May 20, 2018:


Yesterday Prince Harry married American Meghan Markle and I couldn't get enough of the royal wedding. What a gorgeous dress, the bride was radiantly beautiful and the church at Windsor - oh my goodness, the flowers alone were soooo beautiful. There's nothing like a good love story to make one appreciate how precious we can be (and should be) to each other.

I'm glad the weather was perfect yesterday for the new Duke and Duchess of Sussex's wedding. I can't say the same for around here. Spring keeps teasing and then going away. This morning I woke up to a "balmy" 47 degrees F outside, rain, damp, and I turned the heat back on! It's May 20th, the heat. should. not. be. on. Period.

Last Thursday, however, was beautiful. I was able to get a goodly amount of yard and garden clean-up done over several days last week. I also took some photos of my flowering tree anchoring the north corner of my house and made the current collage. I think it's an ornamental cherry, and on the the other end of the house, I think that's called a purple sand cherry? I'll have to check that. The blossoms on the tree do not have a distinct fragrance, but the purple shrub that wants to be a tree (despite my hacking it back, back and back yearly - I'm losing, by the way) has myriad blossoms with a distinct fragrance. I can't decide if the scent is too beautiful to bear or too awful to smell, it certainly can be overpowering!

This coming week will be the third cut of the grass this season. We had rain late Friday night and then for several hours earlier this morning. This rain, on top of the rain we had over four days the prior weekend, and the grass is growing like nobody's business! I don't mind doing the grass, though, as long as it's not too hot, too cold, not raining, and not too windy. I'm not picky at all, am I...

I still have a lot of raking out of areas that suffered from snow mold over the winter, and have not yet really tackled cleaning out the north flower bed in the backyard. That will be a chore!

But Memorial Day weekend is coming. This coming Saturday I will be out with a friend (who has a nice large van - goody!) stocking up on potting soil, top soil to fill in never-ending low spots in the yard, grass seed, and lots of plants! For some reason, this spring seems busier than those in prior years. I can't figure out why that is...


Saturday, September 21, 2013

Autumn is Here (Almost)

Hola Darlings!

I'm taking a short break from continuing my current "The Look for Less" series today, as something mysterious happened to me overnight Thursday and I have to tell you about it.  It seems, somehow, that the Spirit of the Fall has fallen (har :)) upon me because I woke up Friday morning and all I could think about was decorating my mantle/mantel for autumn!  That's right, you read it correctly.  After weeks of ignoring the seductive efforts on all the blogs I visit to lure me into saying goodbye to summer and hello to autumn, I said nope, nope, and nope, and steadfastly ignored all attempts to convert me to the Autumn Leaves Mindset.  But Friday morning, it was like "I really need to get to the Family Dollar this weekend and see what they've got for fall." 

Now that is STRANGE, people, me ever wanting to go to the Family Dollar, for one thing.  I tried to shake the feelings off, but they stuck with me all day despite working through yet another day from Hell at the office (my boss is going to kill me from exhaustion and stress, I swear).  But they did not go away.  On the bus ride home Friday evening, I had to talk myself out of hiking from my regular stop to the Family Dollar and then home, adding an extra mile to my usual walk.  I was drained from working and knew it just wasn't wise to push myself any further.

But I got up bright and early this morning.  It was beautiful outside.  Bright blue skies and scudding fluffy clouds of white and varying shades of grey, lots of sunshine, and a brisk breeze out of the northwest (FINALLY) bringing cool temperatures and dry air!  Hooray!  The soccer kid teams were soon out on the other side of the road  on a vast playing area not far from my house and their cheers and yells were carried clearly on the wind.  They always make me smile. 

I set out for the Family Dollar about 10:15 and by the time I lingered there, deciding over this and that, putting things into my basket and then taking them out and hemming and hawing (the clerk probably thought I was a nut case) , then stopped at the Pick 'n Save down the road, and then home, I'd done a near three-mile circuit and it had clouded over.  No more sunshine today, it seems.  I arrived back home right around noon. 

I'm still feeling that autumnal thing despite the disappearance of the sun so I guess it's not going to go away.  Tonight I'll start redoing my mantle/mantel for autumn.  I don't have a clear idea of what I want to do, but I will probably incorporate most or all of the items that I used in my first ever fall mantel/mantle last year.  You've probably guessed by now that the photo above is my haul from the Family Dollar.  Here's another pic:

What I bought:

One medium/large ceramic pumpkin cookie or candy jar: $5
One ceramic autumn maple leaf dish: $2
Three floral piks: $2 each
Ceramic pumpkin salt and pepper shakers (so cute): $2
Paper mache' pumpkin with floral pik on top: $2
Two glittery pumpkins: $2 each
One 16 ft. string of foil mini autumn leaves: $1

Total: $22 plus tax

Yeah, went a little nuts at the Family Dollar (they should call it Family Dollars) -- and put some things back only because I knew I was going to stop at the supermarket and haul at least one bag of wine and groceries home!  I may go back for a set of squirrel salt and pepper shakers (so darn cute!) You know I've got a thing for squirrels :) 

I clipped some grape vines out back, stripped off the leaves and formed a rough wreath.  My wreaths never turn out round; maybe because I don't wire the vines together?  I just interweave the vines and they stick out here and there, refuse to curve in other places where they should curve, etc. etc.  So I always have cockeyed wreaths hanging around the deck, but this year I didn't even make one!  Just a little while ago I dashed outside and made my very first (maybe my last one) of the season.  Not sure I'll use it, it's pretty skimpy and sickly looking...  I'll be back tomorrow (I think) with a finished mantel/mantle.  Just in time for the Autumnal Equinox. 

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