Sunday, June 25, 2017

A few views from down home....


Just a few shots from home...above the railroad us children walked to and from school.  Below, Roger and my brother walking ahead of me as we walk back up to where our old home was.


All have been posted before...below is the barn we pass on the way to the old place.  This farm before our old homeplace is where Roger and I spent a 1 1/2 yrs durning our younger days.  It is my favorite place on earth.


I hope you enjoy the photos.


I hope that someday I feel secure enough about Roger's health to drive down there again.




So many times when I am on Youtube in the video below pops up and it makes me homesick...that is what led to me posting a few pics from home.


Saturday, June 24, 2017

A bit about blogging...

The view as I drove west this morn...no one was close to me and I just held my camera up and snapped.  Please click to expand the view.

So now a little bit about blogging...

It started out as way to share my photos and quilting.  And I still love it for that.

I did not realize how much I would get from it....a lot of days I learn some little fact that is totally new to me, or I see photos of new birds, or butterflies, and see views from other parts of the country, or other countries that I would never have seen if I had not been blogging.  Not to mention new ideas of how to do things.

There is friendship...I have phone numbers of friends that want me to feel free to call them any time I need to talk...one friend has invited us to come spend the night in with her and her husband several times.  We had promised ourselves to go down last fall when Lorelei got back in school.  Now they are in the midst of selling their home and I am not even sure how Roger would do on that trip that far anyway...they are probably about 4 hours from me, maybe a bit longer.

Then there is the power of prayer....I really felt like we were held up in prayer through all of this with Roger's stroke.  I did not feel like people said it just to be saying it...I felt like when they said they prayed for us they did.  Whether it was one prayer right then,  or some I know prayed for us every day.  Some more than once a day.

All this through blogging.








Thursday, June 22, 2017

Smile!


I just love this picture of Lorelei...you can just see her sunny spirit shining through.

Monday, June 19, 2017

One side finished....


Daughter came this weekend and we worked on the other valances we are making.  This is one side finished....not sure what to do about the wrinkles.  They got that way in traveling home.  They are stapled on a 'cornice'...not sure if that is the correct term or not.  It is a wooden form that fits over the window.  Click to expand the view and you will see the beads along the bottom.



This is how they look from a distance...oh, and neither picture is the right color.  The fabric is definitely blue...it has some mingled color of tan/off white...I tried to change the color and these are too dark.  At least on my computer.

Edited to add:
We have to make another set to go on the other side of the fireplace.  You can barely see the other window at the edge of the photo.


Friday, June 16, 2017

Five favorites....

I was visiting a blog and she closed with a quote from a John Denver song...I thought that's it.  I will choose five of my favorite John Denver songs...



These are in no particular order...



I just love them all.



I hope you enjoy at least one of them...



I am trying to limit myself to 5 but that is hard to do.



It was a quote from the above that gave me the idea...this song sometimes goes through my head in the spring....

And in the fall it is Poems, Prayers, and Promises....

 

Friday, June 9, 2017

A bit of randomness....

1.  I finally finished this a week or two ago...I really cannot remember how long.  But recently.  I kept thinking I would wait and post a photo of before and after washing, but I still haven't washed it yet.  It is to go on the back of Roger's chair and it approx 42 x 30, give or take an inch or two.

2.  I love to take my socks off at the end of the day and set my toes free!

3.  I broke down and got THIS tablet...I do really like it.  It is so convenient to sit on the porch with it.  The picture of the quilt above was taken with it.

4.  My oldest daughter wanted to make some lined valances for her house.  So we worked on them a couple weekends ago...the window is so wide that we had to match the print of the drapery fabric.  if you look close you can see the seam...but believe me in real life standing back from it 3 or 4 feet, it is very hard to see...


5.  I am leaving you with a video my nephew sent to me....



Linking to Willy Nilly Friday 5.....


Thursday, June 8, 2017

Holding her cousin...


