Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Here Comes Peter Cottontail

Here comes Peter Cottontail,

Hoppin' down the bunny trail

Hippity, hoppity

Easter's on its way.

Bringing every girl and boy

baskets full of Easter joy,

Things to make your Easter bright and gay.

He's got jelly beans for Tommy,

Colored eggs for sister Sue,

There's an orchid for your Mommy

And an Easter bonnet, too.

Oh! here comes Peter Cottontail,

Hoppin' down the bunny trail,

Hippity hoppity,

Happy Easter day.

- Gene Autry

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Around the House

This is Easter week and the bunnies are out at our house.

This one is ready to begin his Spring planting.

These two are looking forward to sweet carrots.

Mom Bunny is dreaming of all the wonderful dishes she'll cook using the carrots.

This basket holds two bunnies and wash clothes.

These little lambs just hang out by the hand towels.

The inscription on the angel says, ". . . As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord."

These eggs convey the greatest message of all -

"For God so loved the world . . .

. . . that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him . . .

. . . should not perish, but have everlasting life." John 3:16

In this season of flowers and bunnies and eggs and lambs, please remember that God's greatest gift to us was His one and only Son, Jesus, and the true meaning of Easter.

Monday, March 29, 2010

Hey! Spring is Here!

This little guy greeted me this morning as I walked through the kitchen.

My camera was handy so I grabbed it and started shooting away.

He must have liked posing for the camera because

I was able to snap about 70 photos.

Or maybe. . .

He was just trying to let me know that Spring has finally sprung for sure!

Friday, March 26, 2010

Our Sweet Elliott

Four years ago this coming Sunday Elliott came into our lives. You can read the story here.

Back then he looked like this.

These pictures were taken the night he came to live with us.

We laughed because he almost looked like he was going to take flight in this photo.

AD did a little trim job so Elliott could see a little better.

This is Elliott yesterday after he came home from the groomer.

He is our 'king' dog and we think he's very handsome. We can't imagine life without him.

We're also sad to say that our groomer is closing her shop and yesterday was our final appointment with her. She is the only groomer our fur kids have ever been to and they will miss her.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

New Fangled Contraption

Every year a group in my hometown puts on a Home Kitchen Tour as a fund raiser for their various projects.

My friend, Kristin, and I have gone a couple of times and it's always a lot of fun.

While it is promoted as a kitchen tour sometimes you are able see other parts of the homes. Last year I saw something in the garage of one of the homes that I just knew AD would love to have. He should have gone with me.

I told him about the new fangled contraption I'd seen and then we did some research online. AD talked to our contractor to see if he knew anything about the contraption. Dan said that one of his customers had recently decided to add one to their new home and it was a first for him too.

When we went to the Home & Garden Show a couple of weekends ago there was a company that had them on display. AD talked to the salesman about it and we decided to have one put in.

This is our garage (and there's Mikey's dog house sitting by the door.)

The workmen arrived about 1:10 Friday afternoon and set up to do the work.

They had to go into the attic too.

Can you tell what it is?

Have you ever seen one?

It's like an elevator (NO RIDERS ALLOWED) that lifts various items up into the attic for storage.

This is the smaller model and can lift 200 pounds according to the paperwork but the salesman (who was also one of the installers) said it really can hold a little more weight than that.

AD and I wish we'd had one of these years ago!

The installation only took about 3 hours or so.

This is what the garage ceiling looks like now.

Here's a view from inside the attic.

And another view so you can see the railing they installed by the attic ladder. The railing is an option that's available but they gave it to us since we bought the lift during the Home & Garden Show.

We think it's just about one of the handiest tools we've bought in awhile.

Now we can move some of my things into the attic that have been stored in AD's shop. He's really gonna love having more room in his shop for his guy stuff.

Monday, March 22, 2010

One Last Stand

Old Man Winter decided to make one last stand on the first day of Spring. (I sure hope it was his last stand!)

Friday was a beautiful day. Then on Saturday morning I woke up between 5 and 5:15 am to the sound of sleet hitting the bedroom window.

I went back to sleep for a bit and when I got up it was really snowing hard.

At one point our park bench was covered in birds perched there to stay out of the wind and snow.

When I saw them I ran to get my camera but the dogs saw the birds, started barking and they all flew back out into the cold.

They did leave their calling card though.

Of course Smoke and Dani wanted to go right out. Here's Elliott saying, "See, I told you you'd never be able to catch those birds. Here I am nice and warm inside and you're standing out there freezing!"

Dani didn't want to give up hunting the birds though.

Finally she decided it was time to come in. For a little while.

Sunday morning the snow drifts on the south side of the house looked like this.

I took this shot out my bedroom window.

These were the snow drifts on the north side of the house looking west.

And one looking east.

One of the windows on the north side of the house.

I really intended to post the photos yesterday but was too busy watching 2 road graders try to clear our road.

One got stuck at least 3 times.

This photo was taken about 3:15 yesterday afternoon after a whole lot of melting.

But there was still a LOT of snow on the road.

The foreman of the crew told AD our road was about the worst one they'd seen yesterday.

After they got just past our driveway about 5:30, they quit for the day.

This morning, they're back at it again, clearing the road on farther west.

Looks like we've got a lot of mud in our future. But Spring is here - right, Spring?