Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Not Your Mother's Plastic

I think it is safe to say that many of us grew up with some sort of a "plastic fruit bowl".  Well in this family the "apple" doesn't fall far from the tree (yeah, I think I'm funny)!  I am a firm believer in being "fake" (when it comes to food and plastic surgery) :).  We just sold our house (yeah) and when I staged it I had some fake goodies in the kitchen.  Food alone really makes a home...but spoiling is a problem.  My realtor actually asked if it was you know it wasn't too tacky.  I just love the color and beauty that fruit has and the way a pastry looks on a cake plate.  So here is my shout out to plastic!

 They create some incredible..almost edible..fruit these days.

 I seriously could eat the Kiwi off the top.

 This is making me hungry...

 So embrace the fake...and not the calories!

Thursday, April 22, 2010

What Will They Say About You?

Source of strength influence for good...a man among men...loved and respected by of the finest men they know..completely honest and fair and equitable in all of his dealings...had great patience and understanding....never put himself first...always managed to meet the most exacting standards of the family man...completely devoted to his wife, children and grandchildren...lived to see his family achieve much happiness that comes from righteous living.

This is what was said about my Grandpa Wilson.
What will people remember about you?
How will you influence their lives for good?

These are the questions that entered my mind last week.

Early in his marriage...before the honey moon grandpa was drafted into the war. He served in the Army Air Corp as a B-17 Bomber Pilot in WWII. 

Not long after my grandma received this telegram...but despite those around her fearing that my grandpa was killed...she knew and had faith that he was still alive.
She then received the telegram above. He was shot down over Germany and held as a POW for a year. Can you imagine what she was going through.  Not knowing how he was being treated or when she would see him again? Upon returning from the war he was fattened up to 85lbs. and finally met his infant son for the first time.

So as I learn more about this man...whom I proudly call "grandpa"...I understand how important it is to live a life of service and love.  That though we may go through things that seem comes down to how we handle ourselves and others.  I don't know if my grandpa understood how he had influenced those around him while he was here. But I am sure he understands now. 

 My last memory of him is giving him a big hug and kiss and telling him that I loved him before returning home to Washington.  I am so grateful that I expressed that to him.

January 14, 1923-April  12, 2010

Monday, April 19, 2010

Buyer's Remorse

I made an unscheduled trip to Goodwill .  I made an unplanned purchase.  I may have made a mistake.   I bought these chairs and ottoman thinking I could reupholster them.  WHAT!  This is a classic case of having too much confidence.  I think I have buyer's remorse.  But I am determined to try something new. I need some ideas. Do you think I could just use scissors and a glue gun to transform these? Who knows, I might just buy a slip cover for them.

But on the other hand, Shea was very pleased with her .50 purchase. 

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Time For Change

So are the birds singing a little bit louder this year? I think Mother Nature turned the base up.  I love love love the change of seasons.  No matter what time of year it is.  I was feeling the need to change something myself.  So yes the spray can and I spent some time together.  I put everything that "screamed" spring that I had already in my home...and if it didn't...I made it "scream" with white spray paint and a "Barely Jade" paint color I bought.  The little bird house actually had  a star on it and was a mustard I wish I had a before shot!

This is before the spray can found them...everything was sprayed with exception to the Mason Jars and the green plate. 

Mr. Right and I decided to sell our house and so I have been busy getting it ready to show.  The company my husband works for is going under...I know ScArY!  So his last day is Friday.  Now that we aren't sure about the future, we think it's best to sell so we can save our credit.  The real truth, underneath everything, is that I am looking forward to a new adventure.  This is just a trial that will strengthen my marriage and put into perspective the real things that matter in life.  Yes these type of things drive me to my knees often but I have a peaceful feeling that we'll be okay.

We replaced our old bead-board and painted it.  I hope the new owners appreciate the love that has gone into this house;)!