Looking for answers to life's questions

The last week has been a rough one. The little bit of warmth we had for a week vanished bringing in rain, wind and winter temperatures. I actually broke down and turned on the heat again. That was especially necessary after I wound up with a bacterial infection that required antibiotics. I had a good laugh with the pharmacist when she explained that the medication could cause dizziness. Could I get any dizzier?? Uh huh. More on that subject much later. I’m still bouncing off the walls more than usual so getting anything done was tough. I get lazy when I’m not up to par.

Even my homework for writing class was sadly lacking in creativity. The prompt was gossip and I didn’t care for the subject matter. Making up a story was easier than trying to find three real life episodes of participation. I don’t enjoy gossip in any form. Maybe that’s why I spend so much of my time alone.

Can you see the stippling stitch around the design? My first try at it.

Can you see the stippling stitch around the design? My first try at it.

It’s hard to be creative when all your energy is going toward getting well and staying upright and warm. In spite of it all, I did manage to get a little done. My shirt is cut out and ready to sew. Wanting to get ready for the Memorial Day weekend, I planned out an embroidery in my software program and prepared the fabrics. I finally finished the project yesterday afternoon while my daughter was over drawing out her pattern for a shirt she is making. I’ll post photos later when the shirt is finished. Here is the wall hanging I did to encourage summer to make another appearance. I tried something I’ve never done before. I quilted around the design. It’s hard to see but my daughter liked the effect. I’ll try it again and get more practice.

This will hang through Labor Day.

This will hang through Labor Day.

I even ironed my little flags I’ve had for years. I’ll put one in the deck flowers when the rain stops. This one looks cute on the covered entrance to my door. They are for good Feng Shui as you enter.

Red flowers by the front door = good Feng Shui. The flag makes it better.

Red flowers by the front door = good Feng Shui. The flag makes it better.

I managed to get a rose-bush my sister gave me for Mother’s Day into a bigger pot to give it some room to grow. It was in a cute little tin pot but the heat on the roots in the sun didn’t seem like a good idea. I love yellow roses and want this one to survive. It’s had plenty of rain, now it needs a little sunshine. Come on sun!

I'm hoping this survives.

I’m hoping this survives.

I’m not complaining. I have nothing to complain about. Especially not the weather when so many parts of the country are hit with catastrophic weather. For so many, Memorial Day will include actual memorials. My heart goes out to everyone who has suffered loss. My dad was a military man for 20 years, so my prayers are with all those that serve, have served and their families too.

a closer look

a closer look

Memorial Day usually signals the coming of summer which is really not for almost another month. We pretend that it’s here with the attempt at barbeques and warm weather clothes. My grill is under the eaves of the building to keep off the rain and I’ll be wearing a flannel shirt. How about you? Are there any signs of summer in your neck of the woods?

What good is the warmth of summer, without the cold of winter to give it sweetness. ~ John Steinbeck

From my heart to yours,
Marlene Herself

Comments on: "In Search of Signs of Summer" (9)

  1. I’m not a big fan of gossip, either.
    I don’t think I’ve mentioned it but I have labyrinthitis, which is an inner ear condition that can cause vertigo. Occasionally I become a dizzy broad, too 😉
    I love your embroidery project. It’s lovely!

    Spashionista (Alicia)

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    • Thanks Alicia. Sorry you too stuggle with dizziness. It just never goes away and now is back to where I was in the beginning.. Found a book that gave me some insight that I will write aboiut soon. I love doing the embroidery.even though the machine does the work. It’s fun to figure out what to make next. Glad you liked it.

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  2. Well shoot Marlene, sorry to hear you’ve been struggling with dizziness and an infection. Hope those antibiotics do their job soon. You’re embroidery machine is really something special. I’d be monogramming everything in my wake. Since I got back from California, the weathers been pretty good but we’ve had the usually spring rain this week and crazy wind. Hopefully summer is around the corner. I did put plants into pots and they too need some sun. Hope you have fun tomorrow!

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    • Thanks for caring. I’m much better and slowly regaining balance. The weather is just trying to keep us guessing. It rained all day today but we get summer temps next week. I guess I can turn off the heat again. Somehow our plants seem to deal with the weird weather better than we do. Hope you had a wonderful weekend too.

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  3. I agree–come sun! The entire Memorial Day week-end has been cloudy and rainy here. But your Memorial Day decorations and re-potted rose motivate we to ignore the weather and celebrate the long week-end.

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    • I asked for sun and we will recieve it next week with 85 degree temps. There seems to be no middle ground. Memorial Day was as wet as can be here too. We’ll keep smiling and make our own sunshine. 🙂 Hope your day was at least restful.

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  4. I enjoy reading your blog, so I have chosen to nominate you for the Liebster Blog Award. If you’d like to participate, check out my latest blog post. 🙂

    Spashionista Alicia

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    • Thank you so much Alicia. I have always been seriously intimidated by these nominations. I thank you for your kind words. It surprises me that they always come when I’m thinking about giving up the writing. You keep me inspired. You also explain what to do with the nomination.

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    • Alicia, I swear I sent you a reply but it seems to have vanished. I thanked you deeply for nominating me. The part I have trouble with is how to get the award pasted to my post. That’s why I have never accepted any of the nominations. I also need to broaden my reading. I’m honored that you enjoy my writing. I tried copy and paste but it’s not working. I’m going to ask my son for long distance help. Bare with me, please. I’m not that much of a techy. 😦 I’m very pleased you have recieved the award. You so deserve it. Marlene Herself

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