Monday, October 15, 2018

Mary Applewhite 1855

October gave a party;
The leaves by hundreds came-
The Chestnuts, Oaks, and Maples,
And leaves of every name.
The Sunshine spread a carpet,

And everything was grand,
Miss Weather led the dancing,
Professor Wind the band.🍁🍂🍁

- George Cooper


Mary Applewhite 1855
Gigi R 

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

B Is For Books / Bingo and Blackbird Designs

It was an excellent summer for reading. And not difficult to complete my bingo card - it was fun to play along just to play along - thank you, Mary. 🙂

Five Stars
Only Child
The Boy in the Striped Pajamas
The Light of the World
The Bean Trees
The Sun Does Shine
Shutter Island
A Prayer for Owen Meany

Four Stars
The Woman in the Window
The Cruelest Month
The Diving Bell and the Butterfly
The Color of Bee Larkham's Murder
Black Water Rising
Station Eleven
Rosemary Remembered
The Night Circus
Good Omens

Three Stars
Gray Mountain
Iron House
The Essex Serpent

Only a couple of two-star books - pretty good.


From Shall I Compare Thee To A Summer's Day - Darling Buds Of May by Blackbird Designs.

I want to thank everyone who visits my blog - whether you read and comment or as the majority of you do - just read - you are all very much appreciated!!! And welcome to my new followers!

Friday, August 24, 2018


This summer has been a bit of a rough one for my family and me. About a month ago, I lost the hearing in my right ear. Not gradually (I don't think) but suddenly and completely. Still trying to get to the bottom of this little mystery as well as my continuing blood sugar problems. I've spent a lot of time in freezing waiting rooms and too much time worrying. Intellectually, I know that doesn't solve anything but why is it such a hard habit to break?

So, this week I've been making a concentrated effort to get my body back into some of my old routines in hopes of breaking this habit of worry or at least whittling away at it a bit. I'm really not supposed to go out on my own, but I've so missed my walks. And I decided it is just too beautiful outside and summer is slipping away so quickly that I can't not take my old body out into the morning (minus the singing). 🙂

Hope all is well in your world!

Friday, June 29, 2018

Knitting / Reading

First, thank you, Jo, for sharing the fix for receiving comments! Yay! I felt a little discombobulated, especially when receiving comments on older posts.

What can I say about this bit of knitting?

It's bigger than it looks.

It's gotten me over most of my fears about knitting (just about all of the things I fear most that can happen while knitting - including having your cat take off with your yarn somehow caught around his leg - have happened and I managed to figure them out).

It broke my frustration meter (that third lace panel - what happened?! Mind you it is the same lace panel I knit twice before with no problems. I had to take out a few rows - very tedious - and not fun at all!!) Everything is fixed now, thankfully!

I've come a long way. Once upon a time, I would have ripped the whole thing out and moved on. There was no way I was going to do that! I took this with me on my trip with my daughter, and there are a lot of good memories knit up in it. And a lot of time invested in it.

Shouldn't take much longer, although I've thought that before. Because I want to start this.  I wish you could reach through the screen and feel the yarn (if that's your thing).  🙂

I've been making myself wait. Why??!!

Just need to make sure Bernie has gone nighty-night first because he is fascinated by the yarn swift.

Reading has been slow.

This wasn't quite the haunting tale I had hoped for. Still not a bad story. It filled the "That you want to read because of the cover" box for book bingo.

But this was just what I hoped it would be. Lots of laughs. I wonder about the minds of Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett. 🙂 And it filled the "With more than one author listed on the cover" box.

I'm looking forward to getting away to the beach (or since we go to Ocean City, NJ, I suppose I should say the shore) this weekend. I'm feeling in need of a long walk with the sound of the seagulls and crashing waves for company. Hope you all have something fun/relaxing planned for the weekend!

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Hello 31 and 26 Goodbye 15 / Stitching

It's hard to get us all together, so when we do all get together, we try and make the most of it. We chose Harry's Savoy Grill to celebrate our 31st anniversary (March), Matthew's 26th birthday (June) and paying off our 15-year mortgage (April).

