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About the Header Image: Idlebrook Wendy Darling Evensen "Wendy" one of our four Labrador Retrievers.
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Friday, March 31, 2017
Thursday, March 30, 2017
Wednesday, March 29, 2017
Tax Season is hard on our pups. Here you see Erik waiting at the gate for Catherine to arrive home from her office. At this time of the year, though, she works late into the night.
Fortunately, we are no longer leaving for weeks at a time as we did before retirement when My Honey worked at sea and I traveled with him. Now we are here most of the time so the pups aren't alone for several hours every day. It's easier on Catherine now that we are retired, too, because with us at home she doesn't have to come home every few hours during Tax Season to let the pups out for exercise and to feed them.
Soon, sweet Erik, soon Tax Season will be over and Catherine will keep more civilized hours.
Tuesday, March 28, 2017
Most of our back garden is covered with buttercups this week. Some people consider these weeds, but since our property is on a slope, we are delighted to have this ground cover in the early Spring to stop erosion during the heavy Spring rains.
Monday, March 27, 2017
Every Thursday is half-price sushi night at our favorite sushi restaurant.
It was important enough to pull Catherine out of her office and away from doing tax returns to go there with us last week.
Oh, this is so good!
Sunday, March 26, 2017
Spring is here and our gold fish are becoming more active again. Although we have a de-icer in the pond throughout the winter, the fish seem very happy when the water is warmer.
Saturday, March 25, 2017
I went out on the front porch to take pictures in the sun of an item for our shop. On the other side of the window was Wendy on Guard. Wendy is keeping an eye on the neighborhood to be sure no one gets near the house who shouldn't be near the house.
Wendy takes her job very, very seriously.
Friday, March 24, 2017
We are trying so very hard to eat healthy - at least most nights of the week.
Simple is always best. This is salmon my honey prepared that we served with...
It was delicious. :)
We are always looking for ideas. What is your favorite healthy meal?
Thursday, March 23, 2017
At the end of the day we wind up the pups and put them on the bed until morning. ;)
Well, actually, we convince them they should gather in the center toward the foot of the bed so we can get in the bed, too.
What a very sweet security system.
Wednesday, March 22, 2017
So, we were driving to the post office to drop off some packages when I noticed the sticker to the left of the license plate on the car in front of us.
I'll have to call and get them signed up!
Tuesday, March 21, 2017
When I was ready to get into bed last night I discovered my space was occupied. I got a kick out of how carefully they had spaced themselves.
I convinced them to move into the middle so there was space for me.
We feel very certain that there will not be any intruders in our home in the middle of the night. Well, none that will survive.
Love those kids.
Monday, March 20, 2017
We are nowhere near finished yet, but progress continues on our bar recreation room.
Kjell is working on making the bar stools now. We also have to go get a rug we've already selected and there are other finishing touches to complete.
Retirement is good!
Sunday, March 19, 2017
My Honey spent a good part of his day in his wood workshop. When he is using most of his tools, I keep the pups upstairs where they can't get hurt or distract Dad while he is at work.
After dinner My Honey sat down on the couch and two of our three pups decided they would be lap dogs. It was pretty funny how they were both determined to be there at the same time.
And, to those who asked when I put this image on Facebook a couple of days ago, yes, those are ruler suspenders. So perfect for him! I gave them to him quite a few years ago.
Life is good at home.
Saturday, March 18, 2017
This is a Catherine dish that was quite good.
It's an open-face tortilla meal for those of us who are very sloppy when we try to roll them up and eat them.
Catherine made chicken chili (aka white chili) and served it on the tortilla with salsa, sour cream, and lettuce.
It is good to be home.
Friday, March 17, 2017
Thursday, March 16, 2017
This is my Document Destruction Supervisor.
I had some documents I didn't want to put in the trash and hated to spend the time shredding them, so I used them to heat the living room for a few moments.
Wendy assisted me and made sure I did it right.
Wednesday, March 15, 2017
Tuesday, March 14, 2017
The weather finally was warm enough to enjoy the patio for a couple of hours. So, here's one glass of wine...
What a lovely day!
It's good to be home.
Monday, March 13, 2017
More daffs are blooming every day. These are King Alfred Daffs, a common and very hearty variety.
It's wonderful to watch our garden grow!
Sunday, March 12, 2017
Saturday, March 11, 2017
The Tulip Magnolia in front of our home is beginning to bloom.
If you're in USA North of Florida, stay warm this weekend!
Friday, March 10, 2017
It's time for the monthly Needlework and Wood Update once again. Be sure to scroll all the way down to see all the new wood items.
The item above is quite a brain teaser! My Honey made this Executive Desk Top or Coffee Table Game of quality hard wood so it will provide a challenge for years to come. What a wonderful gift for the executive in your life, your spouse, your boss, your very intelligent children (it's fun to watch them figure it out), and yourself! We get a kick out of the one we have in our living room because every time someone comes in, he/she has to try it. The one pictured above is available in our shop as of this writing.
Easter gift for baby! Click the image above for more information.
large afghan blanket. Beautiful, warm, cuddly, and the color of Spring.
toilet brush handle or broom handle topper. Not only is it a darling conversation piece, it keeps your handle from marking the wall where it leans.
fellow hatched this month and is in the shop waiting for its forever home.
Lavender pictured above.
Royal Blue Luggage Identifiers are pictured above.
one is still available in the shop. These are hand turned of laminated hard woods and have 24kt gold plated hardware.
That's what we have been doing since last month's update. It is wonderful to be home with family and where we can work on these projects we enjoy so much. We enjoy making things that others find useful to have themselves and to give as gifts. Don't hesitate to ask if you'd like something made especially for you.
We appreciate you all who shop for gifts and for yourself at EvensensProductions.com and who "favorite" items in our Etsy shop. "Favorites," sales, and reviews all help to keep our items at the top of search engines.
We also appreciate your "Likes" and "Shares" on our Facebook Page which also help keep our little shop visible on the Internet.
So, thank you for your encouragement! Retirement is good! Let us know if there is anything we can create for you.
We now return to our regularly scheduled blogging. ;)
All the best,
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