A Few Random Things Β πŸ˜ŽπŸ¦„πŸŒ» – and a WIPΒ 

Hello my lovely friends πŸ’• The Holiday week is coming to an end, and with it our ‘stay-cation’. Meh πŸ˜• We really enjoyed the last few days…Yep – hubby had a few days off πŸ˜ƒ and we checked off a few things on my ‘gotta-wanna-see-this’ list! 😎

You already know about the beautiful park that took me only 10 years to discover 😜 I guess it’s safe to assume that I’m no descendant of Lewis & Clark 😬

On Monday we went to the KC Zoo. It was a very hot and humid day, so we didn’t visit ‘Africa’ – which makes up about half of the terrain – but it still took us almost three hours to walk through the other half. 

I know that you know what animals look like – so I won’t bore you with any pictures. πŸ˜‰

Well maybe a few nifty ones… 

That’s how hot it was – the Dromedary seeking shelter in the shade 

I bet he thought we had some treats for him 😊


These two were playing Catch on the ropes πŸ™‚


The ‘Poison Dart’ frogs are quite pretty, but awfully poisonous 😳 I just read that the poison of one frog can kill 20.000 mice….eeek 


Well….you know πŸ˜‹


Then we went home, fired up the grill and enjoyed a fabulously delicious dinner with the kids 😍

The next day brought us wonderful chilly Fall-like temperatures….so we ventured out again. This time to a nearby Sunflower farm. 40 glorious acres of sunflowers 😍 It is truly spectacular! But don’t take my word for it, see for yourself…


Amazing, isn’t it?! πŸ˜ƒ


Her smile ⬆️ is so much prettier than mine ⬇️

The bees and butterflies love it there 😎


Nothing special going on today…yet 😁 We just got back from walking our ‘Angel Falls Trail’


This is a picture I took in the spring….everything is much greener now of course 😊

So – maybe – I will have a little time for my WIPs today πŸ˜ƒ 

I finished this poncho last week 


I used the ‘Lion Brand Mandala’* yarn. It comes in beautiful, inspiring color combinations ….I wanna try them all, right now 😜

Now I’m not a big fan of the green rectangle in the middle – so I made some flowers….


to cover up most of it. Like so 

I think that’ll work 😊 What are your thoughts on this? 

If you like the flowers, you might like the fact that I wrote a how-to for them a while back 😁 and you can find it here πŸ˜ƒ

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So now we’re sitting on the patio with coffee and cake πŸ€— enjoying the sunshine, the buzzing of the bees, and the lovely flowers πŸ’œ

Oh…look what I just spotted…the last of the summer roses


They’re so beautiful…and very fragrant 😍

They reminded me of a lovely thought written by 

George Eliot 

Roses

You love the roses – so do I. I wish

The sky would rain down roses, as they rain

From off the shaken bush. Why will it not?

Then all the valley would be pink and white

And soft to tread on. They would fall as light

As feathers, smelling sweet; and it would be

Like sleeping and like waking, all at once!

Fun Fact: George Eliot is the pen name of Mary Anne Evans. She was an English novelist, poet, journalist, translator and one of the leading writers of the Victorian era. Her novels are known for their realism and psychological insight. [wikipedia]
Thanks for visiting and reading aaaalll the way down to here 😁 I feel like I was a bit all over the place today….I hope you enjoyed it anyway. πŸ€—


*I am not affiliated with the ‘Lion Brand’ Yarn Company 

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September ~ Morning πŸπŸŒžπŸ‚

Hello my lovely friends πŸ’• Happy 1st day of September! πŸ˜ƒ

The ~ber months are finally here πŸ˜ƒ and September is my favorite one. πŸ’œ The summer heat with it’s humidity is finally behind us, some leaves have already changed color 😊, and the days of comfort food and warm (aka crocheted πŸ˜‰) are close. 

While walking the dogs this morning we saw some fallen red leaves and acorns  πŸ™‚

I found this sweet poem that describes the autumn feeling perfectly 😊

September
Breathe in
the sweet crisp breeze

that laces the winds

and shakes the seasons

into sunkissed leaves 

that sweep the city 

like confetti celebrating the

arrival of the wedding of winter

before daylight exhales

and succumbs to bathe

under the beauty of moonlight.

Hush.
C Phillips Sep 2012

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It really was a perfect day 😍 The morning was cool, the sun was out hubby was able to take the day off. 

So we visited a nearby lake. Until now I had only heard about it, saw the signs along the highway. And honestly, now that we finally made it there, I can’t believe we’ve been living here for almost 10 years and never went. It’s twenty (20!) minutes from our house! 😳

But see for yourself…

The entrance to the park ⬆️ It’s a bit of a mystery – but quite pretty πŸ™‚


The marina is right by the parking lot 

  The pirates are already here ☠️

Water Lilies 😍 Yes, they really were that pink πŸ’–

Here’s hubby and his white legs πŸ˜‚ admiring the scenery 


This poor tree took quite a hit during a lightning storm πŸ˜• 

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My legs aren’t quite as white, gotta work on that ‘photo smile’ though 😜

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More Water Lilies 


Beautiful scenery 😍



And some murky underwater life 

This marks the end of our tour πŸ€“ Thanks for coming along πŸ€— I hope you enjoyed it.

Have a gorgeous and lovely Autumn 🍁

Live 🌈 Laugh 😹 Love πŸ’œ

Hello my lovely friends πŸ’• How wonderful of you to peek in πŸ‘€

I can’t really think of a proper opening sentence for this post – the title really says it all πŸ€“

So…without further ado…here’s Live – Laugh – Love πŸ’œ

✨Live ✨

As the years go by, I realize that ‘living’ is not in the Party-Weekends (even though they were pretty awesome 😜) – it is more in the little, everyday things.

