Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Tuesday Musings




Is it just me or does blogging slow down a bit in the summer?  Road tripping, gardening and reading are keeping me busy these days.  We've also celebrated an anniversary and Father's Day.  Our son's birthday is later this month. 

 
Speaking of birthdays, my sweet aunt celebrated her 88th birthday last week by going out to lunch with the Red Hat ladies.  I stopped by her house later that afternoon to give her a little gift.  When I walked through the back door into the kitchen, there was her dear hubby making her a birthday cake!  He is 87.  How sweet is that?  They are amazing and an inspiration to me!



While road-tripping the other day, I couldn't resist stopping here and the hanging basket in the first photo called out to me..."take me home"!  I didn't stop to consider that I already had 2 of the same flower.  They are so pretty, I just had to have another one.
 
I've been doing more reading of books than blogs lately.  I am reading The Book of Stillmeadow at the moment.  I just ordered 3 more of Gladys Taber's books including one of her cookbooks.

When the news gets to be too troublesome, as it seems to be more frequently these days, I find myself longing for a simpler, more peaceful and stable world and Mrs. Taber's books help to take my mind off these troubling times.  She mentions the war and worries of her day and dispenses home truths in her friendly way in most of her books, but reading her words and stories about cooking, gardening, pets, and nature makes you feel that all is still right with the world after all and most people are still kind and good.


Strawberries and ice cream are on the menu for dessert tonight.  We're having a late supper, a sandwich and dessert.  Then I'm settling back in my recliner with either my laptop or a book.  Hmmm.  Wonder which it will be?  Have a good evening and Happy Tuesday to you!  xo Cheryl   
 

34 comments:

  1. the dessert sounds awesome! :)

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  2. You're having a busy summer just like me, Cheryl. I think blogging does slow down...at least I know I don't have as much time to read and hop around meeting new bloggers. We are too busy smellin' the flowers. :) I have never read a Gladys Taber book and now I think I will look into that. Susan Branch did a bit on her in her latest blog, too. She is a big fan of her work. Dessert looks good. We'll be making strawberry short-cake soon. Have a great week. Hugs to all the kitties. Deb

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  3. Oh how I would have loved to have walked in on that birthday cake making event. How sweet!
    Easy to see why that planter had to come home with you... gorgeous!
    Your strawberries look delicious and your plans for the evening sound perfect to me.
    Gladys Taber books can definitely make all of the wrongs in the world seem a little more right.
    Enjoy your evening.

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  4. Beautiful hanging basket... So many pretty colors!

    I'm not a lover of Summer --but there are things I do love in Summer: our flowers, fresh veggies and fruits (love strawberries), etc.....

    Cute story about your aunt --and hubby... Reminded me of George's parents when they were alive...

    Hugs,
    Betsy

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  5. That's such a sweet story about your aunt's birthday baker!

    Yes, I think life speeds up and blogging slows down. Ebb and flow...

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  6. Oh that is a sweet uncle to bake his wife a birthday cake! Love stories like this. Beautiful posies! Gee...hope you've found Susan Branch's post on her tour of Stillmeadow Farm. You'll LOVE it!

    Pretty posies. Yes, there is a marked slowdown in my corner. My numbers are in the tank...lower than they've been in several years. I'm trying not to notice.

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  7. I have never heard of her, I will look her up immediately! Your basket is gorgeous! The colors really pop! Your aunt and her husband, bless their hearts! I think it should be a little bit of book and a little bit of computer, who says you can't have both? That is, unless you fall asleep!

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  8. Yes, Cheryl, you are right- blogging does slow down in the summer. I long for simpler times, too, and sometimes feel caught up in the whirlwind of day-to-day living. Hope you enjoy your quiet time reading. I have a stack of books I should be working on. Have a wonderful night- xo Diana

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  9. Your aunt and uncle sound like quite a pair. Inspirational, for sure. Love the pretty flowers. The Gladys Taber books sound like just the right influence in this crazy world. ENJOY your days this week, whatever you do.

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  10. It is so true! Sometimes life just gets in the way and a good book by Gladys Tabor sounds like a good answer for me. Just to sit down and enjoy something peaceful and soothing...things that I like. Your pictures are stunning. I adore your first picture of your basket that you could not resist. I can see why! It is beautiful!!!!

    Have a great rest of the week.
    Blessings,
    Susannah

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  11. I too love the story of your Aunts birthday. It sounds like she has a great Hubby. I love the red hat ladies. I was thinking of finding some in our area when things slow down for us. We are in the middle of a kitchen demo. You are right blogland slows down this time ot the year.

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  12. I love the part about your aunt's birthday cake. That is the sweetest thing!!
    I agree about blogging lagging in the summer. For me, it's so HOT HOT HOT around here that I seem utterly drained of energy. All I want to do is sit and stare, and stare and sit.

    I agree about being so discouraged and distracted by recent times. (Actually, I think that has as much to do with so many of my favorite bloggers waning as anything. I think "it" is stealing our joy and our energy. If a good, old, book can take my mind to better places, then that's what I need to be reading.

