"Make it your ambition to lead a quiet life and attend to your own business and work with your hands........" 1 Thessalonians 4:11

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

I heard the sweet voice of a robin..............,

 High up in the maple tree,
      Joyously, singing his happy song
      To his feathered mate, in glee!...
If we could be like this tiny bird,
      Just living from day to day,
      Holding no bitterness in our hearts
      For those we meet on our way...
Gertrude Tooley Buckingham, 
"Heaven on Earth" (1940s)
Wishing you a happy day with birds singing! 

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

An elderly friend once told me that when it lightnings and sleets in February,

it is  sure to snow in April!
Early in the morning hours........it did just that,
 along with much needed rain.
Not sure if this..snow...... actually might happen........
but did you know....
Easter falls on April Fools  Day ( April 1st) this year??
It would not be good to get snow!

My bare bones garden at the moment, lies in frozen
wait......as I plan the plots and spaces for flowers......
and for this year a small variety of vegetables.  
The roses in the large back corner container are doing well,
even with sleet on them.  I pruned them a few days back
and new growth has already sprung forth!

I read on the internet, how to take rose cuttings

with potatoes......to make new rose bushes.  
So with the 
pruned stems,
I pushed each one into a potato, 

then planted that into a container/pot

Have you heard of this method?

I now have 8 hopeful new rose bushes

It showed to place a clear soda bottle over the stem,
however, I don't drink soda, so, I placed them into seal
plastic bags......leaving the seal slightly open to prevent mold,
and then placed the pots inside......in indirect light.
I so hope.......they will sprout!

You may also remember that I  posted on Wednesday, January 10, 2018
(link here    trees)
about the small Arbor Day trees and Bonsai trees I planted. 

The Arbor Day trees  are still in my shop, doing well,
and to my delight.......one of the Bonsai tree pots 
have sprouted!  I hope the remaining pots will do the same!
We had gotten so used to the days here being in the 60s and up into the high 70s
and today.........in the 30s
everyone is enjoying the comfort of their beds

and blankets.  
Tomorrow.......and the rest of the week.....
in the 50s, 60s and 70s.......
Have you sprouted any kind of flower using the potato method?
If so, how long did it take to grow roots and sprout leaves?
I cannot find this information anywhere.
How is the weather in your area.........is your garden calling to you?
I would love to hear!

Monday, February 5, 2018

A Farewell...........To 2 Kitty Cats

Zelda has been with us 15 years. The remaining survivor, 
out of the 4 in the litter, that we brought the first year
we were here at the farm.
She loved roaming the grounds.........but spent the last few years in the bedroom,
making it her domain.
She started getting very skinny, but still enjoyed playing and eating.
I had planned to  take her to our vet last week........but just before the day came,
she passed away in her sleep.

This whimsical creature is Ellie. I have been babysitting her
for our daughter, who had gone to  Afghanistan last March.
Now our daughter is home and is about to leave us to go on 
to her busy work.  She is taking Ellie home with her.
It has been such a joy to watch over this sweet cat.

Although it is early February and the grounds are stark 
and grey........the cheerful Italian Jasmine is blooming.

It starts blooming in January and brings such 
cheer to the quiet dull grounds.
There is a big bush in the front

and another at the side of my vintage shop.
I do have smaller bushes trying to survive in my archway garden
but the deer seem to love to nibble on them

I love to see these cheerful little flowers as Sophie and
I come back from our walk.
So tell me............if you have had a cat......
how long did you have it with you?
What is starting to bloom in your backyard?
I would love to hear!

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

My pity party is over......thanks to you , dear readers

your words  of encouragement.......I greatly appreciate! 
I now, once again, face the new days with enthusiasm and
I find joy in all that surrounds me. 

In  the mail, 12 young trees arrived  from the Arbor Day Foundation.
I love this organization because they send trees for my 
area, that I would never think to purchase or buy otherwise.
If you want a good start of trees, go give them a look!

In this group are 2 Sargent Crabapple, 3 American Redbud, 2 Washington Hawthorn,
3 White Flowering Dogwood, and 2 Crapemyrtle. 
Are any of you familiar with any of these types of trees or have raised any?
These trees were supposed to be placed in the ground  and kept for 1 to two years in a protected garden area and then transplanted to their permanent home.
However.......these are young twigs.......and if  left in the ground here at our home........
deer, rabbits and even rats will snap the twigs off .  I have had this happen to so many
trees I have tried to raise.  So this time.......I am going to experiment........
I have placed each one in a container with organic garden soil.........each is labeled.
I have them now in my shop to protect them from the outside......the shop is very cold at this time of year and the windows give just the right amount of light.......so the trees have a winter environment for now. 
When spring comes, I will move them to my greenhouse where they will
be out of reach from the critters and be able to grow in a nice environment. 
I do plan to plant them in larger containers as soon as the root systems get larger.
Hopefully I  will have little twigs with leaves soon to show you.

