Saturday, January 25, 2014

Winter blues

This year has been a winter of exceptionally cold weather and every year I say I am going to make the most of January, February, and March and scrap up a storm. Well it's almost the end of January and I would not say that scrapping 3 double page layouts and 2 single page layouts creates a storm. Somehow someone must have stolen my desire to be creatively productive, I certainly do not have the drive anymore. I have although ordered a gelli plate. I know this product has been around a couple of years now but I am just discovering it. It really has piqued my curiosity and hopefully will give me the jump start I need. The gelli plate should be here on Monday and the stencils I ordered should be here by the end of the week. When I had my rubber stamp retail store I did some classes on mono printing with acetate and really did love the process. Mono printing on the gelli plate looks even better and I can't wait for the supplies to get here to begin. If all goes well I am planning on introducing this technique to my Wonderkids for their journals we are working one. Until then hope you are all staying warm and free of all the flu bugs that are going around. Take care. 

Saturday, March 30, 2013

Happy Birthday Sophia

Today dear little Sophia turned 5 and she is finally taking steps toward walking. This little girl came into our lives and there has been many blessings and heartaches, but praise God she is now healthy and beginning to accomplish some long awaited milestones. You never know what God will send your way but do know He will be with you along the journey as He has been for us with Sophia and her difficulties in her young life.
Yesterday I mentioned that Easter was all but over for me, let me explain why I feel that way. Going through last week and all that leads up to Jesus being on that cross left me feeling it is done. Jesus died for my sins upon that cross but I know that He is alive. Even though Easter is actually tomorrow, I have peace and contentment knowing that I really don't have to rely on "Easter" coming, "Easter" is in my heart all year long. Without this the world would seen bleak and hopeless, but I have hope for a better tomorrow. A future without pain, sickness, discontentment, jealousies, heartache and all those other worldly feelings and concerns that in essence is sin. So you see Easter was all those years ago when Jesus died on the cross, and I know in my heart "it is done".....Just like Jesus final words on the cross ..."it is finished". Jesus paid the price His work on earth is done. Someday I will meet Him face to face and then be able to say thank you. So tomorrow we will celebrate Jesus being alive beginning with Sun Rise service, breakfast, church service, then dinner with the family. But I encourage all of you to keep Easter in your heart all year, and if you haven't done so yet....ask Jesus to be a part of your life and give yourself up for Him, receiving the gift of forgiveness and mercy. Letting Him have control of all of your sins and beginning a new life free from guilt with God by your side every step of the way. It surely will change your life. Bev

Friday, March 29, 2013

Easter 2013

Just sitting here feeling like the Easter Season is all but over.....last thing to do is dinner with family...I am not belittling this event its actually one of the many highlights...but I do feel the way I feel. We had the Easter Egg Hunt with the kids at church Saturday before Palm Sunday. Then we had the Cantata on Palm Sunday, it was fantastic by the way. Our church is so blessed with musical talents, its astronomical. This week we had our traditional Seder Meal on Maundy Thursday and then today Jill and I went to the Sugar Grove UM Church for the "Stations of the Cross".  Tomorrow we are going to Rob's for Sophia's 5th birthday party....Go Sophia. Then on Sunday we will have Easter dinner at Mom's.  That wraps it up, pretty busy Easter schedule I guess. This year with all the snow we have had it kinda took away the fun of having an egg hunt. So I guess I am passing on that activity this year, the yard is so wet it would be a terrible mess for the kids.
I am so anxious to be outside and start the gardening for 2013, but I must be patient we still have some snow out there. I am hoping to get some wonderful ideas for my gardens while Barb, Kayleigh, Kara and I go to Biltmore in NC. This place is so inspiring...I will have to take lots of notes and pictures to.
till next time...

