AUGUST UPDATE

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autumn blessingsI cannot believe I almost let August go by without one entry here.Autumn is right around the corner.  I guess I have been busy getting through the hot days and nights of summer. Gone are the blogging days when we never missed a day to post what was happening in our world. Facebook and twitter are so immediate to everyone blogs take a back seat. It’s been 10 years now since that horrible hurricane  Katrina reached our gulf coast states and destroyed so many lives. I add this photo here. It was something that I could not believe. A stadium full of people who were trying to survive in the floods that occurred that day. dome20evacueesTen years later things are better but not back to total normal. Many homes will never be rebuilt and many moved away and relocated. Here is a link to a good report of how things are going now.

Here in my neighborhood..People are moving in and out in a pretty good pace here in the complex. We have had a weird summer of cold days and then really hot days. The local county fair came and went and the farmer’s market is loaded with vendors selling the last of their crop for the year. Soon apple and pumpkins will take over. Just didn’t seem like the summer lasted long enough this year…I dread the long long winter months. So for now I will just keep this here as  a reminder..beach

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

HAPPY ANNIVERSARY–ONE YEAR

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ONE whole year since I moved into my place. How hot and steamy I recall that week.The smell of the fresh enamel,and new carpet. It was a joyful time. Wondering how I would furnish this new place, gathering things one by one, it became HOME. I have redone the cabinets and the closets at least twice. I am still finding lost items since 2011. It was a thrill to know I still HAD some of them. DSCN6573   I got on a nautical theme while shopping for a painting to go on my pure white walls. It changed everything..I loved the sea so I brought it inside with me. DSCN6724I was reading a Fung Shui book which told me that shells were very good and brought good luck so I placed them everywhere and made my place more beach friendly.I got candles and arranged displays and it all came together nicely. CIMG2290 I never dreamed that within that year I would deal with two more managers, a flooded bathroom and bedroom, a broken window, and  having to replace the garbage disposal. Birds who refused to give up nesting under the siding beside my patio and dive bombing me every time I stepped outside.The maintenance man Aaron started calling me “troublemaker” after his third visit to stop the birds from nesting.  Seemed no one else was having as many problems as me. The lady who lived in my apt stayed here for 25 years, and she rarely let anyone keep things going so lots had to be redone. Good for me I got all new things, bad for Aaron. quakehousegraphicAnd then there were 2 very unusual earthquakes. It blows my mind. We never have those in Michigan but now we do. Walls and cabinets rattling it reminded me of my years in California. Yes, life here is full of changes and change is good, it keeps me on my toes. Today the manager called and I get my new window tomorrow. It has been two and a half months since this whole thing started. Now I have to deal with all that duct tape I put on it to keep my air conditioner in the window. Well at least that is an easy fix. Wondering what is next…guess I will wait and see.

SEEN THIS WEEK

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Summer is not officially here but it sure feels like it. Dig out the flip-flops and sun hats and many lotions to keep us from burning up. We have had a ton of rain here, more than what we really need, and things are pretty saturated but these kids took advantage of the sunny warm day and had a ball.When was the last time you ran through a sprinkler?? A very long time for me. I felt bad, in a way, because so many are suffering in California with a bad drought. The waste of water would be hurtful to all those who are having to conserve every drop. Where I live we do not pay for the water and technically we are not supposed to waste it, but fun is fun as long as it’s just once in a while.  CIMG2733

CIMG2730So also seen this week was this.. shocking…

blue lipsYes, blue lips.. they kinda took me off guard. I am not used to this new trend of bright unusual colors on lips.I have seen people on television wear all colors but not up close.  We are living in 2015, the trends are all over the place. Retro clothing like bell bottoms  paisley and platform shoes from the 70’s is back. I just don’t remember us using the purple,blue, black,green lips back then. Can you tell I am old and set in my ways?? It seems June is flying by someone last week posted that CHRISTMAS is only 27 weeks away. I prefer to keep summer alive.. have fun!!wish_you_were_here

 

SEEN THIS WEEK

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CIMG2506This series of plates I saw at the Goodwill store and HAD TO HAVE.. Lyrics to Amazing Grace. Love the clouds.. I dedicated it all to Beth Marie and they hang in my dining area.

On the same trip I bought a candle.. an EMPTY candle. It was big enough that I could replace the inside with another candle. I am really “into” shells right now so this large one I could not resist. It smells like vanilla.

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Mostly all I saw this week was 3 days and nights of  loud machines and wet carpet and plenty of work cleaning up a big mess.My apartment was the only one with a lot of damage.  Plumbers took 8 hours to clean out a tree root lined sewer that clogged up our entire building. It was HOT, noisy and stinky. Glad it is over and I did not have to pay the huge bill!!

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IN MEMORY OF BETH MARIE

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It was sunny out and I sat and watched the clouds drift by in the sky. You came into my mind. Oh how I would miss you. I will miss your wisdom and humor and advice. I prayed that soon you would not be in pain.

When I started my blogging 10 years ago, you helped me in so many ways. I had no idea what I was doing. I do know that we all got pretty close and became a sort of “Family” of bloggers. This was BEFORE Facebook, so mostly we kept in touch daily from our blogs. You were my close friend…. but more like a “Sis” to me. You sent me encouragement and support when life dealt me so many hard blows. Your phone calls and gifts were so very special. I will cherish them forever.

 

This morning you left us here in this place and we grieve for the loss but do know in our hearts.. as you always said…

 

 “When you come to the edge of all that you know, you must believe one of two things: there will be earth upon which to stand, or you will be given wings to fly.” 

FLY AWAY DEAR BETH MARIE…GOD HAS GIVEN YOU YOUR WINGS….

 

 

   

 

  UNTIL WE MEET AGAIN….

SEEN THIS WEEK…

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First attempt at making a fake flower arrangement for outdoors.. I have changed it THREE times.. don’t know what the problem is with me .. but anyway.. had to bring it inside…weather changed and SNOW fell. I KID YOU NOT it got cold and stormy and very windy. Most everyone else took all the outdoor things inside too. Those are large shells I placed in the planter.. just can’t get enough of the beach I guess. CIMG2418CIMG2420Picked up a nice photo of Daytona Beach at sunrise for 1$. Framed and signed with date and what the photo was. Nice to know its origin. I liked the frame first BEFORE I knew what it was. Yes, it’s a little rippled in the frame so your eyes are OKAY!! ;-)

CIMG2441Poor neighbor’s garden had no idea SNOW was about to show up again. The flowers are drooping but still there. CIMG2447Snow clouds and covering the roof of the building across the way.. April 22. Last year we had temps in the 80’s!

HOPE YOU ALL HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND.