Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Looking for the sun...

They are such simple plants, but oh so beautiful.  They grow in the fields out at the strip pits, but so far I have not ever succeeded in capturing the beauty of the fields with these mixed in with the hay.  So I settle for capturing a close up at the edge of the road.

Monday, June 29, 2015

Quilting has begun

I finally felt settled enough to start quilting on the baby quilt...the shower is July 12th so it is about time I got it started.
It is not really a design...it is just something to hold the layers together.  I really have moved along nicely today.  If nothing happens and if I don't run out of thread, I could finish it tomorrow.  But I am really afraid I will run out of thread.  I took time and ordered another spool today.  I won't have to wait long for it.

If I run out, I will make the binding for it while I wait for the thread to get here.  Usually I make the binding before I start the quilting but have not felt like doing anything till today.  Not that I felt that sick...just mentally could not settle down to going down in the basement to work.

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Barn and sky

This was taken not far from the church shown here.  On the same road...between Cayuga, Indiana and Georgetown, Illinois.  And yes, Sandra, this is one I take over and over.  Usually we don't stop, but Roger turned around and went back till I could get this.
I fixed cabbage rolls in the crockpot today...I had always fixed them in the pressure cooker, but since I don't have one any more, I tried them in the crockpot and they were wonderful.  Even it makes the house stinky while they cook.  I usually only fix them a couple or three times a year.  They are one of those things I don't think of often. 

This is the recipe mine is based on.  But the way I do mine is so different you would not recognize it.  But a recipe is basically to give you a good idea of where to start, right?

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Hiding or relaxing?

When we were in Paris last weekend, and got out of the car, this cat went up and got under these steps.  I don't know that he was really scared...I sort of then he was just getting under there to try to cool down.  It was so hot, any little bit of shade would have been welcome.
I got a couple loads of laundry done and hung out, then this evening we mowed the yard again.  I say 'we', but I sure don't do much.  LOL  Still, I think being out doing something like that is just good for me mentally.  I don't remember when I started mowing...I am assuming when I started high school...but mowing used to be one of my favorite jobs.  And I still like it, I just have to watch the heat. 

I think I always loved it because it was a job that did not have to be done every day of the week.  So many things women do, either have to be done every day or should be done every day.  I mainly think of doing dishes...I would hate to see all the dishes I have done piled in one pile.  On the other hand, I would love to have a dollar for every item I have washed!  I have been washing dishes since before high school so it would be quite a payday.

I hated them with a passion as a youngster...still not my favorite job.  Simply because they have to be done over and over.  We have a dishwasher, and I do use it occasionally, but seems easier to just wash them.
It got down to 52º last night, and today has been wonderful.  A cool breeze all day...almost too cool sitting in the shade.  It is a strange, strange summer.

Friday, June 26, 2015

The day from a cool house

Don't you just love the way people use an old chair to hold a planter?  This one was by the fence shown here.
It is total pleasure to sit in my cool house and do absolutely nothing.  And to have the windows shut and not feel like anyone passing by can hear everything being said.  Or hear our TV....it makes me wonder what life was like in a town before everyone had air conditioning.  I grew up on a farm and the nearest neighbor was at the other end of our garden...

It has been overcast here the entire day.  I really have did almost nothing today.  I had been sitting in my chair and decided to get up and go do a load of laundry.  About that time, Bubbie came and jumped up in my lap.  We took a nap together!

Then when I got up, the band statement had come, so I sat and balanced the checkbook.  Most people I know do not balance theirs....they just look to see if there are any charges they don't recognize.  I really wish I could do that, but old habits die hard.  Anyway, that is done again...seems like every time I turn around it is that time of month.

I hate to think it, but the days are getting shorter now.  Do you find that the older you get the more you feel like time flies?  I for sure remember my mom saying that time and again, and how true it seems to me.  

Thursday, June 25, 2015


I cannot believe that it is Thursday evening already.  Time to come up with 5 things for Tanya's Willy Nilly Friday 5...won't you please join us with a few of your own thoughts?  I totally love to read these random thoughts.

1.  The above tin was in The Cherry Tree in Paris, Illinois.  As long as I can remember, mom had a tin like this.  She kept her pretty handkerchiefs in it.  I don't know if I have it, but I do have her handkerchiefs.  So, I should have the tin around here some place.  But if I have it, I cannot image why I would not still have the handkerchiefs in it.  I will have to look for it one of these days.

