Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Random Thoughts

I had such high hopes for this summer.  I was going to accomplish so much and enjoy the summer weather outside.  Then some kind of a virus hit me.  I was sick for 3 weeks.  Not so sick that I couldn't do anything.  I even went to church but I probably shouldn't have gone.  I was just sick enough to be annoyed that I didn't feel good.  Although I still have some days when I don't have the energy to do much, I'm much better now.  All that to say, I feel like I've missed out on summer.

I didn't really need to tell all that but it's typed now so it's staying.  Because of all this, I'm looking around for signs of summer and of course I started with my plants in the backyard.

My summer squash.  Yes, this is just 1 plant and I planted it in the rocks next to the house.

I have tons of jalapeno peppers and banana peppers!  I don't even cook anything with these.  I found the plants at Home Depot for 79 cents and looking pretty bad.  I bought them and put them in a pot of dirt just to see if I could make them grow.  I'm going to have to start looking for some recipes.

My tomato plant is doing just fine but the deer take the tomatoes before they get ripe. I should have put the hose away before I took pictures.

How do you kill a cucumber plant?  I thought they were indestructible but somehow I managed to kill it.

We just had birthday week at out house.  Three of us have birthdays all in the same week.  We didn't have any big celebrations. Just lots of cake.

We had central air installed this summer.  This was supposed to be one of first things we did when we moved into this house.  Thirteen years later we finally have it.  I'm so happy!

I'm going to start walking every day with a friend.  I have to get rid of this extra 20 pounds that has been hanging around for too many years.  (You can't back out now, Karen.  It's in print.) It would probably help if I stopped eating cookies but I don't see that happening.

And last but not least.  I'm continually amazed at God's goodness as I'm casting my care on Him.  I'm not a control freak at all (If I was we would have had central air a long time ago!) so I don't find it very difficult to cast my care on Him, I just never thought about it much before.  Since I've been more intentional about casting my care, I see God working on my behalf like never before.  Yes, God even cares about someone having central air when they're having hot flashes. And by the way, even the hot flashes are practically gone.

(This post is just way too much information).

Well, these are my random thoughts today.  I'll try not to have random posts in the future.  Also, please forgive my bad grammar.  It just isn't important enough to me to spend the time correcting it. No one would ever know that my major within my education major was language arts.

Enjoy the rest of your summer!

Friday, August 1, 2014


These past couple of weeks have been reflective for me.  I'm still trying to put some things in perspective, but I found myself thinking about my grandma's writing again.  Some of you may already know that I recently acquired a lot of my grandma's writing.  She wrote poems and songs.  I remember sitting next to her on the piano bench when she came to visit while she opened her notebook and played and sang the songs she wrote.  She played by ear so the music was just memorized in her head but thankfully I also have some tapes of her singing the songs.  I thought I would share one of her songs today.  Almost all of her writing has verses attached.

This is the best picture I could come up with without searching all day.  Grandma is on vacation with us and it must be about 1970 or '71. (No, I'm not picking my nose.)

Wait Upon the Lord
by Violet Carr
Psalm 62:5,  Isaiah 40:31

Wait upon the Lord, your strength He'll renew.
Wait upon the Lord, He'll take you through.
You shall mount up with wings like the eagle on high;
Guided by God's protecting eye.

You shall run and not be weary.
You shall walk and faint not.
You shall never be forsaken. Never forgot.

Wait upon the Lord, ever seeking His will.
Wait upon the Lord, His will to fulfill.
You shall mount up with wings like the eagle on high;
Guided by God's protecting eye.

Wait upon the Lord in each trying hour.
Wait upon the Lord, trusting His power.
You shall mount up with wings like the eagle on high;
Guided by God's protecting eye.

Wait upon the Lord though the clouds are gray.
Wait upon the Lord for He knows the way.
You shall mount up with wings like the eagle on high;
Guided by God's protecting eye.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Tiger Lilies

I just love a tiger lily.  We had them at our old house and I love them so much that when we moved we took the seeds from our flowers and spread them everywhere at this house.  Now I have big bunches of tiger lilies.

I noticed yesterday that my tiger lilies were ready to bloom at any time.

And then when I looked today, there it was.

It's the little things.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Sewing Again?

Yes, it's another sewing post.  I promise I won't have many sewing posts on this blog, but since I've been sick for the past week it's about all I've been doing.

While I'm thinking about how I can turn my white dress into a wearable garment, I'm starting a couple of new projects.  One of them is a maxi dress for Brie which I will probably post, just because she's go good at modeling.  And of course, I always have a little help that I didn't ask for.

(Yes, my pattern weights are straight from Home Depot.)

When I'm feeling better I'll venture out of this little room and have something different to post about.

Sunday, July 13, 2014

A Finished White Dress

Well, my white dress is finished and I really love it, although it looks quite hideous on the hanger.  It's V1236, a DKNY pattern. I fully lined it and everything.  But I won't be wearing it.  You see, it's a little bit short, and I have fat leg syndrome.  Some things are better left covered up.

When I tried it on, I thought it would be fine.  It hits right above the knee and doesn't look too bad when I'm walking around.  However, it's a very straight skirt.  It actually tapers in even though it doesn't look like it in the picture, so when I sit down it's like a pair of shorts.  Not realizing this problem, I put it on this morning to wear to church.  All was fine until I sat down in the car to leave.  I looked down and said, "I don't think this is going to work."  My husband very politely asked, "Do you need to go back in the house to change?"  Um, that's a big 'YES!'.

Lesson learned.

(I realize that it's a wrinkled, rumpled mess in this picture.  That's because in my haste to change before church I left it on the bed, and when I came home I found my cat sleeping on it.)

So, if anyone has show worthy legs and would like this dress, I'll be happy to send it to you.  I'll be starting on my next project which will not be a straight, short dress.
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