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Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Are we about there?

Here is my groovy hat and hand-warmers I made out of fiber that I spun into yarn years ago.   I bought the fiber at a weaving studio in Brown County, IN.  A slouch hat and hand-warmers seem to fit in with Brown County atmosphere.  I finished it just in time for our annual trek to Brown County.
And here is why it takes us six to seven hours to make a 2 1/2 hour drive!

We have to stop for pie at Gray Bros. cafeteria.
Best pecan pie ever!  I mean EVER!
 We have to stop at Oliver Winery...
 and take a selfie by the pond.
 And say Hi to Oliver the toad! (teehee)
 Then My Shug walks around...
 ..and waits....
 ...and waits....(he's there...look through the bottom of the window)
 while I get a lot of undivided attention at the wine bar!  It wasn't very busy and they were very generous with their wine tastings today!
 Of course I had to take pictures of the beautiful fall colors

 and get some more ideas for my list of fun things to grow!
 We made a couple more unplanned stops, and finally made it to Brown County, after stopping at IGA for cheese and crackers to go with that wine!

Have a nice evening and enjoy this weather and the fall colors!

Cindy Bee

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Last week in review!

Grocery list
instant mashed potatoes
ramen noodles
bread (for toast)
I keep this stuff on hand at all times.  Why?  Stomach flu.  It came in handy this week.  I had it.  Ugh.  I told a couple of people that I thought it was too early but apparently the stomach flu doesn't keep track of the seasons like we do.  So my advice to you.  Keep "flu food" on hand at all times.  Then when you don't know whether to stand over the toilet or sit on it, you don't have to go to the store to buy "flu food."
 Last weekend Theresa, Vickie and I went to downtown Indianapolis, to the Rathskeller, which is a German Restaurant, Bar, and Beer Garden.

 We went to the outdoor beer garden to hear the Polka Boys.  We've heard them before and they are a lot of fun.
 Oh...My...Gosh!  It was SOOO crowded.  It has a large beer garden and this is how crowded the whole place was that evening!  And yep, we stayed. 
 And you'da been proud of me.  I said nary a word when we went into Broadripple
to get cookies that cost $1.85 each!
 I even bought a get six or eight cookies in a box for I think $8.00 or $9.00.....What the H?

 Vickie and I spent the night with Theresa since her husband was gone on a business trip. And these two would not leave me alone.  Them being still is a rare moment.  And that one on the floor is HUGE!

The next day we went to Hortons fall market in Tipton, IN.
I did not see Suzy there this time. (She Junks blog)
She always goes there and then I see on her blog all the cool stuff she bought!
Here are a couple of pictures from Hortons.  I want to hang some ball jars like this in my campsite area.
 I think this would be fun hanging in a kitchen or right outside a kitchen door, if you had the right spot for it.

 I want one of these chandeliers for my campsite too.  Only I want to put candles on it.
 This gives you an idea of what the place looks like.  Very fun.  Plus on their open house days they have a lot of vendors.
 Fun, huge, clock
 That was it for the weekend.  

Important Message!
I went to town on Tuesday after making several phone calls on Monday.  There are a couple of things I want to share with you.  We are working on my MIL's estate.  She was sick for a few months before her death and most of the bills we are receiving on the estate are medical.  A couple of weeks ago I sat down and took the medical bills and matched them with the Explanation of Benefits (E.O.B's).    She had Medicare, of course, but she also had insurance A (from her husband's employer) and Insurance B (from her employer).  I found that some places did not, or will not, mail medical bills to the third insurance.  They will instead mail the bill to you for payment!  I told my parents about this because they to have this same situation and my Mom said she found the same thing out a couple of weeks ago.  She said she had a huge balance on one of her Dr. bills and found out they did not send it in to the last insurance company.  So I made several phone calls to try to get this situation straightened out.  One of the companies will not send it to the third, so I am. I'm just letting you know so if you have the same situation to watch very carefully before paying medical bills.

Another situation is she had an ambulance ride across the parking lot to the tune of $490.00!!! Across the parking lot and I am not kidding! You can bet I am working on that bill!  And that is the reason I went to the hospital on Tuesday, to get the Dr.'s signed form of why she had to take an ambulance across the parking lot.  It appears he felt it was necessary.  And that is probably where I ended up getting the flu.....

Unless it was the Goodwill!  Which is where I went on the way home.  On a whim!
 See that stack of material?  It's not really material, it's pjs...which is perfect for Christmas material.  I remembered being inspired by some of the cute Christmas stuff on Helen Philipps blog last year.  I got some of this "material" in hopes of making some fun Christmas stuff.

 I also got this giant Brown Bag cookie mold!
 The little Christmas teacup and who doesn't love cake, or cupcake?, stands!
 And in celebration of fall, I got this table runner out. I got it at my friend Leslie's auction.  She moved to Florida a few weeks ago.  I miss her terribly.  Well, I looked on the back of the table runner....
and it was signed!!!!  By several of my Granny Bee friends.  Including Beth.  THE Granny Bee.
As you know she passed away in the spring.  This is why it's important to sign your work.
 Except for work like not sign this!!!!  It was supposed to be a hat.  I don't know what happened.  Watching a movie... texting my crochet friends (I missed them this week since I was ill).... not paying attention....
 I might just turn it into a bag!!!!
 Well peeps, that was my was yours?
 Cindy Bee

Tuesday, September 29, 2015


ARGH!!!!  I had this post at least half way finished the other day, and now it's gone.  And I hit save about five times before I closed it down.  
So, after crochet Thursday...My Shug took the day off of work and the two of us went to Home-A-Rama in Noblesville, IN. 
But first....aren't these little finger puppet monkeys cute?  Someone in the knit group made them.  Yes, we have a knit and a crochet group at the coffee shop on Thursdays.  And we like each other!
And Cheryl is a new member of our group.  Her daughter went off to college so she decided to join our little group.  Well, when she told her Dad she was going to join a crochet group, he gave her, her Mom's crochet hooks and some yarn she had.  Her Mom passed last year.  So Cheryl made this dishcloth out of her Mom's yarn for her first project.  We told her to keep it forever.

