Sunday, July 20, 2014

Nothing much better then summer sundays....

We have been blessed with the most amazing weather for the last week.  Open-window nights and enjoying- the -back- porch days.  I've managed to keep the garden weeded and the flowers dead-headed without too much complaining.  My tomatoes are just starting to ripen and finally, I'm beginning to get cucumbers and zucchini......life is good.

Yesterday, Phoebe was with me and we made peach jelly.  She loves helping me and there's never a task she won't tackle.  She's a delight!
Just read this quote on Susan Branch's wonderful blog and love it.....

  We made up some of my bread so she could take bread and jelly home with her.



I've been without a sewing machine for over 2 weeks now and I've felt a little lost.  Since the weather was nice enough to work in the garage, decided to paint this wicker table for Leola's....

 
I painted the bottom but left the top natural wood but put a finish on it so you actually use it.  Love the way it turned out even though this isn't the greatest picture.
 
I still have a garage and basement to clean out.  The garage sale got rid of a lot of "stuff" but didn't put out many clothes.  My goal at the first of the summer was to bag the things that I never wear and see if I missed them.  Well, I didn't so they're all going....someplace.  Love that I have drawer space and closet space again.  "Things" really do slow you down.
 
Hope everyone has a wonderful week.
 


Saturday, July 5, 2014

Beautiful weather.....

It's a very odd to have this mild weather in July in southern Missouri but we'll take it anytime.  It was a beautiful 4th of July and by all the fireworks going on around my house, lots of people took advantage.  I swear some of them shook my house!

We worked at Judy's on Thursday getting her porch and yard ready for the photo shoot that Vintage Style Magazine will be doing bright and early Monday.  They mentioned us in their most current addition as one of their favorite midwest shops and actually used a couple of my photos in the article.


Linda, enjoying resting on the lawn....

 This old wooden box had been setting on the porch and when we opened it there were millions of wasps.....we took care of them.....



It all looks wonderful and vibrantly green thanks to all the rain.

Hope all of you have a wonderful weekend.

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Summer Saturdays.......

It's been a beautiful Saturday in the Ozarks.  Warm with a few gentle showers to help the tomatoes grow.  Now tonight I'm sitting on my backporch enjoying the sounds of crickets, frogs and kids next door playing in their pool.
 
My kids are on their way home from a week in Colorado.  They've had such a good time. 


 
They went with some of their really good friends and think they've had a really good time.  What wonderful memories!  Can't wait to see them!
 
This was the weekend for the Fordland antique sale.  Love being able to go and take pictures. 
 

 
 The guys have the most beautiful herbs in all kinds of wonderful containers......












This is a small portion of Judy's area.  She likes to do this show and does a little promoting for Leola's.


Hope all of you are having a wonderful weekend and enjoying the same beautiful weather we are.  Have a wonderful Sunday.



Sunday, June 22, 2014

Summer.....officially....

Yesterday was the official first day of summer and it feels like it in the Ozarks.....hot and humid.  Our gardens our flourishing and the farmer's markets are bursting with fresh produce.  I bought my first blueberries yesterday and already have a big bag of them in the freezer.....such a good feeling.  I find myself wandering out to the garden several times a day to check things out.

The green beans are finally coming on.  I had 2 bunnies that kept eating the leaves and was afraid I might not have any.  The neighbors must have been entertained by me chasing them out of my backyard, repeatedly, with a stick....sometimes in my p.j.s.  Hopefully, they've found a new home.

These flowers were part of a package of wildflower seeds I planted and they're so pretty. 




My kids took off this week and headed to Colorado and cooler temps.  Always feels strange when they're gone but thanks to cell phones and Facebook, I can keep up with their adventures.  They went with friends and will meet their cousins who live there.  The perfect summer vacation.


We've worked so hard the last month at Leola's trying to get everything changed around.  We've taken most of the doors down that separated the front of the shop.  It's now a large open area that seems more welcoming and is much easier to decorate.  We've combined our merchandise ( 5 of us) and makes staging so much more fun.  I took a piece from my living room to the shop and because I had no assistance, this was the method used....

And here it is in the shop....
I have loved this piece but my current challenge is to get rid of some things so when I make the decision to sell the house, there won't be so much to move.

The eldest sister in our family has just had surgery and is resting in the hospital.  Everything turned out great and we're just hoping she will recover quickly and return to her happy, funny ways.  Say a little prayer for Jean that she'll have no roadblocks in her trip to a complete recovery.  She's so important to so many people.

Hope everyone has a wonderful and peaceful Sunday, and first week of summer.

Saturday, June 7, 2014

Rain, rain, go away....come again another day.....

I'm aware that I should be thankful for our rain but to be honest, I'm really tired of it (or as the old-timers say, I'm "worn slick" with the rain!

The grandgirls were at riding camp this week and this is what it looked like...

 
But, never-the-less, they loved it....

 

 


They were just really sad they couldn't take the horses home for pets....


 
They'll definitely do it again.  Think they've fallen in love with horses.
 
I've tried to get some gardening done but find it kind of difficult with all the mud.  We have had enough sun to encourage the growth of most of my veggies.  The lettuce is wonderful but reeeeaaaallly dirty.  The vinegar water method makes such a difference when cleaning it.  If I let it soak for awhile, it comes out so clean.

 
I did manage to get a batch of strawberry jam made and in the freezer.  Think the strawberries are done for this season with all the rain but blueberries are just appearing at farmer's market.  Can't wait!
 
We've been working so hard at Leola's.  We've been taking all the doors down and opening it up.  We're intermixing our merchandise for better displays.


It's made such a difference.
 
My goal for this week is to get some pillows made.  We're hoping business will pick up now that summer has begun.  It's just been pokey and we don't know why.  Keep your fingers crossed!!!!
 
Have a great weekend....

picture from Country Living