Another week has flown by! And, July 25th reminded me that we're only five months away from Christmas day!
This week has found me digging in the dirt every night until it's too dark to see where to place the shovel. The weather has been cool and perfect for getting new plants in the ground. I finally finished planting all the new plants and Andy helped me move seven boxwoods. I planted Roxanne Geraniums, Blue Hill Salvias, Cheyenne Spirit Coneflowers, Rudbeckia, Pyrimidal Boxwoods, Autumn Sedum, Wine & Roses Weigela, and Hydrangea. I moved boxwoods, Sweetspire, and Mexican Heather. Also, planted a number of coneflowers and daisies back in front of and beyond the air conditioning unit you see in the picture above. I can't wait to put the mulch down. That always adds such a finished look.I still have a number of plants to transplant from the garden where the birdfeeders are to the new area. I'm making a "cutting garden" towards the back on the side of the house. Lots of coneflowers and daisies. I love cut flowers to bring in the house.
As you can see, we still have a lot of work to do on the house. Andy is going to rent a lift to get up to the high places on the house so he can finish painting. Then, there is work to be done on the porch. We took down all the railings - they were rotten and the former owners' dogs had chewed a lot of them. Next, the posts need to be replaced because they are rotten, also. We're going to box them in and make them wider.
I was headed toward the Farmers Market today to set up and the sky looked ominous so I turned around and headed back home. I wish I had gone ahead. The weatherman predicted severe weather all afternoon and we only got a sprinkle. Oh well. I plan to be there next Sunday.
I got some porch-sitting time in with Buster. Someone mentioned that this photo looks like I photobombed his selfie! I guess it does! I don't think he minded, though, as long as I continued to scratch/rub/pet him!
I finally got back in the soap pot yesterday and readied seven batches of soap that will make approximately 20 pounds of soap. By readied, I mean I measured out all the lye for each batch, added my sodium lactate, measured out all the hard oils, and labeled all my recipes and containers as to what is what. There is zero room for error when making soap.
I made three batches yesterday - left to right - White Ginger & Amber, Lilac Blossoms, and Confetti. I've cut all but one log of the Confetti. I'm want to let it air-dry another day.
I love nothing better than planning / designing each soap. My basic recipe is designed to produce a hard bar that is conditioning with creamy and bubbly lather. To that basic recipe, I add any number of things - seeds, herbs, flower petals, spices, clays, oatmeal, vegetables, fruits, milks, beer, colors, glitters, fragrances, etc. I can adjust my recipe and/or additives any way I want. It's very satisfying knowing what a hand I have in each bar that comes out of the mold.
The vegetable garden has been doing well. Lots of squash, zucchini, and cucumbers. The tomatoes are finally ripening. I've even harvested the first four beets and roasted them. YUMMY!
I mentioned above how I love cutting flowers to bring inside. Here's some cut today. So pretty! I can't imagine a life without flowers. They add so much beauty. I have my mother and her green thumb to thank for that. And, I guess she has her mother to thank. Nena could grow anything! I remember her cross-pollinating African Violets.
This year, I planted a lot of petunias in the pots on the back porch. They've been beautiful! Great for the full sun and heat from the patio. I also planted an orange Canna in a pot and it has been gorgeous. I want to plant more next year. It's hard finding something that will tolerate a summer of full hot sun on a white patio.
I want to show you my sunflowers that the birds have planted for me. That will be another post. They're wondrous flowers!
Hope you have a great week! I'm off to work on a knitting project!
Time is flying by! I can hardly believe that August is just around the corner.
Last weekend was a very busy one. So many things to do here in Southwest Ohio! You have to weed through all the options each weekend to decide what you're going to participate in.
Friday, July 11th, was the opening of The Ohio Challenge Hot Air Balloon Festival in Middletown, Ohio. Mom, Daddy, Andy, and I went and had a great time! The weather was perfect! A little too warm but that improved as the night went on. There was little to no wind which was perfect for the balloons. There were lots of vendors selling crafts and food. The Wounded Warror skydiving team performed throughout the evening. The lead skydiver was a double amputee having lost both lower legs in battle. You can see his prosthetics in my picture. They were amazing and even skydived through the pitch black sky with pyrotechnics on their feet.
