Wednesday, August 31, 2011

The wall of bookcases

YES!  All the missing cords, chargers, and other camera paraphernalia was found!!  

So without further adieu I give you the assembled bookcases....

Okay I have to admit there is one "flaw" that kinda bugs me.  It is highly visible through the lens of a camera but is barely noticeable in person.  Do you see it?  Or am I the only one who notices it?
Yes, you see it, don't you?  The seam in the backboard of the bookcases!  But seriously it really is hardly noticeable in person!! Once everything is in place I am sure it will disappear (in fact I am the only one in my family who still remembers its there, ha ha!!).  For the price of the bookcases I am VERY happy!!
 It is starting to look exactly as I imagined.  

As you can see we are still in the arranging stage and there are more books to be put on the shelves.   And lets not forget the magazine subscriptions from years past..... Cooks Illustrated, Organic Gardening, and Martha Stewart Living, my old stand-bys from days gone by which still get used on a regular basis.  Currently I am gathering the supplies to make customized magazine holders so they can be kept organized and neat.  

And do you see the boxes in the upper right corner?  Those are some of our board games!  A few years ago Target had classic board games in wooden storage boxes on clearance after Christmas.  We don't play them as often as we once did but during the winter they still get their far share of usage.  I am hoping to see if my father-in-law will make me some more storage boxes which can be used for other games and treasures.

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Camera craziness and a blogging hiatus

You are not going to believe this but I finally have (or make that had!) a blogging schedule.  Yep twice a week, the time is marked on my calendar, and all is ready to go.  I've been taking pictures, crafting, cleaning, sewing, and organizing... Did I mention taking pictures?  Well a bit ago we discovered the cord to the charger for my camera battery is missing.  No problem, there is still a charge.  Until my son goes to take a picture of the moon and what... its dead.  What do you mean its dead? I ask.  Apparently my camera had been left on. ugh.... okay no problem we have more cameras!  Get out the old digital camera.  Ah success!  Gorgeous pictures of the evening sky and moon rising.  Okay so lets download these bad boys...
We popped out the memory card and wait... seriously wait for it folks... the card DOES NOT fit any of our computers or printers.  Yes it is obsolete!  Okay lets grab the cord... NO it doesn't work either.
Yes you read that correctly!  We now have two obsolete cameras from which we cannot download pictures, one missing cord, one cord which does not fit any cameras, and one broken cord.

So until 
1. we find the old battery charger and cord
b. we buy a new charger.

We will be without cameras.  Yes I can take pictures with my camera but can't figure out how to load them.  One other thing... we did find one camera with its cord but my computer has decided that that particular camera contains NO pictures.

So I am going back to my sewing and preserving and junk sorting filled days.
  Maybe we will even have stuff to sell on eBay.  Oh wait that means taking pictures! 


(it might be a tiny bit frustrating but its okay as work is getting done here!!)

Hope you have a wonderful week and are enjoying the remaining summer days!  

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Inspiration for our wall of bookcases!

I am so excited!!  Have I ever mentioned that I work at a snail's pace and that I'm easily distracted? No?  REally?   Well, let's just say it takes me a while to get rooms decorated.  I mean, we have only been in this house for 18 months and the addition has only been completed for something like 2 months. ha ha! Years ago my dear sweet husband used to "encourage" me by reminding me that "Rome wasn't built in a day!"  Now, he just smiles at me!  He is so understanding!!!

Well the bookcases came in today!  bookcases?  What bookcases?  OH did I forget to mention that?  See for the past 21 years we have lived with mis-matched bookcases in all sorts of shapes and sizes.... yard sale finds, gifts from my father-in-law, unassembled unfinished types.  You get the picture.  Well this time we took the plunge and bought 5, dare I say FIVE matching bookcases.  They make my heart swoon... (I know who uses words like swoon any more??? apparently I do! words like swoon, beaucoup (pronounced boo-coo, yep nothing like a little bit of redneck french to spice things up.... and to make our boys and/or their friends roll their eyes!! ha ha!)  Back to the book cases.... I would love to show you a picture of them assembled and staged in our living room aka "the library" but they are not assembled and I did a bad thing.... I mean really bad!!  I lost the charging cable for the camera.  It was one of those cases of me putting it somewhere other than where it belonged (the camera bag) but in a place that made so much more sense.  Did I mention I get distracted easily?  Which sometimes translates into I forget things...  Yes you guessed it.  I do NOT remember where I put the charger for the camera battery... and the battery is dead.  Soooo...... for now a picture of one of the inspirations for the bookcase wall.

(photo courtesy of pinterest and HGTV)

(I know this is such a long drawn out process but it will be worth it in the end! I promise... really it will!)

So now I am off to start clearing the area and start assembling bookcases... did I mention there are 5 to assemble?  If I start to look dazed and confused PLEASE remind me that this really was a good idea...

Thursday, August 11, 2011

A to Z of.....

You know I've seen this done a bit recently and decided to "join" in so to speak.... especially since I've been so negligent of this blog.  But summer is soon coming to an end so maybe things will change.  :)
So here goes... the A to Z of me

A. age :: 46

B. bed size :: queen

C. chore you hate :: mopping the floors

D. dogs :: Lily

E. essential start to your day :: hmmm I do like a good cup of coffee but its not always essential.

F. favorite color :: orange, chocolate brown, aqua, but in pretty much all the colors under the rainbow (aside from garish colors like mustard yellow and avocado green!)

G. gold or silver :: silver

H. height :: five.feet.two

I. instruments you play :: piano (kinda)

J. job title :: mama, wife, friend, daughter

K. kids :: ian, sean, and evan (our three john's)

L. live :: indiana

M. maiden name :: monroe

N. nicknames :: peggs, honey

O. overnight hospital stays ::tonsils at 19, and then all three of my "babies"

P. pet peeve :: mean people, talking with food in your mouth

Q. quote ::
 "but they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.  Isaiah 40:31"
R. righty or lefty :: right

S. siblings :: none

T. time you wake up :: 6 a.m. during the school year and whenever during the summer

U. university attended :: Metropolitan State College (Denver), Metropolitan Community College (Omaha) but I've never managed to get a degree even though I have enough credits....maybe in the near future.

V. vegetables you dislike: endive but I like a LOT of veggies!

W. what makes you run late :: my own self and sometimes a certain other who will remain nameless. :)

X. x-rays you’ve had :: multiple head x-rays due to bad sinuses, one arm and all the normal teeth x-rays.

Y. yummy food :: pizza, mexican, italian, etc... there is a reason for my "curvy" figure but I am starting to get pickier as I get older.

Z. zoo animal favorite :: monkeys, elephants, and most anything they will let you pet!  I LOVE animals!

So there you go, a little peek into my quiet life!