"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, January 18, 2022

Something To Ponder On

 

Blessed are they who see beautiful things
in humble places
where other people see nothing. 
Camille Pissarro
Beautiful things don't ask for attention




Elegance is not about being noticed.
It's about being remembered.
Georgio Armani



Like wildflowers;
You must allow yourself to grow
in all the places people thought you never would 
Be your own kind of beautiful


Let us be grateful to the people who make us happy.
They are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom
Marcel Proust.







Sunday, January 2, 2022

A new year, A new January

 Happy New Year Everyone!

January arrived to us so different than just one year ago. The year's first day had 
a blue morning glory blooming on the fence and greeting Sophie and I on our
early morning walk. 
Last year found us knee deep in snow and in the middle of a snowball
fight with my grownup sons.  Snow has a magical way of bringing the kid
back to us all.........doesn't it? 
We have had such a wonderful long lasting 
fall.  Autumn and I have become such close friends and I am going to miss her dearly!
She left us with the most lovely sunset  before January made her arrival.
As much as I will miss fall, January is a good month to allow me to get much needed things done outside.
I was thrilled when I pulled my bulbs out of storage to find them healthy and
already sprouting....ready to be planted in their containers.
If you plant tulips, iris, daffodils, or other plants with bulbs, you can save the 
bulbs for the next fall planting. 
After your flowers have faded and the leaves turn brown and are ready to drop off, dig up your bulbs. 
Gently brush off any excess dirt.  I store my bulbs in Styrofoam egg cartons.
This keeps each bulb separated and allows them enough air.  You can choose what works best for you and you can research and find answers on the internet.
Store your bulbs in a cool, dry, dark, place.  I used a hallway top closet shelf.
When it is time to plant, your bulbs should be healthy and ready.
I plant my bulbs into galvanized pails and containers and place them into the greenhouse to ride the winter through.  I have to plant them this way to keep the bulbs safe from hungry bulb eating wildlife A shed is also a good place to store your bulbs if you choose containers over outside planting.  In getting my containers with the soil waiting and ready for planting,
I found a garden visitor who was thinking this would be a great winter home.  
I took it to the pond area where the other froggies stay.
 There is much more that needs to be done outside when the days are mild and warm, but for now, the chill of these January days finds me happier to stay inside with the comfort of a crackling fire, a comforting chair, and a sharp needle to stitch the hours away. Are there any outside
activities that you enjoy during January? What do you enjoy doing when you decide to stay inside? 
As I place a new calendar on the wall........I wonder.....who decided that this month  would be called........January??........and
if I really think about it.......too long.......January sounds like such an odd name.
Many of you already know where this name came from, but for those of you who do not, here is just a bit of history.
January was named for the Roman god Janus, known as the protector of gates and doorways who symbolize beginnings and endings with it's original Roman designation, Ianuarius, the Saxon term Wulf-monath (meaning "wolf month") and Charlemagne's designation Wintarmanoth ("winter / cold month").  Janus had two faces so he could see the future and the past. The Roman calendar originally began in March, and the months  of  January and February were added later, after a calendar reform.
The  birthstone for January is garnet. The word “garnet” comes from the 14th century Middle English word gernet, meaning “dark red.” The word is derived from Latin granatum, which means “seed,” and is called so because of the gemstone's resemblance to the red seeds of the pomegranate. As the birthstone for January, garnet is said to bring love, luck, health, loyalty and friendship to people who are born this month. It is also the gem that married people traditionally gift on their 2nd and 18th wedding anniversary.


 The January month birth flower is the Carnation & Snowdrop.  The reason and meanings of these flowers I have posted on my embroidery blog.  If you would like to visit .....here is the link
I hope this new year for you began with much goodness and peace and I hope it remains that way 
throughout the rest of the  year!


