Monday, July 24, 2017

Some of This, Some of That

It's Monday, it's hot, it's July, what can I say.  Should start cooling off here some time around the end of October.  Mac keeps checking the Almanac on line to see if the sun is going down sooner and of course minute by minute it is.  He could tell you what time the sun is setting each day.
Morning walk was
done and a quick dip in the pool before breakfast. Load of white laundry done, 21 washrags and 23 socks, had to be missing at least one or it wouldn't be official laundry.
Loved the British Open yesterday, got really worried for a while and turned it off, Swiffered the floors, turned it back on and watched the last 4 holes.  WOW!  What a finish.
We had a shrimp salad for lunch yesterday with homemade Thousand Island Dressing.  The shrimp were heavenly and as always I asked why we didn't have shrimp more often.
Today it's going to be chicken kabobs.  Nothing too heavy, too hot for that.
Today is National Cousin Day.  I've lost touch with all my first cousins, we're scattered around the country and one's too weird to be in contact with.  I do have a 2nd and a 3rd cousin, or is that a cousin twice removed and a cousin 3xs removed, that I stay in touch with.  We reconnected through Ancesty.com.   It's funny that all 3 of us are or were teachers, no one else in our families were or are.
It's also National Tequilla Day, a drink for the strong of heart, though a nice Margarita on a hot day wouldn't be remiss.
Mac's outside talking to his weed whacker.  He says he needs one that doesn't break the string every 5 minutes.
I'm going upstairs to talk to a puzzle I've been neglecting, I'll probably melt.

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Saturday in the Swamp

Not quite so slothy today, I managed to clean the kitchen and finish my afghan.  No more big projects of any kind for a while.  I have a book of one skein projects and I think I'll do something from it instead.
I enjoyed my slow day yesterday.  That's the best part of being retired, no commitments and nothing you really have to do,  just check yourself into Chez Couch and relax, it's so nice.
Just finished another Joe Slider mystery Dead End by Cynthia Harrods Eagles.  She writes the Morland family saga I'm reading---starting in the 1400's no less--and one set during the First World War.  Both of those are very serious and I enjoy them tremendously.  The Bill Slider mysteries, while still being quite serious, have added dashes of humor that I'm really enjoying.
Off to exercise.

Friday, July 21, 2017

A Sloth Day

I've had such  a lazy day.  Had I  moved any slower sloths would have left me in t h e dust.  Not tired, just unmotivated.   Mac, bless his heart, cleaned the kitchen for me, even swept the floor.
I sat on the couch, crocheted and watched the British Open, go Speith.
Now I'm ready for a nap.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Christmas Present/Birthday Present

It took about 9 months to complete.  It missed its first deadline, it was supposed to be a Christmas present.  But it made it for the second one and turned out to be a good gift.  Our daughter loved it.  I picked it because it looked like an Arthur Rackham illustration and she loves Arthur Rackham.
Now if I can only finish the afghan I've been working on forever I can start my next cross-stitch--if it doesn't blind me.

Monday, July 17, 2017

A Rainy Day in Georgia

Rained off and on all weekend, more than an inch yesterday.  Saturday, the non regular mail person left out mail out in the rain.  Too much to fit in the mailbox, too far I guess to bring it to to door so he laid it against the garage where it got soaked including a gift and a letter that needs to go to my doctor­čś×, I'm not happy.

But what's a girl to do on a rainy day, why read of course.  And I'm reading an old favorite, Howard's End is on the Landing by Susan Hill.  I've read it a couple of times, it's about the joys of rereading our own books.  Something that I do regularly.  I only keep books that I plan on rereading.
Went upstairs to look through my bookcases and to see what books I reread regularly.








Easily my favorite rereads are my Agatha Christie mysteries, I've read most of them several times.  Mac recently gave me a vintage one,  Cards on the Table and since I haven't read it in a while it will be among my next rereads.









Another group I regularly reread are my Georgette Heyers, no one does Regency novels better and I love her mysteries too.  In fact I think I might just be in the mood for one of them soon.











A series that I regularly reread is Jack Whyte's Camulod series that begins with The Skystone.  This is one of the best series about King Arthur I've ever read and I'm a King Arthur junkie.










I also regularly reread Josephine Tey's Daughter of Time, her book about Richard III.  My favorite English King and so badly treated in most books.











My favorite family series and I love to read family chronicles, is Elizabeth Goudge's Elliot family.  This begins with Pilgrim's Inn.  Although I'm currently rereading The Chadwick Family chronicles and they're a favorite too.









And a frequent reread is Bill Bryson's Mother Tongue.  It's about the development of the English language.  When I get to wondering why English is such a strange language I reread this one.

What books do you reread?

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Saturday in the Swamp

Morning swim and it did feel good, later in the day the water will be too warm to cool you off.  The other day I dipped 24 moths out of the pool. I theorize that they had a ball and got to worn out to leave.  Saved some.

Friday, July 14, 2017

It's Friday

To all the working folk TGIF, I know my daughter feels that way.  She's off to celebrate her birthday weekend in Nagoya, Japan.  We'll Skype her Tuesday and she'll open her birthday presents we sent.
Things went well at the Dermatologist.  What I thought was an ugly black mole turned out to be an ugly brown Seborrheic keratose.  So she quickly whipped out the liquid nitrogen and burned it off.
Yesterday was a low energy day, little was done except survive the heat.
Today is hot again, but we started the air conditioning earlier and I have a bit more energy.
Mac took a bunch of photos out in the yard so I thought I'd share some.

This is a Zebra butterfly.  They're a tropical and use to just be an occasional  visitor, but now they're always here.  They love the Lantana.

This is a long-tailed Skipper, it's a native.








Another native, the Gulf Fritillary

Not my favorite lizard, it's a 3-line skink, I prefer the little green anoles.





Mac got me an Arbor for Christmas and put it out in the garden this spring.  We now have Morning Glories and Wisteria growing on it.






Out in the lagoon Mac has his Armored Battalion and he keeps them well fed.




Hope you have a great weekend.