I just got home from spending a week with my mom and two sisters. We fabric shopped our way through Missouri on the Highway 36 quilt trail. The theme for this years trail is barns. Each of 17 shops made up their own pattern for a barn block and then made the quilts with the blocks. They were all different! It was fun to visit all the shops and see what was new in the way of fabric, techniques and quilt design. Each shop owner was friendly and encouraging. I came home with new projects to start! I haven’t finished projects from 5 years ago! Ha!
I also got to see my grandson, Max. He is walking all over the place and is hard to pick up now that he weighs 25 pounds! He is still good natured and happy. He was even smiling after getting his shots the day before we visited. He gave me and his great grandma a kiss without being prompted. That was so special.
We spent last weekend with our daughter who lives in Tennessee. Our days were full and enjoyable. We spent a day in Knoxville, visiting the site of the 1982 Worlds Fair.
We rode the elevator to the observation deck of the Sunsphere. The Sunsphere is a hexagonal steel truss structure, topped with a 23 m gold-colored glass sphere that served as the symbol of the 1982 World’s Fair. The view from the deck was amazing. We looked over the grounds that included a tented area where concerts are held, green areas for picnicking and beautiful fountains. We could see children running through the fountains to get cool on what was a very hot day.
We walked through the large Farmer’s Market, looking at eggplant, herbs and other delectable foods. There were soaps as well as many other homemade items. It would be nice to live close to a huge market like that one.
We visited Mast General Store. It is known for its vast supply of hard candy. One section of the store was barrels full of candy! They also had cookbooks and cooking utensils. If you need hiking supplies, Mast has it. From clothes to shoes and backpacks, they have quality goods for the serious packer.
We ate brunch at the French Market Creperie. I can honestly say that was the best crepe I have ever eaten. It was well worth the 45 minute wait.
I am having withdrawal symptoms tonight. Hubby and I spent a week caring for our one year old grandson while our son was at work and our daughter in-law was at a conference. We enjoyed the time so much. He is walking now so we had to be on our toes at all times! His mom and dad will probably have to undo some things we let him get away with but we are the grandparents so we are entitled to spoil our grand baby.
We found that he enjoyed taking the laundry out of the hamper. It took him and hour and a half to get it emptied! One of the cupboards in the kitchen holds plastic bowls. He enjoyed opening that cupboard. Those were two things on the no list. Oh well!
After having the kids and our grandson here for a visit and then having our daughter come home to run a few 5k races, it is time to get back to normal. That means pulling neglected weeds and mowing grass.
My petunias have gone to pot. I will never buy that kind of plant again. I see beautiful pots of petunias but they must be a different variety. Mine are long and stringy. The other type stay uniform in size and look full and beautiful. At least my impatiens, geraniums and begonias look healthy. I had a snapdragon come back from last year and is a beautiful red color. I thought snapdragons were an annual.
Our daughter is enjoying her new job. Here is a picture of the ladder she used to upgrade the store’s Warehouse Lighting. Glad she isn’t afraid of heights like her Dad!
She accompanied her cousins, the store owners, to a car show this weekend. That is the type of event I was looking forward to for her to share and take part. She will be in her element for sure!
Have a great weekend, everyone. I’m headed out to push the mower.
We celebrated the fourth of July at a friend’s last evening. Each of the couples brought food and it was all yummy. We brought watermelon and strawberries. Trying to be health conscious! That was like trying to swim against the current. There were burgers, potato salad and baked beans. Someone brought the most delicious sugar cookies made with cream cheese frosting, topped with strawberries and blueberries. My friend, Sarah, always brings her awesome snack mix made with teddy grahams, cinnamon toast crunch, peanuts and m & m’s. I cannot stop myself when I get started eating that yummy snack.
As usual, the guys retreated to the great outdoors while we girls gathered around the dining room table. We laughed about dogs, getting old and the funny things kids do. It was nice, light conversation and very enjoyable.
