July Morning

July Morning

Friday, July 31, 2015

Last Friday In July

Can you believe that we are almost to August? I  like turning the page on my calendars. I like greeting a new month. Even if it is August.

We found out yesterday, that grand baby number nine is going to be a girl!!! I think that is exciting news. That will bring the total to 5 boys 4 girls. She will make her appearance in November, right around Thanksgiving. I think that is a wonderful way to give thanks. Her sister next to her will turn two.  They might even have the same birthdays.

I finished a wood project today. It still smells like paint. I am glad I finished something wood before summer is over.

When we have people over and as it seems lots of people now. I always want some place to put my silverware. I saw this pattern online here. 
I have this huge old wood pile that I need to be using up, so I thought this was a good first. Poor Ron, first the windmill and now wood projects. He is so good to put up with my ideas.

 So next time we are having a dinner, I can set this on the counter and put the silverware in the jars and not
have them scattered everywhere.  In one neat place.

Last weekend The Old Tattered Flag was having a Christmas in July sale. I love her patterns, and I don't need any more patterns, but I did buy a couple. Just because they are so cute. Which I want to give her a plug. She has the best service in the whole wide world. She is in New York and I got those patterns in two days. I don't know how she did it but she is just the best.

As I post these pictures, they are quite a contrast together. I can't wait to get started on both of them.

I am having a Friday night sleepover with four of our grandsons. Pizza, Smores, Popcorn, and
Despicable Me and some Minecraft. With swimming just to keep them cooled off. It should be a nice busy
weekend. I am glad they like spending the night here.

Have a lovely weekend,

“So he caught her in his arms and kissed her, and they were very happy, and told each other what a beautiful world it was, and how wonderful it was that they should have found each other, seeing that the world is not only beautiful but rather large.”
― E. Nesbit, The Magic World

“Even I never dreamed of Magic like this!”
― C.S. Lewis, The Chronicles of Narnia

“Some of the most wonderful people are the ones who don`t fit into boxes.”
― Tori Amos

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Ramblings With Kim

Yesterday, while out in the garden I had my phone. My phone does color better than my camera so I was able to get richer colors. I loved this dark, purple color. All of the photos on this post will be from my phone.

July is racing on by isn't it? It hit me Monday morning that this is the last week of July and August and school starting is right around the corner. I still have so many things I want to get done before school starts again. I have been in high gear ever since. Next week will be deep house cleaning, windows, blinds, fans, and every thing that can be washed cleaned or straightened. My railings and porches are so dirty and dusty. We aren't supposed to wash sidewalks or driveways. Next week though, too bad. I am washing the outside of the house.

I couldn't tell about this flower, whether it grew this way or something took a bite.

 I have been working on my summer rug. I have loved working on this rug so much.

Pattern by Buttermilk Basin
I have never been able to dye wool and get a good antique black. This week though I used that book by Barbara Carroll and  Emma Lou Lais.

Antique Colors for Primitive Rugs
90-Antique Black
I also managed to get the 1820 Sunflower rug finished and bound. In August, I always think of sunflowers.

1820 Sunflower---Pattern by Cathy Greschner

 I painted some wood yesterday, using chalk paint. Today I am making my signs. Hopefully I will have something to show you soon.

Yesterday, I got out books for the home schooling Moms. Three of the boys will be in third grade. Two of them will be in first. There will be a kindygardener. :) She told me that the other day. Of course, the youngest ones will have to be in school too. There is something exciting about getting ready for school. I can't wait to walk down the back to school aisles. There is something special about new pencils, crayons, and reams of paper. I always want to buy new pens and notebooks. Do you? I always think the most romantic speech is in the movie with Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks " You've Got Mail."

  " Don't you love New York in the fall? It makes me want to buy school supplies. I would send you a bouquet of newly-sharpened pencils..." I love that scene with Meg Ryan is walking to the prettiest bookstore in the world with a pumpkin in her arms.

Sorry I am all over the place with this post. It has been my brain this week. All over the place.
I hope you have a lovely rest of the week. Thank you so much for stopping by today.


" If we could simply remember that this is true of everything---that God's purposes are slowly being
worked out for His glory and our good---we would, like the farmer, keep faith and wait quietly.
From A Lamp for my Feet, p.57

Thursday, July 23, 2015

A Nice Week

I went for a walk this morning. July has been such a nice month. We have had lots of rain and clouds. Today,
we have a wonderful coastal breeze. It was so cool this morning, even the morning glories were not even open yet.

When we brought the wind mill home, we didn't bring the tail. When driving around and you see a windmill sitting out in a field, I know I never thought about how big that tail really is up on top, I think it operates like a rudder. Anyway, yesterday Ron brought the windmill tail home. It was a big as the bed of his truck.

Isn't that cool? Can you see the bullet holes in it? I just love the old writing. Here is a picture with Ron holding it up for me to snap the pictures.

A Bit of Americana

Here is my newest rug, it is a rug pattern by Buttermilk Basin. I know that I need to get it finished before summer is over.

 I thought I would show you a new project. I hope that I can show you what I have in mind for this sometime next week.

I dyed wool yesterday. I love these colors. It has been so nice to get my brain rested.  To get to be creative every day. I think it has been the best kind of vacation. When I go on vacation and we are staying someplace, I always miss cooking. This week it has been so nice to be on vacation and cook. I picked peaches one morning and then made this lovely blueberry-peach coffee cake. Then to have coffee on the patio after swimming.

For dinner we have been picking these peppers out of the garden.

 Ron roasts them and then we have been eating Chili Relleno at night with Mexican rice and black beans. I have always wanted to make them but I never took the time. I keep trying to get them like the ones I have in Mexican restaurants.

I thought I would show you how in the summer we have palm trees that just grow wild here. Every where there is water, these silly palm trees grow.

This has been just a bit of things we have been doing this week. Our kids will all be home tomorrow. I miss them but it sure has been nice to just be us. Sasha will be glad to have them back. Ron and I think we are rather boring. Sometimes I think boring is nice.

Thank you for stopping by and for visiting today.


“I do know my own mind,' protested Anne. 'The trouble is, my mind changes and then I have to get acquainted with it all over again.”
― L.M. Montgomery, Anne of the Island

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

A Mom Brag Post

I just had to write this, because since I opened the mail I have been in tears. When you home school or when I started home schooling in the dark ages. In those days, no one was home schooling and we did it with the drapes closed. I doubted myself and my ability. I knew that since I had been a terrible student in school, what game was I playing thinking I could home educate my children? I hung on to God very tightly and prayed almost constantly on my knees that "And we know that to them that love God all things work together for good, even to them that are called according to his purpose." (Romans 8:28)

Well today, I got a package in the mail. I opened it. In it was this:

 This is Kessie's book in paperback!!! There has never been a single day in her life that I haven't been proud of her. So when I opened this box, and held in my hands her book. I have held her babies and rocked them and I have just been a grandmother and a mom. But this was different, because I was her teacher. For 12 years. She was demo child number one. She had to sit through me trying to be smarter than a first grader. 

 The back of the book says " When the beekeepers arrive in February, bringing their bees to pollinate the almond crop, one of them acts like a vampire and says his name is Malevolent, and tries to murder Libby's lousy boyfriend. Yet his honey improves her illness, and his bees sing words that she can understand." Libby, a high school senior, has been bedridden for six months with Valley Fever, struck on her father's farm in California's central valley."
I can't wait to start it tonight.

Thank you for reading along, I just had to share.


“You are not what others think you are. You are what God knows you are.”
― Shannon L. Alder