Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Butterfly Bush

I dead head our blooming shrubs and plants daily.  It can be tedious and taxing, but the pay off is great.  More blooms and a longer blooming season are the results of dead heading, as are healthier plants.   My butterfly bushes are a prime example, the blooms just keep coming.
Today is July 1, Happy Canada Day to our friends up north. 
For my American friends, especially those who live in areas like I do where the daily Covid 19 positives and deaths are rising, mask, distance, wash your hands.
Be kind, be well.

Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Zinnias on Parade

Our zinnias are blooming  all through the garden.  We have some unusual colors this year and I wanted to share a few photos with you.  I think they are beautiful.

Monday, June 29, 2020

Blueberry Goodness

I call it blueberry goodness.  I took my sister-in-law Deb's cobbler recipe and tweaked it.  I do that often with recipes.  It's almost a pie, almost a crumble, and full of blueberries.  Blueberry goodness.
We ate it warm from the oven, with a bit of whipped cream.  I wish I could share.

Sunday, June 28, 2020

Sunday Afternoon

It was a very warm humid morning, but we managed to pick about 3 gallons of blueberries.  This afternoon the humidity dropped ( some) a breeze came in, and we saw blue skies for the first time in several days.  Blue skies and sunshine was a welcome change from the grey skies that had filled our week.

I hope your weekend has been a good one.  This week we transition from June to July.  Even in a pandemic times moves fast. 

Make this Monday one filled with kindness and hope.  Be well.

Saturday, June 27, 2020

Honey Filled Air

Usually by now, the honeysuckles are no longer blooming.  The rain has changed that.  Ours are still blooming, still permeating the air with their sweetness and enticing the bees with their nectar.
One of my favorite spring flowers, glad they are hanging around a bit longer.
Have a peaceful Sunday, be kind, be safe.

Friday, June 26, 2020

Respite

Even between the raindrops, we find respite on our deck.  Morning coffee is sipped there, afternoon breaks and time with Samantha and Jordan and the dogs, all take place on the deck.
I love our screened porch, but when I move all the plants to the deck, it becomes my Eden.

Thursday, June 25, 2020

Thursday Thoughts

Today we masked up, took plenty of hand sanitizer and did a supply run to Costco.  Everyone in the store had on masks, distance lines are clearly marked at checkout.  It was a smooth easy experience.
I also saw my acupuncturist today.  First treatment I have had in about 6 months.  It was time, the heat and storms had triggered more bouts of migraines and vertigo.  Feeling much better tonight.
I was the only person in the office, the doc wore shield, mask, gloves, gown, I felt safe.

Our numbers of those testing positive are rising daily in our county, so are the deaths. People still laugh at Rick and me when we go out with our masks on.  That's ok, the laughter fades when someone you know gets sick.  We are not a heavily populated county, soon everyone will know someone sick.

The rains are moving out for a few days.  It will be nice to see the sun and blue skies.  Because of the dust from the Sahara our sunsets and sunrises have been amazing. 
Be kind, be safe.

Wednesday, June 24, 2020

The Girls

Every morning I make the "girls" a treat.  During the spring and summer months, a salad .  Not your ordinary salad, handfuls of herbs from the herb garden.  They meet me at the gate of the chicken pen, as soon as they hear my voice, they cluck.  They are funny and so full of personality.  Some are reserved and shy, a couple want you to pick them up and pet them, most fuss about like grumpy old ladies.  I love our morning routine.

Tuesday, June 23, 2020

Almost

The tomatoes are almost there.  Well I did pick one over the weekend and a couple of cherry tomatoes.  But soon, fingers crossed, there will be an abundance of ripe tomatoes.  I have started 23 more seedlings for a fall crop.  We love our tomatoes.

Monday, June 22, 2020

Stormy Flowers

We had storms yesterday, nasty ones.  The power was off around 10 hours and off again today for about 4 hours.  We had torrential downpours ( but we so needed the rain) and wild winds.
After the first storm went through yesterday we had to do damage control in the garden.  Most of the plants were blown around pretty bad.  Many of the zinnia blossoms were face down in the mud.
The ones I could help stand, I did.  The others I cut, washed the mud off the blossoms and brought them in the house.
One  more day of storms tomorrow and then things should settle down.
Ya'll be kind, be safe.

