a smaller table and chairs from my daughter.  It's a good size for me and the Mister and has a leaf that will be used when the kids come for holiday meals.  The thing is, it has six chairs and without the leaf, only four will fit around the table.  I have the other two here...

...which I am not crazy about but I have no where else to keep them.  The table and remaining four chairs are across from the double windows.  I'm thinking I might like to have a small, narrow, table there under the windows, with these two chairs, for the grands to sit at and color or do crafts.  My Mister might like to have a small table there, too.  He is always looking out those windows so if I put a table there, he could sit and drink his coffee while watching the deer or whatever is out there.  I don't know.  I'll have to play with it, for awhile.  

Can you see my hand through this fabric?  Looks like cheese cloth doesn't it.  Well, it isn't.  This is actually supposed to be a flour sack dishtowel.  I couldn't believe they sold this as a flour sack!  This is even after I washed it, in hopes that it would shrink and close the threads together.  MAD, is what I was because these things aren't cheap.  I won't be buying anymore, that's for sure.

I had to get out, this morning, so while I was running an errand, I decided to stop in at a local charity shop.  I am so glad I did!  I found all of these things and only spent $6.  I've wanted to make a sign like this but have never gotten around to doing it so when I saw this one for less than $2, I couldn't resist getting it.  I will take it apart and paint the frame.  I'm think a bright sunny yellow.  The stack of books are those adult coloring books.  Brand new they range in price from $5 - $19.  I got 8 books for 25¢ each!  They've never even been colored in!  My granddaughter will be over the moon when I show her the books!    The canister was also less than $2 and it is heavy ceramic.  It says "treats" on the front but the back is blank, so I think I will come up with a decal to put on that side.  I use my Cricut for so many things but I've not used it for something like this, yet.  I can't wait to show you what I come up with.

Well, I'm sure y'all are tired of me complaining about the heat!  If you happen to still stop by, thank you for doing so!  Stay cool and be sweet!

Grace & Peace,

Saturday, July 14, 2018

Banana Bread recipe

I was asked to share the recipe for the Banana Bread, I made for my granddaughter, so I thought I would do it while I was thinking about it.


2 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 egg
1 1/8 cups sugar
1/2 cup vegetable oil
2 tablespoons buttermilk
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
3 ripe medium-large bananas , mashed
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
1/3 cup chopped walnuts ( in addition to 1/2 cup)


Preheat oven to 325. Grease a 9x5x3 loaf pan and dust with flour.

Blend the flour, baking soda, and salt; set aside.

Mix the egg, sugar, and vegetable oil until combined.

Add the flour mixture to the egg mixture and when blended, add the buttermilk, vanilla, and mashed bananas; mix well.

Fold 1/2 cup of chopped walnuts and pour batter into prepared loaf pan.

Top the batter with remaining 1/3 cup of walnuts.

Bake for 45-60 minutes until a toothpick comes out clean.

Grace & Peace,

Sunday, July 8, 2018

Definitely July!

Y'all, it is definitely July!  We have been under heat warnings, for the past week, with no end in sight!  Triple digit heat indices and full blown sunshine!  Y'all know where to find me.  In the house, with the curtains closed and the A/C working overtime!  No playing outside for me!  I think I am allergic to the heat, or something, because every time I go out, I get a headache and have to come in and take some Tylenol.  My Mister says it's because I'm getting older.  That's probably the truth but I refuse to admit it.  I will admit to being an air conditioning baby, though!  I don't like to be hot at all!  Of course, y'all know I don't like to be cold, either!  Isn't that just how it is!  Never happy with the weather!

Yesterday, we took a drive to what was supposed to be a sweet little spot on one of the rivers.  We were expecting...

Either we never found the right spot, even though it is supposed to be a very popular place, or it was dried up!  Either way, we were very disappointed.  We decided to drive to another natural swimming hole, which is definitely well known, called the Blue Hole Park in Salina, OK.  

This is a very pretty place and apparently very popular!  There were so many people and even up in the campground, it was packed.  We may have to take the Grands there but we will go early to beat the crowds!

While we were looking for these two places, I spotted one of my favorite places to hang out!  An antique mall!  My Mister was looking at his phone trying to find better directions so I decided to stop until he figured it out.  I wasn't looking to buy anything but I just loved this little pitcher and the hand painted chicken canvas.  I think they will look cute in the kitchen where I am slowing bringing back more color.  I went through a phase where I wanted everything white with a small touch of color but I'm out of that phase now and need to get back to my favorite look, "Grandma's Kitchen" or "Country Farmhouse", without all the modern stuff they are calling country and farmhouse.  I guess I want that fun, colorful, clutter, that is so famous from past kitchens where Grandma put things she loved!  I'm just tired of everything being so...perfect...I guess is the word I would use.  Not that mine is perfect but you know how all the design magazines look.  I need my "lived in" kitchen, back!  Anyhow...

