My Home Town in Gilmer County WV

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This video was made by On The Road In West Virginia on Facebook.  It is a small history of Gilmer county, which is where I grew up!  I lived about 1 mile from Glenville, which is the county seat.  I hope you enjoy this video, and go visit On The Road in West Virginia and watch all their videos!

Glenville is one of those “one horse towns” you hear about.  When I lived there, it had 1 stoplight.  At that time, I thought it was hokey and couldn’t understand what the appeal was, but I do now.  It’s small and tightly knit.  People are friendly and help each other.  It’s relatively safe and quiet.

I used to go back home several times a year, but since my mother sold the house and moved in with my sister, I no longer have a place to go.  I do miss it very much.  Although, I have occasionally made it back for the WV State Folk Festival.  I do miss my dad being there, though.  He was a permanent fixture during most of them until he passed away.  He and his brothers had played bluegrass music there, and many other places for years, and he still had jam sessions with lots of folks outside his camper even up in his last years.  I would love, someday, to be able to live back home again!


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My Favorite Cute Spooky Halloween Videos

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Photo by riptheskull

Ever since I can remember, I have loved Halloween!  My Mom always made me a beautiful costume!  I was always a princess, but I didn’t mind.  I loved seeing all the other kids dressed up in wonderful Five and Dime store or handmade costumes!  And the kooky decorations were a delight!  If things were MY way, we’d have Halloween all year long.

These days there is a plethora of costumes, decorations, home decor, and movies and shows to watch.  Even the Etsy squad has got in on the fun with clothing, jewelry, toys, and decor to fit any taste with their homemade wonders!

But besides scanning through the many Pins on Pinterest full of wonderful, inspirational ideas, one of my favorite things I do to bring back that whimsical Halloween feeling I love is watching old shows and movies!  You can’t always find time online, but here are a few that give me some spooktacular goosebumps of delight!

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Photo by riptheskull

Rankin Bass Jack O’Lantern

Rankin Bass Mad Monster Party

The Pumpkin that Couldn’t Smile

Halloween is Grinch Night

Halloween with the New Addams Family

 

I know.  I’m just a big kid!  LOL  But I do love rewatching these videos!  What’s your favorite thing about All Hallow’s Eve?

 


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38 Things I’ve Found in a Tractor Trailer

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My husband and I detail the interiors of tractor trailers when one driver leaves, so they will be clean for the next driver.  We started doing this for the company he drives for several years ago, and we’ve seen some crazy things in them!  Some of them have been funny, but there have also been some really gross finds, as well.

Now, I have to say that not ALL trucks are bad, but the majority of trucks we’ve cleaned have been filthy.  FILTHY!  I mean, c’mon guys.  At least think of your health.  Some of them I wouldn’t even touch without my rubber gloves on.

So, here we go!  The list of things we’ve found, in no particular order.

  1. Dirt- a general layer of crud on the floors, seats, walls, dashboard, and ceiling.
  2. Cigarette tar- it runs down from the walls and ceiling when we spray cleaner on them.
  3. Coffee- no, not cups of coffee, but spills in the cup holders, on the dash, the floor, the seats, and yes, the ceiling.
  4. Lime dust- because this company hauls lime and lime slurry to various plants.
  5. BO- ok, we can’t actually SEE it, but we can smell it.  Eww!!
  6. Coins
  7. Candy/Food wrappers
  8. Earplugs- because some machinery is loud.
  9. Dirty magazines- because… well… They’re guys.
  10. Dog food- some drivers take their dogs with them.
  11. Pudding cups-  Oh my gosh!!!  This was one of the worst trucks!  I actually found a large package of smushed and leaking pudding cups…. Get this.  Under the MATTRESS!!!  I’m so not kidding.  Gross!!
  12. Dog fur
  13. Dog Poo- Yes, that was our most recent find.  Petrified dog poo, again, under the mattress.  How does that even HAPPEN???  Driver, you should be ashamed of yourself.
  14. Towels and sheets
  15. Clothes
  16. Earrings
  17. General trash
  18. Dog pee pad- in the same truck with the poo.
  19. Fleas- cause…. dogs.
  20. Mold- yes.  Mold.  How we haven’t gotten some disease is beyond me.
  21. Mushrooms-  That’s right.  Actual mushrooms growing in the corner behind the mattress.  Yeah.  Again.  How does that happen?
  22. Glasses-  I guess they couldn’t stand to look at it anymore.
  23. Various electronics- GPS’s, cords, etc.
  24. Bras and Panties-  Again.  They’re guys.
  25. Used condom wrappers- See above.  At least that’s ALL we’ve found.
  26. Unused tampons
  27. Music CD’s
  28. Screws and Screwdrivers-  I don’t know…
  29. Paper Clips
  30. Pens
  31. Shoes and Boots
  32. Keys
  33. Shampoo, Deodorant, etc
  34. Paper towels
  35. Cleaning products- Barely used, apparently.
  36. Medicine
  37. Bowl for smoking weed
  38. Cigarette butts

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That’s all I could think of, but there is probably some things I missed.  I’d have to say that the dog poo, mushrooms, and pudding cups top my list of Most Disgusting.  What do you think?  Have you ever found anything weird in a big truck?

 

 


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Dr. Seuss for President!

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Photo by Casey Florig

Yes!  I wish Dr. Seuss could come back and be President!  Oh, the places we’d go!

Ever since I was very little, one of my very favorite authors has been Dr. Seuss!  Yes, even as an adult!  Not only was he whimsical and imaginative, but he was very smart and a good person.  He lived through racism, commercialism, and all sorts of other “isms”, and saw the damage that they could do.  In his art and books, he tried to teach children (although, many adults could take a lesson) tolerance and care for people and this world we live in.  I truly believe that the world would be a much better place if people read his books and tried to think like him every day!

