Monday, September 1, 2014

Summer Heading Toward Fall

A bit of rain and cooler days = outdoor jobs. Finished cleaning the driveway after the fence boards were taken to the local transfer station. Whew! Swept the sawdust and small bits of wood and a lot of thin flakes of old grey paint. Pulled some weeds that were hiding under the pile of wood. Cut down the tall grasses that hold the soil in place (clay with mud on top) along the edge of the driveway. The roots keep things draining over the fall and winter (and the winter wet long grass makes in difficult to get into the car passenger seat).

Carried on with cleaning and writing up stock for my booths. GrandDogs went to their home for the long weekend so I vacuumed and washed the floors and then sprayed some carpet Febreze to cut down on the dog smells.

The peas, blueberries and raspberries (and carrot) are from earlier in the summer. Delicious. Raspberries are finished but the carrots, beans, tomatoes, kale and blueberries carry on.

Picked a few tomatoes and carrots for supper. Cleaned up the sweet peas vines that were finished and trimmed the growing ends of the squash plant which is growing in all directions over the garden and on across the grass. Snacked on blueberries right from the plants. Cut the 6" long grass on the right side of my yard Sunday late afternoon. Poor lawnmower smoked and I had to let it cool (me too).

Last weekend went to a lovely wedding (niece's) that overlooked the ocean (just above the beach on a slope). Wonderful weather, happy occasion. Reception held in a very vintage summer lodge (camp). Candle (battery) flames in sealers decorated with burlap, ribbons, buttons, flowers and twine, wedding was turquoise themed. Borrowed a few pictures from the brides album.

August was quite the month. I enjoyed all the travelling, visiting and routine changes and yes I am looking forward to the cooler September weather.

Thank you for visiting today.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

August Thrifted Finds

It was lovely to take a blog writing break while on holiday. I did read posts to keep up with my blogging friends.

Found a few thrifted treasures this month.

A lovely Price-Kensington teapot

Melmac jug, green handled kitchen tools and vintage bottles.

A bit of collector humour.

Only painting I did was CeCe Caldwell Simply White on a pair of brown curtain rods and touch ups on an ornate frame. Not photo worthy but the paint helped the rods disappear into the background.

When not travelling it was garden watering, clean up, hauling old fence boards to the transfer station, more watering. Visited friends and family, got some small 'in the house' jobs caught up.

Thanks for visiting.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

A Lovely Break

Holiday Time

The ocean in California

Giant Redwood Trees

Coastal Fog in Oregon

Sweet air from the ocean and thousands and thousands and miles upon miles of trees along the Oregon Coastal highway and up into Washington. 

No cooking, laundry or cleaning

DS did all the driving, I read while travelling

Time to not think, plan, work

No dogs to look after, no email

DGS time, swimming, reading, talking, walking, travelling.

Many many long hours and we were back home for 2 1/2 days.

Didn't know how much I needed a break 
until I got home again.


And then there was more...

We drove to the Okanagan to visit V and P. DGS has had so much fun with Auntie V and has talked up a storm (garden discoveries and water hoses and chasing were also involved).

Many hugs, lots and lots of visiting.

Big change in scenery from Oregon and Washington.

More visiting. Great meals together. Giant tomatoes bigger than two of my fists. Heritage.

Thrifted in towns new to me. 
Worth another trip now that I know 'where'.

Sitting on the deck in rocking chairs with more visiting in the dusk and late evening on this bench wrapped in a blanket while the sprinkler watered the cherry tree.

Catching up. It has been 5 years since our last visit.

Thank you DH and DS and P and V.

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