Monday, April 27, 2015

Too Short

The visit was short...not long enough. 
Yet sufficiently filled with dear, sweet stuff.
Here Grandpas melt, no matter how tough!

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Free Support

Found this chair 
along-side the road.
The seat needed recovering. 
Or removing! 

Now it makes 
a perfect support 
for my lillies which 
get quite top-heavy 
when they bloom. 

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Easy Rewards


Because they multiply so readily,
we have been able to plant several
groupings of these tropical beauties
at no extra expense! That's fun!!!

This is just the beginnings of a 
new season of big and bold color. 

For a risk-free, maintenance-free
plant, I'd highly recommend Cannas! 
Just plant the roots (like these)
a couple inches underground, and
let nature do the rest. 
Be prepared to be impressed!

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

A Dash O' Cinnamon

Instead of the usual 3 loaves, I made 1 loaf 
and used the rest of the dough for cinnamon rolls. 
I've shared the bread recipe before; you'll find it here!

Monday, April 20, 2015

Twenty-Four Candles!

It's birthday time again! 

Just a little celebration.

Relaxing. Cozy. Simple.

is not sure 
what to 

It will soon 
be time
for candles
on his own

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Steady in the Shadows

Pictured here just under the window is a beautiful Holly Fern that was in this spot when we bought the place 13 years ago. It requires no care, is evergreen, and has slowly and steadily matured. This Spring we've discovered about 6 new Holly Ferns peeking from beneath the house. My dear husband dug them out and replanted them in a row alongside this one. Hopefully in a few years they will all blend together for an elegant show. 
Ah!!!  The anticipation!  That's part of the fun of gardening!

Friday, April 17, 2015

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Like Epaulets

My husband introduced me to the word when I was trying to describe how I thought 
the red feathers looked "just like those badges on the shoulders of a uniform". 
He says, "Oh, an epaulet?"  And sure enough, that's just what I was talking about! 

    The Red-Winged Blackbird....just beautiful!

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

The Poorest? Or Not

Uruguayan President José Mujica (79) retained his simple lifestyle, 
and donated 90% of his presidential salary to charities, 
living on approximately $775/month 
like his fellow citizens

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Monday, April 13, 2015

Green Eye Shadow

Male Great Egret 
"The great egret is also known as the American Egret, the Common Egret, the Large Egret, 
the White Egret, the Great White Egret and the Great White Heron."

Saturday, April 11, 2015

A Bunch O' Coots

My husband and I went on an "adventure"...
we "cruised" (quite slowly) along the water's edge
and shot a few pictures of anything we found interesting.
We rolled the windows down and enjoyed the wonderful breeze, 
and the sound of the splashing waves and the birds calling to each other. 

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Blurs of Blue

When my husband mowed last, I requested that 
he leave patches of this seedy grass for just this purpose! 
Every year a few Indigo Buntings pass through our yard 
as they migrate, and they just love these little seeds! 
If we lived just two hours farther north, we might 
get to enjoy these bright beauties year round! 

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Glad Thanks


Gladly, gladly would we sing
Thanks to God for everything, 
Thanks to God for sun and rain,
Thanks for ripened fruit and grain,

Thanks to Him for fertile soil,
Rich rewards for earnest toil,
Seeds that wake to life and grow,
All the happiness we know.

Thanks to God for boundless skies,
Thanks to God for bright surprise,
Thanks for night, and dawn, and day,
Thanks for hearing when we pray. 

By Florence Pedigo Jansson

Monday, April 6, 2015

Saturday, April 4, 2015

Sprouting Seeds

Little bitty packages of hope...seeds!

Placed on a paper towel or napkin,
dampened with water,
placed in a zip-lock bag to sprout!

I numbered my zip-locks and
seed packages accordingly
to help me remember what is what.

Then, you'll need some peat pellets that you've already watered and allowed to swell a bit. 

I learned this process here.  

Then I gingerly opened the napkin,
picked up tiny sprouts w/ tweezers,
and placed in the dirt. 

When they get big enough,
I will plant outside in my flower beds. 

Saves a bit of money,
and I'm expecting it to be
a rewarding endeavor. 

Friday, April 3, 2015

Love Our Lil' Vacuum!

My daughter was so impressed with her lil' inexpensive Bissell 
that I decided I should have one too! Then I was so impressed with mine that 
my other daughter decided she should have one! And she's quite satisfied as well. 
So if you need an inexpensive, compact, powerful vacuum, we recommend this one!!!

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

From McGuffey's Fifth Eclectic Reader

~~~  April Day  ~~~

All day the low-hung clouds have dropped their garnered fullness down; 
All day that soft, gray mist hath wrapped hill, valley, grove, and town.  

There has not been a sound today to break the calm of nature; 
Nor motion, I might almost say, of life or living creature;
Of waving bough, or warbling bird, or cattle faintly lowing;
I could have half believed I heard the leaves and blossoms growing.

I stood to hear -I love it well- the rain's continuous sound;
Small drops, but thick and fast they fell, down straight into the ground. 
For leafy thickness is not yet earth's naked breast to screen,
Though every dripping branch is set with shoots of tender green. 

Sure, since I looked, at early morn, those honeysuckle buds
Have swelled to double growth; that thorn hath put forth larger studs.
That lilac's cleaving cones have burst, the milk-white flowers revealing;
Even now upon my senses first methinks their sweets are stealing. 

The very earth, the steamy air, is all with fragrance rife! 
And grace and beauty everywhere are flushing into life. 
Down, down they come, those fruitful stores, those earth-rejoicing drops!
A momentary deluge pours, then thins, decreases, stops.

And ere the dimples on the stream have circled out of sight,
Lo! From the west a parting gleam breaks forth of amber light.

 But yet behold -abrupt and loud- comes down the glittering rain; 
The farewell of a passing cloud, the fringes of it's train. 

by Caroline Anne Bowles Southey