Good morning Friends ~ I hope you are having a lovely weekend. Rain is expected here in a couple of hours. We need it.
Thanks for all of your comments, they are always read and appreciated. I have to clarify something, the trees along the driveway are not mine, they are the neighbors. DH always cut them back on our side to keep them out of our driveway, as these particular tree limbs just keep falling further over, they don’t stay straight up. They are also fast growers, even the tree trimmer said so.
In our 43 years together I always helped DH with projects, we built three outbuildings, did misc. garden projects, etc. I climbed a tall ladder with my end of a heavy support/ridge beam, DH on another ladder at his end, to put up the ridge beam of the work shop. I do NOT like heights, or ladders, but I did it. He always encouraged me by saying things like, one more step, you can do it. Every time you do something you don’t think you can or are afraid of, you feel great when you do it.
(This week I went to ATT and got on their call as you go plan for having an in case of emergency cell phone when I am out in the van. I bought the phone from Walmart which was about half the price of the same simple phone at ATT. I now have a cell phone and feel better about being out on the road. While at Walmart I was starving so went into the little Subway place and got the special meal with half a sub, chips and a drink and sat at a little table and ate by myself. First time and out of my comfort zone, but it was enjoyable, as I did some people watching.)
Back to caring for property, etc., I’ve always mowed the grass, planted things, and do what trimming I can. I enjoy it. DH did the harder stuff. I do what I can and think and pray about finding someone to help me with stuff that won’t cost me a bundle and who is honest and does good work.
I am amazed at some of you ladies as your homes and gardens are immaculate, some of you work too, and some do crafts as well. I just don’t see how you handle it all, and your places are much bigger than mine.
I work on my needlework pieces to sell in my Etsy shop and that takes time, then photos need to be taken, edited and uploaded with good descriptions of pieces. You ‘hope’ things sell. My sis-in-law showed my brooches to ladies up where she lives and two ladies want to buy, so I’m looking forward to seeing which ones they are buying. I’ll be putting the rest into my shop. (Sis and brother-in-law are in Mexico on vacation right now, so I’ll find out when they get back.)
I ordered cameos last week, they should be here this week. Twenty-three of them. 2-4 of different ones. I can hardly wait.
This past week I went to my local bead store, a scary place to be, as the beads are calling out to be bought. You kind of have to go in there with blinders on, especially if you are like me, on a budget.
I had made that one beaded bracelet shown in previous post and wanted to make more. Plus, I had two new patterns I wanted to try. So, here’s what I bought, plus 2 pkgs. of beading needles.
Here’s my latest bracelet but I won’t be making this one again and will keep this one for myself.
The larger middle beads are from an old necklace that has several hand strung strands of beads. The small dark seeds beads were from a new tube and took more than half of a tube. YIKES! It has a ruffled edge, two layers each side.
Here is a little tulle angel still a work in progress. I got the gold wire edged ribbon, for wings, at the Salvation Army thrift store this past week, 79 cents.
I am burning a wonderful Balsam Fir Village candle (buy one get one free) that smells wonderful. One of my very favorite scents any time of year, but especially fall through Christmas.
Yesterday I listened to beautiful piano music and hummed along while beading. It reminded me of my DH’s telling me that he loved to hear me in here humming as I worked. He said he knew I was content. I was, and am learning contentment in this next chapter of my life too. I have much to be thankful for.
That’s it for now.
Have a lovely day and a great week.