Tuesday, September 29, 2009

A Day in the Park

Last weekend we spent the day with our grandson. It was perfect weather for a day at the park and lunch sitting at picnic table under the shelter of the tall maple and oak trees. It's a beautiful spot with a spring-fed pond and stream. You can see the bubbles coming up from the bottom of the little pond as the water comes to the surface. It is so clear that it looks like it is a few inches deep, but in reality is more like 4-5 feet.


Vinca covers the hill. It loves the moisture and shade this area has to offer.





What little boy doesn't love sticks? You can do so many things with them!


The ferns and hostas were still beautiful and lush green.


There's even a special arbor for weddings. People were beginning to arrive for the ceremony. I didn't have the nerve to take a picture of the bride. It's a private day for the family, and not for paparazzi, don't you think?







Is that a fish? Or just a leaf floating by? Poke it and see.



And now it's time for a round of golf. My these new plastic clubs Nana bought are wonderful!

It was a special day I will never forget. I hope he will remember it too as childhood turns in to adulthood.



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Saturday, September 26, 2009

Words of Love

Has anyone ever carved words of love for you?



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Friday, September 25, 2009

A Look Through the Trees



On Sunday I was in the park and just happened to look up. The view was spectacular and made me dizzy.


For more Skywatch Friday shots, go here.


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Thursday, September 24, 2009

Blotanical Award Nominations






I truly don't know what to say. I made my daily visit to Blotanical.com and discovered that I had been nominated for the Best Michigan Blogger Award. I am so surprised and thrilled.

I have to admit that I didn't even have a chance to nominate bloggers myself; I have been so busy. Each time I thought, I'll do it tomorrow; then before I knew it, the chance had passed me by.

Today, I decided to cast my votes before it was too late, and as I was scrolling down the categories one at a time, I came upon the 50 states of the United States. My goodness, there was Thyme for Herbs in the Michigan category! I'm stunned.

If you've never been to Blotanical and you love gardening, you really should join. You don't have to blog to enjoy the many different and exciting gardens, instructional articles, and garden tours around the world. I have learned so much since I became a member. Click on the sidebar links to the many gardens you can find there.

If you do mosey on over there, and feel so inclined, I would love it if you were to vote for me. But the biggest thrill right now is the nomination. Yes, I know that's what all the people who are nominated for an Academy Award say, but it's really true, and I thank you so much.




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Monday, September 21, 2009

Surprises



This happens every year at this time. I'm out of things to say about my garden and of course there's not much left to the garden anyway to talk about. I have a few articles stored up that I'll use a little at a time, but by and large, I can't think of a thing to say.

Some of this lack of brain activity comes from the fact that I am thinking about something else 24-7. Our house still hasn't sold! We are having another open house on Saturday so we've done a few upgrades to try to entice the new people who may be coming through. We installed a new dishwasher and washing machine, as well as a new breaker box, painted the garage and the balcony railing. Of course, to accomplish this meant multiple trips to places like Lowe's and Home Depot. I was quite irritated to think that I was purchasing these items for someone else, when I had needed them all these years myself. Oh well, that's what the TV shows say you should do to sell your house.
Being in these stores, and seeing all that is offered for a home do-it-yourselfer started conversations with my husband about the next house and new garden plans. Will there be room for arbors and a potting shed? Will we have room for vegetables and fruits? After spending hours on the computer researching and dreaming about our future, I stumbled across this site, which includes ideas on all kinds of projects, from home repair to gardening. It spurred me on with a new idea for my blog. In the future I will be pointing you to new sites to visit for your gardening projects and home projects, and letting you know how our plans are coming.
I haven't forgotten about my daylilies and herbs, I'm just in limbo for a while. If I happen to travel and find an exciting garden to share, I'll pop that in, too. I guess what I'm saying is that for a while this site will be full of surprises.

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Happenstance House -- A journal about my Victorian home and all of it's contents.

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Oh my, Those Morning Glories.


Oh my,those wonderful morning glories!
I never planted morning glories this year, but they reseeded themselves as they often do. Then around July I noticed them starting to climb up my arbor.


Now look at what I've got -- Just when fall is bringing a dead and dry look to the garden area.


Isn't it a beauty? This morning I spotted a rose/fuchsia color starting to bloom. I guess it's never too late. Oh my, those morning glories!!!!


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Happenstance House -- A journal about my Victorian home and all of it's contents.

Friday, September 18, 2009

Painting



Last year I took a poll as to whether or not I should paint my garage. The majority of you voted with me to keep the rustic look. My husband has been wanting to paint it for years, but I held back because I liked the way the peeling paint complimented my garden features.
Well, since the house is up for sale, we have come to realize that not everyone shares the same opinion about gardening and the weathered look. The plants around the garage wall are about ready to go into hibernation, so the time is right. The awful job of scraping has been completed and it looks like the weather is cooperating. Today the garage is getting a fresh coat of white. What do you think?





Don't forget to visit An Herbal Bedfellow for healthy recipes made with herbs, and also my newest blog:
Happenstance House -- A journal about my Victorian home and all of it's contents.