"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, 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!











 




Sunday, September 26, 2021

From my garden.................

Flowers are the music of the ground,
From Earth's lips
Spoken without  sound
Edwin Curran


 

Wednesday, September 15, 2021

I'll tell you how the Sun rose –A Ribbon at a time....Emily Dickinson, c.1860

 

Slow buds the pink dawn like a rose
From out night's gray and cloudy sheath;
Softly and still it grows and grows,
Petal by petal, leaf by leaf...
Susan Coolidge, "The Morning Comes Before The Sun"


Wednesday, September 1, 2021

Suddenly it is September.................

 

and summer is almost at an end. I love and look forward to 
the arrival of fall, yet, I still feel a bit of sadness to see 
the time pass so quickly.  Now is the time that I start to gather 
the seeds from the flowers that are growing in the gardens.
I paint each particular flower or fruit onto an envelope and place in 
the seeds to be used for next year's planting.  I have plenty of seed
to send to friends and loved ones as well.
You may wonder about the "moon flower" packet for seed?
This is a moon flower in our back yard. It is also known as 
Jimson weed. 
It blooms large white trumpet flowers that are beautifully
fragrant and it only blooms in the very late afternoon and
through the night.

 
The days are still very hot but grow shorter.  The Monarch butterflies
and various migrating birds have made their way here,
stopping to rest, to get a bite to eat, and then in just 
a few days they hurry on their way to wherever it is they are going.
It seems that after Labor day the young people head back to school,
the working folk settle back into their jobs, and the
shores of lakes and beaches are quiet and lonely looking
as everyone has left to get back to"busy" with their
lives. Mornings here begin with a coolness and I am 
lured to just "sit" outside for a bit until the morning sun
burns the chill away.  Soon it will be chilly enough in the
evenings to linger out by a crackling fire to watch the setting sun
end the day.
Here's wishing you pleasant mornings and afternoons of 
these last summer days. 







Sunday, August 1, 2021

It's funny how one does not realize how quiet a house can be............

 

the ticking of the old mantle clock ticks on, 
the sun glows through the window each early morning and late afternoon,
the wild birds and the wind can be heard from outside, 
yet, it is just the normal sound that one is accustomed to ............
and then..........something changes...............
(my little nieces) 
the wonderful sound of little ones...........laughing,
crying, yelling, running, and squealing,
 the sound of dishes and silverware clinking among the
 talk and laughter of loved ones, seated together over a meal, 
and it all turns an ordinary day and a very quiet house
 into a magical time.
Everything  that was once slow and usual.....
turns into a burst of a happy and 
memory filled time........one that 
will be looked back on and remembered for years to come.
Now, our little group has gone..........returning to 
their home and hurried lives.........
and now our house seems so very, very, quiet............
more than it ever seemed before. 
I long for a time again, when soon,  these same 
sweet sounds fill our house and hearts with such happiness! 
It was the perfect way to end the month of July.




Wednesday, July 21, 2021

I had told myself, long before the chill of February had passed,

 

that I was not going to plant one seed or one blossoming plant from 
the nearby nursery in the upcoming spring and summer season.
The reason you may ask?............
For years I always have dreams of blossoming flowers, gigantic pumpkins, 
maybe a few cucumbers, onions, and tomatoes...........
each year I scrape, dig, plant, water, and drag a heavy water hose around...........
only to be beaten by a harsh climate with sun that bakes the land into
a brick,  along with tough hardy insects and ground squirrels.........who I know, 
watch with great intent and  happiness as I plant..........and then go
and eat everything I have managed to get to sprout.
I decided that I would be content to linger inside this sunny season and 
to simply stitch the hours away , letting my needle create the lovely and vibrant
flowers I have always dreamed of growing. 
However, there is just something about the fresh, warm, soil in spring
that reaches out to me as if to say "come........work with me"
And before I know it, I have the knees of my jeans dirt packed and
my arms and shoulders a shade darker than my face........
as I dig, scrape, pull weeds and push seeds into the ground ..........
with hope.
and now........how delighted I am  to try one more time.
With the recent rains and my constant looking over, the flowers are 
the prettiest I could have hoped for.
I decided to outsmart the ground squirrels by planting my pumpkins
in a large raised container, hoping they will dip down into the 
ground to produce pumpkins,
so far, it looks as if my plan just might work.
Now, here in July, where my garden once looked like this,
it now looks like this.
there are many flowers in the garden that cant be seen
from a distance
there are 4 o'clocks in varied colors
moss rose ( portulaca) ......growing everywhere
groups of happy daisies
Mexican petunia
and a mixture of morning glory, cosmos, zinnia and prairie aster.
The cosmos and zinnia I planted late and will be taller and 
blooming by late August.
among the flowers are lizards and little toads, who 
seem to always have a happy smile
and there is always a gathering of lovely butterflies

