Saturday, January 15, 2022

1.15.2021 Saturday-This Week's Antics

Hi Everyone!  Boy is it cold here-only in the 30's.  I know for some of you that doesn't sound cold but here in this part of SC it is.  It is a very cloudy day here today.  It is a good day to knit and read.  I have been working on alot of jigsaw puzzles online.  I find them very gratifying and I can listen to my Audible book at the same time!  Sometimes these old hands need a break from knitting!  I have been enjoying knitting though.

This week there were a few things going on.  First, Tuesday I had to drive Jenny (my youngest daughter) to the hospital at 5:45 a.m. for her hernia surgery.  She did great and is on the mend!  Then Thursday I took my 2 grandsons, Owen (10) and Jack (8) to Brookgreen Garden in Murrell's Inlet, SC.  They are homeschooled by Jenny.  They have homeschooling classes at Brookgreen.  So this class was on dinosaurs.  The boys had a great time and so did I.  They learned about the history of dinosaurs, fossils (they even made one), they were able to touch and hold real fossils and artifacts (like horse teeth, camel teeth and wooly mammoth tusks).  They also had set up an "archaeological dig" for the kids.  They really loved it!  Here are some photos of Brookgreen and the boys.

This gorgeous statue is at the entrance to Brookgreen Garden.  Just beautiful!

This was a statue right outside the pavillion the boys had part of their class in.  It is huge and just so beautiful.  I think the cranes in the statue are life size.  So detailed.

Jack got to hold a shark's tooth that was found right on the beach in the area. The thing was huge and extremely old.   They dredged sand from the ocean floor and alot of fossils came up when they did that. The horse tooth and camel tooth was in amongst those fossils.  So fascinating things to learn about!

Owen is holding the horse tooth on the right and the camel tooth on the left.  Those teeth were huge!  He loved seeing and touching things in person.  These boys are so lucky to have this opportunity at Brookgreen.  They have been to quite a few classes there.  They are also very reasonable.  They are $7/child per class.  

We were able to meet up with Megan (my oldest daughter) for lunch.  We went to a pizza restaurant.  We love it there.  They also have another restaurant in Charleston.  We had alot of fun before heading home.  The drive should have been an hour but there was construction and then an accident so it took us almost 2 hours to get home.

I got a few things for Christmas that needed to go outside.  Finally got around to putting them up.  Megan and her husband, Ken gave me both of them.  The first one was mason jars made to look like watering cans.  They have fairy lights inside of the jar and then fairy lights coming out of the spout like water.  So cute.  Here is a photo of them at night.  I put them in my veg trug for now.

The other gift was 2 uplighting solar spotlights for my 2 huge river birches out in front of my house.  I put them together and then put them in the ground.  I love them!

The same night that I put the spotlights out, when the sun was setting the sky was like it was on fire with color.  My neighbors have beautiful palm trees in their yard.  I was able to position myself to get this great photo-so beautiful!

Wednesday, I think I spent the whole day winding yarn.  I buy most of my yarn from Heidi and Lana from Ohio.  It comes in a skein.  I then take my yarn swift and ballwinder and wind the skeins into yarn "cakes".  Then they are all ready for knitting.  Here is a photo of Wintry Mix from Heidi and Lana.  Love this color.  Of course, I was drinking hot tea all the while I was doing this! :)

Lastly, my amaryllis opened all 4 of the buds up.  It is such a different color than what I usually grow.  It is stunning and I hope to plant it out in the garden this summer and then pot it back up so it will bloom again before Christmas.  I really have been enjoying all my plants that I have this year.  This house has so many great windows for light.  My orchid is getting ready to bloom again.  Well 1 out of the 4 I have.  The others are slackers.  LOL!!  Here are some pics of the amaryllis in the sunroom.

I hope everyone has a lovely weekend!  I know some of you are supposed to get a winter storm.  I think we are only having rain here.  I know the upper part of SC is going to have ice and some snow.  My family in NJ is supposed to get 8"+.  Stay safe and warm!


