Showing posts with label seasons. Show all posts
Showing posts with label seasons. Show all posts

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Eye Candy In The Garden






My garden is a JOY especially when I focus on the beauty of nature and not the garden work that needs to be done. My garden will never look like so many of the pristine photos on the blogs. So, just enjoy with me.

Have a Great Day.

Mary


Sunday, September 07, 2014

Splash Of Color With Dainty White Flowers

Flower blossoms are getting a little scarce in the garden. However, I was able to find some tiny white flowers to place in this pretty little cow pitcher. Didn't this turn out Sweet?

We have White Gourmet Popcorn Rose (over the cow's right ear), White/pink Gaura (below), White Zephyr-Fairy Lily (to the right) and New Dawn White Rose (in the back).


The painted flowers on this Cordon Bleu France Cow Pitch are so delicate and pretty as are the white flowers from my garden. I really like the contrast of the painted blue flowers.


What a surprise when I looked out the window and noticed that the Sweet Autumn Clematis has started to bloom. It is always nice when it starts to bloom about the time you think the garden is slowly closing it's windows.


Autumn is on it's way.

Hug your Family.

Mary

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

First Day Of Spring

 

Wishing You Happy Spring Days

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

It Was Fabulous

Having my Granddaughter visit for Thanksgiving was so wonderful. It had been a long time since she had been able to come to my house. She is such a cutie and is so delightful to be around. This is a young lady  that has had and continues to have a life full of drama that was and is not of her making.  But, she continues to be vivacious and extremely mature. Her second year in college is going well but very challenging with lots and lots of homework and many hours of working to support herself.  She is trying to avoid having a lot of student loans. This gal is very determined and is already planning where she will go for graduate school!  I love her "spunk" and tenaciousness!

 














She was able to drive from college to here in very good time without any difficulties. Now that she knows that "it was so easy" she plans to visit more often. Her plans are to visit for a few days at semester-break. We enjoyed a great Thanksgiving dinner and then we walked down town (one block away) and visited all the little boutiques. Just what young gals like to do.


The Autumn colors are changing fast these days.



You can stand and watch the leaves fall!



We had lots of fun sharing photos on the computers. She likes it that Grandma likes her computer. And, thinks it is great that MSM has recently gotten a laptop and is "always on the computer".  She and MSM have a great relationship. He thinks she is very special.

And, what is a holiday without a photo of Lily?


Now, it is time to seriously get ready for the Christmas season. We have several events, parties, etc. coming up to enjoy in the near future. And, of course, there is the decorating! 

Wishing you a Very Happy Week.


Tuesday, November 01, 2011

They Are Turning Red - I Can Hardly Believe It!

Who ever heard of tomatoes not turning red until October? This seems to be a universal thought this year with our vegetable gardens. And, it really has been disappointing to have such a small yield this year.


Let's hope that next year will be a better growing season with a few more warm and hot days.
The garden is filling up with oak leaves and lots of acorns ~ and I mean LOTS. Throughout the day I have been hearing the acorns bouncing off of the metal patio furniture and making quite a racket! It seems as though the volume of acorns is very abundant every other year. Last year was much slighter. I can rake the leaves and within an hour it looks like I have not been out in the garden for days. Today, the wind has been blowing more than the past few days and hopefully it will bring most of the leaves down. It sounds like we will be getting cooler weather and maybe even a little rain this coming weekend.
I have not been working on any of my creative projects and I am looking forward to getting back in the rhythm of "daily project time". My Stripey Crocheted Afghan is so close to being finished! And, I miss my sewing machine. I haven't touched it in a long time. Things have to start a changin' around here and soon. ; )

I think the time has come to start thinking about Christmas preparations. Of course, first we have Thanksgiving which is just around the corner.

I hope you are enjoying this busy time of year.

Monday, October 31, 2011

It's Officially Halloween


Happy Halloween everyone. Have fun and be safe.


Saturday, October 22, 2011

Enjoying The Colors Of The Season

Here are a few photos from our road trip to Hope Valley this week. It was a wonderful day and we had a grand time. As you can see, the weather was perfect. We started out at about 2000 foot elevation and we traveled to 8700 feet elevation. It is enjoyable to see the variation in vegetation at different elevations.


And, now a few fun photos. When we came around a turn we were so surprised to see the beautiful sight of a herd of cows. They looked like they found a little corner of heaven. When I approached they looked so curious with my presence. They looked me straight in the eye and almost talked to me. At least that is what it felt like. How is that for "one with nature"? We traveled along enjoying natures beauty with the convertible top down. Some of the yellow aspen trees almost looked iridescent with the bright sunshine and a lovely breeze blowing their leaves.



