Updating & Wrapping Up 2014

Well Hello, 
Lets get the ball going again ~ literally, the New Years Ball into 2015 and writing posts! 
I have a lot to catch up on, so here is a quick list: Galoshes 2014:

You will have a blast. We get this tiny little town rocking on those market days! And I encouraged my friend, Teresa to open a vintage shop and coffee spot right up the road! Ms. Bouvi'es Vintage Market.
Mocs {Mike} and I had to say goodbye to our 14 year old dog, Willow. Gus is now 2 years old and is learning to hunt with Mocs.
We did The Christmas On The Farm Sale in Belvidere, IL this November, so MaryJanes and I had a road trip and a blast selling at this show! 
We are now replacing windows and making changes to the South & Main building. 

I got a batch of chicks which are now big laying hens and a rooster...still waiting for Mocs to build me my dream coop yet! MaryJanes and I have been doing some day trips and thrifting and crafting. I have South & Main in Dalton closed now through January so that we can expand and replace windows. I can't wait to reveal the new look! Also more industrial, farm, shabby chic vintage treasures and some new new lines!

2014 MaryJanes
She and I kept busy with weddings and photo sessions. She worked on her MJ&G Photography blog and business plan this past year. 

MJ upgraded her camera and added new equptment as well.  Some exciting news for her is that they have the one room school house ready to be her studio. It is gorgeous and shopping for the furniture and art work for it is a blast! She just received some incredible new regarding her work, but I can't spill the beans yet! Dang. She continues to educate herself all the while she raises her 4 kids. 
 MJ&G have penciled in some fun events into our day planners and I will be good about capturing our outing for you to check out. 

This year will ROCK!! Check tomorrow to find out what MJ&G started on December 28th. I hope it inspires you! It involves both of us, each doing the same yet different thing. I hope you'll follow along!



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Fun, Funky, Festive Flea & Farmer's Market

After a long deed problem which caused a few closing dates to come, then pass, we finally own our buildings and land which have named, South & Main, In Dalton. This past Saturday, May 10th we held our first indoor/outdoor market.
38 peddlers set up on both sides of the road and peddled their wares & goods. Mother nature gave us a break from so much rain and chill in the air for the entire day! Peddlers got their first kiss of sunshine on their shoulders, faces and neck lines. We still have work to do on the buildings both interior and exterior as well as digging a septic and other improvements but it was fun to get started with sales.
The Fun, Funky, Festive Market offered both hand crafted work along with the vintage and re-purposed objects. I heard so many customers say that they wanted to just camp out all day.....and I recall seeing a few of them stay the majority of the day!
It takes a bit of work to pull of hosting a market and I wouldn't have been able to get everything done without the help of my husband! I also was lucky to have my Niece, Jenn, a cousin, MarySue, my daughter, Taylor and a friend Cindy all chip in to help make everything run smoothly. Offered for customers to experience was a blacksmith giving demonstrations. 

We also had a crystal reader set up and I heard so many positive things on how accurate the reading were. From farm items to beautiful clothing there was such a wide variety of  eye candy to pick from. The canned goods such as pickle, beans, honey and syrup were so pretty displayed in the sunlight!

Now we are gearing up for a smaller scale sale over Memorial Day weekend, then a MJ&G workshop "Painted Thistle" in July. First up this weekend, MaryJanes & Galoshes Photography has our "Garden Tea" mini sessions set up. Our next large Market at South & Main In Dalton will be October 11th. Hope to see you there!

~ Galoshes.


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I like to get myself made up and have my hair styled though I seem to be in a makeup rut! I have gotten into the habit of buying the same cosmetics year after year.......after year! I really need to update my choices to suit my changing skin and find an age appropriate look! I love the styles of the 40's and 50's, yet I seem to be style-stuck in the 60 & 70's. I knew what my gift to myself would be, a hair and make session with Rebecca Darling's, she specializes in vintage looks. My plan, get the look of the 1940's to 1950's in both hair style and make-up. After booking the appointment I sent a message to my daughter, Taylor and asked her for a huge gift. A photo session from her business, MaryJanes & Galoshes Photography. I would set up the back drops and she would come over and capture my new look. It made my birthday one to remember and I went outside of the box with a new look which has me looking for new styling products. Where to start? Beauty Noted is a great place to start! It is easy and fun and its like walking down a cosmetic isle with no one butting in your way or feeling overwhelmed with so many visual distractions. I love that the sight has the price per product listed with it's picture!
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Do you ever browse the "Self Help" book section?

