Monday, June 18, 2018

Little Dogs Camping

Not my picture, Sarah's.  Three grand dogs camping.  At Elkmont, in the Smokies.

This time of year, the synchronized fireflies put on their show and the campground is filled to capacity.  There was one cancellation, this campsite, one night.  Perfect for them.

I'm glad it wasn't this week, which is a hot week.  Humid.  Take your breath away hot and humid.  Not weather for little dogs.

If you're in the grocery check-out lane, take a look at the new Country Living.  There is the BEST picture of small RV camping on the cover.  Apparently it glows in the dark, but I haven't tried that yet.

Thursday, June 7, 2018


One of the couples at church was celebrating their 50th anniversary and shared red and cream roses from their bouquets.  What a lovely gesture!

I just finished covering three outdoor porch cushions, two chairs, one love seat.  I'd procrastinated, remembering it as a bigger job than it was.  There is a lesson in there, and it's one that never sticks with me.

I'll be working on Friday and Saturday and I'm looking forward to that.  Every now and then it's nice to get dressed and out into the work world.  To smile at people and help them find what they need.

I've moved a sewing machine into the dining room for smaller projects that I can do where it's cool.  Along with a small combo cutting and ironing mat and a little iron.  In the summer, it's hot upstairs in my cape cod house.  My laptop has also come downstairs.

I'm hoping that this new summer set-up will inspire me to start on some baby quilts.  I have fabric and a plan.  I just need to sit down and sew.


Saturday, June 2, 2018

Too Much Sun

I got way too much sun at the ball field this afternoon, even though I wasn't there all that long.  It's always been that way . . . for someone who doesn't really tan, I feel the affects.

The little guy close to the wagon is an Aaron look-alike.  Same color hair.  Same build.  Same height.  I always have to look twice.  Aaron is at the fence.

I meant to go on to Nora's game, but I let myself be talked out of it.  Things weren't going well at the tournament this afternoon and it was way out, distance wise.  And there would be more sun.

And so, I am back home. Wondering about dinner.  Suddenly hearing brief summer rain on the porch awning, I didn't expect that.

I could try on the new bathing suit that was delivered while I was out, but I won't yet.  I am happy for a new suit, but it's a necessary thing, not a joyful thing.  Now if it were new pajamas, I'd put them on and keep them on.

Tuesday, May 29, 2018


I read Joanne's mention about chairs with different legs on the front than on the back.

I actually had to look at my chair to make sure this was true, although this chair has lived with me for many years.  I don't always see what's right in front of me, call that scoring intuitive on the Myers-Briggs.

This chair belonged to my father-in-law and he enjoyed it.  My mother-in-law, not so much.  When the upholstery would wear out, she would be dreaming of a new chair but he would take it to be recovered.  Family story.

For me, I enjoy this chair.  It's big and roomy, and I like the floral upholstery I chose years ago, even though that's not currently in style.  A new sofa may be in my future, but the chair stays. 

Monday, May 28, 2018

Happy Memorial Day, Everyone

Happy Memorial Day, everyone.  I hope you have good weather and a safe and happy day.

I decided to cook today for my daughter's family since she didn't get home from Nora's softball tournament until after midnight Saturday night, then there was another game on Sunday.  I'm not sure yet what I'll be cooking (or maybe picking up.)  

I went for one game on Saturday, sat under a shady tree and could still see most of the action.  Then I went to Aaron's game in a different location.  His game had already started and there were no parking spaces.  I was offered overflow parking with a shuttle but I decided to leave.  About ten minutes later I saw lightning and soon the rain started.  The game was called, and I was glad I made the choice I did.

Who knew?  I had an Amazon order coming today and decided to check the tracking.  Up popped a map of my neighborhood with a red dot where my house is and a green dot where the delivery van was.  Five stops away.  Just so happened that I looked at just the right time.  I didn't know this was a thing.

High of 91 degrees today.  Summer is here.

Thursday, May 24, 2018


Just look at all these penguins. 

Joanne sent this quilt top from Maine for our baby quilt group.  And no one can look at this baby quilt without smiling.

Yesterday morning early I worked in my front yard beds, which is actually most of my small front yard.  There is so much weeding to do, but just a little made a big difference.  And the lawn mowing guys came yesterday.  Yes, I decided this year to have someone mow my grass.  And it's actually a relief.  

No plans for the weekend, other than some grand kid ball games.  Maybe I'll do a bit of cooking, which hasn't happened much lately.  For the church potluck last week I stopped at the bakery and got a pie and a container of cookies.  Not my usual.  But, the kids loved those little cookies, so I may do that again.

I'm finding that my taste is changing.  Things that I used to enjoy don't interest me now.  Does that happen to everyone?  What I'm really loving now is mac and cheese with a thin white sauce.   

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

New Voting Sticker

There was one thing for me to vote for, so I voted for that one thing.  In and out in maybe three minutes, including chit chat and choosing a new voting sticker instead of the older flag sticker.  

The red dot background is my favorite sheets.  Thanks, Sarah and Winnie.

This morning I started weeding my front yard beds, but before long it started to rain.  This year I have given up and have a new little footstool with green dots (see the dot theme?) that I can sit on instead of kneeling on the ground.

The ground is soaked, just soaked, and the weeds come out so easily, even the wild onions.  Perhaps this evening I can go back out.