We stopped in Markleville at Wolf Creek for lunch. I enjoyed a very fresh healthy salad and MS had a Reuben sandwich with onion rings! I took one bite of one of his onion rings and it was exceptional. And, then I stopped. Oh! I felt so righteous. The best part is that my tummy felt healthy. We walked along main street which very very short and stopped at the deli and had a little ice cream cone. Picture us sitting on a park bench in front of the deli eating ice cream and enjoying the bright sunny day. Yes, there are some good things about retirement age.


Our timing for this little trip was perfect. The leaves were just starting to fall. This was the colors at their best for this part of California. I have never been to see the colors in New England. However, we are planning to make a trip next fall to that area as well as visit New York City and Washington D.C. Our "Colors" were at their peek and the businesses were getting ready to close for the winter. The deli was closing the next day. They get a lot of snow in the area.!

Wishing you a Wonderful Day.


Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Autumn Colors Before My Eyes

Every Autumn I look forward to the WINGED EUONYMUS (also called Burning Bush)  to start turning colors. It never disappoints me. I can see it through my dining room window and it is the most dramatic change of color in my garden. Before long the STELLATA MAGNOLIA tree that is nearby will be turning from green to a vibrant yellow. That is pretty much the extent of color changing in my garden. When I planted my garden I wanted to be able to see both of these impressive bushes/trees from my dining room. And, I certainly am enjoying them.

Today we are taking a drive to the high country in the Mercedes Convertible to see the change of colors around Hope Valley which is quite close to Lake Tahoe. It is nice that we can do it in one day. I reluctantly mention the convertible because when MSM spontaneously bought it with cash a little over a year ago I was not very happy because of issues surrounding our relationship at the time. I will say, however, that I would not let him put it in my name as he wanted! Besides, I already have a converible!  Now, really, I must say it is a pretty little silver car.


At this time my main objection is that it is not as confortable for my back as the other car which is what we use for travel of any significant distance.  I think the discomfort is primarily because it sits closer to the pavement than the Cadillac Crossover and all the bumps and vibrations are more pronounced in my back. But, I will wear my back brace and that always helps. I am sure we will have a beautiful time and it will be nice to have the top down. Afterall, MSM really likes his "little toy" and he really likes driving it. There is nothing like a late in life "mid-life crisis",  now is there? 

Wishing you a Very Happy Day filled with the beauty of Autumn. 



Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Something To Soothe The Ills of the Day


Doesn't this Starbucks Salted Caramel Mocha (Espresso and steamed milk, blended with mocha sauce and toffee nut flavored syrup. Topped with sweetened whipped cream, caramel sauce and a mixture of turbinado sugar and sea salt) look heavenly. I didn't say healthy ~ it has 420 calories!  Well, it tastes even better than it looks, if that is possible. And, what a fabulous beverage for a rainy day or a sick day. This is only one of their autumn offerings and I like them all.

As you may have noticed,  I have been MIA for awhile. And, that is because I have had one medical issue after another for at least the last six months.  At the moment, I am sitting here with a headache, sore throat and hacking cough that started about a week ago. And, just prior to that I underwent an endoscopy which revealed gastritis with ulcers. Even though I have been having symptoms I was very shocked when I went for the follow-up appointment. I guess I was shocked partly because I did not know that two biopsies were taken at the time of the endoscopy. In addition, Gastric Esophageal Reflux Disease was determined.  So, now I have modified my dietary intake including portion control and my symptoms are not as severe. I am doing well with this change and it feels wonderful to feel healthier. I guess all of this should not be such a surprise with all of the restaurant food I have been eating in the past year and a half.

One of the difficult changes is that I have had to stop taking all NSAIDS(non-steroid anti-inflammatory drugs). After twenty years of using them for control of back pain following a back injury/surgery,  the time has come to stop because of damage to my stomach. This issue along with the increased stress of being in a relationship after many many years of going solo has brought this medical situation to the forefront. At least my blood pressure is behaving and seems to be under control. Now, I have to work some more on methods of pain management, perhaps some more hypno-therapy. 

All of this is a real test of my relationship. And, I am thrilled to tell you that MSM has been very supportive of me with "all of this stuff going on".  Also, I must tell you that in the past few weeks he celebrated his One Year Anniversary of Sobriety. What a wonderful and impressive accomplishment! Really, it is awesome!  

The weather is progressing into a beautiful Autumn and it is time to make a visit to Apple Hill. We are planning on that little outing in the next week or so.



Thanks for listening. At least I am on the right track to regaining my health. Oh, and my doctors have been very  good.  And, that is a lot to be thankful for.

I hope you are having a Wonderful Week. I'll be back when I can.

Saturday, October 01, 2011

Good Morning October

~ ~ ~ And, what a lovely morning it is! The sky is clear, the sun is shining and the air is a little crisp. Just a beautiful beginning of a fall day and new month. The photo is from my calendar that hangs on the wall in the kitchen. The calendar artist is Ann Langston from  Belvedere Calendar and the monthly pages are changed each month to show a new picture. It is always fun to see what the next picture will be! It hangs in an 11x14 inch acrylic frame. I have been ordering these calendar for many years now and I never have been disappointed with the artwork. It is fun and whimsical and I can see it every morning when I am preparing my morning coffee.

