Sunday, July 23, 2017

Of Cannas And Caladiums

Seems to me that God wanted us to enjoy these beauties! 
Why else make them so lavishly colored...even heart-shaped...
I know gardening is not the most important thing in the world, 
but it was His original plan for the first man and woman to live in a garden!
Now, how 'bout that? I like to wonder what it might have been like.
He could have planted them smack-dab in the middle of a concrete jungle
or in a desert... He could have given them a fine mansion then and there.
But nope...He set them in a garden to tend it and enjoy the fruit of it.

Friday, July 21, 2017

Missing Together

Those days when the children were little...
Those days when there was a houseful of chatter...
Those days when so many things were going on at once...

I miss those days. I miss the togetherness. I miss them. 

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Preying / Praying

It's named the Praying Mantis because it holds it's front legs like in a gesture of prayer. 
It's named the Preying Mantis because it catches other insects and eats them! 

Either name is applicable and will bring up this creature in a Google search. 
I don't see them often, so was excited to get a picture, though it's not as detailed as I wanted. 

Friday, July 14, 2017

Hairy Legs!


Hairy legs!  Will you just look at 'em!? 

And I love the intricate detail in the wings!

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Hippo Taken

"I'm sorry I missed your birthday! 
How could I miss such a big event?"

That is what the front of this vintage card says. 

I love the random and fun artwork :-)

I listed it yesterday in my Etsy shop, and it has already sold! 



Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Reprieve From Salads

Lately it's salads...noon and night. 
And salad is good; I mean, it's alright.
But variety is nice, and it's oh so yummy
When home-cooked veggies fill the tummy :-) 

(green beans & carrots, brussel sprouts, sauteed eggplant) 


Monday, July 10, 2017

One Day Only!

They're Daylilies!
Each bloom only stays open one day, and then twists closed, and another bud opens. 


Sunday, July 9, 2017

Patience and Perseverance

Years ago, my Mom hand-pieced this lovely Log Cabin wall quilt. 
Each tiny finger-sized strip she cut and pieced by hand. 
No rotary cutter, no paper piecing, and no machine stitches!
Just much patience and perseverance, and I treasure it.

Friday, July 7, 2017

Crinkled Beauty

Don't those blooms look like crinkled tissue paper? 
Maybe that's why they're called "Crepe" Myrtles!


Thursday, July 6, 2017


With the last rain, we had standing water in our ditch and it's now filled with tadpoles! 
Given that I believe there are at least 70 in this small portion of the water, 
I'm guessing there are 500 or more of the wiggly lil' swimmers. 
I don't know what kind they are, but I'm trying to keep an eye 
on their progress. At least I guess they'd eat any mosquito larvae! 

Wednesday, July 5, 2017


While working around the house, I love to listen to this CD of Singing Birds.
It gives me the illusion that I'm in the country with open screen windows.
It's like an escape from the real world, I guess. So much nicer than listening to the news!
And the picture in the background was colored by my lil' grandson. So sweet :-) 


Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Friday, June 30, 2017

His & Hers...Salads!

This week we've been eating lots of salad...
and I think we're enjoying it :-) 

Tonight we combined spinach, red leaf lettuce, broccoli, carrots, red bell pepper, cucumber, mushrooms, 
sunflower seeds, farmer's cheese, bleu cheese dressing, 
and my husband had boiled eggs on his.

It's fun to have new and random concoctions every meal!


Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Trying To Learn A New Trick's embarrassing. But I've never been able to draw a cute stick figure, much less anything else!
So when children want me to draw with them, it's humiliating that I can barely draw a crude house, 
or maybe a simple tree shape, or a flower.... Yep, that's about the extent of it! So I decided it's time 
to practice and maybe I can draw on the chalkboard with my grandson next time we're together. 

I searched "beginning drawing" on Pinterest, and marked several things to attempt. 
I bought a sketchbook, and proceeded to draw; I had to practice making a nice circle!
Simple and imperfect though it may be, he could recognize these as birds anyway :-) 


Sunday, June 25, 2017


Suddenly there's heavy rain and it put my husband to sleep!
Both of us love, love, love this kind of weather :-)