Sunday, October 27, 2013

Patio Room

I am having blogging block right now so I thought I would show you my patio room that I have made in to my 70's room!  If you follow my blog you know that I was born in the 50's (yes, i am old) and I love everything about the 60's and 70's.   I decided to do my patio room in the decades and time that I love.  Here is a before shot.  I could only find one very dated shot of my patio room but you will get the idea, and I was painting so don't look at the chairs!

Here is what I did.  some will hate and some won't but I love it and I'm glad I took the plunge.
 My bookcase.  I couldn't find a bookcase I liked or wanted to spend the money on so I took my Walmart black laminate one and painted it.

I got the clock at an Antique store and the old screw on legs with the brass coating on ebay.  I painted it orange and on the inside yellow.  The old tin watering can I love, the elephant was my husbands Grandma's.  You lift up the center of the elephant and it has five little ashtrays inside.  It is adorable.

Dennis's grandma had to go to the nursing home so we sold a lot of her stuff.  Some I bought because I couldn't stand to see someone else have Grandma's things.  We took her yellow velor couch and it went perfect in here.  Also her coffee table and ashtrays.  By the way, none of us smoke they are just for looks!  Grandma knitted that afghan.

The table has Grandmas grapes sitting on it, she made them and they are awesome!
This corner has a lot going on.  It's Grandma's console AM/FM radio, 8 track player and turntable.  I have Dennis's old albums and my old albums plus some of Grandmas.  We have a few 8 tracks and all my old 45's.  We have Grandmas really cool lamp and I have my old Beatle pillow I have had since 4th grade. Of course you have to have some T.V. trays. 

I framed two of our album cover and I switch them out as the mood strikes me.  Right now os Rollings Stones and Crosby Stills, Nash and Young.
I had this kitchen cart and I just loaded it down with things I love. 

I had bought this chair and I had it recovered.  I bought the pillow cover on ebay.  Grandma had this old plastic faded yellow table outside.  I dusted the cobwebs off and painted it orange and ordered this sticker to put on it.  I love it!
This room makes me happy and I'm all about that!  Much love, Cheri
What you don't see is at the other end is Dennis's computer and my treadmill, it messes up the theme but what can you do!

Monday, October 14, 2013

FCA Rally

As many of my friends will tell you, I held on to a scripture for dear life when Dennis was in the hospital.  It is Psalms 30:5... weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning.  I would say that scripture every night wondering if I would every laugh again and knowing in my heart that God's promises are true.  As I have said before on my blog, Joy is not an emotion, it is a decision, and Dennis and I made the decision that we would live in joy no matter what our circumstances were.  Nehemiah tells us that the Joy of our Lord is our strength.  Dennis and I need that source of strength, the supernatural kind.  Dennis had the chance to talk to a lot of kids at Fairview's FCA rally last week and his topic was of course, Joy.  For those of you who don't know FCA stands for Fellowship of Christian Athletics.  These kids are awesome.
This is our high school gym where the rally took place.  Kids from surrounding towns came and it was a great time.  We had praise and worship with Travis Schmidt from the Mennonite Brethren church.

 Those two ladies on the right are some awesome friends of mine, Pearl and Debbie!
Then our neice Karley introduced Dennis and he gave a talk about his accident and what led him to the Lord and then being joyful in all circumstances.

The main speaker was a great kid named Tyler Zander.  He lost his leg two summers ago in a grain auger accident.  He gave his testimony about his accident, bitterness and forgiveness.  He is doing great and a sophomore at the greatest school ever, OSU!  He was truly inspiring. 

At the end they had some questions and answers.

It was a truly inspiring night and our thanks to Linda Zimmerman for inviting us.  She does so much for these kids and has a true ministry.  That's Linda with the Christ #1 t-shirt on.  Thanks, Linda!

                                              Much love, Cheri

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Road Trip - Stillwater (cont)

These are some pictures we took while we were in Stillwater.  This is the ware memorial at Boomer Lake

 Whitney and Dennis drove down the path.
The Stadium!  Go Pokes!!!
The new training facility.
Much love, Cheri

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Quad Wife Confessions-Road trip, Behind the Scenes!

Ok, the week of my vacation started out with me painting a dresser, I had to go in to the house and of course I was barefooted, hit my toe on the stool and broke my toe.
It hurt.....
So we went on a couple of small day trips and then Friday of my vacation we were going to take my mom to Del City, Ok. so she could go to her Alumni party.  My aunt was bringing her home and then staying a few days.  It is about a 2 hr trip to Del City so we started out about 10:30.  Dennis's pacemaker went off as we were getting in the van but we didn't care, we had the spare and you have about 6 hours from when the first alarm sounds.  So off we go to the OKC.  When we got to Del City we had lunch with my aunt Rubena and mom at a cafe.  Here is how they made it ADA approved.  Slapped down concrete and duct taped the hand rail.  LoL!
Well, we ate our dinner and my mom and I ordered their famous coconut cream pie but it was taking a long time and Dennis and I decided to get going.  I told the waitress to cancel our order ( Dennis and I was going to share a piece).  We left and went downtown to the Memorial and got lost.  I took Dennis to a part of town that I knew we were not suppose to be in, so we headed north and found the memorial.  I parked and decided to hide the other pacemaker in a good spot since it is so expensive and Medicare will not pay for another one.    I paid for the weird parking (see previous post) and set out for the Memorial.  We got through the third floor and got in the elevator to go to the second floor when Dennis's pacemaker alarm went off again.  And then off again.  I was like OK find a bench on the second floor and pull over.  We found a bench and I was going to change the batteries out. (we always carry a spare).  So here is what I looked like on the second floor of the bombing memorial.
It was a little worse than this cause I had all but dumped my purse out on the bench along with his bag.  I could not find a screw driver to unscrew the piece that holds the battery.  I did not panic because my very calm husband asked if I had a  pocket knife and I did.  But it was too little and I got one side of the tray but not the other.  The allen wrenches were worthless and by this time people were beginning to notice us.  Finally, I kept thinking what would MacGyver do??  I know my father-in-law well enough to know that he would have put a screwdriver in this bag somewhere, and finally I found a little zipped part and there was the screwdriver!  So I got the new battery in and turned it on and the battery was old and wouldn't work.  I quickly put the other battery back in and we went through the second floor in record time.  As we were walking to the car I started looking for my car keys and nope, not in my bag.  We got to the car and my husband who thinks things through, always has a spare set and we got in.  As I was getting ready to go back up to the second floor to where I dumped my purse, I spotted the keys sitting where I had hid Dennis's second pacemaker.   Thank You Jesus!  We switched out pacemakers and went to my favorite antique store.  I called my mom as we were leaving the city.  She was getting ready for her alumni banquet and she had gotten food poisoning from the coconut cream pie and was throwing up!  Thank you God for directing Dennis and I to leave earlybecause that would have been a disaster.  Mom got better in time for her banquet and Dennis and I still had a great outing because God is in control of our lives and He never leaves us or forsakes us.  Did we panick?  no.  Did we get scared?  no. This is why I always call these quad  wife confessions because what I did get was annoyed.  I wanted to see the second floor and I had to hurry through.  Oh well, we will have to take another trip there!   DON'T JUDGE ME :)   Much love, Cheri