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Friday, July 14, 2017

Flower video

flower video 2017 from Peg Karrasch on Vimeo.

The Graphics Fairy

If you love beautiful images I hope that you visit the Graphics Fairy. I’ll let her introduce herself:

I'm Karen and I blog at The Graphics Fairy LLC.  I love all things Vintage and Handmade. On my blog, The Graphics Fairy, I offer thousands of Vintage Stock Images for Crafters, DIYers and Designers to use in their projects, and they're all Free! I also post Craft and DIY projects and tutorials, blog about image transfer techniques, and share photos of my Home. I love decorating, shopping at flea markets, and collecting French Ephemera! I'm also very fond of Corgis!

Karen is very generous and offers free….that’s right…I said FREE!….graphics for any of your projects or if you just like pretty pictures. There are thousands of vintage images for you to enjoy. Stop by.

Best Vintage Cherries Image

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Lake House video 2017

Lake house 2017 from Peg Karrasch on Vimeo.


Today I'd like to introduce you to one of my favorite bloggers...Nikki from At Home WIth Nikki. This is one fantastic lady. If you want to know how to be organized and keep your life in order this is the blog for you. It is full of helpful advice with videos on YouTube and in her blog. She also sends out a newsletter. Just telling you about it doesn't do it justice. You must stop by and see her for yourself.

One things that Nikki has recently started is a subscription box.

If you are not familiar with the concept the boxes are sent to you monthly and the contents are a surprise. Nikki's first subscription box arrived last week. I knew it would be great because Nikki has such excellent taste. I had been anticipating its arrival and couldn't wait to open it up.

The first thing I saw was a big white box with her logo...NStyle on the top. I carefully picked off the top of the box and saw papers on top of white tissue paper sealed with a round sticker. The papers introduced welcomed me to the box and introduced the contents.


As I peeled back the white tissue I saw small boxes packed perfectly into the big white box. I gently picked up each one and marveled. I had faith that Nikki would send something great but I had no idea at the attention to detail that she showed.

The first thing that I opened was a large white cup with a lid that had a hole in it from Tea Forte. The lid allowed the tea to stay warm while seeping. IMG_7796

When the next small package was unwrapped there were two onyx square tea holders. Just perfect.


She also included a sampler box of tea forte teas which are delicious. I loved that they were for rebooting, relaxing, regrouping, resisting, retreating and results.


And to set your tea table Nikki added four plain white classy napkins and four rhinestone studded napkin rings.


The last thing in the box was a do it yourself project....a beaded pen and a small sack of beads complete with pictured directions so you could customize the pen the way your wanted. She also included thirty pages of a to do list to go into a planner


This box brought me so much joy. It was nice to get a surprise in the mail and every one of the items were thoughtful and showed Nikki's suburb taste. If you would like to subscribe to her boxes visit her website. They are priced at only thirty five dollars and are sent our every other month. The August one is closed already..sorry. I hope you will love Nikki as much as I do.

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

More Lake House Pictures

When we weren’t being pirates there was plenty of time for other pursuits…..

like sitting on the deck IMG_7700watching the kids swim…IMG_7701

and eating..


and being spoiled..


and chatting…


and sleeping..


and playing games like Pictionary and Five Crowns..


like reading….


and getting reacquainted with your uncles..


and swimming, jet skiing, tubing kayaking...and calling in the ice cream boat…
What a fantastic weekend!IMG_7697


It’s a tradition to gather at my sister’s lake house in July but this year she outdid herself to make us welcome. Diane incorporated a pirate theme and we were greeted at the front door with a pirate flag and a door welcome. There were pirate decorations all over the house and she planned pirate games for the kids and a bottle of rum hunt for the adults. Everyone got into the act as Vicki made a fruit pirate boat out of a watermelon and the kids and adults wore costumes.

