Looking Forward To Gardens

March 5, 2015

Because it's cold and wintry, my thoughts drift to weeks down the road. To gardens. 

So I went to my Pinterest boards for inspiration. 

A small urban veggie garden.




Outdoor vignette.


The illusion of water pouring.


Decorated pots.


Simply lovely.


I want shades of lavender on my patio this summer.


Trough turned pond.


Pam at Digging is a master of these galvanized ponds. On her blog, she tells you how to do it right

You can see my Container Garden board here

My Gardening Spaces board can be found here

Outdoor Water Features board is here

And my Outdoor Decor board can be found here.

Java Talk: Favorite Books & Authors

March 4, 2015

Lately we've been discussing reading and books. So today, let's talk about our favorite books. Books we've read recently that we thought were exceptionally good reads. Tell us your favorite authors, and perhaps why that is so. 

If you don't read fiction, by all means name cookbooks, biographies, gardening books, decorating books. Any books you really liked and would suggest to others. 

I would have to say the best book I've read in probably the last six months was...

And the reason I found this book so compelling was that it managed to shock me in the end. Usually I at least have an inkling of what is to happen. This one fooled me all the way. 

Great read if you like psychological suspense. Which is my favorite genre of book to read. 

Okay, it's your turn...

Turning Pages & A Bit Of Good News

March 3, 2015

I just got in from a full day. Left about 10 a.m. and it's now 4 p.m. and I put up the groceries. Today I decided to go out without brace or boot. But I took the boot, just in case. 

I stopped just down the road at the new CVS and purchased Dr. Scholls full foot gel inserts. Can't recall what it was called. Put it in my shoes, my shoes that actually fit, size 7. 

I have been all over town doing errands, because we're due for bad weather. 

And guess what? I hardly hurt at all!!!

Some, but not as much as with that damned brace. I feel giddy with excitement, I really do! Does this mean I might be able to wear shoes again? I don't know. 

I'm hurting some now, but not bad at all. I never needed to put the boot on. 

I picked out something new to try on the counters (unexpectedly stumbled upon something and I'm trying it not for it's normal use, but we'll just see. I like the adventure of trying something unexpected!) And have ordered something for the back splash that has me kind of excited. 

Now to try and get more hot glue off. Fingers crossed on this round!

I'm positively giddy that I walked faster and better than I have in nearly three years. 

Yesterday I got the handicapped thing in the mail. And I used it. Not having to walk such long distances I'm sure helped. I actually found an open handicapped spot everywhere I went. 

I kind of felt guilty using it. 

So now onto books, one of my favorite topics...

Today some books arrived in the mail. It's rare that any acquisition can make me happier than a stack of books. 

The book on top a reader suggested I read, so here it is. Sounds very interesting, and you should look it up and see what it's about. 

I adore books. It just wouldn't be the same to read a book on a Nook or Kindle. I love the feel of books and the turning of pages. 

So many pages I've turned in my life. 

When I was a child, I spent a lot of time in the small town library. There I was in heaven. It wasn't a big building. But to me it held exotic travels and meaningful characters and worlds I could scarcely imagine. 

I regularly checked out all the books I was allowed. I read voraciously. Still do. 

I keep some books, pass others on for friends and family to read. I'm lucky that William Morrow Publishing company allows me to choose up to three galleys per month to review. Free books. What more could a book lover ask for?

I love to gaze at the bookshelves that hold my books. I don't quite understand the fad of turning the spines inward. I want to see them, be reminded of what I have read. What I hope next to read. 

I usually read in bed, at night, with the pupsters tucked alongside, snoozing. I relish getting to know and understand the characters and learning about and finding new authors. It is time well spent and very relaxing for me. 

As a child, there were no books or magazines in our home. Not sure why. But now I cherish my books. I cherish my time sitting in bed, peacefully turning the pages. 

As I turn the pages of my life. 

Tweak It Tuesday #131

March 2, 2015

An Old Fashioned World shows off her vintage pretties.

Fairhope Supply Co. made this delicious-looking cake.

Creative Country Mom showed off a new dress form.

Honey & Birch made this Meyer Lemon and pomegranate margarita.

Garden Up Green gives her gardening tips.

Frugal Little Bungalow showed two dogs cavorting in the snow. Doesn't it just make you smile?

My Thrift Store Addiction made this paleo lavender mint chocolate pudding.

