I just finished reading a very good book, The Practice House by Laura McNeal. An online friend recommended it.
Not remembering who it was who recommended this book, had me wondering what storyline I had gotten myself into. It started out as a story about two young girls, anxious to make their lives better and a bit more adventurous. One of the girls married a Mormon missionary and found herself in the United States. The other set out on a trail of courage, love and anxiety. At least, those are the emotions I felt as I hoped she would live and not die in the dire straits of which she was thrown.
I am so glad that if I want to feel like I am in a different place or want to live through the life of someone brave, all I have to do is pick up a good book!
Out side my mother in-laws window, at the assisted living home where she lives, there is a bird feeder. We have been amazed at how many wood peckers come to feed. We decided to put a feeder in our backyard and have been enjoying watching the birds. We had lots of Cardinals when we first put out the feeder but we have read that they don’t like feeders that move. We still see a few but mostly we see black and white striped woodpeckers. Once in a while we get to watch a bigger red headed woodpecker like this one. We have had the huge pileated woodpecker check out our feeder but that is a rare sight.
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!
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’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 had a nice time at the theater tonight. We saw Blues Brothers Revue. The music was fun and upbeat. It seemed like a lot of thought went into planning the show. The musicians were very talented. I wish the band members would have dressed in more professional attire but their abilities on their instruments made up for their lack of show continuity. I have an interest in the Blues era when it comes to music. I often think of Blues as a sad, introspective style of singing but the revue was full of happy lively music. We were clapping our hands and even joined in on a few sing a longs. It was nice to be together as a family and enjoy something different as we await spring to arrive.
I admit we have had a mild CozyWinters but still, it has begun to drag. We get teased with a few nice days and then it turns cold and rains. Argh!
It helps to keep busy. I have not been in the mood to make quilts or sew lately and that is rare. I really don’t know what the problem is but my mom is back from Arizona so maybe she can spur me to sew.
I am excited about April. Next Saturday, we have tickets to see the Blues Brothers Revue. Wayne Catania and Kieron Lafferty capture the infectious humor and unbridled spirit of the Blues Brothers like no one since John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd walked the stage. sited from the Chronicles Tribune.
Backing them will be a jazzy band. That is the type of music I love to hear. Seeing talented musicians who can really make their instruments dance is worth the money for a good show.
We also have tickets for another group later in the month. I’ll tell you about that next time! Have a great spring!
Hubby and I babysat our grandson for a whole week. Our kids went on a cruise so we were left to tend the baby. What an honor! We had such a good time but the saying, have your children when you are young is true. I could not wait to get into bed each night. Luckily, the baby slept through the night. I guess that is a rarity so the Lord had a hand in that I am sure.
By Wednesday, we were getting cabin fever and opted to head out on an adventure. Back in September, I had eaten at a restaurant while checking out fabric shops. Hubby and I ended up eating at the same restaurant. I didn’t realize it was the same one until we got there. The place has the best home cooked food. They also have baked rolls and bread that was so yummy. The baby was so good while we ate. It might have helped that we just fed him his own lunch.
From there we went to an Amish Mercantile. They sold fabric, quilts and handmade wood furniture. I had intended on warming a bottle at that store but they only had cold water. Ugh. We ended up laying the milk on the dash of the car and let the sun warm it. Good thing we have a patient baby. As long as he didn’t see the bottle, he was willing to wait.
It was a fun day. The weather was warm and windy. The sun was out and the scenery was beautiful.