Monday, May 21, 2018

Bringing the Outside In

If you read my blog, it's no secret I love the sun room. We pretty much live in this room once the warm weather starts. We take our meals here, play on the computer, and watch television. As much as I love looking out, the late afternoon sun can make it hard to see the television screen.

I had a cheap curtain on the West side window, but it shrunk when I washed it. A new curtain was needed. The cheap curtain was ugly so I wanted something a little nicer, but didn't want to spend a lot of money. The windows and slider are 72 inches wide.

Searching online, I saw some drapes printed with birch trees. Drapes are too heavy. The wall of the sun room is aluminum so I used a few Command hooks to hold up.a thin curtain rod. Somehow in my search I ended up looking at polyester shower curtains and found some with birch trees. Reviews complained the birch trees were sepia toned and not the black and white as pictured. More searching and I found a shower curtain with trees and leaves like being in the middle of the woods which is the view of my backyard.

I ordered two one for the window and one for the slider. The slider didn't have a curtain, but it was needed. The curtains are perfect. They shut out the glare of the late afternoon sun and can easily be pushed aside so I can watch the comings and goings of the birds and critters. When the curtains are closed, it looks like I'm still looking outside.

Sunday, May 20, 2018

How Does Your Garden Grow?


I'm so excited. I didn't kill Big Lily. Isn't she gorgeous?


It's a wonder Timex doesn't get his head stuck in the hatch.


We have a new visitor. This is one of Cinnamon's littles.  S/he has the same cinnamon colored spot on the back of the neck behind the ears. I've named this baby, Cassia. The sweetie took a little nap, enjoyed the sunshine, and 


had a little snack.


The weather dudes called for some wild weather. Heavy rains, thunder, lightning and a tornado watch for my area. Fortunately, no tornado just rain, lightning, loud rumbles of thunder and 


when the storm was over an amazing sunset.



My iPhone camera didn't quite catch the spectacular golden light.


A new addition to the Zensical garden. A cardinal spinner I found at Home Depot


I found this plant in Ink's garden. It's about 8 inches tall. I have no idea if it's a weed or a real flower. Do any of you gardeners know?


If you recall, Reggie gave us morning glory seeds at the end of the year long 26 Seeds class. I had started them indoors. Between cold days, rainy days, I think I waited too long to plant them. They were looking a bit scraggly. I hope they make it.


The trellis had gotten crushed during the March blizzards and I fixed it with twine as best I could. I cleaned out Ink's garden of weeds, added some new soil, and planted some of the better looking morning glory plants. I also relocated the cowboy boot and planted a morning glory in it, too. The fence edging is really for the opposite side. Red gave me some more milkweed and some echinacea. I plan to plant them on the other side of Ink's garden. Last year, I planted the milkweed, but the lawn guy didn't recognize the garden so weed whacked everything except a sunflower. This year, I hope the edging makes it obvious don't whack the plants.


Some leaves on the hydrangea. Someone needs to get out there and cut out the dead stalks.


Make a wish.


Almost an inch of rain for the week


I think these are sunflowers.

How does your garden grow?



Saturday, May 19, 2018

Saturday Afternoon At The Movies

This idea came from a Facebook meme:

Over 10 days, post your 10 all time favorite films. What movie has really made an impact on you or what films can you watch over and over and never tire of? Post either the movie poster, DVD cover or even a screenshot on your timeline. No need to explain.

Only, I'll be doing this over the next 10 Saturdays . First up:

The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951) Michael Rennie, Patricia Neal, Hugh Marlow


If you haven't seen the movie, you can watch it for free on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=INwC0Pfe5G4

Friday, May 18, 2018

The Friday Five Good Things

Five good things that happened this week.

1. Himself took me out to dinner for Mother's Day

2. A mother's day gift from The Young One arrived

3. The Eldest called to wish me a Happy Mother's Day, and we had a lovely, long chat.

4. Celebrated Himself's birthday.

5. Programmed the doorbell to play Happy Birthday

How was your week?

