Monday, June 7, 2010

Monday Musings - Blues, Blahs & Ah's

Today I bought the June issue of Good Housekeeping. Oh how I would love to have a porch like this ...

instead the poor plants on my balcony are barely able to survive these weather conditions. The dust is back full force today and that makes me blue.

On page 199 of the June Good Housekeeping there is sweet Annie who made bracelets to collect money for Haiti. No matter how many times I read her story, I am always inspired.

This granny stripe afghan was inspired by Lucy at Attic 24. She posted the pattern here and I used the yarn I received from Jodie several months ago.

It was very easy to make. Next time, I will mix up the colors a little more. The color pattern on this one is just too perfect for my liking.

Over the weekend, there was something that I LIKED just a little too much.

A good friend at school sent me home Thursday with homemade toffee. I lost count of how many pieces I ate. I just know I had major toffee overload.

And on Saturday, I baked oatmeal chocolate chip cookies at the request of son no. 2. They were really, really good and I did not eat just three. I did have three glasses of milk to go along with ALL the cookies I ate. Sometimes you just gotta give in to your cravings! I think I'm still feeling the affects of all that sugar.

I think it's time to go and create something. Hope your day is filled with sweet blessings! Have a great week! Tammy

36 comments:

sissie said...

You are so right, sometimes you just have to indulge! Those oatmeal cookies sure look good!

Yes, I would love to have a porch covered with beautiful flowers too, but here on the coast the salt and sand gives them a rough time!

hugs and have a great week.

Sissie

Susan said...

Hi Tammy....Hope you have a good day, despite the dust and dryness. The porch with all the flowers is really beautiful. Take care and keep creating! Susan

A Cottage Muse said...

Toffee is my weakness too! Wouldn't it be fun to share some toffee on that beautiful porch!!

A Vintage Chic said...

I think if we don't go a little nuts with the sweets sometimes, WE go a little nuts! (or a lot!) That front porch is dreamy, isn't it? Wish I had more of a greenthumb where pots are concerned--I seem to kill them all off!

Hope you have a wonderful day, my friend!

Julie

Deb said...

Wow, what lovely pictures. Summertime is porch time and it gives you a chance to decorate another "room".

Happy week to you!

bunny said...

mmmm...toffee...sounds good! How do you do it with all that dust...how do the kids do it? Schools out already? We have 2 weeks and my daughter is driving me nuts plus all the kids at the middles school were I work. Have a wonderful week tammykins and create your little head off...lol

bunny

Creative Carmelina said...

oh how nice...to come here and visit and have my coffee...

you're reading magazines...and baking, and getting ready to create something! yeah!

happy creating, happy baking, happy everything day to you too!!

come see me soon! I'm announcing an etsy sale.

ciao bella
creative carmelina

glor said...

And a great week to you as well. That porch is amazing, I too would love something like that. I'm hoping the retirement house has that!!! I know what you mean about sugar fixes, sometimes you just have to! Sending hugs and blessings.

Anonymous said...

YIKES!! I hate to see the Kuwaiti skies looking like that with all the dust. It used to give me a creepy feeling to see that murky look to the sky. Sure seems like you are having lots of dust storms this year. BOO!!

You are so good with your food intake, that it really makes me smile to know you had a day with too many sweets. That does not happen often with you. I am glad to know you enjoyed it all, and now that the toffee is gone, you can focus on being good again. Hope you saved Zack a few cookies...

Love ya,
Renee

Marilyn said...

Oh dear...I feel bad telling you just how beautiful the weather is here today....But we did have a scare yesterday....tornado warnings....there does that make up for it?!!
UMM, Tammy, if you can make granny stripes how come the square is illusive? Just asking!! Making stripes drives me up the wall...
you did a great job....
Hope the dust settles...but if it doesn't...hook girl hook!

Jan said...

I know how you feel.....winter didn't end here forever and it was all so dreary. Seed catalogs would come in the mail and I'd just about weep! Guess that's another reason to have BLOG FRIENDS! You get to see things you cannot have (like gardens) and live through them! But YOU live in an exceptionally history-rich country that we cannot imagine. Colors and textures and people from all over the world.
I'm happy we've 'met' here in blogland and I look forward to seeing your posts about you and your family WAY over the ocean!
Many warm hugs to you,
Jan

Kelly Berkey said...

Let's just pretend we are on that porch, having coffee or tea...and listening to your wonderful music!
Come visit and see my studio photos!
Ciao,
Kelly

http://kellyberkeydesigns.blogspot.com

My Grama's Soul said...

I am so LOVIN' that porch.......looks like you have been a very busy girl with all the baking, knitting, and eating!!! (O:(O:

Hello to you ....Jo

Jane said...

The cookies and toffee looked delicious! I put myself on a little diet today. I ate WAY too much at my sister's this weekend....but I know by this weekend I'll be ready for the same (no willpower!)
Jane

Privet and Holly said...

Hi T! So, you can knit and bake??! You are multi-talented! I am not very good at either, I'm afraid. I can cook {savory-type things} but my baking skills aren't as strong. My kids ARE at an age where they like to help me bake, so I am improving ~ and we are having FUN along the way! Sorry about your poor plants. The weather conditions must be brutal. Have fun CREATING and try not to worry about them! xx Suzanne

crochet lady said...

Too bad about the dust causing problems with growing things. I hope you can find a solution that will help.

