Saturday, April 23, 2011

Happy Easter!






We're finally catching up to our southern friends!  There are pretty colors all around us.  The spring flowering bulbs are blooming (tulips are showing buds!)  and the trees are starting to leaf out.
This is probably my favorite time of year, watching the progression of color.  The cherry trees are blossoming, and soon the lilacs and dogwoods will put on a glorious show.  The garden centers are filled with pansies in bright yellow and purple.  Small wildflowers have begun to peek through the ground.
Ah, renewal!

Friday, April 22, 2011

In Advance....

Update on all the computer issues.....This week I purchased a new laptop and am happily connected with an internet provider.  This new piece of technology is smooth and swift!  I have to choose a new program to crop and finish my photos, and learn my way around the updated programs.  It's going to be quite a learning experience :)  Once I get it all sorted out, I have a few posts to get out there.  But this weekend is dedicated to family time.  I may hop around to a few blogs, though.

Sooooo, I'm wishing you a wonderful weekend, Happy Earth Day, and, however you choose to celebrate it....

Happy Easter!

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Random-ness

I love paint drips on old wooden stepladders. The ladder isn't new and flashy, it's older than me, and those paint splatters were dripped by someone who was making a room look fresh. Over ninety percent of the drips are some shade of white, so their room was sparkly and bright when it was completed. I'd rather have an old workhorse of a stepladder with all those drips than a new one.

A Saturday morning of scouting yard sales is fun, even if I don't buy anything.  I'm not out to fill my car's trunk with stuff, I'm looking at treasured objects from the past.  I've seen toys older than myself and listened to an old hand-crank record player.  I've looked through boxes of dime-store jewellry and old tools.  It's a peek at the past.

One of my favorite ways to celebrate the New Year is to wake early on January 1st and go cross country skiing with friends, followed by a country-style home cooked breakfast. I've missed the last few years since I've been living down here, but I hope to catch up with them on a first morning sometime soon.  A bright, sunny morning spent outdoors with friends is a great way to start the year.

I grew up on Long Island Sound, which meets the Atlantic Ocean. In the summer the warm salt air would enter my bedroom window. Now, whenever I travel near the shoreline, I enjoy the salt water breeze as much as I do the sunshine.

I'm listening to the birds right now, as they call to each other in the early morning light.  It's a sweet music.  They're full of energy and communication at this time of day, as we hurry to get ready for work.

Enjoy the sights and sounds of your day :)

Sunday, April 17, 2011

The view from up north

Last weekend was a glorious weekend, and you'd surely agree if I said that it was too short.  Over 600 miles in 2 days, with time for visiting family.  Setting out in the car at 4:00am is so much easier in warmer weather than it was about a month ago.  I find that I can easily drive before sunrise in the warmer months, even though the temperature should have nothing to do with it.  Perhaps the chance of needing to stop makes me hesitant.  Anyway, I made good time and arrived at my first destination for a coffee and a visit with my youngest son and his girlfriend.

When the coffee cups were empty I ventured on to a small, independently owned shop to see what was new and interesting.  The owner is a great woman who has been in the consignment business for many years.  Her prices are reasonable and I've bought quite a bit of my wardrobe from her over the years.  I purchased one blouse for work and left after we finished chatting.

My grandchildren were getting ready to attend an Easter egg hunt when I arrived.  They were each carrying the bag of their choice for gathering their goodies.  I followed along and had fun watching all the age groups running around, scooping up plastic eggs filled with candies.  How wonderful it is to see the world through a child's eyes, where all that is important is that Tootsie Roll or roll of Smartees in a plastic egg!



When every egg was found and emptied, we made our way back to their house and started Spring clean-up in the yard on a warm, sunny afternoon.  The afternoon was completed by grilling our supper and eating outdoors.  My first hot dogs of the season tasted so good, having been cooked on the grill and eaten on the patio!

I took a few minutes to snap some photos around the yard to remember that beautiful day.  I hope you'll enjoy them.

snowdrops


inside the barn, taking advantage of the afternoon sun!


This structure has been here a long time, and will probably be here for quite a while longer!


The hayloft



The front step where the small milkbarn once stood.  This rock has been worn smooth from many footsteps over the years.




Sunday morning I was on the road early, with just a few stops to fill the gas tank and get my coffee for the drive.  I returned home with a bunch of hugs to hold me until next time.

* My bike comes along on the next trip.  We're all planning a ride on the bike path, maybe with a picnic lunch ;)

I know this person is a gardener :)

Hello, Wendy!

According to the Random generator, I've got some seeds and goats milk soap to send your way!





Congratulations!

Send me an email with your mailing address, and I'll get these out in tomorrow's mail  :)

greenvtr [at] yahoo [dot] com


Thanks for commenting, and I hope we'll see the results of these seeds sometime this summer!

Thank you for two great years, everyone!


Saturday, April 16, 2011

Applique quilt top update and Spring thoughts

Friday Night Sew-In ended a bit sooner than planned.  (My eyelids just couldn't stay open!)  However, with the expected heavy rainfall tonight, I just might continue where I left off.  That would be here.....






 





I started the corner blocks, which each have a small "bouquet" of flowers that match the wreath medallion.  The entire quilt will have a "ribbon" that runs through the border with bows at each of the bouquets (if you can see it in the second photo, there is a pencil outline of the bow.)  I haven't decided which apron to use for the ribbon and bows.  When I get to that step I will cut a strip of each to compare it visually.  I'm one of those make-do stitchers.  I don't strictly follow the plans.  It keeps life interesting ;)






Here's a quick picture for you of some flowers I walked past this morning.  I love colorful little surprises!


Now I'm off to visit other stitchers to see what they accomplished last night.  Here's the link if you'd like to see it, too.


Don't let the chance to win some garden seeds slip by!  Check out my giveaway and add a comment to this post.  The drawing is Sunday evening :)

Friday, April 15, 2011

In transition

Greetings from Mini-land!  For the first time in eons I feel like Gulliver in his travels.  I am typing this on a little 9" netbook loaner while my 4 1/2 yr old laptop went in for diagnostics.  The results aren't very good and it looks like I will be making a major purchase this weekend, but I'm looking forward to working with a normal-sized keyboard once again  ;)

I have some great photos to share from last weekend, and of course tonight is FNSI!  However, I can't upload anything on this loaner so please check back on Saturday evening or Sunday morning for my applique quilt progress.  That's when I will be visiting all of you to see what wonderful things you've been working on!

And please remember to visit my earlier post to be entered in my Spring "Here's to Health!" giveaway!  The drawing is on Sunday evening at 7:00pm.

Have a terrific Friday!

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Never waste a rainy day!

This week we're having those April showers that are sure to bring flowers in May (which is a good thing), and I probably won't be riding my bike in the next few days (which is a not-so-good thing).  So after work today I took it to a bike shop a few towns over to have the front tire replaced.  This tire has developed some sort of bump or bubble which is somewhat annoying when riding. For the last few months in 2010 I just ignored it, but I didn't want to face this season with a burr under my saddle.

I had never been to this particular shop before, and I expected to be put in queue with the rush of spring tune-ups.  I was completely prepared to be sans bicyclette for a few days but to my surprise, the young gentleman who looked at it said he could replace it while I waited.  Of course, while waiting I wandered around the shop and ogled every imaginable bike and accessory.  Yes, if I was a wealthy soul I would buy all the clothes and car racks and indoor training mounts and....  Well, I wiped the drool from my chin before he brought out my trusty 3-speed.  It's ready for the road now and so am I.  As I settled my bill, my shiny blue Schwinn garnered some compliments from the (male) athletic-types who were waiting for their performance bikes.  They even liked the old rack on the back fender ;)
 
There's nothing like a classic.
 
 
 
By the way, if you didn't see my previous post regarding a healthy giveaway, please check it out here!  The drawing is on Sunday, April 17th at 7:00pm :)

Here's to health!

You all must know me pretty well by now. Well enough to know that my interests are varied. I will spend an evening scouting the culinary blogs looking for a new slant on food. I may have spinach smoothies for breakfast for several days straight, then switch to baked oatmeal. I join online challenges that catch my interest. My hobbies range from vintage, crafts, weather, herbs and medicine, history, biking, to leaving a smaller ecological footprint. In celebration of my two years here, I hosted giveaways that reflected vintage, sewing, and crafts. This one is in celebration of the earth and nutrition. For your health and enjoyment, I am offering some varied certified organic seed packets. For a chance to plant these in your garden, please leave a comment on this post. I will choose one person at random on Sunday April 17th.



Bouquet Dill, Garden Sorrel, and Red Kuri Winter Squash

Try something different this year!




After you have finished playing in the dirt, you can clean up with Vermont Goat's Milk Soap from Elmore Mountain Farm. It's made with ingredients you can pronounce, and the Peppermint and Eucalyptus bar smells wonderful!



Whether you have a few planters on your patio or a large garden out back, if you can find room for a few herbs please enter a comment on this post for a chance to have these sent to you. The lucky gardener will be chosen on Sunday, April 17th at 7:00 pm :)
(Full disclosure: I have no association whatsoever with these companies. I am sharing some products with you that I find interesting and useful.)


And don't forget about this month's Friday Night Sew-In on April 15th! (Heidi has set up the post for sign-ups.) I haven't done much stitching this month so you know what I'll be doing for the next few nights ;)


I'll tell you all about my mini getaway tomorrow. I've still got to unpack and get settled in for the night. We're back to work tomorrow! I hope your weekend was as wonderful as mine was!

Monday, April 11, 2011

Blogger's got me again!

Well, first Blogger stopped me from typing normal paragraphs (I had to enter posts in html).  It looks like that has cleared up but now my posts are always not updating on blogrolls, so my previous post was missed.  Seriously, I have to look into becoming a Wordpress convert.