  There was plenty  (tons) of food and specialty mixed drinks and Diane made a pirate cake. Caron made her famous Texas caviar and I made a couscous salad along with two different cheesecakes.
  Jeff took advantage of having young strong men around and they carried 30 bags of mulch down the hill as well as stones for a fire pit.
And we couldn’t forget the group picture. Missing are Becky and Chris who went out to breakfast alone. It looks like none of the seven  dogs made the picture this year.

Sunday, July 09, 2017

The Lake House 2017


I don't know who likes traveling better..us or Sadie. We can never tell her that we are going until the morning of the trip because she will whine and pester us. As it is she starts to whine as soon as she sees the suitcases and we start to load the van. When I show her that I loaded her bag she knows then she will be going. She guards the door so you can barely get out to put the suitcases in. Every time I walked out she would carry on. Don took her out front to go to the bathroom but when we looked out she had gotten herself over to the door. She was making sure that she wouldn't get left.

she is an excellent traveler and rides for hours without a complaint sleeping most of the time or just laying there. But the minute we turned into Diane's driveway and she heard the crunch of the tires on the gravel she began to whine and bark and sit up where she could see. She loves being at the lake house.

She had such a good time swimming with us. We make her wear a life jacket because she would swim until she was exausted if we'd let her. Of course I don't let her swim very long at a time because she doesn't have a lot of stamina from sitting around all the time. She loves all the activity of all the dogs even though she can't run around like all the others.

Sadie always has fun at the lake.


Wednesday, July 05, 2017

Getting out of Dodge

It was time for a play day. Don and I had been home all weekend so the Fourth of July was a great time to get away. We traveled to Erie for lunch at O’Charlie’s. Our choices in our town are ok but it’s nice to go to a bigger city where we can enjoy some delicious food. Don had steak and shrimp while I had chicken pot pie. After lunch I dropped Don off at the casino while I went to my favorite stores..a win-win. I took my time looking around but didn’t really buy much just a few presents. I’m in the “I’ve got enough” mode. I really don’t bring too much into the house these days.

Today I am packing for the weekend at the lake. I try not to take a lot but you know how it is. I like to make sure I have enough. And I can’t forget my bathing suit for the hot tub and swimming in the lake.

Every year a robin family nests in our climbing hydrangea by the garage. They must be lazy because they use the same nest. Every time we went outside she would fly away and fuss at us from a distance. But now she has her baby our of the nest. The other day a young robin was sitting on the contorta. She looked big enough to fend for herself but mama Robin kept swooping in a feeding her.


Monday, July 03, 2017

Everything needs a boost

My summer flowers seem to be waning so I went around with a shot of Miracle Grow for them. I’ll bet that will help them perk up. I think every once in a while we all need a boost. Me included. I am going this weekend to my sister’s house for a family party. This annual event includes all of my sister’s family and some of mine. Being all together in the house is so much fun and we always have an enjoyable time. All of my family lives in the south except for my one son in southern Pennsylvania. We see each other as often as we can and it always perks me up.

 IMG_7684Love the copper sprinklers I have for my garden. IMG_7681



Sunday, July 02, 2017


I love quotes and found a blog (between sisters between friends) that has many. One that struck me today is:

“Find something you’re interested in and keep tremendously interested in it.”…Julia Child

Don’t you just love Julia. I loved the movie Julie and Julia, one of my favorites. Over the years I have had an interest in many, many things. I’ve tried out different crafts (embroidery, painting, gallery glass.) Some things I did until I got tired of them and some I just wasn’t good at. But throughout the years some remained. I love reading. I’ve always loved going to the library and bringing home a stack of books. And I’ve always loved art. But only recently have I actually felt like an artist and had more confidence in my ability. I’ve taken up photography and love making photos and using the computer or apps to manipulate them into art works. And I’ve always loved traveling and do it as often as possible.

What have you always been interested in?IMG_7535

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

My apologies

This summer has gotten away with me. I am busier than usual so that means that I don’t get to my computer to blog as often as I used to. So if you are checking daily I apologize. I will try to blog as often as I can but please don’t expect every day.

