Friday, May 22, 2015

Happy Memorial weekend....bring on summer....


School is out, pools will open this weekend.....bring it on!!!!  Always love Memorial weekend for lots of  reasons.  First of all, I know the relevance of the weekend and certainly respect that but my whole life, it's been family reunion weekend.  We always gathered for a big picnic and then headed to the cemetery.  My mother was so adamant about decorating loved one's graves so we have tried to uphold that tradition.  Today my four sisters and I headed to Dallas County to do our duty.  I'm afraid our generation may be the last one to do this in our family....kind of sad.  I'm determined to take my daughter and grands to visit their ancestors this summer.  They've all shown an interest in finding out more about our families' history and that's a great place to start.

Even with the cool temps the last few days, my yard is looking great.


This is actually a flower garden but everything is so big this year.  My sage is like a bush!

And the birds love it.....


Don't ask me what the deal is with these two birds but it actually happened.  I'm not even certain what the birds are.  At first I thought they were woodpeckers but don't think so now.

I have so many of these tiny wrens.  They've made a nest in a gourd birdhouse right outside my screened-in porch.....

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My first coreopsis.....

Hopefully, next week I'll get my house listed and get this show on the road.  Things look so good right now and I've planted a garden that's growing fast.  I couldn't stand not to plant stuff (just in case).  If you remember, last time I listed it, I ended up taking it off the market.  The offers I got were ridiculous and it was a time when houses were not selling well.  Just figure I have little to lose by trying again and lots to gain....we'll see!

Hope everyone has a wonderful Memorial weekend.  Let's all pray for good weather!

PEACE.....

Monday, May 11, 2015

Spring is popping out all over......


My sage....

The garden is going crazy.  I don't remember such a beautiful spring....that might explain all the pollen.  I've never seen so much "stuff" falling from the trees and my head definitely feels it.

This is the first time for this peony to bloom since I transplanted this from the old cemetery where most of my family is buried.....



I'm still planning on putting my house on the market.  I just hope that whomever buys it appreciates the work I've put into the yard.

We had such a nice Mother's Day at my daughter and son-in-law's house.  We had a big rain earlier but it cleared long enough to get in a few pictures.



We had such a wonderful day.....I so love the time I spend with them.

It's been a busy spring so far.  It seems there are just so many weeks to get so much done.  This week we have cousins visiting from California and they're coming to my house tomorrow night for dinner..
My sisters will be here and hopefully, my brother, who's not doing very well right now, and sister-in-law and my two cousins who we've been so close to even though they live far away.  We'll all sit around the table that our great grandfather made many, many years ago and enjoy talking about old and new times.  I feel so blessed to have such a big, loving family.

Feel so bad for all of you in the midst of the bad storms.....my thoughts and prayers are certainly with you.

Have a wonderful week!

Friday, April 24, 2015

It's Friday.........

I know....I've been so negligent.  Everyday I think this is the day I'll post and then I think, no, I'll wait until I snap a few photos and then another day goes by.  Anyway, this may not be a long post but wanted to let you know I was still kickin'!!!

Yesterday I worked at Leola's adding a few new things and kind of rearranging.  Loved the spinning wheel......
 



 
 
I've been concentrating on my primitives but I've having a really difficult time finding them.  ...
 
The herbs are coming to life in the garden.....love that!  I picked chives, oregano and thyme and with the help of locally grown spinach, local eggs and organic zucchini, I made an amazing frittata. 
 
 
 
We also celebrated my grandgirls 11th birthday.....how can that be!!!!!
 

 
Can't believe these girls are 11years old.
 
Allison's azaleas.....
 
 
Seems everything is blooming at the same time in the Ozarks. This is out my back door....
 

 
Hope everyone has a beautiful weekend.....so much going on......

Friday, April 3, 2015

Spring is my favorite......


It's been a beautiful day in the Ozarks.  Started out stormy but quickly turned into a sunny, 70 degree day.  Of course, what that generally means is storms move in which is the issue this evening.

 
And, yes, my feet got a little wet.....




Wish you could hear the sound.......
 
 
Everything is coming back and we've had lots of rain.  That usually means a good start for the garden.  One more chance for a frost this weekend and then I'm hoping we're ok to start gardening....at least the early crops.
 
 
 Have a wonderful Easter weekend......
 


Friday, March 20, 2015

Spring.....YEA.......


Happy first day of Spring!  It's Spring Open House weekend at Leola's and it's forecast to be the perfect weekend.....70 degrees and no rain!!!!  Everything is changing.  The trees all have big buds as do my lilac and forsythia bushes.  I LOVE SPRING!!!!


The finch are slowly turning gold....a sure sign...

Leola's looks absolutely amazing.  Everytime we do an open house I say it's never looked better but this time I feel certain it's true.  We have the most creative people with us....










 
This is the wool applique pillow that I made and my fabric covered eggs....
 

 
Hope it's beautiful wherever you live.  Have a wonderful weekend.


picture from Country Living