Wednesday, May 23, 2018

The Stream

Good Morning...let's wade out in the stream of Nanaland.

1. Well sure enough, when I went to Hobby Lobby to pick up some crafting items, fall decor was OUT.  There are lots of clearance aisles right now so I am thinking that Christmas will be out in July as usual.  I understand that us crafty people need to get their Christmas supplies and get busy but Christmas Trees, ornaments etc could wait until Fall.  When son Charles worked in China, he came home each summer and he liked the fact that he could go and visit Christmas in July as it was not really celebrated in China.

2 This is the last week of school here in Alabama. How did that happen? Time does seem to race by. I am trying to come up with activities to keep Kendall and Landon busy on the days that they stay with Nana.

3.My friend, Sharon, and I both enjoy wearing dresses in the summer and well we just like dresses. Have you noticed they are harder and harder to find for ladies of a certain age? Most  dresses in the stores are sleeveless and short. While I can throw on a cardigan or shrug, no one wants to see my legs above the knees. :)  And if I wear a dress, everyone asks where I am going! Or What are you so dressed up for? Dresses seem to automatically say it is a special occassion. I have managed to find some cute casual dresses at QVC this season. I wore one to church yesterday and I got several compliments on it.  So any suggestions on places to find cute dresses?

4. I have enjoyed using my Norwex cloths from Ben and Katy. I find the all purpose cloth works really well on my granite counter tops. Confession time....If I had it to do over, I would not get granite. I was swayed by the HGTV crowd. They are just so hard to keep clean. I cannot see the spills on the granite as well as on formica. And unless you really polish them they can be dull. I would choose Silestone, Corian,  or a higher grade formica if I were making choices today.  And the glass polishing cloth does get mirrors streak free clean with only water.

5. I enjoyed a day out with the North Alabama Stitchers on Saturday. It was my first visit to the group though I have been a member for a year. What a nice group of ladies and we all really enjoyed stitching and visiting. I will share a few pictures on Stitching Saturday.  I was happy to see four young ladies who are taking up this craft. They were working on some of the newer charts that young designers are producing.

6.For my birthday, Friend Susan, gave me a gift certificate to Thrift Books. If you are a reader check out this site. I found several books that I had been searching for and a very reasonable price($4). This site carries all kinds of books, many which are out of print. I even found some cross stitch books there.

7. I almost forgot to post about the Royal Wedding.  I DVR'd it so I would not have to get up at O dark thirty to watch it.  I was able to fast forward through a lot of the commentary. I have to say that I Loved Megan's dress. It was so elegant and she wore it well. I guess I am going to show my age yet again but I am so tired of the strapless wedding dresses that are so popular. Frankly unless you are thin and have the bosom to hold it up, it is not a good look on most ladies. I guess I should mention that Back Fat is also exposed in this style of dress.  Let's go back to a more refined look for brides. Maybe Megan will be an influence.   The flowers in the chapel were amazing as well and I enjoyed seeing all the pretty dresses and hats.  Queen Elizabeth almost stole the show in her citron suit.  I was glad to see that Prince Phillip looked well after his hip replacement. Phillip and Elizabeth are like the energizer bunny...they just keep going and going. Good for them.

Well time to get up and get busy!! Have a great day Friends.


Sandy said...

I agree they are an ad for the Energizer Bunny.
Her dress was pretty and even the one she changed into. Very classic.
I have some cleaning cloths similar and I really like them as well.
Oh dresses... I agree it is hard to find some cool ones with a bit more length. I am trying to find some to wear to Haiti as I need some modest yet cool ones. I like to wear dresses too for cool. I have had more luck with skirts than dresses.

Arlene @Nanaland said...

Yes Sandy, I have found a few skirts at Walmart of all places. I just get tired of capris after a while.

Robin in Virginia said...

Arlene, I enjoyed today's stream. Thanks for your input on the Norwex cloths. No advice on dresses; I don't wear them. I don't really like the styles that are out there -- they are either too short, too revealing, or too long (as in drag the ground). Enjoy your day!

Anonymous said...

Thanks for sharing about the great book site. I enjoyed the royal wedding too. Nice to see something joyful and respectful again in the news. Glad you enjoyed time spent with the stitchers. Hope you have a nice day.

Linda said...

I’m catching up with you this morning! While I have hot spot here at the ranch, it is pretty slow!
I like your term 0 Dark Thirty!!

Mrs.T said...

Always enjoy wading in the stream, Arlene!

Isn't ThriftBooks the best? I have bought many of my Gooseberry Patch Christmas books there. You can't beat the prices and I love how you can earn $5 of reading rewards with each $50 spent. I buy a lot of the grandkids' Christmas and birthday books there as well.

I have found nice dresses in the past at Dress Barn. Are they still around? I've found some at JC Penney and Sears also, but it has actually been a long time since I shopped for a dress. Still wearing the older ones I have!

Mari said...

I'm not a dress wearer, but I do like them on others.
I loved the flowers at the wedding and also that greenery arch that was outside. So pretty!

Terri D said...

I've caught myself looking at dresses again for summer. They are cooler and easy to just throw on if you are running out to lunch or supper. I wore a maxi skirt to supper on Mother's Day and there were several there in long skirts so I didn't feel out of place. I used to have a denim 'shirtwaist' type dress that I loved! Maybe I need to start sewing again. Nice that you met some new stitching friends!! I'm looking forward to seeing photos of your kiddos and the adventures you discover with them this summer!