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Monday, January 16, 2017

The Garden is Morphing Again



I am excited for this gardening season. Last year I added a lot of shrubs to the garden. The picture above was taken in October, when my garden is usually ugly and messy.



I've removed the garden that was on the left. I could never get it right, and as I get older I want to just focus on one main area.  I replaced a part of that garden with a circle and a large urn. I've planted spring bulbs in the circle.  Behind the circle is a little cozy, shady spot.  I've been looking at some of the cute play areas for children. Our great grandchildren would love a place to play.


I have a gazillion leaves to blow to an area where I used to have a shade garden. It's just a big empty spot now, and it gets overrun with forest-y things that aren't wanted and grow better than anything in my garden. I'm hoping getting a deep layer of leaves will help keep it clean until I can decide what to do. You can see the stumps left from the huge trees we had removed. All the little piles of stuff is where the workers put things that were in the way of the trees. Goodness, I have soooo much to do. Aren't I lucky to live in Georgia where the temperature today was 74 degrees!

Thursday, January 5, 2017

Gray



Today the sky is the color of ashes. it's gone from a flat gray to the mishmashing of
every gray color imaginable. It's the kind of sky I like - it hints at weather that may or may
not come. Even though our temperature is hovering around 52, there is some excitement around here because of the possibility  of some winter weather this weekend. We often get 
a little winter precip shortly after Christmas, which makes us constantly comment on
the kind of Christmas we could of had, "if only...".I'm hopeful for the fun of being snowed
in with nothing but some yarn and a little loom. Seriously, it's the thing (my) dreams are made of.


Monday, January 2, 2017

January Calm

























Misty, gray mornings with fog drifting among the trees...ah, January, how I love you! All the busy days of December moving into the soft and slow-moving January. This is when my mind switches to dreams of Spring and the garden and the tulips I planted in the fall; of learning new things, like weaving;  the pleasure of writing in a new, beautiful journal (my daughter gave me a new one for Christmas, but the kitty seems to have other plans) and of trying to get the house back in order (not happening). 

There has been a huge flock of birds coming through every morning lately. It's an amazing sight, and you don't even have to wonder if they are there because they make some kind of noise! They move as one, from tree top to tree top, filling the branches so that in the dim morning light, the trees look like they have leaves, until one of them (the leader?) decides it's time to move and they all leave together, squawking as they go. 

I've been learning to weave. A friend made me a loom using an old frame and some small nails. I love the calmness of weaving my needle in and out,seeing my thought come into being. I don't know anything about yarn. Not wanting to spend a lot while I'm learning, I've just been buying the cheap stuff at Michael's. Cheap or not, I am pretty happy with the results. 

I love the beginning of a new year...everything seems....possible.



Sunday, November 22, 2015

AUTUMN DAYS








It's been a wonderful fall. I can't remember when I've enjoyed it so much. Love having my daughter home. We've not had much fall-like weather, but I'm learning to go with whatever I'm given! Won't be long before I'm taking down the browns and yellows and reds, and putting up some festive Christmas colors. I want to enjoy every minute of autumn, though.

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Springtime









Wow, time really has swift wings! But now that school is out I hope to start accomplishing a few things! My garden has suffered this year. As a matter of fact, a lot of my "need to do" things have suffered this year. I feel things are getting back on track, though. The spring garden was pretty, but the tulips were not the color I had hoped for (red instead of pink on some of them). A lovely Mother's Day and a few outdoor crafts (the nature loom) are kicking off this spring season. A few more fun things on my nature list. I have a little friend from school that I'm kind of mentoring and he loves the outdoor crafts. That's his loom on the bottom. I have not done a single thing with my pots this year. And there is a big urn in the middle of one of the gardens - a big ol empty focal point! SHAME!!! I have 3 more weeks of work then I'll have 5 weeks of vacation, really looking forward to that! Perhaps there is time for me to accomplish a few things. I hope your summer is off to a good start. Happy Memorial day!
**UPDATE, Since a few people have commented I thought I'd better make it known that the vegetable garden is a community garden that I love to visit on my Dad's golf cart. It's always so beautiful. I would love to be able to grow vegetables, but my yard is too shaded.

Monday, March 2, 2015

Quilty



I love jelly rolls! I made both of these quilts with them. I think I could make two more quilts with what is left over.  They are only lap quilts, not too big. The second one was super easy, which I really needed after the other one, which was somewhat challenging. I've ordered me a 1/4 inch quilting foot for the sewing machine. I've always had a hard time being accurate, so I'm really looking forward to getting it. We've had some rainy cold days which made the sewing so enjoyable! I'm trying to decide if I want to make another strip quilt, or a log cabin next. Such fun decisions!

Monday, February 23, 2015

Back To It








Oh!The most beautiful of days. Those days spent with son and daughter and sweet husband. Parks and ice creams and low burning fires . Sometimes I am just in so much awe over the lovely little life I have. I feel so blessed for the love of home and hearth. My beautiful week off has come to an end. It's back to reality and job and early alarms. But honestly, who can complain about a job that gives you a week off every 6 weeks?!  I hope you're having a great Monday, thanks so much for stopping by!