Another Friday Post

Friday17th post It was a nice long week for me.  And as bad a long weeks sometimes sound, I wasn’t bothered by it one bit.  I got plenty done at home, with school, and also spent some time on the road.  I am happy to say that I have my car back, and since everything has been taken care of, hopefully I won’t be without it anytime soon.  Yes, getting my car was the big highlight of my week.  I really missed driving it.

The week wasn’t all about productivity and getting things accomplished though, one thing I didn’t get to do was tend to my yard.  It is that time of the year when weeds need to be pulled, plants need to be fertilized, and flowers have to be planted.  I have all three to do and have only gotten a small start at it, and that was two weeks ago.  In my defense, it rained a lot this week, so not working outside was not my fault.  I’m not sure what the weather is looking like on Sunday yet, but probably that is when I will get the rest of it taken care of if I am not able to finish it all today.  Today is definitely gonna be a busy one!

So, a little bit more about my week, not that it was super exciting or anything like that.  Sunday, after mowing and taking pictures in the vineyard, we headed to the city for an afternoon out.  My guy and the boy went to a shooting competition.  I dropped them off and went to Kohl’s.  I have been buying up exercise leggings like they are going out of style!  Before this last week I had only two pairs, can you believe it?  ONLY two pairs, now I have three more, and since they were all on sale, plus I had a $40 free coupon, I didn’t pay much at all for them.  These days it seems I spend more time in gym clothes than regular clothes, so at least I won’t look exactly the same every single day.  It is good to have variety in ones wardrobe, am I right?

After that we had dinner out and then home for a nice relaxing evening on the back deck.  Sunday’s weather was by the far the best of the whole week.  The day ended looking something like this.

IMG_9860 Monday it rained and we did lots of schoolwork.  Tuesday it sprinkled, was humid, and we did lots of schoolwork.  Also on Tuesday, my boy wasn’t feeling that well – he had an orthodontist appointment the day before in which new brackets were added to his teeth, plus an allergy overload made it a pretty miserable day for him.  Come Wednesday he felt better and we hit the road to Memphis.  It rained.  There was some window shopping, a lunch date, and the afternoon spent with a friend.  Also this was the day my car came home with me.  The clouds parted for a few hours, I made it back in time for a gym class, and then finished that day at the boy’s gymnastics class, and then settled in for the night before it started raining again.  And did it rain!

Thursday, there was some sunshine and lots of schoolwork, plus laundry and ballet.  I saw our back deck skink and I think he is getting pretty used to us.  I almost leaned right up on him while out taking pictures and he didn’t budge one bit.

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And now for today.  I am just getting started with it, but there is lots to do – inside and out.  My current bloom situation looks like this:

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The azalea is bright and beautiful, and the dandelions are fuzzy and everywhere.  The ground is pretty wet, so probably perfect for starting on some of those weeds.  But, if I wait until after school, the boy can get out there and do some of it with me…  Great idea!  I best be getting at it.

Springtime in the Vineyard

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springtime in the vineyard vines

I have more about spring for you all today.  It is just popping up everywhere!  I can’t remember ever being so excited for it, or even paying this much attention to it, but for some reason seeing all of these green leaves showing up all over the place is just making me happier and happier everyday.

This time of the year, however, the good days are competing with the wet and dreary ones, so I am making sure to keep my camera on hand at all times.  A wet and dreary day just may turn into a nice and wonderful one in a moments notice.  Last Sunday was one such nice and wonderful day, and it was beautiful for all of it.  We started it off early with a trip to the family farm to check in on the vineyard and do a little bit of mowing.  The boy was in charge of the grass and weeds while I was taking pictures, and my guy was walking around looking at animal tracks and getting bit by those pesky springtime bugs.

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springtime in the vineyard blueberry blooms

Everything is looking great!  I was even happily surprised to see some small little blooms on the newly planted blueberries.  It is hard to believe that in a few years’ time, that piece of land has gone from grass, to flowers, to vines.

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April 2011 – a field of winter wheat

June 2011 - sunflower field

June 2011 – a sunflower field

Dec 2012 - newly planted muscadine vineyard

Dec 2012 – a newly planted muscadine vineyard

April 2015 - a two year old vineyard

April 2015 – a two year old vineyard

I have to say, I like it much better in its current state as a growing vineyard.  Don’t you just love spring!

