Category: grandchildren

Bedroom Screen Door handmade

Finally got another project finished! Only took a couple of hours and wasn’t very hard to do.
My daughter in-law has two cats that love sleeping in my “almost” one year old grandsons crib, and since he wasn’t sleeping in it, it wasn’t that big of a deal. IMG_2332
Now we fast forward a few months and my daughter in-law and son are giving me grandchild number seven in a few weeks! No, they don’t have seven, this will be number two for them. Their first son will be one January 4th and the new baby is due the end of January, so the rush was on to figure out something to keep the cats out of the crib and still let the heat into the room because the only heat source is in the hallway!
I thought a screen door would be perfect so we went to to see if we could buy one.  No such luck as the bedroom has a very small doorway, only about 24”x78”.  So I decided to make my own.  I went back to Lowe’s and purchased the things I thought I would need to build this screen door. 2- 1x4x10 Top Choice white pine boards and 2 packages of Stanley-National Hardware 3-in x 3-in Zinc T Plate and a package of Stanley-National Hardware 3-1/2-in Zinc Flat Brace.  I already had a package of a Stanley-National Hardware Zinc Screen Door and Storm Door Set to use to attach the door to the frame.  I also had taken the door down that’s usually there and used it as a guide to size the screen door correctly.  Picture below shows the wood already cut and laid on top of the regular with brackets.

This is the package of the Stanley-National Hardware 3-in x 3-in Zinc T Plate.
This is an up close picture of the T bracket laid out on the frame from Lowe’s. IMG_4249
Here is a picture of the Stanley-National Hardware 3-1/2-in Zinc Flat Brace from Lowe’s
This is an up close picture of the flat bracket from Lowe’s laid out on the frame.
And here is a picture of what was used for the handle and the hinges to attach the door to the frame, Stanley-National Hardware Zinc Screen Door and Storm Door  also bought at Lowe’s.
Here is a picture of the door, un-painted, hung on the bedroom door frame!  And if you look to the right of the picture you can see a little bit of that “baby bump”!
I think it came out pretty good and once it’s stained or painted it will look even better!  Til next time…. “Contemplative”

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My oldest son with his two nieces, (my granddaughters).
I think Olivia (standing) took some time to
get used to having a sister after being
an only child for 6 years.

Jillian Violet Jean is 2 Today!

Jillian is two today,
actually she will be two at 5:58p.m today!
She is my 2nd daughters, second daughter!
And if you have had the pleasure of her company you
would love her right away…

She has the best personality and is such a ham. She loves everyone
and has no problem telling you, and her hugs and kisses are the best!

She loves Mike and her cousin Mackenzie……

and her daddy…..

and especially her mommy….. Thanks mommy for having another
awesome baby girl to share with us……
Her sissy loves her so much and helps to take care of her….
Her cousin is like having another sister around and she
loves all the attention she gets from the both of them…..
She was such a chubba baby…..
and makes the cutest faces then & now…..
And loves to have her picture taken anytime she sees a camera….
she loves to make a mess while eating…..
And she couldn’t look anymore like her daddy if she tried….
She is such a blessing to have with us…..
She brightens your day just to look at her….

I have been so blessed to have 3 such gorgeous granddaughters
in my life to love, hug, and enjoy!
Happy Birthday Miss Jillian!!!!
Ma loves you so very much!!!!!

My Gramma and Me

I started thinking about one of my grandmothers yesterday and how it was when I was a kid and got to sleep over her house. I always loved hanging out with her, even thou there were a few times I remember getting brought home in the middle of the night because I wanted my mother! Boy, those were some scary rides home! My grandmother would always do things with me and we would have fun. She would perm my hair and stink up the house and my grandfather didn’t like it too much, but she didn’t care. What I remember most is that anytime we went for a drive we would almost aways have to pull over on the side of the road and walk into the wooded area and start digging! She loved looking and digging for old bottles. No matter where we went, you could almost bet we would be digging at any second. She collected thousands of bottles. They were of all shapes, colors and sizes. They were all very old and she somehow knew just where to stop and dig, because we never came home empty handed. She was an amazing woman and I think of her often and smile. She died when I was 9 months pregnant with my 4th child and I think it was one of the worse days of my life. She suffered for a while with cancer and her last months were just a horrible memory, and I really hope I never have to see anyone I love go thru that again. She is missed so much.
Anyway, why I was bringing this up was because I am now a grandmother of 3 little girls whom I can’t get enough of! I just look at how different it is for me as a Grandmother than it was with my grandmother and I feel sad for some of the way it is different. I remember having fun almost every time I went with my Gramma, but it seems that when I see my granddaughters there isn’t much time to do fun stuff. I watch 2 of the girls while my daughter attends nursing school and works part time and I have adopted my oldest granddaughter. I think even thou it was hard back when I was a kid it was also easier to sit back and enjoy life alot more than it is today. I think it takes so much effort to just STOP and sit, and enjoy life with these girls. I feel like I am cheating them out of “Gramma” sometimes. I work from home and things are a struggle lately with the economy, but when things were good, then you are working more, so time is hard to take off. I decided yesterday that no matter what is going on around me or in my work or life, I MUST just STOP and paint some fingernails and do some ponytails and play with these girls! They are growing so much everyday, that before I know it they are going to be grown with a family of their own and I will regret not really being the Gramma I once had……


I can’t believe I haven’t written since July! The time just seems to vanish. So much has happen the past few months. My oldest daughter has gotten her license and is now a Mental Health Counselor, my other daughter was accepted into the nursing program and I have been watching my granddaughters while she attends the night classes. Life is always so busy around here! I have also been organizing my Barn Shoppe so that I can open it at certain days & time. It still needs alot of things before I think it will be perfect, but it is coming along.
I will be posting more pictures tomorrow of the wildlife & of the kids and shoppe, so stop on back if you get a chance!

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