Tuesday, August 28, 2012

THIS & THAT


The dog days of summer are winding down and I am trying to buckle up and get busy around here.  I've been spending a lot of time in the cool air conditioning, devouring book after book.  Did you know Target has one of the best selections of soft cover books?  It never fails that I find one or two when I'm there.  I alternate reading books and using my Nook...both are fine for me.  I'm in the middle of a good one now and I race to get the dinner dishes done so I can get back to it in the evenings!

We had a terrible weekend with first the heat and humidity and then rain.  We were cooped up in the house reading and watching movies.  I'm looking forward to the end of the heat, when I can throw open my windows and have some fresh air.  The Husband has had such a sweet tooth lately and has been binging on Twinkies and Hostess Cupcakes and ice cream.  Pure poison!  I want to bake for him but I'm avoiding using the oven.  That has me looking forward to fall, fresh baked sweets, slow cooked soups and the smell of woodsmoke in the air.  I think I may even decorate for fall early!  And I have some ideas for some tablescapes as well as a simple bedroom updo that I worked on last week.  But after I finish this book!  See all of you soon! :)

54 comments:

Coastal Cottage Dreams said...

No I never noticed books in Target, I am usually in the other departments. It is very humid where I live now and just keeping cool in the A/C. Also looking forward to cooler temps. Have a great week.

ℳartina @ Northern Nesting said...

Such happy times and happy memories!! Now I'm off to see the pic of your daughters dress. Don't know how i missed that post!?!

Robin@DecoratingTennisGirl said...

Janie,
Heading to Fla for our yearly time there. So looking to the cooler weather. We will be home mid-month, so I will decorate then. I must have missed the wedding dress post :( Have to go back and look!
xoxo

Beth said...

I am so ready for fall!

Lovely photos and wonderful memories!

April said...

I'd say that happiness is all around! What wonderful pictures! We have rain here today...I'm sure it's from Isaac. My hair is FRIZZY to the max!;)

Debby said...

I don't get tired of hearing about weddings. Those are happy events. I just posted about one and going to another this week-end. Love the first picture.....love the boots. When is your daughters wedding. You can't quit talking weddings til that one is over.
I think it's great you are reading alot.
Hopefully that fall weather will be here soon. It's been cooler in the evenings here and I love cracking open the windows at night. I imagine lots of rain is coming our way.

Lou Cinda @ Tattered Hydrangeas said...

I am SO ready for Fall too....but ut temps are still in the 90's and now today we have the rain...spin off from Isaac.... :( I know you are getting so excited planning another wedding...you are a pro at this now!!

Enjoy your book!

Lou Cinda

Theresa said...

I love Weddings, dresses, bouquets, cakes, brides and grooms:) I am always excited to hear about two people in love and starting their lives together!

Have a blessed week, enjoy your books and preparing for Fall! HUGS!

Susie said...

Blondie, Beautiful children. I am so sick of sitting in AC . I love the windows open and having fresh air in the house. So I know what you are saying. Smiles, Susie

Gina said...

Happy Anniversary to your son & daughter-in-law! Summer is definitely winding down and I, too, look forward to all the yummy cooking & baking in the fall.

Olive Cooper said...

I never tire of weddings Jane. I feel/pray for New Orleans but we are getting cool temps and a lovely slow steady rain. It makes for a nice rainy day here.I have dusted our enormous bookcase whilst in my pj's. I love to read too and have found a bookstore that trades my used books and I can then buy new or used books. I am having fun with that. xoxo, Olive

Mimi said...

HI JANE!!
I do not know anyone --ladies anyway...who do not want to talk weddings!!!!I love it all!!!
HAPPY ANNIVERSARY to your Son and Daughter in law/love!!!
I know how excited your daughter is and as the MOTHER of the bride you too!!!
Hop[e your heat and humidity end soon.....for us...around the middle of Nov......
I tolerate it!!!
Off to Orlando soon to help our daughter #2 move into her first HOUSE!!!So excited to help decorate!!!
hugs,
jamie

Linda Chapman said...

Everyone loves a wedding!! So what good books have you read lately? Seems like it takes me much longer to finish a book these days! But I keep one going....always!

I'm looking forward to Saturday - September 1st! It's one of my favorite days in the whole year!!!

Something Nice and Pretty said...

