Thursday, April 30, 2009

Happy Birthday Christina Marie!

Join with me in wishing my dearest an only sister a Happy 50th Birthday!
Known to many of you in blogland as Knitting Mania! If you haven't met her yet, drop by her blog and wish her a great big FIVE O celebration.  She really wasn't in the mood...hehehe!  But maybe we can all help her to enjoy the day!

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

What's blooming this week

A dogwood planted last spring

Lilac's are this weeks favorite. I am so happy to see my lilacs putting on a bit of a show in my fairly young garden. I am in love with this flower. I have never had such good luck with these plants either. I have planted a few different varieties and I am loving each one of them. I spent my childhood climbing on branches and swaying in the breeze, in some very old what I would call lilac trees. One whiff of that scent and I am right back there to those spring days of my early childhood in New England.
They are just starting to pop open.

These are the old fashion lilacs I grew up with. The most fragrant as far as I can tell. Smaller blooms. This is the fourth garden I have had this lilac in. The original start came from my in- laws home. I have mangaged to bring a start with me to each new garden. Some plants become old friends. It has really taken off in this garden. For some reason this new place loves my old standbys. Now if only the roses will do as well?
And here are the results of my purple annuals purchased last week :}

Saturday, April 25, 2009


It is so funny when I blog about something, God is usually speaking to me or is about to on that same subject. While I was reading a comment from my last blog from On This Rock it made me think more about my encouragement comment. You see we have been teaching little Ms. PT how to put together some very simple wooden puzzles for about six months now. At first putting a simple yellow rectangle into its proper position was a big deal for her. Then she would get maybe two or three right out of six puzzles pieces and then get distracted or bored with the problem. Last week she sat down with this same puzzle, dumped all the pieces out and proceeded to put them all back in their proper positions with out a hitch. She did ask with each piece as she held it in the air "Whutts that, whutts that?" so cute. We would say a blue oval, green get the idea.

Dan and I were both very proud of her progress and her desire to learn even more about the puzzle. Names of the shapes and the colors of each piece. I am thinking that is how our heavenly Father must feel when we keep persisting in a task till we we get it right and then proceed even further along and glean more information because we are interested to know more about Him and more about His ways. I was thinking in my last post how I wish I could be more patient with myself in some areas. Now I am thinking, wow how patient God is...with me??? Good thing :]

Rom 5:3-5 ...we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience; And patience, experience; and experience, hope: And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.

I hope you can find your own source of an "Encouragement Garden" in your life. Where you see patience and persistence giving you experience that will pay off in a whole lot of hope. Perhaps in a way you were not expecting. I am sure God has planted one near by...just ask Him to show it to you.

Pro 3:5-6 Trust GOD from the bottom of your heart; don't try to figure out everything on your own. Listen for GOD's voice in everything you do, everywhere you go; he's the one who will keep you on track.

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Springtime Delights

I have got to say it is finally starting to look like a garden around here. When I saw this bleeding heart in full bloom I kinda went nuts photographing it. You don't know how many years I have tried to get bleeding hearts to hang out and multiply in my garden. They always petered out after one year or so. But in this garden I have finally hit the right combo apparently, east facing against a wall. You know it pays not to give up. I am sensing a little analogy here Lord. I seem to have so much patience with my garden. I keep trying different combo's till I find a solution, till something works. I think I need to take this lesson into other areas of my life. Just keep trying to find the right way, the right combo, the right direction the right fit. Just don't give up especially on the things He has placed in your heart. Then one day I will say it was worth it, just like my lovely bleeding hearts! Bingo! I think I will name this bed "My Encouragement Garden" This was the first year I planted this bed, and now you can see the results three springs later!
Okay I am getting all sorts of analogies here. How fitting are my blue forget me knots with my bleeding hearts, and white candy tuff :)

This is so feeling like a real garden...hehehe. Below is my Lavender Twist tree only in its second spring.

Flowering apple tree
Redbud...oh it has been so long since I have been able to
look straight up into the sky from a Redbud tree in full bloom.

We have several neighborhood pheasants that like to take a gander in my garden when they think I am not around....they are very shy guys.
My Garden of Encouragement

Thank you Father for speaking to me In a Garden.
I hope if any of you blogland friends have some areas in your life that are discouraging you. Let Him bring you encouragement in the simple things to help you hang on for the big ones.

Saturday, April 18, 2009

Weekend Gardening

For some crazy reason I am planting purple this year...seriously I was not thinking about my previous post.

My subconscious must be speaking to me ya think? lol

Tonight my skin feels a little warm and tight. You know that feeling when you have been out in the yard all day...a little sun on your skin, some tired achy muscles. Oh the glorious smell of the earth and sunshine. P. T. joined us for the first part of the day. She came in the house when Megan brought her over saying "Outside, outside, outside Nana". So stinking cute. She raked and weeded, and kept trying to pick up my pruner's which I kept laying down by mistake. "Whattus that whattus that"? She rattled off in succession every minute or so =) She learned how to use her new watering can today. When it was time to come inside and eat lunch I had to convince her that we didn't water inside.

She received this gardening gear from my dear friend last week.

We started out our Saturday morning by enjoying our coffee outside in the bright sunshine on the back porch wrapped in a blanket, listening to all the birds singing, watching a pair of geese that are nesting in the springs behind our place come in for a landing, and a distinctive white hawk circling around the prairie behind our house probably looking for was a very good day!

