Friday August 3, 2007

     We were all set to walk out the door for several little errands today, when the phone rang.  The call was such bling bling 001_320x240good news I jumped for joy!  I happily added just one more stop to our list, and put that stop right at the very top of the list! 

      We had to wait a bit when we got there.  While we were waiting I became involved in a deep discussion with  Aaron on the differences between The Lord of the Rings and Harry Potter, and why we love one and really don’t get too jazzed about the other.  Well, what do you know?  Next thing I know, Dani had her little digital camera out and took my picture!  I immediately started laughing right out loud.   I felt sorry for the gentleman seated nearby.  He must have really wondered about us!

          Then my name was called!  bling bling 003_320x240I made my way over to the desk and took a seat.  That sneaky Dani came right up behind me and took yet  another picture!!!  Now she had the optical technician laughing, too!

      

 

    

 

 

    

 

     Then it was my turn to make my kids laugh.  I took such great and utter delight in being able to read things at a bling bling 005_320x240 distance that I read every sign on the way out of the medical building!  “Directory”  “List of Providers”    Woo hoo!!  Being able to see things again is a wonderful thing!!!  I was a bit apprehensive that my new specs might take some getting used to, but I wore them all day with no problems.  I am just so happy with my new glasses!!!!  You don’t realize what you’ve been missing until you can see it again!  Dani wanted me to pose outside the building to take a close up……the kids kep referring to my new glasses as my “bling bling”, which made me laugh during the picture! 

     We grabbed a bite and then tried to quickly run our errands.  I didn’t realize until we kept hitting crowds that it was the first of the month.  That slowed us down a bit as all of the parking lots were quite full and most of the store lines were long.  We found what we wanted, though, and made our way back home again.  bling bling 021_320x240

     I came home with some more cotton yarn.  I bought these skeins at Wal-Mart.  They are all Peaches & Creme brand.  It was fun to find some new colors!  I think I’m all set now for enough cotton dish cloths to stock my basket!  I can’t tell if the red, pink and white at the bottom reminds me of Christmas peppermints or Valentine’s Day!

    

 

      I tried Jo-Ann’s again, too, but their supply of the bling bling 015_320x240 Sugar’N Cream cotton yarn has not been restocked for quite some time.  I did, however, find some fun Christmas cotton yarn by Bernat.  These really big skeins (12 ounces!!) will knit up into several holiday dishcloths and perhaps a few other things as well. 

     My husband came home from work last night at 7:15 absolutely bone tired.  We all gave him hugs and kisses and he put himself to bed at 7:30!  I prayed that the Lord would give him a night of peaceful, deep sleep and spare him from illness.  I was worried, but laid it at the Lord’s feet, knowing full well that much as I love my husband, he is loved even more by his Maker.  My husband is quite well today and at work as usual.  I’m so thankful that the Lord granted him just what he needed, a good long night’s sleep.

     With my husband in bed, I headed outside to do some gardening.  The boys did all of their evening chores and then built a ramp for their bikes and played like crazy until after dark.  I don’t know how many times I looked up to see what I was sure was going to be a trip to the emergency room!!  More often than not, their “big trick” caused me to chuckle!  Will would peddle like crazy toward the ramp, fly up the ramp, only to just sort of ride off the end achieving absolutely zero “air”!!!!  Oh, that boy!!!  He did, however, crash and hit his ribs on the handlebars once, and he has a very sore, bruised spot today to show for it.  

    I kept busy by empying out some old pots into our wheelbarrow and refilling them with fresh potting mix.  I  bling bling 007_320x240 worked for about an hour or so potting the plants that I bought last week.  They had all held up beautifully, but I’m sure they were glad to spread their roots out in some fresh soil.  Three hanging pots were planted to hang on the front porch.  

 

 

 

 

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     I only had two hooks available on the porch, so Aaron put a third one in for me.  I am so glad to have a son  who is tall enough to tackle some of these jobs for me!!  I never have to climb a step ladder anymore, and that is just fine with me! 

    

 

    

    

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     A couple more pots were planted and put at the bottom of the front porch steps.  The Asters that were already there look a bit pekid; but I’ll dead head them and feed them and see if they don’t perk back up.  I have Celosia every year.  I love the vibrant colors of these feathery plumes!

     

 

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     I’ve never had Cosmos before, but these were just so pretty that I brought them home.  

