Wednesday, May 27, 2015

I'm Back!

Ha! 
Surprised ya, didn't I?
Told you I'd be back.....

If you were wondering where I spirited off to.... Well, after 10+ years, we went on a little vaka.... ...to one of our old haunts, Arizona....



As (my) luck would have it, things got off to a "prickly" start....


We missed our connecting flight in Denver, and no hope of another flight out until well over 24 hours later...and no motel rooms to be had in Denver given that it was graduation weekend.
But, we did, eventually, get to Tucson (don't ask...another long story....) although it took our luggage a few days to catch up....


It was a short stay...made shorter by my wonderful not-so-much friends at United...but the weather and company (not counting Mr. Crow for a day or two) was wonderful.

And now we're home again, home again, jiggety jig...
And back to THE BOXES.

I'm making progress.....

Found a few of the "bells" (no whistles yet though)....



And, I finally found my skater's lanterns and have them "re-homed":



When I come up for air, I'll do my best to catch up with you all!!

Thursday, May 14, 2015

A Little R&R.....

FYI, I'll be MIA for a bit again... just a wee bit...really.  But I didn't want you all to think I "reappeared" simply to "disappear" again right away like I did before.  I will be back...really and truly.  

(Naughty Kitteh....)

Perhaps, even, I will get back to my "collections" series...if I can remember what "number" I left off at....

In the meantime, I'll leave you with this "unpacking" photo.... 
Got bowls???


Sunday, May 10, 2015

Happy Mother's Day


Wishing you all a day filled with joy and happiest of memories......

Friday, May 8, 2015

Testing......

Do you ever feel like you're being tested?


I know all of us do from time to time....but there are days when I feel like my whole life is one big test......and I'm not doing very well.

So much has happened since I last posted....and so little.  I do not know how to begin this "reunion" so I will just begin...again.

I know I did mention that much of my life has been consumed with an "ambitious" remodel project on our home....
That work is mostly complete...well the "men's work."  Now comes mine....Tending to the unending boxes that have been unloaded from storage (and every single thing that was in the basement and therefore subjected to the Great Flood....'nother story for a 'nother time....).

And leave it to me to end up with a kitchen that was smaller than it was....
What was the point of this again?
Oh yeah....A laundry room (on the main floor)....and a bedroom with a bathroom that doesn't require precarious trips down a spiral staircase in the wee hours.

Yes, I will share photos....at some point....when it's done. HA!
For now, here are just a few random shots:

 Oops....sorry...that's the pool boy... So distracting..... (yeah, we redid the pool/patio too....)

 Master Bath

 Shower

 Laundry Room (like my new wash machine?)

 Frig

(New Dining Room/Old Kitchen)

And the fun continues....
Yesterday we levitated our garage:

And next thing I knew it disappeared.....

The mysteries, pain, and joys of life continue.

I truly wish to thank those of my amazing "followers" (or whatever Blogger is calling you these days) who have stuck with me through all this. I know, in my heart of hearts you were there, and it gave me more strength than you can know.  And to those who sent messages, and those random "wanderers" who found my blog on some walkabout and took the time to email me amazing words of encouragement, I can't begin to express my gratitude.....

~Hugs & Smiles~ The Crow......

Friday, October 31, 2014

Happy Haunts!

Here in Nod, we woke up to a white Halloween.....




What a hoot.....
 NOT!!!!!!!!!

Anywho....Wishing you all the happiest of haunts!


Sunday, October 26, 2014

Old Haunts.....

There are times when I just need to clear my head.

Over the years, I've tried many different ways of doing this....
And while all the "methods" have their charms, it seems that the one that does the "trick" the best is probably the one I've known the longest....

A trip to the cemetery.

The older and more remote, the better.
I like the feeling of being completely alone there....
Well, as "alone" as one can be there.

So, yesterday, I made a trip....
Down several old gravel roads....and then a few more.

The place is all but forgotten it seems, but the gates are always open...The earth has made sure of that.

The stones are so sparse and so scattered, at first, you may not notice them.


But they are there.

Some hidden....



Some forgotten:

  
The caretaker's tools becoming a very part of the earth....

But beautiful always...

And always welcoming....


Sunday, October 12, 2014

The Nightmare Before Halloween

Before I even start this post, I want to most sincerely thank everyone who stopped by my last post and left such sweet comments.  It somehow felt like coming home.  I haven't yet made it around to everyone's blogs for visits....somehow that still feels a bit awkward....like walking into the middle of a conversation and not knowing what to say....
But I am trying.

Ok...On with this post.
Those who know me well, know that I adore Halloween...and I'm sure that you are expecting me to do my usual posts of Halloween decor, etc.

Well, Mr. Bone Jangles here is about the extent of my Halloween decorating this year.


And I am not certain how long he can even stay.

You see.....  As if my life weren't crazy and chaotic enough, we decided to undertake a HUGE remodel project....somewhat at the spur of the moment....
One day we were talking about replacing our kitchen countertops, and the next day I was looking at this:


 And soon, there were two gaping holes in either side of our house.




And true to crow luck, the monsoons struck.

With a vengeance.....

And the floods came.

And the carpenters didn't.  :o(

So, now we have not only an unfinished mess, but a flooded basement to deal with.


(Official Site Supervisor)

If I didn't know better, I'd be thinking Bones just might be on to something.