Wednesday, August 17, 2016

The Great Outdoors In The Country

Here's a little glimpse of some stuff we did this summer.
 John painted the swing red.

I hired my BIL to build this cross and the lattice behind it.
He also built the swing frame.
At our last home we hung the swing below the 2nd story deck and it was painted blue.
 Moved the door wreaths to the sides because they were too heavy for the door hooks.
Added some grapevine trees and a glider to the porch.

 Created a small prayer garden

The beginnings of a fairy garden.
Next summer I'll make some changes, I think.
These hot August days are quickly passing and soon the signs of autumn will arrive.
I think I'm ready for a change.
Autumn is my favorite season so I don't mind.
xo xo xo

Friday, August 12, 2016

Mixed Emotions!

This adorable young lady is my granddaughter.
And she is starting college.
Where-O-Where did all the years go since she was my
little Girlie-Pirlie.
She is so precious to me, an adorable, cute, sweet, talented young woman
who is exploring her world and making her way.
Dear Abby,
I love you to the moon and back.

Sunday, July 10, 2016

It's Always Something!

My goodness, when I logged in to write a new post, I realized it has been well over a month since my previous post was written.  Life got very busy shortly after that post and I'm now finding time to revisit my blog and say hello.  I hope you have been well.
In late May, I received a phone call one evening that one of my sons was taken to the hospital and was in critical condition.  I rushed to his side and spent a little over a week at his bedside.  He improved during those days and was able to be released and he stayed with John and me for a few weeks before returning to his apartment.  He is doing much better now and hopes to be able to return to work soon.
After that, one of my grandsons was quite ill with pneumonia so I helped my son and DIL with the other children as much as possible.  Three of the other children also became ill but none had pneumonia and they all have recovered, or nearly so; I believe one grandson has almost completed his medication and I do know that he is feeling quite well as are all the others. 
Then, I became sick a week ago and I'm assuming I must have caught something from one of the sick kiddos.  I'm not so seriously sick, but sick enough that I remained home from church so I won't share my germs with others.  I have coughed and coughed and coughed.  I do think today that I am possibly improving but it is going so slowly!  Other than the cough and some congestion, I truly do not feel sickly.  I haven't had to give up and go to bed although I have postponed doing most chores other than laundry and dishes and occasionally sweeping the dusty floors.  Oh, and keeping my flowers watered outdoors, although we've had rain that helped in that area.  John has taken care of most of our food needs including picking up the supplies from the store and the cooking.  He's just now going to put some steaks on the grill for our dinner.  Yum.
Speaking of flowers, I posted some pics below of my new hydrangea bush that we planted in May.  I bought it locally at a large hardware store and the blooms were just beginning and didn't appear in any way impressive.  It looked so small and insignificant and I didn't expect much from it this summer.  To my surprise, it has begun growing and seems very content in its location.  I am in love with this flower bush and I love, love, love the colors of the blooms!  If the store has any remaining plants like this one, I think I will get one or two more to add to our garden.  If there are none, I'll be waiting for them next year.

For Christmas last December I asked John to get me this book.  This week I read it and very much enjoyed it.  Mahtob is the daughter of Betty Mahmoody who wrote Not Without My Daughter.  I read that book after I saw the movie adaptation some years ago.

I actually read it start to finish in one day.  I started another book right away but changed my plan and flipped through one or two more before choosing my next read.
I hope that today finds you feeling well and having a nice Sunday.  Our weather is just beautiful and it's been a quiet day for me.  I began crocheting last night on an afghan (I think I overdid it when I chained the beginning as it's wider than I planned and is actually more like a small blanket in width).  I'm just now beginning the 7th row of double crochet.  This project is something easy peasy, it has no pattern and I'm using (if you're a yarn snob, please be kind!) the inexpensive acrylic yarn from you-know-where probably.  But I loved the colors and wanted to have a project that I can do without consulting a pattern or thinking; just pick it up and crochet.  So far the colors I've used are bright pink, red, blue (almost aqua), light pink, grass green, and yellow, and the row I just started in a medium blue.  I'll show a pic next time as there's not much to show at this stage, it's wide but only about five inches so far.  I might, as I add more rows, vary the stitches a wee bit, such as instead of doing only double crochet, perhaps skipping a few somewhat like a granny square, to add interest.  I'll see as I go along.  Whatever.  You can tell I'm NOT taking this project seriously, this is just for the enjoyment of seeing the colors come together and keeping my hands busy as I sit.
It's about time for me to mess with my blog design again.  I'm already tired of the page text and might have to tweak it again soon! 
Thanks for your visit!