Like Danny Kaye said – “Life is a great, big canvas; throw all the paint at it you can” 😍

 I have this wonderful book…


It sits on the coffee table, and just looking at it reminds me that life is good. 😊

The author spend 50 years collecting ‘Happy Moments’, and I’m so glad she decided to write them all down….things like a buzzing bumblebee, the library, the smell of northern air, BLTs, falling leaves, children singing, a pink daisy, and so on. Isn’t it wonderful? πŸ˜ƒ

✨Laugh✨

I just leave this here…πŸ˜‚


There is a chance that I laughed a lot harder at this than I should have 😝

✨Love✨

Love and friendship can get you through pretty much everything, don’t you think? πŸ€—

The amazing Tami at Tanglewood Knots wrote this beautiful poem πŸ’œ It makes my heart smile

A Friendship Fairy 
A Friendship Fairy touched my cheek

Her wings the brightest blue

Like dew drops kissed by sunshine

The loveliest of hues.

She beckoned me to follow her

To a special place she knew

Where like flowers in a garden

The kindest people grew.

We danced across the ocean waves

Both laughing as we flew

And when we landed, to my delight

She’d brought me straight to you!

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I leave you with this now…won’t babble on πŸ˜‰…let you enjoy it a bit more 

Smiles, love and hugs to you all πŸ’•

🌻Nature πŸ„ Tales πŸŒ²

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

1. Fairies and Glitter  

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

πŸ’«That 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?! 😍

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. πŸ€—

2. Visitors to the backyard 

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

Wah! 😳 The sneaky snake in the geraniums 

We took her to a nearby creek, and hope to never see her again! 😬

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? πŸ’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’ 😊 and stop by again soon. 

Until then πŸ’•

I πŸ’œ DandelionsΒ 

Hello my lovely friends πŸ’• Welcome back πŸ˜ƒ

This post started out as a collection of ‘Random Things’, with just a tiny Dandelion seed blowing across it. 😊 But Dandelions are so amazing, I decided they deserve their own space. 😍

So I set out and found some Dandelion-related funnies, pictures, inspirations, and a poem to share with you πŸ’œ

First…a funnyΒ 


Such a lovely sentiment…

An artsy idea…Β 

I think this would be an awesome gift for grandparents, aunts, uncles, if you let the wee ones ‘paint’ the flowers with their fingerprints 😍


Here’s a craft idea…


(I found this on ‘crafttricks.com)

More…12 things to make with Dandelion Flowers Β to be exact πŸ˜‹ were published by Β  Β  Β Β  The nerdy Farmwife

Here’s where I go in my dreams 😊 

I’ve had this dream of a little house, surrounded by Dandelions, for a long time now… Β  Β  Β  Living on ‘My Dandelion Farm’ πŸ’•

A little ‘Folk Art’ Doodle from last year 😁

A field of a hundred wishes 😌

 Beautiful words about a beautiful flower 😊 

Dandelion

I could tell you of a story, of this flower that I saw.
Growing in a little crack, this flower had it all.

It’s beauty got me thinking, how quicky we forget.
It isn’t where we come from, it’s that we never quit.

The struggles that this flower faced, no quiver nor a fall.Β 
It rose above the chances,Β 
through this crack that was so small.

The only will was life, and the chance that it may “be”.Β 
Exist in ways intended, and truly live as free.

This dandelions beauty, gives me the strength to know,
content with where I’m rooted,
and will to always grow.

~ Ricky LouisΒ 

I hope you enjoyed my ‘love letter’ to all Dandelions πŸ’œ

Have a wonderful rest-of-the-day 😘

See you tomorrow!

Until then πŸ’•

Just A Few Random Things πŸ¦„

Hello my lovely friends    πŸ’•  It’s been a minute or two, hasn’t it? Actually – almost a week 😳 Oh my! I’ve been a bit under the weather all week πŸ€’ so it’s not been the most productive one. But…I’m back πŸ€— 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. 😁

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’ πŸ˜ƒ So I thought I give it a try. And guess what? It worked! 😎 See….

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

       

But they are coming along nicely 😍



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

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? 😊

3.  Walking through our garden this morning, I noticed how strong the Wisteria grew this Spring and Summer 😍 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 😁

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

~ I baked my bread for the ‘Fantastic Bake-Off’ πŸ‘©πŸ»β€πŸ³ It’s fabulously delicious πŸ˜‹ I’ll show ya tomorrow.

~ I collected some hilarious things for tomorrow’s ‘Weekend Chuckle’ 😜

So – that was my week in a quick review 😊 

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

Until then πŸ’•

Wildflowers 🌼🌾🌻

Hello my lovely friends πŸ’• Me again 😁

Yesterday I showed you some pictures of my walk on the Nature Trail nearby. Well, ever since I posted the pictures of the Wildflowers I tried to remember a lovely poem about them. It just wouldn’t leave me alone … or come to me 😜

But thanks to the ‘Hello Poetry’ website 😍 You now get to (have to? πŸ™‚) read a poem.

First – the picture 


And here are some lovely words from Elizabeth Cotton 

Wildflowers 🌼 

The sun 

shook in laughter 

 scattering 

 tiny pieces 

here 

and 

there 

amidst the grass 

and leaves 

now swaying in the breeze 

still laughing all the while

 ~ Elizabeth Cotton πŸ’œ

Beautiful, isn’t it? 😍

I hope to see you tomorrow 😊

Until then πŸ’•

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