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Saturday, February 25, 2017

Winter Ran Away







Winter has been bullied out of the way by an obnoxious warm weather system. My poor garden! It looks forward to cold temperatures, and repays with great beauty come Spring. Not sure what to expect this year, but I have a feeling bugs will be running amok and making me and garden crazy! The warm weather also makes me anxious to get out and start digging, which is not a good idea because the poor dormant bulbs get terrorized by stabbing trowels. But there is lots of clean up to do in the way of raking up fall's bounty of leaf litter that blankets the garden (to keep it warm,lol), and a lot of garden "things" that were piled here and there during the great "tree removal" of  December. Many of these are heavy and I've been putting off getting out there and doing the unwelcome task of straining my back. My dearest sweet Hubby has promised to help me this afternoon get that drudgery done.

Goodness, so much to do and so little energy! I've been off work for a week and haven't really accomplished much. Daughter and I had a little "Girls Time Out", driving to the mountains and staying a few nights. What fun! We went last year and practically froze to death. This year we were wearing sleeveless shirts! Good grief!


Sunday, January 22, 2017

January Incognito





Has there ever been a January more lost than this? Tornadoes, extremely high winds, warmer than warm temperatures, crazy. It makes the gardener in me itch to get outside, but you just really can't or you'll be spearing all those lovely little bulbs you can't see and can't remember where.

I ordered a lengthy list of plants the other day and can't wait for March to get them. This is a Christmas present from my dear sweet son. I'm just about to burst with excitement for the upcoming gardening season!

I'm watching my super-duper Falcons play for a chance to play in the Super Bowl. Looking pretty fantastic so far. We're expecting more drastic weather, and I worry about all those people in the Dome at the game. How scary. Where will they go?

This weekend was barely even there.  I have slept more since Friday than I think I've ever done. Left work Friday at 9:30, went to bed at 10, slept until 3, then back to bed a t 7:30 and slept until 10 the next morning. And so it's gone the whole weekend. I finally realized I had not been taking some of my medications which caused all of the tiredness. Whew, I was afraid I had some awful sleeping disease! I'm so happy to know it's just my senility kicking in. Better get that prescription picked up! Hoping for a much better week (being all correctly medicated, ya know). I honestly don't think I could possibly have been much less productive.

Happy thoughts and blessings to you.




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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.