Saturday, July 21, 2018

July in Missouri

Our family loves the Fourth of July.
We are in love with America!

And it was also our granddaughter Gretchen's 20th birthday.
She liked the presents we sent her.
Especially the large Baggalini for carrying her
water bottle, lunch and college books to her accounting job.
She liked the antique Austrian crystals necklace and earrings 
that I made for her, too.

The Fourth of July is also my birthday, too.
Tina gave me a wonderful birthday party with our girlfriends 
Becky Ruthie and Ann at her home.
I wish I hadn't forgotten to snap photos,
except when we were leaving and saw FIVE beautiful bucks in her yard.
The best gift of all!

When Janine came home from a trip she took me shopping and out to lunch.

Caldwell's serves one mean Taco Tower.

The front door wreath had to be replaced after the baby birds left home.
This is a wreath I picked up at the thrift shop and added a few flowers.

Making fresh lemonade is a must in the summer.
Bags of lemons are such a bargain at Costco!
The lemon pitcher is an old Martha Stewart model from the thrift shop.

I took advantage of a sale at Sur La Table' to buy several
of these bakers with lids.

Perfect for individual peach pies.

Their kitty mugs were on sale too!

And of course the berries are plentiful,
so I made a mixed berry crunch in my iron skillet.

Best with French vanilla ice cream of course!

Sweet Tina shared some of her delectable garden produce.

I attended a wedding shower for our wonderful niece, Christina.

The setting was delightfully pink themed!

Our friend Scott invited us to join him at the local pub this week.
He let me sit on his motorcycle, but was wise enough not to invite me to drive it.
(I couldn't hold it up!)

I rearranged my antique mall booth.

Enjoyed a few more glorious sunsets.

And enjoyed one of our famous Midwestern thunderstorms.
This is 3 minutes long, but worth the watch if you haven't
experienced a constant lightning storm.
It came so close, but it never even rained on us.

I have run on long enough for now.
But I'm waiting to hear what you have done this July.
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Sunday, June 17, 2018

Summer is Here

The three baby birds on our front door wreath turned out to be FOUR!
In the past three weeks they have grown feathers,
started being frightened of me when I would peek at them,
and were suddenly grown and gone!
I have since removed the wreath and replaced it with another.

My friend Ann came over to make some jewelry for her 
daughter's birthday, stamped with her name.

We have had a few summer storms.
One was followed by a huge rainbow over our neighborhood.
Our house is the white one with the green roof.

I spent a day visiting my high school best friend, Sandy and her husband Denny, at their farm in the country about an hour away.  It was super fun eating at their one restaurant in town, replete with 50's decor and the best burgers ever.  It was a flashback in time visiting their general store which seems like a mixture of museum and shop, and always filled with young and old watching TV and exchanging neighborly news in the back. So crowded, so charming, and so hard to find anymore! 


       Sweetface and I spend as much time on the screened back porch as possible.  
At night we turn on the "party lights", light candles, and enjoy the soothing chorus of 
night peepers and creepers. The lightening bugs have already quietly come and gone.

Rosie still enjoys posing for the camera, even when she just woke up and her ears are a bit askew.  Callie prefers to hide out in her dark napping spots most of the day.

I hope your summer is progressing with the happiness of peaceful ordinary goodness, too.

"Life isn't a matter of milestones, but of moments."  ~ Rose Kennedy

Monday, May 28, 2018

Occupants On Our Front Door 

New Front Yard Plants

Flea Market with Friends 

My Antique Mall Booth 

and How God Says, "I Love You"


              Winter was quite tough on our boxwoods, leaving them pretty damaged.  They were ten years old and getting overgrown anyway, so I had them removed and replaced with pink Knock Out rose bushes.  I also planted some Morning Glory seeds at the lattice on the porch. I can't wait until they take off and start blooming, which takes several weeks but is worth it in the long run...stay tuned for that. I put out fresh flowers on the porch. I really like the Rosemary topiaries on either side of the front door.  (Costco!)

       But the sweetest addition to our front porch is hidden in the pink silk tulips wreath on the door.  I noticed some of the twigs were missing from the top left side of the wreath, and every time I opened the front door there was a messy twiggy spot on the doorstep. So I got a step ladder and looked, and sure enough there was a tiny nest with three fuzzy little birds inside.  Mother bird had worked hard at redesigning my wreath into her new home, and I didn't mind a bit.  The wreath will be ruined by the time the babies fly away, but this would be its last season anyway, having been around for a few years.  I will gladly share it with those precious baby birds. 

