Sunday, July 5, 2015

BUSY WEEK AND SOME 4TH OF JULY PICTURES!

Well it's Sunday evening July 5th and I can hardly believe it.  Another week has come and gone, another month has come and gone, and another 4th of July has come and gone as well.  Time continues to whip by, and sometimes I really would love how to figure out how to slow it down some. But I do know from experience that it will seldom happen when you are busy.  And this last week I have been just that.  I started out last week with getting my new machine back, but before I tried it out I had another project or two for my old machine as I wanted to continue to use my walking foot. Now my new machine also has a walking foot, but I really didn't want to take the time to learn how to use it when my old one was sitting right there with the walking foot already on it.  Soooo my first project of the week was to make another blanket for Claire.  Now I told you about the "comfy" fabric in my last post and how I made a blanket for Melody's SIL with it, pairing it with a soft flannel. But this time I wanted to pair it with another comfy fabric.  There were several coordinating fabrics to chose from, I still had some coupons, and curiosity if the walking foot would work as well as it had when using the comfy with flannel spurred me on.  It did make the blanket a little more expensive using TWO comfy fabrics instead of just one, but with coupons it was still pretty reasonable.  So here is my assessment. I won't do it again, lol.  With both fabrics being the slippy sliding hard to work nightmare that "comfy" is, EVEN with the walking foot it was just fiddly and hard.  It was difficult to even pin it in my opinion.  Took me WAY longer then I really had to spend with all my other projects still on my list and staring me in the face.  And it turned out only OK.  It is somewhat uneven, and not totally perfect which is the way I like those blankets to be, but being how this is just going to my daughter and granddaughter, I decided it was good enough.  I am very sure NO ONE else would notice a thing anyway.  It is super, SUPER soft, will be very warm come winter, and the colors in the fabric are just GORGEOUS.  Let me show you....

I HAVE TO SAY THAT THESE PICTURES I'VE TAKEN THIS WEEK ARE JUST NOT GOOD.....SOO NOT GOOD AS A MATTER OF FACT THAT I HONESTLY JUST  SHOULD HARDLY EVEN BOTHER.  BUT I JUST DON'T HAVE TIME TO GET OUT MY CAMERA AND TAKE SOME BETTER ONES SO YOU WILL JUST HAVE TO TAKE MY WORD FOR IT THAT THIS FABRIC IS FABULOUS!
After I whipped up a final gauze swaddler for Brooke,  it was FINALLY time to test my machine out. I had SEVERAL embroidery/applique projects I wanted to do for both Brooke [the SIL] and for Claire.  Let me just say this....I am not sure if my machine has EVER worked as well as it is working now.  I was positively giddy, lol.   Now I was just making burp cloths, so it's not like it was really all that critical or anything, it's just that I enjoy it so for some reason. I am very sure most people would not bother to take the time involved in embroidery and appliqueing for something that is in essence only going to be used to wipe spit up and who knows what all, lol, but I REALLY REALLY enjoy doing this.  My daughter has told me that there is those occasions when she wants a "nice" one [such as going to church, the doctors, a friends house, etc.] to have and use, but she might just have said that because she knows my fetish obsessions desire to make them.  Anyway, I started with Brooke's. The theme she has chosen for her nursery is of woodland animals, so I had some fun ideas in mind.  Let me just show you what I made.

I USED A SOFT WHITE FLANNEL FOR THE FRONT OF THESE, AND A LIGHT GREY TERRY CLOTH FOR THE BACK .  I FINISHED IT UP WITH THE CUTE WOODLAND THEME ANIMALS IN A COTTON ON THE BOTTOM.  THIS LITTLE APPLIQUED RACCOON TOOK ME QUITE A WHILE TO DO, AS HE IS SMALL AND DETAILED, BUT IT WAS A REALLY CUTE DESIGN I THOUGHT.  I FINISHED OFF THE EDGES IN A DECORATIVE EMBROIDERY STITCH FROM MY OLD MACHINE.  I  MADE THESE BURP CLOTHS A LITTLE LARGER THEN THE OTHERS AS WELL,  THEY ARE 11 INCHES WIDE, AND 22 INCHES LONG.

