Tuesday, February 15, 2022

2.14.2022 Spring is Coming

 Hi Everyone!  I hope everyone had a lovely Valentine's Day!  You don't have to be a couple to enjoy Valentine's Day.  I had a lovely lunch out with my daughter, Jenny and my 2 grandsons, Owen and Jack.  We went to The Green Frog Social House here in Lake City.  The food was wonderful and we had so much fun chatting.  There is a local Botantical Garden here in Lake City, so over lunch Jenny and I picked out 2 classes we are going to take over the next few months.  One is on cutting gardens, which I am going to make this year at my house.  Can't wait for that!!  The other is a tour of the gardens in our town.  That one should be a good one too!  I received 2 cards from the boys and heart-shaped box of chocolates.  Jenny gave me this beautiful Lemongrass candle she made.  I love the wooden bowl it is in-so pretty!  Megan gave me a bag of Lindt Truffles!!  She brought them up last weekend when she was here.  They were so good!!

The boys and Jenny are so thoughtful.  This could have been a really hard day and they made it better.  :)

Small signs of Spring have started to happen here!  I have a saucer magnolia growing in my yard.  I didn't even know I had one!!  I love to cut branches and bring them in the house.  Here is what I did with mine.

Here are the branches I brought in and put in the Dining Room.

I forgot I had this beautiful hand blown vase and I thought the magnolia color would go great with it in the breakfast room.  

We had a really cold day the other day and when the sun hit the field on the other side of the golf course steam started coming off.  It looked like a fog machine was being used!!  So beautiful!

My orchid is blooming and the amaryllis that bloomed before shot up another stem and has 4 more buds on it.  2 have opened and they are gorgeous!!

Originally when I got this orchid, my Mom had just left it to die.  She was moving and she said it had ants in it, so she put it outside.  She was going to let it die.  I saved it and brought it home.  I nursed it back to life and this is the 3rd year it has bloomed!  Glad I rescued it.

This is the second round of blooms on my amaryllis.  I just love this color!

John really loved Valentine's Day!  He loved when we would go out for dinner, he would buy me roses and a small gift.  I would give him his gift and we always gave each other cards.  I have saved all of the cards he gave me while we were dating and married.  I tied them up in a pink ribbon and put them in my memory box.  I am so glad I did that.  Sometimes I take them out and read them, reminiscing about the things he wrote.  I have to say I really miss his cards, he would always write something lovely on them.  I miss that man everyday!!  I decided I was going to buy myself some roses in honor of him (and I really love them!!).  Believe it or not I bought the roses in the picture below from Walmart.  This is week 2 and they look as wonderful as the day I bought them!!

Sometimes you just have to treat yourself!  Always remember to hug your loved ones, tell them you love them and appreciate the time you do have with them!


Monday, February 7, 2022

2.7.2022 Rainy Monday

 Hi Everyone!  Well we are getting rain.  It is dreary, foggy and raining pretty good, but I don't care because it is good for my lawn and my gardens.  We had a drought for the last few months and I am hoping this helps with that.  It has to be good for the spring plants/flowers and our lawns.  

This view across the driveway into my backyard shows you how much rain we are getting.  The golf course is beyond the pine trees and there are a few puddles out there.  They disappear pretty quickly when the rain stops due to our loamy/sandy soil here.

My saucer magnolia really seems to love this weather/rain too!  It looks so pretty looking out my breakfast room bay window while I'm eating my breakfast seeing those gorgeous blossoms!

Not much going on here today.  I have to water and divide some plants that have gotten to big in a huge dish garden I received at my housewarming party in October.  I have a watercolor Valentine painting I want to do for an a spot in my house that needs a little color (I will show it to you when I'm done with it).  I will probably work on the shawl I'm knitting and while knitting I'll be listening to the audiobook, Such a Good Wife by Seraphina Nova Glass.  I finished reading Coral Cottage and that was a cute story!  Sounds like the perfect rainy day to me!

Everyone have a lovely day not matter what the weather is in your neck of the woods!  



Saturday, February 5, 2022

2.5.2022 Sunny Saturday

 Hi Everyone!  I hope everyone is having a great weekend!  The sun is out here in Lake City, SC but don't let it fool you because we went from temps in the 70's the last few days to 39 degrees!  I'll take the sun though.  