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Let the Christmas shopping begin

I like to get my shopping done before thanksgiving n the last several years I have been unsuccessful at achieving that goal. This year I am hoping to turn that goal back into a reality. Yesterday I seriously began, n put a little dent in it. The biggest problem is in coming up with ideas n I like to get help from my grandkids moms with that. So with today being day 2, I did purchase another gift. Go me!
Along with that thought, since the weather has been so nice I really got a nice jump start on my outdoor decorating, I am thinking the outdoor stuff will be done this weekend. I won't turn my lights on till thanksgiving night. Then it will be time to start decorating indoors.
I usually start cookies the week of Dec. 14th n continue for a week of solid baking. I'll let u know how that works out.
Then it's time to get those presents wrapped n put under the tree. We have a Christmas program in church on Dec. 15th and a Santa's workshop for baskets for the shut ins on the 1st n 8th after Christmas program practice.
Then I plan on sipping hot cider n reading something inspirational for the last few days before Christmas.

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Going on Vacation....stop in and see what's up

Rob n Kim have asked me to go along on vacation with them to help out with Sophia. Sounds like a good time they are going to Lake Lure, NC. One day they r planning on going to Biltmoore Gardens, this is a dream come true for me. Well just take a peek at the trip Kim has all planned out. Rob made the accommodations and Kim did the rest.

So this is where we r staying. Looks ok I guess. Nice friendly family atmosphere.Rob said to bring my air mattress, I told Kim I didn't have a sleeping bag and she said that's ok, they will rent me one. Well that sounds like a buggy time to me so I said I would bring my repellent.
Kim says Rob rented us a van, so we would have lots of room I guess. Here's our new ride for the week.

Kim also says there is a pool and she bought us both new bathing suits. Which one is your favorite? She is also hoping the pool is fixed on time for us. I told her that quite alright I don't go swimming anyhow.

This one is Kim's
This one is know if I could look that good in a bathing suit, I would actually wear this.

Kim also rented us a two hour tour on the lake and here is a picture of our boat.

Kim didn't leave anything out, she even thought of snacks for the trip.
I told her after this hits the Internet she will be so busy planning every one's vacation she won't have time to go this weekend.
Well I'm so sorry you won't all be joining us for our wonderful vacation, maybe next year Kim will plan one for you. Just give her a call she is looking for a job. I did tell Kim that maybe on second thought I really need to stay home and work.

Saturday, July 7, 2012

Just a little warm r we???


I know that's what everyone is talking about. The Heat! But you know it could be snow, or just a yucky summer. I am going to count my blessings, ever since March we have been able to be outside working in the dirt. This is fantastic. I do agree we could use some rain, some of my perennials are looking a little wilted. I also pray for all of those who have a hard time dealing with the heat and those affected by the fires.
I started my day by helping to put in the hay for the horses, that is always a good feeling to have that done. Then my dear sweet Kara came over and we got the house clean, all before the real heat of the day. Then it was relaxation time for an hour or so. But that got old fast so I went off to Michael's and picked up a few things and took a little detour on the way home to check out some landscaping and some pretty houses. Then came home and worked on a project for church and have been spending the last 3 hours organizing my pictures. Between my i-phone, c drive and my external hard drive , they r now neatly organized and I should easily be able to find what I want when I want it. I wonder if taking 300 + pictures off my i-phone will make a difference on how fast it works. Hmmm....I'm thinking it should help. lol

Tomorrow, first thing is Church, then I am hoping to get some rocks from the creek. I am anxious to get a path out from the garden to the shed. I also want to line the base of my shed with rocks. Clay has offered to help later in the afternoon. It will be fun spending time with him, he's pretty cool. Next week I am hoping to get my last load of mulch and get the rest of the beds lined and looking real pretty. I also have a very busy week coming up with grand kids. Cedric is spending the day and night Tuesday and his mom will pick him up on Wednesday after she gets back from taking Sydni and the girl scouts camping. On Thursday I will have Sydni and Cedric while Jill is working. Then on Friday I am headed down for some precious time with Sophia for the weekend. I will be back home early Sunday afternoon, just in time for our VBS to start.
Laitris and purple bee balm

another pretty coneflower opened up

Here are a few more of my flowers that are blooming this week. I still have one more coneflower to open up and it will be a sweet surprise to see what color it is.
take care and grow, grow, grow

