- 3 greeting cards
- Bonne Maman apricot preserves
- Bonne Maman cherry preserves
- Hellman’s mayonnaise
- organic salad mix
- toilet scrub
- dish soap
- organic cotton balls
- coconut milk – chocolate
- coconut milk- vanilla
- coconut milk creamer
- organic sweet pickle relish
- Spry peppermints
- quinoa chips
- Tillamook cheese, sharp (2)
- organic mozzarella (2)
- liquid B12 supplement
- flax oil
- vitamin E
- Black Cohosh
- organic frozen black cherries
- organic eggs
- organic apricots (2)
- artichokes (2)
- green beans (2 pounds)
- organic blackberries
- organic blueberries
- organic strawberries
- organic red grapes
- organic bananas
- organic black plums (3)
- fresh corn (8 ears)
- cereal (3 boxes)
- coconut milk creamer (2)
- sliced roast beef
- sliced smoked turkey
- Applegate Farms organic bacon (2 packages)
- organic limes (2)
- Applegate Farms organic Black Forest ham
- organic European style butter
- organic cream cheese
- organic colby cheese (2)
- uncured, natural sausages (3 packages)
- malt vinegar and salt chips
- organic tortilla chips
- organic frozen French fries
- organic flour tortillas
- yoga magazine
- French baguette
On Friday night, ARe Randall Blues Band played at Vintage 22. I was exhausted and felt like I might be coming down with a cold so I only stayed for one set. But they sounded great!
David flew home Saturday afternoon, took about a 45 minute nap (he’d been up since 4 a.m.) and then we got ready to attend the wedding of some very dear friends. Before the wedding we met up with our kids and another couple for dinner. The wedding was held outdoors on the grounds of a gorgeous historic home in town. I must say, it was one of the most enjoyable receptions I’ve ever attended. I think we got home around 2:00 a.m. Because we apparently don’t need to sleep.
Sunday we left around 1 p.m. for Oklahoma City in order to attend Battle of the Bands which our HMA band, Our Mother’s Martyr, was competing in. They put on an amazing performance and advanced to the finals which will take place in September. Afterwards we all went out to eat at a great little 24 hour diner called Beverly’s. I had delicious chicken and waffles. The best part was when the nine of us ended up singing along to the Doobie Brothers’ “Black Water” in the restaurant. Every once in awhile I’m struck by one of those shining moments when I realize what a fun life I’m living. Singing along with a metal band in an OKC diner was one of those times.
After dinner and hugs all around, the musicians headed back to Ada in this:
There are some really fun shops in the hotel and the three of us had a wonderful time checking them out. I think we need to make this “grandmother/mother/daughter trip a regular thing.
Whew! After writing all that I know why we are so tired. But at least we aren’t bored. Never, ever bored.
Here it is, October. OCTOBER! So far it still feels like late summer around here but that will change tomorrow as a cold front comes through bringing rain and high temperatures not expected to get out of the 60s. I can’t really complain, however, since several friends have been posting pictures of snow on Facebook today. Plus we’ll be back up to 70 on Sunday and next week looks to be a glorious collection of sunny days in the 70s and low 80s. I’m savoring each and every warm day before it’s our turn for cold weather.
It seems that September just zipped by but when I look back I realize we managed to cram quite a lot into it. Here’s what I’ve been into this past month:
Trips and Fun Stuff
September began and ended with weekend trips. We celebrated my birthday in OKC the end of August/beginning of September. Then we ended the month with a short trip to Kansas City to see Nine Inch Nails.
There were also several nights spent listening to live music locally and in Dallas, as well as a dance party for which Chris was one of the DJs:
For the second year in a row I attended an Amish auction with Lisa and our friend, Mary. We had a lovely time, even if those gorgeous quilts are WAY out of our price range.
Around My Home
I also started what I intended to be a weekly feature – POW – Project Of the Week. I still haven’t finished it. Ha! But hopefully I’ll get my act together and you’ll see more of this feature.
Reading – Books and Blogs
All You Need to be Impossibly French by Helena Frith Powell
I’ve also read parts of other books this month nothing else that I read start to finish. I really need to rectify that in the future. I used to read so much more. Well, I still read a lot but most of it’s online these days.
