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Sunday, February 3, 2013

Happy Sunday

I SEE THE MOON
AND THE MOON SEES ME
GOD BLESS THE MOON
AND GOD BLESS ME!

          I have no idea where that little ditty came from but it seems to fit with this picture.  I stepped outside the other night and this was shining down on the Illinois Prairie.  The January full moon is called the wolf moon.  According to native American lore the wolves would howl out side the villages because food was short.  
    Sunday is a very special day for me.  We start our day by going to church.  Roger and I are Lutheran.  I love the Liturgy.  It is scripture based and so beautiful.  Today we celebrated communion and my dear friend Pam (who is my daughter-in-Love's mom) and my husband was on either side of me and I felt so close to my Heavenly Father.  After church we go out for breakfast then relax the rest of the day.  
    I hope every one has had a great day, Super Bowl is on right now and they are waiting out a power outage.  Sometimes things are just not in your control no matter what is going on!

Hugs Suzan
Ladybug Cottage

Thursday, January 31, 2013

The Sewing Room

Last Summer I began making noises about wanting a sewing room.  At first I was willing to redo the garden shed and move out there.  That suggestion didn't meet with a lot of support because of the sheer
 amount of work that would be involved.  The next suggestion was the guest room, however that room was small.  So we looked around for ideas and came up with using the guest room, but Roger would make a Murphy bed.  Since this room is only used for a guest room about two nights every other year this was the perfect solution.  This is the top of the cutting table which I love.  I should be able to cut anything I need to out on it.  Yes I have my two girl friends here to watch over me.
This is the outside of the Murphy bed.  All of the wood is oak, I wanted everything to be as light as possible because the windows are pretty small.  Please note all of the pink things hanging on the handles.  These are for the princess when she arrives.
This is a bank of cabinets and drawers next to the Murphy bed.  I have most of my fabric stored here.  But I have to confess that there is more in other places.  
The cutting table has a drawer and cabinets on the right side and a band of drawers down the other side.
Roger built this dresser /storage cabinet for my mom when she lived in her apartment.  When she went to the nursing home it came home with us.  Now it is perfect to store my scrap book supplies in.
     I am trying really hard to be organized.
     The sewing machine sits on a long counter inside the closet.  We didn't put the doors back on it and it is perfect.  I have lots of to spread out projects when I am sewing.
     For Christmas I got a new television to watch while I am in here.  Wow I hate all of those cords hanging around!
    Well that is a fast tour around the room.  It is really wonderful to have a place that I can make a mess and leave it if I need to.
    The next project to come off the sewing machine is things for the princess room.

Hugs Suzan
Lady Bug Cottage



Saturday, December 29, 2012

Some Christmas pictures from the Cottage


Good Morning Blog friends,
     I found this picture and it made me think of Roger.  He would love to have a old truck!  He spends hours looking on ebay for just the right one.  He wants it for a parade truck, he would drive and Bodie would throw the candy to all of the little kids on the street.  Of course it would have Dahlenburg Construction on it for advertisement.  Actually that is not where this blog was going but I loved the picture.
    I haven't shared a lot of pictures of my home, but I thought I would show some of it to you while it is all decked out for Christmas.
     I am starting to get a collection of pictures of Bodie with Santa.  This year he actually sat on Santa's lap.  He does not connect the idea of Santa and presents, I am sure next year that will come.  The old ornament that is made from an egg is one that Roger made when he was in at least third grade because his name is written rather then printed. It is really precious to us and I hope it lasts to be handed down to the next generation.  The little dogs are Fritz and Floyd.  I didn't find any of that this year here in Danville.  Our shopping opportunities are pretty slim right now though.
     A few years ago we added a sun room to our house.  Before that this was the kitchen window.  It is a as great place to decorate.  This Christmas cactus was blooming beautifully about a month ago.  I have this grand plan to help this plant grow huge then give starts of it to my family.
     This is a little shelf in my dining room.  I love cardinals  (the birds we are Cub fans around here.  Wait till next year LOL).  The plates are from Wal-mart, the tea pot from Cracker Barrel, and the coffee cups from Walgreens.  As you can see I shop in varied places.  Does it seem that they are not making as many Christmas items for stores as they use to?
   My husband is a furniture builder along with building houses so I have a lot of really beautiful pieces that he has made.  This shelf sits on a small wall just before you enter my kitchen.  I decorated really simply this year, Mostly with red and green.  I love the little Santa boots.  Inside of them are tiny toy kitchen tools.  The nesting Santa's I got at our church bazaar for a dollar.  During the rest of the year this has a lot of chickens on it.
     This is my Christmas village.  As I look at this a fence has come down.  Must have been from all of the snow.  I have one building that represents each of  our occupations.  Couldn't find the school this year.  Maybe that says something.
     I hope you enjoyed the small tour of our Christmas decorations.  I did not go all out this year.  I have about thirty boxes(not really that many) in our barn.  Next year I intend to drag it all out and go over the top.  This year their were just to many obstacles that were overwhelming.
     I hope everyone in blog land had a wonderful Christmas!  Now I have to go put all of my pretties away and clean the house.  Its back to school on Wednesday.  But I will be on the true count down then!
Warm Christmas hugs
Suzan
Ladybug Cottage
   

Monday, December 24, 2012

Merry Christmas From Ladybug Cottage

     This is my family tonight at the Christmas Eve program at Immanuel Lutheran.  It was wonderful to have our whole family together in church.
     It has been a busy time between Thanksgiving and Christmas.  It seems that the weeks have flown by.  We had the Christmas program at school, Cookies and Hot Chocolate with Santa which is a Cannon School tradition, and the day to day happenings in a grade school.  Sandy Hook really put what we do in perspective.  Not only do we teach our children every day but we would protect them to the end.