This Week’s High Five

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How about that, it is earlier than noon and I am getting the chance to write a blog post.  Friday mornings used to be the one morning of the week where I could sit down, uninterrupted for a good hour, and blog.  Lately, not so much.  Today, however, I will enjoy every minute of it.  I keep getting this feeling that there is something I need to do though, and that maybe I should go and check my calendar just to make sure I don’t have anything planned, but I am just gonna rely on my memory and say I’ve got the time.

How was everybody’s week?  There was enough going on with mine that I am very happy it is Friday and that the weekend is just around the corner.  I am about worn out and really contemplated sleeping in a bit this morning, but got up to the smell of coffee and decided not to go back to bed.  (I did set the coffee to make the night before, so there was a little sleeping in on my part this morning, even if it was just 20 minutes.  It helped.)  Now for the five highlights of my week, in no particular order.

1.)  Seeing spring.  Remember when I said I couldn’t wait for spring and when I did I was gonna take pictures of it?  I’ve been seeing it all sorts this week, and have plenty of pictures to prove it.  Most of my pictures are of flowers, but there was one other sign of spring that I was able to get a picture of this week, a snake.

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EJ was out walking the dog and when he came in he asked me if I wanted to see something cool.  He also said to bring my camera, he knows me pretty well.  It was a neat find.  I never want to stumble across snakes without some kind of heads up while out in the yard, and that is usually how I find them, by surprise.  This guy was far enough away from our yard and didn’t find me I found him, but after posing for a few pictures, he quickly slithered away towards our place.  Maybe I will see him again, but I am pretty sure there won’t be a camera in hand when I do.

2.)  Driving my car.  This may be a silly one, but my car has been parked for the last couple of weeks and I have been driving around in our truck.  Our wonderful, back-up vehicle that lacks cold air when the air conditioner is on.  This is not usually a problem, but it got warm and a little humid this week.  So getting the Mini out for a drive, even if it was just to drive it back to the mechanic, was a nice change.  Also, since my car is at the mechanic, it means I will have it all fixed up and ready to drive through the hot summer.  Both me and the boy have missed my car.

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3.)  Roller Skating.  This may become a regular monthly event.  I really enjoy it, and so does the boy, although he would have enjoyed himself more if he had remembered his roller blades.  The skating rink we go to is old school and only has roller skates for use.  My boy is most definitely not ‘old school’.

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4.)  Firebirds.  Taking ones car to the mechanic is never really a good thing, but we made the best of the trip at least, and since we were in Memphis already, we planned to make it a dinner date.  We went somewhere different and splurged a bit.  Anything to make going to Memphis a little bit better, right?  It was worth it, and we had a very nice time.  Drinks and dessert were included.

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5.)  With last nights dinner under my belt, it is a good thing I have new workout clothes for the gym.  Here is another silly thing to be showing up on the highlights of my week, but for me, getting something new has a way of making me smile, even if it is just a couple of pairs of workout leggings.  And not just any old pair of leggings, but Nike leggings.  I feel so athletic!  I am even more happy about that fact that these didn’t cost me as much as I would have thought.  A good pair of leggings makes working out just a bit better.  And hurray for sale items at Kohl’s!

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And there you go, my week, as highlighted by a few, silly little things.  Now, my time is up and I must go finish off my leftover pasta from dinner before I put on my new leggings and jump on the treadmill.  Have a wonderful Friday, everyone, and I hope you all do something fun this weekend!

Spring Sewing Plans

I have been thinking of sewing more than actual sewing these days.  My current project has been hanging up on display in my room for over a month now, neatly fastened with a clothespin where the zipper will one day go.  All those new patterns I have purchased in the last month haven’t even been cut into.  I also have some pretty amazing looking fabric, washed and folded (but not yet ironed), by my sewing table just waiting to be turned into something wonderful – they will be dresses, no doubt.

Since it is finally spring, I don’t have to feel the pressure of making something weather appropriate.  Although, I never feel the pressure of making something weather appropriate.  ALL of my dresses seem to be made for spring or summer.  Okay, what I meant to say was that I was consciously looking for spring-like prints when I made my last fabric purchase, and now I am gonna tell you all a little bit about them.