Monday, January 10, 2022

Monday, 1.10.2021 Winter Has Arrived

 Hi Everyone!  I hope you are all staying warm and cozy on this cold, cloudy day!  Atleast that is how the weather here in SC is.  Yesterday it was 71 degrees and today it is 43 degrees!  The weather here has been so weird lately.  One day it even was 80 and 2 days later it was in the 30's!  Oh well, it could be worse.

I have really been knitting alot lately.  After I took all my Christmas down, I just felt like knitting.  I am working on a shawl called Boneyard by Stephen West.  When I'm done with this shawl, I'll be starting another one with a group of friends of mine.  We will be knitting at our homes all over the USA but we will be posting on a special group post of our progress.  We will also be knitting in all different colors from each other.  It should be really fun!

This is the Boneyard Shawl I'm working on now.  It is still on the needles and not opened up all the way.  When I'm done I'll post a better photo, but this is it for now.

I got all the Christmas things down about a week after Christmas and then I took the tree down a week after that.  Everything looked so bare, but it is getting back to normal now.

This is where my tree was in my living room.  It is so nice to knit or read here.  The light is great here!  I missed that when the tree was up.  The tree was really nice in the front and side window though.  It looked so pretty from outside!  I love the Christmas tree lights at night.  I even put them on sometimes during the day!

We had a warm spell here in SC.  One day it was in the 80's!  My parsley and broccoli started growing again and the broccoli was producing heads.  I cut all the heads off (left the side ones so more comes on).  The broccoli was so good!  Nice, tender and delicious.  I always steam my veggies and this was so tasty this way.  

Broccoli in the strainer and parsley on the paper towel.  I dried the parsley and I will be using it soon.

I now have an orchid and an amaryllis getting ready to bloom.  The amaryllis is blooming now and the orchid maybe in a little less than a week or a week!  So excited!

This is the orchid.  It is huge!  This is the second time since I've had it that I got it to rebloom.  

The amaryllis is open almost all the way.  There are 4 buds on there right now and it looks like more are coming.  Only 2 are opening right now.  I love these plants!  I am going to put this in the ground for the summer months.  I never have done that before, but I'm going to try it this year.

My youngest daughter, Jenny has been working on a hexagon Halloween quilt for probably 3 years.  She cut out all the fabric and sewed strips together.  Her sewing machine broke.  I sewed the strips she had done all together for her this past week and it came out really nice.  So proud of her for sticking to this.  It isn't easy working with hexagons.  She also made a smaller shaped hexagon quilt (not Halloween themed).  She completed that last week with the help of her sister, Megan also.  They will be warm in that house this winter!!

The skies at night and sunset have been so pretty here lately.  Here are 2 shots I got within 2 days of each other.

This Fall I had a chimney sweep come out and clean both fireplaces.  I have been enjoying the living room fireplace so much starting around Thanksgiving.  Today I decided to start up the other one in the family room/den.  That one is much bigger.  I will probably have to call the man that delivered the wood before Thanksgiving and ask him to drop off another load soon.  It makes the house so cozy and warm!

This is the Living Room fireplace.  It is small but it throws out the heat like crazy.  Nice and cozy!

This is the family room/den fireplace.  It is much bigger and although it was a little hard getting it started, there is so much heat in this room now.  The dogs went in the other room, I guess they were too hot!

Last but not least is a photo of my 2 lazy, sleepy Goldens.  Emma is on the left.  She is a Golden/Yellow Lab Mix ( looks just like a Golden though) and Ginger is on the right.  She is an English Cream Golden.  She is huge and weighs 92 lbs.!  She is a gentle giant though.  Emma is a bit on the high strung side.  Ever since John passed away she is so nervous and keeps following me from room to room.  I think she thinks I won't come back.  She was so in love with John and keeps looking around for him at times.  Even though he passed away 2 years ago, she still remembers him.  I'm sure she is wondering what happened to him and why he left her.  It has gotten so bad at times I have to give her a sedative from the vet.  They say she is still grieving just like the rest of us for John.  Poor thing!

