Monday, June 22, 2020

Paint, plants and car trouble

A couple of years ago I inherited a couple of metal patio chairs. They were painted dark green and while they were quite comfortable, the paint was peeling off in places. I decided it was time for them to get a good sanding and a new color, and of course I chose turquoise! Anyone who knows me knows I'm all about the bright beachy colors and turquoise is my absolute favorite. 

Here is my small patio. I bought a potted tree and then decided the tree was lonely so I bought a potted palm tree to keep it company. Not sure what I'll do with them come fall...they'll have to come inside or they'll freeze.

I have a potted rose too...I love the color of this one. I sure do miss all the flowers I used to have, but taking care of these few things is so much easier. lol

And this is what happens when you get home from running errands and there's smoke coming from behind your front tire! Turned out a new brake caliper was needed and thankfully my wonderful son was able to fix it for me yesterday. Lets hope the other three keep working for a very long time.

Thursday, May 28, 2020

Playing with my batiks

Quite some time ago I decided to start cutting up all the batiks I'd been saving for years. I cut most of what I had into charm squares and 2-1/2 inch squares. The other day I finally settled on a layout for the quilt top I want to make with them. I actually have cut some of the 2-1/2 inch squares into quarters for the little pieces you see here. The bigger pieces are the charm squares. Those little ones will finish at only 3/4 of an inch. Not sure if I'll like them being that small or not, but I'll find out if I ever get around to sewing them together. At least it's a start, which is better than I've done for a long time with my sewing.

I've been having Ava visit a couple of days a week, to help out with taking care of her when Emily is working. She loves to play in the waterfall outside, but it's no longer simply a matter of enjoying the water. First she was blowing her bubbles into it, which of course led to...

...lots of bubbles in it every time we turn it one! And as if that wasn't enough fun, now she even...

...has to wash her hands and feet in the bubbles! At least she's having a good time! lol

Sunday, May 3, 2020

The great outdoors

One day last week when I was babysitting Ava, we got out my old water feature and it still works! Ava played in it when she was little but at our last house there was no place outdoors to plug it in. Unfortunately the plug on my patio here doesn't work, but I can plug it in just inside the house door and leave the door ajar just a bit. So that gives Ava something fun to do when she's here and we get to enjoy the sound of the water.

When I took Ava home the other day, we decided to go on a short outing to the local state park. there were a few people at the dam but nobody but us at the covered bridge end of the river. It was cloudy but warm and we had a nice walk. I think we'll be going back there again soon.

Thursday, April 2, 2020

Bubbles, bubbles and more bubbles

A while ago Ava came to visit and we finally got the chance to use her new battery powered bubble blower. We had so much fun! She really enjoyed aiming the bubbles straight at me, and she even "painted" the fence with bubbles. Unfortunately we ran out of bubble solution so I need to get some more.

And here is my lovely new plant table, custom made by my son Brian. I just love it! :0)

Monday, March 9, 2020

Fun in a caboose

Yesterday I took my granddaughter, daughter and daughter-in-law to ride in the caboose of the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad. It was a great day for it, and we had a wonderful time! :0)

The one volunteer had a little train paper punch and Ava kept going back to him to have him punch her ticket again and again. 

There were seats (one on each side) up in the cupola that we got to sit in where you could see out over the train. In the olden days when cabooses were still in use, a person would sit up there to watch for smoke in case one of the wheels got hot. That was before ball bearings were invented.

Now that Ava has had her caboose ride, I wonder what she'll be wanting next. Although she's already told me she wants to ride in the engine. Sounds like fun to me but I don't think that one's going to happen! lol