THE MAGIC AND WONDER OF NATURE

In March I wondered if I should plant flowers.  And if I did, would people want them?  I wondered how things would continue in a manner that we were accustomed to.

I decided to plant the flowers.  I planted sunflowers.  I planted zinnias.  I planted cosmos.  I planted marigolds.  And they grew like they have never done before.Read More »

A BIG THANK YOU!!!!

This post is long, long, long overdue.  This has been quite a year.  A terribly wet spring.  One patch of flowers was planted in mid-May.  More rains came.  And we waited and waited and waited.  The first patch of flowers was replanted in mid-June.  More rains came.  And we waited and waited and waited.  By the second week in July, everything was in the ground.  Then oppressive heat arrived with no rain.  Break out the sprinklers and the water tank.

In spite of all the crazy weather challenges, the flowers came and were beautiful!!

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HAPPY NEW YEAR – HAPPY NEW KNEE!!

Happy New Year, everyone!  I realize the New Year is about seven weeks old, but I am just getting back into the swing of things since my knee replacement in mid-December.  This is my second knee replacement.  My left knee was replaced twelve years ago.  I vowed that I would not wait so long to have my right knee replaced.  But I did.  Too many things kept coming up and my procrastination was in full force.  And, ironically, when the time came, it almost didn’t happen.Read More »

The Last Beautiful Bouquet

I was hoping that freezing temperatures would hold off until November 1.  I don’t know why, but to me it makes more sense to end the growing season on November 1 instead of mid-October.  But such is life and seasons in the mid-west.  And with frost last week and a freeze warning for tonight, it is time to say good-bye and thank you to the beautiful flowers.

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FLOWERS – FINALLY!!!

 Is it spring or summer?  The temperatures outside would say we are in the middle of a blazing, hot summer.  The calendar, however, says that it is still spring.  It is hard to imagine that just two months ago in mid-April we were still getting snow.  Not the case now!!

Ella and I have had so much going on that we have fallen behind on our big baking adventure.  But look what I have!!  Yes!!!  Flowers!!!

The grandkids are all busy with Church confirmation camp, Vacation Bible School, mission trips, and lots of swimming.  I have been busy with these beauties!

Due to the extreme heat and humidity, I have been out tending the flowers early in the morning.  Like 5:00 a.m.!  This is the beautiful sight that greeted me this morning.

Good morning, Sun!  It looks like another gorgeous day.

After a slow start, these beauties are ready.  It is time for the flower cart!!

Rain is in the forecast for the next couple of days.  We could certainly use a good inch.

My plan is to have the flower cart out this weekend.  I will have updates on Facebook.

The sunflowers and marigolds are not ready yet.  We will also be planting pumpkins (5 varieties this year including some white pumpkins) and squash.  Until then, we will just have to love these amazing Zinnias!!

Thanks for stopping by!  Hope to see you at the flower cart this weekend!

Until next time,
Pat

 

Spring Fever

This winter in Central Illinois has certainly been strange to say the least and one for the records – literally.  We have had a record small amount of moisture (snow) and if I am not mistaken,  February has been one of the warmest since records have been kept.  And lots of sickness.  Colds, flu, fevers, aches and pain.  I was not spared.  In fact, I just finished my second round of antibiotics to get rid of a nasty sinus infection that followed an equally nasty bout of asthmatic bronchitis.  But for the past week I have had a good kind of fever – Spring Fever!!  Last Saturday afternoon I worked outside in shorts and a sleeveless top and actually got sunburned!  And what was I outside doing?  Thinking of flowers of course!

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Giving Thanks

Hello, friends.  It is hard to believe that we will be celebrating Christmas in two days.  Happy winter!  Where did the fall go?  And for that matter, what happened to summer and spring?  Time certainly seems to be passing by quickly.  I hope you had a joyful Thanksgiving and have everything in order for Christmas!!

My women’s study group at church has been reading and discussing a very thought-provoking and intriguing book, One Thousand Gifts:  A Dare to Live Fully Right Where You Are by Ann Voskamp.  This book has had an astounding impact on me.  I am intentionally making an effort to slow down, look around, see the beauty and give thanks for the many gifts that God has provided me.

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