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Saturday, August 13, 2022

Rainy Saturday

Just a quick one. 

It's rained all day today. No walk. We went out for a drive early in the morning but unfortunately it rained just as I got out to take some photos! The rest of the day was spent indoors. Middle son came up to visit in the afternoon and we watched a few shows and had something to eat. 

It might rain tomorrow too so I'm not sure what we're going to do. I do need to meal plan and make some sort of plan for the week. We have two birthdays this week - oldest son on Tuesday and MIL on Wednesday. I am also going to see if I can add something new to my blog. I get lots of ideas and when it comes to posting I draw a blank and end up just talking about life! 

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Milkweed pods. They make me smile. I love Milkweed plants. They are beautiful all year round. This is the latest stage of the plant. Not long ago they looked like this (pic below), some still do but this is the next stage and signals - to me - the near end of summer. 



Butterflies (as you can see) absolutely love them!

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Made me smile. We stopped at a small park where there is a ramp down into the water to launch boats. This Amish buggy was there attached to what looked like something that pulled a boat. There were no horses around. It struck us as a bit random and made husband and I both smile despite the rain!


Thursday, August 11, 2022

It was haircut day today. Had a few tearful moments. My hairdresser lost her Dad not long after I lost Mum last year and we shared a few memories. 

Before my appointment I took a walk. It was pleasant and very quiet. I got there early and I didn't see anyone until I was getting ready to leave. Really lovely. 

I did my usual household stuff but not a lot more. I finished another book so one more to add to the donate pile. Oh, before my appointment I stopped at The Dollar Tree (now 1.25) and picked up a couple of things including a plastic organiser tray. I cleaned out the top shelf of the fridge where we keep mostly condiments (what can I say my husband and son use a lot of different ones - there aren't any I use) and then organised the remaining items in this tray. I am thinking of doing this with the rest of the refrigerator as I like the fact you can pull out the tray and see what's in there. 

Tomorrow I am planning on getting up early, going for a walk and then coming home to sort out another tub. Husband is off early tomorrow (8.30 in the morning) as he worked a long day on Tuesday. He has to go in for a bit to make up his hours, but he can't work overtime so has to come home. I am hoping (and he said he may get to it tomorrow) that he would vacuum down in the basement so I can move down the empty tubs. 

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From my walk this morning. Everything is so lush and green despite the heat (there has been a lot of rain). I like this barn and I like the winding path. I like that it was quiet on my walk - no birders around for a while. 

Wednesday, August 10, 2022

It's not been a bad couple of days. The nights have been a little cooler so I have slept a little better. Yesterday morning I had one of those nights where I woke up about three and then laid there thinking about things and it was about five before I went back to sleep. I'm beginning to think I'm on another not-sleeping cycle. It seems, the since the beginning of menopause, that I go from not being able to sleep to wanting to sleep all the time. I suppose I might just have to listen to my body and take a nap in the afternoon. It just always seems that I end up falling asleep at the wrong time, don't have long to nap, and then end up feeling worse than ever. My husband can take what he calls a power nap and wake up feeling refreshed. I just feel really grumpy. 

Anyway, walked yesterday and today. I was prepared for the biting flies, but there weren't too many of them so it was okay walking. I must have laid funny on my hip when I slept on the sofa so I have a twinge after walking for a while. 

At home I have sorted out a couple more tubs - the pile is getting smaller! Husband is going to vaccuum a spot in the laundry room (there was a spider's web there and I'm not touching that!) so I can put the empty tubs down there until I decide whether I am going to use them or donate. I don't want to get rid of them to find I need them when sorting out the craft room! 

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It was really quiet and peaceful on my walk. There weren't too many bitey flies around and it enabled me to just stop and enjoy the view!

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It was a nice calming sunrise this morning. I was hoping for more of a mist and brighter colours, but it was lovely. 

Monday, August 8, 2022

Monday Monday

Yesterday was sticky and humid. We didn't go for a walk. To be honest, I've had enough of stepping outside and barely moving before everything becomes sweaty. I'm not a big fan of the heat, but even less of a fan of the humidity. I think it was 80+ % humidity when I got up yesterday. Been humid most of the day today too, though things have got a little better this evening. Fingers crossed it won't be as bad tomorrow. I did go for a walk today but it wasn't that comfortable. 