This is Lorelei, holding her little cousin....don't you just love the look on her face!

She has been here the past two nights, but had to go home this evening.

She wanted to go to Mansfield and wade and fish and hunt for crawdads.  Before we got there, we realized that the Big Raccoon is still almost up and not too far from being out of banks.  So, rather than go down the road and on to Mansfield, we went up  and across the dam, and parked and walked down to the water.  I wish I had taken a photo of the little dock.  Water was up level with it, and you could see that the water had complete covered it and its railings.

Anyway, I mentioned over here on my other blog about the Great Blue Herons landing on the water.  This was in water way over my head.   They only landed and then took off immediately...the tips of their wings touching the water.  I had fully expected to see them struggle.

I have only ever seen them land in shallow water.  In talking with a blog friend, I got to wondering if they could swim, and I remembered seeing a video of an eagle swimming...



this is not the one I seen, maybe I saw it on TV.  But if you go here, you will see several samples of Bald Eagles swimming.

So I thought, maybe Blue Herons can swim, so did a minimal search...and I found a couple samples.



While I feel this was in fairly shallow water, I do feel like it was floating along.  And it had to fly to where it could stand.

I am 60 years old and yesterday was a first for me....but I sure hope I get to witness it again....

Sunday, June 4, 2017

This and that....


First, something to make you smile....my daughter sent me this last night.  Ignore my copyright being on there, she took the photo.  That is a puppy that Delta is so intent on.

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Roger definitely turned a page....got up yesterday morn and it was like a light had been flipped on.  He was joking and laughing and there was a twinkle in his eyes.    He still seems to tire easily, and I can see it in his eyes, but it is such a different look.    Anyway, thank you for your prayers and well wishes.

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Roger has an old gauge that measure the temperature of steam....he has it fixed to the side of a porch post.  (To see how its temperature reading compares with our regular thermometer.)  I was sitting out there and I have no idea why I happened to notice this.  A wasps nest...I have got to spray it and get rid of them....just have not done it yet. 

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Were any of you ever fascinated with these old lamps?  I have loved anything that burned kerosene/coal oil since I was a child.  I know there is a difference between coal oil and kerosene but I think my mom used the words interchangeably. 

I had two or three 'cheaper' versions when I was a kid.  One was a little one that was made totally of light blue glass...bought at the same Brashear's Glass Barn that we used to trade books at.  The other was a small red metal one, about half as tall as the one above.  Both were so cheaply made I probably should not have ever lit them.  I feel like I had another one but for the life of me, I cannot think what it looked like, so maybe the two are all I ever had.

They had oil in them.   I would actually burn them for a while every so often.  There was magic to lighting one of them and setting by it and pretending that was all I had to read by.  I always think of myself as not having had much of an imagination as a child, but I guess I pretended more than I remember most of the time.

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Roger has not been feeling well since last Thursday.  We know to expect 'off' days since the stroke, but this is getting a little old.  I feel like there has been some improvement in the past couple of days though so maybe he will be back to his new normal soon.  This has been sort of like how he felt back in February when I ended up taking him to the ER.

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Lorelei's art


She made the snail....


She drew the deer, but did not get time to finish it..



The owl is cut out and glued...



She first drew these with a pencil, then colored them.


Her teacher thought this had too much blue;  I think it is  just perfect and beauty really is in the eye of the beholder.  It was their imagination work.


And this is from today...that is Lorelei that is already jumping on the trampoline!  I just simply love this one...you just feel the joy of living.

And I am so thankful I have her as my granddaughter.

linking to Thankful Thursdays


Thursday, May 18, 2017

More random thankfulness....


Michelle said she is thankful for the heat....I couldn't agree more.

........I am thankful for all the flowers that are in bloom or will be blooming.

........I am thankful that I don't have to put on a coat or jacket every time I go outside...

........I am thankful that we don't need to start the Rav4 to get warm before we leave.

