Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Cuddle Bug and Journals

Have you had a good nap lately?  Tim will show you how it's done.  Thank you for bearing with all my adorable kitty photos!  ๐Ÿ™‚

 Can you believe how pink this zinnia is?
 The zucchini leaves are ready for fall. 

Look at my pretty mama.  She went to her 70th high school class reunion yesterday.  

I'm not sure if I showed you my Jane Austen festival journal.  I'm going to keep writing in it, adding prints and drawings and thoughts about the books and films.

 I get on plant eating kicks and I'm on one now.  Plants are filling and make us strong, right?

My bag'o wildflower seeds keeps producing.  So pretty!

When Jeff moved out of the house quite a few years ago, he left this fancy gadget ๐Ÿ˜„!  Fresh squeezed orange juice tasted like sunshine this morning. 
 I went out to pick squash this morning and found one monster zuc.  How did that happen?  Zucchini bread/cupcakes/something coming right up.
 Little Plum Cake went to her first day of preschool today!

I thought this photo my sister took was so cute!  She and her hubby bought shoes in the color of the university we love.  WSU COUGS!  I love it!

My friend Marcie from The Quiet Country House and I are beginning nature journals on the first day of fall.  If you'd like to join in pop over to Marcie's blog.  I made my journal yesterday.  I am going to divide my pages into squares so I can draw little pictures (and because a page for every day would be unrealistic for me).  I put a pocket in for leaves. 

 I've been reading Thoreau's essay titled "Walking" for inspiration.  

Time for tea.  I'll turn the kettle on.  One lump or two?

(prints from my tea Pinterest board)

Friday, August 25, 2017

Freda Friendly

 School is in full swing and even before I became a language arts teacher (when I was 45 - gulp) I have always thought that school buses were a thing of beauty.  Do you?  They represent so much: learning, youth, communities, families, and most of all children.  Yes, let's keep praying for the children in our cities and towns. 

Miss Plum Cake made PINK play dough.  Green for James.  Pink for Liz. 
 We went to a different McDonald's for lunch and we saw (shocker) DIFFERENT people!  I noticed such a variance in ages.  One elderly gentleman looked sweaty like he'd taken a long walk.  He sat down and thoroughly savored a vanilla ice cream cone.  There were young office workers eating burgers.  Families.  It felt good to be in the middle of all that.  

I jazzed up a Walmart scarecrow (6 dollars) and I think she looks VERY scary.  No.  She looks very happy, doesn't she? My mom called her scarecrow Fred Friendly, so this is Freda Friendly. 

 Sam became a Brownie last night!  So cute! 
 We stopped for Mexican food before the bridging ceremony (you go over a little bridge to transform from a Daisy Girl into a Brownie) and our food took so long to come that we pretty much had to put it right into the take away containers.  I scraped the innards out of my veggie chimichanga and made it into an omelette this morning.  How very veggie of me. 
 I found a photo of a VERY green zinnia from days gone by.
 A similar shape made by either my granny or my mother in law!
Peppers!  So good and so good for you.  Do you eat them?
 I wrote this on a log in the woods in SW Washington a few years ago.  I liked finding this photo.
Good news!  I have an appointment at the Apple store to see if I can get my battery serviced or replaced in my phone.  I like my phone.  I don't want a new one.  I hope it works. 
We have James and Noah coming in the morning and Kelli's girls coming in the afternoon tomorrow.  Cook out!  Burgers!  More hot weather.

Oh, by the way, I was thinking about what I have TOO much of and it made me wonder what YOU have too much of.  I have too many shoes, too many books, too much art stuff, and maybe too many dishes.  How about you?
Thank you for stopping in for a visit.

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Garden Riot and a Lazy Cat

 It's finally that time when the flowers go crazy!  There are a few dirt spaces in the front garden, but isn't it interesting how the blooms are heaving out of the beds?

Tim has already started hibernating.  It's a little too soon, Tim. 
 Today my knitting (a sock) matches my blouse. 
 We moved out of the little house below (too hot) and some other somebodies moved in (beetles). 
 Round #2 of California poppies!  
 Morning glories, poppies, and pansies find their way into empty space.
 I WILL remember to share seeds with someone else next spring.  Squash. Squash. Squash. 
 One of the wildflower seed bags produced a favorite - Shirley POPPIES!  Woo hoo!
 A little more rain, please.  The nasturtiums were late to the garden party. 
 Everyone loves the zinnia!  She's so proud and tall! 

All the marigolds volunteered.  

 A little Tim place marker inserted here. 

 Can any of you garden girls tell me if it's okay to cut zucchini leaves?  Seriously, they invade. 
 This is my neighbor's lovely sea lavender. 
 One green "Envy" zinnia popped up in the old Peter Rabbit garden.  

 I don't think I showed you the lemon bunting.

 Bill took the crooked door off of the Wendy house, so I am going to make a curtain door.  We still have toddler Noah left to enjoy the wee homey home.  

Thank you for viewing my August blooms.  Did you watch the eclipse (USA)?  One of my friends said that a news commentator on one of the main networks kind of got choked up when it occurred.  I think God's big doings in the solar system (the universe, too!) are pretty mind boggling to us little humans.  I aim to look a little closer, stop longer.  I must make a plan and start that nature journal soon.
God bless you.  Thanks for visiting again!