Thursday, January 16, 2014

Artsy Craftsy

 Having a BLAST participating in the Documented Life Project!  My good friend Kim invited me to come play with her in a group where you learn to make an artistic journal.

I learned a new term called "tip-in's" where you add extra pages to your journal and use washi tape to secure the pages.
 This was my first week of the month, more of my scrapbook style, but getting BRAVE as time goes on!

This is some random doodles from week two with things I HEART.

These are my tabs before I put them in my journal.  Used scrapbooking paper, then Mod Podged them for reinforcement.  Can't wait to see what the year ahead will behold!

Janaury and February are usally cold, grey months here in Kansas and I LOVE having something fun and colorful to work on and am making some nice artsy craftsy friends along the way :)

Monday, August 12, 2013

So Stinkin' Proud

This is my handsome son Faris....who worked so hard to become a Firefighter. Months of training, testing, doing ride-alongs, live burns, pushing himself physically and mentally all leading up to this day of glory.

Here are the two best kids in the whole wide world !

My son went from "cadet" to being an official Firefighter on Friday, August 9, 2013. This is his custom badge that will go on his helmet.

Ceremony of being sworn in by the City of Shawnee City Administrator.

Proud Papa pinning on his Firefighter Badge.

The family beaming with pride!

Monday, June 3, 2013

Belvoir Winery

 Welcome to Belvoir Winery, located outside Liberty MissouRAH on 170 sprawling acres.  The approach and drive up to the winery in grandness in itself.  If grandness isn't a word, I'm making it one, because that is the only way to describe the drive in.  There was a wedding to be had later in the day. I was daydreaming about the bride, walking down the terraced steps down to the fountain and gazebo. Chairs were set up and a huge tent awaiting for the festivities to begin.
This sweet angel greets you as you walk into the winery.
Beautiful stained glass flanks each side of the tasting bar.

Beautiful rooms that have been lovingly restored by the current owners.

A skeleton.....WAIT A MINUTE..... "A SKELETON?!?!?!?!"  Yes, meet "GEORGE".  He was a resident when the winery used to be an Odd Fellow Home.  Basically a non-for-profit home that operated for years on the property.  George wanted his body donated to science and then asked that he be "returned' to the place he had such loving memories.

 If you are interested, you can go on Wikipedia to read about the Odd Fellows.  Remarkable good works that they did for people and the Winery had a nice little museum with items on display, along with other items found during some of the renovations.
Majestic pictures that look like they should be in a museum in France.

Wanted to give you a sense of the grandeur of the hallways, just beautiful views through every room.

An original chandelier recovered and on display.  One can only image when the building was originally erected in the 1800's as the Reeds Springs Hotel, what the building used to look like back in the day.  There are curative mineral springs that brought an international crowd to visit and take in the waters.

Okay, now for the fun stuff....Over building number #2 which has NOT been restored, there were a group of birds circling overhead.  I think they were turkey vultures, Dan kept disputing me. Turns out this is the building that was the MORTURARY.  Oh, did I tell you that my co-worker planted the seed for us to visit the winery because she went on a HAUNTED TOUR?!?!? Oh, did I leave out the little fact? Read on....

 There are several other buildings next to the winery building.  You can imagine what it looked like in years gone past, but with overgrowth, and broken windows, weathering, some of the buildings look...well a little creepy.
This looks like at one time to have been a beautiful pergola on an upstairs porch.  NOW back to the wine tasting....as we were enjoying going through the whites and red offered, we struck up conversation with the bartender.  Dan just flat out asked if she had seen any ghost.  She said she hadn't but has HEARD things.  One day just when they opened the doors for business and no one had yet arrived, they heard footsteps on the floor above.  Another day she was working in her office and was the only one there, and heard the distinct sound of a women in heels walking down the hall with a key ring on her hip.  She went out to greet the "customer" and no one was there.  Positive she heard footsteps, she assumed they must have gone to the tasting room, and again as she went into the room, no one there.  On that juicy note we found out that the Ghost Hunters show is airing an episode on Wednesday, June 26th.  As the t-shirts in the gift shop say "Come get your wine and SPIRITS at Belvoir Winery".

Sunday, April 14, 2013

Home Improvement #39


Yes....I realize it's April and you are looking at a Christmas picture...BUT I have to dig in to the achieves to show my before and after pictures!!!!  While working on restaining ans refinishing our floors, we decided we might as well go ahead and give our fireplace some TLC.
Our little Acorn Cottage was built in 1942, so it's always kind of an adventure taking things apart and seeing how things were built back in the day.
This is what our living room looked naked with one color of stain on the floors.
This is the floors with the second coat of stain and 3 coats of varnish!
We decided the color "Clam Chowder" lloked like pastel yellow on our walls, and opted for Eddie bauer "Pecan".
Here is the finished product!  We selected Travertine stone and are VERY HAPPY with the results.  I think Dan-the-Man has a massage coming to him after all his hard work.

