Don't you just love a good find? I'm all about the hunt. I woke up early Saturday morning with a mission. I was going to find the treasures at the giant neighborhood sale in Copley. I grabbed Ravenna (because she is the only other person awake early on a Saturday at my house) and we were off!
Mostly, we found baby stuff. LOTS of baby stuff. NO THANK YOU! But we found a new pull behind golf caddy/cart thing for my son's clubs, a cute doily and a little bird that made me happy. (see bird & doily below.)
Then we came home, grabbed Lily (because we have to wait intil after 1pm to do anything with her), and headed off to the Yankee Peddler at Clay's Park! I love the Yankee Peddler! It's an old tyme, early American craft show held under the canopy of the trees at Clay's Park for three weekend every September. If you haven't haven't been, I highly recommend it. There's entertainment & amazing food on top of all the great hand made items. We scored some home made soaps, face creams, funky ear cuffs, some art, home made beef jerky and maybe left with some home made fudge. We definately ate the fresh apple dumpling with ice cream there though!
Lily spotted the "Queen of Junk" necklace and immediately said, "This pretty much sums up my life." She's not wrong! The apple doesn't fall far from the tree... don't tell my husband I said that!
There's still time to head out & enjoy the Yankee Peddler. The final weekend is September 21 & 22. Get all the details here. Happy Hunting!
Little by little the home inprovements are getting done. The crew from Props Consultants were out Thursday to finish laying floors and finishing trim in the front hall, the tree guys from Petrarca Landcare came last week too and took two trees in the back yard. Stanley Steemer cleaned the carpets in the livingroom yesterday & tomorrow I will put my house back together!! Did you hear that?? I get to put my house back together with finished floors, walls clean carpet and sunshine in my yard!
It's neverending with home ownership, but I love taking this house, built by mu husband's grandparents, and making it our own. We still honor the integrity of the house and its history, but it's fun to take something and add your character to it.
The only thing on the direct to do list is bring in the dirt and reseed the grass. Andrew and his crew from Pertarca will be doing that in the next couple of weeks and then we can just stop and take a minute to enjoy a handful of completed projects.
A few before/ during...
Believe it or not, this Friday night is our FINAL Rock The Lock at Lock 3 in downtown Akron! It always takes me by surprise how fast the summer seems to go. It is exciting though because we get to see who will win the ultimate Treat Me Like A Rock Star Grand Prize!
Marc's Stores are celebrating their 40th anniversary and they wanted to do something big. Not just your usual fly off to see a concert, but something really big. We put our heads together and came up with "really big." How cool would it be to see the Browns take on the 49ers in a Monday night game IN San Francisco?? Then to jet over to Vegas to see Journey in concert?!?! Don't forget to hit up the buffet! Big has been delivered!!
Friday night will feature the amazing guitar of Neal Zaza as he opens for Rock The Lock fan favorites Zoso, The Ultimate Led Zeppelin Experience. We will party with our qualifiers while munching on tasty apps provided by TLC Catering. We will whittle it down to 10 finalists, and one of those lucky listeners will get the ultimate prize.
We've been building towards this moment all summer long... I can't wait!!
I get so hungry, I mean inspired when I see all the cool recipes people share on Facebook. If they look super tasty I share them so I will be able to find them. Every once in a while I actually get around to making it. Sometimes I nail it, sometimes not so much. Here's the latest find... I am going to need to have a party just so I can make these little sandwiches!! Football watch party???
Saturday Night is WONE Night at Canal Park! They're celebrating The Office with a Kevin Malone Chili bobblehead for the first 1,000 fans who enter the park. Brian Baumgartner a.k.a. Kevin Malone was supposed to join us at the game, but sometimes things happen and he had to cancel his appearance. Don't fret Office fans...
Stanley Hudson (aka Leslie David Baker) will be pinch-hitting for his buddy Kevin Malone on Saturday night at Canal Park. Stanley will be on-site signing autographs and tossing a ceremonial first pitch. Unfortunately the park isn't air conditioned... but we can buy you a WONE Bavarian Rhapsody Sandwich!
There are only a handful of games left at Akron's Canal Park to see your Akron RubberDucks! Canal Park is such a gem here in Akron. Games are fun & affordable and the promotions at the park are the best. Every Saturday home game is WONE Night at Canal Park. This Saturday is "The Office" night at Canal park with an appearance by Kevin Malone actor, Brian Baumgartner.* The first 1,000 fans through the gates will get a Kevin Malone bobblehead with his big pot of chili. Watch the giant scoreboard for yours truly alongside of Jeff Kinzbach.
