Stone Walls and Flowers

If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need.   Marcus Tullius CiceroThe earth laughs in flowers.  Ralph Waldo EmersonFlowers are restful to look at. They have neither emotions nor conflicts. Sigmund Freud...more

You Should See the Other Guy

I swear - 6 foot 5 or so, and laid my husband out on the ground groaning in pain.It's not what you think. He's fine. A little sheepish about being laid out on the ground by the situation, but fine.It started as a normal day. Admittedly, we were stressed because there was enough water dripping in the garage to have made a mess of the ceiling and so someone was coming to take a look at that, but all in all, it was a normal day....more

ripe tomatoes & prayers answered suddenly

I witnessed the fullness of a miracle this morning, and it came right on time for me.I am broken-hearted right now, frustrated, hurt, almost paralyzedby too many life changing worries at once.And I desperately needed to see that God is still in control.He reassured me this morning, and I am so grateful....more

basil regrets

I am filled with regret. Not the amount of regret you might have from getting drunk and waking up with a face tattoo. Not quite that much. But still more than the amount of regret you'd have from eating Doritos at bedtime and forgetting to brush your teeth afterwards. Have you ever woken up in the morning with all-night Dorito breath? Regrettable.Today my regret is somewhere in the middle there, and it has to do with not growing enough basil this year....more

DIY Citronella Soy Candle

It's that time of year where bugs (both good and no-so-good) are invading our backyards and patios. While I don't want to do anything to hurt "helpful" bugs like spiders and ladybugs, I am not a big fan of mosquitos! The always seem to come buzzing around at that exact worst moment... like when you've invited your neighbors over for a barbeque, and you're JUST about to serve the hot dogs. Here's a way to get those mosquitos and other flying insects to buzz off: Make your own citronella soy candle. The lemony scent of citronella can send the pests packing. ...more
Cute idea!more

Come Meander Through My Gardens

 An  ALMOST Wordless Wednesday post Flowers always make people better, happier, and more helpful; they are sunshine, food and medicine for the soul.  Luther Burbank The love of gardening is a seed once sown that never dies.  Gertrude Jekyll...more

A REASON AND A SEASON

I love weeding after a good rain.  Everything looks so green and luscious.  I feel I'm working in the garden of our Lord.  The soil is soft.  You can easily pull the weeds out. There is so much satisfaction in seeing your work coming into its own.  How can I not stand back and admire it all?...more

A YEAR LATER

I think retirement has been good for me.  A year later, I am standing slightly straighter, my smile more relaxed, albeit goofy.  I'm working on being natural and 'me'.  My vegetable beds look awesome, don't they?  I'm slowly excavating and recovering the lost part...more
marisab Very true!  Thanks for reading.more

Yard Core

FLUX AND FLOW

By now you must know that I'm not a jubilant kind of person in the morning - even if it is summer.  My feet rarely hits the floorboards in a joyous bounce.  Rather, they reluctantly and languidly test the waters, ready to withdraw back under the covers if it is not to their liking....more