13 July 2019

Friday in the Garden... (on Saturday)












I meant to post yesterday and became distracted.  These have all been taken over the last several days.  I was so happy to see those black-eyed Susans bloom.  Last year the deer ate them before they started to form blossoms.  I am sad that it seems we don't have many deer around this year.  

The faerie guards the potted mum and apparently has been letting her friends hang out in the plant. Does anyone know what type of mushrooms those are?  I tried searching the interwebs but couldn't figure out.

The raspberry cream zinnias are so pretty and I'm so glad I added them to the garden.  I was inspired to do so by Vanessa and all her talk/photos of her zinnias.  
The salvia is still blooming for the hummingbirds and is very pretty.

That last photo is of a spider web I found in the camellia.  

In other news, those refrigerator pickles I mentioned in my last post?  YUM!!  So good!

Well, that's about all I've got today.  Hope you are having a good day.

What's growing in your garden or being created in your kitchen?

thanks for stopping in to read...
love & blessings
~*~

09 July 2019

recovery...





I'm trying to recover from a couple of really bad days.  These photos are from last week, maybe the one before.  I find myself having breakfast on the patio often, especially on cool mornings.  That same morning, I prepped a nice batch of green beans.  It brought back a lot of good memories from my childhood, helping my grandparents.

That last photo isn't very good.  I took it from inside the house of a little bird taking some nesting materials.  I need to find out what kind of bird it is.  

Anywho...I haven't taken a picture yet, but some little thief stole my tomatoes from the garden.  They were so big and starting to turn.  :-(  I suspect the squirrels.  Well, maybe better vigilance will protect the others.  

I made my first batch of refrigerator pickles today.  My handyman had brought me some cucumbers and I had one ready to pick.  I used this recipe.  I sure hope they turn out. 

I think that's all for today.  I hope to be back soon.

thanks for stopping in for a read...
take care...

love & blessings
~*~

02 July 2019

an fo...


Just a short post today to share a finished knitting project.  This is the third Scoreboard I've knitted.  This is the 2.0 version and from the Steelers 2018-19 season.  

I'm probably not going to do one this coming football season. My plan when I started the very first one, was to knit one for each of us in my family.  There are four of us, so I would knit one each for four seasons.  

However...the first one I knit, I ended up using the wrong size needles by accident and used the wrong weight yarn and it was H...U..G..E...HUGE!  My brother is over 6 ft and it hung down to his knees wrapped twice around his neck.  That was also the first version, where you knit one row for every point scored.  In the 2.0 version, you knit 2 rows for every score.  So, if the team scores a touchdown (and extra point) that is 7 points.  In version 1 - that would be seven rows, in version 2, just 2 rows.  

Anywho...I'm planning to keep a log of the scores and the next season that they win a superbowl, I'll knit one for my brother to replace the first one.  And eventually, I'll knit one for me.  The second one I knit went to my sis-in-law and this one to my mum.  

Now that the scoreboard is done, I can refocus on the Tegna sweater I've started and frogged and started and frogged, etc... several times.  I would really like to get a good start on it before the middle of August.  I have a big trip coming up (more on that later) and it would be a good project to have with me for hotel room knitting.

That's it for today.  The past two weeks I was working on a big project around the house and it finally caught up to me.  Yesterday was a REALLY bad headache day and today is only slightly better.   At least I have Wimbledon (on mute) on the telly.

thanks for stopping by to read...
love & blessings
~*~

28 June 2019

friday in the garden...














Just a few snippets from my garden today...

A blue-tailed skink climbing down the fence...

What I think are cicadas mating in the roses (they flew off right after I took the photo and were still attached)...

A cucumber almost ready for me to pick...

Million bells, salvia and zinnias in what I'm calling the Goddess Garden...

A few green beans, but the stalk has tons of flowers blooming so I'm hopeful there will be more...

A pretty green dragonfly that followed me around while I took photos...

One of the many hydrangea blossoms...

Some Roma tomatoes getting big, hoping they'll start to turn soon...

And today's harvest... pretty small as the blueberry bush is almost spent, and I could only find a few beans ready to be picked.  I'll add those to the few I picked a couple days ago and add them all to the mess I bought at the farmer's market on Wednesday.  

I also saw another black snake (not the same one from the last post as his/her face shape is different) but I didn't have my camera with me at the time.

It's been hot here this week.  I think we topped out today at 89F, but the heat index hit 100F.  The rest of the week was in the 90's.  I've been working on a big project in the heat for the last two weeks but I finally finished it up late this morning.  That heat really knocked me for a loop and took every bit of energy I had.  I've basically been a vegetable all afternoon.  :-)

Tell me, what's catching your attention in your garden this week?

