1/24/12

Spotlight on Hubby

Since tomorrow is our wedding anniversary, I thought I would do a little post about my Hubby..... 
I feel so blessed to be married to my best friend- who also just happens to be the sweetest person I know-but even better for me, he's hardworking and pretty talented as well. One thing that impresses me about him is that he always puts his best into every project, and if he doesn't know how to do something, he is always willing to learn or try something new.
Among other things, he built the sheep barn, chicken coop, and his tractor shed all by himself (well, I rendered as much help as I could...) along with some beautiful things for inside the house,
like my kitchen island-
  


Last summer, he dug an old hay wagon out of the weeds and restored it... I really wish I had taken some "before" pictures because it was literally nothing but a rusted hunk of metal but he turned it into a beautiful working piece of equipment-



After his surgery last month, he was pretty much out of commission as far as doing anything around here.... he was getting restless just sitting in the house so he started passing the days 
cleaning and organizing his little workshop.

Here he is in his shop, along with one very nosy bulldog.


 I have a special place in my heart for beautiful woodwork because my Daddy was a master carpenter... 
as a little girl I can remember seeing all the gorgeous cabinets, tables, bookcases that came out of his little shop, as well as two of my most prized possessions-
when I was a teenager he made Mother and I matching jewelry boxes out of walnut wood,
a little one for me and a big one for her.
In the last few years Hubby has tried to learn as much as he could about woodworking from Dad,
and all of a sudden, it must be sinking in because he has really gotten into working in his little shop.
I think he's been bitten by the creative bug.....

He's spent the last couple of weeks working on some really neat little projects,
like this box for Lily's toys-



Look at these gorgeous box joints that Hubby cut on his router- and they fit together perfectly!
This was his very first attempt at making these....I'm so proud of him.


Lily is checking to make sure it's big enough to hold all of her toys.

(And probably making sure there's room for more if need be...)


The box isn't finished yet- it still needs to be sanded and stained... but once it's done I'll post some more pictures of it, and maybe by then he'll be working on his next masterpiece. *grin*


 Happy Anniversary, Sweetie... and Happy Tuesday, everyone!

1/12/12

Slowly getting back to normal


Lily and Tiny passing along some barnyard gossip.


January is rolling along and I haven't posted anything in almost two weeks... I just can't seem to get caught up! Christmas and New Year came and went rather quickly for me this year... actually everything has been a blur to me lately. Once again, thanks so much for your prayers and well-wishes.... Hubby is doing very well since his surgery. He is still having some discomfort from the incision but hardly any pain in his leg or back at all now.

Hubby and I had been talking for some time about exercising more and getting back into shape, and since we live close to several state parks and trails we even talked about doing some fun things like hiking or riding bicycles.
I was very excited about this back in the fall and had big plans to surprise Hubby with two new bikes for Christmas, but the surprise was on me when we found out in early December that he would need surgery to repair the disc in his back.
By then it was too late to send the bikes back, so I had to go ahead and tell Hubby that there would be no presents under the tree other than my bonehead premature purchase.


 So, our shiny new Christmas presents are in the spare bedroom on their shiny new bike rack where they will have to stay until Hubby gets the O.K. from the doctor to be able to start riding.... we are walking a little bit each day and hopefully he will get the go-ahead soon.  I used to love to ride bikes but I haven't been on one in a long time and I'm a little scared- I have a feeling my leg muscles are in pretty sad shape right now.

However, Lily has already been enjoying her Christmas present-
she now has something to ride in right along with us when we start biking...
her very own "car"!

Actually it's a bike trailer for pets that doubles as a stroller -



Here she is checking it our for the first time....
(This is with the stroller wheel on the front.)


I think she liked it...


In fact, we brought her "car" back inside the house and a short time later I couldn't find Lily...

I looked everywhere and here's where I finally found her-


 Sitting in her new ride.
And she wouldn't come out...
not even for a treat.

Do you think she's trying to tell me something?


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Even though the chores around here have been keeping me busy,
I've found time to get some sewing done.....
it's been nice working at my machine while Hubby naps in his chair in the living room.

I'll be showing you in an upcoming post what I've been working on but right now
I wanted to share some pictures of the fabric I bought a few weeks ago.


This was my first online fabric purchase- I was very unsure about buying fabric sight-unseen because I like to put my hands on it (I know that sounds nutty...) but once it arrived I was very pleased, especially since I live a pretty good distance away from any place that sells fabric. Now I'm excited about the idea of being able to pick out fabric from home and have it delivered to my door, and I've been spending most of my computer time adding more fabric and notions to my online "wish list".

I'm not really a cat person, but when I saw this fabric called "Parlor Pets" I thought it was too cute not to buy to make an apron or something for a cat lover...



I just love the honeybees in this next fabric- see if you can spot them.


And of course I had to find something chickie".... *grin*


Well, I'm off to run errands today instead of Friday- snow is in the forecast for tonight and even though I don't think it will do anything, I want to be the first one in the grocery store.
*haha*

Happy Thursday, everyone!