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Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Is It Spa Time

I hope so. After spending the day working in the garden, picking up all those "acorns", I am totally ready for a lot of R & R!



Oh, that looks like it feels sooooo good. A little "Hot Toddy" might be nice too! Do you think we could get reservations at the NUTTY HEDGES HEALTH FARM AND SPA? I think I am ready for a Nut Farm about now!


Take care of yourself.


~Mary~

Monday, October 26, 2009

Fall Fashion

The fall garden clothes are changing! And, the weather is starting to match the calendar.




It is soon time for some Hot Buttered Rum!  I must remember that the next time I go to the store.

I was on the roof again today - see http://everydaydelight09.blogspot.com/2009/06/i-live-in-trees_26.html  cleaning off lots of leaves, branches, acorns and cedar seed pods. You name it, it was up there. The last storm brought down all kinds of stuff. Nothing would have surprised me. I have to keep it cleaned or the roof will leak from the backup of water sitting on the roof. 

While I was up there.  I noticed that the weather vane would make a cool looking photo. I like the silhouette with the blue sky and puffy clouds. There was a chill in the air and for some reason I think the photo portrays that sensation.



Hope you Stay Warm and have a Cozy Evening.

~Mary~

Friday, October 23, 2009

Bright Colors

This image makes me think of yarn and this time of year!



By now, you know  that I like bright colors. And, I hope someone else (perhaps, in a nursing home) will enjoy them in this shoulder wrap that I am crocheting for my charity knitting/crocheting group. It will be about 20 inches from the neck edge down. I am using yarn that is remaining from some other projects that I have made or that I am still working on.  I am going to crochet a simple edging with variegated yarn. I started it already to see if  I like it and I do.  Also I will make some short string ties for the top front closure.





By the way, the Tudor and Baroque Afghan - see - http://everydaydelight09.blogspot.com/2009/09/tudor-and-baroque.html  that I have been knitting for the group is finished except for weaving in the ends. I will take a photo soon. 

I am not sure if I have a favorite between knitting and crocheting. I really do enjoy both. But, I think crocheting  is faster and I understand that it takes less yarn. Do you have a favorite?

I hope you are having a Warm and Cozy day.

~Mary~

Flashback Friday

I am planning on presenting some Flashback Fridays. They will be random events and times in my life.

This photo was taken in 1966 for a church pictorial directory. My son was 6 years old and my daughter was 4 years old. I think we look happy and I honestly think we were very  happy. We attended church regularly, even though my early childhood had issues with parochial school that resulted in me refusing to return for 6 th grade because I would have the same teacher as in the fifth grade. My 6th grade school year in public school was my very favorite school year. My twin brother also transferred to public school.

My husband worked with his father as a carpenter and made a very good income. I had been a Registered Nurse for seven years but I was a stay-at-home mom after our first child was born. When our daughter was 6 weeks old we were able to move into a new custom-built home. It was a very happy time. We had two healthy children and were living a middle class life in the 60's! Perhaps, we were a little ahead of our peers in regards to buying a home. But, none the less, we had many friends from various walks of life and we enjoyed socializing, which usually included the children.









One of the purposes of keeping a blog is so I can make a book of it for my 17 year old granddaughter who I do not have the opportunity to see very often. She is a beautiful person inside and out. She is a straight A student with high aspirations in spite of a very challenging life.  She was an excellent baby who let her parents "sleep through the night" very early in her life!




Perhaps, the book will give her a more accurate picture of who her Grandma is/was. Unfortunately, I have a fractured family which reared its ugly head in 1968-1969. Growing up in the 50's, all I really wanted was to be a wife and have a family. Life had something else for me!

Please hug your family and tell them that you LOVE them.

~Mary~

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Blue Baubles

This is a little twist to embellishing a neck scarf.  I added beads to just one edge instead of both. My thinking behind this is that there are less dangles to get twisted. If they are on both ends you could possibly "get so tangled up that you would never get out of the neck scarf"!


 The pattern for this scarf is Crest of the Wave Scarf by Judith Jacobs. It is a nice pattern that is easy to remember.  There are twelve rows with only one row that has pattern stitches. The other rows are either purl or knit. And, most rows are knit rows. The twelve rows are repeated until you have the desired length. The stitch pattern is more visible if you click the top photo to enlarge.




