Thursday, November 24, 2022

I like Thursdays: November 24, 2022


Happy Thanksgiving!
Today is "I like Thursday" and time to express all that we are grateful for--and especially on Thanksgiving!  Please check out more happy posts at our hostess LeeAnna's blog!

My hand surgery went well.  In pre-op, the doctor decided that two fingers needed to be done.  The recovery has been okay and it will take a while before I can actually use the hand (it can't even be wet right now).  Funny how the little thing become important so  I find myself grateful for: sweat pants, my husband being home this week, and actually I'm grateful not to have to worry about Thanksgiving.

This holiday season the kids' made alternative plans and it's just me, Brad, and Mom.  Mom is baking a turkey breast and Brad is taking care of the other fixings.  I'll report later on his recipes he tried.  Still as the person that everyone turns to, I'm grateful for the break.

I'm grateful for my niece Maggie.  She and I text regularly and she always sends me photos of my great niece Remi who is now 7 months old.  So many blessings!

I'm so grateful for all of our family and our friends and yes, Scout's friends too!

And you, my online friends are so dear to me!  I wish you all a safe and happy holiday!

Thursday, November 17, 2022

I Like Thursday: November 17, 2022

 Happy Thursday!

It's time to share gratitude and joy for "I like Thursdays" sponsored by LeeAnna!

Things I loved this week:  

The PBS Nature program on Woodpeckers!  It was fascinating and I can't recommend it enough!  I have always been fond of these birds but I never realized the diversity of the breed!

Winter is around the corner and we even had some snowflakes Tuesday night.  I find this time of year restful after a season of working the garden.  I've got my provisions set up for the next few months:  lots of sewing projects and a stack of books.

LeeAnna asked us about Thanksgiving--prep for this year and Thanksgiving pasts as our prompt this week.  I'm happily out of the loop for the holiday.  I'm having hand surgery on Monday and I won't be cooking or cleaning for 10 days.  I've told my mom and husband it's on them right now and to work it out (the ignore me and continue conversing about other things).  It's true:  they are both used to me managing everything.  

My husband does like to cook and once about 22 years ago, he decided that we should host Thanksgiving in our wee 1000 square foot house.  He wanted to be the chef.  He bought a big turkey and planned his menu.  It sounded fine and I just baked pies the day before.  But there was another factor that my husband didn't consider--oh yeh, the size of everything in our home (his dream home he told me before we bought it).

How small is our house?  Well we have such a small kitchen that small appliances have to be ordered when something needs to be replaced.  To make a long story short--our range/oven is only 24 inches wide (and that's the exterior).  Although I questioned hubby about the size of the turkey he was baking, he dismissed me.  

As you might guess, the turkey never got done.  Our guests waited and waited and waited FOR HOURS.  Each time he checked the temperature of the turkey, it was still not done.  Eventually, we ate everything but turkey and I'm not sure what we did with the bird (I'm certain it never did get quite done).  My family--who were the guests--never teased hubby about it but no one would ever bring up having dinner at our home again.  From then on, I cooked the holiday meals and we hosted Christmas and Easter brunch which was much more do-able.  

Wishing you a safe and happy weekend!

Thursday, November 10, 2022

I like Thursdays: November 10, 2022

 Happy Thursday!

Time to share things we like!

I like pizza for breakfast.  I never thought I would come round to this idea, but about 3 years ago, my husband finally convinced me to try it.  We get a very thin crust pizza at our farmer's market on Thursdays or Fridays.  Scout loves the crust (referred to as pizza bones) and it is just a fun and weird way to start the day!

LeeAnna, our hostess with the mostess, suggested we weigh in on our thoughts about apple cider.  I like it.  I don't care for the spiced variety much anymore (or rather, the variety doesn't like me).  The cider never gets completely drunk here.  To be honest, I just as soon heat a mug of apple juice with a cinnamon stick in it these days. 

I love poodles!  I love my vintage poodle pin cushions too!

I'm enjoying the new mystery series, Magpie Murders!  It's a lot of fun and I really love the actress, Lesley Manville!

The days have been lovely and now that I'm recovering from the flu, I'm appreciating the beauty outdoors!

Hope you are having a wonderful day!
Stay safe!

Thursday, October 27, 2022

I Like Thursdays: October 27, 2022

 Happy Halloween!

