A journal of sorts about family, hobbies and travels, mostly day trips Steve and I enjoy taking especially in my State of Virginia.
I love to especially explore and snoop in places off the beaten path.

photos on blog are taken by me unless noted otherwise. Please ask before using.
Thank You - bsh



aken from "the yoga quote garden"

Blessed are the flexible, for they shall not be bent out of shape. ~Author
Unknown

taken from "the yoga quote garden" site.


Friday, April 17, 2015

Pink Lily

The Lily I received at Easter from Derek and Miranda is scenting the foyer with  a sweet fragrance and much beauty.




Weekly Top Shot #174

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Plants for the yard

Stopped by a local garden center to see what was growing and every plant there I liked.   I picked a few but will be back to get more when I ready a place for them and some will have to be put in some rat wire in the ground to keep voles and moles away.
I've not grown a Hellebore before and understand deer do not eat them so I got one to try.  The little seeds drop off so I will have more next year and that will be a good thing.
A rose color I like and I like the white ones too.  Will have to see how this one works here.


I will mix this one with some yellow petunias

coral bells - I like the little bell shaped flowers and they should start blooming in June.

zinnias - always grow when nothing else will

chocolate mint is coming back again for the forth year - I crush it and put in yellow cake mix.  Not bad for tea either.

chives

A lilac bush that came from a bush of my mothers about 15 years ago.   It has been moved three times, but always springs back.   I think it likes to travel.




If they grow,  should be colorful

gonna try these again and will put these in wire in ground to protect from little critters.

I have grown these before and found the scent to be stronger than others.

Happy Thursday
betsy

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Finally getting back to work on this old dresser that was thrown out because  the drawer slides popped off and broke.   I glued them back in and glued the top back down.   Sanded and now working on the top finish and hopefully finish painting the sides by the weekend.
Experimenting on making  the top to look a little like marble,  with practice it will get better.  
So far this is what I have done.



painted the top a satin white first 

I just dabbed white then grays and white again until I got it looking like I wanted



I see that sanding is needed  to make a smoother finish 


I used a feather from a feather duster because that is what I had, not the greatest and resorted back to using a skinny paint brush to do the lines.  Painting the lines would have looked much nicer if I had glaze to mix with the paint.   I will make sure I have that the next time.
well back to finishing and hopefully post it here this week when its done. 
Need to soften some lines on the top I see.

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Our Easter day

Our little bunnies arriving and checking out the basket left at Opa and Oma's house

Adalyn in my favorite  patent leather shoes  for Easter 

We always got as children new patent leather shoes for Easter along with a hat and gloves and of course a patent leather purse




Genevieve and her cute little self in her new patents too.
Genevieve decided she wanted outside - Opa brought her back in




They made record time tearing into their Easter goodies





Genevieve put her bucket down, cause when she found eggs , she would pop them open and eat the candy.  Mom held her bucket of empty eggs.  




Adalyn




We had ham with other extras but this is our favorite,  mac in cheese and Miranda's green bean casserole,Opa's very favorite

Tulips opening more and brighten the table

Pretty Lillie's from Derek and Miranda

Now for cake
It's a yellow poke cake with raspberry and apple jello

We had a wonderful Easter

Sunday, April 5, 2015

Happy Easter

He is Risen



Friday, April 3, 2015

tulip surprise

I received a very nice surprise of gorgeous tulips from a friend I have known since I was 12.   It brightened my mood and made my day.  Thank You Jenny for kind thoughts and most beautiful tulips.   The colors remind me of jelly beans.

so very pretty



Thank you again

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Box Easter wreath

I started out with a foam circle,  and then picked from my boxwood's some clippings and pushed into the foam.



trimmed with garden scissors to give a better shape



pushed into the foam , little foam eggs for decoration,  I used heavy florist wire to place into wreath

 Hanging in window in dining for Easter

I will let the box dry and see how it looks in a few months.

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