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Snow Storm

This is a picture of our backyard this morning and the snow is still coming down.  Looks like an Enchanted Snow Forest outside. 

Sunday, February 24, 2013

House Project #29

 Our little 1942 Acorn Cottage needed some TLC.  When we bought the home, the bedrooms and hallway had carpet on them, and it wasn't until we had lived here a couple of years we discovered there we hardwood floors underneath. TREASURE TROVE!!!  They were pretty battered, with stains and dings, but we saw the potential of what could be.
This picture really isn't out of focus.....it's the blur from all of the dust floating around from Dan-the-Man sanding them!
 We decided to do two colored stains. A dark walnut with English chestnut over the top to add a little warmth.
 Coat numero uno of varnish.....2 more to go!
The final product!  Love the rich warm colors!  Just have to put the trim back up on the bottom of the baseboard and then I can move get the art room back into place. NEXT...The Guest room.  So excited as I have projects I have been working on such as a ceiling medallion to frame the beautiful chandelier I found at an Antique Shop. STAY TUNED!

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

New Chapter

Hard to believe that my little peanut is 10 days away from graduating from college!  Don't mean to brag or anything.....BUT she got offer a job before she has even been handed her diploma.  Am I proud? Ridiculously!  Does she deserve it? YOU BETCHA!  Years of sacrifice, hard work, who knows how many packages of Top Ramen, all nighters studying for test....it has all paid off!  Stand tuned for more....this proud Mama is going to have many more pictures to post, and can't tell you how excited I am with the pending celebrations to take place.  I LOVE YOU NADIA WITH ALL MY HEART XOXOXOXOX MAMA :)

Tuesday, November 6, 2012


Here are two of the cutest kids on planet earth!   We had such a good time going to Voigts to get our pumpkins this year.  It was a nice brisk fall day.

 

 

Our drive out west on Hwy. 56 to Fieldstone Orchards.  Don't blink or you might miss the sign.  I always remember to look out for the big white barn and know my right hand turn is coming up.

 Here is one HAPPY camper.  Nadia with a fresh dipped caramel apple!
HOLY SMOKERS....a vat of hot carmel on a brisk fall day. Does life get any better I ask?  I heard the "trick" to keeping the caramel supple is to keep adding cream....that works for me.

Just love the Orchard team mascot truck!


Monday, October 29, 2012

Our Anniversary

Dan the Man and I celebrated our 12 year anniversary on October 21st and had a wonderful 3 day weekend.

We went to the movies and per my request saw..... I love animated films!

Hotel Transylvania Poster

Then we to our favorite local winery www.nighthawkwines.com Nighthawk winery and enjoyed the last of the one of the most beautiful days having a picnic and sharing a bottle of vino!

We brought a picnic blanket, cheese and crackers
We read books, took a nap and just talked
and just enjoyed the last of the warm air before the cold weather
We dined at one of our favorite restaurants www.drugstorerestaurant.com Justus Pharmacy in Smithville, MO and had an outstanding dinner

and had these decadent desserts to finish off our dining experience! 
 
Couldn't have had a more wonderful time with my Prince Charming!

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Hannibal Missou-RAH Road Trip!

Nothing like a random spur of the moment drive!  There had been talk in the household about checking out Hannibal, Missouri and the next morning I woke up to someone down at the base of my bedroom stairs doing a bird whistle.  This was the "quiet, gentle" way of waking me up?  Dan-the-man got me out of bed on Saturday with the temptation of a random day trip at o'dark thirty.  Lured by coffee and the promise of a good hearty breakfast we hit the pavement rain or shine.  It was rain, a long awaited rain here in the Midwest.

For those of you not familiar with Hannibal, Missouri it is the boyhood home of Mark Twain AND Molly Brown (Titanic).  The women who the quote "Well behaved women rarely make history" came from :)

It was a charming town, built along the M-I-S-S-I-S-S-I-P-P-I river.  The rain had cleared up but still pleasantly overcast by the time we arrived in town.  Enjoy the pictures!


The Dubach Inn Bed & Breakfast
 A charming House that has twinkle lights in their trees (not pictured) Always a sign of a good person living there :)
The historical Rockcliffe Mansion. 13,500 square feet currently under renovation by the new owner's BUT available for tours!

Charming homes were everywhere!

Downtown...did I mention there was a European Chocolate store called STAM?

 For those who have only seen Tom Sawyer's island at Disneyland...this here is the REAL DEAL!
So we got caught in a little rain on the Mark Twain Riverboat...the cruise was wonderful.  Very peaceful & calm out on the waters.


"Go Pitt State!"
 Lighthouse nestled in the trees
 Mark Twain's Boyhood home....if you look closely, you can see him in the center top window :)