Wednesday, 26 August 2015

Random Odds and Ends

An odd kind of day yesterday for some reason.  You know when you have those days that you just cannot seem to get into anything but you don't know why.  Well it was one of those.

The weather was horrid again - for the third day in a row it rained more than you can imagine.  The driveway was like a lake a couple of times because the rain was coming down so hard and so quickly that the water just couldn't drain off quickly enough.



I sure hope that it clears up soon!

I'm glad you were amused by the squirrel story that I shared yesterday.  I didn't see him at all yesterday - Mr Squirrel - I think the rain kept him inside his little house.

Stuck indoors yesterday I tried to get on with a few things.  I did my meal planning for September and went and got the meat for the month - forgetting a couple of important things!  My mind really wasn't on the task in hand properly at all.

I also started a new project - even though I am trying to finish others, but this is a quick one.  Any guesses???  This is very close up by the way!


After looking out at the rain I took a photo of this combination that I have shown you before, but it looked so good today, even in the rain.  Verbena Bonariensis - the purple - and Choisya - the yellowy green.


I also sorted out the bookcase where I have all my novels.  Yes, it seems that I have enough books to last for about the next 10 years at the rate I am reading them....  Better get faster at reading hadn't I!  I also made a pile for the charity shop of books that I read years ago and am not going to read again.

Some books come, some go, and some stay forever and some only a short time!

One new book has come my way recently though.  Look, isn't it a beauty!


I won this journal in a giveaway held by the lovely Vicky over at 2 Bags Full.  Isn't it pretty!!  I have no idea what I am going to write in it yet, but I will really enjoy using it when I do decide.  Thank you so much Vicky, it really is so nice and so lovely of you to send it so far to me.

Oh, and a funny book coincidence that isn't really funny at all....  As I explained in my meal planning post - here - I choose two cookbooks to cook from each month.  The totally random choices for September.  The Pioneer Woman Cooks and Mary Berry Cooks.  It was the "Cooks" that struck me.  I am daft aren't I!!!  Small things make me smile!

Once again I am late in reading blogs, but I am getting there - slowly!  Just starting on those from Friday, so I will read, but please bear with me!  And once again on the comment replying too!  I do apologise, even though you will all tell me not to and I would say the same to you!

Later in the day I lit my candle, but it died.  No more flame to be had!  So there was nothing for it but to start a new one.  A bit late in the summer for seaside, but we can hope can't we!!


Well that is about it for these random musings.  Oh, and I will remind you again on Friday, but just in case you don't stop by then - or I don't post! - Five On Friday will be starting up again on Friday 4th September.  So start to get your Five thinking caps on ready to join in!  Details can be found on the Five On Friday page via the link at the top of the sidebar.  Or click the badge in the sidebar to go to read my posts.  Anyone is welcome to join in.

Hope you are all having a good week.  Happy Hump Day!  I will leave you with some flowers from Friday!



Amy

45 comments:

  1. I love Yankee Candles they have some pretty accessories for them as well, Your new journal is really pretty I have lots of pretty journals and notebooks but never want to spoil them by writing in them :-)

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  2. How sweet, that "lampshade" for your Yankee candle - never seen something like that !

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  3. It's been tipping down here as well, yesterday and today. I'm hoping for a last blast of summer though. It sounds as though you had a lovely day inside, with books and a candle - perfect. The journal is lovely, I'm a bit of a notebook addict. And I love the bright green in your garden, it's a colour that always lights up on a rainy day. I hear the sun may come out later - enjoy! CJ xx

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  4. Wet wet wet! Still it's a good excuse to stay in and read your blog, which is as bright and colourful as ever. x

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  5. I'm hoping for a stay at home day today. I've been soaked the last three days. It is tipping down here right now, I I think a new candle might be in order to lighten the gloom. I am intrigued by your metallic thread. Really hope the weather cheers up as we're off to Cornwall on Friday!

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  6. It wasn't raining here yesterday ... miracle!! ... but it is today. Absolutely bucketing down. Oh well, the washing will have to go in the tumbly-drier and I'll just have to spend the day sewing. Shame really! LOL

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  7. I've noticed the leaves on the tree outside my kitchen window have started turning a lovely shade of orange. It's wet and it's windy - and I love it.

