There’s A New Blog In Town

February 25th, 2014

Sublime Ramblings is retiring and making room for my new blog, Trust Me…I Think I Know What I’m Doing.  You’ll still be able to visit here to read all the old posts and view all of the pictures, however, it just won’t be interactive anymore.

Enjoy the new blog and have fun!

USS Euryale Website–Official Information Source!

February 18th, 2014

A few months ago a good friend of mine, Dick Millington (USS Euryale Plankowner, F1c), sent me the book, “Operation Storm”, by John J. Geoghegan. Dick, who has intimate knowledge on the subject of the Japanese I-400 series subs, thought I would enjoy the book.

A few days ago he emailed me to ask if I knew that our website had been credited as a source for Mr. Geoghegan’s research. What a surprise! Way back on page 458 in the source credits, we were mentioned!!

Operation Storm

Operation Storm by John J. Geoghegan

USS Euryale Source Credit

USS Euryale Source Credit

Click HERE to see pictures of Dick with the subs on our website (pictures No. 27 and 28).

You can purchase the book from a selection of vendors on Mr. Geoghegan’s website at Storm From A Clear Sky.

Thanks for this info, Dick. And thanks for the mention in your book, Mr. Geoghegan. We’re happy that you found our website useful!

First Snow!

November 11th, 2013

What could be more perfect? Nothing! My house is already decorated for Christmas so this first snow couldn’t be more welcome. If I wasn’t already in the holiday mood I certainly am now! Happy Winter, Everyone!

First Snow of 2013

Snow on the Arbor

First Snow of 2013

Snow on the Jewelberry

Time To Get Ready for Christmas!

November 1st, 2013

Yes, Halloween is over and so I can now display my Christmas house to the neighborhood and officially proclaim that the season is here! I have the inside of my house already decorated (took two full weeks!) and I will put out the yard and front porch decorations tomorrow. Then I will have a “full burn” (all light strings inside and out turned on, candles of every kind, light-up ornaments, holiday-scented potpourri and Christmas music)!

While I was waiting for Halloween to be over, I did this. Now, what was once an ugly eyesore is now a wonderful new addition to my collection of seasonal birdhouses!

Before of Front

Before of Front

Another Before View

Another Before View

Before Side View

Before Side View

After of Front

After of Front

Another After View

Another After View

After Side View

After Side View

I stripped all the decorations off of it and base-coated it. When that was dry I applied hot glue to the roof (I used about 20 sticks to get this look!) and let that dry. Then I affixed some decorations from my ‘pull-aparts’ box (things that have fallen off other Christmas decorations over the years) with the hot glue gun. The last step was to brush on a little white glue to the roof and pedestal and sprinkle glitter on it.

Viola! From ugly to beautiful in two hours!!

Hope you’re in the Christmas spirit, I know I am. Happy Holidays, All!!!

Happy Birthday, Gunner Blue!

July 9th, 2013

Happy Birthday, Gunner Blue. You’re five today!

Gunner came to us from a rescue facility in town. The moment we saw this face on their website we knew he should live with us! We applied for him and two weeks later he was part of the family.

Gunner Blue Lytle

Gunner’s Adoption Photo

Gunner was born during the Great Flood of 2008. We knew that his family became homeless because of this and he probably spent the majority of his young life in a kennel. He came to us shy and introverted and through time and patience he began coming around.

Gunner Blue

Making Eye Contact!

He’s really become a confident, playful pup and we are so, so happy that he’s ours.

Gunner Blue

Proud and Handsome!

Happy Birthday, Patty Kate!

July 6th, 2013
Patty Kate Lytle

Three Years Old Today!

Patty Kate is three years old today! However, she’s still acting like a two year old….

Patty Kate

Still acting like a two year old!

One of her favorite things to do is to get a napkin (that we carelessly laid down) and taunt us with it. She wants to play keep-away and it’s impossible to catch her. So, we ignore her for a while, come back in the room and we see this. Now and only now can we pick it all up and throw it away.

