Thursday, July 12, 2018
Meanwhile............... Summer in the Yard and More
Thank you to everyone for your responses to my last post. No matter your thoughts on the issue. I do apologize for having put "moderation" on there for awhile, I do try not to do so. But I have a couple regular readers and helpful commenters who drop by regularly and I do not want to eliminate their anonymous responses which are often on point. However, I have one or two people who instead of responding with intelligent counterpoint respond with viciousness. If one of those two people is reading now, know that in order for your post to be seen here, you need to be "yourself". I'll happily post your vitriol, the day you accept responsibility for such. Meanwhile I'll be working back to posting at will this week.
In other news, my summer of the local is going along very well. My "women of a certain age" gals have been meeting for lunch, with a different makeup each time, which I love (we are about fifty members plus now and I find the large group an advantage. So far the largest get together has been ten or so, which is a good number and mix).I am enjoying the fact that this is a group of people from all perspectives and with different lifestyles (married, single, widowed, grand kids, no grand kids, liberal, conservative, outside types and non outside types). It makes a good mix and I am not one to become only involved with people "like me".
Next week we plan to go to a very large jewelry store near by, make jewelry for a couple hours and hit happy hour, and go to the local lavender and blue grass festival at the Botanic Gardens. Later in the summer we have wine tasting. And I'm still trying to take a day to do free thinks locally like the Irish fest, outdoor museums, and free art walks in various art districts. We do plan an August break to take a Wyoming road trip ending up at Devil's tower!
For those following the World cup, let me just interject here that absolutely nothing, nothing has been as I thought, except for France. My poor little bracket did have France playing Portugal or Germany, but other than that everything has been off the charts. Which has actually made for wonderful viewing. And to my English friends, yea, I thought you would win yesterday too.
Some of you may be surprised to find out that I've been stepping outside my night owl zone. Partially because my sister begins watering the whole yard at six thirty or seven and the faucet is right outside my window, and partially because I enjoy the early morning cool before the ninety degree to one hundred degree days. The end result is that me, the night owl has been nodding her head at .....wait for it....eleven in the evening!
I continue to enjoy the yard especially in the early morning and late evening, reading, playing with the dogs and occasionally knitting outside. On the creative side, I've moved back to my naturally bright nature with my next quilt, and finished a Christmas project-a really wide table runner to use on the table shown! I can't decide if the quilt will be a donation to one of the homeless moving into our little house village program or if I will make it big enough for my bed. My walls are yellow, after all! I've also been experimenting, as my son is not home to grill and it's just too hot for the oven. The end result? Yes, you can make country ribs in the slow cooker, as well as sausage and peppers, fajitas, and barbecued chicken thighs that are actually crispy. So I have plenty of fodder for my "frugal slow cooker" and "cooking for two posts" coming up. Unfortunately, my sewing space is a double edged sword. The huge tree outside my window cools the house-but makes taking natural light photos in that space difficult.
I've been trying to decide if I want to revert to sewing and selling, so I'll be conducting an experiment. Rather than doing custom sewing, I've spent a couple days each week in the cool air conditioning sewing Christmas and team themed items. Starting in the fall I'm simply going to share them on Facebook business page, on my blog, and in various Next door type groups. Everything I'm making is something I will be happy to keep, give as a gift or donate, so it's a way to check out if it brings me joy (and money). By the way, my tentative name is "Frivolous Necessities by Barbara". What do you think?
And finally. One of the reasons for this semi summer break was to see if this blog should be continued. Would I stay away and have no interest in blogging and not want to continue? Would I blog in a different form? While I've enjoyed not blogging and having a summer to do some major summer things here at home, I have in fact realized that I do want to continue blogging. I hope that's a good thing for my readers. In fact, I think I've decided that as I return to blogging I will do so more often. Three days a week minimum is my goal, and I had thought about five days, although the latter almost has a "diary" feel to it. Why? Because while I tend to have an opinion on wayyyyy too many things, this blog is first and foremost about my life, and how I live it.......as an adventurous retiree who lives on a fixed income. So while I will surely have long posts on opinionated topics, this blog will go back to something closer to what it was when I began. Which means posting more often. About widowhood, single retirement, creativity, travel and a host of other things-within my personal frame. And I hope that works for everyone.
Meanwhile, pictures. Because while the grass is hot and dry (so dry that all personal fireworks were banned this year), and barely has to be mowed every other week, the plants are thriving. Especially in the morning and mainly because of all the watering done, sometimes twice a day. but never by me. And as you see we continue to reclaim the land, oasis by oasis, from the ever present rocks left behind by the last owner.
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