Tuesday, September 7, 2021

And Just Like That...

Summer turns into fall.

The wild asters are in bloom. 

It seems that it was a quick change 
The humid weather cleared out and the cool crisp air is
in place, my favorite kind of weather. If we could only have months and months of it.

The colors are starting to show on the trees and this 
stump had so many different colors of gray I had to take a picture.

The nights have been cool, it has been nice to sit
around the camp fire in the evening chatting. My brother has been here and is getting ready to go back to Mississippi. His area missed the hurricane but he was happy he miss the rain. 

 



Since the nice weather has come in and my brother is here, I 
spoiled him a bit with blueberry pie...

Home made rolls and beef stew tonight. 
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I am getting ready to go to Star Island for a rug hooking retreat.
I am trying to get everything together it is a lot to remember.
But it will be so great to get back with friends and I will miss those who decided not to go. I will show more pictures of star and my new project in the next post. 
Have a wonderful safe week.


 

Saturday, August 28, 2021

Sigh.....

We have been hot and humid but fall is showing some of her colors.
The leaves are fading and you see hints of color coming.

My gardens are getting a bit ragged. But the naked lady lilies I got from a friend came up ! A wonderful surprise this time of year. Now I am on the hunt for more!


 

My poor veggies didn't do well this year we had so much rain in July. But I have made 2 batches of sauce and have frozen some tomatoes. We are eating zucchini daily and this weekend, now that it is cooler, I will make some zucchini bread to stock the freezer for this winter.

The last concert on the common was this past Wed. We have seen the change in the light. It seems so gradual and then all of a sudden the days are shorter!

My sweet B got another trail ride in before school. I was not able to go but her grandfather did (Pepe)! The young guy taking them on the ride said "I have a horse that doesn't want to behave who wants him?" B's hand shot up and she said "I will take him" Bold,coming from a rank beginner! It makes me so proud of her that is confidence! She starts riding lessons in Sept. Oh and by the way she did handle him!
I have been hearing rumblings on line about price increases on linen or having a hard time even getting it for rug hooking. So I took my Christmas gift certificate and headed to Dorr Mill. Well the prices are going up. I spent double my gift certificate and I don't feel I got all that much!




Magnolia magazine this month had this woman and she talks about her decision to walk every day no matter the weather. I walk a lot but I am a fair weather walker, my goal is to walk every day. I think it is good for the nerves. And my nerves need lots of help lately.
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The news breaks my heart and really takes my breath away. The sadness is over whelming.
 Then the storm coming into the gulf...My brother lives there but he is here right now for a visit.
I got news my dear sweet 97 year old aunt has covid. I am beyond sad she is vaccinated, I hope that makes all the difference. But she has become fail in the past few months. All I can do is pray. To live a good life for that long and to have covid be the last straw just does not seem right. 
There just seems so much to pray for lately. I have many blessings. I almost feel guilty about those blessings when I hear the news. 
sigh....
Have a wonderful week, always counting your blessings. 

Tuesday, August 17, 2021

Blessings

My Three Loves
My best friend on the far right, my daughter in the middle and my sweet B! 
My friend and her husband have been our friends for many years. Since my daughter was young. Lots of vacations together many laughs and wonderful Christmas Eves. And the fact that it carries on to my Grand is just one more blessing.

I was invited to the beach by my best friend for a late
birthday celebration, just she and I (She has a beautiful beach house in Maine). But they surprised me by having a girls weekend with my daughter and Sweet B.

My heart swelled to bursting. I am so blessed and it is so hard to put into words. It is not the presents or the cake (I had both) It is the time with them. Just us laughing and swimming, playing games, sitting on the beach and eating great food.


And watching the sunset from the top deck with Sweet B.
My daughter and friend got up for sunrise I slept through it. 
We had yummy cocktails and toasted to make this a yearly event. 
Blessings I have many.
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Have a wonderful week filled with blessings.
 







Wednesday, August 11, 2021

August Is That You??

My tomatoes are finally getting ripe, what didn't rot on the vine that 
is. And it is hot!!! We had a hot June and then a very rainy and cold July. Well August has come roaring back! we are suppose to get very close to 100 for the next couple of days which is rare for us, and very humid. The good news is fall is around the corner.

 
Sweet B went to robotics camp and my daughter has some free time we met for a short hike and she bought me lunch.
We do not get much time that is just us so it was a very rare treat. One I loved!!
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My good deed of the week was last Sat coming home from work I saw a large bear cross in front of me about 1/8th of a mile away. I get to where she crossed and on the far left out pop two little heads! It was just below a hill that is kind of a busy road. I stopped and put my flashers on. I thought I will get out and walk to the top of the hill 
to stop any traffic and then I looked to my right and there sat mother bear. Well she would have no idea what I was doing and I sure could not out run her so I sat in the car and prayed. They took their sweet time crossing and they had just got over the yellow line to my side of the road and down comes a motorcycle. He slows down when he sees my flashers and looks around and spotted the babies. He had the biggest grin gave me a thumbs up and went on his way. 
Baby bears are just the sweetest. And I didn't think to film it until I got home! I was so worried they would get run over.
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Have a great week!

