Monday, February 28, 2011

L-O-V-E...


"L" is for the way you look at me...


"O" is for the only one I see..."V" is very very, extraordinary..."E" is even more than anyone that you adore..."LOVE was made for me and you"... xoxo

Saturday, February 26, 2011

My wish for you...

Sunny skies and warm Spring days are predicted for the coming week here, at last!...
You will find me in my gardens... soaking up all the beauty Spring has to offer... wishing you a "beary" beautiful, blissful week too!... xoxo...



Friday, February 25, 2011

A Farm~fresh Journal... and Bunnies for Easter...


I wanted to post my beautiful new Farm style journal today I asked my friend Sheila to create for me at Blessed and Distressed... I call her blog Blessed and De~stressed however, because it always makes me so happy to look at all of the beautiful things she creates!... Sheila posted how she created it today on her blog, along with gorgeous photos of it and which elements she used, some new, some vintage... please visit her and take a peek!... you too will feel Blessed and De~stressed!...


I am starting to get some of my Easter things out to decorate with...last year, I bought a cute little bunny at the dollar store... just a plain, simple little bunny, who, when I brought her home, asked to be dressed up in some Easter finery... so, out came my silk ribbons and lace... a few millinery flowers... and, of course a yummy carrot to munch on...

She turned out soo cute, I went back and brought her sister home... sissie bunny was fufu'd up too, and asked if I might go back for her cousin bunny...

I can never say no to any bunny!... so home came cousin bunny...cousin bunny so loved how she looked, and convinced me to bring home some more of the family...
You know me and animals... how quickly we went from one bunny to six... but of course... they are family!... and they are getting excited for Easter this year as well...
Easter is late this year... not until April 24th... did you know that the date Easter is celebrated is always the first Sunday after or on the first full moon after the Spring Equinox in the northern hemisphere?... my goodness... I wonder how many bunnies I will have by then?... you know how quickly they multiply!... xoxo...


Monday, February 21, 2011

The Sweetest Dream...


Last night, I had the most enchanting dream... I believe it was a dream... perhaps not... I dreamt my beautiful rose "The Fairy" was blooming... even though my garden is covered in snow, and my precious plants are shivering in the cold weather, so anxious, like me, for Spring... it's oh so soft pale pink petals gently opening... it's Heavenly parfum filling the air... it was as though I was awake and a soft breeze really was teasing me, carrying it's beautiful scent through the midnight air... this is a flower~fairies favorite rose of all... oft times only the flower~fairies can smell their parfum... or those who, like me, believe with all their heart in the flower~fairies...
I lay there awake now, still in a dreamy state... yes, there was laughter... I was certain of it... a gentle, lilting sound wafting through the air as well... enticing me to get out of bed and go look out my window... the light from the still almost~full moon shone down upon my gardens... then I saw tiny little silhouettes flitting about... I rubbed my sleepy eyes... could it really be?... I blinked and blinked again until I was wide awake... then I saw two teeny little flower~fairies dancing about... then landing in my flowerpot... earlier in the day, it was empty... but tonight... oooh, tonight it was full of Verbena and Lobelia... and sweet Pink Bacopa...
Then I saw another beautiful little fairy... this one giggled as she landed in a flowerpot of Sweet Alyssum and Purple Nemesia...
And her sweet little flower~fairy sister called out to me from within a pot of Geraniums "come out and play"... I must be dreaming... it is cold out... and I am tired... I don't think the flower~fairies would be out in the cold... yes, my mind is playing tricks on me... or is it the flower~fairies playing tricks on me?...
Often, the flower~fairies will leave a secret little token for those who believe... remember... you must believe in them to see them... I believe... perhaps I shall find a special little token from them today... I believe... I believe... xoxo


Thursday, February 17, 2011

Bloom...