That toffee looks great! I like toffee, but don't eat it much anymore....I am always afraid I am going to chip a tooth, which has happened several times.

Sheila Rumney said...

Everyone needs to indulge! I haven't had toffee in a long time... eat some for me!

Have a wonderful week.

Diane said...

I think that bad heat and dust would cause me to overindulge on sugar, too. Nothing like a new magazine to make you feel a little better, though. Hope your week is great, Tammy. Diane

Elaine said...

Oatmeal cookies. yum..maybe you can make some for me when you visit

Claus said...

Due to the ash, my flowers are now gone, so I know what you must feel every time dust comes your way :-( I did some major pruning over the weekend, hoping they will come back to life in a couple of months.
have a great week ahead!

Happy@Home said...

I like the title of your post. Toffee and homemade cookies and milk sounds like a great way to dodge the dust outside. I can't imagine that. Does it get in your eyes?
I admire your talent in making the beautiful afghan.
Have a wonderful week.

Rosie@Journey to Charm said...

Mmm, oatmeal cookies are my fav. I can eat a whole batch. Yes, I wish my porch looked the magazine's, too.

Blessedmom's Simple Home said...

I think oatmeal cookies are my favorite cookies, and the added benefit of chocolate chips make them even better. I've been reading over your past few posts so I just read how hot it is there. Our weather has been up around 100, but because we're high desert it cools down in the evenings quite a bit. In fact, there are only about 2 weeks out of the summer that it stays hot at night.
I hope it cools down for you soon. At least a little bit :-)
Blessings,
Marcia

Linda said...

Sorry for the continued dust! ♥

That toffee looks sooooo good - I love toffee. The blanket is lovely.

~*~ saskia ~*~ said...

Home made toffee, oh me oh my, how divine!

Hope your week is great so far, sweet Tammy. xx

Nice and Easy Antiques said...

Toffee always gets me!!!!! I can't believe Ikea Kuwait gives you shopping bags!! In the States, you have to buy them if you want or just carry all your items in big pieces of paper after you wrap them yourself...it just drives me crazy!!!

Vicki said...

Oh, Tammy, that is such a beautiful porch. I would love to have one like it, too. I have been out of town for a few days and am catching up with my friends. I love your beautiful afghan. The color combination is perfect. I know what you mean about sugar over load. I have to really watch it on the sweets as I have a real weakness for them, especially chocolate. I hope you have the happiest of weeks, sweet friend. Love and blessings always~ Vicki

Melissa said...

Looks like you made everyone hungry with this blog. You are soooo greedy women, you don't know how to share!!! I could have helped you put those babies away:)
I love the colors of the afghan and am glad you have found the time to do some crocheting since you have been so busy. Hopefully, this week will be a bit slower for you now that its near the end.
My kids want to know what's up with this music...lol!! It reminds them of Sultan Center elevator music...I'm sorry, Kenny's gotta go....zzzzzzz.....oops, ok Im awake...LOL!! I know, that wasn't nice, do you forgive me. Gonna run the kids to the tutors. Glad to see you back on here!!

podso said...

I'm surprised you do all your own housework--I would think having someone help you in the house would be more affordable where you live, but I can understand wanting to do it yourself. Are you in what we called the harmattan? Or is it just the general dessert dust?

Stay cool, if you can! And thanks for visiting my blog again.

Linda said...

Tammy,
Thanks for your latest comment about Sarah's graduation. I can't imagine anyone NOT being sentimental about such things, lol. There are little things in each and every day that I get sentimental about. I've been like this all of my life (yes, even as a little girl) and honestly wouldn't be any other way, because it shows that I treasure and hold those moments as sacred. :)

I think perhaps it's different for daughters - because there's no way ever that she would be taking a taxi someplace here, lol. Honestly, we don't even have such things in our small town and around us there are 40 registered sex offenders (in our small town alone). So - actually I had a lot more freedom to run around than she does.

Thanks for your good wishes and hope you have a blessed remainder of the week. ♥

Martha's Favorites said...

Hi Tammy: It was good to hear from you. I am sorry you are a little down. I know you, it won't last long. You are such an up person. Have a wonderful rest of the week. Blessings, Martha

Queenmothermamaw said...

Hi Tammy, so glad you stopped by. I have been busy too with family things. Weather conditions seem to pretty much drive a lot of the things we have especially flowers and things related to climate. We had too much rain early on and now we are dry. You yummies sure looked good. Blessings
QMM

Sandra said...

Sorry about your wilting plants...mine look the same way...it was 110 this week. So interesting we are on opposite sides of the world in our own little deserts and experiencing some of the same blues! Love toffee...I would eat a lot too!

Yarni Gras! said...

I know what you mean about that photo...just gorgeous! I hope you had fun crafting...I love your afghan! Lucy's blog is the BEST!

Zuzu said...

Hello sweet Tammy!
Oh - that picture of the porch is lovely!!! I make homemade toffee, and Hubby is lucky to get any. It's toooo yummy! :)
Also - can't get over how pretty your crochet is. I'm kind of into embroidery right now, but starting to think crochet would be fun again!
Have a lovely day, dear friend!
Zuzu

Ana said...

Hi Tammy,
I'm sorry you've been feeling blue...I have too! It's been sooooo gloomy over here...I do hope you're feeling a bit better today...Those oatmeal cookies and that toffee look good enough to brighten up any day :-)Yummy, they look soooo good. Sending you tons of hugs and smiles...♥Ana

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