     Two weeks ago a sweet little red doxie was found wondering through a neighborhood in town.  A really kind man who works for our school district found him.  He put out an e-mail to the district that he was trying to find his home.  Unfortunately nobody came forward to claim him so he is staying at our house.  He is incredibility sweet and he is settling in well.  In a lot of ways he reminds me of our Mike.
That puts us up to five so we are going to see how it goes.  So far everyone is getting along really well.
     Roger and I hosted the Dahlenburg Christmas, It was a lot of fun and we had a good time visiting with every one.  Roger did a lot of the cooking and I did the decorating stuff.
        Here is the table set for 18 of us.  I realized after I took the picture that the scottie dog napkin holder is still on the table.  Rob made it in Cub Scouts about twenty years ago.  I suppose I should give it to him for his house but I am not ready to part with it.
  I think that Bodie and Autumn had the best time.  They are only a year apart in age and they played together pretty well.  Not sure whose foot that is.  I am going to have to practice my photo work.
    That's about all for this Christmas Eve.  I hope everyone in Blog lad has a wonderful Christmas
Suzan
Ladybug Cottage

Saturday, December 1, 2012

A Baby Changes Everything

     Yesterday I was looking at blogs and I came across one that spun me back 34 years.  It seems this blogger has just found out that a baby is on the way and it is due on July Seventh.  I thought back 34 years when I was feeling that same wondrous change in my body.  My husband and I had wanted to add a little one to our family for awhile.  I was beginning to despair of it ever happening, but a trip to the doctor proved me wrong.  When I went I remember being afraid, afraid that I was, and afraid that I wasn't.  The doctor did the exam and then asked if I would like to hear the heartbeat.  The sound seemed to me like a small bird just flapping his wings.  The tears of joy came to my eyes and I could not believe the miracle of it all.
     I tried to figure out a fun way to tell Roger it was really going to happen.  I decided to stop at Wal-Mart and buy a little outfit to hand to him when I walked in the door.  I knew in my heart and without a doubt that this baby was a little boy.  Wal-Mart didn't have much to choose from, but I found a cute little red and navy onesie (of course they did not call them that then).  That was my first inkling that little boy clothes were a little harder to find then little girl clothes.  Roger and I celebrated that night and began to share our news with our family and friends.
     My first encounter with someone was at the pharmacy when I had the prescription for prenatal vitamins filled.  Then I went down the street to the department store where I had worked for awhile.   There was a lady who had worked there for a long time and I liked and respected her.  When I told her she said to me "I never thought you would have a baby.  You always seemed too selfish to have a baby".  I was totally taken aback.  The comment certainly took a little wind out of my sails.  To this day I think about that comment and try to figure out why she thought that.
    Other then that incident our news was met with great joy from everyone we shared the news with.  I loved every minute of being pregnant.  July seventh seemed a long way off but I discovered that each day was an adventure of change and preparations.
     Yes a baby changes everything, here it is 34 years later and it is very hard to believe that that tiny baby is all grown up.
Suzan
Ladybug Cottage

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Do I Have Enough Love?

     That is the question that Roger asked me this morning.  We have a new little girl staying with us.
This is Miss Mia, she is three years old and a real sweethart.  She came from a home where she was love and spoiled just as doxies are suppose to be.  Unfortunately a baby came into the house and Mia had trouble sharing the attention.  This happens so many times to this breed.  We have been lucky through the years.  When we had our first Doxie he adjusted well to Rich's arrival.  Then when Rob came along it was like, ok whatever.  The rest of the Dahlenburg pack are a little unsure about this new arrival.
Lucy is the undisputed queen here at Ladybug Cottage.  She is very short on patience with Mia.  Of course Mia was the queen at her house, so the two queendom's are colliding.  So far it is a bit of a power struggle but I think they will each figure out their place.
Sweeney would really, really like it if she would just stay off my lap.  Which brings us back to Roger's question.  Yes I have enough love to go around.  I have enough love for ten dogs, but is that best for the dog.  I think Miss Mia will be happier in a home where she will be the queen again.  She is a wonderful little girl and I hope that DRNA will find that home for her.
     Yes I am going to do my best to be a great foster mom, and when Lois finds just the right home for her I will kiss her good bye and be happy for her.
Suzan
Ladybug Cottage

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Back At last

 

    Wow how can it be the last part of October.  It seems as though school started and I went into hiding or something.  I have some happy news to share.  I am going to be a Grammy again in April.  This guy is going to be a big brother.

      I also decided to retire at the end of this year.  I have worked at Cannon School for a lot of years and for the most part it has been a wonderful place to be.  Most of the people that I worked with for so many years are gone now.  They have moved on to the next phase in their life and I am ready for that too.  I have many plans for my time.

I am going to spend time with these two.

And taking care of this, amazing how many things I can see that need to be done.
I plan to spend a lot of time in my sewing room.
Bodie and I will be able to spend more time together!
     But mostly I am going to take a deep breath, and enjoy God's beautiful world and the gifts that he has given me.

Suzan
Ladybug Cottage