Monday, August 25, 2014

Gunter's almost big day

So Gunter tried to hide out and move in with Matt.  




WHAT?  Can you imagine the HORROR of Matt finding Gunter in his DORM?

Yeah, me too...so glad I found him in time.  

He begged to at least go with us to Baton Rouge and "hang out"...

I caved when he promised to behave.  SUCH a liar....  




When we hit campus, he jumped up to the window and starting hollering at the volunteers asking where the kegs were. 
He kept droning on and on, telling everyone he was a Black Forest gnome and could impart some serious wisdom regarding beer....yea...stuff like that.  Embarrassing.




Dean convinced me to leave him in the car while we unpacked, we simply couldn't trust him to behave.       

When we got back to the car he promised to behave so we let him go to lunch with us...



He was pretty good while we ate and later, even modeled a hat we bought for Phil...


His good behavior only lasted an hour though as I caught him chatting up some kid asking where the good parties were.
Needless to say, he is NOT going back to LSU with us any time soon.

Friday, August 22, 2014

Moving on and moving in


We moved Matt into his dorm on Wednesday.   As you can imagine, he was pretty excited!



Kaela  watched his stuff while Dean and I moved the cars and Matt got his room key.  


 She and Matt busy working on his side of the room...


The dorm is beautiful...and each suite has it's own bathroom, SCORE!



Matt's new roomie, Cooper  Oh man, I am so glad they hit it off! 


Getting a photo of the family before hitting the road.  The boys had a party to attend so we got a move on.  


I tried hard not to do the whole break down and sob thing...for the most part I did okay but letting go isn't easy...

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Polka Dotted wineglasses...

The other day I was sad, thinking about my folks.  Dean reached into the cabinet and brought out the polka dotted wine glass Jill sent me and I couldn't help but smile.  He knows me so well and knows that would make me happy...the wine helped too, of course.   

I got to thinking how lots of people like polka dots and thought how fun "game glasses" would be to have in the cabinet... in team colors of course. So I decided to try my hand at making a few glasses I could give as gifts.  

I got my supplies and got to work.  I didn't want words or anything, just simple dots.  Dots are awesome.
First I made these using pouncer sponges by Martha Stewart. 

SAINTS

LSU

Then I decided to do a gradual dot pattern and made these...





lots of dots on the base...



and then I made these with different sized dots....



The dots took longer since I had to let it dry between colors but I love how it turned out.   Now I can just pair a couple glasses with a little vino and have a fun gift for my sports fan vino drinkers....or margarita drinkers.  I used BIG glasses y'all!

Monday, August 18, 2014

Happy, happy...

This leopard frog was in our yard the other day.  There were two of them!  The other one leaped into the bushes but this one sat still for a little photo shoot.  I love frogs and toads.  I love finding the teeny weeny baby ones.  So cute!



I love seeing the frogs and toads in our yard again.  But it is also bittersweet.  Ginger kept them clear but without her, they seem know it is safe to come back.   She would terrorize, and to her distress, eat them on occasion....Mojo knows better! 

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Side yard redo...

Whenever we move, we tend to redo the yard....or at least spruce it up.   This house was no different.  In the 7 years we've been here, we have added foundation plantings and several beds along with cutting a veggie gardens.   But there was one thing we put off until this month.  The side yard.

Our side yard is a weird shape and skinny and flat out ugly.  At the gate, it is 7 feet wide but by the backyard it is 5 feet wide.    I've always wanted to do something with it, so for my birthday, Dean got it started with the help of a sod cutter.   
Our neighbors love us...they got to re-sod part of their front yard for free!


Here is it in it's almost naked glory.  


We went and bought lots of mulch and have begun reworking this little space.  Dean did some shovel work to form a curved bed and we put in the deer grass from the front yard.  It needed more sun that it was getting.  I have to do a stepping stone by the hose but it already looks much more inviting.  The butterfly bush will get large too and is already attracting lots of butterflies.


The yellow plant is butterfly vine and that will grow over the lattice by summer's end.  The birdbath was being thrown away by an elderly lady.  Her handyman was taking it to the curb as I drove by.  I backed up and I asked for it and he put it right into my car!  I intend on mosaic-ing it one day this winter...
BTW, if you don't know what deer grass looks like in bloom, click here.  It is gorgeous and blooms in the fall.

close up of the butterfly bush...I love this stuff!




looking much more inviting than before...still a bit of clean up to do..


The area ties into the backyard better now...needs a gate or arch....Dean?


The basil was basically added to give this spot a bit of green.  If it does well, I'll leave it but if not, I'll move it to the veggie garden.


I whacked it down and made 2 pounds of basil butter (27 sheets) with it right after taking this photo!






We still have much to do but by next year, this should be a really nice space.  Now, if I can just talk Dean into building me an arbor......

Friday, August 15, 2014

dress up....

Dean and I attended a gala in New Orleans last Saturday...

we clean up okay....

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

WEDNESDAY WHAT?


someone has her permit...
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