Can you believe it’s already the last week – and the last Tuesday – of April already? That means the end of the school year is coming to an end. Which means the kids are in Spring Fever mode impatiently waiting for summer break to be here.

Though here, since they get extra days off they didn’t have in Pennsylvania, the end of the school year doesn’t happen until almost the end of June. How crazy is that?

Granted, school doesn’t start until the week after Labor Day, but because they have extra early dismissal days, extra days during the winter break, and extra days randomly throughout the year, because of the specific number of days needed to count towards the state mandated number of hours total for a school year, they don’t get out until almost the 4th of July.

I did the calculations – they basically get 10-1/2 weeks of summer break instead of 3 months. Shhhh! Don’t tell Princess Nagger the specific time frame, she’s not going to be too happy about that.

Speaking of Princess Nagger… This image was floating around and caught Princess Nagger’s eye – forget about it being a wedding cake, she wants one for her birthday:


Isn’t that cool? So Jan, could you get on that for me, pretty please? *grin!*

Speaking of cool (ideas)… My cousin in Hawaii posted this on Facebook recently:


From my cousin Vashti (doesn’t she have a cool name? It was my favorite grandmother’s name):

“These are wine bottles. I used a glass etcher and broke them. Turned the top part upside down… filled the top with dirt, the bottom with water. There is a string acting as a wick that’s drawing water from the bottom up to the top.”

Isn’t that cool and creative? I’m totally going to make some of those, provided I have any extra wine bottles after bottling my latest batches of wine. I tend to hoard wine bottles (even ones that have had commercial wine in them) because it’s always nice to have plenty for filling with my wine.

You could probably do this with any kind of bottle, though – I’ve seen wine-type bottles for sale cheap (that I wouldn’t use for actually bottling wine) but this? They would totally work for this. That means that the bottle cutter I’ve had my eye on would be in order.

You know, justification for its purchase. Lots of crafty things to use it for, too. More justification.

Speaking of creative… This is a great idea for those of us who love to fish:


Isn’t that funny (and creative)? I used to make One Of A Kind dolls using Barbies, Kens and other dolls of that nature – I need to create a custom one that looks like Princess Nagger to bring along when we go fishing – then it’ll look like she’s the one with the ginormous fish. I’ve been wanting to get back into doing those creations, as well as restoring old composition dolls.

First things first, though, is getting my She Shed done. I’ve got lots of ideas on how I want to make it the most awesome space possible – and it’ll be my winemaking and crafting space, which won’t necessarily make life easier, but certainly more fun. And yes, I will definitely share pictures of what I decide to do throughout the process. Stay tuned for some fun creativity!

It’s time once again for Leslie’s (aka Rory Bore) Tuesday Coffee Chat!

This week’s prompt or question is:

“It’s a Random Chat. Pick a topic, let loose a rant, explain American politics to me… whatever your mind needs to release. “

While I didn’t pick a specific topic or get all Ranty McRanty, I think the randomness above will suffice – besides, the word count keeps going up, and I know y’all have things to do. So we’ll call that a wrap for this week!

You know the drill, link up and join in the fun, everyone is welcome, random or not. And that means even if you don’t have a specific Random Tuesday Thoughts Rebel post posted, you can still link up, I’m not picky. You don’t even have to add the badge, just link up so I can come harass you on your blog. I promise to play nice.



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Keeping the random alive (barely) – feel free to snag a badge and play along – one for my wino friends:

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And one for my non-wino friends:

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  1. I can’t believe y’all go till the beginning of July! Well, it’s probably about the same number of days as we go. We get out June 3 this year, but we go back around August 20 and don’t get many long weekends throughout the year. Love the wine bottle idea!

  2. How i wish they wouldn’t start school until after Labor Day here! They put the kids in school the first week of August, and it’s awful, those are some of the worst, hot and sticky months to be stuck riding busses or trying to do PE outdoors.

    Those wine bottle planters are cool, i’ll show Grandma (she doesn’t kill plants the way i do) and i know she will do it.

    1. I feel your pain! But sheesh! The first week of August!! When we lived in PA, school started the middle of the third week of August – it was always hot and humid waiting for the bus, not to mention the kids having to be subjected to the sticky heat during PE or recess. Growing up out here in the PNW it was always nice to have Labor Day signify the end of summer and school starting after Labor Day. Of course we didn’t have as many days off during the school year they do now, so we always got out the first week of June rather than the end of the third week. Crazy!

      I would love to see if your Grandma ends up making some of those wine bottle planters! 🙂

  3. I love the cake and the wine planters! I have so many wine bottles I keep because of the crafts I “think” I will do but don’t. Sigh…

    Just alittle over 3 1/2 weeks until summer. Then time will be my friend again, maybe. 🙂

  4. The plant with the string in the water was an Earth Day craft we did for Brownies!! The string soaks up a surprising amount of water fast — so you have to make sure you check the water in the bottom daily. And we’ve had to actually change the string once because it gets a little nasty after awhile. But it actually does really work.
    Totally bringing our Captain American action figure fishing this summer!!! That is awesome.
    I cannot wait to see this She Shed you are doing — I want one too!!

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