Stonegable showed how to breathe life into a room.

Rena Klingenberg showed how to make new jewelry from grandma's stash.

Priscillas is decorating for Easter.

Shabby Gipsy is making yet more art. I love to watch her!

Winnie is making more desserts. I can't begin to know how she did this!

The Little Farm Diary showed a cozy spot in their home.

Southern Seazons created this adorable tablescape.

The Honeycomb Home showed their family room.

The Bajan Texan has a banana bread recipe for you.

My Sweet Cottage showed how to start seeds inside on the cheap.

Little Farmstead showed her farmhouse dining room mantel.

Okay, let's see what you've tweaked this week.

What Mules & I Have In Common

March 1, 2015

I can be stubborn. Like a mule. I can start a project and come hell or high water, I will try my best to accomplish it. 

Like in my oil cloth project. A dud. I worked on this for 3-4 days. Trying to cover my counter tops in the kitchen and the back splash.

You see, right after my surgery, when I was getting around on the scooter, the handle bars came just over the edge of the kitchen counter. In order to turn the water on or off, I had to lean in. It tore up the black contact paper I applied there. 

So I ripped that off. And somehow the black and white contact paper on the back splash, well, it seemed to get caught on it and off it came too. 

I was faced with a dilemma. Put more contact paper on, which just about drove me round the bend. Or come up with a new idea. My idea was oil cloth. Seemed like a good idea. 

So I set about trying to make it work. Unfortunately, my idea to adhere it to the wall and counter was to use my hot glue gun. I was just going to put it around the edges. 

But that didn't work. Bubbles, waves. I couldn't think of anything to do but razor areas where there were bubbles and waves and squeeze more hot glue inside. Burning my fingers in the process. 

Things just got out of hand somehow. So much hot glue was used. And lots of little snips of aloe vera were used to squeeze onto my burned fingers.  

So I ended up with a patchwork sort of thing. And about 15 sticks of hot glue on the surface behind it. 

Today I finally decided to call it quits on that idea. So I ripped it all off. And was left with lots of squiggles of dried hot glue. Everywhere. 

I googled how to get it off. The answer seemed to be to take a cotton ball and put rubbing alcohol on it and rub it over the hot glue. Naturally I gave up on that fairly quickly. It would take me weeks to cover all that. So I graduated to a sponge. 

I scrubbed and pulled till my fingers and knuckles were bloody from the effort. I tried sanding. Didn't help much. 

Now what? Nothing seems to work because the counter tops and back splash are textured. As in raised. And nothing wants to stick to it. Not contact paper, certainly. 

Visualize a textured surface with lots of hot glue. Not a pretty picture. 

And in my efforts to get the hot glue off, I also pulled some of the surface off, whatever it is. 

Back to square one. Again. Note to self: Know when to admit defeat.

Lots Of Snow & A Great Time To Read

Yesterday it snowed in the morning. Then it started sleeting and snowing. Then it went back to snowing. All day long. 

The patio has mounds of snow. The pots look like frozen snow cones. Other items are barely discernible.

The dogs have never seen snow this deep. They want to dig in it to see what's underneath.

Abi is looking at her foot, as if to say: "What on earth is this stuff stuck to my foot?"

I can look over the wooden fence to the person's roof just behind me, and you can barely tell where the roof ends and the sky begins. The sky is almost as white as the snow.

At night, I look out the patio doors, and it as though a light is on, the snow is so bright. It seems to be lit from within. 

I worked inside during the afternoon, painting. I shall show that when I'm done. 

I finished the book "The Forgetting Place."This book caught me SO by surprise at the end, that I had to read the last few chapters over again to make sure I got it straight. 

If you like psychological thrillers, you will want to read this one.  

From what I can tell, he's only written one other book:"The Absence of Mercy,"and I definitely want to get my hands on this book.

Right now I'm reading: "One Mile Under"by Andrew Gross.

Whatever your plans, whether you're snowed in or living on the beach, have a great day. If you're in a cold region like me, it might be a good day to make chili, put your feet up, and read a good book by the fire.

Six On Saturday: Share The Link Love

February 28, 2015

Courtney at French Country Cottage was in Home Goods and found this lovely container. You won't guess what it is. A bathroom trash can!

Just Plain Cold

February 27, 2015

As I've mentioned, I've been working in the kitchen doing an oil cloth project. I'm not going to say what it is, because I'm not sure it's going to work. 

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