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early october

Well hello there!

Last week, we had dinner with our friend M and what a fabulous time we had!!  I was wearing a new-to-me outfit, and before we left for M's house, I tried to take a photo without a full-length mirror and without falling off the trunk! I didn't fall off, so that was a win.

early october

I was finally successful in fermenting sauerkraut - boy is this stuff good. I'll start another batch soon.

early october

Pottery classes are going well - I have two sessions of beginning wheel throwing this time around, in the a.m. and then again in the p.m.  I usually nap in the afternoon - gosh I'm getting old. At my other job (the non-profit), cover crops are being sowed and winter greens are planted in the community garden. We're also gearing up for a community clean-up day that we're hosting.

early october

We had the most beautiful mist/fog Monday morning - I took a walk in the old reservoir in town before work. It was enchanting! Ahhh, October, my favorite month!

early october


summer so far


summer so far
Rose of Sharon in our back yard/garden
It has been hot! And we need more rain. We may have a thunderstorm soon - I sure hope so.

And I have been distracted.  Mostly by politics and negativity and hate - oh, a shout out to Cleveland for shining during last week's RNC  - but also by other things.

I am also incredibly lazy these past two or three days. Haven't had much energy to do anything but read books (The Miss Peregrine series) with the A/C blasting, and watch You Tube videos of people talking about tarot.

Yes, I'm seriously studying the tarot these days, and I am fascinated! In 1990 I bought a tarot deck but didn't do much with it until recently, being spurred on by an on-line friend of mine that I have known from the old ATC (artist trading cards) and mail art days.  She has a YouTube channel, and that's how I (gladly) fell down the rabbit hole!

summer so far

Other things?

Had coffee with Evelyn, then visited her pet rescue pig.

summer so far
Oliver is a movie star - but I keep forgetting the name of the movie he was in!
Then later in the week she let us borrow her truck so we could get some fencing home. Free fencing! Yes! We have plans for the back yard. We had to cut the fence pieces in half because they were too long for the truck.
summer so far
At the community garden. 
As you can see, Robert is doing very well after his surgery in February!
I am not teaching pottery for a few weeks, so I have time to do some pottery things for myself. Though my majolica glaze experiment was a flop - but I'll try try try again.

summer so far
Top photo of glazed test piece before firing.
Bottom is of after firing - the glaze was either mixed wrong or
not fired to the optimal temperature
Another fail - tried using rubber cement as a resist for my watercolor greeting cards but while taking the glue off, the paper ripped. In the past, I used masking tape. Will try try try again.

Here's me off to buy that darned rubber cement.  See how hopeful I was:

summer so far
Empty chicken coop in the background - we need a new flock

dinner with friends / illumination

Sunday was a full day. Worked at the nursery from 10-5, and even though I was exhausted, we had been invited to dinner with friends at 8.  Dinner was at the town's new hotel (which I dislike - I may blog about it next time around), but I was really looking forward to hanging out w/my pals and walking through the town square.

Dinner itself was very fun! I got to dress up, and wear my fancy dress-up glasses. And although I'm not a big go-out-to-dinner person, it was a blast being with L and T, and P and M (the artists, not the gardeners; though this P&M also garden, but you know what I mean). The food was tasty, too, and the chef gathers as many ingredients locally as possible.

The college's commencement/reunion weekend was early this year - usually they schedule it over the Memorial Day weekend. Sunday night is Illumination, where they string lanterns all over the square, and people gather and listen to music.

So enough of my blabbing, here are some photos:
 
dinner with friends / illumination
On our way to dinner (we were recently gifted new fancy phones with lots of fun features)

dinner with friends / illumination
The town square on our way to dinner at the new (ugly) hotel
dinner with friends / illumination
Me, L and P. I had no idea Robert was taking this (hilarious) photo, especially
in light of my last post.  In case you think me a total hypocrite,
I did stash my phone away once dinner began.
dinner with friends / illumination
On our way home after dinner, through the square  - that's R in the middle, looking back.

first week in march

We recently watched Double Indemnity and The Postman Always Rings Twice, and all I have to say is - what? (apologies to anyone out there who is a huge fan), though there was something about them that I did enjoy. I'm reading an Inspector Gently book now - to see if I'm just 21st century jaded. I'm also getting annoyed with television shows recently - for instance, I cannot wait until we are done with the last episode of Downton Abbey (we DVRed it) - I think it jumped the shark years ago. EDIT:  We just watched the final episode - very well done! And The Walking Dead, which I normally enjoy, is bugging me too. In case you all think I'm a total curmudgeon (I'm only partly curmudgeon!), there are some television shows I find enjoyable. Like Life in Pieces and Brooklyn Nine Nine. Guess I need some light-hearted laughs.

