Saturday, September 8, 2012

I Hate Summer Colds

I have a cold.  First one in ages.  No more working outside until it goes away.  I just don't have the energy.  Maybe between naps I can actually get some sewing done!  Though with the fuzziness of  my head from the cold and the medicine, I should probably stay away from sharp objects! 

Since I'm confined to the house, I thought I'd show you some of what has been going on around here.  Our sun room roof is now fixed, thanks to my wonderful and talented husband.  Here's a picture of him popping up through what used to be the sky light.  No more sky light and no more moldy roof!  And best of all, no more leaks!

Because the roof is practically flat, we had to use roofing on a roll instead of shingles.  Every time we laid out the roll, Maggie had to walk on it like she was modeling!  It was the cutest thing and she did it every time!

I have loaded our pick-up truck 4 times with trash for the dump.  Concrete blocks, the old roof, junk left around from the previous owners, yard clean-up, etc.  We've sold some concrete blocks and hope to sell the sky light and some more concrete blocks too.  Here's the latest load for this weekend. 

I have been digging up old plants, trying to get the beds ready for new plants and our future garden.  The previous owners loved landscape plastic/fabric and used layers and layers of the stuff.  The old plants were so old and packed that not only the roots, but the lower branches had grown together.  They were as thick as small trees!  When I got to that part, Tony had to step in with his manly muscles and ax to get it out!  I am now on my third pair of work gloves...I keep wearing them out!

It hasn't been all work though.  We celebrated our 28th wedding anniversary September 1!  We went out to eat at a wonderful Irish pub and the food was delicious!
We have found our favorite garden center and been spending lots of time and money there.  I'm so excited...we are getting fruit trees!  Our soil has been tested, we bought the fixes for it and are just waiting for the garden center's order to come in! 

 We've been successfully shopping at some antique stores. 

Found these "antique" quilting books, 1987, 1988, and 1991!  The more things change, the more they stay the same!  Some of the pictures in these books could be in magazines today, very "modern"! However, the instructions do not include rotary cutting, of course, and every picture of the artist quilting showed her with a hoop and quilting by hand!  I'm really enjoying going through these books!

Tony has now been at his new job since retiring from the army for one year now!  Hard to believe!  I've been here for 7 months; time is just flying by!  But that also means we are coming up on the first anniversary of my mother's death on September 13.  It doesn't seem possible.  It still hits me hard sometimes but I know she is happy celebrating her first year with Jesus!

I'm hoping this cold will go away soon...there's still so much yard work to be done!  Maybe I can get some sewing done or catch up on some reading, or better yet, just watch some old movies with a cup of tea! 

Talk to y'all later!



  1. I hate summer colds more than anything. I hope you get better soon and aren't miserable for too long! That first table is really lovely. Happy anniversary...28 years is a real accomplishment. It's only been 8 years for us, but it's been an adventure!

  2. Sorry that you're not feeling well. But happy to hear that you are having fun making your house your "home" :) Happy Anniversary to you and your hubby too! We just celebrated 32 years in Feb. Time certainly does fly. Feel better!

  3. My goodness you have been busy!!!!

    Old movies and cup of tes sound good to me!!

    Return to wellness soon


  4. sure hope you get to feeling better soon! summer colds are the worse. hot tea and honey work wonders...

    happy anniversary! 28 years is wonderful. good for you guys.

    your dog is absolutely adorable! just checkin' it all out, make sure it's good enough for the roof... haha.

  5. Maggie is just adorable on her "catwalk." Also, here's hoping that your cold is soon gone.

    I know the anniversary of your mom's death is going to be hard, but it can get just a little easier after. You'll have celebrated every holiday without her, which only means that your family has figured out how. But figuring it out is part of life and gives you strength. I'll be thinking of you and will say a prayer.
    Hugs, Mary

  6. Hi, LaDonna. Hope you're feeling better. I loved the wood quilt video--really cool.
    best, nadia

  7. I hope you are feeling better - we have been dealing with a bad round of summer colds at our house too.

  8. How un-fun to have a cold. Hope you are feeling better soon but great to see that your clever husband and Maggie are able to keep on working!

  9. Haha!! Love the picture of Maggie doing her royal walk. :)


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