We did go out for a drive yesterday, just to get out for a little bit. I had seen a lovely sunflower field advertised on a Facebook group I'm in and, as it wasn't too far away. I was really surprised that there was absolutely no-one there when we arrived. It was set up lovely. There were three paths through the field that led to little spaces where people could take photos in front of the sunflowers - especially handy if you're a portrait photographer. I think that should solve the problem of people crushing flowers to get 'that' shot (I hate it when you see that in a field of flowers). The owners of the field (surprisingly) don't charge anything to visit or to take photos (even photoshoots). They do sell some sunflowers and accept donations. I bought a few sunflowers so I could take them home, take some close-up photos and put out for the birds. It was so beautiful. 

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Had to be a sunflower photo. I took a couple with my phone, but most with my big camera. I think I could have stayed there for ages lol. 

We took a leisurely drive back though the countryside to home again. It was nice not to be outside for too long!

I wasn't sure this morning if I was going to go for a walk or not. I didn't sleep well again. It was hot and sticky and husband was snoring up a storm. I could hear him through the earplugs I wear and even though I nudged him several times he still snored so I ended up on the sofa. Ugh. Also the weather report said storms were expected again in the morning. There were no storms though and I felt as though I should walk so I went for one. It was okay. 

I got normal household things done, nothing extra. Most of the day was sticky enough that I felt icky even if I moved. I have shopping to do tomorrow so I can complete the menu for the week. I'm sticking to things that don't have to have the oven on for too long. Hopefully, I will be more productive in other areas tomorrow as it is supposed to be a little cooler. 

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A quick read. Made me smile. I started another book but it was about a mother passing away from Covid and hit too close from home that I started crying. I've put it aside for now. I'm not sure I'll ever be able to read it. 


Saturday, August 6, 2022

Saturday

 I did go to the zoo today. The drive was okay. I took the back roads. I missed a turn, but found somewhere to turn around and ended up at the zoo on time. There were only three of us that turned up. The other ladies were nice. I felt a little out of place, but I had a good time walking around the zoo and chatting. I haven't looked at how the photos turned out. It was really hot out and by the time I got home I just wanted to cool off and take a cool bath. I don't think I drank as much as I should of and had a horrible headache when I did get home. It was one of the horrible ones that usually only sleep can help. The house was quiet as husband and son were out so I ended up falling asleep. Of course, that was just as they were coming home. At least the headache was no longer pounding quite so much. I've had one the last few days on and off. I think it really must be the heat and not drinking enough water. 

My face had gone down a bit. It is still quite hot to the touch and a little puffy. I've been putting on cream. I don't think it was very noticeable. 

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The ice cream I had today. Not quite of English standards (lol) but it was really tasty and a much-welcomed treat in the heat today!

Friday, August 5, 2022

Not a Productive Week

Fair warning - this post has a bit of a moan in it. 

I haven't posted for a few days. I started off the week on a positive note, but somewhere along the way things went a little downhill. It's been really hot and muggy and it's just been a miserable weather week. I've not been enjoying going for my walks. I feel sticky and sweaty before even starting and then the darn bitey flies are back again. I got bit today on my face and it has swelled up a bit. Glad I wasn't planning on going anywhere else!

I haven't been sleeping well either. It's been hot at night and I keep waking up. I can't wait until things cool down a little - especially at night.

Tomorrow I am supposed to go to the zoo. It's for my online camera club. I don't like meeting new people and I'm a little anxious. I know it will be okay when I get there, but it's the thought. Not to mention I have to drive somewhere I haven't driven to before. I am going to be daring (for me) and go. I think I'll have fun once I get there!

Moan out of the way. There is lots to be positive about -

* Had a nice message session with my sister today. She sent me photos of my great nephews - they always make me smile 

* I finished a book today. It was a fun read. I bought it at the dollar store, and it was well worth it!

* I saw lots of butterflies this week while walking. Lovely to see them as I don't usually see many. 

* Did get some books sorted this week that will be ready to be donated. I also did some Ebay listings. Not the progress I hoped for but something at least. 

Phone Photos - Things That Make Me Smile 

Day 215 (Wednesday August 3rd)



Beautiful skies in the morning and in the evening. There was quite the storm in-between. MIL lost power for a few hours, but thankfully, we didn't. 


Day 216 



Took lots of photos on walk today. It was one of the better days of the week. I managed only to get bitten on my ankles and only by mosquitoes. 

Day 217 



It was going to be another nature photo but when I stopped at the shops this was parked in one of the spaces in the car park and it made me smile. A ghost busting car! Who wouldn't smile? 

Hope everyone has a good weekend!

