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Summer Almost Over, So Far....

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Summer 2014 is coming to an end.
The unwritten rule is after Labor day, summer 's over.
It probably seems like that. With kids back in school. Most summer vacations over.
It's really the time I like to vacation. Crowds down and weather comfortable. The extreme hot season passed. But all likely hood i'll stay close to home.
Not as interested in flying anywhere these days. Too complicated.
Wouldn't mind taking a train trip.

When I was in grade school the teacher on first day had us stand up and tell how we spent our summers.
I went to a small country grade school. They could do things like that back then.
Counting all four grades there were probably 24 children.

Most kids talked about what was happening on the farm. The swimming hole. catching bugs. maybe a trip to Grandparents.

I got to tell of a train trip to Nebraska to visit relatives with my sister and Grandmother. We rode for three days, had a sleeping car and told of all the buffalo and animals we saw. And the rattlesnake hunt we went on. Oh the boys were interested in that. The girls not so much.

And of course the country fair, but the biggest and best was and still is the State Fair. All the rides and food and carnival games. .

Living in the State capital, we have a big State Fair, started yesterday, runs through Labor Day.

Back in my days, the State Fair was even bigger and better then it is now. Of course back when I was a child everything seemed bigger and better.

My friend and I are planning to go next week. Maybe catch who's performing, all depends.
We like to walk around see the animals, eat some (Once a year) fair food. Usually split some over fried, no nutritional valued, loaded with empty calorie food. Oh well what can I say, It's the fair.

I missed out this year , by not knowing the added category of contests. "The Bling Contest.". You know I love my bling. I have or can create a very over the top bling item. Next year, if the good Lord is willing, I will enter that. think ,might enter the chocolate cake contest. I'll keep you informed. Smile!!

This summer I planted a container garden, have it crowded on my patio. I plan on planting more next year. Can move the small dog fence out a few feet and make more room.
I want more Japanese eggplants. Only have two this year and it's not enough. I realized one cuke plant is enough. I'm not making pickles, so don't need too many cukes.. Tomatoes are good. I have cherry and Early Girls. Need more peppers. Plant some real hot ones. And of course all the herbs. Always plant some flowers. They attract the bees, who pollinate the veggies.

I though with all the hot weather the tomatoes would ripen too fast. But just read tomatoes ripen best at 70 to 75 degrees. Too hot they don't. So with the temps getting cooler, looks like I'll have plenty of tomatoes. I have zucchini everyday. But still plant a few more next year. try for some butternut squash too.
It is work to have a garden, but the rewards, the fresh food, can't get any fresher, is worth it.

I wrote earlier about the Art Fair. Posted some of my jewelry. Well I have been working on more, here's a few of the latest.

I loaded these photos on the computer, did a sideshow and they looked pretty good. One a little out of focus. But when I loaded on to Spark they seem dark. I might have to get a new camera, or set up some better lighting. I need good photos for Etsy, and my jewelry page, Panache Designs by Tisha. Will be up soon.
Busy writing descriptions on all pieces. I loaded these on to my photo page too, can see larger images there.

Leaving for a Italian Festival today. plan on doing a lot of walking. maybe a little eating too. Then we will drive to the coast for a few days. Friends doing the Hood to Coast race and they will be staying, big outdoor party tomorrow. Hope the coast weather is reasonably nice.

The dogs are clamoring to go. But will stay home till we leave for the coast. then they can run on the sand. So much fun.
All in all the summer has been pretty good. Weather beautiful, if not a little too hot for me. Don't know what happened to the "Original California Golden Girl", used to worship the sun. If I didn't lay out an tan I didn't want to be seen. But now it's A/C and shade. Not sure if it's age or I'm wiser now. Smile!1

Take care everyone.
Enjoy the rest of summer.
I'm going to try, but looking forward to getting out my Fall clothes. Do a Fall Thrift Fashion blog as soon as Fall arrives.
Peace and Love,
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    When I was going up, we always went to the Ohio State Fair, for at least one day. It was one of the real high points of the year, and I remember that the radio always had "The Monkey Wrapped His Tail Around the Flagpole, and other special Fail band pieces. I haven't been to a state fair for years - and I think I will watch and go next year. The Florida State Fail didn't seem as big when I did go once, but I recall reading once hat the Ohio fair was the largest in the country (if that was true). It's too far away for me to go back now.

