• gardens,  my view


    How lovely are these blooms given to me by a knitster friend for my birthday? Yep, and they are still alive and thriving (how’s about that?). Nope, I don’t remember their name but I love their vibrant poof of color.  Fantastic. That said… Happy Wednesday!




  • gardens,  jack,  jack pics,  my view


    I’m doing a little work on keeping my life contained and so far not doing a very bang op job of it. The only progress I’ve made so far is over the weekend with my new container porch plantings of basil and some hot and sweet peppers. Also some geraniums for a bit of pretty. I’ve decided to forgo the planting in the back since over the past few years it’s been steady disappointment of weeds and some critters coming along at the last minute stealing my bounty. Besides you know what they say about doing what you’ve always done…

    Also Jack seems to like it out front. Here’s hoping for better results this year. Are you doing any spring planting?




  • gardens,  my view


    So the long awaited rain has finally come. And I’m thankful for it. I mean really I have to be. My grass is as dry as old broom straw and with brush fires popping up in unlikely places like Long Island we sure need the rain. But I should have know the downfall would come right on the day my peony blooms.
    At least I snapped a picture. You know what they say. It lasts longer.


    Happy Monday.


  • gardens,  inspiration,  my view,  photography

    From Garden

    My roses are blooming. These were here when we got the house now going on 5 years ago so their growth is not really do to me and my brown thumb, just careful planting way before me. So now my husband and I trim and pray. Here you see how we go from yard…


    to ahh…

    to writing inspiration.

    I hope you have an inspired day.




  • gardens,  inspiration,  my view,  photography

    Last Picked

    Happy Friday! Well you made it another week. Good for me and you, eh? How did this week do ya? How did this month do ya for that matter?

    It’s flown by on a breeze and I’m left wondering where it went and left looking at its back. Now here it is October and Fall is here for real- real.

    The garden thing is officially done. Here you see the end of our labors.
    The last picked. Aren’t these last pick tomatoes and peppers just beautiful? Sometimes those that are picked last can be the most special. The ones with the most promise. There’s no shame in being the last picked.

    “…so the last shall be the first…”


  • DIY,  gardens,  home improvements,  life,  my view

    Mary Mary Quite Contrary…

    How Does Your Garden Grow?

    Well, I’m not sure how hers does, but I know mine does on a wing a a prayer. Shrug.

    I did a little planting over the DIY weekend along the little patch of dirt in front of my stone wall out back.

    I planted 3 tomato plants, some peppers then went crazy with seed packets.

    Now I’ve never planted seeds before so who knows what will happen. I’ve got squash, 2 kinds, cucumber, more peppers and more lettuce, 2 kinds. Yikes. That darn groundhog will have a field day!

    Now I just have to tackle above the wall. Hmm…

    What are you planting this season? Anything?


  • DIY,  gardens,  housekeeping,  jack,  jack pics

    DIY- Weekend

    Happy Sunday! What’s Jack up to? Jack was up bright and early although no one else was. He was ready to go and enjoy the crazy warm weather in NY.

    The DH and I were wiped out from our little DIY project yesterday of weather proofing our deck. Honestly, he did most of the work. As you can see from the above pic Jack did none. Brushing weatherproof on all those slats take a lot of time.

    Now I know why people pay the big buck to get it done by someone and yes, it did take extra trips back to Home Depot because we didn’t buy nearly enough. Ugh.
    Oh well, in the end, it was a job well done and money well saved.

    Today it’s onto garden work. Spring is here even though the thermometer says summer. Whew, slow it down Mother Nature.

    Have a great day!

  • gardens,  my view

    Spring has Sprung – so they say

    What’s Jack up to? Jack is getting tired of me not being able to play with him in my normal way. Sorry Dude. I hope to be up and around real soon.

    Happy Friday and happy first day of Spring! Spring has come with a chill in the air in New York but never mind I’m sure that pretty soon my garden will be back in bloom and the flowers will be out as they were last year. So let’s celebrate Anticipation today.

    And have a great weekend!


    Update: Check out the first day of Spring snow coming down this morning! I’ll keep waiting.

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    What’s Jack up to? The wild one is resting up today after a busy Jack type weekend. I’m happy to say he’s a shaggy dog no more after getting a long overdo hair cut. He had a lot more pep in his step after his grooming and let everyone know how fine he thought he looked. He’s so vain.

    Hello Monday! I hope everyone had a lovely weekend.

    We’ve had some slightly warmer weather this weekend that finally melted all the snow and left me with this sad view out my kitchen window.

    Sigh, just looking at it makes me tired thinking of all the work it will take to make it look like something pretty this spring.

    But wait, what’s that over there in the corner down by all those hard rocks?

    Looks like all the work is not up to me at all. Don’t you just love it when things are put in perspective?

    Perspective : the interrelation in which a subject or its parts are mentally viewed ; also : point of view b: the capacity to view things in their true relations or relative importance

    Strength-the quality or state of being strong : capacity for exertion or endurance


  • gardens,  jack,  life,  stress

    How my garden grows

    What’s Jack up to? Right now he’s ignoring me as I’m calling him and I’m sure he’s getting into something that he’s definitely not supposed to. I should be very afraid and I am.

    It’s finally Friday for a week that I thought would never end. Not that it’s the end. The weekend will be just and busy and filled with stress and the week. But onto better things. After my sad gardening post I wanted to post some good gardening news. We did actually see some fruits from our labors this year. I’m sure next year will be better. Lessons have been learned.

    Tomatoes on the vine


    Very Strange cucumber that I’m afraid to try

    A nice ripe tomato

    Have a wonderful weekend!