Sunday, October 16, 2016

Pumpkin Paradise

So. Last fall I bought a couple of pretty fine pumpkins from the Amish family we usually visit in Clark, MO. One was quite bumpy (warty) and one a vivid orange. I did not bring them in during the autumn and after Mom's stroke, I did nothing outside.

So from that pumpkin mush grew enormous vines at the end of our ramp. Mom came home from a hospital visit in July and little vines had to be pushed aside for her entrance. I stayed in the house and just laughed when visitors said the vines were amazing out there...  The UPS man  and everyone else talked about the great big pumpkins...

I just smiled, visualizing the controlled, smallish vines I saw in July. Well, we had tons of rain this summer. We had these shoulder high vines that did, indeed take over the ramp and the yard. I was out of the house again the last day of September, and they were starting to wilt. Last Saturday my son and I delivered a big orange beauty to several friends. I cut a few for us... and I have a couple more I would like to get to others... We have had a little frost since these pictures were snapped, My son informs me I was a week too late because the vines were even bigger earlier..  I love this crazy patch... but I think about how my crazy yard (with the moss growing on the house due to all the foliage) compares to the lovely arrangements on straw bales I see everywhere...  Not a lot of comparison except both have pumpkins! Oh, well. This is me.

A couple remain on the frost-nipped, taupe vines. Mom has been following their development carefully. She was planning next year's garden. I think I should set out one of these again to see what happens. My son suggested putting the pumpkins all over the yard and not having to mow! What a chip off the old block!

So this is charlie Brown reporting in from The Great Pumpkin Patch!                                                                                    

Saturday, October 15, 2016

Chasing the Moon

I don't have a lot to say, but my son and I did find a moment to chase the beautiful full moon tonight. Enjoy!

Whimsy and Hugs!

Monday, September 26, 2016

The Busy Day

This is it...  Today I woke up and felt the cool, yes, this is Autumn weather, and I just about jumped over the house.  haha..  That would be a big trick requiring more than a temperature change, I think.
But it is beautiful today. Nobody is coming today, I tell Mom. She lies there thinking about who might be coming to break her "Monotony."  (AKA me...  haha..)

Then. Boom! Our nurse called and switched her bath day to today from tomorrow. And then the Bug Man called to do a quarterly spray, a luxury that I know I could do myself, but...  I hate spiders and mice so bad that I am willing to pay this guy four times a year to come fix our troubles... Friday I saw a big spider on the window, and I asked the little nurse if she'd kill it, knowing full well she is terrified of spiders like I am. She first said no, and I said I'd get it, but it was in a terrible spot for someone not that mobile, so she took off her shoe and got to work. She mumbled that I could know she loved me since she was doing that, and then she shouted, "I got it!" I didn't realize it but I had rolled my chair into the kitchen away from the scene of the crime completely. "You didn't even have my back," she said reproachfully. To my shame, I did not. I do hate spiders.

Then also a painter is coming to give me an estimate to fix some crumbling plasterboard and repaint the living room. I'm really torn on a color. This green color is okay and has been this room's color probably 60 years. But I'm always up for change. I don't think the walls have been painted since my first marriage in 1975...  They're due.

So I poured myself a cup of coffee and am trying to get things ready for all the stuff going on...  It isn't a trip to the Florida Keys, and it isn't a cruise, and it isn't even a big outing into the beautiful wild Autumn air...  but it is something...  SOMETHING...  and that is what Mom craves.

Have a fun day...

Whimsy and Hugs!

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Happy Autumn!

Where have I been all month? Well, actually I haven't stepped foot out of the house since Mom came home about sixty days ago. I know. I promised myself and everyone else I would do better, but I am just having trouble finding anyone who wants to do ANYTHING like this...  and anything else I am in the market for.

I have been looking for a person to redo the floors and put in a new snap-wood look floor system in three rooms and a porch. I have a man who swears he'd love to paint the living room. And I have pest controllers and furnace men coming to repair, spray, and hook up a new heater. Is it  time I just gave up on all these guys and started over? Not to mention the many who take my number to call me back about helping with some care giving for Mama.

We are about the same. She is busily planning a big Halloween bash. I would say that her gift from the lord is hospitality because she is always happiest when someone is coming during the day and there is a reason to plan a party.  I told her she could be a queen with a crown and her velvet blankets and we'd make her hospital bed look like a throne. She just beamed and added she wanted a scepter. Oh, my...

I have been journaling and scripting out life and plans in some traveler's notebooks. It's a new method to me, and I'm really enjoying it so much. Now if I just had a life to plan out...