Saturday, June 20, 2020

Mangoes

UPS brought a wonderful package to our door yesterday, a box of mangoes.  We have dear friends who live in Miami and they had posted pictures of the most luscious mangoes.  I casually mentioned that I LOVED mangoes and WOW, mangoes delivered to our door straight from the mango farm.
These are the largest mangoes I have ever seen, weighing in around 5 pounds each.  Sweet and juicy, so very good.
It has been a beautiful warm mango filled day.
Tomorrow is Sunday, I wish you peace. 
 

Friday, June 19, 2020

A Dog and Butterfly Story

This evening I was waiting for Samantha and Jordan to come over for a visit.  Hook and Kodak and I were sitting on the steps of the deck.  I noticed this beautiful yellow butterfly on our butterfly bush.
I grabbed my phone and took a couple of pictures.  The butterfly was not shy nor in a hurry to leave the flowers.
The kids got there and Rick came out to join us.  Sam went down to see the chickens.  Rick, Jordan, Hook and I were on the steps of the deck.  Hook spied the butterfly. He bounded off the steps, that is not unusual he loves to chase butterflies.
This was different, this butterfly seemed to be rather confident and coy.  Hook was aggressive, and the next thing we saw, Hook had opened his mouth and the butterfly was gone.
It was in Hook's mouth and he was making his usual swallowing something tasty sounds.
We were a bit freaked.  Hook nonchalantly walked up the steps and sat down on the deck.
Suddenly his mouth opened wide, and the butterfly flew out of his mouth and up into a tree.  Unbelievable...we laughed, we clapped, we were astounded.

Thursday, June 18, 2020

Faith

Rick and I are both running on empty tonight.  I think it's a combination of heat, exhaustion, maybe the planets and the stars, the fact that our Covid 19 numbers are rising and so are the deaths here in our county, maybe it's the endless supply of hate that seems to constantly be surfacing on this planet.
I think the best thing I can do tonight is go to bed and have faith that tomorrow will be better.
Be kind, be well.

Wednesday, June 17, 2020

Mushroom flower

Walking the dogs this morning, I spied what I thought was a beautiful white flower in a patch of moss.  I was wrong.  Some sort of mushroom had blossomed in  a bed of moss.  Never saw that happen before.
Enjoy your Thursday, please be kind, be well.

Tuesday, June 16, 2020

Pretty Maids

Zinnias have always been one of my favorite garden flowers, but the bees love them as well.
We plant lots of them now, several different varieties from the small ones to the giant ones, in every color.  They have just started to bloom.  When I saw them today all I could think of was, " pretty maids all in a row."  We always called them old maids.

Monday, June 15, 2020

Summer Space

One corner of the deck, with one table and three chairs.  The other corner, pretty much the same, just different flowers.  I think we  have a pretty nice living space for the summer.  Wish you were here.

Sunday, June 14, 2020

Creative Battles

The tables and chairs are back on the deck.  It was late this evening when we got them placed, so I will do pictures tomorrow.  I wish I had done before and afters.  It is amazing what a fresh coat of paint can do.  They look brand new. 

I love painting.  Every type of painting.  Painting for me is meditative.  When I paint my Christmas cards each year, it brings me joy, painting walls, floor cloths, canvas, doors, furniture, it all brings me joy.  It is transformative for me and what ever I am applying paint on.  I have friends who are fine artists, their work is shown in galleries and museums and I am awestruck by their creative work.
I don't think anyone would ever call mine fine art but it gives me great pleasure so it's art.  I must say painting and playing music takes me to a place of pure bliss, but often I find myself doing everything but painting and music.   I think a friend might have helped me change that this week. 

She sent Rick and I a fabulous book this week, The War of Art by Steven Pressfield.  Oh my, she knows us so well.  It's about winning your inner creative battles.  If you struggle with allowing your creative side to shine, do yourself a favor and get this book.  If you find yourself procrastinating about anything, get this book.  I am about half way through and it has been an eye opener.

Tomorrow starts a brand new week and we are half way through June.  Be kind, be grateful. Find your creative outlet and explore it.


Saturday, June 13, 2020

Almost Done

We finished the tables and chairs today.  Tomorrow we will place them back on the deck with all the plants.  Jordan and I have had a good time and he made a little extra money.  It was a win win.
Once everything is in place tomorrow we will take more pictures!

