Sunday, April 22, 2012

Back Patio

Well folks, its been a tough couple of weeks for me.  Monday 2 weeks ago- the day I had scheduled for the landscapers to start- I woke up with 102 fever.   Truth be told, I barely remember that day. The only way I know I came through it is that the digging was done and grass was removed and a trench came to fruition.
 I sat on a rocker wrapped in a blanket and enough of my brain cells were working to make sure they did step by step what needed to happen out there.
 As some of you may remember I hired kids from the AG class at the local high school and while they were wonderful and hardworking , it required telling them multiple times EVERY SINGLE MOVE TO MAKE.
 Day 2  plants went it, Day 3 soaker hoses and mulch..   By this time I had developed a serious lung infection and went to bed with heavy meds.    I dont remember much of the following 3 days but here I am telling ya'll about it- so apparently I LIVED  lol..
 I'll tell the rest of the story when I reveal the front area .. porch still needs decorating- mailbox and post changed out..  Lots to do and I have very little energy...

 I just wanted to post and tell ya'll i was off schedule as to getting things done BUT I did choose the back patio items.   I wanted a screened in porch built but even in my sick and delusional state I could'nt bring myself to spend that kind of money lol..  So, I choose this instead.  My daughter and a friend was able to have it put together in about 15 minutes..  That's my kind of project:):)

Hopefully the next time I post it will be something bigger , like the front yard ..

 For now- some chicken broth, more meds and back to bed for me.
Love n Hugs

Friday, April 13, 2012

Its OK to have Cracks and Flaws.. Here's Why:)

 I've always had cracks and flaws.. Today I found out why they are some of my most beautiful and best parts..

An elderly Chinese woman had two large pots, each hung on the ends of a pole which she carried across her neck.

One of the pots had a crack in it while the other pot was perfect and always delivered a full portion of water.

At the end of the long walks from the stream to the house, the cracked pot arrived only half full.

For a full two years this went on daily, with the woman bringing home only one and a half pots of water..

Of course, the perfect pot was proud of its accomplishments.

But the poor cracked pot was ashamed of its own imperfection, and miserable that it could only do ha lf of what it had been made to do.

After two years of what it perceived to be bitter failure, it spoke to the woman one day by the stream.

'I am ashamed of myself, because this crack in my side causes water to leak out all the way back to your house.'
The old woman smiled, 'Did you notice that there are flowers on your side of the path, but not on the other pot's side?'

'That's because I have always known about your flaw, so I planted flower seeds on your side of the path, and every day while we walk back, you water them.'

For two years I have been able to pick these beautiful flowers to decorate the table.

Without you being just the way you are, there would not be this beauty to grace the house.'

Each of us has our own unique flaw. But it's the cracks and flaws we each have that make our lives together so very interesting and rewarding.
You've just got to take each person for what they are and look for the good in them.

SO, to all of my cracked pot friends, have a great day and remember to smell the flowers on your side of the path!

 Happy Friday Folks
see ya in a couple weeks.
much Love to All who visit here.

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

See Ya Soon

 Its time to take a few weeks break.. Ya'll dont give up on me , cause I WILL BE BACK~!

  The entire yard is being landscaped.  Some other stuff going on inside, so I'll have lots of posts with pics when this is done..
 I just cant deal with all these workers and work myself and find time to do blog posts that would be of any real interest..

   Wish me luck... I so want to see all this done before May..

Love Ya's

Sunday, April 1, 2012

Little Bit of Bloomin Goin' On

 Happy Sunday Folks~!

 Lets dont even talk about the front yard , which is mostly BARE NEKKIE.  We had the front trees and shrubs taken out last august as a couple of the trees were damaged by a storm and the shrubs sorta got squished and the others looked bad cause,, I didnt have them trimmed correctly.    Now, let me say that while this sounds awful, its OK when I consider it in relation to what others in this world are going through..    I am looking at the bright side and thinking how lovely and more efficient I can make it out there since I have way more experience and knowledge than I did the first time I came up with a landscape plan for this yard, 11 years ago..

 I see this as my chance to start all over... YES, there is a silver lining to every cloud and I am bent ,bound and determined to SEE things my way:)    Of course I do keep a set of rose colored glasses hanging right beside my dead bolt key set , so I make sure and slip them on before going out Front..   Dont need any RC glasses for the back dead bolt cause it looks GOOD out there- yeaaaaaaaaaa me.. Not that I wont go ahead and stick some pretties in the ground in back while I have two strong willing fellas to do the work for a minimal fee.
 I finally did the smart thing and called the high school and talked to the AG teacher who kindly sent a couple young men who need the money and know enough about a yard to help me get it fixed... Good for all of us, me and them.  I knew I'd have to spend some money and I am happy to know its going to a couple kids who really need it and appreciate it.    I even helped them get a nice place to stay- CHEAP- for their graduation vacation..  Am I a  Sweetie or what ,, giggle
 I stuck a little clipping in some potting soil and now I have THIS  - purdy aint it..

 I think I told Ya'll about the Bradford Pear with a strong will to live, last year..  I had them cut and the stumps ground down 3 ft below level and yet- a sprig appeared , summer of 2009 and I didnt clip it or spray it... Here she is, God Bless her sweet heart..  She's staying as long as I live here and beyond even that I hope.  Something with a will to live as strong as her's deserves to stay , dontcha think so..Crepe Myrtle I trimmed// or butchered as my daughter would say is already blooming out with fresh green leaves too..
 Maybe that happened cause I went out there several times and sincerely apologized to it for the crappy trim job I did on her and she forgave me...  
  I just transplanted this white azalea last year and my neighbor " mr know it fricken alllllllllllllllll about plants" said it would take several years for it to bloom again... ahhhhhhhhhhhhh   no Baby, you are wrong again..
 She's alive and thriving , I'm sure, partly because I told her what he said and I actually heard her reply : "fffftttt  on him, what the *%#( does he know anyway"..    
 Have I mentioned lately how much I love my plants and my yard and this Home I am so blessed to have. I dont say it enough and yet, they seem to know and that knowing gives them a special magic.. Bloom on my Loves, Bloom On..  
 as always, I appreciate you taking the time to visit me and read all my jabbering...  I kinda feel like I'm standing at the fence talking to my neighbors and friends when I post.  I hope you feel that too when you visit.
 I am always Thankful for Ya'll and happy to be a small part of your life.
 Love and Hugs and All Good Things to each and every one of You..
Ya'll come back to see us, ya hear~!