Saturday, May 18, 2013


I charted the yard sales on MapQuest last night and got an early start to check out the 9 that were listed in North Kingstown. I like to spend a little time exploring but I don't want to spend/waste all day. At the end of the morning I had spent $7 and acquired some things I had hoped for.

First of all, I found an arm chair to re-purpose for our little living room. It doesn't look too pretty yet, but I will post pictures as soon as it does..

I have another eyesore in our apartment that I've been trying to determine what I can do to resolve. Our fireplace screen is a little outdated so I have an idea. Make a screen to cover it, and make it pretty. Today I found a large "Sofa size" painting. The picture isn't great but the size is right and the frame is good. So for $2 I bought an experimental piece of art.

I also bought 2 new bags of fiber fill. Just what I need to make some pillows. Woo-hoo! Good day for yard sales.

We also had some serious lookers at the motor home. Guess we'll have to wait and see if they are really interested.

Thursday, May 16, 2013


Today was Billy's day to come over to do whatever he wanted to do. We spend one day a week with one of the Reynolds' kids, just shopping or playing or whatever they choose.

Billy has been wanting to learn to golf, but since he is still in baseball season, Tommy decided to work on some baseball training to enhance Billy's game. They played catch and practiced hitting and seemed to really have fun.

While they played outside, I was playing inside. Since we moved here I have been wanting to re-purpose a small credenza I bought in Virginia Beach and put it to use. I have already painted it and moved it into the living room, but had not finished the tabletop arrangement. So I went back to work on it. I showed in an earlier post the lamp I re-purposed. I already showed a mirror that I bought for $3 at Salvation Army. I decided to paint it...

  I really like the mirror but it looked too dull to me. So I decided to experiment with some shading and this is how it looks now...

Along with that project I worked on a little plant stand that I bought while in Virginia Beach. It went from this

to this

Finished for today!

Wednesday, May 15, 2013


Today began when George and Becky Chasse and Mya came by and picked us up to spend some time together, while seeing some sights of  RI. We saw Wakefield, Jamestown, Narragansett and Galilee, but my favorite was Beaver Tail Lighthouse

 Nearby there were fishing boats trawling

and the aquarium, although not officially opened, allowed us to go inside and see the ocean animals. Mya liked the water, but the animals, not so much!
We came home a little early after Mya developed a tummy bug. Even though our lunch had to be postponed, we thoroughly enjoyed our time with our new friends.

We were welcomed home by an unwelcome guest. This is what we found by our side door!

Tuesday, May 14, 2013


We are finally legal drivers in Rhode Island. We got our official Rhode Island Driver's Licenses today. I know they don't look so official but we'll be getting the real deal within 2 weeks or so. Things definitely don't work quite as quickly here, but that's ok. There are some advantages to being behind the times. Life is slower here. Crime is lower here. And these northerners are really quite nice!

Now we must register both vehicles and we'll be done!

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Before and After: Dresser turned Dining Room Server

We purchased another piece of furniture for the guest room, but when we got everything in there it was too crowded. So we decided to move the cedar chest from the dining room and make the dresser into a dining room server. It would provide more storage as well as give another surface for serving when we have company. It was a sturdy piece of furniture but it was dirty and somewhat banged up. So I went to work to make it pretty. Here are the before  pictures:


Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Old Lamp Turns New

When an old lamp doesn't fit the bill, what do you do? Re-purpose it, of course! It was an experiment with nothing to lose but an old lamp. I think it turned out ok...

Monday, May 6, 2013

Sixty-third Birthday

Today is a special day indeed. My wonderful husband turns 63. I am so thankful I have been able to share the majority of those years with this fun loving, handsome, caring man, who loves God more than anything else.

And here is his birthday cake...I mean, pudding.