Tuesday, May 23, 2017


 it's not official 
Summer has come to town...

...while Spring 
had a short dress rehearsal, 
winter kept popping back in and 
closed the show 
before her star had 
a chance to shine.

The Cottage 
is appearing a little drab and 
is looking forward to 
a small make-over.
  When her front porch is 
put to rights, 
she will feel and
 look much brighter.

some of her accessories are
 coming to life and 
starting to put a
 smile on her face.

The lavender is
 full of buds.

The mint is 
reclaiming its place 
along the wall.

The valerian is
 outside the fence...

 inside the fence...

...providing a
 colorful hug 
all around...

...stopping only 
long enough 
to welcome all 
through the garden gate.

This is
 my favorite pose of the Cottage.

   Just a small peek
 through the seasonal branches of
 the crepe myrtle tree.

 During spring, 
it looks mostly green,
the tree is sporting its pink blossoms, 
through the autumn colors of the leaves,
with snow on the ground and bare branches.

This is the time of year 
the Secret Garden 
is doing what a secret garden does best.
  Being overgrown and unruly. 
 Soon its turn will come 
to be plucked and pruned.

The hydrangeas are
 budding out and 
will soon become the 
 in the crown of the garden...

...along with
 the mystery flowers 
(we have concluded 
they are summer phlox, old school) 
which will line the sides 
of the walkway 
with their lacy white blooms.


This is the story
 of a little Cottage that could 
come back year after year 
 all on its own 
with very little help from 
the lucky folks that
 live within.


Summer Dreamin'

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Tuesday, May 16, 2017


I hope
 all of you moms 
had a wonderful Mother's Day and 
are enjoying some beautiful
spring weather.

We have been fortunate 
to have some spring-grazin' weather 
but, today, 
it looks like another 
windy, gray day with rain 
due at 
any minute.

This beautiful, 
little bouquet 
was on the table 
this morning...

...picked and arranged 
 for me...

...by my sweet Captain
 his little buddy.



Thank you all 
for your kind words of encouragement
 about my ailing back.

 I'm so glad to say 
that it is all better now. 
 It most likely will return 
at some point, 
as it always does, 
but until then, 
I will enjoy time without it!

I had a really wonderful 
Mother's Day.

 Tami and Tim 
came up to pick up our
 front porch wicker set. 
 We are re-finishing the porch
 and changing things up a bit.

  They brought with them 
the sweetest gift (above) 
from Jake and Jacenda.

 It is so special to me 
that they always take the time 
to pick out something 
that is just right.

  I love it 
and you kids
mean the world to me. 
 Thank you both.



I mentioned 
we are fixing the front porch.
  The floor needs to be stripped
 and repainted 
and the walls and railings 
need some TLC 
after many years. 

 My gift from the Captain and Kaizie...

as we sit and rock,
 the Cottage will truly become 
an old folk's home!

 A few other bright accessories 
(courtesy of a Mother's Day trip
 to Home Goods) 
will shape it right back
 to its former glory.

 Hopefully it can be revealed soon!



The crowning glory 
to a memorable Mother's Day 
is my gift from 
Tim and Tami...

Have you ever seen 
anything so adorable? 

 I just love him so much. 
 He is called Goatzie and 
he sits on the kitchen table.
 To the eye he looks perfect there, 
but with all the light behind him,
 he doesn't show off too well in a photo,
 so I placed him on 
the settle bench
so you could see him better.

He and his cart
 are made out of tin and
 they both are just about
 the cutest things I have ever seen. 

 He just makes me smile out loud!

 Tami is the best
 at picking out gifts and 
she sure knows what I like.

 Thanks Tim and Tami.

 Goatzie is at home and I love him.



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Tuesday, May 9, 2017


Would you believe 
if I told you 
that I went from 
5ft 6in to 3ft 3in 
in under an hour? 

 I was bending over and
 painting some signs 
I have been working on 
for a couple of days and
 I knew my back was sore
 but when I leaned over 
to pick something up off the floor, 
I heard a crack
 (or it could have been a snap or a pop).

Whatever it was, 
it took me from 
vertical to horizontal
in no time flat.

I have been spending the nights
 moving between the bed and the sofa
 and that doesn't leave much time
 for sleeping.

I can't sit very long 
in one place 
so haven't been keeping up
 with the computer and 
since I haven't been out and about, 
the photo selection is at
 a standstill 
this week...

...so I thought 
I would share with you 
some fresh pretties
 from past times 
and to let you know 
what I've been up to, 
which is about
 4ft 8in 
at this time.

Hope all is well 
with you and 
enjoy your week while 
I address 
the rug burns 
on my chin!


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