Monday, August 22, 2016

Late Summer

Oh,  for almost the entire summer 
Ohio outdoor life truly has been unbearable!

It's been much too hot to want to even go out in it.

(I'm a baby and can't take that kind of high heat and humidity.)

But Glory Be -  yesterday turned a mite cooler. 

It's is absolutely GLORIOUS weather right now:
bright blue cloudless sky, cool breeze - just nearly perfect.




Poem source here.




I just really needed it to get cooler!


It's still SUMMER, but there's that hint in the air right
 now that tells us that autumn won't be TOO terribly far off.

The days are slowly getting shorter and shadows are getting longer.








Yes, it is definately WAY too soon to be decorating for fall...
but transitioning, well, yes, it is happening at the nest slowly.

Leave it to the retail bloggers, retail stores and the magazines
to fill us with autumn - for us reg'lar folks it's just way too soon.










Yes, I do mean to savor summer
 now that (thankfully) it isn't unbearable now to enjoy it.

(At least for right the time being, anyway, this too can revert!)



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Summer's bright hues all too soon give way to the muted
fading transitional colors of autumn....









I was able to tackle a bit of overgrown weeds in the garden,
 I washed the kitchen windows inside and out. 

 I even opened up the master bedroom windows
to let in some wonderful fresh air!










Hubs washed our new car inside and out,
shared some of our garden bounty with neighbors
and planted THREE Limelight Hydrangea bushes
 in the back corner of our yard for me.  


The deer or something munched on 'em pretty badly last night,
or I'd have been delighted to show you pics. 

But we're NOT giving up on those lovely bushes.


Thing is, our insatiable and starving deer herds have never
 eaten up any of our other hydrangea before
so not sure what's goin' on...very upsetting....

but we is "aimin' to succeed" wif 'dem Limelights
and when there's a will, there is a way!


Anyway, the lavender always seems to do quite well here. 










We sure needed a break from that heat
 to get back outside and stretch and work and breathe in oxygen....
Fresh Oxygen. Does a mind AND soul well.....









How about you?

Have you any reprieve from the blasting heat
of summer yet,  in your neck of the woods?

REMINDER:





Don't forget I'm giving away a teaup & saucer set
along with its matching milk jug/creamer at the end of the month.

Enter the giveaway here!

(No purchase necessary, lol!)


As always, thank you for your visit.


Hugs and prayers@

 ♥

~Michele

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Thursday, August 18, 2016

Isn't Nature Amazing?!?


Hi friends - just sharing very some lucky pics
I was able to capture showing nature around me.



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Sometimes it's a brilliant blue sky & green grass
 with the lovely color of pink set against it......










......And sometimes it's incredible winged life
thrilling me to no end!











I took these bird pics from inside my house
 with the window closed!
 I simply was doing the dishes!

I like to watch the birds
 at the most popular seed feeder closest to the kitchen;
we have many kinds of birds flying in and out all day long!


 The cardinals and jays are larger and more aggressive,
  we hardly see goldfinches anymore.

I miss them. They're just GONE.

However I noticed a red finch at the feeder today,
 so that is a fairly good sign they just may return one day.

There's always a place for finches here.










We put up the hummingbird feeder
 literally next to the kitchen window this summer, 
 and boy has it ever been fun watching them!

 We have a gorgeous green who  visits that feeder most often. 

It has a bright shimmery red ring around its neck
 that really sparkles in the sun...
yet he is fast and elusive so I have yet to catch him on the camera! 

YET.

I daresay it's a challenge and I play to win, birdie bird! Haha.

~~Buzz, buZz, buzZ~~









So our birds are such messy, wasteful and super sloppy eaters
 who spill most of the a great deal of their seed on the ground, right?


Well, I guess we now have our very own

 "Clean up on Aisle 6 Crew!" 



Yeup.

 Literally just a few steps from our kitchen window
 this hungry mommy dear and her two fawns
were munching on the spilled seed
 from the feeder you just saw above. 

I think they're neat, but I don't want them in my yard. Just sayin'.








We didn't have any rain for WEEKS and it's been so unbelievably hot and humid - enough to not be able to go outdoors nearly at all unless in early morning. Later when the sun is setting is a bit better, but then the skeeters eat me alive.

BUT we did - and have - been getting big-time rain. In fact now because of the heat it is a bit swampy and one can smell moulds and other foul odors. Sheesh. Feast or famine, right?

And it's funny because when the rains first started it would rain, then the sun would return, then the rain again, then be sunny again- we kept having strange odd pockets of storms.

Or there wouldn't be a single cloud in the sky except one little grey one, and it would be right over me and rain down for a minute or two.


But the neatest time of all was it would be super sunny,
 then would pour BUCKETS of rain while the sun was still shining!









I was able to capture it on the camera -
 but I cannot capture how ODD it all was to witness. 










My husband was outside when it started to rain, grilling chicken.

Being ME, I stood inside the doorway and took these pics-
 nice and dry and comfy!

Being HIM - he quickly grabbed one of our market umbrellas
 and wasn't daunted by that rain in the least!

He was a hungry man on a mission; no amount of water
was going to keep him from having this chicken.








We really expected a rainbow to appear during this,
 but then the sun was low in the sky enough that it didn't happen.

So....we just ate our dinner....AFTER he dried himself off, of course. 


By the way, we've lived here for 14 years and have bought THREE very expensive stainless steel gas grills. We have outdoor gas hookup so have never had to rent gas cylinder things.....however at about $700 each, those dang grills just don't hold up at all! They're stainless steel, yes, but they aren't ALL s/s!!!! The handles, interior, joints, etc. rust out in what seems in one season.

