Screen Porch Build – Day 4

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A lot was done today on the screen porch.  It is beginning to look like a screen porch!

As with any construction, it was pretty noisy, which was freaking my Aussie out!  He kept hiding in the furthest bedroom from the noise.  He just doesn’t know what to make of all this!

Luckily, we were between the snow showers.  They went south (Northern Illinois) and north (the Upper Peninsula of Michigan).  It actually was a pretty nice day, though it started out very chilly.  I offered the contractor and his helper a place to come in and warm up.  They told me they were used to the cold, and it wasn’t even cold yet for them. 

I will post tomorrow evening with updates!


Sreen Porch Build

My husband and I have wanted a screen porch for many years. If any of you have ever traveled to visit my brother, the famous actor, and my sister-in-law, the award-winning educator (now retired), and enjoyed their screen porch, you will understand our love of all things screen porch.

We are finally having our screen porch built. I am so excited about this, that I can hardly contain myself. So, I am documenting each day’s work, so you can follow along on its progress. When it is finished, unfortunately, it will be too cold outside to enjoy. However, next spring, summer and fall will be “screen porch time!” We are planning to have a big “screen porch initiation party” to celebrate its reality.

I am attaching some pictures. A before, Day 1 and Day 2 pictures because that is only how far along we are. We are hoping the weather cooperates with the build.Before Picture  10-15-2013


Wheres the opening

Trying New Things

I have been absent a lot because summer came and all of a sudden there is so much to be done!  Those include tending the garden, mowing our almost 2 acres, and trying out new projects.  Some of the projects have turned out ok, and some….well; not so ok.  Remember my  table and chairs project?  They turned out quite well, but not for long.  I used the wrong stuff to fill in the cracks and the top sides of the table cracked and started peeling.  So I have removed all I could of the old grout and filler and sanded the wood.  Now I have to regrout, paint, and seal the table and hopefully, get it done soon so we can enjoy it yet this summer!

I tried making things out of resin.  I found I do not like making things out of resin!

Now, I am working on stepping stones.  We have a huge yard, and I would like to have stepping stones going from here to there.  This will take many summers, I am sure.

So, I am enjoying summer, gardening, walking the dogs with my friend, and trying many new things.  I hope your summer is going well and you are enjoying new things and old things, as well.



This is my latest art project. A dear friend came for a visit and we spent the day creating. How wonderful it felt to open my soul, stir it up, and pour it onto the canvas! Sharing the process with a dear friend made it even more fulfilling. This type of art-making Is intuitive, always creating something different. I look forward to making more!

Now that it has sat for a few days, I see more I want to do with it….a work in progress.

Oh No! It’s All My Fault!!

ImageImageIt was so nice; surely I could plant my gardens, right?  So I got most if them planted and made Banjo’s yearly appointment to get shaved for the summer.  He has so much hair that grows quickly and is quite hot for him.  Well, you know how that goes, it has now turned very cold, with frost warnings for tonight and tomorrow night.  I should have listened to my friend’s grandma’s warning; ” The Ice King comes three times in May, so don’t plant until Memorial Day!”. So, y’all, it’s all my fault that it is so cold here in Wisconsin.  I and many others who were quick to jump the gun, will be out covering our plants tonight and tomorrow night.  Gotta love Wisconsin.

But on a lighter note; doesn’t Banjo look cute?


DIY Project

I’ve been absent for awhile as I worked on my latest DIY project. I wanted a table and chairs for our deck. Looking at the cost of a new set was shocking. Then I realized I had a table and chairs in the basement that was not being used. I put it outside last summer and by summer’s end, it looked terrible! The weather had done its trick. So this spring, I decided to refinish it and make it weather-proof. I sanded the old paint off, repainted them, and put two more coats of a clear spar urethane. I am almost done. I have one more chair to paint and clear-coat. I am pleased with the results. Now if it would just get nice and warm so we can use them! Here are pictures of before, mid-way and finished results.







In the past, I worked as a play therapist with children with autism. This Mom and her blog have given me so much more insight and I wish I could have read it as I was working with my two, wonderful “clients.” Oh how I miss them, now that I have retired. Barb

a diary of a mom


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Diary’s Facebook status – yesterday


There are studies on what I’m about to write. Lots of them. There are scores of posts out there on the topic, undoubtedly far better written than this one. Certainly they are better referenced and include links to, ya know, sciency stuff — studies and the like.

I’ll do my best to include some of that later, but I’m not writing as a scientist, or a doctor, or even a journalist. I’m writing as a mom. A mom who has begun to understand that, in the case of my daughter, there’s a fatal flaw in the autism zeitgeist. And it’s been getting me, and I dare say a lot of parents, into trouble.

It took a while for me to recognize that there is often a significant disconnect between what I think I see and what Brooke is actually experiencing. I tend to…

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