2.  Can I say Cool at Last, Cool at Last!  Some of you may have not been following the saga of our quest for a motor for the fan of our central air unit.  The guys in our local hardware did not have one in stock, but ordered it Tuesday.  Yesterday, they sent the wrong one.  Ryan called and reordered it...Roger heard him reading the model numbers.  This morn Roger goes down there...they had sent the wrong one again, and Ryan had done called and it was supposed to be picked up and would be in in two or three hours later.

Three hours later, no call, but we waited an additional hour--Roger went down there.  They had sent the wrong one yet again!  This time he sent his younger brother to get it.  Roger came home and not too much later received the call that it was in.  He went down there, and it would do but the wiring was a little bit different!  Roger looked, had our neighbor look, and even Ryan from the hardware was afraid to say how to wire it. (It had one more wire than the old one.)

So Ryan called someone from the local heating and cooling...and he swung by in less than half an hour and wired it...also filled it with freon since it was little low.  I cannot believe how quickly I could feel the difference in this house. After 3 days and 2 nights without AC, it feels wonderful.  The heating &AC guy just lives 3 or 4 blocks away, and Roger will be helping his son with his bow.

3.  That leads me to say thank God for small towns...even if Roger had not heard Ryan order it, he could count on him doing it.  If Ryan says he will do it, he will do it.  And at our local grocery store...I don't know who does the hiring there but they have the best kids.  They are always so kind to the older people.  It is just good for the heart to see them.

4.  Last weekend we saw the first episode of The Crimson Field--it starts out with three young women arriving at a field hospital in France during World War I.  It is really, really good.  So we are looking forward to the rest of the series.  The series came out in 2014, but this was the first we had heard of it...it is on our PBS station.

5.  I came across Northern Borders--we both really enjoyed it.  It had that feel of an older, well done movie.  Click here for some clips on Youtube.  You know if both of us says it is really good, it has got to be good.  We don't have the same taste--or maybe I should say Roger has a wider range of what he likes. 

That is my 5, please share yours!

Wednesday, June 24, 2015


Lorelei was gone to California all last week...and I am just now getting around to posting  some pics.  That is the Hollywood sign behind her.  It was 5 or 6 miles up there and she hiked it all by herself, I think.
They went to see the Giant Sequoias while out there...
Not sure where this is at...
Miss Hollywood!
She really enjoys the beach....
We are still without AC....they sent the wrong motor to our local hardware store.  So Ryan ordered it again...Roger heard him reading the numbers from the motor.  The one they sent was just totally wrong.  If it is not the right one tomorrow, we are heading to Terre Haute with the motor to see if we can find one down there.

We have been blessed...it has been overcast all day till just an hour or two right before dark. I don't think it got up to even 80º here today...I am still coughing, but don't feel too bad.  Just hot!  And though Roger is not over his cold/flu, he is not feeling near as bad as he did.

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

What a pretty entrance

I always love a good door...but I also wonder what people think when they see me taking pictures of their houses or their neighbor's house.  Does anyone else think like this?  I am not saying it is going to stop me, specially when it comes to places like this. 
Have you ever heard the saying when it rains, it pours?    Be prepared for a long whining post.  I have a version of whatever Roger has, just not all his aches and pains.  At least not yet.  And his seem to be easing off.  Which is a good thing. Cause guess what?

In the wee hours of the morn when I was headed to bed, the AC started making a funny noise.    I got up and Roger was already up...I told him what was going on.  He could not hear it of course.  I checked outside, and it was definitely different sounding.  And not a neighbor's AC...not that I was wanting them to have bad luck, I just really was not wanting it to be ours.

I had already noticed that it was not blowing cold air...so I wondered was it froze up....every now and then when it is so humid, moisture will gather and everything will be covered in ice.  I came in to get the flashlight, and Roger reminded me to check the basement.  Well, it was so loud down there...I say loud, but it is partly the tone that really got to me.  I turned it off, and went and looked for the lines to have frost/ice on them.  Nothing there.