I'm also celebrating a finish, finally!

and a new start - Darling Buds of May from Blackbird Designs

My interest in stitching has been pretty slim lately.

I've been more interested in knitting.

And Bernie's interest in stitching and knitting has been very, very slim.

I've never had a cat that was a snuggler, so of course, I can't turn him down. Not that he gives me a choice - he just settles in without any discussion.

Hope your week is off to a great start. We are having a rare sunny day today -- yay!!!

Thursday, May 31, 2018

May Things

It seems like it has been a quick trip through May. Too quick for me! May is one of my favorite months and even with all of the rain we've had, I wouldn't mind if it stuck around a little longer.

May has brought some good things and some not so good things.

The not so good things - allergies worse than I've ever had them. The whole itchy, watery eyes, runny nose, etc. thing and also making the list - replacing our air conditioner. Hopefully the last big house expenditure for a while!

The good things.

Good thing number one - spending Mother's Day with my son! He treated me to a trip to a new yarn store I had wanted to check out in Chesapeake City, Maryland. It is only about ten minutes away, and that could be a dangerous thing.

(although the bridge could be a deterrent if I choose to travel that route again).

I offered to let him wait in the car, but he came in with me and very patiently walked all around the store while I oohed and ahhed over all of the lovely yarns and other goodies they had.

I think I was pretty good. I bought some beautiful yarn of course and three different needle sizes I needed.

Do I know what I'm going to do with any of it -- not really, but I've been spending a lot of time looking on Ravelry.

Afterward, he took me to brunch at the Chesapeake Inn. We didn't have reservations and still were sat at one of the best tables.

Complete with a view of That Bridge! 😰I think the thing that bothers me the most about it is that it is only two lanes. Oh, and the low, see-through sides. According to my son, the view from the top was quite scenic!

Good thing number two - the start of Book Bingo! Thank you, Mary, for keeping this going!

And just in time for Book Bingo - the arrival of a few new books. I think they will fit into some of the categories.

I know stitching pictures have been few and far between. I am trying. But runny eyes and nose and workmen tramping in and out of the house make it a little frustrating - I am close to a finish though.

And wow, even more bloggers are disappearing. I think Blogger is trying to make it easy. I don't really understand what is going on with comments and I'm tempted to just disable them, but we'll see how it goes.

Until next time take care!

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Time Away And A Reveal...Sort Of

It was such a refreshing time away - a little longer than expected, but just what I needed.

First was our stay in Wilmington, North Carolina.

I loved being ten minutes from the ocean!

And only a few minutes away from the downtown area where it was hard to choose from all of the wonderful restaurants.

(funny thing - I came back seven pounds lighter than when I left - I think it was all of the walking we did).

The weather was absolutely perfect - I couldn't have asked for better.

L-R Cape Fear River, Wrightsville Beach (2), North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher (2), Greenfield Lake (3), Drinks our first night in Wilmington

The reveal, of course, sort of, is the picture of my daughter and me.

Yay, us, !!! we survived a very windy paddle boat ride on Greenfield Lake. I think the impetus we needed to keep paddling was all of the alligators we saw in the lake.

My behind paid the price for several days after - that seat was hard!

Part two was our stay in Myrtle Beach. Except for a stormy, very windy Monday, the weather again was just beautiful.

We stayed in a lovely condominium on the ocean and had the sound of the crashing waves with us twenty-four hours a day (those waves were especially spectacular on that stormy Monday). That is a sound I don't think I could ever get tired of.

It has been difficult to adjust to being back, but I think I'm slowly settling back into my normal routines.

I've discovered that I missed responding to several comments from my last post and I apologize - things got crazy right before I left for my trip.

I tuned out of all social media while I was away and was slow to tune back in when I returned home. I'm slowly trying to catch up with everyone and think I may just about be caught up - I missed you all. 🙂