July 26, 2012

Miss Lily Has a New Outfit!

I was in a Salvation Army store yesterday and clothing was on sale for one half off.    It's been a while since my garden lady had a new outfit so I found some things for her.   The paisley blouse is  Jones of New York and it was sixty-five cents.  The overalls were $4.99!

I don't have much blooming right now but these New Guinea Impatiens have thrived in spite of the heat.    You'll notice one corgi girl on the porch and one looking out the door.  I always have more than enough help with any project.

My daughter gave me this adorable black cat holder for a hanging basket several years ago.  These begonias don't seem to mind the heat and have done very well.

My best friend from high school is coming to visit tomorrow.  I am so excited!  We're going to do some antiquing and then have lunch at a new cafe in my area.

July 21, 2012

Birthday Celebrations, etc.

This past week was a busy one!  I turned 62 on Thursday and enjoyed having lunch with a longtime friend and dinner with my family.   Getting old doesn't bother me one bit!  Everyday that I have good health is a gift! 

I really want to see the movie, The Magic of Belle Isle, (with Morgan Freeman) but it isn't showing in my area.  This is very odd to me.  Has anyone seen it?  The reviews I've read say it's a warm, family oriented story.

Today's rain showers have been wonderful, especially for an afternoon nap with the corgi girls.  Hope you're enjoying your Saturday too!

July 15, 2012

Fresh Tomatoes and Crabcakes!

I spent this past weekend visiting my sister who lives about 100 miles away in a small town called Weems, VA.  I couldn't resist posting this picture of their post office that has a beautiful view of the Rappahannock River.

We had so much fun going to yard sales, thrift stores and consignment shops.  We both brought home some great bargains.

My sister is a great cook and makes the world's best crab cakes.  Her secret is using the recipe on the back of Old Bay Seasoning.  A dinner of fresh seafood and summer vegetables is my favorite!

President Obama was in my neighborhood on Saturday and stopped by a produce stand about a mile from my house to purchase Hanover tomatoes.  Our county is famous for its tomatoes. 

I hope you had a great weekend too!

July 11, 2012

Forget Me Nots

I came across this beautiful teacup with blue Forget Me Nots  on The Graphics Fairy blog this morning and it reminded me of a gift I received when I retired two years ago.  One of my co-workers gave me a beautiful hand painted flower pot with a package of Forget Me Not seeds inside.   I thought that was such a clever idea!

We finally had some rain.  It wasn't a lot but enough to perk things up a little.  I'll be power washing my deck and front porch today.  I have to get my work done so I can go for an overnight visit to my sister's at the end of the week.  We have plans to do some serious "thrifting".

July 9, 2012

Banners and Pillows

The temperature here in central Virginia has been in the triple digits for about a week.  There's nothing left of my flowers and working outside is impossible.  So, here's what I've been doing. I love the banners I've been seeing on friends' blogs so I decided to make a few for myself.  I always enjoy making pillows and combined some vintage fabrics, crocheted pieces, cross stitch and machine embroidery on these.

July 5, 2012


This has the best year in a long time for my lillies.  Of course, they are dried up now after these days of three digit temperatures.  In early fall, I'll cut back what's left of the foliage, fertilize them and look forward to next season. 

July 4, 2012

Happy 4th of July!

I took this picture in southern Maryland last week!  I loved the flag painted on the end of the barn and thought it was perfect for the 4th.

Miss Lily (my garden lady) is all decked out for the holiday.

Hope you have a wonderful day celebrating with friends and family!

July 2, 2012

Memorial Service

This past weekend I attended a memorial service  at a Methodist church in the town where I grew up.   I had forgotten how beautiful the stained glass windows were in this church.  It was built in 1901  by a boat builder and has gorgeous woodworking on the ceiling and around the windows.

Although my pictures can't possibly do justice to these windows, I wanted to share them with you anyway.

This scripture was used as part of the lovely service.  


A Time for Everything
1 To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:
2 a time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted;
3 a time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up;
4 a time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance;
5 a time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;
6 a time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away;
7 a time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak;
8 a time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace.