May 20, 2018:

Hola!

Yesterday Prince Harry married American Meghan Markle and I couldn't get enough of the royal wedding. What a gorgeous dress, the bride was radiantly beautiful and the church at Windsor - oh my goodness, the flowers alone were soooo beautiful. There's nothing like a good love story to make one appreciate how precious we can be (and should be) to each other.

I'm glad the weather was perfect yesterday for the new Duke and Duchess of Sussex's wedding. I can't say the same for around here. Spring keeps teasing and then going away. This morning I woke up to a "balmy" 47 degrees F outside, rain, damp, and I turned the heat back on! It's May 20th, the heat. should. not. be. on. Period.

Last Thursday, however, was beautiful. I was able to get a goodly amount of yard and garden clean-up done over several days last week. I also took some photos of my flowering tree anchoring the north corner of my house and made the current collage. I think it's an ornamental cherry, and on the the other end of the house, I think that's called a purple sand cherry? I'll have to check that. The blossoms on the tree do not have a distinct fragrance, but the purple shrub that wants to be a tree (despite my hacking it back, back and back yearly - I'm losing, by the way) has myriad blossoms with a distinct fragrance. I can't decide if the scent is too beautiful to bear or too awful to smell, it certainly can be overpowering!

This coming week will be the third cut of the grass this season. We had rain late Friday night and then for several hours earlier this morning. This rain, on top of the rain we had over four days the prior weekend, and the grass is growing like nobody's business! I don't mind doing the grass, though, as long as it's not too hot, too cold, not raining, and not too windy. I'm not picky at all, am I...

I still have a lot of raking out of areas that suffered from snow mold over the winter, and have not yet really tackled cleaning out the north flower bed in the backyard. That will be a chore!

But Memorial Day weekend is coming. This coming Saturday I will be out with a friend (who has a nice large van - goody!) stocking up on potting soil, top soil to fill in never-ending low spots in the yard, grass seed, and lots of plants! For some reason, this spring seems busier than those in prior years. I can't figure out why that is...

Jan

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Update on those Light Weight Woven Sweaters from Rainbow Shops

I visited Rainbow Shops in the mall downtown today and found the cutest style of sweater!  I just love it.  Haven't been able to find an image of it, it's not included in the Rainbow Shops style book for autumn online. 

It's a sleeveless cardigan style that buttons with two large buttons on a tall collar.  It's a sort of mandarin-style collar is the closest description I can come up with at the moment.  The knit is thick and soft, so probably acrylic (I didn't check the contents labels today, I was short on time).  Other than those two buttons and a hidden button on the backside of the collar to hold it upright in place when the two "showing" buttons are buttoned, that's it for closures.  The sweater is designed in an A-line and is long - ending a few inches above the knee.  It looks rather like an artist's smock.  The best part is that the back of the sweater is a marled look and the front is a sort of knitted ombre look, graduating from a pale beige color on top to a brown color at the hem!  There are two patch pockets in front a few inches above the bottom of the sweater. 

The sweater also comes in a pale grey to black ombre look with a black/grey marled back.  I like both colors very much, but I already have a lot of grey and black in the closet.  Some of the looks won't do for winter - too light-weight - but this sweater will be perfect.  A lighter long-sleeve knit for November and the beginning of December, and a heavy cotton long-sleeve turtleneck for late December and January.  I'll go back tomorrow and try them on - didn't have time today.
Today while I was looking through the Rainbow Shops style book for autumn online, I spied the two light weight knit or woven sweaters that I wrote about back on September 20 (I think).  Those sweaters have garnered many compliments.  This is not how I wear these little sweaters!  I wear them over a long sleeve blouse or turtleneck with dress slacks. I can tell you that they look much better on me than they do on the hanger!  On the left is the multi-colored "poncho" style sweater; on the right is the red/black/white/grey short dolman sleeve sweater.  As you can see, they're also very cute with jeans.

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