Thursday, June 29, 2017

TBThursday: I Know That Outfit!

You know how when you click an ad in any social media these days, you then see that ad everywhere you click. "The Google" knows... Well, I saw a navy dress that had a white collar, very prim looking, and while I don't need anything like that as my working days are over, it appealed to me. Today looking through old images, old like in 1971, I saw this.



It's no wonder I liked it. I had a pants suit like it back 46 years ago. gasp. Here with my eldest son and only one at the time, I believe I'm at the airport. It looks like my mother is going back to the US. I wonder how much he remembers his grandmother who died 10 years later of cancer. But here she's whispering to him ...last minute love?



I remember that suit of hers and the mink hat. I thought she was so old. She was 54. Oh how our perspectives change with time. Now that age seems so...young?

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Travel With Me Tuesday: My Beloved Valley Gardens



Back to my trip to England. Once up in Harrogate, our first morning was spent walking through the Valley Gardens and up into town. I had traveled this path so many times in the summer of 1968 with my firstborn. #2 son, though born in Harrogate, had his daily pram ride up the hill into Knaresborough. It's a good thing I did all the practice work for that hill with my Valley Gardens walks. I also now have arthritic knees which make the uphill walks a lot harder. Maybe age has something to do with it too. Ya think?



Monday, June 26, 2017

AAM Monday: Project Life Week 23



Another week 'put to bed' as we said in journalism class. Let me tell you, that was long long ago but one of my high school fellow students went on to be editor of her college newspaper or was it the yearly yearbook. Again, long long ago but it was impressive work.



Let me also say that it was a crazy crazy week. No doubt that it was the week of a full moon. Beautiful moon but people acting crazy. I left all that out because full moon and one photo tells me more than I need to remember.


Thursday, June 22, 2017

TBT: Thoughts of My Uncle

A couple of weeks ago, I saw that my cousin's daughter had posted a photo of her late grandfather on Facebook.



People often post photos of dead relatives who were Veterans on Memorial Day. I've seen this photo of my uncle who died just as WWII ended many times over the years. My Uncle Joe died in a plane crash September 5, 1945 in North East India. His son, my cousin Joe and I were both born in 1944. Joe was born in October and I was born in September.

I never met my uncle and my cousin Joe never knew his father but my mother always told me how handsome he was with his Lithuanian heritage good looks. Uncle Joe was blond and blue eyed or perhaps with green eyes as my mother had and I do. My two sons are blond but have the Irish blue eyes which has always pleased me.



This photo is of my Uncle Joe and his wife Aunt Florence before WWII started. Like my parents, my cousin Joe's heritage is half Lithuanian and half Irish.  I suspect that was pretty common in the small towns in Pennsylvania where they lived. Coal mining towns that had jobs for their immigrant fathers. Towns that most of my parents generation were glad to leave and never hear of coal mines again. My cousin Joe is the only family member who stayed and raised a family in the same neighborhood where his wife grew up.  Now these old coal mining towns are towns for the newest immigrants, those from Central America who are glad to do the harder jobs just as the Irish and Lithuanians did in the late 1800s.  It all goes in cycles.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Happy Faces All Around

I saw this photo of my daughter and two of her daughters on Facebook and really liked it. You never know what you'll find there. I saw a challenge to make one technique but I didn't have the new enough software to do it so...

I took this photo


and made this from it.



and finally here is the result. Not the ideal layout but sometimes you use what you have and see how it will turn out. I'm pretty happy with an hour's play time!

Monday, June 19, 2017

AAM Monday: Project Life Week 22

Here we are actually in week 25 and the heat has arrived. I'm not happy but I did go out and water my few plants at 06:30. The sun and the birds are waking me up around 5 a.m. but I do go back to sleep. I have to say I'm the one who looks forward to dark mornings. I did even when I was working but the sun will have its way, won't it!


I'm not so keen on these split month weeks and adding two calendars. Of course I don't HAVE to do that, I could just include the dates or just stick to the week. But...many times without the actual dates, I wonder what they were when I read the pages years later. I actually have gone back to 2010 or 2011 to look for something. PL can be useful in many ways.


Monday, June 12, 2017

AAM Monday: Project Life Week 21

Another week done, the week of the USNA graduation which to those of us who live here really means the stunning Blue Angels flying over our houses, shaking our houses and reminding us of the terror those sounds can inflict on those being bombed. It's the way of war and it's a sobering thought to me every year. As it should be.


Oh yes, it was also the week of such strong rains that our downstairs drain backed up. Fortunately, it was more like the compost one buys rather than sewage. VERY fortunately. The pipes still do need a good clean out, which god willing, will be soon.


Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Please Sit Up Straight, Dear


Click here to see more about straightening your wayward cushions
from the clever one at Thistlewood Farm

Monday, June 5, 2017

AAM Monday: Project Life Week 20



A sunny week with a lot of doctor visits for Dick. A bunch of the garden cleanup was done but oh so much more to do. It's beyond me, he doesn't want to do it so is paying the answer? I'm still debating this in my head. So instead of constant weeding, I read a lot.


Friday, June 2, 2017

Five on Friday: June 2, 2017



After all the rain, we have had two days of sun! It's amazing!  I think I could get used to this and then of course, I'll complain that it's too hot. Familiar?

1. This quote is just lovely but I'm afraid it is so so me. Books weren't meant to sit on shelves so I can stare at all those lovely spines and gloat over my possessing them.  said by Kate at Miss Mustard Seed

2. Iced coffee is back in my life and I'm afraid it could become dangerous. It's so terribly easy to drink. I make it with decaf coffee, French Press style, and chilled overnight. Sweetened with stevia, and made milky with whole milk. Easy to make and oh baby easy to drink. The gray cup is for tea and the brown one is for...coffee! That was the last of the hot coffee.



3.  There are some books that I  dole out to myself. The Louise  Penny ones fit into that category.  When I get one I do read it in about two days. I don't gobble it but I read it kind of straight through. Fortunately, I'm only up to the 5th book I think. The latest one of the Inspector Gamache mysteries I read was The Brutal Telling. Loved loved it. I always wondered how easy it was to fall in love with Gamache in these stories. Well this week I  read that Penny has based him on her husband who sadly and recently died.  Yes, the love comes through. While this is the one I just read, I seriously suggest you start at the beginning of the series and get to know the cast of characters who will become people you'll know well. Not all will be friends...


4. Today I am painting outside. No not Art but rather the back panels that are holding new lights outside our back door. I never liked the ones we put there when we renovated in...2004. However, there they were and so I just ignored them. However, eventually they started to look ratty so when I saw ones that had non-replaceable LED lights at Costco, in my cart they went. Photos next week.

5. There needs to be a grocery run today also. I'm not clear why he buys what he does when he goes for groceries himself but at least that does make my list a little shorter. Meaning I buy what he uses but it doesn't always seem to be reciprocated.  Ah marriage..

Have a great weekend and be sure to do something fun for yourself!

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