Thursday, August 27, 2020

I Like Thursday #123 a Wee Bit Late

 I don't know if I mentioned that recently if I do manage to have 2 days off during the week, they are split.  So I feel like I am in a constant fog as to what day it is.  I know in the back of my wee brain last night as I was doing dishes, and prepping an applique piece I thought, I think I need to write an I Like Thursday post.  Um yeah, obviously that thought flit right out of my head the two times it wandered through.  

My first task did I have anything I liked this week?  

Well I like my egg brush my daughter purchased me to help clean eggs.  They can come in pretty dirty.  This neat little brush looks tough, but the bristles are a soft plastic and just right for scrubbing dirty eggs.

This sink, is usually full of eggs to wash, then carton.  It is about all this sink is useful for because it is shallow.  Someday I will get a new cabinet and install a farmhouse sink which is a wee bit more user friendly.

I ran to the feed store and saw this wind chime I thought was pretty.

I liked the pretty flowers on the butterfly.  

I got a chuckle out of these dog costumes I saw at the store.

The unicorn with wings was cute.  

I thought Bobbin was more princess like.  

My favorite though was the mermaid.  But my daughter says that Bobbin doesn't have the figure to pull off a mermaid costume.  ROFL.  Our main comment though was if it is on the dog, the seashells would be underside of the dog's body. 

Bobbin and one of the pigs had a row the other day at my daughters, and so Bobbin got put into timeout in the she shed.

Doesn't she look remorseful?  My daughter takes her down for company when I am working during the day, not for company for my daughter, but company for Bobbin.  But occasionally she is not a polite visitor and this happens.  BTW there are some likes here.  1.  Bobbin gets to be with people throughout the day, bored dogs can translate to destructive dogs.  2.  She looks so dang cute.

Obviously Bobbin gets over her sulk pretty quickly when the humans join her and she can stretch out between 2 foot stools.

I like that our rodent problem is getting better because of these two.  They wander between the barn and the houses.  Most of the time girl is at my house, and boy is at the other house.  But occasionally they are together.  Today they were grooming, because having clean ears is very important for tracking the wee mousies!

The oldest grandson turned 13 the other day.  I remember helping that kid make an entrance into this world.  

A boy and his cat.  Haze and Xander are almost inseparable.  If you remember a while back the picture of him holding the tiny kitten?  It was Haze.

I had to share a pic of Xander's birthday cake.

I chose the design, he chose chocolate cake with buttercream frosting.  

Ever see an image and it is just too cute?  Well I thought this kind of looked like Bobbin, and I love the glasses.  It was a graduation card I think.  

I liked this fabric panel.  It is by Sweetwater for Moda and has some awesome inspirational sayings.

The instructions are to simply quilt and bind each panel to create four mini quilts.  

I saw this and had to share.  I know it is an advertisement but watching it was amazing. 

The ideas humans come up with to create beauty is astounding.  

Unfortunately I had some real duds for my books this week.  The only one I am willing to share, which is because it is a fast, fun read is Avalanche the 2nd in the Sheriff Bo Tully series by Patrick McManus.  

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Wednesday, August 19, 2020

I Like Thursday #122

 Welcome to my 122nd I Like Thursday post.  Weekly a group of us share things we have found during the week which make us smile, are uplifting, or just plain fun.  LeeAnna of Not Afraid of Color is our intrepid leader, and encourager during these trying times.  

Another week has flown by, I enjoy the cooler evenings in the yard swing, sometimes watching the sunset.  Listening to the chickens, watching the butterflies, hummingbirds, and swallows flit around. 

I smile when I look at the swing because Jeff's hat still hangs there which he lost the day before he died.  It had blown off his head while he was working outside.  It showed up a few days later, I picked it up and hung it on the swing and there it has been for over the past 3 years through rain, snow, wind, and sun.  

I like my new toaster.  I had an old one that was here when I moved in.  Most of the time my bread didn't fit into the toaster so you either had half a toasted piece of toast, or  you flipped it and the middle was a little too toasted for my liking.  My new toaster is of course, red, and works awesome.
I like when I find belongings that have been stored away for a long time.  I found my Himalayan Salt candle holder.  I love the glow when a tealight is lit within.

I like the planting baskets I found on sale recently.  They are lined with plastic so they can be used outside.

They are also a good size to hold my wash cloth yarn.
I needed some embroidery floss to begin a new project and so went to Hobby Lobby.  I saw this measuring bowl and thought it was gorgeous.

I have been seeing pictures that hang over the toilet, a lot lately.  This one really made me smile, especially after the recent toilet paper shortage.
I like that I finally took the time to hang up my wall hanging I made a couple of years ago.  Funny how small chores can get pushed aside and it actually only takes 5 minutes here or there to get them done. 

I like this shirt which I purchased recently.

I loved this video I found.  CGI (computer generated imagery) is awesome.  
I have seen this painting before but was unsure of the name or who painted it.  The artist is Hieronymus Bosch and the title of the painting is The Garden of Earthly Delights.  It is a triptych painted between 1490 ad 1510.  You can read more about it at Hieronymus Bosch, and see the painting,
There is a musical score written on some of the figures back and buttock and a musician has transcribed it.  The video is titled Butt Music. 
 Finally the books I have enjoyed this week are A Hoe Lot of Trouble by Heather Webber.

