Sunday, August 26, 2012

A happy, busy summer

So it has been a busy bee kind of summer!!!  Busy, but good.  As you may recall from my last post (oh so long ago!) we took a family trip to Europe.  My summer has been full of lots of other activities, too.  So here are a few pictures of some of the notables to catch you up to speed.

This is Bob.  Bob is a woodchuck as you can see.  Bob was also incarcerated due to his penchant for destroying my garden.  Bob no longer lives at our house and my garden is much happier!

My best bud and I tackled some building projects this summer.  Girls with power tools!  Sweet!!

One of our projects was building new shelving for her craft closet.  We made the brackets and everything and though you can't see it from the photo, the shelves have some nice routing details on the edges.

Another project we tackled was taking an old table, and old drawer and miscelaneous pieces of wood and such and created a one of a kind garden hutch. 

We are just too cool!

The hutch turned out so nice.  More decorating to happen to it, but a good start.

A smaller project entailed taking old picket fencing and a variety of old knobs and creating this system of necklace storage.  And it is art to boot!!

The sumer included plenty of chocolate eating...

...especially my FAVORITE, chocolate cake with chocolate frosting.  Finally ended my search for the perfect recipe for both this summer and we all agree, hands down, that it is the best ever!!  And I am happy to report that although I ate my cake and enjoyed it too, I am not wearing it on my hips or backside.  I ate in moderation - but ate it often!!

There were also opportunities to just stop and appreciate some of the wonders of God's creation, even the tiny ones.  Look at the perfection in these tiny flowers.  AMAZING!!  God's work never ceases to astound me.

After woes a-plenty that I will not go in to, we finally got new floors.  They are beautiful!!  Now I have lots of painting to do, but that will have to wait till the weather turns cold again.

Heidi and I took quick trip to an inn in Vermont and enjoyed a little girl time.

There has been time for porch sitting too!

This past Tuesday, we delivered Kayleigh to her RPI college campus where a new journey in life begins for her.  She is settling in well and starts classes tomorrow.  Boy my house sure seems empty without her.  It's a new journey for us as well.  

We made it up to the cottage and enjoyed some time out in the canoe.  And I did not fall in!!  A grand feat to be sure!!

Spent a lot of time hanging out with some great friends.  (Some more goofy than others!)

And finally, I will close my summer with a grand adventure, and I can't wait!!!!  I have always wanted to go to one of the really big flea markets you read about in the magazines.  Well.....Canton's First Monday Trade Days is the largest and oldest one in the country and this girl is headed that way!  Come mid week, a friend and I are boarding an airplane bound for Texas where we will spend five days going to the flea market, visiting family and just plain old having fun!  We both have early September birthdays, so what better way to celebrate than a small vacation doing something we love with a great friend!!  The only challenge will be spending my money slowly and only on small things.  Oh boy!!  I will try to get back to blogging and post a report of our adventure when we get back.  

Well, that's about it for now.  Think we are pretty much caught up to speed with a few highlights of what has been going on.  Hope your summer has been full of delight as well!  Thanks for stopping by.