Household Tip of the Day

  With the holiday season upon us we can expect that someone is going to just drop by without calling. You know, to bring us a tray of Christmas cookies
or a holiday gift.  This household tip will not only
give your guest an understanding of why the house
is so messy, but may also award you with a hot supper dish for your poor sickly self.
My own added tip of wisdom: 
Keep your housecoat handy to throw on.
It always helps to look the part!


Another Simple Christmas Vignette

If you were a follower of mine last year you may remember this simple window vignette I threw together with my antiques medicine bottles.
This year I used the same three bottles, but I added
 a little sparkle this time by gluing a vintage Christmas print to a manila tag back and adding glitter.
If you like the tags here that I use you can find them at Karen’s post today. She was kind enough to share these and several others. Her blog is The Vintage Bag Lady.
Look at this adorable little puppy dog that showed up for the Thanksgiving holiday at our home. Reece is nearly two and a half years old and he was so..much fun.

Reece looks just like our son did at his age and has the same sweet temperament. Clayton and Lauren are expecting again in February. So who knows, maybe a Valentine’s day baby. This will make nine g’children for us! I don’t think Tim and I ever would have imagined we’d have so many!
Now that Thanksgiving is behind us, I’m feeling a little panicky about Christmas. We’ve got to make a decision about who to spend it with this year since none of the children will be making it to our home. I’m thinking maybe I should just put all of their names in a bowl and draw one!  
Now for all the parties I’m visiting:

Linda@Coastal Charm

Cedar Hill Ranch



Christmas Past

  Only two days until Thanksgiving and then after that-let the Christmas decorating begin!

I decided to review my deco from Christmas’s past.
Namely last year, since it was my first blogging Christmas to share with everyone.

My blogger friend, Dawn, is having a ‘Christmas Decorating on a Budget’ party. Now this project was just that. I found two empty jars in my pantry, filled them with pillow batting, then added a couple of Dollar Store trees and plastic figures I already had. Total cost was $2.26 for the trees.
Last year I added them to my holiday hot chocolate tray, but who knows where they’ll go this year. I like to mix it up just a little each year, using some of the same things, just in a different way.

I’m off now to party now!



One Project Done…

I am so….glad to be finished with the painting! I really shouldn’t complain since I only have
one small wall and one half wall to paint. The rest of the living room is log. But that doesn’t stop me from doing it, since I do not like painting. Period!
I always like to display just a few of my favorite old
It was near impossible to get a decent photo of this
Yukon memory wall.  I didn’t want to invest in expensive shadow boxes, so I’m using matching
woven baskets for the displays.
This memory box contains an old dog sled team photo, a crueler from the Yukon Brewery, a hand-
made caribou Ulu, and a fungus specimen from my own back yard.

Displayed here are my beaded slippers made by a local Kluane Lake native, another antler, and a
map of Alaska were our youngest son and our DIL
 live and we’ve visited many times in recent years.
And one last wall vignette in the bedroom.
My next project is the halllway. It, too, is painted.
But I need to hang all the family photos yet. With
eight g’kids and another on the way, it won’t be hard to fill the walls quickly.
I’ve heard from our blogger friend, Sherri. Without
going into details, I want to share that she will be
requiring treatments as well as surgery for the cancer. Please continue to pray for her and her family as the journey is just beginning.
She’s expressed to me what a comfort it is to know
 we’re all praying for her.

Busy As A Bee


I’ve been as busy as a little bee lately.
I’ve been painting the living room and hallway walls. And then painstakingly trying to decide just what to put back on the walls. This is not an easy task for me. Even when I’m trying to achieve a clean and sparse look, I realize it still looks cluttered!
You know I mentioned I wanted to incorporate a vignette of treasures I collected from the Yukon.
Well, I have done two. One in the bedroom and one
in the living room. I will have pics for you on Thursday and you can tell me what you think.
Tomorrow is an all day visit to town. We are working on the kitchen, so there’s a lot of details yet to decide.
Thank you all for your prayers for Sherri. I am waiting to hear from her. I’ll keep you posted as
soon as I learn anything.


Prayer for a Friend


Friends,  will you please join me in prayer for our blogger friend Sherri?
She has been diagnosed with cancer this past week.
Sherri will be meeting Tuesday with her Dr. to get more details. We know right now that she will need
surgery and we’ll know after Tuesday whether she’ll need chemo also. I know how much it has meant to me to know that you were supporting me in prayer. I hope you’ll do the same for Sherri.
Her blog is Little House in Paradise if you would like to pop over and let her know you are thinking of her. 

Design Style

Do you have a favorite design style? I’m afraid I
love many different styles. But I don’t necessarily
love them for my home.
It’s that time of year when I’m stuck in the house
and I begin to notice all kinds of little projects that
I said I was going to do, but never did.
Midwest Living 2007

Like repainting the yellow walls that I knew I
hated the day after I had painted them-2 years ago!
ML 2007
Today I finally painted those walls. Tomorrow I
will work on the hallway. It’s a start, ladies!
I can’t really put a label on what my design style
is, but I know what I love. Give me old pictures,
antlers, pine cones, birch logs, birds nest, fungus
that I’ve gathered, old furniture and curtains with
great, big flowers on them! Obviously a lot of natural elements.
Now that I’ve shared with you my inspiration photos for decorating my home.
Tell me, what things do you love to fill your home with?


Today  is the anniversary of the sinking of the
Edmund Fitzgerald. I wondering what kind of
gales we’ll see from the lake today. I’ll keep you


Crazy for Plaid

With winter just around the corner I’m reminded
of just how much I love plaids.

 I love plaid capes…..
And plaid caps.

Just give me this sweet plaid purse full of money
and I’ll be dressing in style.
In my dreams, anyway!
How about you, do you love plaid too?



 I had to laugh, my friends, when I saw this sign.
How many times have I received a forward telling
me I would lose my blessing if I didn’t send  the message on to several other people? Or the measure
of my friendship would be judged based upon whether I sent the forward back to the person who
sent it to me? How ridiculous! Not to mention how
aggravating it is when you get one of these silly letters.
It brought back memories from the past for me.
These forwards are really akin to the old fashioned
chain letters I used to receive. The first one I remember falling for was a t-towel party. I would send a pretty t-towel to the person whose name was on the top of the list, send the letter on to 10 other people and then just sit back and wait for my pretty
10 t-towels to arrive.
Well, guess what, I’m still waiting for them!

Now I know you would’ve thought I had learned my lesson after this first bad experience, but no , I didn’t. My girl friend, who was a teacher, sent me a chain letter just like the t-towel letter. Only this time it was 14 Golden story books for my children
that I was to receive.
I once again, faithfully bought and sent along a Little Golden book to the person whose name was
at the top of the list. I felt certain I was surely going
to fare better with this chain letter considering most of the names on my girlfriends list were teachers also. I wasn’t  really expecting 14 books
mind you, but maybe at least half that many would show up.
Nope, wrong again. Zero, zilch, nada. Nothing
ever arrived.
I laugh now. But it was a lesson learned. I don’t
hear much about anyone sending chain letter
these days. Do you? Have you ever fallen for a
chain letter? Or did you actually have good luck
with one?
Let me know, because I’ve never heard of anyone who actually received what they were promised.