Sunday, May 17, 2015

{Pretty, Happy, Funny, Real}~ May 17, 2015

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{Pretty} and {Happy}

This is the first May we have spent in this house, and it is exciting to see what blooms. There are wild roses and daisies on the boundary between the lawn and the woods, which makes me happy all out of proportion to their consequence.


This little guy (or gal) is living in our woodpile and seems to enjoy the daily buffet of clover and grasses.


Forgive me for thinking a crying baby is funny, but you have to understand that Verity cries about everything.  Not real, honest to goodness, distressed crying, but a complaining, what-are-you-trying-to-do-to-me crying with a twist of whine.  So here she is experiencing the sandbox for the first time and telling all and sundry that she doesn't like it one little bit, thankyouverymuch!

And just for comparison, here she is last winter at about four months of age making the same face because she was upset about . . . who knows what?  That's Verity for you, though to be fair, she does smile a great deal and is in every way sweet and adorable.


So I'm outside doing some gardening and I see this spider out of the corner of my eye.  When I look at him, I also notice a fuzzy, yellow caterpillar with funny antennae obliviously within range of said spider.  In a split second the spider seizes the caterpillar by the head and drags it off to his lair to be devoured in peace, like Shelob with an orc. Such is the way of the fallen world.  On the one hand is the exquisite beauty of babies, bunnies, and blossoms, and on the other is the horror of sin and death. Come quickly, Lord Jesus.

Sunday, May 10, 2015

{Pretty, Happy, Funny, Real}~ May 10, 2015

Hello, everyone!  Most of the week was dark, gloomy, and rainy, so I do not have a lot of pictures,but I will share what I do have.


The blue heron is likely here for the summer.  We played host to one~ maybe the same one?~ last year too and also her two babies.  I'm hoping this one is also a she and has a nest somewhere.  It's likely she does.

Gold finches are common occurrences around here, but that doesn't stop them from being pretty.

There hasn't been any noticeable activity on the bluebird front this week, but what with the rain and all, I'm not surprised.  We'll keep watching!


Dave found this huge mushroom in the yard.  After some digging on the internet, he decided it was a dryad's saddle, which is edible.  So . . . he ate it.  (All the look-alikes are non-toxic, so he felt safe.) He was happy to find a free mushroom of such enormity, and I was happy he didn't poison himself. :)


This is what the skies looked like most all the time this week~

Dark, gloomy, and cloudy with the occasional peak of blue sky.  And we have a few more days of it!


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Sunday, May 3, 2015

{Pretty, Happy, Funny, Real}~ May 3, 2015

Just a quickie this week while our out-of-town guests are out exploring the woods . . .


I planted the three barrels at the front of the house this week.  They will fill out as the summer wears on, but I think they are quite pretty right now.


I was happy to see that someone has set up housekeeping in the birdhouse.  I'm hoping it's the bluebird and his family!


This photo was taken accidentally on Dave's phone while he and I were out for a walk.  He always holds my hand, which makes me excessively happy. :)


In addition to the barrels, I also planted the bed by the driveway. Though everything looks pretty puny right now, I have hopes that it will bloom and grow in abundance!  There are summer bulbs planted in the back that haven't come up yet, but they should help fill things out quite nicely.

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Sunday, April 26, 2015

{Pretty, Happy, Funny, Real}~ April 26, 2015

Let's dive right in, shall we?

{Pretty} and {Happy}

Jo-Ann had this darling vintage-inspired fabric on the clearance tables, so I bought all they had, three yards' worth minus an inch (!).  I used some of it to make a miniature pillowcase for a pillow for our bed.

Cute, isn't it?  The rest will be judicially doled out to worthy projects.  I'm thinking maybe another baby bonnet for starters.

Here is the pillow gracing our bed.


There are bluebirds living in our woods!  I love seeing the flash of blue as they flit around.  I hope they stay and have lots of babies!

They are elusive and hard to photograph!


This is a pretty little spot, excellent for reading in good weather.  Hannah has been putting it to the most use as she reads or writes and soaks up some sun.  She's camera-shy these days, so you'll just have to take my word for it.  The sculpture/plant stand was sculpted by Dave's grandfather.


We planted summer bulbs/roots~ glads, freesias, dahlias, and day lilies~ this afternoon and also some zinnia seeds.  Dave's parents used this place to grow vegetables, but since we have put in a bigger vegetable garden, it is being used for flowers now, which in my book are every bit as important as veggies.  There is still quite a bit of space toward the front.  I think I will plant annuals there this year. Eventually, I want it all to be perennials, but I need to think about it some more before committing to specific plants and a specific layout.

The red stuff is chili powder.  It keeps the squirrels from digging everything up!

Some of the spinach is big enough to eat now.  We also have planted carrots, but they are far from ready, of course.


The soaker hoses clue you in to how much (or little, as the case may be) of the garden we have planted so far.  It's still a little early for tomatoes, beans, etc., but you can see we have a long way to go and a lot of ground to cover!


