|Posted by Sandy on September 17, 2011 at 11:15 AM||comments (3)|
September already, and it's cold outside.
I'm not ready for winter. The weather this year has just been too extreme for my liking, and I'm really hoping that winter this year will be mild. Last winter was so cold, so snowy, so long. Even for Minnesota. Spring was too short and summer was too wet, too dry, too hot, too humid. What a complainer I've become. I even needed to put the down comforter on the bed already as it's been so cold!
Time to accept things, though, and move ahead proactively. I guess I can say that with the cooler temperatures comes more energy. Hot and humid do not exactly inspire movement and productivity ... perhaps I will now be able to tackle a few projects hanging over my head (decluttering the basement and spare bedroom come to mind). There are photos to organize, things to knit, new skills to learn. Maybe a person just needs to stay focused on the things that are energizing instead of dwelling on the negatives, like I hate winter.
So, the down comforter felt wonderful last night. And I made a really good batch of chili the other day. I'm thinking that it might just be the recipe I've been searching for all this time. Time for another Bed and Breakfast get away? I think maybe. Things are going to be alright.
|Posted by Sandy on August 30, 2011 at 8:40 AM||comments (0)|
I'm finally getting around to learning how to play mandolin!
Years ago, and I mean many, I was watching Mr. Roger's Neighborhood with Jake and they had a show on musical instruments. They had someone playing the mandolin and I was enchanted. I mentioned this to Bruce, and he being a guy who loves string instruments, went out and bought me one for my birthday. Well, time was tight in those days with three little kids, but I did give it a try and I have a vague memory of trying to teach myself the tune from Popeye (Sailor's Hornpipe). I think it actually sounded a little like it was supposed to, but then I got busy and forgot about my mandolin.
A few weekends ago, Bruce and I went to a local Bluegrass festival. It turned out to be really fun, and many of the people attending brought their own guitars and mandolins along to play with other folks doing the same. Besides the music, the people there were really nice, and the whole day felt so leisurely and relaxed. I loved it all. I thought, I want to learn how to play my mandolin.
I'm trying to learn some chords first. Mostly two fingered chords, but it's a start. My fingertips on my left hand were painful for a while, but they are starting to toughen up and it's getting easier. I'm finding though, that it does make a difference what key I play in if I want to sing along. It's kind of tricky to find that middle range, but so worth it. I'm thankful that Bruce knows these kind of things and is willing to help. Maybe I'll take some lessons at some point, but for now I just want to feel more comfortable in handling my mandolin. Sometimes I think it would be humbling to take music lessons again, but that's something I would just need to push through.
I guess an old lady like me could learn something new, don't you think?
|Posted by Sandy on August 8, 2011 at 11:15 PM||comments (0)|
You know, I just don't have a green thumb.
I have been faithfully watering my potted plants on the patio, but sadly, they don't seem to be producing much. Two out of the five tomato plants do have some green tomatoes starting and that's something, I guess. The others are tall and that's about it. The three zucchini plants are definitely not looking good. They started out beautifully, but the base part of their stems have now shriveled up and there are no zucchinis in sight. The cilantro died. The basil might be edible soon.
My poor, pitiful sunflower has been eaten by the Japanese beetles and deer.
However, the Black Eyed Susan's actually came up this year, and I've been waiting patiently for them for years. And, even though it's already August, my rhubarb looked so luscious red and tempting that I picked a bunch and am making some rhubarb dessert as I write ...
I don't know if I'll attempt container gardening next year or not. The heat from this summer has worn me out, and maybe I just don't have the patience to deal with it all. I haven't spent much time in the flower garden this year, either. It can stand a good weeding. Maybe later this week? We'll see.
Ah, well. It's all been a good adventure. Maybe I'll feel better after a few red tomatoes.
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