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Friday, October 24, 2014

Autumn Time

I'm welcoming autumn with open arms, the cooler temps this week have been such a delight.  I see next week's calendar shows some 80's...sigh.  We have not had a pretty fall, not yet. I always think our color comes in October, but in truth it is November that our golds and reds begin to paint our hardwoods.

A little changing up around here. I've tried to get something on the mantel that I like, but haven't found it yet. Perhaps this weekend will dawn with some inspiration. I brought out mom's pine cone wreath. It must be about 35-40 years old. It's little cone leaves are fragile and I try to be gentle with it when I remove it from storage and hang it. It's just so special to me.

September and October are busy months, with birthdays and a fun day trip. For the last few years I've gotten a day or two off in October and we use it to visit the mountains, all of us together, laughing and enjoying some much needed family time. We hit the gold rush town of Dahlonega, quaint and pretty in the North Georgia mountains. It's a whirlwind of a trip, but the memories last us until the next year!

Nature wise, it's been pretty quiet around here lately. None of the pretty fungus or mushrooms. We haven't had our rain yet, so I'm thinking we'll get them soon enough. The geese haven't been doing their autumn flights. So strange to not see them taking up their V and testing their fortitude.  I guess the geese know we are having a mild fall, with cold temperatures not really expected until January.
I hope you are having a lovely autumn and Friday! Thanks so much for stopping by!

Friday, July 25, 2014

Abandoned but not Forgot


Sitting silent.
Something pretty still lingers.
The path I could extend into the old shade garden.
Below: Remnants of the once pretty shade garden. Still had it's shape, it just needed to have a little time spent clipping and such.. All gone now

I'm blessed/cursed with a large yard. When I first started gardening (over 20 years ago), I had a shade garden on one side of the yard and a somewhat sunny garden on the other side. The shade garden had a huge Rhododendron and hostas and lots of pretty native plants I moved from my woods. It was very pretty, but eventually it was left on it's own to survive, which it did quite well. Unfortunately, last year we had to have our drain field redug, and in the process my shade garden was demolished. I came home from work with not a stick standing and tons of red clay exposed , giving me heart palpatations.  I simply didn't have the energy to do anything and there it's sat for almost a year. Weeds growing and sapplings, a pretty, but running amok, groundcover. So overwhelming. I still don't know what to do. They didn't smooth the soil so it's uneven ground with large rocks here and there. I'm thinking this fall we'll just put all the leaves over there, hoping to keep the weeds at bay and maybe during the winter I'll have some doable ideas.  One thing bouncing around in my mind is a fire pit. I could continue the gravel over there and create a circular sitting area with a fire pit in the middle. I could get my young and strong men to flatten out the area and in the Spring when we get another load of gravel for the garden, and  apply some there too.  What do you think?

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



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


 Nature shelf

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.