19 July 2014

the new neighborhood...

I think I am all Tea Partied out!  It took me several days to get through all the parties and I tried to reply to each comment but I'm not sure if I did or not.  If you commented and didn't get a message from me, I want to say Thank You for visiting and for commenting.  I was overwhelmed with all the lovely comments in such a good way.

I'm still settling in to my new place.  I need to hang pictures, set up altars and finish un-boxing the studio, but I'm taking my time and going through every item to put in it's proper place or decide if it needs to be donated.  I can't begin to tell you how many books I have donated.  In fact I have two boxes ready to take.  
Since the house isn't really photo ready, I thought I'd show you a little of my outdoor neighborhood.  

This is what is on the other side of my fence.  When I open my gate, I get to see this little pond.

These guys hang out in the pond a lot, as well as turtles and frogs. 

Oh my,  the frogs!  I've never seen so many frogs!  And those little suckers are fast.  I keep trying to get a good photo of them, but so far no go.  I'll keep working on it though.  

I had no idea the sound they make.  They start up at sunset and sounds very much like a bunch of little dogs dying.  It has taken a little getting used to.  I was sitting on the patio last night and saw at least 6 frogs climbing the walls and downspouts.  

This is my new sky.  It is so pretty.  I can see the moon and the sun come up.  No close trees to block the view but on the other hand, no close trees for shade either. 
And this guy...
 ...and his cousins are everywhere!  I've even had a few sneak in the house!
The super moon snuck up on me last Friday night while I was working on my MTP post.  I happened to glance out the window as I was going to get a glass of water and there she was.  

I think that is all for today.  Just wanted to share a little of my new world.  I went on a bit of an adventure today and I will share about that next time.

I hope you are all having a wonderful weekend and I'll see you soon.


12 July 2014

A Mad Tea, Indeed!

It's here!  It's here!  It's time for the Mad Tea Party!  Please come in and visit for a bit.  We have loads of treats and scrumptious tea. 

Tea time is around the coffee table today.  It seems most of the guests found the shrinking potion a bit early. 

Time for our audience with the Queen.  She brought her own special blend of tea and a mask for some reason.  Maybe she felt we should have a masquerade?

The Queen's jester came along for tea as well.  Oh the stories he tells!  He'll have us in stitches in no time.

 I think perhaps I should hold on to that key?!?  Wouldn't want to lose my only way to open the doors to Wonderland.

 A nice cup of tea and a few treats should be lovely right about now. 

 Perhaps an apple danish, molasses cookie, or a mini cupcake?  It all looks and smells so yummy!

Maybe just a bit of sugar for my tea...

 Oh, well, that's not quite the type of sugar I was thinking of...

 I see the Hatter is hiding out around the tea pot and the ladybug cake.  A good place I think.

 And there is Alice!  She seems to be carrying on quite the conversation with the ladybug. 

 Time to fill my teacup and have a seat.  Tea time is much better when one is sitting.  Trying to balance a cup of tea and a plate of treats is difficult but especially so when you must entertain a shrunken Queen.

 A little more fruit perhaps...

 Alice and the Hatter are heading through the looking glass.  I suppose that means tea time is over.  I really should get back on the hunt for my muchness.  I will find it...eventually!

 One more cup of tea and then I'm off on the hunt.  Mmm...lovely tea, but I seem to be feeling a bit...woozy.  Maybe I'll continue the search after a bit of a nap.

Thank you so very much for stopping in for Tea.  I do so hope you had a lovely time.  

Come back again and we can share another cup of tea.


ps... I'd like to give a huge hug and Thanks to our lovely hostess, Vanessa at A Fanciful Twist for not only hosting this lovely day for the 7th time, but also for being such a marvelously fantabulous inspiration!  Be sure to pop over to her blog and enjoy her party, plus the list of other parties.

10 July 2014

checking in...

I made this bouquet on the day I moved out.  I wanted to have a little something of my gardens with me when I left.  I wasn't able to dig up any of my plants that I'd wanted to take with me.  I left behind hydrangeas that my stepmother had gifted me, a eucalyptus that I planted the first year I was there, my first peony, three foxgloves, lily of the valley, hellebore, dahlias and a spirea/snowball bush that had been a baby from my grandparents house.  It was difficult to leave those all behind.  I almost felt like I was leaving the people behind, but I know that is not so.

This is a mini harvest I had just before moving day.  All yummy stuff.

