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

Friday, January 13, 2017

A little while back.......in July.........

I posted about this area where there is an archway.......
in a wonderful part of the grounds........
but very over grown

I spent a good part of last summer clearing the ground

and making decorative cement path stones

to create a floor for this space.  

Now the space if finished.......I also added a bench and a couple of chairs.........
great for a gathering to chat and to sip coffee. 

The floor is a mix match of cement path stones that I  decorated with rocks and pine cones gathered here on the grounds and a few decorative glass stones given to me by a friend. 
As fun as the path stones were to make.........they took a long time and a lot of work........and a lot of cement to make enough. 

I made several cement pumpkins......and used real pumpkin leaves from my patch as molds for the
large cement leaves in the photo above.

I also pressed real leaves into some of the cement stones.

I made a cement watering dish to encourage birds, lizards and any  wild creature to stop for  a drink

Since the  path stones are all different shapes.........there are gaps between them.......
which I filled with various rocks I picked up here and there on the grounds. 


It is a wonderful place with a wonderful view

and I often have company when I come to sit out in the early morning.....
where there is Sophie........there is usually always Homer. 


It is also a  wonderful place in the very late afternoon........


right before it gets dark and the moon is on the rise

Homer says it all in this photo doesn't he?  

How about you?  Do you have a special place in your garden......or porch.....
where  you like to spend the quiet of the day?
I would love to hear!

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

If you have been reading my blog for the past few years...........

you all pretty much know........Sophie by now.  She is my sweetest constant companion.  A little while back, Debra of Monnie Bean Folk Art blog asked me if she might copy this photo of Sophie so that she could later on paint it.  Which was fine with me.......

in the mail .........arrived this sweet little painting.........of Sophie! Didn't Debra catch her personality perfectly? Now this painting is hanging by the fireplace where we can always enjoy looking at it.
So first of all Debra, thank  you..........what a wonderful painting!
Next, I would like to tell you all .........Debra not only paints, she also makes sculptures, dolls, and wonderful folk art.  She tells me that with this painting of Sophie, she is launching a whole area to her painting..................painting portraits of people's pets!
You can visit Debra's blog at this link
and you can view more of her work at her Etsy shop
at this link
Please stop by to tell her hello!

Thursday, December 22, 2016

Winter Season Is Here!

Of winter’s lifeless world each tree
Now seems a perfect part;
Yet each one holds summer’s secret
Deep down within its heart.
Charles G. Stater

Monday, December 19, 2016

With this year quickly coming to an end

I find myself filled with  " hope" of what I can accomplish
in the new coming year. I always use the previous year as
a reference to what I did right..........or not so right.....
in just about every area of my life...........
especially when it comes to gardening and raising flowers.......or............
trying to tame a wild and ever growing area.
Some things I have learned to grow in the most uncommon places........
this large bed of zinnia flourished underneath and alongside
the crooked and bent mesquite trees that take over this land

Other areas I have cleared and enjoyed.......but am 
always struggling in just a few weeks to clear it all again........
it is very persistent in staying wild and un-manicured......
yet, I wear myself out trying to keep it the way I want
this area is a little into the mesquite woods........if it is clear where I can see where I am walking, 
I love to come out to this spot to just sit for a while

When we first moved out here so many years ago..........I was over joyed
with all of the acreage that I was going to cast flower seed on and let grow..........
I have learned that many things here.......although the ground is good for growing.......
fall victim to predators that dig up roots and eat the plants.......
and get destroyed by every kind of bug and flying insect there is........or get blown away by the wind
I have learned to make raised beds

blocked off from the wind.............and  I invest a small fortune for a lot of wire and fencing to 
keep these pests out. 

Some bulbs like daffodils, I can plant into the ground
and they come up each spring.......but other bulbs,
such as tulips, anemones, and freesias .........
I plant in raised beds or containers.
This fall I have planted over a 100 bulbs of the above mentioned
some in my flowerbed in front of my greenhouse

some in deep pots in an arrangement on the patio.
I am hoping that they all sprout and bloom at the same time......
but am pretty sure that they will sprout in their own separate time. 

My biggest project I am working for this coming spring........
is my new flower garden.  If you see the arrow in the photo........
that is where the antique archway was setting...........I placed it out there a couple of years ago.
But the lesson I learned.......I could not enjoy seeing it unless I was way out there.
Now I have dragged it up to a corner in the back yard (in the middle of the photo) where I can see it and walk through it
as I work in the country flower garden I am planning for it.
My Christmas present from my husband this year is a roll of antique fencing and the posts to place it 
around this new garden site.  I am still thinking on what kind of flowers to grow and where they will be placed.

