Thursday, August 21, 2014

fun stuff from yesterday . . .

 I found this guy on my sunflowers yesterday.  I didn't have as many sunflowers this year and my giant ones didn't do well at all.  I had quite a few coming up and when Richard weeded . . . he didn't realize what they were and pulled quite a few of them out.  He apologized more than once . . . since he knows how much I like them - but stuff happens.  I did get a few of these smaller ones . . . they may not be as grand as the giant sunflowers - but happy and pretty just the same.  At least the grasshopper seems to them.  
 I also have come to like marigolds . . . which I'm sure is because I like and am fascinated by Day of the Dead traditions.  Marigolds are used in Day of the Dead altars.  They are a symbol of death and are referred to as the "flower of the dead."  In Spanish they are known as cempazuchitl, cempasuchil, or zempasuchitl.  
 A peace sign tissue box . . . of course I had to get it.  
 Taking time to relax over dinner . . . and folding some paper cranes.  I have to say the best thing about this picture is that guy in the background.
Here's to the small stuff that make my days a little happier!

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

today . . .

Outside my window . . . the sun is coming up – just about ready to shine through the window
I am thinking . . . that with the amount of work I have today – the day should fly by.   
I am thankful for . . . all my kids!
From the kitchen . . . oatmeal and coffee 

I am wearing . . . a black wrap dress
I am creating . . . having fun with my art journal these days
I am going . . . to have a great day!
I am reading . . . The Happiness Project - by Gretchin Rubin
I am hoping . . .  to get some good news today!
I am hearing . . . the AC just kicked on . . . it’s going to be another hot day.
Around the office . . . quiet (I’m here early – so all alone) – and tons of work to do.  I love the start of a new school year!
One of my favorite things . . . origami paper
A few plans for the rest of the week . . . just making the most of each day!
From my picture journal . . .

Charlotte's rubber stamps . . . .
. . . and inky fingers.  She is very much into stamping and drawing these days.

At least I made him laugh!

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

snail mail . . . and Charlotte on a Tuesday

I haven't posted this past week or so.  I guess I have been life getting in the way . . . and sometimes that is a good thing.  I am still doing my 365 day mail challenge . . . and have been getting letters and packages back.  I find myself looking forward to getting the mail each day like I did years ago . . . a silly little thing, but fun just the same.  
Sweet & Silly Charlotte

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Charlotte . . .

I can't help but smile when I look at her!

Monday, August 4, 2014

Today . . .

Outside my window . . . cloudy and overcast
I am thinking . . . actually – trying not to . . . I think too much.    
I am thankful for . . . Charlotte – she can always make me smile!
From the kitchen . . . cereal toast and coffee
I am wearing . . . Adidas shorts and tank top
I am creating . . . still working on some dolls
I am going . . . to mail a letter this week that I should have written years ago! 
I am reading . . . The Iowa Baseball Confederacy - by W.P. Kinsella.
I am hoping . . .  to finish my dolls by tomorrow.
I am hearing . . . not much - the house is really quiet.
Around the house . . . laundry and books
One of my favorite things . . . staying up late
A few plans for the rest of the week . . . just taking this week as it comes.

From my picture journal . . .

Friday, August 1, 2014

summer reading . . . summer fun

 Iowa and baseball . . . how could I not get this book.  I also bought Shoeless Joe to read next.  What's summer with some baseball books . . . 

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Monday, July 28, 2014

a letter from Aunt Olive . . .

I started my 365 day mail challenge about 3 weeks ago . . . I have mailed a letter to someone every day and hope to continue to do that for the next year.  I didn't really stop to think when I started writing letters about getting letters in return.  I was thrilled to get a letter from my Aunt Olive a few days ago - after she received the letter I wrote her.  What a wonderful surprise.  I see her when I go back to Iowa, but I have never really exchanged letters with her.  
I think I am liking this challenge.  The Internet is great . . . thanks to Facebook I can keep up on what most of my family is doing and see pictures of them, their kids, their food, their vacations, and even know where they go to dinner and with who.  But this letter . . . it made my day.  My Aunt Olive is over 90 years old . . . I could tell by her handwriting that it took her awhile to write her letter.  In fact, she even wrote that she needed to get the letter in the mail because she had been working on it for a couple of days.  But she took the time to answer my letter!!!   It probably took her a couple of days, because from the sound of her letter she is a busy woman.  She has scraped the paint off her house, then as soon as she had some good weather she painted it (two coats) . . . but she did say that she was careful and only painted up as far up as she could reach.  Now she needs to paint her front porch.  She wrote that she stays busy with her flowers and was getting ready to bake a cake for one of her granddaughter's birthday.  She told me that she hires someone to mow her yard, but admitted if she isn't happy with it she will go outside and go over it again.  She made the comment that maybe she was too fussy . . . I think she is amazing!

Sunday, July 27, 2014

today was fun . . .

Today was good.
Today was fun.
Tomorrow is another one.
~ Dr. Seuss

Friday, July 25, 2014

Life is Good!

One of the things I wanted to do this summer while I was off work - was to ride my bike whenever I had to go somewhere.  I believe my summer bucket list read - "ride my bike everywhere".   Across town to the doctor when it is over 100 degrees does not work, but a couple of miles to lunch, or to the store to pick up a couple of things . . . that does work.  There is something about this mode of transportation that just appeals to me . . . although it is a little less convenient to stop and take pictures when something catches my eye.  

10 reasons today that . . . "Life is good!"
* Going to lunch with friends (on my bike)
* Seeing Charlotte
* Riding my bike
* Talking to Lily on the phone . . . she is always a little silly (and I love that!)
* Stopping by The Book Barn (I love used book stores)
* Having Richard wake me up this morning to kiss me goodbye!
* Reading . . . and reading some more
* My 365 day mail project (I have mailed 19 letters . . . only 346 more to go)
* Eating a bowl of "Sweet & Salty Caramel Pecan" ice cream . . . (even if I have to walk an extra 5 miles because I chose to eat it)
* Feeling relaxed!