Saturday, May 12, 2018

Breakfast out, Pike's Nursery, Grandkids and Daughter Visit, LulaRoe Open House, Flowers

The title of this post really says how my day went today so far!  It is really hot here!  At one point the car said it was 97!!  The sun is shining brightly and some of my flowers in the garden are wilting a little.  Tonight I will be watering my garden for sure! 

This morning started out with John taking me out to breakfast at Metro Dinner in Matthews, NC.  Then he took me to Pike's Nursery to buy some plants and we were looking for a new birdbath.  The squirrels jumped up on my old one and pulled the top of the birdbath down and cracked it and took a chunk out of it :(!  Those squirrels are my nemesis for sure in my garden and yard!  Here are some snapshots of my Pike's Nursery visit:

Bright red Hibiscus

I never saw a double madevilla vine but they had this one.  Very pretty and I love the color!

Red Hibiscus with dark red almost black center.

Beautiful bright yellow Hibiscus.

Pike's had some beautiful Hibiscus on sale but I already have a double peachy orange one I bought 2 years ago from them and that is all the Hibiscus I need.  I bring it in the house in the winter and it is getting so huge I will have to trim it for sure this Fall!

Then Owen, Jack and Jenny came over.  Jenny had asked me to go to a LulaRoe Open House with her.  I had never been to one.  I bought 2 tops and a skirt that can also be a dress!  Very pretty!

After Jenny and the boys left, I went outside and gathered more rose petals to make some more rose potpourri.  This is a banner year for my roses, so I have been making rose potpourri.  I put a little pottery dish with some of it in there and it smells just like a bouquet of roses.  So lovely!!  Here are some pics of it:

A basket full of freshly gathered rose petals from my garden.

All the rose petals drying on paper towels, the house smells so good!  I have an antique rose that the scent is just heavenly!!
Here is the end results-lovely rose potpourri in the wood bowls my Dad made for me.  I love these bowls that he made for me, even more since he is no longer alive.  They are treasures for sure!!

I would like to wish all you Moms out there a Happy Mother's Day!  You don't have to have children to be a Mom.  If you just make a difference in someone's life or if your "mother" someone then that is all takes to be a Mom!  Don't forget those furbabies either!!  Happy Mother's Day and make time to smell the roses!!

Thursday, May 10, 2018

The High Tide Club by Mary Kay Andrews

May 8th was a wonderful day for me, the new Mary Kay Andrews book, The High Tide Club came out!  I love her books and I've met her a few times here in Charlotte at book signings.  She is so funny, I could listen to her for hours.  I was sorry to find out she wasn't coming to Charlotte this year, my daughter, Megan and I will miss her.  I have taken Monday and Tuesday off from work, so part of the time guess where I will be - curled up with this wonderful book sipping tea!! 

I love the cover of this book especially the little crab!!  By the way, this is an unpaid post for this book, I just really love this author!!

Well I hope you all are having a wonderful week!  Tomorrow is TGIF!!!

Friday, April 20, 2018

04.20.18 What a Wonderful Friday!!

I really never thought this day would come this week ~ BELOVED FRIDAY!!!  It was an exceptionally long week at work.  I'm not retirement age but I really wish I could and this week would have been the week I picked to retire!  Oh well, I can wish!

The weather today started out really cold!  34 degrees in Mint Hill, NC in April (especially towards the end of April) is almost unheard of!!  When I left work for the day, it was so nice out and had warmed up to a lovely 69 degrees!  When I got home I remembered that John was going to a hockey game with our oldest daughter, Megan.  That left me the whole night almost alone!!  I made myself a seafood salad sandwich, watch some HGTV and then I took a really wonderful walk around the yard.  I couldn't believe in just a few days how many things changed in my garden!  The white iris are blooming beautifully in the front garden, the roses out front are bloom away and smelling wonderful and the hostas and ferns look like they have exploded from the warmth from the sun.  Atleast the warmth of the sun during the day because the nights have been pretty chilly.  Here are some lovelies I took photos of on my walk.

My lovely hosta. I think this is called Avocado.

Another hosta favorite.  I think this one is Guacamole.

Peony getting ready to bloom.

First time my peach/pink iris is going to bloom.

My lovely pink rose by the front porch rail.

I just love this double impatient.  I have this in a hanging basket on the back of the house.

I love rosebuds and the sun kissed this one.

Another beautiful rosebud.

Our tulip tree is dropping their flowers on the lawn now.

My white iris are blooming.  The fragrance is just intoxicating.

Because it is so cold at night I brought in my Gardenia Tree (standard).  Here are some photos I took tonight after dinner.  The house smells so lovely.  Reminds me of my grandmother.

I just might frame this photo!

I think gardenias have about 100 shades of cream in their coloring.

This is my fav photo of this beauty!
As you can see flowers make a huge part of my life!  I could have worse hobbies right LOL!!!  Well I think I am going to go upstairs and watch a "girlie" movie!  I hope everyone has a lovely weekend and just remember to always enjoy the outside and nature!!  Love you all!!

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Update on Last Post and 04.11.18 Beautiful Spring Day

Thank you everyone for all your prayers on my last post!  It work and the lump I discovered was not a tumor or anything to do with my Lymphoma, it is a severely herniated muscle.  I was never so glad to read that on my health notes!!  I could have done a cartwheel (well not really with a herniated muscle LOL!!!).

Today was a beautiful Spring day!  I hated to be inside at work when all this Spring loveliness was going on outside.  I have attached some photos of the walk around my yard after I got out of work.

