Sweet friends, it’s the first of the month (kinda), which means it’s time for Duke’s Mixture 06.09.2022. In this edition, I am joining my friends Rebecca at Knit by God’s Hand and Jennifer at All 4 Boys for Thankful Thursday. I am also joining Anne at In Residence again for her monthly Currently link-up…albeit a week late. And throwing in some hodgepodge for good measure with my friend Joyce at From This Side of the Pond. You can read my last Duke’s Mixture post, written waaaaay back in March, here. I hope these posts are as much fun to read as they are to write!!
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Here are the words we are considering for June’s Currently – celebrating, giving, taking, trying, and wearing. Come on back 07.06.2022 when we will be talking about what we’re currently enjoying, having, hoping, picking, and using. So enjoy participating in this series with Anne.
Memorial Day in Tucson. So enjoyed our 4-day road trip to Loews Ventana Canyon Resort. The resort was really pretty. Tucked into the side of a mountain with trails and gardens and a waterfall on property. Golf course. Two swimming pools. Super comfy bed and pillows. We indulged in a massage, endured an 8+ mile round-trip hike to 7 Falls in Sabino Canyon. Saw “Top Gun 2,” ate out, drank wine in the huge hotel bathtub. And going out and returning home we stopped at Keeling Schaefer Winery and Tasting Room in Wilcox, Arizona. Their Kokopelli Sweet Lucy Moscato is divine.
away books to members of my online book club. Each month I give the group a consideration list of summaries for 8-10 books. Then the gals vote for their choice for the coming month’s book. Once the winning title is determined, I pose a question to the group and anyone who answers the question correctly wins a copy of the book of the month.
The members voted to read The Love of My Life by Rosie Walsh for our June book. I gave away 3 copies of this book to members who correctly guessed the holiday closest to my wedding anniversary is Independence Day, the 4th of July. Such a good book!! Not at all a love story, as the title might suggest. Kind of a twisty mystery. Also gave away a copy of our second-place book for June, Lessons in Chemistry by Bonnie Garmus. I have just started it. Not sure where it’s headed.
care of PC. We got home from our Memorial Day trip to Tucson on that Monday afternoon. He had begun feeling poorly Saturday night and Sunday. His body aches, sore throat, chills, and cough were worse on Monday so I did the driving home. Tuesday morning when he woke up feverish, Paul decided to take a Covid test and it was positive. On Thursday, I was feverish but have never gotten a positive Covid test. Have been playing nurse trying to take care of my Prince Charming while trying to stay well myself.
to get back to blogging slowly. Tomorrow I will share another installment of Where Bloggers Live. Want to just blog when I feel like it. It had become stressful for me and felt like something else I had to do on my already full plate. Now that school is out and we are beginning to feel better again, I hope to have more ME time. Time for writing, blogging and doing other things I enjoy. Like creating one of these book spine villages below with the terribly clever Jennifer Chamberlin at The Maker Beehive and my equally clever sister Valerie.
The lemon skirt and pin stripe blouse is an outfit from New York & Company that I have had for a very long time. The skirt became too big in the waist and I had it altered but the guy that altered it was a real creep. And it is still too big. Wore this outfit to sub at Lucia’s school.
The dress in the middle is from Versona. PC picked it out. I think it is borderline too short and too young for me. It features a ditsy floral print in pink and blue. And it is the dress I forgot to pack the slip for. I was flattered that he liked the dress on me, though.
The last look is an Amazon belted tee shirt dress and a Target cardi. It’s probably my favorite of the three. I just ordered a similar dress in a turquoisy-teal color. Looking forward to wearing them both when it is just too hot for jeans.
Joyce thinks up the most interesting questions for this series. I like to join up with her for hodgepodge whenever I can.
Daughters and Sons
1. “A daughter’s a daughter all her life, but a son’s a son til he takes a wife.” What say you? Elaborate. Probably depends on the daughter. And the son!! I know my daughters are daughters for life. And I am my mom’s (and dad’s) daughter for life. But I am a mama of only daughters so I can’t personally speak to how I would feel about a son. I imagine I would love him just as much. The mamas I am close to who do have sons love them fiercely. It might be interesting to have a mother-child relationship that doesn’t involve a lot of hormones.
