Tuesday, October 6, 2015

It's Been Awhile....

Hmm, thought I should write a blog post since (ho hum) again it has been awhile.  Let's see, what will my excuse be this time.  Nope, don't have one. Altho I do have a new room-mate. I think I mentioned in a blog post that my granddaughter, Bailey has moved in with me. Yes, she is still with me, settling in and trying to redefine her life after it took an unexpected turn of events. You know, life is like that. You have all these plans and then boom, something unexpected weaves it's way into your game plan and all that masterminding just goes down the proverbial toilet. We all fall, we all stumble, it's what we do after that stumble that reveals who we really are. Bailey will be just fine, she is a strong woman with a bright future. Her life will be defined by what she does going forward, not on what happened in the past.

OK, speaking of going forward, let's move on with some recent images from around here. We have had an up and down kinda Fall. One week it is absolutely gorgeous, the next very cool, and then a string of really cloudy, grey days and now we are inching back to the gorgeousness. We had a rather warm September which equals late Autumn color around here. There are small changes, but for the most part it's still pretty green around here altho very dry. We have a problem with equality when it comes to moisture. South Carolina has been deluged, 26 inches of rain in Charleston while we have had less than 1/2 inch of rain since before September. Like I said, moisture equality, not happening.

What I love about Fall is

 1) the berries that were beautiful flowers in the Spring are now weighing down branches in their glory (see above)

 2) the colors of reds, yellows, and oranges

3) Finding the last of the flowers of summer

4) And the light...oh the light and how it creates that special glow....

Read any good books lately? I am dying to download the new JoJo Moyes book, "After You" the sequel to "Me Before You" which I truly enjoyed. I have quite a few on my "must read" list. Right now I have started two books, "A Man Called Ove" and "The Winter Garden" by Kristin Hannah. And along with all the new TV shows, it's hard to have enough time in the day to keep up. Laundry and organizing closets are just gonna have to wait.

Hope you are having a lovely Fall. And just because she is so gosh darn stinkin' cute.....

Until next time......

Monday, September 14, 2015

A Short but Sweet Trip

It was very cloudy and all the weather apps (of which I have 5, please don't ask) all predicted rain. But my granddaughter, Bailey and I decided what the heck, we decided to go ahead and drive to Milwaukee to have lunch with our favorite little person, Matilda Mae and her Mom, Hilary. We zipped along the highway without so much as a drip until we were about 30-40 miles from our destination when the sky opened up and rained buckets. It was the kind of rain that makes you want to stop right where you are until you can clearly see the road again, and when a truck passed, you were totally blinded.  Slowly and very carefully we drove on and eventually the rain began to diminish. By the time we reached Matilda's it had stopped.

This little cutie was waiting at the door and wanted to show off her new chair.

Then after a short visit we headed out to a little sandwich shop for lunch. Matilda was sitting facing the window and when that light hits her eyes, oh be still my heart!!

I spotted this sweet cafe after we left and begged Hilary to stop and let me take a quick shot, it just reminded me so much of all the little cafes and bistros in Paris. Discovered that the owner had gone to Paris to learn to bake those sumptuous French pastries and had ordered the chairs from France. No wonder it reminded me of Paris.

Then a quick trip to a Lake Michigan overlook.  It was still very cloudy but at least the rain had stopped.

While there, Matilda needed to show us how she is so ready to walk alone, but still needs that finger for moral support.  Don't ya love those pants!!

Returning home Matilda had to show off her toy dog and what good hugs she gives.

Both she and her Dad have very expressive tongues...did ya notice.

And then I had this great idea for me and Bailey on the floor with Matilda between us for a sweet picture.  It didn't go quite as planned.  I am sure Matilda is thinking...."what the heck are these 2 doing on the floor?"  Enough said.

Until next time.....

Saturday, September 5, 2015

She's Almost One...

Can you believe this cutie pie is almost one!!!  Yes, September 17th Matilda Mae will be one year old. Again where does the time go?  We all think she is pretty adorable,even when eating a spoon of watermelon she lights up the room with that toothy grin. I do believe she thinks it's an amazing feat, this eating watermelon and everyone should join in the celebration.  And she is this close to walking on her own. She walks holding on to a finger or pushing her toy cart at home, any day now she will be stepping out without any assistance. Look out world.

The hair is coming in slowly, very slowly. When I think back when her grandmother, my daughter, was a baby, she didn't have much hair until she was 3. So we may have to continue with the bows for awhile longer. Thank goodness her mother has learned how to make these little gems and has fashioned them in pretty much all colors.

Seeing her makes seeing my sweetie a little less painful.

Around here, the birds are chirping, especially when I fill the birdfeeder.  They can go thru an entire feeder full in about 24 hours...little piggies.  I spotted this little gem a few times this summer, I think it is a Carolina Wren.  I am such a bird nerd....I found this app for my I-Phone that helps identify birds.  If you are a nerd like me, it is the Merlin Bird ID. Can't remember if it costs, but if it did, it was minimal.

The bees are still buzzing....

And the flowers are drooping...

And it's HOT and HUMID, with no rain.  I can't even imagine the football players with all that heavy equipment playing in weather like this. Yes, I am whinning but just give me a couple of months and I will probably be complaining of the cold.  I didn't even get to do much porch sitting today it was so uncomfortable. As Jane Austen would say....."What dreadful hot weather we have! It keeps me in a continual state of inelegance."

Until next time......