Tuesday, November 9, 2021

November Pretty and Jolly's Departure from Ireland

Hello everyone!  I successfully made banana bread in the Bundt pan.  No chunks left behind. 

Timothy is on the hunt for cozy spots.  Here he is in the crook of my arm.

Kelli's kittens are getting big and their favorite pastime is warming their striped bods by the fire.  Aren't they cute?  Their names are Enola and Mabel Watson.  I hope you have a fire to cuddle up to.  I have a space heater.  Sigh.

I went to a one night retreat last weekend and we painted rocks.
We're just about to the end of our leafy fall.  I forgot to show you how glorious the trees are.

Jolly is on his way back to me.  Here's the last post from Ireland
Notice the little dog in Jolly's picture above?  He doesn't have that dog anymore.  He hasn't been able to face adopting another nice little dog since he lost his best friend a few years ago.  The dogs he's afraid of are BIG dogs with sharp teeth.

 When he returns I will make a video of his book so you can see each page.  I'll draw a name to determine the hostess who will be choosing his new wife.  We won't force them to get married right away, but when they do, you will see that, too.  Thank you so much for following his journey and thank you to the hostesses who so willingly participated in Jolly's adventure with gusto.  

I hope November is treating you well.  Just a little suggestion:  God is the giver of all good gifts, so try to take the "world" glasses off and look at things around you with eyes that recognize who is the Boss.  

Thank you for popping by! 

Thursday, November 4, 2021

Jolly in Ireland

I had to post again because Jolly went sightseeing in Belfast and you just have to tag along!  Remember when he first began?  The picture above is of his first date! He has three more in store in the coming days. Here's the link: Jolly tours Belfast and here's the date post. Oh, Mags!  She is a fantastic storyteller with a wise wit!  You'll love it!

I have a few little jobs to do today, but I hope you have time to read a good book, make a pie, or  buy a balloon. 

 Thank you so much for stopping in!

Tuesday, November 2, 2021

End of October Thrills and a Jolly Update!

One of my sweetest friends took me to the Denver Botanic Gardens for a birthday treat!  There were skeletons everywhere!  

And my mama sent me tulips! Oh, they lasted a long time!  I love pink!

I finished the scrappy socks.  I bought these Simple clogs a while ago because years ago Kelli had some and I wore them, too.  I like how they look but they need to be broken in because they pop when I walk.  I don't like being a popper.

Noah Joe and James were excited for Halloween!

Aren't the Greek goddesses lovely?  Can you believe how they have grown?
Plum Cake got too cold trick or treating so she changed her clothes and then we found my childhood toe shoes.  She tried them on!  I was in fifth grade when I wore these and PC is small, but a third grader.  I was really a shrimp child and then in eighth grade I grew to my current size.  Funny!
We had chili and other stuff on Halloween night.  It was fun! Four of the grands had just performed in three nights of Newsies, so they were tired!
Here's Grampy watching Bigfoot videos with the boys!  Look at Noah's face!
And NOW . . . a Jolly update!  Go to Mags blog and read what he's been up to.  He now wears a kilt thanks to Annie!  He IS growing weary and Mags is giving him the freedom to go at his own pace.  His package of wife candidates is growing and we really think he's quite overwhelmed. We'll see what happens when he arrives stateside before Christmas!

Thank you ever so much for following Jolly's journey.  I am in awe of the hostesses because they all went above and beyond what little old me could ever have dreamed of!  Thank you to each and every one of them.  Such friends. 

And YOU are such a friend for reading my blog. Thank you!  Happy thankful month!  I am itchy for Christmas and I will decorate for it before Thanksgiving - I just know I will!

HEAPS of love to you!  YOU are just one of those people - easy to love.  (BIG HUG!)