Friday, June 12, 2020

Green Enameled Hair

Jordan and I painted the lawn chairs today.  They are wrought iron and had not been painted for several years.  They look brand new.  Tomorrow we do the two tables that match the six chairs.  I will make sure to take photos.  We had one tiny mishap, I was painting the underside of one of the chairs and raised my head.  I now have a patch of forest green on the top of my head.  Jordan volunteered to do my whole head.  He laughed and told me, I could be a weird old hippy with green enamel hair.
We did have fun painting those chairs.
We also picked our first green beans today.  Tomorrow we will have fresh green beans and squash from the garden.
I am a bit tired tonight. 
This weekend, be kind, be well.

Thursday, June 11, 2020

Blue Bottles

I love these blue bottles in my kitchen window.  They are beautiful on their own in the changing light, but flowers just dress them up.
The bougainvillea is thriving in this heat.
The stickers are difficult to deal with, but those flowers are worth it, aren't they?

Wednesday, June 10, 2020

Mossy Path

The past couple of days we have  had monsoonal rains.  It was getting dry here, the rain was welcome but also grateful there was not a hurricane.  This afternoon the sky turned blue and the world turned green.  Even our walk to our front door grew a verdant coat.  It's  not so humid now and a nice breeze  blew across my face a few minutes ago.  Tomorrow, be kind, be well.

Tuesday, June 9, 2020

Sunshine

Somehow yesterday got lost, maybe it was the heat or the 70 percent plus humidity but the afternoon brought on a Meninere's flare and vestibular migraine.  Thankfully today has been much better.
Our zucchini is not only a beautiful plant but is producing some great veggies.  We are enjoying the fruits of our labors.
Tomorrow is Wednesday.  Be kind, be well.

Sunday, June 7, 2020

Sunset

Sunset tonight was one of those that took my breath and reminded me how small  and insignificant I am.

Be kind, be well.

Saturday, June 6, 2020

Summer

My gardenia bushes are in full bloom.  I have arm loads of them in vases through out the house.
Summer  starts for me when the gardenias bloom.  I stepped out on the back deck tonight, the full moon and the smell of gardenias in the warm humid air was nearly an out of body experience.
I hope your Sunday is one of peace.  Please be kind, be well.

Friday, June 5, 2020

Ancestors

"The warrior in your heart says stand your ground.  Feel the survival of a thousand years of ancestors in your muscles and your blood. You have all the support you need in your bones." - Jack Kornfield

Tonight I miss my parents and my grandparents.  I wish I could feel their arms around me and hear their voices.    I miss their wisdom, their kindness, their love.  I miss them.

Thursday, June 4, 2020

A Lamp

I am re-reading a much loved book, "A Lamp in the Darkness".  It is written by Jack Kornfield and a student gave me my copy in 2013.  This is my third time to read it.  I  use this often in my classes.
It is a book for difficult times, whether those times are ones of change, illness, grief or fear.
It's a small book, less than 100 pages and includes a cd of meditations.  For me it's the perfect book to be reading this week.

"A Lamp in the Darkness"  Illuminating the Path Through Difficult Times by Jack Kornfield.

Tomorrow is Friday, a full moon.  Please be kind, be well, be safe.

Wednesday, June 3, 2020

We Are Fortunate

We had our house call visit from our health provider today.  Because of Covid 19 it was a distance visit with face time.  The nurse practitioner was kind and professional.  What always strikes me about these visits whether they are in person or not are the questions that are asked toward the end of the visit.  Some of the questions, " are you afraid, are you depressed, do you have enough to eat, do you have a way to get to the doctor, can you get your meds, do you feel lonely, are you sad"?
Rick and I have talked about these questions each time after the visit.  We know there are people who answer yes to those pertaining to fear, depression, loneliness and being sad, there are people who answer no to not enough to eat, no way to get to a doctor or get meds.
Each time we realized how fortunate we are.  Life is hard for every one at some point, life is hard for some all the time.  I was taught to be my brother's keeper, so was Rick.  We are fortunate.  Not rich, but fortunate .  The thing we learned, there is always enough when you share.

