Monday, May 17, 2021

Censored!

I had a post deleted and then reinstated. 
It was a post about big rugs! They sent one email, said they had deleted the post because it did not fit their standards...
Then I get another one the next day reinstating it. They reconsidered.  Good thing I didn't read my email for a couple of days because I would have been more than mad! It is a crazy world!
Now I wonder if someone complained or they were looking around and saw the title?

On to other things.... I am getting the yard all planted and pretty for the summer. This is on a stump of a group of large trees we had taken down a few years ago.


My sweet woodwdruff is finally looking good it took a few years to take. I am battling the bugs trying to get things in the ground but it will be worth it after. 

Today I met up with a couple of  sweet friends, then and we headed for Camp wool in Kennebunk Maine. She is getting ready to close and move further up the coast. I treated myself to some wool as you can see. I have two larger rugs ahead of me. I have not been hooking much with the gardening I am beat at the end of the day. 

I will leave you with this from Erma Boombeck. 
There is a lot of truth in this.
Have a wonderful week!

Sunday, May 9, 2021

Busy Beaver

Daisy is almost done with the binding.

A friend and I went for a hike today. It is a new place for us.
This pond almost lake is thanks to some busy beavers!

 
Crazy smart engineering! 

It wasn't a long or hard hike but perfect for us today. 

With a bit of a view. 

This tree that was still standing had a hole completely through it!
It looks like it has been that way for some time. 
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Husband and his brother had a booth to sell their wares this weekend.
It was a big crowd and ready to buy so they did well.
It was nice having them here with us for the weekend and of course we ate very well. 
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I am going to take tomorrow to try and get some flowers in and the few veggies we do. But sadly the black flies are here so I am not sure how long I will be able to stand it.
HAVE A GREAT WEEK!

Sunday, May 2, 2021

perspective

We had some wonderful time with Sweet B. I took her and pepe to the hike my friend and I did the week before and they loved it. 
She is growing like a weed!!


We gathered some acorns and bits, voila!!
We have acorn people!

She thought up the people, I ran the hot glue gun. She was thrilled, so was I.

We even made a little acorn dog! Her mom tried to do some with her and she said "It's ok Mom I can craft with Gramie you are good at other things." lol.

Then she wanted to try hooking. 
the hooking you see is mine, I had her try it on the project I was working on.

For the first time with a hook in her hand I thought she did great!

As you can see I am almost done with Daisy. I am going to try and finish up the couple of stair risers I have left to make before I start my new big rug.

Taking B home on the other side of the mountains. It almost doesn't look real but that is Mt Washington,  it was still getting snow this past week. 

I read,but I go in spurts, I will read a lot and then I will not read for a couple of months. I love this author she is a lot like Agatha Christie.
At the end Inspector Gamache solves a case in a very tucked away  resort. It sits in the woods on a beautiful lake and he says. "Is this place heaven or is this hell?" To Gamache it is heaven, but to his right hand man it is pure hell. He hated the bugs and how far out it was he couldn't wait to get back to the city. 
 

So I started thinking about this house, our home. 
When we first moved here the house was still in construction phase. I moved away from my family and friends. I didn't know a soul. I cried when I filled out the emergency form for my daughter's school I had no one other than us to ask to be a contact. I was lonely. Then the first thunder storm we had the house got hit! If someone had said here is $10.00 for the house, I would have packed my underwear and headed back to Maine.

But now all these years later it is pure heaven for me. When we go back to see family I am over whelmed with the traffic and the people. When Covid hit I was even more thankful than ever, this place truly hugged us and kept us safe. We have been asked several times lately if we are interested in selling . The real estate market is red hot here,  No one has ever seen it like it is now. We are about 2 hours from the heart of Boston but worlds away in lifestyle and they all want it and I don't blame them.

Heaven and hell is all about prospective. 
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Have a wonderful week in your own personal heaven.  

Sunday, April 25, 2021

I Was Feeling All Superior When...

The May flowers are in bloom a bit early. They smell heavenly.
When I was little we use to pick them on May 1st put them in a little colored plastic basket and put it on the door knob of a neighbor and knock and run! I remember just waiting for our knock because sometimes there was candy in that basket too.

