Summer is HERE! Today we went south for some errands...We picked up a purse at Old Navy for my camera bag, Dad's gifts for June, flowers and some new roses at a new to us nursery, and finished the day off with ice cream. At home Mom and I got crafty with my sunglasses case.
Spent most of the day planting flowers. Threw together a quick dinner using cubed ham from the freezer with a brown sugar glaze, mashed potatoes, and green beans.
I cooked and cleaned like a crazy woman today to get ready for some friends to stop by. Eventually, I did relax with my family. This picture represents the fact that I haven't been able to get enough pistachios lately. This glass jar goes with me quite often.
FUNNY STORY: I had the kitchen torn apart so that I could mop it. The screen door was open so that our kittens could get in or out. All of a sudden, there was a big commotion. I look over the counter, and there they are. They have brought a MOUSE into the house. I freak. But I realize I've got to do something about it. So, I watch until one of the kittens gets a good hold of it. I pick it up and hold its head so that the mouse stays in its mouth. I toss the kitten and the mouse outside and close the door. Then I just started laughing...At myself, at the kittens, and at the fact that there was a mouse in the house.
A rainy, warm, humid day. Day one of visiting with Alice in hospital. Crockpot dinner: pork chop fajitas. I finally learned to make guacamole!
It's still raining! A good day to be inside. Sewed a little card holder for my purse. Helping Mom at my Dad's office. Visited Alice some more. Played some board and card games.
JUNE 6 - uhoh NO pictures today....
I guess I spent too much time catching up with people for that. Alice, my Mom, some other friends, catching up on e-mails.
FUNNY STORY - A salesman came to our door with some kind of cleaning product. He was a ball of energy. Look up Kenny Brooks on YOUTUBE. He trained the salesman that came to our door. You will laugh, I promise!
Trimmed my hair today, I can't believe how long it's getting again! Made a trip to pick up some food and a card for my new camera. Had lunch at Carl's Jr. it was my first time - not bad for fast food. Found the Logos game app, fun stuff.
The sun is BACK! Talked on the phone with my brother today. Love talking with him and hearing what's up in his life. Spent some time checking on all of my flowers. Started reading Harry Potter series again, it's funny how much I have forgotten.
When you take a boy to a fabric/crafting store...He wasn't actually sleeping, just resting his eyes. We were there to pick up some fabric for a couple of projects I am going to work on. Went to a lovely garden and picked up some more plants. Had breakfast for dinner and watched a baseball movie called "In His Shoes". It's on Netflix instant play, check it out!
Today was the best Sunday - day of rest - I have had in a LONG time. The sky was blue and the sun was shining again. I had breakfast and quiet time on the patio. Still working on Tripp's "Quest For More". Dinah's kitties are getting more and more active each day. I washed this little league uniform for the very last time today.
Speaking of kittens, here are three of them, Dinah, and the tail of the fourth. Taking down this tree that is attempting to grow. Today I did some heavy cleaning and pulled out the summer decorations. It was also the day that we began the "garage makeover". Had a GREAT last game of the season. My brother showed his stuff with some awesome plays, runs, and several OUTS! It's been a good season for sure.
My Dad's birthday. Big day in the kitchen getting ready for the dinner. On The Menu: Steaks, smashed potatoes (via The Pioneer Woman), green salad, sweet tea, and coconut cream pie. Today I made the very best meringue I have ever made. Great evening with some my family and some good friends.
Spent the day in the car, at the dentist, and in the hospital. (Keep reading, they aren't related). Had an unexpected trip to the dentist. I learned how to properly pull teeth (the dentist was being goofy, having me sit right by him as he explained every move he made and why). As soon as I got home, I went to see Alice until I had to come home to fix dinner. Then I crashed after getting ready for a trip the next day.
In the car again...Here is a picture of those green wheat fields and a fallow field. This time I packed up to go visit some friends. We built a dog house, went shopping, whipped up some fried teriyaki chicken, ate ice cream, and stayed up way too late.
June 15...No pictures
I should have taken pictures, but I didn't...We finished another dog house and just hung out before it was time for me to head home that evening. Oh, we also made some awesome omelets for breakfast. Eggs, ham, spinach, red peppers, cheddar cheese, toast, and orange juice. I never take the time to do anything other than scramble my eggs so I really enjoyed this.
June 16...No pictures
Today we went to a farmer's market (I know, I know perfect picture opportunity). I did cross something off of my summer list - eating a watermelon shaved ice! It was a good day to spend in the park hanging out with my family.
Loaded up to go visit some of my grandparents. Unfortunately, I spotted a bed at a sale that I just had to have. So, we loaded it into the van. As you can see it needs some work, but it's solid wood and basically exactly what I've been wanting.
Started a new project today...A bag big enough and with plenty of cushion so that my new camera can start coming with me. Loving that summer is really, really here!
Today had TWO very, very high points! The first, and "for now" high of today was going out with my sister. I love this girl. Sitting with JUST her and having the chance to talk for as long as we want about whatever comes to mind is great. The second, and "for eternity" high of today was being able to PRAY with Alice. She is a Christian and loves the Lord. But to go to God with her and see His joy come to her again is super sweet to my soul.
Getting into a summer routine for sure...Seems like most days when I'm not on the road involve quiet time with the Lord, time in the yard, cooking, laundry, cleaning, visiting with someone, going to see Alice, and quiet evenings. This day was no different. I like these patterns! Today's picture is of a candy stash I came across. Looks like I definitely have a thing for chocolate and peanut butter.
Running errands. Put together a new outfit using clothes I have had for quite a while but never wear together. I don't actually like this picture of me very much - but it's what you get today. Starting to get tan and the freckles are coming back.
Headed to a Renaissance Fair today...These things are never as great as they sound. Definitely something different and interesting. This one involved battle chess (or something like that), music, a little bit of jousting, and a drive through an area I hadn't been to before.
Had another cook out today. This one was at someone else's house and it was a last minute thing. So, it was simply hamburgers, chips, and strawberries and ice cream. Perfect evening to sit in the yard and enjoy good friends. I came home to find that my geranium shoots which won't grow roots were attempting to bloom. Thinking I should just put them into the ground and see what happens!
FUNNY STORY: There were some neighbors a few doors down who decided to BLARE some of their music. It just so happens that they are Mexican so their music was in Spanish. I felt like I was in the melting pot of New York...You never know what you're going to get!
This might be my favorite picture of the month...It was raining again. Everything was wet and the colors were more extreme. The "Seeking Him" Bible study began today. I enjoyed meeting some new ladies and having a little catch up session with the ones I already knew.
Day at the water park....Need I say more?
I think this speaks for itself. I got a little too much sun at the water park yesterday. Made a stop at the store for some of this, put it on right in the store, and have continued to use it. I am not going to peel, I am not going to peel!
A Friday that I don't HAVE to go ANYWHERE! These towels on the banister will drive me crazy by the time summer is over, but for now, it just means that summer is here. I've got a "home list" going. One item was catching up on putting this very post together. I have been listening to one of my new cds when I blog over the last couple of weeks, Flame's "Captured" album from a few years back. I have a few favorite songs by now. Maybe I'll share them with you some time!
It is the last day of June. Yesterday I was seriously thinking there was at least one week of June left! So, one of the things on my summer list is making the most out of these beautiful mornings. I love that it gets brighter earlier and there is a bit of a cool freshness to the air that isn't there as the day progresses. I have been waking up anywhere between 4 and 5 something for weeks now. This picture shows the time that I got moving today.