Saturday, April 12, 2014

Pain gone ~ wool rug ~ flowers


Hello Friends ~ Thank you for emails, notes and comments hoping my back was better.  The pain lasted for three days and I am so thankful.  It has lasted longer before.  I only took one ibuprophen, I mainly just relaxed and did nothing strenuous.

I have a few flower photos from this morning and one of my Queen Crape which is really filling out nicely.  It makes a lovely shade tree once it is all filled in and then blooms around August/September.


My friend Nanci who owns the shop, with her husband, next to where I work gave me a pot of lovely Silver Lace Fern, in with a hibiscus.  I repotted the hibiscus, and divided up the fern into three pots of it.  I love the fern. She has more of this fern and keeps dividing it.


Tibouchina ~ click on the photo for a larger view.


‘Kathleen’ blooms below.



Now, here’s my find for the week.  I stopped at a couple of yard sales on my way to work this morning. The one place I made a joke to the man about how I’d like to take his gardenia hedge. It was about 6’ long by 3’ deep and maybe 4’ high, squared off and loaded with blooms. I didn’t buy anything there.

Next stop looked more promising and it’s where I found my treasure for $3.  It’s a hand made cross-stitched wool rug. It is 27” by 42”. It just needs a binding around the edge. It was made in 6 sections, then sewn together. It was some kind of kit so said the faded out printing on the back. With the roses, it had FlowerLady’s name all over it. Smile


Right now the timer is about to go off for a (ding) Ricotta Cheese Pound cake.  It sure smells good.  I made it for our ladies small Bible study group tomorrow.  We all bring something to eat and it’s always fun to see what all we have. Last week I took a banana bread with craisins, chocolate chips and sunflower seeds, and didn’t bring any home.  I’m thinking of taking Comstock strawberry pie filling, since I have that in my cupboard, for topping. 

I hope you all had a good week and that your weekend is a nice one too.  May you all have a lovely Easter week also.


Tuesday, April 8, 2014

This & That


Good morning Friends ~ Thank you all for your comments. They mean a lot, and I do try to get to all of your blogs in return or send emails. I apologize if I have missed you. That’s why I thank you here in public.

It is Tuesday morning, very windy, humid and T-storms are expected later today.  We had a little rain last night, but could use more.

Yesterday morning soon after getting out of bed, I leaned over and felt a twinge below my waist along backbone.  Oh good grief!  I’ve gotten these before, sort of a pinched nerve is what I call it. I went about my day, worked in my wash house, then sat and did needlework indoors. It hurts to bend over, but I’ll survive. It just takes time to work itself back to normal.  I rubbed on some Arni-care gel in the middle of the night and that helped some and at least I could sleep better. Turning over with this aggravation is a real pain.  I’m going to rub in some Tiger Balm later, that stuff is GREAT.  First used it on Mark for his pain and he liked it as it really did soothe him.

Anyway, today is a new day and I am thankful for it. I went out and took photos and here are the ones that made the grade.

This is my Queen Crape Myrtle filling out with new leaves. I’ve had her since 2007, an anniversary gift from Mark.  She was only about 4’ tall, she’s probably 10’ tall now.  She’s great shade for the patio and I love her huge purple blooms. I look forward to her blooms every late summer/early fall.  That is a stag horn fern hanging off her in a wire hanging basket.


These are two rooted cuttings I got going last year of the red passion flower vine.  I can hardly wait to see the blooms.



Here are gorgeous ‘unknown name’ orchids. These two are by the caravan.



These are my wonderful Vanda orchids. They grow all over, like the reed orchids.  I just break them off with some roots attached and put them here and there.


This is Plumbago.  I love blues and purples in the gardens.


Spiderworts, which grow like a weed, but I don’t care, the more the merrier.


Copperleaf shrub in the background with reed orchids.


This is a yellow flowering Dwarf Poinciana with seed pods.


This is a wonderfully scented unknown named rose. It was heavy with rain from last night and hanging down so I held it up to smell and for you to enjoy it’s beauty.


These blooms are ‘Granada’.  Isn’t the coloring wonderful!!!  Granada was one of our favorite cities in Spain.


Here is one of the many bees who visit the sweetly scented Callisia fragrans, or Basket Flower.


My project yesterday was to cover the aluminum walls by the washing machine and behind the painting in the wash house. I used a polyester bed sheet, (not good for sleeping under, I prefer cotton, much cooler).

Here’s the before


after ~ I used a damaged piece of pegboard that we had, cut it down and rigged it in place, as I couldn’t quite reach over there to do it right. Smile


I’m planning to put some 2-3 inch thick styrofoam up between the rafters in the ceiling to help it be cooler in there.

Bookmarks for our widow’s group, what I worked on yesterday afternoon. I’ve got 12 more started and want to make around 30-35 all together.


Yesterday morning I ordered some alcohol ink marker pens for coloring silk ribbon for embroidery.  That way, I only have to buy white silk ribbon and color them myself. Was inspired by some you-tube videos by Crafty Attic. This lady is very good with her tutorials.