Last post I was telling you about my new hiking boots. Well my friend and I headed out to the 7 waterfalls. It was a clear beautiful morning just glorious!

It is on the property of the castle in the clouds (which I have posted about lots of times) an easy hike and more special with a friend.



I will spare you from having to look at all 7 but trust me it was beautiful! And my boots were great. I did have my old ones in my backpack but there was no need for them.


We have had every type of weather this week snow, below freezing temps with high winds, sunny and warm and in spite of it all the trees are budding and the tulips are blooming! This tree was decorated with yellow finches just waiting for me to fill the feeder.

Every work morning I work I drive by a Dunkin' Donuts and see a line of cars just waiting to get that cup of coffee. I have been brewing a pot every morning for years and taking a couple of cups in a thermos (that was given to us) to work. And every morning I say as I drive past "How crazy is that? A complete waste of money!" I was feeling very superior about it all and then..
I ordered a rug hooking pattern that would keep me in Dunkin Donuts coffee for a few months sigh.. that will teach me.
Like my husband says "It's all about what something is worth to you."
 
More on my new pattern later. I am working on Daisy. I had to pull all my flowers out, I hooked them in pink and it just did not stand out from my background so white it is!

I have told you before about Tubi a streaming station that is free.
They have some wonderful older movies. This week I watched the Ya-Ya Sisterhood. I also found Dark Shadows a creepy soap that was around when I was a kid, my mother did not let me watch it so I would go to a friends house everyday after school, her mother would let us watch it lol. 
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This is school vacation week for Sweet B and my daughter, they decided to take her to Boston for an overnight and to the aquarium.
When they told her she said "Great I want to see Paul Revere's house!" Love that kid to the moon. But the best part is she is coming for an over night!! So excited!
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Have a healthy happy week





Sunday, April 18, 2021

April Snow

We are in a drought and need rain but our rain came in the form of snow. Pretty and it was melted by night, but I am ready to move on from snow at this time of year.

I am ready for dandelions to weave into crowns with Sweet B.
We spent the most of last weekend uncovering gardens and raking so we are ready!

I have worked on my rug. It is a quick hook, I am working on the last of the flag and the mane, then some background.


Usually we have projects every one of my days off to 
accomplish but today we decided to just do nothing. I did do laundry and change our bed, took a walk ,but other than that I didn't do much.

Tomorrow I am going on a much needed hike with my BFF.
 I got the compass out that my daughter got me for Christmas! Um directions galore yikes!


And I have new hiking boots that I haven't worn yet.
So for tonight no slippers just boots. I will put my old boots in my backpack in case I have any issues with these.
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Have a healthy and happy week.

Sunday, April 11, 2021

10,000 Steps

Unusually warm weather and the gardens are waking up.
Ice out was declared on Squam Lake this week, a few weeks early.
Since we had a mild winter and not much rain this spring we are in a drought all ready this year. 

My father-in-law's chives. He has been gone many years now but we continue to grown his chives.



I know this is a bad picture but this is why I do not clean up gardens before winter. The little birds snacked on the cone flower seeds all winter. 

I had some nervous energy so I washed windows and curtains today.
The house just seems fresher somehow.

I did finish the rug I was working on,just ok. the selvage is so large I will not bind it until I hook a stair riser on it.

I started another rug on monks cloth. I use to use monks cloth all the time and liked it, not sure why I changed as I am enjoying working on it again. 

I want to thank you for the prayers, thoughts, and emails.
Husband is home, his poor battered body, he has had much sickness in his life and this was scary, but he came out of it pretty good. 
We are both trying to take it one day at a time. 
I have started back walking, the stress was doing me in.
Today was the first day my phone beeped to tell me I reached 10,000
steps. So the journey of a thousand miles starts with the first step. I pray this is the first step to may more miles with him. We have been together since we were teens. 
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Wishing you great health and peace.

Thursday, April 8, 2021

Life

We were able to get Easter in between hospital stays for husband.
So if you have an extra prayer he could use it. 
(It is not covid)