Thursday, January 21, 2010


Hello, hello, hello! I got this from a friend and thought it was funny. The caption said: "No matter how badly last year treated you, walk tall with your head held high; this is a brand new year, baby!" Pretty sad looking rooster!

I hope you don't live in the areas of California where they are having such trouble right now! Both of my children and their families, and lots of friends live there and are doing fine right now, Thank the Lord! California is getting as much rain in one week as they should be getting for the whole rainy season! Lots of problems; floods, mud, winds and even some reports of tornadoes! So far two people died from trees falling on their homes. May God bless them.

And I have to mention the troubles in Haiti. I am sure you are all praying for the people there...such a poor country with so much devastation, many times over! The people live under a dictatorship, which keeps the goods for themselves and the people go hungry. But on the other side, there are so many folks going there to help - mostly from the U.S.A. Makes you proud that we are a country that gives so much to others in need - we always have. And I am not talking about government money, I am talking about us citizens, we are the givers! Our hearts always go out to those in need no matter where they are. Still, help and prayers are needed!

You can see "the" tree behind the jeep in the background.

Last week we took a trip to a small town in Northern California to help our friends (Fran and Terry) clean up the home of their parents, who just moved so that they could live closer to their families and medical facilities in the Southern part of the state. We also picked up a 1968 Jeep "Willy" that had been attached to a tree for about 15 years! Jim (Terry's Dad)used the vehicle around the property for various chores and one day lost control of it and rode it all the way down the ravine and slammed into a tree at the bottom. (It is a very hilly area.) So now that the house has sold, they needed to get that Jeep out of the ravine and my honey said he wanted it! Sweet guy that he is, its now in our back yard! I don't know what he wants to do with it, we already have two vintage cars to fix up! He says that he is going to sell it - of course he is inviting all the car club members over to see it first! Anyway, we got the old cabin cleaned and took three loads of stuff to the dump. That is after they had taken many loads a few weeks ago! I did get a couple of treasures: And old kitchen table, and a handmade corner cabinet to refinish and paint! Their grown sons and Terry's brother & nephew came to help too - It was a lot of fun, played games at night and ate too much!

Trying to turn it around so Roger could pull it up the ravine.

Well, that's it for now. I haven't been working on any lamps this month, still trying to get things done after the holiudays...and I think I am going to do some scrapbooking this week, try to get all my pictures in order! UGH!

You all have a good week!


Meggie said...

Oh Marilyn, that poor rooster! Wonder what he did to get himself in such a predicament? Speaking of predicaments, how in the world did you get the jeep out of the ravine?

Marilyn said...

Thanks for visiting me this morning. The rooster is indeed funny and I love the jeep.

Wsprsweetly Of Cottages said...

I..have not been here for SO long! Shoot. I have to get on the stick. My visiting thing is not doing too well.
I enjoyed every minute of your story!
I had to show the Rooster to my son in law who is doing the painting for me. He is a cement contractor and he has had a terrible couple of years. My heart breaks for them watching them struggle. It's difficult.'s good to catch up a bit with you. :)

Kathleen Grace said...

Good heavens! That is the tattiest rooster I have ever seen! Did you see it's poor skinny little neck?
lol, poor thing!
I hope your husband can get that Jeep restored in record time:>)

Adrienne said...

Oh, my goodness, Marilyn -
When I first met my sweetheart in Bend he had a Jeep almost like that one. It was in much better shape and running pretty well. My second date with him was in the Jeep. I was heading home that day so he took me out to breakfast - in the Jeep - before I headed over the mountains to the Valley. After breakfast we drove up Pilot Butte and then down a road to a place on the back side of the butte (somewhere near where the hospital is now!). It was a place where four-wheelers go to 'play'. He wanted to show me how the Jeep would go right down the side of the Butte. I knew nothing of four-wheeling. And I was wearing a pretty dress! I wanted nothing to do with going down the side of the butte so I told him I would get out and walk back down the road if he wanted to drive over the edge to show me - but I wasn't going down the side! He wasn't offended because he eventually married me and that was thirty eight years ago! Would I go down now? Maybe. Maybe not! Hope you'll show us when the Jeep is restored.

Edie Marie's Attic said...

What a hoot! I can only imagine how excited your hubby was with his great treasure. I had a CJ5 Jeep many many yrs ago, in another life I think, and was in a 4wheel Drive Club. Oh the mud... and sometimes 4wheel drive means nothing in slippery mud. Sounds like you'll be having some fun with your new finds.

Glad you like the glove idea - it was so fun to do. I drool over every lampshade you make!! The one in your header is fabulous.

Hugs, Sherry

The Stylish House said...

Hi Marilyn,
Glad to read your family is not having weather issues in CA. On tonight's news I saw condos hanging off the side of a cliff. I feel so badly for those affected by it. Around here it has felt more like OR weather. It's been a weird winter, but it's not over yet.
I love my little night light I won from you last year. Everytime I look at it I see the beautiful workmanship you put into it. It's so cute and looks perfect in my guest bath.

Charmingdesigns said...

Oh That Jeep!! The rooster is a hoot. LOVE love love your banner lampshade!!