We'd been thinking of replacing our last one until shopping for it my husband found this one on the cheap- and he absolutely loves it.  SO for now we're back to an old fashioned charcoal grill.

He is content enough. He's the grillmaster, so when he's happy, I am happy as well.


It really is a nifty-neat barbeque, 
and will make an excellent firepit
] for our cooler autumn nights around the corner.










The garden roses are starting to be bloom again -
 but the daisies seem happiest lately.










PS: I am having a teacup, saucer & matching pitcher giveaway.

Just click here to enter. 



As always, thank you for stopping by!

Big hugs! 


~Michele



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Friday, August 12, 2016

Teacup Giveaway and Lucky Me!


Greetings, friends!

I sincerely hope you all have been well and happy!

I have been having so such fun with my sweet grandbaby -
please forgive me for neglecting you during this happy time!






I think of you all quite often!








Some time ago I was found myself the VERY lucky (and appreciative)
 recipient of a very generous giveaway of a full year's subscription to
 TEA TIME MAGAZINE!

Oh, my goodness, my rapidly beating heart!!!!!!!










The giveaway was hosted by the talented and very beautiful
Associate Editor of both Victoria & Teatime Magazines,
Melissa Lester.

Isn't she absolutely lovely?


She also writes a very sweet, humble, clever, devotional,
and very special must-read blog called 



Her blog is filled with the dreams, thoughts and personality
of one very truly and lovely lady.

I know my readers will definately want to add this blog to your favorites
if you haven't yet done so!

Thank you so much, Ms. Lester!

 I am absolutely thrilled about this win!









In fact I am so thrilled that I thought I'd celebrate by hosting another giveaway!

(Sharing the happiness of random acts of gifts received!)









The giveaway is for a vintage pink and yellow roses
teacup set and matching creamer,
which I usually fashion as a little mini vase for short-stemmed flowers.


It's a Japanese Royal Sealy.









This giveaway goes out to all my USA and Canadian friends.

I always welcome all comments, and be sure to make one today
if you would like to be entered in the giveaway!

You needn't have a blog of your own - and I am sorry
that I must limit this to US and Canada -
 the cost of shipping breakables internationally
is just too high. Please forgive me!

I will pick winners the last day of this month
 by some fun random form of choosing








I can't wait till the day my sweet little grand-daughter helps
 me choose the names out of one of my tea hats!

Until then I will settle looking at one of her sweet little dreamy smiles.

(This was taken last Thursday on one of her visits to me.)

I am absolutley head-over-heels in love.








As always, thank you for your visit and sweet comments!

Have a blessed day!

Hugs and prayers -

~Michele


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Thursday, July 28, 2016

A Day With Baby


Spent the day with my new granddaughter
 and MY OWN "baby" daughter!

Katie was feeling well enough to want to get out
and see some different walls - 
so we packed up the baby and went to a nice local place for brunch.

Afterwards we went back to their home
 and I held Vivian for as long as I could...
till her Daddy returned from work.

After I left I went straight to the baby store
 and look at this cute size 0-3 months onesie I found!

(Insert manical oh-yay-another-tea-partier-joins-us giggle here)








Here she is all packed up and ready to go 10 days old.
She was asleep when we put her in the car seat,
I love that mad face she was making when we woke her -
 and in 2 minutes she was asleep again!
And she slept the entire time we were away.



We kept her covered up and only stayed out an hour just to be safe.



This is a really cute selfie when holding the baby
 that my daughter took just before I got to their house.








Yes, I am over-the-moon full of joy about my wee little grandchild.

I had absolutely no idea how badly
 I would fall her - it's absolutely overwhelming!

I have a ton of decorator things to share
if I could just put this angel down for half a day to do it!

(Thanks for putting up with the Gramma in me!)


AS ALWAYS, THANK YOU FOR YOUR VISIT AND SWEET COMMENTS!


~Michele



Tuesday, July 19, 2016

WELCOME to the World, Baby Bug!


I have wonderful news to share!

Sweet Little "Baby Bug" is born!









~~Vivian Michele~~ 
7 lbs. 1 oz

21 inches long

Arrived to bless us on
Sunday 7/17/2016 at 7:20pm



(I guess we have a LADY bug now, since it's a girl!)
















My beautiful baby daughter Katie holding her own sweet daughter


Birthing story:


My poor daughter so wanted to have her baby naturally with absolutely no drugs. She doesn't even take aspirin! She started laboring about 10pm when her water broke partially on the 15th and labored all throught the night. This went on for hours, per usual, and of course she went all night without eating or sleeping. She went to the hospital when her water broke fully at 1:30am on the 16th. She labored intensely without medication for 21 straight hours...but poor dear just wasn't progressing; wasn't dialating fully. She didn't get past 7 centimeters. Her poor body just wouldn't do it. So of course she couldn't even begin to try and push or anything, poor thing! She was soooo brave and strong. It was unbelievable to witness how hard she tried.

After all those agonizing hours she/they/doctor/nurses thought perhaps an epidural would help her relax her exhausted and tender body.....and then after another 7 hours of intense contractions (but these she couldn't feel, thank goodness) she STILL didn't dialate fully enough! It was at this time she had to have C section surgery!



One Happy Family!



The proud parents soon after delivery.



I am the happiest grandma!


        








It looks like Grandpa Mike and Vivian
are singing partners! 

(Or are they yawning?) lol









Just wanted to pop in and share our glorious news!


Thank you all for your sweet comments and prayers!

Thanks for also understanding why I have been absent.

I will be back soon - I  promise!


Take care and God bless!


~G'ma Michele
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