Thursday, July 12, 2018

Adventure Weekend





Terry and I are heading out for a little adventure weekend together.

We will be heading to Michigan.  It is a little over 2 hour drive to my favorite shop
The Found Cottage

I cannot wait to escape and go to this shop and about 5 other cute shops on the route.

I  love to take this kind of trip in the summer.  The drive is so pretty heading into Michigan and the weather is suppose to be hot but sunny all the way.

Hope to find some fun treasures along the way.

Do you love to take off on short fun adventures?


Our drive is along the coast of Lake Michigan with so many cute summer cottage towns.  

I am a summer girl and just love to take trips like this. 

We have such a long winter season here in the midwest and our summers are short.  I try to soak up every glorious day.

Hope to share some treasures found from our weekend trip and also some new things I am working on in my bedroom.  Have a great Friday and wonderful weekend.
Hugs,
Kris

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Peggy's Story




Many of you have asked me why Peggy has not been in any of my posts of late.  I am going to share Peggy's story with all of you.

This is so personal for me and I was not going to share it but now that some time has passed I feel I can share the story of this beautiful girl.






This is Peggy the day we picked her up from the Breeding Farm she was kept.  This is one of the biggest breeders of Basset Hounds in the midwest.  He has a large farm where he has set up breeding kennels for his dogs.  I am not a fan of these places and as I tell you Peggy's story you will see why I say this.

This is a picture of Peggy with my little grand daughter Charlotte when we first brought her home to live with us.  She loves kids.


Peggy made herself right at home with my whites lol!

She loved this white chair of mine.  It's all good since it is a washable slipcover!!! 



 Here is Peggy's story.  
Grab a frosty beverage this is a long story.

  After Cooper died a breeder contacted me through email saying he had a female basset hound he was breeding that he was ready to give up for adoption into a forever home.  

I was not sure I wanted to take on another dog after just losing Cooper and having so much going on in our life.   We were moving into the new house, renovations,  moving my mom up from Florida for her care and babysitting for my two granddaughters.  We had a lot going on!!!

The breeder was one that I contacted before we got Cooper.  I had heard that sometimes when his females are too old to breed anymore he is willing to place them in forever homes.  

 I had contacted him awhile back and at that time he did not have any females ready to go to a forever home.  So I let it go.  

Then Cooper came into our lives.  We loved him and gave him a great home until the cancer took him after only having him a year.  He was a lug of happiness and love for us.  Terry and I were devastated when we lost him.

A few months after we lost Cooper this breeder popped up in my email saying he had a female ready to be placed into a home.  He was inquiring if I was still looking.  

I thought ok maybe this is meant to be since I had contacted this guy over two years prior and nothing happened.  Now that Cooper had passed,   I get this email that this breeder has a female for us to consider.  Hmmmmm. 

  Even with our lives being busy,  I thought maybe this was meant to be too.  

After seeing her sweet face I knew we had to take the plunge again.



 So down we traveled to Indiana where this breeder lived.  The farm was big and clean but all I could see was long fenced kennels with little small dog shelters at the end of each run.  

Inside each run was a female basset hound.  Even with all the kennels being clean I felt a sadness for these beautiful dogs knowing nothing but being outdoors and bred for puppies.  

No human contact except when the breeder fed them or took them to breed.  

They all barked and wagged their tails at us and seemed happy.  I guess a happiness of not being miss treated and knowing nothing else in their lives.

We took Peggy home with us.  She was the smallest of all the females we saw.  

We have had several basset hounds over the years and this one seemed to be very small and skinny.  

The breeder said he was giving her up because he had tried to breed her a few times and each time the babies were still born or he just could not get her to go into heat anymore.  

So after all these problems with breeding Peggy the breeder did not want to care for her anymore.  Once they do not produce good puppies they are of no use to the breeder.   

I felt good about adopting Peggy and giving her a better life with us.

After taking Peggy to our Vet and having her examined we found out that she was under nourished because of having 10 really infected  bad teeth.  

That is why she was underweight.   Poor girl could not eat much.  Can you imagine having 10  really bad tooth aches!  

