Charlie Gets Crafty

Contrary to popular belief Cindy isn’t the only crafty one in our family. Like many men Charlie prefers to work with wood and use very loud power tools for his creations. We have lived in our home for over 24 years. While our laundry room is not small (approximately 10′ x 7′) it has been pretty stark until recently. In addition to the washer, dryer, ugly utility tub and small freezer there was only a wire shelf for storage.

Ugly utility sink similar to one we had.

Ugly utility tub similar to one we had.

Of course I forgot to take any pictures before any of the makeover started taking place but I think you will agree that it looks pretty sweet now.

laundry room - view from door

No more ugly utility sink and now there is a lot of storage.

laundry room - sink and freezer

We had the plumbing for the sink professionally installed but all the cabinets were created by Charlie in his shop in the basement. The Formica sink top was cut from a 6′ long prefabricated top that can be purchased at your local big box store and not an inch of it was wasted because the remaining piece was used to make the cabinet below.

Free standing base cabinet

Free standing base cabinet

The laundry room is wide enough that there was also room for a free standing base cabinet opposite the washer/dryer. It is not only great for storage but it is the perfect width for laundry baskets to sit on.

laundry room - upper cabinets - interior with sink

The cabinets are made from maple veneer plywood and solid maple wood with solid maple shelves. The doors have European style hinges and satin finish stainless steel knobs.

Small wire shelf for hanging things

Small wire shelf for hanging things

There is still a remnant of the old wire shelf above the dryer to hold hangers and allow for some space to dry small things. I love all the cabinets and Charlie did and amazing job. The only downside to the new cabinets is that when the washer is running it is a bit louder since there is more for the sound to bounce off but nothing closing the door can’t fix.

Were is our water dish?

Were is our water dish?

Now don’t worry Walter your water dish is right where it has always been right next to that boot tray.

Mischief Maker Millie!

Hi everyone, it’s Cindy here to tell you about a little mischief Millie has caused. First I have to give you a little background. Everyday after Millie eats breakfast she trots into the living room, flops down, head first and wriggles around. We’re not really sure why she does this other than to wipe her face after eating however she doesn’t always do it after dinner.

Charlie and I enjoy watching her do this as she seems to be so happy when she does it. The catch is if she sees you watching her she will stop. We’ve been saying to each other that I have to get it on video so I can show all of you. I tried having the camera ready and sneaking behind her but she always caught on. Then one day I had the brilliant idea to set up the camera in the room and have it running while she was eating. That way I wouldn’t have to be there to capture all the action.

Well this is what happened when we tried that!

If you can’t see the video or want a larger view you can go here to watch the video.

I swear it is really cute and some day I will get it on video.

Ha ha Mom! Here's what I think of you trying to video tape me.

Ha ha Mom! Here’s what I think of you trying to video tape me.

Avast Ye Mateys!

PirateDay 2014

We heard it was talk like a pirate day so we thought we would join in. Now we aren’t really sure how pirates talk so we will just show you how we look like pirates in our cool bandanas that What’s Her Name aka Aunt Agnes made for us.

millie walter pirate dogs

We want to thank you all for the purrs, prayers and crossed paws for our Grandpa. He went home on Wednesday and is doing well. We’re sure your support made a lot of difference. We just hope he doesn’t scare us all like that ever again.

Hi everyone! Millie & Walter here to let you know what has been going on with us.

A kiss for Grandpa

A kiss for Grandpa

Well nothing out of the ordinary has been going on with either of us but our Grandpa has been in the hospital since last Wednesday. We love our Grandpa very much and love to give him kisses because he gives us lots of scritches in return.

Grandpa your moustache tickles!

Grandpa your mustache tickles!

Our mom has been spending a lot of time with him and our Grandma in the hospital making sure he gets the best care possible so he can go home soon. So we are saying all the mischief is on our Grandpa who is keeping mom away from her computer. We are still reading all your blogs so we know what is going on, but our commenting is few and far between.

We would like to ask that you all put your paws together and send some of that wonderful POTP goodness to our Grandpa. Thanks for understanding our abscence.