Yesterday I stopped into my friend Jeni's shop and we talked a bit about everything, including attitudes and growing older... Jeni told me about a lady she met that was in her late 80's and was so vibrant and full of life, she made quite an impression on Jeni... it reminded me of a story my friend Shirley told me recently... Shirley is my cute little hairdresser... her salon is in her home, so when I go there, it is one on one, no other appointments waiting as she knows how to schedule perfectly!... so we chat and laugh and solve the cares of the world...

Shirley told me a story about two little "vintage" ladies who are brought up from a local retirement~rest home to get their hair done... they had both gone on a little daytrip out to Antelope Island, which is out in the Great Salt Lake just to the west of where I live... a causeway was built years ago so you can drive out to the island... it is quite large and there is alot of wildlife to see, campgrounds, trails, food, a fun place to visit... anyway, since I don't know the two ladies names, I will call the first one Cloudy Lady... she instantly began to complain to Shirley about the daytrip to the island... "it was a long bus ride, and people were loud and noisy as they sang songs, the road was bumpy, it was hot, we had to sit on wooden picnic tables, and they served us buffalo burgers... I hated it, they wanted us to look at wildlife, who cares about wildlife? The bus ride back was hot, there was no air conditioning, did I tell you I hated it? Why do they make us go these places anyway"... Several hours later, the second lady came in, who had been on the same daytrip... I will call this lady Sunshine Lady... she and Cloudy Lady are close to the same age, approaching ninety... She walked into Shirleys in her jeans and pretty blouse, her heels went "click click click" on the floor in her cute little shoes she had just been given by her daughter... "we went to Antelope Island Shirley!... it was so much fun on the bus going out there, we all sang songs, just like when we were little kids on the school bus... it was so much fun looking out at the lake, and when we got to the island, we had a picnic on picnic tables and I tried a buffalo burger for the very first time in my life!... I took pictures of some of the wildlife out there... I love these daytrips and can't wait 'till the next one!"... Two ladies... same daytrip... different attitudes about life... when I grow up, I want to be just like Sunshine Lady!... how about you???... xoxo...


Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Spring Housecleaning...


Oooh, I am so excited!... the sun is shining so bright this morning and today is supposed to be in the 50's!... after I sit and sip my morning coffee on the front porch and soak up some of this glorious sunshine, I am going to start on some of my Spring housecleaning... I really love to Spring houseclean!... I know, some of you must think I am nuts, but to me it is very therapeutic!... I love opening the windows and airing things out... getting rid of "winter" air and letting fresh~smelling Springtime air in... there is just a certain satisfaction in getting my house ready for Spring before I begin my Springtime garden cleanup and planting... I can hardly wait for that too!...

Soon our flowering crabapple trees in our backyard will look like the photo above I took a previous Spring... just looking at this pretty picture makes me so anxious to see the beautiful blossoms once again!... we have numerous birdhouses throughout our yard and gardens... they all have "For Rent" signs on them, hoping a nice little birdie couple settles in and makes one their home... did you know the birds like to Spring houseclean too? ... they do!... so, I have already put wood shavings in all of the little birdhouses... then, they like to toss it all out, doing their own version of "Spring housecleaning" and begin "feathering their own nest"... making it theirs alone... here's hoping the sun is shining brightly for you today too with happy thoughts of Spring!... xoxo...

Monday, February 14, 2011

Happy Valentines Day...


Seems this past week this blog has really gone to the dogs!... well, I am a proud new mom you know!...
Wishing you all a beautiful Valentines Day filled with sweetness and love... xoxo...


Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Tess's Doggie Bloggie Giveaway!...


Words cannot describe how happy this sweet pup has made me since we rescued her from running the streets just a few days ago and she became ours...(see my previous two posts)... one look at her and my cares melt away... We kept her name of "Tess" but I am thinking of naming her "Princess Tess", still calling her Tess, but adding a little special touch to truly make her our own... She is sooo happy here with us!... Jack took her for a walk and she stopped to point out some quail in our backyard to him...


