Monday, September 10, 2018

Weekend Wrap Up

It is late on posting the weekend wrap up, but I was pooped today.

It was a ladies weekend...
Lindsay, Mother, and I traveled to Auburn for the game on Saturday. We didn't leave until early Saturday morning which was not the plan, but that is how things go sometimes.

Lindsay's mother and sister-in-law planned a shower for her in Atlanta, so the plan was for Mama and me to go to Auburn Friday evening and then Tyler and Lindsay to meet us there on Saturday. I have shared before Tyler is a project manager for a condo being built on 30A and it is less than two weeks from the final inspection. He is so stressed since this is his first job where he is total charge. I guess it is a good thing he will be in between jobs when the baby is due because I have been worried about him as much as Lindsay and her stressful job. Whew!!!

All of that meant we had to leave early Saturday morning. We decided to try and go to a little bit of the football game since it was an easy win (Alabama State) and wouldn't be as crowded....(although it was quite crowded since it was the first home game of the season). Mama doesn't normally go as much anymore as I worry about the walking and navigating the stadium steps. Lindsay is not certain how many she will even get to go to since she is due mid October. We stayed for the first half because it was so hot. It was a bit hot for both of them and since it was an easy win we headed to the house to finish watching.


The shower was Sunday afternoon and then we drove all the way home to FWB. I did all the driving and so today I was just done. I am afraid I didn't get too much done, but tomorrow is another day.

The shower was in a restaurant which is an old home in maybe Roswell. I know we drove through downtown Roswell to get there...other than that I couldn't really tell you. I was following Lindsay's mother-in-law while trying to look at all the cute houses.

It was decorated cute, but I have to say I was more enamored with the restaurant than the baby shower decorations. More on what caught my eye in just a sec...





Now for a couple of the gifts. IS this not the cutest quilt you have ever seen? IT is homemade and exquisite.


Tyler loves to fish, so this was very appropriate.


Now, while I was looking at Lindsay open all these presents, I couldn't take my eyes off the painting beyond her. I couldn't wait for the party going on in that room to leave so I could go to the bathroom and snap a picture of it.


This phone picture doesn't do that painting justice. Even if you don't like cows...Like  I do...you would have to love the painting. I noticed quite a few other cow pictures as I went to the bathroom. I don't know the significance, but it sent me on a thought tangent.

That thought tangent went something like this...
I wasn't going to put the cow painting that I had at the farmhouse at the Auburn house even though I love it A LOT!!!!!!!!!!

I was going to take it back to the farmhouse before we got it sold since it really looked cute in the room up there, but this painting made me know I needed to bring it to the Auburn house. I thought and thought about where it could go. I think I have it and then I realized it would fit perfectly in the AUBURN house as we are known for cows. After all we are a land grant institution with cows all around campus. In fact, one of those legendary coaches from across the state tried to make fun of us once and it backfired. He called us a cow college and we gladly accepted the compliment.

Now, if you aren't from Alabama you may be wondering who that crazy coach would be...(if you are from Alabama you know). I will help the rest of you out...it is Bear Bryant.

We do take our football seriously in the south and our cows at Auburn.

I am taking the cow painting to the Auburn house in two weeks😘

Now back to the shower.

The three great grandmas all got their picture made with Lindsay.


And then there was the ladies again. We had a fun time together both days.


I got a haircut which I am loving. I was so tired of the pony tail and I plan to go natural and let it curl again. I put the straightener in the drawer.

Now, onto a small finish tonight.


I may embellish a bit more. Not sure. I will take another photo during the day to show it off better too.

I have a stack of things that I simply must get to finishing in the sewing room. I think I have several Christmas ornaments and the owl. I need to quit making X's and do some finishing work.

I stuffed this one with sawdust. I have seen it on several Flosstube episodes. I like to try everything at least once. I am not sure it is worth it yet or not. It was messy. I need to watch someone explain how the they stuff it without getting sawdust everywhere.

I will give you my thoughts on it all later.

While the girls were in Auburn and Atlanta, Jeff, Paul Allen, and Katie went fishing.



Coastal life is pretty sweet.

I will be back soon with hopefully some finishes to share. I am going to try and carve out some time for that this week.







Tuesday, September 4, 2018

September Is Blowing In

September has rolled in with a bang with Tropical Storm Gordon. So far I am counting my blessings. The only casualty is one of my angel wing begonias.



I had planned to get up this morning and bring my plants in that were on my two back porches, but we had some gusty wind pop up last night and one went down off the side of the porch. Today has mostly been very overcast and a windy but nothing major. So grateful.

The others safely tucked inside.

I love September, but as I turn the page on the calendar I am always mindful that hurricane season kicks it up a notch with September. It is kind of always in the back of my mind.

