Sunday, July 31, 2011


Is it a weed or a flower? I went searching on the internet for some info. I found an interesting article at Wikipedia. I love Queen Ann's Lace. It's beautiful. The shape and the color go so well together.

We have some growing in a wood pile out back. It looks so pretty there.

Saturday, July 30, 2011


My hubby went to a rummage sale and brought these pretty bowls home. They are Pyrex, Homestead collection.

The front of our house. No one ever uses the front door entrance, we use the garage as our main entrance.

The pear tree is loaded this year. Paitiently waiting for fall when we can pick them.

A wind chime that hangs on the deck. It's kind of weather beaten but still works.

Bella and Luke, budding artists, if they can keep the crayons out of their mouths long enough.

This is the bell that hangs outside in our backyard. And yes, it really works.

It's not very often I catch the twins motionless to take a picture. This lasted about 5 seconds and off they went.

Friday, July 29, 2011


Beth over at Visions of Sugar Plums is the host for Fibers on Friday. Head over and check out what everyone is sharing.

The green striped ripple afghan I've been working on is on hold. Way tooooo hot to work on an afghan.

As for the doily I've been working on. Well, I noticed it was starting to pucker a little. So went back and checked my rnds. I had completely missed a rnd. So had to rip out 3 rnds and do it over. I am just starting the pineapple design. It made with the popcorn stitch. I'm not really fond of that stitch, but I'll get it done.

Thursday, July 28, 2011


This is a recipe from my mother's cook book. We had these when I was a little girl. Don't know the actual name of them, only know them as Candy Cookies. That's what we called them. They are so yummy!

Candy Cookies


1 stick butter
2 C. sugar
1/2 C. milk
2 tablespoons cocoa
3 C. uncooked oat meal(not quick oats)
Wax Paper

In a good size pan, melt butter, add sugar, milk, and coca. Bring to a boil, stirring often. Add oatmeal and stir until blended. Remove from heat.

Drop by the spoonful onto wax paper. They will spread out. Let them cool. You can also put them in the fridge to cool. This recipe makes about a dozen cookies.

On a hot summer day they are the best treat coming out of the fridge. I don't have a picture of these. I went looking on the internet but couldn't find one there either.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011


Our pear tree is loaded with pears this year. We won't get to pick them until the after the first frost. But they are so sweet and tender. Love eating a fresh pear off the tree.

Monday, July 25, 2011


This is the front of our house. The front door is to the right. But the main entrance we use is through the garage.

Sunday, July 24, 2011


My hubby and I were at MacDonald's a few weeks ago. Stopped in for a hamburger and fries after doing some shopping. When we came out, there was this beautiful classic old car sitting beside our truck. I asked the guy if I could take a picture, he said sure. Then he told us about the car and showed it off. It's a 1940 Saratoga made by Chrysler. I've seen lots of old cars before, but never one like this. I'd never heard of this one.

Saturday, July 23, 2011


The heat this week has been unbearable. Highs in the 90's and several days of "extreme heat" warnings.

This is the James Dean Museum in Fairmount, In. We live about 5 miles away from this town. The day we were there it was closed.

Before the heat sit in we went to a tractor show. This is a Ford tractor. I didn't know Ford make tractors.

This is a look at the heat and humidity setting in. It was 90 something this day.

I worked on some scrapbook pages. This is of the twins Hangin' Out with Grandma. They are 4 months old here. They are now 12 months old, they have grown so fast.

Two squirrels sitting in the tree. They were munching on something.

We have several trees around here that these growths on them. This one looks like it's growing a foot. It's kind of creepy. And before you ask, the chain is there because this is where my hubby locks up the bicycles. He buys old bicycles and fixes them up for re-sale.

We haven't had a significant amount of rain since May. So the grass is turning brown and crunchy. The good thing is my Hubby doesn't have to mow as much.

Friday, July 22, 2011


Beth over at Visions of Sugar Plums is the host for Fiber on Friday. Head over and check it out.

Welcome to this fun party dedicated to knitting, crocheting, and anything else fiber related!

I've been working on a doily. It's way too hot to work with yarn. So the green striped ripple afghan has gone in the bag for awhile. The doily I'm working on is from a book I picked up at Michael's a few years ago. It's called A Year in Doilies. It is from Leisure Arts.

I am trying (going) to make every doily. But I'm a little behind right now as I'm working on the April doily. It's that pretty lavendar one in the lower left hand corner. I just started this one a couple weeks ago so it isn't very far along.

I finished the March doily. It turned out beautiful.

Thursday, July 21, 2011


I am joining Lah over at Lazy Girl Reads for Library Thursday. Don't know what the heck this is? Here are some rules for playing along.

