I gave myself the month of August off from the jigsaw puzzles. Instead, I concentrated on books.
Wednesday, September 15, 2021
Monday, September 13, 2021
In the days between my last post and this one…..
….we had a glorious Friday morning sunrise….
Thursday, September 9, 2021
Hello, Blog peeps! Are you well?
This morning felt more like a Monday morning to me than Monday actually does! It was to my advantage that I turned around a quickly made the bed….before I climbed back into it!
Many of my friends begin their day with tea. Here, we must have that cup of coffee to get our day going.
By the time I was finished with this, I was about ready to join the world. LOL 😂
Aren’t these the cutest?
Along with baby wipes, these newborn footed sleepers will be donated to a local program called Newborns in Need at my Circle September meeting. Oh, yes! That’s tonight! So you see, it was quite necessary for me to get my act together today!
Still taking extra precautions here! How about you? Booster eligibility isn’t for a month yet, and we’re taking no chances!
Good wishes to you! Be safe, and stay well!
Monday, September 6, 2021
How are you spending your time today? Are you planning a picnic at a popular spot and hoping there is room for you when you reach that destination?
We opted to “picnic” in our own kitchen. I receive no points for presentation, though the menu was quite tasty.
Overnight barbecue….thank you, crockpot! Potato salad….thank you, Susan Branch! Speedy baked beans….thank you, Betty Crocker! Creamy cole slaw….thank you, package of already shredded cabbage! Brownies….thank you, Hershey’s Cocoa, for our favorite recipe!
Now, I believe it’s time for a nap! 😂
Tuesday, August 31, 2021
As the month of August moves along, there are two favorites that appear….red, ripe, juicy tomatoes and fresh okra! We definitely make room to enjoy both!
Wednesday, August 25, 2021
I will confess, first of all, that my blogging motivation is greatly lacking. I didn’t need to tell you that, did I? LOL
In a month of no holidays, The Husband and I chose the date of our marriage, the 16th of August, giving us a reason for celebrating something in this month. It has been 52 years since that wedding day!
Why is it that all the pictures I took from our time away to celebrate are food-related? I keep telling myself that there are other photo-worthy opportunities, then wind up not remembering to take a picture at all!
It looks like I’m going to have to rely on words rather than pictures this morning, as this system isn’t cooperating with my efforts to post pictures!
For a number of years, our anniversary was the only celebration in August….until 15 years ago when Munchkin #2 was born! She came along on the 14th, and has brought joy and sunshine to all of us ever since! It’s always fun to put together a birthday surprise for her.
We headed out on a short trip to Abingdon, VA to celebrate our anniversary. This has been a favorite destination for a long time. I lived in Abingdon for two years in the sixties, and there are still friends there. It was really good to be able to visit on this trip, thanks to the vaccine!
The Barter Theater in Abingdon has been able to make arrangements to use the Moonlite Drive-In facilities for outdoor performances during the pandemic. Unfortunately, lightning/thunder/rain interfered, and the show was called. We’ll try for one again another time. It is hoped that performances will be able to resume in the theater.
Tuesday, August 3, 2021
Finally!! Fewer than 30 minutes ago, I placed the final piece in this puzzle!
It was a month ago that I began working on this one. Of course, there have been a few other things to be done in addition to working this puzzle; however, it has taken much longer than any other jigsaw puzzle I have done.
As I’ve mentioned earlier, I often seal and frame some of the puzzles. This one, however, will not have that experience. Planning to leave it out for a few days, however, then….time to begin another one!
What do you think of this one? It has about half the number of pieces as the other, yet I am able to see that there will be a number of the same color, which is always a challenge.
Taking some time off for puzzles….thinking I’ll do a bit more reading instead.
August has begun a little cooler here. It’s a short-lived break, though. Warmer temps will arrive just as the students in our county begin their next school year!
Though we are vaccinated, we have continued to wear our mask when in public indoor spaces. How about you?
Be safe! Stay cool!
Wednesday, July 21, 2021
Current status. What was I thinking? I’d blame the dog for what I am sure are missing pieces….except we have no dog. The vacuum cleaner? That seems to be the next likely culprit, but who’s doing vacuuming while trying to complete this challenging jigsaw puzzle?!?! It must be completed!!
Have you read any of Debbie Macomber’s writing? I’ve read several of her books, usually borrowing them from the public library. There are a few I have on my own bookshelf, however.
These are Christmas-themed. Perhaps I’ll go along with the “Christmas in July” idea and reread these. Images of snow may prove to be cooling during this hot summer.
Did you know that Debbie Macomber wrote something other than fiction? This is probably my favorite of all I have written by her. It was on the United Methodist Women reading list a few years ago. “One Simple Act….Discovering the Power of Generosity.”
I simply must complete that puzzle! Until I do, this is waiting for me….
This is her most recent novel, and it is one of two that we are reading in the Twitter Book Club. Hoping for all those pieces to easily fall in place more quickly than they have thus far! It’s a fact that reading her books goes much more quickly!