We stayed until the end. Didn't want to miss the balloon glow. I'm so glad we did! It was gorgeous! Andy and I went a couple of years ago and it was too windy - they couldn't let many of the balloons inflate. But not this time! The weather cooperated and there were fifteen ballons that participated in the glow.
The Ohio Challenge is really a contest and the balloons and their pilots compete in different challenges all weekend. They come from all over to join in. Entries this year included balloons from Ohio, Georgia, Arizona, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, Wisconsin, Michigan, Indiana, Kenucky, South Carolina, and New Mexico. The hummingbird balloon you see in the pictures was made in New Zealand and is from Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Here's a picture of Mom and Daddy with the balloon glow as a backdrop. Love this!
Saturday, Mom and I traveled down to Cincinnati to the Cincinnati Museum Center at Union Terminal. We wanted to see the Princess Diana exhibit before it closed and headed back to England. We also saw the IMAX movie about the lemurs of Madagascar. Both were absolutely wonderful!
The Princess Diana exhibit, "Diana, A Celebration" started with her childhood and followed her until her death. The exhibit featured childhood movies, lots of pictures, diaries, memorabilia, family heirlooms, etc. The famous wedding dress with the twenty-five foot train was there in a glass case, as well as, the dress of one of her flowergirls. The exhibit also had a dress gallery that included about twenty-eight of her extraodinary designer dresses and many photos of her wearing them. There were volumes of condolences sent from all over the world at her death.
It was a wonderful tribute to a beautiful person who left this world way too soon. I remember watching the royal wedding and was also watching TV in the wee hours of the morning when they interrupted programming with footage of the accident that led to her death. I was stunned.
Here we are with Princess Diana taking a selfie - or would that be an usie? Here's a picture of Mom in front of the museum. I hear it's on the endangered list and is in need of renovations. It would be awful to lose this wonderful place! Hopefully, that won't happen.
The weather has been cool this week - in the 70's and low 80's. Perfect for getting all the new plants in the ground in the front and side of the house. I've planted 4 pyrimidal boxwoods, 3 hydrangeas, 9 coneflowers, 6 salvia, 5 weigelia, 3 Roxanne Geraniums, 5 Rubeckia. I still have 11 boxwoods and three coneflowers to move and more (6) Roxanne Geraniums and (5 or 6) Autumn Sedum to plant. It rained overnight and this morning so is too wet to finish today. I'll be glad when it's done and I can sit back and enjoy looking at it all!
The vegetable garden is doing well and has produced lots of zuchini, squash, and cucumbers. The beets and tomatoes are beginning to come in, too. I can't wait for the tomatoes!!!!!!
Tomorrow is another Farmer's Market in Waynesville, Ohio. I'll have lots of new soaps! Here is one of the new beer soaps - Apple Rose made with Redd's Apple Ale. Smells SO good! Come see me at the market from 1:00 - 4:00 PM.
In closing the last post, I promised you that the next one would feature soap and knitting projects. Then, this came to town - a piece of my heart. Or, to be more exact - four pieces of my heart.
It's so hard to believe that Taylor is all grown up. In fact, he just celebrated one of those special decade birthdays. When I look at him, I have flashbacks. Taylor and his brother entering the terminal in Philadelphia when we picked them up from their flight from South Korea. Our new sons! Taylor in Tiger Cubs, kindergarten, on the soccer field, dressed up for proms, etc. And, flashbacks of the mischief. Yes, there was a lot of mischief with Taylor. He was always so funny and charismatic. Now, he imparts these traits as a father and it's a joy to watch. He and Rachael parent with love and humor and their children will be the better for it.
Landen is now three years old and Raleigh will turn one later this month. They are adorable but then I'm pretty biased.
They arrived last Sunday and we've had a spectacular time! There is absolutely tons of stuff to do here. Mom and Daddy (Holmonee and Halrabojee - Korean for grandmother and grandfather) are nearby and that's a wonderful plus. Before moving to Ohio, they'd never spent more than a few hours at a time with the grandchildren so having them here has been great. This week, we've enjoyed swimming in their pool and including them in dinners and outings to the Splashground. Yesterday was cool and cloudy so a visit to the Caesar Creek Visitor Center and playground was the perfect choice.
