We had a fabulous time in Oregon, but it's always nice to come home. School starts this week and there's so much to do. I'm inspired to get organized and get back to purging some of my stuff. I have a BIG birthday coming up next month and my dad will be visiting. Lots to look forward to!
I'm finished with my cat and house-sitting job. It was a nice break from my usual routine and so easy to ignore all the things I should have been doing at my house. This is the second puzzle I did while staying there, Carl Larsson's Crayfishing.
The one, and almost only one, thing that I love about the heat is hanging out the laundry on the line. When it's in the 90s a whole load dries just as fast as in the dryer! A little bit longer for jeans, but not much. And I love the feel of the towels when they've been dried outside. Below is a poem that I discovered when a customer of mine at Paper Products had made a little book about the clothesline with this poem and needed a way to bind it. I suggested using the mini-clothespins that we had and she loved it. She gave me one of her books as a thank you!
The Clothesline Said So Much By Marilyn K. Walker
A clothesline was a news forecast To neighbors passing by. There were not secrets you could keep When clothes were hung to dry.
It also was a friendly link, For neighbors always knew If company had stopped on by To spend a night or two.
For then you’d see the fancy sheets And towels upon the line; You’d see the company tablecloths With intricate design.
The line announced a baby’s birth To folks who lived inside, As brand new infant clothes were hung So carefully with pride.
The ages of the children could So readily be known, By watching how the sizes changed, You’d know how much they’d grown.
It also told when illness struck, As extra sheets were hung, Then nightclothes and a bathrobe too, Haphazardly were strung.
It said, “Gone on vacation now,” When lines hung limp and bare. It told, “We’re back!” when full lines sagged With not an inch to spare.
But clotheslines now are of the past, For dryers make work less, Now what goes on inside a home Is anybody’s guess.
I really miss that way of life. It was a friendly sign, When neighbors knew each other best, By what hung on the line!
image taken from mountainspringscabins.com via google images
My friend Michelle over at EverydayMe is having a fabulous giveaway to celebrate launching her new website. A scrapbooker extraordinaire she designs and manufactures these great frames that you can easily slip your personal scrapbook pages into. I just ordered mine. Her giveaway ends tomorrow so visit her blog ASAP to enter. Congratulations on your new venture Michelle!
I love that they put a messy table on the cover of the September issue of House Beautiful! It's a great issue with fabulous colors. I'm liking lots of white these days, but it's not practical in my house with the dog. When we bought our IKEA sofa I actually bought the white slipcover along with the blue one. I've never taken the white one out of the bag. Maybe I should just do it and see how bad it gets. What the heck!
P. S. I'm house and cat-sitting these days so I'm not home and on my computer much. Posts will be a little less frequent. The house is three times the size of mine and clean and quiet....I'm enjoying it.
It's looking very much like summer in my garden. The tomotoes aren't quite what they've been in previous years, but a few have ripened already and they were delicious. Zucchinis and strawberries are going crazy. I just planted raspberries this year so not much of a crop there, but they are looking very healthy. Pumpkins are starting to grow...hope it stays warm through September.
Completed on Friday night while waiting for my daughter to get home from a double-feature drive-in movie with friends. 750 pieces. Kept my mind off worrying....not that I ever worry. Now I'm in a puzzle mood. I think I'll start another one today.