Tuesday, July 20, 2010
There is another angelic star in the heavens tonight. There is a void and a sadness with the passing of our mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and friend, Marian Estelle Welch "Precious" Moeck. "Eye hath not seen, nor has ear heard, nor has entered into the mind of man the things the Lord has in store for them that love Him and serve Him." For this reason, we rejoice for Mom. In nearly a century of living, Mom has lived it all. Horses and washboards, lye soap, curing hams, killing chickens and pedal sewing machines and one-room school houses were the norm in her early life. She was born in October 1913, in Mule Creek, NM, to Wiley Hamilton Franklin Welch and Cordia Farmer. She died Monday, July 19, 2010, in Wenatchee, WA. She was 96 years old. Mom was the fifth of ten children. She outlived them all. The reunion on the far side of Jordan is going to be a bit raucous.
She leaves behind three children, Johnny McCoy of Seattle, Connie Estelle Fry of Wenatchee and Randall Vernon Moeck of Johnson City, TN. There are 16 grandchildren and dozens of great-grandchildren. Welcoming her through the veil were her mother and father; sisters, Esther, Berta and Angie; and her brothers, Howard, Truman, Walker, Jimmy, Foy and Robert. Also, her daughter, Maryann Coykendall; and her grandson, Jay Coykendall; along with numerous cousins, nephews, nieces and friends were there in the crowd. Her's is not a small family.
Mom never met a stranger. She always had a smile. You never left her home hungry and you always had food for your journey home. She had more energy at age 70, than most folks half her age. She never canned a "few" of anything. The rattle of canning jars was music to her ears. There was no food that could fit into a canning jar that she didn't can by the gross. Mom must have been related to Johnny Appleseed. She didn't plant the trees, but she sure did pick the trees. If you didn't receive a grocery bag of gleaned apples from Mom, you are one of the few. Thank you, all of you, Wenatchee Valley orchardists. One time in her late 80's, Mom had gleaned a box of apples to give away and was dragging the box up Grant Road to her home. Thank you to the stranger who stopped his pickup, loaded up the apples and an old lady and took her home. And you grocers, thank you, too. Mom never saw a banana that she couldn't dry and then give away. Oh yes, and thank you, all of you Quincy farmers for the potatoes, tomatoes, corn, onions and carrots that you so kindly loaded in the back of Mom's car. Mom was a one woman food bank on a mission. And to all of you law enforcement officers who should have given her a ticket or two, thank you for being so kind and understanding and we hope you enjoyed the apples. Well, she's gone now, but she will not be soon forgotten. The next time you eat an apple with a slight bruise or some small mark, think of "Precious."
Thursday, July 15, 2010
Standard bulletin boards do a great job of organizing and displaying photos, artwork, calendars, you know, all that stuff that left alone turns into what my husband calls my “vertical pile.” The thought of putting a standard bulletin board in the little boys’ room had me paralyzed with fear. Have you ever stepped on a push pin with bare feet? Trust me, the curse words start flying (umm, don’t worry mom, it’s like the f word you taught us…frugal (yep, that’s it frugal…)).
To avoid the previously mentioned embarrassment and add a little visual coolness to the color pallet, I opted for a gray pegboard and regular elastic. This way, the boys’ can add and change their own artwork and I can still tuck them in at night without fear. An added bonus to this project was the minimal cost. Lowes Hardware sells the pegboard in this perfect shade of gray saving me the cost, time, and effort of painting it to match. Since I knew the size I needed I had it cut right in the store so it was ready to hang as soon as I got home.
The most difficult part was finding elastic in the right color. After exhausting every option I could think of, I finally wound up buying white and dying it myself. The elastic was then threaded through the holes and knotted in the back. David added a few washers between the pegboard and screws so it doesn’t sit directly on the wall. Now we can also add hooks and hangers at a later date.
pegboard cut to 3’x6’ $16.99
5 packages of white elastic $6
misc screws and washers $1.97
hours of organized/pain free entertainment...priceless
Wednesday, July 14, 2010
Match box cars to bribe my 20 month old. I figure if I leave them in their package he'll eat up 20 minutes of time just trying to open it. Nice huh, but brilliant!
Color Wonder paper with it's own flat drawing surface. Mess free too!
Neck pillows for everyone. The kids will feel like their carseats are more like beds. That's the hope anyway!
This turtle station is going to be used for the baby so he has something to drive his cars on. I wonder if this could entertain him for 17 hours?
Tuesday, July 13, 2010
Sunday, July 11, 2010
Saturday, July 10, 2010
This is supposed to be random leaves falling. I pinned them where I wanted them and then sewed them using the sewing machine. Once I had the front of the pillow the way I wanted it, I sewed the back flaps of the pillow on.
My kitchen which is adjacent to this room is painted a faux dark orange. So I chose to bring some of the orange into this space as well.
Thursday, July 8, 2010
For a few weeks now, I’ve been working on re-doing my two youngest boys’ room. The rooms in our house are teeny tiny, one of the only drawbacks to this house and one we decided we could live with. Of course my 7 yr old is counting the months and days until our oldest leaves for college and he’ll finally get his own room. Meanwhile, I’m left to try and arrange and decorate a bedroom that will grow with a soon to be 8 and 6 yr old.