 One more thing I am starting to work on.......are handmade items for my home.........
for every room.........but that is another story on my embroidery blog
if you would like to read it.......click onto this link

So tell me..........what have you learned in the years past???
What are your plans for the new year??


Thursday, December 8, 2016

The weather .........these past few days......seems that it cant make up it's mind


it blew hard winds

making homes disappear in the dirt from the cotton fields. 

On the same night..........the wind, itself disappeared ........
leaving a cold and crisp night to enjoy the Christmas lights in a 
neighboring city.

The next day was calm, sunny, but chilly........
with birds sunning on the iron horse fence poles
slightly puffed in the slight breeze..........


and the few lingering butterflies finding a sunny spot to rest

even Sophie was panting from the heat after one of our walks
and she and Homer found a warm spot to take a nap........


this morning we awoke to the season's first light snow..........
leaving the woods quiet .....as the birds huddled in shelter from the brisk cold

Taboo could not resist the comforting warmth of the fire as it crackled 

and the glow of a candle made the coffee table a perfect place for rest.
So........tell me.........are you under a blanket of snow...........
or are you still enjoying sunny days?
I would love to hear!

Monday, November 21, 2016

The days have still been pleasant enough to take long walks


and to see many creatures enjoying the 

warm sunshine.....
this spider is amazingly large.....
and to me..........looks like it stepped out of  a
Tim Burton movie.......don't you think? 
This is a Golden Orb Weaver and is not harmful. 


The last of my flowers........one is the ..Butterfly Weed........
is certainly living up to it's name

it is attracting many butterflies

as is the morning glory     

and Chrysanthemum 



and it is still warm enough to bring out what I am not fond of

these past few weeks rattlesnakes have been everywhere .......
on the patio, on the front porch, in my flower beds......at my shop steps

and a den was in our storage shed.  They certainly make me nervous.
Yet they have their own beauty.

Now......let me introduce you to my newest hobby adventure...........
Gus and Tex
(GUS)

I have been wanting to raise miniature chickens for a while. As you read in my last post
my old rooster died.  I have 3 regular size hens left .......
and now I have found these wonderful tiny roosters..........they are only 10 inches tall
They are Wheaten Old English Bantams 


(TEX)
I love they way they sound when they crow........almost like a squeak toy.
I bought these at a flea market........they are a year old.  The lady who was selling them did not have any hens left.............so she is supposed to have hens for me next month. 
Now Thanksgiving is upon us.  
Here's wishing you many wonderful things to be thankful for on your Thanksgiving day .......
and every day beyond that!
For each new morning with its light,
For rest and shelter of the night,
For health and food, for love and friends,
For everything Thy goodness sends.
Father in heaven, we thank Thee!
Ralph Waldo Emerson


Thursday, November 3, 2016

This old lunch belonged to my husband's grandfather

back in the 60's..........I am not sure how long he, himself used it..........
but I can tell you that it has been used every working day.......by my husband 
for the last 25 years. He has been offered new , larger, zip up type of lunch boxes......
but no........he has enjoyed this one

My husband loves the way I cook..........and he loves the left overs from the dinner's I make.
Those left overs would go into his lunch box for his next day's lunch at work.

I tried getting him to like "hot pockets" and frozen burritos..........but no
he wanted what he had the night before..........
and there would always be a buffet .........stuffed into this box
fried chicken, chicken fried steak, enchiladas, and so on..........
with all of the sides to each  main dish to go with it................plus dessert......such as pie and cake.
I used all sorts of containers and bags.............and carefully stacked and squeezed until 
the lunch box would almost not close.......
there would also be a container of tea, a plastic drinking cup, paper plate, napkins, and fork and knife.

Now.......the lunch box has not been used since the last of September.........
it is on a shelf........in retirement...........
my husband's workplace closed it's doors..........and now my husband
has a new life.........of early retirement.........
with no more lunches to carry to work.

For him at this moment...........it is odd to not be prepared to start
the day fast and hard to get work done
Lord knows........he has plenty to do here at home .........
and he is starting to enjoy the slower pace of life

for me...........it is a whole new chapter of our life together.
I have been used to living my life ...........alone......much of the time.........
and now..........it is like starting all over again......
getting to enjoy my husband's company at any time of the day!
I enjoy looking forward to each day of what we will do together.
A lot of home projects.........maybe some travel........
mostly......just enjoying.........
together.