AND HERE IS THE FOX....A LITTLE QUICKER TO MAKE AS HE WASN'T QUITE AS DETAILED, BUT HE IS PRETTY CUTE TOO I THINK

I CONSIDERED MAKING AN OWL FOR THE THIRD AND FINAL ONE FOR BROOKE, BUT I WANTED TO PUT HIS NAME ON SOMETHING,  SO I USED A FUN FONT, AND DESIGNED MY OWN DESIGN FOR THIS ONE.  NOW THAT I HAVE FINALLY FIGURED OUT HOW TO WORK EVERYTHING ON MY MACHINE, IT WAS REALLY PRETTY EASY.
 Then it was time to do Claire's "special" ones, lol....

I THOUGHT THIS WAS ONE OF THE CUTEST DESIGNS I HAVE EVER SEEN!  LOL  AND WITH THE LITTLE CROSS IT IS PERFECT FOR HER CHURCH BURPIE, LOL.  I WILL ADMIT I HAD TO DO THIS ONE TWICE,  THE FIRST ONE HAD A COUPLE OF MISTAKES I JUST COULDN'T ROLL WITH.  IT WAS NOT CENTERED RIGHT, AND THE BURP CLOTH ITSELF WAS NOT BIG ENOUGH [I WAS TRYING TO MAKE ANOTHER FABRIC WORK WHICH I REALLY DIDN'T HAVE ENOUGH OF LOL]  I WAS REALLY GLAD I TOOK THE TIME TO DO IT AGAIN, THOUGH IT WAS SEVERAL HOURS OF WORK,  THE BACK OF THIS ONE IS WHITE TERRY CLOTH

JUST A LITTLE CLOSER LOOK.  I FEEL LIKE I SHOULD ADD THAT ALL OF THESE COST ME ONLY THE PRICE OF THE DESIGNS, AS I USED SCRAPS FOR THE APPLIQUEING AND FABRIC I HAD IN MY STASH.  THE DESIGNS COST AROUND 3 DOLLARS

THIS ONE WAS  IN ESSENCE FREE, LOL, AS I ALREADY HAD THE BIRDIE DESIGN.  I PUT IT ON A ONESIE A WHILE AGO ALREADY.  LOVE THIS FONT FOR BABIES AND KIDS. I BOUGHT THIS ALPHABET FONT QUITE A WHILE AGO TOO. AND THE EMBROIDERY ON THE EDGE IS ALSO FROM A DECORATIVE STITCH ON MY OLD MACHINE.

NOW THIS ONE IS REALLY DIFFERENT AND STRAIGHT EMBROIDERY....NO APPLIQUE OF COURSE.  AND THE DESIGN CAME WITH MY MACHINE SO IT WAS ALSO TECHNICALLY FREE,  LOL  IT WENT SOOO FAST TOO COMPARED TO THE APPLIQUED ONES  ANOTHER DECORATIVE STITCH FROM MY OLD MACHINE.  I HAD JUST LEFT IT SET UP WHILE I WAS USING THE EMBROIDERY ON MY NEW MACHINE, AND PUT THESE TOGETHER WITH MY OLD ONE USING THE WALKING FOOT.
ISN'T IT DIFFERENT?
And then weeks and weeks ago I had found a pattern with woodland stuffed animals on it and I bought it when Joannes was offering Simplicity patterns for a buck, figuring IF I felt like it I might try making an animal or two for Brooke.... if I could make them out of fabric in my stash.  That was a lot of IF'S I know, but figured worse case I had an eighteen dollar pattern for a dollar that I might use someday, lol.  And since I always seem to have a supply of the fiberfill stuffing on hand, I figured it wouldn't cost me anything to give it a try.  Here's what I have to say about this....They were WAY bigger then I thought, and their appliqued faces called for felt.  But I didn't have any felt that would work in my stash, so I just used cotton and then used wonder under to attach them, and a machine blanket stitch to finish them up.  They came out fairly cute, but I don't think I will be making them again too soon.  WAY WAY WAY too much work, and FAR from perfect, lol.  Let me show you....