Today my oldest daughter, Megan is coming up for a visit.  The grandboys wanted to be able to celebrate her birthday.  Last Thursday Megan turned 41 and she had a great weekend with Jenny and a few other couples on Murrell's Inlet.  They rented a big house, everyone took a COVID test before they went.  The boys were disappointed they couldn't come to the big person party, so she is coming up today and spending the day with Jenny, the boys and I.  At some point we are either lunching or having dinner at a restaurant here in Lake City called Slabs.  They are known for their wonderful, delicious brisket!  Can't wait to try it out.  

While I wait for Megan to drive up from Georgetown (she's about an hour away from here), I'm going to work on a shawl I started a few days ago.  It is called the Road Trip Shawl.  A group of friends of mine (we live all over the US) are knitting this together.  We post pictures on our private FB Messenger page.  I'm enjoying it.  It is different than the shawls I usually knit.  This one has a little picot edge (which I have never done before) on it.  I thought it was going to be hard, but it really is quite easy making this.  Here is a photo of what I had done yesterday.

Road Trip Shawl-it is hard to tell but were the little holes are they are butterflies.  So pretty!

I will show you the progress as I go along.  The color that I started with is called Basil by Heidi and Lana, then I will be using a speckled yarn called Wintry Mix and then there is a strip called Lilac and then Basil again.  Should be really pretty!

I have been thinking about gardening already.  I will be putting a cutting garden in this year.  I am really excited about that.  I love fresh flowers in the house!  I also am going to put in a bigger veggie garden.  Last year the raised bed veg trug was really more for just herbs.  I will continue to use that for the herbs this year.  I already have parsley and chives in there.  They wintered over.  

Well that is about all I have for you today!  I hope everyone has a lovely weekend!


Tuesday, February 1, 2022

February 1, 2022-New Month-Another Month Closer to Spring!

 Hi Everyone!  Time really flies! I thought I had just posted on here but I realized it has been weeks!  Today the sun is out and it is a little warmer.  We are by no means ready to hop into Spring but we are another month closer.  Happy February!!  Some of the trees and shrubs here have started to bud up.  That is really exciting to me!  My camellia that I planted hasn't bloomed yet, the buds are still on it but I'm not really sure it is going to do anything this year.  I was so hoping it would, I just love to see flowers of any kind this time of year.  It is definitely staying lighter later in the day, so I guess that will start getting better and better.

This weekend I had my grandson, Owen (he is 10) staying with me.  Jenny, his Mom dropped him off at 9:30 on Thursday and then picked him up around noon on Sunday.  We had the greatest time, reading, playing games, watching movies, going to lunch, etc., etc.  We even had time to run to the store to get his Mom a Valentine's gift for him to give her.  It was Megan (my oldest daughters) birthday on Thursday.  Megan, Ken, Jenny and 4 other couples rented a house out in Murrell's Inlet, SC.  They were very responsible and made everyone take a COVID test before they went.  Everyone was negative, which is good.  They all took turns cooking the meals and then celebrated Megan and Tom, their other friend who was having a birthday with their favorite cakes.  Kevin, Jenny's husband was supposed to go down for the day but we had a little ice/snow and he didn't want to drive in that.  That is why Owen got to stay longer.  

Owen-10 years old

The ice and snow we had didn't last very long-it was gone by 1:00 the same day (Saturday).  I did get some pretty photos though:

I took this looking from my driveway to part of my backyard and the golf course.

Same thing driveway, to backyard to golf course just a little further down.

The snow and ice were heavy, so my pine tree boughs were drooping onto the ground.  As soon as it melted thought they sprung back up thank goodness.  I was afraid some branches might break off.  

I opened my front door and this is what I saw!

I took this shot from my driveway, through my neighbor's backyard of the pond and golf course.  I thought it was so pretty!  You can barely make out the pond in the middle of the picture on the left hand side.  I think that is the 10th hole.  

I love when it snows, looks pretty and then goes away!  I lived in northwestern NJ for 45 years, so I have had enough major snow in my life.  This is a nice change.  

Everyone have a really nice day!  Keep warm, enjoy life and be kind!