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Pumpkin Carving Picnic

Jodee Schrlau

Pumpkin Carving Picnic

We took a trip to the through the country for a doctors visit recently.  On the way we saw a pumpkin field and it reminded me that pumpkin carving was on my Have a Delightful Fall list.  So it's time for a visit to a pumpkin patch. I think we will go to Gail's Pumpkin Patch in Beason, IL, since it is close to home.    So what do you look for when picking out a pumpkin to carve?  I found this great web site:  All about Pumpkins.( Check it out here: <http://www.allaboutpumpkins.com/perfect.html>) It has some good information about what varieties work best for...

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Coffee Bar Table

Jodee Schrlau

Coffee Bar Table

I've just finished a table for my coffee bar / break room and I love it! The table I started with was from the backroom at Hancock's, where I worked. It wasn't very pretty, so I sanded it down, stained it with a homemade coffee stain. then added graphics,I finished the top off with a polyurethane spray to seal the graphics in  and protect the top from coffee stains (ha ha). My husband was very skeptical  but generously helped prepare the stain, sand the table. and helped chisel the crate lines.  He admitted he had  doubts about this project, (as he does...

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Itsy Bitsy Spider/A Lesson of Perseverance and Waiting

Jodee Schrlau

Itsy Bitsy Spider/A Lesson of Perseverance and Waiting

  Isn't it wonderful how many ways the Father speaks to us!  He does, you know, every day, if only we were open to hear him.  Last week, I had lunch with my sister- in- law and her 2 year old grandson. While she was on a phone call, Murphy and I had a conversation about the Itsy Bitsy Spider. "The itsy bitsy spider went up the water spout" he said in a sing-song voice. Then he stop and looked at me expectantly.  "Then what happened to the spider?" I asked.  He thought a minute and replied sadly, "He got washed away."...

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