I remember the day we picked her up at the rescue shelter in Wellsburg, Iowa. We thought we were getting a little Beagle puppy and instead we got a Treeing Walker Coonhound and German Shepherd mix! She was supposed to weigh under 30 pounds but no, she weighs 50 pounds! And she thinks she is a lap dog. But no matter, she’s truly turned into a sweet, loving darling of a pet.

Patty and Daddy

Patty with Daddy

Happy Third Birthday, Patty, we love you!

Birthdays are coming…

June 26th, 2013

Is that why they are being so good? Stay tuned for pictures from the upcoming party!

Gunner & Patty

Posing for the camera!

Rainy, Beautiful Spring!

June 9th, 2013

We’ve had the wettest Spring in 100 years and it shows. I didn’t doctor the pictures, this is the true color of the grass! And all this rain sure didn’t hurt my perennials. The annuals are a little behind in development because, as well as this record-breaking rain, this was one of the coldest springs of late.

potbirdhouse millionbells lilacrose
honeysucklerose clematis bloomingwest
bloomingeast berm arbor

Today’s Desktop

March 21st, 2013

dt3-21-13

Wish you could see it filling my whole screen….

Happy Birthday, Chawn!

February 28th, 2013
Chawn Dierdre

Happy Birthday, Chawnie

Chawn had a birthday yesterday and I don’t know if she’d want me to mention her age so I’ll just say that she looks slightly older than this picture. Happy Birthday, Chawnie!

Homestead

February 23rd, 2013

I was going through some old photos and found one of the house where I grew up. We moved in when I was four and I lived there until I got married. Dad took this picture the day he closed escrow. I wish now I had a picture of what it looked like when they sold it 30 years later.

Dad made it an orchard with every fruit tree that will grow in this climate. He planted gardens and shade trees, built outbuildings, he even put in a pink Italian marble (salvaged from the old Rock Island depot) patio out back.

It’s hard not to live in the past when you have so many good memories attached to it….)

I grew up in this house!

Homestead

Meet Little!

February 23rd, 2013

This is Chawn’s dog, Little. She’s a seven-year old Miniature Pinscher. Adorable, no? Yes!

Little with monkey

Little and her Monkey boa!

Little on Guard

Little on Guard

Daredevil Little

Daredevil Little

Holiday Fun

November 29th, 2012
Christmas Cake

Christmas Cake

One of the “Any Ol’ Time” challenges being offered at the PSP Art Studio is to create a party image. I chose Christmas Eve.

When I was a child, my family would attend Christmas Eve services at our church. Then we would come back home and have some wonderful dessert that my mother made. Then we would prepare and set out Santa’s snack and scamper off to bed to await his arrival. It would have seemed reasonable to cut a slice for Santa, right? Instead, our mother would have us set out a tin of Kipper Snacks and a huge glass of milk. She would assure us that Santa was really going to enjoy it. We always thought that was odd, as all of our friends set out cookies or cake with the milk.

But when we woke up and came running down the stairs to see what Santa brought us, the first thing we noticed, even before the presents, was the empty sardine tin and milk glass. About the same time that we were beginning to think that maybe Santa wasn’t real, we became aware that our dad loved Kipper Snacks with milk and ate that regularly. Hmmmm….

A New Home For This Little Beauty

November 16th, 2012

This pretty little vintage Hall casserole is going to its new home in Michigan. It’s too late for you to buy it but don’t worry, Vintage Treasures has many more lovely items for sale. Visit us today and find something that is just right for your vintage home!

Hall Crocus Casserole

Hall Crocus Casserole

I’m In The Christmas Mood!

