Autumn 2018

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Friday, October 12, 2018

Mantle for fall

Up early at 5:30 a.m. with a coffee, book and a gaze up now and then at my fall arrangement on the mantle.  Will not be long before lighting the fire and wrapping in a warm blanket curled up on the sofa.

Had some fun remaking some dollar store foam pumpkins with layers of paint.   Molded are designs from paper clay using silicone molds.
Fun project for me.

I embellished them with tiny pinecones and glittered the leaves.
The molded leaves and other designs were glued on while still a little damp so it would follow the shape of the pumpkin and then glazed over with a metallic paint.

Old crow I have had for years.

garland from pier one

Started out with this green to cover most of it.
Glued on the molded leaves after drying.
Followed by metallic orange and gold... I rubbed on some silver for a sheen after that.

Hope everyone is enjoying this cool Friday

Saturday, October 6, 2018


I love the mums that our local nursery has this year.  So large and the colors are so vibrant.
A few scattered here and there so far.  I need to place them along with some asters.

Genevieve went with me and picked out flowers for her Mom.  She is so thoughtful.

She placed them on my table on the porch because she said she didn't want them messed up.

Didn't look right so she tried again.  As you can see I have some craft stuff going on.  Need to get back to work on that dried wreath.

Now the final touch.  She placed a halloween candle next to it.  She is something else, that's for sure. Loves to decorate, grow flowers and can use the vacuum too.

So glad the rain is giving us a rest as we are starting to work on the painting around the front door.

The moonflower has just really starting putting out the flowers.  It's way up there around the bell at the fence.

A dahlia I planted from seed in a pot and neglected because I thought it wasn't going to amount to much anyway.  Now look at it.


Peppers I have growing in the planter.
  These are hot ones.

Nothing but roots in the cement planter but as long as they are kept watered, they grow.

Well off to put out a little hay bale with some pumpkins and mums for color and the children like it.

Saturday, September 29, 2018


My daughter visited last week and brought me some tomatoes to can from her green house garden.
I did just that.
tomatoes and green peppers

I have these in the window waiting to ripen

More to can

I am keeping this stove downstairs to use for canning.  Our new stove has glass top and it would just not be good to regulate the temperature to can..Not for me anyway. 

These pears I will use to make pear butter.

Tonight I had fried tomato BLT.  I used cornstarch and a little corn meal mixed with it to lightly fry to use in salad.  I had a salad like this in Savannah and I totally loved it.

Well now I will start readying the peppers to make pepper jelly.

Monday, September 17, 2018


Stepped outside to catch a rainbow.  So pretty.  A tornado touched down near Richmond today and we are under a watch til 10:00 pm, last I heard anyway.

not sure what this halo is across from the rainbow.  I know it's not lens glare because I saw it before I held the camera up to capture it.

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Happy Thursday

Rainy Thursday it is and good day to get chores done inside. 
More yard work to do but getting there. Steve has been busy cutting grass, weeding and laying of gravel near the foundation.  We decided we would try this as it will not shift as much as mulch does when it rains.  Our place is sloped which is good in some ways but heavy downpours can be a problem.
Still  thinking about rock all around the boxwoods.  I see I have two to replace it looks to be.

After picture with some gravel.

I don't like mulch touching the house.

After this year,  the mums in the swans will be taken out.  They are getting to large for them.   I purchased these mums last year in little pots from walmart for not much more than a dollar.

Mandevilla is just about finished.  Something now looks like it's eating the lower leaves.  All summer not a bug and now the leaves are almost gone at the bottom.

I wonder how many more years the lavender behind this pretty zinnia will continue to thrive under the dogwood tree?  It's spreading for sure.

A moonflower at the base of the crepe myrtle trailing up in the limbs.

In ground planter of flowers.   They do better this way as it keeps the moles away from the roots.
Til next time..Betsy

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

First day

A few pics of Adalyn's first day of first grade.  She is such a sweet little thing and all smiles ready to leave at 7a.m.
She loves her doggy and he is watching out for her.

Star is funny, he just watches when he is out on the steps.

Have a great day sweetie.

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