Friday, April 22, 2016

A Good Week After All

Just got home from our five day trip to the coast. All unpacked and ready for bed. But first a quick post to document a really good trip.
We left Monday morning pulling our little blue and white trailer headed for the coast. Golfing for Mr. SS, sewing for me, and whatever we wanted to do in between.
We had just passed a big truck (I have to close my eyes  when we do this...no I literally duck my head)
I heard a loud bang and then flap, flap flap. Then Mr. SS caught on to my panic as he looked in the rear view mirror...yep a flat tire.
He pulled over and worked for over an hour trying to loosen the lug bolts. No luck, bless his heart. It was 90 degrees out and both our freshly showered bodies were dripping in sweat. 
He said, we just had to drive slow as we still had 3 good tires. Yeah, that made me feel better.
God was with us, we put on our flashers and drove slowly to New Cuyama. We always stop there for lunch on our way to the coast.

We pulled up in front and went in, asking the waitress if there was any place in town we could get a tire changed. No, there wasn't. Everyone in the place was just kinda staring at us. I was about to cry, when a young man who was sitting with a group of 4 men stepped up and said. We can take care of it for you. Follow us to our farm about a mile from here.
Whew, I said to Dennis, can I stay here where it's cool and get a diet coke. Sure, he said and off they went.
Then I kinda panicked and thought, what if they kidnapped him or something. He didn't have much cash on him as I carry that, but we have that big red truck and our pretty little blue and white trailer. 
My mind was running wild. So I called one of my sons and expressed my concern. He said just call him...oh why didn't I think of that. He was on his way back and tire was changed. Those nice men would not even take a penny for their help. God was with us.
This is what our tire looked like in the back of our truck. The wheel wasn't even damaged. God was with us!
We are responsible RV'rs. We have roadside assistance, but it would have taken hours for them to get to us. I could just hear the phone call, "You are in New What?" 
Now another hour and we were ready to head for the coast once again.
WAIT! We weren't upset enough to have lost our appetite. You have to know Mr. SS to know, he does not miss many meals. So we ordered. When his came...no fries? Forgotten the tire already. "Where are my fries?"
My salad was perfect as is.
Tuesday, Mr. SS golfed and I made more curtains for the trailer. Not a good picture, and they didn't turn out like I planned, but I like them. They were supposed to be pinch pleated with covered buttons on the pleats, but the pattern I used was way too full even though I had made adjustments, to do the pleats and buttons.
I used the same Pam Kitty fabric i used on all the smaller windows. I just wanted the ones for over the dining table and sitting area to be different. This picture shows the ones I had already made.
We BBQ'd the second night. Our first BBQ of the season. Guess what we had. Yep...hamburger with all the fixin's. They tasted sooo good.
Wednesday we went to Grover Beach to see our friends that live there. Carol took me to a Farmers Market close by. This is just some of the goodies I got. Those shelled sugar snap peas are the best. They are good just as a snack or in a salad, but Mr.SS won't eat them that way. So the next night we BBQ'd chicken and I made brown rice and a salad. I threw some of the peas in the rice. So, so good.

After we left our friends house, we drove to San Luis Obispo and had lunch at the Apple Farm. Then we drove to Morro Bay and on  a little north to Cuyucas. It is the cutest little town right on the beach. I called it a sleepy little town and Mr. SS asked what that meant. I said no one is in a hurry...NOT. We were slowly driving by a place called Brown Sugar Cookie when a truck honked and raced around us. Guess you have those people everywhere. 
We had read about an RV park there on the side of the hill overlooking the ocean. We loved the place and are already planning our next trip to the coast and staying at Bella Vista.

Tomorrow it's back to normal. We are off to Irvine to watch our Kobi play Volleyball and Sunday to Taft for baseball. I also have to squeeze in making a sweet 8 yr. old a birthday dress in the next two days.