Well, that’s it for now.

Hope you all have a great week ~ FlowerLady


Thursday, April 3, 2014

Five days later …


the missing and left behind piece is found.  Can you believe it?  When I left work this afternoon, I slowly drove by the place where I had picked up my latest curbside find, and lo and behold, there was the piece up on the grass.  When I had seen it last it had been on the street. I was so excited and happy and thanked God for this little gift to me.




Only missing one of those little round metal sun looking pieces.

I can certainly live with that.


What a happy ending.  Now I need to find hinges in the workshop to put the two doors back on, attach the missing piece, oil it all and lightly polish the brass tiles, then figure out how to hang it in place.

Mark would like this story.


Aaaahhh, April is here

Good morning Friends ~ April is absolutely lovely so far.  The weather down here in s.e. FL has been absolutely perfect.  I worked outside the past two morning, three hours each and am happy with my accomplishments. More to do yet, another time.

This is on the north side of my little shed. You couldn’t see the space for all of the weeds and the old mail box mounted on car springs, had broken off it’s base and fallen over into area. I think the raccoons climbing around did the damage. I had to bust it off the base, then haul it to new location on a hand dolly.


I’m sitting in the ‘faux bois’ chair pictured above to get this picture below.  This are was filled with Spanish needles, and other weeds.  Butterflies love the Spanish needles but they are a pain to get rid of, they spread by little needlelike seeds that stick to you clothing.


The potted small tree pictured in front of the caravan long window, has feathery leaves, but I don’t know what it is. It’s not a Poinciana and I don’t think it’s the ‘Rattle Tree’ either.  I’m leaving it in the pot.  I want some shade for the caravan so am using this for now. The sun is still down away yet, as it’s around 8:15 when this was taken.



Here’s the mailbox in new location.  This used to be our mailbox out by the street until we got a new one.  It has our address numbers on it but I blocked them out in pictures for privacy.  Mark painted them on there and I’ve left them, just painted around them.







I hope the nude painting in my wash house does not offend any of you.  It is a study, probably done by a student in art class many, many years ago.  I love the colors and she is holding a rose. (I would post a larger photo of just her, but like I said, I don’t want to offend.) This is sort of how the space looked before the appliance repair man came to look at washing machine, only worse. Smile I did take the  painting down before he came over and moved that little shelf unit up onto the desk to the right so he would have room to work on machine.


Here it is straightened up and I decided to paint the fronts of the shelf unit. Not the shelf tops though as they will just get scruffed up.


This is the s.e. corner.  When we first got this little shed in 2000, besides it being for the washing machine, and storage for bulk items, I was going to paint in here, but it’s too hot in there and the vibration from the spin cycle of machine made it unpleasant to be in there for painting. I’m not into painting anymore but this is still a cute tiny space, 6ft x 8ft.


This is the other corner. Glass shelves that still hold some things that haven’t decided to bounce off. I need a lamp shade and think I saw one in the big shed out back that might work. The one it had originally was HUGE.


This is the north wall. Found cabinets.  I painted the one on the right blue quite awhile ago, the other one is formica. The blue formica topped drawer piece we found curbside too. It’s filled mostly with seashells collected from the beach. Which makes me think, I should go to the beach for nice healing walks.


This is still a work in progress.  I’ll post more pictures later.

Below are blooms from the ornamental cotton plant I grew from seeds from eli. She has a wonderful blog.  She has a green thumb and I always enjoy visiting her blog. Do visit her, she has a wonderful butterfly garden, grows veggies, and has wonderful orchids and other beautiful plants.



Isn’t this beautiful?



These are taken the next morning. This morning they are closed up and a deeper burgundy color.  They’ve done their thing and now they should grow a cotton ball with seeds.  I hope to collect some seeds to add more of this lovely plant to my gardens.




Below is ‘Kathleen’ one of my favorite ‘simple’ roses and her scent is so sweet. The first two photos the flowers are almost spent.  Petals will be falling off now.



This was taken of a new bloom with buds this morning.



The past month or so I’ve started getting more into my new way of living. I’m feeling more at peace, there’s more joy and my memories are sweet. God has been my strength and I am learning contentment and enjoying the gift of each new day. I want to work on projects again. A fog filled my life, a heaviness too. Now, life is lighter and it’s all because of God and His love and tender mercies.

Happy Spring to all of you where spring is happening in your part of the world.  Some are entering their autumn time of year and I wish you happiness too.



"Look at the trees,
look at the birds,
look at the clouds,
look at the stars...
and if you have eyes you will be able to see
that the whole existence is joyful. 

Everything is simply happy. 
Trees are happy for no reason;
they are not going to become prime ministers or presidents
and they are not going to become rich
and they will never have any bank balance.
Look at the flowers - for no reason. 
It is simply unbelievable how happy flowers are."