Tuesday, September 25, 2012


A little chat about this and that and nothing much in particular. It was chilly this morning so I broke down and turned on the furnace. This is the second time that it has been on this season and, just as soon as the house comes up to 68F, it'll be going off again. I shudder to think about oil prices this coming year...talk about putting a crimp in a budget that already squeaks.

Yesterday, the unthinkable happened...

Molly and Fioré decided to combine heating reserves and slept in the same chair for two hours. Believe me, it had nothing to do with friendship.


After seeing my daughter-in-law's tomato patch last weekend, I realized all over again the error of my ways. You may remember my sharing my little garden a few days ago. It was full of green tomatoes and lots of foliage. Here's Em's...

a lot of red and very little green. So I went aboard my tomatoes yesterday and pruned them heavily. Perhaps I'll get another week of growing time. Still, fearing frost last night, I brought in quite a few. (No frost...36F this morning.) My harvest is lining the windowsill. Helpful post with regard to this issue


John has been busy at work on the west side of the house. He'll be all done with that this morning and will move on to the front. 

It sure changes the light out there...much brighter. I'm going to miss the three trellises; however, nothing really grew there since the sun doesn't reach it for long. I know that I can find a new home for them.


Do you like those cheesy biscuits at Red Lobster? I have the Bisquick knock-off recipe, which we really enjoy. I scrounged around in the pantry a bit looking for some Bisquick and came up empty. Hooray for the internet, though, because there were several versions of a "from scratch" recipe. Must have chosen the wrong one because we truly hated them. The success of that biscuit comes from its lightness and the ones I made last night were heavy. Looked pretty, but pretty is as pretty does.


Must end on a sweet note with photos so gear up, you know what's coming...

Have a wonderful Tuesday!

Love Vee

Monday, September 24, 2012

Reminder to Self

Get Out of the House once in a while...

#5 ☺ or the little guy with the final kick that made me chuckle

Watch some soccer...

Enjoy the view...

you'll be back to the same old same old soon enough. 

Though yesterday morning was blue, by afternoon's soccer game and drive, some clouds stole in. Well, into every life... 

Say, are you a stay-at-home person or a get-out-and-about person?

Love Vee

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Remember the Blessings~Mosaic Monday

What glorious light today. Haven't seen anything like it for so long that I forget when I saw it last. Clear as a bell. Blue, blue sky with not a cloud to decorate it. Lovely!

Linking to Mary's Mosaic Monday at Little Red House.

A lovely week to you with many clear blue skies...

Love Vee

Keep Looking Up!

After looking at the way things are on this earth, here’s what I’ve decided is the best way to live: Take care of yourself, have a good time, and make the most of whatever job you have for as long as God gives you life. And that’s about it. That’s the human lot. Yes, we should make the most of what God gives, both the bounty and the capacity to enjoy it, accepting what’s given and delighting in the work. It’s God’s gift! God deals out joy in the present, the now. It’s useless to brood over how long we might live. ~Ecclesiastes 5:18–20 (The Message)

Since first reading this verse over at Gwen's Along Fairhaven Way (you'll find the specific post in my sidebar), I have thought about it a lot. Brooding on life? It's a waste of time! How excited I was to learn that the Bible had a word specifically for this very issue.

 Many blessings today and all week through...

Love Vee

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Tying Up Some Loose Ends

A little foliage color as of yesterday afternoon. I get a lot of mileage out of that blue roofed barn. Usually I take its photo through my living room window, but this is taken outdoors just around the end of the fence.

This is the tomato jungle. What a fright. I think I have learned something about growing a tomato and that is never to allow the foliage to take over like this. Mid summer, I cut it way back as the tops were towering above the fence. We have some beautiful looking green tomatoes that I hope we may harvest without having to resort to fried green tomatoes.

Like these, which are larger than baseballs. My eyes glint just to see them. Unfortunately, this is usually what happens to them...

This is either a very sad tomato or a Phoenix rising. 

On a brighter note, the third morning glory (I planted blue, purple, and pink) showed up yesterday all at once. I've seen some blue and lots of purple, but no pink at all until...

All this puttering I do and all the hard work John does...

Yes, he's moving right along on the west side.  It'll look so nice to have that tired old brown be gone.

Over and out. I'm closing comments so that you may just peek and run. Have a lovely weekend!

Love Vee

Friday, September 21, 2012

Table Runner Reprise

Now this is what I love about Blogdom. Sometimes a gal gets a do-over. Okay, that and the fact that I can get into ruts, whichever you prefer.

The table looked so nice this morning except for one end of it with a ratty blue-striped towel that John had thoughtfully put down to protect it from newspaper ink. He's sweet like that. I began setting up my tripod because I tend to shake before my morning cup of coffee and it was still early.


Somehow I had it figured that that would be John's cue to move along.


He's still there.

There're only so many unusual disguise angles to take. Sometimes it's best to go for the direct approach. "Honey, could you move over there? Please? Thanks."

There! That's better!

Ahhh, that's a nice unusual, well, if it weren't all whacky lighting from being so early in the morning.

That's pretty good.

Nope. That's best of all. Thanks, Hon!


And this just for the purists who don't want no stinking story. ☺

Have a great Friday and a beautiful weekend!

Love Vee

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Table Runner

Many thanks to all for participating in the Note Card Party. Mr. Linky will be around until about 10 this morning if anyone wants to link. 

Gosh. How long will you be subjected to these sorts of photos? About as long as I kept you looking at the morning glories last year perhaps. ☺

I did get the white pot disguised and the flag unfurled. I have been thinking that a baker's rack would look great there. It's such an expanse of empty wall. Hmmm...must be prepared if I should happen to find one at the flea market. 


This week my "creative" project has been the making of a small table runner. I used a basic disappearing nine-patch in coordinating autumnal fabrics creating three reassembled blocks. It had been my hope that it would go quickly, easily, and well. I had hoped that it would go so well that many would receive one for Christmas. Nope. I am not a fan of doing quilting after all. This will be the one and only. In time, this thing is worth hundreds of dollars. Ha!

In the end, I think I liked the backing used better than the disappearing nine-patch front.

Here's hoping that all your projects have gone smoothly and well. Are you planning to gift any homemade items this Christmas? Have you already begun?

Love Vee

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

September Note Card Party

The first fire since the summer is lit, and is smoking into the room:
      The sun-rays thread it through, like woof-lines in a loom.
      Sparrows spurt from the hedge, whom misgivings appal
That winter did not leave last year for ever, after all...

 ~Thomas Hardy

Welcome! This is our seventh Note Card Party — and they said it wouldn't last. I'm so glad that you're here. Can't wait to visit you and see what you have come up with this time. You may be shocked that I didn't include a pumpkin nor a mum.


~Wild Oats~

~Helenium Autumnale~

~Wood Pile and Brush~
Three of the four note cards date back two years. I am grateful for all the mosaics collages I've done because they are another way to load up photos.

Because I may actually have this set made up, I wanted to include two selections suitable for men. My card supply leans toward the feminine.

Please visit the sidebar button for rules. I'll not waste space here to restate them. Our next party will be October 17.

Take it away!

Love Vee