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Joy of Homekeeping

There is such joy in keeping house...and I don't mean the everyday stuff. You know, the unloading dishes...laundry...making the bed...
I mean the making things beautiful...like putting flowers around the house, or making a quilt just to look at...or putting something the kitchen island that is unexpected.
Sure you have to clean and organize, but the fun and joy comes from what you do with it after.
For example...I cleaned off the island...and put something fun, makes me smile something on it....
This little lamb was on sale at TJ Maxx....I couldn't resist ! I mean I laughed when I saw it and it sat in my cart...and at $6 I just couldn't resist! Hubby was not amused...but she can be there for a while....
That is joy in home keeping....
Then there is flowers...oh my flowers have been so happy...and generous. Of course, I have to cut them....that is what a cutting garden is all about....
So, I had one dahlia and many sweet peas to put in my copper pitcher the girls gave me..…
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A Little of This, and a Little of That

Mother's Day was almost a week ago! I can't believe how fast the month is going!
I had mostly a quiet day with Hubby feeding me chocolate croissants and red luscious raspberries.
Then about 4, the troops came....
My eldest grandson was in a fit, because Mom wanted him to take a nap....his Dad was able to get him just to lie down with him for a short time on the couch.
Meanwhile, the littlest was running a high fever...so Mom put him in a tepid bath.
Needless to say at first, the peace and quiet....had left.
But fear not...the day did get better......
We went outside...even though it was a bit chilly...the sun was out and I desperately wanted to show off my Mother's Day gift...an all weather wicker loveseat!


I love this loveseat!
Hubby made it our adventure on Mother's Day...
We went to Big Lots...theirs was super cheaply made...
Then to Ace...they had one online in gray and it was cute, but not a sample on the floor...
then to Pier 1...theirs was on the floor and we f…

Just a Pincushion

So, yesterday, we went out to dinner with a group of friends. It was a delightful evening...simple conversation, nice meal, wine...and we went home.
I walked in and expected our Molly to greet us. She did not..
Instead, I found a pile on the living room floor...
On closer inspection, it was a pile of sawdust, a red fabric and pins and needles.
Oh My!
I counted the pins and needles....
Ran to the craft room and panicked
Our dog may have eaten pins and needles!
Hubby came in and I informed him that we needed to go to the emergency vet.
I called them.
Yup, X-rays are able to see if the dog (or cat) has ingested pins or needles....
So, we loaded her up...she didn't seem any different...exhuberant and happy....
Such a Labrador...
And she went in...
Willingly...
Molly is a friend of all....
So we waited and waited.
Now what is different...
This emergency pet hospital, open 24 hours, has the nicest staff and they tell you up front the cost!
We have in the past, been to many emergency ho…

Roses From the Garden

Yesterday, I cut roses from the backyard. Now these are the roses that don't always keep once cut...but for a day they are stunning. My deep lavender French perfume rose, Iceberg and Cecile Brunner...
I added sweet peas to the mix for an extra strong fragrance.....
 You can see the sweet peas (sort of) and of course the rose. This rose doesn't stay long...It started dropping petals almost immediately
 See how gorgeous? Deep ruffles and fragrance....and as a bonus this rose is mostly thornless!
 Here looking like a peony is my Eden rose...lovely....(though it is marred due to rust)...
Not a bad collection I'd say...and oh so delightful....
Hope you are having a great day....
Nancy

I Try....

Everyday, I read the same blogs...I fixated on some...Like French Country Cottage, Savy Southern Style, Liz Marie...and others.
I love the styles and would love to throw everything out and start again....





This daybed is to "die for" (Cedar Hill Farmhouse) and this kitchen (French Country Cottage), oh how I'd love to redo our kitchen...again...
I tried to put in pictures from Liz Marie...to show the farmhouse style that I look at...she has it write protected....but everything is white and simple...simple...
I would love to simplify...oh just a bit...

However, we have family heirlooms that dictate our "style" and there's nothing wrong with that...
It's just I would love to simplify...
Alas...
our house is the main house for our family...everyone comes here (that's a great thing by the way)...but it requires more...not less of anything. More plates...and chairs...and couches and and and..
Don't get me wrong...
I am grateful...
Maybe I should just …

Around the Garden

Spring is in full swing here, amist an occasional shower here and there....
My daffodils are done, but in their place nasturtiums and sweet peas, new irises, and dahlias are growing tall and showing signs of buds...
New roses are bursting forth, showing what color they are and bulbs of plants I honestly don't remember what I planted are about to bloom...though I think they are supposed to be way taller than they are.
Hubby fixed sprinklers this week...which helps the poor plants...so many were too dry after a winter of rain.
The flower garden isn't just held back by the fence though...I have gladiolus everywhere...and flowers everywhere. It's joy to walk outside....





Then out front its more of the same.....


So, where people have gone crazy for crushed granite paths, or lawns removed and filled with succulents...I have gone the other way...a veritable oasis in the middle of desert. My yard is filled with birds nesting and their songs as well as happy bees flitting about wit…

In The Pink

I have been drawn to pink the last several months.
When I was younger, I hated pink. I don't know why, but only liked blue.
My poor mother, she always wanted to dress me in little pink dresses, but alas, I disliked pink.
It wasn't until I had little girls that developed an eye for pink. And lately, I seem to be totally drawn to it. Terribly hard to make a boy quilt with pink!
Anyway, I have also been drawn to dying with natural dyes. I have never done it. It sounds intriguing.
I read an article about using native plants to dye with. Did you know that Queen Ann's lace, the plant that grows wild all over in parts of the US, is good for dyes? yeah, neither did I!
But then recently, I saw a thing on FB, yup, Facebook, that used avocado skins for dye. Now that caught my eye as I have been eating an avocado a day in efforts to reduce cholesterol.(mine is too high)
But, when I went to the internet (Google) to find out particulars...they said it was the pit.
So, I am confused and…