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Sunday, June 29, 2014

Summer Lovin'!

I know, right!  This summer has been going so fast and I have been doing so much that I can't even sit down at the computer.  And from what I've seen, many other Bloggers are in the same situation.   
Summer is my favorite.  I love everything about it.  
Except the humidity.  
But I love everything else. 
Well, 'cept the skeeters.  
Other than that though....
Here are some things I've been up to.
First off...who picks black raspberries?  
Besides me.  
You know, the ones that grow in the wild.
And here is what I wonder while I pick.....
Why do they have to have thorns?  They are the thorniest little sum' bit...I can't believe I started to say that!
How do mosquitoes know that you have blood in you?  Do their parents teach them?
Why does poison ivy have to grow by berries, and why do I have to be allergic. 
Why do Daddy Long Leg spiders LOVE black raspberries?  They are everywhere on them.  And is it Daddy Long Legs, or Granddaddy Long Legs?  I don't remember.  
There is nothing romantic about picking black raspberries.  N.O.T.H.I.N.G I tell you.
I remember the Walton's picking them, and it looked fun.  It is not fun, but you know what.  I Love it.  I pick them almost every day while I can.  I clean them....and they are V.E.R.Y. dirty and buggy so it takes a lot of cleaning. Then I freeze them.
Then in the winter....I make pies out of them.
Black raspberry pies are my favorite.  Or favoUrite (depending on where you are from)
But Enough about's really all about summer Fun....

 So last summer I said "Shug, I just saw a HUGE bird by our pond and it had a white head.  But it flew into the woods so fast.....You don't you?  Could it have been an eagle?"  Well, I never saw it again.
(Look in middle pic above)
 Then the other Shug saw it.  Look in the above picture 2/3 of the way down in the center.  Yup peeps, We have an American bald eagle living on our property.  Very elusive.  And it better leave my Dixie alone.
Look how cute he is...sleeping on every crochet blanket I have made.  I put them in the chair to make up the bed and he took advantage! 

Here's another thing I have been doing this summer.
Moving hives.
It's a blog post in and of itself, so enough said about that for now.

I am having a birthday tomorrow.  I love having a birthday in the summer months.  I did not meet my goal of losing another 20 pounds by my birthday though....dammit.  I just now re-read my New Year's Resolutions.  sigh.....I should have read them sooner!
You know what I love about my birthday.....The fireworks!  I love the LOUD!  BAM!  BOOM!  thunderous fireworks noise going off in the distance at night!  I just do.  And I don't like a lot of noise. But that BOOMING noise of fireworks reminds me of the days gone by, and what it took for our country to be the country that it was....It seems romantic....and Patriotic...and I love Patriotic stuff.  I think July 4th is my favorite holiday.  It's easy.  And Summer fun!

Anyway....back to my birthday.....
Oh wait....First Back to summer Fun....I love all of the color in the summer.....I got these Rose Campion's from Patti Beck last year and look at them this year.....I went to her open house yesterday.  More on that later.  I'm tellin' ya, I will be posting summer stuff for a very long time.
So, the other night I get a call from my Mom.  She said, "are you home?"  "Yes" I reply.  I thought it odd that her and Dad were coming over because A) I just was at their house earlier that day and B) they were getting ready to go out of town for a couple of days.  I thought something was wrong. 
 But nothing was wrong.  They were bringing me a Birthday Gift! 
My Shug and I vacationed in Savannah, Georgia a few years ago and if you vacation there...and if you watch the Movie, "Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil" (read the book first though), and if you garden, have to have a Savannah Bird Girl.  You just do.
Did I mention that I LOVE HER to pieces....I DO!

Speaking of Savannah....we've had very tropical like weather lately.  Clouds rise up out of nowhere....dump some rain....make it very humid out....then the sun comes out heats stuff up and everything grows.  Makes for some ominous looking skies.
Get on outta here cloud.  We don't need any more bad weather in our little town.

We had a family reunion the other day on my Mom's side of the family.
Luckily the weather was perfect...

Because, My second cousin, Stacie, volunteered to have it at her house.
What a LOT of work.
And I'm going to do a family reunion picture post later.....
Because, I think there was somewhere around 80 people at her place!
And that was NOT everyone.
So....reunion.... post of it's own coming later....

The day after the reunion these three came to visit.
My cousin's wife, Akemi, on the left.  
My cousin, Gloria (Akemi's MIL) in the middle, 
and Akemi's friend, Rene' on the right.
They came up from Tennessee for the reunion and I think they go home today or tomorrow.  I hope they have had a good visit.
It was hot and humid out that day.
And lastly, for now, because this is long as usual.   I was hanging out with my friend Marcia the other day.  We went to see "The Jersey Boys."  Great movie.  Go see it.  And afterwards we went to eat.  Thanks for lunch, Marcia.  While trying to decide what to do next, My Groovy yarn store owner/friend, Mandy, called and said to stop by, so we did.  And Kari, a friend and owner of Precious Poppies, made this bag for me!  How cute huh?  My Shug and I went up North for a couple of days (blog post later) and I put some crochet in it and took it with me.  Adorable!  She makes all kinds of bags and you can order them from her...look for her on facebook.  They make other stuff dresses out of shirts....and baby clothes and such.
OK I'll stop now.  I have to go upstairs and insulate a kitchen wall.  Yup.....Still working on the house in between all of this other Summer Fun stuff.  I'll update the house blog someday.....sigh.....
See ya later!

Cindy Bee


  1. So apparently the Facebook link I tried to post to precious poppies didn't work. Sorry. Just go to Facebook and enter Precious Poppies Kari and Josie Follick and you will get to their page.

  2. Wow?.where do I begin? You, your birthday..?HAPPY looked like a great party at your rose campion...grow and spread like crazy...oh and the them...poison ivy is a big YUCK...not good for me either!...:)JP

  3. Hey Cindy, happy birthday! Hope you have a lovely day. I'm a little envious of all your family get togethers as my nearest family is thousands of miles away, but we'll be flying over to see some of them in a few weeks!

  4. We called them granddaddy long legs when I was a little boy. Happy birthday!! I hope you had an extra slice of cake for me :)

  5. Well dang Cindy girl, I am wore out just reading about what you have done lately. LOL. I love your birthday birdgirl. I love you eagle too. I hate poison ivy, spiders and mosquitoes too. Glad your mom is doing so well. Blessings to you. xoxo,Susie
    p.s. the weekend of the 11-12 of July is a french flea at Hortons.


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