Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Mushrooms, of sorts...

These are growing on the roots of a maple tree that we had to take out.  The tree was leaning over my neighbor's house and I was afraid that it would fall on it.  These fungi are very large and look different from each other.  There are more different kinds scattered around.  I think they are pretty and very interesting.

I will leave them where they are.  
I am interested to see just how big they will get.

I found this little guy on a geranium plant yesterday.
So happy to see him/her!

There is always something happening in my garden.
Every day is a new day!

'Til next time,
Love ya,  Jean

Thursday, July 13, 2017


Still beautiful even when "in seed"...

I am hoping that I can save these seeds,
plant them, and that they will grow into bulbs.
Everyone says it will take a long time... I can wait!
 I'm going to give it a try!
I love the beauty of them!
P.S.  I don't have a picture of them in bloom.  I'll have to wait 'til next Spring to show them off!  Lol

'Til next time,  Love ya,  Jean

Friday, July 7, 2017

More beauty...

My garden attracts a lot of bees...
This is a good thing, 'cause without them,
 we would have no food...
The bees pollinate the flowers 
to grow our crops,  
a good reason not to use pesticides 
or herbicides in the garden.
I am trying a more natural approach 
to insect and weed control.

(Click on the pictures to enlarge.)
My jungle on the left side
of the Hastings St. side garden...

The only lily I have left this year.
 The bunnies ate all the others.
 Note the tall cage that I put
around it to save it!  

A double Coreopsis.  See the little bee on it.
So cute!

A little red,  white,  and blue touch here.

I kept some Milkweed for the butterfly larvae.
They are for the Monarch butterflies.

A daylily...I don't know the name of it!
It sure is pretty and very large!

My Privet that I've trained into a tree.
The bees love it when it blooms,
 they are all over it!
It smells so sweet.

Close up of a bee on the flower of the privet.

So this is a small tour of my garden today,
it changes daily.

Stay tuned for more to come!

'Til next time,  Love ya,  Jean

Monday, June 26, 2017


A rose is a rose...

I love them!!!

so romantic...

'Til next time,  Love ya,  Jean

Friday, June 23, 2017

Backyard side garden...

I redid my backyard side garden 
the other day...

It had been a few years 
since it really got any close attention...

(Click on pictures to enlarge)
So,   first,  I edged the grass...

And concentrated on getting the weeds out...

I had planted some strawberries and the water was running off onto the walk instead of staying at the plants.  So I made a little terrace effect with the grey bricks and filled it in with some soil.  It works now and looks nice.  I then added some pine bark mulch to top it all off.  I love how it looks now.

Ahhhhh... gardening...  my passion,  my love!

'Til next time,  Love ya,  Jean  

Saturday, June 17, 2017


On the East side of the house,
morning sun...

A close up view ...
There are two types of ferns here...
They grew on their own...
This is an example of 
one of Mother Nature's miracles...
I love it!  Don't you?

'Til next time,  Love ya,  Jean

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Dancing Butterflies...

My "Dancing Butterflies"  Peony is so pretty this year.

This is a very reliable plant... 
always blooms so prolific...

It is just so beautiful!
The blossoms are as big as my hand!

A great addition to any garden!

Look for it!

"Til next time,  Love ya,  Jean

Thursday, June 1, 2017

working hard...hardly working...

Gardening today...

75 degrees today and no rain...

Hope you enjoy your day!

'Til next time,  Love ya,  Jean

Thursday, May 25, 2017

My silverware collection...

It is raining,  so I'm not gardening today.
I did a little this morning in the rain, 
 but then it started to pour,  so I had to come inside.
So I thought I would do a post for today.

I uploaded some pictures from my camera,  
and I thought you might like to see my silver collection.
It's plated,  so it's not real valuable.

My silverware that I've collected over the years...
I cleaned these pieces last week, 
 they were so dark and dirty looking...

I do love the patina on the creamers 
and my daughter's baby cup though...

 The three trays are ones that I pulled out
 of a dumpster behind a jewelry store.  
What a lucky find that was.
It was the dumpster that we used 
when we had the candy store...

The Disney Ears were made by my sister
for Christmas a couple of years ago.
They are tree ornaments,
but I like to keep them out all year.
They are so cute!  I love them!

I have found a few things at yard sales 
and I eagerly scarf them up!
Most of the pieces came from thrift stores though.

I have so many collections...
I have the hoarder instinct,  I think!

But I try not to overdo it!
I'm running out of room to put the stuff!  Lol

'Til next time,  Love ya,  Jean

Monday, May 22, 2017

A New Recipe...

I have a new recipe for you...

This is not low carb,  but I indulged in a small piece...

My family loved it!

It is called "Cuppa".

This is easy and quick to put together.

Love that!

So here is the recipe:


1 Cup flour
1 Cup Sugar
1 Cup Fruit Cocktail with the juice
(I added some extra maraschino cherries on top.)

Mix and bake in a 350 degree oven in a greased pan 
for about 45 min or until golden brown on top.  
I used a glass pyrex dish about 9" x 13".
I tripled the recipe for the size of the dish.

