30 October, 2011

Blue Angels = No Work!

I took these pictures standing in my driveway or 5 houses down by the park.
Randolph AFB, which is 3 miles from my home had an Air Show this weekend.
Living by an AFB gives us our little dose of reality.
At 6:30 am, we hear Reveille.
At 5:30 pm, we hear Retreat.
And at 10:00 in the evening, we hear Taps.
I'm pretty sure that troops all over the world have these same traditions.

They're very impressive to watch, and I apologize for the bad pictures, but I only have a point and shoot.
When these guys fly, they're cruising.
They're also rather loud.
My husband used to tell the girls when they were younger that the sound of those jets flying overhead was
"the sound of freedom".
You can hear them, but you have no idea what direction they're coming from until they're right over the house. 
I got one shot per pass...sometimes.
I really couldn't see the little screen on my camera either.  As you can see, it was a gorgeous, sunny, day!

This following shot is taken over our neighbor's house.
Buck was born on April 29, 1918.
He still volunteers every day at the clinic on base!
This is the same view we have of the 4th of July fireworks.
Small town America, you've gotta love it!

A few other aircraft I was able to run out in time to capture!

These guys were so pretty.
They reminded me of colorful birds.


Blue Angels
Needless to say,
I haven't gotten much work done this weekend.
ann marie 

26 October, 2011

DIY Over the Carriage Doors Rose Trellis

This is the climbing rose I planted last fall.
I was lucky to just keep it alive after the summer we've had.
Hot and no rain.
Now that it's gotten a little cooler, she's started to grow.
I sat with pencil and paper to draw a very simple rose trellis for over the carriage doors.
I used regular pine lumber because I knew I was painting it and it's pretty protected.
You could use cedar too.
I bought 2-2x4x8's, 2-2x4x10's and 4-2x2x8's.
My brackets are as simple as I could keep them.
I figured it wouldn't show very much once the rose covers it.

I used wood glue and 2 1/2" screws to assemble.

For the pieces that are perpendicular to the house,
 I just cut the 2x2's into 2 foot lengths.
I had 16 pieces.  I measured my 2x4x10's, they had a few inches cut off because of the light fixture and divided that number by 15.
Then I measured and marked and glued and screwed each one on center.

Add some paint into the mix...


A nice vintage detail for our little cottage.

Can't wait to see how it looks in the spring!
ann marie

24 October, 2011

The Cute Kid Photo Op

Is this not one of the cutest little girls you've ever seen?!?
This is my grand daughter-Matry
She's in the running for this-
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Let me tell you, every time I look at this picture, I can't help but smile!

When she smiles, she lights the whole room up!
And she smiles alot, she's a very happy baby!

ann marie