Saturday, October 1, 2016

October Bulb Planting Time




Welcome October!  I should have a picture of a pumpkin or a Jack-o-Lantern on this post, but I'm thinking about pansies today.  The temps this morning were cold out on the deck and I mentally replaced every pot of geraniums with a pot of pansies.  The picture above was from a few years ago.  I need to get started with my pansy replacing.

I read a blog post last month where the blogger suggested buying a 100 blue hyacinth bulbs to plant now for the delicious smell when they come up in the spring.  DH and I bought 2 bags (20 in all bulbs) of blue hyacinth bulbs from Lowe's.  Now we have to find the time to plant them.  I'm really excited about next spring.   We have over 100, maybe 200, golden daffodils planted in front of the house.  They just get better and better each year.

So much is happening in the world right now.  Spring bulbs seem inconsequential but we have to include beauty in our lives.  What about you?  What thing of beauty are you including in your life?

Love,
Lottie

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Tueday is Farmer's Market Day

We just love fresh vegetables!  For many years we grew large gardens and did a lot of canning.  But I don't know if it is old age or global warming, but we have not had much luck with gardening in the last few years.  We didn't make one at all this year and DH was amazed today when our water bill arrived and it was much lower than summer's past!  Even without a garden, we are still eating good!

No, these beautiful tomatoes are not from the neighbor's garden.  With no rain and temps in the 100+, all our neighbors have about given up on backyard gardens.


Thank goodness for the Farmer's Market on Tuesday mornings!  Although about half of the farmers were there today, we still were able to score some great fresh vegetables today!  

Do you live close to a Farmer's Market?
Love,
Lottie

Sunday, July 24, 2016

July Glory - Tiger Lily

In July we have the most beautiful sights from our Tiger Lilies!  Friendly butterflies come to visit.







DH bought the first Tiger Lily for me years ago.  They have multiplied each year and only lasted a couple of weeks this year because of our 100+ temperatures!  They don't require any care at all.  Only concern is that  they are supposed to be toxic to cats, but my cats just eat cat food and never bother them.


So beautiful!  All year I look forward to their blooms which are in full glory around July 4th!

More beautiful July flowers click here


Love,
Lottie 

Friday, May 27, 2016

DYI Curtains for side lights

 Our 1907 house in Alabama has beautiful lead glass side lights in the front door!  We've left them without curtains because the light is gorgeous in the morning coming through the beveled lead glass. 

But someone ringing the doorbell can see right in when I come down the hall in my pajamas.  So we set about making curtains for the side windows.  $5 for two little white rods for the top, $5 for a sheer panel, and $5 for fabric glue.  We cut the single sheer in half, cut the length and used fabric glue to hem it.  Done!

 There it is!
Love,
Lottie

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Everything Has A Story - Chest of Drawers


In 1982, we bought this chest of drawers in Greenville, South Carolina at an antique furniture store for $176.  It was for our newborn baby boy.

My mother made the blue checked scarf on top out of the blue fabric I sewed for curtains.  Oh how I remember folding his little clothes in the drawers.

When our son was two years old, I walked into his room and he had pulled out the drawers just enough so he could climb up the drawers and sit on top, dangling his legs!  
"Oh no you don't", I said and moved the chest of drawers into my room, for the next thirty-two years!

My dear son grew to be a fine man and was working 350 miles away from us in Virginia when he mentioned that he was looking for a small dresser for his upstairs apartment.  It was time to move it back to his room :-) 

Many bloggers write about how they are downsizing at this time of their lives and how much better they feel after doing it! I was so happy giving this piece of furniture to my son.

When we took the chest of drawers to his home and he folded his clothes in the drawers, I felt my heart smile!  



Everything has a story!

Lottie

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

LAZY LADY

Retirement is a funny situation to be in.  It is like you are enjoying life on the one hand and feeling guilty for being so happy on the other. I used to write long lists of what I had to do each day and never stopped working until the list was all checked off.  That made for some late nights.  But this year, my third year of retirement, I've stopped making lists.  And I'm amazed at how happy I have become. 

I let a lot of things go now.  My dear husband will tell you I stopped cooking and buying groceries and planning menus.  I stopped when I had health issues but things are getting better.  My one regret in life is that I stressed out over everything in life ...everything... and didn't enjoy life more when I was younger.

The only problem is that now dear husband is stressing out over the cooking and grocery buying, let alone the planning for meals! Poor man!  He has other things to do on his to-do lists since he is retired.

I spend a lot of time relaxing in the shade on the deck dear husband built for us.  I love the geraniums he planted! Most of all, I love the swing he put together for me for Mother's Day!  That is where I read!  And there goes those lists again...lists of books to read!


I'm spending HOURS each day in this swing reading biographies of famous people I was curious about when I was younger but never had the time to read just for pleasure.  Currently from the library,  I'm reading Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow My Life: Sophia Loren.  I've just finished  Miles Gone By : William F. Buckley, Jr. and Leonard: My Fifty-year Friendship with a Remarkable Man by William Shatner.  I have Bring On The Empty Horses: David Niven waiting on my desk to start.

Although I am enjoying all this down time and my health issues are improving, I feel rather like a "lazy lady".  I feel like I should be making those lists again and being more active.  Maybe ease back into it!  Maybe take dear husband out to lunch when he takes me back to the library to return all those biographies! 

Do you become a "lazy lady" and read for hours?  Do you read biographies?

Have a wonderful day!
Lottie

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Speed of Spring

Spring is coming and going so quickly!  I took a walk around the block this morning and noticed all the buds and blooms have already opened.  It has all happened so quickly!  These beautiful pansies have wilted in today's heat.  I have to remind myself to enjoy life by the minute.

A flowering quince is only blooming for a week!  I'll have to be sure to notice it every day.  Treasure today!

A sleeping cat in the sun! What treasures life is made of!  Treasure every day!

  • I get a couple of phone calls a day from friends and family just checking in.  It warms my heart.  Why don't you call someone today just to check in on them?
Spring is wonderful, but the mornings are still a little chilly!  Hard to cook breakfast in a cold kitchen,  I do miss the fire in the wood stove these mornings!

Treasure today,
Lottie 

Monday, March 21, 2016

I'm Back! :D Kitchen Thoughts

Well, I've had some medical issues and I've been away from the blog for about four months! I've missed my bloggy friends! I still have a way to go yet on recovery but I am working hard. Ready to focus on something else in my life!  Ready to treasure today!

Kitchen Thoughts


 I asked DH to bring back my dresser that was stored in Alabama.  It was my dresser when I was a little girl.  My mom bought it at a yard sale for a couple of dollars in 1965 and it was falling apart and had thread spools for hinges held on by twine. I used it in that condition.  Forty years later, DH had it repaired and new hinges put on it.  It is better but not strong.  Not a great antique, but definitively loved. The bottom drawer was especially loved since it held all my poems, short stories, and love letters I received from DH when I was a teenager.

What a wonderful "welcome station" at the side door it makes now! Great storage for dish towels, place mats, table cloths and napkins at the far end of the kitchen.


Bought new green rugs and green dishtowels for the kitchen.  I love this kitchen! Looks very 80ish doesn't it?  I just think of all those dinners I cooked here for twenty years.  I'm not too sentimental when it comes to appliances, as DH installed a new dishwasher since this picture was taken!

Thank for visiting today!  Glad to be back!  Now I can visit with you for awhile!

Treasure today,
Lottie