There aren’t many flowers blooming in our perennial garden but there still is some activity.

Garden Spider Web - BW - 1


Close up view

Close up view

I got very lucky last week when we awoke to a dew covered morning. Over night the garden spider had woven this perfect web that was covered in micro sized beads of water.

We are participating in the Black & White Sunday blog hop.


Hugs & Kisses Pawrty

Hi everyone! It’s Millie and Walter here. Today we are joining Lily and Edward with their Hugs & Kisses Pawrty. We like each other a lot but this is as close as we ever get to hugging.

Millie and Walter - wrestling 1

Wrestling is a form of hugging isn’t it?

We love our pawrents and we sure love to give them kisses and hugs. Here is an oldie but goodie of both of us laying it on our daddy, Charlie.

Attack of the Kissing Bandits

Attack of the Kissing Bandits

We’re kissing daddy and he is giving both of us a hug.

Last but not least is something that happens almost every morning when mom tries to put on her shoes to take us out.

Nothing better than a big kiss and hug to start your day!

Nothing better than a big kiss and hug to start your day!

You can see that the action is so fast Millie’s head is a blur!

We hope you enjoyed all our Hugs & Kisses pictures. Be sure to visit Lily and Edward to see how it all began. Now go hug your pet!

Foliage Friday

As the flowers of summer begin to fade I thought I would take you all on a walk around the garden to look at the wide variety of foliage we have. I’m not talking about the colors of autumn but rather the use of colored foliage (other than green) within your garden to create interest.

North side of yard

North side of yard

Here is a look at the north side of our yard. Every few shrubs is one with red foliage. From left to right you will see the red foliage of the ninebark, columnar barberry, smoke bush, standard barberry and on the far right is a columnar red birch.

Closer view of north side of yard

Closer view showing columnar barberry, smoke bush and barberry

In the closer view (and below) you can also see the smaller shrubs. A yellow variegated foliage dwarf weigela and the red foliage weigela.

Dwarf red weigela and dwarf yellow verigated weigela

Dwarf red weigela and dwarf yellow variegated weigela
Spilled Wine® Weigela florida ‘Bokraspiwi’ and My Monet® Sunset Weigela florida ‘Sunset’

As you can see the foliage can be red or yellow.

Japanese maple surrounded by yellow barberry

Japanese maple surrounded by yellow barberry

This is one of my favorite parts of our garden. I just love the contrast of the red leaves of the maple and yellow barberry. It also helps to draw your eye to the weeping structure of the Alaska Cedar evergreen (Chamaecyparis nootkatensis ‘Pendula’) behind them.

Another red barberry adding a pop of color

Another red barberry adding a pop of color

Moving around the yard we see more pops of the red foliage.

Dwarf verigated weigela

Dwarf variegated weigela
My Monet® Weigela florida

The variegated foliage of this dwarf weigela has it all from red to green to white.

Japanese maple with yellow rug juniper and yellow barberry

Japanese maple with yellow rug juniper and yellow barberry

This corner of the yard shows that some of the shrubs can be ground hugging too. The weep of the Japanese maple coming down to the yellow juniper (Juniperus horizontalis “Mother Lode”) is a wonderful contrast.

Dwarf variegated weigela with red heuchera

Dwarf variegated weigela with red heuchera

Not all the contrasting foliage is found in the shrub border. We also have some in the perennial garden. Here a My Monet® weigela is contrasted against the red foliage of a heuchera.

I hope you enjoyed this tour of our garden to see the variety of foliage we have used to enhance the look. Maybe on another post I can show you some of the different textures we have in our garden?

As always we have to thank Charlie for his excellent care of our gardens.

Even though this was mostly a foliage post we are joining Dory for Flower Friday.


On another note I want to apologize for being absent from the blog for a while. As the membership secretary for a large (350 members) quilting club I have had a lot of work to do to prepare for our upcoming first meeting of the year. I’ve also been working on a few crafty projects and all of it has kept me away from blogging. We have been keeping up with reading all of your blogs but our commenting may not be as much as we usually do. Thanks for your understanding. We hope to get back to blogging more soon.


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