Checked the unit itself, nothing there.  So had to turn it off for the night.  Roger went and talked a buddy this morn to find who has the best heating and AC place here in town.   Came home and we were discussing calling them, and Roger said to wait a minute and let him check something.  Well, it ends up the fan motor was not working...he got it going and it ran and ran.  At first I didn't think it was cooling the house..but finally realized it was. 

So he took that motor off and took it down to the hardware store...they didn't have that one  in stock, but they ordered it while he was there and it is supposed to be here in the morn!  I hope they are right.  It is so hot and humid in here tonight...I would be tempted to go to a hotel.

Monday, June 22, 2015

Do you see him?

 Click to expand the view...
We saw this this guy up the hill from the swamp area...I was only able to snag one shot before he flew to parts unknown.  He almost glowed. I don't think it was my imagination, but it could have something to do with him being in the shade. Anyway, I have not altered his color in any way. I just grabbed this shot, was hoping to have time for some better ones, but it was not meant to be.
Roger is still dragging...has just ached off and on all day.  More on that off...he will have a few minutes here and there that he thinks he  might be starting to feel better, but it never lasts very long.  He didn't cough as much last night...but when he got up this morn and then laid back down, he started the cough again.

Sunday, June 21, 2015

The best laid plans

My coneflowers have been blooming about a week...actually had one or two a while back, but they were just a forerunner of what is happening now and what is yet to be.
We had plans today to meet with Tootie and her parents, and to bring her home for the week.  Instead, last night Roger started coughing...and came down with a cold.  It is a strange one....he does not cough all the time but coughs so hard in spells that I think he might pass out.  His head hurt when he got up this morn from coughing so hard through the night...

He just does not feel good at all; he had horrible body aches this evening but Tylenol helped that some. So that is what is happening here.

And I am still having problems with computer...I don't know where it is coming from.  I thought for sure  it was google/gmail, etc...but no longer know.  It does happen on both my Windows Computer and my chromebook.  Things will go along fine for an hour or two...then all of a sudden half the blogs I visit won't open. Or if I do get one to open, the comment form won't open.  A lot of other sights won't open.  Sometimes I cannot do a search unless I go to Bing....

Then this afternoon I was texting with the girls and could not open or send email/texts for a couple minutes.  I was thankful that that was as long as that lasted.

Anyway, I will visit as I can...

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Like sunshine

One of my volunteer sunflowers has this bloom...sunflowers are almost like sunshine you can touch. They are the most cheerful blossom!
I got the backing for the baby quilt made today.  But not going to work on getting the quilt sandwich together right yet.  We will have Lorelei next week so will just wait till after she is gone. 

I have also taken the rest of the batiks for Daughter's quilt and assigned them to either have a light triangle or a dark triangle.  I do want to try to start cutting the jewel pieces.  I have the triangles cut, just need to cut the bigger pieces.

It is not so hot here today...has stayed overcast the entire day.  It has really been nice to sit outside, but instead I was down in the basement working with material:)

Friday, June 19, 2015

From the little shop in Paris, Illinois...

This sign caught my eye the first thing...it is not old.  At least I assumed it wasn't as there were two or three more scattered around the place.  For the life of me I cannot remember the name of the little shop.  It was in just small little old building...and divided in half.  I don't know if it had always been that way or if she had had it done to give herself more wall space.

I really, really liked the sign but I came home without it.  I was proud of myself. 
This was in the same shop...I love it.  Again, I did not bring it home.  It is Roseville...$125 if I remember correctly.  It is beautiful.  I just went to Picassa and enlarged this pic...the name of the place is The Cherry Tree.  You can read about it here.   And this is their facebook page. I really did enjoy looking in her shop.  I am so trying not to bring in any more stuff...I still hoping to get back to decluttering...

I think it was last fall at a flea market during covered bridge, a lady had what appeared to be Roseville but she said it was fake.  I forget how to tell the difference.  I am in no way implying the above is fake...seeing it just made me remember seeing the fake and wondering how to tell the difference.

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Still plugging along....

I cannot believe that it is Thursday already....the week has flown.  It is time for the Willy Nilly Friday 5 again...I think I skipped it last week.  Going to try to get 'er done this week, though.

1.  We pass the above Toyota truck going to and from Lorelei's house.  We have been driving by it for a couple years and it is always just like this.  We often wonder what the plans are for it.