Today the old lady bloomed.  She is a bleeding heart from my grandmother Mamie passed on to my mom and then me.  She's around fifty years old.  She looks good for an old broad.

Tuesday, June 2, 2020

Busy Day

It's been a busy day.  First thing this morning I picked blueberries.  Jordan came over and we cleaned and sanded 6 wrought iron chairs so we could paint them tomorrow.  There were the usual chores to do, lunch to fix, etc.  The hardest part of the day was the heat and humidity.  Rain is moving in on Thursday and suddenly 80 degrees feels like 90.  Most people love summer's heat, it's the most difficult season of the year for me.  I have learned to do the outside physical stuff as early in the day as I can and then do everything else indoors.

Tomorrow is Wednesday.  Please be kind.  Be well.

Monday, June 1, 2020

Hope

June 1...hopes, prayers, intentions for a better month than May

June 1...be kind,

June 1...be safe

June 1...be well

Last night I dreamed a humming bird flew into our great room.  This morning after walking the dogs and a bit of gardening I came  in for cold water.  I sat down on the sofa with Taz and sipped my water, but I heard a familiar sound that wasn't familiar in the house.  I looked up and watched a humming bird fly by me.

I quickly jumped up and turned off the ceiling fan and yelled for Rick.   The hummer flew straight to our windows looking for a way out, I could tell he was frightened.  Rick stood on the wooden bench in front of the windows and began to speak softly to the bird.  He settled down on the ledge and let Rick gently caress him in his hands.   I opened the front door, and Rick opened his hands wider, but our friend decided to pose for me before he flew to the feeders out front.  It was a magical spiritual moment for both of us.

Through out my life time, I have had dreams that came true.  Some sad, some bad but never one as uplifting as this one.  For the first time in awhile, I felt hope.

Sunday, May 31, 2020

Thai Basil

Thai basil, a friend called a few weeks ago and said I have a tiny seedling would you like it, of course I said yes.  It truly was tiny, maybe only two leaves, but I think it has found a happy place here on our deck.  It has a unique smell and taste, different from most basils that I grow.  A bit more like licorice but I like it.  I am currently looking for recipes that need a bit. 
Today I realized that it is May 31.  This has been an unforgettable May. Be safe, be kind, be well.

Saturday, May 30, 2020

My New Old Flag

Cleaning out the linen cupboard today I found a flag I had forgotten about.  Somehow it had fallen under the bottom drawer between the drawer and the floor.  I clean and refurbish linens pretty often but the the way the cupboard is built you can't see the floor underneath.  Cleaning mood that I was in, I removed all the drawers and there was my flag.  So here's my new old flag.

Tomorrow is Sunday.  I wish you all peace, may you be kind, be well.

Friday, May 29, 2020

Sweet Shrub

It was a just a tiny plant that was put in the ground a couple of months ago.  I never dreamed it would bloom this spring.  The smell is sweet, spicy and unforgettable.  Sweet Shrub.

Be safe, be well, be kind.

Thursday, May 28, 2020

Lemon Tree

Last year we lost our crop of Meyer lemons, we almost lost our tree.  With much love and care she has blossomed this spring.  When she was blooming the whole house smelled divine.  Now she is loaded with small green lemons.  I can't wait to pick the first one that ripens.

Tomorrow is Friday, be kind, be safe.

Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Bees

I have fallen in love with a tee shirt company, Life is Good.  They are spreading optimism one tee shirt at a time.  Good quality tees for everyone in the family with unique art/messages.
I found the perfect tee for Rick.  It came in the mail yesterday so I had to take his picture today.
Don't you think it suits him?  All he is saying, Give Bees A Chance.

Tuesday, May 26, 2020

Tolerant Hook

My friend Karen wrote a gratitude journal on FB for 60 days.  At the end of her 60 days she asked her daughter and I to carry on for 60 more days. Karen is an incredible writer and I was honored that she asked me to pick up the torch.  I won't be posting all my days on here, but this one got a great deal of attention today so I am sharing it tonight.