The past month has been a whirlwind of chaos.  Complications arose with the closings, the moving out, the moving in, that packing.  It was so overwhelming and I had a very difficult time functioning at all.  It all worked out in the end but if I ever have to move again, it will not be during Mercury Retrograde.  

Leaving the old house behind wasn't as hard as I'd thought.  And settling into the new place is easier than I thought it would be.  I'm mostly settled in, except for the studio.  I'm working away in there a little bit each day to get all of those tons of boxes unpacked.

I'll have a tour post at a later date.  I just wanted to say hello and let you know that I made it through the move.  Now I have a little tea party to put together.  I don't want to be late for that!!  :-) 

I'll leave you with a photo of last night's sunset after a thunder storm rolled through.


ps...see you on Saturday for a Mad Tea Party!

12 June 2014


I've been like these bees, gathering as much of everything that I can.  Chaos has been the order of the day for the past couple weeks.  Things have been put on hold, then moved forward, then moved back and finally, I think we have everything ready to be completed.

I am so ready to be done with this move.  I'm ready to start this new chapter of my life and let go of the old dreams.  19 days and counting...

How is your summer going?  Any big changes coming your way?


29 May 2014

packing it up...

This past Friday, I turned 45 years old.  I celebrated by myself as I do every year with a little cake and ice cream.  I made my wishes (past, present and future) and blew out the candles.

Every room in my house looks like this.  Stacked with boxes and things being sorted and wrapped before being placed into boxes. 

Only 26 days until closing and moving.  I finally have a place to move.  Not quite two weeks ago, I found a place that had every thing I wanted.  It even has a nice sized patio/garden area that is basically a blank slate.  The owners were asking quite a bit more than the property was worth but I made an offer.  This past Saturday, after quite a bit of back and forth with offers and counter offers, they accepted my final offer.  After a trying and frustrating day it really brightened my spirits.

When I'd walked in and had a thorough look at the property, I turned to my realtor and said, "This is the one."  Because of the difficulty in coming to terms, we did spend a few days looking at other property as I needed to have someplace to move.  But I realized when I narrowed it down to two others, that just weren't quite right, that I needed to NOT settle for something that wasn't "the one."  

So back to bargaining we went, with a little added Work by me and my wishes clearly stated to the Universe and here we are.  Not just a place to live but a place I can really love.

Since I am surrounded by cardboard boxes and newspapers, I splurged just a bit at the farmers market yesterday.  Not only did I get fresh strawberries and peaches (oh how I love fresh peaches!), I bought a little nosegay from my flower friends.  She also gave me a separate slip of larkspur that had developed seed heads.  I'm drying those now so I'll have them to plant in my new little garden!  

Are you enjoying anything special this week?


ps...so, yeah, I gave up on the gluten free as I could tell not one bit of difference in my headaches and well, I really wanted cake!  and not one I'd have to make myself! more on that later...

27 May 2014

THE invitation is here!!

An invitation just arrived to THE most Fun party of the year!  I do hope you will join us this year!  For details, head over to A Fanciful Twist.


22 May 2014

a walk through the garden...

Things are so hectic right now, days full of wrapping, packing, sorting and culling.  Plus the hunt is still on for my new home.  I'd found one I just loved and am hopeful it will work out, but am still looking just in case.

I'm trying to stroll through the garden every day at least once, to have a bit of connection with nature, to see what is growing and to say goodbye.  It will take a little time to bid adieu to my little cottage and gardens.  But I'm looking forward to my next adventure.

 The honeysuckle is blooming madly and smells so divine in the evenings...

 Mulberries are ripening and the birds are crazy for them...

 The peonies are just starting to open...bliss...

The squash is blooming, the cucumbers and beans are growing, and the tomatoes getting bigger... I hope that perhaps I'll have a chance to harvest a few cucumbers and beans, maybe a squash or two before moving day.  Hopefully the new owner will like the veggies I planted.

The foxglove...oh, the foxglove!  I love these flowers so so much and it thrills me so to see them in bloom.  I'd actually forgotten they were there and when they started to come up was thrilled!  

I plan to take several flowers with me, the foxgloves and peony for certain, as well as the lily of the valley, hellebore, the dahlias (if I can find them in the jungle!) and hopefully at least 1 of my hydrangeas (they were all three gifts from my step-mother so I'd like to have at least one of them with me).  I also hope to try to take my joe pye weed or at least harvest some of it before I go.  We will see when the time comes I guess. 

I'm off to pack a little bit more.  The head has been quite unbearable the past several days and I lost Tuesday to resting.  So much to do, I'd best push on.

See you soon!