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Saturday, February 28, 2015

Not time for Spring decorations


It's not time yet to get out the nests, eggs, and birds but since my sunroom is always decorated in that theme I just made a new little centerpiece without going up in the attic.

I've had the white berries forever and they get used for all the seasons. The pots and white paper whites were a gift from my sister Linda. And she also gave me the black and white flowered placemat. I love the plaid tablecloth.

Linda also gave me the little bird salt and peppers. I saw them at her house and loved them.

I'm now picking out flooring for the kitchen. I love the look of the big vinyl squares which are put in with grout to look like ceramic.


This is just a plain light color.

This is another option...sheet vinyl. Decisions, decisions.


House of Cards


Season three begins. This Netflix series has been the best thing on tv I have seen in a long time. Kevin Spacey plays a politcal scoundrel who now is president this season. Each season seems to get better and better and I can't wait to see these episodes. I'll probably do a marathon watching as they all are released at once. Get the popcorn ready.

  1. U.S. Rep. Francis Underwood of South Carolina starts out as a ruthless politician seeking revenge in this Netflix original production. Promised the post of Secretary of State in exchange for his support, his efforts help to ensure the election of Garrett Walker to the presidency. But Walker changes his mind before the inauguration, telling Underwood he's too valuable in Congress. Outwardly, Underwood accepts his marching orders, but secretly he and his wife, an environmental activist, make a pact to destroy Walker and his allies. Based on the U.K. miniseries of the same name, the U.S. version offers a look behind the scenes at the greed and corruption in American politics. A number of real-life media figures make cameo appearances.


Friday, February 27, 2015

It just seems endless


All over the web I see Spring decorations popping up. It is waaaaaaaaay to soon to even start dreaming about Spring here in the north. We don't get leaves on our trees until May. It's a long, long wait. This cold...six degrees this morning...has us huddled up. Something to look forward to tomorrow. Dinner at a Chinese restaurant in Salamanca and then a concert by Crystal Gayle and Lee Greenwood.

Miss Sadie has been to the vet. She was limping on her front foot. This following a time in January when she was weak on her legs. The vet tested her for Lyme's disease...negative. He thinks it's a slipped disk and gave her a steroid shot. She's been laying low.


Someone is enjoying the snow. The grands in Tennessee are lovin' it



Wednesday, February 25, 2015

A little photography practice

I’ve not been very good about getting out my camera and practicing my photography. I love to go on the photography blogs and see the wonderful photos that have been taken and ooh and awe about how lovely they make their photos. But I know that the only way I’ll get better is if I actually practice. In the winter it is hard to get outdoors to take shots so many rely on indoor photography.    Today I set up a table by the window.  With the light streaming in I gathered a few old bottles, a dried up hydrangea, and a blue vase.   Then I used Photoscape and Photoshop to adjust the photos. Here are the results. kitchen still ife 012time stands stillbottle oneblue vasebelieve


Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Who doesn't love Mrs. Patmore?


Every Sunday night the world stops while I'm glued to the TV set watching Downton Abbey. It is by far the best thing on television! There are so many chaacters and subplots you can't miss one conversation or you'll miss a key piece of the puzzle of the household.

It's hard to pick your favorite character but I think mine has always been Mrs. Hughes. She runs the downstairs and always seems to be in the know about the happenings both upstairs and down. When there is a problem she seems able to help. And that last scene last year of her and Mr. Carson on the beach was precious.




But who doesn't love Mrs. Patmore? I was crying along with her when she found out that Daisy was leaving.

And weren't the costumes spectacular ! I need to go back and watch the episode just to see the gorgeous dresses and hairpieces.




Were you as shocked as I was when they carted Anna away? What's to become of her?


And am I the only one who wants to see Tom and Edith marry?


Next week is the finale and I don't now how I will stand it. Who is your favorite character?


This cold is getting old

Someone in town posted their thermometer on Facebook this morning. The news is reporting twenty six below. I have minus fourteen at my house. Yes it is cold. Will I still go to coffee this morning? Heck yeah.



Even Sadie can't wait till spring.


Monday, February 23, 2015

Playing with apps

There is so much to learn when dealing with photography apps. But it's fun to play around with them to create different effects. Here are a few of today's works.




Sunday, February 22, 2015

Do you Facebook?

Since I blog I wasn't too anxious to use Facebook. i joined mostsly to see what my family was doing. It's nice to see pictures and find out what far away family is doing. I only occasionally post something original to Facebok. But I do repost those funny videos of animals that make me laugh. When I need a grin Facebook never lets me down. And of course i repost those easy recipes that I never seem to make afterwards.

Here are some things I've seen on Facebook.


I want to rent a kid just so I can put these in her lunchbox. So cute!


Adn then there are videos from Youtube. How about this kid?


Adn there are inspirational quotes to raise your spirits.

And then some to express just how I am feeling.

If you are into Facebook...please friend me. Peggy Karrasch. I'd love to see you online.



Saturday, February 21, 2015

A bad case of cabin fever


I went out in the snow this morning. The roads were snow covered and icy. The snow was cming down and it was about sixteen degrees. Why did I go out in that? To get a library book. Yes, I am that desperate. I have cabin fever.

I got some library books, I stopped at the video store and got two movies. And went to the grocery store too.

But when you have cabin fever you are restless. Movies don't help. Books don't help. Playing on the internet doesn't help. I want to get out and talk a walk. I want the sun and warmth. I am finally had enough! I'm fighting this feeling but for the moment but I'm screaming inside...STOP SNOWING!!



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Friday, February 20, 2015


The countertops are in! It doesn’t even look like my old kitchen anymore. I feel like I’m in someone else’s house. countertops 2.15 018

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