Gratitude day 2, Dogs. We have had rescued throw away dogs our whole married life. Most have been mutts but some have had those snooty bloodlines that people pay big dollars for. Currently we have Taz the Yorkie who knows she is queen of the world and wonders daily how she ended up on a farm. I can tell you why she loves living here, my shoes.
Within her first week with us, she had found my shoe collection and chose only my finest leather boots to satisfy her urge to sniff and rest on. She positively purrs lying on those vintage leather Gucci’s.
Hook is a deaf Pitt bull mix. He is just a chunk of furry love. I think he knows we saved his life and his loyalty takes my breath away. Hook would take a bullet for me. This morning he rests at my feet while I drink coffee. He is ever watchful , making sure those nasty squirrels don’t attack his happy home.
And our newest rescue is Kodak , a lab mix with an adorable face and enough energy to send a rocket to Mars. The only time he is still is when he sleeps.
Hook tolerates him and Taz scorns him.
Through our 46 years of marriage all our throw always have given us love, companionship and many memories. Their personalities have been unique. I am so grateful for our rescues, and the incredible amount of joy they have brought into our lives


Monday, May 25, 2020

Mail

We live in the country.  Years ago my boss at that, time came to our house for dinner.  When she and her husband got out of their car, she asked if we took American currency.  Since we live in the country, we shop on line a great deal.  In the county where we live there is not one single book store.
Twelve miles to a bank and fast food place.  Am I painting a clear picture.

All that said, we rely on our mail service, we use our mail service, we love our local post office.
Samantha and her dad bought a new mail box a few days ago.  They asked if I would do a little decorative painting.  Here is the finished product.  We think our mail carrier will love it.  This week Rick and I are buying a new mail box, of course I will paint ours too.

Sunday, May 24, 2020

Shade Garden

Another friend has Covid 19, our numbers keep climbing and people around us keep saying it is a hoax.  As I keep saying, when the numbers change to names, things change.  We wear masks, practice social distancing and only leave for supplies or work.  Usually I cook for family and friends on this weekend, but not this year.  Maybe for 4th of July.  I can't bear the thoughts of someone I love getting sick at my house. 

It was a very warm 90 degrees today.  The garden is loving this weather.  I think the harvest will be a good one this year.

Be kind, stay well.

Saturday, May 23, 2020

Happy Lily

A very laid back day.  Taz got a bath, I picked more blueberries,  weeded the garden and drew up a design to paint on my brother's  new mail box. 

More thunder storms tonight, but nothing like last night.  Last night there was hail, wind, torrential rain and the sky turned green.  Taz got freaked by the thunder, and Kodak got freaked by the hail hitting the tin roof last night.  Tonight's storm was a piece of cake.

Have a peaceful Sunday.  Be safe, be well, be kind.

Friday, May 22, 2020

More Art

Our nephew gave Rick the bee sign he's been wanting.  More wall art, the deck is looking real nice.

The heat and humidity is building, summer is knocking on our door and she demands to come on in.

It's a holiday weekend, be safe, be well, be kind.

Thursday, May 21, 2020

Butterfly Haven

We have two of these butterfly bushes in the back yard in the heirloom garden.  These have burst into bloom the past few days and the humming birds, bees and butterflies are loving them.  It is a great deal of work to dead head these bushes but by doing so, they bloom all summer long.

Rain moving in tonight and tomorrow.
That's ok, I dug the weeds out of the garden today.

Be kind tomorrow, stay well, and be grateful.

Wednesday, May 20, 2020

More Deck Art

The deck art continues.  Rick and Jordan love making wreaths out of all the vines we gather in the woods.  I added the twine wrap and the brass bells.  More deck art! 


Tuesday, May 19, 2020

Happy

Day lilies and oak leaf hydrangeas are one of my favorite spring bouquets.  Don't they just make you smile?  There's not much fragrance to them, but their colors and textures make up for that.  It's just a happy bouquet.

Today was house chores and garden work.  Laundry and dust bunnies never take the day off, do they?
And then there are those pesky weeds in the garden that grow up over night.

Hump day tomorrow.  Be grateful, be kind, be well.

Monday, May 18, 2020

Worth It

We picked more blueberries today and they were so luscious I knew I had to do something special to celebrate their goodness.  I baked a pound cake.  I used my mom's recipe.  I always laugh when I make it, because it is a lengthy process...my mom always said only bake a pound cake for those you love, make sure the ones who eat it deserve all the effort it took to make.
Fresh blueberries, pound cake and vanilla ice cream...Rick and I were worth it.

