June 22st 2018

June 22st 2018
Sunflowers have Arrived

Monday, June 29, 2015

Last Monday of June

I would be remiss, if I didn't tell you that I will be really glad to turn the page over to July. My goodness what a month! Have you watched that show that comes on Monday night called American Ninja Warrior? It is about a really rough obstacle course and getting through it without falling or being too slow. I feel that is what June has been like, one giant obstacle course. I was hoping on Friday, just one normal weekend. Well, I know now that it just isn't going to happen in June.

Saturday morning, I took Sasha out it was just before the sun came up so it is that grey early morning light. Our side gate was a little ajar so I walked down to shut the gate. I looked down to my chicken coop, and what do I see, not one skunk but two. Trying to get in the chicken coop. Thinking fast, I made Sasha go in the garage. I shut the door, when there on the porch by me is skunk number one. I just took off running in my nightgown full speed to my bedroom door. Where I met Ron, who was just coming out, who had this shocked look on his face as I jetted past, " Skunk on the porch, skunk on the porch!" He went calmly back inside and got the flashlight, while saying, " Where is Sasha? I was grabbing my shoes to wear with my nightgown because that is important. " I said, I put her in the garage.

Ron shined the flashlight thinking that would get them back out in the yard, but then I got the bright idea to go open the swimming pool gate because there is a very noisy latch on it. So I went inside the pool fence and did the latch. Which did scare the skunk off of the porch. But guess where he wanted to escape to? To me, now inside the pool fence. I was backing up and backing up and then running to the other side of the pool. I looked down at the pool and thought. I will just jump in if he comes any closer, but as he was making his way around the pool fence to where I was standing, I ran out the gate and didn't have to go for a early morning swim.

Do you know those skunks can climb? Skunk number two climbed up the outside of the wire on my chicken coop and over the fence and got out that way. I didn't know they could do that. We opened the side gate when the sun was up and the skunk went out. Skunk number one was back the next night but I won't go into that.

Same day, I went in to start the dishwasher and I picked up my dishwasher soap box, and water was running out of it. Which is not good. I looked and our water purifier was spraying water and had for some time. We are getting down this routine. Ron turned the water off, and went to Lowe's to get new filters and fixed it but not without us spraying the kitchen down with water and ourselves first. The good thing is I have a clean kitchen floor, clean cabinets and it was a hot sweltering day so we dried fast and I am so glad it isn't winter.

Same day part two. We are sitting in the living room chatting with the kids because they are getting ready to attend a wedding out of town. When one of them says, " Is that water dripping out of the ceiling?" Yep. It was. Ron got the ladder and began the process of taking out the speaker in the ceiling to see where and what is leaking as the shower is above the living room. Which reminds me I need to call a plumber  today. So no showers upstairs right now. Hopefully the guy who shows up won't have to chip out tile in the shower.

Among other things, a guy stopped by yesterday and bought the Volkswagen. He came by in the morning and Ron and he dickered about it and the guy left. Then he came back later in the afternoon with cash. So that car is gone so that is good.

I did manage to hook this tiny rug. One of my pet peeves are all of these partial pieces of rug backing I have after I do a big rug, so I drew out a flag design. Not to mention I didn't have any red, white or blue, the colors I wanted so I did that thing where you get hot water and a piece of colored wool and then put the colored wool in the pot with the light wool and I loved the colors I got. I call this little mat,
Faded Glory,
Someday, I will bind rugs again. Every day though maybe I am thinking until November we have triple digits in the forecast. I can hook but the thought of binding is just it over the top. I wish I could figure out how to bind rugs while sitting in the pool.

I am starting to hum,"Somewhere over the rainbow" because I think that is where normal is living in my life right now.

I hope your week is a great one. Thank you for stopping by today,

All That is Gold Does Not Glitter---JRR Tolkien
All that is gold does not glitter,
Not all those who wander are lost;
The old that is strong does not wither,
Deep roots are not reached by the frost.
From the ashes a fire shall be woken,
A light from the shadows shall spring;
Renewed shall be blade that was broken,
The crownless again shall be king.


  1. here's hoping july will be kinder to you all. :)

  2. WOW. Just, wow. So glad you have made it through this month. Better things are sure to come via the month of July. xo

  3. I can't help it. I laughed through the whole skunk part of the story. I can just visualize the whole ordeal!Getting your shoes to wear with your nightgown because it's important---LOL LOL I love it! Really did NOT laugh about the leak and the spraying. Those can turn out to be real expensive issues. Here's hoping it's not the case with the leak in the ceiling.

  4. Oh my Kim. This make the most entertaining blog posts, lol...

    Can you imagine if all this would have happened in June two years ago with the wedding in June.... Bad things seems to happen one after another. I sure hope July is better for you.

    I can picture you running in your nightgown and the skunk being so disoriented and scared. I'm so glad you didn't
    got sprayed. Maybe you need a professional skunk remover to get rid of those pests or use Skunk repellant.

    Hang in there, July is only a few days away...

    Take care, Hugs,

  5. Good grief! You had quite a few adventures over the weekend!!
    I can just see you running in your skivvies through the yard to the pool to escape the menacing skunks! I hope that they are gone for good now!

    Sorry to read about the leaky shower.. hope that it gets fixed and isn't too costly.
    Happy news that Ron sold the VW.. that will be nice not to worry about that now.

    I do like your little rug ... so cute, and I do like the way the colors turned out.. kind of weathered - like.

    Loving your sunflowers!!

    Hope that this new week, and soon to be new month treats you well :)


  6. here's hoping to a fun and better july!!! love the flag rug, i like the little bit of fade to it!!!!

  7. Really love that little rug. Hold on July is just around the corner!

  8. I do hope this week is better. My son posted a pic on Facebook of the house he is working on somewhere in the LA area and there is a skunk climbing the stairs. There are plenty of them in Ohio, too.
    LOVE faded glory.
    Hugs :)

  9. Yikes times a million! Skunk!
    I'm glad the spider mobile is sold!
    Very cute rug, Kim!

  10. Good grief!! Go out in your field and find a 4 leaf clover, quick!

  11. It's really not funny...but the idea of you running around the pool in your nightgown, thinking about jumping in, makes me laugh! (sorry!!) Those persistent little buggers...hope they stay away from your chickens and your dog, and you! Do you think they were after eggs or after the chickens?

  12. Well thank goodness, you didn't get sprayed!
    Bless you, you have been on a rough ride, hugs!

  13. My goodness, my life seems pretty bland compared to yours right now, but I don't want to trade you! I guess it's true that when it rains, it pours.

  14. Wow, well at least it's good you managed to avoid a truly full-blown (no pun intended!) skunk encounter. Here's hoping and praying for a lovely and calm July for you! That is a lovely flag rug you hooked; I like that the colors are variegated like that.

  15. boy oh boy... when it rains it piours, doesn't it? Yep, I think turning the calendar to July is a good move! I opened the front door a few weeks ago and I knew a skunk had been close by. Our little area is even gated... they have no respect for boundaries! :)

  16. OH...MY....GOODNESS....your right, turn the page quick! lol We had an encounter with a skunk a couple of years ago and what an ordeal. They are definitely NO repecter of people or property. And leaks? OH NOOO....hopefully that is taken care of with no big ordeal. Life is never boring is it? We have had a couple of hot humid days that's for sure....Have a good week!

  17. Oh my word! No wonder you're anxious for July! I don't blame you! I hope your July is a peaceful one, Kim!

  18. What? No pictures of the skunks? June has been a time of skunks for me...lots of skunks but no, thank God, near misses...just misses.


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