Wednesday, December 26, 2012


 I can't begin to count how many times I've chased a kitten out of this Christmas tree...
 I can't begin to count how many times I've had to pick up the tree or bail a kitten out of it...
 Then came the fascination with the vintage ornaments I had in a tiered display - they lasted all of 2 hours...
 Two hours and I turn my back for one second and there they go... I had put them out for the company I was expecting that night.
 I should have known better - I do know better... I was able to salvage about a dozen - now put away for safe keeping for another year without kittens.
  For several years we've only put up a small 3 1/2 foot table top tree.  Mostly because our house has never been without a kitten or new cat full of curiosity.
  I never did put ornaments on this tree.  I did know better - it was bad enough picking up the braided jingle bell garland a gazillion times! 

Thursday, December 20, 2012

TWO FOR TUESDAY... on Wednesday!

They filled in for Rudolph last year...
 Jack Frost
Otis thinking Bah Humbug...

Friday, December 14, 2012


If you read my last post you will remember this photograph of one of the two kittens I needed to save.
Hubs of course thought I was crazy but knew better than to argue with me.  That was October 28th.
When I took them to the vet she called this one sickly and pathetic.  She wasn't sure my efforts and money could save this little girl.  She was 3 or 4 months old yet only weighed 1 pound and 4 oz. even though she already had her big girl teeth.

This is her today!  She is still very tiny but so very healthy. We fed her several times a day with a syringe as she couldn't eat or swallow correctly due to a mass in her throat.  Every day and night I would tuck her in her bed in the garage (they were contagious at first) I would say to her "I hope you are alive in the morning" and every morning I'd say "I hope you are alive when I get home".

 I originally named her Ash and the little black one Cinders.  After all she went through and my daily prayer hoping she would still be alive, I knew I had to name her HOPE instead.

 This is Cinders.  He was from a different litter and was 5 months old and much larger.  As you can see, his eyes are cloudy almost like cataracts. I thought he might be going blind and didn't want him caught and eaten by a predator.  The vet said it was due to eye infections never being treated.  He can see and it's possible the white-ish film might thin out as he grows up.  He is beautiful, fluffy and very playful.  They sleep together most every night.  Of course this means more photos of these little guys will soon follow.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012


           Quite the story to share about these two.... more to come!

Tuesday, October 23, 2012


 Meet Bud!  His friends Weis and Er are not as photogenic.

He loves to hang out on this Dalmation Jasper rock to sun a little. He just showed up one day.  How is it that frogs find ponds?  Now we have 4 frogs so I guess the word is out.

                                  This is the pond in early spring - looks pretty bleak...
 It's alot more inviting now.  See that rust colored stone sitting on the rock in front?  It's heart shaped.
I have a thing for rocks - and save all the heart shaped ones.  Hubs knows all he needs to do to keep me happy is bring me home really cool rocks!  I have them from all over - as far away as Honduras, Dominican Republic, Mexico, Washington, Connecticut (they have awesome rocks everywhere), Florida even Arizona!

My little saucer of heart shaped rocks!

Casper loves to drink out of the pond.  As you can see there is a pretty large goldfish near the top of the water apparently not afraid of the cat! Casper doesn't seem to care...

Tuesday, October 2, 2012


Early spring photo taken from the patio when the swing was down for cleaning...

Early Summer photo taken from a slightly different angle.
  Amazing how its all filled out!

Tuesday, September 18, 2012


 How can it be almost fall? We haven't even taken a garden walk this year.Click on any photo to see a nice larger version!

Time has gone by so quickly this summer.  Fortunately I took these photos of my shade garden before the deer ate the tops off all the Hosta.  

 Now they are simply stems.

 I don't think I've ever shown a photo taken from the yard looking toward the house.  The glass railings on the upper deck make it one of my favorite places.  I love to sit there and enjoy all my gardens.  We also love to eat out there and watch the rain.

 This photo was taken from my upper deck recently. This garden started out on the right side in memory of my mom in 1996.  My mom loved to feed and watch the birds so this garden has feeders and a bird bath which get used quite a bit.

 The left side was added in 2006 in memory of my dad.  He was a farmer.  Besides vegetables he raised pumpkins...memories of helping will always be in my heart.  Of course he had a blue Ford tractor...and his hand plow and tobacco setter was added.
When dad passed away I added his garden across from mom's and added a wedding ring quilt path between them.  One the sides facing each other are several varieties of daisies. This past year when my brother died tragically I knew somehow I had to make a garden for him. I just couldn't figure out what I wanted to do and my sister suggested putting it behind mom and dads.  I decided to incorporate it. A load of dirt was given to me in his memory and I added an arbor and path. My brother loved his red roses so I planted some on each side of the arbor also given to me in his memory and a Zephirine Droughin climbing rose will be planted at the arbor.

Below the memory garden is my scented garden or so I call it.  It holds alot of nicely scented flowers as well as some Herbs, Day Lilies and Hydrangeas.
A purple Clematis grows over the arbor my Hubs made for me. There are several other gardens we didn't get to see so maybe I'll show them next.

I hope you enjoyed this mini tour - until next time...

Thursday, August 16, 2012


                    I’ve had a lot of change in the past 6 months, a lot of loss, a lot of heartbreak. 
It has changed me.

                   It lingers in my mind hanging over me like a black cloud or an eeery fog you see at Halloween.
                 I keep looking inside to find the other me. 
The old me. 

The one who could sleep at night, the one who could go through the day without clutter crowding her thoughts. 

                                    Where is the carefree soul that seemed to have a perfect life?   
        To merely look at me you would see a normal person, not one fighting demons in her heart.

                                   I need to find the path back to peace again.


                  I had found it but I must have stepped off somewhere throwing me back into an abyss.

                            I know things will turn around and straighten out as everyone tells me and until then I will keep treading until those days are back.
                                  looking like a perfectly normal person on the outside....

Tuesday, July 31, 2012


                         Otis is the new spokesperson for Amazon!

                    Can you tell he's my favorite??  Dont let Jack know..

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Thursday, July 12, 2012


We've had the awesome experience of watching a pair of Carolina Wrens from building a nest to feeding their babies and then encouraging them out into the world.  Of all places they chose my hanging basket of geraniums which made it very hard for me to keep them watered.  The wrens nest has a cave like opening so I couldn't just pour water in for fear of drowning the babies.
Needless to say the blooms were pretty pitiful.  Slowly one by one the babies plopped down from the basket to the patio and scurried around for cover while practicing to fly.  Why I didn't get a photo then was pure stupidity!

Monday, July 9, 2012


 Pretty much everyday I take a long walk around the yard with Gypsy.  We have to stop and check out all the gardens, sights and smells.   My dear father-in-law made this wishing well for me years and years ago.  It looks great with window boxes filled with red superwave petunias.  He would love it if he could see it now.
 These are a tiny version of the Supertunia's also and they love this watering can planter.
 I bought this old ice cream box at one of my favorite junk shops.  It's filling out nicely.
 We stop to check out the arbor in the scented garden.  This clematis has never filled out so full before.  It must be the wood arbor versus an old metal one we replaced.  It has hundreds of blooms.
 It's so full a family of Robins have moved in under the right side of the wooden T you see here below.  It must give them good coverage from the elements as thick as it is.

 This is a clump of Gallardia that loves to be neglected.  The less I take care of it the more blooms it seems to produce.
I hope you enjoyed our walk!  We have plenty more pictures to share so stay tuned.