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
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
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.
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.
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.

Ladybug Cottage

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Where I Create

     Good Morning,
     There is a really beautiful blog that I love to visit called My Desert Cottage.  Right now she has a link going on for bloggers to show where they create.  Blogland has some  amazingly creative people.  This is one of my creative spaces.  This room is also used as an office for my husband's contracting company.  So I am only allowed about 50% of the space.  He will tell you that I am using 90% but that is just not true LOL.  last winter when I asked him to add on a room for my sewing this was his solution.  We have counter space along one wall with cabinets over the space.
I have Dollar Tree (I love that store) baskets that hold ribbons, buttons, just general sewing stuff.  The shoe laces hanging out of the basket above I have a special use for.  I will show you in a later blog.
This is a big table that I use for working on my photo albums.  I also use it for my small ironing board.  It is great to have it handy for small pressing jobs (hubby would prefer this table be empty, not happening).  Please ignore the bumper sticker on the light.  It was a gift, but I really did not think it should go on my beetle.
It would appear that this guy is going to become my new side kick.  Sweeney follows me everywhere.  This is his favorite spot when I am in the sewing room.  He is just like Yogi at Aunt Polly's Porch.  He sleeps really well to the hum of the sewing machine.
This is the other place that I create.  It is a garden shed that hubby built a few years ago.  This is a working shed.  I finally got it all cleaned out and this is what I have been doing.  At school we have a place where things get put that nobody wants.  I found this stool down there and brought it home and gave it a little love.  Sorry I don't have a before, I love the red paint which will match the rocker at school.
I added a little Mary E to it and it turned out so cute!  I have several other pieces that are painted but I haven't finished yet.  It turned hot and humid again so we have been hibernating in the house.
This is what I am working on right now.  When I get it finished I will share it with you.
Hugs from Ladybug Cottage

Sunday, July 8, 2012

Simple Sunday

     Rich had his 33rd birthday yesterday.  We celebrated today with a family dinner and ice cream and cake.  When the boys were little we always had a family party.  All grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins came to celebrate.  Rob's birthday is on the 20th so we had a big blow out party for them on the Fourth.  When they were really little I think they thought all of the fireworks were just for them.  One of our traditions was to make home made ice cream.  After they got older we stopped doing this because another little one joined the family and he was born on the Fourth.  We turned the holiday over to his mom and dad.  As the family has gotten bigger we have less big family get togathers, but now that we have Bodie we are back to doing these fun things again. 
This is Bodie watching Papa make the ice cream.  Bodie is very intriged with the process.  So is Jess, she is learning how to do this.  Roger did not like this picture. 
    Papa is this really good stuff.  I can hardly wait to taste it!
Oh papa this is delicious can we make it again really soon! 

     In other news, Papa decided that Bodie needed a car.  We found this yesterday at a yardsale for five dollars.  He thought he was hot stuff, but he wanted one of us to push him in it.  Gosh this grandparenting thing is fun.
     Sorry about all of the grandchild pictures.  I will post about something else tomorrow!
Hugs from ladybug cottage

Friday, July 6, 2012


Hello Everyone, I hope wherever you are it is nice and cool.Yesterday when I was putting fuel in my car the thermometer across the road said it was 106 that is just crazy hot as far as I am concerned!
     While we were off on our journey west(sure glad we could do it in a truck rather then one of those awful pull carts) I talked Roger into stopping at a few quilt shops.  My favorite one is in Sisters Oregon.  It has amazing stuff and a bench for husbands to sit on and visit.  When you go in there you immediately go into fabric overload.  It is really hard to decide what you want.  However one thing really stood out to me it was this quilt that had already been made up for display.  I talked two ladies into holding it up for me so that I could take this picture.
     This picture really does not do it justice.  The center piece says a Friend is a gift you give yourself.  How true is that.  Really the theme of it is a tea party and whoever made this put tea cups in the border.  As luck would have it I happen to have the center piece and some of the fabric.  I believe a trip to e-bay may be in order.  I would love to make one to hang in the library at school.
This is the backing fabric.  It was just adorable and with my love of all things Mary it was hard to leave behind.  However now I have the challenge of making one myself!
    This brings me to a discussion that my sister and I had about quilts and "real quilting".  She is of the mindset that if it is not hand quilted it is not a quilt.  I disagree with that.  If someone has expended  time and talent to make a quilt it really does not matter if it is hand quilted or not.  I would love to have the time to set up an old fashioned quilt frame in front of the fire and go for it.  Unfortunately that is not a choice for me.  It does not mean that any less love or attention has gone into it.
     Always remember that "Those who sleep under a quilt, sleep under a blanket of Love"
Hugs to everyone
Ladybug Cottage

