Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Red, White And Blue!

Today I changed the picture on my blog. The other picture with my kids was taken during a wedding during the summer, and I was experimenting in life, as I often do. Including my hair color. However, I have had gray hair for awhile and the consensus at that time was that I keep it that way-I simply have not had a chance to change it.  So there I am, au natural, albeit fuller looking than I am now!

Some days the best part of retirement is just being able to be at home, doing what I will.  Life is balance, in retirement or any time. My life is, boy choice, spent mainly in my home environment, with chunks of travel (for a couple weeks each time) throughout the year.  When I'm at home, I volunteer, go out, entertain, volunteer and explore.  A large part of my time, however, is spent "at home". I am happy to remain at home for a few days at a time, as long as I have my puppies and my patio.


My sister and I have begun the house-hunting process, figuring budgets and requirements for living together-each making a list of what we require in terms of space, as well as those issues that we want to resolve before moving in together. Meanwhile, as I have mentioned we share my sisters very small house. Even so, I've managed to turn in one patio for another, in this case my sister's being quite an improvement. I've already told her that I plan to appreciate the rewards of all her gardening abilities-while at the same time contributing nothing in that area. This is the view out the living room window as I sit and type.


This morning was rainy and dreary, so I jumped out of bed and put on sweat type pants and t-shirt. I am still enough of a Dallas-ite that I get cold below sixty. I had my breakfast and quiet time in the living room rather than the patio, and then spent some time catching up on various blogs, visiting all my discounts and coupon sites, researching what to do for the weekend in Denver, and signing up for an art class. Since I was looking for a lazy meal, I threw this pork roast along with some liquid (water and coke, I did not have beer) into the slow cooker.  This evening I shredded the meat, added some barbecue sauce and ended up with pulled pork sandwiches, a salad and corn on the cob (I conned someone else into shucking the corn)!


I headed to my temporary sewing area just as the sun was coming out (I prefer natural light when sewing, crafting or drawing). Because this area is much smaller (I am used to two large tabletops in an l shape and a waist high ironing board), I have altered my sewing system. I do much of sewing on many different projects, a lot of pressing and then return to the sewing on each project.  The blocks below are obviously not ironed, but finally put together. I deliberately did not think about the colors as I was doing the sewing.  I'll concentrate on that when I attach them and make the quilt but I wanted a scrappy look.  The quilt will also have a scrappy/strippy border, after a single border in the yellow fabric
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After I sewed for myself, I sewed for others.  While I enjoy patriotic decorations, I am not personally a red, white and blue girl, nor do I have patriotic or Americana as part of my decor. Nevertheless, it is extremely popular and I always sell everything patriotic that I made.  To that end, I made a set of place mats (which will have matching napkins and coasters).   After that, I sewed a bright table runner (still trying to decide if I should make it a row wider, add a border or leave it as is) and coordinating double sided napkins.  I'll need a little break from these colors after these two table sets are done-especially since I just made a "big boy" quilt in the same colors, although the theme is sporty.





Once my sewing was done, I headed back out to the patio, as the sun was out again. I managed to get some reading done and enjoy the weather before the next wave of rain. I have three new kindle books (bought with Amazon gift cards), and some paperbacks from a yard sale so I don't have a shortage of reading material.  I also sketched out a new project, and explored some information on Santa Fe. Oh, and I checked out where to get two for one tickets to the Colorado Renaissance Fair which opens in two weeks. This is my sister's passion. I enjoy it as a one day festival with really great food, performers and comedians-and the best glass artist I have seen outside of Italy. In addition to vases, each year I collect a unique hand blown gourd and this year I hope to buy a hand blown pumpkin (my one expenditure outside of the admission price and a few bites).

 

Finally, I forced myself inside to do a half hour of seated aerobics. I take a water aerobics class two days a week, and do seated aerobics the rest of the time. Then it was time to shred that pork, get out the buns, and simmer the corn. I cheated this evening and used paper because tonight is a television night. As a family we are fascinated by certain cooking shows, so Master Chef has gotten our attention!

No day is the same around here, so tomorrow I will be doing my weekly errands, visiting the bookstore, taking an afternoon drive into the foothills, and (sewing or drawing). I'm ready for a different day!


12 comments:

  1. Nice look barb. I myself proudly show all my grey hairs. I earned every one of them.

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    1. Thanks. With my lifestyle short and natural is best

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  2. My favorite part of you post today is your last line "I'm ready for a different day!"

    Me too!

    Yesterday I had a touch of the flu and ended up napping and reading all day. Today I feel muuuuch better, and I'm anxious to get outside and enjoy what is going to be a beautiful day here. I see a tad of shopping for our upcoming tropical trip, plus some gardening, in my future today.

    BTW - have you looked into e-library loans yet for your Kindle? I'm now completely hooked on them, particularly when we are on the road. You can browse for available titles from the convenience of your home, place a hold on books for free, and never need to worry about physically returning them to the library as they just go away on their own (though you can 'trap' them on your Kindle if need be, till you finish the book, simply by turning off your Wireless connection)

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    1. I had never even thought as bout that idea for the kindle but I we ill look into it, thanks!

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  3. What a wonderful example you are to others. You have enough interests to stay engaged, but I don't sense a feeling of always having to be on the go.

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  4. Barb, your white hair is beautiful!! And so are all those quilted projects! I know our local library has a lot of kindle stuff gong on,have not had a chance to explore that -- but after Tamara's comment I think I will , this weekend! Enjoy the weekend...

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  5. OK, I see I need to do a tutorial on my blog on e-library books!

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    1. And I see you've done that while I've been incommunicado today. Yea! I am an expert at getting free or almost free books through amazon, but the library angle is new to me!

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  6. Nice hair Barb. It must feel good to be "free."

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