Saturday, October 1, 2022

Winter warmth...

I'm getting a new furnace and hot water heater. I'm not seeing my pictures, only the data that they contain. I will end this post now, I hope this is not something new and "improved", and that we will be back to normal again soon. (Am I doing something wrong?) Fingers crossed! 'Til next time, Love ya, Jean

Thursday, September 22, 2022


 It's amazing!  Even after a prolonged extreme drought, very, very hot summer, I still have some flowers that I managed to keep alive!  These are all in my backyard, which was the most extremely hot and the most sunny spot in my garden.


Million Bells that my granddaughter gave me
 for Mother's Day!



Cleome (Spider Plant) with seed pods


Zinnia with Bee
(doing it's job,  collecting pollen!)

Cleome Closeup

Cleome (they are almost 5 feet tall) 

Zinnia in a pot.

The hanging pots are Jazzberry Vista Petunias.  They stayed alive but it was really too hot for them.  They like it better now that the temps have cooled off.

So,  I am also enjoying the cooler temps and it is raining out there today.  Love that,  too!  Hope you enjoy seeing my beautiful flowers and I hope to show more of them soon.  Stay tuned!  Thanks for looking.  
Love ya,  Jean

Saturday, September 17, 2022

Fall Centerpiece and Hello

 It's Fall again!  Wow!  That happened so fast!  

I put this centerpiece together with a tribute to

  back to school along with it.

I have been doing the everyday living thing and just wanted to check in on everyone!  My life has changed...  for the better,  I hope!  I won't go into it but I am adjusting well.  At least,  I think so. Lol


'Til next time,

Love ya,  Jean

Friday, October 29, 2021

Strawberry Jam...

 I made some strawberry jam the other day.  It's a very simple recipe.  Two 10 ounce bags of frozen strawberries,  4 cups of sugar, and 1 teaspoon of lemon juice.  Mix this all together and cook over medium heat for about 20 minutes,  stirring constantly, until you feel it gel.  Place in sterilized jars and place lids and rings on jars.  Place in water bath canner and process for 15 minutes after it starts to boil.  If not water bath processed,  keep in refrigerator.  As you can see,  it made 4 half pint jars and a one quarter pint jar. This jam is so delicious!  Easy Peasy!!!

I am getting ready for Halloween on Sunday.
Pictures to follow...  

A good time is insured!

Can't wait to see all the little goblins and ghosts!

'Til next time,

Love ya,  Jean

Monday, September 27, 2021

Fall Decorations...

I can't believe that Fall is upon us so soon!
The summer went by pretty fast for me.
We had much more than the normal heat waves.
We also had a frequent amount of rain.
Not complaining about the rain,
 but it made it very difficult to garden.

So I did some Fall decorating outside this morning.
Have a peek:

This is the wall beside my garage...

(This is all stuff that I have crafted.)

My watering can with flowers and leaves...

My little cutie...

On the right side of the front door...

Hanging on my mailbox...

Pumpkin lady...

I will be incorporating some Halloween 

when it gets a little closer...  

that's always so much fun!

'Til next time,

Love ya,  Jean

Monday, August 9, 2021

Outside Interest...

I went shopping to the Thrift store about two weeks ago
 and found some unexpected goodies.  
The "Hello Summertime"  door round 
was made by my nephew's girlfriend.
I love the colors!
It was too heavy for my front door 
because it is very thick wood.
So I put it on the outside of the house,
next to the garage.

I painted the hat and flip flops
 that I found at the thrift store, to match the door round.

Below is how they looked when half painted. 
I used acrylic paint on them.

Here is the hat before.
I spray painted it.

Here they are together.

They look so cute!
I will hate to take them down 
when it's time to change to Fall decorations.

'Til next time,  Love ya,  Jean

Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Spring around my garden...

I thought I'd show a few pictures from around my garden today.
The tulips and daffodils have been blooming for a while now,
and other plants are slowly coming to life.
It's been a really chilly Spring and things are a little behind.
But the Spring bloomers have also lasted a long time. 
 Here are some pansies that I put in about a month ago.

The pond is coming along nicely.  
It'll soon be time to put some plants in there.
The fish survived the winter.
I even found a few new ones in there.

I am now a member of the National Wildlife Federation.
My property is deemed a Certified Wildlife Habitat.
It says that I have provided food,  
water and shelter for the animals.
I am very proud of this honor.

The new project this year was to move the small gate from one corner of the fence to the other corner.  Quite a lot of work, but now I don't have to walk on the neighbor's property to get to my side garden.  It's not large enough to fit the wheelbarrow through,  but just to pass through to get the the main garden.  It is so much more convenient.

This is where the old gate was,  
so I had to fix that up,  too.
I really like the new arrangement.

Some of my "garden junk" that I've collected over the years.
This is in my backyard.

 I will be showing more as the season progresses.  

I have been growing seeds to plant in my gardens.

I hope to have an over abundance of flowers 

and vegetables this year.

I finished my quilt top and have put it away for now.  

I will hand quilt it in the Fall and Winter,

 when I am trapped in the house.  Lol

That's all for today.  

'Til next time,  

Love ya,  Jean