Wednesday, June 10, 2015

A Little of This, a Little of That


It’s been a busy few days here at Chez Nana, but not too busy that I haven’t been able to get in some hand quilting on my Kiss quilt.  Sitting in my recliner with my quilt in my lap and earbuds in my ears (listening to an audiobook) is a fabulous way to start my day.



We’ve got construction again in the neighborhood.  There are two empty lots across the street, and the builder is going to put in two more spec homes.  We’ve been here for 6-1/2 years now, and there hasn’t been a summer where there hasn’t been a home under construction.  I kind of like hearing the sounds of hammers and saws.  There were 4 homes built/under construction when we moved in … there are now 32 homes built/occupied.  It’s a rather small subdivision … there are only a few lots left.  IMG_1681



I finally got my stepping stones in place in the landscaping … whew!  No more stepping in my groundcover to get to the hoses.IMG_1677The stone looks blue in this photo, but it’s definitely a medium gray.



My tomato plants got a little out of control while we were gone last weekend (I was at retreat and DH was helping DSIL move his dad to Tennessee where his mom is).  I’m going to try to see if I can’t tuck some of the wandering branches back into the cage as they get a little longer.  I’ve got blossoms on my cucumber plants, and our green beans have sent out runners 6 feet tall or more. 



Speaking of DSIL’s mom, she’s been transferred to a rehab center, where she’s continuing to make baby steps in her recovery.  While she is improving, she’s also encountering a few stumbling blocks along the way.  She continues to require a feeding tube although she’s working on exercises to strengthen the muscles required to swallow.  And she’s been diagnosed with Stage 3 kidney disease.  So continued prayers would certainly be appreciated.



A few of the sand dollars I was able to bring home from our trip to Hilton Head were very dark in color (it was obvious that they weren’t alive, but I don’t think they’d been dead long enough for the sun, the water and the sand to whiten them up).  I’ve had them out on the deck for a couple of weeks to let the sun whiten them up … and slowly but surely they’re getting whiter.IMG_1679You can see that the ones on the right are now white enough to come inside, the 5 on the left still need more bleaching from the sun.



My “friend” Insomnia has returned.  Instead of waking up way too early, I’m staying awake way too long.  I’m too tired to do anything very productive while waiting to be able to fall asleep … but my mind just won’t slow down long enough to allow me to fall asleep.  Last night I finished up the audiobook I started last month and downloaded another one.  I’ll start it this morning when I sit down with my hand quilting.



I hope that whatever you have planned for today includes a little something that brings you joy ... have a great day!


  1. I am sorry Kathy your friend is back. I have the same issue and then I find myself falling asleep during the day. Love the stone I have always been a huge fan of the St. Louis Cardinals since I was a child and my dad was at Fort Leonard Wood, MO!
    Praying your sleep comes back quickly!

  2. We have seen a lot of new construction going on in California which is a good sign. Your community sounds nice and cozy. I will continue to pray for DSIL's mom. I love the sand dollars, they are my favorite thing at the beach. So sorry about your sleep patterns. Hope you can get that worked out.

  3. We have construction going on next door to us and I would prefer the silence myself, but it is what it is.

    I'm sure it is a long journey for your DSIL's mother. I will continue to keep them in my prayers.

  4. Well, we will have construction going on next door to us when we move too. And, what's funny is that they are our current neighbors. There are only 13 lots where we are moving and we are #10.

    So sorry about your SIL's Mom, a tough situtation.

    Ugh, hoping your insomnia is short lived.

    Happy rest of the week!!!

  5. I love sand dollars and you have a nice collection going. Hope you get some relief from your insomnia soon!

  6. Prayers for your SIL's mother. Sure hope you can get back in an even cycle of sleep soon. Take care! ~Jeanne

  7. My sister found a really cool way to display some of the sand dollars she has. I should take a picture of it the next time I am at her beach house (July) and send it to you. How do you plan on displaying yours?

  8. i am sorry that you battle frustrating that must be. it's a very rare, rare thing if I can't fall asleep....I tend more to nod off the minute I sit and relax for a minute, also frustrating in a different way, lol. Hopefully it will move on and not trouble you long. Praying for your sil's mother...such a hard situation!

  9. Hi Kathy, love hearing about you day. I still am feeling tired as I didn't sleep on the plane. I love sand dollars and used to collect them. Blessings to you dear one!

  10. I enjoyed reading and catching up with what's been happening with you. I love your new stepping stones :)
    So sorry to hear that your "friend" insomnia has found you, again. He's taken a vacation from my house, thank goodness, but I'm sure he'll be back...(I've found a new herbal supplement that really has helped me sleep better, lately.)

    Kathy (from Reflections by Kathy)

  11. Sounds like a good day ahead of you, but sorry to hear those sleepless nights are interrupting life as it should be again. Hoping you find some relief. And prayers for your DSIL's mom.

  12. Love those sand dollars. Have you ever opened one up and seen the doves inside. So cool!

  13. Sorry to hear the sleep issues are back. Saying some prayers for DSIL's Mom and family.


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