Saturday, April 23, 2011
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.
Friday, April 22, 2011
Sooooo, I'm wishing you a wonderful weekend, Happy Earth Day, and, however you choose to celebrate it....
Tuesday, April 19, 2011
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
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.
Saturday, April 16, 2011
Friday, April 15, 2011
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
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 :)
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 :)
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
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
The first dandelion of the season :)
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
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
Friday, April 1, 2011
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.
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 ;)