Tuesday, October 21, 2014


I just lost 3 days due to not feeling well. You know how after being sick you are overwhelmed with everything you need to do? The usual daily tasks plus this is waiting for me:

and this:

I need to thoroughly scrub this funny little cubbyhole closet so I can put things away in there.

I need to get back on the exercise wagon. 

And I KNOW I've been sick because I began to look at Christmas stuff online, ME, who gets anxious in the middle of Christmas displays at WalMart!! Actually Christmas seems SO doable in October, heheh!

So, I did head out yesterday morning to mow up more leaves and cover one of my raised beds. It was a great workout - check!

 Soon I will be getting all this put away.

Because hubby has been busily building adjustable shelves in the "Spare Oom" closet, going from this:

to this:

It's going to be so nice to have better access to the things stored in there. We have lots of sorting and deciding to do yet but as long as our lovely Autumn weather holds, you'll find me outside!

Monday, October 13, 2014

We've got leaves!

Oh do we ever have leaves:

The falling of leaves is just getting started.

But I look at them as garden gold.

I run the mower over them as long as they are dry enough.

And pile the chopped leaves on my raised beds.

They provide weed suppression over the winter plus the earthworms work the soil underneath. I can dig the composted leaves into the soil next spring.

In the meantime, there are still blooms to enjoy.

And the sun is shining today, again. We have had a beautiful Autumn here in the PNW!

Monday, October 6, 2014


Good Morning!

I have hesitated to write anymore blog posts because I am very unhappy with the photos from my old phone. I do have a point & shoot camera that I haven't touched in a long while. Maybe I need to dig out the manual & learn how to use it again!

Anyway, hubby finished installing the hardwood flooring in the office, yay!! It looks wonderful. I need to change the name of the office, actually, since we don't use it for that. It's the TV room or the Den or the Spare Oom (ala Chronicles of Narnia, heheh!).

In September we spent a long weekend on the coast which included staying in a charming beach house with our son & his family - our grandsons!! It was ridiculously fun to hold the baby any time I wanted and for hours. Seabrook, WA, is a perfect get-away for families.

I have been selling bouquets by the roadside this summer - a couple dozen so far! Honor system for paying and the crazy thing is that 2 or 3 bouquets have been stolen but not the money box!?! I am already planning what I want to grow next year including more dahlias. I need orange ones! I grew larkspur from seed and have many clusters hanging upside down drying. The sweetpeas are done and the plants pulled out. I've taken notes on which varieties did the best.

We have had a year of major life events (weddings, babies, funerals) and that continues. We are standing with a family saying goodbye to a loved one. There is amazing sorrow and amazing joy in the midst of such a time.  Please pray for this family. 

Thank you for reading and being my friend!