Sunday, April 6, 2014

Time Goes on

What a winter this has been, I hope it is over for good since we are well into Spring and it is almost Easter.  We are settling in to our house nicely.  Although the walls are still white we have pretty much put up all the pictures and decorated like we want.  We still do not have a yard, but it has been to wet to do anything.  I have ventured out into the yard once or twice and sunk to my ankles in mud.
We will be getting a patio poured and I can't wait for that.  Our house is North/South facing with the North in the back, so it will be partially shaded during most of the day.

I have many plans for shrubs and flowers.  Of course I want Hydrangeas and a Butterfly bush.  We are also getting a shed which will be centered along the back of the lot.  I think we are going to plant Crepe Myrtle and Lilacs along the back.

My Studio is still a work in progress and one day it will be exactly like I want it. The sewing machine and serger have a perfect place, but it is the material, yarn and everything else that I keep moving around.

I would like to buy two nice bookshelves for the sitting room and make it kind of like a library, but it has been a bit of a hard sell to Darby, we shall see.

Our children are happy and busy with their lives and Darby and I are loving retirement.  Enjoy these flowers and Bluebirds.


Saturday, January 4, 2014

A New Year A New Beginning

Every year many people make New Years resolutions, which most do not keep. I don't, I just look at January as a new beginning.  I will usually try to get organized and go through things, getting rid of what I don't really need.  I always try to watch what I eat, but sometimes on those cold blustery days the best thing in the world is hot chocolate.

We are really starting on a new beginning and a new adventure, on January 22, 2014 we should take possession of our new home in Hagerstown, MD, we can't wait.  There are new rooms to decorate, and many, many walls to paint.  I don't know why builders don't use cream colored paint instead of white.  Those white walls are screaming at me for color already.  I have to be patient, because for most of those rooms Darby is the painter.

We have purchased new things for the house and I already can see where everything will go.  I finally have that French country look I want.  We are using what they say is the dinning room as a sitting room, our Queen Ann Table, Chairs, buffet and breakfront will all go in the great room.  There are plenty of closets and the laundry is right as you come in from the garage.  It is all one level and filled with sunlight.

We start this new year without my wonderful brother, I know he is in heaven looking down on us, but I really miss him.  I hope since we are in Hagerstown we can spend more time with his fiancee, I think of her as my sister-in-law and our nieces.

Hagerstown and the surrounding area are beautiful, I have always loved the area and many times thought of what it would be like to live here.  God works in our lives each and every day, we know he has put us where we are suppose to be.

I wish everyone a Happy and Prosperous New Year!

This picture is of the old train station general store in Ijamsville, MD.  It has been abandoned as long as I can remember and was just recently torn down.  I have so many stories going around in my head about Ijamsville at the turn of the last century and before.  The imagination is a wonderful thing, now if I could only find an illustrator to bring my words to life.  Maybe I will try a drawing class in the New Year.

Sunday, November 3, 2013

Two Posts in One Week Oh My

As my husband and I were driving to church on Saturday I saw a Facebook post that said, if you could write a note to your younger self, what would you say in only two words?  That got me to thinking, and I couldn't come up with just two words. During Mass the priest talked about Zachaeus a wealthy  man who cheated people, this man was so small in stature he could not see Jesus for the crowd.  Zachaeus climbed a tree so he could see when this man Jesus walked by. As Jesus came to the spot where Zachaeus was in the tree He looked up and told Zachaeus to come down from the tree, because he, Jesus, was coming to Zachaeus' house for dinner.  When the crowd heard this there were murmurs asking why would Jesus visit the home of a sinner. They were judging Zachaeus and Jesus.  Jesus saw past what Zachaeus was and saw who he could become.

The priest told us we needed to see beyond  rules and laws, to see the person and what they could be if we only cared.  Strip away everything  and see a person as a child of God.  It is said God does not make mistakes and this is true, all we need to do is see each other as God sees us.  The final words to his homily were let people know "you're loved".  Those were the two words I would write to myself.

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

One Thing Leads To Another

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Pretty fall colors in a different way. I love Roosters.

I recently had to go get blood work and as usual there was a wait, but this time the wait was worth it.  I picked up a copy of Vanity Fair Magazine and was immediately drawn to an article about Harper Lee.  For those of you who do not know whom I am talking about, she wrote the classic To Kill A Mockingbird.  This is one of my all time favorite books and so it seems is America's favorite book.  Harper Lee only wrote one book in her life and it has sold millions of copies in many countries and languages.

The article spoke of a fight (lawsuit) she was waging with her agent who dishonestly persuaded her to sign over the rights to To Kill A Mockingbird.  It continues to make millions of dollars. She is living in assisted living, is almost completely deaf and blind, but knows what is happening.  The interesting part of the article was the insight into the writing of To Kill A Mockingbird, a veiled autobiography.  It spoke of her lifetime friend and fellow author Truman Capote, who lived next door to her.  The character of Dill is modeled after Capote.

This is where one thing leads to another.  I knew of Truman Capote but had never read any of his books, but that changed when the article stated that Harper Lee had helped Capote research his book In Cold Blood a real life story fictionalized. This type of writing had never been done before, what started out as an article for the NewYorker Magazine became a best selling novel.  Lee accompanied Capote to Holcomb Kansas where a prominent farmer and his family had been murdered in cold blood.  Lee was the normal grounding person compared to Capote's flamboyant personality.  Lee was down to earth and was able to relate to the people of Holcomb better than Capote, she was the one who could get him in to see people who normally would have dismissed him.

There were two movies made about Capote and his quest to understand the two men who murdered a family for a presumed cache of money, which there was none.  They shed light on a men who though different, especially for the time period of the 1960's, was brilliant in his writing.  The second movie, Infamous, I did not like as well.  The director sensationalized Capote into a caricature of himself taking away from the story line.

