Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Baby Ella - Update

Well, here we are 2 heart caths and 1 open heart surgery later. Four months old, growing and learning as fast as a weed. The end of July holds another heart cath and another open heart surgery for Ella. Her main goal is chewing on everything she can get to her mouth, she is teething and drooling like a pro. Her other goal is to stay cool, she hates to be hot. Good luck with that one - Carolina Girl!

Friday, March 10, 2017

Grand daughter - Baby Ella

Our lives changed February 16th when our son's baby Ella was born. We quickly discovered that her heart had a major birth defect and she was not expected to live through the night. This is her photo today, three weeks later, after two heart surgeries and many, many prayers.
Many ups and downs have been hard on both our families but we now have hope for the future.
 While searching for any meaning through this whole time, I found a quiet garden space. This garden as well as the landscape all around the hospital show that they understand the quieting peace people gain from natural spaces and flowers.
Please pray for this baby as she continues to grow and faces at least two more major surgeries before age three. I have a feeling I am going to be sitting in this garden again, seeking peace and meaning through out the next couple of years.

Monday, December 5, 2016

First Christmas Tree - this year

This is our first Christmas tree up and decorated this year. The tree is my vintage 1966 aluminum tree from when I was 2 years old. The ornaments are all silver and white, the white lights are on white wires so the whole theme is consistent. I think it looks great. Merry Christmas to me. It gives me great joy to bring out things I have had my whole life, and it looks better than it ever did before. Let the Christmas season begin.

Saturday, January 30, 2016

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Jack Frost 2001? - 2015

Today we said goodbye to our loyal friend Jack. 

Love that Dog 
by Sharon Creech

Love that dog, 
like a bird loves to fly 
I said love that dog 
like a bird loves to fly 
Love to call him in the morning 
love to call him 
“Hey there, (Jack)!” 

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

My first attempt leads to plots and plans

     This is my first attempt at growing anything other than perennials. This is an heirloom seed for dipper gourds used to dip water from a bucket dropped down into a well. My long range goal across the street at the historic property at which I now volunteer is to create a small fenced in kitchen garden. I have located wooden split rail fencing at the local big box home and garden store, I think I can fence in the small yard behind the Old Kitchen for about a hundred dollars. 

     By growing these gourds I have discovered that the light is not the same on both sides behind the Old Kitchen (c late 1830s). The right side gets sun all day, the left side only gets light from noon to sundown.
There is a huge difference in how the gourds have grown. One side is 12 feet high and hanging with gourds, the other side is barely knee high. 

     This winter I hope to sell the dried gourds to raise money for the garden projects. Would you give a five dollar donation to help restore the gardens at a historic property? i am hoping people will, as a keepsake from their tour of the mansion. 
     Next Spring I need to get the seeds started much earlier, which is hard to do when you are teacher as I am. Spring is a busy season for me. I also have decided to get some 12 foot posts and grow the vines up on wire mesh - high and up off the ground makes the handles long and straight. I have all this winter to plot and plan. 

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Loved and Spoiled

Our neighbor came by to say a sweet goodbye to Jack. They have been so kind the last couple of years to come over and walk Jack for us during the day when we are at school. They even put dog bones on the front porch for him to "find" when they took him out. Jack - loved and spoiled by so many folks.

We don't talk about it - but it will happen soon.