This azalea was planted last year in our backyard and it is doing really well!  So pretty!

This blue/green hosta is unfurling and it looks like ice cream cones or paper cones right now.

The is the first rose of the season so far.  Who would think there would be roses blooming in April!

Stilling loving my purple pansies in the wire basket on the front steps.

This is the tree peony that I bought in NJ when I lived there, we moved to Charlotte in 2004 and I brought this beautiful plant with me.  Every year it has done just wonderful and this year is no exception!  Love this color!

This is my other beautiful hosta in the backyard.  Love all the colors and puckers on the leaves!

These 2 azaleas were blooming along side the road on my way home from work.  This picture doesn't do them justice, but believe me the colors were glorious!  The bold red and the stark white just go so well together!

So as you can see by my photos, it was a really beautiful Spring day!  Temps were in the 70's and the sun was out shining.  Life is good!!  Take time to enjoy nature and your surroundings everyday!

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Where did March go, etc?

I used to listen to my Grandma say where does the time go, just yesterday it was the first of the month and now it is almost the end.   I used to laugh at her for saying that but boy do I feel like that today!  It is already the 28th of the month.  March certainly came in like a lion, so I sure hope it goes out like a lamb!  I am really looking forward to some really beautiful weather.  We have had alot of rainstorms, some with thunder enough to shake the house and other storms are like a Spring mist.  It has made our lawn nice and green and it has also help my flowers grow and bloom.  I love Spring!  It is like a renew time and boy do I need that with my job. 

I wasn't going to bring this up but I have been so stressed out with my job being so super busy that I am now not feeling well.  I'm sure most of you know I have Lymphoma and I have been doing very well.  Tuesday I have to go to get an ultrasound on a lump I found on my side just above my waste.  My ribs have started to hurt and sometimes my side hurts.  I'm trying to remain positive about what the lump could be.  It feels like a cyst and I'm going with that right now.  Sometimes out of the blue it really hits me that I have Lymphoma and other times I don't even think about it.  I guess this is a natural feeling.  It is Spring and I need to renew my faith that everything is going to turn out all right and that I will live to be a ripe old age!  (Another one of my Grandma's phrases!!)  I plant pansies because they have the cutest little faces and they make me smile!  Another wonderful reason to love Spring! I have a little patch of violets too (see below) and it just makes me happy I have them to look at in the shade of the tree they grow under.

I hope everyone hss a wonderful Easter holiday this weekend!  Everyone if you remember, please say a prayer for me or two!  Love you all!!!

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Cold and Windy 03.14.18

Well I guess I spoke to soon in my last post!  It has been cold and windy ever since!  Where is Spring, what did Winter do with her!!  I don't like when Winter goes directly into Spring (we have had many years like that here) but to go from absolutely gorgeous weather to cold and windy that just isn't fair.  I guess though I should be thankful I don't live in the mountains where it is still snowing!  My Mom and sisters are having alot of snow in NW New Jersey also.  My one sister lost power for 6 days!!  I felt so bad for her! 

Even though it is cold here, the sunsets are still beautiful!  Enjoy your evening my friends!!

Sunday, March 4, 2018

Spring has sprung in Mint Hill, NC!!


I love Spring!  Spring has been here for a few weeks now in Mint Hill and we are loving it!  I have planted my pansies (should have done that in the Fall but ran out of time!), the daffodils are blooming, all the flowering trees around here like magnolias, cherry, pear and bushes like quince and baby's breath are blooming-just gorgeous!!

I decided to make a St. Patrick's Day/Spring wreath for our front door.   I saw a little wooden plaque at Hobby Lobby that said "Get Your Green On!!"  I knew I just had to put that on my wreath.  I saw some really real looking ferns at Hobby Lobby and had to put them on the wreath too!  I think it turned out pretty good-see below:

I've done some decorating for Easter too in the Dining Room.  The dough bowl my Dad carved by hand for me needed some Easter decorating and this is what I came up with:

John and I had gone to Pottery Barn and they had the cutest little gray bunnies for sale.   Of course, one had to come home with me!  I thought she would look so cute nestled in amongst some green Spanish moss, faux grape hyacinths, lily of the valley and ferns.  I just loved how it came out!  Dad would be proud!!

While I was at Hobby Lobby the other day, I saw an armillary there!  I just loved it, so I had to bring that home with me too!  I had an armillary before but it got broken and I had to throw it away.  If you don't know what an armillary is, here is Britannica's explanation:

"Armillary sphere, early astronomical device for representing the great circles of the heavens, including in the most elaborate instruments the horizon, meridian, Equator, tropics, polar circles, and an ecliptic hoop. The sphere is a skeleton celestial globe, with circles divided into degrees for angular measurement."

I had the concrete pedestal already it just needed this armillary!!  Great addition to my garden!

Well I know certain parts of the country are getting cold weather, cold freezing rain and snow but right here in my little corner of the world we are experiencing Spring and I am grateful for that!


Ring of Kerry, Ireland
My husband, John and I went to Ireland for our 25th Wedding Anniversary in 2004. We had an awesome trip and we will never forget it. We actually got to visit our friends who live in Northern Ireland. We spent 3 wonderful days with them! The picture above was taken when we visited The Ring of Kerry. The beauty of Ireland is just spectacular! If you ever get a chance visit there.
Megan is my oldest daughter. She and Ken were married on April 12, 2008. It was a wonderful ceremony and reception!
Jenny and Kevin at their wedding 8/30/08. The wedding was at our home and turned out wonderful! Everyone had such a good time!