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Sunday, July 31, 2011


I have these next 4 days off.  Wow.  I have so much to do it's hard to think about where to start.  Cleaning and laundry first, I think.  Then some serious grocery shopping.  I have embroidery I want to get done for an upcoming wine festival and need to get some work done down at the pond and.....
Whew!  Just thinking about it makes me tired.  If there weren't so many lily pads in the pond I'd go for a swim.  Just hope those carp do their thing next spring and get rid of the those pesky pads.
I'm happy that my basement is as cool as it is.  The only time I kick on the AC is when I want to get rid of some of the moisture in the air.  I could run the dehumidifier I suppose but it eats electricity like you wouldn't believe.
Y'all have a restful day and ......do what makes you happy.

Saturday, July 30, 2011

Ouch...I have muscles where I didn't know I had muscles.  I gave myself a rest yesterday and maybe shouldn't have.  I was at the gallery all day and, since it was knit night, I skipped the exercise.  My muscles have had a chance to tell me they are NOT happy with me.  I shall persevere, however, and exercise tonight.
So far I'm doing okay with WW.  It sure does wake you up, though, when you keep track of what you eat to understand that not all "healthy" eating is healthy.  I'm going to go to the market tonight to buy lots of good stuff to snack on so I don't get hungry in between meals.  I also need to stock up on veggies and maybe chicken and fish.
Enough about diet.  It's Saturday, the last day of the sale at the gallery.  So far I'm disappointed.  It may be the heat that has kept people from coming out to do anything but go tubing on the river, or it may be the fear mongering the government seems to be so good at.  Either way we are suffering for it.
Y'all have a pleasing day....wishing rain to those who need it the most.
Remember:  Every mother is a working mother.

Friday, July 29, 2011

The last couple of nights I've been using the Wii playing tennis and bowling.  Boy can I feel it!  Especially in the gluts.  You see, I don't just stand there moving my arm....I put the whole body into it, moving as if I were really doing those things.  I mean, what's the use if you just stand there?  I'll be playing baseball pretty soon along with the others.  Want to get the body used to exercise.  Have been doing pretty well with the WW thing.  It's going to take some getting used to.  I find one of the hardest things is remembering to write down what I eat and how many points it is.
Hey, it's Friday....y'all have a good day and weekend and......dance..it'll lift your spirits!

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Went to bed really EARLY last night since I didn't get enough sleep the night before.  It wasn't even dark out yet!  Read a couple of chapters in the latest book, turned out the light and, wham, I was GONE.  Slept until 7:30 this morning with only one interruption from Mother Nature.
Guess I was tired or something.
Going to the gallery this morning.  Think I'll make some more wine glass charms, this time out of copper. 
Y'all have the kind of day you like and remember:  Everything is connected.

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

The power went out at 4:30 this morning.  How do I know?.  I was awake for one thing...Mother Nature calling.  Also the fan went off, then on again, off, on, off.  I figured it was a tree or some heavy limbs on a line somewhere close.  Luckily I had the number for the power company handy so I gave them a call.  Automated system don't you know.  I waited a while, then a truck drove in my driveway apparently looking for where the problem was.  Not long after he left I heard a chainsaw.  Shortly the power came back on.  I tried to go back to sleep to no avail.  Just lay in bed dozing, knowing I would have to get up soon.  I have to give my power company (HEMC) credit for the fast response.   Don't know if it was a tree here in my little community but it wouldn't surprise me.  Most of the folks are just plain ignorant when it comes to that sort of thing.  It's why I have underground lines.  If the neighbors would keep an eye out on their trees and trim the limbs when necessary we wouldn't have to go through this.  Also we do have some absentee land owners here and they are totally unaware.  The first time we lost power it was from a tree that was on an absentee land owner's lot.  It was a large tree, too.  Luckily one of the people who lives nearby came and cleaned up after the power company had cleared the road and restored power.  That time we were without power for 14 hrs.
Y'all have a good one and remember.....today is the tomorrow you worried about yesterday.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Well, went to WW yesterday and weighed in.  Ugh.  Now I have a lot of stuff to read and learn.  Hopefully I'll have some time for that this afternoon after I get back from having lunch with friends.  I'll have to choose carefully.  My goal is 20 lbs.  Doesn't sound like much, but it can be.  Also when I get back I'm turning on the Wii and getting in some tennis.
I've been making wine glass charms in hopes that they may sell on Labor Day weekend at a local winery that is having a "crush" festival.  Others from the gallery will be participating also.
We had rain yesterday....hooray!  We needed it.  I wasn't home when it rained here but it looks like it really came down hard.  I'd prefer a gentle soaking rain but any rain is better than none.  The garden certainly appreciated it.
Need to get a move on.  Need to order some things online before I head out.  Y'all have a delightful day and remember  A = A.

