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Thursday, May 25, 2017

Tessie's Cactus Collection...

I no longer have a cacti and succulent collection.  This afternoon, Tessie helped me start gathering the information on all of the plants that I have on the back porch and in the yard... Then she announced... "If I have to do all of this work, I should have custody of all of the plants that I list.

She seems to think that she has listed every plant on the porch... Interesting. I have not even gotten all of them listed yet.

Why am I doing this?

All of the plants that I have in the collection are things that are of interest to me.  I came home after buying most of them and looked them up on the net. 
 That is an easy way to find out how to take care of them.  I keep collecting photos and information on my Pinterest site in "Succulents and Cactus".

That way if something goes wrong, I can find out, pretty fast, what to do to make them get healthy again.
I am always amazed at how much you can find out about anything that you want to know just by putting a couple of words in the search box on Pinterest.

I am writing things down the old fashioned way, but I may just have to do it on the iPad.

Tessie is holding on to about 10 pages of the notebook that are filled with names of the things in the pots on the back porch... She did NOT write them down.  I did... Therefore I think that the plants are still mine.  She will tell you a different story.  Please don't listen to her.

Anyway, I had a doctor's appointment this morning.  Nothing wrong.  Just routine. So I decided to do something fun, just for me.  I fed the birds and squirrels.  Then I sat back and watched.  We have three new baby squirrels.  Walter called me out to the kitchen window to watch. Momma was teaching them to chew on the bird  block this afternoon.  Very cute! 

So I didn't really accomplish anything mini, but then, neither did Tessie! So she can't hassle me about not doing any minis.

The wind seems to be calming down a bit.  Maybe I can do some more re-potting.

See you tomorrow.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Neglecting Tessie...

I should never leave Tessie home alone. I went to Wednesday Witches this afternoon.

I finally finished these two rings.  There is a tutorial for them on You Tube.  The instructor's site name is Bronzepony.  All one word.  She does some very nice tutorials.
 Of course, after I took the photo, Tessie grabbed one of them and put it over her bun.  Then she declared it a "Pillbox Hat".  I thought sure it was going to be another crown...

No.  I still have not gotten it back.  She is holding it hostage until I work on her townhouse.
Speaking of which, she has now emptied out the bottom floor and is threatening to take a sledge hammer to the walls that are in the way of the open floor plan.

I am trying hard to ignore her and go on with the castle... It is not working well.

I did hide the only mini sledge hammer that I could find.  I hope that she doesn't know of another one, or there will be no house left when she finishes her idea of mini demolition.

I am going back to work on the castle the first thing in the morning.  No Tessie allowed on the site. Maybe she will demolish the whole townhouse and then I won't have to re do it.

Back to work.  See you tomorrow.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

From Tessie With Love....

Tessie here... OK... I have control.  I used the mesmerizer on Casey and she is typing whatever I say.

I used it on her this morning and dragged her into the living room. 

I made her stand in front of my townhouse and take photos. Then I told her what I want done on each floor.  NOW. 
 She is not going to give me the castle, so I want my house re-done.

We will start with the living room and kitchen.  I am saying OPEN FLOOR PLAN in her ear, every time we look at it.  Maybe she will get the hint.  I hate the dark kitchen that can't be seen, except through the windows.

Then I made her look at the bedroom.  That's not to bad.

However, when I get up to go to the bathroom at midnight, The bathroom being on a different floor is a pain!

Maybe she could put a smaller bathroom where the closet is and then make the bathroom a larger closet.  Most of my aprons would fit in there if that were the arrangement.
The roof garden is the only part of the house that I really like. I have to make a list of other things I want done.

Don't tell Casey what I did....

OK, Casey here... I let her think that she was in control.  I really wasn't mesmerized..

It was just a way to get her off of my back whilst I finish the castle. She just doesn't give up.  I need a break.

I may have to do some of each for a week or two.  She wants all new furniture for the living room and an open floor plan for the first floor.  Big plans for the whole house.

I hate to admit it, but I have never liked the layout of her townhouse. Maybe if I work on it a little too, she will be a happy camper and easier to live with. 

It's either that or kick her out, house and all.  I probably wouldn't live long if I tried to do that.  So...
Appeasement is in order... We are going to have a heart to heart talk.  No mesmerizer anywhere in sight.  Wish me luck.

See you tomorrow.

Monday, May 22, 2017

Back to Her Old Self...

Tessie has been hassling me for a couple of weeks now to put her back in a white dress.  She dislikes black.  Would you believe that she says that it makes her look too skinny? And besides, black clothes scare her.

Anyway, I put her back in white today... She looks like her old pudgy self again... And she is happy about it?

Oh well. To each his(or her) own.
She tried on every apron that she owns. It was a regular runway show for a couple of hours. 