Made me sick and heart broken to hear this from our Vet.  We started with getting Peggy fixed.   Then the bigger and more extensive second surgery was to have the teeth removed and antibiotics given.  Peggy began to come around and gain some weight and feel better.  

The Vet said she probably was having still born liters because of being in such poor health with the teeth.  

I was outraged that this breeder with such a wonderful reputation did not know this about one of his females.  

It was obvious he did not pay attention to the health of his dogs.  

If he would have payed more attention to her health she probably would have given healthy puppies.  

I wrote him and told him all of this and what I thought of how careless and irresponsible he was to not pay more attention to the health of his dogs.


 After fixing Peggy up and getting her healthy again she became such a sweet and loving dog.  

The problem with Peggy as we would come to find out is that she needed a "Pack".  Peggy only knew living with other dogs and now she was just with Terry and I.  

Peggy would have major anxiety when I would leave her for even a short time.  I would come home and she would be a mess with how much stress and anxiety she would go through while I was away.  Made my heart break each time.

I talked to the Vet and she gave us some retraining things to do with Peggy to get her to not have as much anxiety when we had to leave her alone.  

We worked with her for months with nothing seeming to work.  The only other option was to  drug her with anti anxiety medications. 

 The side effects of these meds would not give her a good quality of life and she would be in a foggy  state of mind on these meds.  

I just could not bring myself to do this with her. I felt this fur angel had been through so much already.

I could take her with me when I would go down to babysit and go to most places,  but she did have to be home alone a lot during most days.  When I would go over to care for my mom I could not take her with.  Dogs were not allowed at the senior place my mom lived.  So we still had a big problem.

Our Vet is a wonderful caring vet and she said she felt that Peggy was a Pack dog.  She needed a pack and Terry and I were not enough of a pack for her.  

We had to make a big and hard decision.  We needed to find Peggy a new home with a pack of her own.  I have never ever had to give up a dog from our family.  Never Ever!!! So this was the hardest thing we were going to have to do.

I was talking about this with a good friend and she said her daughter and SIL and their three kids were looking to adopt a dog.  

After giving it some thought.    I felt maybe the kids would hopefully become her pack and she would have a better life free of anxiety and fear.  

We decided to adopt her out to this wonderful family.  I knew they were dog people and would give Peggy a loving home.  

That was not the hard part.  The hard part was giving her away.  Even when your head says this is the perfect solution for everyone,  my heart was breaking into a million pieces.  

So when the day came for them to come and pick up Peggy I could hardly keep it together knowing this was goodbye.  

I felt like I was giving up one of my children.  Peggy immediately  bonded with the kids and they were so excited to have Peggy going home with them.  

As they drove down the street I watched the car drive away.  I felt like I was in a dream.  I wanted to run down the street yelling wait give her back I made a big mistake!!!

  My heart was breaking into a million pieces.  Terry and I both cried as we saw the car drive away.

Later that day I got this picture with one of the boys and Peggy already bonding.  It was a good thing for my broken heart to see.
Peggy was bonding with her new family and pack.

Then a few days after the picture came through they sent me this video of her playing and adjusting to her new pack.  My heart began to feel less broken and I could see we did the right thing for Peggy.  She now has her pack and is loving her life.

Peggy has not had any anxiety with her new family like she had with us.   She is adjusting well.  She is happy and loving her new home.

I learned from this life lesson that our purpose was to save her from starvation and poor health and to get her ready for her forever home. 

Peggy was not meant to be our forever pup she needed a bigger forever pack to spend her life.

I can finally share this with all of you.  It took some time for me to be able to share this. 

While it is a heartwarming end for Peggy it was a heartbreaking journey for Terry and I. 

I now know that we did the right thing for everyone.

Our purpose in Peggy's life while short gave us love and taught us that sometimes the right thing to do is not the easy thing.

Peggy is in a great home and is so loved.  I get updates on her and I can actually laugh and smile now and not cry from missing her so much as her new family shares her life with us.

Terry and I miss having a dog.  We have always had a dog or two in our home.  So this has been a major adjustment for us. 

We have so many outside responsibilities in our life right now and hope someday when things calm down to be able to adopt another beautiful fur angel into our hearts and home.

That is the story of Peggy.  She is thriving in her new home.