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  13. Fresh sliced strawberries on top of a scoop of some rich vanilla ice cream sounds perfect to me, thanks for the picture which stirred my thinking.
    A wonderful thought indeed of an 87 year old baking a cake for his birthday bride . . .

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  14. The flowers are delightful. What a great thing to be in your eighties and still have your spouse.

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  15. A post full of simple summer . . . flowers, books, strawberries, birds . . . .

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  16. Summer beauty, love the pictures, strawberry's, flowers, awwww, living is easy, Francine.

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  17. I read books in the summer more / better lighting and MORE light and hours in the day ! :) I enjoy old-fashioned books like Gladys Taber, Jean Hersey, and the old English novelists such as D.E. Stevenson for light reading.

    I can see why you'd need to bring one of those baskets home! :) And your berries look delicious :)

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  18. Yummy is what I have to say about the dessert. Can't beat fresh strawberries and ice cream!! You know Cheryl...I do think that blogging slows down in the Summer months. Everyone is out and about, enjoying their day. I love hearing about the things that my blogging friends are doing for Summer fun. Such a sweet man to be cooking his wife a Birthday Cake!! I think this is so neat!! Have a wonderful day!

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  19. flowers . . . luscious fruit . . . moving slower . . . must be summer!

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  20. Blogging is more of a winter or foul weather activity. When the beautiful weather outside calls, it is hard to hunch over the computer. Of course when it gets close to 100 out, the computer looks pretty good again.
    Your aunt and uncle give folks like me hope that the 80's can be great also and are maybe the new 70's?? That'll work.

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  21. i love reading and computer, but if i have to choose it will be reading... for us we can't tell the difference in life summer or winter.. but i do see a lag in blogging for most bloggers, they are busy outside or traveling or gardening ... my life is the same 7 days 24/7

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  22. I love that combo of million bells you chose, Cheryl. They are beautiful. Yes, I'm finding less time on the computer these days too. So much to do outside although today it's pouring rain and cool so I'm getting caught up a bit. I enjoy summer and the outdoors puttering in the gardens etc. so I'll probably be scarce too. Take care and enjoy every day.

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  23. i understand what you mean - for me personally it depends on our lives. what is going on & how many shots i have to share. if i have lots to share i will blog daily ... but i also have to find or get the time to comment on every one's blog i love ... i find it tough at times. a pull & give i guess you could say. ( :

    those strawberries look delicious!! yum!! i love the veggie/fruit stand. looks like a fun place to look around a bit. have a fun. see ya when you have time. do what you like/love. right?! i think so.

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  24. I love the profusion of colour in the first picture. It looks like a box of crayons was spilled out and each cold turned into another lovely flower.

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  25. That is a beauty of a hanging basket! How wonderful that your aunt got a birthday cake:)

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  26. It's hard to resist all the pretty hanging baskets now that they are on sale.
    BTW Happy Anniversary a day late.

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  27. I'm a Gladys Taber fan, too! And there's nothing like opening a new book --- ahhh, that fragrance!

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  28. i'm going to check those out! i read a book that was really good a while back called enemy women, about a girl in the civil war from missouri. great pictures and happy birthday to your son and auntie!

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  29. Beautiful flowers! I love stopping by the nursery. The smell of dirt, and so many beautiful plants growing... it's too hard to resist ***smile*.

    Yes, it does seem that blogging slows down in the summer. Lots of fun activities, and thankfully the weather is warm and we're not stuck inside.

    I just ordered my first Gladys Taber book. I wanted to check one out at the library, but our library doesn't have any of her books.
    Looking forward to reading it, once it gets here.

    Hope the rest of your week is nice.

    K.

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  30. I LOVE flower baskets and I am heading out t see if I can find a couple to replace the stressing ones out front.
    Yours is beautiful! We can never have enough flowers...:) I love shopping nursury's...I could spend a day in lone just looking. Problem is..I walk out without what I came for usually...or at least something more expensive then I wanted to spend.
    LOVED my visit here with you today... :)
    That is what this time of year is all about...flowers..ice tea. (mine is iced coffee right now) and playing on the patio. I would love to have one of those misters for the patio this year...it is made of tin...and gets sooo hot.
    Have a great week...and....thank you for stopping by my blog.
    You are right...blogging does seem to slow down in summer. Winter we are inside...and blogging is on the move!
    Love,
    Mona

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  31. Beautiful cheerful colours in your first photo, Cheryl. Blogging has been tricky for me for the past three months with my husband in the hospital. For one thing, I was rarely at home and for another, there's only so may photos you can take in a hospital. ;)) But my husband came home today so I'm thinking I'll be taking my camera to few different places for a change.

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  32. What a beautiful colors of flowers! Bleated birthday wishes for her. So nice to hear about her husband. It seems they are so lovely couples. Reading is good!

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  33. Blogging has sure reached snail pace for me.. :) We just celebrated CH's birthday. Lots of birthdays in June!! The Mama is at the end of the month. Happy Birthday to your Aunt!! Happy Birthday to your son too!

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