Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Did You See It?

We did!  It was fun.  We had friends over (they homeschool, too) and we used Tim's fancy welding helmet!  It worked perfectly.

I didn't take any photos here, but Lindsay sent me this one from Tennessee.

This is how it looked during totality.  She took her Nikon with her too, so once she gets them edited, I'll see if she'll let me share a few with you.

My niece sent me this cute meme -

I started the day by mowing our property.  It was about 10:30 when I started and the day was already very warm.

This is how I get my Vitamin D!

I'd love to hear your stories about the eclipse.  I read that this is the first time since the founding of the USA that we've had a total eclipse visible from one side of the country to the other.

Monday, August 21, 2017

The Weekend, Fellowship, and The Eclipse

We had a really nice weekend.  Friday evening we had an intense thunderstorm.  Lots of rain, too.  

Saturday was beautiful, and I worked on changing things on one of my livingroom walls.  I'll show you soon. I promise.

We had a fellowship meal at church today.  We were busy yesterday, and decided that we would order a pizza as our contribution to the meal.  Two other families did the same thing!  It was funny.  After the meal we had a congregational meeting, then several families came over to hang out and visit with Denny, who didn't make it to church today.

Tomorrow is eclipse day!  We didn't buy glasses but are going to use Tim's welding mask.  Its a special kind.  Kay is bringing the girls down, and my friend Jen is bringing her kids over.  What a great science project!

Lindsay and Joseph went down to Tennessee (where Emma and Vinnie are for the summer) to see the eclipse in totality!

NASA has a website set up for viewing the eclipse, too.  We are going to be looking at this site as well, as I really want to see it in totality!  You can find the link here.

I can't wait to hear about all your viewing experiences!  

Friday, August 18, 2017

That Time I Saved My Hydrangea From The Big Storm

It's been really humid here the last several days, and today we had a really big thunderstorm in the late afternoon.  Lightning, thunder and pouring rain!  Our creek was overflowing its banks for a while.

Thankfully I knew this storm was likely so I went out and cut the biggest of my limelight hydrangea.  I didn't want them to get damaged.

 There are only three blooms in this pitcher!  Aren't they amazing?  And did you notice the touch of autumn on the flowers?

So pretty!

Our patient is recovering well.  He likes the curry that we make here so I made a big batch of it and we enjoyed it for dinner and will likely have it Saturday as well.  That works for me, and will give me more time to work on some rearranging I want to do, especially on the living room walls.

I hope you have a really nice weekend!

A Bedside Table

We've been on the lookout for a table for next to Sarah's bed. She had been using, by her own choice, a cardboard box!  (smile)  

Today, I was at Christmas Tree Shops picking up cute napkins for daily use here at home, and some napkins to use when our homeschool co-op starts up next month.  I always make a trip through at least the perimeter of the store and in the furniture section, I struck gold!

 I saw this table and thought that the styling, in spite of their 'modern' label, reminded me of a campaign desk (here is a link to one).  I knew it would look great in her bedroom, and they were marked down by $30!  They only had grey and white on display and I was bummed, but as I looked at the boxes I saw that they had black tables in this style!  Score!

I brought it home, and assembled it this evening.  I had her take a few photos but they were mostly dark.  I'll try to get a better shot or two of it, in her room, tomorrow.

I love the way it looks in her room! And I'm happy that she has a nice table beside her bed now, rather than a cardboard box!

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Mid-August Evening

 I had a busy day yesterday, so I waited until evening to get to the mowing.  I noticed that the walnut tree was dropping leaves and changing to its autumn yellow color.

 The light always draws my attention at this time of year.  There is a more golden tone, as we head into autumn, than the bright shining of summer.

20 minutes later, I ran out of gas for the mower when I was almost done.  So I took this photo (from a different spot) and enjoyed listening to the birds.


The horses love to come around when I mow near the pasture, because they know that I'll shoot some fresh grass in to them.  Cheyenne was the only one who came because Sandy was helping Lindsay teach a young boy how to ride and care for horses.

