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October 2013

CREEPY READING!

                   CONTACTS FOR READING, (STEPHEN KING BOOKS.) 

DEER SEASON IN OKLAHOMA~

Although I was born and raised in the Oklahoma countryside, it always makes me sad when my f/b news feed is flooded with pictures of camo clad hunters holding Bambi's lifeless antlers. 

I totally understand that hunting is a sport, and venison is really tasty, but I'd rather feed the deer than shoot them~

Me and deer go way back!


1974---good old days of bare feet and cut off jeans~

Bottle feeding an orphan baby deer we named Bucky at my grandma and grandpa's farm in Muskogee, when I was 11.  The game warden came to pick him up and it made my brother and I so upset that we squirted the warden in the crotch with our squirt guns to make it look like he wet his khakis! 











Feeding our friends behind the cabin in Nathrop, Colorado in 2012.  It took lots of patients (and several juicy apples) to get them so close.






Paint and Plastering Your Marriage

Monty and I are doing a home improvement project together for the next three days...Forrest says we need a referee. I told Monty silence is golden. Monty told Forrest we may need an ambulance---Everyone needs to put their marriage to the test of fire (or paint and plaster) once in a while.

We're having fun

I'd love for you to come back and visit for some before and after pics.  Which ever one of us is still alive will post the photos! :)  

Happy Fall re-modeling everyone!!

DING DONG THE WITCH IS CUTE!!"

The cutest Witch of the (Mid)-West was temporarily taken out by a flying laundry basket!

"DING DONG THE WITCH IS CUTE!!"

My daughter and I actually had to bribe little Clara Jane to put the laundry basket over her face.  Her brother had been playing under it, but she wanted no part of it.  Picture me at the top of the basket shoving mini Twizzlers through the holes until the picture was snapped!  

I absolutely love Halloween week!!




Having fun with our Munchkins~

PAINTED FURNITURE~

So here's my second, "I don't have money to buy new furniture so I'm getting creative and painting the old," project within the last two weeks.

This one is my old vanity from high school (it's an antique!)  Actually 30 years ago it graced my bachelorette pad.  It makes a great little catch all table in my entry way. By the way, pay no attention to the dirty floor behind the curtain!  The Great and Powerful Oz is going to paint before she mops.

Hmmm...what to re-do next.  I think it will be my old, mis-matched bedroom furniture.

This old thing was transformed by lightly sanding the top, a coat of Kilz (2 hour drying time) then two coats of Blade Green paint.  I antiqued the finish with a Walnut polyurethane stain by just wiping on with a cloth and rubbing back off, and viola!




My favorite part of my new hall table is the picture of Clara Jane that will sit atop it. Love my Garden Girl table. 

PUMPKIN TOWN!

We made our annual trip to the pumpkin patch yesterday.  Pumpkin Town in Tulsa was a blast!  Our family group consisted of three grandma's, one grandpa, one Auntie, four young moms and dads, and eight precious kiddos.  

We bouncy house jumped,  (kind of a theme with us) rode ponies, enjoyed the barn animals, rode mini tractors, shot pumpkins and corn cobbs from cannons, climbed hay bales, dug for treasure in the giant sand box, took a draft horse hay ride, face painted and picked out pumpkins---busy, beautiful fall day.

I hope you all get a chance to visit your local pumpkin patch.  It just wouldn't be October without the adventure.

Happy Monday~





Clara Jane getting a butterfly painted on her cute little face










Eddie Jett plopped down on the pumpkin he wanted~
















Maddy riding Aunt Shannon's sweet ponies--her first solo ride!














"Batman...get me a rope"












Eddie Jett enjoying our hay ride while Ella gets to take the reins ---







Landon and Zane trading Skittles for M&M Cookies <3



















Mama Sky digging for buried treasures with the kiddos--










Precious cousin-hugs~

FALL HAS FALLEN---

Fall has fallen, the pool is closed, the weather is cooling off, and the trees are showing just the slightest touch of auburn, gold, and orange in their foliage. 

Life slows down a bit in the French household.  I start baking again, (hide the scales) and nosing around the house for projects that I've put off all summer.

My first project of Fall was to paint my out dated kitchen table and chairs.  At first glance, I thought it would be a day project, but in truth it took three---sanding, (a little) a coat of Kilz, two coats of paint, and several coats of polyurethane later and viola! 

My next job is to plaster and texture my kitchen walls and paint them.  I'm thinking a dusty, olive green for the top, a darker olive khaki color for the paneling below the chair rail, and black chalk paint on the door so the grand kids (and Ga-Ga) can have some fun! 

My husband has vacation in two weeks, which will be perfect timing to help.  Can you say "Honey-d0" list!? 

I love this time of year!  Happy Fall all!!




BEFORE--Anyone else have the 1990's Shaker style dining table?  Very sturdy, but out dated.







AFTER---I still have to remove the cushion from the chair and staple the new fabric over the cushion--I had fun picking the pattern out. I antiqued the chairs as well, which added a day to the project, but I love the way it turned out!  

THE GOVERNMENT SHUT DOWN AND PANCAKES~

My wonderful girlfriend, Susan Sturgeon-Mannion, works for the Library of Congress...the Library is closed due to the government shut down---she's making pancakes for her boys this morning and enjoying her time with them--- Blessing in a time of uncertainty---prayers for a resolution.
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