Watching – Movies, T.V. and YouTube
David and I finally saw The Great Gatsby. From the moment I first saw the trailer for it I knew it was a must-see for me. I really, really wanted to see it in a theater but it just didn’t work out for us to do so. We borrowed a copy from a friend and watched it one evening at home. I’m always a wee bit apprehensive about film adaptations of favorite books but I was quite pleased with this one. Leonardo DiCaprio gave a phenomenal performance. I even thought the unorthodox music was exceptionally well-done.
We also saw my favorite Disney movie, Mary Poppins, at the local, Main Street theater. I’m really looking forward to the upcoming biographical film about P.L. Travers (author of Mary Poppins), Saving Mr. Banks, starring Tom Hanks as Walt Disney.
On YouTube, in addition to the usual grocery haul and music videos I like to watch, this month I enjoyed one about an experiment in gratitude and in this one I learned some new ways to tie a scarf.
Listening – Music
As always, music occupied a large part of my life in September. In addition to local music performances by Rowdy Folk, Mandala, Our Mother’s Martyr and several DJs at the dance party, we also saw Our Mother’s Martyr perform at the Texas Mosh Fest and Nine Inch Nails in Kansas City.
On Spotify, I listened to a lot of blues, jazz and soul this past month. Van Morrison, Keb’ Mo’, Etta James, Diana Krall, and Miles Davis were heavily represented in my listening. I’ve also discovered a new favorite – Ruthie Foster.
AND…I started taking piano lessons! I took lessons for a couple of short periods as a child and for about 6 months as an adult ten years ago. When I heard that my friend, Lindsay, of Rowdy Folk was going to be giving lessons I knew this was my opportunity. I think it’s important to keep learning and growing throughout one’s life and I’m really excited to be playing again.
Food – Recipes, Restaurants and Grocery Hauls
Now that we are entering a time of cooler weather I plan to get back to baking all our bread again. I usually bake a basic whole wheat bread but since variety is the spice of life I decided it would be nice to have sourdough bread once in awhile, too. I read several blog posts and articles about how to make your own starter and decided on this one. I’ve been feeding and tending it regularly for nearly two weeks now and will be using it for the first time tomorrow. Sunday we celebrate World Communion Sunday at our church and I was asked to bring one of the loaves of bread. We try to have several different kinds on that day. I’ll take a picture of the bread if I remember but here’s what the starter looks like right now:
I’m drawing a blank on any new recipes I made in September other than a homemade pizza with a really delicious combination of toppings – black forest ham, pineapple, bell peppers and caramelized onions. Oh, my goodness, we will definitely do that one again!
I did pin a few new recipes on Pinterest. You can see my Food and Wine board here.
I’m trying to recall if we had any out-of-the-ordinary restaurant meals this past month. Oh, I remember one. We attended a very difficult and lengthy funeral for the son of one of David’s employees a couple of Saturdays ago. We were both emotionally spent afterwards and indulged in a late lunch at our favorite local Italian restaurant. We both have our favorite dishes there but tried something we hadn’t noticed on the menu before. It was chicken parmesan in a light cream sauce which was absolutely divine. I will definitely be ordering it again.
On This Blog
– I was one of the hosts for the second annual Celebrating Womanhood blog event. I wrote about the value of a homemaker.
– I wrote three French Friday posts this month. The concept of aging gracefully was the topic of one, another featured a bit about my ongoing efforts to consciously design my own life, and the third focused on my efforts to make exercise a regular part of my daily routine.
– I posted about the changing seasons and how I plan to make the most of it.
Upcoming blog event: Blog Action Day – October 16th
So, that’s what I’ve been into this past month. I’d love to hear what’s been going on in your life. Leave me a comment and if you have a blog, I’ll pay you a visit.
Check out other “What I’m Into” posts linked on Hopeful Leigh and if you blog you can add your own.
So, Friday night was another late one – about 3 or 3:30, I believe. We were supposed to then go to Oklahoma City on Saturday to see Our Mother’s Martyr perform up there and spend the night but the show was cancelled. So we decided to cancel our hotel reservations and stay home one night.
And that about wraps things up except for this little snippet I filmed of OMM playing “House of the Rising Sun” for us:
I think we’ve just about got this weekend thing figured out. You should be exhausted by Sunday night, right?
David had one heck of a week at work and was more than ready for Friday night. We went to the Statesman Lounge to hear Mandala perform and to reveal the gender of her baby due in January. They made a game out of it:
In fact, I asked them to do one of my favorite songs and even though it had been ages since they’d performed it, they did for me (thanks!):
All in all, it was a fun evening and we even get a second chance to see fireworks. The tiny town where David works does their fireworks this Saturday. Our niece is coming up from Texas to stay with us this weekend and we’re going to take her to see how rural Oklahoma celebrates 4th of July weekend. Should be interesting, to say the least.
