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Friday, July 18, 2014

The Lake





That top photo was one of the prettiest pictures I ever took. I love everything about it. But it hurts my heart to see what's become of that beautiful lake. I know it will be back one day, but now it is a sea of green grass. It looks very much like a low land swamp. I guess even the way it is now has it's own beauty. They drained the lake so people could fix whatever they needed to fix around their edge, but when they started to fill it back up they realized there was a problem and had to stop. Now it's just sitting there. I go over that bridge 3 times a week at least and I've not seen anything being done. I hope they start mending whatever needs to be mended soon!

This lake is on the way to my father's house. It's a beautiful drive, even though it's dead in the center of "town". But it is so beautifully planted for all seasons. It's where I go out on the golf cart and enjoy the Cherry trees in Spring, and smell an unknown vine in fall that is sweet as honey. Get movin' Peachtree City!!!

Thanks for stopping by, I hope you've got a great weekend planned!

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Summer Garden

 June









July




July is here! I'm having a love/hate relationship with my garden right now. The Mondardo bloomed beautifully, and for a very long time. Once it's blooms were spent I chopped it all back, which left just a bunch of sticks. It had covered a rather large area, so now there is a pretty big bald spot. I stuck an impatience in a pot there, but I miss the impact of all that Monardo!

I have loved the gravel. I had one bad run of lots of rain and the grass came up heavy. I finally sprayed with Round Up and have been able to stay on top of it. I am on a heavily shaded lot, and I am surprised at how many sticks and leaves fall every! single! day! You don't realize it unless you have to go out and pick them all up, (oh my aching back!).

I really hate the urn planting (the tall one in the garden). The flowers are just too small, and they're mostly white. I had a caladium in there too, but it was not growing so I removed it and put it in a pot. I also have Bacopa in it, and it's not doing much either. I wanted to plant Dichondra, like I had last year, but I got such a late start this year and I missed out. Darn! This will be all for the garden this year. I didn't plant many annuals and the ones I did plant didn't do anything.  Now I'm already looking forward to fall and tulip planting for next Spring! I can't wait to see the pretty blooms surrounded by the pea gravel instead of red mud! 

Thanks so much for stopping by and looking at this photo heavy post! I hope you've had a great Thursday.

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Making the Most of Summer Days











Finally! Out for Summer Break, and I am trying to make the most of my time. Previous summers have been pretty much spent sitting in a chair looking at what everyone else is doing (fb, blogs, tv). This summer I am determined to have a productive summer. "Productive" meaning out of the chair. Another difference this summer is that we joined the local gym. I've enjoyed swimming and exercising on the machines, and playing tennis on the many tennis courts. The heat of summer has arrived, making an early start necessary for the tennis. The unhurried days allow leisurely breakfasts, especially with all the beautiful berries available now. Goodness! Already a week down! Only 4 more to go. It's amazing how fast the time will fly!

I'm also in a sewing mood. I started the Farmer Wife Quilt for my daughter and it is quite the project - a little more involved than I like, so I'm not sure if I'll do all of the blocks. I may just choose the easiest ones and do them several times. I need 50, I think, (they are 6 inch blocks). I've got about 10 made, so still a ways to go. I would like to complete the blocks by the time I have to return to school in late July, and have the quilt completed by the first cool fall day. That doesn't allow much sittin' time!

I hope you're having a great Thursday, thanks so much for stopping by!

Friday, June 6, 2014

JUNE LOVE

 Nature shelf
 Journals
 Pretties





Long days here. Once school dismisses, we start working 10 hour 4 day weeks. I only have to do it for one more week, thank goodness. Work is slow, trying to stretch the load for 3 weeks is tiring;  but it's great to work uninterrupted in the quiet.

