Monday, May 22, 2017


Coming home from consignment vendor night just now ~ greeted by this beauty when turning the corner to my house.

Permission to Play

Permission to Play Workshop
#5 #6 #7 #8

Hydrangea Love!

 At the nursery.  SO beautiful.  One of my favorite flowers.

Saturday, May 20, 2017


"Do not keep the alabaster box of your friendship sealed up until your friends are dead.  Fill their lives with sweetness.  Speak approving, cheering words while their ears can hear them, and while their hearts can be thrilled and made happier.  The kind of things you mean to say when they are gone, say before they go."
~George W. Childs 


Over my head a little while ago and now it is POURING!!!

Friday, May 19, 2017


Anisoptera ~ Dragonfly
One of my favorite garden plaques I have nestled in my flower beds.

I Love Our Porch

 Porch power washed, furniture cleaned and arranged, flowers planted...  ready to begin those Summer evenings relaxing, reading, or painting on the porch.

Thursday, May 18, 2017


It made me sad to see these headlines in the paper this morning.  83% of our country claims to be Christian.  So, 17% are offended by these simple words, "Blessed are the peacemakers...".
I wonder how many years it will be before anything related to God/Religion is totally removed from our sight?
I feel certain God is offended by yet another removal of His Word.  I know I am.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Growing Hearts!!

Red Flash Caladium


I've only seen the one chipmunk lately and he appears to have moved from the front porch area to the bushes above our stone wall.  Mr. Black Snake may have prompted this move.

Queen Mary

May is the month of our Heavenly Mother Mary, Queen of Heaven and Earth.  Here she is wearing her crown of flowers at my church.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Permission to Play

Permission to Play #3 and #4.  Finding time at night to fill this need.  Loving it.

Monday, May 15, 2017

Permission to Play

I am taking Carolyn Dube's PERMISSION TO PLAY Workshop.  My first two cardboard "play" pieces.  Insignificant!  Just having fun!!

Beautiful May Day

Sitting outside with Jake enjoying the sunshine and breeze.  The only cloud in this beautiful blue sky!


Mr. Black Snake enjoying the sun at our garage door entrance.  I almost walked on him.  Not thrilled that he has taken up residence near our home, but he is supposedly harmless and helpful.  I encouraged him to move on to the flower bed so I could walk Jake.  

Sunday, May 14, 2017

May 14, 2017

Jake and I on Mother's Day.

Mother's Day 2017

Mom, I can see your face as clear as day and I can hear your laugh.  You can't be far away because I feel your presence.  You are the brightest star at night and your warmth shines on me during the day.  Thank you for your constant love.
Happy Mother's Day, Sweet Angel Mom!

Saturday, May 13, 2017


These Oriental Lilies arrived today from Casey and Amanda.  One has already opened up ~ they are SO beautiful and they smell heavenly!  They know how disappointed I was to have to postpone my trip.  I really wanted to be there for Mother's Day.
Thank you, my dear son and daughter-in-law.  Just another week or so.  
My two little deer out back have adopted a baby!!

Friday, May 12, 2017

Robin in Action


It's cool and wet outside today, but the robins are loving it! Easy worm pickings!!

Thursday, May 11, 2017


I had my appointment with the orthopedic doctor this morning.  It seems it is only a tiny bone spur and a little arthritis that caused all that pain!!  It is much better already thanks to the medication they put me on right away.  I need to continue that for a few weeks and then return to the doctor only if the pain resumes.  He can then give me a cortisone shot if need be.  It is really nice for that awful pain to be gone and to be able to walk normal again.  It was also nice to hear him say that my knees are in good shape other than a little clicking and grinding which is normal at my age.
Since I'm not anywhere near ready to leave for SC now, I will wait a week or two and then go. Happy to have that to look forward to.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

May Memories

May, 2010  ~  Brother Patrick watching Terry build the wall to my very first booth at Buy The Season.  It was an exciting time ~ I had washed the boards with a pale green tint in anticipation of having a pretty shabby chic wall to hang my items on.  I started out with a small booth as you can see in the 3rd photo.  The 4th photo shows my two combined booths as of today.  I have grown quite a bit over the last 7 years.
Little did I know that my sweet brother would come to visit from Texas in the Fall again that same year, only to end up in the hospital with pancreatitis and leave us permanently.  The only blessing was that he was here in Virginia and I was able to spend every minute of his last days on earth with him to the very end.


My little Betty Stoumbos painting arrived from Canada today and it is precious!!

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Trip on Hold

I am bummed!  Was going to leave for SC on Thursday to be with Casey for Mother's Day.  Had to cancel for now.  See that knee brace?  Spent almost 3 hours (a lot of waiting) at Urgent Care this morning.  Have been having a little knee pain, but this morning it was BAD ~ could hardly walk.  After X-rays, they think it might be a ligament or tendon.  Must see an Ortho Dr. in a couple of days.  So, my trip is on hold for now. ):

Monday, May 8, 2017


These are the different birds I caught enjoying the food today.  No telling what others have been here that I didn't see.

Sunday, May 7, 2017

Sunday Salon II

 Just home from Ibby and Bill's Sunday Salon II.  It was a lovely brunch with an assortment of delicious foods and deserts.  Ibby is the perfect hostess, bringing people together and making her home warm and inviting.  Bill's transformation of the yard into beautiful gardens is a delight to see and walk through.
Thank you both for the invitation.  

Saturday, May 6, 2017

Outside My Windows

Outside my windows ~ The sky out back and the sky out front! The sun finally popped out for a very short visit this evening.