Sunshine, Flowers, and a Tiny Spider ๐ŸŒž

Hello my lovely friends ๐Ÿ’•

Summer Sunday Afternoon ๐Ÿ˜ Are you relaxing with a book, a project, or are you just enjoying the lazy hours this time of the week brings? ๐Ÿ˜Š

For me it’s a combination of all three. ๐Ÿ˜Ž

Before I settled in, I walked around our flowery garden, and snapped some pretty pictures.

As I’m sorting through the photos I realize I should have paid better attention to the little labels in my flower pots upon purchase. ๐Ÿ˜• I know some names of the more popular plants…but others escape me. So you’re not gonna learn anything today ๐Ÿ˜‰ just enjoy!

The first thing I noticed when I stepped outside was a little spider busily running back and forth, weaving a beautiful web. It was not easy capturing the web…but I got some pretty sunshine-y pictures while trying ๐ŸŒž

And then I got it…see her in the bottom right corner? ๐Ÿ•ธ

The Wisteria is on her second bloom this year ๐Ÿ˜

I can’t get enough of the Hydrangea ๐Ÿ’•

Snapdragons have always been one of my favorites ๐Ÿ˜Š

I love to pinch their little cheeks ๐Ÿ˜†

The ‘Rose of Sharon’ bushes are just now starting to bloom

So is the Hibiscus

Here are some ‘what were they called again?’ ๐Ÿ˜

Just as I turned to go inside I glanced at the little field of clover, and decided to give them a spot in the limelight ๐Ÿ™‚

I hope you enjoyed this little trip into my world ๐Ÿ˜

I’m wishing you a fabulous Sunday afternoon! ๐Ÿ’•

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Monthly Meet-up ~ Flowers ๐ŸŒบ ๐ŸŒท๐Ÿ’

Hello my lovely friends ๐Ÿ’•

Today I finally found the time to read many of your wonderful blogs ๐Ÿ˜ƒ

While indulging in that, I stumbled across a photo challenge, hosted by Wild Daffodil

This month’s theme is Flowers ๐Ÿ’

Since we’re having a very late Spring, I didn’t expect too much when I headed into the yard with my camera. But upon closer inspection I did spot a few picture-worthy blooms. ๐Ÿ˜ƒ

Under a just-now-sprouting-green ‘Rose of Sharon’ bush I found some ‘Forget-me-nots’ ๐Ÿ˜Š

The Lilac bush is showing off it’s beauty – and spreading it’s wonderful fragrance through the little corner of our world ๐Ÿ˜

Dandelions…we have Dandelions! ๐Ÿ˜ But I do love them so they get to stay (and spread ๐Ÿ˜‰)

Then I spotted some little violets hiding in the grass ๐Ÿ™‚

Aren’t they lovely? ๐Ÿ’•

Back inside I noticed that my ‘Christmas Cactus’ is starting to bloom ๐Ÿ˜† Does that count?

Silly little thing ๐Ÿ˜

I did save my favorite picture for last ๐Ÿ˜

Make a wish! ๐Ÿงš๐Ÿผโ€โ™€๏ธ

I know that wasn’t much…but I think the few that had the decency to show up deserve a little praise! ๐Ÿ˜

Let’s hope that Flowers will bloom all around us soon! ๐Ÿ’•

Thanks for dropping by! ๐Ÿค— I hope you enjoyed your stay!

๐ŸŒปNature ๐Ÿ„ Tales ๐ŸŒฒ

Hello my lovely friends ๐Ÿ’• Did you come back to see the pictures I promised you yesterday? ๐Ÿ˜Š Cool – let’s take a look ๐Ÿ‘€ 

1. Fairies and Glitter  

When I stepped outside into a glorious cool morning yesterday, I saw ‘Fairy-Glitter’ on the rosebush ๐Ÿ’œ You know that can only mean one thing…I missed the Fairy Party โœจโœจโœจ

๐Ÿ’ซThat reminded me of this lovely poem from Marian May 

Golden Glitter

It sparkles on their cheek

The cheeks of the Fairies dear

They are always beautiful

Their cheeks sparkle with glitter

And they are forever happy

They are a lot like my big sister

And they have wings of silk as well

Their hair is curly 

And their lips are cherry

Their pretty wings

Flutter in the breeze

And the swirls on them 

Are made of golden glitter
~Marian~

Cute, isn’t it?! ๐Ÿ˜

If you love Fairies, you might enjoy this little post from last year called Do you believe in 398.2?

Let me know if you do. ๐Ÿค—

2. Visitors to the backyard 

 Not only is she amazingly beautiful, she’s also very patient ๐Ÿ˜Š  She waited until I got my camera, snapped a few pictures – then she flew away 

Wah! ๐Ÿ˜ณ The sneaky snake in the geraniums 

We took her to a nearby creek, and hope to never see her again! ๐Ÿ˜ฌ

I don’t know if a mushroom is considered a ‘visitor’…probably not. But nevertheless, here is one 


…growing out of the side of a flower pot 


3. An old tree 

This old lady sits in an old cemetery on Ft. Leavenworth, KS. I visited there yesterday

  



Breathtaking, isn’t she? ๐Ÿ’œ

The reports on her age vary, but most people think that she’s at least 150 – 200 years old.

I hope you enjoyed my ‘Nature Tales’ ๐Ÿ˜Š and stop by again soon. 

Until then ๐Ÿ’•

Just A Few Random Things ๐Ÿฆ„

Hello my lovely friends    ๐Ÿ’•  It’s been a minute or two, hasn’t it? Actually – almost a week ๐Ÿ˜ณ Oh my! I’ve been a bit under the weather all week ๐Ÿค’ so it’s not been the most productive one. But…I’m back ๐Ÿค— and really glad you are too!

