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Monday Musings, August 31

Good Morning Beauties! We’ve made it to the end of August! Yay us! I guess when everything else in the world is topsy turvy, we can at least rely on the calendar!

I saw this on an elementary school marquee this past week and it has stuck in my mind and shaped my interactions:

“Today, give a stranger one of your smiles. It might be the only sunshine he sees all day.” .

– H. Jackson Brown, Jr

We’ve been out in our garage sanding a table which we thought was teak but turns out to be Ipe…man, that is some hard wood! Word to the wise, I ended up at the doctor’s office this past week with tightness in my chest and it was most likely because I inhaled a bunch of Ipe dust! It’s not like I don’t have a bunch of masks laying about, so I have no excuse. Needless to say, we are now wearing masks.

Anyway, while in the garage we spied a little hummingbird desperately flying into the window thinking it was a way out! By the time I captured her, she was so exhausted she just sat in my hand and made no attempt to fly. I set her down in a safe, shady spot so she could recover and luckily, she eventually gathered her strength back to fly off!

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Comments like these make my cheeks all pink:

Thank you for your wonderful eyelet baby blanket tutorial. It was such a joy knitting this project. It was my very first knitting project to complete and I couldn’t have done it without your thorough and informative instructional video and written pattern. Warm wishes, Anna

I find I am a very monochromatic knitter, so I really do love that Anna made the border a different color. She used Caron Simply Soft in Blackberry and White for her blanket. Pop over for that Knit Baby Blanket Pattern, and remember that you can grab the printable PDF of the pattern in the Subscriber Benefits Library.

I have probably baked a pan of these Snickerdoodle Bars every week for the past 4 weeks and this week will be no exception. Seems my son’s roommates are quite fond of them.

If Snickerdoodles aren’t your thing, check out these Pumpkin Cheesecake Bars! They will add a healthy dose of fall to your world.

Speaking of pumpkin, don’t forget your favorite fur baby! Flora loves these pumpkin dog treats.

For my canning friends, I keep hearing of a shortage of lids as folks are home filling their pantries. I haven’t had a problem finding lids in my grocery store yet, but not a bad thing to stock up on if you see them.

Sadly, I left these urns behind when we moved. But I think I am going to try a variation on this Fall Container Garden for my front porch this year.

I clearly have Fall on the brain; guess it is that whole calendar thing and tomorrow being September 1, but I had forgotten how yummy these little Leaf-Shaped Cheddar Cheese Crackers are!

Have a wonderful day, my friends. And don’t forget to brighten someone’s day with your smile today!

I am off to put on a mask and do some more sanding!


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  1. Wow Lynn, a hummingbird in your hand what a wonderful gift… I love those birds they are full of wonder… That first image is also full of wonder as it pushed me over to click and say, “good morning.” Wood sanding, I’ve done plenty of that and recently made me a neat wood kitchen counter. Back splash is going in next and I almost have a complete tiny kitchen. When a project comes together before the seasons get ready to change. that’s a good thing.
    Enjoy a great week and see the good. Blessings, Carole

    1. Any tips on wood sanding? I’m actually taking a break this week as now I have an eye infection! Not sure it is from the sanding, but not going to put myself in a bunch of dust this weekend.Oh well…guess I have to knit!

      I’m struggling with sanding down a table and your are building a kitchen! I am in awe.

      Have a great weekend, my friend.



  2. I love looking at your site! The pictures are wonderful.

    I periodically get hummingbirds stuck in my garage, and found that using a butterfly net to catch them is very useful. I will also hold them and put their beaks in the hummingbird feeder, so they can recover a little quicker. It’s worked well for me so just wanted to pass that along

    1. Aw thanks, Christina! I do love working on this blog…it’s a great job!

      The butterfly net is brilliant! I’ll try to find one as we’ve have bumblebees, birds and hummers in our garage this summer and I try to rescue them all. I tried putting her beak in the feeder, but she didn’t respond. So I placed it on the ground next to her. I would come back periodically to check on her and seems she disappeared after 20 minutes or so.

      Have a great weekend.



    1. Thanks Pamela, seems I’m frequently rescuing some critter or another. Just this summer I’ve rescued a snake, a goose, a baby squirrel and that hummer. It’s my calling.



  3. Sorry to here about the tightness in your chest. I’m glad your doctors appointment went well . . Stay safe. ❤️

    1. Thanks Pamela…I’ve decided to take the week off from sanding as it seems to be irritating my eyes as well! Dang wood!

      Thanks for your sweet message.



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