As for myself, I have through the years, wandered into the self help section of book shops. I guess I went in stages as to what topic I browsed. "Let It Go" phase, "Women Who Love Too Much" phase, "How To Get Organized" phase. Can you relate to any of these?
I have an issue that is actually quite ironic. I have photo phobia! If you take my picture, or suggest you are going to take my picture, I get panicked. I literally feel like someone is sucking all of the air out of my lungs.....seriously. I become panicked, agitated, flush and light headed. Then I get angry. So why is this ironic? Well, MaryJanes & Galoshes Photography is my daughter, Taylor's photography business and I am her assistant! So funny that I have this phobia and I am helping clients relax and laugh all the while they are having their images captured. I help direct them, "relax, smile, jump or even make them laugh. This is my issue to deal with, and I have decided to not go to the self help section of the nearest book shop this time. I am going to deal with it head on, cold turkey and with force. 
I have four grandchildren that someday may want a snap shot of me. Well, let's hope then adore me enough to want some. I have been easing into this process by letting Taylor use me to take a quick practice shot of me to test the back ground we are planning on using. I have held my breath.....squeezed my wrists and pinched my leg to get me through it. Then recently she added a photo booth option to her wedding packages and we had to "play" with it to try it out. We gathered the kids and acted silly in front of the lens, and I was Ok. I was really ok. So I will now take my next step to conquer this flaw that I have. Tomorrow is my birthday, and I gave myself a gift as well as asked Taylor for a huge gift. I set up an appointment with the talented Rebbecca. She specializes in vintage hairstyles and make-up. I love the 40's and 50's styles and I sent her a few pictures of examples of hair and makeup I would like to go for. Granted, I am not as young or luscious as these models.
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I booked my appointment for the morning of my birthday to get that vintage look. Then I will head back home, get dressed up in a vintage styled outfit that Taylor and I thrift-ed for and have a MJ&G Photography session myself. 
So after tomorrow......conquer photo phobia...Check!



Giving up a habit......

Ok, so I admit it, I love a good pacifier, I can't help myself. They are pretty, rubbery, chewy and they bounce. The one here was the littlest grandbaby's nook. She has since given them up and now the whole big rage is walking....you'd think the earth stopped moving...they video tape it and everything! Hey, I walk....even on two legs, who is ooeeing and auughhing over that?? This was the last nook I was able to steal and that was a few months ago. Oh How I miss my nook! Habits are not easy to give up I can sympathize with all those little babies out there that have their comforts taken away from them. What I wouldn't give for a new nook! What if someone took something of yours away...or maybe you had to choose between 2 of the things that you love....lets say you had to choose between chocolate and your smart phone....go ahead...pick one!


Does this ever happen to you?

These cute babies found on Pinterest

You need dog food, so your owner runs into a place that sells the kind you need, in our case, food free of corn and wheat. The Tractor Supply Store in the next town carries what I need, plus Galoshes has a $7.00 coupon...bonus! {adding side note, chicks are wheat and corn free....right?} She sees the sign...."Baby Chicks Here" and she thinks...oh fun....let's go look and admire.
Then she sends a picture to her Whats App group of cousins and daughter....they have conflicting theories on the topic of getting chicks or baby ducks. 

 Last year when this happened to her, she brought 4 baby ducks to MaryJane's family. They had them in their living room while they were babies. How many kids get that experience? There are benefits to being slightly....well lets say Not Normal. Like her daughter, MaryJanes tells her. Today MaryJanes argument  was, "YOU ARE NOT A FARMER"!!! Now tell me, what does that have to do with the price of dog food any way?? 

