Spring Flowers

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These are the flowers I look forward to picking soon: hellebore, pansy, violets, bleeding heart, and columbine…I love spring, with the tender green of first growth, and all the delicate flowers that bloom then.  Too bad there’s still a month of winter left to go yet!  But, I have all my seeds started indoors – rows on rows of seedlings started – all in anticipation of being planted outside in May!

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Jute Porch Rug

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I started a new project: a rope rug!  I’m just coiling and whip stitching it with rug thread  – it’s so easy!  I wanted to have an area rug for the porch this summer.  It needed to be cheap and easy to make (I don’t finish projects that get too complicated!)  So, this is the beginning of my rug…I’ll update you on my progress as I go!

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I’m hoping it will be something like THIS HERE by the time summer gets here!

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Quiet Moments

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Happy moments at home.  These are my happy places: flowers blooming, at my desk painting, sitting with a cup of tea and reading my Bible, enjoying the sunshine flooding in through the windows on my happy plants, and my little boys doing their school work!

Mouse and the Apple #2

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Spring Flooding: Page 2

“One night it began to rain.  It rained so hard all night that the little stream by mouse’s stump had flooded it’s banks.  When mouse woke up in the morning, he saw that water had come in under the door and flooded his house.  (Poor mouse!)  He got up and slushed over to the door and opened it to peek outside.  The rain had stopped, the sun was shining, and the stream was starting to go back to it’s normal size.  Mouse set to work cleaning up the water on his floor.  He took the rugs out to dry and mopped up the extra water.  It was very hard work.  It took all day!”

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Work-in-progress: mouse waking up to see his room is flooded.

 

(Link to: Page 1)

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My Essentials

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Here’s what I must have with me anywhere I go – the essentials: wallet, phone, chap stick, lotion, small notebook and pencil – to write the grocery list or sketch an idea for an illustration.  The little notebook is a Midori style journal that I made for myself out of leather.  I cut down regular paper and fold it for my pages – endless refills ; )  The pencil holder, that I just got from Midori, is perfect for keeping my pencil safe in my bag.  The Beekman lip balm was a gift from my mother-in-law and I love it!  The hand cream from Crabtree and Evelyn was a gift from a friend (and I got another free sample from a recent trip to their outlet store)!   The lotion and chap stick are something I use often in this cold/dry climate!

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What do you have to have with you?  What are the essentials in your bag?

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Planning the Garden

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This is a picture of my flippies from the summer internship I had years ago – maintaining the perennial gardens for an estate.  I loved that job and saved the flippies as a reminder of the flowers, sunshine, and an amused employer who didn’t believe I would wear these every day – weeding, transplanting, edging, pruning, dividing…no matter the weather!

Well, now that I have my own gardens to tend, I don’t just work in my gardens in the summer – planting, tending, harvest, etc. – there’s all the planning to be done during the cold days of winter!    Taking stock of seeds that were saved, ordering new seeds, planting things early indoors, researching new plants that should be planted (when, where, how), and dreaming of what the garden will be!

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My dear husband is building me a porch, so I’ve been busy dreaming of all the things I want to do with it and plant around it!  I’m planning to hang my hummingbird feeder there, but I’d also like to have a potted fuchsia for them.  I’m hoping to plant a Coral Honeysuckle to climb up the corner of the porch too!

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Then there are the vegetable beds to plan and perennials I want to add to the boarders around the house…and I’m going to try growing more in containers too…and there’s my old bathtub water garden.  So many things I want to do, so I must plan carefully, before spring gets here and the planting rush is on!

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The Dance of Friendship

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Friendship is a dance isn’t it?  Knowing how much to carry each other, when to let go, how far to take the next step…trusting, supporting, sometimes pushing each other.  The dance may be fast and fun, sometimes it’s slow and easy, sometimes it’s happy, other times it’s sad.  Friends navigate the music of life together until they share the very last dance.

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New Tool

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I got a new little tool this week!  It’s a lovely, smooth, brass Midori pencil case.  I go it because I thought it would be a great way to use up all our short pencils – The boys use so many pencils for school and I didn’t like throwing away all the pencil stubs!

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