Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Hanging Around the House

 Can you see the butterfly resting on a zinnia?  Marilyn from Mountain Top Spice made garden flags so I did, too!  I had recently looked through my fabric stash and found quite a few cute scraps.  It was a fun morning project and I'm very cheered when I look out at the back garden.

Jane Austen happenings are quietly occurring around here.  I am also reading two good books (Centering Prayer and Inner Awakening AND Emotionally Healthy Spirituality). Both of these heavy duty books are mind-consuming.  Bill will be home tomorrow, so my long stretches of complete quiet will come to an end.  I've really been enjoying A Jane Austen Education (thank you Blackberry Rambles for suggesting it).  It is a well thought out tribute to the genius of Jane.  
The knitting project began but then I ripped it out because I had made three errors I couldn't live with.  I knit sort of tight and even, so I think I need to use bigger needles when I make things with fingering weight yarn. 

 My snuggle bug misses Bill.  He's missing out on half of the spoiling he's grown accustomed to.
 I may try one more time with the JA knitting because I think Hetty's Sunday cuffs are cute. 
 I drink more tea when I am home for long stretches.  I have taken a vacation from dinner.  I haven't been cooking like I do when Bill is home.  I like to cook, but I really don't like eating a big dinner anymore.  Are you as hungry for dinner as you used to be when you were younger?

Maybe you'd like some of James' green play clay.  

 PLEASE come over and take some of the squash away.  PLEASE. 

No, this isn't YOUR cookie cutter, but I bet you have one just like it! 
 We made peas in memory of my dad who liked to eat them.  Do you like peas?

James did a little digging in the back garden.  He planted a few pansies. 

 A bat got herself caught in Jenny's trampoline net.  ARGH!  We were all creeped out for a while.  Sam was jumping on the tramp and saw it.  Shivers. 
 I made applesauce cupcakes for Kelli's family. They had a wonderful time at Mt. Hermon family camp in California. 

While I was at their house the other day, the dogs killed a rat (more shivers) and then as I was driving out the driveway I saw the neighbor's mini-horse Snickers.  She gets out somehow and grazes along Kelli's road. 

 Here's a close up of the garden flags.
  . . . and I came upon some online yarn sales.  FUN!

My all time favorite Jane Austen film is the Colin Firth "Pride and Prejudice".  I love the music and the scenery (and the casting).  I watched a documentary, too.  I'm going to keep going and dabble in the books and keep reading the devotional every day or two.  I told my book club and my family (and all of you) about my Jane Austen festival.  What a big mouth.  You are kind to show interest. 

School started here on Monday and Samantha is enjoying her new school. It's a little overwhelming because it's a new school (remember, they moved).  I was reading some of my old journals and I re-realized that teaching school wasn't really my bag.  God blessed me, making it possible for me to be a good employee and a kind teacher, but it was hard on my happy-go-lucky nature.  There were sobering aspects of teaching (sad kids, grumbly teachers, worry and fear on the part of administrators that tended to affect teachers).  I did feel for kids when I watched them come out of the woodwork in our neighborhood, as the first day of school drew near.  They have a hard road because they HAVE to go to school and it IS good for all of us to step outside of our comfort zone, but sometimes the whole school gig is less ponies and cotton candy and more grit and bumps.  Say a prayer or a million for any child you know who goes to public school every day.  The world has always been hard, but I fear it's growing meaner.

Jenny called and wanted to know if I would be interested in meeting for lunch today.  I had just eaten a late breakfast (tuna fish sandwich) and I wasn't really ready for lunch but I rarely say no to an opportunity to be around my precious peeps (unless I'm already in my jammies, Christie πŸ˜ƒ).  Anyway, I ate a burrito and now I am stuffed to the brim, so maybe no dinner at all tonight (I've been eating grocery store chicken, smoked fish, popcorn, toast).  So you see?  Things are quiet. Bill will soon be back to ramble around our house with me.  Yay!
Thank you for popping in.  I hope your August is remaining peaceful and cheerful. 

