Sunday, April 19, 2015

Blogging, hostas, rain and a pancake

I mentioned my thoughts about blogging in my last post and it's funny that I ran across this meme today that pretty much explains a bit of the blog concept



This is another thing that I don't want my blog to become...a popularity contest...reiterating that it's mostly just a place and time for me to share my thoughts, experiences and such and perhaps make new friends!

flower bed in the front yard with newly-planted petunias in the front row.

Last Saturday I planted some flower seeds here and there once I had cleaned out my flower beds and most of the packets stated that germination would occur within 7 - 10 days and some an even longer period until germination.  I was thrilled on Friday to see that pretty much everything is sprouting.  I guess the weather has been an ideal environment...sorta like a greenhouse here lately...cloudy, rainy, humid.  I feel like I'm living in either Seattle or London, but honestly, I'm not complaining!  There will plenty of sunshine and heat this summer for sure.  I got a killer sunburn on my shoulders and upper back last Saturday from working out in the yard and I'm just now recovering. 

Here is a picture of the hosta bed one week later....so much has popped up!


Hostas require lots of shade and we planted this bed under the shade of a huge mimosa tree in our back yard.  The tree died a couple of years ago and each summer the sun literally cooks these plants and it ends up being a very ugly bed, to say the least.  We have just purchased a Shade Sail to install above in hopes that will create a beautiful shady area for these plants to flourish in.

Breakfast was fabulous today.  My husband is the chief cook on Sunday mornings and today he made an oven-baked pancake and corned beef hash for breakfast....it was so delicious - kinda like a cross between egg custard and a thick crepe.  I love Sundays!


So, today will just be a quiet, rainy Sunday - perhaps a nap or a chance to read a new book is in order.  Enjoy your day!  ;)






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Sunday, April 12, 2015

Gardening

Well, here I am, yet again, making an attempt to revive my poor, neglected blog.  I tried this about a year ago, I think, and didn't get very far.  Perhaps this time I can swing it!  I do have mixed feelings about blogging which is one of the things that has kept me away.  Often I feel like blogs can come across as "look how great my life is compared to yours" and I truly don't want to give off that vibe with my blog.  I just want a place to journal my life experiences with pictures and share it with others who might be interested.  I enjoy reading other blogs that mesh with my lifestyle, interests and curiosity.  So we'll just give this another go!


It's definitely Spring here in the South and yesterday was the first day I was able to get back into my garden and enjoy digging in the dirt.  Mostly just to refresh my flower beds and clean things up a bit outside.  We have a nasty problem with fire ants in our yard and regardless of how many times I treat the area for them, they manage to find a new spot to hide out and attack me - I'm terribly allergic to them!  So, I decided that my best protection from them would be to get some boots.  


I used them for the first time and didn't get bit once - on the feet, at least, but they did get my arms when I unknowingly placed my hand right in the middle of their domain.  They like to live under the border blocks of my beds so you can't see them until you put pressure on the blocks and then they swarm out in full force.


We have a hosta bed in the backyard and they just started poking thru the pine straw this week.  I love it when Spring "busts out" everywhere!


The goldfinches are almost in full color now and it's exciting to see them visiting my birdfeeder outside my sewing room window.


Hopefully today I can dabble in some quilting.  I spend my weekdays sewing for my children's clothing shop so Sunday is pretty much the only day I can do "pleasure sewing".  I've got my heart set on making some pot holders from Lori Holt's new quilt book "Farm Girl Vintage".



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