We are midway through August friends.  Autumn's on its way.  Are you noticing signs of  it where you live?

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Caring For A Friend

You may remember that our friend Denny was going to get his knee replaced right after our California trip.

He postponed that until winter, but found out he'd developed a hernia.  Surgery is this morning.

Rachel and I are up at O dark thirty, and will get him there by 6:00 am.

Naps are likely later today.

Have a wonderful day!

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

My Freckles Are A Reminder

They remind me of the beauty God designed for the many tones of skin He has given to the Nations of the world.  When I look at my freckles, I am reminded of His love for PEOPLE - we are all created in His image.

My freckles give me a bit of the same color of skin as my friend Nick, who has African heritage, and my friend Thelma, who has Mexican heritage, and my friend Barbara, who has Dutch/Indonesian heritage, and my friend Tim, who is Irish, and my great nephew Logan, who has African heritage and Scottish, Irish, and English heritage. I could go on and on.

There are many ethnicities, and how beautiful they are.  God could have designed all humans to have purple skin.  He didn't though. He designed our DNA to be able to produce different melanin counts.  Its a beautiful thing.

There has always been fear of those 'not like us' since the Tower of Babel when God changed the language from one to many, and people scattered all over the world.  Darwin's theory of evolution contributed to this idea that some 'races' were not as advanced as others.  Did you know this?  You can read about that here.

I'm grieved over where the loss of truth has lead us to as a nation. I'm thankful that I was raised in a multi-ethnic church and learned to love people for their character and not the color of their skin. Every day, when I look at my skin, I'm thankful for the daily reminder that God made only one race - the Human Race!  

Sunday, August 13, 2017

More Clothes Talk

I've spent sometime this weekend pinning more clothing that I like.  Do you ever look at clothes on Pinterest?  I put fashion over 40 into the search bar and up come all kinds of interesting stuff!

Here's the link to my fashion pinterest  board if you want to see more.  As a disclaimer I want to say that I might not have pinned each pin because I like the whole outfit.  I may have just liked the way something was put together with accessories, or the color of something.

Do you have fashion boards on pinterest?  Will you share the links with us?  I'd love to see what your pinning! 

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Something To Bridge The Seasons

Our farmhouse table that Tim built years ago, is in need of some attention.  He is going to refinish the top, and use a different sealer for it.  In the meantime, I've been using tablecloths on it and I was looking for something not too fallish (I have those) and not too summery since we are nearly half way through August already!

Christmas Tree Shops came through for me again!  Its a perfectly nice plaid - just right for this in between the seasons time!  That along with a few Black Eyed Susan's from the garden, make a lovely late summer table.

Happy Saturday, everyone!

Friday, August 11, 2017

Clothes: What I've Bought Lately And What I Am Looking To Purchase For Fall

You've seen the dress I wore to my nephew's wedding, but here is the photo again.  Its from Old Navy, and I bought it online.  

I'd been looking at several stores locally and just couldn't find something I really liked.  My main problem with clothes right now is fit.  I am a smaller size in the chest/torso than in the hips/stomach area.  If I get good fit on top, it's too tight on the bottom and vice versa.  Sigh...

Less than a week before we left for California I had not found anything, and figured I would wear a favorite navy ruffled tank that has a small white print on it, and a navy pencil skirt.  

A few years ago I found a cute 'swing' dress at Vanity Fair and really loved the styling and comfort.  I thought if I could find a few I would be set for my trip.

We had been at Old Navy and I couldn't find anything in store, but I looked on line and found the dress I wore to the wedding, and several more.  A sleeveless green swing dress and a short sleeved berry color were purchased along with the dress for the wedding. They were on sale and then there was a code for 40% more off the original price!  I paid for quick shipping and paid just under $80.  

I loved them so much, that I decided to buy a few more dresses after I got home.  I chose colors and a pattern that will work now but also in the fall/winter if I add leggings, a sweater and boots.  This time they were even less expensive and I had a new code for 35% off if I spent a certain amount.  So I chose three dresses, the grey, the black and the black geo pattern, didn't need quick shipping so I got free shipping and paid $52 and some change!  Win!

