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Neighbors be crafty.


It started innocently enough with me texting our neighbor this picture.



She’s a retired psychiatrist who’s taken up stained glass as a hobby. While I appreciate the work that goes into such things, I’ve never been a fan of those run of the mill sun catchers… and the few pieces of her work that I’d seen left a lot to be desired.



So when I saw that fun pot of glass agave leaves, I passed it along because she’s always looking for ideas. Next thing I knew she was texting me pictures of some of her latest projects…



And I have to say….



Her work has come a long way. (That frog!❣️)



I was so impressed with this owl I offered to buy it, but sadly she had already given him away. But then she sent me this…



And the husband fell in love, immediately pondering its placement the man cave. While I’m thinking this eagle might be a little large, our neighbor now wants us to visit her studio and browse. She even offered us a custom made piece. How great is that!


A bar and a tree.


Next week a contractor will be here to build a bar in our barn.

Yes, you read that correctly, a contractor… one we will pay. Actual money. That surprised me since the husband has does most of the Barn Mahal construction himself, but this guy also built the bar at our local pub… so instead of having a spouse made amateur facsimile, we’ll have a serious bar.



With these giant extremely heavy boards the husband has kept from the original framing back in 2012.



The boards that have been moved, shifted, relocated, bumped into and cursed for 8 long years…. so all I can say is, yay.



Of course the other day we had to move them one last time.



Because my other half wanted to get an idea what the future boozer would look like.



And yes, that’s a driftwood Christmas tree on the right.



My girlfriend made it, used it one year, then gave it to me for our porch. Unfortunately we experience a cross breeze from our neighbor’s field equivalent to the Ames research center wind tunnel NASA uses to test its rockets. That tree literally flew. Which is generally not what you want Christmas decorations to do.

So it’s been inside the barn for a few years and despite my pleading that it would be a nice addition to the bar room, husband wants it gone.

Tons of useless rusty crap? He’ll find the room. One unique and quirky decorative tree? Bye bye.



Random drivel.


Before walking to the mailbox yesterday, I was unaware a voting report card even existed.



But huzzah!

I think I got an A.

And if there’s anything better than walking into your local grocery store and finding the Kool Aid man wearing a hat full of handmade hedgehogs?



I’m sure I don’t know what it is.

Now, I don’t claim to be the brightest bulb in the pack…



But I’m not so dim that I get easily confused by plaid. (Unless I’m throwing back shots. When that happens, I can barely figure out how to open my purse.)

And finally, Maine.

We rarely make the top of any list unless it’s moose or lobster centric so I was quite pleased to see we were number 2 in the fewest amount of Covid cases from June to mid October.



In case you don’t see your state, here’s the other half of the list.



North Dakota is the worst in the nation?

I admit that surprised me.


Sunrise, pandemic rocks, great ideas and dirty birds.


A post of random trivial things that aren’t worthy of their own blog.

First, a sunrise photo a friend of mine took the other day.




She lives on a lake…. and I have to say that looks like a pretty sweet way to wake up.


Don’t mind if I do.

The Covid 19 versions someone cleverly painted.




Brilliant ideas?

Yes, they’re still out there.





I found one.

These days social distancing is more important then ever….. so let’s commend those who go the extra mile.


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She doesn’t know where that bird has been.





Update…. You’re Never Too Old To Learn.


I ran across a catalog for continuing education the other day, and because I used to have a  totally ridiculous  blog series about this, I had to look.

The series started  here back in August of  ’18 with a class on Spoonbending.




Shows what you know Junior. There’s a whole class devoted to that spoon.

Yes. An actual college class, I’m not lying.

(Or drinking… go figure.)



So when I saw this current class being offered, it simply begged to be blogged about.


Spoon Carving Level 2
Up your spoon carving skills and build on what was learned
in your previous spoon-carving class. This time around you’ll
carve a deeper serving spoon, as well as practice additional
refining and finishing. Prerequisites: Previous woodworking
experience or Spoon Carving, Beginner. Material fee of $15
included in the price of the course.

Wednesday, beginning Oct. 16, from 6 to 9 p.m. for 3 weeks

Cost: $75


Clearly our college is still obsessed with spoons.




Well, that may be a different class entirely.

“Up your spoon carving skills?”

Who said I had any to begin with.




“Carve a deeper serving spoon?”

Hell, that’s totally worth $75.

And I’m sorry…

But you know there can only be one possible instructor for this class –


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Because I’m helpful.


Since we’re all staying home and social distancing in an effort to slow the spread of virus, we’re going to have a lot of time on our hands.

We can blog.

Or Read.

Or binge watch our favorite trashy Netflix series.

But for the crafty and artistic few among us?

Please feel free to steal this idea.




Just be sure to post your versions when you do.

The rest of us are still bored.


You’re never too old to learn… Succulent Picture Frame.


Gather round students…. the Maine  is this for real?  Adult Education classes continue.

If you live in Maine  you can learn some wonderful things. So far in this riveting series we’ve had:


You’re never too old to learn…. Spoons.

You’re never to old to learn…. Potatoes.

You’re never too old to learn…. Ukulele

You’re never too old to learn…. Chakra Toning.

You’re never too old to learn…. Mindfulness.

You’re never to old to learn…. Tin Cans.

You’re never too old to learn…. Knotweed Flutes.


And today we continue with Succulent Picture Frames.

(Disclaimer – This class does not require sucking. But I think that’s offered at PT’s Showclub in Portland.)




Course description:

Succulent Picture Frame 

Having live plants around as we transition into fall will brighten every day and beautify your home. You will set up your own succulent picture frame with a variety of plants to create your own living art! You will also receive instruction on how to care for this gorgeous creation to enjoy it all year long. The price of the course includes all materials to make one succulent picture frame. Materials fee of $60 included in the price of the course. No discounts.


A frame. Made out of plants.

My first question is why?

Don’t get me wrong, I love plants… they’re beautiful and versatile.



As well as great disguises when you’re stalking an ex.



They can even rid your house of pesky flies… I get it.



Though we all know that can go horribly wrong…



But hell, I can hardly be bothered to dust my current picture frames, now they want me to water one?


Because while I have lovely outdoor gardens, and a house full of healthy green leafy plants?

I will kill each and every succulent I touch.




I must over water….. or love them too much.

Because yes, apparently that’s a thing.



So if I want my walls to be covered in framed plants?


plant frame


I’ll just dye my cobwebs green and call it good.