Monday, May 31, 2010

My first Yard/Craft/Garage Sale of the Year

This weekend marks the beginning of the great yard sales here on Prince Edward Island... a number of communities do them as fundraisers. The Eastern Kings Giant Yard sale is the first and this year the funds go to the community arena. I have taken part in each of the events and this year marks number 3!

I always do good there....I sell crafts, household items and of course things that belonged to my grandson. My grandson is the big winner does nothing and reaps the profits...I give him all the cash from everything except from my crafts and the table rentals are paid from the household items.

It is alot of work but I love it. I usually have my friend with me but this year she is unable to attend so not sure if I will take my portable garage or not as it is too hard to set it up on my own.

You will find everything from antiques, crafts, junk to treasures here...something for everyone and of course there is food!

Check it out:

Weekend with My Family

The last year has been very trying for my family. We have had a number of losses including my grandson and my father. So it was very special to get to spend my son's 30th birthday with him and his family.

He works for a blueberry company and this time of year is very busy for them so it is very difficult for him to get time off or to plan any events. So this weekend was all spur of the moment plans.

First off he got to attend his son's testing for his yellow belt in tae kwon do on Saturday then his father and I took him and his family out for breakfast on Sunday!

My son's wife had planned a BBQ for him on Saturday but by the time he got home from son's testing he was beat as he worked all night on Friday so the BBQ was put off until Sunday too.

It seemed like all we did all weekend was eat but it was good and we had a great time. The kids had a great time too...the wind was playing havoc with candles and food but we managed!

It is hard to believe that 30 years ago my son was was the scariest days of my life but also the happiest...there have been some bumps along the way but I love his so much and am so proud of him! This is him holding his all 30 candles would fit on it...and his son and his dad heading out the door. Cake had to be lite inside as the wind was too strong.

I cherish the time I get to spend with my family these days as you never know when something will happen....there are no guarantees in this life.

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

My Newest Discovery - The Answer to Falling Pins

Do you sew? Have you ever dropped a whole tray of stick pins? Well I have and it is not fun trying to pick them all up especially if you have carpet in your sewing room!

I have tried using the little pin cushions that go around your wrist, I have tried a large pin cushion, I have tried using one taped to my sewing machine and nothing works... the velcro let go on wrist cushion or it got caught in the fabric, the big one was in the way.

I am always looking for new and easier ways to do things and when I dropped the dish of pins for the 10th time....hubby went to the shop and returned with a magnet to pick them up....that worked great.

He then asked me what I kept them in and when I told him about all the things I tried he said, "I have just the thing for you."

Off to the shop he went again and came back with a little metal bowl with a magnet attached to the bottom and gave it to me ....

Wow, this dish is just the perfect answer to your pins... I can even turn the bowl upside down and my pins stay put! I even took them to work just sitting in my kit bag and they were still all in the bowl when I took it out of the bag. Here is the dish hanging from my fridge and stove with pins in it and they stay in it!

These little dishes can be purchased at any automotic shop... they are used to keep nuts and bolts from getting lost when the mechanic is working on an automobile. They are very inexpensive.

You must give them a try!!!!

Monday, May 24, 2010

Enjoying the Summer and My Yard!!

The summer is upon us and we have been spending lots of time outdoors working on our yard. We purchased a new gazebo to place on our the near future we plan on building a gazebo, this is just a quick fix for now. I spend many hours out here especially now that I have high speed wireless internet.

The flower beds are all ready for the annuals and the weeds all cleaned out and beautiful red cedar mulch added, thanks to my hubby... he did most of it!

There is one small bed at the front of the house that needs a few plants and the mulch.

I love the huge maple trees with all the leaves out and the mulch around so much in the fall when the leaves fall off.

The grass is so nice now that it is a beautiful green. Hubby did not think so and did a bit of seeding, he loves it nice and thick and green.

We have been cutting the dead wood away from the tree line... some we saved for firewood and some we burnt in a pit my brother dug us with the backhoe.

Wonderful Quotes to live by!

"Flatter me, and I may not believe you. Criticize me, and I may not like you. Ignore me, and I may not forgive you. Encourage me, and I will not forget you."

~ William Arthur Ward