"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, March 9, 2020

I stepped out at 7:30 in the morning to see a full moon??

I was in absolute awe........to see such a gigantic moon.....
so late in the morning, situated in the west morning sky right above the workings of a substation. 

This is the full moon of March, called the Worm Moon, , which will occur in the eastern U.S. during the afternoon hours of March 9, about 13 hours before reaching perigee, the nearest point from Earth in its orbit. This will create a "supermoon," a full moon that appears slightly larger than average.

The moon will look full to the eye on both March 8 and March 9, 2020. The crest of the full moon falls on March 9 at 17:48 UTC (1:48 p.m. Eastern; 12:48 p.m. Central; translate UTC to your time). In North America, we call the March full moon the Worm Moon, Crow Moon or Sap Moon. This 2020 March full moon presents the first of three straight full moon supermoons. Overall, the full moon of March 9 is 2020’s second-closest full moon.
I felt so excited to be able to witness such a beautiful wonder!

It seems that everyday , here on the grounds, there is something "in wait"
to surprise and delight me, and I feel blessed. Even though this is a predator, this red tail hawk was 
just a beautiful giant in the tree of the front yard the other day.  I am always surprised to see how large some of these birds can actually be.

This is the time of year that the fragrant stock flower is showing off
it's beautiful blossoms. I always look for their blooms in anticipation for warm 
spring days to soon follow.

Sophie is always my constant companion.....witnessing all of the wonder
and beauty as we walk along. Although I have no real idea about what she 
is thinking.........I really think she loves the gifts of nature as much as I do.

There are other "gifts of nature" that I absolutely love.
I have collected seashells since I was a teen and have kept collecting through the years. 
Some of the best collected shells are from our family trips to the beach with our children when they 
were small.
I came upon this large box of seashells on the bottom dusty shelf,  in a garage at an 
estate sale.  The sales lady offered the whole box to me 
for just a handful of dollars.

There were so many piled in the box......some still full of beach sand. 
My task began with cleaning and then sorting the many different varieties,

 all along, wondering who the people were who gathered all of these beauties, and wondering
at what place were they found . Did they go to Florida each year?  or take a few days down to Corpus Christie or Galveston?
After sorting, I researched and labeled the different types of shell,
and I counted them all up..........  1,174 seashells in all. 

 Many of the odd and prettier shells I placed in  
 vintage jars and glass containers from my shop

and displayed them along with my collections that were gathered
by me and my little family on those wonderful beach trips of long ago.

With the abundance of rain that has staggered through the days,
I have not been able to do much outside work.........the dreaded overgrown  
cactus patch is still waiting for me.  
I have kept my hands busy making things
from strips of old flannel shirts.  "Wear it out, use it up, make it do" has always been a motto
to live by.  
You can read about the things I am currently creating on my 
embroidery blog at this link

I also managed to finish decorating the old vintage 
dollhouse that I found at an estate sale years ago

but as I have been told by many, dollhouse work is never 
really done.  That is true.......

And just as Sophie is my outside companion...........
I have an inside companion Taboo.  Who I think ,likes
the title of "creative supervisor" .
He constantly looks through my threads, fibers, and fabrics. And is
constantly perched above me on shelves or the couch, watching every 
stitch I make.  
In the photo above, he is inspecting the fabric of my latest project.
Life is good to have such sweet help and companions!
Here's wishing the same for you!

Sunday, February 16, 2020

Many of us have had the joy

of either receiving....or giving...... a bouquet of fresh flowers.  
To me......flowers just seem to say "hello, have a cheery day!"

and they are even more beautiful placed in a vintage vase.

But do you ponder on the meaning of the flower itself and the color?

The symbolic language of flowers has been recognized for centuries in many countries throughout Europe and Asia. For example, red roses mean "love" or " I love you"

For me.......I love any color and any kind of flower that anyone gives to me.  I never think of what the meaning might be when I am given a gift of beautiful blossoms.

When I pick out flowers for someone........I don't think of what the color means......

I think about what the favorite flower and the favorite color is of the person 

I am giving the flowers to. 

But it is a very interesting and wonderful history to read on this link about the 

In a previous post, I asked if any of  you would know what the flowers could 
be that are growing in my greenhouse. 

I had many wonderful answers.........however, 
the flowers bloomed.........and I realized that they
are a flower that I know. 

They are "Stock" flower.........just like the ones that 
a dear friend ( Bell)  gave me years ago.  Why I did not 
recognize the leaves....surprises me.......but the second I saw the blooms
and then smelt the fragrance......I had my aw ha moment. These
are in a lavender color, where as Bell's are in a dark purple. 
And now it all makes sense as to why these flowers grew so strong and 
healthy during the summer without blooming and are now blooming in February..........
so representative of the Stock flower.  I will soon be transplanting 
these to the outside grounds. 

The daffodils under the back yard tree have sprouted up
and I am looking forward to their cheery yellow blossoms.
So tell me..........what is your favorite flower and color of flower?
What is sprouting in your back yard?
I would love to hear!

Wednesday, February 5, 2020

A little over 9" and still snowing

The latest winter storm, blew through our state late last night 
and snowed through the wee hours of morning. I am 
enjoying watching it still falling as I write this.

The trees and woods take on a whole new beauty when the snow 
is as deep as this.

However......pretty as it may be, it is not as 
welcome to Sophie.

She had to walk in my tracks behind me this morning
because the snow was so deep it went all the way up
to her belly........she was not happy about this at all.  

I would invite you to sit out with me with a cup of morning coffee
but the patio seats seem to be a bit occupied! 
This will all be gone in just one more day.  Temps will
rise back up into the 60s.  But for now.......
I am just going to enjoy this moment.
How about you?  Are you under a blanket of snow?

Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Always let your inner light shine

By doing so, you not only light a path for  yourself,
but also light a way for others.
 Donald L. Hicks

Thursday, January 9, 2020

A pretty day to sit on the front porch

Most of the time, I find myself sitting out on the back
patio because of the welcoming morning sun.
But there are pretty winter days and afternoons
where the front porch is a haven.

The woods surround the viewing area from the side

and all around the front.  It is quiet and peaceful
A great place to read a book,  work a few stitches,
or to just sit in silence and enjoy.

On the front of the porch the Pyracantha
is full of orange/red berries

On the side of the porch, the Yaupon Holly is full 
of red berries. 

"Come sit on the porch with me
the drinks are cold and
the friendship's free"