Thursday, September 19, 2019

Savoring the Summer-like weather.

The Honeysuckle vine is thinning out, and the leaves on the trees are showing signs of Fall.
The weather, however, has been Summer-like for the past week.
The local greenhouse is selling mums and pumpkins.
In order to scoop up the white mums while I could, I went and bought them over the past few days.

The two hanging planters are losing their colors, but they make a nice backdrop for the transition to a Fall porch.

The containers are a mis-match of colors, sizes, and styles....but they aren't the focus right now.
Hopefully, it's the Fall flowers, and little pumpkins that people will notice.
Hoping to add a couple of Cinderella pumpkins to this mix....just waiting a little longer....savoring what's left of this Summer-like weather for a few more days.  

Saturday, September 14, 2019

It was a good day.

A lot of our summer was spent painting the siding of the house.
It was a very light grey, with white trim, and dark grey shutters and doors.
I was hoping to have new porches, and a deck put on....but that will be a project for next year.

Something Jim is working on are these arbors for over the windows.
I saw them online, and asked if he could possibly make something similar to the pictures I saw.
Tada!!!!! This is what he came up with, and I just love them!!
I am hoping that next Spring the Honeysuckle vine will climb over the top of the arbor.
This is the second one he's made.
There are three more windows on the "water side" of the house, and he will make one for over the garage door, also.

I purchased some Fall flowers, and little white pumpkins for the porch.
I'm waiting for the Cinderella pumpkins to arrive at the greenhouse.
I like the pinks and teal green colors with the whites.

The cooler weather usually means more roses will be blooming.
The deer, rabbits, and Japanese beetles have destroyed most of the Summer roses this year.
I put up a scarecrow to, hopefully, deter anymore deer from coming into the garden, and wiping out what roses might bloom this Fall.

Who says a scarecrow has to look scary? AND be skinny?
Mine is not only stylish, she's also a "plus size".....if she's going to be wearing my clothes, than she's going to be wearing an XL!!!
I've been every size, from 122 pounds, to...well, we really don't need to go there....the point I'm trying to make is this: I've been up, down, and all around. I wish I could stay down....but have always fluctuated.

I have my fat clothes, and skinny clothes, and the ones I'm wearing now.
If I can stay somewhere in between, I am okay with it.
It's been a struggle with Crohn's Disease, and the meds I take.....
Anyway.... weight is not my focus anymore. It used to be when I was younger.  I know I should try harder than I do to be healthier.....but I don't.
Seeking joy was my focus today. Looking in the nooks and crannies of each moment. Reaching....up. Leaning in. Searching Scripture. Praying.  Letting God handle the stuff that's out of my control....trusting Him. 
It was a good day.

Thursday, September 5, 2019

Starting to dry flowers....

Oh my.....I can't deny it any longer....Fall is upon us here in Northern/lower Michigan.
Just 14 miles north of here the temperature dropped to 30 degrees last night.
It's time to start cutting the flowers for drying.

A few of the hydrangeas are ready to bring in.
I love loading canning jars with them as they dry for Fall arrangements.

They also look pretty in ironstone pitchers.

The bees were busy as I was cutting the flower heads.

I dry the blooms upright where ever I can find an available spot.
Like on top of the French cup rack.

In sweet little pitchers.

And empty vases.
The bushes are laden with flowers that aren't ready to be cut yet. 
I don't think I'm quite ready to cut ALL the flowers off the bushes. I'm hoping to transition over to the Fall season a little at a time.
The cooler temps means the roses will make another appearance before a hard frost.  That gives me a few extra for drying for wreaths.
Have a wonderful weekend!!

Friday, August 30, 2019

Grace for the Moment.

I was just writing an email to my sweet friend Roxy, at Living from Glory to Glory, when a post started swimming in my head.
I told her I was sitting in front of the glass sliding doors watching the sun bouncing off the water, and reflecting off the bottom of the boat across the canal from us.
I love this time of the day.
So I grabbed my camera, zoomed in on the boat, and took a shot.
It won't be long when the boats will come off the hoists, and moorings for the season.