 




 




Saturday, December 11, 2021

The greeting cards have all be sent

the decorations, gift gathering, and planning are done.
As the days towards Christmas start winding down, 
so do the days that mark the end of another year.
While I did not get as much as I had hoped accomplished in this one year,
I can say I am happy with what I did accomplish and with what I have learned on what I do want to accomplish in the year to come. I am not one for resolutions....but I do have plans and hopes of what could be possible.
How about you?
The outside grounds are just now starting to die down for a long winters nap.  As much as I would like to stay inside and stitch by the fire during these days, these cold days allow me the opportunity to clear new garden spaces and to get" hard to manage" projects out of the way.  Simply because there is not 100 degree heat to try to tolerate and the rattlesnakes are a little less aggressive.  I feel a little bit safer working on a chilly day and I can get much more accomplished
I have the  reward of my needle waiting when I am through.
As the last days of this year pass one by one, 
here's wishing you joy, peace and contentment.
Have yourself a Merry Christmas!

So remember while December
Brings the only Christmas Day
In the year let there be Christmas
In the things we do and say
Wouldn't life be worth the living
Wouldn't dreams be coming true
If we kept the Christmas spirit
All the whole year through.
Author unknown, c.1962
visit my country cooking blog for the recipe for this  delicious chicken meal.
you can find the recipe at this link:




 











  






Friday, November 19, 2021

A Visitor

 

" Allow yourself time to appreciate the little things. 
 Because, of course, they really are not so little after all"
                                            Margaret B Moss

***Western Tiger Salamander 

Wednesday, November 3, 2021

As I sit outside on the pleasant early November days,


 I watch the leaves of the twisted mesquite trees, falling to the ground, drifting with the breeze.  These are small, long , narrow, leaves and in the early sunlight, it looks as if it is raining  golden raindrops. 

The woods and much of the trees are still green in color at this time of year..........yet, the ground is getting covered by the leaves that are turning gold and letting loose .........they know, it is time to go to sleep for the long cold days ahead. 
Amazingly, there are still butterflies and large fuzzy bumble bees lingering in and out of the  .......still blooming, remaining summer flowers......gathering what they can from the lovely petals that soon will be gone. 
In the,  what seems to be, slowing down time, it is actually a hurry up and get things done time.  With the daylight ending early, the outside matters need to be tended to.....from clearing garden spaces for late fall flower seed planting,  and bulb containers waiting for bulbs to be planted, to wrapping plastic housing around plants that stay outside of the greenhouse to endure the winter months. 
Inside, a quick survey and a list is to be made for things needed in the pantry and for the ingredients to make  meals for the upcoming holidays.  Even with a year of me knowing the holidays are coming........I am still in a rush mode when it gets down to just a few weeks left to be ready.  
In spite of the rush, these are pleasant days  to enjoy...........full of long walks, amazing morning skies, and calming golden sunsets.  
Tell me, are you busy getting outside things prepared for the cold days ahead?.......are you planning on fun gatherings around your holiday table?.......are you taking time to enjoy these pleasant and calm days?  
Here's wishing for you much pleasantness and peace these November days. 







Saturday, October 30, 2021

Wishing you a happy Halloween

 

Gnome and elf and fairy,
Witch and ghost make merry
On this last of dear October’s days.
Lettie C. Van Derveer, Halloween Happenings, 1921


Tuesday, October 5, 2021

The lovely days of October are here............

 and fall is taken over summer, yet,

here in Texas, it still feels like summer.

The days are sunny and most of the time in the 80s and low 90s.
The flowers in the garden are still as lovely as can be.

The morning glory is full and a beautiful blue

and the most beautiful creatures hide within it's leaves.
The rose moss is still cheery,
the zinnia is still showing off it's vibrant colors
They are such a happy flower it seems
The cosmos are the loveliest ever this year
The wild prairie aster that grows along the grounds, 
has chosen a section of the garden fence to grow.  
They are such a cheerful flower.
Nature knows that cold weather will soon be here 
and  many creatures have been discovered hiding underneath
any kind of covering on the ground.  It is a time 
that we have to be very careful and observant to avoid being 
bitten.  Thankfully this is a checkered garter snake.
A very shy and gentle creature.
And with October being a favorite time for the taste of pumpkin,
it is also a time for the warm wonderful flavorful dishes 
that apples can bring.  I have a recipe for a wonderful treat 
for just this time of year.   You can find it on my cooking blog  
at this link:  
Here's wishing you lovely and pleasant autumn days!