Sunday, June 28, 2009

LOOK WHAT THE CAT DRAGGED IN

Actually it was my daughter!!

She dragged this rusty old chair out from way back in the woods!! Apparently someone used to dump there junk back there. My first thought was to tell her to drag it back to where she found it or put in the dumpster for the trash man to cart away.
On second thought...she really thought I would love it and to spare her feelings I plopped it in the garden.



After all...

Who doesn't like a little rust


and chippy paint



in the garden




Oh, and does anyone know what these yellow flowers are called? One just magically appeared there a couple years back and now they are going crazy. I think they are very pretty, but they are taking over fast!!





Have a great night!
Jen





HAPPY BIRTHDAY SWEET GIRL!

My baby is eight years old today!! What better way to celebrate than a day out on the town shopping!
She is a penny pincher...let me tell ya! She had birthday money that I thought was burning a hole in her little pocket.

She proved me wrong!! She didn't spend a dime, but we sure had fun looking!



Every year I let the kids decide what cake they would like me to make. This year the girl chose something simple. There have been years that I have spent hours on more elaborate cakes...like the barbie one I nearly threw across the room, or the pirate ship I almost smashed with my fist!. This one only took me an hour or so. I suppose if I would splurge and buy the proper tools it wouldn't take me so long. I use plastic sandwich bags to pipe on the frosting. I just cut a hole at the end and hold the decorators tip on the best I can. Anyhow, the girl picked daisies and added them to the top. Creative little thing she is. I think it turned out sweet!



A sweet cake for an extra sweet little girl!! Happy Birthday Sweetie pie!! I love you!
Mom



Friday, June 26, 2009

THE LITTLE MOWER THAT COULD


Mow all the little grass paths in the garden!


Grow me some masculine biceps...



and make me sweat like a pig!


Burn about 1000 calories??



Okay...


I'm exaggerating a wee bit. Especially after you figure in the Orange Popsicle!



Oh, and check out my new/old bench! Thanks to my fab friend Christen. I'll think of ya every time I lounge in it!!
Happy weekend to all of you!!
Jen













Saturday, June 20, 2009

HAPPY FATHERS DAY!


A little girl needs Daddy


For many many things



Like holding her high off the ground




Where the sunlight sings!



Like being the deep music

That tells her all is right

When she awakens frantic with

The terrors of the night.

Like being the great mountain

That rises in her heart

And shows her how she might get home

When all else falls apart.

Like giving her the love

That is her sea and air,

So diving deep or soaring high

She'll always find him there.





It is not flesh and blood


but the heart



which makes us


fathers and sons




Happy Fathers day Honey!!




Love you!

Jen


Thursday, June 18, 2009

VIEWS OF THE VEGIE GARDEN

This is the view from deck off the back of the house. That's my garage sale arch you see at the entrance. It cost me only $4. I'd like to try some wisteria there next year.
You can see hubby back there watering the peas. The peas are over five foot tall now. We'll see if any of them even make it to the kitchen. We usually pig out as we pick!



As you can see it's a family affair. Here, the kids are busy at work doing their weeding.



The potatoes are the big bushy plants that you see to the left. They should be ready for picking, eating and storing up for winter in only a few short weeks.







You can see the flowers on the potato plant below. They are really a very pretty plant!



Buddy is busy weeding the brussel sprouts. You can see the rhubarb above him. That's after we picked it and made 216 oz. of Rhubarb jam.




The girl is weeding out the spinach.


The oldest is thrilled. Can you tell??

As is the girl!!



Another view looking back towards the wooded part of our property. The three smaller beds you see belong to the kids. They are each growing a fruit or veggie of their choice. They chose Watermelon, Fairytale pumpkins and edible flowers.


Last, I just had to throw in this picture of our baby Cardinals. Hubby caught them venturing out of their nest yesterday. Aren't they so sweet.

Hope everyone is doing well and enjoying summer!!
Jen


















Monday, June 15, 2009

NEW SHABBY CAB

This is my new shabby cabinet!! In it's previous life I think it resided in a kitchen. It has lots of large shelves and some smaller shelves that I believe would have been for glasses.
I'm oh so excited about this !! You see, we have a gazillion books around this joint and they have all been hidden away in Rubbermaid storage down in the dungeon. Who wants to keep books hidden away in storage?
when they can look oh so lovely in my charming shabby cabinet

I even like to leave the door open a smidgen just so I can smell them.


Don't you love the smell of books???









Friday, June 12, 2009

FAVORITE THINGS FRIDAY

RoostersGeraniums


and wicker!
Have a great weekend!
Jen