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Monday, July 31, 2006

Cannot Sleep...

Too hot, even with the air conditioning... Knee aches from low barometric pressure... getting a cold or something, keep sneezing and blowing...and had an upsetting 'discussion' with my daughter via email...

Complain, complain, complain...

Sunday, July 30, 2006

Trying to Stay Cool.....

Thank heavens for airconditioners! We have three going, and fans to circulate the air through our home...
Weather service is warning that tomorrow the heat indice will be 110!!! Are we still in Minnesota? I'm beginning to wonder!
Husband and son installed a new entry door to the house. Totally insulated with double paned glass in the window. It should help keep the house warmer this winter. Then they bought a 'handicap' door handle. You know the kind, instead of a round knob, a handle! Nice! Arthritic fingers (mine) will appreciate that!
I spent the day doing laundry, finishing a sewing job for a customer, and giving my little dog, Sony, a bath and haircut.
Not much excitement around here on a hot, hot day!

Friday, July 28, 2006

(Do Not) Wash Me...

Found this link on Rebecca Blood s blog. This guy had taken windshield doodles to a whole new level!

Tuesday, July 25, 2006

...After The Rain...

IT'S RAINING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


I hope it lasts all night long!

Very, Very Dry...

Our yard is turning brown.... and crunchy! Where is the rain? It keeps missing us....

Sunday, July 23, 2006

For Whom The Bell Tolls...

My husband and son installed this ship's bell in the front yard this morning. They will be staining the timbers to match our house and garage.
My friend gave me the bell as a 'get well' present after my surgery. It came from an old logging ship that travelled on Leech Lake many, many years ago. The ship sank in Walker Bay, and some time ago, a scuba diver found it and gave it to my friend's father.
My husband is a retired Navy Master Chief, so he was very pleased with this new 'yard ornament'!

Thursday, July 20, 2006

My Son, The Builder...

My friend, (the wonderful person who lets me come into her classroom to work with her students) has hired my son off and on over the last couple of years for several different projects: installing new light fixtures, transplanting shrubs, putting in a new door, landscaping, etc. This summer she wanted a new stairway to the apartment above her garage. He made it of treated timbers and cedar and it will weather to the gray/brown to match the rest of the house:

To the right you can see some of the landscaping my son did last summer.

Can you tell that I am SO proud of him and his abilities?

Wednesday, July 19, 2006

The Glory of the Bloom...

The morning glories are slower this year, possibly due to the tremendous heat and lack of rain. I planted red, white, and blue varieties this year. Still waiting to see a red bloom!

My lily garden. The six varieties have multiplied so much, I will have to do some dividing!

Pink hollyhocks. Not very tall, but they did expand to two stalks.

Burgundy hollyhocks. This is their second year also. They have multiplied from one stalk to five and are over six feet tall now!

Sunday, July 16, 2006

Weather or Not...

It's Too Darned Hot!

Friday, July 14, 2006

And Now A Word From Our Sponsor...

I have a television set in my sewing room. I do a LOT of sewing, and for company, I keep the TV on.

Lately, I've had some disturbing thoughts about commercials. As an English major I really wonder who writes these little 'messages'. For example, Maaco's insistance to bring your damaged vehicle in to their 'cosmolision' specialists. WHAT? I understand 'demolition' and 'collision', but what exactly is 'cosmolision'? Sounds like something from space obliterating the earth in a cataclysmic catastrophe...

Then there is the one with grown men dressed as fruit singing, "Yo - o - o - u can't over-love your underwear." HUH? I don't even LIKE most of my underwear... as long as it it clean and comfortable, I'm good.

Another one - people are floating through the air because they drink water filtered through a Brita water filter that apparantly filters out 'what weighs you down.' COME ON!!!

Have you seen the one about the vacuum that doesn't lose suction? The man extolling the virtues of this (apparently) miraculous appliance, speaks with such a thick accent, that the first few times I heard him, I really thought he was saying, "The first vaccuum that doesn't USE suction." I kept thinking, WHAT?