So on to Home-A-Rama.  If you are building a house, there is nothing like going through a bunch of brand newly built homes, way out of your league, to give you the wants!!!  These homes are in the $650,000.00 range.
We went through five homes.
I decided to NOT download all of the pictures, and I'm not going to bother editing (Since I usually don't anyway) but I just want to show you some things I noticed.  For example....a ceiling fan outside.  Not a good idea.  They get VERY dirty and birds build nests on them.  Perfect for screened in porches though.

I LOVE the coffee bar idea.  As a matter of fact, I'm incorporating one in my kitchen with my antique hoosier cabinet. 
This was my inspiration (below left) and I have them designing this cabinet (on their computer) as a Plan B, if I don't like the Hoosier Cabinet.
 Plan A is to use this cabinet.  The drawers are not in it yet because they need cleaned out and something needs fixed on the cabinet.  But use your imagination....and with the trickery of taking pictures with i-phones....
 This is my kitchen design so far.   Of course, the island is not shown here.  I'm still trying to decided if I want the middle sink cabinet white or distressed wood.  The picture above shows the apron sink in it.  It's made a little different than the rest and is supposed to represent an older piece of furniture.
(that is not what my kitchen window looks like at all)  Ideas are welcome here!
This is a wine room.  Not necessary.  From the wine I've drank, it doesn't need a room of it's own!
But this basement looked good, and it had me redesigning our basement in my head!
Inside the wine room
I loved this look.  It looks like the outside of the house, but it's inside. I love bringing the outside in and the inside out.
I LOVE these doors.  They are the new (old) thing.  I begged my Shug to put these in between our laundry and bathroom, but we could not work it out.  You can't have light switches or cabinets in the way and we have both.  Nothing can be on the walls for the doors to slide.

Believe it or not, this is concrete.  It's outside on their outdoor patio.  It looks great.
This too is concrete.  You can do so much with concrete now a days if you have a basement or an outdoor room, I would look into it.  My only concern for the "wood look" above would be with our freezing and thawing winters, would the grooves hold water and crack the concrete. Just something to ask your concrete man.
 This seating area outside looks nice, but if you are going to sit and talk, the seats need to be way closer together.  And it would be nice to be a tad closer to the fire.

This is a better outdoor seating area.  The chairs are arranged closer together so you can talk to each other.

My Shug looks through the maintenance rooms, always.

This bathroom looks nice, but it's a cleaning nightmare.  See underneath these cabinets, a mop does not fit very well.  The floor is laminate. Most of the time laminate cannot get wet. Let's face it, live in this bathroom a couple of years, and you are going to have cobwebs, hair, and dirt under these cabinets.  I know, I have a bathroom vanity that does not go all the way to the floor and I have a very hard time cleaning it.  A solution is to put a piece of wood around the inside underneath and paint it the same color of the cabinet.  Kind of like a home-made toe kick.  Then it's easier to clean. and it looks the same.
 In this kitchen below, I love the way they put little cabinets on top of the regular cabinets.  They frame the stove area, you can display special dishes in the glass door cabinets, and they just provide storage for things you don't use very often.  Plus, they go all the way to the ceiling so you don't have to clean the top of the cabinets!  Either way, you have to get out a ladder, whether you are cleaning the top of the cabinets or getting something out of long term storage, why not use the space.  I also love the stove.  L.O.V.E.  They had it imported from Italy.  Really?  Yep, really.
Pot Shug says they are a bad idea.  You don't use them enough and the water will get stagnant.  Who knows.
 Apron them. 
 But I prefer the sink be above the countertop, not below it.
This desk is just cabinets with a counter top and I love it.  It fits the nook perfectly.  I really like the drawer pulls.  I might have to look into this idea for moi'.
In this laundry room, the counter top goes all the way across, but the cabinets do not.  It leave an empty space for a dog bed and food, or a laundry basket or waste basket.  I did the same thing and it's going to be where Dixie Doodle lives when we aren't home.  This way I don't have to put him in a cage.  
 I just want to have a party at this house!
 It flows and there is plenty of seating.

Plenty of seating here too.
This floor is not hardwood!  It's call Luxury Vinyl Tile.  It's somewhat of a newer type vinyl tile.  It holds up when it gets wet.  Which is a plus over laminate.  And it really does look like hardwood.
It was used throughout the entire house.We were told if it is the "floating luxury vinyl tile" you cannot put cabinets on top of it or it will eventually buckle.  They had their kitchen cabinets on it.  We wanted to talk to the floor guy, who happened to be there, but he was busy. 

I would like to do this to our walls in our foyer....later.  It's called MDF (I forget what it stands for) but it holds up really nice, it's easier to clean than wood, and it's easy to paint.  And it looks like wood. 

I would love to show you more pics, but I think at this point, you are probably bored with it all.  I'm into houses right now, kitchens in particular, because I am in the process of putting our rooms together.   So to me, it's interesting to look at the details.

My Last tip to you is ALWAYS buy lemonade at a lemonade stand.
Especially from enterprising young women!

Cindy Bee

PS.  A TV on the patio?  Well, you'd know where to find your Shug right?!?!!