So, now, I’d like to share a few of my favorite videos of his stories!  This first one isn’t a book, though.  It’s a biography made for kids in a style befitting Dr. Seuss himself!  I hope you enjoy these.  Please let me know what YOUR favorite is in the comments!

In Search of Dr. Seuss

The Cat in the Hat

Green Eggs and Ham AND Sneetches

How the Grinch Stole Christmas

What is your favorite Dr. Seuss book?  And why?

 


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A little Mother’s Day fun!

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Happy Mother’s Day! (a little-belated 😉 )

I’m a little late getting this posted, well, because I was getting ready for and enjoying Mother’s Day!

This is Me, my grandson Jase, and my beautiful Mommy!  She is the sweetest person I know, and I inherited her whimsical spirit!  That’s why I knew she would love these cute little flowery pins.  I let her take first pick, then let the others choose the ones they liked.  We all had a very nice day at my sister’s new house, and enjoyed our time and dinner together!

pinsI made these pins for my own Mom, sister, sister-in-law, and daughters.  At least, the ones that have children!  I did, however, forget to make one for myself.  But, oh well!  You’ll have that!

They are made of polymer clay, plus a little bit of Pearlex mica powder and varnish!  I used a technique called polymer clay embroidery.  It was rather fun, actually!


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New Granny Quilter Doll! SOLD

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So, I was asked to create a quilter art doll by someone whose church group wanted to give it to one of their members as a gift.  And this is what I came up with!  I’m pretty happy with how she turned out!

WIP This is the skeleton of a grandma quilter art doll I'm working on. She is a commission! :-D

I started with the chair.  LOL  It is about 6 inches high.  Then I took two long pieces of wire and twisted them, and then formed them together to create the “skeleton”.  I then used polymer clay to make some “bones”, leaving certain joints uncovered, so she could be posable later!  Adding the bones also made it a little heavier, so she’d sit solidly in her rocking chair.  After this basic beginning, I added more clay to make her head, arms, legs, and shoes.  Sorry I didn’t get pictures of that process.  My bad.

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After all that, I created a “skin” out of cloth and stuffed it with batting.  I had to stitch up all the arms, legs, and neck AFTER it was on her, or I wouldn’t have been able to get it on her at all.  Boy was THAT fun.  LOL

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Here she is, all stuffed, and ready for clothes!  I’m sorry, but I forgot to get pictures of that process too.  This was my first time dressing a doll with actual cloth, so it was a bit of a hair pulling experience.  😉  You can’t really see it in the photo, but she is holding a “needle” in her fingers!  She is quilting, after all!

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I just had to share this moment with you!  I am trying to stitch up the neck of her dress, and my eyes are not cooperating.  So, I had to use my big magnifier thingy!  I REALLY need new glasses.  LOL  She’s also received her wig, which I made of wool roving.

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The next thing I had to do was make her quilt.  Let me just say… I’m not a quilter.  I’m barely a sewer.  But shall we say it turned out “rustic”?  😉

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And here she is!  Granny Quilter is finished!  I decided to do a simple face on her.  I think it leant a peaceful aura to her, overall.  What do you think?  I hope she is happy in her new home!


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Cute Fox video!

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This came through on my Facebook timeline, and I just had to share it with my world!

I love seeing foxes in videos and photos because they are so elusive.  I think I’ve seen maybe two live ones in my entire life.  And I live in WV!  LOL  So, I hope you enjoy this as much as I did!

 


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Free Easter Printable

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Welcome, dear readers!  I have a little gift for you!  The fun Easter image above!  Just save the image file, and print it out at home!

http://shans-shenanigans.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/EastersOnWayPrintable.jpg

(Pssttt…. just right-click on the link, and click Save!)

And don’t forget to ENJOY!


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Springtime Fun for Kids Roundup

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I just love when Spring arrives!  Everything starts to turn green, the temperature gets warmer, and there is a freshness in the air!  And, like many of you, my fingers itch to get crafting for Easter and Spring decor.

Today, though, I’m going to put together some fun crafts and ideas for the kids!  They will help get their little spirits in the Springtime mood, and make a fun afternoon for you to spend together!  I look forward to doing some of these with my own grandkids!

By Alessandra over at asparklylifeforme.com

Alessandra at A Sparkly Life for Me had a very original idea that lots of children will go “roaring” mad for!  Who says it HAS to be a bunny?  I say this idea is grrrreat!  Click the image to go to her post and see all her images and a list of items she used, so you can create your own unique pre-historic Easter!

By Brandy at gluesticksblog.com

This is just so clever!  This fun craft will allow you to give the kids flowers they can plant over and over again!  So simple!  Go check out Brandy’s post by clicking the image above!

By Liza at viewsfromtheville.com

Now, I just have to say that Liza has the cutest critters I have seen so far this Spring!  And they are a perfect do-something-together craft for little fingers!  Click on the image to go to Views From the Ville and find out how you can make your own!

By Angie at thecountrychiccottage.net

Oh my goodness!  How I love this idea!  Angie over at The Country Chic Cottage has a seriously cute craft that the kiddos will flip for!  Coloring AND glue??  I mean, what’s not to love??  LOL  Click the image to find out exactly how they made theirs!

By Lisa at mythoughtsideasandramblings.com

Well, you may or may not want the kids helping with this one, but if you don’t, it will be one heck of a Mom Win when you pull them out!!!  These bunny butt cupcakes have got to be my favorite!  Lisa nailed it!  Click the image to go to her site and learn how to make them for your little Easter bunnies!

Which of these fun ideas is YOUR favorite?  Do you have one you’d like to share?  Go ahead and post it in the comments section!  Now… Get Hopping!!!


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