Thursday, October 14, 2021

A Sweet Day

 If you've never watched Stitched by Mrs. D on YouTube, you might want to! She is a maker from Norfolk England and right now she's posting a video almost every day (Vlogtober they call it).  Anyway, last year when she did daily Christmas posts during December she showed this cute jam Advent calendar so I ordered one this year.  Each day in December you open a new little jam.  Isn't it cute?  I love Advent and I'm already excited about it!  
Our weather is going to get cold tonight so I harvested tiny zucchinis today.  I'm sad that my zinnias may be completely withered in the morning. Oh well.  Fall and crisp weather are lovely.  The yellow trees are incredible this year. 
Here is the last of the rhubarb!  I added strawberries and I ate it for breakfast the day I baked it.  Thankfully, Bill ate the rest.  He loves rhubarb now!  Yahoo!  A convert!
One of my good friends and I were texting back and forth about the Eloise Wilkin books.  I gathered mine (on the ironing board) and sent her this picture.  I realized I didn't have We Help Mommy and We Help Daddy (I'm sure our children wore them out) so I ordered them.  My friend Kristi ordered We Help Mommy.  I tried to read We Help Daddy to the two and three year olds yesterday at Bible study, but they were distracted and basically not interested😂.  We decided that we love the houses, the rooms, in the stories and we'd like our houses to look exactly like Mrs. Wilkin's  illustrations.  What do you think?  I remember enjoying the pages just as much as my copies of Country Living when I read them to our kids. 
It's cozy around here this morning.  I made a coffee cake.  Right now Timothy is downstairs on the spare bed, sleeping on top of a big pile of comforters and quilts.  The heat is on so he'll stay down there under the ceiling vent. He'll sleep there for hours.  I would like to stay home all day.  I'll go for a walk and listen to Coming Home by Rosamunde Pilcher.  I'm just about finished (I've read it several times).  I resisted Audible for the longest time, but I am enjoying it so much.  Yay!
I'm making a red sock.  I am knitting so many things.  I love knitting so many things☺️at once. 
I just might move some furniture around today.  We moved our bed from under the window to beside the window.  I get to sleep near the window and I LOVE cold air coming in and I love seeing the moon.  Anyway, I must shift my night table/cabinet now.  It's going in the living room, so our old scruffy wing chairs will probably be relocated.  Isn't that always the way?  In order to move one thing, another thing must be moved and then all the floors must be swept and mopped, and this takes lots of time and that's when I want to take a nap.
When I don't know what to do first, I iron.  That's what I'm going to do now.  Bye bye, sweet reader!
Oh!  Jolly landed in Ireland.  He's going to take it slow there.  You may not hear of his doings for a while, but rest assured . . . he's in the hands of wonderful Mags.  She's got to be one of the friendliest people on planet Earth.  Remember how it took me about two years to launch the Jolly Postman?  Yeah, so he is not on a time schedule at all.  Wouldn't it be great to travel around knowing that if you wanted to pause your trip, you could?  Jolly told me that he wanted to stay longer at each stop.  I wonder if he's still texting Annie in Scotland.  He really likes her. ❤️
I am going to read We Help Mommy and We Help Daddy before I go to the ironing board.  When Bill leaves for his lunch meeting, I am going to sing from my hymn book.  Then I want to open my Bible and pray prayers from the Psalms. I'm going to have a sweet day.  I hope you do, too.  (BIG HUG!)


Saturday, September 25, 2021

Birthday Fun, Family Fun, and Jolly Fun!

Hello Everyone! Whoa!  I can barely keep up with Jolly's trip!  All of the hostesses have kept him very busy and now he is off to Ireland!  I'll link Anne's posts below!
Today is my birthday!  That little girl picture is me in kindergarten!  My bangs were very short, huh?  So funny!
Finn is in the bagpipe band now, too!  That's FINN and Brad in their kilts.
I made a poncho and socks!
Lizzy and Noah had their birthdays!
My birthday friend (we share a birthday) had a gluten-free pancake at a yummy breakfast place. I went to a lovely dinner with my friend Sondra.  We met Brad for birthday lunch. They gave me the fun Tilda book and those darling little paper dolls!
My sister gave me a very fuzzy blanket that Tim loves!  Ha!
I've had a busy and fun week and there is more fun to be had today and tomorrow!  Woo hoo!
I hope you are very well and that you are enjoying Jolly's journey!
Happy fall!  xoxoxo
Links to Jolly's wife hunt:

Wednesday, September 8, 2021

Flowers, Knitting, and Jolly's Journey

Hi friends!  Jolly has hopped from England to Scotland!  I must catch you up on his dates while visiting Angela!
I can hardly keep up with Jolly because his hostesses are all so efficient and helpful!  I'm so grateful that he is being treated so well!  I'm not sure if I told you that one lucky hostess is going to choose his wife!  Wow!  That's not going to be easy, is it?  So exciting!
The flowers in the garden are waning, but the zinnias continue to show off.  The sunflowers are varied and plentiful.  It's just starting to look tangled, so a long morning clean up is in order.
I finished knitting a cowl!  Do you like it?
The stripes are a cardigan, so soft, but WOOL!
My friend and I went to The Cheese Emporium for her birthday.  Remember this lovely little shop in Longmont?  I bought a fan for a friend and some tea towels.
What have you been up to? 
Thank you for popping by!  I so appreciate your time!  Love love love!