If anyone has converted to Wordpress, and would like to help out a newbie, please email me at greenvtr (at) yahoo (dot) com.  This old dog is still learning :)

Friday, April 8, 2011

Yay! It's Spring!


I'll be on the road early tomorrow morning, but I wanted to share with you the reason I know it's really Spring. On my way out of work this evening I saw this.....




The first dandelion of the season :)



Wine, anyone?



Remember to check back on Monday for the much belated 4th giveaway for my 2nd blogiversary. I hope to bring back some goodies from up north!


Have a wonderful weekend!

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Looking forward

On April 5th, 2010, I was riding on the bike path. It was a sunny and warm day. I'm guessing that once this rainy spell passes, I'll be out there again :) I've brought my bike up from the basement and checked the tires. We're both ready to go!

I have decided to forgo my deck container garden in favor of supporting the local farmers markets. My deck is total sunshine reflected off light grey siding, which means the planters dry out too quickly while I'm away. Rather than go into details and excuses ;) I'll just opt for buying from the local farmers. I enjoy getting fresh produce at the market, and can buy just what I need for the week. Besides, their tomatoes are ready soooo much earlier than mine :)

My trip last weekend was postponed, and I'll be heading north this weekend, instead. It's going to be a whirlwind weekend, but I hope to stop at one of my favorite places. I've got my camera charged and my bag packed!

I've had a very busy month on etsy. I never realized how much is involved! It's hard to take decent photos if you don't have good natural light streaming through your windows!

It just occurred to me the other day that I'm on the last of the frozen berries from last summer. I had several large zip-style bags in the freezer, but now there's just one half bag of blueberries remaining from my pick-your-own trips to Jones Berry Farm. They taste soooo good with my morning oatmeal. And they remind me of what's ahead :)

Can you believe that we are already into April!?! Isn't it great ;)

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Jaunty Jalopy




I love old cars, so finding this photo tickled my funny bone. These folks remind me of the students in my previous post, a few years after graduation.

Friday, April 1, 2011

Reading

I have two books sitting in my living room and one in my car. No, I don't read while driving, but I carry it with me in case I'm going to be in a waiting room or if I go to the park on a rainy lunch hour. These three books were all loaned to me by two different women....much earlier this year. For some unknown reason, the books just haven't caught my attention, but I'll keep trying.

There is a book that I have been reading. It was printed in 1939. It's a true story full of hopes and dreams. It's a book about finishing the old, and about new beginnings. It can be read frontwards or backwards, or opened to any page at all.










I don't know why I picked up this book. The high school is nowhere near me and I don't know any of these folks. Perhaps I just wanted to read all the signatures and sayings. Or look through the hairstyles that were popular in 1939. But I've thumbed through it a few times. I'm amazed at how friendly and courteous the students were to each other as they bade each other farewell. How nice it is to read "...a swell fellow..." as a compliment. Here are some of my favorites:


Lots of luck and don’t drink too many coca-colas


Voted Best Dresser. I say “Ditto”!


To the best______?


To a darn nice fellow.


Smooth Sailing


You certainly do dress the part


And the names are amazing. No baby is given any of these names anymore:Muriel, Gertrude, Blanche, Beatrice, Althea, Elsie, Herbert, Clifford, Roderick, or Edwin.


The young gentleman whose book this was, was on the Basketball team, Championship Intramural Swimming Team, Print Shop, Usher and Guard Service, P.S.A.L. Pins, Blue Cards. (I don’t know what all of these were, but he was busy!) The quote underneath says: “Strong and content I travel the open road.”


I can't help but wonder if these folks were truely prepared for what was to happen in the world once they left school, started families, or joined the military. Did they keep those happy, young students within them? How many went on to become successful business persons? How many went on to teach, maybe you or me?


There was one young woman who didn't get a chance to do that. On a page dedicated to her, I read about one of the happiest, most charming persons in the school. She was the third girl in the school ever to be elected to G.O. presidency.



"She revelled in the simplest things, in frankfurters for instance. Whether strolling past the counter in the five-and-ten, or stopping at a road-stand in the middle of a bus ride, El would order frankfurters.


In her grammer school days, she was pure tomboy, climbing trees and walking off with the best marble-players' marbles."


Those of you who have been with me for a while know that I love looking into the lives of folks from our past. Finding this book was a real treat for me. But, you already knew that, didn't you ;)


By the way, I'm typing this post in true html, adding in paragraph breaks and everything. Blogger is having some sort of problem, so this is my work-around. Cool beans, huh?! I guess you CAN teach an old dog new tricks ;)

Can anyone help with this Blogger issue?

I've been typing up post after post, only to preview them and find that Blogger hasn't saved the paragraph spacing that I entered. When I try to correct this in Edit HTML, it changes the font size to 0, making everything after the first paragraph look like tiny dots. After I correct the font change, it reverts back in the preview. My searches in the Help section haven't turned up any helpful answers. Here's what it looks like. This is the font after a paragraph break. And the paragraph still doesn't separate! I'd appreciate any help with this.