There has been fishing in the pond, driving in the Arctic Cat (battery car), reading stories, chasing cats, checking the birdhouses, going to see the next door neighbor's chickens, coming nose-to-nose with and petting a horse, feeding the fish, digging out Daddy's toys from the basement (Power Rangers and Ninja Turtles), etc. So many great memories made this year and lots and lots of pictures.
It is so special having them here - under our roof - for a wonderful weeklong visit. It's different - having them here vs. going to visit them. It's so much more special. No going back to the hotel at night. So much more interaction. We really appreciate the effort they make to come and see us.
I was fortunate to grow up with all four of my grandparents within close proximity. I have the best memories of overnights and frequent visits. I hope that Landen and Raleigh will have the same blessed memories.
Today is July 4th and the weather is delightful. Sunny and a little cool. My Mom and Daddy will be coming over later for a holiday dinner. A boat ride on the lake this morning and much playing are on the agenda for today.
Special special times with this precious family - a BIG HUGE piece of my heart.
Happy Blogiversary to For The Love Of Fiber! Back in 2006, I remember first hearing about a blog. I was knitting at Barnes & Noble in Richmond, VA with the TNK group. A couple of them had blogs. I'd never heard of the word. As I listened, I thought I might give blog writing a go.
Eight years later and I'm still writing.
When I think of the eight years that have passed and all the water that has flowed over the dam, it's quite amazing. The blog has recorded a lot of the happenings and I love looking back at the pictures and the posts. When I looked back in the archives for posts dated around this time in 2013, I reread this page from 2013. LOVE the June 2nd and 16th posts! I just got to celebrate Father's Day in person with Daddy this past weekend and Landen turned three this month! So, time marches on.
Here is a picture of Daddy and me taken Sunday evening. I'm so fortunate to still have my father when many of my friends' have lost theirs. I LOVE having him close by, too! Made me realize how very much I missed both of my parents.
My two boys celebrated their special day as fathers, too. Brian with Miss B. They'll be adding another precious baby girl to their family in August. Taylor with Landen and Raleigh.
Landen turned three this month and is just so cute! He's a character - such a cute personality and all boy. Raleigh is almost 11 months old now and is just adorable! They're coming to see us later this month and I can hardly wait!!!!! Here are Landen and Taylor having some guy time - just chillin' and watching TV.
I love this picture of Miss B and Brian. Brian is passionate about fishing. The father of a girl with a second one on the way, I hope they will pick up on some of his love of the sport. Girls do fish!
To think - eight years ago, these precious grandbabies weren't here. Yes, a lot has happened in eight years!
I highly encourage everyone to write a blog. I know with social media, blogs may be a bit outdated but I really enjoy recording my life. When I was in Ohio and my parents were in Virginia, it served as a wonderful way to include them in my Ohio life.
So, stay tuned! This blog is still young!
Next post will feature soap and knitting projects I've been working on.
As if life isn't busy enough - my computer crashed! Verdict - dead hard drive. I was shocked! This Toshiba computer is only a year old. I took it to the Geek Squad and after three failed attempts, they were able to retrieve everything except my old emails and some contacts. Thank goodness! Tons of pictures, purchased and downloaded knitting patterns, and all my soaping recipes and labels. Everything else I could have lived without but the pictures, patterns, and soap labels - well, if they were gone for good, it wouldn't be pretty! I thought about a month ago that I should back-up everything and looked the external hard drive I had but couldn't find it. I made a note to self to get a new external hard drive and that's as far as I got. Now, I will be backing up the first of every month! Lesson learned.
Tomorrow is Father's Day and I'm fortunate to be able to celebrate with my Daddy this year. This year, with their move to Ohio, I've been able to celebrate both Mother's and Father's Day with my parents in person - first time since 2008. I have the Farmer's Market tomorrow so we might do something special tonight and then have dinner at our house tomorrow night.
