Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Windshield or Bug?

As I think about our last week, I keep hearing a line from one of my favorite Mary Chapin-Carpenter songs:  Sometimes you're the windshield; sometimes you're the bug.  We all have those kind of weeks... the ones where we are the BUGS.

This was my beautiful bouquet the very next morning after I received it... Hydrangea -- unrevivable (yes, a made up word).  Roses, too.  Really sad.  Their stems were in the very NECK of the vase.  Not too happy with the florist.

Then, there was this.  We had a RAT problem.  Not mice.  Big giant rats.  In our attic.  Fortunately, they did not seem to be interested in the living areas of our home, but they did like the attic.  My Beloved had trapped several, but we were losing the battle.  In comes Terminix.  This photo is about a third of the nice, white, fluffy insulation they removed to treat and plug all entries.

This is the nasty looking mess of insulation they used to replace ours (all over the floored storage area).  I'm not really happy with them or the florist.  The Terminix supervisor is coming later today to "clean up" some of the mess and "check" it.  I just hope they "extruded" all the rats in a more satisfactory way than they re-insulated our attic.  The verdict is still out. 

Oh, and there are the two sprinkler heads they broke because they ran the truck off the drive.  Arrrrgggghhhhh.  And, this ordeal lasted over the course of three days from 9AM-7PM.  Give me patience, oh, Lord. 

Add that to one of The Old Girls (our rental properties) catching fire (in the refrigerator) after a lightening storm.  Good news is that no one was hurt and the fire was contained to the freezer.  Oncor is still working on the service to the apartment.

And then, there was my Beloved having a fender bender.  Again, blessed that no one was hurt.  His Tahoe... another matter.  Well, it was a bug kind of week.

My therapy consisted of crazy random crochet... with future plans of a yarn bombing.  ;)

That week's over and we're movin' on!!  I hope each of you (and we) are the windshields this week!!

Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable.  Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise.
Philippians 4:8

blessings ~ tanna

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Valentine Loves...

This one has a little Valentine Day color, doesn't it?  Part of the stash busting plan implemented last year. 

Noro colors are just so stinking fun to use and this simple slip stitch pattern shows them off very well.   Mixing the long color changes is what makes this so interesting.

And, then there are the REAL Valentine Loves!  My Beloved and I went to Ft. Worth this past weekend to watch our two grandsons play basketball.  Alex, a.k.a. Little Man, is just getting so big... and so grown-y.  He is such a good boy.

Our Roo (though he decided to go by "Andrew" at school this year and only be called Roo at home) is growing way too quickly to suit his Noni and Pop Pop.  He had so much JOY playing his game!   It was our JOY to be there with them.

My Beloved sent these beautiful flowers.  I am so very, very thankful that he loves me so... and  I love him right back.  ;)

Wishing each of you a Happy Valentine's Day!

"It's where we go, and what we do when we get there, that tells us who we are."
~ Joyce Carol Oats

blessings ~ tanna

Tuesday, February 7, 2017


The beautiful Tulip Trees throughout the neighborhood shout that spring is on its way!!  And, I just love it!

Two weeks ago,  I unpacked my watercolor "stuff".  And, then I stared at it for a week... I always feel immobilized  after stopping ANYTHING for awhile... but, particularly with painting.  It's like I'm afraid I can't do it.  I've found that, while the fear of "ruining" something I've already started is GREAT,  a partially done painting is my best place to start back.  It's like jumping in the pool... takes your breath away... but, then it gets better.

I started this one in my last Soon Y. Warren workshop in 2014 and am happy to report that it was EXCITING to call it finished last week!  I haven't had time to start a new project yet... that will be my next hurdle.  LOL!

I enjoyed a wonderful lunch with one of my dearest friends, Milha.  The company was good as always and the DECOR of The Grove in Tyler, TX just rings my bell!  This is an outdoor area they have... one of many fun, fun spots to enjoy for an 'eat, drink and be merry' adventure.

You just have to love this!  Milk life for all it's worth!! 

Let's get out there and start milking.  ;)

blessings ~ tanna

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

The Decemberist, Fun with Friends, and Good Advice...

The 2017 knitting has started on a roll!  Ha!  Two weekends in a row I've finished shawls... big shawls.  This one was quick because of the size of the yarn and the needles (though I do find it hard on my hands to use such big needles).

The pattern:  The Decemberist by Melanie Berg (all info here).

It is BIG. BOLD. And, SUBSTANTIAL!  I love it!

Along with the knitting, there's been fun with my golfing buddies!  Last Tuesday the SUN finally came out and we could hardly wait to soak it up!  It's sunny now, too... guess where I'm heading.  ;) (yes, I'm the one whose head is turned turned talking).

My Beloved and I enjoyed Sunday Gospel Brunch at LOVE and WAR in TEXAS with framily (friends who are family) then enjoyed soaking up more sun on the deck for the rest of the afternoon!  Good times.

This is a piece of good advice... I remind myself, too.

Wishing a wonderful week to my peeps...

blessings ~ tanna

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Heart Songs

I spent most of last week with The Little Men & Co.  Have I mentioned how I adore these little peeps??  ;)  Amanda and I found these fun Valentine wreaths at Hobby Lobby while I was there.  They make me smile.

Other things that make me smile... snuggle time with Roo while we were in the pick-up line waiting on Alex to get out of school. 

And, the sweet treasures that were bestowed on me... Heart songs...

"You give but little when you give of your possessions.  It is when you give of yourself that you truly give."  ~ Kahlil Gibran

I so deeply appreciate the pieces of themselves they give through their creativity and love.  I am blessed beyond measure. 

The Big Easy II crossed the finish line Saturday evening and was blocked on Sunday!  HAPPY to have a replica of my old favorite.  ;)

I hope each of you have a wonderful week... and find a place to give of yourselves... I'm on the lookout for my spot, too. 

blessings ~ tanna


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