Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Day Two Hundred Twelve 2013

Wonderful Wednesday
"What has happened to summer,
That's what I want to know.
Is she on a vacation -
Who knows where did she go?
Tell, what was she wearing;
A zephyr breeze and rosebud
Or grass and wild berry?
Could she be honeymooning
With spring or early fall
Or has she gone so far away
She'll not return at all? "
~ Dorothy Ardelle Merriam, One July Summer

End of July ~ it hasn’t felt like Summer all Summer. Yet. Did you have a wonderful Wednesday?

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Day Two Hundred Eleven 2013

Terrific Tuesday
I picked up granddaughter Shelby after school today ~ not something I usually do
She’s so pretty in pink!
After school seemed like a good time to visit Poet’s On The Square coffeehouse and treat ourselves ~ Frozen hot chocolate for me ~ served up in a Mason jar ~ yummy
Shelby and Elijah both ordered hot chocolate ~ whipped cream on top, of course ~ They enjoy chilling in these comfy swivel chairs ~ It’s a nice place to relax after a hard day at school
When Holly came to pick up the kids, she brought me this bouquet of Black-eyed Susan’s from her yard ~ What a nice surprise!
You never know what you’re going to get when you slice into a cantaloupe ~ This one turned out to be another sweet surprise
Neil and I made BLT’s for supper ~ one of my fave summertime meals [although these are yummy any time] ~ Thanks to my sister Ann for sharing her homegrown tomatoes ~ All it took was one juicy thick slice to cover all that crispy [almost burnt but that’s the way I like it] bacon
Tomato soup, BLT’s, cantaloupe ~ it’s what’s for dinner [supper if you live in the South] [I’ve had those pumpkins since last October and they’re still hanging in there] Hope you had a terrific Tuesday, too.

Monday, July 29, 2013

Day Two Hundred Ten 2013

Miscellaneous Monday
Lunch in the gazebo at Dogwood Park with my honey/hubby Neil ~ those cool breezes felt like fall ~ noisy there today ~ they were cutting down a huge dead tree by the picnic tables near the stage
Down my street ~ the weather today was perfection
Seedless black grapes ~ yummy but kind of dry ~ thinking about using them in some chicken salad with some apples
My Geraniums have had a tough time blooming this summer ~ they like heat and sun ~ a rare commodity this July ~ very unusual
Creepy crawly on my backyard garden flag [garden?]
Sunset in the Kroger parking lot ~ Neil was pumping gas into my grannymobile  [dirty windshield ~ must get car wash]  Neil was aggravated at the guy in the car next to us because the guy’s wife/girlfriend/whatever was out there pumping the gas while he waited in the driver’s seat ~ I thanked him for pumping gas into the car I drive every day ~ and  for still being so chivalrous [he still opens my car door for me almost all the time] Monday wasn’t so bad, was it?

There are no miracles on Mondays.
~Amy Neftzger

[I say it depends on your definition of miracle ~ just saying]

Sunday, July 28, 2013

Day Two Hundred Nine 2013

This praying mantis hitched a ride on our rear view mirror today. He must have been on his way to church, it being Sunday and all. We’d already been to worship service, so he missed the sermon. But he did get off in the church parking lot when we stopped by there to pick up Neil’s truck after lunch. Perhaps he’ll make it to the evening service.

Saturday, July 27, 2013

Day Two Hundred Eight 2013

Beautiful Saturday to be sitting on the front porch, reading a novel and being lazy. Pretty peaceful, until the mosquitoes smelled warm blood. The bug repellent works OK. If only I could spray my head and face with it. I wonder which is worse: contracting a deadly virus from skeeter bites, or inhaling the poison that’s supposed to drive them away. Oh well. Back to my book. Inside.
Wishing my sister Jane and her husband Don a very happy 28th wedding anniversary today! Love you!!

Friday, July 26, 2013

Day Two Hundred Seven 2013

Elijah was telling his grandpa all about his day while Shelby browsed the ice cream flavors at Cream City this afternoon. They survived their abbreviated first week back at school. Celebrating that and the fact that it’s Friday. Happy TGIF, everyone! Hope yours included something cold and sweet.

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Day Two Hundred Six 2013

Back To School
First full day of classes for granddaughter Shelby and grandson Elijah. They come to my house after school and hang out until their mom gets off work. These two are growing up so fast. Shelby is in 7th grade and Elijah is in 2nd grade this year. [I enjoy learning new things, but I’m glad I don’t have to go to school.]

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Day Two Hundred Five 2013

Today was the last day of summer break for granddaughter Shelby and grandson Elijah [and the rest of the students and teachers in this county]. Last day of freedom for a while. I treated them to a D.Q. ice cream cone, either to celebrate their last day in the sun or to mourn the beginning of classes. Nobody needs a reason to enjoy a frozen summertime treat. Summer break is simply way too short here in our neck of the woods. Maybe somebody will do something about that one of these days.

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Sunday, July 21, 2013

Day Two Hundred Two 2013

Sunday Stuff
Rain Rain
Go Away
Come Again Another Day
Grandson Knox swinging after the rain hoping the skeeters don’t bite
Grandpa Neil took Knox for a walk and this is what Knox brought back home
Coloring at the Cracker Barrel, waiting for carrots and mac and cheese ~ rainy lazy Sunday

Psalm 118:24  King James Version (KJV)

This is the day which the Lord hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it.

Saturday, July 20, 2013

Day Two Hundred One 2013

Granddaughter Shelby turned 12 on July 18 and celebrated her birthday today at home with family.
Happy Face. Happy Shelby!
Granddaughter Shelby and grandson Elijah cozy up for a brother/sister portrait.
Having a summertime birthday means dad rents an awesome water slide to enjoy.
Birthday Girl
Blowing out those candles after the Birthday Song
Opening presents may be the best part [the birthday hat makes it even more fun]
Lots of presents
Daughter Holly, grandson Elijah, granddaughter Shelby and son in law Jerry gave a fun party. Happy Birthday, Shelby! Love you so much!

Friday, July 19, 2013

Day Two Hundred 2013

"That beautiful season the Summer!
Filled was the air with a dreamy and magical light;
And the landscape
Lay as if new created in all the freshness of childhood."
-  Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Happy TGIF! Hope your day was filled with magical light.

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Day One Hundred Ninety Nine 2013

She is simply the best granddaughter anyone could ever have. Sweet. Funny. Smart. Beautiful inside and out. Shelby turned 12 years old today. She is always excited about her special day every year. Today’s plans didn’t turn out so well, though. Her mom took the day off, and she and Shelby were going to spend the day together shopping while little brother Elijah went fishing with his grandpa. But her mom got called back into work unexpectedly and ended up having to work very late into the evening. So all her birthday plans had to be postponed until tomorrow. Very disappointing, but she didn’t complain. She’s just a good kid that way. She and I went shopping this afternoon while the guys fished and she used some of her birthday money to buy some really cute clothes. So maybe her day wasn’t a total bust, and she does have her party with family to look forward to this weekend. Happy Birthday, Shelby! I love you more than you’ll ever know. You’re the best!