Nina Quinn owns a very successful landscaping business.  Her specialty is a one day yard makeover.   Too bad her personal life isn't going as well.  Nina has discovered her husband Detective Kevin Quinn has been cheating on her, and he has left her to deal with his teenage son Riley Quinn, and the fall out of the separation.  Add into the mix, a plea by one of her oldest friends to investigate her father in law's death and life quickly spins out of control.  I enjoyed this book and will look forward to reading the next in the series.

The other recommendation is Murder in the First Edition by Lauren Elliot.  Addie Greybourne is acclimating to her new home, her book shop is doing well, and she has just donated a rare 1st edition Charles Dickens A Christmas Carole to the hospital for a silent auction.  When Addie takes a certificate of authenticity to the hospital, she finds the book missing, and the head of the fund raising auction dead.  Throw in her deceased fiance's father Jonathan Hemingway blowing into town on a storm, with his womanizing ways and Addie is caught up in solving the murder and her favorite suspect is Jonathan Hemingway.  This is the 3rd installment of the Beyond the Page Bookstore Mysteries.
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Wednesday, August 12, 2020

I Like Thursday #121

Welcome to my 121st installment of I Like Thursday.  We have had cooler days and nights lately, which kind of makes you melancholy even though it was only the first part of August, it seems too soon for summer to be over.  But the hot, humid weather is back, with much cooler nights though so I won't complain too much.  

The afternoons are nice to sit and dip my feet in the pool after a long day at work.

As I sit and wind down, I usually read a book for about 15 minutes before I start the "rest of my day".

The other day while I was sitting I noticed a leaf whirlpool in the middle of the pool, over the drain.

I like my new ceiling fan that I finally installed.  Well I didn't do all of it.  I did the disassembly of the old, and assembled the new, but the adult kids finished putting it up.  What a huge difference.

This is the old fan, yes I have 2 of the same style fan, one in the dining room, and one in the living room.  It has a frosted shade, and those tiny candle like light bulbs that have the tiny base that is about the size of your pinky finger.  They don't put out a lot of light, and they blew out constantly.

Here is my new light and fan.  It looks like it has mason jars, and the bulbs look like Edison bulbs, but they are LED, what a gigantic difference!   It will be easier to work in there during the evening.

I like sew a longs, even though I don't always keep up, but it is the spirit of it!  Currently Fort Worth Fabric Studio has the Absolute Autumn Mystery Quilt Along.  I loved their fabric kit they curated for it, and I have actually started cutting a little.  

I also like the Spellbound QAL by Holly Hill Quilt Designs I am saving those off for later, I hope!

I have been working on my cross stitch and embroidery lately and saw this cute embroidery thread holder and had to have it.

 It is the perfect size to hold a ball of embroidery thread.  

 I like that I know what date this girl's birthday falls on!  

August 12, 2017 little miss was born, and Wednesday she celebrated her 3rd birthday.  We went to Starbucks and she got a pupperccino which is technically just real whipped cream in a small Starbucks cup.  Bobbin got a cheat day from her diet.  From what I understand she shares her birthday with some other awesome people.  

I will say the books I read this week were much better than last week's selections.  My first book was The Last of the Moon Girls by Barbara Davis.  What I thought was going to be a book on forgiveness ended up have a wee bit of a mystery involved too.  I loved the book, and the characters and couldn't put it down!

My 2nd book was Murder in the Valleys by Pippa McCathie.  A retired DI stumbles upon a body in the little Welsh town where she now lives.  Back into her life comes her former colleague Matt Lambert as the new Chief Inspector sent to head up the investigation.  I enjoyed this book also and look for to more character development in future books. 

On a much different note I found this website interesting it is a COVID Event Risk Assessment.  You look for the county you live and add some other data points.  

COVID Risk Assessment

Finally a couple of videos to make you smile.

Tap Versus Irish Dance

Riverdance Figure Skating.

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Wednesday, August 5, 2020

I Like Thursday #120

Welcome to my 120th I Like Thursday post.  Every Thursday a group of bloggers write about things they like/love and try to put some positive out to the universe.  Thank you to LeeAnna of Not Afraid of Color for encouraging us to find things during the week.

Still busy around here, I made zucchini bread and was fortunate enough to be able put some in the freezer.  I worked in the yard on my day off, mowing, weeding, weed eating, cleaning up, and trying to get things under control.  So not a whole lot to share still, but soon the weather will change and I life will slow down a little.  I think.  😉

I like these cones of Sugar 'n Cream for knitted dish clothes. 

Autumn Leaves


Beach Ball

Freshly Pressed

I also loved this one called Psychedelic

Obviously I think I will be making a lot of dish clothes. 

I found these neat towels and had to have them.

What was really neat was the back has a little motif too.

Work with the chemicals, constant hand washing, my nails are a mess.  I have tried everything but they continue to break, and split.  I finally tried these glass files and they seem to help a bit.

Today I ran some errand and coming up the stair I spied what I thought was a leaf.  But on closer inspection.

A wing.

Some interesting things I found the last week.  The Badlands Guardian

Isn't it amazing?  It looks like a human wearing a First Nations Headdress.

Unfortunately the books I read this week were nothing to write about, and frankly a couple of book recommendations in a couple of articles I read.  I was very disappointed. 

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