Monday, April 16, 2012

a beautiful giveaway......

hello there friends - see that stunning yarn nest -

well - Miss vicki over at two bags full is giving one away.

Her blog is so much fun and those stunning nests are amazing. She also travels a lot and shares those adventures as well.

I crochet, but these things are so beyond what I could ever imagine.

Tell her I sent you too.

Love and grace to you.


Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Sister Sister -- Twisted Sister

It started with a text to my phone  ------ "Abby just bit me on the arm!"

It now looks like this

my sister texted my mom and told her i bit her.
granted, i did bite her. but how do you seriously type the words, "Mom, Abby just bit me."??? hha #bitemeback
my status now looks like this
I'm the referee in a sibling dispute 60 miles from here -- because my name is Mom and I'm that awesome?????
Gotta love my life........
I do love my girls......

Monday, April 09, 2012

The Color Run

In summer of 2009,  I decided to get healthy - I started exercising - Suddenly, I found myself signing up to participate in a 5K run - On April 8, 2010 I was diagnosed with renal cell carcinoma and lost my left kidney - I missed that very first 5K because of the surgery - That has not stopped me - I have 6 5K runs behind me and many more to go......



Today's post is all about an incredibly fun run.

Saturday was the day. The Color Run at Atlanta Motor Speedway. there were three of us, College Girl, her boyfriend and me.

Not a timed run - just a fundraising run. But boy was it a popular event.

We arrived early, but it still took almost 30 minutes to get into the facility, park, and walk to the start line.

At this point we are clean. FYI -- just in case you don't know me, I'm the fat one on the right.

There were about 1500 people in front of us. We were the first line of the second group of 1500.

The crowd behind us was enormous as well.

Clowning around was the theme of the day.

I got a picture from the side of the first color zone.

There were built in recovery breaks as the participants waited to go through the color zones.

In the pink......

College Girl and the Boy.

I'm still the fat one on the right.

Sorry - blogger wants to go back to the original orientation on the pictures.

Covered -- even in my ears.

I still have a few spots of color on me.

Even I was surprised at how wonderful this picture of the finish line celebration turned out.

These feet --- shoe shots are a family tradition.

After all is said and done -- they clean you up a little bit.

It was a great fun day --- now I'm the fat one on the left.

Yes - I  - will - definitely - do - this - one - again.

Thanks Molly and Ben for going too.

Thursday, April 05, 2012

clean up day

So - looks like I disappeared again --- sorry. We are running on a small crew at work, thanks to the economy. That has kept me busy during the weekdays. Weekends have been consumed with home improvement projects that have been hanging over my head for a LOOOONNNNNGGGG time.

I enlisted help that comes with big old toys..... just look.

Outdoor projects - the backhoe came with my favorite plumber who brought it AND a biscuit. I provided the coffee. After a quick breakfast on the porch swing, he unloaded and we jumped on the projects.

 First - an old and dilapidated chicken coop and a couple of abandoned dog pens.

Now - I love tractors - have since I was a little girl and the Crusty Old Guy allowed me to help him. That part was great, but the hard loading tugging, hauling, hammering, and everything else that goes with salvaging parts of the buildings. That was not so fun.

He dug a big hole in the back yard and we buried most of the stuff.

The corn crib was also falling and had to go.

 It is just an eyesore (the building to the right of the corn crib houses MaggieGrace world (Which needs attention soon too.)
 Oh and that's Rusty (we also call him Bucket) his favorite run is out by the corn crib.

The Man spent the morning with his friend Megan and returned with her oldest. COG let AJ drive the tractor too.

Dog pens first - then the tear down of the coop.

Removing the roof tin - yes I kept it - love the look of the rusted tin.  We found a 4 foot long black snake under the last sheet of tin we took off.

 Then the corn crib. Now this looked like it could fall at any time. So the crusty old guy simply swiped that wall out of it expecting the crash to follow.

wellllllll ----

Dammit ---- that's what he said ---- it will not fall.

So we back up and regroup and made serious progress with that big yellow destruction device.

Hauled all the debris to the back field and buried it. Covered it all back up. 

Leaving one confused dog. He wandered around for a few days looking for his barn, but he has recovered from the shock now.

 It sure does look a lot better.

I have a LOT more to accomplish, but we are headed the right direction.

After a long day of hard manual labor, we took off to my favorite Mexican place.

For a few of these ---

And lots of smiles and laughter.

Thank you Crusty Old Guy, I sure like hanging around with you.

Hope you guys have a great day.