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  8. sounds like your enforced inside time due to rain has been impressively productive xxx

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  9. It was pouring down all day here as well, but you made better use of your time than me - I just read for most of the day! I don't know what your crocheting is - when will we see the reveal?

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  10. I'm quite enjoying the rain, however, if it carries on into next week I shall be singing a different tune! It means I don't feel guilty being indoors drawing and sewing :o)

    Love your new notebook, I'm a sucker for them too. What is it with us girls and a nice bit of stationary? xx

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  11. Some parts of the US sure could use that rain to put out the fires that continue to burn. Weather is a very interesting thing and Mother Nature is fickle. Meal planning is way too organized for me. Though, now that I'm not working, I should have more time to be overly organized. :) Have a great day. Tammy

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  12. I know just what you mean, Amy. A dull rainy day can really put me off, and spoil my concentration. It can make it hard to settle down to something productive. The journal looks gorgeous, and so do the pretty plants in your garden. Of course, we need rain to achieve that! xx

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  13. I'm thoroughly fed up of the rain now, it even woke me in the early hours and then I couldn't get back to sleep. I love Yankee Candles, I have the same shade and plate as you have, and I've got the very smallest size in it too, oh three votive holders and a tart burner too. Well, you can never have too much of a good thing, can you? I love your new journal, I'm a bit of a stationery addict so I love pretty notebooks.

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  14. Pretty photos today! I like the rain on the window shot, and your yellow and purple planting looks so good!
    I don't know what you might be making though!

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  15. I hope your seasonal candle brings that sun back: I dug my winter jumpers out today! The journal is lovely, what a great giveaway! Looking forward to the return of 5 on friday :) xx

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  16. I am getting a little bored of the weather now, stuck inside in August is not conducive to some of the wood projects getting done. On the plus side I am getting on with some crochet so its not all doom and gloom.

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  17. We are in for 2 days of rain here too. It's been a lovely month so I won't complain. I think I'll bake cookies and burn a nice smelling candle. :) Have a great Wednesday!

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  18. Wet and cold here too,but the 30C temps will be back by Friday...I'm not done with summer yet!
    Jane x

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  19. That's a lovely shade for the Yankee Candle. Hope the sun is out for you today.

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  20. I had one of those days, too, yesterday. Looks like you got a lot more done than I did! Pretty new journal. I buy them all the time but then never use them because they're too pretty. Wish we'd get some rain; it's been so dry the last couple weeks. Thanks for the flowers :-)

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  21. Gish it's either feast or famine, we have been totally smoked in with smoke from the forest fires. The level is off the scale and people are warned not to go outside and we have not seen rain in months. It is still extremely hot . Too bad we couldn't do a weather swap!! I feel at Loose ends too, it must be the weather!

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  22. You described those days we all have...so well. I love your journal!

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  23. Lovely flower photos and we envy you the rain. Texans are always anxious for rain. We had all the rain this spring, but since then it has been really sparse. Predictions are for more rain this fall and a chilly winter. I think I'll take rain before fires, however. Have a good day, Amy!

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  24. Tipping down here too. The sea is extremely choppy, dotted with white horses. Grey sky; grey sea. We are making bread and cake and looking forward to eating them. It's that sort of weather. Your Verbena b is looking good – love that plant.

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  25. Amy, your posts make me want to hop on the next plane over to England every time I read them! Just so beautiful, and I love the history of the amazing places that you visit. I know exactly the kind of day that you refer to above. I call them "Blah" days! Sending you love and wishes for sunshine! *hugs* :)

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  26. It may be because I am reading from Italy but most of your photos won't load... However I do hope the weather improves in the UK!

