Sunday, October 28, 2018

A Day at the Pumpkin Patch!

My two daughters, their shared best friend and my wee grand
 went to the pumpkin patch for their annual visit recently.

It was a VERY hot day that day..............only to fall
 from the 90s to the mid 40s in less than a week.

So wearing a tee shirt top, shorts, sun hat, her favorite play shoes
 and sporting that sweet beautiful flushed face, 
here is my sweet grand having a ton of fun at the pumpkin patch.

(Figured I'd better hurry and share before it's too late.)







Here she is proudly displaying the pumpkin she chose.....







.....and running, hiding and playing in the corn maze.

Corn = maize. 

(Ha,  ha, I really crack myself up.)








Big or little? 

You tell me.  : - )








She is really growing up much too fast!








See compared to last year?








This farm has the best things to interest the children!








Even the "big" kids get to have some fun!

Here she is getting all spooky with her momma.

I love the way she's trying to see her mom.

Her auntie truly captures the best moments!








Gotta love a little hot pink John Deere tractor!

Can sure tell the pink isn't the only thing that's hot!








Remember last year when she was just a teeny bit scared
 of this big pumpkin and her my daughter had to hug it
 to show her it was harmless fun?

This year she's apparently "embraced" her fears!

That is priceless.............







And yes, please note the wooden "Brutus Buckeye" on the left.....
he is the mascot of our beloved Ohio State Buckeyes!
We have a lot of Buckeye trees in Ohio.

But to me the very best kind of Buckeyes are the candy kind:



Well, that's it for another pumpkin farm year!

The years certainly fly by, don't they?






As always, thanks for your visit.

Hugs and prayers!

~Michele


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Friday, September 14, 2018

Cutie in Pink!


It's been so long since I have posted any pics
 of our little sweetie.....
or of anything at all.

We've traveled, I've had surgery, and I
even went back to work part time -
so my summer was quite "full."





One of the very best parts of this summer
has been to actively be Grammie
 to one of the sweetest 2 year olds on the planet.


She is always smiling, and has the sweetest disposition.

She turned two over the summer!







Here she is sitting proudly on her new pink tricycle.


In the bike basket is her cute unicorn mylar balloon!

(Her Auntie E gives perfect gifts!)








Auntie Eve also made her birthday cupcakes
to match her colorful rainbow birthday dress!

The entire theme of the party was rainbow - 
and was so thoughtfully put together! 

I should do a separate post on it - 
I have a million pics of that wonderful party!








Like her momma, she loves anything to do with art
and creates "masterpieces" often with chalk.

She's learning how to make hearts!








And, yes, I know - plastic bags aren't toys.


What is it about packaging children love so much?

My grand dog is in the background.

When they're together Derby doesn't leave
baby alone - she is always nearby keeping a
watchful protective eye out for her.








Here she is proudly displaying more of her heart drawings,
along with her favorite glitter rainbow My Little Pony shoes.

(She'd wear them to bed if she could!)

And also, yes, she makes that sticking-her-tongue-out
face when she's making artwork.

It's genetic. Her momma did/does the same thing.








I just adore this top she has on in these pics.
Wanted to share a close up so you can see.









She is a playful goof and picked a million degree summer night
to go find her winter hat and Santa slippers
to dress up her jammies.







She loves that hat and now uses it as her "purse"
 to carry one of her very favorite stuffed toys.

I love this look of pure joy on her face.
I took this pic - she was soooo happy
about our coming up with this purse plan.






"I'm ready for my close up, Mr. Demille!"


I bet half of my readers laughed, 
and the other half had to Google that.


:-)

I have really missed you all -
thank you for indulging me today!

She is just growing so fast!

I just want to spend as much time as possible
with her in these special little toddler years...
when everything is new and fresh....
when each day is an adventure...

Such as discovering her first Lady Bug.....







As always, thank you stopping by!



~Michele

PLEASE DO NOT COPY THESE PHOTOS
WITHOUT MY PERMISSION!



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Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Remembering is Honoring!



WE SHALL NEVER FORGET!




Our devastating losses....
Our unsung and honored heroes...
Our marred landmarks....
Our beloved Nation!

United We Stand, Divided We Fall!


Oh, thus be it ever when free-men shall stand
Between their loved homes and war's desolation!
Blessed with victory and peace, may the heaven-rescued land
Praise the Power that hath made and preserved us a nation!

Then conquer we must, when our cause it is just,
And this be our motto: "In God is our trust."
And the Star-Spangled Banner in triumph shall wave
O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave.

                                                                                       ~F.S Key 1832






Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Spring 2018 Tea Cup Exchange Reveal!


Oh, my golly, what fun are these teacup exchanges!

Stephanie from The Enchanting Rose painstakingly and selflessly
puts together the most amazing teacup exchange twice a year.

Thank you so much, Stephanie for this fun event!


I was the happy recipient of a box of treasures from Teresa, 
who resides here in my state of Ohio.

Perhaps one day we are lucky enough to meet in person for tea! 







Here are all my surprises all laid out before opening.....
felt like a holiday - and so much was wrapped so prettily!






Here is my chintz Gracie China teacup!







I have actually used it every day since it's arrival!
Here is a shot of my enjoying my tea in the garden.









