Tuesday, August 23, 2011


  Summer is winding down.  I don't know if I'm relieved or glad or sorry to see it go.

  It's been a brutal season this year. Most of the garden is shot, although we have replanted for a late harvest..things like peas and green beans and turnips and kale.  We don't usually do this, as normally I get all the food I can use out of the first planting. But this year was crazy...first, WAY too much rain and then later no rain at all. A hot start and then a crazy cool down and then hellaciously hot temperatures for weeks and weeks.  Burned up everything. It's cooled dramatically in the past 2 weeks, but already the air conditioner has kicked on (and it's set at 76) so I'm thinking that if it kicks on at 6 AM...it may not bode well for the rest of the day...lol

   I have a new great nephew. I am so excited to go visit him...in a week or two, so that mama can get settled and the family, which consists of 2 school age boys and one day care aged girl can get into their new routines. I suspect they are having lots of company right now, so I shall save it until the dust settles. lol  I can do that, because I am old..  I have found directions for making all hand sewn bibs for babies in a book I got recently, titled "SEWN by HAND~~Two dozen projects stitched with needle and thread."  I thought it might be a cool thing to do, and be a keepsake as well. One of the bibs that I particularly liked, has  a cutout from one of those old linen kitchen calendars, you cut out the month the baby was born, and then embroider a tiny heart around the birth day. I love to make things by hand...and I haven't been doing much of it lately....

   I have family coming for a visit next week. I am excited about that too.

And mostly, this morning, I am tired. We were awakened last night by dogs going crazy around 2 AM, Mr. Opossum decided to pay a visit to the dog food bowl on the front porch.  Then we were roused again by something crazy that happened...the bedroom ceiling light came on. ALL BY ITSELF, IN THE MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT !!!!!  Hmmmm...a visitor? Or just bad wiring from when my son and husband installed the new ceiling fan/light fixture?

  At any rate, I went to bed just after midnight and was up for the last time at 4:48...so I am thinking about going back to bed now. It's about 10 til 8...in the morning, people!!!!  lol  I am getting sleepy now..I stayed up and made the Irishman's breakfast and lunch for him...I may not plan any chores for today...and just go lie down and sleep if I need to. I don't do so well on not enough sleep...never used to bother me, I could go for days and days...not anymore.

  I made a crockpot full of beans yesterday...lovely Great Northerns and Butterbeans and Cannelini beans...cooked with dried okra (just because there was part of a bag ion the refrigerator door) and onion, carrot, celery and garlic. I have been hungry for beans lately, so it was just what I needed.

 I don't have to cook any dinner for tonight or really do anything I don't want to. 

  Yee Haw.

  The dogs are all sleeping around me, little Roxie has been out for her morning excavation effort (diggingest dog I've ever seen!), and it FEELS like it could be nap time....think I'll give it a try...

  Namaste, my friends.....



DJan said...

You always accomplish so much in a day that it makes my head spin. And now you're thinking of sewing stuff? Gads, girl! I like the picture I have of you surrounded by your pack of dogs. And Roxie is my favorite...

Rita said...

Sorry the garden hasn't done so well this crazy summer. I hope you second planting does well for you.

I know what you mean about waiting till the hubbub dies down with the new baby and being old--LOL! More patience, I think. And, for me, a hand sewing project would be worked on while watching TV. ;)

Funny--the ghostly visitor wouldn't scare me at all. Faulty wiring would.

I hope you get a nice snooze. I am feeling that way myself. Haven't had much sleep the past couple nights and I don't do well at all without sleep anymore. Have the dentist early this afternoon, tho...maybe I can join you today with a nap after I get home? ;)

The bean dish sounds delicious. The dogs...awww! Make it an R&R day. :):)

ain't for city gals said...

Hi..I came over from Linda's at Blue Skies...I just read your last post...oh my..I am doing the same exact story with my dad as I type...it is quite the rollercoaster ride for all of us...he has been our strength through it all. I just glance at your profile...did I read you are 58...good gosh girl...that is not old! We are the same age...looking forward to reading your past and future posts..

Gabriella Moonlight said...

What a great post, how true it is that our summer has been outside of the extremes just strange...I am now enjoying the cooler temps too.

I hope that all goes well and you get some rest this evening and day!!!!

xo xox

Akannie said...

Djan...I'm just one of those people that spins all those plates and makes it look hard. LOL I'm really a sloth at heart....

Rita dear--

Not the dentist!! lol I haven't been sleeping well either...don't often. But a good 5 hours (in a row) is usually sufficient...the Irishman, on the other hand, is not a man whose sleep is to be messed with. He turns into a 4 year old. lol

Linda--I love your blog. And I know how that roller coaster feels, so I am with you in spirit. You're lucky that Mr. Gates is there to take care of you at the end of the day...xoxoxoxox

Gabs!! An EARTHQUAKE !!!!! Hang onto your rolling chair, mamacita!
I have been having stiff neck issues for 3 days...I knew there were some on their way...one on Colorado this morning as well.
Hugs and kisses to your rockin'and rollin' self !!

Linda said...

I am having absolutely no problem at all with letting this summer go. I set the AC for 78 at night and it comes on 3 or 4 times a night. I sleep with a big fan at nights so I don't have to hear the outside noises. There is always something going on out there, bears or deer, don't really care to know.

I like that attitude - "I can do that because I am old." That's so right!

Akannie said...

Linda--I thought getting old was gonna be a drag...lol...turns out it's the most freeing time of my life. LOL

We have all those noises too...but no traffic or people, mostly...

have a great day!

the wild magnolia said...

sometimes life's a tizzy. wishing you sweet sleep tonight.

Petit fleur said...

Whoa! That light thing would have revved me up good! I don't do well on little sleep either. The word grump comes to mind.

You do more in a few hours than I do all day... You more than earned a snoozy morning. Enjoy it.