And speaking of TV, we found out that we now get NBC Sports Network and oh dear - we watched soooo many soccer games this weekend. But that's really okay for now as you know I knit while I'm watching TV, and it is nice to sit and relax a bit with Robert. What else?  Oh, we went to the hospital again on Wednesday because Robert is having severe muscle/neck/head pains probably due to how he's holding himself since his surgery. The PA (physicians assistant) told me to stop following him around all the time - that there is really nothing I would be able to do if he fell, anyway. I'm in such fear of R falling down and splitting open his sternum, and I would trail along after him in the house.  He had a few tests done at the hospital, and I waited in a pretty waiting room at that hospital.  Another good thing about his check-up on Wednesday - now that he has been given the go-ahead to walk around freely, he can also cook a little.  Whoot!

first week in march
See, the hospital can do nice-looking waiting rooms.
The PA gave him the go-ahead to have massages, so we went on Friday (our pal Scott has his office in a building overlooking the square) and while R was getting his massage, I took this photo of the square, and then went to the post office. I don't think I have posted any photos of the so-called winter we have had this year. In fact, I think we had the most snow this winter on Friday, and by Sunday all of this snow was melted away. Hey, I'm not complaining.

first week in march
Friday: early March snow in the town square
I was asked to teach a one-hour-and-fifteen-minute once-a-week for six weeks pottery class to some high school students from Cleveland. Now to figure out what high school students like. I haven't taught that age group in a long time. This class starts in two weeks - better get researching.

Went back to work (at the non-profit) on Tuesday after some vacation time/being with the husband, so I took some photos in the bathroom there. Linked to Patti's Not Dead Yet Style blog for her Visible Monday post.
first week in march
Second-hand top (long-sleeved shirt and vest) and very very old scarf from somewhere, 
and matching brown specs.I had a good hair day and had to document it.

gone off - scented sunday and some other things

Drat, a bunch of bottles of perfume have gone off.

gone off - scented sunday and some other things

The first Saturday in January, we went to my sister D's house to meet up with her and her family, and sister M and her family, for a holiday-type get-together. I decanted a bunch of perfume and brought some bottles to give away because there is no way in hell I'll ever be able to wear all of it, and given that so much went off and I had to throw away, I better share the wealth before more bites the dust. Plus it is difficult to mail perfume - the only ways you can do it is to lie or to mail it ground. And I don't want to do either. Last time I tried to ship something ground it was more expensive.

Bowie and Rickman are now off this mortal coil. I rarely get upset when celebrities die, but Bowie especially made me sad - wow did his early music affect me. And if you haven't seen Rickman in The Song of Lunch, check it out. And I need to see Die Hard - can you believe I haven't seen it yet?

Plus now I'm afraid of the age of 69. I used to be afraid of turning 43. I had my palm read when I was 20 or something like that, and the palm reader said something ominous about being 43. Well the thing that did happen at that age was that I got engaged to Robert, and that wasn't such a bad thing!

Today I threw some bowls and tested out some new ribs. And we're watching the NFL play-offs.

gone off - scented sunday and some other things

Oh and I did order those glasses!!

gone off - scented sunday and some other things


#TBT - summer activities

The other day, while eating ice cream at Dairy Twist, I asked my husband what activities in his youth were specific to summer.  Which was actually a silly question because he grew up in California. Summer didn't mean quite the same for him as it did for me; we had the school's-out-for-summer in common but that was about it.  Here in the Midwest, summer was special - we only had a few months of warm weather.

There are activities which I don't have photos to illustrate - like how I used to sit on the front porch of our house, with a glass of lemonade and some saltines, reading books in the shade.  Playing kick-the-can with the the kids in the neighborhood, and sometimes with our parents which was quite fun!  Riding my bike for hours in the streets or in the parks alone or with friends. Swim lessons and then swimming every year at the local pool (there is a great photo of me in a swim show but it's at my Mom's house -I'll have to find it and scan that one). Eating soft-serve ice cream! Oh, and I just remembered -  annual church picnics out in the country by a lake most every summer.  And our street would have a block party once in awhile.

We would go on vacation - either a few days to visit relatives in Pittsburgh, or a day trip to an amusement park:

#TBT - summer activities
1964 at Cedar Point, and I absolutely loved my cowgirl hat!
And I still love carousels.
We visited friends in Erie, PA and this is where my dislike for beaches started - I got sand in my swimsuit and we drove all the way home at night, and I was so uncomfortable. So very uncomfortable.

#TBT - summer activities
Also 1964 and the last time you'll see a photo of me smiling at the beach. 
With my sister D and brother C

#TBT - summer activities
1966 with  three siblings (C, D and brotherM) and five cousins in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania - I'm the one with the ponytails.
As teenagers, we were allowed to drive an hour or so away to go to a man-made lake/water park called Holiday Sand, and most of the time I would take my younger siblings with me.  We teens also went to amusement parks (Cedar Point or Geauga Lake), festivals, and outdoor concerts (usually at Blossom Music Center) often times without adult supervision. It was a much freer time to be young back then. We always had money in our pockets because we always had some sort of job or another. For instance, I helped with the family newspaper route, babysat (which I hated), worked at the farmers market and a golf course.