I served mine with homemade vanilla ice cream.

As you can see,  not much left...
This size served about 13 people.
So,  you can adjust the size of it
by how many cups you choose to do.

My 4 year old Great Grandson loved it!
He picked all the fruit out,  then ate the rest.

I hope you like this, 
and you will make it for 
your family or friends,  or yourself.
On another note,  I've been gardening like crazy. 

I also had a wonderful vacation with my BFF in Tucson,  Arizona.  We visited her relatives and had a great time.  The country is so totally different from what I am used to.  Cactus, succulents and sand instead of flowers and green lawns.  It was a wonderful sight to see the cactus in bloom.  The colors are so brilliant.  We did see some beautiful gardens with roses and flowering plants that were so pretty.  It was a wonderful trip and we hope to go on another excursion next year.  We don't know where yet,
 we're thinking about it.

I should have some gardening pictures for you next time.  We are just starting to get some flowers now.  We are past the Spring bulbs now,  but not quite into the annuals and early summer flowers.  I am still doing clean-up,  edging,  digging weeds, and spreading bark mulch.  Lots to do,  not enough time in the day!
My body is sore all over,  but I am happy with my accomplishments!

'Til next time,  
Love ya,  Jean


Sunday, April 16, 2017

Happy Easter to you and your families!
I hope you have a wonderful day!
'Til next time,
 Love ya,  Jean

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Preemie Baby Quilts...

I made a few more baby quilts...
I love making these,  they are all so cute!

Ooppps...a little blurry!  Sorry!
This has little hummingbirds on the sashing and borders...

Little foxes on the sashing and borders...

Hearts on the sashing and borders...

I used all different fabrics on the sashing and borders...
They all have the same backing.
I bought it at a thrift store--8 yards for $2.99!
I couldn't pass that up!
I sew a lot during the winter and when it is rainy...
I can't work outside so I amuse myself this way!  Lol
And the hospital NICU loves getting them,  too!

'Til next time,
Love ya,  Jean

Saturday, April 1, 2017

April Fool's Day...

Happy April Fool's Day!!!

'Til next time,

Love ya,  Jean

Friday, March 31, 2017

My Birthday Presents...

Yesterday was my Birthday...
It was a fun day...
I got lots of good wishes and presents...
This was one of the presents from my BFF...
I showed the other one of the wall hanging 
that she made for me earlier...
I thought this was so pretty and so clever...

The chocolate bar is so good...
And the wrapper is so beautiful!
She also sent a beautiful card that she made.

YUM!  YUM!  YUM!!!
Thank you,  my sweet friend! 

Then,  my daughter shows up at my door, 
 with flowers,  a birthday cake and a card in hand!
She stopped in after work.
My DBF and I were on our way out 
to our favorite restaurant
 for a birthday celebration dinner,  
so we talked her into coming with us!  
We had a great time, 
and it was even better to share it with her.
Here's what she brought with her!

(It's half gone!)

Blessed!   I am truly blessed!
  To have such wonderful, caring, 
and generous people in my life...

It's a day I'll cherish forever!

'Til next time,
Love ya,  Jean

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

My BFF...

I had a huge surprise that came in the mail yesterday...

It was from my BFF,  
Lady Jane over at Our Cozy Abode...

She made it and sent it for my Birthday...

Here is the surprise wall hanging that LJ made for me...

Close up...

 The one I gave to her first...

Then she made one for me...
I love her for being so thoughtful!

I was going to make one for myself,
 but this means so much more to me.

I love you girl,  and we'll always be BFF's 'til the end!

She also made a beautiful card and sent me a yummy candy bar wrapped in the most gorgeous wrapper with a huge flower on it!  I will show that next time.

So,  take a stroll over and see what she is up to today!

'Til next time,
Love ya,  Jean

Tuesday, March 14, 2017


I love my little section of red here......

Speaking of red...

We have been making pizzas!  I have been on a low carb diet lately due to high blood sugar.  I found these low carb tortillas that have a lot of fiber in them.  The net carbs are 6 for one tortilla.  That's very low.  So,  in order to enjoy pizza,  we are using the Low Carb Tortillas for the crust.  Turns out they are delicious!  We don't miss the traditional crust at all.  This picture is the before they are baked.  I took one after they were baked,  but the battery was dead on my camera and the picture didn't come out!  Trust me,  they look really good once baked.
Now,  here's how to do it...
Take a tortilla,  put some tomato sauce on it,  put some meat and veggies,  whatever you like,  top with some cheese.  Bake at 400 degrees for  about 10 min,  and you will have a delicious treat!  Serve this with a nice big salad and you will have a
nice little low carb meal.

I've been sewing a lot.  We are getting another snow storm today,  as many of you are,  so I will be finishing up on some projects I have been working on.  Stay turned... I'll be showing them soon.

'Til next time.
Love ya,  Jean