Monday, July 25, 2011

I'm biting the bullet and am going to go to my first Weight Watchers meeting today.  Kinda sounds like AA doesn't it?  I'm going because I haven't been able to lose weight.  And, being diabetic, weight is not a good thing.  I need to lose about 20 pounds.  'Course exercise would help.  Not that I'm a couch potato 'cause I'm not.  I am somewhat sedentary while doing my arty stuff and right now it's too damn hot to work outside much.  But I could make up every excuse in the world and I still would be somewhat out of shape and a little overweight.  Sooooo.....I'm going to give it a try.  It's difficult cooking for just me.  Pre-prepared foods are so much easier, but so much more not good for you.  And I'm going to try to find time to get in some exercise (mild at first).  I've started using 2 pound weights while waiting for the 'puter to do its thing.  Gonna get the Wii going with some of the sports, too.  I can do that in the evening.  Inside.
It's more fun with another person but....
Y'all have a productive day and.......breathe deeply and count to Zen.

Sunday, July 24, 2011

It's been hotter than usual here for a time now.  Luckily there are spots that get rain, but it's sporadic and you never know where it'll come down.  Lots of people doing the tubing thing on the "Hooch" in Helen.  Don't think I want to eat any fish caught downstream, if you catch my drift.
I watered the few plants in the garden yesterday morning and found an okra!  Looks there will be more.  I think it may like the hot dry weather, although the squash look like they would love some rain.  I'll water again this morning and see if there are any squash started.  I do see blossoms so maybe.....
We started our sale at the gallery and have had some sales.  No record breaking yet, but one can hope.  My philosophy about the sale is better some income than none.  We have 6 days to go and can only hope that notices in the paper will help.
It's Sunday, supposedly the last day of the week and the day of rest.  So why is Sunday the first day of the week on the calendar?
Y'all have a restful day, stay cool and ....... whatever.

Friday, July 22, 2011

I'm going over to a friend's house today to wash tiles.  These are hand painted tiles that are just sitting in the dust, waiting to get out into the world and sold.  This friend is the director of the gallery.  When I saw the tiles just sitting there in the dust I asked her why she wasn't selling them.  She said she just hadn't gotten around to it.  Sooooo......P and I ganged up on her last week and said we'd clean 'em up if she fed us lunch.  She agreed.  It's gonna be a hot and dirty job but I like the idea that we are helping a friend possibly earn some money selling her hand painted tiles.  I'd describe them to you but there's so much dust on them you can't see the surface.  We've even rigged up a display for them at the gallery....it's temporary but I'm sure we'll come up with something permanent shortly.
I need to fill the birdfeeders and get a few other things done before heading out so I'll wish y'all a wonderous day and realized dreams.

Thursday, July 21, 2011

I'm earlier than usual.  Going to the dentist to have the permanent "cap" put on my tooth.  Hopefully I'll quit biting the inside of my cheek when all is said and done.
I read daughter's blog and totally agree with her.  Why can't we take care of our own instead of everyone else in the world? (http://kyddryn.blogspot.com)  And one of the headlines this morning?  That our country may go into default on all the loans?  Good gravy, what is our government thinking?!
I'm gonna have a hissy fit along with my daughter.....'nuf said.
Y'all have a thoughtful day and let your congress person know that you aren't going to stand for it!  (Unless, of course, you are one of those who depends on government for everything and want to be taken care of for the rest of your life and want everything given to you for nothing and don't want to take responsibility for anything you do.)