It's "I like Thursday" and time to celebrate the good things in life!

The Phillies won the division championship and now they're on to the World Series!  Who would have imagined it would happen this year but we are delighted and ready to watch the series against the Astros!  Go Phils!

Well the weather got warmer--but also rainy so I've been in the sewing room!  I finished 8 tops for the kids and now am working on square in a square blocks that I found while cleaning out the sewing room!  Cleaning Bonus--finding some finished quilts I made during the pandemic that I can give gift (forgot all about them).

The leaves are falling at a terrific rate these days.  I love passing by my neighbor's house.  His maple leaves are always red and burgundy and as they lay in the green grass, remind me of Christmas.  

Another Christmas reminder was up the street.  Sometimes what the garbage men leave behind amuses the heck out of Karen (next door) and I.    Simply put-- "Christmas Coffee."

Our prompt this week was to discuss a Halloween costume that we remember fondly.  I think my favorite thing was wearing a gown that had been my great-grandmother's.  I think it was made of moire and through the years of dress-ups and costumes, the gown really took a beating.  I'm rather sad now that it is gone (my mother probably threw it out).  When I think about it now, it was probably one of the factors that made me love old things.

Wishing you a safe and happy weekend!

Thursday, October 20, 2022

I Like Thursdays: October 20, 2022

 Happy Thursday!  Today bloggers share things we are grateful for as part of "I like Thursdays!"  The event is hosted by Lee Anna at Not Afraid of Color.  Go visit her and other bloggers!!!

Well the Phils beat the Braves (sorry Libby) and are now taking on the Padres (we lost one, won one so far).  It's exciting baseball watching for sure!  I was worried about what I would do without baseball to watch at night but I've already got a nice stack of books to read this winter.  The one I'm looking forward to the most is The Wedding Dress Sewing Circle by Jennifer Ryan. 

I read her book Kitchen Front last summer and a bunch of my friends have read it now and love it as well!  These books are fiction but illustrate the challenges that British women faced during World War 2.  Well researched and well written!

We had the first real frost this week and it's time to cut back plants.  Hopefully it will be warmer tomorrow and I'll get some outdoors work done!  In the meantime, I'm working away on quilts for the kids and using up tons of novelty fabric I've had for years.

Scout's back on her medication for allergies but hopefully the frost will relieve her seasonal allergies!  The cool weather has her really frisky and she loves being outdoors right now!

Our prompt this week from LeeAnna is what kind of Halloween candy we liked as kids and like now.  I liked all kinds of candy when I was a kid but this time of year I get a hankering for candy corn (I don't buy it because I will eat it).  My favorite candy over the summer was fruit Mambas that my neighbors and I snacked on as we played board games.

Wishing you a safe and happy weekend!

Thursday, October 13, 2022

I Like Thursdays: October 13, 2022

 Greetings and welcome to this week's version of "I like Thursdays"!!!

Every week we post things we like or are grateful for and our hostess LeeAnna at Not Afraid of Color shares our blog addresses.  Visit her here to read more uplifting posts! 

We came home Tuesday evening to some excitement in the neighborhood.  There was a fire truck behind my neighbor's home.  Calvin the cat had climbed a tree and couldn't get down!

Scout is friends with the two cats that live next door and the felines are only allowed outdoors with human supervision.  Apparently Andy the young man next door who is the "cat whisperer" of the family had climbed the tree to get Calvin down but Calvin kept climbing higher and higher until the fire department had to be called.  

By the time we got home, it was really dark and there was a full rescue underway  (no easy feat to even see him as Calvin is black).  Happily, the firemen allowed Andy to climb their super big ladder and get Calvin.  We applauded Andy.  We applauded the firemen and thanked them repeatedly.   As the one neighbor said, this was so much better than watching tv!

Apparently there will be no more outings of the cat, per Andy.  Better safe than sorry!  We are just happy Calvin is safe!

Autumn is here and the geese are passing through and visiting the lake.  I love watching the seasons change in my garden and at the park:

It's been a rather uneventful week (except for Calvin's adventure) but I'm grateful for a week of peace as well.

This week Lee Anna's prompt is what kind of snacks we feast on--particularly at night.  During the day I'm just too busy but at night when I finally sit down, I do like an apple.  My secret snack is Wrigley's Doublemint gum.  I've been watching the Phillies and the gum chewing seems to alleviate the tension of the game.  It's not glamourous but there it is.  I never chew gum any other time.

