~ my daddy

I love this man.  My dear sweet daddy.  It's been 10 years already since he went and joined the angel choirs in Heaven.

He truly was a sweet heart.  Every single day of my childhood and adulthood he was always smiling, telling stories, teaching lessons.  He always saw the good in people and didn't associate with those who didn't have the good standards he wanted to be around.  I honestly, can only remember him telling me once about someone that he really didn't care for ... and when he explained why to me ... I could certainly see where he was coming from.  He was right ~ the man he was talking about did NOT warrant to be in his company.

He and Mom were so happy raising up us kids ... all nine of us.  There were 10; but Jimmy passed when he was a baby.  They weren't strict ... they were fair and would explain why if you did something wrong.  Always a lesson somewhere.

At meal time we all were around the table ...after a pray of thanksgiving was said ... then it was "please" pass the gravy (or pudding).  One time I said, "gimme the pudding" and my dear sweet poppa took the opportunity to teach me a lesson.  He reached over to a bowl of pudding and took out a scoop and splattered it to my plate... a big mess.  Then he told me to go get a towel and clean up the mess and come back to the table.  I did as I was told.  When I returned to the table he asked if I would still like some pudding.  "yes, please pass the pudding." Lesson learned.

I could go on and on with stories of my Daddy; but I'll put them on the back burner for now.  
It's just hard to phantom some days that it's been a decade already since his passing.  
I miss him like crazy, still have conversations with him and say to myself more times than I can count ... what would you do Dad?  or Daddy am I doing it right?  
This afternoon some of us siblings spent time with Mom.  We had 2 pies and 2 pans of dessert bars on the kitchen counter.  I quietly said to Daddy ... you would love this and as you were eating it you would probably tell us,  "This is why insulin was invented."

My Guardian Angel ~ 'til we meet again.

Until next time ...
So it goes in my neck of the woods. ~mel


~ it's been awhile

Mercy!  I can't believe how long it's been since I made a post ... or even visiting the blogging world.  I guess I'm not a very good blogger ... or writer.  I've always had a hard time sticking with something.

That said ... I did stick with the wood burning a little longer than I thought I would.  I really enjoy doing it ... but I do have some difficulty with it.  One .. my vision sucks ... and I need new glasses, and Two ... I need a new heat resistant sleeve on my wood burning pen because it gets so hot so fast that I can hardly hold it but a few minutes at a time before I have to quit and let it cool down.

Any hooooooooooooo...................

I started out doing some birds ...

Then I moved on to some animals done on some trapping stretcher boards ... (just because they were handy and DH wasn't going to be needing them as he has practically given up on trapping because of the poor, low fur prices... another story).

These are just a few ... and I'm still at it despite my handicaps.  My kiddo's did get me a magnifying light for Mother's Day which really helps ... but I still need to get some new glasses!

I hope to start catching up again with my fellow bloggers that are still out there.  AND ... hopefully I can keep myself focused on continuing with this blog.

Until next time ...
So it goes in my neck of the woods.


pyrography ~

I've been sitting idle for too long ... time to get the creative juices flowing again.  Should I paint, nah.  Woodworking, make more bird houses, nah. Sewing, cooking, cleaning, get organized and have a garage sale, ... What to do?  What to do? 

It is springtime finally in my neck of the woods and I really do have a ton of outside projects and inside projects to get at ... but they all feel like work.  My gardening and raking up after the dog will just have to be put on the back burner for a bit.  I need something else.

There is something that I always had a bit of an interest in but have never tried before.  Pyrography a.k.a. Wood Burning.  Why not give it a try.

Here's my very first attempt ... a loon.

Not the best job ... but for a first attempt I was satisfied with it.  I sure do have a lot to learn about being a pyographer!!!  It's not as easy as it looks, that's for sure. 

One thing I have learned already though ... and this might be a hard lesson for me to grasp ... patience.  I need to slow it down and take my time. 

I can't begin to tell you how many times I was saying to myself under my breath and out loud, "Patience Grasshopper. Patience."

Until next time ...
so it goes in my neck of the woods.