Sunday, September 25, 2022

Good Morning Sunday & a Little Catch Up (updated w/ photos)

 Good morning, and also Happy Autumn as it is now official that Fall has begun. We did get a bit of a cool down for a few days, we missed the rain but got lots of wind instead. At the woods property-that area got Lots of rain, so didn't get back there on Thursday-it would be a muddy mess along with very high grass to drive through to get to the scope shop.  I will be back there on Monday.

  We have already gone through 1500 coin size paper envelopes packing up scope lenses. I needed to order more this weekend. It's going well, we work hard for 3-3 1/2 hours before my friend needs to leave to pick up grandkids from pre school, and Larry doesn't want me there by myself so it's going slower than I want it to. Hopefully we can get lots done this week.

  I didn't get photos but we did find a father and son team to cut down two dead trees at the lake that would either fall on our house or most likely on our boat and dock. The father was a lumber jack out west so he is a professional. They are Native Americans so they enjoyed all my Native American themed plates and paintings, Larry's mountain man pieces too.  I think we found some new friends.

 The doctor visit went well, it's a long drive from the lake house, and its an area we haven't been to before-it's the main hospital for the lake area. The doctor was honest about everything, but he was clear what needed to be done is very painful would take 8 weeks or more to clear the pain, and doesn't have to be done yet. Larry is in so much all the time, more so now than before-so he opted out of this, I would have too.  Next month we drive to Springfield, Mo for heart tests and to see his cardiac doctor, which we haven't seen since covid-He has been doing video chats instead.

  My flowers are still pretty but many are dying back now. My zinnias and marigolds are lovely now. I have been collecting seeds from the calendula and cosmos.

My pineapple sage got so large, I think it's because there is a drainage spout for excess water nearby. It finally started blooming this week-it will be so lovely once covered in these red flowers. and here is Jan Berry's site for what to make with this plant here She is my go to reference for recipe ideas using herbs.




You can see the red blooms up on top to the left


The calendula is in the front-I am waiting for the seed heads to dry so I can collect them
Am very happy with the creeping thyme I planted from seeds, I will be able to take plugs from these and transplant to other areas


There is an area up on top of the driveway in front of a row of bushes along our driveway going down the hill. Part of it is the neighbors so I already talked with them about it. I killed off the grass, so now I need to dig that up add some soil, and decide what to plant there. Too many park there-not a good idea as they could easily go down the hill into our house if not careful. Hoping to get that area planted this fall. For ground cover thinking mints-they spread well and smell good too. Mine really grew so that needs to be transplanted to other areas. I will pick up some bulbs too for that spot.

  I did bake up a yummy apple-rhubarb-jumbo raisin crisp yesterday. Turned out yummy. I may bake us up some brownies today.


I did bake up gluten free brownies using King Arthur's mix (all natural ingredients)



 Hope you are all doing well, this week looks like another very busy one-need to take advantage of the nice weather.  Happy Autumn and new week from the lake

Saturday's Sunrise




  

Monday, September 19, 2022

Framed and on the Wall (updated a bit)

   I have shared about my sister's poems in past posts.  Two that I have always loved had already been published and copyrighted in book form with other authors during her college years. 

   I decided to not do more with those two poems,  since they did get published. One of my most favorite poems of hers, was about the sandpipers that we enjoyed watching during our vacation trips as kids at the Indiana Dunes State Park. 

  Years ago an artist friend of mine did a painting for me that I was going to use as the cover for the poetry book, and she had also given me the copyrights for that purpose. 

    I have decided now Not to pursue a book publish further. After needing to shred most of her work (and had found at her request is what she wanted) that left only a very few poems.

   So, I have now decided to frame this painting, enjoy it in my craft room, and remember happy times at the Dunes. This does bring back happy memories of our family way back then. (50's and 60's)  

   I did use dip pen and ink to write out Betty's Sandpiper poem and place it on the back of the painting.

  This painting is now hung next to a window in front of my work desk in my craft room space. This is the best photo with no glare off the glass.  I love this barn wood frame too, it is handmade to order and I found the craftsman on Ebay.  I am very pleased with the workmanship, it also included the glass and hanger.

Note: Click on the first photo for better viewing This painting does have me smiling.



The photo below is the full version as seen walking into my craft room My sister Betty Lou played the flute during her high school and college years so I decided this was a good placement for this painting and her poem.

    Looking at this photo here as I type-Wow the blues match (the ocean waves and on the wall figure)  That's amazing!  It was meant to be.



    Ugh we are back in the mid to upper 90's F again this week. Thursday looks like a cool down-so hoping this is the last of the 90's for this summer.

  Being so hot we are taking time off from driving to the woods home, I was burnt out from all the weed eating of our lawn here and it just caught up with me today. I figured in three days I used 13 battery charges for the weed eating project.

    My friend that meets me there and helps  me wrap and pack all the glass lenses, was sick today too. We'll head back Wednesday and Thursday. I haven't been to the grocery store in 6 weeks so that is a must for early tomorrow. Friday a new doctor and visit for Hubs so another busy full week.

  Happy New Week!