Sunday, August 17, 2008

Still summer!

It's bumming me out to see the back to school ads on TV & Halloween items already up at Hobby Lobby. Actually what truely bums me out is that Hobby Lobby already has a couple of aisles of CHRISTMAS stuff! Now really people! It's still summer and I am going to cling to that belief for at least the next couple of weeks.
It's kind of nice not having to prepare kids for school. It used to bum me out quite a bit, but I guess I'm adjusting to the empty nest.
We've been having the most beautiful weather, sunny days in the 70s-80s, nice breezes & cool nights. The nights are getting into the 50s now, so despite my denials, that's a sure sign of fall on the way.

We have had some visitors lately, can you see the deer in the middle of the picture? We get deer in the back of the property at times, but have never had them up here in the front. They've been coming from the road for the past few days and nights & seem to be unable to resist the apples from that particular tree. I went out the other night and got quite close before the deer ran off, and then yesterday I was letting the dogs out & our chow mix ran out barking madly. I could only see a tail wagging so I thought the neighbor's dog was down again, but when I got closer I could see that it was a deer. I was amazed that he didn't even care about the dog, so I called the dogs in & the deer ambled over and had some apples.

Speaking of deer, I haven't been getting much sewing or quilting done lately,(though I did whip up this little purse to keep my iPod in when I'm carrying it in my purse) partly because of a deer. My husband hit on last month on his way to work, and the insurance company decided to total the Hyundai, so we've been shopping for a new car. The old car was a nice car, really comfy, I was loving those warm butt seats in the winter. Sigh. Anyway, we love my Scion XD for the gas mileage (and I think it's cute), so we looked at those, but DH wanted more room so he got the XB.

It gets pretty good mileage (around 28 average compared to my 33 average). It's definitely got more room so it will be good for when it's not just the two of us. The XDs are getting hard to find, everyone is buying them up, I'm glad I got mine a few months ago so I could pick my color & get it right away. The color of this one is Blackberry Crush, just saying the color makes me hungry! DH is feeling all superior because he got fog lights & a couple of other options that weren't available on mine, but I still think my Baby Blue is cuter.

Tuesday, August 05, 2008


This has been a frustrating summer for me in regard to yard sales. My daughter & I try to go every Friday, I plan out our route & try to figure out which sales sound the best. We have found some nice clothes & other items for the baby, but I haven't run across many of those sales that make me want to jump out of the car before it stops. But it seems that when I'm running errands with my husband over the weekend we pass all sorts of really interesting looking sales.

He usually offers to stop (sometimes after we've driven two or three blocks, it's a guy thing), but I know he doesn't like to dawdle too much when we're heading somewhere. Fortunately this time I said "Yes, STOP!". I got a pile of these cute old curtain pieces along with two feedsacks thrown in ($2 for the lot!). There are stains on some of these, but I haven't worked my magic on them yet. Not sure what to do with them, but one of those with the bluebirds may end up being a summer dress for baby Ryla for next year.

The best thing I found, though, was a bag of old books. The label said they were partial books & most of them were just sections, which was fine with me as I use them for scrapbooking or other projects. The great thing was that the Our Pets ABC & Who Lives There? are both complete & they're wonderful old books. The Little Susie Sun Bonnet is only partially there (darn it!), but look how adorable it is! I love old children's books.

I wish I'd had more cash & a lot more time, I'd have brought home a bigger sack. Guess I shouldn't be greedy & leave something for the next treasure hunter. Hopefully the weather will cool down a bit this weekend, it's been in the high 80s & really humid lately. That puts a damper on going to yard sales with a baby for sure. I've been spending a lot of time in the house keeping cool, though I have managed to spend a little time in the garden.

I can't take any credit for digging up the potatoes, but I DID take the picture! We did pretty good with the garden this year, even though it's too big & we have way more than we need. Fortunately my daughter & her husband & some friends will help eat up the extras. We will soon have a bumper crop of sweet corn & will be having some people over for a sweet corn cookout since we didn't stagger the planting & it will basically all be done at the same time. Yummmm, can't wait!