2.  Every now and then it hits me just how many songs have the word 'rain' in their Title.
     a.  Have You Ever Seen the Rain--CCR (Creedence Clearwater Revival)
     b.  Who'll Stop the Rain--CCR
     c.  It's Raining Again--Supertramp
     d.  Rainy Days and Mondays--The Carpenters
     e.  Here Comes the Rain Again--Eurythmics (Annie sings as if it takes no effort at all)
     f.  Rainy Day People--Gordon Lightfoot  (Oh, my, I forgot how much I love this!)
     g.  Rhythm of the Falling Rain--The Cascades
     h.  No Rain--Blind Melon
     i.  Set Fire to the Rain--Adele  (Can anyone else sing like her!!!)
     j.  November Rain--Guns N' Roses (Who could forget this one?  My favorite by them!)
I was only going to list 5 'rain' songs, but just couldn't stop. 

3. Sorry, but I forgot:
    Fire and Rain--James Taylor
    I Wish it would Rain Down--Phil Collins
    Let It Rain--Eric Clapton (I didn't remember this...just saw it and though how could I forget this?)
   And I thought of this earlier but almost forgot...yet could I ever forget
   Smokey Mountain Rain--Ronnie Milsap
   Mandolin Rain--Bruce Hornsby and the Range
I think that is all I will list for now...but found others I like...what rain song did I leave out that you love? 

4.  I don't know how many times I have ran into blog posts/people that mentioned that it is the little things...and it is.  Take time to savor them.  Like this milkweed blossom getting ready to pop open.  A lot of things I have truly appreciated since I was a young kid, but milkweed was not one of them and I often wonder how I could have been so blind to its true beauty.
Just look at it--isn't it gorgeous?

5.  I just finished Blind Courage by Bill Irwin....Bill Irwin was blind but he, with his Seeing Eye dog Orient walked/hiked the Appalachian Trailm which is over 2000 miles long. 

6..  I am still having glitches with computer/google.  Blogs did not want to open for me this morn.  Some opened fine, others not at all, but they did this evening.  I still have visits to make.  I still feel like it is google...because I have a Windows laptop and a Chromebook and both are messing up.  Today, it was the search function that did not work.  I had to go to Bing to do searches...and I know a lot of people use Bing and others, but I find one thing that works and tend to stick with it.

Edited to add:  I just have to add one more rain song:
Early Morning Rain--Gordon Lightfoot
and one more and I am really dating myself with it, I remember liking it when it was new
Here Comes that Rainy Day Feeling Again--the Fortunes.

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Swampland, sky, and a question...

Monday, before heading to the Heron Viewing Station, we swung by this swamp area that we found a few years ago...We did not see one single turtle, or blue heron, or duck....but there were a ga-zillion dragon flies...
Almost all were this kind...it is cropped...mainly just to make it square...we fooled around here and as we were getting ready to leave Roger told me to look....
It was such a glorious day, even if it was hot and muggy.
Now to the question, did anyone else have problems with youtube today?  Not only did I have trouble with you tube, my gmail account has acted up.

With youtube, if I looked up something, then clicked for google to list the videos, I could click on a video and it would play.  But if I went to Youtube and looked up something, maybe the commercial part would play, but the video I went to see would not load, no matter how long I waited.  This happened even with my chromebook, so don't think it was my computer.  However, I cleared the browsing history and cache and it seems to be working better.  I am almost afraid to say that, though, cause I thought I had solved it a time or two throughout the day only to be wrong.

As for Gmail, I have been able to get my email, but different things about gmail would not load.  I could not check the little boxes to delete an email, the delete button did not show up half the time.  Just so many little things.  It has been a very frustrating day...I think I visited two blogs this morn, and had trouble with both of them.  Restarting my computer, I was able to see them, but then same old thing.

I have just now visited a couple and going to post this while the posting is good.

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Just a bit of whining!

I couldn't resist these shots of the thistle...
Not sure how bad out of focus this will look to you...the center is not too bad for me, but the bottom of the pic is pretty bad and the outer portion of the top is none too good.
(In this shot above the outter stickery parts are more in focus.)
 It is the fault of the wind...it never stops here in the Midwest.  At least any time I am trying to take a picture of something like this, it is either blowing or it starts to blow.
So, any picture that is in focus, is simply a stroke of luck and timing.

