Friday, August 25, 2023

Little Fall ...

I just love it when I can drag out the totes of Autumn. I've been a little slow, but I sure started early! 
I plan to finish tomorrow if I can get myself in gear.  I wish I had the enthusiasm and energy in the daytime that invades my spirit through the night!  I know... put away screens! Ok... in a minute!
What are your favorite Autumn plans?  Mine usually involve some kind of cooking.  We're hoping to slip back from our 100 degree weather after tomorrow.  Good old August... I can remember so many days like this at the beginning of school. 
I've been kidnapped by a series again. This time it is Homeland with Mandy Patinkin and Claire  Danes... again I can't recommend it because it is really too mature for my childlike soul... but I'm on season 8... and there are only 5 more episodes... 
I hope I find something else after I'm done.  My son is watching The Wire but I usually sleep through those.  Then he goes to bed and I watch Saul and Carrie.
I can't say August was all I'd hoped for... I guess August was ok, but I didn't set any records for accomplishments. 
Time for a little crash before morning (3 a.m.) Have a good weekend!

Wednesday, August 16, 2023

Down the Rabbit Hole

Good morning, Lovelies!  Just following up at last with the post about my surprise!
I decided to buy myself a treat... I love quilts and have always thought I'd make one, but... so far that has not been in my wheelhouse. Although I  bought a sewing machine about two years ago, I have yet to thread it.  I learned sewing from a seamstress gramma who was excellent... as a seamstress but less than hopeful about my ability to actually do the task, I think.
 I so remember that moment in all my endeavors when she smiled that loveliest smile and insinuated her five foot nothing frame into my space. I was having a problem with something in my project...  "Here." Her voice commanded me to move aside though her words did not.  I would sit there or stand aside, it didn't matter.  Hastily and almost by magic, her hands would baste the zipper, thread the machine, fill the bobbin, [insert random job here], and Voila! I was back where I'd started but the problems were gone.  Fairy grandmother indeed! 
 In retrospect,  I guess Gramma wasn't a teacher at heart like my mother and I. Thus,  nether one of us really sewed... we could, but we didn't. 
And so... I decided this pattern, (which by itself, cost 30 bucks! ) Was just going to waste away in my project box forever. I opted to contact a woman on Etsy who makes quilts a lot! 
She said yes, and in about two months I had my sweet quilt.  It's called The Raven by Blackbird Design. My lady is Roseberry Handmade on Etsy.
 She reported that she didn't really enjoy the process, which made me sad... but I love the result.  She said the pattern was quite difficult, and she wouldn't do one of then again from that designer. I'm so glad I didn't make this my first, if not only venture into quilt making!  
I think I'll use it year round here and there.  I carry a little Autumn in my soul, no matter the season.  My mother carried Summer, and my Dad was a Summer for sure. Winter? I'm as close to one of them as I've known.. one grandmother (the seamstress) was pure Spring, and my dad's mom was an Autumn.  
What are you, do you think?  As long as my heater and AC work, I'm all season.  Lol... but deliver me from hot! 

Here's a link to a reel. The Raven

See you soon with more Autumn from my soul and home. 

August: the Venerable Season

Happy August! Well, three days in, and I'm pretty sure it's going to be cooler and more beautiful than ever. We've had such storms and foggy mornings, pink sunset Canopy skies at twilight... just amazing.

I did the tiniest nod to Autumn.. more to follow, of course. I'll be changing that quilt... The pillows are new from Etsy... 
I've chosen these traveler's notebooks for the month... I have way too many, I guess, but I don't get out,  so it's my new way to accessorize. I buy Planner Perfect products and follow her method... It has really made a positive difference for my life.  
 The focus for August is a prettier, level-up for life around here.  
I don't like the bummed complacency I've drifted into although I understand why.  Illness does that to me,  and 2023 has been a bit rocky without being really awful.  I have been dealing with after effects from my total tooth extraction. No.  I haven't even thought about dentures much.  I just need to feel better before I start that... Then I did have 3 to 4 months of Shingles... they were really a downer. I had a stress fracture in my right hand... so... knock on wood,  I am on the mend! And allergies... Then more than my own pebbles, there is always the Boulder of my son and the way he feels... I don't say all this for sympathy... I just need to give this house some grace and let God have all this.  He's more than capable... Denial has done nothing for me! 
My first day of August was a bear killing experience.  I kicked tail and took names. Less accomplishments  filled day two, and yesterday was  totally a "bust."
Well,  I truly love reading your blogs I don't always comment because I read on my phone, and it doesn't allow me to comment well at all... not even as myself... not sure what I did, but it wasn't wise and I mistakenly  selected a typo "iatmealandwhimy" so it just acts mad about it!  Lol... 
I'm working on a journal for a friend who's having some festivities for her family... I've just started being able to cut and glue again.  Hallelujah! 
My rainbow homemade bread from a young neighbor!  How sweet! It was yummy! I had a carpenter come to fix a corner of my ramp. It had been built wrong,  with a raised border, and almost everyone hung a foot on it..... so I just decided to fix it before someone fell! My dad always told me,  "You think you don't have time to do things right, but then you have to find the time to do them over!" So true, Daddy-o.
I have a surprise coming from Etsy... it's on the way!  I commissioned it in June or July! And it's for me...  my Precious! Lol... stay tuned!