I am a Victorian Soul, live in a small townhouse, not a huge Mega Mansion, with my Hubby Joe, work full time night shift as an RN on a Hospital based Rehabilitation( Physical Medicine) Unit, have a small Craft Business on the side and I DABBLE IN A BIT OF THIS AND THAT!!!!

" IT IS NEVER TOO LATE TO BE WHAT YOU MIGHT HAVE BEEN"
George Eliot
George Eliot was actually a pen name for a woman named Mary Anne Evans......

My One Little Word for 2015 is LIVE!!
Please click HERE to read about why I chose this word!!

Please click HERE to read a 6 Month Update about How I am focusing on My One Little Word, LIVE, for 2015 and what changes to my Life that I have made!

BLOGGING FOR FUN AND FRIENDSHIP!!!!!!

Monday, July 27, 2015

PART TIME and a Bit of Nature!!!!

  Well, as of NOW, I am officially employed PART TIME!!!!!
 Joe surprised me with a cake to take to work to celebrate!!
 I think I will keep him..........

I will be showing you some photos that I took of an amazing Sunset while sitting on our Front Porch!!!!
After 37 years of working full time as a Staff Nurse in a Hospital ( minus only 10 months of Part Time after I had my oldest son), I am finally PART TIME!!!!!
Can you tell I am excited or WHAT??????
I will now be working only 7 days in a 14 day pay period!!
I can not work below that amount or I will lose my FMLA which will give me 3 months off when I decide to have my Knee Replacement Surgery done.
Even though my recovery will be 4 months and my Unit Manager has already told me that she will post my job after 3 months.
I will have to take that chance that my position or a position in the department in which I have currently worked in for 33 years, will still be available when I return to work.
Many of you have asked why I do not have the surgery sooner .......

That is one of the reason's..........
The other reason is that I am still considered too young at 57 years old.......

Since Joint Replacement Surgery only lasts 15 -20 years, I would be looking at the possibility that I would need it done again in my 70's.
Believe me, I am only having it done once !!!!!
When I had my knee injected 2 weeks ago, my Orthopedic Surgeon did finally give me good news......

With going Part Time, he thinks I should be able to last until 2017 like I plan.
Joe will be retired by then.............
What will I do now that I am Part Time????????

SLEEP!!!

 Remember that I was full time night shift.........
Do some heavy duty Cleaning.........
Craft........
Garden and all the other things that I was not able to do when I was Full Time!!!!!

Now how did you like that amazing Sunset???????

I also plan on watching more of those!!

And I want to show you that the Mourning Doves are back!!!!
Yes, for the 3rd time this season they have nested in my hanging pot in the corner of the patio!!

And we have 2 eggs again!!
So we will soon have 2 more Babies!!
Joe took these photos of a double Rainbow the other day.......
And when I was coming home from work this morning, I saw this critter on my next door neighbor's window ledge......
As I walked up the steps......
It got a bit scared.....
And decided to make a run for it , using the weeping mortar on our townhouses!!
As it made it's way over........
To my bedroom window and then........
 Making his way to my neighbor's roof!!

And one last thing.......

I have been mentioning how much rain that we have been getting here in NEPA......

We had thunderstorms move through our area last night and we got close to 3 INCHES of Rain!!!!
This is my new Rain Gauge that Joe picked up at Wegman's on Clearance!!
And this is one that I picked up at a yard sale........
Needless to say, I do not have to water my Garden today......

I have 3 days off now in a row...........

I am not sure that I will know how to act!!!!

But I AM sure that I will be able to get used to it!!!

If you do not have a blog, PLEASE  give me some way to reply to your comment, maybe by including your email in your comment.  If I can not find a way to reach you, I will reply on the post where you commented so please check back......

I hope you will come by and visit  again!!

And thanks to those who took the time out of their busy day to spend a little bit of time with me!!

