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!


Sunday, January 7, 2018

Books for 2017 and Christmas 2017

Well as busy as my schedule was last year, I only got to read or listen to 15 books.  Here is the list:

1. Silver Bells at Moonglow by Deborah Garner.
2. The Collector by Nora Roberts.
3. These Shallow Graves by Jennifer Donnelly.
4. Pekoe Most Poison by Laura Childs.
5. Lookaway, Lookaway by Wilton Barnhardt.
6. The Search by Nora Roberts.
7. The Girls of Ennismore by Patricia Falvey.
8. One Good Thing by Wendy Wax.
9. I am Half-Sick of Shadows by Alan Bradley.
10. Kiss Carlo by Adriana Trigiani
11. The Identicals by Elin Hilderbrand
12. Private by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro
13. The Irresistable Blueberry Bakery and Cafe by Mary Simses
14. Arsenic with Austen by Katherine Bolger Hyde
15 Winter Soltise by Elin Hinderbrand

I really miss reading books.   I do however, enjoy my Audible account!  I listen to books to and from work.  My commute can be anywhere from 35 minutes but more likely 45-55 minutes.   It gives me a chance to unwind and get lost in a book on an otherwise boring ride home.   You can just listen to so much music, which the radio stations seems to play the same songs over and over!

I hope everyone had a very happy holiday season.  We had a very different, but great Christmas this year.   We rented a wonderful log home up in Blowing Rock, NC.   It was really cold but a wonderful holiday!
This was the log house we rented near Blowing Rock, NC
Entryway into the log house

Twig railing to the second story of the log house.

Mantel/stove area

Our view from the back of the house!

Sunset on Christmas Eve 2017
2017 Mountain House Christmas Tree

Beautiful star my son-in-law, Ken made with just construction paper and glue dots!!  Can you tell he is an engineer!   Just beautiful!!

2017 Christmas Eve

Jack having a special moment with Papa on Christmas Eve

Jack, Megan and Jenny getting into the Christmas spirit!

Jack on the left, Owen on the right waiting patiently to come down Christmas morning!!


Monday, October 30, 2017

SAFF 2017, Fletcher, NC

Saturday John and I drove up to Fletcher, NC (which is right next door to Asheville).   SAFF 2017 was this weekend.   SAFF stands for Southeastern Animal Fiber Fair.   I had been once before about 7 years ago.   If you knit, weave, spin, needle felt, wool applique, etc. this is the mecca of all shows in the South!!

SAFF 2017 Exhibitor Booths

This was outside, it is like a Yert with a sheepskin roof.   Really cool!!  You could go inside, children that were there loved going in there!!

A woman was weaving on an 8-harness loom.   I love the color of yarn she chose!  I have a 4-harness loom and I haven't used it in years, might have to get it out!

This woman is truly brave!  It was raining, cold and the wind was blowing but that didn't stop her from spinning outside with just a roof over her head.   She was dressed in many wool layers and she was doing a great job of spinning!

 I bought the most beautiful gradient yarn from Miss Babbs (one of my favorite yarn suppliers).  The names of the colors are Muscadine Grapes (the darkest purple), Concord Grapes, Moon Drop Grapes, Pinot Noir Grapes, Sweet Jubilee Grapes and the lightest purple was called Valiant Grapes.   The colors are just gorgeous!!  I can't wait to pick out a shawl pattern for these luscious yarns!!

The John bought me a beautiful shawl pin made out of white birch.   I actually wore it to work today with one of my shawls that someone made for me.   I got lots of compliments.   It was so cold here today, I really needed it!

It was raining but you know what, we didn't care because we had the whole day!  Emma, our Golden Retriever/Lab Mix went to the petsitters to play with all her doggie friends for the day-she had a blast!  I just love to go to these fiber shows and get rejuvenated again with knitting, weaving, etc.  I might even get my drop spindle out this winter!!  I have always wanted to do wool applique, so I stopped by an artists booth and was fascinated with all the different wool fabrics and felts!  So Michele from Raspberry Rabbit, if you read this I will probably be purchasing your British Woodland Creatures kit!!!!  I love this fiber craft!!  What a great way to spend a Saturday!!

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!