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

I'm once again joining Leila at Like Mother, Like Daughter for {phfr}.


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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