Hugs,
Kris

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

"Dungeon" Fix

Happy 4th.  
We are doing a chillin and grillin day!

Finally have the "dungeon" fixer upper to show you.


This is the before picture.  Ugly uneven leaking walls and lots of cement.  These steps lead down to the entrance of the finished basement.  




We found this outdoor stone tiling at Menard's. 

A contractor had bought too much and brought some boxes back to the store.  Menards normally would not take back a special order product like this but because this contractor is a good customer they took it back. 

Menard's could not put it back into stock since it was a special order item. 

Terry and I were in the store trying to see if we could find some kind of outdoor shiplap for the stair walls.  While talking to the store manager on what kind of outdoor shiplap they might have,  he told Terry and I he had this special stone tile that was returned.

He said since it cannot return it to stock he would heavily discount it if we were interested.

Hmmm yep I think we would!  This stone is usually $60 dollars a box.  He gave it to us for about $20 a box.  Wooo Hooo!  Less than the out door shiplap would have cost us.



The plan was to do the back wall as you see finished and then the wall to the right going up the steps.  Terry worked for 4 hours on cutting and matching and adhering the tiles.  He got about half way up the stair wall and disaster struck.  That wall was so uneven that the tiles began to fall off the wall.


The wall tiles fell on Terry luckily he was not hurt. 
Now we had a half wall of broken tiles and adhesive that was already drying on the walls.  Very frustrating!

  We knew we would not have enough tiles to replace the broken ones to go up this wall again.

 Plus Terry said with how old and warped the wall was the next tiles would probably do the same thing.

 So we went to Plan B.
We decided to leave the one wall with the tiles and then do a plaster technique to the walls in stead of tiles.  This way we could camouflage the already drying adhesive on the wall.


This is the texture we did to the walls with the left over adhesive.  Then we painted it with cement paint.  This technique gave this uneven wall some character and texture.

Then we primed and painted the steps.


This is the before walls that were just primed along with the steps being primed. 

These stairs were too boring and needed something so we used the left over tiles that were still good on the risers of the steps. 


It gave the steps some texture and character.  


I found some outdoor stair mats on Amazon and put those down to help with any slippery issues on the steps.



Before



After



I found this old iron garden gate on Offer Up.  The man that was selling it took it off his 100 year old home.  Happy he wanted to sell it.  


It fit perfectly in this spot.
I had this old metal hand painted ceiling tile in my stash.  I needed to find a nice spot for it.




I think between the windows is a perfect place for this art piece.  It is weather proofed with outdoor enamel paint and cedar wood for the frame.






I am enjoying my lounge chair this summer.  This is my little piece of heaven.



My newly planted knock out roses are growing nicely and blooming.

My flower boxes are thriving too.

After all the rain and heat the flowers are blooming beautifully.

A lot of people do not like Petunia's because they are high maintenance.  You need to dead head constantly to get these full and beautiful flowers.  I feel it is so worth it.  They make me smile to see how well they are doing.

The colors in the garden are just so vibrant.


These next two pictures are how the backyard looked when we moved in.

Hardly any grass and lots of mud.



  With lots of work on Terry and my part we were able to carve out a backyard with a little summer area we can enjoy.  We love to eat outside on the deck almost every night as long as the weather permits.


I love my little sanctuary here on the deck.

Living small does not mean you cannot have relaxing spaces to enjoy. 

So happy we could plant some sod, add some perennials and annuals and a no maintenance deck to our backyard.  It makes for relaxing summer enjoyment.

The "dungeon" is a little brighter and not so gloomy any more.

Have a great rest of the week.
Hugs,
Kris

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Give Away Winner (s)



I want to announce the winner of my giveaway today.

 I am adding a few little runner up prizes to the giveaway.  All your stories touched me so much.  I had to add few more kindness prizes after reading all the wonderful stories. 

This way I could share more kindness back to you.  I made up these Cute Let Love Grow Pads of Paper and a cute pen to match into a gift container.

I have tied this off with ribbon and they soon will be on their way.


Misty and Cil Stevens were tied with the beautiful stories they shared.  I was going to honestly put all your names in the bowl and pick. 

After reading their random unplanned act of kindness,  I thought these two were so deserving.

