Little Things Thursday

Welcome back to Little Things Thursday! I think we are starting to settle in to our summer groove. I usually take a full week between school’s end and really delving in to summer to get my life straight. This year it was all about decluttering, a sort of refresher for the home after a year of being on the go. It feels so great to have aired out the home, so to speak.

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And we brought some life back to our backyard. Memorial Day weekend had the whole family out weeding, mulching, and potting flowers. I love bringing some life back to our dull post winter yard each year. We have several tomato plants in the ground and that, besides our berry bushes, will be the only vegetables we plant this year. They are pretty much the only veggie with any sort of success rate around here. And by here, I mean with us. We are a bit brown and green with the thumbs. You just never know…

How was your Memorial Day weekend?


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Little Things Thursday

Even though summer is long gone, there are still little pockets where summer once kissed.

My zinnias continue to bloom strongly, but this week I sensed that the tide of seasons is about to turn in real earnest taking summer’s gifts along for the ride.

So, I grabbed a few cuttings and made the most of summer’s last sigh.

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She was all too happy to take a break from the intense workload of the week. After a few poses with our little bouquet, I placed them in a jar to grace our table. And oh, how the last flicker of the day’s light exposed their beauty. Summer's last sigh

What are you savoring this week?


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Blueberry Hill

I found my thrill…

On Blueberry Hill.

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And I made bread, blueberry banana bread, from that hill. Or terrace. Whatever.

In faith we planted blueberry bushes 3-4 years ago. Each year the berries failed to mature or the birds got to them before they could. This year we have had our first real bounty. Each day new berries have turned blue from the hundreds of berries clustered on our two little bushes. It is such a feeling of accomplishment to see the harvest come in.

I’ve been know to open my back door to scream at birds and chipmunks getting a little too cheeky. I can’t let them near my precious.

This summer will be blueberry everything if the rest of the little green hopefuls ripen.

Linking with Songography|Blueberry Hill-Fats Domino and Wednesdays Around the World.

 

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Little Things Thursday

I pulled out my camera for closer look at these gorgeous day lilies that bring me joy in June.  I am always amazed at the bittersweet life of the day lily. It blooms for just a day and withers by the next. But, oh that splendor in those 24 hours! Thankfully, they stage bloom for most of the month to keep me from being crestfallen over their short life span.

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I planted these several years ago not really knowing what was to come. They have blown me away each year and each year I have realized that I planted them in the wrong place and really need to move them. I’m somewhat afraid that I will destroy them in doing so. Plus, the fact that I need to replant in fall always creeps up on me and leaves me a day late and a dollar short. Maybe this year! They really need to move back by my front windows rather than in front of the hedges. They are so gloriously tall and I had no idea how so when I first bought them as wee plantlings. That’s a word, right?

The goal is to divide and replant this September. I’m really quite the accidental gardener and have zero clue what I am doing, but somehow I manage to grow some things.  Bulbs are so rewarding.

If you haven’t planted these fleshy and fragrant lilies, you should definitely get them in the ground this fall!

What’s blooming in your corner?

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May Flowers

We’ve been clocking many hours around the yard the last few weeks to create not only an oasis for summer, but to also feed ourselves…Lord Willing.

Here’s a look at a few scenes of late.

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Everything is in gorgeous mode!

Joining Black and White Wednesday and Wednesdays Around the World.

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Currently

Currently, in my free time, which is keeping me sane.

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Soaking up time with our neighbor dog, Bella. She and her mom are moving sort of far away. Lots of porch time since Bella’s mom had a nice rocker in her recent yard sale.

Adding to my growing plant stash. Willing myself to walk 3+ miles a day. It’s sad how sore I am, but it is a good sore. I’m also smelling a bit “earthy” and I have never been so thankful for my end of day tub soak, except for when I lived in Thailand. Summer has arrived. Like for real.

Not pictured: school, school, school. We are at T-minus 14!

Re-watching: Lost on Netflix.  It’s a bit different when you have the puzzle pieces up front, but still intriguing.  I love the character nuance.  I think everybody can identify with one or two characters in some capacity and see bits of themselves.  I think that is what I really love about it.  We all have flaws that need working through, and we all have our inner strength.  I love seeing those flaws and fortitude battle each other.  I think I’m a bit Jack like, for better or worse.

