Mt. Rainier and Lenticular Clouds - Dec. 2008 copyright: JMM

July 3, 2018

First Six Months Gone Already

I swear I just put my decorations away and now it's less than six months till Christmas.  I really need time to slow down already.

It's hot and humid....typical New England summer weather which I really can't stand.  Little Shadow's still visiting us for a couple nights each week.  She's so silly.  Now she will actually demand we go to bed.  She will sit in front of us and pant really loud, then walk down the hall to the bedroom....come back a few minutes later and repeat this till we finally go to bed.  Even if it's 8:30.  She's so silly.

I saw a big coyote trotting down the street in broad daylight.  So I was happy to see this mom turkey and her babies have managed to avoid it.  

Reminded me of the beginning of 'The Partridge Family'.

Everyone's fave babby is 3 months old already and starting to smile and giggle a lot.  My daughter in law sends me pics and videos just about every day.  I always refer to him as a babby, not baby.  ๐Ÿ˜

This is another Russian bead embroidery that was a free gift with one of the kits I ordered.  Came with the little frame and a magnet for the back.  Knocked this off in an afternoon.

I was trying to replicate a San Francisco Victorian colour scheme and motif.  

My windchimes broke so I refashioned them on a piece of driftwood and added the mirrors. 

I love this Russian bead embroidery kit. 

It's hard to put down.

Craft table:  Cluttered but comfy.

Pretties in the backyard.

My mother in law gave me the green, blue and red floats.  Does she know me or what?  ๐Ÿ˜Š

Now if time could just slow down, that would be great.

July 1, 2018

Spur of the Moment Sunday

Russell's 'forced retirement' is making him crazy, sitting around the house so much.  I was outside doing a couple of chores last Sunday and he came outside and asked if I felt like taking a walk at the Canal.  Sure! Why not?  

We didn't go far cause he's still working up to it but it was a nice, short walk.

We didn't feel like going home just yet so we drove over to Sagamore Beach.  I didn't realize it was low tide till we crested this hill.

I was eager to get down on the beach and start looking for glass.

First piece I found.  Hello Beautiful!!!!  ๐Ÿ˜

I just love these.

I could've walked for hours looking for glass.

Russell was waiting patiently for me over at the trail in the dunes, so I didn't want to keep him too long, but I was very happy with my modest finds.

Any glass is a good glass day.

June 24, 2018


There is nothing more quintessentially 'Cape Cod' as the clambake.  When it's done on a large scale, a giant fire pit is made with wooden pallets, rocks and tons of seaweed, then covered with a giant tarp and the food is steamed.  This one was at my sister in law's house so just regular grills and cook stoves were used.  There were about 12 lobsters and underneath are clams.

Sadly I can't eat them.  I also couldn't have the clam chowder or stuffed quahogs.  I was very grateful that there were hotdogs, chips and cheese.  

One of my sisters in law helping my father in law with his 'lobstah bib'.  ๐Ÿ˜†

My FIL and another sister in law, Grampa John and in the background, her hubby.

Russell and his brothers.


Family photo before I could coax the rest into the pic.

And after they got into the pic.

It was a beautiful day but we've been having a lot of mosquitoes.


Cawn! (I don't really drop my Rs when I talk like most of the people around here)

June 22, 2018

I found a couple diamond painting kits on sale and picked them up.  Unfortunately, the orca picture looks nothing like the photo on the website.  What I didn't realize at the time I bought it was that the measurements were in cm, not inches.  15x20 translated into inches in my mind.  Only later did I see the cm next to 15x20.  So the smaller a diamond painting is, the less detail it can contain.  

I also picked up a floral kit which was a bit bigger and I knew the dimensions really wouldn't matter much since it was just psychedelic flowers, and I like the way this came out.  

Picked up a plain birdhouse at Marsha's yard sale and paid homage to our trip to the midwest.

This is a Pennsylvania Dutch hex sign design.

A few weeks ago my mother in law showed me a super decorated key that she saw in a magazine so I went right home and made one.  

Indulged myself in a couple of Russian bead embroidery kits and this was a free gift project.  Worked it up really fast in about 90 minutes one afternoon.  Came with the paper frame and a magnet.  It's on the fridge.

Made a bday card for Marsha.

Another Russian bead embroidery kit.  This is much different from any of the American kits I've done.  This was a very pleasant project that took 2 days' work. The fabric is like a heavy duty silk and I love the space and stars background.  

Here it is finished.

I've got a couple more bead embroidery kits to get to, now that I can stitch again.  It's going to be a busy summer, which will end with another trip to Ohio in late August, but I'm still hoping to squeeze in crafts and day trips.  We'll be taking care of Shadow 2 days a week too.  Crazy busy!