Monday, May 29, 2017

Photo Troubles

 I'm sorry I have been away so long.  When I went to our Kelli's to man the fort (they went to Chicago) I didn't take my laptop.  I was busy going back and forth to our house, cleaning up after dogs with upset stomachs, cooking, doing laundry, watching Scooby Doo movies and falling asleep on their sofa.  When I came home I had to serve on a jury.  I had no time to adjust to my home routine.  I was also TIRED.  I am still tired and my phone won't email my photos, so I haven't had pictures (which is my favorite part of blogging).
I found some lovely garden center photos.  I'm trying to get in the mood to do my planting.  

I'm sort of on information overload.  Do you ever get overwhelmed with all the new information, whether it comes via piles of books, learning new things, talking to people and answering messages, or simply fatigue?

I'll be back as soon as I get my iPhotos figured out.  It annoys me. This has happened before.  I'm a little tired of my phone. Remember the days before all the strings were attached to us?  If someone didn't answer the house phone, you just had to try again later.  
There was a lot of freedom in that, wasn't there?
I like my big camera for blog photos so maybe I'll just blog with the photos I take with it instead of my phone photos.  They are better photos anyway.
Okay.  Gripe. Gripe. Gripe.
Maybe it's nap time.
Take care!  Thank you for popping by!  

Friday, May 12, 2017

Mother Stuff and Knitting

 Isn't this sweet? Obviously it's from  Isn't it nice to think about your mama hanging clothes out on the clothesline?  My granny did it, too.  We hang clothes and linens on the line when the weather is bright and breezy.  It's part of the summer routine.  I love my mama and my granny for the way they took on domestic duties with such gusto.  Everyday doings became markers and accomplishments.  

I wish I could share a cake with my mama on Mother's Day.  Beam me to Washington! 

I'm still thinking Brambly Hedge when I plan changes for our family room.  Curtains to add softness, hanging mugs, hanging dried flowers (or silk flowers) and a small hanging cupboard or two would make for overall mouse coziness. 

Noah and I played in the basement on Monday.  I have intentions of moving my ironing station and my sewing machine down to the basement.  It's one of the few carpeted areas in our house so when Noah tips over, he is assured of a soft landing.  He was quite busy with the old toys.  I sat by him, criss cross applesauce.  

Even though I probably won't wear my Penguono sweater out around town (ha!) I love blending the wacky colors and working with soft fibers.  Can you see the welts?  They were intimidating at first, but I did it!  Now I know how!

Here's my knitting sidekick again.  

The 31 year old sweater is too big for Lizzy so I'll try it on Millie Rose the next time she visits.  We had to find yarn and a pattern to make a cardi for Lizzy.  It's a top down and should go really fast (probably faster than 31 years - lol!)

This morning I ironed three tablecloths and placed a white one on our battered picnic table.  I covered our dining table with a sunflower on a red background cloth.  The weather is warm, the skies are blue, and the birds are tweet tweet tweeting.  Soon we'll have the strong summer heat and backyard romping.  We are finally putting in our privacy fence which will be different after having 25 years of split rail fencing.  
I'm going to plant my bag o'zinnias this weekend!  I broke down and decided to plant a little summer squash, too.  It's tasty cooked on the grill.  No cucs.  I still have not recovered from the cuc/pickle tidal wave.

I'm still enjoying Keeping the Sabbath Wholly by Marva J. Dawn.  Reading her words is like enjoying a spiritual bath.  I'm also reading a bio (very old) of Beatrix Potter.  I know the story but I like the telling of it, over and over and over again.
I'm going to pull out my dear granny's diaries again because I find her daily records of her homemaker days absolutely delightful.  I am so thankful she penned her activities.
So on this Mother's Day I am overcome with thankfulness that I am blessed to be a mother.  I am thankful that our girls and our daughter in laws are blessed to be busy mommies and I'm ever so thankful for my own mother.  I love her face, her voice, her topics of conversation, her strong and steady faith in Jesus, her love for others. 
I'm meeting a friend for lunch today, so I had better get moving.
Thank you for stopping in to say hello!   

Monday, May 8, 2017

Kids, Flowers, Knitting and Rest

 I've been doing granny things for days and I think I can say that I am in "granny shape" as far as staying bright and alert goes.  Ha ha.  Sam had fun sleeping over.  She watched Winnie the Pooh and went to bed like a dream. 
 We took a neighborhood walk and found a lot of glowing flowers. 

James received a club house for his birthday.  His daddy stayed up until the wee hours putting it together.  Isn't it cute?

 I keep plugging away at seven knitting projects.  This one is (gasp!) about 31 years old because I started it for Kelli when she was a toddler and now it MIGHT fit someone.  We tried it on Lizzy and she said, "It's BIG."  We'll see.  
 Mr. Sleepy Puss is doing a lot of sleeping.  He occasionally chases bugs or looks out the window at birds, but overall he sleeps like a rag doll. 

I'm reading a really good book titled Keeping the Sabbath Wholly by Marva J. Dawn.  It's about Sabbath rest and letting go of trying to do God's job.  I highly recommend it and I highly recommend becoming acquainted with Marva J. Dawn.  She's wise and soft. 

Noah is coming over for a while so Mommy can take James to his three year check up.  I had better dry my hair and put a little something on my face.  I don't want to scare anyone.
Thank you very much for stopping in to say hello.  You're friendly.  

Monday, May 1, 2017

Yay for May

Happy May!  It's so good to see blue sky, sunshine, and green grass!

Thank you for your prayers for Noah.  He slept for two hours on Saturday morning (our usual time with James and Noah).  Tim kept watch.

Plum Cake likes lipstick.  Pretty!

My neighbor's lilac.  Don't you love the dark variety?

Little Miss Plum Cake (Lizzy) likes taking photos of her shoes.  A future blogger, maybe?

And we have another Susan Branch fan . . . 

I found these white lilacs when I was walking around the neighborhood.  I don't think I've ever seen such lovely whites! 

It snowed all day Saturday.  Yeah, no fun.  We're over snow here.  

After Noah finished his bottle Tim found it quite interesting.  

Last weekend (when it wasn't snowing) I watched a bumblebee work.  He really danced to the music, didn't he?

I have book club this week (a little cleaning and tidying needed) and a sleepover with Samantha.  She has a day off on Friday so Thursday night she'll stay with us.  We have fun plans.
James is turning three this week!  He's excited about his birthday!
Aria turned 7 on Sunday!  She's getting to be so grown up.  Argh!  Babies stay babies such a tiny amount of time.  
Later this month I am staying with Kelli's three girls because they are going to Chicago for a few days.  I have to learn how to care for Bawn Bawn the bunny before then!  
I'm glad it's May.  When I was teaching middle school May held way too much fizz.  I like the idea of a mellow May.
I am glad my calendar isn't full of all kinds of craziness.  We're trying to keep it that way.
What does your May look like?
Thank you for dropping in!