My Creative Space

12 Jan

This is my creative space.  It used to be the dining room, which we never ate in.  So, now is my space – off-limits to the guys, but they still tend to hang out and use the computer.  The table was made for me by a friend (for a fee, of course).  It was the best birthday gift the hubbie has ever given me!  I hope to be able to share some of the works of inspiration as I use this space. – So be watching and let me know if you like or don’t like.  Comments welcome.

I’m back!

11 Jan

It’s been forever and a gazillion days since I posted on this blog.  I guess I just needed a very long sabbatical.  But, I am feeling drawn to come back to the blogging world.  So…..hopefully will be connecting again.

spring blossoms

27 Apr

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It seems like everything is beginning to take on color.  I love that about spring.  Dogwood tree are blooming, my crabapple tree, and now the perennials in my flower beds are opening up. 

One of the objectives for my gardens has been to gradually transition from mostly annuals to perennial flowering plants.  Last year I planted the clematis vine (picture) and this year it is already a bunch of pods that are beginning to open. 

 

 

side-of-fence1The area by my fence contains this clematis and a dianthis which I planted two years ago.  This year, this is how it came up.  NO work on my part, I did nothing and I think the flowers are so beautiful.  I would love to have all my gardening be this easy. 

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This is another variety of dianthus.  It is not as hardy as the one above and I think it is only biennienal.  (I have these across the front of my house)   Once again, they just came up like this.  I didn’t have to do anything.  You just have to love it!!!  

 I had been concerned that the megabucks I invested last year in rubber mulch may have been a bit extravagant, but it has held up really well.  I have only had to pull weeds around the perimeter of the beds and they were much easier to pull up than last year.   So, I think over a period of 3 years, it will prove to be more cost effective and less labor intensive.  It has taken me so much less time to get things cleaned up after winter.    

In other areas of I have hostas that are poking up. In some places they are already really big.  I have bulbs and more perennials that I hope to get out soon.  Spent Saturday afternoon trimming shrubs.  Yes, I still use the hedge trimmer that requires manual empowerment.  I DO NOT allow the hub to do this because the last time, I ended up with a bush that looked like pacman.  It is still trying to grow and fill in that gap.  Trimming shrubs required the use of muscles that don’t typically work when sitting at my computer all winter.  Needless to say, Sunday morning I was hurting. 

But, today is Monday, muscles have made amazing recovery, I am back at the computer in the office, but looking forward to getting out the gardening gloves and starting again this afternoon.

More pics to come.   

 

 

From my bedroom window

23 Apr

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After what has seemed like a long 3 1/2 months, the tax filing deadline has come and gone!  Feeling a tremendous need to be in a difference environment and kind of “reset” ourselves, Hubbie and I took an overnight trip to Louisville this week.  It was such a treat.  We had dinner at the Cheesecake Factory, went shopping — two hours in a super scrapbooking store for me,  the sporting goods store for him.  Lots of walking and talking about summer plans, about the kids, etc., etc., etc.,  Finally having a conversation without a phone interruption (which isn’t happening here today). 

One place I got to visit was a camera shop – these just don’t exist in smaller towns.  I have been wanting a 18/200 lens for my Nikon and had the money saved.  But, the price at the camera shop was TOO much.  So, she sold me a Tamron.  It is Nikon compatible, (much better price) it is an 18/270 (more zoom, still with the wide angle feature) and I took the picture above from inside my bedroom, looking out the window.  This picture has only a very slight amount of cropping – the detail is very good with this lens.  So, I have a new toy to experiment with.

We looked for a bicycle shop the hub remembered from a previous trip but couldn’t find it.  That will have to be another excursion. 

Today, it is Thursday.  I am back at the office, but I have to admit that I feel a bit more focused and ready to get moving on to summer.  If you see me running around with my camera, please be nice and say cheese! 

 

 

Awesome, amazing

23 Apr

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Last Saturday, I was out in the yard pulling weeds and looked up at the sky and saw this.  This photo doesn’t do it justice because it was a HUGE multi-colored ring around the sun.

My first thought was, “What does it mean?”  Not really thinking of any sort of apocolyptic significance, just wondering if it meant bad weather, good weather……….. what? 

So, I googled and learned that this is a solar halo and it was caused by ice crystals in the earth’s atmosphere.  Apparently, this and other very photogenic atmospheric phenomnon are not uncommon during the spring of the year.   

My last Saturday in the office this year….

11 Apr

At last…..my final Saturday to have to be in the office this year.  I will be so glad to be back in the world again.  This year has been so mixed up, tossed upside down and out of whack, that I feel like I have been out of the country and am just now getting ready to come home.

I am looking forward to some significant time with my sweet girlfriends.  I have missed you all so much and am very thankful for each of you and you know who you are.

LOTS of stuff to do at home, both inside and out. 

Wanting to catch up on printing photos.  I can’t just keep buying more SD cards!

Lots and lots and lots to do.  Just 4 more days!!!!!

  

Deep down tired….

3 Apr

I am tired!

A deep-down tired that no amount of sleep seems to alleviate.

Tired of trouble

Tired of horrible things that should never happen

Tired of deception

Tired of people who hate

Tired of people who hurt other people

Tired of false promises that don’t have a snowballs chance of being kept

Tired of lies coming from smiling faces

Tired in my soul

Tired in my heart

Tired of watching and waiting – just ready.  Please come.