Monday, July 24, 2017

Savouring Summer With Sewing!

Right now on the northeast coast of the Atlantic, summer is beautiful here!

                                    And the colours of the blooming flowers just sing in the garden!

 The Hydrangea is in full bloom now & I've removed a dozen blooms for drying!

 The one surviving Lavender plant is heavenly to walk by & I always take a deep breath. :-)

These crazy blooming Geraniums have not stopped blooming since last year. This is the plant that was wintered in the exercise room all winter. The pink is so pretty to look at with the gray surroundings.

Bill installed the small water fountain on the front porch, I just love the sound of the water softly falling.

 The railings should be getting installed soon. They will be black aluminum, matching the front porch railings.
                                     The view is gorgeous from the new deck,  how summery is this?!!

 These are my Dollar Store Oriental lilies & they're in bloom with a sweet scent from them.

With more blooms to come! I'll transplant them after they're all done blooming on the back deck.

The Potting Shed is starting to come together again & all the garden is establishing well too. The bushes on the corner are Forsythia's & will look great next spring with the yellow blooms!

The Puppies Are Seven Months Old Now!!

 These two still fill my day but having their morning & afternoon naps & their playtime outside, I've been able to get a few more things done.

 Bridget has grown into a 17-pound dog! Her ears are now upwards & I think it gives her a bit of a bat like, look to her face. lol, I was removing clothes from the clothesline & placed the 'ironing things' on the bistro chair, Bridget thought it was for her! I had to remove the cushions as they would shred them! Teething & tug of war are the two favourite pass times right now.

Baxter is a good 21-pounds now & his ears are still soft on the top & roll over with the breeze. He is getting better at commands & is starting to understanding me when I talk to him. But they're still very lively Terriers with so much energy, right now,  he listens better than Bridget!

Some Sewing Time!

For the granddaughter,  I made two of these bottoms with a matching camisole. She loves it!
The fabric is cuddle satin, satin on the outside with a soft flannel on the inside, perfect for PJ's.

Her Dad told her how I use to make 'track shorts' for him in the 70's. She had on a pair of Under Armour 'track shorts', what's old is new again! So I modified the shortie PJ pattern to be changed to track shorts. Over 30 yrs ago, I made Donny so many & had a hard time thinking about how I did it. What's that saying? 'Good Memory, Not Long.' lol

The Laundry Room

 I finally got the roman shade made for the laundry room & Bill installed it for me.

 I also made the clothes pin holder to coordinate with the room.

 The morning sun was becoming very intense, making this little room heat up. The blackout lining that a neighbour brought by for me was just enough for the shade & door curtain. Thank you, Deb!

 I used Velcro on the tie back & a magnetic rod to hold the curtain in place.
This was the fabric that I just had to have & it was nowhere to be found in the GTA. Mitchell brought it to me from the Calgary IKEA!

 The Burlington IKEA did have the coordinating rug though! And it was a perfect fit to the floor area!

 And the dressing room is located right off the laundry room, so the transition has a great flow with the rhythm of the laundry room window fabric.

 I wanted summery pillow covers in the sun porch & came upon this fabric I purchased a few years back. It reminded of Europe with the beach changing rooms.

I closed the backs with Velcro & had both made in a morning, whilst the puppies took their nap!

Visiting a girlfriend today, she sent me home with this lovely 2005, painted stone from Escuminac. Marva your painting talent, is one I'm so glad to have to enjoy. Thank you!

Pat, look what I found in one of the moving boxes! I have the antique, 1910 doll sitting in Nick's old rocking chair, on the stair landing.  The shoes are somewhere, maybe it's the bottom of the box, I found him in. So much needs to be unpacked & organized.  Maybe a retirement project for you?
The highchair that he use to sit in is downstairs in storage. The chair will come up again when babies start again. lol

Well, I'm savouring the summer, it was 9C here this morning & then the sun warmed everything up.
I just love the lushness of everything. The new grass is starting to come up where the steel roof drops the morning dew.
Hope your summer is the time you're savouring, as this too will pass.

Enjoy your summer time with friends & family, wherever you are!

Monday, July 17, 2017

Family, Fun, Summer Week

It was a fast weekend, last weekend. On Thursday, Donald, his girlfriend, Stephanie, granddaughter Madison, & Bill would all fly in on the same flight. Bill often says he could be a travel agent with all his flight time planning! lol
Then everyone but Madison would fly back on Sunday morning. Here are a few photos of that weekend, with a new surprise to share with you!
 Margie, my neighbor called & told me to look out the window. I ran for the camera when I saw these two, momma & the wee doe behind her.
 And then they were gone. Wow, deer can sprint very fast! I was a pleasant surprise to see them!

Let's Look For Clams!
 Since the tide was out, Bill had the idea to look for clams with, Stephanie, Maddy, & Donny.

 The water was warm. I still will not go in the water... someone needs to take photos! lol

Everyone was enjoying wading on the sandbars.

 No clam's today.

 Summer fun with the family though. :-)

 Even the fur kids were having fun!

 Donny was doing some weight training, bringing in large rocks for the gaps in the breaker wall.

 You can see that he hits the gym, daily!

 He & Diesel Llyod, both were singing away, how nice the day was! lol

 Maddy, With Bridget,  on the look out for living 'things'.
 Maddy grabbed the tug & Bridget gave up & came ashore.

 Grandpa helped her find some baby shrimp for her tug.

 Digging & turning up stones to find even more shore life!

 Maddy running for tug to release them into it.

 What a heavenly afternoon it was!

 I love it when the family feels the joy that I experience every day, living here!

 These two truly are soulmates!

It was Stephanie's first trip to the Maritimes & I know it will not be her last!

 Reflection of that beautiful day in one of the bay windows.

 Grandpa teaching Madison to work the tractor. She rode the John Deer lawn tractor at the Carroll Cottage & loved it!

 And she was off!

 Madison will be 14 years old, next month & took to riding the equipment like she was raised on a farm!
She was slow & very cautious, & did a wonderful job mowing!

 Maddy drove closer to the rock of the breaker wall, closer than I ever had!

 I told her this was the beginning of driving & she's going to do OK!

 She is careful!

 Her dad even knew she cautious & left her alone.

 Stephanie enjoyed sitting on the new deck! Lucky for us, the weekend had great weather too!

 Dinner At Andrew's Fish & Chips

 Donny & Stephanie treated us to a belated anniversary dinner at our favourite fish & chip place.
I took a photo...
 Then Bill took a photo...

 Then, thanks to a friendly stranger, that took our photo, the whole gang is in the photo now!

 The puppies are shredders of an empty strawberry basket, you just cannot leave the room for a minutue!
Every had a great weekend! Even the visiting dog, Diesel Llyod!

Hope you too had a wonderful summer weekend.
More blogging on my visit with Madison, later this weekend.

Have a wonderful week, wherever you are! Savor Summer!