Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Oh Sweet Summertime.....

  The past three days have been wonderful. Low humidity, white fluffy clouds, the temperatures are not as high either. Ted has weed whacked , trimmed ,and mowed. I have watered plants, swept , and bagged up more donations.  We ran here , there and done much more.We have accomplice a lot these last few days. I love it.
 Now , it begins !!  We are building a deck, a small one at the back door. There's a big heavy concrete step there right now. I truly love that man of mine...but dang if he doesn't jump in with both feet at times. First he was going to drill some holes and knock off the corner of this step, to set a post.
  I look a bit later and he has drilled clean across the big step....why?? So I say, STOP ! LOL  Let's think about this..Can't we just build over the step?? That step is big-heavy and not going anywhere. So that's the plan. Saved Ted a ton of work.  Some times you have to work smarter not harder. he-he
   We wrote down all the measurements and made a list for supplies. So soon there will be a deck back there. We are good at working together. I will get photos of the progress. Today we are waiting for the bug man to do their follow up treatment of the ants we had in April. Isn't waiting for serve people so much fun? Not !
  Wishing all a great day. Please hold those in need, in your prayers and thoughts.  XO




Monday, August 22, 2016

Events On Sunday....

   This is the St. Vincent's hospital in northern Indy. Ted and I went to a small birthday gathering at the hospital for his brother Cliff.
  This is Ted in between his sister Dorothy and his little(taller) brother Mic.  Seems Mic torn a tendon in his shoulder.
  There were cookie for guest.  Linda had a cupcake for Cliff to blow out a candle.  Which was a bit of therapy for Cliff, it was an effort for him. Linda is a strong woman and I think she  will need to me.  She told me Cliff's therapy was brushing his teeth and bathing, getting dress. His speech is  amazingly good, he searches for words at times. I think his right arm is going to need lots of therapy.
   This is the lobby at the hospital. Water features and plants and lots of statues .
 
  The statues are what I call flying nuns...as I do not know the name of that order of nuns.
  I think there's 5 of these among the garden area.
   This is a statue of St Vincent. It's out front.  This is a very well landscaped  entrance. We stayed about an 1 1/2 , visited with family and church friends of Cliff's. 
  The good news of the day , Cliff is going to a nursing home near where he lives . He's just thrilled to be closer to home.  My daughter Liz works at the Alzheimer's unit at this nursing home. When we visit Cliff , we can see Liz the same day. :):)
    We had cooler weather this weekend. This morning it is 55 degrees , at this time. That is nice...no AC running.  Wishing all a great new week. XO

Friday, August 19, 2016

Ho Hum....

   Yesterday was a good old ho hum day. No deadlines, no doctor or dental  appointments, and no grocery shopping. Nothing but what we wanted to do. So Ted worked in the shop and I cleaned house. (you know like I wanted to do that.)LOL
   Ted rebuilt the sunflower seed feeder for the birds. I sorted and cleaned  kitchen drawers....and actually found  the set of  keys I had spent a week  trying to find. Happy about that.
  I watered my plants, gee they are looking a bit scraggly. I tied this one with some twine. LOL
   The sedum looks nice and nothing was on it yesterday. Now I wonder why not.
   Late in the evening , we took a drive around a couple country blocks.  This is our shop/garage.  It was too cloudy to get sunset photos . I did not get to see the full moon till this morning .
   It was nice to relax a bit yesterday. Today will be more sorting and hopefully bagging up things to give away. Soon I will be passing my tools over to my grandson , Skylar.  That's the set of keys I found. They were for my tool cart and Kennedy toolbox.  I plan on doing a post on Labor Day about the career I had before retiring.
  Wishing all a sweet Friday, enjoy the weekend. XO

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Sky Art....

