First to come was a package from Cyn over at Cyn's Place. She made this gorgeous Americana candle hugger for me. She was one of my partners in the candle hugger swap that I hosted recently.
Then a total surprise came in the mail the other day from Francine at Primitive Star from the Bees, Blooms, and Butterflies swap that Amy is currently hosting. This was Francine's first swap ever! I hope that she continues to participate in swaps so that she can spoil some you the way she did me (I'll try to spoil her the same way in order to make a good impression for you-needless to say I am not as prompt as Francine so hopefully she is patient and will feel it was worth the wait :)!
Everything was wrapped in this great summery birdhouse material.
The last few swap packages I have gotten have had material in them and I think that is such a great idea!
A beautiful summer pillow, bee's wax candles (J saw them and said "oh, I love these things. Mom, remember Moma-my mom- used to get these?"), a garden angel, so much more but check this guy out a little closer...
When I added him to the flock I saw that he has some pretty little flowers on his other side.
He holds a votive candle. Love him!
I also wanted to show you a trash find that I can't wait to get into shape with some sand paper and stain.
Yesterday J and I went for a long bike ride together and then worked on the pond and that garden...that one will take a while longer for me to show you than The Outhouse Garden as it is bigger and needs to be completely reworked. The pond was leaking last year and that was on the back burner last summer.
Today will bring a trip to Target to buy Delsum for Hiney who has been home from school the last 2 days due to asthma issues (poor kid is missing his last few days with some of his classmates he won't see all summer-he'll go tomorrow for an hour so he can clean out his lockers). I also need to get more Depends for Grandma because she decided to wash hers in the washer...and then couldn't figure out why there was lint all over her towels yesterday. Also need corn pads for her. Then go and visit Gram, bring her some lunch, do her hair, and cut her toe nails. She has run off a couple of her care givers and most recently accused my uncle of some unthinkable things...not the sweet grandma that I grew up with... dementia stinks. Then back to the house we're trying to sell to show it at 3:30 and ending the day with a sports meeting at the HS at 7pm... after that...collapse.
Tomorrow after Jene gets home we are leaving for The Stone House for 9 glorious days. We will be working on The Little House (the guest house) most of the time because the only guests that are staying there right now are the squirrels that have eaten a hole in the soffit to get in and then eaten the electrical wires in the attic! We have to get the siding and windows done on that side so they won't be able to get back in there again.
My dad will be coming up there Wednesday evening until Friday morning. Thursday is the 9th anniversary of my mom's death (cancer stinks too). Friday will bring be a big day...the 11th anniversary of my 29th birthday, how did this happen?!
Enough rambling...gotta' go buy Depends and corn pads :)
Love to all of you and thank you again Cyn, Francine , and Amy!