    

 

 

 

 

     

    

     I had purchased two six packs of Portulaca, not knowing exactly what I’d do with them.  My mom used to have a bling bling 026_320x240 HUGE rock garden that had Portulaca growing all around and through it.  I remember how lovely it was all summer long!  As it turns out, one of my beautiful motel chairs that Dani painted for me a few years ago broke this summer.  It was no longer safe to use for seating, but I just couldn’t bear to part with it.  I moved it back to my little poolside retreat and situated it in front of the fence where a lavender trumpet vine is growing.  I filled a container full of portulaca and placed it on the seat of the chair.  Oh, I know, it doesn’t look like much now; but I’m imagining how it will look in a month or two as the vine trails down over the top of the chair a bit (I’ve been weaving all the tendrils onto the fence) and when the Portulaca has filled in the pot and is spilling over the sides simply covered in bright, colorful flowers.  Won’t it be lovely?    

     I gave all of the pots a nice, cool drink before placing them in their bling bling 009_320x240permanent homes.  I worked potting my  plants under our oak tree, and just let the hose run on low the whole while so that the tree got a nice good soaking in the process.    Aaron took the wheelbarrow full of spent soil and spent plants out to our compost pile and emptied it.  A good compost pile is quite an asset!  Next year I’ll be filling my pots with our “home made dirt” manufactured in our compost pile!   I worked until dark, and came in good and dirty! 

    

 

    

     Being out late in the evening gave us a chance to watch the chickens bling bling_320x240 and their nightly ritual of lining up to enter the coop for the night.  They are such silly, silly birds!!!  They dutifully line up, slowly make their way to the top of the ramp, and then change their minds entirely about going to bed for the night!  Can you see that the chicken at the top (one of my beautiful Buff Orpingtons) has her wings spread out so that the one behind her can’t even push her on in the door??  There is always so much cackling and clucking and squawking!  On the other hand, the setting sun finds the sheep and goats bedded down peacefully for the night, chewing their cuds contentedly.  I prefer the peaceful evenings of the mammals to the argumentative evenings of the chickens!   

     I’m looking forward to a peaceful evening in my own home this evening after a day spent away and in town.   I very much missed spending time with my husband last night, and our having our evening time together as a family…..chatting, singing, listening to God’s Word.  We’ll work extra hard tonight to have all of the evening chores done, showers done, etc., and be ready for our evening by the time my husband comes through the door.  I can’t wait!

God bless you as you look well to the ways of your households!
Proverbs 31:27

      

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6 comments to Friday August 3, 2007

  • I love the Christmas yarn that you purchased. I will have to look for that the next time I am at JoAnns. I have the cutest snowman knit dishcloth pattern that would look cute with that yarn.

    Love, Heather

  • Once again your post has inspired me to be more dilligent about my day.  You take such joy in your housework and family and it really shines through in your writing.  I look forward to reading your blog every day!  Thank you.

    I finished my first dish cloth yesterday.  I did it in a solid cream cotton in the basketweave pattern.  I love it!  I started one in a blue/green sugar and cream.  The pattern doesn’t seem to show as well in this one, but it is still beautiful.  Thanks again for sharing the pattern.  I’ll probably post pictures of them on my blog when I am finished this one.  I’ll be sure to give you the credit.

    Ann      http://www.tisthegifttobesimple.blogspot.com 

  • Cheryl,  I couldn’t help but notice you’re looking thinner these days!  Congrats!:goodjob:

  • Your new glasses look so pretty on you. 🙂

    Love the pictures, the chair is going to be so pretty when that fills in. Of course I had to look up the Portulaca. I am not familiar with that particular plant. Gardening is such a fun hobby. I always learn something new.

    The chickens are too funny. Nobody wants to be the first one in bed. Funny, my kids remind me of those chickens sometimes. 😉

    Blessings

  • I’ve used the peaches and cream for my dishcloths as well.  I really like it.  I’ve used the large cones as well as the small skeins.  The red, white and blue skein you have pictured above were made in to 4th of July dishcloths.  🙂  I’m thinking I need to make a trip to JoAnne’s to see take a look at this Christmas yarn you’ve purchased.  I love to go in there and feel all the chennile yarns and compare prices to other stores’ prices..  🙂  Simle pleasures, I know.  :sunny: 

    Have a blessed Sunday!

    Regina

  • Regina – I’m glad to hear that you like the Peaches & Creme yarn…..I started the first of the P & C skeins last night and hit a badly tied knot within the first few rows of knitting. 😡    I had to tear out the row I was working, so that I could tie a proper knot in an easily concealed spot.  I’m glad to know that it was probably just a fluke. 

    I love the red, white and blue…..the decorations in my kitchen are all in red, white & blue, so I’m planning at least a few dishcloths in those colors, though I’m making them up in all sorts of colors that suit my fancy!