Thursday, July 5, 2012

I Love Flowers

Rock Cress
I am so very thankful to God for these marvelous creations He has given us to enjoy. The beauty is astounding. To be able to have the dirt, the rain, the sunshine and the able body to grow some of these beautiful wonders is such a blessing. Each day I take time to enjoy my garden, just to sit and look at the blooms and listen to the birds is time spent well. As I post pictures of some of my flowers, its not in boasting but in sharing.All the glory goes to our creator.  I also like to see how others display their God given talent of gardening, it is an inspiration to me. So I am hoping maybe in sharing, you might see a flower you like that would just fill that perfect spot in your garden.
My day lilies are all blooming right now and I just love all the color combos. Each year I look for different ones to add to my collection.

An intense orange, perfectly shaped.

Peach with a little yellow highlight in the center, with a beautiful ruffle.

A double delight.

Simple fantastic.

I like the dark color in the center leading out to the bright yellow.

Nice soft lemon color.

So elegant, the contrasting colors on this is gorgeous.

This is one of my favorites.

This is another one of my favorites.

The little ruffle on the edge of this one is darling.

I love the dark color of this one, very intense.

Yes I have included some of those day lilies you find along the road in my flower garden. As common as they are, they are still beautiful to me.

Although you can't tell from the photo, the blossoms on this plant are hugh.

Another nice color combo with a ruffle.

My cone flowers are just beginning to open up. A couple years ago I added them to my garden and last year they put on a little show. This year is looking much better, I even have some babies from last years seeds coming along.

These last picture maybe straw flowers or a strain of black eyed susans, not sure. But they sure are pretty. I also have some pinks coming along and another plant I'm not sure of the color yet. I am hoping in a year or so to have many more of these beautiful flowers. I am also hoping in time to be able to have some cut flowers from them without taking away from the beauty of the garden. One of the hardest things for me is patience, I want my garden to be full and rich now.
This bee balm has always put on a big show for me. My sister gave me some purple bee balm but its not quite open yet. I love to watch the humming moths work this over.

Ah a rose, I have never had good luck with roses before in other flower beds in previous homes. But I thought I would try it here at this house, I'm guessing they like this spot. This is a bush that I planted last year along a fence and it bloomed nicely last year but this year is even better. I am excited to watch it grow and some day cover my fence.

This yucca plant has been moved several times. I had received a slip from my sister when she lived in West Virginia and it grew ok at the other house. I was a little worried about moving it here and the last two years I thought maybe I had planted it in the wrong spot. But as you can see its doing very well this year.

I only have this one delphinium, but I sure do think its beautiful. Maybe in future shopping trips I will look for more varieties.

Before we started the porch I had a nice clump of canna's that I dug up. I didn't get them back in the ground right away so I wasn't sure if it would bloom this year, guess I was underestimating the plant. I planted a row of them along the front of my porch and I have several blooms, I am pleased.

Sweet peas, one of my favorite flowers. (wow, it seems I have many favorites lol) I kept seeing these flowers along side the road in my travels and thought I just had to get some. On my sister's and my shopping trip to Ohio last year I was thrilled when I seen some. I just about jumped out of my skin, so I bought two and they look wonderful along my front fences.

A close up of the sweet pea.

My sister asked me last year if I had seen any hyacinth bean seeds, and I said no I don't even know what they are. Well since she put the seed in my brain :) I started looking. Last year I did find some seeds but didn't get them going. This year when I was down visiting her, I found a plant already started, and look it even has some purple bean pods on it. The flowers remind me a little of the sweet peas.
This is a new plant for me this year. I didn't have any daisies so when I found this butter cream one  I knew I had to add it to my collection.

Well that's what blooming in my garden this week, I would love to see what's blooming in yours. Send me a link. Take care and to God be the glory.

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