Love to read, so what are the books you have read from Target, I always find one too, I think they have a great selection! Will being gearing up to for my son's wedding soon in June 3013! I love weddings too!

laurie said...

it must be so exciting planning for the big Day!!I wish for you cooler weather,

Something Nice and Pretty said...

oop's I meant 2013!

Terra said...

The wedding that was, and now a wedding that will be; no wonder weddings are on your mind. Stay cool. I didn't know Target sells books, we just got a Target store near us.

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

I think we are all kind of waiting for this Summer to end, Jane. It wasn't very enjoyable at all. I took one of the books you recommended a month or so ago out of the library - The Secret Garden by Kate Morton and just finished it the other day. It was very good. Any time you want to recommend any others, I'm listening!

Marla and Steve said...

I hear you! I'm so ready for Fall to get here. Your family is so lovely.

Cindy said...

Please let this heat and dryness end! Bring on the fresh and crisp days of fall! Enjoy your reading in the cool AC.

A Hint of Home said...

Cooler weather has come our way but now we're bracing for a lot of rain from Issac.
You're a girl after my own heart...I love, love to read!

Ricki Jill Treleaven said...

LOL pure poison is right! We are dealing with rain from Isaac today...staying in and doing chores!

NanaDiana said...

I can't believe that is a year ago already! Wow- where does the time go? I am so anxious to hear more about your daughter's wedding as you go along, too.

Here's hoping the upcoming week end and weather is much better- xo Diana

Julie Marie said...

Hi Jane, Happy Anniversary to your son and his wife, hard to believe it has been a whole year!... our cooler weather left us and we are in hot hot mode again... I want Fall too, and homemade soups and such!... darling photo of Emily and your hubby!... xoxo Julie Marie

Ceekay-THINKIN of HOME/Doublewide Decor said...

Hi Jane....I heard my husband saying to "the kitchen"...I wonder when "she" is going to use the oven again!! Well, "She" isn't until it cools off!!
Take care!

Shirley said...

Hi Jane, You can continue to talk wedding until that magical day. It brought back the memories of going dress shopping with my daughter, hunting my dress and all the other plans. So much more to do when the daughter gets married, then a son.
Happy anniversary to your son and his wife. I can't believe it has been a year already. My how the time is flying. We had a little rain over the weekend. My son has left New Orleans inland to get away from Issac. It was mandatory.
Have a wonderful rest of the week. I am so ready for fall. Hugs Your Missouri Friend.

Charlene said...

I am sooooooo ready for Fall!!!! I know the weather has been hot for you guys but... REALLY HOT here & humid. That dress Emily chose is 2DIE4!!! Charlene

Valerie@chateaualamode.typepad.com said...

You could never talk too much about weddings to me...I love love and weddings too!

Monica said...

Enjoy your books! It's still hot over here too.
xo

Jody and Stan said...

Wonderful Happy Memories. You have such beautiful children. Thanks for sharing.


Jody

Marydon said...

Congrats to the newlyweds & the upcoming newlyweds. Your daughters dress is awesome, she will look like a queen.

I know I'm way behind in keeping up, but when the weather keeps me in I'll be doing more. We have truly been swamped with a redo & the influx of feedsack fabrics.

TTFN ~
Have a beautiful holiday weekend ~
Hugs,
Marydon

Geneva said...

Loved seeing the pictures ... I never get tired of hearing about weddings. It sounds like you're gearing up for Fall...love your list of to dos.
Blessings!
Geneva

xinex said...

I can't believe it's been a year, Janie. Wow! How time flies when we are having so much fun.Happy Anniversary to them! I love that photo of Emily and Al, so sweet!...Christine

Lori said...

There was a chill in the air here today reminding me that summer is indeed winding down but the temps are forcasted to spike again tomorrow ~ oh well! I love Target for books and Costco is another favorite spot. What are you reading now??

Mary said...

Thinking about you dear - just having a crazy week getting ready for the upcoming trip.

Hugs - Mary

Erin said...

I love reading your slice-of-life posts, Jane! I'm totally with you on eagerly awaiting fall's arrival here, too. You can tell there's a subtle change in the air and it is nice that the evenings are a touch cooler. Good luck with the continued wedding planning!

Melanie said...

You must tell us the name of these hard-to-put-down books that you're reading! Yes, Target does have a pretty good selection of books, but they're usually cheaper on amazon - or free at your library!