Thanks for stopping in for a read...

love & blessings
~*~

 
 

 

 

25 June 2019

grateful...










 
I am grateful for...

time spent arting...

a little blue butterfly that followed me around the garden one day while I planted flowers, herbs and vegetables...

blueberries picked from my own little garden...

the crows that greet me when I'm outside...

memorial day weekend kickoff fireworks...

this little hummingbird and her family and friends who flit around my garden all the time and don't seem to be afraid of me at all...

the sight and scent of this blooming Lady of Shallott rose...

family who understands that for a milestone birthday (50), I would not enjoy a party with my neighbors, but I would love and greatly appreciate and never forget being gifted with a 4 day trip to the ocean (that I hadn't seen in person in 11 years)... 

my little patio garden, where I can enjoy time in nature and fresh air...

This is just a short list of what I'm grateful for today.  I thought it would be a good way to re-acquaint myself with my little corner of the interwebs.

I've been trying to catch up with everyone and hope you are all well.

thanks for stopping in for a read...
love & blessings
~*~

23 December 2018

snippets...














 Hi there.  

Hope you are all well on this day before Christmas Eve.  Today is our family Christmas day.  We are having our traditional meal this afternoon.  We'll exchange gifts, then watch the Steelers take on the Saints in football.  Here is to hoping for a Steelers win!  :-)

I'm all done and ready to relax for several days.  Other than helping mum with the meal prep in a little bit, I've nothing calling at me to get done.  All the presents are wrapped and under the tree.  The treats have been made, packaged and given out.  

The photos above are little snippets of what I've been doing with my time.  We had our first snow two weeks ago and it was a doozy.  We so rarely get deep/long lasting snowfall here in the south.  This was such a treat!  I went for many walks and even played around in the back yard.  It wasn't the right kind of snow for snowman making, but if it had been I'd have made several.  I'm really hoping this is a sign of more to come this winter.  :-)

I did minimal decorating.  Just the tree and a little snowbabies scene on top of the sewing cabinet at my front door.  I really wasn't feeling like decorating and even considered taking down the tree before I had it decorated.  But...it's so pretty.  

Lots of little snippets of time spent was in my studio, playing around in my art journal and working on a secret Yule/Christmas gift.  Several late night/early morning times, when insomnia kicks in, experimenting with ink, starting a new piece with a collaged background and/or watching art videos on youtube. 

Last week was baking time.  I started giving food treats as gifts several years ago and it was a hit.  It seems to get bigger each year.  I should have taken better/more pictures of what I made.  This years box contains chocolate covered peanut butter crackers, homemade fruit cake, ginger snaps, peanut butter balls and chocolate caramel layer bites.  I gave out twelve boxes this year.  Whew...!

I had a nice quiet Yule. And despite my lack of enjoyment for this time of the year, it hasn't been too bad.

Well, it's about time for me to head to mum's to help out.  I also have to take the gifts over and that will require a few trips.  

I hope you have a wonderful holiday, whatever you celebrate. 

What holiday do you celebrate? Christmas, Yule, Hanukkah?  Something else?  Do you have any big traditions?

Thanks for stopping by for a read... 
love & blessings
~*~

01 December 2018

December...


 (twinkle light reflections on the black marble surround of the fireplace)

(twinkle lights reflecting on my scratched, dirty readers - plus the reflection of the lamp has some pretty cool shapes to it)
December is here...  

Most people probably think of December in reds and greens and bright glittery colors.  Me... I see it in greys, blues, and whites and of course twinkle lights.

I love a lot of things about this time of year.  Things like when the weather turns cold, the skies grow dark and daylight is very short.  I'm not sure why winter calls to me so.  I was a springtime baby and grew up in the south.  Still...winter has a special song it sings to me like no other season.  

I'll talk about what I don't like another time.

I've been glancing around, finding odd little things to photograph.  I'm hoping it will help me keep coming back here.   

Autumn has come down at my house.  Although I still have pumpkins through the house.  I think only one is a cook-able pumpkin (that will happen next week), all though, shouldn't they all be cook-able?  Oh well...

Santa flag is on the pole out front, my greenery winter wreath went on the door today and my Yule tree came out. (I'd mostly decided not to bother this year but...) It's up, but has yet to be decorated.  That's on tomorrow's list.

Tell me, are you ready for December?  Do you go all out with decorations or do you prefer a more subtle look?  Do you celebrate Yule or Christmas or is December just another month in the calendar for you?  I'd love to hear.

Thanks for stopping in for a read...
love & blessings
~*~