Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Chim Chim Cherr-y

Oh, what a title..   I guess I've still got Mary Poppins on the brain, from a previous post!

Well, just like I thought it would, the weekend flew right by.  Not even June yet, and I couldn't believe the summer-like temperatures we've been getting here already!  After last year, I already knew to double our stock of ice cubes in the freezer, for not only ourselves, but for the pets as well.

When the weather gets this uncomfortable, our only relief is a tall icy beverage, as we sit no further than directly 2 feet from a fan running at it's highest setting!...  The problem is, I'm not very good at sitting in one spot, with nothing to do.  So the majority of my weekend was watching t.v., reading, and crocheting.

Here's what I crocheted...

The pattern is actually designed to be a dishcloth, but I just can't see washing dirty dishes with this!  So I decided I liked it better as a potholder, and simply added a back side, and a ring at the top!

Not comfortable with the holes in the pattern, though, and not wanting anyone to be burned if and when using it, I also sewed a thinly-padded insert to it before attaching the two sides together.

As you can see, while I was working on it...

my cat enjoyed sitting close by.
He loves playing with yarn just as much as I do!

I'm happy with how it came out, and it was just the right kind of quick, simple project to pick up and put down as I pleased over the holiday weekend.  If you'd like to see the pattern, to try it out yourself, HERE'S where you can find it!

I was glad to find some leisure time for reading.  I finally finished the book Gracie, A Love Story.  It's an older book, published in 1988, but I LOVED it!  Of course, written by George Burns, you could EXPECT it to be funny...   

But I found it very interesting too, reading about the old days of Vaudeville and Radio.  Best of all though, was a side of George Burns you didn't necessarily see in his comedy routines, or in his roles playing (Oh) God...   While reading this book, there was no mistaking how much George Burns loved his wife, known to the public as Gracie Allen!  I don't know that I've EVER heard any husband speak so highly and lovingly as did he in this book.  I loved reading every word of it, but not surprisingly, I was crying my eyes out at the end, when Gracie died, after a long battle with heart disease.  32 years later, George Burns passed away, just 49 days after his 100th birthday..   He was laid to rest at Gracie's side..  the marker at Forest Lawn Memorial Park reading, "Gracie Allen and George Burns-  Together Again."

I'm onto my next book now,  Three Cups of Tea, by Greg Mortenson.  

A friend of mine, from church, loved the book, and lent it to me, so I'll be starting this one today.

We spent a little time poolside over the weekend, just about an hour or so...  not any longer than that really...  But already I've got a little bit of a sunburn to show for it.  Next time I'll put the lotion on!...  We did a little shopping too, and I came across the tote bag you see here...

My daughter is a teacher, so I couldn't resist!  I'm SURE I'll make good use of it, with yarns or crafty supplies of some sort, right?!  Speaking of Dear Daughter, she's coming over for dinner tonight.  It's much too hot to run the oven, so I'm thinking submarine sandwiches might be a very good idea!...   maybe some cherry pie and ice cream for dessert?

Hope you're keeping cool,
and enjoying your day, whatever you're doing!
...And thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Spoonful of Sugar

I'm running a little later this week, than I would have preferred to, for this week's tag challenge, hosted by Rebecca at Blog Challenge Garden.  I could point the finger at many reasons and conditions, but one of them was a nasty bout with allergies!  It has definitely slowed me down, and it just kept hanging on, worst case I've had in years. My gosh, is it fresh in my mind the horrible taste of cough and allergy syrups I took, trying to get a good night's sleep, and trying to get better!  So it is little wonder to me, that somehow my mind went right to Mary Poppins when I heard the theme this week was a SPOON!

The little spoon I tied to this tag could use some polishing, yes... But I'm very happy with this tag this week!  I'm a big fan of the movie, the cast, and love all the songs!...  I used to even have the doll, and am sorry I don't know whatever happened to it.

"In every job that must be done, there is an element of fun!"  I definitely had fun making this tag!... And now I'm kind of excited to go hang this on my movie star "wall of fame", just above the entertainment center in my living room!  I think it's going to look great there! 

Thanks to Rebecca,
for hosting Tag Tuesday each week!...
And thanks to all for stopping by today!