As much as I love summer, I am looking forward to some cooler weather, too. I love when we can turn off the AC & open the windows to let in the fresh air.

Tell The Husband to quit eating Twinkies and Hostess Cupcakes - SO bad for him! Like you said, pure poison. Nothing but chemicals and preservatives. Tell him you want him to stay healthy!

Lynn @ UpCountry Olio said...

I hope we'll be hearing more about the wedding plans! My daughter is getting married in Dec. and I love hearing how your plans are coming together.

You're making is sound not so bad that fall is just around the corner...

Lynne (lynnesgiftsfromtheheart) said...

Hi darling, what happy times you're having. She's going to be a beautiful bride. The dress is stunning.
I'm sure many are as tired of the ins. saga as I am, I guess putting on the blog as reference and journal is my only outlet short of blowing a cork. The lack of professionalism has been unbelievable. I hope you have a super w/k. hugs ~lynne~

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Oh my, sounds like you are so busy and another wedding too. How fun and also how busy. Hope your weather cools down soon, we are still soooooo hot here, but I am ready for the cool too. In about a month we should start, hope I can wait. lol Hugs, Marty

Liz said...

Jane,Oh my gosh! It seems like you just finished planning a big wedding and now your starting all over again. I hope you enjoy the planning.
Yes, as a matter of fact I love the book section in Target. Sometimes I check the book out there and then download it. Hope you have a lovely long weekend! :)

~Liz

Jacqueline~Cabin and Cottage said...

There's so much to putting a wedding together even if you keep it simple! Sweet photo of your daughter and her dad. I hope you get your cooler temps soon! Enjoy that book!

Sarah said...

Sweet photos, Jane. You have a dear family. Enjoy the memories!

Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

You know doubt have your hands full as mother of the beautiful bride.

Such an exciting time. I personally will never tire of talk of wedding. So please, gush on. :)

The Summer Kitchen Girls said...

Oh Jane....the dress is BEAUTIFUL! How exciting that things are coming together!! I think all of our husbands should get together...our's are eating like they are in college again ~ oh boy!!! Hoping you enjoy your weekend :)

Jennifer Beaudet said...

I can't wait to help plan my daughter's wedding! She's 19 though so I'll have to wait a few years but I can't wait! She's dating a new guy and I'm already thinking about what her dress will look like. That's pretty bad. I just love weddings! I painted a larger version of the pier with the girl and the umbrella. It's a 24x30! Have a great weekend Jane...I hope it cools off a little for you. I can definitely feel fall in the air this morning.

bj said...

Hi, Blondie, yes, it is still hot here, too...was 101 in the sun yesterday and I was out in it. whew...
You can talk about the wedding all you want..I love to hear it all. :)'
xoxoxo

Cindy (Applestone Cottage) said...

Hi Jane,
I e-mailed you and texted too. I've been thinking about you all day.
Get a hold of me,
Big Hugs girlfriend,
Cindy

Rhonda said...

Hang in there - it won't be long until the worst of the heat is over - at least I hope so. Alabama has been pretty dang hot this summer.
Think fall!!!
Rhonda

SmilingSally said...

Ooo, how I wish that I lived next door to you so that I could have some Hostess cupcakes and ice cream! Yum!

Happy Labor Day, Jane.

Susan said...

Wow, it seems like yesterday that we read your posts about your son's wedding, Jane. And how special that you got to view an engagement album from your daughter. Such anticipation...enjoy these times, and those books!

Debbie said...

Hi Jane!
I haven't been here in forever.
so...I read all your posts to catch up on what you've been up to.
Looks like you've had a fun, and busy summer.
LOVE the dress your sweet daughter has picked out for her wedding!!!
The photo from this post is precious!
Summer has zipped by, and I'm sad to see it go. The leaves are turning here at the lakehouse, and it makes me dread what's coming next.
Did you have a good Labor Day weekend?
I was outside the whole time! Sitting on the dock next to the water...reading a book.
Your new outside fire place is awesome! We would love something like that here.
I know what you mean about cooking season coming up. Yesterday I made a ham dinner with all the fixin's. Jim was in Heaven..lol.
Enjoy the last fleeting moments of summer-time, my dear.
Big hugs.
xo

Ann-Marie ~ Brambly said...

I alternate between my Kindle and paperbacks as well.It was so nice to see your comment at Brambly after I've been away for so long.Looks like you've been very busy.

Ann-Marie

Penny said...

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