I have been feeling a bit sorry for myself lately
As winter slid into spring
the weather warmed,
though its been a rainier cooler year all round
...I had dreams of a leisurely spring
of planning out my garden,
days in the sun...
You know that dream?
Unfortunately this has remained just a dream.
The reality is that there's never enough time in the day
to accomplish the things I love to do,
let alone the things that have to be done.
The mad dash starts early each morning
and goes until late in the evening.
...the current job keeps money coming in,
but is demanding and time consuming
...the comings and goings of the household,
...the never-ending household up-keep,
laundry, cleaning, meals, dishes
...family health and losses
I know I'm not alone here,
and really, this is not meant to be a grumble session in any way!
But its easy, when life's demands get hectic
to lose sight of what's real,
and of what brings happiness.
We have to look for those things in every moment of every day
I haven't had time to read my emails and peruse your blogs,
a thing I love doing!
I find myself wonder if anyone will actually remember me
when I do show up.
Then last evening afforded me a precious few moments
to reconnect, read emails and blogs...
I found an email from my friend Coty at Styling by Coty Farquar
She said she there was an award for me at her blog,
so I went to check it out, and here is what it said...
'This is an award is for those who are brave enough to expose
just enough to reach, touch, and possibly help someone
else to see something differently.
and I pass this award on to
Vicki at Vicki's bit of Earth
And just at a time when I was thinking to myself
that I was anything but "true to myself" right now.
Thank you Coty~
Suddenly I was reminded that every day
I must consciously remind myself to enjoy every breathing moment.
The job will end, having given me money to spend on my grandbabies!
The house will still need attention every day,
so take joy in the fact that I have the health to do it!
Be thankful for friends,
that encourage me to stay true to myself!
So today I've been fortunate enough to have a little time to myself
and here is what I've with the time...
And now I'm passing this lovely award on to
Dzintra at Queen of the Armchair
for her real and tireless devotion to her family
and to her blogging friends!
To Susan at Miss Maddie's
for her words of encouragement
and always showing the real beauty in all of life
Jaime at Rayne
for her amazing photos and thoughtful words about real life
June at Laughing With Angels
for touching us with her words and images of her beautiful life
Astrid at Grandma's Red Stitches
for sharing her beautiful work with fabric and thread
Shannon at Our World
for making me laugh and for being a loyal friend to those she loves
Alina at The Purple Caravan
for her honest and thoughtful words that never fail to lift my spirits
and provoke thoughts about life
There are so many more I could add to this list
of people I appreciate for being "Real"
Wish I could list you all!
Thank you all
for coming into my life~
The local small Flea Market
This little beauty is a covered vegetable bowl
by Homer Laughlin - Virginia Fluffy Rose design
Years ago my grandmother divided what was left of her
wedding china between me and my sister.
We each got 6 dinner plates, 6 salad plates and 2 cups
I've looked up replacement pieces, and all are fairly expensive,
so I've not really bought any...
This little lovely was only $3.00!
Don't you just love it when you find things like that?
Crock Pot & two screens
I've never made my own sauerkraut before,
and the cabbages are ready
so when I saw this lovely 5 gallon crock,
I nabbed it for $10.00!
And the screens...
I'm not even sure what they're called,
but I have an experiment going in the garden...
I'm experimenting with growing my own,
and according to the how-to's,
I will have to thresh the tiny seeds out of the seed heads...
I think these screens will do the job just fine!
And can't beat $3.00 each, right?
Here are the baby Cumin plants...
We'll see how they grown!
This morning the sun was sparkling on my garden
I just had to take a pic of it
I hung Chamomile up to dry...
I'm thinking tea for next winter!
Here its growing...
and here it hangs to dry
Raspberries are coming on!
Basil and Italian Flat leaf Parsley
The first tomatoes will be ready for harvest soon...
we're all watching intently,
and imagining that wonderful flavor!
There's nothing so good as home grown tomatoes!
The Topsy Turvey Tomatoes are doing great!
I love this little experiment so far...
in fact I may go get a few more of them.
Pickling Cucumbers and lettuce will be ready to plant out this week
Flowers will be ready to plant out soon too
And the flowers in front of the greenhouse are in full swing
Last, but not least.... bear with me here!
The girls are just too cute!
Hana and Putt-Putt are full grown,
and should be laying eggs soon...
They still think they are people (:
The little girls are about half grown
I thought I'd be the only one who loves them,
but it appears that hubby loves them too.