Thursday, August 18, 2016

I'm Still Here ... Just Not as Often Lately

Oh, my ... has it really been a full month since I posted here?  Where does the time go?

Spent some time away from home doing fun stuff ... a long weekend visiting my brother and sister-in-law at their place in SW Virginia ...

Photo of a very happy couple, during a visit to Bear Tree Lake.


... and another long weekend at a greyhound event in Wheeling, West Virginia.

These are nine-month-old pups who really wanted to snuggle.


These yearlings are the same pups that I met last year when they were four-days old.


(Photo with a puppy from last year)


Ruby and Winnie stayed with my parents while we were out of town ... it was their version of a summer vacation.



The cats ... they have been doing what cats do.

Dorothy loves her new cat basket, in the sunshine on the dining room windowsill.


I have been spending most of my early mornings in the garden.  The roses are recovering nicely from the annual onslaught of Japanese Beetles.  Their season appears to be over and the nasty critters are mostly gone now, thank goodness.

Mine Road Noisette


Indoor time has been spent doing things like canning quart after quart of farmers market tomatoes ...



... and in the basement workshop with projects.  This is a door from an antique corner cupboard that I am stripping to repaint.  I work on this a little at a time, when schedule permits.



I have mostly been concentrating on being home, decluttering and downsizing, and organizing what's left.  The pay off for this effort is a much lighter mental load, and a house that's getting a whole lot tidier.

This is a view of our family room from one morning last week, as seen from the dining room.  It's an angle that I don't think I have shown you before.


I have stopped posting to the Hartwood Roses Facebook page, and have switched to Instagram.  I'm getting the hang of it, with the hash-tags and stuff, and I find that I like the spontaneity of it.  It's fun to instantly share whatever I come across in the garden or am working on at the time, without some logarithm that limits who sees what.  Come on over and follow along, if you're inclined.



As you see, life is pretty much the same as it has always been ... I just haven't made time to write blog posts about it.  I still have lots of stuff to share, I just need to take the time to do it.  

11 comments:

  1. I'm glad you're enjoying your summer, Connie! this reminds me that I need to send you a photo of some wild orchid that I used last week! It's totally different from yours-much more red than violet. So fun how that color can go so many different directions.

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    1. Great to hear from you! As of now, I'm loving the purple hair even more than when I first did it last fall. Thank you for your encouragement.

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  2. Every single photo of Winnie makes me smile.

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    1. Me, too! She's the funniest little creature EVER!! All the normal things that dogs do are made so much more entertaining when done by a dog her size.

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  3. Dear Connie ~ So good to see a post from you. I just love that picture of you and Steve! Love the one of Ruby and Winnie too. Winnie is such a sweetie pie. It's always nice to see glimpses of your cats, your lovely home interior and your beautiful roses. Glad you're mostly done with those dang beetles.

    Love & hugs ~ FlowerLady

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    1. That photo of my husband and I will probably be in our Christmas card this year. It's definitely a keeper!

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  4. Thanks for sharing, Connie. Glad you're happily busy with the full goodness of life! How was the Disturbed concert? I've been waiting for your report on that. I hope it lived up to your expectations!

    Shirley

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    1. Yep, life's just normal. The Disturbed concert was beyond awesome!! My husband has little idea who they are, and HE really enjoyed it, too. Part of his experience, I think, came from seeing how much fun I was having.

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    2. Yay! I'm so glad the concert lived up to your expectations, Connie, and that your husband enjoyed it so much as well! Yes, seeing our loved ones enjoy something so much definitely adds to our own enjoyment. ;-) Thanks for sharing your review with me. :-)

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  5. Connie it's always good to see your posts! I must admit my life has gotten pretty busy and I don't blog as often either. I'll follow you on Instagram for sure!! Hugs!

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    1. I spend so little time on this laptop anymore. It's iPad for general web surfing and iPhone for quick stuff and Instagram. I tend to fire up the laptop only when I have something that requires a good bit of typing, because touch typing is WAY more efficient than having to watch what I'm doing on the other devices. I'm following you on Instagram, too. Great to see you over there!

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