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This Land Is My Land…

Saturday, July 4th, 2015


A post on the 4th of July? Sure, why not. I’ve already enjoyed a solid day off of work and the weekend has just begun. My full-time job, ye old YNT (not sure why I just started talking like a pirate), saw fit to give us the 3rd of July off since the 4th falls on a Saturday. And for the first time in my almost 15 years of employment, no one in my department had to pull holiday duty. You see, we don’t have a paper on major holidays so everyone gets the day off, well almost everyone. Those of us that actually assemble the paper and send it to press always have to work “on” the holiday in order to build the next days issue. Bummer right? Well not this holiday. No siree. Leave it to ‘Merica to solve that age old problem. I don’t have a paper to put together until Monday so bring on the holiday!


The Graduates

Tuesday, June 23rd, 2015


It seems like only yesterday I was writing about “Wedding Season”. “Wedding Season” soon turned into “Prom Season” which very quickly turned into “Graduation Season”. And a busy “Graduation Season” it was. It still blows my mind that my friends have kids graduating from high school. How did that happen? I still remember when they were babies traumatized by 4th of July Fireworks and tag-along little brothers who always knew exactly what we adults were talking about because “I have ears you know.” Noted, from then on we were a little more careful about what we said around Jordan.


MacKenzie & Zach

Wednesday, April 22nd, 2015


Wedding season has officially arrived and my first job of the “season” is in the books. I had the honor of working on a couple of projects for Miss MacKenzie Dick, now Richert.


Dear Darla, I hate your stinking guts…

Monday, February 9th, 2015


We interrupt the never-ending Texan Adventure to bring you some Valentine greetings on this the week of Valentine’s Day. I think I’ve stated this before… I’m not a huge fan of V-Day but I am a fan of seasonal decorating and what else are you supposed to do during those cold and bitter months following the holidays? Once those Christmas decorations come down the place just looks depressing. As a side note… why is it I’m perfectly happy with my every day home decor all throughout the year but once I un-deck the halls in January I feel I have nothing to fill all those empty spaces with? Where did all that stuff go? Did I just forget where everything went? It’s a mystery. Anyway, since it’s still a little too early to start digging out the Easter eggs I’ve resorted to hearts, well not too many hearts.


Harvest Market Days

Thursday, November 27th, 2014


Hey there it’s me, still alive a kickin’ but just barely. The last two months have been a bit crazy and don’t look to slow down anytime soon, especially since “The Holiday Season” has officially hit. I say it’s officially “The Holiday Season” because I’m writing this post on Thanksgiving Eve, is that a thing? Thanksgiving Eve? I say it is and I guess it doesn’t really matter since it will be Thanksgiving Day by the time I’m done writing. And since in my mind Thanksgiving still falls under the “Fall” category I can sneak this post in under the wire about our Harvest Market Days Sale.

If you remember from one of my last posts (a long, long time ago) I promised to give you all a peek inside my new endeavor, Willow Station.


I’m baaacckkk

Thursday, October 16th, 2014


EEK! I haven’t posted for over a month and a half! That’s ridiculous! I mean my last post was on my birthday and I am well into my 44th year (Believe me, I feel all 44 of those years every morning when I get up). So here I am again, making up excuses for disappearing on you, but this time I have a really good excuse. Really I do.

You see I’ve had a little side project brewing in the background for a few years now. It started percolating back when JoAnn, Andrea and I redecorated the Youth Room at my church. The seed was planted at the final meeting of our Youth Room Committee. JoAnn mentioned that she and her husband Mike had been toying around with constructing a building on their farm. A building that would make JoAnn’s dream of becoming a shop owner come true. She wanted to know what we thought of the idea and Andrea and I both immediately said we were on board. If she was going to build a store we wanted to be a part of it.


Your Love

Wednesday, July 16th, 2014

final top half

About a month ago I received a text from my friend Karen. She wanted to know if I would be interested in doing some “chalk work” for her daughter MacKenzie. You see Kenz had just moved into her first “grown-up apartment”. I define “grown-up apartment” as one being free of any kind of pesky roommate. Ahhh… roommates. So, so very glad I never have to find another one of those. I had my share of them back in my college days. They ranged from bad: walking into my UNL dorm room as a freshman and having my assigned roommate say, “You can move out if you want.” Yes mam’, you bet I was moving out. To good: living with my sister Kris and best friend Keri, despite the annoying and very loud (especially in the middle of the night… wink, wink) Asian family living upstairs. For a hot minute I feared my niece Marli had inherited my bad luck with roommates. This was after receiving a text on her first day of college, “KERRI!!! MY ROOMMATE HAS A CAPE HANGING IN HER CLOSET!… AND A LIGHT SABER!” She vacated that room pretty quickly as well.



Saturday, June 28th, 2014

Chalkboard in progress

It’s that time of year. Those striped circus tents have been popping up all over the place. “You’re One Stop Spot for all your Fireworks Needs” one of the signs said. And last night here in my little burg you would have thought it already was the 4th with the large number of fireworks going off. I was sweating away all evening trying to make some order out of my mess of a garage and was able to step outside numerous times to take in the show.


All Good and Perfect Things…

Wednesday, June 11th, 2014

G&P Chalkboard

“All good and perfect things are from above.” James 1:17. How very true. My friend Andrea is patiently waiting for her “good and perfect thing” to arrive at any moment and I was honored when her sister-in-law Amanda contacted me a while back asking me to make a gift for Andrea’s baby shower.


He Is Risen

Monday, April 28th, 2014

1 Lily construction

Determined. That would be the best word to describe me in the week leading up to Easter. I was determined to take a positive step forward in my neverending quest to get the church bulletin boards up to date. I have been in charge of five bulletin boards gracing the walls of my church for more years than I can remember and so far I have failed miserably in my quest. Those seasons just roll around too fast. I’ve tried the “create a general year round bulletin board” approach but that’s just boring. The holiday ideas come so much more easily. I had one a year ago at Easter time but of course never got it started so I filed it away for the next year. Well Easter was rolling around once again so I pulled out that idea and dusted it off.