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Watering,Watering, Watering

It is hot and dry here at Ladybug Cottage.  In fact I have not even seen a ladybug since we got home.  All of the flower beds and the vegetable garden was looking OK but not great.  Rich watered for us a lot but with no rain it was still pretty sad.  We are suppose to have a break in the weather over the weekend, but until the we have to endure 100plus degrees for the next three days.
     I wish that I could say I have a wonderful green thumb, like my sister has unfortunately that is not the case.  I think some of this needs to be dug up and spread out.  The summer flox look like they are dying from the bottom and the rose bushes look pretty bad.  I am going to tackle some of this when it gets cooler.
Also I have to remember that just about everything grows better in the Pacific Northwest.  Have You ever noticed that the beautiful gardens in magazines are almost always in Washington or Oregon.  Just saying!
This looks pretty good except for the sucker coming up out of this half dead climbing rose bush.  Granny(AKA Janiece) could you give me some advice on this.
Funny how when your rear end is plastered to a truck seat for eight or nine hours you can think of all kinds of projects that you would like to do.  This happened to me last week, I was thinking about this cute but disgraceful little green shed in the back yard.  This is suppose to be my potting shed, but some how it has become mostly storage for junk.  I am going to clean this baby out and find a better use for it.  Maybe sometime soon I will show you the inside but for right now I thought the outside was enough to give you a heart palpation's.  It is not finished on the inside, humm something to work on.
     It is time to go and start some of those projects
Hugs from Ladybug Cottage

Monday, July 2, 2012

There Is No Place Like Home

Home At Last!
        We got home about 6:30 and home was a welcome sight!
The trip was wonderful and we had a great time visiting with family.

Uncle Don the cook
    We ate lots of good food which Uncle Don cooked.
Soto was very happy to see us leave!  To much activity from the Doxies and Rusty just did not look like he could be trusted not to take her chair.

Granny and her Slave
 We enjoyed Aunt Janiece's flowers and just generally had a great time.  But it is really good to be home.  Tomorrow I will get to see this guy.
   Hugs to everyone
Suzan and Roger

Sunday, July 1, 2012

Day 22 I think

Just look at all this firewood
Sorry I did not post last night.  We had spent a long day of driving then we had a lot of trouble finding a place to set up for the night.  We were beginning to think that we were going to have to try the Wal-mart parking lot.  I see a lot of people doing that in Danville and I have always wondered how that works for them.  I thought for sure I was going to find out last night. 
     Today was another long day.  We left Cheyenne at 8:30 this morning and headed to Omaha,it is a long treck across Nebraska.  There were a lot of cool mesumes but neither of us wanted to stop.  I think after 22 days we have had just about all the fun we can stand.  Wow it is hot here!  It is very hard to believe that this time last week we were freezing our rear ends off and trying to stay dry.
I have to admit I was disappointed that Roger did not get a good view of Detroit Lake. And neither did any of you!  Anyway with any luck we will be home tomorrow night.  the dogs will all be happy to get out of this camper and Roger and I will be happy to be back in our king size bed.
So for one last night from the road Good night and thanks for following along!
Roger and Suzan
PS still no sign of Blue
rainbow trout fresh from Detroit lake

Nothing like a little rain to make camping fun!