So as one story lead me to another, I have found yet more books to add to my Kindle.  Who knew that reading an article on one of my favorite authors would lead me to another famous author and more stories to read.  I want to go back and reread To Kill A Mockingbird and watch the movie again with these new insights.

It seems as though I am posting fall and summer and not much else.  A lot has happened in the ensuing months.  My brother Chip passed away in August he fought the good fight and is now in heaven free of pain and illness.

We sold our house in July, finally, with two bidders. Our home in Hagerstown is coming along slowly, and we are looking at a mid January settlement, not what we had planned.  Our life is busy living with Catherine (our daughter) and her house is looking pretty good with the little extras her daddy has added (molding and book shelves).

Life goes on and you never know that simply reading a magazine article will lead to expanding your mind and reading list.

I will try to post more often I hope.


Friday, July 5, 2013

Catching UP



I can't believe that November was the last time I wrote in my blog, I need to remedy that right now.  A lot has happened since November.  We have put our house on the market (April of 2013) and have contracted with Dan Ryan in Hagerstown to build a new one story home.

We have been waiting patiently for a buyer, but I am getting a little antsy. Before we put our house on the market, there were few houses for sale and those that were, were going for top dollar.  Of course as soon as we put ours on the market, it became flooded with listings.  People for some reason want four bedrooms, even if those bedrooms are the size of a walk in closet.  We have three bedrooms and another room downstairs that could be used as a bedroom.  We have even buried St Joseph upside down in the yard to help sell the house.  It is a tradition that usually works.  He has been slow finding us a buyer, but I think he will.

In other news our son Darby and his wife Dawn are moving to San Antonio, TX.  Dawn got a job ( a lateral move ) down there and they are really looking forward to it.   I will miss my baby boy terribly, but I am happy for them. Darby works for Lowes and they are trying to find him a position down there, but if not he will find something, maybe even in a different field.

My brother Chip is not doing so well and has been going down to Duke in hopes of beating the cancer.  There is a new drug that will most probably work, but it does not come out until next year.  The Dr. at Duke are trying very hard to get him into remission until this new drug comes out.  Please keep him in your prayers.

My knitting is coming along as usually and I am getting a kick spindle for my birthday. Here is a picture of one.  Mine looks basically the same with the exception that the block part has a Celtic Knot design carved into it.  I can't wait to get it.

I started out spinning with a drop spindle and picked it up very quickly, so this should be easy.  I do better with the drop spindle then I so with my wheel. This is  basically a drop spindle, but instead of putting the spin in the spindle by rolling it across your lap, you kick the attached wheel with your foot.  You can drop spindle this way any where, even sitting in a car.

You see my favorite flower in the picture above, and mine are blooming their heads off in my backyard.

I will try and stay up to date, and hopefully not go so long between posts. TTFN

Friday, November 23, 2012

A Wonderful Thanksgiving and Adventure

Our Thanksgiving was wonderful, all of my family was here and some of our friends.  I was so glad that my brother, his fiancee and daughter were able to come.  Chip has cancer and every day is precious and a gift.  Every one enjoyed the great meal and then the Redskins win over the Dallas Cowboys. Go Skins!

We are now getting ready to head down south to visit more family.  I am anxious to  see what the weather will be like in Charleston and Aiken, SC.  We are leaving Saturday and the weather here will be cold, just like I like it.  SC will be in the high 50's to low 60's which is OK.

I finished my Mom's shawl for her Christmas present and I continue to work on my Camelot Coat.  I have started a beaded scarf, and a Mr. Greenjeans sweater.  The yarn I am using for the sweater has started out twice as different sweaters, that I have frogged.  This Mr. Greenjeans sweater is what it will finally be.  It is a top down sweater, with a long cabled edge on the bottom.  It should knit up quickly and will be nice and warm.

For anyone who reads this please keep my brother Chip in your prayers.  Prayer is what he really needs.

The picture is of Lake Merhl just up the street from our house.

Monday, October 15, 2012

I Love Fall

This has got to be my favorite time of the year.  Since I can't tolerate the heat, I welcome the cooler weather.  It can get a lot colder for me, but I am in the minority on this one.

We have been busy since my last entry, I didn't realize how busy until I saw the date of my last post.  We have redone our bedroom and bought new bedroom furniture.  We have redone the master bath and are just waiting on the painter so we can say it is completely done.  Our daughters house is an ongoing project for my husband.  He is finishing replacing the deck and wants a punch list from her as to what needs to be touched up or redone.  This makes him happy so I can't complain.

My friend Louise and I went on the Artisans open house tour yesterday, she had done it the day before, but wanted to return to one Artisan so we enjoyed the afternoon.  She bought some hand felted pillows for the new RV she is buying,  she had seen them the day before and wanted to sleep on it.  I have heard if you want something to sleep on it and when you return, if the something is still there, it is meant to be yours.  These pillows were meant to be hers.

We also went to an Alpaca Farm where I picked up some Alpaca/Angora blend roving to spin on my spinning wheel.  I learned a great deal about Alpaca's from the owner.  They have over 100 Alpaca's and process the fleece right there on the farm.  She had two shearings laid out on a table.  One was an older Alpaca with beautiful brown fleece, it was beautiful and so soft, or I thought. The next was the daughter who was 3 or  4 years old and her fleece was even softer. I also found out that Alpacas can breed anytime, so they have to keep the male and females separated.  It wouldn't take you long to build a nice size heard this way.

The owner also hand dyes her fleece and she explained how she did it and how you get various colors.  An interesting fact is that gray fleece will have gray, white and brown mixed together, so when you dye the fleece it heathers naturally and is beautiful


I will try and keep up with my blog a little better, but who knows what life will bring in the coming weeks.