Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Joy, oh joy


Little Rosie Posie/Rose Buddy let me pet her/him, while she/he was eating today. Yippee. It is such a little dear. I don’t really ‘need’ this little critter, but could not say no to it’s pitiful cries when he first came around last week.

Today was my BSF meeting. I am so glad to be a part of this Bible study. I am meeting wonderful ladies of all ages, nationalities and denominations. Our focus is on Jesus, who is God Almighty, as we study the book of Revelation. I am enjoying getting to know the smaller group of ladies that I’m in and really look forward to getting to know them better in the coming weeks, as well as having my faith strengthened with this study.

Over the weekend I made yet another beaded heart. I took a shell fragment that spoke to me and got started. I’ve many shell fragments and whole ones too to work with.  DH and I picked them up whenever we would walk the beach.  It makes me feel like going to the beach to do just that once again. I would be out of my ‘comfort zone’ going by myself, but being near the ocean is healing in many ways.

I also used three fresh water pearls that I’d bought at Michael’s I think.  I love them and have several colors of them.




Here is a collage of the pins I’ve made so far. My sis-in-law has several ladies interested in seeing these and maybe purchasing, so I made up the collage for her to show them.


This past Sunday on my way home from lunch with a friend and her family, I stopped and picked up a small Christmas tree (curbside) that I’d passed on my way earlier. It was loaded with lights and I plugged them in when I got home and they didn’t work. I started to unwind the lights and realized it was going to be a miserable job, so I got some wire cutters and cut it into small sections.  It took me about 30 minutes or so to get them off and out of the tree. The tree was strangled by the lights, you could hardly unfold the branches.  I do believe it was a 100 lite strand. How they even wound them in the tree like they did is beyond me. 

The last tree I found was with my DH, our last ‘curbside shopping’ together in Sept of 2012. That tree I call my Charlie Brown tree. It is funky but I love it.


The latest, strangled with lights.


Set free.




Well, I’m starting to feel ready to get horizontal to read before sleep. 

Today was a good day and I am thankful.

I will close with a photo of a leaf I found in the driveway the other day. Heart shapes always catch my attention.

The caption I put on the leaf is from something I found online after losing my Dear Husband.

Life goes on, grief isn’t as raw, although it is still there. It is not something that will ever go away. It’s part of my life, part of who I am. But it will not break me, or hold me in a pit of dark despair. I know my husband is with his Creator and all is well.


Thursday, October 1, 2015

Fall is coming!


Hi Folks ~ Well, I was outside sweating and working this morning, but there was this wonderful breeze from the northwest, I just stopped what I was doing and enjoyed for a couple of minutes. Fall is coming to Florida, it’s just not here yet.

I came in to get a drink of water and checked my email and I received a  lovely DaySpring card from an online friend that had me in tears but was very uplifting. I went back out with renewed hope and faith in God, thanking Him for all that He is doing in my life and for all of you who pray for me and say encouraging things, they are priceless gifts.

I took my camera out with me to try to get some pics of little Rosey. The critter is so skittish yet, but, coming closer and talks to me and also hisses. I can hardly get a clear picture because it moves so fast.

“Hissssss, I don’t trust you yet, where’s my food?”


“Peek-a-boo, I see you, do you see me?.”


“Will you please leave, I want to finish eating?”


I noticed that it has tabby markings in that blackness.  I looked that up on Google and found the following at Fanciers.

“Most solid colored cats are the result of a recessive gene that suppresses the tabby pattern. Sometimes the tabby pattern is not totally suppressed, so you might see indistinct "shadow" tabby markings in certain lights even on a solid black cat. If you look at a black leopard in a zoo, you might also see these shadow markings, because the black leopard has a similar spot-suppressing gene!”

I have another black cat that is the same way, Miss Toodie. Very interesting cat fact.

I did more weed wacking, trimming and raking this morning. Still have more to do, but I made more forward progress. Flowers are blooming, butterflies are flitting about.

I have to tell you a funny thing from last week.  I went to HD for something or other, I think it was the dawn-to-dusk light, and walked through the garden dept., of course.  Well, what did I spy but a whole section of plants with hardly any leaves, but quite a few caterpillars. I laughed, butterfly weed. I decided to buy three of them that had about 4-5 cats apiece. One plant had some leaves, the rest no leaves, no flowers, just stems and cats. Well, I looked today and there are new leaves, just like I knew would happen, nary a sign of the cats though. But I look forward to seeing butterflies from them flitting about soon. I’ve not had any butterflyweed since Hurricane Wilma, it used to grow just fine here until then.





Speaking of butterflies, here is a pic of our state butterfly, the Zebra Longwing.


I made avocado bread this week, 2 loaves from the recipe.  A nice moist bread, great with coffee in the mornings.

I made another beaded heart pin this week. I have 4 now to upload to my Etsy shop. I really enjoyed making this one.





Well, I guess that’s it from Plum Cottage.

Have a nice Friday and a great weekend.



"Winter is an etching,

spring a watercolor,

summer an oil painting

and autumn a mosaic of them all."

Stanley Horowitz