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Friday, January 23, 2015

Rainy Day







Home is such a good place to be today. The cold, gloomy- gray day sent me scurrying home after work, where a nice fire burned cheerily in the fireplace. A little Mexican cuisine for dinner and then rest and relaxation in front of the TV. Ahhhh, how lovely. I love an evening with no agenda! I do want to start working on my quilt, but laying it out on the floor brought out the kitty - plan nixed for now :) I'm giving my sweet daddy a "spa day" tomorrow. A little TLC for him, I can't wait. I'm bringing all my smelly lotions and sugar scrubs. I hope it brings him a little joy!

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

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Happy New Year!








It's here! Finally! 2015 arrived without much fanfare around here. As a matter of fact, I went to bed at 9:00, how sad is that???!!  Baked a fabulous honey ham, and watching the Rose Bowl Parade.  What a great start to the new year!  I love the start of a new year. Something is so comforting about it...leaving the bad stuff behind, looking to the future with joy and hope. Rah! And, of course, I start looking forward to the garden! I am so excited to see the daffodils and tulips bloom with the pretty rock we laid down last spring. So exciting!  I hope this year brings you much joy and good health! Thanks so much for stopping by!

Friday, December 26, 2014

Christmastime came and went....









I think the holidays come and go quicker each year. I hardly know where the time went! It's been a  different kind of year, and I can't say I'm sorry to see it go. Some years are just like that, I guess. I didn't get the Chex Mix made, or the Cheese Straws. But I still have a week before returning to work, so I hope to get myself in gear and accomplish SOMETHING! I hope you have had a lovely Christmas. The New Year is just around the corner! I can't wait!

Monday, November 24, 2014

November





What a strange month November has been! Record breaking cold, then a week later, record breaking warmth! Crazy!  We had a lovely rainy day on Sunday, with a steady drizzle and even some thunder now and then. Seems like forever since we've had a good rain, months and months! We just missed a snow event, the cold was only a few hours away from the rain.

Thanksgiving is fast approaching, and I am ready and willing. Grocery shopping today so I'm all prepared. Can't wait to have those aromas spreading through the house. I love the smell of the onions and celery sauteing and pies cooking and turkey smoking! I figured out long ago to enjoy the preparations, because the actual eating is over in less than an hour! We are not a family that lingers over the table, so I try to make the leading-up-to a fun and enjoyable time. Of course we start the day off with the Macy's Parade! I love the marching bands and balloons. So fun!

Hope your week is going to be a good one! Thanks so much for stopping by!

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Sweet Autumn








Isn't it just the most delightful time of year?! I so love the changing leaves and temperatures. I love the low light and the misty mornings and the garden quietly going to sleep. I'm inspired! I want to craft something or cook something or sew something. I've actually done none of these things, brah! I really don't know how people work and get stuff done. I tend to expend all my energies from 7:00 to 3:00 and then come home and vegitate until 9:00.  I miss my needlework (the year long Christmas at Hawk Run Hollow) which requires very little energy but gives lots of satisfaction. I have plans to make a linen table runner and really need to get-with-it because I want it for Thanksgiving. I have the fabric, now I just need the Can Do attitude. I did play a tennis match yesterday and win! Great big Whoop on that!  Wonderful, beautiful November! Your days are lovingly enjoyed and you know it's just a hop, skip and a jump to December - the really sweetest month!

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

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

Overgrown.

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?