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23 June 2014

Lazy days of Summer...

     The start of this Summer has been the best in a long time.  The garden is doing great and lots of early Summer treats are coming out of our little patch of veggies.  It has been so wonderful to walk out to the garden in the cool morning air and pick things to eat on during that day.  Such a great way to start the day.  There have been many times already when I just stop and eat little snacks while I'm still out there.  Snacking away at all kinds of lettuces and other yummies while listening to the early morning birds.  Such a wonderful way to start the day.

     There have been many visits to the library so far.  So many books to check out, so many activities to join in on there.  It seems like it's been non-stop at least for the last two weeks.  Science experiments to see, reptiles to hold (not for me), free movies and much more.  The girls have rated our library as the absolute best in the world.  And just think, the Summer activities aren't over yet.

     The weather has been absolutely perfect this Summer, so far.  I don't remember the weather being this great in years.  The mornings are cool, there are breezes all day long and even with the temps getting into the upper 80's and a couple of low 90's I still have not turned on the A/C once.  I know that day is coming.  But for now I'm just loving having the windows open every day.  Morning, noon and night.  It's been a wonderful treat to have the windows open every night.  Just about every night.  There were two nights where I flew out of the bed to shut the windows as fast possible due to a lovely smelling skunk somewhere nearby.  I only ran into a door frame once and scared the begebees out of every one else in the house.  It's a wonderful ruckus to have to deal with in the middle of the night. 

     There have been quite a few days we have been lucky enough to where there was no where to be rushing off to, no expectations.  Those days were fabulous.  Slow starts in the morning.  Lounging around in pj's until nearly lunch time.  Blankets thrown out in a bedroom so special play time can happen.  Special little animals being read fantastic stories by a sweet little girl.  And another not so little sweet girl creating more things to decorate her room with.  It's been wonderful seeing the girls go from one creative thing to another and filling their days with such happiness and "busy" work since the rule for the Summer has been no TV or video games.  It reminds me of the Summers when I was little and makes my heart sing seeing the both of them enjoying every day with all that they find to fill the day with.  

     I finally finished the quilt for my Mom for her birthday.  It turned out just as I imagined it would, probably a bit better than that truthfully.  My favorite part of it all was learning a new technique to add the heart on the back just for Mom.  Just hearing her voice when she opened the package made all the work put into it so well worth it.  Love you Mom!

     And apparently I'm the best Auntie ever in the world.  My sweet little niece wanted a Princess Elsa dress for this coming Halloween more than anything in the world.  So once I received all the supplies from my sister, construction commenced.  It turned out pretty good.  But it may be the one and only princess dress I ever make.  I have a great appreciation for all the seamstresses in the world that work with all that slippery, shimmery fabric all the time.  I have also figured out why wedding dresses and fancy schmancy dresses are so expensive.  There is a "frustration" charge added to all of them due to all the finagling that must be done with this not so wonderful fabric.  This is just my theory to it all.  But I will be reminding someone in the years to come that I am the best Auntie in the world.  I wouldn't want her to forget that.




  1. Your quilt is beautiful Kar. The heart on the back is a special touch. The princess dress turned out great too, I love the train and can just picture a little girl in a crown and mommy's heals. Your weather sounds ideal. We've had quite a bit of rain this summer, which makes the days a bit humid. But, since we are trying to grow grass, I'm not going to complain about the rain. :-) Have a wonderful day. Heather

  2. Lovely! Just Lovely!
    The fresh lettuce made my mouth water and the quilt and dress are just gorgeous.
    I love reading about your relaxing summer days!

  3. The precious moments of summer! Love the lettuce, the quilt is outstanding, and the first and last princess gown is definitely a work of heart. :-)

  4. It certainly sounds like your summer is going beautifully in every way. Eating from the garden, crafty goodness and happy children creating and enjoying their childhood. Enjoy.
    Anne xx

  5. Your summer is not lazy at all! What a quiet & creative life you and your family are enjoying. I wish you more wonderful days like these all summer long. ;-)

  6. You are the best auntie in the world. So sweet of you and I bet your niece will truly feel like a princess when she puts her costume on. Glad you're enjoying your lazy summer days. Happy creating!

  7. You are such a wonderful auntie, that dress/costume is adorable. Love the quilt back and pop from the red heart. I've been visiting the library too and am loving these lazy warm days. Happy summer is so good in your hood too :)

  8. Hey, it's Kim...Just so you know, I don't think you will be losing that title anytime soon! She tells everyone who will listen about that dress, anyone! The checkout people at the stores know all about it!
    She would wear that dress 24/7 if I would let her. Although she has to learn to watch where she is going; and not to turn around and watch the train behind her. I see major accidents in our future! LOL
    She said that the dress is AMAZING!!!!!!!! PERFECT!!!!!!!!!!!