THE ARMS ON THIS FOX WERE SOOOOO SKINNY THEY WERE ALMOST IMPOSSIBLE TO TURN RIGHT SIDE OUT AND STUFF, BUT I FINALLY GOT IT DONE

AND THIS LITTLE RACCOON HAD SEVERAL LAYERS TO HIS FACE, AND HIS HEAD SEEMS KIND OF BIG TO ME AND IS LUMPY ON TOP,BUT THERE HE IS, LOL.  I HAVE NO IDEA IF BROOKE WILL LIKE THESE LITTLE THINGS, OR WANT TO USE THEM SOMEWHERE IN HER NURSERY FOR DECORATION, BUT IT'S ANOTHER THING OFF MY LIST THAT I HAVE ALWAYS WANTED TO TRY, AND COST ME ONLY THE DOLLAR FOR THE PATTERN, AND OH QUITE A BIT OF MY TIME TOO, LOL

SEE HOW MUCH BIGGER THE RACCOON'S HEAD IS? LOL

Hubby was off on Friday so we enjoyed 3 days together.  We worked some of it, played some of it, and enjoyed a wonderous barbecued chicken dinner at my oldest son's house on the 4th of July.  I loved every minute of the whole week-end.  But since this is long, I am tired, and I have MANY things to finish sewing and doing before Melody arrives on Thursday, I am going to pop off of here and jump into bed.  I hope to post once more before she comes, but we will see how i I do getting things done.  Hope you all had a great holiday week-end celebrating this wonderful country, and had a have a lovely week.  Blessings to you all!  Debbie
LEFT OVER FROM THE JERSEY SHORE VACATION...LITTLE DONATELLA IS JUST SOO CUTE HERE I HAD TO SHARE1

AND HERE SHE IS AGAIN ON THE 4TH OF JULY!


SAM ON THE 4TH....CAN YA JUST SEE THE FUN ON HIS FACE.  GUESS HE JUST HAD A BALL!
MELODY AND CLAIRE

THEIR LITTLE FAMILY....LUKE WASN'T FEELING THE PICTURE, LOL

CODY WAS READY FOR DESSERT

CLAIRE LOOKS AS IF SHE WANTS TO SAY, "MOM, THESE BOYS ARE A LITTLE WILD YOU KNOW."  LOL

SWEET CODY!


Monday, June 29, 2015

WEEK-END WRAP UP

This post this morning really is going to be quick as I don't really have much to share anyway, lol.  So let's see.....last Friday found me at the sewing machine [soo different for me I know!  lol].  I put together another little romper and the fabric she found for this one was positively darling.  Then....I decided to try my hand again at sun hats.  This time with one for Claire.  Now the hats I made for Capri and Donatella were from a PDF pattern that I found online.  I can tell you most of the PDF patterns I have found so far are not exactly what I would call "good" in that they are most of the time pretty difficult to get together in terms of fitting right etc. if you know what I mean.  Maybe because computers, printers, and etc. vary so.  But anyway, this pattern is part of the Simplicity vintage pattern I use for this particular romper, [btw, I'd have called these sun suits back in the day, lol] and it is sooo easy I was hoping the hat would follow suit.....A yeah, not so much....sigh.  I decided to use left over fabric from the little white/lavender eyelet fabric and see what happened.  The problem btw of buying many fabrics online is that you HAVE to buy a full yard.  I only need 1/2 yard to make these rompers etc., so that leaves A LOT of fabric left over.  Which can easily go into my stash even after getting enough off of them to make hair tie bows. But back to the hat.....It started off easy enough, but then suddenly I just didn't get the directions.  They had you putting it together differently then the PDF pattern did, and I am too inexperienced in this area to just do my own thing, so I was trying to follow along.  EVENTUALLY I got it together..after LOTS of ripping out and starting over etc., lol.  I am still not sure how I arrived at the final product.  It IS adorable though so now I can just hope it fits her little head, lol.  Let me show you....

LOVE THE WATERMELON FABRIC!  DECIDED TO GO WITH THE CONTRASTING LIME GREEN RIBBON INSTEAD OF JUST PLAIN WHITE....I THINK IT'S CUTE!

TA DA!  ONLY TOOK ME 2 AND HALF HOURS!  LOL



CUTE LITTLE ENSEMBLE....