                                                    

Monday, April 11, 2016

Our "Retired" Life

Almost two years ago we bought our tiny cottage, thinking we would slow down and ease into being semi-retired. NOT! Life has been busier than ever. Now, mind you, I'm not complaining. I love our life. 
Besides both of us working, we try to keep up with all the grands and their activities.
At the moment, that is two playing baseball, one swimmer, one playing volleyball and 4 dancers.
The highlight of my weeks right now is having our college grandson, Kyle come every Tuesday and Thursday between classes for dinner. He will probably go away to college next year, so we are enjoying this time with him.
I saw the perfect sign on Pinterest for us.


Besides the kids activities, we have been trying to fix up our tiny cottage a little at a time. I really wanted a Carriage House garage door, but after pricing them, decided a paint job on the one we had would have to do for a while.
Mr.SS finally painted our metal aluminum door white.
Before

After

You can also see our new white security gates. That area was open before...I feel much more secure now.
Plans are in the works for a whole face lift for the front of the house.  A new front door and sidelights have been ordered. I will follow along with that process soon.

We enjoy our roses and always have a bouquet for  the table. Mr. SS just brought these in yesterday.

We work in the yard quite a bit. Besides the roses, I have a couple of flower beds and some strawberries planted. I still can't get on my knees, but with help from the grands and Mr. SS, I am able to keep them up.



My favorites are these Sweet Peas that just come up by themselves. They smell sooo good.

One of two Azaleas. They bloomed at different times.


For my part of being semi-retired, I got one of the biggest orders ever ready to mail to Four Tiny Cousins who I still sew for.
This was done in a week. I had taken the week before Easter off, so I had put myself in a bind. I didn't even have it mailed yet and received my next order. I'm thankful for the work, though and will sew as long as they need me to. I still do sewing for others too, so I just keep trying to work it in. It's not uncommon to see me sewing on buttons or any other handwork I can do at ballgames.

I showed you the dress I made for Emmy Lou, but just now got pictures of her wearing it. Her big sister Drew took these for me. I found the perfect sandals on Amazon to match.
Sorry, I just realized these came from Drew's phone and I didn't edit them
Still our cute Emmy Lou in her birthday dress and shoes.




Tomorrow, I get to go pick up granddaughter Lexi and take her to Strawberry Patches to pick out fabric for her 8th grade graduation dress, which she is making herself.
I'm going to get fabric for a birthday dress for Brooke. Same pattern, just different fabric.

Then next Monday, Mr. SS and I are taking our little blue trailer to the coast for a few days, so we can pretend we are semi-retired. He'll golf and I'll be sewing on Brooke's birthday dress and maybe some curtains.


                                                 

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Sleepover for 10

It's been two years since I have had all 10 of my grand kids for a sleepover, so after checking with the Moms, I sent out a group text to the ones that have cell phones and invited them to stay Sunday night after the Easter dinner at my son's house. I really didn't know if the 21, and 19 yr. old would still want to come to a sleepover, but they did and we had so much fun. I only have one extra bed, so we had kids all over the house in sleeping bags.

The girls watching Princess movies.
Madi, Drew, Lexi, Kobi, Camy, Brooke, and Emmy

The boys played games.
Kyle, Cade and Jack

After a big breakfast, they played outside. After bribing them with being able to do a goofy picture, I got them to stand still long enough for this one.

Then...lets have some fun!!

After a big lunch, the Moms picked some up and the two older ones drove home to Tehachapi.
Whew!! Mamaw needed a nap! But who knows if I'll ever get them all at one time again. Emmy is 6 now, so along with the others, I think she will remember this time. (Says Mamaw with tears in her eyes)


I forgot my camera (phone) on Easter so I stole these from Mr. SS's phone.
This is our traditional place to take Easter pictures every year in my son's back yard.

Our dinner table for 26 set up under the tree house.Bouquets of roses are from our garden. You can't see them but there are twinkle lights strung
all over which, when the sun goes down, remind me of the TV show "Parenthood".

                                             

Saturday, March 26, 2016

Happy Easter

Tonight as I am getting ready for bed after a day spent cooking desserts and salads for tomorrow's Easter dinner at my youngest son's house, I'm feeling a little teary. Everything is ready for tomorrow. Food is cooked, I cooked and cleaned up from a big Lasagna dinner for my friend MariEllen from So Ca. and my BIL from Nevada. I've laid out church clothes.
But I  haven't taken time to think about what tomorrow is besides a family gathering. It's Easter, Resurrection Day. My prayer tonight is to take time from my busyness  to be thankful for what Jesus did for me and to realize the miracle of him rising from the grave.
I don't usually get so sentimental on my blog, but that's just me tonight.