Hugs,
Debbie

I am linking up to these weekly parties:

TUESDAY
 Wake Up Wednesdays 
  Ducks in a Row Wonderful Wednesdays Blog Hop 
 Wow Us Wednesday
 Sizzle into Summer Party
 Vintage Inspiration Party
Party in Your PJ's
Dream Create Inspire Link
What's It Wednesday
Before and After Party

THURSDAY
 Homemaking Weekend Link Up Party
 It's a Party
Share Your Style Thursday Link Up Party
Home and Garden Party Thursday
 Share Your Cup Thursday
 Thursday Favorite Things Blog Hop 
Inspired Creations Linky Party
My 2 Favorite Things on Thursday
Grace at Home Party
Idea Box- Thursday Linky Party

 FRIDAY
 Simple and Sweet Fridays
 The Creative Exchange
Home Sweet Home Friday
 Friday Features Linky Party
 Show and Tell Friday
 Home Matters Linky Party
 Anything Blue  Fridays
Welcome to the Weekend Blog Hop
   Flaunt It Fridays
  What To Do Weekends
Friday's Five Features Party 
Fabulous Fridays - every 2 weeks

SATURDAY
 Pink Saturday
 The Creative Collection Link Party
 Say G' Day Saturday 
  Party Junk
Saturday Sparks

SUNDAY
Share It One More Time Sundays
DIY SHowcase 
 Snickerdoodle Sunday
Sundays at Home
Share It Sunday
  Bouquet of Talent Linky Party
Sundays Down Under
Silver Pennies Sunday

MONDAY
Inspiration Mondays
 Busy Monday
  What'd You Do This Weekend? 
 Make It Pretty Monday
Merry Monday Linky Party
Cooking and Crafting with J & J
  Mod Vintage Mix Monday
  Blue Monday

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Sunday, July 26, 2015

Victorian Homes Holiday Edition 1994, Happy Rudolph Day!!!

 Happy Rudolph's Day!!

To celebrate the 25th of this month, I thought I would share some photos from one of the many magazines in my Collection.....

The Holiday Edition of Victorian Homes Magazine 1994!!




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Hugs,
Deb

Friday, July 24, 2015

New Heights for Solar Lights


First , I want to Thank Jillian , over at Bella Rose Antiques, for featuring my post, My Creative Space, Part 2,  from last week's Let's Talk Vintage Party!!
 Thanks so much , Jillian!!

And I also want to Thank Jody and Stan, over at Rooted in Thyme, for featuring post, My Creative Space, Part 1, from last week's Simple and Sweet Friday's party!!
Thanks so much , Jody and Stan!!

Please take some time to visit and link up to these great parties!!

I want to thank everyone who visited and commented on my Creative Space!!

I have been working off and on in my Craft Room since the beginning of the year, weeding out things, organizing and labels what i have and then re-arranging the room.

If you missed my 4 posts on my Creative Space, including my Summer Tree, you can find links to all 4 posts over on my side bar.......

I am still making my rounds to all the links over at the Where Bloggers Create party, hosted by Karen, over at My Desert Cottage!!
So please be patient with me and I will soon be around to visit everyone who linked up!!

Please check out this awesome party and all the fabulous links to Creative Spaces!!

I know you will be inspired!!

Now , if you are like me and have plants that have grown quite tall during the Summer, most Solar Lights seem to get lost in amongst these taller plants.

I thought of an idea on how to add a bit of height to your Solar Lights in your garden!!
First ,we found spikes at Lowes.....
Pound them into the ground where you want to place a Solar Light.......

 Now I had 4 pieces of PVC stakes left over from my arbor. They were to go into the ground and anchor the arbor but we chose to anchor it a different way.
 
So I decided to use these stakes....

Simply pop them over the Spike in the ground......
 Next take the Lantern part of your Solar Light off the original stake that it came with and just pop the Solar Light over the PVC stake!!
 You can also use round PVC piping for this  and cut the pipe to the height that you want your Solar Lights to be !!