Wednesday, August 4, 2021

Old Enough To Know Better Now

We had a little visitor one morning. We did not see mom. The first bear we have seen in a couple of years. He was headed next door to the berry patch, glad I got there first.

On my daily walk I saw a very tiny orange newt. 

Followed by this, yikes!!! I sense a theme
July was very cold and rainy and so far August seems to be just beautiful! Not the warm air of August but the cool dry air of fall.


For my birthday we went to King Arthur Flour in Vermont for lunch and a little shopping. 
and on the way home we found this garden.

It is a Japanese garden tucked in truly the middle of now where, off a dirt road in a very very small town.

While I know nothing of the symbolism of the gardens I know they are just beautiful and I appreciate the work.

And time that goes into it. 

Some of these trees have to be very old.

Lots of care and pruning.

The Granite in this garden was old and thick.
Just peaceful and lovely and wonderful find.
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Today is my birthday I am officially older than dirt! We had a quick dinner out and then went to the concert on the common. Well it was the Beatles!! So fun and reminded us of younger days.
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I hate to discuss Covid yet again but the numbers around here are going up. No where near what the rest of the country is but still up. 
I hear whispers of canceling rug hooking gatherings uggg. 
I have an immune compromised husband so we have to be careful but because other people can not be careful my life has to stop too. Very frustrating and now I am off my soapbox.

I will end with a free pattern by Linsay Bowles.
Please if you use this give her credit for her art work.
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Cathy

Tuesday, July 27, 2021

The Good Old Summer Time

In spite of the rain my gardens are doing pretty well.
We have had so many hazy days from the smoke out west.
It always amazes me just how much it dims our sun when we do have sun.


On the dryer days I have gardened a lot!!
The weeds got a very big head start on me so I worked hours the past couple of days and yes I found a buddy!! A great buddy for the gardens good bug eater and no snakes ick I hate them!!

The past couple of Weds we have gone to concerts on the common.
Always nice on a summer night to listen to a live band. This band played all 60s. 



My zucchini is starting to come in, good thing as I am not sure about my tomatoes this year, I don't think we have had enough sun for them to ripen. 
This is baked stuffed zucchini sooo good and husband likes it too.

I also made zucchini muffins, I threw a handful of blueberries in.
Very good and perfect with your morning coffee.


I got an early birthday gift from my sweet B (granddaughter). She felt I needed a place for my glasses at night. His name is ziggy and I promise to take very good care of him. 

Ok around these parts we call this a clicker aka a flame thrower. 
Well I have no idea if it is me or the child proof thing has gone completely over the top, but I now cannot light it with one hand!
and if I have anything even remotely slippery on my hand it is a impossible! I am going back to the old fashion wooden matches I have had enough.

I saw this and thought of the last post and just how loud then are. 
Have a wonderful week!

Tuesday, July 20, 2021

Something To Caw About

We have been so wet that the mushrooms/toadstools are everywhere.
These pictures are just from my walk.

I have no idea what is poison and what is not.

So I will leave that to the experts.

But some of them are sure pretty.

My neighbor called and wanted to know if I wanted to pick some raspberries. That would be yes I would! 

The big draw back was it was on a steep hill but we managed to get, I think about 5 1/2 to 6 quarts. The rain has molded so many right on the stems so sad but nothing you could do about it. 
She said she had all she wanted so we could pick until our hearts content. I swear I ate a pint while I was picking they were so sweet and soft. I put them on a cookie sheet to freeze individually so they are easier to measure when we want them.( I will transfer them to qt bags after they freeze)


while my tomatoes are still green the flowers look ok. 
Daylilies.

are tough they keep going in all weather.

And yes my sticks, formally a beautiful hosta. (Deer grrr) But as you can see it is getting ready to bloom anyway! Love that!

I taught 4 new hookers last weekend and everyone of then thinks they will continue. I do know that at least 2 of them will for sure. It was fun but the light was horrid. 

I have been going through cookbooks to decide if I really need 2 cupboards full of them. 

And I did get to bake my famous almond tea cake. I have never had anyone not like it. It is my BFF's favorite.

Last Friday I was walking to the end of our road (dead end) and all of a sudden I think about 5 crows swooped and and were yelling with all their voice.  

Then I see this hawk come out of the trees after one of the crows. Well the others were not having it and they harassed  him until he gave up. I then see him in the tree all the crows are in the trees all around him just making all the noise they could to warn the other birds he was there. He finally gave up and few away. They became so quiet. Those crows are something and so interesting to watch and hear.

I am reading another Louise Penny and really enjoying it.
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Today for once it didn't rain but it was so hazy from the forest fires out west. It makes my heart ache to think about it. I will try not to complain about the rain I know they need it so badly.
Have a wonderful week everyone.