Emma on the left and Ginger on the right.

Well I haven't been posting alot lately and I hope I didn't overwhelm you all!  I was sick for about a month.  I didn't have COVID.  I was tested for that.  I did, however, have bronchitis, sinus infection and ear infection.  I'm doing better now but I am still resting more than I was before I got this nasty stuff!

Everyone have a wonderful day!  Take it easy and enjoy life!


Tuesday, January 4, 2022

Happy New Year! Books I Read for 2021

 Happy New Year Everyone!  I know I am late saying this, but I've been busy putting my Christmas things away.  I have yet to take down my tree.  I just love how it looks at night.  The lights twinkling makes me happy!  Maybe tomorrow I will take it down.  

I read 26 books for 2021.  Here is the list:

1. Nantucket White Christmas by Pamela Kelley 

2. The Midnight Library by Matt Haig 

3. The Restaurant by Pamela Kelley 

4. Sunset on Moonlight Beach by Sheila Roberts 

5. Golden Girl by Elin Hildebrand 

6. The Break-Up Book Club by Wendy Wax 

7. Not a Happy Family by Shari Lapena 

8. It Had to Be You by Georgia Clark 

9. The Noise by James Patterson and J.D. Barker 

10. The Ghost and the Haunted Portrait by Cleo Coyle. 

11. Murder with Lemon Tea Cakes by Karen Rose Smith. 

12. The Night She Disappeared by Lisa Jewell 

13. The Masquerade at Middlecrest Abbey by Abigail Wilson. 

14. House on the Harbor by Elizabeth Bromke 

15. The Secret Wife by Gill Paul 

16. Pumpkin Spice Peril by Jenn McKinlay 

17. Trick or Treat Murder by Leslie Meier 

18. Wicked Witch Murder by Leslie Meier 

19. The Accidental Empress by Allison Pataki 

20. Haunted Hibiscus by Laura Childs 

21. Christmas at the Island Hotel by Jenny Colgan 

22. The Christmas Spirits on Tradd Street by Karen White 

23. Flora's Travelling Christmas Shop by Rebecca Raisin. 

24. Twelve Slays of Christmas by Jacqueline Frost 

25. The Santa Suit by Mary Kay Andrews 

26. The Therapist by B.A. Paris

The last one, The Therapist was such a great pyscho-thriller!  My sister, Sue had recommended it and now she is reading all her books.  

Right now I am listening to Tell All the Bees I am Gone by Diana Gabaldon.  I love this series.  I have read every book in the series so far.  The narrator has a very soothing voice and is a great storyteller, so much that I fell asleep the other day listening to it.  It could also have had something to do with being so tired because we had terrible winds and rain during the night and I got no sleep!  

I have been knitting alot on my Boneyard Shawl by Stephen West.  I am using yarn from Heidi and Lana.  I use mostly just their yarns.  When I get the shawl done, I will post a photo on here.

Well, that is all I have for today!  I wish everyone a happy, healthy and prosperous New Year!!


Wednesday, December 22, 2021

12.22.2021 Christmas is Almost Here!

 Hi Everyone!  So sorry for being away so long.  I have been sick for the last 2.5 weeks with a sinus, ear infection and bronchitis!  All I have to say is I am thankful I am on the mend and I never want those things again!  I took 2 COVID tests because I thought it was that, but thankfully it was not.  I was so afraid it was, but I never lost my sense of smell and taste and I only had a low grade fever. Alot of coughing going on for sure.  That put me way behind on my wrapping of the presents I had ordered early (thank goodness!).  I am all done now, as of this morning!  My grandson, Owen (10 yrs old) came over yesterday and helped me wrap everything but his things and his brothers things.  He was such a delight to have with me for the day!  I love that little boy!  He is so sweet and kind.  I took him out to lunch and he was very chatty and told the waitress it was the best meal he ever had!  She just beamed and she told him, he made her day!  If we all could just do little things to make people smile, the world would be a better place! :)