* Create a Library Thursday post with a list, pictures or a vlog of your books. Or feature a cool picture of a library, or spotlight one of your favorite libraries.
* Grab my button if you like it and include it in your post! Make sure to shout the library out that you went to!
* Once you've created your post, link it to the linky at the bottom of my weekly post
* Hop around to the other blogs participating and check out what other people are reading. Be sure to leave them a comment to let them know you were there, this is about making friends as well!

I made a trip to the library Monday and came home with these.

Flowers on Main - Sherryl Woods

The Last Unicorn - Peter S. Beagle

Jack's Black Book - Jack Gantos

The Trouble With Lacy Brown - Debra Clopton

Natural Blonde - Liz Smith

Rachael Ray's Big Orange Book - Rachael Ray

Tuesday, July 19, 2011


"The Source of All Things" by Tracy Ross
Product Description(
Tracy Ross never knew her biological father, who died after a brain aneurysm when she was still an infant. So when her mother married Donnie, a gregarious man with an all-wheel-drive jeep and a love of hiking, four-year-old Tracy was ecstatic to have a father figure in her life. A loving and devoted step-father, Donnie introduced Tracy’s family to the joys of fishing, deer hunting, camping, and hiking among the most pristine mountains of rural Idaho. Donnie was everything Tracy dreamed a dad would be—protective, brave, and kind. But when his dependence on his eight-year-old daughter’s companionship went too far, everything changed.
Once Donnie’s nighttime visits began, Tracy’s childhood became a confusing blend of normal little girl moments and the sickening, secret invasion of her safety. Tormented by this profound betrayal, Tracy struggled to reconcile deeply conflicting feelings about her stepfather: on the one hand, fear and loathing, on the other hand, the love any daughter would have for her father. It was not until she ran away from home as a teenager that her family was forced to confront the abuse—and it tore them apart.
At sixteen, realizing that she must take control of her own future, Tracy sent herself to boarding school and began the long slow process of recovery. There, in the woods of Northern Michigan, Tracy felt called back to the natural world she had loved as a child. Over the next twenty years, the mountains and rivers of North America provided Tracy with strength, confidence, comfort, and inspiration. From trekking through the glaciers of Alaska to guiding teenagers through the deserts of Utah, Tracy pushed herself to the physical limit on her way to becoming whole again. Yet, as she came into her own, found love, and even started a family, Tracy realized that in order to truly heal she had to confront her stepfather about the demons from the past haunting them both. The Source of All Things is a stunning, unforgettable story about a wounded daughter, her stepfather, and a mistake that has taken thirty years and thousands of miles of raw wilderness to reconcile. Only Tracy can know if Donnie is forgivable. But one thing is for certain: In no other story of abuse does a survivor have as much strength, compassion, bravery, and spirit as Tracy displays in The Source of All Things
Hardcover: 304 pages
Publisher: Free Press (March 8, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1439172978
ASIN: B0054U5CB8

MY THOUGHTS: This was a very hard book to read as I saw what was happening to Tracy. It was also a very moving book. Traveling the path to recovery with Tracy. The confrontation of her father is very hard but Tracy does it to get her healing started. Few survivors are able to find the support and the courage to heal. But Tracy does that beautifully with this book. There were some times when I was reading this book that I wanted to cry and other times when I smiled. Tracy takes you along with her as she finds the way to her recovery. Does she recover? Does she get all her questions answered? You'll have to read the book to find out.


[This is a free review book.]

Monday, July 18, 2011


As I mentioned yesterday hubby and I went to a tractor show. Not a big one, it was a local show. Took lots of pictures. These are a few of my favorites.

Ford Tractor - I didn't know Ford made tractors.

Massey Ferguson - This is a biggggg tractor.

John Deer - This one needed a jump start.

To go down............

the road.

I'm linking up with Lisa over at Lisa's Chaos for Macro Monday. Hop over and check out all the great pictures everyone is sharing.

Sunday, July 17, 2011


We went to Fairmount, a little town about 4 miles south of us. We went to a tractor show and flea market. So while we were there I took some pictures of the James Dean Museum, which was closed, so only got the outside. The building is a house that is being used for the museum. They also have a web site with lots of pictures. Just click on James Dean and you'll go right there.

Saturday, July 16, 2011


The weather was pretty nice this week. The heat wave we were having left and some nice cool weather came in. But the heat is coming back. But the big event here was the twins birthday.

A nice relaxing time at the park.

Bella and Luke's birthday, they loved the cupcakes.

This is a Polk plant. It's thriving outside our front room window.

These banners hang on main street all year.

The fountain at the park. Double wet.

Hubby and I were at McDonald's and saw this car sitting beside our truck. I asked if I could take a picture. It's a 1940 Saratoga made by Chrysler.

The Canadian Geese at our pond. Paddling around with the babies.