Sunday, July 25, 2010

Heat Index 107


I hope everyone is staying cool, it has been just miserable here. Just a short post, I spent 7 hours in the ER on Friday; my blood pressure zoomed to 180 over 120 and my potassium level drooped way low. I'm feeling better now if it would just get cooler. Anyway as you can see we use window AC's here in the old house and the brats are finding a way to take full advantage of the one in the living room. My Orpheus isn't a small child and as you can see she's figured out how to get the lions share of the cool. 

ORPHEUS!! SHARE PLEASE!!!

Well; black cats; you just gotta love them.

Blessings to all.

Sallie


Sunday, July 18, 2010

Short Weekend


I hope everyone is staying cool and enjoying the summer months. The truth is I used to enjoy them much more than I do now. Just a few years ago summer meant spending hours laying out in the sun to get a tan; not to mention picking butter beans, peas and pulling corn no mater how hot it was. Mother nature doesn't wait and you can't let fresh ripe vegetables get over ripe in the hot July sun. I loved every minute of it; my favorite days of summer were hanging vintage linens on the line and watching as they became bright and white as a new star in the hot summer sunlight.  Well I can't do much of that anymore; I'm OK until the temperatures soar into the 90's and then I have a problem; it seems the medication that I take for my blood pressure doesn't mix well with sun and high temperatures.   Anyway, yesterday my company had it's monthly seminar; several hours of this time is spent in the non- air conditioned  mill and then outside and it was steaming yesterday. Well that not only means that I have a short weekend but I also have to recover from the heat exposure in time to be back in the office on Monday. That's OK; Autumn is coming.

                                                                            
                                                                                I haven't had time for crafting or treasure hunting the last couple of weeks but I thought I'd post some pictures of a few things that I found in trips past that are on the project list or at least on one my lists. I found this green repro bitters bottle; I can sure work that into my Halloween decorating and maybe find a spot for it year round. I also found this old glass that may have been a jelly jar; I love using old glass Pyrex and Fire king in my kitchen.


This stash of fabric was purchased together at one sale, I love ticking stripes and one rather large piece of this is antique ticking from an old mattress.

 

You might remember that I fell in love with the crimson velvet pine cone ornaments at Christmas last year; well I found this at another sale for $1.00 and couldn't pass it up. It's never been used or taken out of the box. The picture shows it much brighter than it is; it is the same deep crimson velvet that I love and I will find a special place for this near the tree with the pine cone ornaments.

In the top picture the little Confederate Flag was found quite a while ago, they were used during the towns centennial celebration over 40 years ago and I wouldn't have thought there was one left anywhere.  Please understand that there is no offense meant by this little flag, when I was young they were used to honor the Confederate dead and it takes it's place here just as all things do; because it touches a memory and because it had it's place in time. When I was in grammar school on May 10th each year every child at my school brought a bouquet of fresh flowers and every mother brought fresh baked  cupcakes and cookies and home made lemonade. After lunch we would form a long line;our little journey began with a prayer and a group of young men in uniform lead the march playing music on drum and flute. Each child carried  fresh flowers and a little flag and we marched around the great mound at the entrance to the cemetery. This mound is final resting place of many unknown soldiers; both Union and Confederate that lost their lives in the Civil War. We tossed the flowers has high as we could so that by the time the march was ended the entire mound was covered with the flowers.  Afterward we bought the cupcakes and lemonade with our nickles that we had saved just for that occasion. The money went to the keeping of the memorial so that these soldiers would not be forgotten. This little ceremony was stopped many years ago and I'm sorry that it was stopped. It was here that I learned how very blessed we are to have freedom,and  how blessed we are that we all can now live together in peace on our own soil.
Blessings, Sallie

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Charlie Clarence Creech July 24 1962 - July 14 2009 Archive


Four years and I will miss you always. 


It's hard to imagine that you have been gone for a year.
I know; you came to me and told me you were free and well. I saw you; young and strong again. You asked me not to grieve. You are my only brother; my baby brother; and most times you seemed more like my own child than my only sibling. It's only right that I should grieve for you; and I imagine that you walk among the wise and listen and I know that you walk among the forgotten and bring comfort to them. I know that the light that you brought to life is stronger and brighter among the spirits now. But your "Who" misses you -  your  "Who" loves you.
God speed my only brother; I will never forget the joy of loving you. 

Sunday, July 11, 2010

In the Good Ole Summertime


It is indeed summer; in fact the hot, steamy, dog days arrived before the end of spring. My little garden has managed to survive the hot dry days. We made sure the flowers and herbs had plenty to drink; along with the birds and little wild kittens that have taken to visiting our porch.

  

The artimisia that was planted two years ago has grown fat and plump showing off  it's lacy, feathery foliage in a way that is cooling just to be near it.  


The zinnias are blooming steadily and visited by hummingbirds and yesterday a dazzling little Gold Finch.


I find it's nice to cool off in the keeping room; the snowy landscape in the picture over the fireplace and the softness of candle light can easily conjure images of cooling autumn days and frosty winter mornings.




Autumn colors and old keys and books can take me away. The keys, reminders of the treasures of life, and books that carry me through time all in one quiet cool afternoon. 

Blessed Be.

A Quiet Cool Memory To Share

There is something about the old photos. They always seem to look so cool and comfortable. This is actually my fathers family from about...