Sunday, August 31, 2014

This Month....August....

Well it seems August is almost gone, in fact I woke today and felt sad I had missed blogging before the end of the month. I was happy when I sat down at the computer to see I was wrong!  It seems that summer has slipped away quickly this year (again) and I've had little time to blog, although things have been relatively quiet this year.  

I've been harvesting the garden, enjoying the flowers and of course indulging in my sewing machine obsession.  My latest find, is by far my best bargain both in price and performance.  This machine sewing (Singer 27, sorry no photo) sews like a dream and on it's first day home I treadled away and whipped up a little runner for it.

Although I have another treadle machine, which works, I've never actually made anything on one before.  I never could quite master the treadle action and my bum ankle last year did nothing to help.  However, this machine is a dream to treadle and I'm hoping it could be considered a form of exercise?  Anyway, this machine is quickly becoming by far my favorite!

In addition to harvesting hoards of tomatoes from the garden (and Big J making delicious spaghetti sauce), this year we've managed our first pumpkins!  I know they are a bit early to pick, but the vine got some blight and died, so we've got three in already.  I'm so excited, but I don't hold much hope they will last till Halloween for pumpkin carving.

As the summer has whizzed by, we've made a few runs down the big city to visit the in-laws and run Big J back and forth to the airport.  Not my favorite way to spend 6 precious weekend hours, but each trip involves me pleading with the Mister to stop for vital supplies of Orangina.  Just to lessen the pain of those hours in the car.  Until this last run I always thought it was an American drink, since it was the first drink I ever had on my first trip to the USA over 27 years ago.  Come to find out I was wrong, which would explain why my American friends looked so puzzled every time I ranted about how much I love it.  Doesn't explain why I lived so close to France for three years and never tasted a drop while I was there.  Odd.  Anyway, now I'm washing my collection of cute little Orangina bottles and deciding just how many empties I need to keep.  All of them?  ☺

Well I just wanted to swing by before the month was out and say 'hi'! I haven't abandoned this little space just yet and I'm a little cross at myself for not blogging more.

Do hope you are all keeping well!  Thank you for stopping by, must run, it's a long weekend over here and I need to make the most of every second.

Toodles...L x ♥

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

What's Up?

Long time, no blog.  The age old story.  What's up with that I ask?  Not much really, days just been getting away from me...August is here and...I've been...

  • Working - still, by the skin of my teeth, seems this job will drive me crazy before I'm let go.
  • Sewing - new curtains for the living room. Bit of a disappointment, but they work
  • Taxing - Big J back and forth to the airport (2.5 hours each way!) for him to go off on a lovely jolly to Colorado and leave his old Mum at home.
  • Dining - not me that is, but the mosquitoes on me!  I've become the local mozzie buffet.  Little buggers love me.
  • Scratching - I'm one bit itch thanks to those mozzies. I'll spare you the photo, but I'm one of those people that only have to have a mozzie buzz past me and I break out in an controllable itch.
  • Contemplating - places I can move to where there are no pesky mosquitoes.  Any suggestions?
  • Mess making - on my bed, in front of the TV watching Salvage Hunters on Netflix. I want that job.
  • Hooking - not on the street corner, but the above little doodad.  Yes, another bag.  Look out linen closet! Actually I like it. Lovely soft cotton and sparkly bits of silver and gold.  Totally mismatched weights and types of yarn, but what the heck!  I loved stitching this little bag. It needs a lining, I will tackle that task tomorrow.
  • Waiting -  to see if the Mr. can get Big J's new/old 1973 Monte Carlo running.  Poor boy just bought the beast of a car, drove it three times, went away on vacation and now it won't run!  I told him old cars are like the lottery, you'll spend more money hoping to win and losing most of the time.
  • Snuggling - with the new little addition to our house! Charlie!  After 15 years we bid a sad farewell to our lovely old Dachshund, Lucie three weeks ago and within four days we welcomed Charlie. It was fate and as much as I said no no no more dogs, we saw little lost Charlie and new he was meant to be a part of our family.  Sally, our other Dachshund is happy to have the company.
Well that's it really.  Not much, nothing exciting, just the same old same old.

What's up with you?  Anything fun?

Toodles...L x