There's no place like home.

There's no place like home.
Home is where my husband and I reside; wherever that may be.

Monday, July 11, 2016

Another New Day 11 July 2016

Outside my window...the sun is smiling, there is a light breeze blowing and so far the humidity is nowhere to be found!!!!!  It is a beautiful day to have an adventure.  Hotel Grandma is open for business again.  After sending Layn home on Saturday and yesterday we welcomed Annie and Kaycie.

I am thinking...this grandma thing is a unique adventure in itself.  Grand kids obey much more readily than do your own children.  They also look at you in adoration simply because of your title.  You never really have to actually do anything to make them feel that way, but you sure want to be awesome just to be worthy.

The hike we took yesterday is a case in point.  What could be more awesome than a grandpa who poses in a cave with you or who lets you take turns being the leader on the trail?

I am thankful...for the rain which we needed desperately, the sunshine that makes my heart soar, and for the people who fill my world.

I am reading...a couple of new books of patterns that came in the mail over the weekend.  

From the kitchen...the girls and I enjoyed a lovely fritatta made by Auntie Mate.  Later we will have something made with chicken since grandpa brought home cooked chicken from the grocery.

Creatively speaking...I have orders for chapel veils and a couple of bags so we all know what my week will look like!

These kids hiked up hills and down for over a mile and they are still looking fresh as a bouquet of daisies.  The beauty of this type of activity is that Annie and Kaycie were both asleep before we had driven a mile back home!!!!!

A few plans for the rest of the week...tonight there is a "touch a truck" event in town which the kids and I plan on going to.  New sewing on Monday since that is clean the house day and take the girls for pedis day.

Here is a picture thought that I am sharing with you...

After a day of church, hiking, napping, and generally hanging around my girls and I hit the hot tub for a bit of relaxation while Papa grilled the burgers and dogs for supper.  I love this life that I am living.

Friday, July 8, 2016

A visit with grandma the saga continues

 Life, I am convinced, should be measured by the moments that make time stop and stand still for you. I am so blessed to be in the middle of one very long heart and time stopping moment.

Today's Layn adventure began with a trip to the hair salon in WalMart.  Auntie Mate has a lot of thick hair.  This morning she decided to have it all off to help her beat the heat and humidity that we have been, ahem, enjoying.  Not to be left out of the fun Layn volunteered to have his golden locks cut too.

Two haircuts and one eyebrow waxing later and they are both looking very spiffy!  I got to observe and revel in the love that these two have for each other.  That's a time stopping moment if ever there was one.
 Next stop, the local library!  Back in the old days (at least when I was young and my kids were little) you could get your first library card as soon as you could write your name.  That was in the days of actually signing out on the card in the back of the book.  I don't know what the criteria is now but Layn bellied up to the circulation desk, signed on the line and is now the proud possessor of a bona fide passport into the world of adventure and learning.

After all that excitement this boy was HUNGRY! Back to grandma's house for a couple of English muffin pizzas and he is now fueled and ready for whatever comes his way.  

Thursday, July 7, 2016

This day

Since before he was born this little guy has been mine.  There are no words to describe the special place that he has in my heart.  Not just because he is the first grandchild or because he's a boy (I have a soft place for little boys), but just because he's Layn.

Watching him "dive to the bottom" of the hot tub makes my heart sing like nothing else does.  The cool shades don't hurt either.

Sitting at my table contentedly cutting paper into ever smaller bits, then gluing them together again, that's what hot summer afternoons are all about.  

This morning he unashamedly sat and got his first pedi (even boys can enjoy this little indulgence) and beamed with pleasure when the girl wrapped the hot towel around his legs.

This grandma is storing away all the moments for later when my body is bent and my boy is grown and gone.

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Another New Day 6 July 2016

Outside my window...the sun is shining fiercely as if it needs to work hard to get all its heat to earth.  The weather men are predicting a hot and muggy day ending in God's own fireworks display.  (I'm hoping if I describe thunderstorms poetically I might like them better.)  Inside my house it is cool and comfortable.  There is light jazz playing on the stereo and my workroom has been hit by a fabric tornado.  Since being outside will be uncomfortable I thought today is a good day to spend working on some ideas that I have been hatching.

