Monday, June 22, 2015

New Life for Old Plastic Patio Table

Here are some photos of our sad old used to be white patio table which is now splotched with grey, and the special spray paint that will make it all pretty, like the chair behind it. The chair was old and white streaked with grey that couldn't be removed. So I bought this paint in Blue Hyacinth color which to me is rather purple/blue. I painted an old white chair two years ago and it still looks brand new and colorful. A blogger told me about this Krylon Fusion For Plastic spray paint. No sanding or priming. Works on metal and wood too, and it says wicker too.
Now here is the table all pretty and blue/lavender, which matched the chair.
The china bunny is adopted from Goodwill and sits in the flowers on our patio.
I hate to throw away an ugly old item of plastic furniture; imagine it in the city dump, lasting forever and a day. So now it has a new life and isn't wasted.

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Nature walk near our house

This sign is at the beginning of the nature walk I took this week. Are these signs everywhere, or just here, I wonder.
This is the new bridge that is for walkers and bicyclists and it is a great short cut to two areas of town separated by a steep gulch.
I love oak trees, especially old ones with their dramatic curved limbs.
And here is an interpretive sign about the nature you can see on the walk.

That is a nice place to spend time and I plan to return often.

Sunday, June 7, 2015

Fun books from library book sale

Oh happy day. Saturday, May 16, I happened to go to the downtown library and they were having a huge sale of books in a large parking lot. It was the end of the sale and they said I could fill a bag with books for five dollars. I put ten books in the bag, so that is fifty cents each friends.
The top of the pile book is Passionate Nomad: The Life of Freya Stark by Jane Fletcher Geniesse. Stark was a daring adventurer especially in wild areas of the Middle East.
One Good Turn by Kate Atkinson.
Straight Man by Richard Russo.
Village School by Miss Read. I read two in this wonderful series about life long ago.
Mollie Peer by Van Reid. The first in the series is humorous. This is the second.
Sight Hound by Pam Houston.
Half Broke Horses: A True Life Novel by Jeannette Walls. Author of The Glass Castle which I read.
The Racketeer by John Grisham.
The Lady in the Palazzo: An Umbrian Love Story by Marlena de Blassi. A memoir of a husband and wife buying a home in Italy. My husband and I read many ex-pat memoirs by people who move from one country to another. We like humorous ones especially, like Victoria Twead's.
Telex From Cuba by Rachel Kushner. "The first novel to tell the story of the Americans who were forced out of Cuba in 1958." When I grabbed this at the sale I assumed it was a memoir; it does sound good even as a novel.
To enhance my mood even more, the beloved Greek Festival was across the street and I bought my husband and I each a baklava dessert. The festival is held on the grounds of the Greek church, and those Greek ladies and the men too sure know how to cook delicious food.
In the past two weeks my husband and I gave about 20 books we already read to our favorite neighborhood Little Free Libraries. We aim to give away as many as we buy to keep our book collection within limits.
I am a retired librarian and I have written two books, and we both love reading. It is almost an addiction; I think we are biblioholics.

Sunday, May 31, 2015

Changes in the Door of Mystery

Mystery door to nowhere has disappeared.
Oh my, did you see my post of April 29, 2015 about the mystery door in a cliff top house that I have been noticing in my drives around town?
Well, look closely at the photo above and you can see scaffolding is now in place and the mysterious door itself that opens on nothing but a cliff has disappeared.
Yesterday I saw workmen busy standing on the scaffolding and working.
Apparently if Rapunzel lives there she will be more safe in future. I will post photos of the resulting renovations when they are done.
Here is the previous photo below.
You, my blog readers, left wonderful and fanciful comments on the April 29 post, where you made some hilarious suggestions about the use of the door. A way to get rid of unwanted guests. A way to sneak out of the house and more. You guys are too funny.

Saturday, May 23, 2015

My 10 Favorite Authors of All Time

I like to hear about authors and books other bloggers enjoy, and I decided to write my own list of my ten favorite authors of all time.

P.G. Wodehouse
Anthony Trollope
Patrick O'Brian
Jan Karon
C.S. Lewis
Jane Austen
Anne Lamott
Alexander McCall Smith
J.R.R. Tolkien
Madeleine L'Engle

Books as Food blogger listed her 10 favorites on April 23 and inspired me to write a list. Of course my list may change over time.
Do you like any of my favorites?
Do you have a list of your favorites?

Friday, May 15, 2015

Hats, hats, who loves hats?

I like hats and usually wear one when I am outside, whether in the garden, on the patio or walking. See the three sparkly ones in the front? And the two pretty blue ones behind?
They keep the sun off my head and my face so they are protecting me, plus I like the look of them.
One of my friends has three of these hats too, in red, black and white. The sparkles make everyone smile.
I have more hats I may show you; three of the hats not pictured here have wide brims and tie beneath my chin so I can walk on windy beaches, cliff tops, and the local wharf without the hats flying away.
I also have other baseball caps including several of the Green Bay Packers and three with pastel flowers on the fabric.
Yesterday I saw a pretty lavender color hat with a wide brim on sale and bought it.
One extra plus of hats is they are protection from the sun. Apparently some sun screen lotions are not very healthy to use, so read the ingredients list. Some ingredients may cause cancer! Hats and long sleeves work well to protect from the sun, with sunscreen on my hands.
Do you wear hats too? For beauty and for sun protection I think they are fun.

Saturday, May 9, 2015

My mom, the best mom in the whole world

Celebrating the best mom in the whole world. Yes, my mom. She died so young, at age 54, and was very supportive of me in everything I wanted to do.

I may have posted these photos before but they sure show the happiness we shared, hugging in our yard.
And can I tell you I am close to having a pity party here right now, cuz I called our sons and cancelled the Sunday Mothers Day get together at our house. I am sick, for a week now. I thought it was allergies, now I am wondering if it is a cold. So boo hoo for me!
How many days can I take Claritin? It had no insert in the package. One friend says she takes one a day, all year!
During this sick down time I wrote 2,000 words in the children's book I am writing, so that makes me happy. Even in my pity party.