I made my scarf quite long and the blue looks nice with a long sleeved crisp white shirt and blue jeans!  Try it. It is a nice combination. Enjoy.

Have a Great Day.

~Mary~


Sunday, October 18, 2009

The Changing Of The Colors

It is starting to occur in my garden as you can see by the background STELLATTA MAGNOLIA Tree.  It turns a  very pretty yellow before it drops its leaves.  This yellow rose is trying to outlast all the other rose bushes. It looks so cheerful through the dining room window on this very dreary day.  I think rain is in the forecast!



Quite close to the Magnolia Tree is a favorite plant of mine that will soon be a gorgeous rich rose red. The WINGED EUONYMUS (also called Burning Bush) is just beginning to turn colors.The branches are interesting because they feel like they  are almost square with ridges as you run your fingers along the stems..

 

And here we have a bunch of green acorns that came down during the storm this past week. I gathered some of them, washed them off and brought them in to add to my fall decor. I do not recall ever seeing that many green acorns in my garden in the past. I am sure the heavy winds brought them down.  The brown acorns are falling all day and all night. I can hear them falling when they hit anything that is hard, especially anything that is metal .


Hope you are having a Fabulous Sunday.

~Mary~

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Silver Threads


What can I say. It is happening before my very own eyes. But, I guess that's not to bad for 70 years of age! Let me say again - it is genetic. The color may be good, but the texture and volume are the pits. Very fine hair and not a lot of it, takes a lot of "smoke and mirrors" to make it look decent!

It's not good hair for going swimming, exercising or driving a convertible. But, I do drive a convertible (Chrysler, Sebring JXi) and I love the car even though I usually have the top up. My car is a pretty metallic green car and is very comfortable, which is important with my back issues.  It is a low mileage 1998 model that has given me very little trouble. I enjoy the fancy gold wheel covers and all the extras - it is loaded. I certainly enjoyed the comfort during my recent trip to Carmel.





It is a beautiful fall day in the neighborhood!

~Mary~

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

When The Lights Go Out


Start knitting, of course!

Last night we had a storm with a capitol S. We certainly need the rain but this was a very powerful storm. About 3:30 PM yesterday afternoon the phone line and internet went out. And not long after, the lights went out. It is different in the mountains when all of these sources of power make an exit. It is very, very, very black once the night comes. You literally cannot see your hand in front of your face. And it is as quiet as quiet can be other than when the rain is falling and the wind is blowing.
It was time to light some candles and my favorite kerosene lamp. The lamp is so pretty with its 15 inch tall glass chimney. I don't use it often, but I am so thankful to have it when we have one of these storms. It really gives a lot of light. Enough light so I could knit. There really isn't very much that you can do when you live alone with your dog and the lights go out! However, I got a lot of knitting accomplished on the prayer shawl.

With all of the many "big an' tall" trees on my property, there was a lot of swaying going on around here. The wind brings down a lot (I wish all) leaves, branches and "dead wood" from the trees. The day before the storm I spent the day preparing for the "big storm" by cleaning up about six large trash barrels of fallen autumn leaves and the garden  looked so nice and clean. Not so, anymore. It is a mess!


Good and faithful Pumpkin was steadfast in his duties. To tell the truth if the electrical cord had not been anchoring him, he would have been long gone to who knows where, maybe to the rapidly flowing creek which I could watch from my window.


The power sources can back on about 2:30 AM this morning . It was certainly nice to be able to prepare fresh coffee this morning.  And, most importantly, I am thankful that I did not have any big damage from falling trees or large limbs.

I hope you are nice and warm and safe.

~Mary~

Monday, October 12, 2009

Have You Met This Man

Let me introduce you to one of California's infamous stagecoach robbers - Black Bart. The man in the photo is a local resident, Glen Wassen who is a reenactor of  Black Bart. He came to visit one of the groups that I attend. He was the subject of the program and very informative and entertaining. It was like an old fachioned melodrama with "hissing and booing". What fun!






