Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Antique Carpenter's Wood Planes

As most of you know my Dad died 12/6/17.  My Dad started working before he was 16 years old.  He had 2 older brothers who were builders and he followed in their footsteps.  After high school he started out as a mason working for himself and then gradually started building houses.  He had a collection of antique wood planes.  When he died I told my Mom they should stay in the family because they were handed down from other generations to my Dad.  I told my Mom that if no one else in the family wanted them, I would love to have them as a remembrance to my Dad.  She told me I could have them, so I brought them home to NC with me.  I was just looking at Country Home 2016 magazine and this is what I saw:

The wall is loaded with antique planes.  Photo via Country Home 2016.

Below is my Dad's collection of antique wood planes handed down through his family and now they reside on my bookshelf wall my Dad built for me.  He didn't use any of these planes to make the bookshelf wall but it was all made by hand by him.  I think I am going to take some of the books off the shelf and put the planes there so you can see them better.  Kind of a tribute to Dad!  That man sure did love to work with his hands and wood!!  Love you Dad!!

This isn't a wood plane but it was my Dad's last wooden fold out ruler he owned.  I remember as a little girl holding that ruler so he could get an accurate reading.  I also got my fingers pinched in between the hinges more than once LOL!!
Just think by opening a magazine, seeing a photo how many memories come flooding back to you!  Life is truly amazing!!

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Sunday, 04.23.17

I hope everyone had a great weekend!  I had a wonderful Saturday and a relaxing Sunday!  Just a warning this is going to be a long post!  I took tons of photos yesterday.  We started out our Saturday going to breakfast with Ken and Megan.  Then the 4 of us headed up to Cabarrus County to an herb festival!  I could have spend every last dime I had on plants LOL!!!  It was a gardener's paradise for sure!  I forgot to take photos there but I did take photos of the herbs I bought after I planted them at home. 

This is the container I bought at the herb festival-there are about 4 different kinds of lettuce growing in it!

I bought parsley and thyme too!  I planted them together in this nice decorative clay pot I had.

After the herb festival, John and I went to Jenny's to take care of their bunny rabbit, Mr. Fox and their chickens.  Those girls sure did lay alot of eggs-Yummy!!!

After we went to Jenny's, we went to Pike's Nursery.  It's a good thing I don't work there because I wouldn't come home with a paycheck at all!!  LOL!!   I truly could spend every last dime on flowers and plants!!  Here are some lovely plants I bought or that I took photos of while I was there.

This was a Jean Marie Rhodie.  I want to get this next year for our backyard!

I bought 2 Boston ferns for the front porch.

This beautiful coleus came home with me and I added dusty miller with it in the planter.  I love the color combo!

This was a beautiful display at Pike's Nursery.  Downton Abbey has a rose collection and this one was of  Pretty Lady rose.  I also love this cross they have in the middle of the collection.  Just a beautiful vignette!!

Downton Abbey Pretty Lady Rose

I bought this red verbena for a hanging basket on the back porch.

Pike's Nursery always gives you a gift for shopping with them.  Yesterday they were giving 150 ladybugs away.  Last night I released them onto my rose bushes out front.  I hope they colonize and stick around!

We planted this beautiful Zebra Grass in the backyard yesterday.  We have a manhole cover that sticks up about 1 ft  and we want to cover that.  I think this grass will do that!!
After our hard work we had some iced tea on the patio.  I looked up and saw these two jet streams in the beautiful blue sky and just had to take a photo.  Just gorgeous!

Emma decided she was going to love on John for a bit too!

We rewarded ourselves with a sirloin steak from one of my Dad's grass fed steer.  It was so tender and so good!
We got butter and sugar fresh corn at the veggie stand too.  Soooooo good!!

Our first caprese salad of the season.  I had bought the basil at the herb festival.  It was so good to have fresh basil again!

Here is the steak and we had mashed potatoes too!
My hostas have come  out and are looking beautiful in all their glory!

These leaves are huge and puckered.  They are so colorful!

My Margaret rose is blooming so beautiful this year.  There are tons of buds and flowers and the smell is so intoxicating.

This is a cluster of moss rose buds in my front garden.  You can definitely see why they get there name moss ross. Each bud have moss like growth around each bud.  This rose has many, many tiny thorns.

Moss rose blossom

The front garden looks so beautiful and is really growing!

My potting bench really got alot of use yesterday!  So glad we built this last year!

I love clay pots and crocks.  They look so nice on my potting bench.

My little clay pot holds my twine and flower tags.
My Pink Knock-out Rose was sprinkled with water drops..  Looks so pretty along the patio.
My purple iris is blooming so beautiful.  I picked this blossom because I knew it was going to rain today.  Good thing I did because the rains have been torrential at times.

Closeup of this beautiful purple iris.
We decided to end our day outside sitting on the front porch.  The sky just filled up with these little clouds.

