Slice of Life : End of June

I haven’t quilted or appliqued or done a thing in regards to that hobby since the cat died last Wednesday. I suppose because she was such an integral part of it all…

Rather, I just decided to go in search of some ‘light summer reading’.  I decided on the “Mitford” series by Jan Karon.  I had a few of them and the local library has the titles to fill in what I did not have, in addition to all of the newer ones…

Out of curiosity I checked to see what my Slice of Life was in regards to what was I sewing / doing last year at this time…..

I was finishing up the quilting on Scrappy Granny…

but I was also immersed in some summer reading : ) I was going through this series from the library …

I read FAR more in the summer when I can sit out on the front porch and read in natural light.

Meanwhile sitting out on the back porch the other night, with storm clouds scudding across the sky, I managed to capture this shot of the moon :

My middle son and wife and kids are off to the beach for a week and I have their dog Merle.  Merle is half Rottweiler and half Lab.

I am very attached to him…here he was as a little Christmas gift puppy for the children a few years ago :)

Daisies, Day Lilies etc are in bloom around here right now along with the Trumpet Vine on the side of the house ..

and the Orange Cone Flowers in the front…

I am in Southwestern PA. While my son’s family has gone south to Myrtle Beach, we are in the middle of a heat wave with temperatures that will be higher here  than where they are.

In this little bungalow, dated back to 1917, I have steam heat and no whole house air. I have A/C units in the dining room and living room and then walk into a 100 degree galley kitchen. If I want to turn on the microwave or oven in the kitchen I have to turn off the A/C in the dining room. At some point during the evening I have to turn off all A/C downstairs in order to run the A/C upstairs in my bedroom.

I JUST had my son install these A/C units yesterday….we have had two heatwaves prior to this week’s but they were only for 2-3 days with cool-offs arriving after that. I see no cool-offs in the immediate forecast and am already ready for fall :) I am not a person that likes the heat :) Anything over 72 degrees is too hot for me!

I am probably going to ‘BLOG BREAK” for awhile after this :)

You might also enjoy : The Front Porch End of May 

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16 Responses to Slice of Life : End of June

  1. val says:

    So glad Merle is paying you a visit. Hope he helps with your lose. Patio stitching in the mornings and evenings are my favorite thing to do this time of year too. :) :) Don’t go away too long….you’d me missed.

  2. I agree about the heat, I hate it too. Sending big hugs to you, it takes time to adjust to your loss. Jan Karon’s Mitford series is wonderful, I have them all in hardback. Try a Sarah Addison Allen book too, another NC writer of light stories with just a touch of magic.

  3. Karen says:

    sorry you have the heat bad there with not having central A/C it does make it bad. It takes such awhile for a room to cool off like that especially upstairs heating all day from the sun – it must take hours for the upstairs to cool off at night – when it is so hot as it is I don’t get as much reading done as I like to read out on the porch too and I have barely been on it since we got home last week as the heat has been unbearable.

  4. Margie Miller says:

    When I lose my Missy, I will be lost. I have had her since 2003. I know our pets just begin to be a part of our families. Don’t be gone too long. I read your blog everyday.

  5. barb says:

    beautiful moon photo. What a great mix for a dog. I’m sure it so hard missing your sweet cat. I took me a long time after my Luna passed.
    happy reading

  6. Joyce says:

    With the exceptions of missing dear Kanga and enduring the brutal heat, your life is an enviable one, filled with peace and freedom to enjoy your favorite pastimes. Reading away the hot summer days is my idea of true joy. And a quilt in progress to pick up when that becomes tiresome is a nice luxury. But I understand how hard that would be for you now – at least for awhile….

  7. Eileen says:

    Hello, I am hoping this heat wave does not last too long. Merle is a beautiful dog. Take care and enjoy your break! Happy 4th of July to you. Enjoy your day and new week ahead!

  8. Karen in Breezy Point says:

    We have had high temps also–it’s so hard to motivate myself when it’s stifling in the sewing room (no AC there). I think I would rather have freezing temps!
    So sorry you lost your sweet little sewing companion-she was just beautiful!

  9. Hot, hot, hot for sure. It’s 96 here right now with massive humidity. It’s like a swamp. We have central air, but I’m familiar with window units because my daughter uses four in her house. When it gets over 90, anything that takes out the humidity is a winner. I had to smile when you said the family was in Myrtle Beach. I can certainly picture the beach, the restaurants, and all the activities for the kids. Hope they have a good time. I’ve been stuck inside so I’ve been doing bindings on two quilts. I’m almost done so I’ll have to come up with a new project.

  10. Chris Forster says:

    I have hot water heating in my 1840’s farmhouse and no air vents. We have one a/c unit in the kitchen window and ceiling fans in some of the rooms. I learned to put a fan at the top of the basement stairs and another at the window at the top of the upstairs hall to move hot air. At night,
    I reversed the upstairs fan to draw cooler air inside. It works for us. But we do not have the higher temperatures that you have.
    We all need to take a break once in a while. Enjoy your summer reading.

    • debralynnpugh says:

      Chris I do have ceiling fans yes! :) Love them and fresh air until it gets really bad…which is why I avoided the window A/C units getting back in until now :) Today it was 95 degrees when I ran to the store. UGH! :)

  11. Debby Ray says:

    Deb, I know that you miss your sweet kitty just terribly. It takes time to get used to not having them around and so many thing remind us of them. I do hope those new window AC units help you to stay cool in your little bungalow. I think it’s hot just about everywhere! Enjoy your summer reading!

  12. Kim says:

    Deb, I’m so sorry about your kitty. I know how much you love animals and how special she was to you. She was a very beautiful girl. My kitty was almost 21 when we lost her. Big loss…I get it. Hugs…

  13. I’m sorry you lost your sweet kitty…they are such a part of our lives. Our Little One died just over 3 years ago and I still miss her so…I think about another cat but just don’t know yet if its the right time. It has been so hot and humid and even with the air on don’t feel like its ever really cool inside. I only head out to the garden in the early morning and night and it’s still awful. Enjoy reading and when its the right time you’ll stitch again. Happy 4th!

  14. Barb says:

    Deb, your kitty was so beautiful – those eyes… I’m so sorry for your loss. Enjoy your summer and stay cool. We badly need rain in Colorado. I like seeing what’s growing around your house.

  15. Glenda says:

    Was so sad to read you had lost your wee cat, we do love our animals and miss them so much. Have been enjoying reading your blog it seems so long since I dropped in. Love the shot of the moon. Merlin looks adorable and must be great company, I’m also baby sitting my sons house at present but it’s winnter here and around 27C we don’t have winters in Cairns it’s summer temps all year round. Cheers Glenda

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