Sunday, August 1, 2021

Good morning, August!

The day began with chaffles... a new concept shared by one of you, Jenny the Pirate. She has a cool blog called "I'm having a thought here." [The recipe calls for a half cup of shredded mozarella, one egg, and a T. Almond flour. Mix and cook in a mini waffle maker. Yields 2.]  In absence of almond flour, I've been using gluten free bisquick, and these were made with sharp cheddar shreds. They are deee-lish!

I finally gave up my early morning dreams and crawled out of bed. I was having really visual, beautiful dreams about being a wise and tiny Korean mother flying high into the clouds with the assistance a cluster of emerald and rose-colored balloons... I was off to rescue someone! A group on the ground was trying to alert the military not to shoot me down! My kimono was long and fluttering in the wind... beautiful shades of Grey, azure, and crimson....  lol... you know, the basic dream that you keep trying to go back and re-join to finish the job! I'm sure I saved the day! How could that go Wrong? 

I'm going to repaint this little sign,.but I just felt the need to see Mom's beautiful words she told me while I was helping her through one of her rare cranky days after her stroke. Exactly... I think most of us at our ages know how to change the color of a day.  But do we use that super power for good or evil? Hmmm? 

Here we are in August of Year 2 of the pandemic. Possibly never in our lives have we needed this strength more. 

My son and I were talking about the "go-to" conversations or processes that seem to live in our conscious minds. He said his usually revolve around code for his computer programming or code for a video game he would like to create. Wow! I mean no disrespect, but I would probably die if my mind constantly revolved around integers! 

I told him mine revealed either projects or more likely conversations inhabited by my parents and grandparents now gone from this earth. His reaction to my interior monologue? Precisely the same as mine! Oh, how funny!

Have a wonderful and safe August. May we color wisely and kindly... ❤

Saturday, July 31, 2021

Farewell, July...

Dare I say how quickly 2021 is going? I really believe time flies when a person is having fun. 
And so it goes. Today thunder and rain gently invade the morning. I'm contemplating coffee and weighing that pleasure against one more round of sleep. 

My son gave me a cool leather sketchpad for my birthday, so I've been doodling a bit... 

This week was a blur of cooking and cleaning and making things.  Yesterday I bought some green beans to snap and stem from Aldi's. After hours of cooking them, all I can say is either the beans are different or I can't conjure the summer magic of mom's home cooked beans.  They are just a little blah... and baby,  I have a whole potful! Lol

My son sent me this picture, laughing at me about my "foreign language" filet crochet piece I have had just like this since Easter... upsy doozy! Details! Lol... 

I hope all our Augusts are safe and healthy. What upsetting times for the soul.  

I'm trying to wait until August 15th, my personal date to decorate for that Queen of Seasons... 

Although... technically I've already started with the tree, huh? 
Don't these sound fab? I think a quick Google will give us the recipe. 

This one has me at "wheat thins" but... we've been either keto or at least gluten free so long.... I like the brown rice crisps from Aldis... sorta.. 

Have a lovely weekend. 
👀  you next month!

Friday, July 23, 2021

Orangeville Summer

Decorating seasonal trees has always been a dreamy experience. However, I have really enjoyed the challenge presented by my pale, blush-pink tree. My normal palette hasn't ever been pastels... throughout my whole life really. I love soft sherbert colors, but I  never gravitate there for decor or fashion. However, this barely there,  baby pink is a glorious exception. 😍 everything about this --- including the tree --- came from Amazon...  orange lights on white cords, silk florals.  I added back the rose gold, unbreakable ornaments even though they seem to be reflecting blue? Light and color are willfull, surprising chameleons...

I cut the gilded burlap Autumn ribbon into 17-inch pieces and wove those here and there... and I plan to add some more  small ornaments in the next weeks if I can "create" what I see in my mind... lol! 

Alexa still runs my outlet with voice commands ["Merry Christmas" for illumination and "Silent Night" for darkness]. When I least expect it [or want it], sarcastic Alexa [she who cannot be named] breaks into Christmas music instead of following the programmed voice command!  🙃

The yard and bushes look much better! I am cleaning in the Studio... Friday! 

Have a lovely weekend! 

Thursday, July 22, 2021


I have been working on the margins thing... lol... created a reading nook in my bedroom and also have been working on some more junk journals. 

I have a new habit of saving some of my night's sleep to konk out in my chair during my son's work day... 

I'm so un-sleepy at night... hmmmm... wonder why.

Tomorrow my lawn man comes to trim up some ornamental evergreens and remove an old patio/nostalgia spot/ugly area from the front yard. Why is it that every time I change something I feel like I am disappointing my parents... ? 

Oops! I forgot to crop out my messy desk!.I clear it between projects, but by the time I finish a book, the layers of ephemera and goodies are really overwhelming! 