And then late Friday afternoon I got a call from the sewing machine repair guy who started the conversation by saying, "I have good and bad news!"  NEVER good to hear that let's face it, lol.  The bad news is that the circuit board is on back order and could take six to eight weeks to get it!  And the good news is after further inspection he really didn't think it was what was wrong with my machine anyway.  He "thought" it was because the week before he had another 580 in there doing a very similar thing and that's what was wrong with it.  But he honestly felt after a thorough and total cleaning, oiling, and replacing a couple of little somethings [can't remember now what he called them] and a total adjusting of the hoop module, it would be as good as new.  All of this is included in my regular servicing of the machine.  I had put on over a million stitches [is that even possible?] in the last 7 months, so he was pretty sure it was the problem.  Sooo we picked it up Sat morning, and I will test it out today.  He left the circuit board on order just in case, but of course I am soo hoping that it is not the case.  The circuit board btw has nothing to do with the sewing part of my machine.  I have really never had an issue with the sewing part.  Every little kink [and if I am being honest MOST of the "kinks" were operator errors!] have been with the embroidery side of the machine, not the other.  So I can continue to sew no problem with this machine, but not embroider should that be the case.  Which I guess in the scheme of things is not the end of the world, but annoying nonetheless.  After a few more errands on Sat. hubby and I saw a movie and then spent the rest of the afternoon cleaning our leather couches.  SUCH a chore let me tell you, but SOO worth it when it's done.  These couches are nearing 15 years old!  Again, is that possible?  We bought them at the time spending a little more money then we were comfortable with in the hopes that they would last....and let me tell you we sure have gotten every little penny out of them we counted on.  They are first and foremost the most comfy thing to sit and/or nap on you can ever imagine.  And while not as good as new anymore, they are still looking pretty good.  Especially after their cleaning.  However, they too have found their way on to the replace soon list....sigh....nothing lasts forever.  Yesterday was church, lunch with my oldest son's family afterwards, and a little shopping at Joannes for me after that.  All in the most horrid of weather, lol..  HOT and humid!  A terrible combination.  Made me glad that humid is not something we usually put up with here in So California.,...good thing too as I don't do it well as it tends to make my grumpy, lol.

I have quite a bit of sewing to finish up before Melody and her family arrive on the ninth, so I'd best get busy.  Hope you all have a good week!  Blessings to you all!  Debbie    A few more pics for my book following of course.

THE VACATIONERS HAVE MOVED ON TO NEW YORK CITY THESE LAST COUPLE OF DAYS [LEAVING VINNY WITH HIS OTHER GRANDMA!] AND HAVE SEEN SOO MUCH.  HERE THEY ARE AT THE TWIN TOWER MEMORIAL

MORE GO KART RIDING FOR JD.....HIS FACE SAYS IT ALL

AND HERE'S MISS CLAIRE SPORTING HER OTHER BONNET I MADE HER  FITS HER PERFECTLY AND DOES KEEP HER LITTLE FACE SHIELDED FROM THE SUN

AND LAYING ON HER QUILT....LOVE SEEING THINGS BEING PUT TO USE!

CHECKING THINGS OUT

FUTURE DAIRY BOYS LOVE THE COWS
CAN'T BELIEVE HOW BIG LUKE IS SUDDENLY....HE'S JUST NOT A BABY ANYMORE...IT GOES SOO FAST...HE IS DOING VERY WELL WITH HIS POTTY TRAINING TOO, IT'S ALMOST A WRAP, AND CONSIDERING HE JUST TURNED TWO A MONTH AGO, THAT'S PRETTY GOOD THIS GRANDMA IS THINKING

CLAIRE WEARING HER CUPCAKE BLOOMERS, LOL




Friday, June 26, 2015

SUMMERTIME FUN AND ACTIVITES


I am going to put a quick post up and try and get busy with this day.  This week has just flown by for some reason.  I have not had one that has flown for me for a while, but this one sure did.  How can it be that July is almost upon us I can't be sure.  But it's coming....

I spent the day yesterday with Jeffie and Cody.  Hands down one of my favorite things to do.  Their mama asked me if I might take them for hair cuts at the start of our day and I was happy to oblige.  It had been quite a while for both of them, and a good summer cut seemed the thing to do.  When my boys were young the first day of summer usually meant a "buzz" cut, lol.  I honestly wish it was stylish for a woman to do as I would have been the first in line.  Just makes everything easier.  Cool as your going to get, no worries about swimming and messed up hair, and really very little need to shampoo constantly, and the best part....your hair is ALWAYS ready to go, lol.  There was NO convincing Jeffie that this was the style for him however, so we went with a straight boys cut, and for Cody somewhat of a compromise.  Buzzed all around except for on top that got spiked up.  This is probably my own personal favorite for a boys hair do, and he looked just adorable in this grandma's humble opinion.