Tuesday, August 2, 2022

 I did manage to go for a walk today. It was quite warm out. I tried to stick to the woods where there was some shade beneath the trees. I wasn't the only one sticking to the woods. I came across several deer that were really close to the path. Lots of males, a couple of females and one fawn. I was watching them and taking photos and along trots a raccoon. The fawn saw it too and was rather curious. It would take two or three steps towards the raccoon and stop to watch. The raccoon would move as soon as the fawn got too close. It happened a couple of times before the raccoon scurried off. Really fun to watch. 

Not a lot else happened today. I didn't get a lot done. We had a lovely salad for tea, husband and son had chicken sliders (ground chicken, spring (green) onions and barbeque sauce) with pepper jack cheese. This was a request from son. 

Tomorrow I am getting up early so that I can go for an early walk as it is supposed to be quite hot tomorrow (heating up quickly). I am going to stop at the shops on the way home to pick up the other things needed for this weeks' food menu and then I shall spend the rest of the day in the house - hopefully it will be cooler inside than out!

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This wasn't the photo I had planned for today. I took a nice calming photo on my walk this morning, but later this afternoon this squirrel was making me laugh. It was so hot outside it was just laying splat on the grass in between eating fallen bird seed. 

I'm still catching up the Phone Photos - almost done! 

Day 205 (July 24th) 



As I said, horrible at Heathrow, but this light show in Detroit made me smile. It meant I was almost back!

Day 206 (July 25th)



Back walking at my usual spot, so lush and green. Things had grown even in just the two weeks I'd been away!

Day 207 (July 26)



Watching this mama deer (and her baby not in shot) wander up through the woods and into the lake made me smile. 

Day 208 (July 27)



I just liked the way this flower looked and it made me smile!

Day 209 (July 28)



Just beautiful morning skies - those clouds made me smile!

Day 210 (July 29)



Beautiful reflection

There - all caught up now! 

Monday, August 1, 2022

August 1st - budget meals anyone?

 Time to turn over the calendar again - it's the hedgehog one my son bought me.



I did manage to start off fairly well. I got some things picked up and put where they should be instead of hanging around in various places. I also managed to sort out two boxes of things. I also have three books already to donate. It's a good start, I think. 

I got a sort-of meal plan. I had other things in mind but when I saw the prices I changed my mind. Does anyone have any favourite budget meals or budget meal sites? We do eat a lot of salads when it's hot and I usually do something meaty for the guys. I need to get some things ready for winter especially if the prices go up even more! I am a little tired of cooking the same old things over and over. I like to cook meals that don't use a lot of fancy ingredients (especially if it's something I'd only use once!). Any help would be appreciated - especially if it's something you've cooked before and the family enjoy. 

Phone Photo - Things That Make Me Smile Day 213



I saw this while I was out doing my errands. It really made me smile and I was really tempted! I didn't give in and buy it though (yah me). I have lots of Blue Jays in my garden. They are really making me smile right now as some of them are babies. They are funny to watch. They don't quite know how things work. This is a photo of one I took in the garden the other day. 



It was taking a rest while looking for bird seed. It's such hard work!

I've got some more photos to catch up with for my Phone Photos Things That Make Me Smile. Almost done I think!

Day 200 (July 19th)



So hot today! Sister and I had a great day out at Southwold and then Aldeburgh. We walked 10 miles this day! We had a lovely paddle in the sea too. There are lots of photos I took that made me smile, but these mirrors made me laugh. When I was a child and we went down to Felixstowe there was an amusement place called Mannings. The fun house had loads of funny mirrors in there and always made me laugh!

Day 201 (July 20th)



A beautiful walk along the River Orwell with my sisters. We got to walk under the Orwell Bridge too. This bridge was built when I was a child. It's not far from where I grew up. We actually walked through my childhood park to get to here as my sisters both live not far from the house we grew up in. The bridge is a bypass for Ipswich. Sometimes when there are high winds the bridge is closed and there is such a mess of congestion through the town - you can get stuck for hours! 

Today we walked past places that brought back lots of wonderful memories. 

Day 202 (July 21st)



Today we went to Colchester Zoo with my niece and her children. It was such fun! Children really enjoy the zoo - I did too! It's been years since I've been to the zoo. It was quite a production with the children. Two are really young (just 2 and 6 months) and the older one only 6. There is so much to take with you. I had forgotten. Lovely day. 

Day 203 (July 22nd)

It's been a year since Mum passed away. Tears. Lots of them. But smiles too. Sister and I went to Mum's bench. We took some fish and chips. I had Plaice and Chips (Mum's favourite) and we took a plant and card with us. Niece had already been by the bench and her oldest had drawn a picture and wrote some words. 