"Black Bart was one of the most unusual stagecoach robbers in American history. There is no record of Bart every firing a shot in any of his robberies. Bart, however, was not so lucky. During one robbery a bullet shot at him grazed his head and left a scar. In his final robbery he was shot in the hand. When Bart was arrested he was using the name Charles E. Bolton, the name under which he had been living for years in San Francisco. When he was booked, he gave his name as T. Z. Spalding. However, Bart's real name was Charles E. Boles. Bart was tried, convicted and sentenced to San Quentin prison. He served his time, was released early, then disappeared without a trace. Is that the end of the story? Not a chance! The story of Black Bart is unique and interesting." 

If you are curious about Black Bart, you can find addition information from the Black Bart website http://www.blackbart.com/

Stay alert and keep an eye over your shoulder! OK.


~Mary~

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Girls Night Out

Don't you just love it? This picture hangs on the wall in my living room over the television. It has some great detail that doesn't show very clearly no matter how I take the photo. However, if you enlarge it by clicking the photo it sure helps to see just how much fun "those girls" are having.  It certainly fits our current season but I leave it up all year because it makes me smile and I like the unexpected in my decor. What do you think about it?



Have you had a Girls Night Out lately?


About two years ago, I was "window shopping" with a friend in our little town and it was in the window.  Yes, in the window. I guess they know what they are doing with their window dressing!  I knew if I didn't get it, I would be sorry later. I have never regretted getting it.


Hope your weekend has been Bountiful and Fun.


~Mary~

Friday, October 09, 2009

Pumpkins And Acorns

Little by little more seasonal decorations are showing up at this home!


 Look at how the sun is shining through the flag from behind. I think it is quite interesting and I like it.

I hope you are having an Excellent Day.

~Mary~

Wednesday, October 07, 2009

Soup Making Weather


The nights have been chilly.  The days have been windy. That means it is time to prepare soups for the freezer - - - and for dinner. So, we have Lentil Sausage Soup and Black Bean Soup.  They are both nice hearty soups that are excellent for autumn evening dining.


















The house is starting to look like the change of season. I am a little late getting started with the season decorations because of being away.

Have a Wonderful Day and keep a smile on your face.

~Mary~

Tuesday, October 06, 2009

On The Road Again

Pacific Grove was the next place that we enjoyed. We walked Lighthouse Avenue and enjoyed the shops. This is one area where I really noticed a lot of vacant store fronts undoubtedly because of the recession! However, Miss Trawick's Garden Shop really caught my attention.


In the distance you can see the evening time fog rolling in. But, look at the cute things for the home and garden in this shop. The inside shop area was very large and immediately I spotted a pair of small ceramic roasters similar to what my mother had on her kitchen window sill.



Immediately I knew I had to have them, REALLY, even though I have been downsizing. They are nicely crafted by Raz, just the right size, about 7 1/2 inches tall. Even after perusing the shop, I knew that I still had to have them. My shopping/buying has been minuscule as it should be.   I bought them. Then, I took myself back to Carmel Country Inn hoping to stay away from any further mischief!






Before long, I was hungry but not too hungry.  Clam Chowder sounded in my head so it was time to find another "pet friendly" dining spot. A short walk from 3rd Ave. (where we were) to Sixth Ave  and we were at Village Corner (a mediterranean bistro). Once again, the hospitality was unparalled. The evening sun was beginning to set and the fire fit was aflame. The Clam Chowder was devine. Bread and a little vino and I was "a happy camper". Lily was excellent (what can I say?) and drew lots of attention. By the time we were ready to depart, the patio was full with diners. On our way out, Lily was getting all kinds of admiration and it seemed as though everyone wanted to talk to us. It was fun.




I will leave you now, with this beautiful picture of the evening sky taken from our dining spot.




We traveled home the next day. We experienced a WONDERFUL "get-away"! I feel very blessed.

Wishing you a Beautiful Autumn day.

~Mary~

Monday, October 05, 2009

Traveling, Shopping And More Eating

But, NOT traveling home as originally planned. I was having such a nice time that I decided to stay another day. I still wanted to go to Carmel Valley, Monterey and Pacific Grove. I thought we should spend another day because I don't know when I will be able to return.  Also, I wanted to go back to the Sierra Shirts of Carmel and purchase a pink hooded sweat shirt with the Carmel emblem. So, off we walked to Ocean Avenue.