     I opened a new antique mall booth a couple of months ago just for the fun of it.  I thought it would be a fun little venture for a change of pace. Running it is a good way to get out rather than sit at my computer listing on my Ebay store, too. 

       On Memorial Day I went with three girlfriends to a flea market in the city and scored a few finds for my booth and home.  It was hotter than blazes and humid, too, but well worth reconnecting with friends who are so busy. Sometimes you just have to make the time, and this was certainly one of those times.  One friend is going through a difficult time in her life and we really wanted to love on her.  We were so glad we did it, even in the 93 degree heat.
       Shortly after getting my antique mall booth I had to find several display pieces for my items.  I walked through another antique mall and noticed a nice black metal baker's rack in someone's booth, which was not for sale.  I though having one like that would be perfect to fill out my display area and set baskets of vintage linens. But I knew that searching for one could take a long time and I might never find one quite like that.  So I just told my heavenly Father, "I sure would like a baker's rack like that, Father.  Would you please help me find one for my booth?" Then I forgot about it, knowing that one would turn up sooner or later somewhere.  

       That same night was Vendor's Night at my antique mall; a time when vendors can come in after hours to rearrange and redecorate our booths to freshen them up.  I had barely started fixing things up when a vendor from around the corner pushed that exact same kind of baker's rack up to my booth right in front of me and said, "I need to get rid of this. Would you like to buy it, cheap?"  I could hardly contain my surprise, but managed to hide my shock and reply, "Why, yes, I would!" So there, within a matter of hours my heavenly Father had provided exactly what I had requested.  Seriously, what were the chances of that happening? 

       I was delighted not so much about the item as I was about how remarkably God delights in sending us little miracles like that as unmistakable messages to say, "I love you."  He loves it when we ask, even for the most simple things, so He can show us how precious we are to Him. What a dear, dear, Father we have! Have you asked Him for anything lately? if not, I hope you do!


Saturday, May 19, 2018

A Visit to the Botanical Gardens, 

Rescuing Shelly the Turtle,

and I Made a Dress

          It was a lovely week for the most part.  My friend Tina and I spent a day at the Botanical Gardens after deciding that we should take more time to do something just for the fun of it. At first we both said, "But I feel so far behind." Then we decided, "Behind what? Are we in a race? Who are we racing with?" We decided we felt "behind" on our To-Do list. And no matter how hard we work, we decided, we have NEVER caught up with it--so why worry about that? So off we went, and we were so glad we did.  Making memories is more fun than scratching off one more item on one's To-Do list any day. The gardens were a perfect place to enjoy nature and each other.
          First we sat outside at the cafe' and had lunch. Then we walked through the park to the Japanese gardens--my favorite spot in the world for a relaxing and soothing natural environment.  I had Tina take a snapshot of me sitting in a special spot by a stream in the Japanese garden because I had taken so many photos of our daughter Erin in that spot when she was a little girl.  We always took a picnic, a blanket, and art supplies. She so loved sitting there and drawing the arched bridge across the water from that vantage point.
          Yesterday it was raining as I was rushing home from running errands when I spotted a box turtle on our street--not a safe spot for a turtle to be.  So I jumped out and grabbed him and brought him home, and released him in our back yard.  He was quite perturbed at my intrusion, but quickly headed down to the woods, which is where he was headed in the first place.  We always name our found turtles Shelly. (My husband is so witty.)
          I wanted to show you a simple knit dress I made from a pattern I made myself by just tracing a top I like and making it longer. I decided it was a waste of time to set in sleeves, so I just made them part of the front and back. No zipper needed, just make the neckline large enough to go over your head. This two piece pattern is about as easy as it gets, and is super comfortable for summer.  I think dresses are the coolest way to go in the hot, humid summer weather.  But it's hard to find a casual dress anymore, so why not just make one? It only took a couple of hours once I had the pattern made. And fitting is super simple with an A-line design. I'm thinking of setting in side pockets next time, again just adding them onto the one piece on the side seams. I think I'll make more of them this summer, trying a cotton fabric next. 
          I hope you have had a pleasant week, and that you will find something special to do this week--just for the fun of it.