Wednesday, April 8, 2020

Visited a Park Two Weeks ago!

Jenny, the grandboys and myself went to the Colonel Francis Beatty Park by Jenny's house two weeks ago.  We needed to get out of the house but not endanger ourselves with COVID-19.  We had a very nice walk for a few miles on a beautiful trail.  Here are some photos from that day:

The dogwood trees were blooming so beautifully that day!

This beautiful lake is in the Park.  Just gorgeous, like sparkling diamonds.

I have always loved sweet little violets and the park had alot of them!

I've seen this many times.  A vine grows around a tree and the ree just keeps growing.  Nature always amazes me!

This is one of many babbling brooks in this park, so pretty.  I love the sound of water.

These boys love each other so much.  They fight like any other siblings do, but they truly love each other!

The water is so crystal clear in this brook.

Owen (8) in the gray shirt and Jack (6) in the red.  These are moments to treasure.

This Park backs up to a residential neighborhood.  This house is owned by a Dr.  He is rarely there but he has a huge lawn chess set!  It was awesome!

I have always loved woodland ferns.

We saw these camillias on the way home.  Just so beautiful!


This is a dogwood in my neighborhood.

Even in the worst of times we can find beauty.  I really enjoyed getting out in the sunshine and walking along some wonderful paths.  We never know what we might find when we are on these walks, but I always seem to find nature's beauty along the way.  I hope you enjoyed these photos and that they have brightened your day!  Be safe and well my friends!

Monday, April 6, 2020

Wow, you just turn around and now it is April!

Hi Everyone!

Wow, so much has happened since I posted last.  I first want to say, I am sorry for everyone who has lost someone they know to COVID-19.  What a horrible virus this has been!  Here in NC we are in a Stay at Home order and have been for a few weeks now.  I worry and pray for my family in NJ and here.  I know NJ has been hit really bad (as well as NY).  My sisters are not letting my Mom go out anywhere.  She has been all right.  I have been home since March 17th.  On March 27th I was let go from my job due to COVID-19.  COVID-19 has just wreaked havoc with everything we know and do.  It really needs to go.  With all that said, I have been trying to keep busy.  I have been reorganizing, painting (a little), knitting, reading, gardening, baking and cooking.  In the beginning I was also painting rooms (the guest room and guest bath).   Here are some photos of things I have been doing:
Reorganized the pantry

Reorganized my tea cabinet

Caprese  (Basil was  from my garden)

Grilled Steak, Caprese and some boiled potatoes




Planted my Hosta-Great Expectations

This is the Rose of Sharon from the one I gave my Dad.  My Dad passed away 3.5 years ago.

My lavender is blooming.  So I guess it loves it here!



Last night I made Ginger Chicken Stir Fry

Chinese Noodles and Duck Sauce

Enjoying nature.  Cloud watching today from my courtyard patio.

Little goldfinch came to my birdbath today.  I had my first hummingbird today too at the hummingbird feeder I put out :)!


The reorganized courtyard patio at my house.
Beautiful moon rising up through the trees tonight

I made banana bread.  It was so good with my morning tea!

The knockout roses in my neighborhood are starting to bloom!

I finally got my garden in shape, so I put my armillary out.  Love this piece.

Hope you enjoyed the photos today!  Be back tomorrow with more! :)  Everyone be safe, stay home and be well.  Hugs to you all!

Friday, March 20, 2020

Painting

I have been painting both watercolors and painting my bedroom and the guest room.  Yesterday I painting bubbles with my daughter, Jenny.  We had alot of fun!  I would make my bubbles a little more translucent though next time.


Tomorrow I hope to paint some more.  I find painting very relaxing!

I painted my bedroom and I really love how it turned out.

The paint made this drab all cream room so different with just a pop of these colors!

Then I painted the Guest Room last weekend.  I used Sherwin Williams Rainwashed.  The paint had primer already in it, so it went on smoothly.





Extremely happy with this color!  I will be painting the guest bathroom with this color this weekend.  I also have a niche in the hallway and I'm going to paint the back of it with this color too.

I downloaded alot more audible/chirp books to listen too while I am painting and knitting.  As a matter of fact today my yarn was delivered!  I am going to start knitting with this tomorrow.  I bought 3 beautiful skeins of Apple Blossom from Expression Fiber Arts.  They are a local yarn company and I have bought from them before.  Along with the yarn skeins, I received 3 apple charm markers and a lovely quote from Jim Carrey. 

"Flowers don't worry about how they're going to bloom.
They just open up and turn toward the lgiht and that makes them 
beautiful"  

Jim Carrey

This yarn reminds me of Monet's home in Giverney, the lily pond.  I am going to make a shawl called Palette also from Expression Fiber Arts.  I love that I can support my local yarn company during the very tumultuous time.

Everyone be safe and well during this time!  Hugs to you all!


Thursday, March 19, 2020

Spring is Here!!

Hi Everyone!  Today is the first day of Spring!  It sure feels it here in NC.  The birds have been really busy here at the feeder, the flowers are popping, pear trees have bloomed and their leaves have come on and the weather has finally turned warm. I am trying to get the plants I brought from our old house to the new house ready to plant.  Some I will have to wait because they are getting ready to bloom.  One is the tree peony below that when I moved from NJ almost 16 years ago I brought to NC with me!!

18 year old Peony Tree

One of the 2 really huge buds on the peony tree.


I planted a camellia this year and it is showing off!


With everyone not knowing how long the COVID 19 will be around, I bought a tomato plant, broccoli plants, lettuce and basil.

