I can’t believe all the things we have already done in the past few weeks and it’s not even Summer yet. ( I wrote this a few days ago when it wasn’t Summer yet.) We have several family things and trips planned for this season
For the first time in years I have been swimming in the pool before July. Usually June has cool nights and the pool was never warm enough for me, but because of very hot temperatures, it’s been really nice for swimming. We have already had a couple of pool parties.
I love having a pool full of kids and toys. I hope I see this scene many times this Summer.
I love seeing boys enjoying a Summer day, sitting on the swing on my shop porch. My grandchildren are growing up much too fast.
I love eating cold watermelon and freezing the rinds and feeding the to my chickens. How they love it.
After eating, a quick ruffle of the feathers and on to other things.
I finally finished my shop. Except for some curtains and a few paint touch ups it’s done and I have been able to work on a quilt. Right now everything in so neat and clean. Hope I can keep it that way.
In my shop I am surrounded with things I love.
I bought this pretty poster in Laurel, Mississippi on our last trip. The town where Hometown is filmed. One of David’s and my favorite fixer upper shows.
I Mod Podged two and a half inch fabric squares all over this dress form. I like how it turned out so I’m thinking of Mod Podging maps all over another one.
A friend and a very talented lady who was also Nana to my Grandchildren, painted this straw hat for me years ago. She has since passed away, but I think of her every time I look at this hat.
This hanging lamp has been in our kitchen, our dining room, my shop, taken down and stored in our basement and brought back into my shop once more where I hope it will stay. I’ve had it for about thirty years.
I have a little reading corner where I can read a book or look through quilt magazines and books for ideas for more quilts. And yes, I have read all those books on the shelves. People ask me that when they see my book shelves. Now most of my books are on my Kindle, but I still read every single day. My mother taught me the love of reading when I was a girl and for that I will always be grateful to her. She was a voracious reader. She’d read James Michener books like eating candy. Michener was not known for his thin books.
I did this ceiling a few years back, painting quilt blocks on boards and David nailing them to the ceiling The fun part was deciding what quilt patterns to use.
My exercise bicycle which I don’t use as often as I should. I have had it for a long time and we cannot find one just like it. Before the mileage meter broke I had ridden over 25,000 miles on it. I keep it to remind me to exercise.
I use these Edison type bulbs around the shop to give it a soft glow. It’s taken months to get my shop painted and cleaned, but I am so happy with the results and I have so much more room. And I love my big cutting table that David built for me. One of a kind. It can be moved easily and I can lay a big quilt on the top.
This past weekend we took a trip to Squire Boone caverns in southern Indiana with our grandboys.
They had never been in a cave before so this was quite the adventure for them. People ask if they are twins. No, they are brothers born one year apart.
They thought the cave was awesome.
I think it’s pretty awesome too. To think that water helped form all these formations. A constant drip, drip, drip and in several years you get a stalagtite or a stalagmite.
Sometimes you even get fried eggs!
Squire Boone, Daniel Boone’s younger brother, owned the land this cave was found on and he loved exploring it and they buried his bones here.
It was a fun day, but very hot. Almost 100 degrees. The boys mined for gemstones and got some things at the gift shop and we decided to leave and get dinner. We stopped at Frisches and they both ate a big meal.
So on the way home this is what happened.
Completely wiped out with all they had done. They slept almost all the way home. The only thing was, they got a nap and were well rested and ready to go again while Grandma and Grandpa were tired and ready for a nap. We swam all evening, watched a movie.
Ready for church Sunday morning. They were up with the chickens.
It was a fun weekend ending with another pool party and an impromptu birthday celebration for a new teen who turned thirteen who was visiting us. His cake was made of Twinkies and we ate vanilla and chocolate mint chip ice cream.
I will end this post with a story of life and death. What happened right before my eyes on our front porch.
A battle between a big spider and a stink bug. I was rooting for the spider.
I don’t think the stink bug had a chance. The spider wanted its meal too much to let go. Nature can be cruel sometimes, but that’s the way it is.
Here’s to caves, little boys and Summer days. Bye.