It poured the rain last night...at least 3 different times that I am aware of.  The river was up yesterday, but I would bet it is out of the banks today after all that rain last night.  I don't think I have ever seen it rain this hard, except maybe one time in the 1990's.

We were coming home from Indianapolis...I am not sure why we were over there.  We had a Dodge minivan and it was relatively new, so had to be along 1992-93-94...it started raining.  Just literally like pouring water out of a bucket.  Our windshield wipers quit working...the wiper motor torn up.  I have always believed it had something to do with the amount of water they were trying to deal with.  I think it stripped something in the motor.

We were on a state highway, no place to pull off the road.  I had to open my window, hang my head out and watch the side of the road to tell Roger how to drive.  The rain slowed down right after this happened, thank goodness. He could half way drive, and I didn't get soaked too bad.

Anyway, that is the type of rain we had last night, and got up to actual coolness this morn, but it has heated up some this evening.  It was 82ºF the last time I looked.  I just now hung out a load of clothes.  I think they will get most of the way dry.  Rain is in the prediction for almost every day this week...depending on whose forecast you are going by so I wanted to do what I can.

Monday, June 15, 2015


When we were over in Marshall, Illinois, I saw this and could not resist a quick snapshot of it.  that was a big old RV there to the side.  One I would not want to drive...I would love to know how long it was.  I felt like it was as big as some school buses, and bigger than others.
We had rambling fever today and headed north to the swamp area close to Coffing Brothers Orchard, and from there went on over to Danville, Illinois to the Heron viewing station.  I did get some good shots of a Great Blue Heron, but was disappointed in other ways.  Saw about three of the small water lily blooms, and that was all the blooms I saw.

It was if there had been a huge storm...I have not ever seen as much water in that area as was there today.  There just were not water lilies to speak of and I am not sure why.  And I only seen two turtles.

I am too weary to get much of a post together tonight...I will say it was another glorious cloud day.  So expect some more of those in the next few days, also some more thistle shots if nothing happens. 

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Ride 'em, Cowgirl!

When we went to see the kids the other day, Sarah was volunteering at a fun fair that evening after work.  So, off we go to it when the time arrives.  (In the background is a real pony for sure.  They had just got there when Lorelei got to ride.)
Believe it or not, Lorelei got to ride this horse..or maybe she is a pony.  I know at least one of the two there was considered a pony just from listening to the owner talk to someone else.  It was just an inch or so shy of being tall enough to be considered a horse.  I really had no idea that either one would be called a pony.
Lorelei did enjoy it...
We were supposed to have showers and thunderstorms off and on all day today.  It was overcast this morn, but has been sunny most of the day.  It is 2:00 in the evening and I am going to go ahead and hang out a load of clothes.  That will bring on the rain if anything will.  LOL

Saturday, June 13, 2015

Just a little post...

Be sure and check out Cheryl's Frugal Corner...she is married to my nephew.  Being that I am the baby of 8 children, and she is married to my oldest nephew, we are basically the same age.

Scroll on down for my regular post.

Days like this....

All I can say is get ready for photo overload...at least from my corner. I don't normally put this many photos in one post.  I suggest you click to expand the view.
We were heading the a trader's fair...but got detoured into going to Marshall, Illinois.  Someone told us there were supposed to be yard sales all over town.  The clouds were just glorious the entire time we were out. The one above was taken on the way...
This is from Route 1 in Illinois, on the way home.
Another photo from Route 1...I am not sure what that is between the two sections of clouds directly aboe the green barn.  I am pretty sure it was not cloud, so must have been on the windshield.
This one is heading east on State Rd 150
and this is on farther east.
Here we are getting closer to home, on State Rd 163
Sorry I could not limit myself to just one or two.  I just go crazy taking photos when I have the chance and the clouds are like these.  These were all taken through the windows...I really hope you will click on them and enjoy the cloud picture show.

Friday, June 12, 2015

Does any one remember....

I don't remember when I heard/did this, but sometime in my life, I remember picking these 'heads' with a long stem.  Then hold the stem up close by this head, take the long stem and wrap it around the head, and pull it and as this is done say, "Mama had a baby and it's head popped off."  The way it is held results in the seed head popping off when you wrap and pull the stem end around it.

