Monday, June 11, 2012

Our Little Sweetie Pie

She doesn't have a name yet. But she has her papa's ears and her mommy's hair.

And she has our hearts.

I can't stop smiling as I think about our new grand-daughter.


Sunday, June 10, 2012

My Guideposts - Week83

Grandmas never run out of hugs or cookies.  

~Author Unknown

Definitely my favorite guidepost of all time as I take notes about what's required now that the newest addition to the family has arrived!


Thursday, June 07, 2012

A Shady Pergola

What happens when you combine a pre-Mother's Day visit from my brother, the Queen Mother's backyard and some incorrigible DIY genes? 


A beautiful pergola (you can call it an arbor if you wish) over the pond, providing a shady place to sit on a sunny day, a sturdy base for the weather station, and vertical support for the vines.

 Warning: Ugly alert!
You can fully appreciate the change when you see the extremely pathetic Before:  a spray-painted , much-repaired PVC frame doing a poor Leaning Tower of Pisa imitation over the pond.
I know, it's hard to believe it's the same place.  Quick, let's return to an After photos before our brains explode.
I have to say that my brother--the same one who was "allergic" to grass so I'd have to mow instead, left me only fumes enough to coast to the gas station, and never fought fair--grew up to be an amazingly artistic adult.  He planned this whole affair on the back of an envelope, waved a magic wand (along with some power tools) and created this oasis in the Queen Mother's backyard in a matter of days.  He rocks!

DIY is about unique results on a budget, but even more about making great memories together.

Party Time:

Sunday, June 03, 2012

My Guideposts - Week82

One of the secrets of a happy life is continuous small treats.
  —Iris Murdoch

Isn't that almost the exact description of a garden in springtime?!  (Yes'm, it's still spring here even if it is June.)

We're currently in the iris-are-almost-done-blooming, peonies-have-opened and roses-have-just-started phase of springtime. And the one above is reminiscent of a fancy English rose but was labeled simply "Double Pink" when we bought it many years ago.  

I think gardeners must be the happiest people on earth!