Sunday, August 9, 2020

Restful Days

Birthday Card

Today, I made a birthday card for one of my aunts.  I copied the design from a card a friend had made and sent me back when I was undergoing chemo.  I think she used a die cut for her tag; I just drew the shapes and cut them out.  I think, next time, I will just cut a rectangle!  I also need to practice my handwriting!  LOL.

Here they are, side by side:

Original Card and My Copy

I like how my flower turned out - I drew it and colored with markers.

I sent a copy of the above picture to the friend who sent me the original card and told her that imitation was the sincerest form of admiration!  

I've been having a couple of restful days.  There have been lots of phone calls, messages, and emails between myself and various family members as, apparently, I have all the contact information for family members!  It was a lovely opportunity to chat with two of my nieces.  It also made me realize that my own daughter doesn't have the contact information for several members of the family, in case something happens and she needs to contact them!  

In addition to making cards and chatting with family and friends, I have been practicing the piano, watering the garden, doing minimal housework (dishes and litter box cleaning), watching some TV, and relaxing.

Speaking of the garden, I posted this picture of a cantaloupe growing in the side yard, several days ago (July 30):

Cantaloupe on July 28

As you can see from the picture, the leaves had some leafminer damage (the squiggly lines), but, the vine was still relatively healthy and green.

This is how it looks, now:

Cantaloupe on August 7

The vine is all but dead and I don't think the cantaloupe has any chance of growing.  

But, then, I found this cantaloupe growing on another vine:

Second Cantaloupe

With my hand for size comparisons:
Cantaloupe on August 7

So now, I am hoping this one will be able to grow!  I'm keeping an eye on it and watering the plant.  But, there are some 100F days in the forecast, towards the end of next week!   The tomato plant is all but dead, too, with two tiny ripening tomatoes and maybe three, even tinier, green tomatoes!

I am grateful for:

- Keeping in contact with family and friends

- Restful days

- Water for the garden

- Waking up alive and well

- Being able to stay home 

Today's joyful activity was making a card.

Monday's To Do List:
- Piano lesson
- Change bed sheets
- Load of laundry (bed sheets/towels)
- Dust living room & dining area
- Clean the fridge
- Take trash cans to the curb for Tuesday trash pick up

How was your weekend?  What are your plans for Monday?


  1. You've definitely earned stickers for your artistic work. It looks lovely.

    It's a shame about the cantaloupe and tomatoes but I'm still holding out hope for the second cantaloupe. Maybe set up a water drip feed so it can take water as it needs it?

    I think it's sensible to let your daughter have all the contact details. Coincidentally, I have been adding details of friends to my 'When I've Gone' folder as none of my family would know how to get in touch with them.

    1. Thank you, Eileen. It's been a while since I last did any drawing or painting.

      Well, I guess M was right when he said that the seeds germinated a bit too late. Next year, I'll be sure to start some seeds earlier.

      It's good to have all the contact info. written down, somewhere, isn't it? I, too, need to update my folder. Thank you for the reminder.

  2. The flower is so pretty on the card. I think you should pick up artwork again because you obviously have talent. Your cantaloupe vine looks like my cucumber vines and some of my squash plants. Even with watering, they just couldn't survive the heat we had.

    1. Thank you, Live and Learn. Yes, by the time August comes, the garden is done producing!

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    1. Thank you! It could easily become one of my favorite card designs. :)

  4. Nice job on the card - I assumed you had stamped it until you explained.

    1. Thank you, Susanne. No, I don't stamp. I have a set of stamps from a stamping kit my daughter received when she was a child, but, I generally don't use them.

  5. I think the card is just great!
    My cantaloupe is nice and green with vines and blooms and not a single fruit is forming. At least it was a nice experiment since I saved and dried and planted the seed from an early spring melon I bought.

    1. Thank you, Anne.

      Glad to hear that your cantaloupe vine is doing well. The first flowers tend to be male flowers; the female flowers apparently bloom later. My cantaloupes are grown from seed from a cantaloupe I bought last year! I think, next year, I will try zucchini, again. :)

  6. I think you even improved on the original flower design. I like the curve in the stems and the flower is really striking.
    I hope your remaining cantaloupe will grow to a munch-worthy size! It is disappointing when plants succumb to drought despite the best efforts. I was surprised to find that our desolate looking rhubarb, never good in August, had some decent small stems to pull and I was able to stew up enough for dessert for 2 days.
    I guess we should think about updating contact information for our son, especially since we are well past our 3 score years and 10. (It's all gravy now, I think!)

    1. Thank you, Bushlady. :)

      Yay for finding new rhubarb stems to harvest! I like rhubarb stewed and served with custard or ice cream. Yum! Yes, I'm hoping the cantaloupe will grow a little bigger and ripen.

      It's always good to have current contact information.

  7. You made a really nice card - I especially liked seeing it side-by-side with your inspiration card.

    The cantaloupe-watch is getting pretty thrilling.
    I think the second one is a star!

    1. Thank you, Debra. This is the second time I've used one of her cards as inspiration.

      Glad you are enjoying the cantaloupe watching! :D

  8. That's a beautiful card. I'm always in awe of anyone who is so creative. I wouldn't even know where to start. X

    1. Thank you, Jules. I start with cardstock, leftover scrapbooking papers, and a card to copy. :)


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