November 10th, 2012

Here’s a sampling of what I’ve been making lately. I just love the holidays and all the beautiful decorations. I’ve had my house decorated for a few weeks and have lots of Christmas-scented candles and potpourri going so it’s pretty festive and cozy here. Of course, I had to make some beautiful ornaments for my ‘virtual home’ as well! They’re all mousedrawn by me using Paint Shop Pro. If you have a copy of the software come on over to our PSP Art Studio and show us what you’re making these days!

Christmas Angel

Christmas Angel

Snowman Family Ornaments

Snowman Family Ornaments

Boxed Ornament

Boxed Ornament

Patty’s First Kill

September 29th, 2012

Patty’s a mix of German Shepherd and Beagle and I didn’t think either breed was a vermin hunter but she has been displaying this trait since about 3 months old. She’s two now and she’s finally honed that skill. We appreciate it, Baby. Shrews are descructive! Now I ask you, does this angel look like a cold-blooded killer? Atta girl!!

Dead Shrew

First Kill, Dead Shrew

Me, a killer?

Me, a killer?

After Sixteen Years…

September 1st, 2012

…a slightly different, yet oh so much fresher, look!

I hated the ceiling fixture almost from the day I bought it, but it was very expensive so I had to bite the bullet and live with it. The curtains: What the hell was I thinking? I know that you can mix patterns as long as the scale of the print is about the same size. So why did I do it this way? I don’t know.

Old, dark icky look

Old, dark icky look

Bright, fresh clean!

Bright, fresh clean!

Another after view

Another after view

So I got on line and ordered the curtains from Country Curtains. Then I got on line and ordered the vintage reproduction schoolhouse shades and sockets from Rejuvenation.

Talk about fabulous customer service from both places. First of all the ordering couldn’t have gone smoother because their websites are user-friendly and their phone numbers are highly visible. I got stuck a little on both (only because I couldn’t decide on some points and wasn’t sure about measuring) and got the answers from live people, no robots!

Okay, these things can happen. I noticed that after I hung the new curtains over the kicthen sink one was about 2 inches longer than the other. One phone call to Country Curtains and they said, “Keep the defective ones up until you receive a new pair. When you receive your new curtains send them back to us and we’ll credit the shipping to your card. Our people will hand-pick a pair and measure them to make sure they match perfectly before we send them out.”

After the ceiling shades were hung and illuminated one looked like it had dust in it. I took it down and swiped my hand in it to see how dirty is was. It wasn’t dust, it was overspray or something. I inspected the other one and found it to be smooth and glossy inside. The phone call to Rejuvenation: We’re sending you a UPS call tag to your email address. Box it up and send it back to us at our expense. But keep it up until your replacement comes. We’re shipping you a new one today and we will inspect it before we send it out.”

Can you beat this? I don’t think so. Hope you send them your future business for all your curtain and lighting needs. You won’t regret it!

Oh, and do I love the bright, fresh look? Heck yeah!!

Name That Bird!

July 2nd, 2012

Hawk?  Falcon?

Hawk? Falcon?

This is the second time I’ve seen this bird.  As much as I’ve tried, I can’t identify it.  Yes, it’s not a great picture, but as soon as I saw it I snapped it.  As soon as I snapped it, it was gone. It’s wings look clipped and its tail looks longer than any hawk or falcon I’ve seen in the area. And just look at those talons!

He’s Out on His Own!

June 5th, 2012

The nest is empty and what a mess! Oh well, I’m used to this, it happens every spring in several areas of the house. He didn’t go far, he’s sitting on the front sidewalk and I hope he’ll be okay until he is able to fly. Fly, little birdie, fly!