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

A Comment From Vee

In reference to my last post that did not make a whole lot of sense even to myself the next day...what point was I trying to make ?

I received this comment from my dear blogging friend Vee:
"Never a problem to read your ramblings. So what odd and great and eccentric thing are you planning anyway? Will your garden take a wild swing?"

I had to laugh out loud. What am I really thinking about here anyway? Then I pulled up this email from a good friend.

I think it hits the point beautifully that I was trying to make in the first part of my crazy post.

Beautiful Women's Month

Age 3:- She looks at herself and sees a Queen

Age 8:- She looks at herself and sees Cinderella Age 15:- She looks at herself and sees an Ugly Sister ('Mum, I can't go to school looking like this!')

Age 20:- She looks at herself and sees 'too fat / too thin / too short / too tall / too straight / too curly' - but decides she's going out anyway
Age 30:- She looks at herself and sees 'too fat / too thin / too short / too tall / too straight / too curly' –but decides she doesn't have time to fix it, so she's going out anyway

Age 40:- She looks at herself and sees 'clean' and goes out anyway
Age 50:- She looks at herself and sees 'I am' and goes wherever she wants to

Age 60:- She looks at herself and reminds herself of all the people who can't even see themselves in the mirror anymore - goes out and conquers the world Age 70:- She looks at herself and sees wisdom, laughter and ability and goes out to enjoy life Age 80:- Doesn't even bother to look - just puts on a purple hat and goes out to have fun with the world

Maybe we should put on that purple hat earlier...

Vee: I guess for me putting on that purple hat is pretty darn eccentric =>

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Speed Dial?

Yes I feel like my life has been on speed dial lately. I am trying to catch up on blogs in between all the hoopla =] I love that word hoopla. When I say that to my students they look at me like I am so "Old School". Well I am old school ha! And I plan on revelling in it. I have always been a little anxious to get to a certain age...not this middle age stuff, but old enough to be completely eccentric and get away with it. Oh which reminds me of this wonderful painting I saw a few years ago. It was done by this locally famous artist who had taught watercolor in our area for years, some simple type Georgia O'Keeffe style water color flowers. Interesting but not my thing. One day I was grabbing a coffee at Starbucks and saw this painting in the gallery window next door and it simply captured my heart! The theme of the two sisters or that's how I thought of these women immediately spoke to me. They definitely seemed like intimate friends anyway. The vibrancy of the colors and the way these colors were used. Admittedly so this photo is extremely poor with the glass reflection. Let me see if I can blow up some of the areas where the colors go insane.

Well I know this is not so good on the Internet here. Back to my train of though...the lady at the gallery told me this artist was now in retirement and she felt she could really let go and just do what pleased her. No more painting for the crowd. Matter of fact this gallery owner had to beg her to let them show her new work in the gallery. It was such a transformation of style. From palish watery water colors to bright bold acrylics. I was so inspired. I kept starring at this picture trying to figure out how she managed to put all these crazy colors next to each other in the same painting, heck in the same strokes and made it work. Ahhh yes an old dog can definitely learn new tricks. Or at least step out of the BOX!

Okay so if you are still reading my ramblings...kind of how my life has been going...back to the hoopla.

For those of you who may have been wondering how I have been doing with Jenna Dear gone. Just fine! I have been too busy to notice...sorry Jenzie. Dan went back to work last week and I had a very dear friend come and spend the week with me. We had all kinds of fun. She came to Interns with me and taught the kids a great lesson on the fly. We did a word study together, went shopping and made Thai food. I helped her start a blog. I will introduce her blog to you all as soon as she publishes her first post. She will be kind of like a female version of Strider to those of you that followed that dear friend. I think? We did a little vineyard touring of the Yakima Valley. We ate Greek olives and feta cheese for snacks. Oh and we whipped up her famous gnocchi sauce one night...mmmm delish. We were going to do some painting but ran out of time. The visit was perfect timing for both of us. Her daughter recently left town for a new adventure and we both did not want to sit around and mope.

My roses and pre season garden work has just been completed as of 7:00 this evening. And basically I have been on stand by for my new little granddaughter. It seems she may be making an early show of it. With six weeks to go Megan has been showing early signs of labor. P.T. was two weeks early. So I am trying to help keep Meg off her feet. Lots of nesting going on at her place =) We are praying Sweet Pea will stay put a few more weeks in momma's tummy.

Update: Last night my son-in-law had an emergency appendectomy...oiy vay! He is doing great and on his way home now. I better get P.T. home and to bed. We are all a little pooped out :]

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

First "In a Garden" day with Puddin Toes

I simply have no words to describe how fun a moment this was for me! I had bought P.T. some little girl gardening equipment for Easter. Early Monday morning Nana had a babysitting job. The weather was perfect, the garden was crying out for my attention. I couldn't stand it. I had to give P. T. her Easter gift early. I remember being this age in a garden with my own grandmother. Time spent with her in her garden made an indelible imprint on my life. To share this day of sunshine and dirt with my girl was a kiss from heaven.

We had important jobs to do...weeding 101

Check out the gloves =]

This was one great little worker. She seemed to love it as much as Nana! I can't wait for our next gardening date!
The kiss of the sun for pardon
The song of the birds for mirth
One is nearer to God's heart in the garden
Than anywhere else on earth

Dorothy Gurney
1858 - 1952

Monday, April 6, 2009

More Art Work....At the Drawing Pad

If your interested...check out my latest download of this year's student art work.  At the Drawing Pad.
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