Do you ever reach a point where you are “stumped” by your jigsaw puzzle working? Do you persist until you complete it, regardless of the challenge? I always hate to tear them apart when completed, and that will be the case especially with this one!
I hope you are vaccinated! The new variants are causing much concern. I continue to wear my mask when shopping indoors. Take care of yourself!
Tuesday, July 13, 2021
Many of my blog posts during 2020 focused on kitchen activity. I’ve given that a bit of a break recently, but it was time to return to cooking!
Macho Man was our guest recently. He is a good help with projects that need another assistant, and we offer dinner in return.:-)
Thursday, July 8, 2021
When summer days become hot, it’s a good time to relax indoors with a puzzle! Yes, I’m still working jigsaw puzzles!
This is the most recent one I have underway. It has 1,000 pieces! It has been a long time since I’ve worked one with this number of pieces!
You may have read books by Debbie Macomber. This puzzle is inspired by her and her writing.
Do you have a special strategy when you work jigsaw puzzles? I suppose you’re able to see that I look for the border pieces first, setting aside in special groupings those pieces that appear to belong together in some fashion. Of course, it’s always a good idea to have a space large enough to be able to have all the pieces right side up!
There is another puzzle for today. I discovered the petunias from my outside flower pot have disappeared overnight! Just what/who would have been the nighttime thief?!? Do chipmunks like petunias? Don’t they sleep at night?
Sending you cool thoughts during these hot, summer days!
Monday, June 14, 2021
Happy Flag Day, Blogger friends!
It was good to enjoy my cup of hot coffee earlier today. The predicted high temperature will call for something that is icy cold later.
It seems appropriate to share this new project with you on Flag Day.
This jigsaw puzzle was a gift from Mucho Mom and family. One of my very favorite places to visit is Martha’s Vineyard, and it was fun to work this puzzle with that theme. If you look closely, you may be able to see a flag or two.
This was also a gift from a dear friend. It is a Charles Wysocki design, the first of his that I have ever worked. This was almost addictive, and I could hardly wait to have it completed! It may be possible to spot a flag in this one, too.
There are several completed puzzles that have been framed. Perhaps that’s a subject for a future post.
Be safe! Stay cool!
Tuesday, June 1, 2021
I am able to report some progress with the project mentioned in the last post.
There are many spots that need that “touch up.” Country Girl volunteered to come and assist us with that part of the project.
You may notice those frames that are leaning against the mirror. The goal is to have the frames mounted over the mirror. There is one small complication. The mirror is attached to the wall with screws and clips that create a hindrance to the frame fitting flush against the wall. Efforts to create a “slot” for that (in the underneath side of the frame) have not been a rousing success. We will keep at it!
Other projects await! It will be a busy summer!
Tuesday, May 25, 2021
May’s project here has become on-going. The “new face” I thought that was needed in the bathroom after moving into our house seventeen years ago will take awhile before it’s totally picture ready.
....and almost after....
We do like the change. That’s a good thing!:-) It’s also a good thing that the project had no need of interfering with any plumbing already in place and working well!
Have you had any special projects recently? This one has kept us indoors from the heat and out of the sun, so that’s been a good thing! It’s like summertime here now!
Staying cool....that’s the order of the day!
Monday, May 3, 2021
Several days ago, we looked out our back door and were surprised to see this visitor....
Mr. Groundhog was happily chowing down on the dandelions and other green growth in our patio area! He looks quite healthy and happy, doesn’t he? He paid little attention to the spillover from the bird feeder. While he was definitely not invited, his behavior indicated that he felt quite welcome! This is the first time we’ve seen a groundhog on our property! I wonder where he was on Groundhog Day. :-)
I hope you are continuing to stay well. What is your vaccination status for protection against COVID? I am grateful for scientists daily! Our vaccine immunity became effective on February 23, and it has made a huge difference for us! We are continuing to wear our masks and remember social distancing while taking care of our shopping needs. Take care, and be safe!
Monday, April 26, 2021
Hello, blog friends! I’ve a question for you today. Which of the following would you choose?
Well, if you chose the top picture, that would be very flattering. Going for honesty here means the bottom picture is the correct one. Thankfully, not a lot of effort was needed to blow out those two candles!
Grateful to be able to celebrate another birthday!
Take care, be safe, stay well, and enjoy spring!
Friday, April 2, 2021
For the past forty years, baking Hot Cross Buns on Good Friday has been a tradition. This recipe is one that appeared in our local newspaper in the early eighties. I think it has been featured on the blog in past years. I have baked hundreds of these through the years, often multiplying the recipe! This year is no exception!
Here is one pan, just out of the oven and awash in glaze, studded with currants!
Perfect with bacon alongside and a cup of tea!
Be safe, stay well, and may your Easter season hold special blessings for you!
Thursday, April 1, 2021
Rabbit, rabbit friends! It’s April already! First, let’s send along Happy Birthday wishes to my sister! You may have read her comments on my posts. Many good wishes to you, Sister!
It has been awhile since I’ve posted here, and I need to catch you up on the last half of March.