Tomorrow will be my second Sunnday at the Waynesville Farmer's Market. If you are in the area, please come out and support this event. This is the first year and it's starting small but will grow as produce comes in and the word gets out. The market is scheduled for every Sunday from 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM through the end of October except for Sauerkraut Festival weekend. I plan to be there every 1st and 3rd Sunday and more often as time permits. I have LOTS of soap curing - 9 batches - and more lined up to make. While in Waynesville, you must check out the shops and Cobblestone Cafe. Waynesville is such a cute and wonderful place! There's always something going on. They have a new coffee shop on the main street and the coffee is delish! You can also grab an ice cream in one of their homemade waffle cones.
My latest batch of soap is Kumquat. This fragrance is so refreshing! I love the shape and look of round soap. Made in Pringle cans, these soaps are a great size. The picture on the left shows the soap after first unmolding. Two towers! The picture on the right is one of the most exciting things about soapmaking --- the FIRST CUT! It's the first peek inside to see what the result of your efforts. I was doing a happy dance when I saw this. The third picture is of all the cut soap pucks ready for the curing rack.
Next to be soaped - four batches of beer soap with the following fragrances: Oatmeal Stout, Raspberry Porter, Shave & a Haircut, and Crisp Apple Rose. After these four, I think a few floral soap would be nice.
If you've been reading for a bit, you might remember Buster - my newest kitty addition. He is so sweet! He trills and chirps and meows all the time. He's a big kitty - 15 pounds! He's also very tall - he stands up routinely and reaches for the doorknob. He loves to be rubbed and scratched but not held. We're working on that. He also loves to play. I'm still amazed that Earl Gray has accepted him. Usually, Earl has a terrible time with any new cat. The only time I've seen him accept new additions before were George and Gracie. They showed up as teeny tiny kittens. Strays of any size haven't had a prayer against Earl. I'm so glad he liked Buster and allowed him to stay. After I feed dinner, I close the garage door keeping all the cats in for the night. One morning, I went out to feed breakfast and Buster was no where to be found. I opened the garage door and there he was - outside. Turns out, Buster lived up to his name and busted out the pet door! So, now I have heavy boxes of cat litter blocking the pet door. Here's a picture of the two of them playing. They were each on opposite sides batting the ball back and forth. So cute to watch!
The weather here in Southwest Ohio has been great! A little rain, a lot of sun. My vegetables and herbs are growing well. I can hardly wait for the tomatoes to come in! There's nothing like a homegrown tomato. Andy has finished preparing the soil in the new garden area in the front and side of the house. Now, it's time to move plants and plant some new ones. I have a lot to move and hope they survive.
Well, I'd better get going! Lots to do today. Thanks for stopping by for a read and have a great weekend!
June is here and I realize Summer hasn't officially started but MAN OH MAN! it's hot! We're having temperatures in the upper 80's with threats of rain but only get a few drops. The flowers are loving this heat for now. Everything is growing up a storm. My peonies have been just gorgeous. I so wish they'd last longer. Here's a picture of one of the pots by the front door. Love those petunias!
If you've been reading my blog since 2009, you know that I moved to Ohio that year and believe I live in a wonderful place! There is TONS to do and see. You never have to ask yourself what you're going to do during the upcoming weekend - you have to ask what you're not going to do. There's just so much that you have to pick and choose.
I live in Warren County and its nickname is "Ohio's Playground". Warren County boasts the theme park, King's Island, several outdoor canoe and rafting places, lots of campgrounds, Caesar Creek State Park with its lake, gorge, picnic areas, hiking trails, and fossil hunting, ziplines, etc. I could go on and on. A lot of the offerings involve getting outside and are completely free! Wonderful place for families with children or just active adults.
With the summer season here, the Farmer's Markets have opened. I LOVE going to Farmer's Markets and every little burg seems to have one here in Ohio. Waynesville joined the crowd. Yesterday was the opening day for the new Waynesville, Ohio Farmer's Market. It will be held every Sunday from 1:00 - 4:00 PM June 1st through October 26th. Due to the Sauerkraut Festival, there won't be a market on October 12th.
