Wednesday, May 22, 2013


the boys planted the rest of my flowers last week when i was sick. 
otherwise, they would be dust.

sweet tattered rose evan picked for me and quickly placed in a bowl.
love every bit of it.

a cutting from one of my hydrangeas.  i used to HATE those -
but, have totally fallen for them.  very southern. ;)
[and, i love my oil glass soap dispenser.  being a lover of all
things mason jar - i've been somewhat torn to make one of
those, but i enjoy the above too much for now.]

{trying to be thrifty}

i'm sure i'll blow up my washing machine in the process.
i am trying  to salvage what i can by way of patio
cushions.  so, they are one by one being washed in
tide with bleach.  some have survived, some have not.
i have only purchased what absolutely had to be replaced.
of course, the originals were purchased two years ago, so
no true matches; but, we are going with a hodge podge this year.
i'm hoping new ferns will distract.
a total work in progress.


these did fare too well in the storms.

so much to do!

ready for the after.
and, a glass of sweet tea. :)

{ruff life}

if no one is sitting down and there is no lap or
physical contact possible, she perches here. 

poor thing.  lol!

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

{in this moment}

there are no fancy dinners to go to, 
we'll be having the left over pizza we didn't 
get to eat last night because of the storm hitting.

in this moment, 
i hear legos being plowed through 
my little hands two rooms away. 
i could care less the room is riddled with 
legos all over the floor. 

in this moment, i can see one
cute little guy working on a project for 
school.  that was not assigned.  he constantly
creates projects and homework.
hmmm....i wonder where he gets that? lol.

in this moment, my house may not 
been the cleanest or most organized at the moment.
but, it is warm, safe and dry.

in this moment, scott is on his way home 
from spending the day with his dad.  all
family members are accounted for. 

in this moment, i hear rain and occasional
thunder, but no sirens or crazy wind.  all is calm.

in this moment - i am simply thankful and grateful
beyond words.  


my heart and prayers are in oklahoma.

so, so thankful my family stayed safe. 
awaiting news on my cousin's home.

this year has definitely been a year for 
our nation with almost too much to take in.
more than we an even comprehend in loss and pain.

none of it makes sense.

but, this i do know....

the Lord is close to the brokenhearted
and saves those who are crushed in spirit.

psalms 34:18

Monday, May 20, 2013

{monday, monday}

still gaining ground here! :) 
this is truly the first morning i've been able to stay up;
although at one point i did have to fight through the fatigue. 
just some randomness of my morning....
my kitchen is {semi} clean!!!  oh, my goodness if you
could have seen it over the past two weeks.  between scott and i both
being sick.  it was a sight.  and, not a very good one.  floors are
even swept and mopped, oh, happy day!

the above.  i clearly do not discriminate seasonal fragrances. one of my very
favorites and my last one from the after Christmas sale.  however,
i have ordered a crazy amount of beach from scentsy.  it should
arrive just in time for me to be able to smell again. 
lots of fresh fruit going on around here. 
noah's fav.

little red pot on the left, my mother's day gift from
evan two years ago.  yes, i have miraculously kept it alive. 
although we've had several close calls. 
the big black pot that showed up filled with dirt unannounced,
is a little boys hope to sprout a cherry tree.
after a little internet research, i convinced him to let
us buy him one; and he can lovingly tend to that. 
 does not look very likely we can
successfully grow one from a pit. {well, you can, but
it can be very complicated and actually fruitless
[LITERALLY] and being in arkansas
does not help at all.    the 10 week chilling
in the fridge was the clencher.  { he was sad, but
quickly got over it.   i'll be 99 by the time it is
producing fruit. ;)     
my life saver of late.

i cleaned all fingerprints and grim off the fridge.
it was worthy of a post.

above is my quiet time / reading spot.  it's just comfy.
and, gaudy.  

and, last but not least one of my favorite things
in my kitchen.  i love it so much, i leave it out in all
its scruffy, cut up glory.  my paula deen cutting board.
there is something about it that just shouts - domestic. 
i know.
maybe a little low on the oxygen sats this morning.  
happy monday everyone!

Sunday, May 19, 2013

{i'm over it}

but, in reality, I wish that were the case.

i am literally sick of being sick.

it seems like i take one step forward and a couple back.
however, i am sooooo much better than i was - but, just
not gaining ground as fast as i would like or need to. 

i'm taking a load of medications including not so
lovely steroids for my lungs.  my fatigue level
is crazy.  but, i'm not in all of the achy pain i was. 

unfortunately, evan is showing some symptoms
but isn't feeling bad {yet}.  i'm on the verge of taking
scott back to the doctor as he has finished his
antibiotics but is still far from great.  
that is my whine for the day.

i know it could be so much worse, but
i'm just ready to feel decent again.

session tonight, let's see how this goes!  

Saturday, May 4, 2013

{around the farm}

okay, even though it is by all accounts spring I am ignoring the
sleet and snow that is falling a few miles up the road.
in arkansas.
records were crumpled this week.
but, through the winter months i have plotted and planned
and, begged for the tiller.  and, some help. 
we will hopefully have patches of these everywhere. 
out by the barn, of course. 
and, i think the chicks will love the remnants. 
and, my lovely zinnias.
i played with these two years ago and fell
in love as they are hardy and very tolerant to
hot and dry.  which is us. 
except for when it's sleeting and snowing in spring. 


{o' happy [MOTHER's] day to me!}

{and, for all practical purposes this is the gift that keeps on giving}

by way of continual blooms as  
these lovelies are on their way to me. 


i'm so unbelievably excited.
 this is so more 'me' than a vase of flowers. 
and, this is the wee beginning.
my wish list will fill up the farm. :) 

{this batch will include climbing and shrubs....glamis castle,
a couple cottage roses, abridge, eglantine, lexie and james galway -
my absolute fav's the cabbages were all out of stock - but,

i will get you my pretty! eventually!}