Thursday, June 6, 2013

Random Thoughts and Success

I have finally gotten completely caught up on all my blog reading. It has taken a while but my new found freedom has let me get into the blog reader and see all the missed blogs. Wow, there were a lot, multiples of most every blog I follow. But I am totally caught up and ready for more.   :)

I got my hair cut Tuesday. I have been waffling about going shorter and today, decided to take the plunge and ask for a short, short cut. Tammy, my stylist, gave me the option of clippers all over or just sides and back and I quickly said, sides and back before I changed my mind. I now have the Hubs haircut in back. There is a little length on top but not much.

Ignore the goofy look. It's hard to get a photo in the mirror and it's doubly hard to get all my fluffy face in. The Hubs took the first one. I took the camera away from him after that.

While sitting there getting clipped, another customer came in with her two boys to see one of the other stylists. Tammy was talking to her when she asked, "Is that Abby's Mom?". Turns out she was Allison, a friend of Abby's who went all through school with her. Her mother passed away a few months ago and Allison has been having a really hard time as she and her mother were very, very close. She had brought some things of her mother's (lotions, soaps and shampoo) with her to see if there might be someone who could use them. She got up and came over to Tammy and quietly, almost in a whisper, said, "Her hair is gray, do you think she would  like to have this shampoo?" I looked up and said, "Whose hair is gray?" and then I really laughed because let's face it, at 62 most people have gray hair. I asked Tammy if she had cut all my color off! It was sweet and funny at the same time. It was a bottle of shampoo to keep gray hair from yellowing and Tammy said to only use it once a week or I would end up with lavender hair.  Hmmmm, now THAT would be a change!

Maggie May has started blooming. Magnolia blossoms are so pretty and smell heavenly. I love it when Maggie starts putting those blossoms on for the summer. The air smells so good and those white blooms against those deep, dark leaves are so pretty. It puts a smile on my face each time I look her way.

She seems to have not suffered too much from the abuse she took earlier this spring. 

I also checked on my petunias at the mail box. They are growing very well and filling the pots. We've had rain for several days and so I haven't had to carry water to them. 

And finally, the peace lily in the kitchen is blooming. Two blooms! It has bloomed with one every year since I got it over 20 years ago, but this time there are two blooms.

Life is starting to settle into a routine. I'm busy in the office/craft room moving things around and clearing out stuff. Hopefully the desk will leave over the weekend and I can start on the corner of doom trying to sort and clear out. We haven't been very good about dealing with instruction books and warranties of our purchases, mainly just tossing them in a box in the corner. It doesn't help that said corner is blocked by the desk and the printer table. Oh well, there's always something. I unplugged an old printer yesterday to add it to the yard sale stack and the power cord fell behind the filing cabinets. Oooops. The power pack is on top of the cabinet but the end that attaches to the printer is stuck and I can't get it out. When I told the Hubs, he got this funny look on his face and said, "Now I have to move the cabinet?" Uh, yes! That's another job for him over the weekend. Have to keep him busy, right? Makes him feel needed!

Supper tonight is soup beans and cornbread. If you are from the southern US, you will understand. If you are from elsewhere, just know that it's a really great meal and very easy to fix. I'm all about easy right now.

As always, thank you for stopping by. I love having each one of you here and enjoy reading your comments when you have time to make them. Have a wonderful day wherever you might be.


Monday, June 3, 2013

Good Things Come by Post

Last Wednesday, I was waiting on the mail because I knew I was getting a package from Amazon. I had ordered a couple of books to read and two crochet books. I love getting packages in the mail even when I know they are coming. So I was ready when the post lady beeped her horn. Out I went, eager to get my box with the smile so I could look through the crochet books. But, surprise, there was another package. What? I didn't order anything else. Oh well, I thought, the Hubs has ordered something and not told me. So I gathered up my goodies and headed back inside to start the opening.

I laid the second package to the side because I was so eager to get into my Amazon box. Want to see what I got??? Of course, you do.

Couldn't resist.   :)

I have always loved Mr. Rogers and I look forward to reading this book about him and James Patterson is one of my favorite authors. The crochet books are going to be so much fun. I'm thinking a granny square sampler blanket will be in my future. And the borders, oh my. I always struggle with borders for my blankets and afghans. I certainly hope this solves that problem.

So after a few minutes of book love, I turned to the other package. Hmmmm, from the UK and addressed to me! Well, then the Hubs hasn't ordered anything. So I got my scissors and carefully opened this surprise. Oh Wow! I had totally forgotten I had won a giveaway from Hawthorn, she of I live, I love, I craft fame. She works in a vet clinic and had posted a comment from one of the farmers, asking if we had any idea what he was saying. AND I WON!!!! I love Hawthorn's blog, the photos of the countryside, the stories of the vet clinic, everything. And I now I love it even more. I got a Yorkshire Dialect tea towel and 2 skeins of Rowan cashsoft dk yarn. Oh. My. Goodness. Look, look, look!

"Arse over tit" Gotta love it!

Isn't that the most adorable little lamb?

I realize I should have hung up the towel so you could see it better but it's been one of those days and I just truly wanted to get the photos on here. I am so in love with this gift.

I am so excited and thrilled with my tea towel and yarn. I plan on framing the towel. No way will there be wet, dirty hands touch this! When it's framed, I'll take another photo so you can see it much better. And the yarn, such a lovely shade. I have never owned any yarn so soft, so delicate, so wonderful. I have absolutely no idea what I will make with it. Suggestions are welcome. There is a total of 252 yds or 230 m. Kate, you made me so happy. I'm still beaming. Thank you again so very much.

Good things make for a happy Grammy. As always thanks for stopping by my little blog. That makes me happy also. Thank you for all your comments on my last post. I have to say, I'm thoroughly enjoying the extra time. I mentioned to the Hubs last Thursday night that it seemed odd not to be scrambling trying to finish checks and get things sorted and filed. He offered to find me something to, no thanks.

If you are a new follower, welcome aboard. I haven't been keeping up with that like I should and I'm sorry if I've failed to thank you for following.