I am going to do just that with more of my larger Solar Lights......
You can see how tall my Asters have gotten but you can now see the Solar Light over the Asters!!
 Look at the difference in height here......
See how close to the ground the other Solar Light is?????

Here are the 3 more places in my Cottage Garden where I added a bit of height to the Solar Lights..........

This one is in the back of the yard near the fence.......
 This one is over near the left corner of the yard.......
 And this one is on the right side of the yard not far from the Shed and is a dark corner of  the yard.....
 And of course, this one that I showed you before.....
I can't wait to go and get a few more spikes and some PVC piping to add a bit more height to a few more Solar Lights in the back yard.....

Now what did I do with the stakes that they came with........
These small Solar Lights are from Wegman's and were in Clearance last year for $1.00!!

You can see the difference in height in the stakes......
So I decided to take the black spike off the bottom of the Solar Light......
 And simply dropped the whole thing into the larger silver stake!!
 It added a bit more height to these smaller ones!!!

Here is where I used these with the 4 stakes from the other Solar Lights.......

Here in the pot filled with wave petunias under the arbor.......
 Here in my little Gnome Garden in a Whiskey Barrel!!
And here in 2 pots on one side of the patio......
Soon, in another post, I will share how my little Cottage Garden looks at night.......

I think these Solar Lights will now be shining a bit more light on my garden.......
We have had a lot of rain and then a week of temps. in the 90's here.

A cool front has come through and this week are high's are near 80 and the lows are in the 50's!!

This beautiful weather has allowed me to get a lot of work done in the Garden.......

I will be sharing how my Cottage Garden is growing in a future post.......

On Sunday, July 26th, I start my Part Time Schedule!!!!

So I will be off 3 days in a row.....

Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday!!!!

I can not wait..........

WHOA!!

If you do not have a blog, PLEASE  give me some way to reply to your comment, maybe by including your email in your comment.  If I can not find a way to reach you, I will reply on the post where you commented so please check back......

I hope you will come by and visit  again!!

And thanks to those who took the time out of their busy day to spend a little bit of time with me!!

Hugs,
Debbie

I am linking up to these weekly parties:
 
SATURDAY
 Pink Saturday
  Party Junk
 The Creative Collection Link Party
  Saturday Sparks
Say G' Day Saturday 

SUNDAY
Share It One More Time Sundays
DIY SHowcase 
Silver Pennies Sunday
 Snickerdoodle Sunday
Sundays at Home
Share It Sunday
  Bouquet of Talent Linky Party
Sundays Down Under

MONDAY
Inspiration Mondays
 Busy Monday
  What'd You Do This Weekend? 
 Make It Pretty Monday
Merry Monday Linky Party
Cooking and Crafting with J & J
 Mod Vintage Mix Monday


TUESDAY
 Wake Up Wednesdays 
  Ducks in a Row Wonderful Wednesdays Blog Hop 
 Wow Us Wednesday
 Sizzle into Summer Party
 Vintage Inspiration Party
Party in Your PJ's
Dream Create Inspire Link
What's It Wednesday
Before and After Party

THURSDAY
 Homemaking Weekend Link Up Party
 It's a Party
Share Your Style Thursday Link Up Party
Home and Garden Party Thursday
 Share Your Cup Thursday
 Thursday Favorite Things Blog Hop 
Inspired Creations Linky Party
My 2 Favorite Things on Thursday
Grace at Home Party
Idea Box- Thursday Linky Party

 FRIDAY
 Simple and Sweet Fridays
 The Creative Exchange
Home Sweet Home Friday
 Friday Features Linky Party
 Show and Tell Friday
 Home Matters Linky Party
Welcome to the Weekend Blog Hop
   Flaunt It Fridays
  What To Do Weekends
Friday's Five Features Party 
Fabulous Fridays - every 2 weeks


Please take some time to visit these terrific hosts and all those joining in on the fun!

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