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Wednesday, June 21, 2017

The first day of summer


Here we are again. The very first day of summer. The summer solstice. The longest day of the year. The beginning of a few months of good weather, relaxing and fun. Our winters are long here and having three months of nice weather is so welcomed. I must remember to stop Pushing to get things done and take time to sit on the swing and read. And travel. Already July is filling up. We will be going to my sister's lake house for a weekend with all her and my family. Then both my sisters will be here for a week. Then my son and family will be visiting. I love to have company!


Tuesday, June 20, 2017


Yesterday our friend Tim came over and moved the arbor to the top of the bank and set it in place. Now I am looking for two pieces of fencing to put on each side. Pictures will follow later.

Today my coffee friends came up to play Marbles and we had a great time. It’s always fun to get together. I served crudité in a tall cup and strawberry shortcake. I had gone to the Hatch Patch about an hour away to get their strawberries. I got a whole flat. Their berries are the best, not a bad one among the bunch. A flat is 8 quarts but they pour another quart on the top. I freeze them and use them all year long.

A picture taken with my new lens


The ducks at Boiling Springs Children’s Lake.


Sunday, June 18, 2017



This is Selma. She belongs to my grandson Dan and his wife Gretchen. Gretchen is a runner and often times she and Dan would go to the local shelter and walk the dogs. Selma won their heart. Gretchen takes Selma on long runs with her. She has a special leash which attaches to her belt which leaves her hands free. Selma of course is very attached to them and wasn't happy being left inside the fence when they went somewhere without her. 

Saturday, June 17, 2017

A new arbor for the garden


The arbor I ordered from Amazon came and Don put it together for me. It will sit at the top of the bank. I love it.

Yesterday my classmates came to play games. This group of giggle girls is so much fun. W head drinks outdoors but played inside in the air conditioning. I made strawberry yogurt pie which is an easy cool and delicious treat. Here is the recipe if you'd like something refreshing.

Mix together.....a tub of Cool Whip, two cartons of strawberry yogurt, and one cup of mashed, sweetened strawberries. Pour into a graham cracker pre made crust..I used a chocolate crust.. Freeze. Before serving pour some Hershey's syrup in a swirl on top yum!

U I set the table with paper goods from Tuesday Morning. I love that store and stock up on paper plates and napkins every time I am there.


Wednesday, June 14, 2017

So what did you do today?

When it’s that hot out (86 degrees) not much gets done around here outside. I did finish up the 12 centerpiece pots for my 55th class reunion this summer. I bought some great shaped pots at the Dollar Tree and spray painted them black (our colors are red and black). Then I put a black and white striped ribbon around the top of the pots. I will take them to the florist and have them put in a large geranium for the Saturday night dinner. I also made mason jars with photos from our yearbook. The candle light inside will lend a nice touch. Both the pot and the jar will sit on a bright red felt square. I think this will all look very nice for our dinner.   

  I also made four posters IMG_7622to hang up. I have always loved to do posters and it lets me contribute in an area that I am comfortable in. IMG_7626

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Whew! it's hot.


Summer has arrived and it is up to 85 degrees. That is hot enough to keep me inside and in the sunroom where we have a window air conditioner. But I did go out for a little while in order to try to set up Sadie's pool. I got her a large kiddie pool because she loves to swim and it is good exercise. And for a selfish reason it is hard to keep filling the bathtub and putting her in there. This pool is ten feet long and twenty two in Che's deep which will give her a lot of room to swim. We would like to put it up in the yard eventually but for now we want to try it out on the courtyard. We put a large tarp inside the pool to keep it from puncturing when Sadie swims. But we ran into a snag. Once it was almost full one side began to collapse and the water started to run out. It has been too hot this afternoon to fix the problem so we are inside listening to Jeff Sessions testimony. Later on this evening when it cools down we will see what we can do.


Monday, June 12, 2017

What a gorgeous time of year

IMG_7584After a long gray winter this explosion of flower color is making me amazed.
The peonies are at their best and even the climbing hydrangea is blooming.


The foxglove is so tall and stately.