Saturday, August 20, 2016

Picture my Week

There's something about the dark skies of a rain moving in, and older barns that stirs something deep inside. I can't quite explain it. I had to step outside and soak in the beauty of it all, and then we all stood on the porch afterwards and watched the rain come sweeping over the hill.

Buddy had a slow day when he woke up with a stuffy nose. Instead of charging outside like usual, he plopped on the floor with a piece of bubble wrap and spent several hours, painstakingly popping the bubbles one by one.

Rosebud enjoys trying a new recipe every week. This week that happened to be Mini Chocolate Silk Pie. They turned out to be quite the tasty little treat.

We finished up our third week of school. One of the books we read when looking for an allegory other than the ever popular Pilgrim's Progress was this one. A short, sweet, inspirational read that we enjoyed.

Our roses continue to bloom. This week provided a new orange hued rose that we all admired. Buddy especially thought it's a very special color after all the reds and pinks we had been getting.

I'm not a big fan of ice cream. Sitting down to enjoy a bowl full does not sound enjoyable to me. This week, however, we decided on a whim to get a box of Turkey Hill brand. Oh, my!! If all ice cream were this good I would start looking for reasons to eat it. Creamy, silky, pure delightfulness. The type of treat where you consider locking yourself in a closet somewhere to eat it so that you don't have to share.

It has been a summer of moths, this year, and we saw a lot that were new to us. Several days ago, it was this one that came by.

Friday, August 19, 2016

Flexi Winner

This week passed by quickly, and it's already time to choose the winner for the Flexi Clip giveaway.

As usual, I'm consulting with the random generator, and here are the results.

Comment # 14

Elizabethd said .......

Every time I look at these I think how lovely they are. My hair is blonde with a bit of a wave, and I love the Pearl Drop one.

Congratulations! Please send me an email with your address and I will forward it to my friend, and she will get your clip sent to you.

To everyone wanting a clip, but didn't win. Good news! There's a sale going on right now, so you can get one at a great price.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Wednesday Hodgepodge

1. I read here four creative activities to try this month. They were-calligraphy, make your own cookbook, dance or learn a new type of dance, and letter writing. Which activity on the list appeals to you most? Will you add it to your August?

Letter writing, calligraphy, and the making of a cookbook ..... all things that will be worked on during the month of August here in our house. Learning a new dance ... not so much.
2. Bertrand Russell is quoted as saying, 'To be without some of the things you want is an indispensable part of happiness.' Agree or disagree? Explain. 

I've never had everything I wanted. Though I am happy and content with what I have.

Without having experienced both options, I'll refrain from giving my opinion on the matter.
3. August 17th is National Thriftshop Day...are you a 'thrifter'? If so, tell us about one of your best or favorite finds. 

I visit thrift stores several times a year. Mostly with a certain item in mind that I need, and I pretty much stick to looking only for it instead of other things that might catch my eye.
4.  On a scale of 1-10 (with 1= almost none and 10=loads) how would you rate your sense of wanderlust? What kicks your wanderlust into high gear? 

Every fall my wanderlust kicks into a full blown ten. There's so much I would like to do, so many places I'd like to see, and things I would like to experience.
5. Has life felt more like a marathon or sprint so far this month? How so?

It's been feeling a tad more on the side of a marathon. We started back to school, which somehow always feels a bit marathon-ish to me.
6. What do you need to get a jump on before fall officially arrives? 

I can't think of anything. I do have apples here waiting to be turned into applesauce, but that's more along the lines of needing to be done before they turn bad, instead of before fall officially arrives.
7. What's the last thing you did with friends or family where you lost track of time? 

Interesting conversation with friends tends to make me lose track of time.
8. Insert your own random thought here.

There's still time to enter the giveaway shared in my previous post.

Monday, August 15, 2016

Passing on the Love

Several years ago I acquired my first (and only) Lilla Rose flexi clip. I immediately fell in love with how pretty it looked, how easy it was to use, and how comfortable it was to wear.

It's still in great shape even after having been used regularly all this time.

The friend who gave me the clip is generously offering to also give a clip valued up to $16.00 to one of my readers.

Today there will be several different ways to earn an entry.

  • For the first entry, let's do something fun and easy. Simply leave a comment telling me what color and type of hair you have. For example I have brown hair that also happens to be long and straight.
  • For an additional entry share a link to this giveaway on either your blog or Facebook, or both. Then come back here and leave another comment telling me you did.
  • For a third entry like this Facebook page.
  • For the fourth and final entry go to this website and look at all the flexi clips, and then come leave a comment telling me which one you would like to have if you were the lucky winner.
I will be choosing the winner on Friday, August 19th using the random generator.

