Thursday, July 29, 2021

Henry's Cousin Leo


Found by Himself Yin and Yang 

Beginner crochet kits called Wobbles

Party animal

More crochet patterns

Patriotic Leo for the 4th of July from the Sutton Lions Club

Spotted in the bargain store

Store bought Baby cards

Spotted on the highway at 55 MPH

Another Leo found by Himself

Movie Star Leo

Delicious Leo

Wednesday, July 28, 2021

Whatcha Doin?


I'm spending a lazy day celebrating the last birthday of birthday month. Mine. I'll be hanging out in the sun room watching movies, making some art. Contemplating take-out of coconut shrimp or fried clams for dinner. Lemon meringue pie and maybe a home-made slushie.

Whatcha doin?

Tuesday, July 27, 2021

T Stands for The Mystery of the Regeneration Tea


At the beginning of the month, I saw ads for Plum Deluxe's Regeneration Tea marketed to fans of Doctor Who. The ad made me smile, and I moved on with my day.

A week or so later, a package arrived. Inside a packet of Regeneration tea and a sample of Stargazers Caramel Chai. But I didn't remember ordering samples of tea. Who sent this? The return address was the Plum Deluxe Tea.

What a puzzle. Who sent this to me? Any number of people know I'm a Doctor Who fan.  Where was the tea from? Portland, Oregon.  And then light dawned on marble head. Of course, it had to be sent from my dear friend, colleague, and adopted Cousin.

The tea is a delicious blend of black tea, honeybush tea, strawberries, cocoa peel, blackberry leaf, raspberry leaf, and strawberry and vanilla essence. It's like drinking a Jammie Dodger, the 11th Doctor's favorite cookies. The tea makes the perfect cup of tea to have with your favorite Doctor (10) or by yourself. 

Cos', you are the best and a pearl of great price.

Drop by hosts, Bleubeard and Elizabeth's blog to find out what the rest of the T Stands For gang is up to. If you want to play, include in your Tuesday post a beverage or container for a beverage. Don't forget to link your blog to Bleubeard and Elizabeth's page.

Monday, July 26, 2021

Happy Mail

Always a delight to receive happy mail from Nan. She sent  a beautifully flourished and painted postcard

She said she's been practicing with the wedge brush, but I think she's mastered the technique. Thanks, Nan, for brightening my day and the contents of the mailbox.

Sunday, July 25, 2021

How Does Your Garden Grow?

 Another back to front story.

After trying all week, I finally got a picture of Candy, the itty bitty, bunny. Too bad the photo had to be taken through the screen.

After some storms, a gorgeous sunset

A dragonfly came in for a landing.

Giant milkweed plants looking like something out of Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea or Lost in Space

The only birds I've seen in the yard since the bird feeders were taken down.

A weed in the flower box

Dedo keeping cool

Sgraggly looking petunias

Morning glories starting to bloom out front


A cucumber deciding to climb on its neighbor's pole

Cucumbers reaching for the sky

The tomato is starting to turn red.

Sad view without the bird feeder and birds

Something got at the petunias. Maybe slugs as it's been so wet and humid

A dusting of food grade diatomaceous earth to keep the bugs and slugs away from the plants. The food grade DE is safe for humans and pets.

A light breeze and the sound of the new wind chimes and traffic

How does your garden grow?

Saturday, July 24, 2021

Saturday Morning at the Library

Johanna Spyri

When I was 5 years old, I was forced to take dancing lessons while the Brother was forced to take accordion lessons. I hated dancing class. The Knights of Columbus Hall where the classes were given had no heat or it wasn't turned on. I hated wearing the pink beginner tights. I liked clacking around in the tap shoes, but Ma wouldn't let me practice inside the house on the wood floors. I spent most of my time in class being miserable and crying. Eventually, I was taken out of class.

While the Brother still had to endure accordion lessons, Dad took me to the library. He would leave me upstairs in the children's library where I could look at the books and choose to take some books home with my own library card. As I got older, I would go downstairs to the adult library and wander among the stacks enjoying the scent of the books before going to find Dad in the reference area consulting the law books and catching up on his work.

So for the next several weeks, a list of my favorite books, some I have read as a child, others as an adult and some  I have read more than once.

This week, Heidi by Johanna Spyri

If you haven't read this book, you can download it for free at Project Gutenberg. You can also find it in the children's section of your public library or favorite bookstore.

Friday, July 23, 2021

The Friday Five Good Things

 Five good things that happened this week.

1. Had a good time at the family Gathering. The skies grew ominous and we left arriving home before wild thunderstorms

2. Had a nice time at the Great-Nephew's Christening. The decorations on the cupcakes were hysterical. A headshot of the Baby Boy with a Bishop's Miter. 

3. Saw a new itty-bitty, baby bunny in the yard.  It sat up just like a chocolate bunny so I named it Candy. Just as I was to take a picture it ran away

4. A trip to the post office and I  had a nice chat with S. Every time I’ve been there, I missed her shift. Fun to be a townie

5. Opened the garage door for the Culligan Man’s salt delivery to find he was backing the truck into the driveway. He kindly brought the salt bags into the utility room and filled the salt tank for the water softener.

How was your week?