Sunday, May 17, 2020

Deck Art

The back deck is looking lush and happy with all the plants and wind chimes.  I had these pieces that I had used on the screen porch and around but yesterday I had an aha moment.  With Rick and his trusty drill we created a visual  on the wall, suddenly the deck had more personality.   Reuse and repurpose and there you have deck art.

Saturday, May 16, 2020

Suspended

Another day of outdoor work, planting, grilling, picking blueberries and picking up supplies.
Though our state is one of those that has opened, we are still practicing social distance, wearing masks,  going into stores as little as possible and staying away from groups of people, and washing our hands constantly.  The number of those in our state testing positive is going up daily and deaths are rising.  Life has become very strange.  Who knows a year from now, what sort of transformation we will be a part of .

I am grateful for our link with nature.  So thankful to be here on the farm, and truly feeling the connection of all living things.  The work of tending to the chickens, taking care of the bees and growing food keeps us focused on the positive.  I so miss our gatherings, our music gigs, teaching classes.   Time seems to have been suspended yet moving in bizarre directions.

Tomorrow is Sunday, wishing you peace, kindness and good health.

Friday, May 15, 2020

Giddy

I planted rows of limoncello sunflower seeds today.  My sister Nell had given me a tiny packet of them for my birthday last year and I had saved seeds but I wanted more.  Recently Rick did an interview for the paper with a professional gardener and  he gave us the name of a seed supplier that he used.  Bingo!  They had seeds that I had searched for months to find.  My order came yesterday and I was just giddy opening the package.

Tomorrow I will plant seeds for several vegetables that I  could not find as well as an assortment of French Marigold seeds.  I feel like Merlin or some ancient alchemist, but instead of turning lead to gold....seeds into food and beautiful flowers.   The photo is of last year's limoncellos.  I hope to see an abundance of those yellow beauties this summer.


Thursday, May 14, 2020

Garden Excitement

Our temps hit the mid-80's today, will be 90 by Sunday, then a cool front and rain.  Trying to keep up with our weather here is like being on a merry-go-round.

The blueberries are ripening more each day.  Rick helped me pick this afternoon.  I picked fresh basil last night to use in our pasta for dinner.  There are tiny peppers on the pepper plants and the tomato plants are blooming.  This is when gardening gets exciting.

I moved our Meyer lemon tree outside today.  It is loaded with small lemons.  She is so temperamental, I hold my breath each spring when I move her outside.  Last year she was full of lemons and once I moved her to the deck, all the lemons dropped off her branches.  Fingers are crossed that we have a crop this year.

Enjoy your Friday.  Wear your masks, stay well, be kind.

Wednesday, May 13, 2020

Early Bounty

Once again we picked blueberries today and Jordan ate half of them.  He is coming over tomorrow to help me paint porch furniture.  I am sure there will be some blueberries picked at some point.
They really are delicious.

Our weather is getting warmer, will be almost 80 degrees tomorrow.  The 80's I can handle, but boy I dread those 90's when they come around.

I think tomorrow I will bake a lemon pound cake, it works well with blueberries and cream.
Be kind.  Be well.




Tuesday, May 12, 2020

Tuesday Thoughts

Jordan and I picked our first basket of blueberries today...well it would have been a full basket, but he put every third berry in his mouth.  He loves blueberries.  At the beginning of spring, he told me not to pay him for any extra work, just let him eat all the blueberries he could .   That was not a good deal.

The strawberries are starting to ripen as well.  Every morning when we walk the dogs, Jordan grabs a berry or two for "energy".

I am watching a wonderful painting DVD.    I want to make sure those nice brushes and paints Rick bought me are not wasted.  This is actually a college class and it's fascinating to watch and learn.
I came to the conclusion years ago, I could be a professional student.

I hope Wednesday brings you joy, gratitude and kindness.

Monday, May 11, 2020

It Is Monday

It seems to have been one of those days when everything we did, needed to be done over.
Some days are like that.  The best you can do is take a deep breath and just keep going until you get it done.

Yesterday was cold, today was a bit more spring like and it seems by tomorrow we jump from spring to summer.  I knew those upper 80's and low 90's were lingering somewhere just waiting to pounce.