I, who doesn't ever do outdoor shows - too hot, might rain, etc. etc. - promptly signed up.
Well, if I'm going to do a Farmer's Market, gotta order a tent. Check. Need to have a banner announcing who I am. Check. Must have simpler displays - tabletops. Check. I hit the internet and found / designed everything I was looking for and it all arrived with a couple of days to spare.
Sunday, I waited for time to head to town. Andy helped me set up and Mom and Daddy were there, too. Mom stayed for a bit until the heat became too much. (Battery fan already on order.) There weren't many vendors but I was told more will be joining us as produce and things become available. I thought we had a great crowd for the first day and they were so happy we were there. People kept thanking me for coming. They seemed as tickled as I was about the new market. Proof that Waynesville needed a Farmer's Market of its very own.
Here is my booth and Mom says, "Hello!"
With the weekly Farmer's Market and other things, my soap stock looked kind of low. Time to hit the soap pot!
Last weekend, I measured out lye and oils for eight batches of soap. I got five made and had plans to make the other three sometime during the week. Work was nuts so those three batches waited until this past weekend and two more batches were added. TEN NEW BATCHES OF SOAP!!!!!!! Now all cut and curing!
The first two soapy pictures are of Memorial Day soaping. I used two new molds for the first time. If you enlarge the picture on the left, you'll see Lavender Lace from my new paisley tray mold and Roseberry from my new rosebud silicone mold. Both turned out well. The rest of that weekend's work - Orange Peel Patchouli, Buck Naked, and Rosemary Lemongrass. The little flower soaps you see are the result of having extra soap "batter" and needing to put it somewhere so I used a little flower mold. I think they would make cute favors or guest soaps.
This past weekend's soaping was a ton of fun! I used a new favorite fragrance oil and almost licked the spoon!
In the picture on the right from botton to top - Dirty Hands (with cocoa butter and pumice), Southern Belle (scented with magnolia), Lime Margarita, Lavender Mint (with essential oils of lavender and peppermint), and Spearmint Eucalyptus (with essential oils of spearmint and eucalyptus).
Now, lets take a closer look at my new favorite - Lime Margarita. MY GOODNESS! LOVE IT! I think the fragrance is different from any of the many many other batches I've made. Tart, sweet, and fresh. I threw in a little salt and topped it off with salt, as well. What's a Lime Margarita without a little salt?
These new soaps are on the curing rack and will be ready by July 1st. If you're interested in my soaps or visiting the Waynesville Farmer's Market, feel free to comment or ask questions here. I will be at the Market most Sundays but not every one. Would love for you to come by and say "hello".
The flowers and plants are growing like crazy. A knitting friend, Marsha, gave me lots and lots of Iris bulbs a couple of years ago. They are in full bloom and so pretty. There are so many that I'll have some to share this fall. My Peonies are in bud and I can hardly wait until they pop open! Love the pretty frilly petals and their wonderful rose-like fragrance.
We're finally getting around to landscaping the other side of the house - front and side. It's been two years since we did the other side and I have some things to move from the old side to the new side. I hope they do okay. Lots of boxwoods and some perennials to transplant along with some bulbs. I'll also need to buy a few foundation plants like I planted on the left front to tie the new in with the old.
Andy rented a sod cutter last weekend and it rained like crazy! He got it all cut but it was just too wet to move it all. We have some plumbing issues underway, also. Last year, I found a hole in the ground near the side of the house. Andy dug it out a bit and left it. He said it was a sink hole from the builders not doing a very good job of backfilling. Well, in doing the sod this weekend, he dug the hole larger and discovered a broken sewage pipe that has been sucking dirt into it. Andy said that it's probably been broken since they built the house back in 2003. He said the only thing that would break it like that is running over it with a bulldozer, tractor, or something. So, now he's fixing it. Very thankful that he's able to do it and we don't have to hire someone.
Mary, Karen, Mom, and I went to the Upper Valley Fiber Fest yesterday in Troy, Ohio. We had a great time! The show is very small but the people are so nice and I always find something that I can't live without. Yesterday was no exception.