Basil

Lettuce

Broccoli

Tomato
I wanted to grow some veggies anyway.  I am also going to put some seeds in a pot.  Yellow Squash, Green Beans and Cucumbers (also more lettuce).

I have been working from home since Tuesday of this week.  I really don't mind it at all.  I certainly don't miss the commute!  I can play classical music or listen to a book on Audible or Chirp.  I can wear my jeans and a t-shirt.  I have seen more of my neighbors (walking outside in the fresh air only) than I have since I moved here in November.  I am walking the dog more and just getting more healthy with my food choices.  So I guess there are some good things that have come out of this horrible virus!  I keep everyone in my prayers daily re:  COVID 19.  

I will be blogging more also.  It is a good way to communicate with people and let them know what I am up to!  I missed blogging and I'm looking forward to sharing more.

Everyone be safe and take care!  See you tomorrow! :)

Wednesday, February 5, 2020

Just Checking In

Just thought I would check in with you all!  I have my new house all together now.  I will take some pictures soon and show you all where I am living.  I want to get some paint this weekend for my bedroom and bath.  It is just plain looking-cream and white and I need some color to liven the place up!  I have painted a little more.  I painted the feather below:



This was a really fun project.  It taught me how to "run" colors into other colors and then wait until the project dries completely.  Then I painted leaves, stems and dots in white on the feather.  Very different but beautiful! 

I have been knitting every night on the baby blanket for my niece, Devyn's little baby girl, Bradley.  She was born in the middle of January and I want to get it completed before she is too big for it!  Here is my progress so far:


My niece likes pink, white and gray together.  She should be happy with this!  I work on it while I'm watching TV.  The pattern isn't too hard.  I only have 1 row I had to take out because I must have knitted an extra stitch. 

I have been trying to keep myself busy.  I feel if I keep myself busy, I won't miss John as much.  Believe me some days that doesn't work at all.  Some days he is on my mind constantly.  I still talk to him while I am watching TV.  I think the dog thinks I am crazy chatting away about the show I am watching, etc.  Oh well, I could be crying my eyes out all the time so I think chatting away is better. 

I have been listening to alot of Audibles lately too.  Sometimes I'm tired of TV, so I just knit and listen to the book on Audible and get lost in the story!

Well my friends, I better get going but I thought I would just check in.  Hopefully I will start posting more regularly and have some pictures of my new house.

Take care my friends!

Tuesday, January 14, 2020

I have started painting again!

My life will be different now that John is gone.  I have to learn to fill my days (weekends) and nights with things I love to do.  I hadn't painted since the end of October or beginning of November.  With packing up the house and moving and then losing John, I had so many things to do.  I have finally put Christmas away (about a week ago) and I needed something to do that I really enjoyed.  I have been knitting a baby blanket for my niece, Devyn's new baby due on the 16th (this Thursday!!).  I can do that while watching TV though.  I decided on Saturday to take my paints, paper, brushes, etc. out and try my hand at painting again.  I painted two paintings.  One was of a field with a very storm sky (angry almost) with 2 silos in the distance.  The other was of a pomegranate whole and a sliced in half pomegranate.  I was very happy the way they turned out, but I especially love the pomegranate painting.  Next I want to paint a very colorful rooster.

Here are my paintings:



I will be painting more things in the future.  It was very soothing and calming for me to create these paintings. 

Monday, January 6, 2020

I have lost the love of my life.

I am sorry to say that on 11/27 my husband, John of 40 years passed away.  We were driving up to NJ for the Thanksgiving holiday with my family and he had a blood clot go to his heart and he had a fatal heart attack in his sleep.  I thought he was snoring, so I tapped him lightly.  I immediately felt like something was wrong.  I turned on the light and realized he was in distress.  I started CPR and called the front desk for 911.  We were all unfortunately too late.  John was my best friend, confidant, hero, lover and so much more!  I really am lost without him.  I am trying to keep it together but as everyone who has dealt with grief knows that sometimes you just have to let the tears flow. 

Christmas was really hard for our family.  The grandboys lightened the day but they were missing him too!  Megan and Ken came up from Georgetown, SC (they live there now) and they stayed with me from Christmas Eve afternoon thru the Saturday after Christmas.  There are many firsts without John coming our way.  We all just have to learn how to make new traditions and get on with our lives even though that will be one of the hardest things I will ever have to do.

John watching TV with Owen


John loved his family.  We always did everything together.  We are now trying to figure out things to do with the family that is left.  I know that John is up in Heaven looking down at all of us, watching and protecting us.  He was such a good man, husband, father and grandfather.  He also did work with the Food Bank, Habitat for Humanity and when we lived in NJ he worked with Make A Wish Foundation and the Christian Outreach Project at our Church.  He was always a giver.

I love you John and I always will.  You were the love of my life and continue to be in my heart!  I will always love you to the moon and back!  Love always, Sherri



Ring of Kerry, Ireland
My husband, John and I went to Ireland for our 25th Wedding Anniversary in 2004. We had an awesome trip and we will never forget it. We actually got to visit our friends who live in Northern Ireland. We spent 3 wonderful days with them! The picture above was taken when we visited The Ring of Kerry. The beauty of Ireland is just spectacular! If you ever get a chance visit there.
Megan is my oldest daughter. She and Ken were married on April 12, 2008. It was a wonderful ceremony and reception!
Jenny and Kevin at their wedding 8/30/08. The wedding was at our home and turned out wonderful! Everyone had such a good time!