........I am thankful for it to be warm enough to sit outside and read!  I think I miss that about more than anything during the cold months.  I will sit outside in the hottest of weather to read...but I don't like to sit out if it is cold at all.


 ........I am thankful to get to see all the birds.  Our baby robins have been gone over a week I think, and now the House Wren has been back out there the past two or three days.  It keeps checking out the old gourd but I am not sure if it has decided to build out there or not.  I am not sure I want them to, or not.  They have been out there the past two or three years and I am never sure if they have success or not.

I will be linking to Michelle's Thankful Thursday.


Thursday, May 11, 2017

Bits of random thankfulness....

1.  Since Mother's Day is coming up, I am so thankful that my mom instilled in me a love of sewing.  It has given me pleasure for many years.

Also, I am so thankful to have had the privilege of being mom to my two daughters...and Mamaw of Lorelei.

2.  I am thankful to have these two mug-mats finished...I plan to go ahead and give them to my daughter.



3.   I finished these by doing a little free-motion quilting...not exactly proud of them but they will do for potholders.  I didn't know what I would do with them but when Sarah came to get Lorelei this evening, she liked them so they went home with her.


4.  I am thankful to have come across a new show called Victorian Slum House, this is a link to a page of photos from the show.  You can got to PBS.org video page and actually watch an episode.  I don't know how long the video will be available.  The show is a reality show, has people actually living the way they did 150 years ago.  During the show, it shows actual photos from that era, and tells a lot of facts about how things were back then.   


5.  I am thankful to have had the experience of raising a few calves with one of these:
When Roger and I moved to Tennessee we ended up raising two calves, but they did not take to the bucket at all.  Instead we got bottles.

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And last, I am thankful I don't have to drive something like this.  Though we have drove worse when we were young.  I actually can't decide if this was a have to/make do repair or some kid doing it for fun.

 I'll be leaving you with a little Jackson Browne



Linking these to Thankful Thursday ...

Thank you Michelle this enjoyable meme.



Monday, May 8, 2017

Rambling in my thoughts....

Sometimes I think I almost have a tendency to hoard...at least as far as books.  On my kindle.  My kindle needed to update and I had to remove several books from it for it to have room to do the update. I ended up removing more than I needed to, but I still have close to a thousand books on it.  And yes, some of the above, I also have in kindle format.  I liked them so much I wanted them on my kindle, too.

I get two or three newsletters with books that are free, or some that cost very little.  I have over 1500 books, but I still look at those newsletters every day, and if  a book sounds good I get it.  I even buy a few books here and there.  And I also get kindle books from the library.  And I have ab

My childhood friend/sister-in-law and I often talk about how wonderful it would have been to have access to all the books we have now.  Oh, how we loved to read and just didn't have very many books. I read everything in our house, and some of them several times.  Oh, and I have close to a thousand books on my wish list at Amazon!

I am almost embarrassed to admit this, but there was a time when I read a lot of the Harlequin romance books...when I was young...I have no idea where the first ones came from.  All I know is we had a stash of them...and we heard of this place up near Pineville, Kentucky that had used books.  They had boxes and boxes and boxes of them.  It was like opening treasure chests full of gold and silver.  Only they were worth more than that to us.

We could take books and trade them 2 for 1.  And I think to buy them was 2 for $1 or maybe it was 3 for $1...I know they were a lot cheaper than going to buy them  new.  So every once in a while we would go up there and trade books, plus maybe buy a very few....and I think every now and then we found something besides the Harlequins!

Anyway, I think the lack of books makes me grab all I can now...but maybe I would be like this anyway.  All I can say is if you ever ask me what I am reading and I say nothing, you will know that something is seriously wrong.  I feel naked if I don't have a book that I am reading.  I will finish one book and cannot rest till I choose my next one.

Saturday, May 6, 2017

Swans

Roger and I went on a long rambling drive, to get to the Heron Viewing place north of Danville, Illinois.  We wondered how the water would be there....plus wondering what type of birds we would see.