Today I just wanna show you a few random things I’ve thought about this past week…just to get back into the swing of it all. ๐Ÿ˜

1. A few months ago I bought some succulents, and on the way home a few of the leaves broke fell off. Luckily I had just read an article about ‘Propagading Succulents’ ๐Ÿ˜ƒ So I thought I give it a try. And guess what? It worked! ๐Ÿ˜Ž See….

Well, I guess I don’t have a picture from the beginning – this is about 3 weeks in ๐Ÿ˜Š It did slow down some after the initial ‘growth spurt’

       

But they are coming along nicely ๐Ÿ˜



2. While searching for the ‘Wildflower’ poem last week – you might remember – I came across these lovely words from Rustine Hamlett  ๐Ÿ’œ

This makes me smile every time…

 I Tried To Write A Poem…

i tried to write a poem
a poem just for You
but when i sought to find the words
like hummingbirds, they flew!

i tried to bake some cookies
a dozen, just for You
but before they hit the oven
we’d shared the yummy goo

i tried to paint a picture
a picture just for You
but the colors all ran out of line
like sunlight through the dew

i tried to plant a garden
wildflowers, just for You
but when i’d tilled and sown the soil
too tall for me they grew!

i tried to find a treasure
a treasure just for You
but when i looked inside the chest
i found a gift from You

i tried to tell a story
a mystery, just for You
but when i lost the villain’s trail
’twas You who found the clue

i tried to catch some fireflies
green starlight, just for You
but you smiled, and set the lightning free
when i brought my lamp to You

i tried to find the perfect shell
a conch shell, just for You
but all i found were little stars
who tickled like You do!

i tried to find an angel
an angel just for You
but when i told her who You were
she said “you can’t have two”

i tried to catch a falling star
a wish, made just for You
but when i did, You said “My dear,
all I’ve wished for is in youโ€ฆ”

i tried to write a poem
a poem just for You
this time i found all the words
to tell the world of You

Lovely, isn’t it? ๐Ÿ˜Š

3.  Walking through our garden this morning, I noticed how strong the Wisteria grew this Spring and Summer ๐Ÿ˜ Can you see how tightly it wove itself around the trellis? 




4. Now a few things worth mentioning…but -sadly- without pictures (for now). This shall be corrected real soon ๐Ÿ˜

~ A few WIPs are almost done – mostly smalls. I’ve been working on double-layer dishcloths (worked in Tunesian Stitch in the round! ๐Ÿ˜ณ It’s supercool…wait ’til you see this (I might be a smidge overexcited ๐Ÿ˜‚)

~ I baked my bread for the ‘Fantastic Bake-Off’ ๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿปโ€๐Ÿณ It’s fabulously delicious ๐Ÿ˜‹ I’ll show ya tomorrow.

~ I collected some hilarious things for tomorrow’s ‘Weekend Chuckle’ ๐Ÿ˜œ

So – that was my week in a quick review ๐Ÿ˜Š 

I sure hope you enjoyed it a bit, and come visit again tomorrow! ๐Ÿค—

Until then ๐Ÿ’•

Your Weekend Chuckle ๐Ÿ˜‚

Hello my lovely friends ๐Ÿ’• Thanks for peeking in! 

Filed away for future use ๐Ÿ˜œ

Have a great weekend! ๐Ÿค—

Gotta run now, but I’ll be back later with a ‘Fiber ~ Art ~ Moment’ ๐Ÿ˜€

Until then ๐Ÿ’•

~ Tina xoxo 

Fighting Mosquitoes One Plant At A Time

Hello my lovely friends ๐Ÿ’• How sweet of you to peek in!

If you were with me last year you might remember this one. For all my new friends, here’s a ‘rerun’ ๐Ÿ™‚

Can you believe it’s almost May? That means it’s finally time to tend to the flowerbeds.
Right now I’m taking a break from weed-pulling ย ….ugh….all that rain and the humidity really made them flourish. ๐Ÿ˜– I do leave the pretty ones with the flowers, ย but sorry ‘Creeping Charlie’ you gotta go.

Then it’s off to buy the flowers! Yay! Do you get overwhelmed at the nursery/garden center? I sure do – my flowerbed is not all that big, so I can’t get that many, and I can never decide which ones of the pretties to take home.

But ~ this year it’s going to be easy! See, I’m very allergic to mosquito bites. Those little suckers leave me severely swollen and itchy. So I was very glad when I came across this nifty chart that lists all the plants mosquitoes hate! Ha! Got them now! ๐Ÿ˜œ

I will plant them all around the patio, and in pots around and on the table. I do wish I could cover myself in all these plants…just to be on the safe side. That is of course not possible, but it gave me an idea for a fun sketch ๐Ÿ˜‹
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Don’t you wish? Then all you need is have someone throw a net ย over you to keep the bees away! ๐Ÿ

I will plant everything this week…hopefully it’s successful.

(Update- last year we had a lot less mosquitoes, I’m hoping it was due to the plants , and we’ll be bite-free again this year! ๐Ÿ˜Š

Going now to pull some more weeds! ๐Ÿ˜

Oh, wait…..I just found this helpful hint

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Do you have any experience with this? If so, please let us know!

I hope you found these tips and tricks helpful ๐Ÿค—

Until next time ๐Ÿ’•

~ Tina xoxo

*I’m in no way affiliated with the product mentioned in this post ๐Ÿ™‚

 

Best Plants for the Bathroom ~ from Kelley’s DIYย 

Hello my lovely friends ๐Ÿ’•Thanks for peeking in! ๐Ÿ˜Š

If you’re looking to turn your bathroom into a ‘Jungalicious paradise’ – Kelley has some wonderful tips and ideas for you!


http://kelleysdiy.com/2017/03/05/best-plants-for-the-bathroom/

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