Isn't she pretty? I guess it is time for me to start putting out a few fall decorations. I do not decorate as much as I did in the past. One reason for that is that my house isn't as big and there is less space to fill. But, I have a nice entry hall table that I like to use. And, you will see a photo when I finish decorating.

I hope you have a nice weekend. There are activities (Grape Stomp, Craft Fair and Food) downtown today and tonight we have a Birthday Party to go to. So, that will be fun.

Take Care.


Sunday, March 13, 2011

It's That Time Again

And don't forget to change the batteries in your smoke detector.

I hope you have a Wonderful Day.


Saturday, March 20, 2010

Sunday, October 18, 2009

The Changing Of The Colors

It is starting to occur in my garden as you can see by the background STELLATTA MAGNOLIA Tree.  It turns a  very pretty yellow before it drops its leaves.  This yellow rose is trying to outlast all the other rose bushes. It looks so cheerful through the dining room window on this very dreary day.  I think rain is in the forecast!



Quite close to the Magnolia Tree is a favorite plant of mine that will soon be a gorgeous rich rose red. The WINGED EUONYMUS (also called Burning Bush) is just beginning to turn colors.The branches are interesting because they feel like they  are almost square with ridges as you run your fingers along the stems..

 

And here we have a bunch of green acorns that came down during the storm this past week. I gathered some of them, washed them off and brought them in to add to my fall decor. I do not recall ever seeing that many green acorns in my garden in the past. I am sure the heavy winds brought them down.  The brown acorns are falling all day and all night. I can hear them falling when they hit anything that is hard, especially anything that is metal .


Hope you are having a Fabulous Sunday.

~Mary~

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

When The Lights Go Out


Start knitting, of course!

Last night we had a storm with a capitol S. We certainly need the rain but this was a very powerful storm. About 3:30 PM yesterday afternoon the phone line and internet went out. And not long after, the lights went out. It is different in the mountains when all of these sources of power make an exit. It is very, very, very black once the night comes. You literally cannot see your hand in front of your face. And it is as quiet as quiet can be other than when the rain is falling and the wind is blowing.
It was time to light some candles and my favorite kerosene lamp. The lamp is so pretty with its 15 inch tall glass chimney. I don't use it often, but I am so thankful to have it when we have one of these storms. It really gives a lot of light. Enough light so I could knit. There really isn't very much that you can do when you live alone with your dog and the lights go out! However, I got a lot of knitting accomplished on the prayer shawl.

With all of the many "big an' tall" trees on my property, there was a lot of swaying going on around here. The wind brings down a lot (I wish all) leaves, branches and "dead wood" from the trees. The day before the storm I spent the day preparing for the "big storm" by cleaning up about six large trash barrels of fallen autumn leaves and the garden  looked so nice and clean. Not so, anymore. It is a mess!


Good and faithful Pumpkin was steadfast in his duties. To tell the truth if the electrical cord had not been anchoring him, he would have been long gone to who knows where, maybe to the rapidly flowing creek which I could watch from my window.


The power sources can back on about 2:30 AM this morning . It was certainly nice to be able to prepare fresh coffee this morning.  And, most importantly, I am thankful that I did not have any big damage from falling trees or large limbs.

I hope you are nice and warm and safe.

~Mary~

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Girls Night Out

Don't you just love it? This picture hangs on the wall in my living room over the television. It has some great detail that doesn't show very clearly no matter how I take the photo. However, if you enlarge it by clicking the photo it sure helps to see just how much fun "those girls" are having.  It certainly fits our current season but I leave it up all year because it makes me smile and I like the unexpected in my decor. What do you think about it?



Have you had a Girls Night Out lately?


About two years ago, I was "window shopping" with a friend in our little town and it was in the window.  Yes, in the window. I guess they know what they are doing with their window dressing!  I knew if I didn't get it, I would be sorry later. I have never regretted getting it.


Hope your weekend has been Bountiful and Fun.


~Mary~

Friday, October 09, 2009

Pumpkins And Acorns

Little by little more seasonal decorations are showing up at this home!


 Look at how the sun is shining through the flag from behind. I think it is quite interesting and I like it.

I hope you are having an Excellent Day.

~Mary~

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Some Additional Special Photos

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Mother's Day 2012

Mother's Day 2012

Happy Family (2014)

Happy Family (2014)
Grandma Pride

Valentine's Day 2013

Valentine's Day 2013

High School (1957) Friends Of Mine On The Left Live In New York and We Met In Canada In 2013

High School (1957) Friends Of Mine On The Left Live In New York and We Met In Canada In 2013

Bud Mietz

Bud Mietz
1928 - 2014