Monday, July 16, 2012


I am thoroughly enjoying the summer. It is the best perk of substitute teaching. It's hard to believe that it's only a little more than a month until school starts again.

This summer, I've spent way too much time watching television and movies. It's so hot that I just don't want to do anything outdoors.  Grandad and I are spending our evenings with Netflix, streaming lots of British television. It's just so different from American television. Of course, it all started with Downton Abbey. We've watched Bramwell, a series about a female doctor in the 19th century. We really enjoyed Land Girls, the Forsyte Saga, and The Grand. I'd be happy to hear from you if you have any recommendations for other series.

We spent last week in Houston at the Aggie Engineers' house. Grandad had to hire a new shipping and receiving person for their Houston store. I just hung out at the house and cooked dinner for Nick in the evenings. Marie is in Norway for her last three week stretch before returning to take a on new assignment which will keep her a lot closer to home, mostly in the Houston office. They are in the process of having an in-ground pool added. The concrete has been poured. Next they'll add coping and tile, then they'll need to finish the inside of the pool. When we arrived at the house, they had had a little bit of rain and there was probably six inches of water standing in the deep end of the pool. It then proceeded to rain all week. By the time we left, the pool was full of muddy water. Now they'll have to pump the water out before they can finish the pool. It's going to be fabulous. I can't wait to play there with Our Little Princesses. The shallow end of the pool will have an 18 inch lounge deck. I think it will be perfect for kids.

The Princesses and their parents have been to Louisiana to visit Travis' family. Katy does a good job keeping me up to date with photos from along the way. I got this photo from Katy during their trip. I really like it ... a lot. You can see that Princess J has really grown and all of a sudden she has a head full of curly hair. Don't ask me where those curls came from, because I don't know. It definitely didn't come from my side of the family.

It's less than two weeks now to Grams Camp. I think the Princesses will be arriving the evening of July 26. Time to firm up those plans. I know there will be lots of water play. I'm wanting to build a water wall for them to play with. Something like this one. I also saw one that was done on a big cardboard box. That way, after a few days, you can just toss the whole thing in the trash or recycle bin. No need to store it.

This week, I'm sewing and planning to catch up on some scrapbooking.  What are you doing to make it through the rest of the summer?


  1. Oh, I am so with you on it being too hot to do anything. Unfortunately, as we have no A/C (thanks to a boiler heating system so no vents and crazy high estimates on A/C without vents), so even hanging out inside is hot. That hasn't kept us from Netflix series, though. You are much more cultured in your watching, though. We've been obsessed with Breaking Bad (love it!) and catching up on Bones. We're nearly done with both, though, and I do want to see Downton Abbey. May have to try a few of the others you mentioned.

    It was so hot when my grandsons were here. Triple digits (not to mention the smoke filled air due to the Waldo Canyon fire) so we didn't come even close to outdoorsy Grandma Camp sorts of things. I look forward to hearing about yours. I love the idea of that water wall! Very cool!

    Thank you for linking to the GRAND Social!

  2. This summer is just flying by! Our weather has been a lot cooler than yours so we've enjoyed it a little more! Hopefully you will have wonderful weather for Grams Camp!

  3. Tomorrow is the last day of our Summer Vacation visits with the grands. Our oldest starts Kindergarten on the 25th so no more week long visits until the fall :(

    We have had a great time over the last two months though...and now that I will soon have some more time to blog, I will be sharing some of our summer fun!

    I love that idea about the water are fascinated by the simplest things and I think my grands would love that too. Since summer vacation time is about over for us, I think I might make it on a substrate that I can put up in the bathtub so they can have fun pouring the water in a warm, water safe zone.

    Just stopping by from the Grand Social!

    1. What a good idea, to make it go in the bathtub. I'm going to think about that. I'm wondering if I could do something with suction cups.

  4. Love the water wall! Will have to find a place to make one. I wonder if I could rig something with those hooks with suction cups for the bathroom wall.

    Our creek is down so low that we can't swim in it, but we can walk on our hands in it to stay cool.

    This afternoon, will probably water the blackberries so grandson can run through the sprinkler.