If you have your volume up you will hear the wind...but you wil also hear other birds. And the one below is them feeding...



I hope you enjoyed them. I meant to post them last night but just didn't get it done.

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Randomness....

1.   When daughter and I made this quilt last summer, due to the method we used, we were left with many small half square triangles.
At some point in the summer I slapped them together to form squares...I am wishing now I had taken a pic of the container they are in...anyway, today I had the idea to sew a few of the squares together.  The one pictured above is fairly nice.  A lot were not that nice.  When we first cut the triangles, we were not thinking about sewing them together again.

Anyway, this is the result of sewing 16 of them together this afternoon.  I may add a small border and make a potholder with it.

2. 
I now have three of these potholders.  Each one still needs a bit of quilting.  Maybe I will get to it one of these days.

3.  We went Monday to get Roger's allergy shot.  His doctor had not sent the serum.  So, he did not get his shot.  They give the shots on Mon, Tue, and Wed afternoons.  So, I called his nurse the next day and she had not heard from them.  So I called them Wed and it had been sent that day and would be in Terre Haute today.  Thursday.  So, I thought well, that is too late to get his shot.  I was sitting sewing this afternoon and Rita called.  Rita is the nurse that is in charge of giving his shots.  She told me the serum was in and if we wanted to come in and get his shot, that she would give it to him if we got there before 4:00....all we had to do was tell the front desk that she said it was okay.  Thank God for kind, caring nurses.

4.  It was a wet, rainy day...and I do mean wet.  We have had over 8 inches of rain in the past few days..  The point of it all is there was not much else going on, so we ran by the quilt shop and I got a bit more fabric.
This is not the bright orange that I usually like but thought it would be nice to blend in with the others that I have.
I couldn't resist these, either.  Not sure what I am doing with them.

5.  The other day at Hardee's, I was trying to think of something a bit new to do with Roger for therapy.  We have not been doing much at all lately.  Well, I started printing lines from songs...to give him practice reading.  Then he tried to think and tell who sang song.  Well, one song that I printed a line from was Do It Again by Steely Dan....and in looking for it on Youtube, I came across the one below.  I did not even think of the other day!


I can't believe I forgot it...it is probably my favorite.

Does anyone remember the show Name that Tune?  I keep telling Roger that someone should come up with a game where a phrase/sentence is given, and the contestants try to think of a song that contains that phrase...and if they think of song with the phrase in the title, then that scores double  the points.

Or even one such as we were doing...give a line or two from the lyrics and then see who could tell the name of the song and who sang it.

That is it for now....linking to Willy Nilly Friday 5.





Thankful Thursday

I am thankful we are aware that this fellow lives across the alley from our garage, under a neighbor's building.  Last year, or the year before, we unknowingly locked him in our garage and boy, was there a mess.  Several things knocked down, some broken.

  I am also thankful to have a few new photos to post the past couple of days.

I will be linking to Thankful Thursday.

Delta Update
I ask my daugher what my grand-dog was up to.  She said she is constantly finding something new to get into.  Delta's new thing to do is to take her ball over and drop it down the basement stairs only to run down after it to get it and do it all over again.



Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Scenes from the day...

Just a few shots from the day


I have had these pieces laying there beside my sewing machine for too long to tell.  They are leftovers from another project.  I sat a while this evening and sewed them together and made them into hotpads.  Well, 3 hotpads.  Not a single one is finished.  But it is a start.  




This is actually the 3rd iris color to bloom...I didn't take a photo of the second one.


My wisteria has blooms slowly trying to pop open.  Notice how short and fat the bloom pod is.  I thought maybe as the wisteria aged, they would be more like the ones I remember from home but they have not changed at all.  I don't know if this is something that is bred into it to live in our coldness zone or what.


I thought this clematis was early, but it is about the exact same dates as my photos from last year.