Nothing right!?
Galoshes sends them pictures, and her cousin MS is so very helpful and encouraging. She understands that a girls gotta do what a girls gotta do. She also brings home fluffy critters to love and take care of, purely nurturing at heart! And trust me, if you are a critter, you want to belong to one of the women in her family....they adore their pets!
So now we have 6 baby chicks which Mocs knew nothing about. I am all excited about the whole deal...confused a bit....are they food? I am half bird dog! Plus another 1/4 retriever so it stands to reason that I would ask. I was excited to see them, they are pretty cute and they smell like a farm which is all good. The senior dog has taken a liking to the chick feed, senile, I knew it!  Galoshes took a quick video of our introduction to the feathered friends. It is love at first sight!


Peas & Carrots.....Peas & Carrots

American Bulldog found on Pinterest.
 Did you know that when actors are in the back grounds and they are suppose to look as if they are chatting, they use the words, "peas and carrots, peas and carrots" continuously to give the impression that are engrossed in communication! Humans are funny creatures. I am Galoshes's first encounter with an American Bulldog cross breed as part of her family. This is a beautiful example of my blood lines in full, unpolluted status..

{Pinterest photo}         Yadda Yadda Yadda...ok, so he is a stud, but hey, look at those short legs, what could he jump over...right?!!

Me on the other hand....I am a dirty version of this breed...dog terms, mixed breed, mutt, mongrel. But, I do hold many traits of the American Bulldog, which means.......oh yes....it means, I have a mind of my own! I am no teacup poodle! I can think and act on my own. I know how to use my own judgement to determine whats good for me...and what, well let's just say, I can select those things which I might not want to be a part of. 
I am still a part of this dog line, so I shall do as I please.....as long as it is ok with Galoshes!  Photo via Pinterest

So what does this mean to Galoshes you might wonder??
Let me tell you.....this chic is weird!

Let me give you an example: She thinks that by playing silly games with me, and making me look like a fool...in layman's term, table place setting. She has this notion that is she teaches me discipline and self control, that I will be, let's just say, less mule like. Her favorite little work of art or structured teaching technique.....peas and carrots. 

 So you might wonder.....what is the purpose of this little game..right!? I do. Food....mouth...the mouth is for food. The mouth must open to insert the food. Thus: The food does not get into the mouth through the bridge of my nose. {Silly Galoshes!} I have no plans for acting, so the only thing I can guess is it teaches me balance and self control... FOOD YOGA. {Maybe I will write a book, Food Yoga For Dummies.}

Until next Monday......~Gus


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Freezer Meal Day....Check!

So you have seen freezer meals pinned on Pinterest....right!?? Maybe you even have a freezer meal or crock pot board that you think about each time you wonder what to make for supper....correct? Maybe you think you are too busy, too many things going on or it is just too much work. Let me lay it out for you....
I will just use MaryJanes as the example, and not even mention my list of March events. 
MaryJane's March:
Husband: Works full time.
1st Grader
Two 4K twins : half days at school....and seems like they have a LOT of days off for school meetings!!! A Lot!
A 10 month old toddler.
A big indoor dog, two outside cats.
Remodeling house.
Preparing to Remodel photography studio { a one room school house}
Photographer: 2nd shot a wedding, 2 photo sessions, edit last months sessions. 
Help a friend decorate her new house 1/2 day.
Go to a thank you dinner of that friend's.
Meet a friend for drinks and dinner.
Prepare for The Pine Play House Sale March 15. Booth rented so must create art work.
Plan and prepare for March 22nd MJ&G workshop Painted Cowgirl.
Attend a wedding of a friends.
Set up child care for upcoming destination weddings.
Prepare for a Do It Center Event where she is a featured guest exhibitor next Thursday, drop off marketing packages for the customer bags. 
Taking an online art coarse.
Prepare for a booth for April 15th.
Watch The Bachelor Monday nights with Galoshes.
Run her MJ&G photography business, return calls, emails,blog, promote and work on taxes. 
School conferences.
Whats App with four cousins and Galoshes through out each day.
Make meals, laundry, keep house as clean as you can with a family of six. Keep sanity and runny noses wiped and diapers changed. 
Now, these are the things that I am aware of off the top of my head. I don't see her day planner, so I know I am missing things.
The point being, if you plan for a freezer meal day, it will take printing out a list and plans, shopping trip, and a full day of cooking. Once it is done, you are SET up for several meals!!! So at 4:30 or so, you take a meal out of the freezer, remove the cover, pop in the oven, presto....DONE! You end up with more time each day after this!!! The day of the freezer meal making, you create a lot of trash and recycles, but then each night after that, you wont be creating much! {If you are like me, I hate when that piles up each day!}
So there you have it, only the things that I am aware of on MaryJane's list of to-dos for March. So how did we do it? Well, at the beginning of the year we whats app'd back and fourth with day planners in hand to set up things we wanted to  make sure were penciled in, to avoid photo session dates. Freezer meals was set for the eve of Monday the 3rd to grocery shop. March 4th morning till supper time, cook.  Our plan was to do our freezer meal day at her house and I would go into town and pick up Chinese take out for lunch. The twins did not have school Tuesday, so the days plan, two five year olds, and a 10 month old and the big dog would all need to be taken care of ....kept alive..... and not stepped on for the day! 
Put the girl to work...she loves being MaryJane's shadow. {Yes, instruction was given about hot stove and not touching!}}