 
I have put their stories below to read.  I think you will agree they deserve to both win.  I have an extra nozzle and fountain that I will package up.  Thank you both for sharing your stories.  This is the sort of kindness we all need to have happen in everyday life.
Misty's Story

I look forward to seeing the dungeon finished. Sorry to hear that Terry ws hurt. I don't like patting myself on the back for a good deed, but I want to enter your giveaway. Yesterday I was in line at the cashier at the grocery store. A young Mom with 2 small children was in front of me. She had a few items for her kids to have lunch and breakfast. Her food stamp card wouldn't go through, and the cashier told her to call them. She was almost in tears, so I told the cashier just to add her items to my bill. She was so thankful that she hugged me with tears in her eyes. When she left with her groceries, the cashier told me that she also had a sick child at home. But my greatest work is all the cats I take care of. I shelter elderly cats. I have 12 at the moment. I also tend to some feral cat colonies. And I do take canned cat food donations. Most of the old cats have no teeth. (jozywails@gmail.com)


Cil Stevens Story
Hi Kris, what cute give-aways and so generous of you to share with some lucky someone. Speaking of acts of kindness- I didn't see your request until today but will share this in case someone needs a little chuckle today. Last Thursday I was coming home from an errand when I saw a lady leaving our local Social Security Office walking in the hot Alabama sun with a back pack and carrying a bag. I pulled in an office parking lot and when she got to my car, I asked if I could give her a ride. She looked a little apprehensive, but I guess she decided I wasn't much of a threat being probably older than her, so she accepted. When she got in, she said "You're not going to lock me in here, are you?" I replied no intention of doing that and we chatted til we got to her destination, just a few blocks away. When she started to get out of my car, the doors were locked and I couldn't figure out how to get them open quickly (only had this vehicle a few weeks)!!! Poor lady is jerking on the door handle and I'm panicking, trying to tell her to stop because every time I pressed the unlock button she had the door handle up and it wouldn't unlock. Sooooo,after that little act of kindness (??) we were both a little frazzled! But I don't regret it, I think that's why God blessed me with being able to find the vehicle I needed when my old one died a natural death. My favorite quote is by Sister Theresa: "We all may not be able to accomplish great acts of kindness, but we can do small acts with great love." Or, words to that effect. Have a great day.
 
I did put the rest of your names into a bowl and had Terry pick out 5 of you.  All your stories were so touching.  So if your name is below please email me your address.

Yvonne Sanders
Jane Blue Bird 1959
Melanie Riley
Carla from The River
Desires of the Heart



One more prize winner I need to mention and share her story.  It touched my heart.
Cecilia's Story:
Oh no! I'm glad Terry is ok! Goodness.
The items in the giveaway are so pretty! Who doesn't love the sound of gurgling water too? However, I have a large fountain already so please let someone else win.
My good deed is in the making - a woman at church recently lost her husband in a car wreck. They were in the process of adopting their four grandchildren as the parents are unable/unwilling to take care of them. I am going to go purchase gift cards for her to use whenever she needs them - kid-friendly restaurants, grocery, etc. it's not much but I hope it will ease her burden.

Cecilia I have a gift card I purchased that I am sending to you to help out your friend from Church that you are giving the gift cards too.  So please add it to your gift cards to share.  I also will have a little special treat for you too along with the gift card.  Every little bit helps.

This was a heart warming post for me.  I am so glad there are so many people out there that still want to share kindness.  It renews our faith in fellow human beings.  

In a world full of so much unrest and violence it is good to know we still can feel good about sharing human kindness with each other.  Thank you all for sharing your stories.  I am glad I could share a little kindness back to all of you.

Hugs,
Kris

PS: I think we just might have the Dungeon done this weekend to show.  We have had a few hiccups and rain delays but we are almost done.

Sunday, June 24, 2018

Sweeeeet Give Away

Good Sunday Morning to all of you.

I want to thank all of you that weighed in on the  Social Media choices.  What I came away with from all your comments, is that we all agree blogging provides the more personal way to communicate out of all the choices we have.  

My true feeling is some people come into our lives and will be with us until we take our last breath and others will come in to our lives for a shorter time to teach us something or share a certain amount of time with us.  