This week is turning out to be extra busy for me. We got back home on Monday in the late afternoon. Tuesday I went to coffee, went to Walmart, stopped in to see about getting a new pair of glasses since when I got home from Chris’ two weeks ago my watch and glasses were no where to be found. I’m sure they will eventually turn up but I needed a new pair anyway. I found pretty frames and will have my eyes checked tomorrow. Then I called and made an appointment to go back to the gastro doctor since I got a piece of hamburger caught in my throat over the weekend. If you have been reading me a long time you will know the problem I have had with choking. so it’s time to get my throat stretched again. Then I did all the laundry to get it caught up. And in the evening we went to my in laws to play cards and didn’t get home until ten.

Today I was busy too getting things arranged back after the storm we had while I was away blew down my cushions from on top of the grill , blew the tablecloth from the table and blew some of the string of lights down. I had to put all the containers back where they belonged. I had put them all out together from under the breezeway so they would get rain when I was away and Evan could water them together if needed. Don is busy getting the pond ready.
So as you can see I don’t even have a picture for you today. Another apology. I long for a time when I can take my camera out again.

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Fantastic wonderful weekend


We are having such a great weekend at Chris' house. Ryan surprised me by coming up on Friday with his family. And my sister Linda was here too. The weather was fantastic and we enjoyed the pool.

Linda and I made spaghetti and meatballs for everyone Friday night. The girls were tired from the yard sale that they held. And Saturday night we all went to Longhorn steak house for dinner. Then Chris set up a large screen and speakers outdoors and we had an outdoor movie.

Dan also came over from Pittsburgh. He is leaving his dog Selma here for a week while he and Gretchen vacation in Mexico.




Of course Sadie loved swimming in the pool and was mad when I made her get out and rest. She would sit by the side of the pool and whine.

It is so much fun when we are all together.


Wednesday, June 21, 2017

The first day of summer


Here we are again. The very first day of summer. The summer solstice. The longest day of the year. The beginning of a few months of good weather, relaxing and fun. Our winters are long here and having three months of nice weather is so welcomed. I must remember to stop Pushing to get things done and take time to sit on the swing and read. And travel. Already July is filling up. We will be going to my sister's lake house for a weekend with all her and my family. Then both my sisters will be here for a week. Then my son and family will be visiting. I love to have company!


Tuesday, June 20, 2017


Yesterday our friend Tim came over and moved the arbor to the top of the bank and set it in place. Now I am looking for two pieces of fencing to put on each side. Pictures will follow later.

Today my coffee friends came up to play Marbles and we had a great time. It’s always fun to get together. I served crudité in a tall cup and strawberry shortcake. I had gone to the Hatch Patch about an hour away to get their strawberries. I got a whole flat. Their berries are the best, not a bad one among the bunch. A flat is 8 quarts but they pour another quart on the top. I freeze them and use them all year long.

A picture taken with my new lens


The ducks at Boiling Springs Children’s Lake.


Sunday, June 18, 2017



This is Selma. She belongs to my grandson Dan and his wife Gretchen. Gretchen is a runner and often times she and Dan would go to the local shelter and walk the dogs. Selma won their heart. Gretchen takes Selma on long runs with her. She has a special leash which attaches to her belt which leaves her hands free. Selma of course is very attached to them and wasn't happy being left inside the fence when they went somewhere without her. 

Saturday, June 17, 2017

A new arbor for the garden


The arbor I ordered from Amazon came and Don put it together for me. It will sit at the top of the bank. I love it.

Yesterday my classmates came to play games. This group of giggle girls is so much fun. W head drinks outdoors but played inside in the air conditioning. I made strawberry yogurt pie which is an easy cool and delicious treat. Here is the recipe if you'd like something refreshing.

Mix together.....a tub of Cool Whip, two cartons of strawberry yogurt, and one cup of mashed, sweetened strawberries. Pour into a graham cracker pre made crust..I used a chocolate crust.. Freeze. Before serving pour some Hershey's syrup in a swirl on top yum!

U I set the table with paper goods from Tuesday Morning. I love that store and stock up on paper plates and napkins every time I am there.