Saturday, June 19, 2010

Gratitude Friday - A Day Late, or A Contented Candy

I love being so happy I could walk on air, but there is something to be said for contentment. I am grateful for the times, and there are many times in my life, when I feel contented. Today is one of those times. I'm surrounded by a bunch of cats, a couple of dogs and a husband who love me.

We took 60 pounds of love to the vet this morning for shots and she didn't disappoint me. "I love you, Mr. Vet! It's me, Rosie! I don't care if you take my temperature, look into my mouth and give me a couple of shots! I love you! I love the world! I will jump on you and give you kisses!" That's our Rosie.

After that, we went to breakfast. The food was good and we had fun just talking and laughing.

I did some housework. The house and the yard look pretty. The house isn't immaculate right now, but it's clean enough. Quite a few flowers are still blooming and the grass is filling in in a couple of bare spots that we have in the yard. It's very nice. It's a peaceful refuge.

I talked to my sister who lives in Wisconsin. We discussed some things that make us sad. We laughed about some other things.

I read a little.

So far, it's a beautiful day.

Sunday, June 13, 2010

On a Sunday Morning Sidewalk

I finished reading Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow last night. It's well-written and well-researched. Had I lived in his time, I would have liked to have been friends with Mr. Hamilton. He was brilliant, a great writer, a mesmerizing speaker, charming, funny, brave and had a strong sense of honor. Last year, I read a biography of John Adams. He was intelligent, disciplined and accomplished a lot in spite of all the political intrigue he had to contend with, but he was grouchy and felt sorry for himself. He also was pretty hard on Hamilton. I would have been friends with George Washington. I was surprised, but I don't think I would have liked Thomas Jefferson. He was intelligent and wrote well, but I think he was wily and a bit of a coward. He did a lot of behind the scenes political maneuvering. By the way, the American political life seems to have required a strong stomach right from the beginning. Oh, I would not have liked Aaron Burr at all.

I made chili from my mom's recipe this morning. I also baked banana bread from a B & B recipe. Oh, my goodness, it turned out great!

I finished my desert scene. Finally! The bad news is that it's awful. I almost posted a photo in spite of that, but I don't know how to use Jim's camera and he's taking a nap. I don't mind posting flops. How else can you learn?

Enjoy your Sunday. It's a beautiful day here.

Sunday, June 6, 2010

Lazy Sunday

I'm too lazy to paint today. Summer school starts tomorrow. We're doing two 3 week sessions and then it's v-a-c-a-t-i-o-n! Woohoo!

I noticed from comments on my previous post that Jim has begun campaigning for an electric car. Hmmm... Sorry, Honey, too expensive right now.

I'm still reading a biography of Alexander Hamilton. It's excellent, but I'm not exactly breezing through it.