My oldest sister Nell and my niece Samantha are both getting into hydroponic gardening.  They have both been so enthusiastic that I jumped on board this weekend and ordered a small system myself.  It should be here in a few days.  A new adventure for sure. 

For my anniversary gift, Rick bought me new paint brushes ( really nice ones) and some new paints I had been wanting to try.  They arrived over the weekend.  I cannot wait to try them.

I hope your Monday was a bit smoother than ours.  Tomorrow, be kind, be well.

Sunday, May 10, 2020

Happy Mother's Day

Momma and me at the beach, 1994.
Just a couple of years after daddy died, it was a bittersweet trip.  So many memories for her of the two of them at the beach, starting with the first year of their marriage during the war.

I miss her, I miss my dad.

Saturday, May 9, 2020

Hello

The interesting thing about lilies, their hardiness.  These just popped up under some trees near our compost area.
I had planted some from my mom's garden several years ago, didn't realize that they would spread.  I love the richness of their color. My mom's name was Ruby, their color there in the grass was like a hello from her this Mother's Day weekend.  None of the others are blooming.

It's been a beautiful day, but really cold for May.  Frost warnings tonight.
Fingers crossed that crops stay healthy.

May your Sunday be one of peace.
Be kind.  Be well.

Friday, May 8, 2020

Mamie's Heirlooms

Heirlooms from my grandmother Mamie's garden.  The peony smells like heaven.  The raindrops dusted the leaves and petals like tiny diamonds.  I don't know what the the tiny flowers are called but I love them too.  The bush they grow on has variegated leaves, pale yellow to deep green.

Be kind, be well.

Thursday, May 7, 2020

Freshly Dug

It's amazing what a couple of pounds of potato scraps/peels will produce.  We planted these in a couple of half barrels, still one more to go.  That's a nice harvest of potatoes.  Tomorrow night I will steam a few with string beans, roast some asparagus and grill a salmon filet...best meal on the planet.

Rain moving in tomorrow, so it will be a much needed rest day.
Sweet dreams

Wednesday, May 6, 2020

Spring Update

The privets are in full bloom here.  I know that many love them, love their fragrance and their white blossoms.  For me, they are misery every spring.  The smell of them makes me nauseous, they trigger migraines and clog my sinuses and make my meniere's flare.  They have been in bloom now for about two weeks, maybe one more week to go and things will calm down.

Normally I have two allergy seasons, spring and fall.  We got our bees last spring, but no honey from them until the summer.  I ate our honey every day until it was gone, mid-December.  I had no fall allergies.  I think if we had had enough of our honey for this spring I would have not had the allergy symptoms I have had.  I sure hope our bees have a productive summer and we get lots of honey.

The weather guys say a cold front is coming in this weekend.  Fingers are crossed that all our beautiful crops weather this cold spell. The blueberries are luscious, sweet as candy and the bushes are full.  The peach and apricot trees are hanging full of green fruit.  I suppose blackberry winter just wanted to visit one more time.

Enjoy your Thursday.  I hope you laugh out loud and that you experience great kindness. 

Tuesday, May 5, 2020

Sisters

My seven sisters roses have never been this pretty or prolific.  The bush is still loaded even after cutting this bouquet.   Rick didn't have to buy me roses for our anniversary today, I grew them.
46 years seems like a moment.

Monday, May 4, 2020

Treasures

One of the things I have cherished most about our songwriting ( besides the songs we write and our performances) are the friends that music has brought us.  Tonight we spoke with one of those friends and it truly was a gift to hear her voice.  What a rush of memories just the sound of her voice triggered.   We met at an ASCAP workshop in Nashville and our friendship just blossomed.
She would drive down to Alabama and visit, we would visit her in Nashville. 

As life does, through the years our paths crossed less and less, those bumps and curves that come with age widened the distance.  Where did the time go?   But a few years back, our friendship renewed.  I think age has reminded us of those who remained important in our lives.

Tonight, she had a bee emergency, she might have a swarm.  When I got her text I told Rick we have to call her, she needs some advice.  Rick spoke with her first and then I got the phone.  We giggled and laughed and maybe came close to tears a few times, but what a gift a simple phone call was tonight.  One valuable lesson Covid 19 has taught me, those friends I treasure....I just want to see them again, to hug them...that is what I want tonight.

