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Friday, October 8, 2010

Old-School

When we first moved up here to East Tennessee, I found myself among the countless Americans who are unemployed. It was an odd feeling, to be sure! I never pegged myself as one of those folks who judges their self-worth on what I “did,” but it sure felt weird to not be helpin’ to bring in the bacon, as it were. Thankfully though, my hubby had already started his new job and we were able to move in with my in-laws (I know what you’re thinking about that, but they’re great. Really) so things weren’t too tight.

In any case, with no job and nothing pressing to tend to, a girl’s got to find something to keep her busy, right?

(What? Did y’all think this was gonna be a somber post about the state of America’s economic affairs? Ha! No, ma’am, I don’t think so! I try never to talk about politics if I can help it.)

Anyway, in my first several weeks here in TN, my mother-in-law showed me all her favorite thrifting nooks. At one of the area rescue missions I found a cute little school chair for only $7! I saw it’s potential right away…a good sanding & some spray paint and it would be cute as can be!!

Buster posing (reluctantly) to give y’all some size reference 

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He got tired of posing pretty quick. Ha! I sanded the wood down to get the peeling varnish off.

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I sanded the metal lightly too so that my spray paint would stick better. See the ink blot (or some kinda stain) on the front edge of the wood? It didn’t come out completely after I sanded, but I like that. Gives it some charm. 

The little manufacturer’s seal says “American Seating Co., Grand Rapids, Mich.” in the outer circle. In the middle it says “Envoy- Made in the U.S.A.”

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That skinnier bar across the back moves back & forth slightly to mold to your back a little better.

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I didn’t take pictures of the whole sanding, priming, & painting process but here’s the semi-finished product. It’s a candy apple red. Fits the school theme, don’t ya think? Since this picture was taken, I’ve stained the wood with a natural stain. It looks like the same color wood as in this pic, just a little brighter.

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I can’t wait to find a spot for it in our new house!

Help me, help me! Please?

Blogger friends, I am in a quandary.

I've been trying to upload a post for the last few days now & Blogger is telling me that I'm out of room for photos. Whaaattt??!! How does that happen? Can anyone tell me how to get around it or how to fix that problem? I haven't posted nearly as many posts as some people so I know I can't have too many photos on here. I'm perplexed! Please help!

Thank you!!

Sunday, September 26, 2010

A Little at a Time

Since it's been so long since I've written to y'all and I have about a million (exaggerating) pictures on my computer that I want to share, I figured I would just pick a photo album from my files and blog about it. Knowing me & my tendency toward OCD (I don't actually have the disorder...at least I don't think I do) I'll probably go in chronological order. And no, I won't blog them all in one post. That would be a little much for you and me!


First up is the going away party that my parents threw us before we left Louisiana in March. Several of our closest friends came to bid us adieu and we had a great time visiting with them all! A few weeks after the party, we and all our worldly goods relocated to the great state of Tennessee. East Tennessee to be almost exact.

Food, family, & friends…all crowded in the kitchen. I love that!!

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Kids playin’ in the floor

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Some of the greatest friends in the world, Jarred, Katherine, & their sweet girl, Brynleigh

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Our long-time next-door neighbors & wonderful friends, Jackie & Grace

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Our buddy, Jerome (an Air Force friend of Nathan’s) holding Paula’s little boy Duncan

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The sweetest woman in the universe, Mrs. Ruth, & her sweet granddaughter, Baylor

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Friends that are more like family, (L to R) Nathan, me holding Martha’s baby, Baylor, Martha holding Boston, Mrs. Ruth, Amy, & her new husband, Mikey 

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Un-posed shot! Love it!

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Paula, Duncan, & me! One of my closest friends, sure do miss her!

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The two of us with Paula & Duncan

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Nathan & Duncan…buddies! Don’t they look cute?!

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Mama with Baylor. She loves the little ones!!

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I wish I could remember what we were talkin’ about. It looks like it was hilarious! If Paula’s telling the story, it usually is!!

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My Daddy & Baylor. This is my absolute favorite pic of the night. So sweet!

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I found an old film camera (that had no film in it) & I thought Duncan might like to play with it. I was right! He kept blinding us all with the flash! Ha ha!

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Our sweet friend, Linda.  She’d do anything for her friends….including driving hundreds of miles so my Mom could see her mom & me!! You’re the best!

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All of these people have been & are such a huge part of our lives. We have so many memories wrapped up in each one of you and with others that we didn’t get to photograph. I’m so grateful for the friends that became our family over the years! I miss you all so much and can’t wait to see you again! Much love to you all!

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Reminiscing

So, I've been looking back over several of my earlier posts and it's made me quite sentimental. Also, I really wish I'd had my "good" camera back when I first started this blog. The little mouse ornament I made would've benefited from it so much!! I can't believe how bad the lighting is in most of my old pictures! And I was always so satisfied with myself for playing around with my little Nikon point and shoot to get just the right settings. Ha! Shows how much I knew.

Don't get me wrong, that camera gave me tons of great pictures. It's just that the lighting in my old house was horrible, especially if the sun wasn't shining.

Nevertheless, there have been several changes in my life since I last wrote to y'all, many moons ago. My husband graduated cum laude (only one in his program) with a Bachelor's in Electrical Engineering Technology. I quit my job as a newborn nursery/post-partum nurse. We MOVED to Tennessee (which is why I quit my job)!! My hubby started a very promising new job at a company much like the one he was working for in Louisiana. And now, we are living in my in-laws' basement until our house back home sells. I am job-hunting, although I haven't been hitting the applications too hard, until recently anyway. I've now reached the point where I'm over the whole "I don't have to go to work, I can do whatever I want" phase and on to the "I don't have to go to work but I'm bored out of my ever-lovin' mind" phase. Ha!

I have a few promising avenues that I'm praying about but nothing definite yet. I just know that I do NOT want to go back to the 12 hour shift, every-other-weekend, whatever-holiday-they-decide-you-should-work routine. So we'll see where God places me. I'm looking forward to what He has in store for our future!

Y'all have a great day!!