I am thinking...about the effect that color has on the psyche.  I am personally a green person.  The sight of all things green make me feel peaceful and cool inside. Wearing green makes me feel confident.  The more green I wear in a day is usually indicative of how un-confident I feel when I get dressed.

I am thankful...for these little people in my life.  My daughters, Kathleen and Maryanne, and the most thoughtful and generous mothers.  In spite of their busy schedules they never fail to take time out to share Evie and Edmund's antics.  

This little boy is the very image of his daddy.  Looking at him always takes me back to those young days.

I am reading...not a thing right now.  I find that the heat makes it difficult for me to sit still and read so books have been shelved for a little while.

From the kitchen...Papa requested egg salad sandwiches with fresh lettuce and tomatoes for supper.  Pretty easy since I hard cooked three dozen eggs over the weekend.  

Creatively speaking...I am hatching ideas and covering my world in fabric.  I derive my inspiration from color, textures, and shapes that surround me.  When I am working out ideas I tend to drape, spill, and pile fabrics and patterns all over my work area.  I have been making bags lately and experimenting with different combinations of stabilizers.  This morning I discovered that my local WalMart is now stocking fusible fleece and flex foam!!!!!  It is a 45 minute drive either east or west to go to my local fabric store.  Though I do order notions and other supplies online I like to touch yard goods before I buy.  Maybe if I keep shopping in the WalMart fabric department they will continue to expand?

One final shot from Annie's birthday train trip.  It is next to impossible to get my son to sit for a picture.  (Notice the sunglasses!)

Saturday evening grandma roasted some marshmallows for this sticky little boy.  It cracks me up to see him try to get all the sugar off his face and fingers.

 This past Mother's Day my kids gifted me with a porch swing.  Since our house is a rental he decided not to hang it on the porch, making an A-frame for it instead.

Not that I have a lot of time for sitting and swinging but it is a pleasure to sit there of an evening saying my rosary and counting my blessings.

After all the building and gardening and mowing was done

Monday night Papa relaxed the best way possible.

A few plans for the rest of the week...there isn't a lot of week left but I will manage to keep busy somehow.  There is always laundry, floors to clean, and meals to fix.  Being unemployed isn't an excuse for sitting around.

Here is a picture thought that I am sharing with you...Kaycie and Annie like to ride their trikes around on the patio pretending they are stopping in the Dunkin Donuts drive though to order coffee.  I think Kim and I might just indulge that taste a bit too much since both of the girls know just how to order for both of us.

Monday, June 27, 2016

A New Day Book 27 June 2016

Outside my window...there is a gentle rain falling. MK and I were sitting on the porch when the rain started. What a sweet and refreshing scent as it started out gradually then developed into a steady downpour.  We have had a stretch of warm dry weather and this rain is welcome.  The first cutting hay is all in now God is watering the fields so second cutting will grow.

I am thinking...about my daughter.  Though she may not agree with me she planned and prepared a delicious dinner last night all the while making her guests and family feel welcomed and at home.  She even got some time to admire her god-daughter.

I am thankful...for all that God blesses me with each day.  Last summer Layn would barely come down off the steps of the pool and would panic if he thought he was going to go under water. This summer he is constantly dunking himself and laughing all the way.  Christopher continues to have no fear, both a virtue and a curse.  

Standing on the platform yesterday waiting for the train to come.  Annie enjoyed her first train ride yesterday and grandma enjoyed it through her smiles.

After the train ride we went to Destiny for the sole purpose of riding this carousel.  It is a piece of history for many Central New Yorkers who remember riding this at Roseland Park back in the day.  Now for a dollar you can ride a noble steed, a gentle pony, or recline in a horse-drawn carriage.

I am (still) reading...St. Faustina's diary.  

From the kitchen...there will be no cooking going on today.   Thanks to MK's feast yesterday there are plenty of leftovers.  

Creatively speaking...I hope to start a couple of bags today.  My business has been mostly on hold since moving into this house.  Now my muse seems to have found our current address and we are becoming acquainted again.

A few plans for the rest of the week...I think I will abandon planning and let circumstance and folly direct my life.  (like that is going to happen! But it looks good in print.)  This week, and every week, there will be laundry to wash, floors to scrub, food to cook, and errands to run.  I hope that those things will fit into the cracks between loving my family and thanking my God.

Here is a picture thought that I am sharing with you...

