Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Enough already!!!

This has been the summer that won't go away!  I am so over summer!  LOL!  I used to have a friend that was often saying she was "so over" something or other.  That phrase is sort of a pet peeve of mine.  And I was thinking what some other pet peeves of mine are.  Hmmmm ...  Let's see, in no particular order:

  • chewing with your mouth open
  • people who stop just inside the door or driveway of public places (decisions, decisions)
  • or, groups of people who stop to chat in the middle of the aisle
  • parents who are blind to their problem child or grandchild
  • texting while driving
  • not washing your hands after using the bathroom (yuck!)
  • littering (especially on my road!)
  • loud cell phone talking in public (hey, absolutely not necessary)
  • tailgaters (I'm married to one)
  • people who don't know the difference between the words idea and ideal
  • leaving just a tiny bit of something and putting it back in the frig (ARGH!)
  • overuse of the word "like" ... 
  • or, "you know" or "ya know what I'm sayin'?" (especially athletes).
Whew!  Glad to get that off my chest.  😊

Anyway, here's what I've been doing lately.  Not a lot but keeping cool inside and it's making me sort of feeling like you do in the winter, so it's reverse cabin fever I'm experiencing.  Today I just gave up and went out (early) and pulled weeds in the flower beds, cut back some dead stuff, pulled out lily stems, etc.  It was good to be out and about.  Was in, showered and kicking back by 10:00 a.m.  Hooked last night with Jane, Jan & Julie.  I've been working on a spiral pillow top and that's shaping up.  Good to catch up with these special women; it's nice to have someone to listen to me b***h about relatively small problems!  I've been sewing and weaving a lot this past month.  And mowing!  Yikes!  We have to mow at least once every 10 days if not more often.  So let's see what I've taken pictures of ...

Here's the beginning of that pillow top; I'm further along on it now after last night.

I've purchased a yard each of these wonderful Robert Kaufman woven flannels and plan on making a simple snugly quilt from them this winter.  Aren't they yummy!?

Just finished the mass of this quilt top; still have three borders to add.  First a thin black line, followed by an orange somewhat thicker border, ending with more of the grey around the edge.  What do you think?  It's prettier in person than it looks here.  

Wendell loaded up his tractor last night and took it to the WRVAA show, which will begin tomorrow.  Hopefully there will be good weather for the weekend.  Cooler and no rain would be good ...  Poor guy had a trailer tire blow out on the way down.  Long story but he made it home safe and sound ...

Had to add this one from the game camera.  This turkey was moving in for his/her closeup I guess.  This picture cracked me up!

And I thought this one of mother and fawn was pretty special ...

Okay ... he's still around.  This big buck has avoided the hunters for a few seasons now.  (As you might notice, something's obviously wrong with the clock setting on the camera.  My guy will have to fix that ...)
Well, that's all I'll bother you with just now.  It's been a long, hot summer and I'll be glad when autumn officially rolls around.  I long to sit out on the front porch without sweating, to rake some leaves, to smell the air just after the farmers finish harvesting, to go for drives and enjoy the beautiful fall color, to walk in the woods, to see the river again from my kitchen window, to have to have a blanket on the bed to snuggle down into.  Just to be out and about again!  Life is good; God is good!

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Experiencing a typical Indiana summer ...

I can't say I enjoy hot, humid weather but it's been a good summer considering others I've experienced in the past.  For instance, I remember the summer Ray & Gloria was married here; that was before we built the house.  They were married outdoors and the grass just crunched when you walked through it.  We beat it back into the garage a.s.a.p. to get in out of the heat and humidity.  But it was a blessed day.  That was 19 years ago this month!  So this summer has been pretty "normal" for Indiana I guess.  We've been lucky to have enough rain to keep the grass green and the crops look soooooo good this year, at least in my neck of the woods.  We've had to mow almost every week.  (And I'm getting tired of that -- literally.)

Let me look at my picture file and fill you in on what little we've done.  It truly has been a quiet summer, travel wise, for W. and me.  Each year gets slower and slower.  Here goes ...

We enjoyed a trip through Nancy's Antiques in Terre Haute again recently.  I loved this old weather vane!  This shop is changing their name, so who knows what it will be called next ... but it's one of our antiques favorite places.

On the same trip we checked out the new sign on the side of the soon-to-open Vigo County Historical Society Museum.  BTW, it's downtown, located conveniently next door to the Square Donuts shop!

Visited the Greene County 4-H Fair (and open class fair) and I've got to say it beats the Owen County Fair by a mile.  The exhibit hall is super neat and clean, with new display pieces and good lighting.  And they had a lot of entries! Nevertheless, I'm glad to see that 4-H is alive and well in this part of rural Indiana!

More from the Greene County Fair ...

And more ...  it was a very enjoyable day.

I've started work on this new quilt.  (I just finished one so had to begin another ...)  Had the pieces for some time and just getting around to sewing them together!  I know it looks sort of 'blah' here, but I think it will be pretty sharp when I get done.  Also have a new run of rugs on the loom ...
Here's our little family.  Celebrating Wendell and Jeff's birthdays and just enjoying being with each other.  Met in Kokomo this time ...

Some quotes seen recently and worth passing along:
  • If you can't be kind, at least have the decency to be vague.
  • Always read the kind of stuff  that will make you look good if you die in the middle of it.
  • Accept that some days you're the pigeon and some days you're the statue.
  • If ignorance is bliss, why aren't more people happy?
  • Nobody cares if you can't dance well.  Just get up and dance!
  • Have an awesome day and know that someone has thought about you today.
Remember, enjoy these warm days while you can.  Before we know it we'll be complaining about the winter weather!  God bless you.