MY CUTIES

HE WANTED A PIC BY HIMSELF SO WE COULD SEND IT TO HIS MAMA AT WORK AND SHE COULD SEE HIS HAIR LOOKED LIKE GRASS, LOL   HE WAS SOO GOOD ON THE DAY!
 After that we had lunch and then hit up an afternoon matinee.  The boys have quite a list of movies they'd like to see this summer, and they know grandma enjoys this too so we will no doubt be going to a few more before summers end.  They snacked on popcorn and icee drinks at the movies, so afterwards I took them home for a little swimming.  I headed for home around 4 oclock and was glad I was going the opposite way of traffic as I zipped right along in no time.

I think I already mentioned I was out for most of Tuesday as well as I got my hair done, had lunch out and ran a few errands.  The rest of the week I spent doing some quick sewing.  I have NOT gotten my machine back yet, but my old one has been pretty much a dream to use.  Looking back, I think what I should have done was to have kept my old machine for all my sewing and quilting purposes, and bought just a separate embroidery machine.  It wouldn't have cost me nearly as much, and I think it might just have been better all around.  But on the other hand, that's NOT what I did, so there is not much point in going there now is there? lol.  When I bought my old machine a bajillion years ago it was Bernina's top of the line and came with a walking foot.  Now at the time I had NO idea what a walking foot was even used for, and supposed it was mainly for quilters, so I had stored it away in the carrying case and had NEVER used it.  Meanwhile my new machine also came with a walking foot, and I did attempt once or twice to use when the occasion called for it, but truthfully I had NO idea how to even get it on my machine and couldn't seem to accomplish it, and was always going to ask someone when I went into the shop but then always forgot.  So bottom line?  I had NEVER used a walking foot.  I imagine you other sewers and quilters are wondering how on earth that could ever be, but it was just the case nonetheless.  Sooo you had to know all of this so I could tell you the following story.  The one thing I really knew would be sooo much easier with a walking foot would be when using the "slicker" type fabrics when making baby blankets, etc., along of course with any quilting I might do on my own etc. By slicker type fabric I mean like the super super comfy type fabric that is soo soft you can hardly stand it, but slides all over the place when sewing which then makes me avoid it like the plague.  Same thing such as silks and satin or minky.  Well, the other day when I was at Joannes, I came across the cutest, super soft comfy fabric I may have ever seen at Joannes, [they seem to be carrying lots of new things ladies for those of you who might be interested] and I had a sixty percent off coupon to use.  That is NOT a common thing for Joannes as of course that's quite a bit off.  Anyway, not only did I have a sixty percent off coupon, but I had a 15 percent off your total purchase coupon that works IN ADDITION to the sixty!  Again, not always the case as usually is it 15 percent off non sale and non coupon items only.  But if you watch [as this hawk eye does, lol] they sometimes offer this.  All of this was important, as in my opinion those comfy soft fabrics are VERY pricey.  It goes terribly against my grain to spend that much for fabric.  This was regularly sixteen ninety nine a yard, and I needed a yard and 1/4 to make the blanket I had in mind.  Soo I bought it and was looking forward to attempting to actually use my walking foot I bought some 30 odd years ago.  Better late then never right?  Soo after reading my owners manual [which I miraculously still have!] about walking feet, and watching a small tutorial as well, I was ready!  It worked perfectly! And easily! And wonderously!  And I wonder now how I ever managed to sew with these fabrics in the past without it?  Lots of pinning [which I hate to do!] for one thing,  and lots of grumbling, lots of having to rip out, and lots of frustration for some others.  But mainly I guess, I just avoided those kinds of fabric.  Well, no more let me tell you, it was a dream.  I also used it to put together some more burp cloths for Brooke this time, and left it on to do the decorative embroidery stitches to finish them up.  It was just SOO easy with this attachment foot on.  And then....I told you that in her busy confused state Melody had bought fabric online so I could make some new rompers for Claire and meant to have it shipped to my house and shipped it to her own by mistake.  Soo I was waiting for it to arrive so I could have them made before she arrives here on the ninth of July. It finally arrived on Tues night, so I have gotten started on that as well.  We are just making the same romper patterns as before [just the next size up] as Melody LOVES the patterns, but we are adding snaps in the crotch this time as they are really soo necessary when changing a baby a million times a day it seems.  Soo, let me show this weeks work....