 Teresa typed me a wonderful note
 on the most gorgeous teacup paper!







I received all sorts of wonderful teas in my package
- most I have never tried before-
and it has been such fun to have new tastes to try!

I received cookies and candies and recipes, pretty notepad,
 tea themed napkins, gel pens (always wanted them!)
 and a beautiful Emilie Barnes Devotional.








I have a friend who has one that I have always admired!
It's so perfect to put in my guest room to share with my
tea sister "besties" when they visit!








I put my yummies on one of my trays to "style" it for the big reveal!

I must confess ate this yummy crunchy honey-crunch candy bar
 before I'd even finished taking pictures!













I love this beautiful pad -
 now I can give my hubs his Honey Do list in style, haha!

Just kidding. It's not long enough-
will have to keep it for my own "to do" lists!

: - )

The paper tea-cup themed napkins will come in handy
 for those little impromptu tea times
 I have for my neighbor Dee when she visits....
we both have a rule to never use linen when it's just us!
(She will like them very much, too!)








I am so excited to have my very own gel pens.
 And the colors are perfect!!!!!








The experts are now saying dark chocolate has some health benefits!

Thank you, Teresa, for caring about my health
 in such a deliciously thoughtful way! 








Chocolate shortbread cookies and tea time = a perfect marriage!








Teresa read up on my blog and knows about my grand daughter -
 and thoughtfully sent a sweet little book for me to read to her.

I couldn't even believe it!
 That was so so sweet! And our sweet girl LOVES it, too!

Teresa said I'd understand why she sent it 
when I got to the last page!







And I sure do!!








Thank you very much, Teresa, and also thanks to you, too,  Stephanie
 for making this spring teacup exchange so very special for me.








In typical fashion I got too excited about putting together
 my package that went out to Jocelyn in Colorado
that I didn't take a single photo of the things I sent.

She has the blog Miss Joss Shabby Life
and you can find her reveal here. 


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AND in case you missed my last post about our
 garden before/after curb appeal- check it out!

Simply click here.


As always, thank you for your visit!


Please visit The Enchanting Rose 
for Steph's linky party for all the reveals!

~Michele

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Saturday, May 12, 2018

Before/ After : New Curb Appeal Garden


Hello everyone, and greetings spring!


It's finally here and I am so super excited!
Everything is finally in bloom and is so beautiful!

It was such a long, long loooong winter.

But now that it has warmed up
we were FINALLY able to finish our garden out front.
It was a long process, but we are so happy with it now!






LET ME START WITH A BEFORE PIC..... 
showing our overgrown smoke bushes -
 which (truth be told) we rather liked...
but they very quickly got out of control!

And when we had to heavily prune them
it left the huge cut branches really ugly...
especially from behind them next to the foundation.







I saw them every day when in my home office,
-where one may usually find me-
or at the window in front of my piano... 

I'd sit there and just cringe and wish and hope and wait
 for the day those old and very sad bushes
were no longer part of our garden design!






You can see what we had was just dated, overgrown,
nondescript  foundation garden plots
which were covering up the windows!

Just noticed this really is a "before" because it also shows
our old door and side window panels!


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And now the reveal: TA-DA!!!!! 

Here is our AFTER!
 Every thing all nice and pretty!

It will take a while for things to settle down
and a few things will bloom - hopefully-
which will make it all much prettier eventually.

Since this pic was taken 2 days ago we moved
a few things around to balance better.








We planted 3 big limelight hydrangea (left),
one gorgeous Weeping Lace Leaf Japanese Maple (right)
3 boxwoods (left)- forget real name but kind that get tall
2 Holly Sky Pencils (both sides)
10 Heuchera Purples (both sides)
14 Big Blue Liriope (both sides)
and one Red Twig Dogwood (right)







Our home finally has a bit more curb appeal.




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A couple years ago we planted this mailbox garden.








That's our wee red Mini Cooper in the background.
It's been leaking oil lately - 
so it's banished from the driveway or garage for now.










This is what the Liriope looks like when mature:

Purple Liriope Grass Big Blue, Monkey Grass, up close





This is what Lime Light Hydrangea looks like when mature:

'Limelight' - Panicle Hydrangea - Hydrangea paniculata




It's fun to compare before/after pics.


Those orange things are where I wanted the stones to go.

We shortened both gardens quite a bit
 to make them less weedy and needy.








On the right there's now a nice patch of sod grass
 between walkway and garden.

On left we designed an angle for the natural stone wall.








We are always limited to what we can plant due to all the deer.

The bunnies love the liriope though, so keeping fingers crossed.
I sprinkled red pepper flakes around to keep them at bay.


On the side of the house our Bleeding Heart is still thriving.











A HUGE THANKS TO:



*Sharyn for her awesome landscape designs.

*Andrew for all the intense laborous work,
especially for the fabulous stone walls!

And a HUGE thanks to my wonderful
 hardworking, handsome, awesome husband
 who worked long exhausting hours prepping everything,
 and working right beside Andrew
 lifting and planting and mulching and perspiring
on planting day and earlier 
to help make this dream come true.








Also - a big thanks to YOU for your visit!



If you're ever in the Columbus, Ohio area
I would be delighted to welcome you in for tea.









~Michele


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