I am having Christmas Eve here and Jenny and Kevin are hosting Christmas Day dinner this year.  We are going to church to the 4:00 service and then we are coming back here for appetizers.  It should be a really nice, quiet night.  If it doesn't get too hot here, I'll put a fire in the fireplace to enjoy the crackling and warmth.  We have decided to open our stocking stuffers on Christmas Eve here at my house.  Christmas morning is just so busy with all the gifts.  The boys were told that Santa is only bringing gifts this year, so we were doing the stockings.  I wonder to myself, how many more years the boys will believe.  Jack, who is only 8 told us last year he didn't believe anymore but this year he acts like he does believe.  Christmas with children is always a special time of year, whether they are your own, grands, nieces, nephews or neighborhood children.

Alot of my neighbors have been dropping off cookies, a fruitcake and chocolates.  I thought that was very nice of them.  They all said they were sorry to hear I had been sick.  Boy news really travels fast in this neighborhood!  I told my Mom I got a fruitcake (she loves the brand I got too).  I'm not much of a fruitcake person.  I think I'll put it in the freezer for her when I see her.  She has been very cranky lately and very negative.  I hope she gets out of that real soon!

Well, I better get back to my list of things I need to get done before Christmas Eve!  I just wanted to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and a Happy and Healthy New Year!!

Wednesday, December 1, 2021

Christmas Has Arrived at My House 12.01.2021

 Hi Everyone!  I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving.  I certainly did!  My daughters, their husbands and 2 grandsons came here.  We all had a great time!

The day after Thanksgiving, I started to decorate for Christmas.  It took a few hours to put Thanksgiving decorations away.  Then out came the Christmas tree!  I thought I would put it in the living room in front of the French doors leading to the screened in porch.  That didn’t work, tree was too big.  So I moved my blue and white chair and put it in the corner of the front of the living room.  It looks beautiful looking at the house from the outside at night!  So glad I put it there.  

I have so many beautiful, old ornaments.  My Mom gave me a glass candy that was on her tree as a child.  She sold the family house in 2020 and that is when she gave it to me.  I always loved it!

Moving into a new house makes it fun decorating the different rooms.  I must say I went into a panic though.  I couldn’t find my stained glass tree topper I made over 25 years ago.  I searched through every bin, but one had alluded me in the attic.  It was in there all the time safe and sound!

I also set up my nativity scene.  I placed my bible on a bed of greenery.  I received this bible when I was in 3rd grade.  I turned the pages to the book IG Matthew (the Christmas story) and I clipped a feathered dove to it.  My Nana displayed her bible the same way near her nativity for all her married life.

It is funny how we remember certain things as a child and the carry through to our adult lives.  My Mom also had given me the nativity manger that we had at our home.  I put that in the den.

I decorated a little at the front of the house.  I’m waiting for 3 more candles for the windows to arrive, then my front of the house decorating will be complete!

This is a little dark to see but I put a wreath and garland around and on the door.

I added the garland after this photo.  I wanted to put lights in the garland, but there isn’t an outlet out front on the exterior.

I will leave you with some photos of ornaments that are meaningful to me.  I hope you are having as much fun decorating as I am!


Tuesday, November 16, 2021

Laundry Room Shelf and Sign 11.16.2021

 Hi Everyone!  Today was a gorgeous day here in Lake City, SC!  It was 71 degrees and sunny.  I love living here with these temps!  I have lived in the South for 17 years but used to live in Northwestern NJ where it was in the 30's or 40's this time of year.  