Sunday, May 3, 2020

Sunday

Another beautiful day.  Our  weather has been amazing these past few weeks.  We have had an honest to goodness spring, cool nights, pleasant days.

I ate fresh blueberries today.  The taste as they burst open in my mouth was delectable.  Our strawberries will be ripe soon.  Today I just stood by a blueberry bush and ate, how lucky can I get?

This first week of May is so different from last year.  May 5th is our anniversary, last year for our 45th one, we spent time in Savannah.   The lighthouse on Tybee Island was so quaint.  This year we will celebrate on the farm.  Maybe next year there will be a trip out west.  Be kind this week.  Take care of yourselves.

Saturday, May 2, 2020

Today

Through the years,  I have taken many online courses.  Some have been for work, some for my personal pleasure, sometimes a mix.  I am currently taking an online teacher training for yoga.
It's been interesting, I like the instructor and it is always good to freshen your perspective. I spent the afternoon viewing this class.

Sam and Jordan came over this evening and we sat in the backyard while Jordan chased fireflies.
It was a bit warm for a fire in the pit so I made smores on the stove.  We were watching for the string of satellites that everyone has been watching.  We think we saw one.  It was a little disappointing, I think we were expecting much more.

I  hope your Sunday brings peace, and much kindness.

Friday, May 1, 2020

Friday Update

The  meniere's flared a couple of time this week, last night was one of them.  Nothing really bad, just enough to keep me on the couch with its usual symptoms.  The last  major flare I had was April of 2019, thankful for that.

I finally have the deck back in warm weather shape.  The plants weathered the winter well on the side porch and the warm days and plentiful rain have made them flourish.  We have repotted several and I am anxious to see how much they grow by summer's end.

Jordan wants to make some extra money so he is going to help me paint the three tables and eight chairs that are on the deck.  Taking care of the chickens and helping in the garden are regular chores, no pay for those.

We planted a raspberry bush today.  I have wanted one for years, they will be so tasty with the blueberries and blackberries. 

Fatigue has hit early tonight, a residue from last night's flare.  Hot tea and a cozy bed are calling to me.
Tomorrow is Saturday, be kind, be grateful, be well.

Wednesday, April 29, 2020

Bouquet of Love

Today I walked around the yard gathering flowers, here's a bouquet of love just for all of you.

Be kind, be well, be grateful.

Tuesday, April 28, 2020

Everything

I don't know who wrote this, but I wish I had.


 "At the end of my life, I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left and could whisper to the Universe, I used everything you gave me."


Monday, April 27, 2020

Farm to Table

Thankfully no bee swarms today.  Rick was able to write his stories for the paper and I did routine home stuff, laundry mostly.  Tomorrow we hope to tape my yoga class and maybe do another video of one of our songs.  We love our bees, but boy they have been demanding for the past week.

We ate our first ripe blueberry today.  By the end of the week, the harvest should start.  I am so excited.  Our first strawberry harvest ( a very meager one) should come about this week as well.
In a couple of weeks, the blackberries will begin to ripen as well.  Fresh food that we grow always makes me very grateful, we really are farm to table.

Tomorrow be kind, stay well, be grateful.


Sunday, April 26, 2020

Sunday Bees

Usually we film my yoga class on Sunday afternoons, but our bees had other plans.  We had another swarm this afternoon.  WOW.  Rick will give you details on his blog tonight. 

This has been a spring to remember in so many ways.  The weather, good and bad, the incredible beauty of the flowers, the blue skies, the Covid 19 virus, sheltering in place...so many of my friends kept saying at the beginning of the year that 2020 was going to be a memorable year...well ya'll were right.  I would be ok with ordinary about now.

So in the morning after this swarm is placed in a new hive, we will do the yoga video.  I appreciate all the positive comments, thank you.

Be kind tomorrow, spread joy, wash your hands, wear your masks.

Saturday, April 25, 2020

Seven Sisters

These little roses, I have them in red and pink.  My mom always called them seven sisters, because there are seven blossoms to a stem.  I love that they bloom around the same time as the honeysuckle.
They make beautiful bouquets.

We have had a very busy bee week.  Rick blogged about them tonight.  Let's just say, the week started with 3 hives and ended with 6.

Goodnight, Sweet dreams