I love black clothes, and a few years back I finally started to notice that I had way too much of it.  This was around the time I started sewing more frequently, and I have since steered clear of this color almost completely while shopping for material.  I have put black into two categories, to be worn at the gym and to be worn in winter.  So, why did I buy this black material for a spring make?  For starters, it isn’t just black, and I thought the tulip-like flowers said spring well enough.  Also, it just goes perfectly with polka dots, and I had to have it.  Enough said.  I have plans for this to be a another Serendipity Studio dress.  This time I am going with the Bebe pattern.  I haven’t made this dress before but I don’t expect any difficulties with this project, I just need to get to cutting it out.  (P.S. I am probably going to go with the sleeveless version.)

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Then there is this blue, geometric design fabric that I think is wonderful.  I had another Simplicity 1803 in mind, but thought I should go with something else since I recently bought so many new patterns.  It will be a Tracy Reese Vogue 1433.  I just need to get some material to line it because I am gonna make it exactly as called for, despite my dislike of lining dresses.  Also, I am a little intimidated by this one.  The pattern does say EASY so it shouldn’t be as bad as I am thinking.

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And lastly from my specifically-for-spring material purchase, this that is probably the most spring-like yet.  I am on the fence about what pattern to use.  I have so many new ones, like I said, I feel I should try one of them out, but a Marilyn dress with a navy or yellow polka dotted band seems like it would be perfect…  I may make this one last since I haven’t completely made up my mind yet.

Sew Serendipity Marilyn dress

I am set, I have a plan and now all I need is the time to get to it.  It is technically spring for almost three months, so I should have plenty of time to turn these lovely fabrics into dresses.

Any sewing plans on your table?  Has anyone made any of these yet?  Let me know.

Mondays Aren’t So Bad

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I can no longer say good morning or even happy Friday, because it will already be after noon by the time I am done writing this post, and it most definitely is not Friday anymore.  I can’t remember the last time I missed a week posting.  It may be it has never happened and last week was the first time ever.  Oh, no!  Hopefully nobody but my mom noticed…  nobody but my mom and me anyway.  So, I am a few days over due, not a problem, I will pick up where I left off.  My car.  It remained nicely parked in the garage all last week and gave me no headaches at all.  Schoolwork and schedules on the other hand, there was the problem.  Not really a problem, actually, just the source of all of my free time last week.  I am officially calling March the busiest month of the year for me.

Now that it is April, I am breathing a sigh of relief and starting to enjoy the beauty that is showing up all around.  I am very happy to be leaving this winter behind.  With the exception of a few cold evenings, the weather over here was wonderful, and the ugly brown landscape is very quickly changing to green.  It is raining today, but it will only help bring the green around, so I will tolerate the downpours, for now.

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Everything about last week keep me occupied: school – teaching, planning, and grading – house work, errands, grocery shopping, bills, haircuts, you name it, I was doing it all.  In addition to all of that, I was nursing some strained muscles, so instead of blogging I was looking online for home remedies.  Everything is all good now, and I am really happy it is Monday and that I have another week before me with a little less to do.  Even though Sunday is the first day of the week, Mondays for me are when the ball of life really gets rolling and I kind of like starting everything all over again.  I even enjoy going to the gym.  Weird, I know.  It must have something to do with being refreshed and rested from the weekend.  Or I am extra motivated to work off those extra carbs I let myself eat.  Yesterday they came in the form of McDonald’s french fries.  But either way, some of my best workouts happen on Monday.

You know what else happens on this day?  Some of my best cooked dinners.  I have plenty of time to cook, and right now I have the most delicious looking pork chops in my crock pot.  I might even be looking forward to dinner more than I am looking forward to the gym today.

Well, enough of me gushing on Monday.  Not everyone feels the way I do about it, I am sure.  And if I keep going on and on, I will lose all this extra time that I have and I might start the week off low on clean clothes.  Blogging wasn’t the only thing I ran out of time to do last Friday, my laundry suffered a little as well.

Have a great week everyone, and a happy Monday!  I will be back later in the week with some of my spring sewing plans.