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Saturday, December 9, 2017

December Surprise






What a lovely way to bring in the Christmas season! We awoke this morning to the softness of snowy vistas and dazzling trees, it took our breath away. It was mostly gone by 3:00 p.m., though some shaded areas still had an accumulation. No ice this time, so I even managed to get some Christmas shopping done. We're all cozy now, warmed by the fire and soft glow of the tree. Snow, fire, Christmas tree, stockings, full belly's and How the Grinch Stole Christmas. Living the dream my friends!

Sunday, December 3, 2017

December Days


















Hello! December already?!?  Doesn't it seem like time has produced wings and is swiftly moving ahead? I just want to throw my hands out and push back. Stop! Stop! There is too much to do and see and enjoy - but I'm less organized than ever and I feel like I can't get out from under the crushing weight of a "to-do" list that is quickly turning into a "didn't-do" list. And of course, when life gets like that and you just want to pull the blanket over your head, you yearn for something familiar and and cozy and non-stressful...like a quilt! I amaze myself with my ability to sit at the sewing machine and not see a single thing that tells me I should be doing this instead of that. It's really a wonderful quality to have in your arsenal of things that you like to think are good,(but really aren't). 

We are experiencing a rather strange autumn here in Georgia. Usually by this time our leaves have  fallen, but this year they are hanging on and looking beautiful. Unfortunately it has greatly increased the chore of raking, bleh. We're looking forward to some cold weather this coming week, finally something that will feel seasonal - and I get to wear actual cold-weather clothing! That's a great big RAH!


Sunday, November 19, 2017

New Camera










Learning to use a new camera. I've never had a DSLR, so there is a lot to learn. It all sounds so easy while I'm reading about it, but when I get out there, I can't remember anything! Av, IOS, White Balance, Shutter Speed, RAW, etc.   Right now my biggest problem is to remember to take the cap off, arghh! Camera 3, Leslie 0. Tomorrow is another day!

Monday, September 11, 2017

The Winds of Irma

Hello! Keeping dry? The windy, rainy bands of Irma have arrived. It's a frightening sight to behold when a sudden strong gust wrestles the trees to an angle where you are sure they are going to snap. I have never experienced these tropical storm winds before and must admit I've been a bit wary. I do like the way the raindrops bombard the window and make a hazy garden picture. Our lights have been flickering, and many of our close neighbors have lost their power, but so far we've managed to stay connected. And even though it's only September, and even though the temperature isn't cold, and even though we are running the air conditioning...we have a cozy fire going - just in case we do lose power and need to cook (or heat up) dinner. Hoping everyone is safe tonight.




Sunday, September 10, 2017

Before...

These have been quiet, beautiful, breezy days...the calm before the storm. For a little while, Irma looked like it was heading straight for Newnan, Georgia, but has now moved a bit west. We'll mostly  get some strong winds and a lot of rain. In case our power goes out, I've collected a wheelbarrow full  of sticks that we can burn to heat water or make some baked potatoes (never done this before in the summer - only during ice storms!).  We started off sunny, but the cloud bands started moving in late this afternoon. Our weather should start sometime late tonight/tomorrow a.m. School has already been cancelled for two days. I've got a nice stitching project to keep me busy. Prayers for those in Florida who are directly in it's path.








Saturday, June 24, 2017

Summer Fun













A wonderful start to my 5 week summer vacation. A week in Florida (it rained every day, but no lightning so we could still swim in the shark habitat). More garden re-working. Still so much to do, but just doing what I can with the energy I have.  It's been raining quite a bit, but I think next week is supposed to be pretty. I try to get out early, before the really unpleasant heat begins! I've been adding shrubs and am so happy with them. Color with foliage when nothing is in bloom! Hope your summer is shaping up to be fantastic!


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!