my dry garden that holds my cactus collection has a tranquil
little Buddha 
who looks as if he is happy to sit in the garden in peace.
That is how I now feel this year with my garden spaces.  
It goes back to the saying:
"If at first you don't succeed, try, try, again"
I am delighted that I did try..........just one more time.
How about you?
Have you tried over and over to grow something and feel 
like you are losing the battle with weeds, garden pests, or 
climate? 
What have you been most successful with? 
I would love to hear!



 










 





















 

Thursday, June 24, 2021

Spring has slipped into summer

 and the days are filled with extreme heat.

As I grumble and whine about how hard it is to just take a stroll.......

looking like a melted , wind blown mess, 

everything stands tall and lovely in it's

 vibrant color
and it all seems to sing a happy song of summer.
Making me glad that I take the time........to melt.....
and to see it's beauty.
every creature finds it's own place of comfort 
and carries on with it's daily life
and I stop to wonder...........how do 
they not just wither and crisp up in this
harshness??
In all of their simple existence.........
they make me see how lovely each day can be
whether rain or shine.
Here's wishing you pleasant days with lovely things to see!
Visit my cooking blog for this wonderful sweet roll recipe 
at this link. 

















Monday, May 24, 2021

The early morning air is still cool............


but there is now a fragrance in the blowing breeze, coming from the fields and road sides 
that are covered in vibrant, multi-colored wildflowers. 
As the day warms up, the fragrance gets stronger.........
it is May.
Recent, welcoming, rains have brought life to the grounds and to the surrounding 
woods. The mesquite trees, which were ragged and bare just a few weeks ago,
are now fully dressed in their vibrant green leaves.  The woods look dark
and cool with all of this greenery.  

At this time the mesquites are covered in blooms which look much 
like fat, yellow caterpillars.  They are soft as such, and have a sweet fragrance.
The large cactus bushes that I selected to remain for my dry garden
are in bloom, 

They have large cabbage style flowers in vibrant yellow with
rose colored buds. They are at their prettiest this time of  year.
The month of May has awakened not only the flowers and plants,
but rabbits are selecting their hiding places for their nests of
warm tiny bunnies,
and the  same kind of wild bird, with the long beak and vibrant orange
eyes, has come back to build a nest  in the old metal tub 
that hangs on the wall of my vintage dishware shop. 


No matter how much activity is happening in and around the shop, 
it feels perfectly at home. 
Speaking of my shop...........
I have spent these past weeks working at rearranging 
shelves of vintage dishes and glassware for display.
I also painted and designed the floor. I hope to 
open to the public for sales, now that the virus has
seemed to be calmed down.  I have a tour of my shop
if you would like to see on my embroidery blog. You can visit by clicking onto
this link     Yesteryear Embroideries


I want to thank you all for still checking and leaving comments......
asking about how our son Zack is doing.  He is doing very well. 
He is back at his work and feeling like his normal self. 
He has been very humbled in knowing how many of  you have asked about him
and have prayed for him........he and I both say 
"thank you" 

May is also the start of "stormy season"
Sometimes the clouds give the sense of 
hope and relief of welcoming rain...........
sometimes they give the sense of dread
of hail and high wind coming.
Here's wishing for you....... pleasant weather and with pretty things
growing in your backyard.