Monday, June 29, 2015


This was the post where I shared the story about the yellow roses and my mother.  Who knows what it means.  I've given so much thought to it over the years and really had just began to let it go when this happened.  Over the weekend Mr. Golfer was mowing and called out to me to come to the back yard.  (This rose bush was the one I wrote about here.  A wonderful story I have shared many times. ) There on this bush was a yellow rose!  No way!  I stood there with my mouth open, no words coming.  How could this be?

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Yarn Along

July 1st is the deadline for this knitting.  One more week.  I have spent since January working on 2 very large projects and I can't say I will miss this.  Next week there will be a bath and blocking for this last part of the secret knitting and then my plan is to move on to a small project.  Maybe a shrug.

I've been shooting a lot of photos in the garden/meadow this week.  The colors are so vibrant and there are 2 newbies to the family...alliums and bee balm.

Linking up with Ginny!

A Meadow and a Pillow

As much as I planned this summer to spend time in the back garden, the wedding plans have overtaken that time and now I have to admit the garden has become more of a meadow.  Despite all the rain we had, which should have made the ground soft enough to weed, I lost the time and now the clay ground is hard again.  Getting anything pulled requires back breaking strength. I'm not ready to give up, but I am going to have to turn those back sprinklers on and give it some artificial help.

I removed tons of coneflowers last year as they were taking over everything.  I had no idea when  I planted them they were so prolific.  Take some words of wisdom and make sure you put them in a contained area!  But I do have to admit that mixed with he daylillies the colors are stunning.

This was my first year to put in alliums.  We had some in our first house just outside the back door and I loved that aroma. Yes it took me 27 years to plant them here, but its done.  And that Bee Balm was transplanted from the front garden where it just refused to bloom. Here in the sun it has taken off!

The lemons are growing at a very slow pace. I guess I thought I would be enjoying them by now, but again there is a learning curve.

I'm not sure whether the pumpkins will produce this year, but I am seeing blooms.  What a nice surprise that would be in the fall after the festivities are complete.  Dreaming of walking out to the garden after the wedding and seeing pumpkins on the vine.  A little reverse Cinderella?

Twenty-one years ago my sister -in-law stitched this ring bearer pillow when the first of our children's generation married.  Each name since then has been added to the back as a family record.  My two oldest daughters are there and now I am about to record another of my girls.  It is a very personal time when I stitch these names on.  I won't hide the fact that tears fall gently as I do.  It seems to be a parting as the needle pulls through the linen.  A gradual release of these daughters from our family into their new one.  It is very difficult that for me...releasing these girls.  Not a day goes by that I don't spend time wishing I had those days back.  But, since that won't happen, I make sure there is love coating the tears as I add names and dates to this piece of family history.

Friday, June 19, 2015

Mixing in the Kitchen

Why did it take me so long to figure this out?  All my years of cooking ( up until the last couple) I cut  and mixed as I was taught by my mother.  But I have a helper she did not.  My mixer.

I bought my first Kitchen Aid Mixer in the early '90s.  It was on lay away at Kmart for months.  We had 4 daughters under 10 in Catholic school which meant we had no money to spare.  That mixer lasted me 23 years.  When the motor went out and was too expensive to repair, I looked into replacing it only to find that the cost had almost doubled.  After much researching  I found the Kitchen Aid outlet that had refurbished mixers.  I was able to replace mine with the next step up which had a larger bowl and motor.  Bet of was the same price I had paid for the first one 23 years before!

So why is it so wonderful?  Anything I would chop by hand or mix by hand now goes in the mixer.  My chicken breast are shredded, and salads such as tuna or chicken are mixed there.  No more chopping eggs for tuna!

Some use their food processors and I do have one.  But I am always scared of cutting myself on that blade.  It would has happened.

Do you have a favorite worker in the kitchen?  Share?

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Yarn Along

I so wanted to show you great progress and there probably is about a new inch, but this past weekend shoved me to the curb.  Four events ( not all wedding related) pretty much did me in.  Lots of details to be worked out on Monday along with having two grands here.

Oh well you don't want to hear complaining.  Love this picture of three of the girls and myself and of course the one with the bride to be.  It was a lovely shower.

Monday. my friend Betsie and I, really got down to business with the flower girl dresses.  They are now all together sans buttonholes and hems.  Buttonholes tomorrow and then I will slowly get the hems end.  I want to save that small detail until as close to the wedding as possible in anticipation of any growth spurts.  But there are 4 saves to monogram and put together, so that is next on my plate.

Linking up with Ginny!