Confine the toddler to highchair, pack n play and jumper. {give hugs and affection as time permits}

Allow the techno boy unlimited time on I pad as long as he stayed out from under foot} Dog was shooed out often!

That was our plan, and since it was going to be at MaryJane's I had to haul my ingredients over there..trudge through the snow and haul it inside.

We purchased disposable tin containers & freezer bags. The meats we used for all meals were chicken, hamburger and I mixed in venison with mine. We each had the same shopping list, and we bought the same things for the most part.  A couple of items we bought individually to split with each other.  MaryJanes started before I arrive and had her hamburger browned and chicken cooking, I used the same pans, so this worked well in timing for use. I brought along another big pot to start the rice cooking ahead of time. So how did the house smell?? Like a 1950's home on a Sunday chicken dinner day! While we were in idle cooking time, we each made up cookies and brownies to freeze. 
Taylor made Neiman Marcus cookies and used half coconut flour which smelled wonderful!

I tried snitching cookie dough and she yelled at me, "Get out of the dough!" I used a hearing impairment line on that demand. Then she wouldn't barter with me, some of her cookies for some of my brownies. Seriously, she wouldn't, said she didn't want any of my brownies! I think it was rebellion for me snitching dough. Or she was just being a bitch! :smile: could be. When I ran to get lunch, she did shred my chicken breasts though, so I think she just loved those cookies more than my box brownies. dang! Later when I got home, I whats app'd her to tell her that the brownies were ooeee and goooee and warm...not like her frozen cookie dough that she didn't bake...HA! 

Child labor!

 So what did we make and how long did it take?
8 hours in the kitchen, and hour to shop and 1/2 hour to find the right shopping list and get our thoughts in action. Here is what we ended up with:
Meat Marinara Sauce for spaghetti
Extra smaller bags filled for future chili hot dogs.
Cheeseburger Casserole
Broccoli Cheddar Chicken Pasta bake. 
Tex, Mex Chicken casserole
Thanksgiving style casserole
Brownies and Chocolate Granola Bars. 
MaryJanes had to plug in their small chest freezer to hold everything.
Myself, I packed my freezer, left three meals out for this week, filled a huge rubbermaid which was put outside to freeze as our chest freezer isn't moved here yet. {hillbilly freezer for now!}
You might wonder how many meals we actually have now, well i know that neither of us will have to make anything for a month! each meal was at least 4 containers full, plus extras put into gallon and quart size bags. I think Mocs and I are set for at least 2 months, maybe more. MaryJanes has a crew of 6, so more like a month for them. On a side note, we spent the day together, cooking, baking and chatting. The kids were home in a warm environment seeing meals prepared and helping....to me that is priceless!  
See those rolled foils on top...yep, that's cookie dough. One might go missing some time when I watch the kids!

I will no doubt share some bars with her family....even though she wouldn't!
There is it, meals done and I can tell you that today before lunch time, I though....LUNCH.....CHECK! 
Do your self a favor, plan a freezer meal cooking day, you will thank your self every night there after!