Roger used the leaf blower before I got to take this one...

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Does anyone else watch Call the Midwife....it is one of my favorite shows.  Roger likes it okay, but not as much as me.  In the show there is a character called Sister Monica Joan.  She has the characteristics of the elderly...she gets confused...appears a little bit crazy....and she dearly loves sweets.  She often says strange things.  And sometimes she is so spot on.

This past weekend the quote from her that stood out to me was:

'I find two opinions are always better than one, particularly if one is mine.'

That just cracked me up....

Then there are the closing lines of the show...I wish I had kept them all...or at least the ones that I loved if nothing else.  This past weekend the words were:

' and so we let go of their hands but not their hearts of the need to be needed but not the need to love'

It so made me think of our grandbabies growing up...

Lorelei is done stretching her wings.  We picked her up from school this past Friday and brought her home for a few hours.  Her mom came to get her after she got off work, and Lorelei was wanting to spend the night with some of her cousins.

She said she wanted to spend the night with someone that felt like running and playing tag, and hide-and-go seek.  She was flitting around all the time chatting, then she came over to me and asked me if she hurt my feelings saying that...I told her no, and she was hugging me and me her...and I told her I understood, but what if it did hurt me...would she spend the night with me instead....she said Yes!  I don't ever want to hurt the feelings of the people I love.



Friday, April 28, 2017

A bit of randomness....

Be forewarned, these are really, really random.

1.  I was browsing around on Youtube and came across THIS video...it is a bit long, but it is well worth watching.

2.

This is me, many years ago.  I spent many hours pruning during my time at the orchard.  I often felt like an artist...I used to think I should have every tree named because I messed with every tree so many times every year.  Pruning, thinning the apples, cutting out fireblight some years, and picking.  This particular tree I am pruning was one we grafted.  We never did actually know what kind it was...they called it a Scarlet Beauty.  The apples were huge.

3.  I worked at a bakery for about a year...we made Italian bread and bread sticks plus other breads.  Customers called and would just say 'save me a loaf" and hang up without giving a name...the girl that had been there a long time knew their voices, and I quickly learned.  Before I did, I could describe to her the call and she could tell me who it was.   One old guy would call and say 'I'm coming.'  And we knew we had to grab a loaf and take it out to the street.  His legs hurt so bad that he couldn't stand to have to park and get in and out of his car.    One man we called the round man, because he always wanted the round loaves.  For another, we always put back a loaf of bread if it was done a bit more than the others cause this one customer preferred them. Other customers would come in and tell us what they wanted...we also carried other things that were things the old Italians wanted and could not get anywhere else.  Anyway, they would make their choices and hand their checkbooks over to us to make out their checks.   There is definitely pluses to small town living.

4.  Does anyone remember this song:


5.  Did you like Downton Abbey?  Do you like to watch the mystery shows such as Foyle's War, Inspector Lewis, Wallander, Morse, Prime Suspect, Father Brown?  Or other shows similar to those? If so what are your favorites.  I just found a new to me show called Shetland.  It does not have many episodes, but they are really good.  Anyway, I am wondering if I have missed any good shows.  I have watched some of the Murdock ones...and also the Miss Marple series, as well as Poirot.  Once I got past his mustache, he is really good.

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Thankful....

I am thankful for a Grand-dog with well rounded interests:

 In the previous post Delta was watching animals and later a Western...last night my daughter sent me this one, saying that Delta was ready to rest after playing.  I don't recognize the show, but it is not animals or a  Western.

Tonight she is watching sports!  This just cracks us up.   She is done worth her weight in gold for her entertainment value.  I would love to be able to know what she is thinking. It is apparent she is really interested in the TV.  (Notice her balls are in both photos.)

Linking to Thankful Thursday....


Monday, April 24, 2017

She likes to watch TV


My daughter informed me that my grand-dog, Delta, likes to watch TV.  I asked did she have a preference, and she said she likes animals.