Yesterday I went up to Florence, SC.  It is about a 25 minute ride from my house.  They have a Hobby Lobby up there.  I was with my daughter, Jenny and my youngest grandson, Jack.  I went into the wood department looking for maybe some unusual or cute sign wood.  There was just what I was looking for-a wooden shelf (this one also had a plate rail!!).  It was only $14.99 so I grabbed it up.  I painted it with one coat of white chalk and another coat today.  Once it was dry I hung it up over my washer and dryer.  I decided to decorate it a little for Christmas.  I might change it, but for photo purposes I wanted to have some things on the shelf.  I also hung up a metal Laundry sign that I have had for about 10 years.  Yesterday I decorated an antique printer's tray that my daughter, Jenny gave me.  This is the only Christmas I have done in my house because I'm hosting Thanksgiving and I want to leave those decorations up until the day after.  I try and not rush the seasons.  I feel like that area of the laundry room/breakfast room is all done now.  I am very happy the way it all turned out.  Take a look at what I did below:

This is the antique Printer's Tray.  I used little spool trees, minature glass Christmas balls and snowmen to decorate each compartment.

This is the Laundry Room shelf.  Painted with white chalk paint.  I then decorated it with a huge pinecone from Jenny's yard, a Magnolia Christmas tree, a salt glaze pottery santa, a mason jar candle, a little Christmas Irish cottage and a candle.  I finished it with a pinecone, cinnamon stick garland.  I have had the Laundry Room metal sign for about 10 years.  I think I bought it at World Market.

I hope you like the things I did, I certain do!  I love doing little things like this, not overwhelming or time consuming.  Everyone have a lovely evening!


Monday, November 8, 2021

Day Surgery on 11/4

 Hi Everyone!  Well today is 11/8 and I feel almost 100% from my day surgery on 11/4.  I think you are all aware I have B Cell Non Hodgkins Lymphoma (I have had this for 5 years).  I have never had chemo, radiation or any treatment.  Lymphoma is different than other cancers.  I have a very slow growing lymphoma and the diagnosis is just to watch it.  I had 3 lymph nodes on the left side of my neck that go larger and didn't go down like they usually do.  My oncologist recommended a set of CAT Scans, then a PET Scan.  He then said I should have the 3 lymph nodes biopsied.  You can't do a needle biospy for these.  They did the biopsy on Thursday and removed the largest lymph node completely and biopsied the other 2.  I get the results tomorrow.  I have a virtual meeting with my oncologist.  He had them biopsied because he just wants to make sure this slow growing lymphoma has become an agressive form of lymphoma.  He was pretty positive it had because there wasn't any changes in the CAT Scan I had in late August to the PET Scan I recently had.  Keep your fingers crossed it is just some lymph nodes acting up and nothing more serious.  I am trying to remain calm.  I really hope my husband, John that passed away unexpected almost 2 years ago (11/27) is keeping a close watch over me!  If all of you could pray for me also, that would be great!!

SC has become so cold.  Colder than usual.  I have been letting the dogs out, that is how I know it has been cold.  No longer is the AC needed, the heat is on.  I keep it lower because the dogs get so hot and I always have a sweater on.  This week they say it should be back up in the high 60's/low 70's during the day this week until Friday when it drops down to the 50's during the day.  I have to go get my turkey for Thanksgiving some time later this week.  I will try and get as much as I can for Thanksgiving before the stores get so crowded.  I'm having Thanksgiving here.  They girls, their husband's and my 2 grandsons will be coming for Thanksgiving, which will be really nice.  It is easier when we all live relatively close to each other.  I am looking forward to cooking the turkey and all the fixings.  It will help keep my mind off John being gone.  He has left such a hole in our hearts.  Missing him tons right now!

Well I guess I better go rest.  I still get tired very easily.  I am also pretty bruised.  The nurses tried 4 times to find a vein for my IV and really left some nasty bruises.  The anestheologist had to do the IV and I have a huge bruise there too.  Between the IV messes and the actual incision, I look like I was in a car accident!  

I hope everyone has a lovely day, I hope the sun is shining where you and always remember to hug, call or visit your loved ones!!


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!