This & That - End of Summer 2023

It's Labor Day weekend and in my world, Fall begins AFTER Labor Day.  My birthday is at the end of August and, when I was a little girl, that meant school would be starting in the next week or so, meaning Fall had arrived!

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These days it seems like Fall begins it's arrival in July.  The stores are stocked with faux leaves and pumpkins, the Back-To-School ads start, and I've even seen some Halloween decorations.  

Seriously, can we stop rushing things and just enjoy the season we are in?

Ahh, summer, when the flowers are blooming, fresh vegetables abound, yard sales are in full swing, and it's warm and sunny.  

Except for this year.  Yes, the flowers and veggies made their annual showing, but the weather has been cloudy, rainy, and humid - not the typical upstate New York summer at all.  

In spite of the disappointing weather, things were still happening around here

When we sold our house 2 years ago, I wanted to take my favorite rose bush with me.  Sadly, that wasn't going to happen. 
I'm still amazed I grew that!

Since the rose bush couldn't come with me.  I cut 6 canes with the hope of rooting them.  I did my research and followed the directions to the letter.  Sadly, one-by-one, the canes turned black, moldy, and died.

Except for one last cane.  I trimmed it, dipped it in rooting hormone again, and stuck it in the soil.  

Then I waited........until this summer.
Miraculously, there was a bud that bloomed! 
I was SO excited!  Since the rose bush is still quite small, I need to prune and nurture it so it will grow larger.  I've never done this before - wish me luck!

At the beginning of July, I had surgery on my knee for a torn meniscus.  My knee pain has been around for about 2 years and it was quite a journey to finally have surgery.  Now, at the beginning of September, I can honestly say the knee is improving with each week.  
I'm walking and doing my exercises but there are things I will never do again, like kneeling - complicating the task of cleaning.  I found this wonderful electric scrubber.  Not only does it scrub the tub, it does floors, sinks, and anything else you can think of!  If you are a person who has trouble kneeling or doing squats check it out.  It's been a lifesaver for me!

In August, I decided to cut my hair. It was time to embrace my curly hair and I did it!
I now have 'wash & go' hair.  What a time saver!

I also was invited to lunch with my fiber arts friends.  We dined in a beautiful backyard surrounded by gardens.  Of course, it started to rain, but we had a large umbrella over the table and we stayed dry!

No 'This & That' would be complete without sharing some yard sale finds.  Since last time, I've found a few more goodies.

First, this bookshelf/curio that was listed on Marketplace.  I loved the curves and when I contacted the seller, she offered to bring it to me!
I'm working on it right now and will be sharing the finished product on September 23rd.  Be sure to stop back for the reveal!

Next, this little crock called to me at a local yard sale.
 It's about 6 inches tall and was only $2. 

I also found this sweet little foot stool. 
How could I pass it up for that price?  I'm going to try cleaning it since the needlework is perfect.  The wood also needs a little help.
I think this is going to be an easy makeover!

Last, but not least, I spotted this:
I'm calling it the 'mini dough bowl'.

There was no price on it and when I asked, the woman said, "Oh, a dollar.  I just like wooden things."  Out came the dollar!

I'm off to do some more work on that bookcase and to pull out some of my Fall decor.  Before you know it, "They" will be telling me it's time for my Christmas decorations!  


Please tell me I'm not the only one who hates to rush the seasons!


  1. Oh how lovely your rose is. I'm so happy for you that this one survived and took root and bloomed for you. Those are some great yard sale finds.
    Visiting today from SSPS 277 #56&57

    1. Thank you so much, Paula. I was thrilled to finally have it bloom!

  2. Congrats on getting your rose to bloom! That is exciting. I am so glad to hear your knee is healing well and I love the haircut. I have was and go hair too and I just love it.

    1. Thank you, Joanne. My hair is the best...I probably should have done this years ago!

  3. That's such a wonderful story about the rose bush that you rooted from a cutting. Best of luck on your ongoing recovery for your knee surgery. It sounds as if you have turned a corner! Finally I adore that little foot stool. Thank you for sharing this post on the Home Imagined Link Party.

  4. I love that the roses finally came! Well done! and enjoy! #TrafficJamReboot

  5. Your rose is beautiful and I love the haircut! I don't like rushing the seasons either. I've already seen Christmas stuff in our local Dollar General and then before Christmas is over they will have Valentines things out. I like to enjoy the beautiful colors, smells and everything else that goes with fall before winter when it's dark and cold. Thanks for sharing with us at SSPS #277

    1. Thank you so much, Maria and I couldn't agree more. The seasons are rushed by the stores and I'm even seeing it with blogging. My goal is to try to be 'present' in the current season! Thanks for stopping by...

  6. I hate rushing the seasons, too. We just returned from a week at the ocean and it was 90 degrees and sunny. I guess I shouldn't be surprised, it is still summer. All those pumpkins I've seen online are confusing me! Hahaha. Although, I will admit to buying two Santas this week and turkey. I just couldn't resist...however they are tucked away until their true seasons roll around!! Ps- Love the hair!!

    1. Two Santas and a turkey? I look forward to seeing them! I'm starting to decorate for Fall but having a hard time with the heat and humidity, but this hair is so much better for this crazy weather! Fall should be arriving any time now, right??

  7. I don't like the seasonal rush either, although I will admit that it's sometimes hard to hold me back on Christmas! Love your hair, so pretty! Those were some great finds you discovered!

    1. Thank you so much, Debbie. My hair is so easy to take care of now and I always love great finds at rock bottom prices! As for Christmas, I get it. It's hard to resist!

  8. I am in love with that bookcase Ann! I cannot wait to see the makeover. I used to be ticked about the rushing of seasons, but I find Christmas comes out earlier and earlier here. The other seasons? I am always running behind on, but Christmas is our favorite and we tend to drag out all the decor, so it takes me longer to put up. Your hair looks great, I am not sure why us curly gals try to fight it. I did for a lot of years, and now I am embrace it, and I am even letting it go gray.

    1. The bookcase is done and the post will go up in a week and I'm pretty pleased with the final result I love Christmas too but I was in Joann's yesterday and the Christmas decor was out and already 40% off. Craziness! Curly hair is definitely so much easier - I actually had it trimmed yesterday and she blew it out straight - one cut/2 looks! Thanks for stopping by!

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  10. Such a beautiful rose! I hope your knee is healing well. I'm having problems with one of mine, I hate not being able to fully bend it and kneel down!

    Emma xxx

    1. Thank you so much, Emma. There was a lot of damage in the knee and it has good and bad days. I guess time will tell....


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