Saturday, August 13, 2016

Picture my Week

An overcast sky was perfect on the afternoon we headed to the pool. Buddy doesn't mind spending his time lapping the pool instead of playing in the water. He wants nothing to do with actually getting wet.
Wrapping up our Delaware state studies with the states burger and milkshake was a fun way to end a week. The burger was ..... interesting. Not sure we would ever make it quite like this again, but it was okay having it once.
What do you do when family visits? Go to the hiking/biking trail here by our house. The tunnel remains delightfully cool even in this heat. I may just have to drag a chair back there and camp out during the day.
Looking out over the mountains at the other end of the tunnel, the view is still nice even when choked in the hazy, high humidity air of deep summer.

We can't see sunsets from our house, but when even the eastern sky is colorful you know that the sunset must have been pretty spectacular.
This next picture is not for the faint of heart. Proceed with caution.

Shudder!! This creepy spider showed up. Her huge body is actually hundreds of baby spiders. More violent shuddering.

Friday, August 12, 2016

When Linda isn't Linda

Having two whole weeks between each date seemed insufferably long while LV and I were courting. To help the time a little we somehow convinced my brother John to act as our letter delivery, and exchanged long letters on the Sundays we weren't allowed to have a date.

We continued that until we got married.

Later on, we discovered another way to keep in contact a little more.

Every weekday someone had to sit in our phone shanty from 1:00-1:30 to wait on any phone calls from customers. Most days it was my job to sit there waiting for any calls. Most days, no one called.

We decided it would be great to be able to talk for a few minutes when ever he had the chance to get to their phone during that time. And just in case someone else answered the phone, instead of me we decided he would always ask for Linda. That way anyone else would think it's a wrong number.

It worked splendidly until one day when the phone rang and I answered. "Is this Linda?" the voice on the other end asked.

"Yes," I answered, thrilled at the prospect of spending the remaining time talking with LV.

"What have you been doing?" the voice asked.

"I was sitting here writing your letter for Sunday," I answered.

"Really," chuckles.  "What are you writing about?"

Red flags .... major red flags!! LV's chuckle never sounded like that before. And he would never ask what I was writing. He would have said something more along the lines of how he couldn't wait to read it.

"Who are you?" I asked.

"It's me," the voice said. "Can't you tell?"

I was still uneasy, and asked for his name.

Ack ....... it was LV's best friend/cousin in whom he had confided our little system.

He thought the whole thing was much funnier than I did. To this day when ever we see each other he asks if I've been writing any more letters.

I'm no longer embarrassed by it, but I still don't find it all that funny.

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Wednesday Hodgepodge

1. Are you watching the Olympics? Your favorite summer Olympic event? I read recently a list of the most iconic Olympic moments in history...what stands out in your mind as a great moment from some past summer Olympic games?

I'm checking in to see the medal count occasionally. I don't even know all the events that take place at a summer Olympics, so I probably shouldn't be picking a favorite. I have no idea what iconic moments happened in any past Olympic games.

I really liked the clip that has been circulating on Facebook of the U.S. divers saying that their identity is in Christ and they can rest in that.

2. Have you ever been to Rio? How about the place that started it all-Greece? Have you ever been to any of the Olympic Games in person? Is that something you'd like to do? Have you ever met an Olympian in person?

I have never been to Rio, or Greece. I've never been to an Olympic game in person, and am fine if I never get to. I've also never met an Olympian in person.

3. The ball's in their court (tennis), cross the finish line (track and field), on target (archery), make a splash (diving), on a roll (gymnastics), out of one's depth (swimming)...which Olympic-related idiom best applies to your life right now? Explain.

The ball's in their court ..... for a number of different reasons. The one forefront in my mind is/was an important deal we were working on. Everything seemed to be on a roll, but somehow the ball became stuck in their court.

4. What have you earned a 'gold medal' in recently?

Hmmmm ...... the way I got our new school year off and running? The moments I stepped out of my comfort zone and did some things that I didn't really want to, but am glad I did because of all the memories that were created.

5. What is it (or who is it) that motivates you to eat right, exercise, and do what you can to be healthy?

Family .... I don't want my health to negatively impact the lives of those I love the most.

6. Are you young at heart or an old soul? Explain.

A mixture of both, perhaps?

I have a hard time of accepting the fact that I'm as old as the years claim I am. Which reminds me of a picture I've kept that Sunbeam drew for me several years ago. If you can't read it, it says ... I'm crazy about my Mom because she doesn't act her age.

On the flip side there are many ways I could be considered an old soul.
7. It's National S'mores Day (August 10th)...are you a fan? Will you celebrate with a s'more today?

I've only ever had S'mores once. I really liked them, but not enough that I'm tempted to build a campfire to make more.

No, I won't be celebrating with one today.

8. Insert your own random thought here.

I'm nursing a painful sunburn right now. I thought I had applied sunscreen really well, but I missed my left shoulder. Ouch!