Sunday, July 29, 2018

Re-Purposed Toilet

Yep, a toilet in the garden. I didn't want it in the landfill so I filled the toilet bowl and the tank with soil and planted it. I think it looks awesome. The old boot is from a friend who gave it to us when he got a new pair. He is now passed on so it's nice having a little part of him here.

This planting looks a little eclectic, but that is what I love about it!!

Take care and enjoy the earth my friends!!!

Martha :-)

Friday, July 6, 2018

Bottle Cap Flowers

I saw these on Pinterest but could not find out how to make them, so I just had to make it up on my own.

Super simple to do. Saving the bottle caps takes the longest unless you have a friend who works in a tavern/bar. Kathy at the Lebanon Moose Lodge saved bottle caps for me and I now have three bags full. Plenty for lots and lots of flowers.

So you need these plier things, not the needle nose type, a wider tip makes it easier. I used a wide mouth canning lid, and plenty of bottle caps.

You want to fold the bottle caps in half using the pliers. Mine bent in half best when I had them positioned as above, and NOT with the top on the counter. Just open the pliers wide and slowly squeeze handle to bend in half.

And this E6000 glue is perfect

You are just going to put plenty of glue in the center the width of the bottle cap. Then I put two generous dots of glue to hold the bottle caps to the lid.

Once the caps are glued down and completely dry, I glued a 24" plant stake to the back. Let it dry completely before putting in the garden.

These were fun to make, super quick and easy. If you have questions leave me a message.

Take care and Enjoy this beautiful earth!!!


Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Astoria Oregon

 Every year my husband and I go to Astoria Oregon to clean the family graves at two cemeteries and replace the flowers and flags.
This is my grandpa's grave, he is by himself at Oceanview in a veterans area.

 We decided to stay for two nights so I was able to go to Mass at my old church. The last time I was there was when my mom died and we were at her funeral. 7 years and 2 months ago on the day I was at church!! This is St. Mary's Star of the Sea. It is a sweet church.

Here is the softball field where we played!! You can also see the church, the rectory and our school!!

We stayed at Astoria Riverwalk Inn. It used to be a Red Lion and was closed for many years. The prices aren't bad there and they have a nice breakfast. And the view is cool!!! As you can see.

The view from our room. Sweet!!

Here they are, all cleaned and scrubbed and new flowers for Memorial Day.

View from our porch in the old house.
 The other thing we do is go check out the old house. Saddens me to the bones. I wish they would move in and live there. Right now there is a bit of remodeling going on, but it looks as though no one has stepped foot in it for a year now. Ladder and tools are still in the same place.

I am thinking the house is haunted, and I know by who.

I loved this neighborhood. Great place to grow up.

Mom and Dad loved those Rhodies.
This is the bottom of 17th street. Our house is at the top on the left.

Lots of ships out there!! They have a Mo's now and the food is good.

That is it for now. Hope you enjoyed the tour. Astoria is a great place to visit for sure!!!


Monday, April 23, 2018

Volkswagon Bus painted rock

I painted this bus for my youngest son who has a red VW bus and a VW bug!!! I had seen this little roadway painted rock on Pinterest so painted one just like it. But it was missing something!!! Now it is complete!!!!


Get out there and enjoy this great earth my friends and paint a rock!!!!


Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Orchids and Children in the greenhouse!!!

 The grandchildren and I planted a bunch of flower seeds on Monday of this week. We are very excited to see what ends up growing for us!!!

And just look at all those orchids in bloom!!! WOWZA!!! I am so thrilled to see so many at one time.

I took several plants to work so our patients can also enjoy them!!!

Have a lovely week
and enjoy this beautiful earth we live on


Saturday, February 3, 2018

Egg Apron

I recently took my grand-daughter to a friends house to give her an egg apron. Another friend of mine, Kate, who owns a little Etsy store called Kate On Pins and Needles, makes these really sweet egg aprons. I knew Dorothy could use one when collecting the eggs.

So Hayden got to see the chickens and help collect the eggs.

And, Dorothy let her feed the chickens!!!

That was a fun afternoon!!!
And the Egg Apron was perfect!!! It holds 10 eggs, so no broken eggs and your hands are free for collecting them!! Perfection!!!
Thank You Kate!!!

Take Care, Enjoy the Earth!!

Friday, January 5, 2018

New Years 2018 and RCIA classes

In September I made the decision to go back to church.

I am Catholic.

I have always felt uncomfortable telling people that because I have had some be very mean to me once they find out I am Catholic. So I kept it hidden. I really never understood the anger and fear of that statement and truly I still don't.

But it is the truth. I am Catholic. And there is so much about being Catholic that I don't understand. You see, I quit going to church regularly when I got married at the age of 19.

I have ALWAYS felt that something was missing in my life and I now know that the missing puzzle piece is the Holy Trinity.

So in September I noticed in the bulletin an announcement about RCIA or Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults. I asked Father Peter if it was possible for someone who was raised Catholic to take the class and he said it sounded like a great idea.

And so the lessons have commenced.

I cannot even begin to tell you how much I have learned and I wonder where I have been all these years. So much information and so much of it makes sense. It's like an ah-ha moment every time I go to class.

I would say the most important thing I know now, is that GOD, JESUS, and THE HOLY SPIRIT, is always with us, always welcoming, always ready to forgive us and teach us, to guide us, and it is up to us to listen.

Last July I took a stand against an activity a group of people are doing during a certain weekend. I have in the past always run from it because I find it so disturbing and wrong, but this last year was different. When I heard the extent of what they were doing, and knowing firsthand the damage it does to women and children, I made the decision to run no more. I will not participate in any activities with this group until this one particular thing stops. Stops forever.

Disgracing women, exploiting women, objectifying women, in the name of adult entertainment, is wrong. It saddens me beyond explanation.

I was so upset by it that it triggered two intense Meniere's attacks. So stepping away from this group is also to maintain my health. I cannot risk having more of these attacks. They are so devastating when they happen.

Well, my stand has brought anger and bad words, gossip in my direction. My first reaction was to fight back, be angry, lash out. But that is not the way. I would be feeding right in to their negativity. The best thing I can do is pray for them, hope for them, love them. It sure isn't easy and alone I cannot do it. But with GOD, I can. And that is where my need for being accepted again into our family of GOD comes in to my life.

We have been watching videos from a site called Formed. So much amazing information and people. I love it all.

This is a table runner I finished Christmas Eve to give to my daughter-in-laws aunt Nancy. I had started it several years ago for Jackie, my daughter-in-laws mom. But she fell ill. And I knew she would leave us before I was able to finish it. So I put it away. I couldn't work on it because it felt so sad. Jackie is gone now, but I know she is in heaven with our Lord, happy and healthy again. And with that knowledge, I was able to finish it. I do hope Nancy enjoys this little piece, it was made with love and encouragement.

That is it for now. I hope you have a lovely day.

Enjoy the Earth, HE made it for us!!! Martha