She also likes the horses and gunfire on Westerns...and she really pays attention if a woman screams.

Saturday, April 22, 2017

This and that...

We saw this hawk yesterday...definitely not good quality, but still, I think it shows its interesting look.  I don't know if that is a wire coming up off the pole but assume it is. 

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Does anyone else watch America's Funniest Home Videos?  The video above is from one of their episodes....listen to it carefully.  It is so funny.  She is so young to use the words she uses.

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We basically stayed home today.   And I got a bit of sewing therapy, though I don't have anything to show you yet.

Friday, April 21, 2017

A bit of randomness....

1.  Ginseng.  I love to hunt the stuff.  I no longer dig it...I just like to find it and see it growing.  And photograph it.  But when I was a kid, my mom and I would hunt it and what money came from it could go for things for school...material and patterns to make my clothes.  I don't remember if I bought other stuff with it or not.

2.   If you are a grandma, you might enjoy reading Granny by Sean Dietrich.  I did not grow up close to any grandparent and have always felt like I missed something in life.  But I sure as heck enjoy being one...my heart just sings when I know Lorelei is coming.  Last weekend when we went to bed, she asked me, "Do you enjoy sleeping with me, Mamaw?"  I said I did...she ask, "Do you REALLY enjoy sleeping with me?"  I told her that I did.  She then asked did I like sleeping with her better than anything...I told her almost...she only thought a second...she said oh, I know, Papaw!

3.  For a little bit of laughter, how about Mama trying to go to sleep in a hammock?


4.  And then I can almost guarantee that you will get a warm fuzzy feeling if you watch the following....and maybe even laugh a time or two.

I saw this video a few days back on the blog Not Afraid of Color.

5.  For a taste of music, for those of you watching The Voice, maybe you would like to hear something from Gwen/No Doubt.

I  listened to this song about a zillion times when I worked at the orchard.  (I would make mixed tapes and listen to them.  And certain songs appeared more often than others...)

6.  And how could I leave out Alicia

I had left the orchard before this came out, but I can guarantee you if it had been out, it would have been on a variety of cassettes. 

That is my few bits of randomness....I hope you seen something you liked....

Linking to Tanya's Willy Nilly Friday 5....

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Thankful...


I am always thankful when we find a few minutes to be out in nature...last week was no exception.  So thankful to get a few new photographs.


I am thankful for a wild and crazy granddaughter.  Yes, she is making a face in the photo above.  Some tell me that one of these days she is sure going to love me for this.  I honestly don't think she will ever mind...her mom never did care.  She did not get embarrassed easily so am not expecting Lorelei to change.
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The Maintenance light came on and stayed on on our Rav4 yesterday.  Talk about being upset...I just did not know what to do....I could call Jeremy, or I could try to get it to a guy not too far from here and ask them to bring me home.  But I decided to sleep on it before I did anything.  And pray about it.  I got up this morn, and the thought came to me that maybe it was time for the oil to be changed.  I went and checked the mileage and was pretty sure that was it.

I first was going to reset the light and see if it came back on, then decided I would be apt to forget to have the oil changed if that was the problem.  So, I talked to Roger and believe it or not, he agreed to let me have it done.  I called, and got it in this afternoon.  I came home and did the reset of the light.  The Maintenance light comes on every 5,000 miles...when we change the oil we have to 'turn' it off.   There are specific steps to turning it off.

You turn the key to the on position, but not to the point you start the car.  And you do not touch your foot to the brake, and set the odometer tripmeter to Trip A....then turn the key off.

Next, while holding down the trip A meter button, turn the key to the on position, and continue holding the Trip A button down while it goes down to zero and wait till the maintenance light will goes off.

So I did that and took it for a drive to see if the maintenance light would come back on...it didn't.  I am so, so thankful for that.
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These are just a few things I am thankful for...

Linking to Michelle's Thankful Thursday...
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