After getting my sweat shirt we walked through Carmel Plaza and stopped in at Talbots and Anthropologie.



Then, it was time to get into the car and go to Carmel Valley. It was fun to see all the changes since I was last in the area. I had no idea where we were going to have lunch, but I knew that I wanted seafood. When I saw the Village Fish House with patio seating, we stopped to have lunch.



Crab cakes on a Mixed Greens Salad with French Bread and Red Wine fit the bill along with a little Creme Brulee for dessert. Nothing very special, but OK.




Lily was her usual self and nicely behaved. Monterey was the next destination. The ocean was beautiful!







This next photo is a real favorite of mine. It was about 3 PM and the fog was starting to roll in at Asilomar Golf Course. The deer were grazing along side the golfers and their moving golf carts. I was surprised that the deer were so nonchalant!




It is so nice to relive all of these beautiful sights as I am posting. Tomorrow, I will have the remainder of the vacation entries. Until then - - -

~Mary~

Sunday, October 04, 2009

Window Shopping And More Eating

Another view of the ocean before the fog had completely cleared.  How would you like to live in that house overlooking the ocean?

The time had come to walk around the town of Carmel and have a look see at lots of things that are gorgeous, very expensive and not needed by me. If you have ever been to Carmel, then you know what a lovely little town it is. How 'bout a little blue box from Tiffany -


or, some halloween/fall decorations -


or, maybe some glittery baubles?



It was very enjoyable walking around and acting like a "tourist". Oh, I guess that is what I was!

I decided that I was going to have a nice dinner with almost anything I wanted from the menu. The only important issue was that the restaurant had to be "pet friendly".  PorteBella (mediterranean country cuisine) was highly recommended by some folks that we met. When we arrived two gentlemen were having drinks in the front courtyard.


A tall dapper European man with a straw hat (probably the proprietor) welcomed us graciously and escorted us to a terrace for "pet friendly" dining. Since I was the only pet-owner diner, it was like having our very own garden room for dining.


As you can see, Lily did not lack for first rate attention. And, she was her angel self.  The wait staff seemed to really enjoy her.




And, I really enjoyed my dinner. A leisure walk to our B & B in the evening dusk and I would call it a Very Good Day.


Until next time.

~Mary~

Saturday, October 03, 2009

Vacation Day Three

It was Thursday, September 24. - - - Because there was a plumbing problem with the vanity sink, we were upgraded to a "King Size Suite". The inn keepers moved everything for us while we went "out and about". It was a lovely upgrade for one night while the plumbing issue was remedied.  You can tell by this photo that Lily really liked the front room window with the sofa so she could fulfill her surveillance duties.


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With the return of a high level of energy , we were "off and running" for a fun day. We started with going to see the ocean by starting at the end of Ocean Avenue and driving along the coast. It was a gorgeous day and the views were out of this world. We couldn't have had better weather. You can see how the morning fog was lifting and the skies were becoming a beautiful blue color.











The next stop was Cypress Inn to have some afternoon tea.



This was the first time for Lily to go into a restaurant setting (which is always patio seating) with me for a meal.  I had no idea she would be so good and "trouble free".  She just sat on the chair looking around and when she would see someone or another dog, her tail would start waging as fast as she could make it go. I really could hardly believe it. She never begged! But, as you can see I did give her some tiny bread crumbs at the corner of the table. She happily ate them and then continued on with her excellent behavior. What a gal!
















This was a wonderful time in Carmel. I am glad that I can share it with you.  There will be more in my next post.

Hope you are having a Wonderful Day.

~Mary~

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Some Additional Special Photos

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Mother's Day 2012

Mother's Day 2012

Happy Family (2014)

Happy Family (2014)
Grandma Pride

Valentine's Day 2013

Valentine's Day 2013

High School (1957) Friends Of Mine On The Left Live In New York and We Met In Canada In 2013

High School (1957) Friends Of Mine On The Left Live In New York and We Met In Canada In 2013

Bud Mietz

Bud Mietz
1928 - 2014