You can see the other dresses here, here, here, here, and here.  The dress I wore to the wedding is here.

These dresses are great for casual wear but can be dressed up, as well.  And like I mentioned they will easily transition for fall and winter, too.

They are the kind of dress that will work for me even if I lose some more weight.  They are really forgiving.

One of the items I'm looking to add to my wardrobe for fall is a cropped denim jacket.  I really like this look with my black swing dress (which is fuller through the hips).  I already have the boots, etc.

I'd also like to find a pair of brown boots this year.  I have black boots, black ankle boots and black uggs.  

I'm thinking of something like these or an ankle boot similar to these.

And then maybe a few new cardigans.

Have you purchased any new clothes lately?  Thinking about what you may need for fall?  Let's chat in the comments!

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Summer Evening

Another beautiful day here today, a bit warmer, but still we've not needed the A/C.  

Kay brought Kamryn and Klaire down late this afternoon for Kamryn to have a riding lesson with Lindsay, so I got to have some time with Klaire.

Me and Klaire


She loves food! Klaire and Isla are almost 10 months old - in fact Isla is 10 months tomorrow and Klaire the next day!  Isla has begun to take steps and Klaire is cruising the furniture, so it won't be long before they are walking and running around!


Here are photos of Tim's new vehicle.

We really like it.  

The plan is to replace the front rotors and brakes on his van, and then we'll sell it.  We're also going to sell our old beater truck.  It would make a good farm truck or something like that.  They won't bring in much money, but we are looking to get them off our insurance, so we'll just be back down to my van, his work vehicle and Rachel's car. (she pays for her own insurance)

This is my week for lunch with friends.  I'm meeting another friend tomorrow!  We haven't seen each other for quite a while!  I'm really looking forward to it!

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Autumn Is On My Mind

I really am not one to rush the seasons.  I've enjoyed summer very much.  But our weather is unseasonably cool for August, and everywhere I go I see trees already changing colors.  Our neighbors tree is looking so pretty, but its too early.

That said, it has put me in the mood to look at my Autumn Pinterest Board and share a few things with you.

 I really love the contrast of the blue and white transferware with the orange pumpkin.

 This is a photo that Lindsay took several years ago on our property.

Wouldn't you just love to take a walk here?  Sigh.  So beautiful.

Autumn is my favorite season, and I welcome it every year!  I have a sweet blogging friend who starts celebrating fall on September 1st every year!  She listens to Neil Diamond's 'September Morn' all day, and lights her fall candles and delights in decorating her home! 

I love to be outside in the autumn as much as I can, the cooler weather invigorates me.  I love to decorate with natural things, and some faux items, too.  I love to wear sweaters, and have campfires, and get my boots out.  

We host a huge Fall Fest every year, with games, and hay rides, and a bonfire, and outdoor movie.  We invite family and friends to share this fun time with us, and it is a highlight of the season for us!

So yeah, the forecast is for low 80's to upper 70's and 60's overnights for the next 10 days.  This weather is a gift and I'm loving it.  And I'm ready for it to get cooler, for the leaves to change in earnest, and to celebrate my favorite season!

Soon, my friends, soon!

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Tea On Tuesday

Yesterday was cool and rainy, and today is going to be cloudy with a high of 77.  Highly unusual for August.  I know this sounds like a weather report, but I'm only mentioning the weather because it lead me to a nice pot of Irish tea.

It really felt like fall so when I was using my spring tea pot it felt extra weird, but the tea was poured into my large sized Old Country Roses cup and it was all good!

I paired it with a cupcake that was low carb (perfect for my eating plan - Trim Healthy Mama) and it was a perfect snack.


Tim was home yesterday, doing paperwork and looking online at vehicles.  He was one that he liked, called to see if it was still available.  It was, so we went to check it out.  We test drove it, looked it over, and Tim bought it!

