Thursday, July 21, 2016

AND THE WEEK CONTINUES ON...

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As promised, some more flowers from around the area...





Someone asked me what type of camera I am using? Well, on these little impromptu walkabouts I just use my phone camera.   I have a 6 Plus so it is easy to see the photos. I have to say it takes excellent pictures. When I am doing big shoots; however, I do use my large camera.

Well, the temperature today reached 88 so far and I think that will be the high for the day.   Tomorrow 95 and now Saturday is forecast for 99!!!  Sounds like a day to just relax and maybe read a book or watch some of my favorite PBS cooking and crafting shows.

I did mini-clean and rearranged the apartment today in anticipation of folks visiting this weekend.   Brought the rocking chair back into the living room area.

I am moving the cat's wet/water special food from morning to evening.   They are not liking it but when I leave next week my son will be taking care of them which means they will get their special food in the evening and not in the morning.  So I am getting them used to it.

I can't believe that the end of July is close at hand...my goodness, this summer has flown by rather fast.

This evening I will be refashioning the shirts I purchased at Goodwill several weeks ago.  I like to cut the shirts lengthwise so they come just below my waist and then add elastic in the hem.  I will also cut and hem the sleeves so they are short rather than long.

And I have two pair of pants that I never wear so they will be turned into shorts.   All my current shorts are quite old and looking rather 'tired'.   

I have been browsing through my magazines, tearing out any articles (only three so far) and pictures (a lot more that three) of interest for fabric landscapes.   I haven't done too much reading but that may change this weekend.

I know I have to begin getting ready for my trip west but I don't think that it has really sunk in that I will be leaving a week from tomorrow.

Something I haven't been doing is any creative activities.  I just can't get my act together...no, that's not really right...I don't really feel like crafting.   I am so far behind in the tag challenge that I think I will just suspend it until I get back from my trip.   I'm thinking it may be the heat of summer.  

Of course, I do have my grandchild here and we get up rather early, 5:00am, four days a week because he gets picked up for the ride to the Bronx at 6:00am.  And then there's cooking and cleaning clothes washing and academic assignments to make and check, etc.  

I haven't had a child living with me for several years so that may be it.  Don't get me wrong, I am having a ball with my grandchild around. I'm even playing Pokemon Go!  And we go on hikes and picnics, etc. when it's not hot as heck.

Thinking back, I really don't remember doing a lot of crafting in the summer other than with the kids. Interesting!  Well, I'm not going to worry about it...just going to go with the flow right now...

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Stay cool...

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

LAST DAY BEFORE THE BEGINNING OF A HEAT WAVE

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Remember the trumpet vine I told you about?  Well, I went out and took a couple photos of it today.   The sun was bright and it was very windy so the close-up isn't as sharp as I would like it to be but nevertheless, the bush is beautiful.   And it reaches the second floor!


The high today was 82 degrees and right now it's 75. Great weather for walking.  Tomorrow not so much, the heat begins tomorrow and continues to climb (to 97 degrees!!!).  Definitely not my cup of tea.

I took a few more pictures of flowers...actually, I took a lot but I will share them over the next couple of days.

The color in this flower was awesome (No photo editing touch-ups!)...
...don't you agree?

These flowers are striking.   And so far I have only seen them in one yard...


Finally, this pink flower is one of several on a single bush...

So, tell me, have you found any four-leaf clovers?  How about in your imagination?  No?  Maybe you need to spend more time looking and less time working!  I really hope you take this to heart and find time to truly relax during this month.  

Summer is the time to let things go, to find some great beach reading, to fix easy meals and find those comfy chairs to snuggle in. After all, when the song says...'those hazy, lazy, crazy days of summer'...it's talking about now.

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Relax and enjoy yourself...


Tuesday, July 19, 2016

I'M GETTING BACK INTO THE SWING OF THINGS...I THINK!!!

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The temperature today has been quite nice...mid 80's.   I haven't even turned on the air conditioners.   I cleaned the apartment, vacuuming and dusting, etc. because I may have guests this weekend. Although, after looking at the projected temperatures of 97 degrees they are having second thoughts. I don't blame them.   

It looks like tomorrow will be an even cooler day...in the low 80's...so I hope to get out and take some photos.   In my walk to and from the subway yesterday, in that extreme heat, I saw some beautiful flowers like a trumpet vine so full of orange flowers that it had to be tied up.

So how is your July coming?   I've taken it easy for a couple reasons, first the after-effects of dental surgery and second the heat.   After giving myself a good talking to, I realized that I really shouldn't feel guilty about relaxing.   Do you ever feel that way?   Guilty about taking time for yourself either to work on artistic projects or to read or to just plain relax?

We women, especially those of us who are Boomers, lived in a culture that said women should take care of everyone else first and only then should they possibly think about themselves.   Even those of us who fought for racial equality and women's rights!  Not only were we women supposed to take care of others first, we were supposed to understand that we had no value. Enculturation is definitely hard to overcome.

So, what about you?   Are you taking it easy this month?   And are you able to dissuade those feelings of guilt to fly away?   I think one thing to help is to remind yourself that you are valuable, that you have worth and no one...ABSOLUTELY NO ONE...can take that away. Next time that little voice in your head says that you can't, you shouldn't, you're not worth it...give it the old heave ho!  That's right! Tell it to get lost because you know better.  You can!  You should! And you definitely are worth it!

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Be sure to spend some time looking for those elusive four-leaf clovers...
Talk to you tomorrow...