It was good to be there with my sister. 

Day 204 (July 23rd) 



Last lot of Fish and Chips before I leave for America. It was a lovely day. We had a get together at my brother-in-law's social club. My sister's two children and their children were there, my other sister and her husband came, my brother's son (Sam) came with his partner and their three children. My brother couldn't be there as he is travelling in Spain (on a Big Adventure). Sam did manage to get him on video link and we all chatted with him. Such a fun time and a lovely last day!




Sunday, July 31, 2022

The End of Another Month

 I can't believe it will be August tomorrow. It's usually a hot month here, but towards the end of the month the days are definitely shorter and the mornings cool. I can't wait. I am hoping that some of those cooler mornings get rid of the bugs. I did not miss that while I was in England. We went out for a walk this morning and, despite spraying myself, I got bit several times. Yuck. 

We did go for a walk this morning. Not a long way away or for long, but it was nice (apart from the bugs!). We took a little walk along the beach before the crowds started to come and then we went into the woods and along a nice path. It was warm and muggy though. I don't suppose that helped with the bugs either lol. 

Here's a couple of phone photos from our walk 




Up in the sand dunes. It is so much easier to walk here during the winter as the sand is harder!



Into the woods. Everything was so lush and green. It was also a little wet so I suppose that doesn't help with the bugs either. At least those pesky bitey flies seem to be (mostly) gone. 

This is my Things That Make Me Smile photo Day 212 



A woodpecker has been busy on this tree! These always make me smile. I imagine one day I shall catch a woodpecker coming out of one I just happen to glance at. 

So, what's the plan for August? I want to start sorting through some of the things I have to put up on Ebay and list some of them. We don't have any trips planned for August. We might go away for a Saturday night but it's nothing planned yet so listings can stay up. 

I want to at least get a book a day out the door. That means at least 30 books. 

I want to get up in my crafting room. I want to make a start on sorting and tidying so I enjoy being in the room. 

Back on the no-spending wagon. Finances have taken a little bit of a hit, so I need to bulk up savings. That also means back to better food planning again. I was doing really well especially since I was at Jane's 3 days a week so I didn't go to the shops. I need to try to still do that. 

Tidying and organising. I find it really difficult but I like having a non-cluttered house and it's definitely not looking that way right now. I don't know where to start and sometimes that makes me not start at all. I have to do something even if it's something little. I think having a more organised house will make me feel more creative and less anxious. 

What gets you motivated? Where do you start? Do you find organising and decluttering easy or hard? Any tips will be appreciated!

Well, that's it for now. More catch-up on the Photo-a-day

Day 195 (July 14th)



Sister and I took a trip to Colchester Castle. This was another of the places Mum always loved to go. It was always fun to see that the flower display was in the castle gardens for the year. Mum would have loved this one. It was for the Jubilee. 

Day 196 (July 15th)




A walk around Ipswich looking at some more owls and another of Mum's favourite places. I can't say how many lovely hours we spent at Christchurch Park. We would go into the Mansion (which is a museum) and then sit and have a read in the park. So many good memories and a favourite place of mine too. I miss this park. There is nothing quite like it where I am now. 

Day 197 (July 16th)




It was a beautiful day. Sister and I took a trip to Walton-on-the-Naze. We have been there lots of times before, as children and with Mum. It was sort of funny as we happened to bump into our other sister and her husband there too! We ended up going to a cafe with them. Anyway, usually when we're with Mum we stop walking at the cafe on the corner and turn around to go back. This day we decided to make some new memories and see what was beyond the cafe. There were gorgeous cliffs and a sandy beach! It was such a lovely surprise. Made us both smile. 

Day 198 (July 17th)




Another of Mum's favourites, the Abbey Gardens at Bury St. Edmunds. Another lovely day. We met up with niece and two of her three children. Niece's whole family was recovering from another bout with covid. She had recovered, as had her youngest son, the oldest hadn't got it. Unfortunately, her husband and middle son were still testing positive. We had a lovely day in the gardens. I love this place!

Day 199 (July 18th)



Today it was this picnic basket that made me smile. Sister had found it up in the attic at Mum's flat. It brought back memories. There weren't many pieces left but still lovely to see. 


