Today is day 4 of my 'vacation.' Swirling possibilities of things to do and accomplish during this time off---maybe some painting (furniture and/or walls), definitely some cupboard cleaning and organization, and some sewing. Soap and jelly making...it's all a possibility. Time off---full of possibilities.
Dainty dresses hang next to farm equipment and rusty stuff. As I said, something for everyone.
This is a grain scoop---galvanized metal---not true junk because I bought it at the farm store, but it has that utilitarian look and many other uses...a candle sconce, to be attached to the fence--a vase holder (also attached to the fence) to spruce up the backyard for garden parties--and of course, its original use...no grain to scoop here, but it's a great little potting soil scoop!
Last night my friend Carol stopped over for drinks on the porch. It was pretty pleasant sitting outside--not too humid. I've made my shopping list for tomorrow---mulch, more garden soil, something to plant in a hay trough planter I pulled out of storage yesterday, and an oilcloth tablecloth.
I took a few pictures of the hydrangea yesterday. It was cut back a little bit too much last fall and there are very few blooms. I'm glad I got my fill last summer! What I should do is take starts of the plant so I can grow my own; I've done it before with about a 50/50 success rate.
The lavender is sending up spikes that are just about to open. I love making lavender wands with ribbons and fresh lavender. The neighbors are planning a big "crab fest" for Saturday afternoon---they are the "kids next door" from last summer who put up a giant swimming pool in their driveway and had fun all season long. I've been invited and it sounds like a fun time.
Did everyone make it through the much touted Digital Switch?
Saturday was a "good" mail day...my issue of Jeanne d'Arc Living arrived in the mail from Raised in Cotton. I have spent many an hour looking at this issue. The pictures are just so gorgeous and inspiring.
I'm lovin' the scents in my backyard. Lavender, jasmine, and soon the scent of freesia will perfume the air.
Last night after work I trekked to Lowe's once again. Lowe's has never been on my list of favorite places to buy plants, but this year their selection and prices are the best. I purchased three large lavender plants, some Irish moss and a Japanese painted fern for terrariums, and a Star Jasmine bush. The scent of jasmine wafted through the outdoor space and drew me in. As a bonus, it was on the half price rack. I've never planted anything like this before, so I hope it continues to grow and proliferate in my back yard. The plant is only hardy to 32 degrees, so it will have to live inside this coming winter (provided I can keep it alive that long!!).