Here's a hint of the colors and theme I decided to go with.
I’m finally nearing the end, the major work has been finished and I’ve started on the accessories. Nearly 2 years ago, I picked up a cute little lamp with a pretty lame looking lampshade. Everyone says recovering lampshades is easy so I figured I’d give it a go. Of course as soon as I got it home I started thinking that sounded like a pretty big project and what if I screw it up so there it sat behind the desk in my workroom (and out of David’s sight…).
Yesterday I decided it was do or die, and mess up or not, I had to give it a try. WOW, I have to admit, if I’d realized how easy it was to recover a lampshade I would have recovered every single one in my house long ago! With drying time, this literally took less than an hour. The majority of the time was spent watching the glue dry.
Here are the supplies I gathered:
Newspaper (for pattern)
Paper used to cover (fabric would also work)
First I outlined a template of the lampshade on a piece of newspaper to make the pattern I would need to cut the polka-dot paper. I then used the template to trace and cut the piece of paper needed for my new lamp shade cover. Next I sprayed the back of my polka-dot paper with spray tack (this stuff was amazing!) and starting at one end I simply attached it to the old lampshade. This took a bit of adjusting; the angle can be a bit tricky to work with. With the magic of spray tack, you can adjust the paper multiple times because it’s repositionable. Once the paper was applied to my liking, I pressed and smoothed until all the air bubbles were removed. Lastly, I applied modge-podge to the top of the paper to seal it from dust, dirt, and handprints. To give it a finished look, I dug through my box of vintage trims and found a beautiful piece of gray satin binding tape that will fit the colors of the room perfectly.
So my $2 garage sale lamp was recovered at a cost of less than $1 to make this one of the cheapest make-over I have ever performed.
Wednesday, July 7, 2010
#1- From Down East Outfitters
#2- Ann Taylor- with a shrug
#3-Ann Taylor, also with shrug
Monday, July 5, 2010
Ok, this is by far my very favorite breakfast recipe eva! We had some friends come over for a pre-Independence Day parade breakfast and as always, I wanted to entertain with as little work as possible. This is so easy because you just make it the night before and then cook it in the morning. And they turned out divine! You will NEVER go back to regular french toast again. I promise.
Here's the recipe:
Creme Brulee French Toast
1/2 cup unsalted butter
1 cup packed brown sugar
2 T corn syrup
loaf of texas toast bread
5 large eggs
1 1/2 cups half-and-half
1 t vanilla
1/4 t salt
In a saucepan, melt together the butter, brown sugar, and corn syrup. Pour into a jelly roll pan, or a cookie sheet with taller sides. Arrange 12 pieces of texas toast on top of the sugar mixture. Whisk together eggs, half-and-half, vanilla, and salt. Use a smaller measuring cup to pour egg mixture on the bread. You want the bread to be pretty soaked. Cover with plastic and refrigerate overnight. In the morning, bake uncovered for 27-ish minutes at 350 degrees. You do NOT want the tops of the bread golden, that means you've cooked it too long. Just watch it closely. You won't even really need syrup, but if you want a real sugar-rush, go for it! Enjoy!
Sunday, July 4, 2010
1. Look for a yellow belly. Watermelons do NOT ripen anymore after they are picked, so if they're picked too soon there will be no flavor! We can't let that happen!
2. Thump for hollowness. This is tricky, but a good watermelon will sound hollow.
3. Look for bee stings or sap at the end of the watermelon. These are hard to find, but if you do- it should be good!
4. If you end up with a tasteless watermelon, sprinkle crystal light on it. It gives it quite the kick and it takes a blah watermelon to finger lickin' good!
I hopes these tricks help you pick out your next juicy watermelon. Make sure you take pictures of your kids (and maybe yourself) enjoying this messy treat! Happy 4th of July friends! Hope yours is filled with family, friends, food & fun!
Thursday, July 1, 2010
#1- Puddle jumping. Taylor became masterful at this!
#2- Blowing bubbles. Believe it or not, we actually let the kids blow bubbles in the house when it's raining or just too hot. I have them do this on a towel or even in my master bath tub.
#3- Straw & cotton ball races- Grab some straws and some cotton balls or even tiny rolled up paper. Mark a starting line and finish line and have them blow thru the straws to push the cotton ball to the end. With all the blowing, you're kids will be passed out on the floor asleep by the end. Not that it's my goal or anything (wink, wink).
#4- Hula hoops. They are a great way to burn energy & there are so many uses for them. We turn on the music and dance with them or use them as part of an obstacle course. Tossing bean bags into it from different areas in the room or I sometimes find them using hula hoops as a form of jail. I don't understand why this is so funny to my kids but hopefully it's not a precursor to their teenage years!
Hopefully this gave you a few ideas for you to keep on the back burner when you show up for free bowling at Strikz and it's a 1.5 hour wait & there's no way you're sticking around for it & you leave with sobbing children. Not that it happens to me or anything (wink wink).