Young adulthood - well that is a whole 'nother story. Maybe for another post. But for now - I have had my soft-serve ice cream this summer and have ridden my bike (maybe not for miles and miles, though). I have yet to go to a festival or an outdoor concert (even though every Friday here in town they have concerts in the square) or a county fair. I didn't start going to county fairs until after my son was born - it wasn't something we did growing up as we lived in a suburb very close to the city - but it has become a must-do summer activity. Which reminds me - we once stayed at a farm in Pennsylvania for our vacation and I absolutely loved it and named a newborn calf Elizabeth -  have to find that photo, too.

The county fair is coming up soon, and I'll definitely be going with Robert. But I won't be going to the beach.

#TBT - summer activities
1990 - bored to death and still worried about sand in my swimsuit.
But the suit was vintage!
 And I was inspired to post this photo by THIS post of Melanie's .




sunday gardens

We had a 'rain date' for the Garden Tour today since some people were confused because it rained so much last Sunday. It was a lot of fun for me because I didn't have to do as much work (the hours were shortened) and I was able to dress up and hang out with some of the gardeners.
sunday gardens
Peter, who is our main volunteer gardener at the community garden,
and Alan, my boss at the non-profit which oversees the community garden

sunday gardens
I was hanging out with Sarah; here she is watering part of her garden
sunday gardens
I decorated my hat with one of my pom pom headbands.
I'm going to make a pompom headband for Sarah to match the dress she's wearing

sunday gardens
A bit of Lisa and Ken's garden, next door to Sarah and Tim's

sunday gardens
A Japanese-inspired garden on the tour - today was the first day I was able to visit it!

sunday gardens
I liked what I was wearing today, so I took a photo on our front porch and sepia-d it.
I still feel silly taking 'fashion' self-portraits, but oh well.
Those with a keen eye can see the crocheted doilies that Jayne sent me last year!
We're going to have a busy week - as I mentioned last post, two of Robert's friends from Denmark are visiting mid-week.  And we still have some cleaning up to do before they arrive. Hope we get it all done on time.

baking, bakes, baked

Here in the US, many of us are enamored with The Great British Baking Show (aka The Great British Bake Off in the UK).  It is being shown on our PBS stations, and we just viewed the episode about desserts.  Yep, that episode.  The #bingate one.

This show, compared to US baking/cooking shows, is so nice.  Everyone is so kind to one another, and I liked every single contestant.  And during the dessert episode, I thought that Iain was being quite controlled and calm, given the circumstances! As an American, I didn't quite understand all the hubbub that I read about after that episode aired in the UK. (edit to say:  I'm not speaking for all Americans here, but as me, who is one.)

One thing I did notice about that show is that the female hosts always wear blazers/jackets. I wondered why on Facebook, and a UK friend suggested, and I misquote, "to appeal to the average British person, and in the spirit of the WI". I think I noticed the blazers because that is one piece of clothing I rarely ever wear. I feel trapped in them. Maybe it harkens back from having to wear them as part of my Catholic high school uniform.

We made some of those stained glass cookies last night!  They weren't a total success because we haven't figured out how many candies to put in each one, as it also relates to how thick or thin we roll out the dough. They're fun, and tasty, though.  And another dash of color during Winter.

baking, bakes, baked



what i wore to the interview

I don't know how you people who take fashion self-portraits do it!  I'm constantly cutting my legs or head off. And totally losing my patience.

I tried to take a photo in our bedroom.  No legs, and gees I have to clean that mirror:
what i wore to the interview
I made that vase, btw
Then on the front porch.  I took off my scarf, which kind of matches my tights.  No head.

what i wore to the interview

Then after the interview, I tried taking some photos out in the back yard.  I was looking down at the dog in this photo. The camera was propped up on the fence.  Well, at least you have a blurry look at my hair trim and re-bleaching:
what i wore to the interview

By this point I'm finally totally fed up but I took one last shot.  I was so done with taking self-portraits I couldn't really smile - I wanted to scream.

what i wore to the interview

None of the clothes I'm wearing are thrifted.  The coat I bought on sale at Bead Paradise here in town years ago. The jumper/dress I also bought on sale there. I'm wearing a 3/4 sleeve grey tee-shirt under the jumper but you cannot see that, and I think I bought that at K-Mart or someplace like that.  Tights - hmmm, not sure where I got them, but also on sale at the end of the season. Shoes are Clarks I got from Zappos. I purchased a few pairs of Clarks full price years ago and they're still going strong. Everything I'm wearing is 3 years old or older.

The amazing yellow leather bag is a gift from my friend C who gave it to me for a birthday present - she made it herself!!  I absolutely adore it.

I'm linking up to Patti at Not Dead Yet Style for Visible Monday.
early octobersummer so far dinner with friends / illuminationfirst week in marchgone off - scented sunday and some other things#TBT - summer activities sunday gardenscolor!!!!baking, bakes, bakedwhat i wore to the interview

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