Wednesday, July 23, 2008


Ever played KETCHUP? No, no, not that kind of ketchup, lol!

This kind ~ catch up ~ where you are overwhelmed with anything and everything and you don't think you'll ever come up for air? Well, I don't play it ~ I live it! Don't get me wrong, it's not all bad, and usually it's good, lots of orders, lots of bounty from the garden to be canned and frozen, going to church, visiting family, talking to friends... but some days I am so far behind... and I don't want anyone to think I've purposefully neglected them.

Day before yesterday I picked more beans, a 5 gallon bucket full, cooked a big cooker of them.... we're eating green beans every day this week, mind you. And I still had plenty left to send a big "mess of beans" to my sister and to an elderly couple. You do know what a mess of beans is don't you?
Then yesterday I had to go to town to pay bills, back home to work on orders, then last night I worked till just after midnight on a few more frakturs. I didn't get them all painted and so I was going to get up early this morning and finish them since they are supposed to be on my website tonight at 7 pm (plug, plug!). Here is a sneak peek...

So this morning I wake up at a little after 7.... yikes ~ I overslept! Drink my coffee, get dressed, and do a few dishes left from last night. I'm getting ready to go into my workroom to paint.... and here comes my sweet husband with 2 more 5 gallon buckets full of GREEN BEANS, LOL!!! He got up at 5:30, made coffee, and picked beans for me, awwwww, how thoughtful (if you detect a note of sarcasm here ~ you're imagining it). Needless to say, I still don't have the watercolors finished, but I do have beans canning as I type this.

Now, I need to tell you about some very dear bloggers who awarded me with, what else, an award! I know many of you have these coming out your ears, and so I won't pass them on this time. I do want to thank each of these ladies for thinking of me ~ you are all wonderful!

Christi of Charm and Grace gave me the 5 Blogs That Make My Day Award (she did this on June 20th ~ see how far behind I am???)

Debra of Sparrowgrass awarded me this beautiful one on July 15th.

Both Donna of Cottage Days & Journeys and Betsy of Betsy's Primitives sent me these, the Brillante Weblog Awards.

Thank you again ladies!

Now, I'm off to finish painting...


  1. Glad you enjoyed the award! Looks like you're a popular gal, LOL!

    I know what you mean about playing catch-up. Summers are busy enough as it is, and here you are trying to get some new treasures ready for sale! hugs...

  2. "Ketching Up" is hard to do....I think I have my sayings mixed up! :)
    Congratulations on all of your awards Lana. Your new fraktur is just beautiful!

  3. I don't know how you do it Lana, it would take a "superwoman" to "ketchup" to you.

    The frakturs are lovely, as usual.


  4. Totally funny! I can relate to the 'ketchup'! Just had a melt down a few weeks ago. I can also relate to the beans ...last year we planted zucchini. Needless to say this year we did not! Good luck with the beans and good luck with your ketchup!

  5. I don't know how you do it all, Lana! Congratulations on the awards for your lovely blog.

  6. Hiya Lana!! Been wondering where you they say, busy hands are happy hands:o)..miss ya!!

  7. Lana, I think I am going to use a ketchup bottle as a sign to the I'm need to catch up!!!!!!! Congrats on the awards and happy to hear you are on the green bean team. Happy Weekend!

  8. You go girl! Just don't forget to stop and rest every now and then. Your watercolors are lovely. But since you brought it up, the new design for the Heinz ketchup bottles has to be the worst I have ever seen. I actually took the top off mine today and washed it off completely it was so thick with clotted ketchup.

    Does one ever really get Ketched Up?

    :-) Christi (also of Charm & Grace)

  9. LOL! You girls are cracking me up with the ketchup puns! Keep 'em pouring in!

  10. I am only half as busy as you and probably twice as far behind! Canning is hard work but it will be worth it come February when you want some fresh produce. Your painting looks lovely. I also LOVE the picture of the flowers on your banner-the sunlight is beautiful.