I'll give you a little sneak peek of the final bobblehead of the season next Saturday (8/31). It's the first fan vote bobblehead as the ball club celebrates 30 years in the 330 and it features fan favorite Francisco Lindor. He was one of the players to sport both an Akron Aeros jersey and a Rubberducks jersey. He played the final year of the Aeros and the first year of the Ducks.
If you haven't made it to Canal Park for a game, I highly recommend it! It really is a great experience!
* UPDATE: Brian Baungartner had to cancel his appearance this Saturday. Stanley Hudson (aka Leslie David Baker) will be pinch-hitting for his buddy Kevin Malone on Saturday night at Canal Park.
We have trees. Giant trees and lots of trees. About a month ago about half of one tree came down in the back yard urging us to give it some attention. We figured while we're at it, let just get a couple others taken down that we've been talking about. We had a few companies out to give us quotes, and one guy discovered that the tree right on top of the house is actually rotting at the base. Cool! Those huge storms came through the night before the tree guys showed up and I was up all night worried about this giant tree crushing my children in their sleep. Thankfully we weren't hit as hard as my mom was over in Ellet. The pictures of the damage in Ellet, Mogodore & Tallmadge.
Trees are expensive. We knew that going in but it doesn't lessen the sticker shock. I was telling the tree woes to our Gm, Thom. He was the one who said, "Trees are nice, until they aren't." So true.
Andrew and his crew at Petrarca Landcare came out yesterday morning & the tree removal has begun! I was worried about tree removal regret. There is none! The plants in the front of my house are about to go into shock with the amount of sun they're going to get, plus I can now grow something besides hostas in my yard!!!! Landscaping is about to get a little crazy at my house!!
August 15, 1969 was the start of three of the most magical days in music history. I wasn't even born yet. My mom begged my dad to let her go, but with a newborn and a toddler at home, he was having none of it. She was always the hippie of the two of them... still is. She was there in spirit.
I can't even imagine what it would have been like to be there, but wow, that would have been amazing!
Tonight my house, like many others, is rocking with Woodstock - on vinyl, because how else could you listen to Woodstock??
Be listening to 97.5 WONE all weekend long as we remember those three days of Peace, Love & Music.
The beautiful thing about home ownership is that nothing will ever be finished. Just as you finish one project, there's another waiting for you. Also, no project can just go smoothly. You'll probably hear about quite a few of my ongoing projects.
The latest fun at Casa Sandra is The Wall. My 14 year old is getting a wall. The front sitting room was my secret getaway, until she finally decided she had put up with her little sister long enough and claimed the front room for herself. After a few months, we finally agreed and out mom's stuff went, and in went the bed and all the rest of her stuff. The only problem is that when people showed up at my house they were basically walking into my teenage daughter's room... you can only imagine.
So, a year later she finally gets a wall! The crew from Props Consultants have been here all week. Mike has spent his days here pulling up old floor & building the wall. It's coming along. Soon we'll have a new entryway and Ravenna will have a real bedroom complete with a closet.
The hiccup? The wallpaper. Old 1960's super textured grass paper that has been painted a few times lines the walls of the front of the house and all the way down the hall. There is no taking it down. It would be a bigger, much more expensive job to remove the paper. It stays. The problem is that we took out the nifty brick planter and shelf. There is now a huge chunk of wall with no nubby grass paper covering it. I found grass paper, but it's not as nubby. I guess we will find out this weeknend how crafty I am...
Are you an early riser? They call the natural early risers "Advanced Sleepers"... what ever.
Once upon a time my eyes popped open at 6:30-7am, I would have a cup of coffee & head out to the garden. It was lovely. Then the bus started picking kids up at 6:30 and we had to start getting up at 5:30... not so lovely. Then Jeff Kinzbach was all, "Hey! You should do the morning show with me!" and the alarm moved to 4am. It was about that time I decided that I may not be an early riser... I love my job. I love doing the show with Jeff & once that mic opens at 5:30 I'm having fun. After almost 2 years, I still haven't gotten used to getting out of bed at 4am, but it's totally worth it.
Why do I bring it up? I read a story today (at 5am) that the University of California San Francisco did a study & found that at least one in 300 adults is an extreme early bird, or as they call it “advanced sleepers.” These people typically fall asleep before 8:30pm and wake up on their own before 5:30am. I've seen other studies proving that these early risers are way more productive too.
Look at us, Advanced Sleepin' & Gettin' Things Done!