I bought this material, a few days ago, and will be making new curtains for the windows.  I have green ric-rack to trim them with, too.  I can't wait to get them done!  I normally don't put curtains on the kitchen windows because I like to be able to look out to see the birds, and other wildlife, playing, but with the heat that comes in from those windows, I decided to make the curtains.  I can keep them open in the morning and evening, while closing them through the heat of the day.

It is time to start working on the handmade part of my Christmas gifts.  I make the grandbabies either a quilt or afghan, every year.  These are the fabrics I picked out for my granddaughter.  I think they are pretty but now that I look at them, I wonder if she will really like the yellow and gray scheme.  She is a colorful little soul and I think I need to go and get different fabric.  I will look at these, for awhile, and then decide.  Anyone else get vibes from fabric or yarn?  LoL  I do this with everything.  If something doesn't "speak" to me, I go a different way, so we will see what these color tell me about my granddaughter.  I told y' head is a strange place to hang out!  I haven't decided whether I will make my grandson a quilt or afghan yet but I know his will be something boy-ish!  Probably dinosaurs, trains, or trucks!  Maybe I will combine the three! 

My granddaughter and I go to the library every other Wednesday and she insists we get a Starbuck's while we are there.  We are fortunate to have a nice library that is home to one of the many Starbuck's, in our city.  She loves their banana bread!  I mean, who doesn't, right?  I had some over ripe (almost black) bananas so instead of throwing them out, I decided to make her some banana bread.  I made two loaves and it was so good!  I used a different recipe. One that promised to be "just like Starbuck's".  I think it was even better but then mine is homemade where their's is commercially made.  It really was delicious which is unusual for a recipe from Pinterest!  Have you ever made a recipe that you found online?  I have many times and almost every single one has turned out horrible!  

Well, that is just about all I can think of to tell y'all!  See you next time!

Grace & Peace,

Sunday, July 1, 2018

Here it is July...

Here it is July and I haven't been very productive this entire year!  I mean to tell you, I have been lazy as all get out!  What I need to be focusing on, now, is buying a few Christmas gifts.  I know it is a long time before Christmas but I would like to have the majority bought before Thanksgiving.  I hate the holiday crowds and usually end up spending too much money because I go online and shop for the same things I could get locally at a much cheaper price, just to keep out of the craziness!  I just can't deal with it.  Anxiety, is a horrible thing.

My Stargazer Lilies finally bloomed!  They're are so pretty, aren't they?  This is probably my most favorite flower and the aroma they have is definitely my favorite fragrance!  I thought they might not bloom at all because of our crazy weather but I have three or four blooms and hopefully there will be a few more but I'm not expecting it.  It's been just too hot!

Apparently, my feathered friends, that visit the bird feeders, are a messy bunch!  There is a large patch of sunflowers, coming up, right under one of the feeders!  I think I will leave them alone if I can remember to tell my Mister to not mow that spot!  It will be fun to watch the Finches visit the sunflowers when they bloom.

This is a pre-planned camping weekend for my Mister.  Early in the year, I try to make reservations up until July otherwise, we would never get a campsite at any of the area lakes.  They fill up fast and reservations are the only way to go.  Why some of the campgrounds are booked up a year in advance!  I don't like to make reservations because, if I'm honest, I don't know what I'm going to be doing five minutes from now, much less in a few months!  But like I said, I make the reservations mainly so my Mister can get away from the stress of working long hours and taking care of our place.  He deserves that much!  So anyway, I reserved a spot at a different lake than the one we usually go to.  It is pretty much secluded in the rolling hills and the trees.  The lake is a small lake but it is really clean.  As usual, I go out during the day and come home in the evening to feed the animals, then head out again the next morning.  One of these days I will be able to go and stay but until our animals cross the rainbow bridge, I will do what I have to do!  It was a good thing I came home last night, for sure.  

While I was still at the lake, it started clouding up and soon it was getting darker and darker, so I came on home.  By the time I got here, the sky was very dark and it was thundering and lightening!  As soon as I got the outside animals fed, it started raining and cooled off, probably 20*!  It's a good thing I left when I did because my little man, Tater-Bug, is deathly afraid of thunder!  Poor little guy goes directly to the bathroom that we use in case there is a tornado in the area but I had the baby gate up where they couldn't get in there!  Poor little guy was a nervous wreck by the time I finally got inside and moved the gate!  I've thought about one of those Thunder Shirts but he is tiny and they won't fit him, so I just let him go into the bathroom until the storms pass.  

It rained all night and all of nature said, "Hallelujah!!!".  I think we got close to an inch and a half, which we needed, but now the humidity will be off the charts when the sun returns!  Such is life in Oklahoma!

Y'all have a great week!

Grace & Peace,