Empty and Messy

Empty and Messy

Out on His Own

Out on His Own

The Last House Finch is Getting Ready to Leave

June 5th, 2012

The nest started out with six eggs: Five house finch and one cowbird. The last bird, a house finch, will be leaving any minute. The cowbird left a day or two ago and I didn’t see it leave. The other four eggs, what happened to them? Well, one rolled out onto my chair (Mama Finch or cowbird ejected?) and I sat on it. I wouldn’t have done that if I would have seen it…. Thankfully, there was no embryo, just yolk, so I cleaned it up. I do not know what happened to the other three. They weren’t on the porch floor or on my chair. Does the mother carry them out into the yard? I don’t know. It’s been fun watching them this spring but will I be glad to get this poop mess cleaned up. It always stains the porch siding so I’ll be out there for some time scrubbing and disinfecting. I’ll probably throw the ivy away and get some new. It’s just too hard to clean and frankly I just don’t want to!

Last House Finch

Last House Finch

Getting Ready to Leave

Getting Ready to Leave

After Decades in My Cedar Chest…

June 2nd, 2012
My Baptsim Dress

My Baptsim Dress

Me at Three, Wearing the Dress

Me at Three, Wearing the Dress

…I finally got around to doing something with my baptism dress. My grandmother crocheted it many, many, many years ago. Sometime in my 30’s she passed it on to me. I guess she thought I was mature enough to take care of it.

I had it in my cedar chest and it lay there undisturbed for, yes, many, many, many years. I took it to the framer six weeks ago and I just picked it up this morning. I asked him to frame it backwards so the buttons would show. They are not fancy or valuable, but my grandmother chose them and, well, they are very, very, very old.

I’m wearing the dress in the photo and I want you to pay particular attention to my bangs. We weren’t a wealthy family, especially back then and it was a big deal to have professional photos done. So on this most auspicious day, who cut my bangs just before we left for the studio? My dad! And who let him? My mom! I can laugh about it now. Actually I laughed about it my whole life, because back then I was too young to know how ridiculous I looked!

Special Delivery!

May 26th, 2012

A special delivery came today. What could it be?

Special Delivery

Special Delivery

The new bistro set is here! Our other chairs and table were about 10 years old. We were having trouble finding good replacement cushions, but the big problem was the chairs were at railing height. It doesn’t sound like a big problem but if you wanted to see something in the street or yard, you either had to stand up or scootch down and look through the balusters. And a huge problem: I couldn’t see the birds at the feeders!

So we decided on a balcony-height set. It will take some getting used to, because of all the drawbacks of the old set there was one plus: We felt kind of hidden on the front porch. Now we’re kind of “on display” at this height. Oh well, it’s pretty, clean-looking, and opens up the porch.

I also painted the porch floor a couple of weeks ago. It used to be (was supposed to be!) terra cotta but turned out to be a very pink salmon. I can’t believe that we lived with that color for years. Now it’s a soft sage.

It’s a lovely litle spot to watch the bird feeders again….

New Bistro Set

New Bistro Set

It Must Be Five O’Clock…

May 19th, 2012

…and Papa is on his way home from work.

Waiting....

Waiting....

Most Likely a Cowbird…

May 17th, 2012

…due to the cherry-red mouth. It supposedly serves as better target for the mother bringing food to the brood. Also, it was the first to hatch. Both of these traits enables it to have a better chance of survival. There’s a good possiblilty that the baby house finches won’t make it, but what am I to do? I’ll leave it to God. (Forgive the blurry pictures, I was standing on my tiptoes and I had to make a quick shot as Mother was scolding me from the tree.)

Cowbird Hatchling in the House Finch Nest

Cowbird Hatchling in the House Finch Nest

Cherry Red Mouth of Cowbird Hatchling

Cherry Red Mouth of Cowbird Hatchling

They’re Back and Ready to Nest

May 14th, 2012

I captured this pair of goldfinches today and they are in their breeding colors so we should be seeing babies in a few weeks! I love to see these little guys in the yard and not just because they are the state bird. They are colorful, boisterous and just liven up the landscape! They have been trying to fly into the picture window all morning but they are smarter than most birds; they know something’s there and don’t crash into the glass, they just flutter up to it, hover a little and then fly back to the tree. Sweet birds!!

Male Goldfinch

Male Goldfinch

Female Goldfinch

Female Goldfinch