Monday, August 21, 2017


So cool to see the moon eclipse the sun. We weren't in the path of totality, but we got to 94%. Enough to recognize a reduction in light, but not all that dark. Like a cloud covering the sun. It did get noticeably cooler, but not a great deal. No stars visible, no animals starting their evening habits.

We did wear cool shades.

We did the colander as viewer.

A friend brought over a box with pinhole viewer.

My hanging plant made cool, lacy shadows.

Then Miss Adventure tired of the show.
Time for play!

Next eclipse we are definitely traveling to totality. What we got to see at home was pretty cool, but we want to see the real deal. So in 2024 we are hitting the road.
See you at the next eclipse!

Sunday, August 6, 2017

Summer of Moving

The Chemist got a job in a closer town! Yay! She is very glad to leave the bigger city. She is a small town girl. But that meant packing up and moving.

First, we moved her home as she had a job, but hadn't found anything to rent that she liked yet. It was a bit of a commute, but doable.

Then, we helped Ben and his Sweetie move. Same town, just a nicer apartment, now that they are graduate students with teaching and research assistant jobs. 21 steps down to move out, then 5 up 8 down to move in. At least we were carrying stuff down the big set of steps.

Once Ben and his Sweetie were settled, the next weekend was moving the Chemist to the apartment she had found. 8 steps up. Getting easier?

Getting her set up so she can access weather reports should things look stormy.

Her front door.

The young one is getting restless.

But, at least the neighbors are quiet. :-D

Whew! Three weekends of moving in 6 weeks. I didn't need workout class those weeks. It's nice to have everyone settled.

Monday, July 31, 2017

July Garden

So here is the story of the garden in July.

Lovely cosmos . . . and weeds.

Lovely marigolds . . . and weeds.

There is an onion patch in there somewhere.

My tomato plants are being gobbled up by these ugly creatures, blister beetles, I think.

My lovely pumpkin plant just up and died one day. Probably borers.
My poor bean plants nibbled to death by rascally rabbits!

But the cantaloupe plants are doing well.

The morning glories are half way up the wall.

My chives are blooming.

And the cherry tomato looks cheery.

And potatoes! I harvested 30 pounds of potatoes!

I *will* get the garden weeded soon. And that's the story of the garden in July.


Sunday, July 23, 2017

Miss Adventure Turns 10

This summer Miss Adventure turned 10. I had promised her a "friend birthday" for the first double digit birthday. Those promises are so easy to make when that day is a couple of years away.

She invited 4 friends an afternoon of fun.

"It's so fuzzy I could die!"
 Then the highlight of the day was the pinata! Ben was such a huge help with the girls swinging a big stick!

 I think My Guy was doing a little peeking, but we needed a few really good whacks!

Soon it was candy scramble time.

Finally, pizza and birthday rice crispy treats.

Later that week, Aunt Judy sent a crafty package. Miss Adventure had a great time with that project.

Happy birthday to a growing up girl of ten!

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

I Love the Fourth

I love the Fourth of July.
Daytime fun.

Yummy treats.

Night time pretties.


I love the Fourth of July.

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Happy Fathers Day

I'm only three months late, but Mr. Wonderful's Fathers Day Poster is on its way!

Wednesday, June 14, 2017


Ugh, I am so far behind in posting anything. This week's goal is to get caught up with getting photos on the blog with their stories. But before I start on the blogs which will be back-dated, a couple of current things.

On my walk-run yesterday, (some day I will be able to jog the whole mile and a half, but until then . . .) I was struck by the shadows some tall grass and a fence were making.

I had to come back with my camera once I'd finished my exercise to take a few snapshots. It was even cooler with the wind blowing the shadows about, but you'll just have to use your imagination.

In addition to having several blog updates to write, I also need to weed the garden terribly. But in spite of my neglect it is doing well.

I have cherry tomatoes already!! Just a few, mind you, but I think this is a record for me.

The morning glories have begun their annual climb.

Onions and potatoes, melons and tomatoes, flowers and carrots, peppers and basil, pumpkins and strawberries. Love my garden.