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  27. Hey Amy,
    Oh this rain. It's energy sapping, don't you think? I had a day like yours yesterday. Couldn't put my hand to anything for more than a few minutes. I have such a long to do list, but can seem to do any of it.
    Leanne xx

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  28. Hope your weather behaves soon dear Gal! I just love reading your random musings like this - just makes me smile. You're so darned adorable and these posts just make you feel more "real" to me and such a Gal after my own heart. ;) Love that yankee candle - so pretty. And that journal is gorgeous!
    Blessings to you myFriend. xoxo

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  29. It's been raining on & off here I like Yankee candles I've never seen the Seaside one though I like the Christmas ones best of all x

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  30. Wonderful rain pix!
    The only thing here I'm not keen on is/are scented candles. I don't mind non-scented church-style candles although I'm not keen on candles per se, burning money, literally (although the same could be said of putting on an electric light) but I do like some scents ... fresh air for one, opening the windows and allowing fresh air to blow through the house. And I love the scent of lavender and rose, so have rose-scented soap in the bathroom (Roger & Gallet), and lavender bags in my drawers and wardrobe and even a little lavender pillow under my pillow. I used to be able to buy Elizabethan pop pourri from Culpeper but I think that company is no longer around, and therefore no Elizabethan pot pourri, which had a wonderful natural lavender scent, although it wasn't just lavender but other herbs, too. Maybe one day a scented candle will be so wonderful I will be converted!
    Margaret P

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  31. Lovely post Amy, although I'm a bit late on commenting. Rain seems to be pretty much ongoing here too, though we did have nearly 5 days without, but when I got up it has started again and the south coast of NSW has had an absolute drenching. Love the flowers. Take care.

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  32. We had lots of rain yesterday too, hope your day was brighter like ours was today. beautiful notebook and I always love to see flower pics xx

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  33. The rain has been truly dreadful ... I know we need it but really!!!

    Love the photo's of your flowers - they cheered me up.

    All the best Jan

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  34. Mmmm, Yankee Candles! I've had a thing with vanilla candles lately! Soon the pumpkin scented candles will be out, can you believe it?

    It poured buckets here yesterday, flooded our mudroom as well as the front part of our garage and thunder and lightning all over the place. It was odd because there would be a thunder storm and then it would clear up for a few minutes and then the thunder would start again along with the crazy down pour of rain. All day!

    Looking forward to getting back to Five on Friday!

    Hugs for now,
    Beth

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  35. Too bad about the rain, Amy, but it looks like you are making the best of things! With fires raging across my state (WA), I sure wish we could get some of it, although they are saying this weekend for sure. Everything is as dry as a match stick. Your journal is very pretty and your candle shade, too. Love the doily underneath :) Hope you get some sunshine soon! Your flowers are lovely. xo Karen

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  36. We've had some very wet days here this week too, and I get restless and fidgety if I'm in for too long. I like the green and purple in your garden, and love Yankee candles too. Hope the sun comes out soon.
    Cathy x

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  37. Hi Amy - Lovely post. I have to say I am really jealous of that gorgeous journal. I have loads of books to read as well. I am doing a challenge I found on a blog. It is read 26 books throughout the year. They give you a lead of say No.1 Read a book with a blue cover. No2. Read a book that was made into a movie etc. I have done quite well and should be able to finish the challenge. Joan at www.aviewtothefells.com

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  38. I know that the British don't care for the rain, but here in Texas, we do a happy dance when it rains, we are in a drought right now and our grass is dead and yellow and brown colors, I truly miss the green of England. I do love that country...
    Also, I am loving that silvery yarn!
    Much love to you and I Hope you have a great upcoming weekend,
    Tammy

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  39. I sometimes have to remind myself we are still in August. This afternoon we've had rain and now it's brilliant sunshine again.

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  40. I want some of your rain! I want it for me just because I love rain, but I also want it to put our the fires around here! We could sure use some help by a big dump of rain. Lucky you winning that giveaway. That's a very pretty little book. Love that yellow rose picture. Yellow roses are my favorite!

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  41. Gorgeous journal. I think I may have some scrapbooking materials created by the same artist. Your garden is still lush and colourful - while mine seems to be dying a long slow death in autumn. I guess it's inevitable!

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  42. No need to reply to comments my friend, life is so darn busy. I have yet to reply to any of my latest comments. Hugs to you and stay dry.
    Meredith

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  43. send a wee bit of rain my way, please!!! Maybe that will cool things off a tad. Your flowers, though, look as if they are thriving in the wet. Beautiful!

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  44. I think we all have days when we feel a bit at sixes and sevens, often when the season is changing and we don"t quite know where we are at with the seasons and the weather, x

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  45. A Seaside candle is good for anytime of the year in my book and I absolutely love The Pioneer Woman! Lovely flowers too Amy xx

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