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Here's My Sign

John nailed my sign to a tree that lines our driveway.  I bought this old street sign in a shop called Salvage One several years ago while in Chicago.  Finally I have a place for it.

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Never Stop Marching

Yesterday I attended the high school graduation for my granddaughter Abby.
I love the message on her hat.
It was a reminder to me to keep on keeping on.
This is not a dress rehearsal.
There are no do-overs.
Just keep on marching!

Friday, May 20, 2016

My Old Friend

Sewing room / Office tidying up is completed
so I thought I'd say hello to my sewing machine.
It's been too long since we've spent time together!

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Adornment For The Doors

When we closed on the house we were given a gift certificate to get a new door wreath.  I ordered two identical wreaths since there are two doors  I love them!

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Cool Prom Dates

Prom time again here in small-town USA.  My precious GD and her boyfriend.  Loving those matching shades!

Friday, April 22, 2016


Today's beverage of the day.  But not by choice.  Most definitely.  Yuk.

Thursday, April 21, 2016

A Friendly Gift

One of my dearest and closest BFFs gave me this lovely gift which she made.  I love it and it will be a favorite always! 
Thank you BFF!

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Prayer Garden

Yesterday my B-I-L brought the cross he made for me and placed it in my future prayer garden.
I love it!

Monday, April 18, 2016

Saturday, April 16, 2016

Knitting & Coffee

Yesterday was phone upgrade day at our house.  I got an iPhone 6 Plus and John got his very first smart phone.  He was still using an old flip phone so I coaxed him into moving up. 
This is the first pic taken with my new one.  The colors seem brighter than with the previous phone.
This morning one of my BFFs came over for a nice long chat over coffee and donuts.  I showed her my UFO knitting project from too long ago.  Just a few minutes ago I made some coffee and poured a cuppa so to try out my phone/camera I used the knitting for color.  I really do need to get back to this project.  I love love love the yarn and I love to knit.  So what in the world am I waiting for?  Geez
Happy Saturday & happy weekend!

Friday, April 15, 2016

This Is How Old I Am

I am old enough to remember
Coca Cola came in small bottles and cost 10 cents
Seeing a movie at the theater complete with popcorn and a soda was less than a dollar
Home permanents
The dress code for girls at school was either dresses or skirts - no pants
Bobby sox and saddle oxfords
Records were either 45s or 33-1/3s
Brush rollers
Angora yarn wrapped around our boyfriends' rings
One phone in the house - and party lines
White lipstick
The Beatles was the new group
Mr. Ed
Nixon vs Kennedy
Elvis getting drafted
Melmac dishes
Prell shampoo
Diaper pins
Baton lessons
Parrafin whistles at Halloween
Penny candy
Terry Lee dolls
Mickey Mouse Club
American Bandstand
Nancy Drew, Trixie Belden, Donna Parker, Ginny Gordon
Skate keys
Dixie cups
Manual typewriters
Roller rinks
Bucket Bags
Portable record players
The Twist was the new dance
Pen Pals
Percolator coffee makers
Tire swings
Clover necklaces
Picnics on a blanket in the back yard
Ice cube trays
The 5 and 10 cent store
Juke boxes
Paper straws
Candy cigarettes
Can cans
Aluminum Christmas trees
Leave It To Beaver
Wearing hats & gloves to church
Mom & Pop grocery stores
Transistor radios
Penny loafers
Playing rock school
What do you remember?