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

It's a day for planting and catching up on other things.  The forecast is calling for rain but I'll believe it when it happens.  Going to plant the tomatoes and peppers TODAY.  I'm putting the pepper plants in a big pot on the back porch where they'll get the morning sun.  The tomatoes will be put in a big pot on the front porch and I'm trying one of those hanging upside-down thingies for one of them.
Glad to hear that Houston got some rain.  Hope the rest of those in need of it get some gentle ground-soaking rain soon.
Y'all have a productive day (like I hope to have) and.....(insert your own saying here).

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

It's guild day, then knitting.  I may even finish one of the knitting projects I'm working on.  Meantime I'll be trying one of those upside-down planters for one of my tomato plants.  I'm also going to plant the other tomatoes and the peppers.  The plants at my daughters are well on their way to bearing fruit.  It'll be a while before mine do anything.  But then it is a little cooler up here, not much, just a little.  The okra in the garden seems to be happy.  It's almost twice the size it was a week ago.  Hot weather agrees with it I guess.
Reckon I'd better scoot and get some planting done.  Y'all have a gorgeous day and ..... believe in your dream.

Monday, July 18, 2011

Picked blueberries yesterday morning and took them to daughter's for her Florida guests.  Went to World Market and Michael's for some needed things.  I only go when I need things and try to make only one trip for everything, gas prices being what they are.
We're doing a Christmas in July sale at the gallery next week in hopes that we can draw some people in to spend a little money and get their shopping done early.
Would be nice if Mama Nature would be a little less relentless.  We went right from winter to summer here and will probably go right to winter without much of an autumn.  Looks like one of those years.
Y'all have a good day even though it's Monday.

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Sun's out....gonna go pick blueberries.  Y'all have a glorious day and remember:  Life is a crooked road.  You are the result of how you take the turns.

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Nothin' in particular

Not much has been going on here.  We've gotten some rain, which is welcome.  The garden appreciates it anyway.  I'll be at the gallery all day.  Really need to get some new ideas in my head about projects to work on.  My creative juices seem to have dried up (temporarily, I hope).  Maybe when I get down to Michael's tomorrow I'll see something to spark an idea.
Today is my son's 42nd birthday.  Wow, has time flown.  Hard to believe.  He's in England with his family to get away from the Georgia heat.  It's raining there so they are pretty much stuck inside.  Bummer.
Still hoping the west gets the much needed rain.  Drought sucks.  Maybe if we all put the picture of it raining in TX, it'll happen.  Hey, couldn't hurt.
Found out a friend has a fairly serious health problem.  Hope she can get it taken care of.  What surprises me is that she doesn't have high cholesterol or any kind of heart condition 'cause her diet and smoking do not lead to healthy living.  I told her I thought it was the pickle juice she drinks.....yup, pickle juice.
Well, guess I'd better get a move on.  Y'all have the kind of day you wish for and remember.....only you can prevent wildfires.

Thursday, July 14, 2011


Wishing it would come a nice two or three day gentle rain to all the gardens that need it.....including mine.

Monday, July 11, 2011

Welllll, it didn't rain yesterday after all, so I hit the perimeter of the garden fence with Roundup on the outside so we can put the small critter fence on then that will complete that job.  Did some weeding around the squash and okra.  Have more okra plants than first thought I had.  Should have plenty of squash.  Garden could use some more weeding but it became too hot.  When I took of the head band it was soaking wet.  The overflow pipe needed some clearing so I got that done too.  That was it for the outside work.  Too hot.  Went to Lowe's and spent money.  The birds have to eat too and I bought a Clematis to plant where I had a rose bush next to the chimney.  Hopefully it likes the trellis that's there.  Also bought a weed whacker.  J can use it but it's going to stay here.  He can take the ones that don't work home and work on fixing them there where he can be in the shade and has all his tools handy.  It's not that I don't trust him.....I don't trust the frickin' evil faeries that like to play tricks at daughter's home.  They'd break that weed whacker in a heartbeat, I just know it.
Have the next two days off, yay, and plan on getting some stuff done around here since daughter and family are coming up for a couple of days so J can get some things done.  Gonna take daughter to Babies are everywhere and get a couple of necessary things.....one to contain baby when she becomes mobile (which won't be all that long from now) and one to sit said baby in so Mama doesn't have to have her in her lap to feed her.
It's 80 degrees already so it's gonna be a hot one today.  A nice shower in the afternoon might cool things off a bit.
Y'all have a calm day, don't let the heat get to ya and remember:  insanity is sooooo subjective.