Okay...on to my blog post. This cute little lop eared bunny came from my DIL, Stefani's shop in Tehachapi.
It's a wonderful shop full of treasures, furniture she has re purposed, jewelry, accessories, and loads of home and garden decor. It's called Bliss Interiors and it is a lovely shop. If you get a chance to stop by, you will love it. She is on face book too, so look her up. 
I had a real treat earlier this week when one of my other DIL's, Lialani brought Cade and Kobi over. While Lia did my pedicure (oh what a treat that is), the kids washed my windows inside and out. They had never washed windows before and after listening to me tell them how I like them done, they did a fantastic job. Look at that smile. They also helped me clean up the patio and get it decorated and spruced up for the weekend company.
Kobi wanted a bouquet of roses for her room. We have the most beautiful roses this year. They are huge and smell so good. 
That lavender one is all our favorite. It has the best fragrance of all.
Today, Lexi and Mr. SS cut roses for all the center pieces for the tables tomorrow.  I'll get a better picture tomorrow. We had tons of Narcissus this year that didn't bloom much last year and later they added some to the bouquets.
Mr. SS found this bunny at Home Goods. At first I didn't care for it too much because it doesn't have a face, but it is solid wood and Mr. SS thought we should have it...mmm...that man and his love for wood.
Now, I have kinda fallen in love with it along with Mr. SS.

Wishing you a blessed Easter Day!!



Wednesday, March 16, 2016

A Little Gardening and a Day with Emmy


Last year I posted pictures of our backyard full of roses and flowers that showed up without me doing much other than weeding and watering.
Our front yard is another story. It had 4 Rose bushes, 2 Camellias, 2 Azaleas and 2 very old trees. 
Nothing bloomed last year because Mr. SS "butchered" (his description) them all. This year we had a few Camellia blooms and this beautiful Azalea .

We didn't plant any color last year because Mr. SS wanted to landscape and put in sprinklers. Well, that hasn't happened yet...he's designing now, but I just wanted some spring color, so we decided to put everything in pots, so they could be moved when he tears up the whole yard.
We had kept some of our landscaping decorations from the big house. Much of it stored on the side of the house. I had really forgotten what I had. Here's one of the benches and bunnies that were begging to be cleaned up and brought back to life. The Elysium in the background comes up on its own.
Another forgotten bunny and yellow pot on our front porch table.
I did buy this window box new at Lowe's. It was black and when I asked the garden center guy if they had any window boxes, that's what he showed me. I said "No, I want something cute." You can imagine the look I got. Anyway a can of spray paint and I'm okay with it.

An old fountain that had fallen apart. It used to be 3 tiers, But Mr. SS managed to put it together enough to use it for a planter.
Two more dirty pots came back to life and adorn the front walk.
Another bench, bunny and a couple of potted plants. I still have a couple more bunnies. Did they multiply over on the side of the house? I don't remember having such a "thing" for bunnies.
There was already a little flower bed around one of the big trees, so Mr. SS planted some flowers in the ground. He said, "No matter what I do with the landscape, that tree's not moving."

Now for my day with Emmy.I got to pick her up from Kindergarten and bring her home with me for a little one on one time. In case you have forgotten,  she is the youngest of our 10 grandchildren and quite the character. She just turned 6, but acts more like 16,
except when it comes to picking what she want to eat and drink out of. I have a drawer with all the baby dishes and she just had to have a sippy cup...silly girl.
She got to have her favorite Mac and  Cheese and Strawberries.
She noticed all the new flowers out in the front and asked if she could water them. Well of course...these days, I can use all the help I can get.

She is such a joy. We also had some reading time, blowing bubbles time and some just good being silly time.
I pulled up some pictures on the computer of her helping me in the garden when we lived in her back yard.
She was only 2 here. She's 6 now. Where does time go?

Feeling blessed with a fun Spring day with Emmy
and a home with a yard to plant flowers in.