Saturday, August 31, 2013

More on my antique patio rocking chairs

Years ago, our house was the second house north of the school. The old house that sat between us and the school was torn down a couple of years ago. Back when my girls were little, they would wander down to the first house south of the school. An elderly couple named Mr. and Mrs. Coker lived there. I never did know their first names. The girls loved to sit and listen to tales of old. But what they loved even more were the rocking chairs that sat on the Cockers’ patio. They were huge chairs or at least they seemed to be to little girls. They would talk about how great those chairs were. After Mrs. Coker passed and Mr. Coker was going to move to be closer to family, he had an auction.  Hubby paid a dollar a piece for those two chairs. They have a wrought iron frame and are very heavy. The chairs have sat on our patio for 40 plus years, through all kinds of weather. Wind doesn’t bother them. All it does is make them rock like some invisible person was taking a break. A couple of years ago, we had to have all the boards replaced. The old blue color was gone and new boards gave them new life. I just stain them now so that there won’t be a buildup of paint. They are the best lawn chairs around. The chairs were made by someone that knew what they were doing. They are heavy but rock easy. And these chairs fit the contour of a body perfectly. I wonder sometimes just how old these two chairs are. And I bet they will go on for a lot more years to come.

Have a great holiday weekend.


Thursday, August 29, 2013

A little of this and A little of that

Today's post is just a little of this and a little of that. Mostly pictures taken the last couple of days.

This first is the sky late yesterday afternoon. The white wisps of clouds make the sky look so blue.

Our experiment with straw bale gardening as gone pretty good. We had enough beans for a couple of meals. Would have had more if I had put up fencing sooner to keep the rabbits at bay. We have had a couple of cucumbers already and more on the way. The tomatoes are finally starting to get ripe. Too much shape, I think, has slowed down the ripening process.  But even the one the rabbit ate down to a stub is doing well. Straw bale gardening takes a lot of watering especially when the temps are almost a 100 degrees.

The one the rabbit ate.

Took this as I was heading back to my nice air conditioned house.
 These hot afternoons have been a good time to work on the puzzle. I think my next one will be a 500 piece one. This one is 1000 and is rather hard.  But little by little I am making progress. And, yes, it is beginning to look like there is a piece missing. 

I guess after I get it done and glued, it will need a frame to hide the missing piece.


Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Take time to smell the roses OR to drink a Dr. Pepper.

It has been one month since I retired and I am busier than ever. But it is by my choice. Some mornings I work really hard rocking in my chair on the patio. My hubby and I usually stop whatever we are doing around 10 and meet on the patio for our daily D.P., also known as Dr. Pepper. I have gone from one or two sodas a week to a D.P. every day. I am sure that isn’t a good thing but I enjoy our time sitting and visiting. But I find we now sit there till almost time for lunch. We have live entertainment most days. Our patio faces south and all the construction going on with the remodeling the old school building into 34 apartments is fun to watch. And we can see the street out front and all who goes by. These passersby sometimes land up
being a topic of discussion, too. Most afternoons are spent working on TPT products, working my puzzle or reading my book. I have managed, though, to get a lot of projects done that have been on the back burner for a long time. So sitting on the patio and rocking in my antique chair in the morning is a good thing. More on that pair of chairs another day.
Life is good.


Tuesday, August 20, 2013

My wandering mind.

I went out this evening to water my potted plants. I love the quiet of the evening.  We have a lot of construction going on next to us. Started last Oct. and probably won't be finished till next May. Turning our old school into 34 apartments. Talk about noise. Lots of noise, jackhammers, tractors digging here and there, and various other machinery doing their thing. But they start at 7 a.m. and work till 5:30 p.m. so evening is quiet. And cooler. Our cool weather of last week is gone, summer is back. The hint of fall was a nice break from the summer heat. I am sure it will be back before we know it. But in the meantime, the heat has returned, which means we have to water more often, again. Anyway,  sorry I got lost,  back to where I was going.On the north side of the house, there was a big, very yellow swallowtail fluttering from flower to flower. I just had to try and get a picture of this fellow. Here are the results.

He really seems to like all my Balsam plants. They are pretty. Watching him work was a nice way to end a nice day.

Take care,

Friday, August 16, 2013

Do you like working on puzzles?

The sun is out. Haven’t seen it for a couple of days, which is a good thing. It started raining during the night Wednesday and we had almost two inches of rain by morning. It was a beautiful rain. No wind, no lightening, no hail, just nice gentle rain. And boy did we need it. And then it rained a bit more overnight and this morning to give us a tad over two inches. It is a bit cool today as it was yesterday.  Definitely feels like fall instead of the middle of August.
Yesterday, with the clouds and rain, was a perfect day to the start the puzzle I bought back in July. It was one of the things on my list “of things to do when I retire”. Boy, it is going to be a hard one. One thousand pieces, 39 x 19 inches in size. Plan on hanging  it above the table in our “new entry/puzzle room. It will be perfect there. Of course, it might be awhile.  I haven’t even got the border done. Hubby helped some this morning. That really surprised me since he made it clear that he doesn't like puzzles. He even found a few pieces. Hopefully that hooked him. I sure could use the help. I am beginning to think I should have started smaller. After all, the biggest puzzle I have put together in years has been a child’s 100 piece one.

This is how far I am.

And this is what it will look like when I am done.

When I was a kid, we always had a puzzle in progress on the dining room table. The whole family worked on it. When one was finished, another was started. Did you work puzzles as a kid? Do you still work puzzles or are you not a puzzle worker?

Have a great weekend,

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Are you Superstitious?

A friend and I were visiting the other day and superstitions came up. I never considered myself a very superstitious person but as we talked, I began to think maybe I was, a little bit. My mother was a very religious person but she was very, very superstitious. She had many and I suppose it did rub off on me. Here is a list of some of my superstitions.

Spilling salt-I never can remember which shoulder you are supposed to toss a grain so I toss one over both.
Killing a spider in the house will bring rain- This one hasn’t held true lately here in our part of Iowa.

Opening an umbrella in the house brings bad luck-During her first year of college, one of my daughters came back to her dorm room during a rainy day and found open umbrellas up and down her hallway. Well, you guessed it; she went up and down that hall closing all the umbrellas. She made Gramma proud.

Breaking a mirror brings seven years bad luck- I have broken so many mirrors, especially during my teen years, that I would have to live to be a thousand to use all those years up. Remember the mirrors in compacts of pressed powder. Somehow, those didn’t last for the life of the powder for me
Black cats crossing your path- In the past, we have had two black cats. The last one lived for 14 years. Always considered myself a fairly lucky person and I sure crossed their paths many times.

Four leaf clover brings good luck- I have carried one that I found as a child in my purse for years.

Break a bad luck spell by turning seven times in a clockwise circle-I have done this one. But, here again, I never could remember which way to turn so I do seven both ways. Works for me. But I am sure others wonder what the heck is she doing. lol

Knock on wood- This is the one I use a lot. No need to say more.

Here is a list of some I have heard of and some I haven’t. Sure don’t need to add any more to my list.

Are you superstitious? Which one do you believe in the most?

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Giant pink ball in the sky.

Our weather here in Iowa has just been beautiful. Reminds me of fall. Our daytime temps have been in the upper 70’s or low 80’s and night in the upper 50’s. A blanket this morning felt great. The morning chill, 55 degrees, made one what to stay in bed a bit longer. If we could just get some needed rain, it would be perfect.

I took this picture yesterday evening at sunset. Not sure why the sun looked pink. I wonder if it has something to do with the fires in the west. It sure was a unique sunset. A giant pink ball in the evening sky.