Saturday, July 30, 2011

On the Fourtieth Day of Summer

Oh Yeah! What a most wonderful day with friends. Friends I have know for over 30 years and some a few years less. . AND today is my birthday. A good day. JOY!!! is what I witnessed today. Old friends coming together. Then after the celebration of friends was all said and done,dear friends came over to share a bottle of wine, sitting on the porch by candle light to celebrate my birthday. Aaaahhh, the end to a perfect day.

Tye die twins

Third generation

Joy. Friends. Been a long time. So happy to see one another


Hug. Been way too long
Friends. So safe and easy.

Friday, July 29, 2011

On the Thirty-Ninth Day of Summer


Freezing the peaches

Early evening bubble play


Shot from the top. I stood up on a chair and took a pic from a birds eye view

more kitchen shot


 We are in the DOG DAYS OF SUMMER 


Thursday, July 28, 2011

The Thirty-Eighth Day of Summer

A VERY HOT DAY in Eastern North Carolina. I helped my mom inside while David started in the "cool" of the day,around 7am, cleaning and painting the floor and steps of the back porch. He was able to finish by 3:30.

finishing touches while my dad supervises

Working hard and fast so we can make it to the farmers market for peaches before the vendors leave at 5pm

My parents next door neighbor gave us toys and clothes to bring home for our grandchildren.

Leaving Clayton. Notice the time of day for such heat!

Made it to the farmers market....And I thought it was hot in Clayton. Raleigh feels even hotter. 

Made me smile

I KNEW if felt hotter! So hot it almost hurt to breathe the air. The hot humid earthy smells from the heat felt comforting and soothing in a strange sorta way.  Nostalgia from my childhood.

Just one more heat picture just before we exit for Trader Joe's in Cary.

After a few peach taste test David and I opted for a bushel of peaches from the best peach growin' part of NC

I forgot to take a picture of the peaches. You will see them tomorrow.

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

On the Thirty-Seventh Day of Summer

It is VERY hot outside, 84 degrees after 9pm. David and I drove over from my parents home to a McDonalds for WiFi. I just had to post something for the thirty-seventh day of summer. Can't break my flow. 

This little car zoom by us. Iarely caught the words under the license plate. Made me laugh

David and I ate lunch at this little restaurant . Clayton ,NC is really changing.

The coffee shop and restaurant is in what was a deteriorating building a few years back. Way to go Clayton. Restore those wonderful old brick buildings.

Across the street from where we had lunch

We left from lunch to my parents home. We have had a fun afternoon. Wish I had had the camera with me at supper.  My parents took us out to eat at an all you can eat place. Supper bar had fried fish, fried chicken, fried shrimp, barbeque pork, country style steak and gravy , chicken pastry and drum roll.....fat back. YES fat back. Look it up if you don't know what it is. Now, add all the southern style vegetables you can think of plus biscuits, hush puppies,...... Then there was the dessert bar with pies of all sorts, banana pudding, cobbler...I still am rolling since supper. 

FYI~The forecast is for 101 degrees tomorrow. 

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

On the Thirty-Sixth Day of Summer

After almost 26 years of serving us well, our toilet officially died. David tried fixing and fixing, corking, new parts, and it still leaked and would not flush. We had to face it. We had to buy a new toilet. I remembered something about low water use toilets and rebates from an article a few months back in the paper. I checked out the town utility site and sure enough... if you bought a water sense toilet the town would give you a rebate up to 100 dollars until the funds ran out. Hopefully the funds were still there. It is the end of July. 
David purchased a water sense toilet, on sale, for under 100 dollars.

out with the old, in with the new

YAY...Town of Boone!

Our new water saving throne...after rebate FREE!!!!!!

We ended the evening with dinner with friends.
love the rock work by the basement door

our friends flower garden

Sandi loves rocks

front yard... stone couple under the tree

ahh.... relaxing with friends.. good food, good fellowship.. nice summer evening

glimpse of my man

my friend Sandi made this for her husband's birthday a while back

more back yard garden

the end of a good evening.

Monday, July 25, 2011

On the Thirty-Fifth Day of Summer

Was looking through an old notebook today. The kind of notebook where you stash pictures, quotes, magazine articles, jotted down ideas, recipes...I found this gem.
The picture speaks volumes. Especially if you are a woman in perimenopause-menopause. Made me laugh.

her face speaks volumes

I don't know if is possible to "ease into menopause" there has been no ease for me.


The 35 Symptoms of Menopause

This list of common symptoms that occur during perimenopause and menopause was developed from the real-life experiences of hundreds of women. ~ taken from this website PROJECT AWARE~
  1. Hot flashes, flushes, night sweats and/or cold flashes, clammy feeling 
  2. Irregular heart beat
  3. Irritability
  4. Mood swings, sudden tears
  5. Trouble sleeping through the night (with or without night sweats)
  6. Irregular periods; shorter, lighter periods; heavier periods, flooding; phantom periods, shorter cycles, longer cycles
  7. Loss of libido 
  8. Dry vagina 
  9. Crashing fatigue
  10. Anxiety, feeling ill at ease
  11. Feelings of dread, apprehension, doom 
  12. Difficulty concentrating, disorientation, mental confusion
  13. Disturbing memory lapses
  14. Incontinence, especially upon sneezing, laughing; urge incontinence 
  15. Itchy, crawly skin 
  16. Aching, sore joints, muscles and tendons 
  17. Increased tension in muscles
  18. Breast tenderness
  19. Headache change: increase or decrease
  20. Gastrointestinal distress, indigestion, flatulence, gas pain, nausea
  21. Sudden bouts of bloat
  22. Depression 
  23. Exacerbation of existing conditions
  24. Increase in allergies
  25. Weight gain 
  26. Hair loss or thinning, head, pubic, or whole body; increase in facial hair
  27. Dizziness, light-headedness, episodes of loss of balance
  28. Changes in body odor
  29. Electric shock sensation under the skin and in the head 
  30. Tingling in the extremities 
  31. Gum problems, increased bleeding
  32. Burning tongue, burning roof of mouth, bad taste in mouth, change in breath odor
  33. Osteoporosis (after several years)
  34. Changes in fingernails: softer, crack or break easier
  35. Tinnitus: ringing in ears, bells, 'whooshing,' buzzing etc. 
I  really mean that statement. I did not write that sarcastically.

    Sunday, July 24, 2011

    On the Thirty-Fourth Day of Summer

    I really would like to see this! I have watched this clip three times and got emotional each time. Let's just say tears. I love the creativity of our Creator.