Now for the haul!
At Katherine Break Pottery - kind of ironic name for a pottery saleswoman, don't you think? - I purchased a flower vase for a Christmas present. Perfect colors for the recipient - hope she'll like it. I have a love for pottery. I love the texture, the colors, the shapes, and the functionality. Mom bought one of her very unique necklaces. In talking with the potter, we learned that she is also from Virginia and went to Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond. She moved to Ohio for her husband's job like we did. Small world.
Paper Alice was there again this year. I purchased her paper making supplies several years ago. It's SO much fun!!!!!!
You know, packaging isn't everything but it's a lot! The Knitting Goddess, Elizabeth Ley O'Brien, has evidently heard that, too! One table in her booth had a riser that was stacked with these great little bagged kits. I bought one to do a shawl, two for mitts for both Mom and me, and one for a pair of socks. She had a beautiful sweater on display knit with some very cool beaded yarn (shades of purple and brown). It looked GREAT on Mom! So, I bought the yarn to make her the sweater. Now, we're on the hunt for the perfect button! I also purchased some yarn (black, gold, hot pink, and turquoise) on sale to make a cute little sweater for Raleigh. And, a skein of Lorna's Laces Laceweight finished me off in that booth! I can hardly wait to get started!!!!!
At a booth whose name I can't recall, I picked up two skeins of a silk and merino sock yarn that is destined to be knit into a shawl and two skeins of sock yarn. I also HAD to purchase this pair of Serendipity Knitting Needles!!! Now, take a good look at these needles. Robin. Robin's nest. Now you understand why I HAD to have these! When I was a teenager, I wanted to open a craft shop one day and name it The Robin's Nest. Well, I've always worked full-time but did open and still operate The Robn's Nest as my fiber studio and added Bird Bath Essentials to the piece when I started making soap. So glad my parents named me Robin!!!
The next booth that wowed me was The Rabbit Hutch. Terri McGill, the owner, couldn't have been nicer or more helpful! I spotted something I've long wanted to learn how to do. Kumihimo - Japanese braiding. Years ago, one of the rug hooking teachers I invited to teach for me at Blue Ridge Rug Camp, Beverly Conway, taught this in an afternoon class. I was fascinated. She had a stand, weights, and lots of examples. Well, The Rabbit Hutch carries a portable - very portable - "frame" for doing Kumihimo. I bought the supplies to do a braid and Terri gave me a 5 minute lesson and I was off and running - or rather, braiding! It's SO cool!!!!! This is a great way to use up bits of yarn, too. You can make braids of any thickness. I have several pendants that are too heavy to wear on a regular chain and these Kumihimo braids are just the perfect thing to put them on. And, the super thing about this is it's portable!! Did I mention that already?
After we left the show, we headed to Coldwater Cafe in Tipp City, Ohio. This is an EXCELLENT restaurant! Situated in an old bank building, the ambience is great! Perfectly decorated with a very warm and cozy feel, they feature a menu to match. Between the four of us, we ordered the Bacon Quiche (served with bread and fruit), a Reuben, and a Chicken Salad on Croissant. Then, we had dessert!!! Bananas Foster Cheesecake, English Tea Cake, and Cherry Almond Bread Pudding. OH MY GOODNESS!!!!!! Everything was SO good! The founder, Betty Peachey, operates an adorable bed & breakfast in the area - La Bastide Bette. There were Virginia ties here, as well. We met a couple of people who were traveling from Virginia to Ohio for special events - one from Virginia Beach and one who used to live in Northern Virginia - and the founder went to school in Virginia. The chef/owner of the restaurant was a Top 20 finalist in the Johnson & Wales University National High School Recipe Contest while in high school. Our son, Taylor, went to culinary school at Johnson & Wales. Lots of small world reminders.
Today, it's work for me. Yuck! Something has got to give! I can't stand working every night, weekend, holiday, and vacation. So so so sick of it!
Leaving you with a couple of Icelandic sheep! So cute! Have a great week!
I've finished several things lately. Yes, I'm amazed, too!