Saturday, July 30, 2022

Saturday

 Ugh. Another nothing day. I didn't even go for a walk this morning. I did manage a bit of a lay in this morning. Not a lot, just a little. We did go out and do some errands that I've not been doing. Middle son came up for a visit later in the day so that was nice. Other than that, I napped for a little bit, sat out in the garden for a bit and did photos for a bit. Tomorrow husband and I are going out for a little walk early in the morning. I shall try to make a plan for the week going forward. It's the last day of July tomorrow, a new month beginning on Monday so a good time to start again. 

I've got to play catch-up with my Phone Photos Things That Make Me Smile. I was thinking the best way to do it was to start with the ones for the current day and then add a few from my two-week gap each day. That way I'm not making my way further behind. 

Today's photo - Day 211 (July 30th)



We stopped in The Dollar Tree today. Everything is actually 1.25 but no name change lol. Anyway, we went in there for a couple of cleaning things and I ended up coming out with a bunch of Halloween/Autumn Stickers. They had a great selection that really made me smile! I got them now as they will sell out really quickly. 

The last photo I posted before my break was day 189 July 8th. So I'll start with 190 (July 9th)



Last leg of the jouney - bittersweet, but almost there!

Day 191 (July 10th) 



Was lovely to finally visit Mum's bench. There were tears, but smiles too. It was so good to go with sister. She has been a really great support this past year. It was nice to be with someone who understands and knows how tough it is to move on when the rest of the world seems to be doing it. 


Day 192 (July 11th)



A Belgian Bun. Yum. What more can I say? 


Day 193 (July 12th)



A lovely walk at Dovercourt. We walked from here to Harwich. Lots of smiles and fun on our walk. I'm so glad that sister enjoys walking as much as I do!


Day 194 (July 13th)



Lots of things made me smile today. Had a walk with both of my sisters. We met up between sisters' houses and walked right along the riverfront looking at some owls and up to Holywell's Park. It was a favourite of Mum's. We walked past the house where she grew up. A little sad but it was a lovely walk and I know Mum would have loved it. I saw this painting on a wall along the riverfront and it made me smile!

I hope everyone is having a good weekend!






Thursday, July 28, 2022

Still Not With It

 I don't know whether it's a case of post-holiday blues, not feeling the greatest or what, but I'm not quite back into the swing of things. I finally finished unpacking the suitcases. I managed to get all the clothes done and washed on Monday, but the other stuff just sat there in the cases for a few days. I think it was because a lot of the items I brought back were from Mum's house. There were lots of photos and a few other things I had put back last year. I still have a few more things at my sister's house. I struggle to look back through the items. It just seems really sad still. It was good to spend time with my sister. She understands more than anyone else how I'm feeling. Sometimes it seems that everyone has moved on and I just can't seem to. I miss mum a lot. Sister does too. 

I'm going to give myself to the end of the week then I will make a list of what I need to start working on. I shall strive to do something off the list each day. Of course, this will be in edition to regular household cleaning and such. 

Starting with the next post I'll try to start catching up with my photo-a-day as this is the place I am documenting it. I am starting to sort through some of my photos from my visit.  Though to be honest I haven't even felt like doing a lot of that. 

A couple of collages from my trip - these are some of The Big Hoot owl trail in Ipswich. These benefit St. Elizabeth's Hospice, a wonderful organisation. They were so fun to walk along and visit. I'm not sure how many sister and I saw while I was there - quite a few. She'd already seen a lot of them, but was more than happy to walk with me. 




A visit to an old town I used to live in. This was a collage I sent husband. It made him laugh though he wished he was with me! We used to live in Shotley. Actually, we lived in Shotley Gate. Shotley is a small village in Suffolk. It is by the River Orwell and River Stour. Although it is quite a way from the Air Force Base where husband was stationed there was some off-base housing there that we lived in when we first got married. This is the pub that we used to walk down to from our house. I'm pretty sure that the desserts weren't as nice when we lived there! 



Just one more photo. We had some laughs as well as tears. On Southwold Pier there are some lovely old-fashioned mirrors that change the way you look. I remember going to an amusement arcade when I was a child and thinking they were hilarious. This is me in one. 


Tuesday, July 26, 2022

Been a While - Back from England

 Two weeks went by too quickly. 

This won't be a long post. I'm still a little jet-lagged and not feeling the greatest (hope I didn't pick up anything on the plane). 

I had a good time. I was a little apprehensive as this was the first visit since Mum died. I stayed with my middle sister. We got along really well and had some good times as well as tears. The weather was really fantastic. The trip home - mostly Heathrow - was a nightmare. 

I'll post more later. 

And, of course, here's a photo. A Walk Along the River. 


More tomorrow. 