I didn't know what this plant was...I don't remember calling it anything as a kid...but in looking I found that it can be called a narrow leafed plantain, and is also know as ribwort or buckthorn.

But what I would like to know is who thought up those lines to say with that action? Have you heard it before?  I just think they are such strange lines to say....and I hate to admit it, but showed Lorelei. 

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

A new quilt project

This is what I paused to work on while waiting to get more batiks...it is going to be a baby quilt for Roger's cousin's daughter.  I am having to order fabric for the backing...but soon as it comes in, I am going to get it together and get it quilted.   There things that I wish were different about it...but too late now.  This is only the second time I have used pre-cuts.  I used a charm pack called Bandana by Me and My Sister for Moda.  (For those of you who don't know...Moda is a fabric company and Me & My Sister are actually sisters that design some of the fabric lines.)

When the baby quilt is done, I want to get started back on my daughter's Lotus quilt.  She ordered batiks and had them sent to me, and she mailed some she had picked up, plus I bought some more.  I should have plenty to finish her quilt now.  I am wanting to get it back to it.
I am not sure how hot it got here today...I hung out a load of clothes at about 3:30 p.m. and there was no doubt in my mind that it would get dry.  They have been in for an hour or so.  I know I told one blog friend that our temps had been up to one temp...I think 84 or 85ºF yesterday.  I was getting that temp from on line...but when our local weather came on, he said it had been up to 89º.  Right now it is 91º...I just simply cannot take the real hot temps any more...I hoed the tomato plants and came in so red in the face!
I/we are going to be busy for the next couple of days.  I should get in some visiting but not sure how much.  

Monday, June 8, 2015

From the trader's fair....

I saw this little kitty at the trader's fair.  I don't recall why I didn't try to get a good picture...I remember just snapping and not really composing the picture.  I didn't check the price...remember I am trying to get rid of things, not bring in new.

Mom and I used to walk and go visit these neighbors of ours...it was a man and his wife and his mom that lived there.  I think I have told before about how in this one bedroom, they kept this wringer washer.  I do not know if it worked or not.  And I don't recall how come I was even in there, but I was in there with one of them for some reason.  And for some reason, she got into this wringer washer...it was full to the brim of purses!

How I wanted to look through them, but I knew better than to ask...and of course I didn't reach for any.  But every time we went there from then on, I was hoping to get to go into that room again, but it never happened. I still wonder about them.  I never seen either of the women with a purse.  It almost makes me think it was a dream, but I know it wasn't.

Anyway, when we were there, I mostly played out around the house...there wasn't really much to do, but I do remember being outside.  There was a catalpa tree, and if it was summer, their big leaves fascinated me.

If I were inside very much, she had some little tiny ceramic cats...I suppose the wife saw me looking at them.  Anyway, if I had to stay inside for some reason, she would always get them down and let me play with them.
This is the same neighbor that they stopped by after being to town, and he told me he had almost caught a pigeon for me.  I didn't realize it, but he must have know how I loved animals.  He had been able to walk right up to it....I don't know if he got to the point where he was bending over to catch it, but I do remember being amazed at how close he got.  I would have been totally thrilled with a gift like that.

Sunday, June 7, 2015


Even though this grows wild, Spiderwort is a beautiful plant...and it was in the in the bouquet Lorelei and her Papaw brought me last weekend.
I am sitting in my recliner with the computer on my lap...and one of my cats is laying across my legs.  She gets there and does not want to move--and even manages to make me feel guilty if I have to get up or just want to get up.  I cannot tell you the time I sit here delaying getting up just because I do not want to disturb her.

We have to take our Rav4 in for a recall tomorrow...I think Roger is going to drop me off at Jo-Ann Fabrics and I will browse in there while he is at Toyota.

That is the plans...we will see how it goes....we had about totally forgot the appointment.  I seldom actually forget appointments, but sometimes I just totally forget till the day before, but this one I don't know about.  I can't say I actually remembered it...I got an email notice or might have totally forgotten.

Saturday, June 6, 2015

Simple but beautiful...

Seems like ever year I try to capture this grass...I like this one best of the ones I have taken.  Not saying it is fantastic or anything...but I do like it.  There was just the slightest, lightest breeze and its flowers were dancing in the wind.