THIS PICTURE JUST DOESN'T DO YOU MUCH GOOD AS TO REALLY APPRECIATE THIS FABRIC YOU NEED TO TOUCH IT, LOL.  SUPER SUPER SOFT AND SLICK.  I LOVE IT!

I PAIRED IT UP WITH A COORDINATING FLANNEL

LOVED HOW IT CAME OUT

USED LEFT OVER GREY TERRY CLOTH FOR THIS, AND FLANNEL I ALREADY HAD ON HAND.  DOES THIS MAKE THIS ONE FREE?

LOVED THIS FABRIC WHICH I BOUGHT IN A FAT QUARTER FOR 2 BUCKS, AND LEFT OVER TERRY CLOTH AGAIN

AND THIS ONE IS WHITE FLANNEL I HAD ON HAND, AND LEFT OVER FLANNEL FROM THE BLANKET.  I INTEND TO MAKE BOTH BROOKE AND MEL A FEW MORE BURP CLOTHS, BUT I AM GOING TO APPLIQUE ON THEM, AND I NEED MY NEW MACHINE BACK FOR THAT!

LOVED THIS EYELET FABRIC SHE FOUND!  ADDED A LITTLE EMBELLISHMENT AS WELL FOR AN ADDED DIFFERENT LOOK.  I AM GOING TO MAKE A MATCHING HAIR TIE BAND AS WELL AND POSSIBLY A MATCHING HAT TOO IF I HAVE ENOUGH TIME!
SUPER CUTE FABRIC AS WELL....ONE MORE TO MAKE USING THIS PATTERN, AND THEN I WILL SWITCH TO ANOTHER PATTERN
I have had a few interruptions so this has taken a little longer as usual to get up then I intended, so I will leave you with some cute photos for my book.  Hope you are all enjoying your summers so far, and have plans for a nice, relaxing week-end.  Blessings to you all!  Debbie


JAMES AND HIS FAMILY ARE HAVING SUCH A GOOD TIME ON THEIR VACATION AND I HAVE BEEN GETTING SUCH GOOD PICTURES IT IS HARD TO CHOSE JUST A FEW, BUT I ESPECIALLY LOVE THIS ONE OF JAMES AND HIS OLDEST GIRL CAPRI

THE KIDS ARE HAVING SUCH A BALL WITH THEIR FRIENDS AND COUSINS

CAPRI SPORTING HER HAT AND BAG....SOO CUTE!

JD LOVING THE WATER PARK

LUKE AND SAM OUT TAKING A RIDE ON THEIR JOHN DEERE AND SPLITTING A COOL SIP OF LEMONADE  SOO CUTE!

AND THIS LITTLE CUTIE IN HER "COW" BLOOMERS, LOL

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

HODGEPODGE WEDNESDAY

I decided it was time to jump back onto a Wednesday Hodgepodge.  It's been a while and I ALWAYS enjoy it.  I appreciate the work Joyce goes to for this event, and I know you will too.  You can join us by clicking on this picture!





1.  June 23rd is National Pink Day.  What's your favorite something pink?  Well now I guess that depends...love the color pink and many things popped into my mind on this question.  Maybe at the top of my list is pink roses...ANY shade of pink roses, lol.  I also love various shades of pink lipstick, pink nail polish, pink frosting, and pink fabric!  That always catches my eye! So I guess it would be hard to pick a "favorite".  lol

THOUGH THIS IS THE FAVORITE OF THE PINK BURP CLOTHS I JUST MADE FOR CLAIRE.. SOO MANY SHADES OF PINK!
2.  What did you enjoy most about gym class when you were in school?  How about the least? Honestly I loved PE lol.  I could never understand why soo many seemed to hate it.  I guess I enjoyed most of the sports we played [though I was never good!] and really didn't even mind the exercising part.  I liked being outside and moving around.  And my least favorite part was being involved in a good game of something and the bell ringing, lol.  Oh and when I was in high school I did dislike having to fix my make up again and re-do my hair when it was over.  Goodness, thinking back on all this it seems like a million years ago, lol.  



