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

Monday, July 8, 2019

The summer night......

is like a perfection of thought. 
Wallace Stevens


Saturday, June 29, 2019

Hot summer days are here.............

and I have only worked in my garden in the early morning are very late afternoon.
Every plant looks fresh and happy in the early morning

and everything has blooms..........
but by mid afternoon
every plant looks wilted and tired. 
The heat has been up to the 100s on some days........
yet, every thing seems to survive it all
I have even been able to enjoy a plate or two of fried green 
tomatoes from my tomato vine!  No one else in my family cares for fried green tomatoes...........for me there is nothing better......
don't  you agree? 

My little group of tiny chickens......seem to not mind the heat as much.
They have plenty water and shade..........
yet, I am still surprised at how they enjoy running and chasing after bugs and such
when the days are so hot and muggy. 
So when the heat is just too unbearable, I spend my time with my needle.
I finally finished a luncheon cloth and napkin set that I have been working on for months.
I designed it to match some of my vintage dishware in my shop.
You can see more photos and read about this on my embroidery blog at this link

I also went through some old recipes and decided to make a 30 Day Friendship 
Fruitcake..........yes, it does take 30 days...........but so worth the effort! 
To get the recipe and to read the story about this cake you can visit my cooking blog at this link
So how is the temperature in your back yard?  Are  you growing a garden or creating something with your hands? I would love to hear!

Monday, June 17, 2019

There is something in the nature of silence which affects me deeply.......

Why it is I know not; but I do know that I love to be alone at such an hour as this. I love to forget the outward world and hold communion with the beings of the mind. 
Charles Lanman, "Musings," 1840


Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Early one morning, while outside,

enjoying the quietness and beauty...............
I watched, with intrigue, a rabbit........
dashing, back and forth, with something
in it's mouth

I quietly got closer and could see it was gathering strings of weed and grass.



Mouthful after mouthful, several times, until it finally stopped
over the place it was carrying the assortment.

Later in the day, I quietly snuck up to the place where the rabbit
had been placing the weeds, to discover a small nest
it had made for itself underneath a group of wildflowers. 

Weeks have passed, and yesterday I went once again, to check
and was wonderfully surprised to see a nest of baby rabbits.

A couple of weeks ago, we had non stop harsh 
wind and dirt blowing for days. 

The dirt covered everything in sight and it took me 
days to rinse it all off.   Just something that 
is a "normal" here in Texas.
We have been getting an unusual amount of rain now, 
and the change from dirt to moisture is wonderful.

I have decided to try container gardening this year. 
So far, the containers have proven less work with weeding 
and less attacks from pests.
Although at the moment, my garden looks pretty slim, 
If you look a little closer.........
you will find, .............


There are cucumbers, 

okra,

carrots,

tomatoes, 

which,  are already showing much goodness!

The lemon trees are starting to produce lemons.

I also planted gourds in a container to run up along the fence. 

The only thing I have in the ground is pumpkins.

My little pomegranate tree/bush is starting to leaf out well. 

My garden is in the far corner of the back yard and close enough to where 
I can happily
sit out and look upon it

Across from it is my greenhouse,

and to the side ,is the wonderful wild woods.

One of the pretty flowers that is currently blooming ,is 
the lantana bush.  I love it's clusters of pink and yellow flowers. 

This year I have a few that have grown up and done well. 
One in the back patio,

one in the front of the greenhouse, 

and one in the side greenhouse garden, 

and one very large one out in the front entry way. 
and all over the grounds.............where there is still remaining paddle cactus,
the blooms are brilliant in the bright sunshine........
June is here.........
It is the month of June, 
The month of leaves and roses, 
When pleasant sights salute the eyes 
and pleasant scents the noses.
Nathaniel Parker Willis

Wishing you calm and happy days !

Friday, May 17, 2019

If anyone were to look for me these days.............they won't find me instantly answering email or phone calls.......

much of my time has been spent.....outside.
 I have spent so many early morning hours walking........
where I get lost on all of the acreage, completely losing track of time.  Right now
the prairie meadow, the woods floor, and the surrounding grounds, are covered in white and yellow daisies,

and other colorful wildflowers. 

I do have a small container garden sprouting......
but the flowers are capturing my attention the most.
I am completely in bliss as I gaze at just how many white daisies there are!

of course,, where there are wildflowers.......
there are lovely butterflies

by the hundreds.  
Out of all of the years we have been here,
this is the year with the most flowers and butterflies that
we have ever seen! They dot the entire landscape. 

It is also the time of other small creatures.  There was a heavy dew on the 
grounds the other morning and I was awe stricken with the sight
of hundreds of spider webs.......
(one would never have known they were there, if not for the dew.)
They were all over the yard, 

all through the woods.........

and in every nook and cranny there was!

The roly poly rain frogs are enjoying this 
over abundant bounty

as well as the lizards.

And of all things..........this mole somehow found it's 
way into our living room.  My cat, Taboo,  spied it and was holding it hostage
underneath a teddy bear that belongs to our dog Sophie.
I scooped it up

and took it out to the woods. Such a whimsical looking
creature, don't  you think so?

This is also the time for the many song birds to make their nests.
I love spending as much time as I can out where all of this 
beauty lies.  I am delighted to find a new type of flower, or 
creature, each time I step outside. 

So tell me.............what is blooming and creeping around
in your backyard? 
Are you spending much of your day inside........or outside?
 I would love to hear!