Mary-Kate's little look alike.  She hates the heat but still managed to charm all who saw her yesterday.

Monday, June 20, 2016

A New Day Book 20 June 2016

Outside my window...the sun is out in force today. By 9:00 the temperature was already up to 82 and slated to climb still higher.  All of that being said I think it is a good day to stay inside and catch up on correspondence, do a little sewing, and enjoy the company of my girls.

I am thinking...yesterday was Father's Day which makes me miss my daddy more than usual.  My dad was an avid gardener and the grounds of wherever he lived were always beautiful to behold with various plantings and nary a weed to be found.  Dad's birthday and Father's Day fall within weeks of each other and it was my habit to encourage his gardening habit by gifting him with several bushels of rotted horse manure on both occasions.  He frequently joked that it was a true and loving daughter who would give her father manure for a birthday gift.  I miss seeing him smile when I came over with his gift.
I am thankful...for the privilege of being allowed in the lives of all my little people.  The way little Edmund's face lights up when we FaceTime, hearing the chatter and laughter of Evie over the computer and the little people who live close by.

I am reading....St. Faustina's diary still.  

Friday this 6 year-old graduated from Kindergarten!  There was no more proudness left in the world when this grandma watched him walk across the stage and get his certificate.  Thank you, Layn for all the fun we had the rest of the day and for letting me celebrate with you.  

From the kitchen...there is homemade chicken soup for my sick people, a batch of strawberry rhubarb sauce for my love, and possibly something good for supper.  The temperature, weather, and schedule will be my determining factors.  

Creatively speaking...I have a package ready to ship to WA for my little Evie and another for Sir Edmund.  The bag making bug seems to be biting and so that will be my source of outlet for the next few days.  It being a bit too warm and muggy to play outside doesn't hurt either.

A few plans for the rest of the week...a whole lot of the usual and a little more of the same.  Friday I will have my usual date with Christopher while his mom gets groceries, and Wednesday is Layn's last day of school which will call for some kind of specialness.  Papa and MK have been fighting something respiratory for better than a week now so much of this week will be consumed with getting them over it.  I don't like it when my people are sick

 Here is a picture thought that I am sharing with you... 
 This little boy is someone to write home about.  We left NY two days after he was born. When we first met in person after that he wanted nothing to do with grandma (I know, go figure)  After we moved back and lived with him for awhile he was sure that his parents were punishing him for something serious.  Now, though, he actually asks to come a be with me!!!!!

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

A New Day Book 14 June 2016

Outside my window...the sun is shining, there is a light breeze and the air is full of pollen and fuzzy things.  Waking up to a temperature of 54 degrees makes me look forward to today's high of 71! 

Although, in spite of the chill last week, we all managed to enjoy the presence of the hot tub in the back yard.  Even Papa got in, twice!

I am thinking...about our little birthday girl.  Sunday we celebrated Annie's fifth birthday.  She is our little blessing, hope for a happy future, and the sunshine that lights up all our rainy days.

I am thankful...for all my little people! Sunday's celebration yielded pictures of this little imp enjoying his cake and it eating him too.

Brothers forever! 

If Annie is the sunshine in our days Kaycie is the storm clouds that blow through.  She can as easily smile as put on her grumpy face. She loves you on her own terms and each hug and smile is a gift that is unimaginably sweet.

I am reading...the diary of St. Faustina.  

From the kitchen...there are leftovers! Today is Farmer's Market day so I try to get all the leftovers gone from the refrigerator to make room for all the wonderful produce I will be buying.

Creatively speaking...I have completed the apron for little Miss Evie along with a jumpsuit.  I have a couple of bags cut and ready to sew that will be for sale.  I hope to be posting pictures soon.

A few plans for the rest of the week...finish writing the English course that I have been working on, attend Layn's kindergarten graduation, and spend some time with Annie at a program that Toys 'R Us is having.  

Here is a picture thought that I am sharing....

For her birthday gift Papa and I plan on taking Annie for a train ride.  We gave her this toy train and asked her to guess what it stood for.  Poor kid got a couple of "representational" gifts this year that she is going to have to wait to receive.  I look forward to Sunday and watching her face as she boards the train.  This is the kid that always wants to walk to the train tracks when she comes over and then is quite disappointed when no train passes by while she is there.  She reminds me of one of her Uncles when he was a young boy.