In The Middle

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Around the House

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Beautiful begonia!  This one was new this year, it’s a double begonia and it really looks like velvet to the naked eye.

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Light filtering bamboo-look blinds.  Best investment I’ve ever made for our huge, east facing window.  Bed, Bath & Beyond, thank you for making these affordable.

 100_3845Flower pot covered with stuff from my mom’s beach.  I’d had these in the garage and forgotten about them until they reappeared when we had our sale.  I covered one with ocean rocks and coral and the other with shells, above. 

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 The lavendar outside our front door is digging this weather.  What a calming scent as you hit the front door.  The mailman digs it.  I feel like I planted it just for him as our dog goes nutso every time he approaches the front steps.

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Someone, has been chewing on my clematis.

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This rosebush is around 100 years old.  We moved it from underneath a shade tree two years ago to a sunny location.  It’s almost 7 feet tall now, is weighting down the trellis and is covered with 1,000 buds now.  

While I was recently in St. Louis shopping at an Italian market, I spotted this little beverage 6-pack of pear nectar in glass bottles.  The brand was called yoga.  Of course, I picked it up and the packaging pretty much sucked, so one fell out, busted all over the floor and splashed my left foot with sticky pear juice.  I was wearing cloth slides and was as dressed up as I get for dinner when this happened.  Nothing like pear toes and sticky shoes!  I had planned on buying the drink anyways, but they insisted I grab a full pack.  Scared to death it would happen again, I carefully grabbed a complete package.  On our way to the check out, I spotted a bottle of wine with the label, Oops!  I died laughing.  They also had a bottle called Mommy’s Time Out, too funny!  The pear nectar is really good and the bottles that say “yoga” are now holding clippings of this rose bush at the studio. 

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One of the most beautiful colored lilies I’ve ever seen.  Somewhat battered by the rain from yesterday, but still amazing.

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Gazing into my future.  My old ball, was shattered by a rock from the mower.  It was way cooler than this one.  I know, we need to seriously power wash the house.  Maybe if we wait long enough, an image of Jesus will appear.

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This little guy was marked way down, because he’s all pocked up.  I thought he was still cool.  He’s guarded the garden for three years now and he hasn’t changed a bit.  He’s sitting atop a big rock, that measures 24″x18″x4″ it weighs a ton.  I know, we carried it home from a day outing.

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Subwoffer Buddha…….have a gorgeous day!


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How Does Your Garden Grow?

north-side-3This will be the third year we’ve planted a garden.  Not a flower garden, but a food garden.  I have a few flower gardens.  The one pictured at left is from the year before last.  My blog header, is actually one of my gardens as well.  This garden is on the north side of our house and it’s in the shade.  That called for lots of hostas, perennial begonias, ferns, lilies and impatiens.  I can do flowers, I can.  The veggie thing is somewhat new to me!  The first year we planted a food garden, the squirrels literally ate everything.  I mean all of it.  We have lots of walnut trees, so we have lots of squirrels.  They ate the tops off of the sweet potatoes, they ate the green tomatoes, they destroyed the garden.  Last year we planted peppers between each tomato plant and guess what?  We got maters, that’s what! 

So tip number one.  Plant peppers, any peppers between each tomato plant to deter any critters.  This would’ve been nice to know, especially after I spent god knows what on different repellents!  We also have several mature trees in our yard which I adore, so this makes some serious shade near our garden.  I found by trial and error that leafy greens do really well in partial shade.  Corn on the other hand, sucked.  It needs sun!!  But we harvested some micro-corn last year and it was tasty, but small.

So this afternoon I planted 10 hybrid tomato plants, 10 asparagus crowns (that’s a new one for us), a bunch of yellow, sweet onions, snap peas (yum), some arugula and a row of broccoli.  The strawberries from last year have taken up another row and that’s a good thing.  I will have a hybrid of Jewel and Whopper strawberries this year!  Tip number two.  Buy some cheap netting and cover them up because the birds will eat them before you get out of bed in the morning!

Tip number three.  A good friend told me to get a couple of tires and stack them.  Fill them with mulch and plant potatoes in them, instant potato garden.  I have not tried this yet, but we intend to.  We can put the tires in any sunny spot in the yard this way!

Tomorrow I buy the pepper plants and get them in the ground.  Hopefully.  Our weather has been pretty much hit and miss for any yard work here lately, that’s for sure!  How does your garden grow?


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Flowers in Florida

Every time we have cold, snowy weather here in Missouri (like today) my parents send me photos like this-

Just a little bouquet they picked from their yard resting at pool side.

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Or this beautiful, ruffled, yellow hibiscus from out front. flower-3

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Then, they top off the e-mail by letting me know they will be taking a trip to Peru this Spring. 

They’re going with a personal tour guide and will be imitating this itinerary.

You have no idea how envious I am.  Peru is my dream trip, and someday I will get there.

Enjoy!


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Wishing

moms-backyardThis is my mom’s backyard right now in Florida.  They’re all the time sending me pics like this, rubbing it in about how they’re freezing and it’s down to 60 degrees.  Give…..me……a……break!  Of course I love seeing these photos that they send.  I love flowers, gardening and spring time.  Which got me thinking about my new and cool spring time stuff.

 

 

 birdfeeder-and-jacksonFirst up, is this huge awesome bird feeder built by my dad (biological dad) who lives in the K.C. area now.  He makes these to sell as a hobby.  They had already reserved a space at the craft fair in Ozark this past October (my stepmom does beautiful floral work and I’m certain she made that green bow out of ribbon) and planned to peddle these bird feeders and her arrangements.  Anyways, they got sick and didn’t get to the show!  We lucked out and were given a bird feeder for the holidays.  It’s made of cedar and they sell for around $70 if you’re interested.  It’s a big bird feeder and I would like to put it out front, so I can see it through our huge picture window.  Jackson (the white cat) is pretty excited about it too!  I can just see him now, chirping at the birds and trying to jump through the window!! 

