Thursday, May 28, 2009

End of May

Another month almost done. May is a busy month for us as here in the mountains it is time to put in the vegetable garden, plant flowers and get general yard work done before it starts to get to hot. What's my favorite in the garden? Tomatoes!!!! I am a homegrown tomato freak, enough so that I pretty much don't buy tomatoes in the grocery store because of their singular lack of tomato taste. But come summer, ahhh I am in my glory. I even love the tomato leaf smell on my hands. I eat tomatoes every day while they are growing. Seriously. Tomato on my sandwiches, on my hamburgers, sliced on a plate, sliced with vinegar and a sprinkle of sugar (what? you've never tried it? I learned that one growing up), green fried tomatoes, tomatoes in get the picture. lol Let's see....our tomato plants numbered 42 this year (don't worry we freeze some). So I guess yes, the lowly tomato. My hero. :-)

Last month I posted about our little shed Mr. Shabby was working on. Well with all the rain and the flood clean up it's been a difficult task to finish. But it's almost there and when it's done I will post a picture. But here is the scene from my kitchen window the other night as I stood washing dishes (yes, I'm still waiting on a dishwasher along with my new kitchen). And I thought, oh how pretty things are starting to look, even only partly done. That little path leads up to my folks house and it gets travelled a lot. :-)

A lot of you know I host the Mind Wide Open Challenge contest every month...and as hostess I don't get to play. In fact I usually don't get to enter a challenge simply because of time issues. But finally! I got to enter one this month! There is a frame challenge going on over at the Etsy Cottage Style blog. It's all about frames......any frame, any style, any medium. Marcela will put up all the entries May 30. Below is my entry. If you like it I think they are voting on the frames after they are put up. And even if you don't like mine I just know they are going to have some beautiful entries so check it out on the 30th. And vote! :-)

Create with Love

Monday, May 25, 2009

Spreading some Creative Love

Have you seen this video? You should probably mute my playlist over in the right hand column before you start the video. It's worth it and I hope it brings a smile to your face like it does mine. I've seen it several times in different places and I always watch it again.

And while we're on the subject of creative love you need to get yourself over to Flatwoods Folk Art for Lesley's first annual Unleash Your Creativity Blog Giveaway. The giveaways are Uh-MAZing! Lesley Rocks!

Hope everyone has had a marvelous Memorial Day weekend!

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Let's Take a Walk in the Garden

The greatest gift of the garden
is the restoration of the five senses.
~Hanna Rion
While we grew tired of the rain, the flowers have been in their glory. Today is our 4th day in a row without rain and it is warm and beautiful outside. I pushed myself away from the computer gasping for fresh air perfumed by all that is in bloom. I thought I would share my walk with you and what is blooming in my garden today as I restore my five senses.

There are still a few Irises in bloom

Roses by the back stoop...filled with daffodils earlier

A Climber waiting for the shed to be painted so the trellis can be hung and the the flowers trained
Peony bush by the front porch just now blooming, lots of buds

Soon to be a full fledged Peony

just like this one
Another peony bush full of buds

and the first bloom.
You might notice a love of peonies and roses and the color pink

Pink Columbine
I perhaps owe having become a painter to flowers. ~Claude Monet

I'd rather have roses on my table than diamonds on my neck. ~Emma Goldman

One of my favorite rose was here when we bought the house

more of the same rose bush
Outside my computer room..I can see them now as I write

The best place to seek God is in a garden. You can dig for him there. ~George Bernard Shaw

A shade garden my mom and I have been working on
The little shed is the same one from a previous post about us painting it...the rain has delayed that project. It will be a pale yellow when done. Soon I hope.
A flower's appeal is in its contradictions -
so delicate in form yet strong in fragrance, so small in size yet big in beauty,
so short in life yet long on effect. ~Adabella Radici
I hope you enjoyed your walk!
I know I did

Sunday, May 17, 2009

My Heart Goes Out to Flood Victims!

You know those nice basements that have been made over into a family room playroom or studio? Well that's not my basement. My basement has never been a place I particularly like to go even though it does hold my washer and dryer and sometimes I am forced to do laundry or go naked...and we DO NOT want to even go there!

My basement is the standard subterranean cement block kind of ugly with little windows that don't let in a whole lot of light. My basement has been the holding pen for any thing we don't know where else to store and my basement is the repository for an unimaginable amount of boxes of stuff. And I do mean stuff! Whenever we have moved if Mr. Shabby is allowed near a box to pack it, it is inevitably labelled, kitchen stuff, bathroom stuff etc.

When I closed my brick and mortar store anything that was left got put in a box and put on the floor of the basement. Over the years every time I would get the bug to clean and organize the basement, one look at all those boxes on the floor would overwhelm me and send me running back up stairs.

So I've been missing in action for a bit and some of you know why. The day after my birthday while Mr. Shabby was on a week long fishing trip we had a severe thunderstorm sweep into the neighborhood and play havoc with us. The already soaking wet ground (from all the rain we've had for the past two months) decided it just couldn't hold anymore water and instead of soaking into the ground as it normally does, that heavy deluge came pouring down the mountain behind us and a good part of it landed in our basement. Roads in other areas were washed away and just down the road part of a mountain slid right down into the road.

One night I opened the door to let the dog out and found my house literally sitting in a lake with the water up over the first step of my front porch and back stoop. Luckily I have the best BIL in the world and I called him for advice...I knew it would entail getting outside in the lake and starting to dig trenches to get water to drain away from the house. I was willing, I just wasn't sure where to start. But he didn't hesitate and came right over and together we managed to finally get the water to drain where it was supposed to.

So here we were two old farts out in the dark with flashlights and water over our ankles, one with a a back she threw out the previous week and the other with a bad heart and one heart attack behind him...digging ditches wherever we could. Not funny then but we're laughing now.

Mr Shabby came back early because the fishing trip was disastrous as they had bad weather there too. Thank goodness because here is what part of the mess looked like after we got the water out of the basement. The washer and dryer had to both go in for repairs. Awww.

And just so you know, my basement floor is painted a light gray...the brown you see is the mud left behind.

And we were lucky! People in other areas of our region had to be evacuated from their homes. You know we live in the mountains and the one thing I guess we've never given a whole lot of thought to is flooding. They say the Lord works in mysterious ways. But I'm just not convinced he had to get this drastic to make me clean my basement. But clean it finally is and I can only think that if it had been inside my house I would have had to run away from home. My heart absolutely goes out to everyone who has ever been a victim of flooding.

And all those boxes that were on my floor? They and their contents got carted to the burn pile.

So to counter all the ugliness of the mud and dirty water and the smell and the overstrained body I had to sit down in the few minutes of time I had here and there and make something pretty. Since tags don't take an inordinate amount of time that's what I did...I made some really pretty tags and listed them in my Etsy store.

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Thank you Everybody!

I want to say thank you to everyone who helped me celebrate my birthday over at Shabby Cottage Studio and here on the blog. It was a lot of fun! And thank you for all the well wishes! They must have worked because my back is getting better!! :-)

I used the random number generator this morning to choose the winner of the Free Digital Grounds workshop and she is post #16...Risa!!! Congratulations Risa! I've sent you an email. When I become a multi-millionaire I'm going to give everybody free gifts! Until then I only can wish I could do that for each and every one of you. Thank you once more to all of you who stopped by! May good fortune smile upon you the rest of the week!

Tuesday, May 5, 2009