"Things that matter most must never be at the mercy of things that matter least." ~Goethe~

08 August 2014

Back in a rhythm...



     Things seem to be getting into a more pleasant rhythm around here.  I'm hoping and still crossing fingers, just in case.  At least the last few days have been tolerable, less stressful.  I was finally able to pick up the knitting if only for a few short minutes last night after a few days break from it.  It was one of those days where no matter what I was doing the pattern didn't look right, tension was off, I forgot to change needles, etc.  So after 4 attempts and 4 bouts of pulling every last single stitch out, I walked away from this project.  One would think that maybe after 2 attempts I would have stopped.  But no, my stubborn streak got the best of me because I was determined to conquer this and not be defeated.  Finally common sense kicked in luckily and I shoved everything over to the side and left everything where it lay, before any injuries occurred.  That in itself was hard to do and leave everything a mess.  Another story for another day.

    I started back on the project again last night but the gorgeous sunset pulled me away from the pleasantries of knitting and before I knew it enough time had passes to where it was time for bed.  If that stubborn streak would have been around still I would have probably tried knitting in the dark.  Thank goodness that didn't happen.
 
     There is a lull in all the household duties at the moment due to getting up before the sun and being very efficient with all the house stuff that needed to be done today.  Heck, I even seasoned all my cast iron pieces today since the temps have been so wonderful today.  So far.  So I will find myself a pleasant place to be and continue on with this whole cabley project with high hopes of getting it finished soon.  Very soon.


~*~

Kar

04 August 2014

Decompressing...















     Sometimes I feel like I can take on anything and everything with no problem.  Then something or someone sees or hears about this bit of over confidence that I have and decides to bring me back to reality.  That is what the past few days felt like around here.  Way too much on the plate.  Summer obligations are now complete, thank goodness, and more of the homebody schedule is in control.  It's much needed.  Next Summer will be totally different because I'm not sure I could survive another schedule like what just ended.  Priorities need to be (will be) set so things don't get ugly around here and NO will be said a lot more often.  I was walking the tight rope a few times this Summer and barely held it together.  

     With all the slowing down happening here, I have actually gotten a handle on the yard work.  The grass was no problem, but the weeds.  They were seriously kicking my tail.  I'm almost to the point to where the weed killer will be brought out and end all of this weed patrolling of sorts every morning.  It's too much.  At least I get to use the weeding as an excuse to hang out in the yard to enjoy the flowers in the cool morning air.  Zinnias have got to be my all time favorite flower in the world.  They are the bees knees in my book.  All the colors, sizes, heights.  I just can't get enough of them.  They are the only reason I mosey outside in the evenings, in the heat, to get my fill of their color before the day ends and make sure they have enough water to keep making me smile.  It's still sad to think that 95 degrees feels cool after a long day in the 100's.  Crazy.  And the Sunflowers are starting to show themselves in my make shift wall of sunflowers that were planted.  Such a pretty little sight at the end of the garden area.  A bright and cheery sight to see when leaving the garden in the evening.

     Yesterday ended up being pretty darn good out of all the days combined.  It started with a early start to the day to beat the heat.  There were no real plans to do anything besides stay out of the heat.  Everyone pitched in to get the grass cut and make sure everything look up to snuff.  And afterwards we all sat out on the front porch area for a bit to enjoy the cool breeze that was still hanging around.  All was good until a Saint Bernard sized moth (as big as the palm of my hand) decided to buzz my head.  Then I was hurdling the chair and the Zinnias in front of me just to get away from it.  I didn't even know I had those kind of moves in me.  At least I had the sense enough to hang on to my iced tea and not throw it and not trample right through the middle of all my flowers.  That would have been beyond awful.  If the neighbors were not up yet with all the grass mowing noise, I am quite sure they were woke up by my squawking while getting out of the way of the moth.  Nothing like a big bug to get your heart rate and adrenaline pumping.  And with that my crew must have decided that going for a hike would be the most awesome of activities to take on for the day.  With moves like that, Mom can handle a hike.  So I got everyone moving (military speed) and out of the house in 30 mins and headed up in the hills above us.  It was exactly what was needed for all of us.  Finding one of our favorite forest roads to hike on was so relaxing.  I hadn't even noticed that the girls brought their stead fast buddies with them, all tucked into their packs.  At their ages it puts a smile on my face to see how some traditions just won't go away.  At least not yet.  Even with a haze in the air from all the fires around us, everything was beautiful.  Just listening to the breezes in the trees, the bugs, the hawks, the  song birds.  Not even seeing or hearing another soul.  Smelling the pines, the dirt, all the smells you can only experience when you are up in the mountains.  Away from everything.  It was all perfect.  Our hikes were definitely a sorely missed activity this Summer.  Every once in a while we would hear the sound of an air tanker coming toward our direction.  It's amazing how far away you can hear them when there isn't any of the city noise around.  We finally spotted it and watched it go over the mountains, headed toward the airport to reload and head back to where it came from.  Luckily my poor attempt at a picture for our nephew (who loves those planes) will be saved by Uncle Glenn and his fabulous picture taking.  Being in the mountains feeling the cooler air, listening to the quieter goings on made for a wonderful day.  Being tired from the hike was a great excuse for going to bed early for everyone, in hopes that this week will be better.  Stress free.  Crossing fingers here.

~*~

Kar

29 July 2014

Slowing down...











     There have been some rather slow days around these parts the last week.  All the coming and going with scheduled obligations are coming to an end this week and it is a very welcome part of the calendar.  Everyone was starting to get burned out with all the expectations, obligations and so forth.  It just got to be too much by now.

    This week was a good one.  Two days of events away from home.  All the other days have been filled with puttering around the house, doing what needed to be done and more of whatever we wanted to do.  The weather towards the end of last week was beyond perfect for Summer time here.  Cooler temps, pleasant breezes and windows open for two whole days.  It was an absolute dream.  Quilt washing was taken advantage of on both those days.  They all smelled heavenly after drying in the sun.  One person was overtaken by it all and had to sit all wrapped up in her quilt so she could sniff it and feel the warmth of it drying in the sun.  Whatever works for you.

     I finished up one project and continued to work on another.  I like working on whatever I want, whenever.  Especially outside with the weather just perfect.  It was hard getting anything accomplished with the whole knitting thing while outside though.  Flowers are blooming and the bees are all over them.  I'm so glad we planted more plants and flowers this year that attract the bees, butterflies and hummingbirds.  It's so peaceful to sit and watch them all doing their own thing.  Seeing all the different kinds of bees has been exciting for us.  Baby bees, honey bees, bumble bees and even green bees come around everyday gathering all the pollen they can.  I sometimes wonder how they can fly with all that pollen loading down their legs.

     Reading has been accomplished during the slower days also.  I even sat and read a book in one afternoon that was checked out for the girls.  I just adore books like Brambly Hedge with all the cute stories and the adorable pictures.  Such a wonderful imaginary place.  The afternoon made even more pleasurable by sitting out back watching and listening to all the bird friends we have this year.  Completing the afternoon with glasses of iced tea and my most favorite of summer snacks, fresh tomato, onion, cucumber salad.  There is just no match to fresh grown veggies and being able to pick something off the vine and munch on it immediately.  Perfect.

     Now I just wait for the last day of scheduled busyness to pass tomorrow and hopefully more days like these last few will be ahead of us.


~*~

Kar