At first, she was a bit shy about meeting some doggie bloggie pals...But then I told her she could have her very own doggie bloggie giveaway, and she broke into a grin!... she has the cutest little underbite when she smiles!...She also wanted to show you her new PINK collar... I have a feeling this girl is going to be a bit spoiled... but she sooo deserves it!...she has been through so much...
We have not heard of a doggie hosting a giveaway yet, so this may be a first!... all you need to do to enter is have your pet or pets leave Tess a comment, on this post only, introducing themselves... I will have Jack draw the winning pet from all the names I put in a bowl... since we love ALL of God's precious little creatures, this will be open to ALL pets, ferrets, birds, whatever ... when we draw the name, we will shop for the appropriate prize for the winning pet... You may comment up until midnight Mountain time on February 12th and we will draw the name on Sunday the 13th (my lucky number!) and I will post it that day... Tess hopes you enjoy meeting her and have fun in her little doggie bloggie giveaway!... xoxo and BIG doggie kisses... Julie Marie and Tess...P.S. Tess is having sooo much fun reading all of your comments, she wants to draw three winners!... so, good luck!... xoxo...PPS... even if there is more than one pet in your family, each one will get it's own entry and chance of winning!...

Monday, February 7, 2011

I'm a Mom!....


Hi everyone... if you read my post yesterday, then you know about the little stray Jack and I found... I will try to make a long story short (really hard for me to do sometimes!)... but the bottom line is... this morning I was able to locate the owners through the rabies tag she had on her collar... I was so happy and so excited that I was able to locate them... UNTIL... I talked to the woman on the phone and told her we had saved her dog... her reply... "Do you want her, we don't"... now, if you have followed my blog much (thank you!), then you know I am a very nice lady... BUT, like I said in my previous post, I can become someone's worst nightmare really quick!... Jack and I had said no more pets of our own as we are still mourning the loss of all of our little pets who one by one left for animal Heaven... we have continued to donate to numerous animal causes and rescue any and all of God's creatures as He sends them our way... I wish I was a millionaire so I could buy acres and acres and take in every homeless pet there ever was... but since I am not, I do what I can... with my sweet Jack right by my side... I am blessed to have a man who loves and protects all God's creatures like I do... soooo... as we pondered what to do, this sweet little pup put a paw on Jack's knee and looked up at him with those big brown eyes... she needed a good home...
I think she found one...thank you God for sending this precious little angel to us...I had called her Giselle yesterday since she needed a pretty name, then found out her name is "Tess"... so, Tess it is!... I won't go into all of the details about her previous owners, other than I wanted to smack them both to pieces!... they have no idea who I am or where I live, and could not care less about Tess...they gave me some paperwork about her and shut the door... she is safe and warm now... complete checkup at our vets, shots, bloodtest, heartworm pills, the works!... she is an English Pointer... so, as the late Paul Harvey used to say "and now you know the rest of the story"... we love her so much... I think she loves us too... what do you think?... xoxo... PS You can bet I will be posting lots of pics of my new baby... just got back from shopping for her... new pink collar, leash, bowls, food, treats... toys... thank you so much all of my animal loving friends for your kind words and encouraging support, I love you all too!...



Friday, February 4, 2011

Everything Old is New Again...


You know the saying "everything old is new again"?... it seems it is so true!... I have had this wonderful old, old French water pitcher forever... I have used it for everything from watering plants to filling pets water bowls, filling it with fresh flowers, and everything in between...


It sits on my hall tree just inside my front door now, overflowing with pretty silk flowers for now until my garden offers me the real thing soon as Spring arrives... this is another one of my treasures I got over twenty five years ago at a flea market when we lived at our little farmhouse... have you priced these babies lately?... Yikes!... I think I'll hang onto mine!... today I am linking with my friend Debra at Common Ground for Vintage Inspiration Fridays... xoxo...


