Thursday, May 29, 2014

Peony Beauty

I was able to salvage a handful of peonies after the hail storm.  It has brought me much pleasure enjoying their beauty the last few day.  

May your day be filled with joy and contentment!

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Backyard Campout

May your day be filled with joy and contentment!

Monday, May 26, 2014

A Great Weekend

This has been a fantastic weekend. The sun has been shinning, the temperatures haven't been overly warm and we have been motivated.  Saturday morning we ran out for some mulch.

I had been weeding, thinning and trimming things during nap time and was ready for mulch.  We started with the from landscaping. 

Then we moved on to the back of the house.  Last week we had a nasty hail storm and it destroyed my peonies.  I was sad to have to cut most of them away as the stems were broken. 

This bed showcases my clematis.  I am hoping that the yellow tickseed plants around the bottom will start to fill in soon.  I am looking forward to seeing it full. 

We had our first meal of the season on the back porch. Yeah!  We have enjoyed all of our meal since then out here.  This is one of my favorite things about summer.  

Besides yard work there was also laundry.  

Chuck and his helper cleaned out my van.  I now have ordered to keep it that way until we leave for vacation.  :)

Megan planted the last of her garden.  All she wanted this year was a pumpkin and watermelon plant.  Easy enough!

Through the yard work, fun, and food of this great weekend I have never forgotten the reason behind it all.  Without the sacrifice of so many we wouldn't have the great things that many of us take for granted.  Thank you to all who have served and especially those service members and their families that have made the ultimate sacrifice.  Happy Memorial Day!

May your day be filled with joy and contentment!

Tuesday, May 20, 2014


Things have been hopping around here.  There are some things that have been crying out for some TLC for a couple of years and this is the year that we are going to tackle those projects.  First on the list was to remove the window boxes. Considering they were made from scrap wood (except for the trim) they have held up remarkably well. Chuck did a little repair work and then I gave them all a fresh coat of paint.

I was so happy to see them go back up.  My home looked a little plain without them.

In between raindrops I have been tackling some weeding and thinning and trimming of things.  I hope to have the front landscape done this week and then maybe mulch can be added over the weekend.  I joked with Chuck and have been calling myself the "Queen of Weeds."  I have also been planting flowers.

This sight just makes me happy. :)

Of course there is the everyday stuff to do.  I don't know why the laundry won't wash itself! The best part of my busy days is caring for the littles that you all know keep me very busy!

By the time evening comes I have been one tired girl.  I have barely made it to 9 pm each evening.  It is a good kind of tired.  The forecast is for possible rain.  I think I might be ready for a rain day. :)

May your day be filled with joy and contentment! 

Thursday, May 08, 2014


The Amen of nature is always a flower. ~ Oliver Wendell Holmes

May your day be filled with joy and contentment.

Tuesday, May 06, 2014

Planting Time!

We are a less then a week away from our last frost date and the forecast for the next week is warm with rain showers late this week.  That meant it was a good time to get the garden planted. Yes!
Five rows of green beans were planted.
Eight tomato plants are in the ground.
Of course you need a cute pair of boots to work in the garden. :)

I hope to have time to visit the greenhouse tomorrow for some more goodies.  It makes this girl giddy with happiness when it is planting time!

May your day be filled with joy and contentment.

Thursday, May 01, 2014

Slow Spring

Spring has been taking its time this year.  Things are greening up and we have even started to cut grass.  The trees are leafing out and things are starting to slowly bloom.  Through all of this we have had some throw the windows open kind of days and others have been turn the heat on to take off the chill kind of days. 

Through all of this I have felt stress, rushed and anxious.  For what?  I guess for warmer weather, for time to get some much needed outside projects done and I really, really want to plant my garden and some flowers.  I also feel like my days are running non stop.  There doesn't seem to be enough hours in the day to get everything on my list done. 

As I am sitting this morning I am watching the leaves blow on a shrub and the sunlight filter through it.  The boys are laying on the floor watching a show and coughing as they have those change in the weather sniffles and such. 

It hit me that maybe God is using this slow Spring to speak to me.  Why am I always rushing on to the next task?  Why am I not slowing and enjoying the here and now?  The warmer days will come.  The projects will get done in time and if they don't will it matter that much?  The garden will get planted and so will the flowers.  Actually it is early as we don't hit our last frost date until around Mother's Day. 

To everything there is a season, a time for every purpose under heaven...  Ecclesiastes 3

So today I will take a deep breath and praise God for the reminder that life is to be enjoyed and not to be rushed through.  There is a season for everything and for me I will work on a season of slowing down and not only enjoying the moments but I will savor (to appreciate fully; enjoy or relish) the moment!
May your day be filled with joy and contentment.