The most recent thing I completed was a pair of toe-up socks. This was the first pair of adult toe-up socks I've ever finished. I started this pair eons ago and finished the first sock. Then, I started the second sock and worked it up to the point to start the heel and stopped. I put it away for future knitting. When I brought it back out a couple of months ago, I couldn't remember what pattern, book, or whatever I had used to knit the first one. So, I did what every knitter does best - I winged it!
The results are just fine! I can't tell which was the first sock and which was the second one.
I love this yarn! Love the colors! The yarn is Online but I have no idea the colorway.
The vegetable / herb gardens are done, too! I planted Beets, Zuchini, Yellow Crook Neck Squash, Cucumbers, 4 types of Tomatoes, Onions, Italian Parsley, Dill, Chives, and 2 types of Basil. I still need to purchase Oregano and Thyme. The raised beds look great! It was time to give them an overhaul - so glad we did.
I also planted the two pots on each side of our front door. I left the Robin's nest from last years with the deflated balloon and ribbon still woven in.
I love all colors but especially pink, purple, yellow, and white together. So, the plants I chose for these pots fit that palette.
I'm glad to see this week pass. Monday, I was rear-ended while sitting at a stoplight. It was a crummy day. But, my reward for making it through the crummy day was this absolutely GORGEOUS sunset! Mother Nature knew I deserved a beautiful ending to that day!
Tomorrow, Mom and I and a couple of knitters are going to Troy, OH for the Upper Valley Fiber Fest. It's a very small show and won't take long at all to go through. We'll come back south a bit to Tipp City and eat lunch at Coldwater Cafe and do a little shopping in the cute shops along the main street. It should be a fun time!
I still have planting to do - we're completing the landscaping in front and along the side of the house - but it's just too wet. We've had tons of rain! It's supposed to be a nice weekend so hopefully, it will dry up a bit.
Hope each of you reading this has a wonderful weekend!!
Today is Mother's Day and I hope each of you that nurtures children, pets, etc. is having a very wonderful day! It has been a beautiful day here in Southwest Ohio with a couple of late day rain showers. This was the first Mother's Day I've been able to spend with my mother since 2009. I'm so fortunate to still have her with me as many of my friends have lost their mothers. And, to have her just twenty minutes away is a blessing, indeed.
I was greeted this morning with a card with a day-spa gift certificate in it from Andy. I can hardly wait to use it! We also saw something at Grandma's Gardens that I just had to have. Andy was with me when I spotted it and I said, "This would be a perfect Mother's Day present!" I'm a very good shopper for him! Being named Robin and having a business named The Robin's Nest, I have an affinity for all things nests, feathers, and eggs. The little hanging tag says "Bless Our Nest".
We picked up Mom and Daddy this morning and headed to Williams Eatery & Gathering Place in Yellow Springs, OH. We had a great lunch and then walked around the town a bit. Yellow Springs is a wonderfully eclectic hippy-esh place and I love it! It's always buzzing with people and activity.
We completed our trip with a visit to Young's Dairy for a scoop of ice cream. YUM! The place was absolutely packed! Everyone had the same good idea.
We headed back to Mom and Daddy's house and Daddy and Andy went to Lowe's for dirt to mix into the clay soil in their new garden area around the patio and side wall. Lily and I went walking and then had a nice visit with Mom. We posed for a picture and then indulged in an "usie". An "usie" is similar to a "selfie" but involves me and someone else. (Yes, I made that up!)
When Daddy returned, he had to also get in the act. Cute picture of Mom, Daddy, and Lily! Lily's tongue was hanging out! She was pooped from her walk around the neighborhood.
Of course, my boys are hours away in Virginia. Wish I could see them on this special holiday but oh well. I hope they're celebrating with their little ones and making the day special for Eryn and Rachael.
This is a picture of my very first Mother's Day with the boys in 1988. Can you see Andy's English/Korean Dictionary sticking out of his shirt pocket? He wouldn't study the Korean tapes and wordsheets we were given but did carry his little dictionary around. Too funny!
Brian (on the left) and Taylor had been here (in the USA) only one week when Mother's Day occurred in 1988. It was a VERY VERY special Mother's Day for me.