Wednesday, May 25, 2011

~ Coming for Their Evening Drink ~

After the storms passed through here yesterday I enjoyed my evening on the front porch, with camera close by I noticed the deer had come for a visit. I first noticed four of them higher in the pasture. Even with my zoom I couldn't get any clear pictures, even some of these aren't the best. (I'm so wanting another camera with more zoom), I digress. With the population of the fox increasing our deer aren't coming for their regular visits.


I hope all of you are having a super Wednesday.

Sunday, May 22, 2011

~Embarrassed ~ Hard Work Has Paid Off ~

Embarrassed doesn't even begin to say how I feel looking back at these pictures. The last time I put any mulch down was almost 4 years ago. Man alive does this look bad. I knew it was getting a little sad looking, OK, let's me honest it looks down right nasty. With all that's going on around here I just didn't have the energy or the desire to tackle all the yard work. I kept it mowed and trimmed and let all the finishing touches go. I've re-grouped taking another look at life tackling all sorts of issues now.

More black paper and liner showing through. A girl just ought to be whipped for letting it go like this.

Everyone needs some type of a cart to work around the yard with. Many have wheelbarrows, golf carts, or gators, I have a mule. We've had this great Little toy for about 10 years now. For 4 it sat in the garage and didn't get used. Well, she's back!!! LOL
 I've unloaded the mulch off the back of the truck into the mule, now to unload it onto the ground. Do you   have any idea how much bags of mulch weigh? I don't either! These were wet on top of that, let me tell you   they weighed a bunch. I definitely got my work out in!

It's finally starting to look like someone cares, like it's loved once again. After taking these pictures I realized I had forgotten to take one of all the bricks matching, a gal can't have bricks lining an outdoor area that doesn't match. I had gathered bricks from the left over planter boxes to use for this project, in the future I may purchase some of the new-style that you can stack and lock. We'll see, for now this works out great.

The little corner even got a bit of mulch. Naturally I had to add the bunnies back in somewhere. I've had these little cuties for almost 12 years now, originally purchased at the Dollar General Store for 50 cents each. YaH! I love a bargain. The railroad ties in the background are next on the list to get all dolled up. We've had soooooo much rain, it's hard to catch a dry day to do any outside painting. I'll re stain them black, that should finish up that little project area. YaH!!!

The rest of the mulch is for the East side of the house, Boston Ferns went to the front porch.
I'm off to head to the East side of the house to put down more mulch. Hop on and come along, if the rains ever stop I'll have more pictures of updates to share with you of the outside getting a small face lift.
I finished All the painting of the inside of the house on Sunday. I"m glad to be finished with that for the time being. Now, it's time to play with my dishes, the outside garden work and reading on a few books that have stacked up along the way and naturally Visiting With All of You.

Friday, May 20, 2011

~ Gentle Breezes ~

While working in the yard the middle of the week putting mulch down the gentle breezes were so welcoming. Anything for a break from lifting those heavy bags I stopped and took pictures of the beautiful Pink Weigela in full bloom. If you would like to learn more about Weigela bushes you can go here.

After our last huge snow storm I had my driveway fairy pull the railroad ties we put down  almost 14 years ago. All the weed-eating and painting of the ties was becoming quite the burden. Along with the ties I had  6 small trees struggling to survive, we pulled those and 2 other Weigela bushes. I put off pulling this one to see after a good pruning if it would survive, as you can see it did. I'm so glad I gave it another chance, the beauty when you drive in is wonderful.
Hidden in the shade of the bush we have pink and white blooms.

As I put the finishing touches on this post, we have humid temperatures, cloudy skies and the promise of rain all weekend. Perfect weather for me to be inside finishing up the painting. I have just a bit of the kitchen left to go and all the rooms will be done. Then I can concentrate more on the outside and sharing tons of pictures with all of you. I hope all of you are having a super weekend!

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

~ Solitary Evening ~

The past few days I've been in the yard working, drawing from the archives I found an earlier post to share with you. Many have seen it before, for those new to my blog I hope you enjoy the Pink Tea Set, all bought separately at different times I think they flow together nicely.
Candle glow soothes the soul.Reading through an old magazine for new inspiration.

Tea Pitcher Cracker Barrel (many years ago)
Small Tea Cups and Saucers Hobby Lobby (many years ago)
Small Spoons Cracker Barrel (many years ago)