Thursday, February 3, 2011

Somewhere in a Dream....


Have you ever had a dream home in your mind... you know, a beautiful, idyllic place where your thoughts just seem to drift away to?... a home where you can imagine every tiny detail... you have no idea where it is... or if it really exists... I have such a place in my thoughts... a simple, country home sitting amongst a field of daisies, with flowers of all kinds clamboring up the walls and spilling over in the gardens...


I took this picture two days ago... it is actually a picture of a picture that hangs in the womens health center at our local hospital where my sister and I went to visit one of our friends who works there... it is the home from my dream... but how do I find this enchanting place?... it was a print, not an original painting and the signature was illegible... I want to live there... wherever "there" is... but for now, I shall visit it in my dreams... perhaps one day I shall happen upon it for real... do you have a dream home your thoughts carry you away to?... xoxo



Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Finding a Happy Medium...


Do you ever feel like there just are not enough hours in the day to do all of the things you want to do?... let alone, all of the things you need to do?... I am finding that more and more... when I retired three years ago, people asked me "don't you ever get bored?"... heck no!... I love soo many things in life... there truly are not enough hours in the day... I could write a book about all the the things I love to do... read, write, garden, crafts, sewing, cooking, baking, photographing, especially Nature, our daily Nature walks, sipping coffee with Jack as we watch the sun rise, quietly looking out at our glorious sunsets as night time falls... happy time spent with family, lots of love and laughter... my list of happy things I love goes on and on... I have been seriously considering volunteering some time this summer at one of our wildlife rehabilitation centers... my love for all God's precious little creatures is so strong and I feel the need to help them all I can...


As Spring approaches and warm weather finally arrives, I want to be out of doors as much as possible... there are so many blissful things to enjoy... where do I begin?... I want to run barefoot once more through the tall, cool grass, watch the Hummingbird moths sip their sweet nectar from my hanging ivy geraniums I shall place out front...tend to my gardens (my passion)... sip a glass of wine as Jack and I watch a full moon rise above our beautiful foothills to the east of our home... I want to breathe in all that this earth has to offer, all of the beauty that God created for us... and find pleasure in every thing I do...each and every day... I want to take time to daydream... to treasure happy memories of my loved ones no longer here... times have changed so since each one of them has gone... this beautiful book belonged to my sweet mama... it is Anne of Green Gables, one of my favorites... long, long ago she gently placed a beautiful flower from her mama's cottage garden carefully between the pages to press... years later, it is still there... right where she put it so very long ago... as I looked at it today, I thought how that everlasting flower is just like my everlasting love for her, and all of my family... tonight, I shall begin reading her book one more time... and carefully placing the flower exactly where she did... did that page have a special meaning for her?... did she carefully choose which pages the flower would be placed between... in my heart, I know there is special meaning behind it all...my mama loved all things too and had so many hobbies and talents... along with taking care of our home and family and her beloved gardens... she always found her "happy medium"...

I also love to post on my blog... that way, I share my love of taking photos and writing... and I enjoy visiting all of the beautiful and inspiring blogs out there... I will be totally honest here though... I do not know how you all do it?... what is your secret to balancing all of the other pleasures in life you enjoy as well as blogging?...or is blogging your priority?... I have joined a number of blog parties and they are so much fun... but once again, being honest here, it takes me alot of time to prepare for those, as I like my posts to be exactly the way I want them...blogging is one form of my journals...a place to keep memories...I want them to be happy and inspiring... not hurried or rushed... I would love to hear some of your ideas... many of you post every day, some once a week, some whenever the mood strikes... are you like me and want to enjoy ALL that life has to offer?... do you blog to please others?... or to please yourself?...do you find blogging relaxing?... or do you sometimes find it stressful?... I will ponder these things as I sit tonight by my cozy fire (we were -22 degrees today with our wind chill!)... and read my mama's book... and think about finding that "happy medium"... xoxo...