3.  What memory is brought to mind by the smell of roses?  Well, I have ALWAYS loved the smell of roses....always.  But a few years ago we went to a wedding on the beach.  It was possibly the most spectacular wedding I ever attended....maybe even the most spectacular event I ever attended.  They actually had a small airplane fly over us carrying a sign of congratulations to the bride and groom during the cocktail hour while a 3 piece musical trio walked around playing for us, and several waiters offered tempting h'orderves lol.  Anyway, the grass aisle was COVERED in fresh roses....and I mean COVERED in such a way that as you neared the area [and you didn't have to get real close either!] the scent of roses hit you like you can't imagine.  I LOVED it!  Oh my goodness it was the most wonderful smell ever.  Now for some people it was a little too much.  But not for me....Now I can't ever smell a rose, or think of smelling roses without remembering that, lol.

4.  Do you prefer to read or write?  Goodness I am not sure I can answer that question without maybe saying "it depends".  I honestly LOVE both.  I read soo many different kinds of books and articles and blogs it seems I am ALWAYS reading, and yet nothing can satisfy me more then sitting down and writing out my thoughts and feelings even if they are nothing very significant.  I guess if I was pressed to the wall, reading would win out.

PERFECT SUMMER DAY
5.  Sam Keen is quoted as saying, "Deep summer is when laziness finds respectability"  Would you agree?  Is laziness ever respectful?  How will you be lazy this summer?  I'd say yes I agree, and yes laziness per say can be respectful.  Sometimes it is just necessary.  Doing nothing at all.  Being quite before God.  Taking a nap, reading a book, fishing, gazing at the sea all could be looked at how you "might" describe "lazy".   Sometimes I think the meaning of the word lazy could be thought of as sitting around doing NOTHING, not being productive, idleness etc., when you should be busy and accomplishing something, and therefore has a negative feeling.  But I think he is referring here to the positive side of being lazy.  Lazy days of summer always bring a good feeling to me and make me think of long warm days with nothing at all much you really HAD to do.  Sitting with my toes in the water at the beach when my kids were young and watching them run around in the sun and play.  To me lazy days of summer have nothing but a good feeling.  What am I going to do this summer to be lazy?  Probably a lot of the same.  Sit by a pool and watch grandkids play while sipping a cool drink and chatting the afternoon away.  Or taking the little ones to an afternoon matinee.  I'd love to go to the mountains and sit and listen to the breeze as it floats through the trees...love that sound! I don't have any problem thinking of things to do that might fall into the lazy category.


6.  The Florida Keys, Disney World, or a resort somewhere on the Gulf Coast....which Florida destination would you choose and why if the trip were today?  I think if I were to go on one of these trips I'd chose a resort somewhere on the Gulf Coast.  It just sounds most like me, lol.  I LOVE LOVE the beach.  Sunshine, the ocean, comfortable cozy rooms, lazing by the pool, great food, and lots of relaxation.....sounds good to me.




7.  What question do you hate to answer?  Hmmm I can think of a couple.....How old are you?  How much do you weigh? Right at the top of my list, lol.

8.  Insert your own random thought here....Had a nice day today.  Went and got my hair done and spent a couple of hours chatting away with my niece as she worked on my head.  My daughter sent me this picture of her that 3 year old Sam took of her and Claire.  It's so sweet I just had to share it. More then likely this will be Melody's last baby and she is soaking in every moment of it she can get. She is in NO hurry for her to grow past the baby stage where she can hold her in her arms and rock her.  It all goes sooo fast, and I am happy she seems to know  that.  We all need to slow down sometimes and simply cherish the moments we have been blessed with. 



I LOVE the following poem and oh does it fit here....ENJOY!

Song for a Fifth Child

by Ruth Hulburt Hamilton

Mother, oh Mother, come shake out your cloth,
Empty the dustpan, poison the moth,
Hang out the washing and butter the bread,
Sew on a button and make up a bed.
Where is the mother whose house is so shocking?
She’s up in the nursery, blissfully rocking.
Oh, I’ve grown shiftless as Little Boy Blue
(Lullaby, rockaby, lullaby loo).
Dishes are waiting and bills are past due
(Pat-a-cake, darling, and peek, peekaboo).
The shopping’s not done and there’s nothing for stew
And out in the yard there’s a hullabaloo
But I’m playing Kanga and this is my Roo.
Look! Aren’t her eyes the most wonderful hue?
(Lullaby, rockaby, lullaby loo).
The cleaning and scrubbing will wait till tomorrow,
For children grow up, as I’ve learned to my sorrow.
So quiet down, cobwebs. Dust go to sleep.
I’m rocking my baby and babies don’t keep.