I’ve seen several people doing these “What I’m Into” posts recently. I’ve really enjoyed reading them so I decided I’d do it, too. Here goes:
Around My Home
Early in June David rented three levels of scaffolding and replaced the siding on the peak on the front of our house. This is a project he’s been working on for a few years now, saving the highest and scariest part for last. I was a nervous wreck all weekend but it’s done and there were no E.R. visits. He’s still got one little section on the side and then the balcony. It’s going to be so nice when it’s finished. He’s going to install a couple of ceiling fans and I figured out a way to have it screened in and still look nice.
I only managed to get six tomato plants planted this year and nothing else. We had late frosts and then were busy with Happyland Music Fest and recovery time and, well, that’s all I did. I also decided not to get chickens because one of David’s firefighter buddies is keeping us in eggs. He lives alone and is getting about a dozen eggs a day. I’m giving him the big bag of organic feed I bought when I still thought I’d be getting chicks in exchange for eggs. I still miss having chickens and maybe someday I’ll do it again but for now at least I have a source for good, fresh eggs. Good enough.
Reading – Books and Blogs
Books: I’ve had a hard time really getting into a book recently. Part of the problem is that we stay up ridiculously late and by the time we go to bed I’m too tired to read more than a couple of pages. I’m hoping to change that, by the way. But the rest of the issue was that I just wasn’t making good book selections. I checked out Anthony Bourdain’s book, “The Nasty Bits” from the library anticipating a good read. I loved his book, “Kitchen Confidential” and I really enjoy his shows. Somehow, this book just didn’t do it for me. It’s a collection of pieces he’s written for other publications and while some were very entertaining, the lack of continuing narrative failed to capture my attention. It’s the sort of book you read in short bursts so perhaps I should have put it in the bathroom. 😉 I may give it a whirl again someday but it just wasn’t what I was in the mood for.
I did really enjoy Pat Conroy’s “South of Broad” which I listened to in the car. And I’m currently reading “The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry” by Rachel Joyce, which a couple of my readers here recommended. I’m only about 15 pages into it but I think I’m really going to like it.
- Rachel Held Evans – Her posts make me think and most of the time I find myself nodding in agreement.
- Movie Star Makeover – The author of this blog used to be a moderator on the French Chic group I’ve been part of for years. She was, and is, a true inspiration to those of us in the group. She’s moved on to other things but I enjoy her blog posts. This month she wrote a post about “Parent Trap” which I adored.
- Suburban Turmoil – Her post, Bad Christian, inspired me to write a post with a similar theme.
Watching – Movies, T.V. and YouTube
- T.V. – David and I thoroughly enjoyed Mad Men this month and can’t wait for the new season. We may pick another series to watch via Netflix this summer but in the meantime we’ve been enjoying Cheers. Our daughter bought David the first three seasons for Father’s Day. It’s one of those rare shows which has really held up well over the years. We also watch The Daily Show regularly and are pleasantly surprised by how well John Oliver is filling Jon Stewart’s role while he’s away this summer.
- Movies – I love French films and truly enjoyed “The Grocer’s Son”. Inspired by a blog I read, I ordered “The Parent Trap” via Netflix and David and I both enjoyed watching it. I’ve really been wanting to go to the movies lately and we finally had the opportunity on our anniversary. Chris and Kadi were planning to see “This is the End” and asked if we’d like to go, too. We all went out to eat first (along with a couple of the kids’ friends) and then to the show. I wasn’t sure if I’d like it but it was surprisingly entertaining.
- YouTube: Daily Connoisseur, Thrifttasttic Mom, NotSoOrdinaryWife, Henri Le Chat Noir
Listening – Music
Food – Recipes, Restaurants and Grocery Hauls
- I’ve made my own taco seasoning.
- I’ve found a delicious recipe for lentil tacos which we all like as well as ground beef.
- And Cheesy Bruschetta Pork Chops – yum!
- I made homemade banana pudding for a Father’s Day dinner for the family.