What a peaceful way to end our day outside.
Today, due to the rain I have stayed inside and just rested and relaxed.  The only time we went out was to take care of Jenny's rabbit and chickens.  It was a much needed rest day!

Saturday, April 8, 2017

I love my new job!!

This is part of my new office.  I have been really busy learning the ins and outs of my new job this week!  I really love it there!  Everyone has been so nice and helpful.  My Supervisor is the VP of Construction and every day he has asked me if I'm doing ok and if I liked it.  That hasn't never happened at any of the other jobs I have had.  Northwood Ravin really cares about their employees.  I am so glad I decided to leave the other job I had even though I liked it.  I hope my second week goes as well :)!!

Everyone have a great weekend!!

Monday, March 27, 2017

Finally Over all the Illness and Finally Some Good News!!

I am pretty much over all my illness, except a lingering cough.  That will be with me a little while.  Well I have a story to tell you!!  Along with being so sick, I got a call to interview for a pretty large company here in Charlotte!  The first interview was when I first got all my illnesses, but I plowed thru it the best I could, especially with laryngitis.  Then I was asked the next week to come back for a second interview.  The first interview I met with 3 people.  The second interview I met with 2 people.  Last week I got a call and was asked if I could meet an HR person and the other person I would be working with for lunch.  So I met with them for lunch last Wednesday and Thursday morning they called and I got the job!!  I start 4/3!  I will be a Contract Administrator for Northwood Ravin.  This company is huge in Charlotte and all around the US.  They are a multi-family construction company.  They are also the Developer/Owner and they retain their properties after they are built and rent the apartments out.  This is huge for me because it is a $20,000/yr. raise!! This is the first time in my whole career I have been recognized for my skill and paid for it well!

Everything else in my life has been going good.  I got to see the grandboys both Saturday and Sunday, so that was double the fun!!  We went on Saturday and saw Beauty and the Beast.  We all enjoyed it.  Then we went to Moe's Southwest Grill for lunch.  Sunday John and I had lunch at Megan and Ken's.  It was a really nice visit!  Then for dinner last night we all met at Bisonte's and had pizza and wings.  We had a really nice time!!

So now all the new job buying starts!  I already got my hair colored and cut and bought some new makeup.  I need to get some new clothes and definitely on this list is shoes!!  It always amazes me how your life can change in such a short period of time!!  This time for the good!

Everyone have a wonderful day!!

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Cold, Cold and More Cold!!

Well I have just about had enough of this cold weather!!  I have been sick with sinus/ear infections, laryngitis and pink eye for almost 2 weeks!  I am feeling much better now thank goodness.  The cold weather doesn't help!  My Mom told me the other day it was only 2 degrees warmer in NJ than it was here.  I guess we can be thankful we don't have all the snow the North has had over the last few days!  My Mom and sisters got about 19 inches of snow with ice underneath it.  Glad I don't have to deal with that.

I finished listening to The Collector by Nora Roberts.  It was very good!  I had stopped reading Nora Roberts because everything was becoming so predictable.  Lately her books have been really good!  I started listening to These Shallow Graves by Jennifer Donnelly.  I read all her other books:  The Tea Rose, The Winter Rose, The Wild Rose and Northern Lights.  She is such a wonderful author!  I love everything she has written!

I haven't seen my grandsons in 2 weeks and I really miss them!  Saturday I will be spending some time with them.  Jenny said they keep asking when can they come see John and I.  She said they have been driving her crazy with questions about why they haven't been seeing us.  Owen found out I had pink eye.  He said he was going to go to school and tell his teacher, "my Nana has a pinky eye!!  LOL, he is so funny!

Well other than trying to get well, drinking tons of water and hot tea mostly I have been reading, resting and trying to stay warm!

I hope everyone has a wonderful day and you stay nice and toasty warm!!

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

I have been creating!!

I have been busy creating earrings and have posted them on my etsy site- cherylmcdermitt1.  It felt so good to go through all the gemstones I have and create things.  Then I took photos of them, edit them, named them and put them on the site.  Here are a few of my creations:

I have been sketching some necklace ideas and some bracelet ideas too!  Yesterday I bought alot of supplies to make some more things.  It has been a great time for me!!

Ring of Kerry, Ireland
My husband, John and I went to Ireland for our 25th Wedding Anniversary in 2004. We had an awesome trip and we will never forget it. We actually got to visit our friends who live in Northern Ireland. We spent 3 wonderful days with them! The picture above was taken when we visited The Ring of Kerry. The beauty of Ireland is just spectacular! If you ever get a chance visit there.
Megan is my oldest daughter. She and Ken were married on April 12, 2008. It was a wonderful ceremony and reception!
Jenny and Kevin at their wedding 8/30/08. The wedding was at our home and turned out wonderful! Everyone had such a good time!