Hubby and I celebrated our 34th anniversary eating out on Saturday evening at Acre in Auburn. It all began for us in Auburn. We were friends the entire time I was there as a student. We lived in the same apartment complex. Right upstairs from me. It was not until I graduated that we started dating. He had two more quarters to attend, and I took a teaching job in nearby Columbus, Georgia. Our kids never really get how fast we moved from the first kiss. We try to remind them we had known each other and really were good friends with great respect for each other. I think we both feel God just put us together.

Anyway that first kiss was on September 10, 1983 at the Southern Miss game. I came back to attend and we took a walk that night after the game. His version is I attacked him. Not so...but, either way I didn't mind the kiss which is really odd that I didn't. WE weren't on a date and I was a good girl extremely conservative. He sent flowers the next week and again unusually for me I didn't get turned off. He put a diamond on my finger on November 5th, 1983, and we were married September 1st, 1984.

We came back on Sunday for our son's best friend's wedding. He actually feels like a second son because he actually lived with us for some time. His family life wasn't the best and he stayed with us a good bit of the time. We are so proud of him. He has done well for himself.

I have had Hubby around for two full days. He didn't have to work today because of the "maybe" storm. AS I said, I will gladly take what we got.

We rode out to the beach tonight to see how things were going.



Saw a reporter, thankfully just a local reporter doing her thing with the waves in the background.



I finished my Spell of the Moon by Blackbird Designs. I liked it but the colors were so much darker than the sample. I used all of the called for colors and linen. You can see the picture is so much lighter than the actual finish. I don't dislike, but I think I need to make it a habit to research an actual blog or IG photo for future projects.


32 Count Tin Roof Linen by Weeks Dye Works
I did 2 over 2 rather than 1 over 2 because the linen was so loosely woven I thought it needed two strands.


I fully finished my Autumn pillow for the church pew and began to pull out fall decor. I am not even going to say I know it is too early too pull it out. It will take me two weeks to get it all done with my schedule this month. More about that in another post.




I have cloth picked out for my bat stitch.



I also read a really good book. I checked it out from the library when I dropped in the other day. I had all of about 5 minutes so I just dropped by the first bookcase to browse the newest releases. I picked it solely on the cover. I got lucky.
It has two things I love in a book...a mystery present day story and a journal like story going back in time.
The plot centers around a young woman studying to be a wine master. She travels from her home in California to a vineyard in France where her mother grew up. She discovers a secret cellar and a tale of whether her ancestors were collaborators or part of the Resistance in World War II.
Like I said...good plot.

https://www.amazon.com/Lost-Vintage-Novel-Ann-Mah/dp/0062823310/ref=sr_1_1_sspa?ie=UTF8&qid=1536108412&sr=8-1-spons&keywords=the+lost+vintage&psc=1

My foyer is decorated for fall. I am saying it --I am ready for it. I may be sorry next week, but oh well. Foyer is all that is done, so I will go slowly with the rest.





That is it for today. I will be busy this week, but we will see how often I can post.
Sandy

Friday, August 31, 2018

The Tired Garden

I am linking up with Stacey at Poofing the Pillows for the monthly garden party.



I certainly know how to pick the month to finally join a linky party. I have meant to do it all summer and each time it just got away from me. I am getting in on the action in a month when my garden is tired of the hot and humid summer, but alas I am going to contrast the good and bad in it nonetheless.

Come along with me as we tour some spots that have thrived in spite of the heat such as these ferns...



Then some places where the garden is hanging on by a thread for cooler temperatures like the rose beds. Mostly they are producing tiny roses that look like miniatures instead of full blooms.



This one little rose up front has been the only one of my thirteen plants to thrive. Most are tired from trying to fight black spot and heat. This photo was taken earlier in the summer when it was obviously happy.



Also, you might notice that I like to use a few objects in my gardens for decor, but mostly I am a "let the plants shine girl." When I do use an object in the garden I like for it to be unique.

The wagon wheel turned up on its side holds the ferns.




The old pump holds our nameplate.



I have few concrete pieces, but I always look for unique ones.
We have a sea turtle, some starfish, a pelican, a deer which are all very Florida and scattered about so that you really have to look for them.

We are a dog family so there has to be some dogs in there. And those tired roses in the background.



My day lilies were prolific all summer, but they are tired of blooming. I think I might be too.
I never rush the seasons though. That would be rushing time and now that I am older I savor each day for all I can get out of it.
Fall will be here before we know it.

I love geraniums and have them all over the place, but they are really really wanting cooler temps,

Most don't even look this good.


but my angel wing begonias have loved this heat and are blooming.




Little blooms peeking out in lots of spots.


We added a lemon tree to our yard this year. It has grown like crazy and has 18 lemons hoping that no hurricane comes this year.



Can you spy Lemony, the Golden in the picture?

I think even our lovely live oaks look a little ready from some cooler temperatures.


Can you spot Gus, the Springer in the picture?

I have added these little caladiums and portulaca to my pots by the garage.




I really wanted to share a happy plant in the house too. I had this little fern and she was almost dead. I repotted her and moved her all at one time. I just knew there was no hope for her. Oh, she was just waiting for both....
Look at her with all her new growth. Finding that happy place is difficult sometimes, but so worth it to those of us who love to grow things.




