Friday, July 30, 2010

Winner, Winner, Chicken Dinner!

I've always wanted to say that!

I won! I won! I won!

I won a giveaway over at Annette Lyon's blog The Lyon's Tale as part of her four year blogging anniversary celebration.

I won a copy of Alma the Younger, by H. B. Moore!!!

Thank you, Annette!

(Soon I will have to post about the other giveaways ((yes, plural!)) that I have won.)


Wednesday, July 28, 2010

The Beach

One of the items on my summer list is "go to the beach".

I live just minutes from some of the most beautiful beaches in the world. Lovely white sand beaches as far as the eye can see. However, two things: I don't swim, and I don't like being in the sun. But I do like to go to the beach.

When K was little, I used to take her all the time. Then she got to be a better swimmer than what I could, with my non-swimming ways, supervise, so she started going more with her dad. And then, of course, she got old enough to not need any supervision and started going with friends. Meanwhile, I didn't go. At all.

Last year I went to a few beach events with the church youth. I guess it reminded me of how much I like going.

So, this year, I bought a State Park sticker, put the beach umbrella in the car, and made a vow to have some beach time.

So far I've gone twice. It was delightful. And sooooo relaxing.


Thursday, July 22, 2010

I Feel A Meme Coming On...

I found this on the internet when I Googled "crafty meme".

What are your hobbies?
sewing, quilting, scrapbooking, reading, dessert-making
What crafts do you do?
right now, I prefer anything to do with sewing
What sounds do you craft along to?
music, sometimes a movie
First Project You Ever Made:
barbie clothes
Favorite Project:
whatever I just finished
Favorite Items to Make:

What's your favorite...
was orange, then blue, now I'm coming back to orange
chariots of fire. More recently? lars and the real girl
TV Show:
the big bang theory, the mentalist
the eagles
eight cousins (louisa may alcott)
Favorite Craft:

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Search for a Summer Musical

As I mentioned in my last post one of the things I wanted to do this summer is go to a musical. As in musical theatre. Theater? Theatre.

I have fond memories of many a summer musical over the years. I still have vivid memories of seeing The Fantastics at Mack's Inn at Island Park one summer when I was growing up. Of course there were trips to the Pickleville Playhouse for the melodrama, not a musical but summer fun none the less. I think my favorite summer musical venue is the outdoor theatre at Sundance in Provo Canyon. I have been there several times, and nothing says summer like seeing a musical there. (I even saw Robert Redford there once ((he owns Sundance)) walking through the restaurant where we were eating before a play! Good times, good times.) I have also seen musicals at both the old and the new Hale Center Theatre. One summer, long ago, I even saw a musical on Broadway. There used to be a theatre company right here in town, and I saw several musicals there. However, they folded a few years back. Bummer.

There is a small summer theatre offering in a nearby town. I checked their schedule. No musical. Drat! There was a promising looking comedy, however, so I bought a ticket for that. I guess it is the closest I can come. For now.

Saturday, July 17, 2010

A List for Summer

At the beginning of the summer, I made a list of the things I wanted to do before summer was over. We took our "big" vacation for the year in April, so I may have wanted plans to look forward to and some things to accomplish.

Making lists of summer projects go back to when I was in school or teaching and had things I wanted to get done during my time off. I also did this with my daughter.

At the beginning of the summer, we would sit down and revise her chore list and make a list of fun things to do and projects we wanted to accomplish. K is an only child, and with school out and not seeing her friends everyday, I didn't want her to worry about being lonely or bored (although she spent every extra moment reading, so she was rarely bored.) We included weekly visits with friends and outings as well as goals for things to do at home. Everything went on the weekly chart so we could keep track of our accomplishment. (This habit really paid off when it came time to work on Personal Progress projects.) She still plans for summer projects and goals.

Last summer when she came home (those were the good old days!) she had a list: to make a quilt, to play through all of the hymns in the hymn book, to learn to juggle, to learn to write with her left hand, and to perfect the art of making real, baked cheesecake.

The quilt is gorgeous, the cheesecakes (many cheesecakes!) were delicious, she is a pretty good hand at juggling, not sure about the left-handed writing, and she is still working on the hymns.

This summer she had taken list-making to a whole new level.

But, wait, this is supposed to be about me!

This is my Summer List:
  • See a musical
  • Go to the beach
  • Make 2 quilts
  • Go thrifting.

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Summer Obsession

McDonald's Frozen Strawberry Lemonade.

It is the perfect blend of sweet and tart refreshing frozen goodness!

I am not a habitual patron of McDonald's. They are usually pretty far down on my list of Fast Food Favorites. In fact, I will go to McD's and get the frozen strawberry lemonade and then drive thru somewhere else to get my food.

I am in no way being compensated for this endorsement. Darn!

But if you haven't tried it, go get one! It is just.that.good.

You're welcome!