Thursday, August 1, 2013
Aren't these sunflowers just the most cheerful flower? There is this HUGE and I mean HUGE field of sunflowers on our way to the lake. For the past two weeks I've been meaning to stop and take a picture and this morning, about an hour ago I did. They make me happy just to look at them. Do they have the same affect on you?
So, I must "fess" up. I've not been crafting much during the past few weeks. Oh, there has been a knitted row here and there and I did make a little bunny for Miss Piper that was inspired by Teresa's bunnies she made for her granddaughters, but nothing much compared to my usual output. My reason is simple, I've been at the beach reading and swimming. It's been really, really hot here for the past two weeks and it's been perfect swimming weather. Not knitting weather. :-) So I've been carrying a bag of water, sunscreen and books to the beach every day and taking a dip to cool off, then reading for awhile, taking a dip to cool off, repeat the cycle. Anyway, you get the drift. No knitting. No crocheting. No needlecrafts at all except a row or two on the baby blanket in the evenings while watching "America's Test Kitchen" on PBS. And that's okay. These wonderful summer days won't last forever and then I'll be back inside, confined by snow. Today is much cooler.
Chloe and I came home this morning to do a mountain of laundry and have Bible Study tonight. Tomorrow, bright and early, we'll be back a the lake for just a few days because Tuesday morning early, my dear MIL will be arriving for two weeks. Alex will be here from Japan on Wednesday and Mandy & Jamie and families will be here Thursday. Our little Japanese girl, (she's 36!), who has stayed with us for the past two years is with a different host family this summer. (They drew the line at the same family 3 years in a row.) However, we're picking her up early Sunday morning so she can go to church and then spend the day with us. Her name is Yoshie and I just love her. Do you remember her? She helped me pack all the contributions for the tsunami victims two years ago and her picture was on my blog.
I had thought Mom was getting here late in the afternoon next Tuesday, but I just looked at her itinerary. Nope. She'll be here around 9:00 a.m. so that means I need to be at home Monday to buy groceries and get things in order. I'm stymied on what kind of meals to fix with two gluten free grandkids and one lactose/dairy/soy allergic child/mom. All of the usual fare is out. No burgers, pizza, waffles or pancakes. I usually make a braided yeast bread with fruit in it for breakfast, as it can raise overnight while we're sleeping and I can just pop it in the oven in the morning. That's out now too. The time for procrastination is over though and the visit is upon me and I STILL don't know what to fix. I think it will be bacon and eggs every morning and I'm told I can buy a gluten/dairy/soy free bread at Costco so maybe sandwiches for lunch. Kabobs with chicken, tomato, pineapple and potatoes for dinner one night. Any other ideas from you my friends? I don't want to spend a lot of time cooking since we only have two days with the entire family together, I want to enjoy and play with our grandbabies, not be cooking all the time.
I'll leave you with a few more pictures of our "garden" at the lake. All of you southerners, don't laugh. Our zucchini, cucumbers and tomatoes are just setting on because our cold weather lasts so long up here. Remember, the lake is only about 70 miles from the Canadian border!
The first picture is, from left to right, cucumber, zucchini, summer squash. The second is our tomato plant. The last two are a few of my happy little pots that are placed here and there around our site. Eighteen of those pots, to be watered twice a day in the heat. I'm not sure I'll plant so many next year!
Have a lovely day my friends. "This is the day that the Lord has made. Let us rejoice and be glad in it!"