I truly believe this in my own life.  Blogging has given me a way to form friendship with like minded people that I would probably never have had in my path if it were not for blogging.

 I think by sharing more of a story with our blog posts it lets everyone know our style, creative heart's, inspiration and most of all a little about us.  I am thankful for all your caring hearts and friendship you share with me.


I have a pretty give away.  This is from me and not from a sponsor.  Just a nice little thank you gift for coming by and supporting my blog.



How many of you love the sound of water running but maybe do not have the room for a big water fountain in your yard or on your deck.

I found this on Amazon.  It is a solar fountain.  I bought two and only needed one.  So I have one to share with one of you lucky peeps.

It is very inexpensive and it will give you a cute little water fountain in any container or birdbath, dish etc. that you have currently in your yard.

All I did was bought a very inexpensive plastic planter from Lowe's.  $10

I added some faux flowers around the edge of the plastic planter and then added put the solar fountain in the planter.  It has section cups to stick to the bottom of the bowl.  Then you fill  water to the edge of the solar fountain base.

Now I have a little water fountain on the deck.  It is a soft sound and very peaceful.  I will share with you that these do not store the solar energy so once it is not in the sun it shuts down.  Ok with me I like it on a hot sunny day when I am out on the deck in the sunshine.

This is my friend Sandy's pretty deck and how she set her fountain up.  Since she did a movie I thought if you want to hear the water sound you can click on her movie. 
Thanks Sandy for letting me share this.  If you think my flowers are big and pretty!!! Oh my I will have to take pictures of her beautiful flowers sometime to share.  She is the flower fairy and her flower gardens are just gorgeous.
I also have this sweet hand painted nozzle for your garden hose.  I will add this to the solar fountain in this give away. 
Isn't it pretty.  I found these cute pink nozzles on Amazon awhile back.  I contacted a sweet lady on Etsy that paints pretty roses and she agreed to paint up the nozzles for me. 

I kept two for me and gave the other nozzles for Mother's Day gifts.  Lorena @ RoseChicFriends on Etsy  used an outdoor enamel paint to keep them from fading and coming off with all the water it would be exposed too.


After I asked her to paint the nozzles for me she asked me if she could take my idea and make these to sell on her blog. 

I said absolutely they are so cute and pretty and you are so talented and you have the special paint lol! 
Lorena then purchased some of these pink garden hose nozzles and painted them to sell on Etsy. 
Here is her Etsy Shop in case you do not win this one in the give away and would like one of these.  The make great gifts for the gardener in your life.

The best is yet to be is a great saying and this cute little painted sign with the aqua blue bike is too adorable.  Adding this to the fun package for the give away.

Soooo cute.  They were cute and pretty in just the pink but then I thought they needed to be even cuter!!!! So I thought I am going to ask a few of those talented ladies out there that can paint pretty flowers to see if one of them wanted to make my vision come true.
 I was so thrilled when Lorena contacted me back and said she would love to paint them and had a special enamel paint that would keep them from chippy with the watering.  I love how they came out.
This one is going to be in the giveaway package too.

Yep super cute for any of you summer girls or garden girls out there. 

Normally all you would have to do for my giveaway is to leave me a comment.  Easy Peasy is how I roll!!!

I am going to add just a little extra step this time. 

I love when we can pay it forward.  So please do something really nice and kind for someone.  We live in a world that is scary and violent and sometimes we all feel we have lost caring and valuing each other.
Sometimes when you could not imagine someone doing something nice or they share some kindness to you we get back to thinking there is good in people.


Do something really nice for someone and come back and leave me a comment.  If you want to share what you did that is beautiful if not and you want to keep it private that is ok too.

I think you are all caring angels in my book and probably do so much for others everyday of your lives.  Just try and do one extra little thing for someone today.  We share so much kindness and giving at the holidays but I think it is great to try and do it all the time.

So my angel warriors go do a special kindness and come back and leave me a comment and I will enter you into my giveaway.

We were almost done with the "dungeon" yesterday and disaster struck!!!! Literally struck Terry.  Thankfully he just got a few cuts on his arm and wrist from the disaster.  I will get into the disaster more when I post the reveal and let you know how we had to scrap plan A and do a plan B.
Have a super fun week.
Hugs
Kris