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Throwback Thursday - The Notebooks

Image from The Graphics Fairy
To clear up some confusion, the Notebook passages posted on Throwback Thursday were written by my father and found by me after he passed away. They were his attempt to tell the family history. He was in his late 80s or early 90s when he wrote them. Today's chapter:

I had a nice summer working at Skip's house. We built a retaining wall along the side walk. And had the rain water on one side of the house go down hill. And had a nice square that the pipe went down in the middle and down hill. When it [ed: concrete square] was still wet, he put the year in 1936. Years later I would be able to visit that house. Time changed. The retaining wall was replaced. he house was aged and its owner had me go into the house. It looked like the one I was familiar with.  Her daughter came in a young girl about 7 years old. The number on the concrete said 1936 this is it. Thank you.

When Skip bought the house in Orient Heights he was told that it was a bad move as he would be living in a better house than his boss. He didn't believe it but it happened. It took some time for him to get a job.

The one thing that still haunts me is my first year at the play school. The assistant dietitian, Julia Dwight a beautiful light haired girl.

One morning the younger of two sisters came into the dining room crying. Her shoelace was untied and she was told by one of the other kids that she was going to be given something bad. Hence the crying. Anyway I got down on the floor, began to tie the shoelace and calm her down. I said no one is going to hurt you. You are in a safe place. So I wiped her tears. And turned to get up and as I looked up there was Julia looking at my big brother act. And we looked at each other. Her eyes seemed to be sending me a message.  The next morning I was in the dietitian's area. Kay Campania asked me if I loved Julia. I did but these girls were in college and older than me and I thought I was being set up.  So i said I can speak for myself. But I never went to Julia. On the other hand if I did what wold come of it? Would it be just a Summer affair? And what could I give her? At the time I was not a good candidate for any girl.

During the first year of the play school, the staff had other activities. I would go swimming at Wood Island with [ed: looks like the name is] Doc. And some of the girls would also come. A boat trip down the harbor was planned and I was included. Skip paid for me and the other boy.

On the way back I was at the prow of the vessel and I was watching one of the sailor preparing to throw rope to dock the vessel and when I looked again it was my cousin, Alfred. He worked on the vessel. And Julia was with me.

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

T Stands for Date Day

The day began with dropping Himself's car off at


9 Old County Road in Sudbury. Himself knows Son from the karate studio. Butch and Son Automotive great mechanics, honest, fair prices. A little off the beaten path, but worth it.

The car needed new tires, an alignment, oil change. So it would be awhile before we could pick it up.

We decided to head down the road to Russell's Garden Center. We browsed through the gardens looking at plants, lawn gewgaws, and their extensive gift shop. I was too busy looking at things that I didn't take any pictures. Not even of the koi pond with the wooden bridge.

Photo by FOX from Pexels
After wandering around the garden center, it was close to lunch so we went to Five Guys.  Since the day was warm, I had a Coke with Lime as my celebrating Summer drink.





We nibbled peanuts while waiting for our order.


I always think the servers put the Number One sticker on my sandwich because they recognize the Little Princess instead of that fact that I give my order first.


My favorite. A Little Bacon Cheeseburger with lettuce, tomato, pickle, mustard and ketchup.


A meal at Five Guys isn't complete without french fries (chips). We usually eat them last because the fries come out of the deep fryer and are molten hot.


While eating lunch we talked about what we would do for the rest of the afternoon.  


We decided we would go to the movies. 


This theater has very comfy seats

We saw


in 3D. Overall, in my opinion. Meh. Typical Marvel movie only this one had nearly all the heros of the Marvel pantheon. I thought it was overly long at 2 hours and 40 minutes and a cliffhanger ending. Felt more like Marvel cashing in on its Super Hero line, but Himself assured me the movie was following the comics. 

The car was ready, but we had decided to head to the karate studio for QiGong with Bob from Simply QiGong. Himself works out with Bob weekly. QiGong is mindful breathing with movement.

After QiGong, Master Beef was having his Tuesday night Reiki Healing and Angel Circle a form of meditation with Reiki.

After the energy work, we headed to pick up Himself's car and go home. It was a long day, but a good day.

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.