I will leave you with my view early yesterday morning.


The heavens are telling of the glory of God; And their expanse is declaring the work of His hands. ---Psalms 19:1

There is no beauty like God's handiwork and I will continue to putter in the dirt to get those little blooms that bring me a smile every time.

Happy gardening,
Sandy

Thursday, August 30, 2018

The Last Week of August

Let's do a random post and catch up as August is about to get away from me. I had a pretty long list of things I wanted to accomplish in August. I haven't checked off nearly enough of those things, but that is generally the way things work. I am always a bit too ambitious in my plans.

I have been slowly getting my body back in order from being a lazy girl this summer. I love summer because you do relax and go a bit slower. The days are long and I have found that the routine is just different even in retirement. However, at some point you have to get some order and discipline back in your life. I think next year I need to probably start putting myself in gear with a bit more a schedule when school starts. 
I have slept a bit later,
 eaten a little more, and
stayed up a little later. 
My biggest slip is going to the gym. I am having great trouble getting that back into my routine. I know I feel better when I do a little bit of light weights with my bike riding and walking. I am typing this so I will feel a bit MORE guilty than I already do for not going this summer.

This is what happens when you lay the catalog that you were looking at on the floor by your chair and leave the room. Thanks Gus.

I have been spending a good bit more time with Mama these days. I try to make sure I get her out of the house everyday. It takes a good bit of my time, but I think she needs to stay busy and active or I will be spending it with her going downhill. She has bounced back from the fall in May. I think the whole family thought that was going to be bad news bears, but she has done well. She is about 10 weeks in and has a bus trip to Virginia planned with her sister at the end of September. All good thing.
She has had an ear problem for a while. I got her into the eye, ear, nose doctor. In all our visiting him, they did some balance and vertigo testing this week to check her out good. Y'all it was like a trained elephant performing for peanuts only the peanuts were praises from the therapists. She impressed all the people in there and came out smiling like crazy. They told her how wonderful she was for 83 which all in all tells me that a good bit of her problem is all in her mind and spirit. Hence I am working on that by getting her out more. 

I totally missed national dog day. Of course, I never really pay much attention to all those holidays until they show up on Instagram. Gus and Lemony make life fun around here. They both love the water. The view below is quite typical when I head out back to water plants or just sit outside.

It is virtually impossible to get Gus's picture in the water because he is ALWAYS in motion.

Let's see this is one of my usual posts filed with much randomness.

I didn't share that two Sundays ago, I changed my serving duties at church. I have been working with preschoolers for ten years now which is a story unto its own, since I don't do little ones. Apparently I do and have for 10 years. It was kind of nice not to teach elementary while I was still working.
Anyway, this year when everyone moved up I asked to move up and teach upper elementary girls (my sweet spot) at one of our three services. It is the least attended service and has a smaller amount of girls. I hope to build it up. I thoroughly enjoyed myself. I hate that I will be out for several of the Sundays in September which we don't usually miss too much on Sundays, but I will be there with bells on when I can. It was a good change and one I was ready for.

It takes me a long time to type the post, because I have to keep stopping to throw the turtle across the room for Gus.



I am falling out of whack on that stitching rotation. I lasted lots longer than ever before rotating projects. I am sharing my progress on all the stitches. I think though I do better with having one large project and one small going at the same time.
I don't feel so crazy about finishing, but just enjoying stitching.

First I sort of stopped on one Christmas ornament and picked up another and actually worked on it until I completed it. I see more of the Santas in the future, but first I will finish my Christmas window.




This was not in the scheduled rotation, but I just simply veered off and did it in a couple of days.
40 count Belfast linen stitched with 1 over 2. 1986 Prairie Schooler Santa. I see a couple more of these in my plans.

I have made a little progress on my schoolhouse series.



Not so much on my Helen Keller piece.



Some on the space shuttle.



Lots on the Spell of the Moon.




I still haven't made an outfit for Tucker. I do have fabric and a pattern and hope to make him a Christmas romper. I don't think I am going to be doing too much sewing. I just don't enjoy it like I once did.
Speaking of sewing, I really just haven't made time for it and I have about 5 cross stitched pieces waiting for me to finish them into something and about to be finished with the owl, so I better get busy on those soon.

Fabric and notions are all picked out for ALL finishes. Just need to find some uninterrupted time.


We are heading out to Auburn today to celebrate our 34th anniversary. We met at Auburn and have been going back ever since graduation. We are not going onto Atlanta for Saturday's game. We are just going to watch it on TV and then heading out to my favorite restaurant for supper. Can't wait.

We are looking forward to a few days away.

I do have one more post in me for Friday morning. I have been telling myself I was going to do a linky party which is a rarity for me, but this time I am getting ready early and scheduling it for Friday morning.

Off to celebrate marriage and being blessed in that union,
Sandy