Cute as a June Bug
2. Something you’ve seen recently that was ‘cuter than a June bug’? My grandkids are always cuter than a June bug. Cami, or Clammy as we call her, has had strep throat this week. But girlfriend has worn a full face of makeup everyday despite being sick!! She is mesmerized by the cosmetics hand-me-downs her mama has given her. Paul says Cami has her make up gun set to “Alice Cooper.”
And this week Declan is discovering real people food. He has tried avocado, banana, pear, carrot and loved licking the bowl Brennyn had eaten Cajun air fryer shrimp and veggies out of.
Lastly, check out the cuteness I will be kitty-sitting this weekend. I have started working for Rover.com, doing drop in visits on folks’ pets, and taking dogs on walks. Was contacted this week to watch Pepper, and the housemates her family is fostering right now = 2 mama kitties and 12 4-week-old kittens. PC and I are going to be in pig heaven playing with all of these babies.
Ice Cream You Scream
3. ‘You can’t buy happiness, but you can buy ice cream and that’s pretty much the same thing.’ Agree or disagree? Last time you had a serving of happiness ice cream? Dish-cone-milkshake-sundae…which one do you choose? Totally agree. And give me all of the above. I will eat ice cream in any form or flavor. Last time I had ice cream? Last night. While working on this post. Might have it again tonight, too. It is my favorite sin.
Against the Tide
4. What is one way/area in which you’re currently ‘swimming against the tide‘? Tough one. Maybe with blogging. I am refusing to allow myself to get all wrapped around the hub about blogging again. I like to write and blogging provides me an outlet to do so. Not here to influence or persuade anyone about anything.
5. Three things you’re looking forward to this summer?
- swimming in our pool
- possibly meeting up with Brennyn and fam at South Padre Island for a few days
- getting our pool fixed – finally
6. Insert your own random thought here. We had our first real rain of 2022 last night. It was delightful. And it was all because I did the rain dance about 4:30 yesterday afternoon. Sure, I saw the puffy gray clouds building in the northern skies. True, this time of year is often referred to as our ‘monsoon’ season. But we haven’t had more than 2 drops of rain in the 6 months of 2022. I decided Mother Nature needed my help and took matters into my own hands…or dancing feet. The result was an hour-long rain complete with lightning, thunder and pea-sized hail. It was glorious.
Joining Rebecca Jo and Jennifer in sharing the hosting responsibilities for the Thankful Thursday series. However, I have been away from blogging for several months. Some weeks, you might discover posts from all 3 of us, other Thursdays, it might just be one of us hosting. Sometimes you might find a post from me on a Friday!! But whatever the case, YOU are always welcome to join us!!
STRAIGHT FROM MY GRATITUDE JOURNAL
For my Thankful Thursday posts, I usually share the ‘gratefuls’ I’ve listed in my gratitude journal over the week or month, whatever length of time has elapsed since my last Thankful Thursday post. Always lots of things to be thankful for even if I don’t get around to writing a post about them all. This is the gratitude I have been using for almost a year.
So thankful for:
- my relationship with PC
- my babies and their babies
- Jeri, my mom’s visiting nurse
- church messages about relationships
- blooms and now baby peaches on our peach tree
- paying off bills
- opportunities to substitute teach and pet-tend on Rover.com
- working out
- summer evening walks
- a wonderful trip to Tucson with PC
- baby hummingbirds in the nest in our magnolia
- bloom on my transplanted Christmas cactus clipping
- good books and friends to read with
- electricity, water, food and our home
- money to replace our air conditioner
- the foundation my parents gave us
- having fairly mild cases of Covid (or whatever it was I had)
- the many times my mom has fallen but not been seriously hurt
- sleeping well
Not sure I know where the week went. Well, yes, I do. I spent most of everyday floundering around trying to feel better. And tonight I feel almost, almost 100%.
How would you respond to this month’s currentlies and hodgepodge questions? What are you thankful for this week? Link up your thankful Thursday post or share in a comment below.
Thank you for coming by. I will be catching up with my blog reading this weekend. Going to be 107* on Saturday so I think I will let PC go to his baseball game alone while I stay home in the AC. See you then!!
Hugs and kisses,