Thanks to Marie for mentioning the TV mini-series Centennial... we started watching it last night.  It will at least be something to watch for a few nights.  We are definitely enjoying it.

Friday, June 5, 2015

Just a little post

We pass this little church every time we go to Mansfield and I never have stopped, and very seldom try to take a photo.  One of these times I am going to stop to get a good picture.  It is nothing fancy...but I noticed a feature today that I had never noticed in all the times of passing it.
We decided to try a bit of fishing this afternoon.  Much to our surprise the Big Raccoon Creek was full to the brim...they were letting water out of the dam.  We threw our line in the water about a dozen time but it was swirling and muddy and just not a good time to fish.

Maybe another day...I have really been wanting to go.  I just need to go fishing every so often.  It is sort of like rebooting a computer...it puts me in better working order. 
I never let myself really start looking for that batting today.  I just now finished sewing to pieces together to make one big enough for the baby quilt.  As I passed Roger, I asked him wonder where I should hide it from myself at....LOL  

Some randomness....

It is time for Tanya's Willy Nilly Friday 5....that's a good thing because I have no idea what I would have posted otherwise.  You would think with the nice weather I would have a lot to write about, but I don't.  So this might be a struggle to come up with 5....

1.  I have spent almost the entire day looking for the crib sized quilt batting I know I have, but with no success.  It reminded me of the graph above.

2.  Then I spent a good fifteen minutes finding the graph...I have shared it before but it is still so fitting every time I see it.

3.In my search for the above graph I found this one:
I haven't shown this to Roger, but I am sure he will identify with this.

4.  Is anyone else anxiously awaiting the arrival of the first tomato from the garden?

5.  Go see Revrunner's post with photos of clouds and read the poem by Percy Bysshe Shelley.  The actual poem is longer.  I love the verses chosen to accompany the photos.  If you want, click here to read the entire poem.  It is pretty wonderful.

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

The day is done...

I have been sitting listening to the TV and looking at photos...couldn't resist posting this one again.  I know of at least one person that will enjoy it.
Its been a good day, as days go.  I got to hang out another load of clothes.  That is always a good thing.  I sometimes just look for an excuse to do a load to hang outside.

But today, I did the one losf, and got busy with sewing. I am well on the way to having the baby quilt top finished.  I know I have a crib sized batting but cannot place my hands on it.  I was weary by the time I wanted to find it, so did not do a good search.  I want to find it before I put the borders on the quilt top.

I am to the point where I need a big tote for my battings and pieces of battings.  I would save a lot of time if they were all in one place.

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

In the wind....

This was taken a few years ago....at an Amish farm. 

The sun shone and the sky was blue today, and it was oh, so nice.  After two days of overcast skies and so chilly of needing a jacket to be outside, I have returned to thinking just maybe summer is better than winter!

I just need to start being up and out early when the heat starts.  If I get up and am out as the day heats up, it does not bother me near as bad as when I wait and it hits me full force the first time.

At least it is good weather for hanging out clothes, which I did today.  Two loads....may do another tomorrow.

I had to go to Walmart....I am not even saying how much I spent on catfood.  The bad thing is it will not last the month.  I sometimes think how far the money would go in feeding hungry people, but then who would take care of the cats.  Does anyone else have these weird thoughts?  It goes through my mind every so often.

I finally got to sew a few lines this evening...the first time in a few days other than helping Lorelei sew a few lines.  I am hoping to get back to my projects...yes, projects.  I was waiting to get more batiks for my daughter's quilt and started a baby quilt.  I will probably finish it before I get back to her quilt....I am not sure when the baby is due, but just want to finish it now that it is started.  And since it is small, it won't take too long.

Monday, June 1, 2015

Just a couple sunsets from 2008....
The second has been cropped just a smidgeon to avoid the horizon being almost the center of the photo.
I have not earned my keep today.  We ran to Menard's to look around a bit.  From there to the library to renew my card.  I wanted access to their digital content....I wanted to see if it were any different to ours.  I have not did the comparisons yet, but did glance around some and what I looked at seemed to be about the same books.

It stayed cool and overcast for most of this day...the sun finally peeped out late this evening.  If nothing happens, tomorrow I will be hanging out laundry.  And hopefully I will get back to sewing.