Saturday, July 21, 2012

Old Bones

We have been getting storms every evening for about a week now. Sometimes, twice a day! It has helped the temperatures and my plants! My River Birch seems to be standing taller and has a perky look to it! My water guzzling mints are taller and fuller. All the birdhouses are empty now. Baby birds have flown on. I still hear a few cheeps and peeps from one of our larger trees but even with my zoom, I can't find the nest. Several missed photo opportunities lately were an owl flying over low one evening after being scared by some fireworks and a young Peregrine Falcon that stopped to rest for only a moment in one of our trees. I hate missing shots like these!

Problem. We replaced the blinds in our bedroom. We bought a different brand and then I put up some sheers over them. Sounds pretty and easy enough. But now the bedroom has that Winter light all the time. The kind of grayish white light when there is snow on the ground and the skies have that cold gray look. I see a bedroom makeover in the future and I know just what I want to do! I can already see DH rolling his eyes! lol.

While we were on a clean out and downsize roll, a corner in our bedroom became available. I quickly claimed it as mine and am now shopping around for a stitching chair to put there. My own little get-a-way corner! It will be perfect for this Winter too since I won't have to drag my quilts into another room for cuddling up. Cross your fingers for me to find the perfect chair soon!

I haven't really decided on my next new start. I have plenty to choose from but after seeing a seeing a sneak peak of Heartstring Samplery's upcoming new releases, I am holding off a bit and waiting for several of them!

Ok, I know I'm getting older. My kids laugh at my out of date phrases like "Cool. Totally Awesome. Bummer." and more. Then they turn around, hold out their fingers in a V sign and say "Peace out". lol. Uhhhhh duh! lol.

The other day I ran up to the corner convenience store to grab several items. It's a local store and you often see the same people over and over up there. I was walking to the door and a younger man ahead of me opened the door. He stood there holding it open for several seconds while waiting for my old bones to get there (I guess I could have picked up my step and walked a little faster for him).

When I walked through the door, I looked at him, smiled and said thank you very much. His reaction totally floored me! He tipped his baseball cap to me, smiled and politely said "no problem, mam." Mam! He called me Mam! OMG! I told DH about it and he laughed all the way home. This is the kind of thing I used to do for people I thought were over the hill! Of course I still do it but not because of that dang age ridden hill anymore! Since then, it seems like I have noticed a lot of similar things happening! *oy vey!*

Thanks for stopping by! I always enjoy your visits and comments!

Monday, July 16, 2012

Good Morning!

It has been a busy few weeks around here. DH took some time off and we decided to spent it on the house this time instead of a trip. We did a few more repairs and replaced alot of old worn out things around the place. We still have alot more left to keep us busy over the rest of the summer! Putting things on the back burner just makes for a big to do list later down the road! Whew!

I was able to finally finish up Gentle Stitches by Shakespeare Peddler. With DH being home for almost a month, I didn't get much stitching done so it ended up taking me longer than I had planned! But now I can find my next new start!

Have you been to Pinterest? I heard about it and mozied on over out of curiosity and the next thing I knew I was signed up and making my own page! Yikes! Like I really needed something else! But it is fun and very interesting! You can go to my page via the button in my sidebar on the right.

Not much news this time around but I did want to drop in to say hi. I hope everyone is having a lovely summer and the heat isn't too bad where you are! Until next time...! Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, July 03, 2012

Summertime (lots of pictures)

I love our yard! It's not super special and will certainly never be on the cover of a gardening magazine but it is my own little piece of heaven right outside my back door! Oh yeah, I get tired of pulling weeds and doing the chores involved with it. That's not my thing but I love going out back, sitting in my chair and just taking it all in. The activity, the little surprises hidden for me to find, the wonder of all that God has created and set out for me to enjoy.

My potted garden on the deck. I love growing mints especially. Any and all kinds of mints or unusual herbs.

The bees enjoying a morning romp in my Virginia Rose bush that will soon get luscious red rose hips on it this Fall.

The Japanese Red Maple we planted years ago has grown tall and strong providing shade and shelter. The first signs of peeling bark on our young River Birch tree.

The little island I began years ago with small trees and bushes that provide berries for the birds has grown up and become a haven of delight for them.

Watching the birds check out the birdhouses for a suitable place to raise a family never ceases to excite me. My most recent family of Blue Birds just left the nest. I always miss them but look forward to a new family moving in.

Time for some pool side fun! An early preview of Autumn colors yet to come.

An old abandoned bird feeder that is now a resting place and offers temporary shelter for my feathered visitors.

No matter what season it is or what the weather is like

I know our yard provide food, shelter and comfort for all my little visitors. It always has something for me to enjoy. Something new for me to discover. Something for me to be amazed at and be thankful for. Whether it be a new family of birds, a pile of dead branches that will provide shelter on a cold day or the sounds of Nature filling each corner of the yard I feel blessed.

Thanks for stopping by and letting me share our yard with you! Until next time, may you have simple days and an uncluttered heart.