Tuesday, July 21, 2009


What could be lovelier than rain in late July? Cooler Temps! Thank you Al Gore! This has been a strange summer. Yesterday it was overcast, and I could hear grumbling from the skies in a distance. But no rain. There was rain all around us. It was so strange to turn on lights during the day. Was it Fall and I didn't realize I missed something? Then in the night I heard heavy rain, and silently did some gratitude prayers before going back to sleep.

Today is rainy, and COOL! I have the lights on. I feel like I need to make some bread or something a little more substantial than eating watermelon.

Let's see. What has happened since I last wrote. I am still trying to get over this blasted stomach thing. I had a little relapse Monday, but I am better now.

Saturday began the celebration for my friend CJE's mother's 85th birthday. Friends and family from all over the U.S. were in the area, and they evidently went to breakfast early together. Then they started gathering again in the afternoon at CJE's house. When I arrived at 3 p.m., there was a full yard of cars. I only knew a few people, but everyone was friendly, hungry, and happy to celebrate a long life of friends and family. It began to wind down around 6:30 p.m., so CJE, JE, and I sat on the deck and knit on our projects while people talked. It was fun, but enough socializing for me. I went home about 7:30 p.m. They planned to start again the next day for breakfast, and then there was a catered luncheon and band in the afternoon in Gravette.
I opted to not attend any of that.

I am not inspired with knitting at the moment. I decided to cast on for another sock, as they are my ole stand-by when I am bored. They are easy, quick, and portable.

I have been reading the newest book in the series by Susan Wittig Albert, The Tale of Briar Bank. It is her series about Beatrix Potter's farm life in the Lake country. Of course, the animals solve the mysteries, and they are quite an interesting group. This book has more info on the badgers, who hold all the books of history of the Lake country. Bosworth Badger keeps a diary of events in his library that is passed down through the generations. It is too bad there are no illustrations ala Beatrix Potter to go along with the story. I enjoy this series as well as the other series she does about the herb shop in Pecan Springs, Texas.

I also finished my first skein of red, turquoise, and black yarn. While I was spinning that I listened to Prayers for Sale, by Sandra Dallas. This was the best book, one I would think of buying to have in my library. I recommend this to anyone who likes human interest, history, quilting, and information about the Depression. Really a good book.

I talked to my son the other night. He just came back from a trip to Montana. He has a close group of friends that he has hung out with forever. They stay very close-like a tribe. They even go on vacations together. Well, two of them just got married at Glacier Nat'l Park, and they asked R. to marry them. I asked if this was legal. He said they took care of the legal part, and they asked him to marry them on this trip. It all sounded so wonderful, and it makes me happy to think that they just asked a friend who knows them and loves them to marry them. Much better than that stupid stuff you see all the time on t.v. reality shows. This seems more real to me. To have all your friends together on a camping trip, and to have a celebration together.

I just keep looking out the window and thinking it is Fall. I know that we have one more killer month of heat, and then almost killer heat in Sept. Then it is Fall. But it is pretty Fallish right now.

Enjoy sitting outside while you can. I am going to the screened porch right now. Enjoy the week.

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