Creepy Critters, Color, Cabinets, Crafts and Kisses!

Happy Friday, Bloggin Buds!
I hope you all had a wonderful week, and a beautiful weekend...last weekend! Wow, did my week fly by! It always does. Which is really strange, cuz time here, seems to stand still, working on the kitchen....it's sloooooooooooow goin.....seems we'll never get it done!!
Yet before we know it...a week has passed!
I don't have much to share, I purposely posted the germanium pic here...so as NOT to give ya the "eeebie-jeeeebies", mostly for those of you who have thumbnails of blogs posted on your side bar! You'll know what I'm talkin 'bout in a sec...as soon as ya scroll down.
(I am always thinkin of you, my friends)

I am behind in every aspect of my life right now! My house is still quite a mess, my gardens are being neglected (which makes my heart sad, I LOVE my gardens)...I haven't even planted a veggie garden :( we don't have the pool opened, my pond is in need of some work....I am way behind visiting all of my friends, I have done no crafting to speak of, I can't even get to my craft area in the garage. We have all the old cabinets out there, and all the cardboard from the new ones, all the flooring and the brick...I feel LOST! Seems like when ya can't do crafts, that's when ya want to do them the most!

We have started putting the kitchen back together! Got some of the cabinets installed, the color on the walls and ceiling. I painted the ceiling the same as the walls, but used flat on the ceiling and satin on the walls. We ended up doin a texture on the walls....I am NO fan of texture at all!
But with the brick and the "look" I wanted, "Olde World-ish", I decided texture would be the way to go. So we monkeyed around and figured out a way to get the look I wanted. A texture appearance, but yet a smooth...wipe-able, cleanable and re-paintable surface! I love it! It looks like the texture of an orange peel!

Doesn't it seem like we have been remodeling FOREVER??? LOL...it does to us! I've been trying (and not makin much headway) to catch up on my outside work in between the kitchen and other daily CHORES!
I went over to my pond, yesterday to work in the flowers and reset some rocks around the edge...I took my camera to get some "pretty pics" to share with ya.....BUT....decided NOT to work over there after all.....*see below!

*WARNING* the next few pics may be disturbing to some viewers!

Water Snake!!!! YIKES!


Ah-Make that PLURAL!!

Ok-now I thought, at the time, that this was a baby snake lookin for his mama, after I watched them for a while, they slithered up to each other and then wrapped themselves together.

I was thinkin...."awhhhhhhhhhh ya found your mama" :)

Steve came home, and asked me why I didn't kill it! I said I couldn't....they "need each other"!

He told me that he's pretty sure it IS NOT a Mama and a baby, but rather a MALE and a Female! ....and yeah...they 'needed each other'.................Eeeeeeewwww...

Now I am gonna have lots more (if he's right). I don't mind them, except for the fact that they eat my smaller fish and my frogs and my salamanders and my trapdoor snails........they don't bite, they do strike at ya, but are not poison....they are just creepy!

Since I didn't get any pics of my pond, I did snap a few of my fish... These started out as small goldfish! I got 3 of them from a lady who owns a greenhouse. She had them and adapted them to the outdoors (temps in winter). She gave me three, I brought them home and put them in my little pond. Well, they had babies so I had to move them to my big pond. They bigger the environment, the bigger the fish! :) Some of the fish are 7-8 inches long! I had one that was about 10" but he Blue Heron snagged that one! I have a ton of 'em now! I have to let nature take it's course! My pond is it's own little eco-system. The trapdoors eat the algae, the fish eat the tads, the frogs eat the bugs, the snakes eat the frogs, the snakes eat the fish, the snakes eat my trapdoors.....the snakes eat my salamanders....the Blue Heron eats the frogs, snakes and the fish....................everything is under control over there, with out any help from me :)

Do ya ever have any clay pots that are broken or cracked? Don't throw them out!

I place them around my gardens, the toads LOVE them! They have to stay cool during the day and come out at night to eat bugs. They will bury themselves in mulch and dirt....but if you put out some old broken pots, they'll love ya for it! ;) I think they look neat too-the scattrered broken pots I mean :) !

Here's some I put over by my whiskey barrel---and take look below---

but make it quick, they need their PRIVACY!

They came outta the frog pond, I can see the little water plants stuck to 'em!
She will go back there to lay her eggs...
Is this post sorta reminding ya of Animal Planet??!

Here's another frog at the good ole frog pond...

They all come here, cuz there are no snakes over at this pond! They are smart! :) I have very smart frogs! LOL!
Below the frog, are just a couple pics of the frog pond garden....

Now for my

I don't care how hard I try, my wall color never comes out true on the computer!
This is the brick and the paint color, I put my brick sample up so ya can see them together.
I love it. (the white splotch is where the wall cabinet goes, no need to paint there)
The paint color I selected is called
Hotel St. Francis Fawn
It's Valspar, from their National Trust for Historic Preservation series.
Here are the cabinets, so far!
The band you see around the top of the wall cabinets is where the crown will go.
the wall behind the cabinets will be bricked.
I was very fortunate, I kept my old sink and base and island in the kitchen during the remodel, that way I could still do dishes and make coffee and we had a place to sit and eat our PBJ!
We slid the sink base out and disconnected the sink, when we had to work back there, and then moved it back and reconnected! It's wasn't that much of a pain...I think trying to do dishes in the bath tub would be more of a pain! :)
I now have my OLD counter top and sink sitting on top of the new sink base, so I can use the sink right up until the new counter top is done!

I think it will look wonderful when we get it all done!
This all I am showing ya till we are finished.....we still have to do the brick, the floors, the counter tops, all the trim...the rest of the light fixtures....still gotta a lot to do...but we have come a long way!!!
Please don't mind the mess....
I did get one of my light fixtures up, I love it!
It's above the island. I have a matching one for above the peninsula.
I got a single shade for above the sink. I can't wait to get to the point where the lights are up and the decorating can begin!!!
Sorry, got nothin!! :(
I did make another bee skep...to go with the big one I made.
This one is a lot smaller, I just used a small plastic pot for the 'frame' on this one.
It's only about 6-7" tall.

Looks sorta cute sitting on this twig chair next to my big one amidst my creeping thyme

...and finally, I saved the best for last!


No words needed for this pic :)

Van and Ava

Well, that's it for now! Thanks so much for stoppin by and visitng with me....

....Wishing you all a HAPPY, Beautiful, FUN-FILLED weekend!