Monday, August 7, 2017

A Few Things

Hello friends!  Here it is Monday again, after a full and busy weekend for us (Granny and Grampy).  It's a quiet day today. 😎

The church we've been attending gives away three-month devotionals and I've been enjoying mine (after finding it in a pile on my desk😏).

One day we went to one of those big stores that sells overstocks of all kinds and we found little baby dolls.  Sam and Plum gave them baths.

 A pretty dianthus purchase from the Home Depot.  

I'm putting them in front of the random zinnias. 

 Fuzzy Wuzzy likes this cuddly gray blanket.  

We loved spending time with our Ft. Collins grands while their parents celebrated their 15th wedding anniversary.  I can hardly believe they've been married that long!  
 Hello Atticus!
 Two of the cousin families couldn't come over and join us for dinner (Kelli's gang is in California and Christie's grandma died so her family gathered to honor her memory).

The cutie pies had fun together! 
 Look at Aria making a funny face πŸ˜‡

We're having a cool day with a bit of rain which is a lovely change.  See?  The weather is making me love August.  I can even go outside this afternoon and plant more dianthus and pansies while dinner cooks.  

I looked back at past Augusts and found some photos of my river.  This is the Skagit River in Washington.  Quite a few years ago, my parents and I took a little driving trip north of my hometown.  Isn't it pretty?  Do you have a river?  If you are a good Ratty or Mole, you do. 

I have a personal Jane Austen week that I've planned starting Friday.  I am going to read Jane Austen books, enjoy Jane Austen devotions (yes, I have a Jane Austen devotional), knit a small Jane Austen project, draw some Jane Austen frocks, drink tea, and walk.  Sound fun?  I'll watch some J.A. films, too.  My favorite is Sense and Sensibility, but I'll watch a few more.
There is no reason to do this at this particular time, but I'm looking forward to it. I'll take some pretty photos and let you know how it goes.
Thank you so much for stopping by!  You're friendly!

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Queen August

(from Pinterest)

 I am still trying to achieve completion of many of my knits.  Isn't this a sweet color?

I'm striving to make this August a very "liked" month.  When I was teaching middle school I didn't like August because it was chopped in half by teacher work week and then school beginning.  When I was a kid I was so eager to get back to school (tired of lying around eating too much and lonely for day-to-day contact with my friends) that I wished it away. August deserves her "queen of summer" status so I am going to try to do some summery things.  What summery things?  Maybe float in the little pool in the back yard (we do have a privacy fence now - yay!) and make some jam.  Feel free to leave jam tips in the comment section. 😍 Figure out what to do with the invading zucchini.  Keep weeding and enjoying the hot weather blooms.  Ride my bike.  Go to the closest thing we have to a lake and walk around.  Usually I am full of harvest thoughts WAY too early.  So this year - a change. I think I may have asked you last year whether or not you have good August-y ideas.  Feel free to contribute again!  Thank you.  πŸ˜™

Mr. Adorable has forgiven me. 

Yesterday I walked to the bank and saw pink flowers.  What are these?  Do you know?

The sunflowers are wearing their lovely dresses.  
 Big pots of pretty are on sale at Home Depot.
 Shiny show off!

 And here is a shy girl . . . 

 As much as my disciplined self (very weak) wants to exercise, my meditative self (very strong) wants to read and knit.  

I was leafing through some old journals yesterday and I was impressed with all the doodling I did on the pages.  Do you ever go back and read things you wrote or view things you drew and think, "Wow.  Good stuff WAS happening!" or "I like the way I was walking toward God, trying to know Him, getting closer and closer to Jesus." It's so good to look inward, to reflect on ourselves.  We must know ourselves so we can know HIM and know the peeps in our lives.
What are you going to do this month?  What are you pondering? (Thank you very much for your kind visit!)