I knew what was coming... She was not going to be pleased with any of the many aprons she owns...

I asked her what she wanted in the way of new aprons.  Knowing full well what the answer would be, before I heard it.......
She flounced into the bedroom... Nobody can flounce like Tessie when she puts her mind to it.

She plopped down on the six fabrics that Gayle brought me and said.... "Hmmmm.....  Let's see... I will have one of each of these.  The blue one first.  It will go with my eyes. 

I am not sure what mirror she was using at the time, but her eyes are brown... Almost black.  They were never blue.

 I sighed and answered her with the usual phrase... "Don't hold your breath, Tessie."

Back to work on the castle.

See you tomorrow.

Sunday, May 21, 2017


That stands for Very Special Person... Kota said so!

As long as we have had him, he always runs in the closet when someone besides us comes in the house.

He has a new friend.  Gayle walked up to him and started petting him and he didn't even object. He's a good judge of character.

So... I let him model the beautiful necklace that Gayle mad for me. I don't think that he was as crazy about that as the petting part.  He liked that part. He approved of Gayle.
 This is the "Ice Dyed" fabric that she brought me. I am going to have to think of something special to make from it... Tessie has been eyeing it and hinting that she would love something made from it... I don't think so.  This is Mine! All mine. And so is the necklace.  I have a shirt that is almost the same color.

Thank you so much Gayle!  I love them all.  And Kota and Tessie are not going to get any of it!
I found three partial bags of  lichen. Two dark and one medium green.  I am well on my way to replacing the foliage on the outer walls.

It doesn't help that Tessie is trying to supervise where I put it.  I get it glued to the wall and she pops up and yells, "A little more to the left.". It's not helping.
At least she made friends with the momma dragon.  I am not sure how long that is going to last.  She is also crunchy and good with catsup.

Anyway, I am going back now and fill in a few bare spots that I see in the photos with more green stuff.

See you tomorrow.

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Great Minds Think Alike...

We had company today. My friend Gayle and her husband Mark met us at our favorite Mexican food place for lunch.  I had not seen Gayle for about two years. 

Gayle and I lived on the same street back in the 70s and early 80s.  We were pretty much best friends when our kids were little.

Then when Mark got out of the Air Force, they moved back to Maine. 

She is the one that got the sewing room that I showed on here a few months ago. One of my very first mini rooms.

I have decided to give Tessie a middle name.  She and Gayle think alike. Gayle reads the blog and encourages Tessie's bad side.  I am not going to call her that, but she is now Tessie Gayle... I may have to call her that when she does something really bad.

Now about the minis... That blob of green that The momma dragon is holding is all of the greenery from the trees around the castle.  She seems to think that it would make a great dragon bed. 

I am not going to argue with a fire breathing dragon... To put it in her words, "You are crunchy and would taste good with catsup..." Nope.  No arguments here. The green stuff will just miraculously disappear overnight.

The cave next door holds Little Red Riding Hood.

Tessie stepped in this afternoon and warned Red that there were wolves in the neighborhood.

I don't think that Red is worried.  She carries a big hatchet under her cape in case of emergencies.

I am going to have to rewire this part. It was on a battery pack and there are glowing eyes around her in the forest.  So far they aren't working.  We will just have to do some trial and error fixing. 

I am going back to work with some greenery that I found in my stash now...

Tomorrow, I will show you what Gayle brought me. She made me a beautiful necklace and ice dyed me some fabric.  Love both.  See you tomorrow  with those in hand. Thank you Gayle. I love all of the goodies!!!

Friday, May 19, 2017

For the Birds...

I read somewhere on the net that Orioles were supposed to love oranges... Does this look like an Oriole?

The only completely red Oriole in the universe...

Well. At least someone is enjoying the oranges.
And where was Mr. Oriole?  Yup.  He thinks he is a hummer.  I don't really care what either of them eat, as long as they just keep coming back for more.

They are both really fun to watch.
 Of course both are not particular what in in the feeder, as long as it's sweet stuff.

They take turns at the hummingbird feeder and tend to keep the hummers away.  That's why I have five small feeders, instead of a couple of large ones.

I even have plain old sparrows and house wrens that think that they are hummingbirds.
This is the lady Oriole. She's not as bright as the male, but very pretty in a more subdued way.

In case you didn't catch it, Mr. Oriole is that yellow blob that you see in the feeder.  He is on the other side. His tail is the only real part of him that shows in the photo...
Now. On to minis.  I was going to re-do the trees on the castle today, but unfortunately, they are going to have to have all greenery replaced.  It looks like green rat's nests. I will probably be able to save the branches, but the green stuff is all going to have to be replaced. 

That will probably have to wait until Monday, when I can get to the store. 

 Back to tearing out rat's nests. See you tomorrow.