Wednesday, May 31, 2017

LOTS of Photos

Ha cha cha!  I fixed the problem.  I simply had to sign into my gmail account from my phone again.  Weird.  Anywho, it's because of updating the system every so often.  All's well.  

Look at the cute eraser my sister sent!  It is wonderful!  Works so well!  Meow!

And our Brad has been practicing his penmanship/script. I love it.  It's so gorgeous.
 Kelli's horses giving me a nice view.
 Tim loves Noah.  Noah is so cozy and restful when we cuddle on Saturday mornings.  I started out on the patio and rocked him in the fresh air.  It reminded me of older friends who gave me advice when our babies were young.  They said, "Your baby must nap outdoors whenever possible."  Aw.  
 Bawn Bawn is an interesting little rabbit.  One day we neglected to push our chairs in when we finished our schooling and the next day Miss BB had nibbled around the edges of all the workbooks. Naughty little chewer.  
 When I arrived at Kelli's two Fridays ago, we had a lovely May snow!
 Rascal #1.  This is Moose.  He is a moose.  It really was like having three ponies in the house.  
 James went across the street for a birthday party and they had a petting zoo.  He chose to be a fireman (dress up affair).  

 We went to the drug store to buy stylists for iPads and we bought red noses, too.  I forget what they raise funds for.  
 And we borrowed Scooby Do movies from the library.  We ate a nice lunch together at a sit down restaurant.  

Within five minutes of being at Kelli's the dogs stepped on my heel and broke my other pair of sandals.  So, I had to go home and get another pair.  My pedicure (thank you, Kelli) matched the other pair.  First world problems. 
 We've been grilling vegetables.  I've been going a bit heavy on the olive oil.  YUM.
 I am still not used to our fence but I love it!  I forget that it's private now.  

 Senator Bob Dole came to visit.  He's a nice person. 
 Brad and April took the family to watch the Colorado Rockies last night.  SUCH a group of lovey dove-y faces! 
 Here's my face looking at YOU!  These are my last year's eyeglasses and they are heavy and just wrong somehow.  I don't like the way they look.

Here is one of my most favorite faces.  Aw, Timothy!  He is so sweet and almost one year old. 
 And Noah . . . LOVE.

 Such a sweet note from Birdie.  
 Owl pose
 Lighter version
 Cherries!  Aren't they beautiful?  We like spitting the pits in the grass. 
 The pansies are taking over our house.  Oh well.  We like the shade. 

Summer is coming and the neighborhood is looking so fine.  Well, hello Robbie!  You are my favorite bird. 
 And here is a poppy for you because you are a poppy kind of person.  Thank you for being so kind about my photo/technology rant.  I can't rest until things are fixed so when I can't fix them quickly, I get crabby.  Silly.

I'm off to book club.  I just have to walk around the corner to my friend Jeanie's house.  Yay!  Thank you very much for saying hello!  

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!