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

Sunday, September 4, 2022

Storm clouds gather

and drop welcoming rain these last few hot summer days. It is amazing how many things the fresh rain can bring forth.
Mushrooms have popped up everywhere throughout the woods,
and on our walks, Taboo and I have met the most curious creatures
A lot of volunteer moon flower sprouted in one flower garden this early spring.  I transplanted 15 of these young plants.....to mostly underneath the large twisted mesquite trees all along the yard. 
They are now all beginning to bloom their large fragrant white blossoms just before night falls.  Hopefully the seeds will replant and the moon flower will all come up next year in the same spaces. 
 Many flowers are in vibrant bloom, 

while some have faded and now it is time to gather seeds and pretty petals.
Do you save and dry special bouquets or clippings from your gardens?
 I save the colorful petals of flowers and seeds when the flowers start to fade and place them in old jars or bottles.
The jars of petals and the bottles of seeds are a cheerful reminder of the season that has  passed and gives hope to think upon the planting season to come. 

It is at this time for my thoughts to gather.....sometimes, overwhelmingly, upon the upcoming holidays.  I think of the recipes and ingredients to gather, the plans, the loved ones and all of the memories.......soon to be gathered .....for now
It's September



 



  








 










 

Monday, August 8, 2022

Tuesday, June 28, 2022

Rain has come to our dry patch of heaven

 

making the air and the grounds refreshed.
Our little great niece, Taylee, has been praying for God
to send us rain........she is delighted to hear her prayers were answered,
and so are we.
The Black Witch Moth has come to our home, stopping for a short while from 
it's long journey to rest.

The same curious little lizard watches as I tend to the porch 
flowers.......we have gotten so used to each other that I have named
it Piccalo Drago (little dragon in Italian).
These characters showed up , there was a group of 5............
upon seeing them, I searched the grounds for any lifeless thing,
but found nothing.  I suppose they were taking a break from their
search this day.
The flowers are starting to introduce themselves to me, the bees, and the 
butterflies

and the days come and go in a quiet bliss, for which we
are always thankful.  How are things in your backyard?
What kind of visitors do you have?  What is popping up
in your grounds?  I would love to hear!

 









 








Tuesday, May 17, 2022

New Visitors

 

The trees in the woods have all leafed out in their best dresses of green and they sway in the hot blowing wind that has come to us during this time in May. It is 102 today.  At this time, the air has a sweet fragrance of honey from the mesquite tree blossoms. 

 We have gone months with no rain........yet, we are used to this......we have lived in this climate all of our lives.  Through the dry and the heat ,  the trees, wild flowers , and prairie come to life, showing off their colors of green, pink, yellow, purple.
The wildlife have also started coming to the grounds in search of water more than for something to nibble on.  I give up my comfy cool spot where I sew in the late afternoon, and get brave enough to go outside to drag the heavy water hose around to my flower gardens and to fill water trays for the wild birds and wild creatures to drink. 
I startled a coachwhip snake the other afternoon and it slithered up a tree, eyeing me as I watered the ground beneath it.  It was patient enough for me to take photo after photo........
but just as anyone else would be of constant pestering .......it's patience ran out and as you can see from this photo........it was time to turn off the camera and to say goodbye.
Another visitor has started coming into the yard, just before sundown.  One that we really do not want to stay because of it's temperament.  Wild hogs are mean and destructive and usually run in large packs.
This hog however has been alone each time we see it.....only wanting to eat the remaining feed off of the ground and to enjoy a drink of water.  
My husband has already scared it away 2 times.........hopefully it will stay away.



I still work in my "dry garden" and many of the round devil's claw cactus I dug up and transplanted have done so well and the garden is slowly starting to take form.

. One side of the garden path has cactus, and
 on the other side of the path, I have cement pumpkins and leaves that I made one year from my pumpkin patch
My husband made a bottle tree to add color to the dry garden.  It is so pretty in the late afternoon when the sun shines through the bottles.
Since I am working on this space by myself and with my hands,
the work and the garden will take a long time to ever complete the way
I have it pictured in my head.  But most importantly,
I am enjoying the process no matter how long it takes.
The only type of cactus I enjoy growing is the round "pincushion"devil's claw.
It is easy to handle and blooms beautifully.
Many of the cacti are in large containers.  They grow better and are safe from rats.  
This one devil's claw I have grown for 6 years. I dug it up when it was only about 2 inches round, now it is 8 inches round and lovely.

I gathered seeds from this cactus last year and planted the seed in a garden container.  Many of the seeds have sprouted and are now growing into little cacti.  It takes a long time for them to grow big and round. They start out tall and skinny,
and then start forming a round ball.
At this time are you  enjoying working out in your gardens or watching the wildlife that come to visit you?  Perhaps you are just enjoying staying in the shade or the cool of your home?
I hope this finds that no matter where you are, that  you are having pleasant weather and pleasant days.


 









 











Friday, April 15, 2022

Spring time, Easter time

 

We, thankfully, did not get the snow this April from the old wives tale
I mentioned in a previous post. 
The mesquite trees have signaled that cold weather is gone by their putting on their leaves. 
A true sign here in Texas that winter days are over.
We are desperately dry and have not had rain in months. But the plants that
I have in containers are blooming .
All of the cactus in my collection are starting to bloom
and the little geranium on the porch is starting to look pretty.
In the greenhouse pumpkin, squash, watermelon, and cantaloupe
have sprouted and are growing strong, and hopefully 
will be able to transplant to the garden later.
Easter is here and I hope this finds that you are having lovely 
spring weather as you prepare for a happy Easter 
celebration with family and friends. 
Here's wishing you all a happy Easter weekend! 











Sunday, March 27, 2022

SPRING

 

It is spring! 
A spot of sun casts it's warmth on a portion of the bed and Taboo has
made this spot just right for a good nap, soaking in as much of the warm comfort as he can.
He opens his eyes just long enough, allowing me to take a photo, then closes them again for 
much of the remainder of the chilly morning. 
Outside the wind is already howling as it carries the dust and dirt from the 
neighboring fields across the prairie pastures.  As quiet as March arrived, it seems it
wants to roar as it leaves.
I have changed my mind about closing my embroidery blog, Yesteryear Embroideries
 and thank you to so many who emailed to encourage me to change my mind. 
I am delighted that you enjoy looking at the things I post there.  So if you
go back to visit, you will see a new post on some of the things I have been busy
creating. 

There have been a lot of deer showing up in the yard just before the sun
ends the day.  They come for a drink of water and to eat the remaining seed
that the wild birds have left in the feeder.
We finally managed to get a dumpster service at our house.
It has been great to have someone come to pick up the trash that
we no longer have to take to a dump. 
However, this has created another problem.
Two times now, we have discovered a raccoon has
gotten into the dumpster, but cannot get out.
We have had to tip the dumpster over, which is not 
an easy feat, and then have to encourage the raccoon to get out.
Each time, they are glad to run away. Now we have to strap down
the lids of the dumpster to prevent them from getting into there again.

Spring is showing up in the blossoms of plants here and there.
The Italian Jasmine usually blooms in January, but
because of the severe drought we are facing, it is just now 
blooming. It is such a cheery plant!
I made a chicken pie for our dinner and decided to take some extra
time to decorate the top.  Do you ever do this?
Has spring started springing up in your back yard?
I hope this finds you are having pretty days and 
warm spring weather!