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Sunday, April 19, 2015

{Pretty, Happy, Funny, Real}~ April 19, 2015

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Spring has thoroughly and completely sprung around here, so the scenery looks like this:

Sorry for the reflection, but I was taking this from the truck window.  We drive through some pretty nice country on our way to my mother-in-law's about twenty minutes south of town.  It was a perfect day.

Meanwhile, back at the homestead, this is the scenery currently:

This area lies between the house and the pond.  I am loving the wildflowers, which I think are a kind of phlox.  Such a gorgeous color!


Lizzie and family gave Dave, Hannah, and me each a brightly colored mug for Christmas 2013, and I was sad when the handle fell off this one.  It literally just came off in my hand with no bumping or whacking when I was washing it one day.  I knew I could glue the handle back on, but I worried about using it to drink actual liquids, especially hot ones, in case the handle didn't hold.  So I bought this succulent at the nursery this past week and stuck it in the mug along with a little dirt.  I'm happy to have found a use for it at last.


Parts of that picturesque scenery from the pond are not so picturesque.  There are trees that we cut down a few weeks ago littering the landscape.  They will eventually be cut into logs for the fireplace, but in the meantime, here they lie.


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Sunday, April 12, 2015

{Pretty, Happy, Funny, Real}~ April 12, 2015

Happy Second Sunday of Easter!  Here's to celebrating the Easter season~ all 50 days of it! :)  I have lots to share this week due to my missing last week entirely and the trip we took to West Virginia to visit my daughter and her family. 


Here are two of the prettiest things I've seen in a long time.  Verity, 7 months, is a replica of her mother.  Those blue eyes! *sigh*

 Arane, who will be three in two months (!), looks so sweet and grown-up with her newly bobbed hair.
The smudge on her forehead is from our game of "no-boys baseball."  The term comes from
Best Friends for Frances, and I don't think Arane really understands what
"baseball" or "no boys" means, but we were playing it, whatever it is.  And we had fun. :)


I can't let a {phfr} post go by at this time of year without showing what's blooming around here.  All in all, it's been a warm spring so far.  The yard and woods are surprising us by blooming in places we had no idea would bloom.  Since we moved here last summer, we didn't know what spring would look like, but it's been fun to watch.

These shouldn't have been a surprise because, well, I planted them last fall, but I forgot about them and so was surprised anyway! lol  They are on the edge of the woods and can only be seen through the windows in the back of the house, but I think it's especially nice to have flowers framed by windows and that were put there expressly for the edification of anyone who cares to look out a window. . . if that makes sense, which I'm afraid it doesn't, but hopefully you get my drift. :)

These are sweet miniature daffodils.

Redbud.  We have some wild and some cultivated, but no matter how much there is, it's never enough to suit me.


(I neglected to take any pictures of the forsythia, but we were delighted to find that in the yard too.)

I don't know that I can say the moss is blooming exactly, but whatever it is doing, it's lovely.


Arane and Verity's mommy and daddy, in the interest of producing non-picky eaters, encourage their daughters to eat all kinds of foods.  This sometimes results in funny faces from Verity, who is relatively inexperienced in the food department.  


My Good Friday hot cross buns minus the raisins because I didn't think ahead.  They were good anyway. :)

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Sunday, March 29, 2015

{Pretty, Happy, Funny, Real}~ March 29, 2015

Joining the fun at Like Mother, Like Daughter . . .  I'm a little short on pictures this week, but I've scrounged enough to give it a go.


We often find animal tracks in the yard and by the pond, but we don't often see these shy critters, especially in the daytime:


I have an internet friend who shares many of my interests.  We've "known" each other for over a decade but had never met in person until three summers ago, and then I had the fun of hosting her for a night's stay two summers ago.  I was delighted one day last week to open the mailbox to find a package from her!  Here's what was inside:

She says in her card that her mother made two of these sweet tea cozies, one for herself and one for her daughter (my friend).  When her mother passed away, my friend inherited her mother's too and she decided to send it to me.  She knows I'm a tea drinker. :)  The little soaps are the result of a conversation we had once about soap dishes.  Yes, soap dishes! lol  I have a very pretty blue transferware soap dish that I hate to put big bars of soap in because then the pattern is covered up.  My friend has the same problem with her pretty soap dish and which she solves by using little bars of soap.  So sensible.  So she sent these along to me.  Wasn't that thoughtful?  And is there anything happier than receiving a package unexpectedly in the mail?


The critters who live on this land and in the pond are a never-ending source of amusement for us.  The turtles have been enjoying sunning themselves on the logs in our pond, and we find it intriguing and entertaining how they line themselves up all facing in the same direction, like a rank of soldiers, with their heads stretched upward.  There will be three dozen of them out there on any given day, all lined up like this.  I wonder how they manage to get themselves organized . . .

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