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Tuesday, May 24, 2016



I just didn’t want to come in today. The porch swing was calling…stay, stay, stay. thumbnail of quotes The best kind of friend is the kind you can sit on ...


pineapple sage. I don’t know what it will be used for but it smells divine.


Monday, May 23, 2016

Great girlfriend day!

Nothing is more fun than a girlfriend shopping trip. Today the six of us jumped in the van and rode to Erie which is about an hour and a half away. When we arrived we stopped first at Panera Bread for tea and coffee and some sweets. Then some of us went to Brassiere Dearie, a bra store for a fitting and some new undergarments. Then a quick stop at Claudine's a decor consignment shop then back to the mall. A little shopping then lunch at O'Charlie's. Then I introduced them to a large decor store...At Home. We didn't make any large purchases but had a ton of fun. When we left at four we got caught in gridlocked traffic. We country girls were glad to be out of the big city and get home to our country hills. I got home at six thirty which was a long day. But so much fun. I'll try to post a pic from my phone.

Sunday, May 22, 2016

A close up look

After the rain I took my camera out to try out the new 50 mm lens. It is so nice to see green outside after the long grey winter.


These ferns were planted in pots by the lion fountain. Last year they grew…and grew…and became gangly and not at all full and pretty the way I imagined.  This year I will transplant them into another shady spot.
This  fern had some water droplets on it. IMG_5772AS did the lupine leaves.
IMG_5774While I was taking a picture of the Bachelor Buttons a bumblebee flited from flower to flower not paying me a bit of attention.




The thyme in the herb garden has come back. I may divide this and move some to a new location. IMG_5806And the ever faithful chives are full of buds.

I love spring with all its newness.

“It is spring again. The earth is like a child that knows poems by heart.”
Rainer Maria Rilke


“It's spring fever. That is what the name of it is. And when you've got it, you want—oh, you don't quite know what it is you do want, but it just fairly makes your heart ache, you want it so!”
Mark Twain


“The sun just touched the morning;
The morning, happy thing,
Supposed that he had come to dwell,
And life would be all spring.”
Emily Dickinson

Random Sunday

Still wet and rainy outside. It's such a calm and peaceful morning. It's a morning to count your blessings.


Saturday, May 21, 2016

look what a new lens will do

I’ve always admired the photos I see on other blogs and aspire to take good…no make that great…photos myself. So I ordered a new lens for my camera. A fixed 50 mm. It takes great pictures with a lot of detail. I’m going to like this one!






Friday, May 20, 2016

Time to get busy

The fountain is bubbling.

So is the lion fountain. The lights are up. The umbrella table is out of storage. The cushions are out and the swing is ready for action. It's time. Nice weather is upon us. Our summers are the best. Pleasant temps without being too hot. We can sit outside at night with no bugs.

Now all I need is my flowers. That comes tomorrow.

There is still a lot of planting to do.


Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Paisley Rain Boots

You may have noticed that I love to read blogs. The ones I try to read daily are listed at the side so that you can enjoy them too. Some are decorating blogs, some are photography related, and a few are just for fun. One that I have been really liking lately is Paisley Rain Boots. She is not only a great photographer but a writer as well. I envy her gift with words. She visits coffee shops and just writes about what she sees there. It may be just mundane but she with her words make me feel just like I am there with her. She also goes on adventures just by herself with her camera in tow to find good locations for interesting photos. Her enthusiasm and encouragement are just what I need to kick start my photography. I love my camera. But I have grown stale and lazy with my photography. Year after year I take pictures of the house, yard and neighboring pond and rarely venture out of my comfort zone. I read a lot about how to take better photos but don't put the time in to practice. So I have to change that. I need a road trip with a camera. Just by myself so that I can stop when I please. I'm looking forward to better weather and taking off.





Tuesday, May 17, 2016

A word of apology

Something is happening here. My blog muse ..as Tessa says...has taken a leave of absence. I seem to have little to blog about. It's not that I'm not busy...or maybe because I'm too busy...but the everyday things that consume me lately are not that worthy of a blog post.

We are getting ready and doing those spring chores that will make us prepared for when the nice weather arrives. Today is another dismal day with lots of clouds and no sun. I'm doing the ordinary weekly cleaning chores. If I have a minute I go to the big computer and work on turning my blog into a book. I've done 2015 and 2014 and now am working on 2013. It's not hard to do using a program called Bookemon but time consuming. I'm also learning to use my new iPhone. Sadie also likes to be walked on the good days when we can get out. And I'm finding time for a little reading too. And I like to visit other blogs. Yes, I am busy. But I'm not doing anything particularly interesting right now. No projects to show. No great photos. So I apologize for the lackluster blogging. It's a funny time.