  

recycled-birdfeeder1Craft fairs have their share of crap, but when we did the one in Ozark (our first experience ever) I got a chance to leave our space and browse.  I love pottery, and there was lots of it!  I don’t necessarily dig country quilts, I cannot sew, but I have great appreciation for those who can, my sister included.  I ran across this tent with these sunflower things.  What in the heck is that?  It’s a bird feeder, it cost $16, and it’s made out of the side wall of a tire.  I watched the guy and his wife make these.  They took a tire, they had several side walls ready to go.  He would then scallop the edges with some sort of saw.  Some were flowers with pointed edges, some were rounded, some were larger, and some were smaller.  After that, they whipped out the spray paint, mostly using yellow, the underside is painted all green.  Then they spray-stenciled a little ladybug on the edge.  Next up was the soft screen center that they stapled in with a staple gun.  Then they hooked a chain on all three sides and brought it together in the middle with one of those heavy duty, plastic, no-slip ties.  Amazing!  What you see on mine, is the pulp from three apples and two pears after the kids juiced this morning.  Squirrels and birds, love it alike!

 gnomesI love garden ornaments and sculptures.  My favorite set of gnomes, was purchased at a garage sale.  Four gnomes, a mushroom and a snail to be exact, all made out of ceramic for $10.  They’re getting chipped, I didn’t even bother to bring them in this winter like I usually do.  Before Christmas, I was at Hobby Lobby gathering some stuff for the craft fair this year.  Almost everything in the store was 50% off.  Even the holiday stuff, it was wild.  Of course, I always get sucked into the garden decor, it was 1/2 off as well.  I got these two guys (made of resin) and this mushroom with bits of glass pressed into it, as it’s made of heavy ceramic.  Can’t wait to plant some stuff, but I guess I’ll have to be patient.  Just like I have been, while I wait for our big front porch/deck to appear, so I can landscape the front of the house!!

In time.


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Spontaneous Entertaining

I’m exhausted.  Maybe it’s from riding my bike to work four days in a row.  Maybe it’s from trying to dig a hole out of this clutter.  Maybe it’s from cleaning non-stop yesterday due to last minute company showing up!  I think number three did me in.  Our house is not large.  In fact, I think it’s the smallest home I’ve ever lived in.  Not a lot of closets, only one bathroom, one living space and a one car garage!  I like to be crafty, and my husband likes to “fix” things (electronics of all sorts, mowers, you name it).  This stuff takes space and sometimes, it really stresses me out.  More so, when I have last minute notice of “by the way, we’re having company for a cookout tonight!”

So, I cleaned and I cleaned.  Some things, just don’t look clean.  The hardwood in our front room has yet to be refinished, so it’s dull and pretty much lifeless.  We tore out our kitchen linoleum so we are down to the original flooring from 1954.  It’s the color of diarrhea decorated with paint and spackling.  One person actually thought it was stained concrete!  Bless…..that…..person!  We live in our house, and I do not mean that lightly!  It was a chore.  I got it clean.  It needed to be done.  Today I’m looking around here, actually glad we had company (as much as I wasn’t looking forward to it).

The visitors were friends of my husband, from KC.  They have a new baby, a little over a month old.  I was thankful, even though the house was clean that the baby wasn’t crawling.  I can’t picture a toddler in this place!  Danger, danger lurking everywhere.  We grilled pork chops and I wilted some baby spinach.  They’d never had it, and I could tell, they were hesitant to try it.  But they did, and they liked it.  I wilted it in a little bit of ghee, with some Indian spices and cummin seeds.  It went well with the pork. 

Today was more entertaining.  We (the girls) did lunch and hit a flea market where I scored a cute little wine rack that will hold three bottles.  I have a super cool one that my dad made me out of horse shoes, but it’s large.  I really need to find a place for it, as it’s special to me!  After I got home, I was exhausted and couldn’t get motivated.  Slight problem when you’re entering a craft fair in Ozark the first weekend in October!  I just couldn’t focus and all I ended up doing, was carding some of my hair barrettes.  My sister, on the other hand is blazing.  She’s having to ship all her stuff here ahead of time.  There’s a West Elm store in her town.  They sell these bags of pods, unscented mind you, for $20.  Happens to be, she has a tree loaded with these in her backyard.  Score on the pods.  Bagged and ready to go, don’t they look good?

Tonight is Saturday night, and a beautiful one at that.  My husband will be at his workplace until closing or later.  The freaks come out on days like this.  Someone actually tried to run him over with their scooter today.  That’s just one incident.  I don’t know how he does it.  He’s into helping people and keeping them safe.  I guess I should be thankful that someone does that job, as I sit here blogging away!

Tomorrow is the Global Yoga Mala at 10:00 a.m.  This is the first time I’ve felt like skipping out.  I always bring the flowers for the event and today I hit Wal-Mart for cheap flowers.  I made a neat arrangement of white Mums, light yellow Carnations and orange Gerbera Daisies.  Lovely and therapeutic if I might add.  As of now, leading 27 sun salutes sounds absolutely atrocious.   I’m sure when I walk in the door of the Firehouse, my mood will lift.  The drums will be beating, people will be hugging and the vibe will be all around be good.  Nothing like a mala for renewal.  After all, tomorrow’s a brand new day!