  Yesterday's sunset. I thought it was a red, white, and blue sky. Just breath taking..
  It had rained again in the early evening.
  This is looking east.... softer colors.
  I hate that power lines are in my sky shots at times. LOL
  Then back to the west. The patches of blue showing thru the clouds were just unbelievable.
 This is toward to southwest. This is for Lavender Dreamer, Diane.  Absolutely  her color.:):)
  Then to the north. I could have stayed out till dark watching the clouds change .
  Here the rain is pouring down earlier. Beating my flowers down...what to do ..haul container here and there for water , or not too much rain. Wears me out..so there they sit getting wet and beaten.
 I have been going thru closets ...loading up for the goodwill drop. For a person who does not  buy shoes any more (shhh) I sure had a pile to give away. Only the sketchers aren't in those boxes it's other things like sandals and shoes...that I just won't wear any more. I even had a bag of purses...I am into the body strap purses now..no one can snatch it and I won't forget it. If someone snatches my purse, I'll be hooked to it and that's going to have to be a strong person to carry me too. LOL
   We had a scare on Monday evening, tornado warnings for our area. We were in the basement about 20 minutes. A huge storm wall cloud came thru our state, and actually dropped down a tornado or two. They were not long lived on the ground or wide...which was not as damaging. The tornados were  in counties south of here and north. We were blessed. The weather and conditions around the U.S.  have  been  too much rain or not enough. Please keep those in floods and forest fires in your thoughts and prayers.   XO

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Aww Some Rain....

  We got a small shower yesterday afternoon. It did not last long but was appreciated.
   I rolled up the rug this time, so it would not get wet. Think I'll leave it rolled up for a couple days or so.
   This is something I did while it was raining. Played with making a new table scape.
   I used some of a small cow collection I have. Some green and white things.
   This cow stands on a sign that says, "A day in the country is worth a month in town". That's more country-fied than I would think. :):)
  This is how I left it for now. A green ball canning jar, a cow salt shaker(I only have the one),white platter , green leafy wreath,  cow on sign, tea candle holder , green saucer  and two tiny cows tied together. Now I think I need a nice napkin under it all. :)
  We watched a movie yesterday. Later we cleaned up the hummingbird feeders and filled them. Today we will be cleaning up Ted's truck...I told him it smelled dirty while riding to town yesterday before the rain. I know there were ten thousand dead bugs on the windshield.
  Wishing all a relaxed Sunday. XO

Saturday, August 13, 2016

We Need A Cool Down....

  Look how brown our lawn is becoming.  Even the willow tree is losing leaves, from the dryness.
  I have been keeping the containers watered. So they are thriving. :):)
  The skies are beautiful with billowy white clouds.
 We had a breeze  yesterday (Friday). The flag waved all day. It did seem more like a Santa Ana wind from California. Hot  and dry.  Today (Saturday) is cloudy  and a bit dark....so maybe we will get some rain soon. The lawn needs it .....so I am sure the crops around these parts also need rain.
   Ted and I have most of our chores done for this week. There's a couple of projects in the near future. We want to build a small porch at the back door.  One big enough the keep the wood box at the back door during winter months. Plus we will be working on plans for the greenhouse/shed . We have gathered windows and doors a plenty.
   Enjoy this day. XO

Friday, August 12, 2016

New Treasures....

 These are my finds from the Goodwill store in Kokomo.
 This looks like a cocktail shaker. The cap is missing from the pouring holes. 

                                    
  This little  leather wristlet purse, looks like the hand tooled leathers from Mexico .  You know from days of old.
 This is the shaker with the top on it. I thought I could use it as a vase and this top could be a flower frog.  Ted bought some old candles while at goodwill. He makes fire starters from the wax. Way cheaper than buying the starters.
  The weatherman keeps saying rain for our area. The paper shows a five day outlook, little clouds with rain drops shown for everyday. We got 1/4 inch of rain on Wednesday night. The town 5 miles from here got over an inch. So I think in the wee hours of Saturday is when we may get the most rain. Just hard to plan things...such as the bug man coming to do his summer treatment...remember those ants I found here in April....I sure do and I never want to see another ant in my house. I have goosebumps just thinking of them.
   Wishing all of you a sweet Friday. Hope your weekend is a good one also. XO