I saw this cross stitch... I did NOT do this myself, but I liked the wording.  However, I probably won't heed them. I rather enjoy looking back!

My pink Spring and Summer tree has been put away. About half the lights quit, of course,  so I have moved into early Autumn/late Summer...  I have to show you later because last night was brutal. I broke a huge mercury glass ornament. It actually exploded on the floor. Then the silk hydrangeas I ordered from Amazon came with stems optional! I have tried to glue the stupid stems they sent into the flower... some assembly required! And I must have spaced out I needed three strands of lights... ugh... and the final "straw"? I thought little natural cat tails and fox grass would be a pretty touch poofing out of my peachy pink tree with white corded orange lights....  Miss Callie thinks they need to come OUT! 
So I have to go rescue either the grass or the cat... my Son has taken up the fight, but Callie's life motto is " I DO what I WAnT!" Lol... Bad Kitty?  Naw... just spoiled rotten. 

Monday, July 19, 2021

Good Morning!

Margins. I just heard part of a motivational post about ensuring wellness and well-being by having proper margins. That concept appeals to the English teacher/journalist spirit in me, as well as satisfying the artistic side. But... what does it mean for us?

Obviously for busy individuals margins require time off, a cooling down time at night and a moment of calm in the morning. 

Okay... for myself in retirement, and especially in pandemic, chronic ugh!, "do I have to say it? Getting older" retirement, margins have....not been happening! My days are often all margins! Most of my pages have reverted to crayon sprawls with very little on them... My planners have stickers and washi and a few notes and menus... 

Nothing requires me to do a darn thing. I always secretly knew I am too much influenced and thus motivated  by recognition or gratitude or praise... and although my teaching job really didn't usually provide much of that from the super powers, I still found so much reward in the interaction and outreach of caring for my kids and fellow teachers... I loved them....

I do miss my students and coworkers. I am gloriously happy to be home with my cool son and our crazy cool cat... (check out her new favorite place to sit when he sleeps on the couch!) Shhh! Don't tell him I posted this!

So... today is Monday and I am about to roll out yet another plan to put some more "copy" in my manuscript of life. I suspect I will still be merciful, an easy-grader/ cut some slack type of boss... so I may well find my margins are still way too big and my work print pretty small... 

July was always a "last call for summer" since school usually started in early August. I am particularly antsy right now because from age six through the next 52 years..... this was go time! Crayons in the big boxes... post-it packs and file posters and....... print outs with ridiculous new rules to follow!  
lol... I need to remember some of that, huh?

Have an awesome week! Since I have been rearranging furniture again, I DO have plenty to do today! What a mess!

Saturday, July 10, 2021

Storm Front...

This old nation is really being bombarded with storm, hurricane, earthquake, and scorching heat... I hope you are all safe! 

We lost some old limbs last night, and the stormy noises sent my cat burrowing through and under the pillows up to greet me. I will admit I was a little worried to feel the presence of an unknown creature and see the ripples under the covers... my covers... Her eyes were like huge reflectors  when I got the courage to lift the corner of my quilt. 
We tried gluten free waffles this morning with keto syrups. Wow! Not sure what we were celebrating, but it was delicious. 

I used the gluten free mix that is kind of like Bisquick.  ALDI carries it. And I ordered the syrups from Amazon. 

I have discovered Home Town on Amazon Prime... so I have been binge watching those kids renovating houses and changing lives... we did our kitchen four years ago and I still can't believe it.... I still want to finish up a couple counters, but it is always so fun to go in and have coffee in the early morning!

I cleaned out some cabinets this week. My next project <ongoing> is that studio! It looks so j u.n.k.y! I need the Amish girls back but we are still all alone in our socially-distanced Oasis. 
Have a fun weekend. 

Tomorrow would be my Daddy's 97th birthday! He would have been out working at the trees with his chain saw this morning! Even at 97... ❤
oh, I forgot to mention how fun it was to use this mini wafflemaker... slow though! I don't recommend it for a crowd. Waffles are about 3 inches. Amazon. 

Sunday, July 4, 2021

Happy 4th

Enjoy this summery holiday in any way you can!

We are planning a traditional menu and some special projects and movies in place of fireworks and cookouts. 

I think our neighbors had some large fireworks tonight but we missed them. 

Celebrate our beautiful Land! Stay safe!

Sunday, June 27, 2021

Lemony Goodness!

I had such a lovely birthday Zoom with a dear friend on Friday. She and I graduated together, and her birthday was yesterday! 
Oh my goodness! She gave me the most perfect little table for the porch.... I grabbed it for the kitchen first because we are having fierce storms right now... she chose beautiful, cheerful lemon themed dishes and decor to go along with it... I love it! 
Keep an eye on the sky if you are in the path of these storm cells. Stay safe!