Friday, October 10, 2014

A TRIBUTE TO SWEET MOLLY

Sweet Molly. That's how we always referred to her.
I don't know if she was so sweet because she knew we saved her life
or if she was just plain sweet and gentle.
But what ever the reason we really loved her.
She died October 2nd after a short illness.
I say short because we only found out she was sick this summer.
She had Cushing disease. We don't know how long she had been sick before
she started showing symptoms. She was 11 1/2 yrs. old.
We thought we'd have her longer but that wasn't meant to be.


We got Molly when she was 4 weeks old. She was malnourished and probably 
wouldn't have lived much longer. So we brought her home, took her to the vet, wormed her,
got her shots, fed her and loved her.
She loved to eat and pretty soon she started growing.


For the 1st year her back legs were really weak and she had a shaking problem.
Eventually she outgrew both of those problems.

When she had her full coat she reminded us of a bear.
Lumbering along.
She loved to help me outside.
Whenever I was working in the garden she'd stand wherever I was trying to plant.
I'd just give her a hug and she'd be satisfied and move along.

She was a great guard dog.
Scaring everyone with her bark, but then greeting them with her wagging tail.
As you can see she was a beautiful dog.


But as her illness progressed she looked pretty bad.
Two of the outward signs of Cushings is the changing of their coat
and a big pot belly. The disease makes all the fat go to the abdominal area.
You can see this in her picture. She looks so sad.She was on special medication for the disease
and we thought she'd have a little more time, but she let us know her time had come.
We were with her when she died.

We really miss her but feel blessed to have had her as long as we did.
Enjoy the following photos of Molly's life.


She loved her toys.

This would make a great Christmas Card.

Sleeping with her older sister, Honey (who died 8 yrs. ago).
Honey taught her the ropes on being a guard dog.


This was her cousin dog, Mango.
They were good playmates.
Mango died last year.

Here Molly is posing on the couch before getting a hair cut.
Isn't she a beauty!

This is the after.
Looks like a different dog doesn't she.
We would get her cut each summer to stay cooler.


Molly's gravestone.


R.I.P. my sweet dog.


We love you.

Ephesians 5:20

giving thanks always for everything
to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Sunday, September 21, 2014

FALL BOUNTY

On this beautiful Sunday morning I thought I'd
share with you some of the beautiful and interesting
things that our Creator has made for us to enjoy.








The trees of the field will yield their fruit and the ground will yield its crops;
the people will be secure in their land...

Ezekiel 34:27



All pictures are from a neighborhood produce market.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

FROM CHICKEN CRATES TO COFFEE TABLE

This is the result of using things other then there original purpose.
A very unique coffee table.
Come along as I tell you what it's made of,
and how I did it.



It all began when my daughter and son in-law bought a farm.
"Red Door Farm"


And on this farm was and old, old chicken house.




And also on this farm was a barn.



And in this barn were parts of old chicken crates.
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I wanted to make something out of them for my daughter
since they came from her farm.
I immediately thought of a coffee table.
So I cleaned, bleached and scrubbed the pieces and nailed them together.
Here's the frame.


I needed some feet, so I went looking in my stash of odds and ends.
These were old post tops that I had cut off to use as feet on an island
that I use to have.
They will be Perfect.


Next, was to figure out what to use as the bottom.
And of course I used old pickets.
Then added the feet.


Here's a look at it underway.
Bottom shelf and feet are attached.


Now what to use for the top.
My dad has dismantled an old tool chest that he built in the 1940's.
He ask me if I wanted the boards. Of course I did. Even though
I didn't know what I'd use them for at the time. 
Well, here they are.


These will work perfect for the top.
So I sanded them and put them together.
I attached them on boards that will fit inside of the crate 
so you can just lift up the top to get to the inside of the table.


It fits nice and snug.


Here it is put together before the top was painted.


Here are a few close ups of the finished table.
She decided on red for the top and feet.
Since the name of their farm is
Red Door Farm.


And here's the finished coffee table.
A little bit of history from her farm and our family.



How great is your goodness,
which you have stored up for those who fear you...
Psalm 31:19


Please feel free to leave a comment. I love to read them.
Thanks

Saturday, August 23, 2014

THE MAKING OF A BENCH

Once again I had to show you the after first.
There was really no before, as far as furniture goes.
This one was made from scratch.
Continue on and I'll take you through the process.
Hope you enjoy.


First, you start with this.
A very large pine tree.
It's bigger then it looks in this picture.


After the trees were taken down, they were sent to the sawmill.
They hung around for a few years to dry out in my dads shop.


Then they were chosen for said project.
My bench.
Here are the boards before they were run through the planer.


This is what they look like afterward.


You choose your boards, then glue and clamp.
Or should I say, my dad glues and clamps the boards.
I designed what I wanted and he did the building.
This is the top of the bench after the boards are glued together.


 Here are some of the boards ripped for side pieces and support pieces.


This is what the end pieces look like.
My dad suggested putting the ends on a foot.
I love the look.


This is the bottom of the bench with ends,
supports and side rails all put together.


This is the seat just sitting on the top.
The edges still have to be rounded and a lot, and I mean a lot of sanding to be done.
That was one of my contributions to the project.
Lots of sanding to make it smooth for all the bottoms
that will be sitting on it.


The piece has now been moved to my house
and is ready for the staining process.
That's my other contribution.
The finisher.

I decided to stain the bottom portion of the bench a dark walnut.
But I wanted something different for the top.
I love all shades of blue and I use it everywhere in my house.
So I knew a blue bench would look good.
I got a few looks when I told people I would be doing it blue
(You know what I mean). But I went with my idea anyway.
This was a semi-transparent stain by Olympic called, Rivers-Run.
I ended up putting 3 coats on there to get the color I wanted.
Then topped it with 3 coats of polyurethane. 


I brought everything inside to put it together.
That top is so heavy it took two people to carry it in.
I forgot to mention the bench is 9 feet long.
 Turned it all upside down and screwed that baby together.


While it was upside down I wrote a little info about the bench for future generations.


Here's a close up of the finished bench.


I had gotten tired of all those big chairs and thought a bench would be a great change.
It will end up allowing more people to sit around the table
at our family meals and gatherings.


 As I said, I designed it, but my dad built it.
My dad can build anything and has built a lot of the furniture in my house.
This man is 91 years old.
91-people and still goes down to his shop everyday.
What a blessing.


Hope you enjoyed my walk through of how this bench came to be.


By the word of the Lord were the heavens made,
their starry host by the breath of his mouth.
Psalm 33:6



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