Monday, May 14, 2018

Catch Up Post

Hi! True to my blog's name, today is going to be bits and pieces.

Painting continues to relax me and take my mind off problems.
I see art by other artists and am inspired to try out their ideas.

Mother's Day flowers, sweet notes, gift bag with pajamas, phone calls,
visits, and PIZZA made my day extra special.

        Olga and me on Mother's Day 

  Container plants and battered old croquet set are on the patio.

Aging causes my energy level to be lower while wrinkles and sags have 
increased. I am thankful for my present health but do regret how I didn't appreciate my youthful  looks when I had them. Life is weird that way. We worry about the wrong things. 

This is one product I am going to recommend.
We live in an older house, and I've had to deal with stains, especially built up
deposits. This works!  

Have a great week!

Sunday, May 6, 2018

Familiar Territory

One reason I haven't been blogging is because I'm tired of my own familiar thoughts, decorating, and surroundings. Although I love my home spaces, I get bored with them from time to time. I long for something different. However, at this point in my life there's no way to update or refresh completely. Thus, I switch objects and decorations around and just play with what I have. 

 I wonder if Aunt Geneva and Uncle Jim would be pleased with the way their house is now. 

Sometimes I wish I had taken before and after pictures of the rooms.

I have gotten a few ministry cards ready as well as an inscription.

Next is a picture of Ms. Oma Jean. Lovely at 92, she was the first "Miss Millington" as a young woman. She spoke about a modeling course, the fashion trends in the fifties and sixties, her fashion shop business, and today's casual styles.

Plants on the front porch and in the garden are getting my attention. Also the birds that frequent our yard. May is showtime for irises. These are three of my favorites this spring.

Books also vie for my attention. Here are two recent selections.

Before I close this post, I wanted to show a small temporary change on my kitchen windowsill. 

Here's to a new week and new possibilities.

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Worth the Wait

When the irises bloom it is a sure sign that spring is here to stay.

Something else worth waiting for was this green pottery jug. I spotted it a couple of weeks ago, and luckily it was still there by the time I made up my mind. I couldn't resist the green shade of this one.

And finally a good book is worth the wait for that last chapter and satisfying conclusion.

Monday, April 16, 2018

Gardening Journals

In the past I found these small journals and used them to record gardening notes and pictures. I looked back through them and thought I'd share one or two pages from each one.

The first one was from our old 3898 address.



This tree would be gone the next year, and this flowerbed would become a patio area.






I don't have any more of these journals, but they are nice reminders of past gardening experiences and memories.

Thanks for dropping by. So happy that warm springlike weather is coming tomorrow.

Saturday, April 7, 2018

Where Is Spring?

Today I wanted to plant these seeds I've been saving from cereal boxes, but a cold snap delayed gardening plans. Instead I painted flowers.

 Also reading this book about three very different sisters.

And finally a spring display 

Wednesday, April 4, 2018


It's April's turn to surprise us. Returning perennials are such a delight. We have yet to make it to a gardening center to buy a few new plants for the front porch containers. Unpredictable weather may be one of the reasons. So in the meantime I painted some swirly springlike blossoms on a blank canvas.

I also spent some time on my booth rearranging displays.

And I usually find something at another booth for myself to bring home, like this tall vase of Blue Mountain Pottery, Ontario, Canada.

After putting away Easter  decorations I chose a few family photos to display.

One of these days I will probably tire of this squirrel, but for now I like him holding the wooden tulip. A touch of whimsy never hurts.

Wishing you a wonderful's still cool enough in my neighborhood for a sweater...really am ready for some warmth.


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