Thursday, August 27, 2009

My Roosters......

Here are my roosters:

This one was handmade by me. I used a piece of pine wood. I woodburned the outline and then I painted inside that with watered down acrylic paint. It looks like watercolor as the wood shows through a little. I sealed it with acrylic spray. I was going to put a little red wood strip around the outside edge and never got around to it. Maybe someday I will do that. This is a carved rooster and chicken that I want to show you. They usually sit up on a shelf in my kitchen, but I thought I would bring them down so you could get a closer look at them. These are handmade. Not by me, but by someone that was very good at carving wood. The rooster and chicken are made from a piece of (I think) a maple branch. They are amazing to look at and I wonder where the artist learned to do this.

This is the base of the's legs are set into another piece of maple branch.

The chicken's face and comb is not as elaborate as the rooster's.

This is a forked branch, which makes up the body and the tail.

Look at how the tail is made. It is the branch with many cuts down into it and then spead out somehow to make it look fuller.

A closeup of the cute little face........

Overall view of the pair.....(on my old washer) Lol

Another view.......

On the bottom of the rooster it says: (handwritten in ink) "The Hayloft 1987 Jim Longest Guitar picker". So, obviously, it was a souvenier. I found him at the Salvation Army about 8 years ago. I found the chicken at a yard sale, in a box on the ground, a few years later. There was a bunch of other stuff thrown in the box with it. I couldn't believe my eyes! I couldn't believe that they matched and I was amazed that I found the pair of them in two different places, and a few years apart. I quess they were just meant to be mine. If anyone has any information on this craft, please let me know, I'd be interested to learn more about these.

I don't use this as a cutting board, there's too much work in it to risk messing it up......

I do love it and I think I will put that border on it and hang it in my kitchen.

I want to say thank you to Barb at Bella Vista for hosting this Rooster Party. There are so many bloggers who want to show you their roosters, so go and check them all out. The list will be up for a week, so check back often and see them all.

'Til next time, Love ya, Jean

Thursday, August 20, 2009

We climbed that mountain!

On Sunday, we decided we would take a hike. We went to Mt Wachusett, which is actually a ski area here in MA. It's only about 2000 ft., not a large mountain by any standards. It was a good time and harder than we imagined it would be. Here is me and my sweetie at the top. Yes, we did make it to the top! This was the view when we got there!

Here we were almost to the top and taking a lunch break.
This was taken before we started out. Don't they all look nice and fresh?

My grandson looks dwarfed by this huge rock. There are lots of rocks this size and billions of smaller ones that we had to climb on most of the time.

Oh, did I mention that it was 90 degrees and VERY humid. It made the climb very hard and not real comfortable, but 4 hours later, we prevailed--we did it! We climbed that mountain! Why? 'Cause it was there! LOL Seriously, we all had fun and we'll do it again, sometime when it's a little cooler.
'Til next time, Love ya, Jean

Friday, August 14, 2009

An award for me!

This is so exciting!! I have received an award!!! It is:

This award is from a sweet lady from Japan. Her name is Mami. She wants to learn of our culture, customs and lifestyles. She has only been blogging for a short time. Go over to her blog, I think you will enjoy reading about her life in Japan. She explains a lot about cooking and her culture. Her blog name is: Mami's Photo Diary.

The rules of the award are as follows:

I have to list my current 5 obsessions and then pass the award on to 5 bloggers!

•List five current obsessions.
•Pass the award on to five more fabulous blogs.
•On your post of receiving this award, make sure you include the person that gave you the award and link it back to them.
•When you post your five winners, make sure you link them as well. Don't forget to let your winners know they won an award from you by leaving a comment on their blog.


1. Gardening- I love it and I never have enough time to do all that I want to. And the weather does not cooperate very much lately.

2. Blogging-Although lately I've been more absent than present.

3. Thrift store shopping. I can't get enough and I've been looking for "stuff" for my upcoming Give-Away.

4. Facebook-is a new attraction and the games have drawn me in.

5. Doing stuff with my 7 yr old grandson, while he's out of school for the summer. He's going back in two weeks, bummer!

I am not going to pass the award on to any other blogs at this time. I have passed on several awards in the last few months and I know everyone is so busy at this time. Summer is not going to last much longer. So, I will do this later on when we are all snowed in and have nothing better to do.

Thank you very much, Mami, I truly appreciate your thoughtfulness.
'Til next time,
Love ya, Jean

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Check this out!

Want a chance to win this beautiful little case?
Then hurry over to visit Anna at
Little Reminders of Love............

She is having a fabulous Give-away and you can get up to SIX (6) chances to win. The drawing is on Aug 8. Hurry on over to get the details. My own give-away is coming up soon--check back often!
'Til next time, Love ya, Jean

Monday, August 3, 2009

What's blooming today?

Come, take a little walk with me. We'll see what's blooming today--------

First is the Flames of Fantasy Daylily. I planted this daylily in 1990---19 yrs ago!!! Talk about a long-lived plant.........(and getting my money's worth)

This daylily is called Catherine Woodbury. It is a very soft pink with a yellow throat. It blooms for a very long time.

Tall Phlox is also blooming and smells so good. This is a very fragrant plant and comes in many colors. This is a plain pink.

This one is called "Pink Eyes".

This is a darker pink one.

That's my little tour for today. Short and sweet. Thanks for taking a walk with me. Oh, and don't forget to stop and smell the flowers.
'Til next time, Love ya, Jean