Hurray!  The search for a vehicle for work is over!  Its a 2010 Chevy Tahoe.  I was going to get photos this morning, but he ended up needing to use it today! We've been talking about him using my van (he likes the layout of the dual sliding doors and lift gate for accessing his tools) on days he doesn't need to haul water to an inspection.  I would use the Tahoe, except for the hauling water days, which is okay by me!

Thank you all for your prayers for us regarding a vehicle!  We can't thank you enough!

Joining Bernideen today!

Monday, August 7, 2017

This and That, To Start The Week

Cupcakes and Candles from Kyle's family birthday party last night.

The weather was absolutely beautiful this weekend, after a big thunderstorm Friday night. It was sunny and warm, not hot, and low humidity!  This morning it is raining, and cool.  Cool is not a word we usually use in August.

My neighbor's tree is changing color already, and I've seen a few others around do that.  We do have trees that change well before our normal time which is October, but early August seems very early to me.

I plan to begin our school year this week.  We like to get started a few weeks early and give ourselves time during the school year for breaks and holidays.  We've been finished since May 11th, so we've had a nice break.

Here's an article I wrote on my homeschool blog.  I've not been promoting it yet, as there are somethings I'm trying to decide about, but I think this is good not just for parents of young kids, but for grandparents and aunties and uncles as well.  Be Intentional

I'm off now with Sarah, who has a dental appointment this morning.

Have a great day, friends!

Saturday, August 5, 2017

Our Trip To California, Part Three

The last two days involved driving.  On Sunday we drove to Lake Tahoe!  What an amazingly beautiful place.

 The kids all went into the lake and I enjoyed sitting and taking in the beautiful view. 

On Monday, our last day in California, Sherry drove us to Wright's Beach.  It was cool, foggy, and had a water temperature of 52 degrees!

These crazies, went into the water and Sherry and I played with Isla.  They also explored around a cave.

 Sarah got tumbled in a wave and was full of sand!

 I should have kept my hat on so I'd look as cute as Sherry does in this photo!  We had such a good time together.

The next morning we flew home on a very early flight.  I'm thankful for this time with my girls. We had a great week together.

I wish that I could live near all my blog friends!  What a blessing it would be to be able to visit and share our lives in person!

Until then, this blog will have to do!  Have a great weekend everyone!

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Our Trip To California, Part Two - The Wedding!

Here's the cute couple at the rehearsal dinner!  So grateful God brought them together.

 The wedding morning found the girls and I at the wedding venue.  We set 15 tables for 110 people, including the sweetheart table.

All the signs had eucalyptus and roses on them.

 White tablecloth, big burlap square, wood center piece holder, white plates, fork and knife, water glass, champagne flute.  The napkins were navy blue.  Very simple and elegant.

 The floral centerpieces had white hydrangea, roses, and white peonies and eucalyptus.  So romantic and beautiful!

 The brides gown was very soft and flowing.  It was gorgeous and suited her very well.

 This was a fun moment when the pastor had Evan take a selfie of the bridal party!  It was a nod to them taking photos of themselves at important events or outings!

Here is what it looked like from their perspective!

They also had a time of prayer.  One of the bridesmaids, and one groomsman (the brother of the groom) prayed out loud for them!

This is my brother's family along with the grandparents.  My sister in laws mother is next to her and my parents are on the right, at the end.

Sweet photo with the grandparents on Evan's side.  We've known Evan's other grandma since I was 6 years old!

My mom holding Isla.

Lindsay and I

This happy girl

 Emma, Vinnie, and Isla.

All of us girls at the photo booth!

Sweetheart table

Here is my sweet niece in law (oldest nephews wife)!  You might remember she and her boys visited last summer!  Rachel is also in the background.  We were all watching the bride and groom have their first dance.


They even had their own Snapchat filter!

Alicia and I.  I claim her as one of my girls!

Here is a view of the whole reception area.

They had a small cake to cut then everyone had the choice of cake or Krispy Kreme donuts!  Yum!

We sent them off with sparklers lining their path!

We were so grateful to be able to be at this wedding, and celebrate with them!