This is my Good.Random.Fun from the past week!

 

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Growing

I’ve been feeling a renewed sense of taking the time to live. Do you know what I mean? Like all of us, I can get so bogged down in the daily doings of life that I forget to truly live.

It’s funny how spring invites us to see things freshly.  All the life bursting forth reminds us that we also need to recreate.

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So, I sat down and wrote a bit in a journal about what that means to me right now and I realized that I need to protect this sacred place of living. I mean, I already knew that, but it gets lost in the fray at times.

I realized, anew, that I’m responsible for my own happiness and time to live.  It is not anyone else’s responsibility to carve that out for me.  Me being me, I came up with a plan.

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On the docket:

  • Gardening
  • Walks
  • Time to reflect/Bible study
  • Handwritten letters
  • Time outdoors
  • Creating my own adventures
  • Simplicity and Minimalism
  • Nourishing my artist’s heart
  • Friendships: Old and New
  • Guarding my heart
  • Meaningful conversations and fellowship
  • Seeking out inspirational, passionate people/being mentored and mentoring/a circle of giving and receiving
  • Abundance mentality in thoughts, words, and deeds
  • Picnics
  • Time with hubby
  • Wine and cheese

Gosh, there really is so much more I could say.  This will require lots of prayer and intentional choices.  You may remember that my two words of 2015 are Pause and Follow. It’s getting close to mid-year and it’s time to do those gut checks.  Am I making strides towards my goals? Are you? Are you pursuing them un-apologetically? If I’m honest, there has been rough surf.  I’m grateful for those because I can adjust my sails going into the second half of the year.

Happiness is the reward of intentional living.  I’m growing.

Linking with Good.Random.Fun.

 

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Happy

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Almost everything feels better when spring arrives.  The world wears a smile.

I’m feeling happy to have our backyard spruced after winter’s ravages.  The weeds are gone, the veggies are planted, the grass has been cut, and new flowers have been added.

I’m worried about my hydrangea, though.  There is no new growth on the branches.  I’m wondering if I accidently cut them off last year.  My fingers are still crossed.

But this post isn’t called “gutted”.  Pressing on.

I’m happy that we are back to eating on the patio at least until the mosquitos and flies start playing up.

The pollen is blowing fairy dust all over and the bees have come out to play.

There is definitely a skip in our steps.

Linking with Songography | Happy| Pharrell Williams.

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After the rain.

It’s been quite the rainy summer.  For the most part, I don’t mind.  I love summer storms, as long as there is no danger.  Rolling thunder is so relaxing to me, and I suppose that is odd…when you think about it.  We had quite a storm last night, and I always feel the need to take stock of my little garden after the rain.  I want to make sure my long awaited crops are still on the vine.  It sure would stink to invest several hundred dollars into growing my own veggies to have them destroyed.  I have a greater appreciation for the stresses of real farmers.

Don’t rain soaked veggies look more appealing?

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These blossoms are the promise of more to come…

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Truth told, I’m getting a little impatient for my tomatoes to ripen.  I have been growing my garden with the making of No Knife Spaghetti in mind.  I’ve got my basil stash.  I mention this meal often on this blog.  I’m quite the evangelist about it because it is so simple and delicious.  It is a big request around here.   You must try it if you are a tomato fan.

My tomatoes were “promised” to me by 50 days and I’m thinking we’ve surpassed the mark.  I’ll keep looking for signs of red.

Linking with A Rural Journal and Communal Global via Buckaroo Mama.

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Blossom

We are having a very atypical beginning to May in the south.  My sundresses remain hanging in my closet, and I’m wearing a hoodie.  One does not wear a hoodie in Georgia during May.

It’s been rainy and chilly.  There hasn’t been a great opportunity to get out to capture anything grand, but I did slosh around my yard to take stock of things.  My blackberry bush is blossoming.

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We have quite a few blossoms, but I’m remaining cautious.  Each year the birds beat us to the blackberries and blueberries.  I’m hoping we get the blackberries at the very least, because I have dreams of blackberry jam.

I’m still just 2 Facebook fans away from hosting a giveaway.  I have 3 cute prizes in store for you! I would love for you to join me on Facebook.

Linking up with Communal Global, and A Rural Journal.

 

 

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