Another type of commercial uses well-known TV personalities to convince us about the integrity of products. All I can think of is that they must be really desperate for work... Just because I may have seen them in numerous successful TV programs, doesn't mean I believe them when they say a home equity loan is the answer to all my problems! Or that a Sleep Number bed is the answer to my aches and pains! Come on, Linda Carter, you weren't that convincing as Wonder Woman!

Soooo, as I used to tell our daughter, 'Don't believe everything you see on TV!'

Tuesday, July 11, 2006

Another New Day...

Each new day offers an opportunity. Will I look to this day as a time of drudgery, a stepping-stone to something else, or as a treasure in itself?
There are so many possibilities. There are the every-day things that need to be done- laundry, cleaning, cooking, gardening... These can be done grudgingly or happily- I can be happy to have a home to care for, a flower garden to enjoy, food to prepare for my family, and clothing to be cared for.
However, some days the 'never-endingness' of housework can be overwhelming. Like the old joke of the young bride saying, "Man, I hate housework. I clean and clean all day and six months later have to do it all again!!" But when my husband comes home from work, I take pride in the fact that he doesn't have to step over piles of crud just to get through the door. I like knowing that things have a place and I try VERY hard to return items to that particular place so I can find them when I need them. And there is a very real satisfaction in preparing a healthy meal that my family enjoys.
There are many days now when I am all alone at home (well, unless you count our two little dogs) and would love to have someone to talk with... but I know that I can pick up the phone to talk with a friend, or get in the car and go visit someone. And of course, I can blog and read other blogs!
I have the freedom of deciding which household chore I want to do and when I want to do it.

Well, I have just convinced myself that I have a pretty darn good life! Yes, I miss teaching... but as soon as the new school year begins, I will be back volunteering in my friend's classroom!

Monday, July 10, 2006

Best Meal Ever...

Thanks to Loralee for the writing prompt... she said to write about the best meal ever...

Sooo... if I could plan it, have someone else cook it, (and pay for it), this is what I would have:

Lots and lots of deep-fried shrimp - the humungous kind you have to cut with a knife and fork that you can only get on the East Coast (had them once in Tiverton, Connecticutt)
Tartar sauce (to dip the shrimp in)
Steamed asparagus
Tossed salad with Thousand Island dressing
Hot fudge sundae for dessert
Lots and lots of ice water

OK, that's it!

Sunday, July 09, 2006

Now Cooler...

OK, today's weather is much cooler. I can live with that!
But we sure do need some rain.

Now I know I'm really old... I keep talking about health and weather issues... sorry...

Guess there's not much to write about lately. I wish I could think of something funny, or wonderful, entertaining, or exciting.

Saturday, July 08, 2006

Hot, Hot, Hot...

I don't like heat and humidity... No, I don't like it! Never have, never will!! So there!
Yes, we have air conditioning, but there is something weird about having the windows and doors all closed in the summer. Somehow, I feel trapped... I much prefer having the summer breezes wafting in through open windows.
I want to smell the sweet fragrance of the 'baby's breath' and roses in my flower bed and the newly-mown grass. I want to hear the birds celebrating their young leaving their nests. I want to hear the first rumblings of a thunderstorm moving our way. I want to smell the ozone-laden air just before the rain comes.
Don't want too much, do I?

Friday, July 07, 2006

This Place Is For The Birds!!!

This isn't a very good picture... but the grackles and bluebirds have been bringing all their new children to our deck and bird feeder! When I went out with the camera, they all moved far away... go figure!
Yesterday, a grackle parent, I don't know if it was the father or the mother, had one of the young ones on the railing of our deck. She/he/it had a mouthfull of what looked like grass and some round things, and was feeding the young one with it. We finally realized that it was a large batch of daddy-long-leg spiders! Yummm!!!! NOT!!!

Tuesday, July 04, 2006

Happy Fourth of July!!!

Sunday, July 02, 2006


I couldn't resist posting these.

Saturday, July 01, 2006

Another Lesson...

OK, when you have had knee surgery on one knee and the other one NEEDS surgery, DON'T GO TO A CHURCH RUMMAGE SALE AND STAND ON THE CONCRETE FLOOR FOR OVER AN HOUR TALKING TO A FRIEND....