Hope you are doing well and enjoying the cooler days. We had some wonderful fall weather, but today is hot, hot. I spent the morning digging out my bedroom/old dining room...  It's looking a bit better.  I need a good, hot fire, I think...  and just stop thinking what I could do with this and that....  and this...  and that.

Happy Fall! Today's the day an egg is supposed to balance on the wrong end.  Enjoy...  (but have a towel ready because it often doesn't work.)'

Whimsy and Hugs!

Thursday, September 1, 2016

Links of Love

Happy 97th Anniversary to my grandparents... I wrote of their love story twice so thought I would link those here.

Riverbank Legend


When a Man Loves a Woman

Whimsy and Hugs!

Friday, August 26, 2016

A Beautiful Place...

Step on over to visit my sister cousin at her blog! She is an amazing photographer and has a cheerful outlook on life. Check out some of her back posts!  From My Country Sunrize is the place to be...

Whimsy and Hugs!

Saturday, August 20, 2016

The Ocean's Blue

It seems like forever since I wrote an honest to goodness post on here about something other than the daily goings on in our world. I want to share my bit of beach and sun on the mantel before sweet autumn arrives and lets me change it all out for my favorite time of the year.

I love these aquas and silvers and have used them for Christmas time as well (minus the seashells, of course.) These big shells are years and years old. When I was a little girl my dad and mom were friends with a sweet couple who wintered in Sarasota, Florida. They had a little dachshund named Ginger Baby, and they loved to spoil me and bring me all kinds of treasures from the sea. I am not sure it is legal any more to get such big shells, but I'm sure they gathered them  when it was. 

I have been fortunate enough to see all four major bodies of water available to Americans. I traveled up to the Great Lakes, and I've visited the beautiful blue Gulf of Mexico. I spent two summers in California and visited the wild and wickedly misnamed Pacific Ocean on many occasions, never able to get too far out due to the scary riptides. I also saw briefly one magical day the grey Atlantic beyond the beach's blue stripe along Boca Raton. Gorgeous!

You are looking at a 2016 Holiday Barbie I got for Mama while she was in the hospital. I thought the "snow globe" looked amazingly like a sea bubble, and her colors were perfect, so we tucked her right in after she came home and claimed her prize.
So true. I have lived landlocked in Missouri all my life, but I believe the restorative powers of      the vast blue waves would do wonders in our souls. I think it possible to journey everywhere via books and media. No, it's not as good as being there, but it isn't like missing out altogether. 

Sparkle. It is the sparkle that changes the day from just a day to a blessed 24-hour span. How do we each add that sparkle. That's the ultimate question, isn't it. I think a key to finding it is to believe the glow is truly there waiting to be dug out or polished off... not feeling the burden of actually striking flint and finding kindling and re-inventing the flame...  just fan it. My mom's nurse is a joy to us. Today she told us of her plans for tonight. She has two school age children who begin classes Monday. They have been looking forward to a final campout for weeks. Well, the forecast was for high percent chance of severe storms, so she decided to take her kids to a nearby farm and with permission, of course, set up the tent in the machine shed! I call that sparkle! When lightning, thunder, and strong winds beat on my window about 1 o'clock a.m., my first thought was how glad I am they were inside! 

All that said, yeah... The sea tide ebbs and the pull of crisp Autumn is happening. Tomorrow night is supposed to be 57 degrees! I have my caramel sauce recipe and Granny Smiths are on my short list! Time to light my pumpkin cocoanut candle from Bath and Bodyworks...

Enjoy a blessed weekend.

Whimsy and Hugs!

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Hazy August Sun...

As much as I want to leap into Autumn, I am enjoying Summer's glory. Hot and humid Missouri has been a doozy. Mornings see steam caught between the window and the screen... I am loving the summer salads and Mom wants a huge garden next year... (!) and a dog!!!! I am going to have to pray about those.

Hope you are all having a good week.

While I would love to take credit for these pretty cookies, I bought them from QVC. So delicious, too....  

Happy Wednesday!

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

It is such good advice...

Whimsy and Hugs!

It is almost that magical time of the year for families with young children. In the early evening the late-summer's golden slant of light sets the stage for the song of the locusts, and I would know without a calendar or a Payless shoe ad that it is time once again for book bags and new crayons... It is back to school once again without me. 

And it is not as if I have stopped needing to learn things...  Oh no! I have more to understand than ever as my days wind into months, seasons, and years.

I have been enjoying most days with planning, journals, good books, and of course, Mama. In all honesty, the nights are not as good.  We spend a lot of time in a life lock to see whether madness or dreams will rule the night... Honestly it is too close to call.


Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Whimsy and Hugs!

Thought these were a hoot for upcoming back to school! Enjoy...

Have a good week!