May 20, 2018:

Hola!

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...

Jan

Sunday, November 9, 2014

I'm In An Autumn Frame of Mind

Hola darlings!

Some of you may not know whom the late, great, Nat King Cole was.  I remember watching him on a tiny black and white television (that's all we had back then), when I was a little kid (the mid-1950's).  I was absolutely enthralled by his voice and his presence on stage.  Back then, all t.v. was done LIVE.  There weren't retakes and there was no video and no editing!  This subtle, nuanced performance of "Autumn Leaves," music and lyrics by the wonderful Johnny Mercer, as sung by Nat King Cole, is timeless.  There is just something about his voice that touches the deepest parts of my heart and soul.  I hope you will enjoy it as much as I do. 

This time of year, I am remembering my beloved Mr. Don, who died on October 12, 2012.  So many wonderful , but wistful, memories, and now, this song is imparted with so much more meaning for me.



I didn't think "autumn fever" would strike this year.  But, lo and behold, it did.  I was sitting at the dinette table one morning and decided I needed to bring in the season.  And so I rummaged around in all of my as yet unpacked boxes in the "wreck" room (finished basement area with a man-cave bar and set-up for a massive flat-screen TV on the wall that Mr. Don would have loved) and eventually unearthed my autumnal decorations and decor.

I also made a quick trip to the Family Dollar store just two blocks away, and picked up a wreath, as I wanted to put an autumnal/Thanksgiving themed wreath on my front door this year.  I also picked up a few other items, because I intended to "supplement" the wreath and also add a few dashes of autumnal color around the house.


Above is a more or less 12" diameter "autumnal" wreath I bought at the Family Dollar.  It was $3.99, which I thought pricey for the product (this is NOT an "everything is a dollar" store,) but I did like the faux fruit on the wreath and the pine cones.  Next to it you can see part of the two sprays of autumnal leaves I bought to try and dress the wreath up a bit.

 
Above are the two autumnal sprays I bought; in the upper portion of the photo you can see a little ceramic pumpkin  and part of a glittery (sequined) pumpkin that were purchased last year to dress up the mantle/mantel at the former Maison Newton.  Also present, you can see part of one of three flameless battery-operated wax candles that cast a lovely glow when it's dark outside!


And some votive candles and a spool of gold French ribbon.  I thought I  might use it on the wreath, but in the end, I didn't.  I'm sure I'll use it elsewhere, and you can't beat the price!

I also bought this really cute candy dish/spoon rest in the shape of a squirrel (I am very fond of squirrels):


She will stay out all year on my counter, near the tea kettle. 

I also bought a cute little pair of squirrel salt and pepper shakers which, inexplicably, there is no photo.  But you'll see them soon -- the next post!

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