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Yay!  I can see the giraffes now (just kidding).  The yard is mowed.  Daughter and family came up Friday and J mowed the yard yesterday.  He's coming back up tomorrow since there is so much to be done and he feels the need to take at least two days to get it accomplished.    I have the same wish as my daughter....that is that they could move up here.  It would make things so much easier.  See http://kyddryn.blogspot.com.
I was hoping to get some things done outside today but,alas, rain prevents me from doing anything.  Looks like I'll have to re-direct my efforts to the inside instead.  And, since we didn't open the gallery today, I need to take advantage of the time.  Some cleaning and laundry.....sigh.  So boring.  Maybe some sewing.  Need to embroider some fingertip towels to take to the gallery.
Guess I'd better get a move on and get something done, even if it's wrong.
Y'all have a wunnerful day and .....embrace life.

Friday, July 8, 2011

I need a day off.  I know, I know, I just got back from a very relaxing trip so why should I want another day off?  I have lots to do outdoors.  I think daughter and family are coming up today and spending the night.  Hopefully J can get the yard mowed otherwise I'm not going to be able to see the giraffes.  'Course just because they're coming up it'll probably rain.  I need to get down to the pond and check the pipe and do the Roundup thing on all the unwanted greenery.  No, I'm not spraying where it'll get into the pond.
It may be blueberry picking time.  I checked the neighbor's blueberry bushes last week and saw a few ripe ones and lots of almost ready ones.  We've had rain so those should be ready.  Ya have to love fresh blueberries.  Plus they're good for you. 
We're not doing as well as we hoped at the gallery.  Don't know if it's because of the economy or because we just don't have the funds to do a lot of advertising.  Could be both I guess.
Well, I've some things to do before going in so y'all have an interesting day and smile a lot, it'll make people wonder what you're up to.

Saturday, July 2, 2011

I'm off to Tennesee, y'all.  See ya when I get back in a few days.  In the meantime remember:  Freedom isn't free.

Friday, July 1, 2011

Don't know if I'll have time to post tomorrow.  I'm going to TN to visit friends for the 4th.  I do this every year but don't know how many more years there will be.  These friends are older than I and V has peritoneal cancer which is incurable.  It has begun to grow again, albeit slowly.  She says she's doing okay.  I'll see when I get there tomorrow.  It will be good to see them and my stay always relaxes me.  The only planned thing we may do is go see fireworks.  On the 4th family and friends come over and we pig out on food, after which we sit outside and watch all the fireworks in the surrounding area (their house is halfway up a ridge giving them a tremendous view).
I usually stay 4 days unless we've arranged for a longer time.  I figure they'll have had enough of me by then.  Since they don't have internet access I'll be out of touch for that time.  That's fine with me.  My days there are lazy days and I always feel refreshed when I get home.  V and I start the day on the lanai reading our books, watching birds, eating fruit and drinking our coffee.  It's very quiet there and peaceful.  Sometimes the hummingbirds entertain us chasing each other away from the feeder.  Miss Priss, the cat, stalks butterflies in the tall grass in front of us.  When J gets up he joins us for a bit then we start thinking about breakfast.  After that we plan, or don't plan, the day.
Y'all have a quiet and enjoyable holiday.  Don't blow any fingers off being foolish with fireworks.  And remember:  Freedom isn't free......keep our brave men and women in your thoughts, for without them we might be speaking a different language.