Friday, July 8, 2022

Off on my Travels

I leave today. This week has just flown by and so have my good intentions. I haven't posted at all and I have yet to catch up on blogs. I am going to read some while waiting to leave for the airport. The anticipation of travel makes my stomach hurt. I'm okay once I get going but sitting and thinking about it, waiting to leave for the airport, that makes me anxious. 

The last couple of days have gone in a blur. It seems I haven't got a lot of house stuff done but there will be time when I get back. I've been trying to get ready to leave. I packed last night. I think I have everything. I always take an extra case to bring things back (usually I'm gone for 6 weeks, this year just 2). I still have some things my sister held on to from Mum's place so I will bring some more back with me. As I wasn't taking as much this time I put the smaller case inside the big case and packed around and inside it. Saves me trying to get it on the plane. I will just be taking a backpack with me onto the plane with my kindle and my camera in it. It makes me feel a little better as the backpack can fit under my seat if there isn't room in the overhead bin. I hate having to worry about whether I'll be able to fit my bag up there lol. 

I'm hoping to blog while I'm away, at least a little. I'm not taking my computer but I will have my Kindle and my phone so can do little posts (I hate typing on phone). 

Phone Photos - Things That Make Me Smile 188/365 (Thursday)



A nice, non-buggy walk with my friend. It was a beautiful morning, if a little hot, but was nice to walk around without being chased by bite-y flies!

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I'm sure other things might make me smile today, but it was a beautiful morning on my walk. The sun was shining and there was a slight mist on the field. Really lovely way to start the day. 

Wednesday, July 6, 2022

It's Wednesday Already

This week seems to be flying by. I almost missed posting today. I shouldn't wait until so late - I think I've said that before! I haven't been doing too much of anything. It's been humid and buggy and, although I've walked, I haven't really enjoyed it that much. I think the holiday visiting England and family comes at a good time. It will be good to get out of routines and just do a little wandering around. Maybe it will be a good day to think of what comes next. In years gone by my time in England always sort of resets me and makes me appreciate what's important. Although it isn't the same this year maybe it will make me think a little. 

I'm not packed yet. I'm one of those last-minute people. I shall probably pack on Friday. I do want to at least sort out a few clothing options and make sure I have enough of the essentials to pack. I really don't think there's anything I need but I do want to give myself a little time in case. 

Tomorrow we are walking somewhere different. It's a little more open so I'm hoping it's not going to be quite as buggy. I don't mind (well, they aren't great) the mosquitoes, but these pesky biting flies are horrible. They seem to like my hair and buzz around my head and when they bite they hurt! I don't think it helps that it has been so muggy and rainy. 

Well, that's enough moaning. I'm going to catch up on blogs in the morning as I'm off to bed. 

Phone Photos - Things That Make Me Smile 186/365 (Tuesday) 



One of the bunnies in my garden. They really made me laugh yesterday. There were two of them and they were bouncing around. Really funny.

187/365 (today)



A book I'm reading. I'm not quite sure whether I like it or not. There were parts that were making me smile today. It's been one of those down-in-the-dumps days so any kind of smile is nice. 

Monday, July 4, 2022

Are the Fireworks done yet?

 I understand it's a celebration but there have been four days of fireworks and frankly I'm ready for it to be over! Friday night a nearby country club had their fireworks and they were so loud I was sure that some windows were going to be broken! I'm hoping this is the last night of them. 

Thanks as always for the lovely comments. It does feel rather strange to be done with Jane's. I'm not quite sure what I'm doing tomorrow. Hopefully a walk and then I might get motivated to sort out a few bits around here. I shan't start any major projects until after I get back from my visit to England though. 

It's been a rather lazy weekend. I did go for a walk on Saturday and today. Yesterday husband and I spent a little time at the wildlife refuge. I spent some time reading and - gasp! - I actually went up in my craft room. Although it needs a major sort out, I did clear off my desk and made some space to work on a project. It's been so long since I've done anything crafty. I haven't stitched or made any cards for a long time. I just haven't felt like it. Maybe this signals and end to my non-crafty period. 

Phone Photos - Things That Make Me Smile (184/365 Sunday)



Working on a little project in my craft room. It was nice to be back up in my room again.


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I really got distracted by this fiction book. It's one off my bookshelf. I really enjoyed it. It was a murder mystery about a student doing a podcast project trying to solve a cold case and an investigator who helps him. I had plans to do other things and ended up just sitting for hours reading just wanting to know how it ended and whether they solved the case. I suppose not being able to put it down is a sign of being a good book!

Hope everyone had a good weekend.