Sunday, August 12, 2018

Flowers and a Little Jane

 Hi friends!  Brace yourself for a lot of flowers.  Our flowerbeds are bursting this year.  I'm not sure why other than all the sunshine and a bit of afternoon rain.  This is such a pretty time of year! 

 I can't believe how high these mammoth sunflower seeds grew!

 My neighbor gave me a lot of Blue Willow!  Do you like this tray?  I might serve salmon on it tonight. 

 Here's the summer view.  We've been enjoying the back yard so very much.  We dine outside at dinnertime and we sometimes sit in our rockers and chat, too. 

 Bill was in the Philippines for a week and I began my Jane Austen festival.  I viewed (we bought a new telly FINALLY) and I read a bit.  I colored. 

 I started the same Jane Austen Knits mitts that I began last year but with different wool. 
 I have to read my book club book, too!  I like sitting by the wool and the sheep poster.  
And more knit, knit, knitting.  

 I pulled just a few Jane books from the shelves and I'm keeping them close for when I have time to lazily read. 

Jeff and Christie took the boys fishing when Christie's family came to town.  CUTE!

Here's Brad (he went with Bill) teaching in the Philippines.  Funny face!  

 I rearranged my winter flowers.  Aren't them gorgeous?
 I began the Jane Austen doings the day Bill left and then three grands came for a few days, so I had to hop off that horse and ride the Granny horse for a while.  We had a lovely time, watching movies, shopping, eating out, and resting (they were tired from camp).

Jeff sent me this photo this morning.  Superman likes to ride around the neighborhood now.  Aw! 

I can't remember if I told you that as I was scurrying around getting ready for book club last month, I recovered two fence chairs just for fun.  I used the high power staple gun.  

 We had to get a new bed frame because the other one was so noisy (iron) and now we are stable, not waking up every time the other one turned over (CREAK!)
 See what I mean?  Flowers like hot summers.

I've been eating SO MUCH fruit.  Yum!

 Here's a little Jane Austen-ing from last Friday.  

 And plums from my neighbor's garden.
 The Jane mitt pattern - pretty, right?

 Yum! We had to have a summer evening Dairy Queen run.  I don't eat ice cream anymore because dairy just doesn't agree with me.  It's not even tempting. 
 This one missed Bill terribly.  He likes having two laps to choose from!
 The crab apples are a reminder that fall is around the corner.  
 The school playground nearby will soon be full of children but we had fun climbing there on Saturday. 

Tonight Kelli and Jenny and their families are coming for dinner.  Tomorrow night Jeff and Christie and the boys will come.  We are happy as clams, I tell you.  Tuesday Sam and Plum are coming to spend the night and the next week I am going to see my mama and sibs in Washington.  When I get back I think I will feel a bit fall-ish. Are you feeling fall-ish yet?
If you got this far, bless you.
Thank you for visiting me.  I love it when you do.

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Summer Continues

 Hello sweet readers of this ol'blog! I have been away a while even though I said I'd be back soon.  I think there are just too many electronic distractions.  I took Facebook and Instagram off my phone (I left them on my iPad) because I found I was spending a lot of time checking them when I could be thinking about real life doings.  I've also been reading quite a bit (Angle of Repose, Becoming Madeline, Clock Dance, The Story That Inspired the Sound of Music . . . ) and of course, knitting.  

This is the exact time of summer when the posies are at their best.  I've pulled a weed or two, but remember I don't like to get dirty so I've not spent hours in the garden. (Just to be honest!  LOL!)

 Rhubarb!  I've made sauce, no crumbles or pie.  
 I must show you what Timothy does when he isn't sleeping.  He LOVES to play in the downstairs shower.  We usually hide this drain cover because he puts it in his teeth and carries it away.  Weird, huh?

 Our Kelli bought herself a new sewing machine so she can sew costumes for the theatre company where she directs children's shows.  She's such a smart cookie.  She then decided to buy fabric and recover her outdoor cushions.  I'm so proud of her!  She figures things out and does them.  Good girl! 

 Speaking of shows.  Her three were in a production of Princess and the Pea just last week.  

 Birdie played the minister.  She said, "Granny, my costume makes me look like a pope."  It does.

I found this photo of Birdie taken NOT THAT LONG AGO!  Oh, they DO grow fast.  I thought that was just something grandparents say when they can't think of anything else to comment about!  LOL! Now I know it's true.  
 I also found this old photo of me in my old eighth grade language arts classroom.  The classroom was so cute, but I must admit I was quite chubby.  

These days I am thinner, but older.  Of course.  (saggy eyelids)

I took this photo the other evening when Kelli's family came for dinner.  That's my knee that Birdie is lying on.  She wanted her back tickled.  Then, Kelli joined in.  Tired mommies need their backs tickled, too.  

I am hosting my bookclub tomorrow so I am doing my usual clean sweep.  It's hard because I am not a routine housekeeper.  I am like a crazy crow.  I dust something and then I put all the teapots and pitchers that have gathered A LOT of dust into the dishwasher.  I suddenly realize that there is too much to do and not enough time to do it.  I adjust my standards.  I wish I didn't care if people find out that I am not efficient.  Smile.  I pray that I could let it go.
I will be (gasp) 60 in December and I've been thinking about it a lot more than I thought about turning 50.  One thing I am really looking forward to is baking a pink cake and eating a LARGE piece.  

This morning I enjoyed my devotional routine.  I read Ann Voskamp's daily One Thousand Gifts and write in the space provided. I read my daily 2-year Bible and I read Bible verses and my Thin Within book. I write a little in my journal and then I use the Centering Prayer app on my phone.  I'm very thankful that I have time to do this.  I need discipline. Everybody does.  I'm happy to adhere to the Weight Watcher Freestyle program.  It works for me.  I'm happy to read The Little Book of Hours at night most of the time.  He must become greater and greater and I must become less and less.  This I like about growing older.
God be with you, kind visitors.  YOU are very much appreciated by me.