The garden is starting to bloom again. The daylilies aren't far off and I think the white coneflower will be in bloom tomorrow! Can't wait for that. Trying to keep the gravel clean and weed free is a learning process. I will probably have to accept the fact that it needs to be blown every day. We had a big storm last night, which makes it even more necessary. But, oh! the happiness of thunder and lightening! The lightening was unbelievable, and I know this is going to sound crazy, but I was asleep and woke to the lightening and a current running through my body! I thought I must have dreamed that and lay there listening when it happened again! Just a small current, nothing painful.  Really odd, though. Never had something like that happen before. There also was a strange and beautiful sky over Atlanta and surrounding area (where I live). I didn't get to see it, unfortunately, but there were pictures all over facebook and even the local news spoke about it. It was almost dark and there was a double rainbow and deep pink sky. Below is a picture my friend took.  All in all, it was a strange night!


I hope you're having a great Friday, thanks so much for stopping by!

Saturday, May 10, 2014

Hello Saturday, Oh How I Needed Ya!






Never a weekend was more welcome! As school winds down, activity increases. Two weeks left (with children, I still work another 3 weeks after their last day). Field day was Friday, what a long and tiring day...and I only work in the office! Some of the aides had to be outside the whole day. I think I would have cried!

This weekend I have begun to move into my new sewing room. I am very excited, feeling like I have a clean slate to work with!  I really don't have much to put in there right now. I'll have to go to some yard sales in hopes of finding a nice size table to use for cutting. I have a smaller table to use for my sewing machine. I've been collecting inspiration from Pinterest (you can see what's caught my eye here).

I'm slowly working on The Farmer's Wife Quilt. I'm using the paper piecing method and loving it. All the points come out perfect! It does seem to waste a lot of fabric, but I think it's a fair trade-off. I'm struggling with the way the blocks are looking next to each other. I think I have some fabrics that are so rich in color that they make the other blocks look cheap and uninspired. I've just ordered a jelly roll in fall colors. I'm hoping to get it this week. Maybe it's fabrics will work better with the rich in color that I have.

We've had a bit of rain today, but looks like it will be clearing out for Mother's Day. I hope you all have a lovely day with family. Thanks so much for visiting.

Saturday, May 3, 2014

THANK YOU WINTER!















Thank you Cold Winter!!! I love you so much!  

When we have a cold winter, my garden is always so pretty. This past winter we were blessed with cold, snow, and more cold. February had very few of the warmer days that we usually have. By March everyone was complaining of the cold, but I knew what it meant for my garden and was secretly saying RAH!  The pea gravel we put down is still fabulous, though we had a huge wind storm this past week, and I've yet to collect all the debris that is completely covering it. I also need to take care of the weeds starting to come up through the gravel. This will be a busy weekend!

The Columbine blooms are in decline now and the Iris are almost done, too. The Salvia, May Night has been gorgeous and is always being visited by a cute little bumble bee. The large Viburnum dropped many petals in the big winds, and now the remaining ones are starting to decline. I love the look of the petals on the ground and floating in the little water feature. 

The garden is getting a little quiet right now, before the move into the next phase of blooms. Can't wait to see how the rest of the year goes.  

I hope your having a great Saturday, thanks so much for stopping by!

Friday, April 25, 2014

The Wooded Walk







How still it is here in the woods. The trees 
Stand motionless, as if they do not dare 
To stir, lest it should break the spell. The air 
Hangs quiet as spaces in a marble frieze...  

From Solitude by Archibald Lampman

This is a great time for a little jaunt in the woods. I unexpectedly found the Trillium blooming. It has such a sweet little pink bloom.  I've found them before on the property, but not for a while, so this was such a delight!  There are also a lot of Solomon's Seal around - graceful little plants with a tiny little drop of a flower.  My favorite tree in a tree still doing well - I wonder how long it will grow.  There was  lots of fallen limbs about, I was a little worried about one falling on my head! I knew the Sweet Shrub was in bloom, but they are so hard to find. Their little brown bloom is very difficult to see, but I looked until I found one. I think they smell like cantalope. 

Go find a wood to walk in and see what you can see and smell. I promise you won't be disappointed!

Thanks for stopping by. I hope you're having a great Friday.