I hope everyone had an awesome holiday weekend.
I ran in the Bubble Run at the Indianapolis fairgrounds last Saturday. It was so much fun. My daughter and I wore our white Bubble Run T-shirts and got in line with 10,000 participants! It was very well organized. It was fun to watch all the people while we waited for our run to begin. There were dads wearing tutus along with their enthusiastic kids! We saw a lot of people dressed up in crazy socks and wigs. The 5k was divided into sections where a cannon distributed foam for us to wade through. Each station was a different color of foam to color our white shirts. The foam tasted terrible so it was an achievement to not open my mouth while trying to catch a breath!
One of the highlights of the race was at the end when we rounded the corner and saw that my son and his family had joined my husband while waiting for us to finish the race. They each got a sweaty hug from me. LOL
I had good intentions on being prepared for the Bubble Run my daughter and I are participating in on Saturday. I was doing well, running every day, until it rained. Then it got hot. Then I was lazy. I hope I don’t embarrass myself!
My dog has decided he is afraid of storms. He is stuck to me like glue because it is thundering and raining. Poor little guy. Guess I won’t be able to do laundry today. I have to cuddle my sweet Brody. (Things sound a bit different from when I was ready to kill him for running off the other day! LOL).
Here is Brody riding on the back of my husband’s bike.
I’ve been running around like a crazy woman trying to get things done in the yard before it gets hot. The weather man says it is going to be in the nineties. If we don’t get our usual humidity, it will be fine but we usually get some humid days that make it hard to deal with the heat. I dream of living in Hawaii!
My dog, Brody, made my blood pressure go up yesterday. I was picking up sticks in the driveway and let him out of the fenced in part of the yard since I could watch him and enjoy his company. Well, that stinker saw me get busy and took off. I just knew I was going to find him dead on the busy road that runs in front of our house. Luckily, for him and me, he was in the neighbor’s field. I had to give him a bath because I had no idea if he’d been in poison ivy. My arms are already itching from what he has given me so far this summer.
I miss the days when my kids were in music programs. One of our local high schools offered orchestra classes as well as concert band courses. I don’t know if the violin prices or the lack of an instructor nixed that program. I know that the kids who learned stringed instruments can use their ability and perform at weddings.
I’m looking forward to attending the free concerts that are held in a town next to ours. I’ve not attended before and have been told they are a lot of fun. The band is made up of adult participants. We have a group that performs in our town too but I don’t think they have started their weekly concerts. I love to relax and enjoy the talents of the musicians. We are lucky to have so many people who participate.
We have been having wonderful springlike weather, until today. Brrr! It is so cold. I have a flannel shirt and jeans on but I am still wearing my sandals. The weather man says it is supposed to be in the nineties by this weekend so, while I am complaining, I am enjoying being able to have the windows open and not pay the high electric bills that come when we start running the air conditioner.
Our daughter accepted a new job and moved to Tennessee. We are empty nesters all over again. It has been very hard because we truly enjoyed having her around. She got me into exercising. I hope I can keep that up now that she isn’t here to motivate me. I have been running in preparation for a Bubble Run on June 17. I am excited to see what that is all about.
It seems as if we just found out our son and his wife were expecting a baby and now that baby will be having his first birthday this weekend. We get to see him and hug him continuously on Sunday.
We already sent him this swing set for his birthday and he has been enjoying it. He giggles when our son pulls him in the seat and then lets go. It is a riot to watch his joy.
As he gets older, I will need to become educated on what the latest rage is in toys. Back when my kids were little, Cabbage Patch Dolls and Teddy Rukspin were the big thing. I sure wish I had kept them. I hear they are worth some big money.
My daughter and nephew are big into tech items and I think they would love it if Max were to check out teen pocket ops.
It seems like it was only yesterday that my kids were swinging on their swing set and digging in the sandbox.
They say time flies and I know that to be true. I plan on savoring every minute with my grandson on Sunday.