We had a couple of especially nice meals in restaurants this month:
Out and About – Trips and Events
June was a busy, busy month! We celebrated:
- David’s birthday with friends singing around the fire pit
- A wedding
- Two friends’ birthdays
- Father’s Day with a family meal including my parents and all the kids
- The post-wedding reception of our friends’ son
- Our 32nd anniversary
- My cousin’s 50th birthday
Featured Blog Posts
- For my dad on Father’s Day
- The Hippie and the Pirate: A Love Story (Part 1)
- The Hippie and the Pirate: A Love Story (Part 2)
- Bad Christian Club
- Sweet Tea and Saltines
- star gazing and sipping wine with David on beautiful summer nights
- watching the sun set over Lake Hefner
- stopping to watch deer in our driveway
- singing around the fire pit with special friends
- bar sing alongs
- conversation with good friends about books, films and religion over pizza and wine
- swimming with Lisa and Kadi
- I’ve added several new recipes to my Food and Wine board.
- I’m following this Boho Style board.
- I’m following this hilarious board, My Imaginary Well-Dressed Toddler Daughter.
Keeping in touch – Bye bye, Google Reader
Chances are if you’re an avid blog reader you know that as of last night, Google Reader is no more. I’ve known this was coming and as soon as it was announced I imported my feeds to both Bloglovin’ and Feedly. I had planned to start getting used to them before Google disappeared but habit won out. For now I’m using both and trying to decide which I like best. I’m leaning toward Feedly for a couple of reasons. First, the Feedly iPhone app is significantly better than Bloglovin’s and second, I like the fact that Feedly displays the entire blog post rather than requiring that you click on through to the original source. With my sloooowwww internet connection fewer page loads matter.
I find a reader virtually essential for keeping up with a large number of blogs but I do know that some manage their reading in other ways (I’d love to hear your method). The important thing is that I don’t want to lose any of my readers so I hope you’ll choose a way to follow which works for you.
I snapped this Friday evening as everyone was arriving and getting set up for the weekend. These guys are two of the musicians. Aaron, in the hat, plays in Rowdy Folk, an “alt-country, rock-n-roll, bluegrass, folk” band, while Casey, with the tattoos, plays in Our Mother’s Martyr, a heavy metal band. If you went strictly by appearances you might think they have little in common but you’d be wrong. I think the thing I love best about HMF is the genuine love and respect everyone has for one another. Not in spite of differences but in celebration of them. Peace, love and music, y’all!
A lot of work goes into pulling off an event like HMF. Thursday after work, David and Chris constructed a frame around and over our back patio. The purpose was two-fold. One, it gave us an easy way to string up lights and attach light bars and fog machines. But the primary purpose was to make it easy to cover the patio/band area if it rained.
There was camping – and thanks to Joy’s great suggestion, many made flags for their tents:
The recent rains have our pond full so the paddleboat saw some action:
We skipped the big bonfire this year but a couple of the campers brought a fire pit:
And there was fire spinning:
And morning circle time with coffee and sausage biscuits:
One of the drummers left this miniature campsite which totally charmed me:
And about 20 of us dragged our exhausted bodies to La Fiesta for the traditional post-HMF Mexican food lunch:
As I sat in my backyard listening to incredible music with about 100 of the best people I know, I was simply overwhelmed with a sense of gratitude for this life I’m privileged to live. Over the course of the weekend and in the days since HMF I’ve heard over and over again how appreciative the attendees are that we host this party every year. We have a HMF event page and “survivors club” page on Facebook and some of the attendees left notes for us:
Oh my god. What a party. Thanks to the Piercy family for letting this happen. I had a blast!!! See u next year.
It’s shows like HMF that keep me doing what I do. One of the coolest crowds we’ve played for, for sure. Thanks for the opportunity.
David and Deanna Piercy are quickly becoming two of my favorite people in regards to hospitality and genuine goodness. 6 years in a row is nothing short of a milestone for Happyland and it’s awesome to be a part of what it’s become.
We love the Piercy family 4-evz!! xoxox
Thank you David and Deanna for the most amazing weekend. Your kindness and generosity is legendary. I have never been a part of a more amazing, loving and talented group of people. I truly feel like HMF is our solace and sanctuary for the year. From the bottom of my heart thank you.
It’s so nice to be appreciated but the truth of the matter is that we enjoy HMF every bit as much ourselves. We had no idea that first year of HMF that it would become an annual event and much anticipated by everyone who has ever attended. We are more than happy to host it each year and are grateful for everyone who participates. David and I often say to one another: