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Monday, March 30, 2015

A Typical Monday?

A Typical Monday: What ever that means. I hope you had a lovely weekend. I hope you can tell that March is almost over and April is just there waiting in the wings. I like April.

We had to drain our pool this weekend. Not-something-we-want-to ever-do!!! During one of the dust storms the drains on the bottom of the pool got stopped up, Ron tired to unstop them from the filter, but the clog is really bad so we have to do it from the deep in the bottom drain. Since standing on the bottom of the deep end,  holding your breath, trying to use a screw driver in 50 degree water is not a option, the only course is to drain it. In a drought year. Believe me, I have tried to figure out how not to fill it back up. I asked Ron if we could just turn it into a root cellar. You know put boards on top and put dirt on top, he said no.

So onto my morning. I have watched to many Sci-Fi movies. It is Monday morning, the first day of Easter vacation. Feeling like I want to do something different, I decide a smoothie is a good way to start. I get all of my ingredients into the blender. I am standing in the kitchen, looking out the window, when I see and hear the power blip. Then it does it again. My thought is darn, the power is out, no smoothie. I notice though, that the oven light isn't blinking. I look over at the microwave, which is blinking. I notice the display. It says, " "Only you can choose to have a nice day." I thought, what the heck, then it says, " choose clock now." I obey, I choose clock and set the clock, and feel like I have just entered the twilight zone. How would I ever show anyone what I have just seen? Who will believe me? I am not sure if I believe me.

I hurry get the smoothie made and get out of the kitchen. No more talking microwaves. We had the submersible pump running last night until the pool was drained. The pool needed to be spayed down and washed this morning, so feeling like I would be safe inside of the pool, I went down into it and started washing it down. There is something very nice about being in the bottom of the pool washing it down. Time passes really fast.

 I am just minding my own business and I can hear a really low airplane behind me. I turn to look and it is a World War ll  cargo plane with four engines. As it flies overhead, I look up and on the underside of the wing is written, " Rides."  I thought, rides? Wow, I would like to go for a ride. I think about it, Peter comes outside to talk to me for a bit and I get finished and come inside. I have been out there a hour and a half. Which feels like I have been out there only minutes. I have this weird feeling in my head, as the load of clothes I put in the dryer what felt like just a few seconds ago is finished and dry.

I feel as if I have been in a time warp. Maybe I should just go back to bed and start over.

So now really begins my Monday. I hope you have a lovely day.


"Life is what happens to you while you're busy making other plans." ---John Lennon

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Rugs, Books and Such

It is Wednesday, a beautiful spring day. I am aware of all of the things I take for granted. So that is good, I think. I never give to much thought to my health, but not having it really makes me see how I need to be more thankful every day. My goal this year was to hook a rug a month. I was starting to get a bit panicky because I hadn't finished a March rug. I made myself hook, and got one finished. I hope to get it bound and listed.

My take on Bremen Town Musicians
It was a fun rug to hook.
 I am glad it is finished. I have a stack of these animals sitting on my sink that I look at all of the time. Translating it to a rug is so different. I also used a new dye book to dye the background for this rug. I liked the color. The book I used was from Primitive Spirit and it was called The Dusty Little Dye Book by Karen Kahle.

The new rug I am working on is a guinea rug, but this one has three guineas. I do like hooking guineas.

I like sunflowers too.
Iris flowers today

Yesterday the mail brought Kris Miller's new rug hooking book. What a treasure trove of goodies. I wish that I had this book when I first started hooking. I have learned so much already. I also see these really bad habits I have let myself get into. It is I think the best book I have ever seen on the subject of rug hooking and
Kris Miller is such a nice lady. 

I hope you have a lovely Wednesday. I wanted to share a photo of the kids and their friends from a wedding they attended this weekend. I loved this photo because these kids are in and out of my house. They are the best and I am so thankful for the whole bunch.  My boys are the ones in front William with the blue shirt and the girl, and Elliot has his arm around that really cute girl. He has maroon shirt and Peter is on the end with one of his buddies arms on his shoulder in the pink shirt. 

I hope you have a lovely Wednesday. I think today will be a good day to watch chickens. Hook and read my new book.
~ Kim~

"But we do not want you to be uninformed, brethren, about those who are asleep, so that you will not grieve as do the rest who have no hope. For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so God will bring with Him those who have fallen asleep in Jesus.…"

For my friend.

Monday, March 23, 2015

Trying to do Normal

Here is is Monday again. I keep telling myself I must be getting well as my floors are driving me nuts. I have now spent one week sounding like an escapee from a T.B. Ward. It has been about seven years since I had anything like this, my thought is over and over I am missing spring. I made myself go outside with my camera.
We have had such lovely days, that I stare out the window at, but yesterday, I couldn't stand it and put a lawn chair outside and let my chickens in the yard. Best medicine I think. Watching chickens.

Megan got baby chicks at her house. So now I have grand chickens too. :) As soon as I recover, I will be visiting her chicks. Yes, play on words there.

I wish I had some exciting news to tell. I don't. All I can see is the work that the list is getting longer and longer. This is my spring training time of year and  I am weak as a kitten. I will get these floors at least vacuumed today. That is something I think.

Can you see this Hydrangea? This thing is taller than me. We might have had one frost this year so the hydrangeas never had a freeze, so they are so huge and pretty now. Prepare yourself for the rest of this year to hear the droning on and on about California and no water. I read about five stories the other day online.
Do you know that when I was a kid, we would have droughts that lasted 10 years. If this is the fourth year, we have quite a while to go. Cycles happen. I am so disgusted with the whiners we have become. I put myself in that list, because I started this post whining about being sick. I think behind our lack of water in this state is always greed. Do I have a solution? Not really, but I think if everyone was willing to do a little and a little then it would all add up. The golf courses don't want to stop watering, the parks nor do I so it all comes back to that idea. Thinking of others more than yourself. Anyway, end of soapbox.

Have a wonderful week, I hope all of your days are sunny and bright. I hope to be back to my ole happy self soon.

"Fear stifles our thinking and actions. It creates indecisiveness that results in stagnation. I have known talented people who procrastinate indefinitely rather than risk failure. Lost opportunities cause erosion of confidence, and the downward spiral begins."
Charles Stanley

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

A Great Present

I thought I would share with you a present my daughter, Kessie brought me. For Christmas, she got something that she didn't want. She kept telling me about it, but I really didn't know what she was talking about she kept calling it a cricket. It seems that it had moved through her husbands family and no one wanted it so they gave it to Kessie. She didn't want it either. Finally one day she mentioned it again, and the light came on in my head. I said, " WAIT!!! Did you say Cricut???" She said, " Yes, Mom do you want it?" I was practically jumping up and down, I have wanted one for years. Do you know the kind of signs I could make?

I took the book out but my fever-brain just doesn't get it yet. It came with all of these great attachments. I can cut wool and even wood with it. I plan on making stencils to my hearts content. I just don't have time to be sick right now. Today I stared out the window and watched the lacy green leaves dance in the sunlight. Then the clouds were racing by to jumble themselves up against the mountains so it can have thunder and lighting in the mountains. So many things to look at so this is really aggravating. I have rug designs wanting to be drawn out and the flowerbeds are just right for playing in right now.

Anyway that is what is on my list to do next. One of the many. Ron is sick too so we are quite the pair.
 I have wanted to write and show you my lovely gift.

Well should go outside and water chickens. They have been on their own a bit this week.
I hope you have a lovely Thursday,

The Land of Counterpane

"When I was sick and lay a-bed,
I had two pillows at my head,
And all my toys beside me lay,
To keep me happy all the day.

And sometimes for an hour or so
I watched my leaden soldiers go,
With different uniforms and drills,
Among the bed-clothes, through the hills;

And sometimes sent my ships in fleets
All up and down among the sheets;
Or brought my trees and houses out,
And planted cities all about.

I was the giant great and still
That sits upon the pillow-hill,
And sees before him, dale and plain,
The pleasant land of counterpane. "

Robert Lewis Stevenson