    I hope you had a great time. emoticon
    2326 days ago
    Enjoyed your reflections! I love summertime but am looking forward to some cooler fall weather and outdoor walking. Keep Sparking! emoticon
    2349 days ago
    Your looking back, the Fair, and jewelry are all beautiful....thank you for sharing. I love how you can enjoy a little Fair food and it's no big deal. Now THAT is success over food!!
    2365 days ago
  • SPEEDY143
    Always enjoy your blogs... looking forward to next years fair and participating is a wonderful long term goal emoticon emoticon Love YOU, Linda emoticon
    2371 days ago
  • QTEALADY20031
    Tisha, sorry I missed your blog. I don't know where I was at. Your garden looks great! Tisha, your jewelry is beautiful. You should do very well on Etsy. I still cannot believe that the summer is gone! I am still trying to figure out where it went too! lol Will be interested in your Fall fashion finds! emoticon emoticon emoticon June
    2372 days ago
    Your blog is such a positive fun way to start my day! Thank you!
    2374 days ago
    It's horribly hot and miserable here but it feels like summer is already over for me. August has always been a very depressing month for me. I am loving my A/c and shade too!

    A vacation in cold weather to a warmer climate is my kind of vacation.

    One of our state fairs is on right now and it is too hot to enjoy it. I love the salt water taffy.

    I loved your container garden!

    Your jewelry is beautiful!!
    2379 days ago
  • CAROLJ35
    Love this blog! Very interesting!
    I, too, love the Fair, but DH who is a "farm boy" doesn't like to go. And we live in state capital where fair is very big, but I have never gone.
    Daughter lives in OH state capital where I loved going to fair with her. Always remember the year John Denver entertained us. What a show he had!!!
    We don't have much luck with container gardens, not sure why, but envy you having all the fresh veggies.
    Your jewelry is exquisite, I must say.
    Hope you have fun at the coast! (I loved the Oregon coast when visiting there.
    I'm like you, would like to take a train trip, but not sure when or where!
    2379 days ago
    enjoy the state fair

    loved your garden will be nice for you to make it a tad bigger next year.

    enjoy your mini vacation

    also loved looking at your jewellery

    keep sparking
    2379 days ago
  • CANNIE50
    Tisha, an enjoyable blog, as always. The yield from your garden sounds delicious. I am making eggplant lasagna tomorrow, in the crockpot, from Sparkpeople cookbook. Your jewelry is lovely - I am particularly attracted to the pieces with pearls. Enjoy all the good times coming up with your friends, especially Hood To Coast, the original, and biggest, of all the crazy relay races. I watched a documentary on Hood to Coast a couple years ago - it was really entertaining. Take care.
    2379 days ago
    Tisha, your garden is cute! We've tried growing a few things in containers in the past, and I don't know if it is because we get so terribly hot or lack of a little shade, but things don't produce well at all. We may try again next year. We have a nice sized patio we could easily put pots on. Love the pics of your jewelry, too. Have a great weekend and enjoy the Fair!!
    2379 days ago
  • RDEE22
    Great Blog Tisha. Your garden looks great. I just planted mine today ready for our southern Summer. Love your jewellery, I must check you out on Etsy. Enjoy the rest of your warm weather.
    2379 days ago
    My favorite fair food is the Funnel Cake...and of course it's even better with ice cream, chocolate syrup and whipped cream! emoticon
    2379 days ago
    Your patio garden is great! It's difficult to tell from photos, what containers do you use?
    Your jewelery is stunning! Thank you for sharing. Your travels sound like lots of fun!
    Be safe. emoticon
    2380 days ago
    Very interesting blog hope you have a great time.
    2380 days ago
    Always enjoy your posts, Tish. Your jewelry is just stunning. My son (who is in fashion) tells me grey and black are the colors this fall paired with neutrals... LOL
    2380 days ago
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