While sitting, and watching the sun and water, you can hear someone mowing their lawn. The sweet fragrance of freshly cut grass wafts by on the breeze.
This is the time of the year when the hydrangeas are laden with heavy blooms...pulling the branches almost down to the ground.
It's too early to cut them for drying. So it takes patience not to get out the cutters, and clip off the gorgeous bloom too early.

The Monarchs are here in abundance this year!
Fluttering from one Blackeyed Susan to the next.
We have several patches of them growing around our yard.
It's a happy flower that kind of wraps up the Summer gardens.

As I enjoy the gorgeous day, my kitchen is a busy place.
Two blueberry pies cooling, one in the oven, and one more ready to bake.
Pulled pork in the slow cooker, and a variety of cold salads waiting to be potato salad, using all of those boiled potatoes on the counter.
The picnic for the Lion's Den is here this weekend.
Jim has been cleaning up the yard, while I am inside doing the things that need tending to.
This time of the year usually brings sadness....the end of Summer is difficult for me.
Today has been a joyful day. I've felt His presence in everything around me.....Grace for the moment.
Have a fun and safe holiday weekend!!

Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Summer's End.

Summer is coming to a close here at the lake.
I'm never ready to let go of my favorite season of the year.
I enjoy Spring and Fall, yet Summer is the greatest time of the year for me.
As the weather cools, the roses will come back and bloom until the first frost.
I will gather as many as I can to dry and use in wreaths.

Having gorgeous pieces by Christie Rapesy helps keep visions of Summer alive during those long, harsh months of Winter here in the Mid-West.

Working on miniatures will also keep my focus off from the cold, and blowing snow that seems to last way too long during the Winter season.

I think the living room is finally finished in my first 1/12 scale dollhouse.
I will be working on the bakery this Fall, once it's too cold to work outside.

I haven't started decorating the "real" house yet, but it looks like the dollhouse is transitioning over to Fall.
We're planning a picnic on Sunday with the people from the "mission" where I teach Bible Studies, here at our home.  It will close out a great Summer for us here at the lakehouse, with lots of food, fishing, swimming, tubing, hopefully some music, and a campfire. 
I hope that your holiday weekend will be fun, and safe.

Thursday, August 15, 2019

Dragonflies, fireflies, and fairies.

Wow....can you believe it's August?
The season of dragonflies, fireflies, and fairies.... fluttering around the treetops,  lily pads, and flower gardens.

You might not see them, but they are around.
Sprinkling their fairy dust on the them that last bit of summer energy for a sudden burst of bloom and color before fall arrives.

This wee cottage looks so sweet in the evening light, when the teeny lights look like fireflies dancing in the treetop.
The dragonfly is battery operated, so the wings open and close...looking amazingly real.

This tiny cottage is a 1/48 scale, so it is VERY small.

It's fun to add a little whimsy to your d├ęcor.
A blogger friend, Vera is a master at decorating her home with fascinating pieces that catch the eye and warm your heart.
I received these sweet pieces in the mail this morning from another blogging friend, Faye Schilling. She thought they would look nice in the bakery I am making in miniature size(previous post).
I cannot say enough good things about the friends I've made here in the blogging community through the years. Kindred spirits.

Monday, July 29, 2019

A Little Bakery.

It's a damp day, so no outside painting today.
I thought I would show you how far I am on the bakery I'm working on.
The floor is finished as of last night.

The cupboards are filling up nicely with merchandise, and baked goods.

Building up stock...have more cakes to bake, and breads in the ovens.

Cannot do much more until the walls are built,
A roof will be nice, too.

These cookies are for the builders.  
I hope they like chocolate....

I haven't decided on what color to paint the counter.....
Depends on the wall color.

I love this little sign for the outside, don't you?
Lots more work to be done.....
The mixer is on it's way.  Hopefully I will find some sweet cupcakes for the bakery before it's ready to open. Still looking on Etsy for something just right.
Working with miniatures has become something that I've come to really enjoy.
I will post more as the shop progresses.