Wishing you a safe and happy weekend!

Thursday, October 6, 2022

I like Thursdays: September 29, 2022

 It's Thursday and time to celebrate the good in life!

"Where's the treats?"

This week I'm grateful that Scout is doing much better.  She saw the doctor on Wednesday and we are trying a week without the 6 pills/day to see how she does.  She sure seems spunkier!

We got rain!  I am delighted since we had drought conditions through the last half of the summer.  The rain came in Sunday and then it just kept raining and raining...The weather finally cleared up last evening and Scout and I are looking forward to a nice walk today!

Most of what I did during the rainy days was clean and sew and work on library guild things but it was a good break from gardening.  It's still too wet today to do much in the garden but tomorrow should be a great day for gardening!

Wishing you a wonderful weekend and the weather you need!  Check out other happy thoughts by visiting "I Like Thursdays" at LeeAnna's Not Afraid of Color blog!

Thursday, September 22, 2022

I Like Thursdays: September 22, 2022

 Happy Autumn!

Today is "I like Thursdays" and time to share positive things on the internet!  Our happy day is hosted by LeeAnna at Not Afraid of Color and you are welcome to visit the other participating bloggers!

I'm grateful for the change of seasons this year.  Usually I feel a little sad in the autumn but I welcome the cooler weather this year and we even have been getting a little rain!

First off, Scout is feeling better.  When she started barking at squirrels this week, we realized it had been weeks since she has done that!  It's a good sign!   

And speaking of squirrels...

We love "squirrel tv"; we sit in the gazebo at our neighbors' house and watch the squirrels in her big tree.  There's a new set of baby squirrels!  The dogs don't ever notice the babies or kits in the tree but they sure love barking at the squirrels around the gazebo!

I always begin Autumn sewing with a bang because I rarely get to be in my sewing room in the summer.  I have 3 tops done and will be taking them to my favorite machine quilter, Terri, on Sunday!  I might even get a 4th top done beforehand!  I haven't taken any photos yet but will share them later.  I have a list of 15 kids to make quilts for this winter and I'm looking forward to using up more of my stash!

It looks like LeeAnna's prompt this week is what movie would make you stop channel surfing and watch tv?  Only one:  Enchanted April.  It's a 1991 film and one of my favorites.  The problem?  It's never on tv...

Wishing you a safe and happy weekend!

Thursday, September 15, 2022

I Like Thursdays: September 15, 2022


Greetings!  Today is Thursday and time to post things that make us happy.  "I like Thursdays" is hosted by Lee Anna at Not Afraid of Color so join us or visit the other happy bloggers today by visiting Lee Anna's site!

This week the weather has made me very happy.  We had more rain and it is cooler in the evenings.  Autumn is just around the corner and we can feel it.  The change in temperatures makes me happy because I can spend more time in the sewing attic without wilting.  I've been spending almost all day up there!

The temperatures and in particular the rain, has brought some of the garden back.  The roses are blooming again and that always makes me grateful!
I just read two blogs that participate in "I Like Thursdays" and I think Lee Anna sent out a prompt on crafts we used to do.  For whatever reason, Lee Anna's emails don't arrive in my mailbox or spam box; we tend to communicated through blog comments.

Anyway, the craft that I don't do anymore that I would like to return to is knitting.  I used to knit when I was in college and found it soothing.  I even bought a skein of yarn last spring but then never got to it.  I tend to do more handcrafts in the autumn and winter just because I'm stuck in doors.  So I'm pulling my embroidery out as well these days.

Scout as a baby.  She's a "blue" poodle and was born with that wonderful gray face.

Scout has been plagued with allergies.   She had her allergy shot in August and we kept waiting for it work but she just got worse.  Unfortunately her hot spots became inflamed and infected; she is on a bunch of meds right now.  Still I'm grateful-- my groomer took the time to cut her hair short because finding things on a poodle through that curly hair can be daunting.  Then (because Jessa is a GREAT groomer) she took photos of Scout's hot spots for the vet with descriptions where the spots are located.  She's going to get better but as our wonderful vet told us, it's the worse year the practice has ever seen for allergies.  So our little girl is on the mend.

Enjoy the grateful weather!  
I hope you have a wonderful weekend!