Also, before Christmas, my  daughter gave me a Bonsai
tree kit that has 3 different types of Bonsai trees to grow.

The first two weeks they are to stay in sealed bags in the window........
then they will move to the refrigerator for 4 to 6 weeks., then 
they are to be placed in a warm spot where they will hopefully
germinate. I  am unsure about these......but I do have hope.

I have also replaced my bent needle and am stitching the 
hours away when I am not in the garden.
I know a lot of you are facing terrible cold and 
even tragic mudslides and weather these days.
My hopes go out to you for warmer, brighter 
and  more peaceful days. 

Sunday, December 31, 2017

The eggs in my pocket have been cracked and the needle in my hand is bent.........

what started out as a routine trip into town ,
ended up with my car being ruined........
and for us in the car........
badly bruised and bent...........but  all able to walk away.
We have much to be thankful for. 
No other cars involved........just a sturdy tree on an embankment to challenge my car. 
Only 2 miles from our home........although it was a freezing day,
the roads appeared to be fine.
While my husband drove along, I was busy making out the grocery list............
our daughter.........home for a visit,  was in the back seat............
then..............one small patch of ice
and the car turns into a tilt a whirl ride.
Now the year is at it's end, and we try to get this behind us 
and  face the new year..............with new hope.
My spirit is as badly bruised as my face and ribs............for somewhere
in the spinning and smash......
my joy and enthusiasm was jolted out of me.  
but I will soon search for  fresh eggs to place in my pocket 
and I will place a new needle in my hand.........
and joy will once again return with it's enthusiasm. 
Life's lesson.........
seat belts really do save lives..........
and if it is icy outside.........everything can wait until it melts.
Wishing you a safe and blessed new year!

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Another year of wild creatures, seasons, planting and planning, has come to an end

and I find myself looking over at what has come to visit the grounds,
 and all I have told you about here and 
pondering on what I would like to do differently this coming year. 
Here is a glimpse back over the creatures and plants this past year 2017
a dear blogging friend created a painting of our sweet Sophie

I found Homer ( who had been dumped on us) 
a great home with a local veterinarian 

Homer's 8 kittens arrived in march, and somehow,
I was able to find homes for the mother and all kittens

our damaged meadow has restored itself and the wildflowers
were beautiful!

the yellow headed blackbirds made their  annual visit
Three small owls stayed in our front yard tree for weeks

the tough horned toad helped get rid of ants

Gertrude got a new dress 

a hot and tired hawk  came to rest his feet in the bird bath

a very dear aunt filled our home with music and happiness

I showed a bit of my vintage kitchen

I gathered the last of my tomatoes on the vine

As I put the Christmas tree away, I am already focusing my 
attention on garden books, garden catalogs, and spaces outside
where I want to try to grow vegetables and flowers this 
next coming year.............
Tell me, what have you accomplished this year in your gardens?
What are your dreams and plans for the new year?
Lord, as the New Year dawns today,
      Help me to put my faults away.
      Let me be big in little things;
      Grant me the joy which friendship brings;
      Keep me from selfishness and spite,
      Let me be wise to what is right.
A Happy New Year! grant that I
      May cause no tear to any eye.
      When this new year in time shall end,
      Let it be said: "I've played the friend,
      Have lived and loved and labored here
      And made of it a happy year."
Edgar Guest (1881–1959), "Prayer for the New Year
Wishing you a very blessed new year!

Friday, December 22, 2017

Merry Christmas!

Christmas is forever, not for just one day,
for loving, sharing, giving, are not to put away
like bells and lights and tinsel, in some box upon a shelf.
The good you do for others is good you do yourself.
Peace on Earth, good will to men,
kind thoughts and words of cheer,
are things we should use often
and not just once a year.
Remember too the Christ-child, grew up to be a man;
to hide him in a cradle, is not our dear Lord’s plan.
So keep the Christmas spirit, share it with others far and near,
from week to week and month to month, throughout the entire year!
~Norman Wesley Brooks (1923–2002), “Let Every Day Be Christmas,” 1976