Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Intentional Summer Planning-

 

I’ve been hopping around reading and catching up on my blog reading--

I sent an email to my friend Gail (Hi Gail!) and told her how I missed blogging and the camaraderie! I miss gardening and crafting and projects--- and I mentioned how I hoped to dabble in all of it over the summer break.

She said, “ I hope you plan your summer… don’t let it just come and go, then regret not having fun and doing what you want when fall arrives.

Well, … I have considered these words since I received that email reply… and I love her message back to me and appreciate her words so much! 

I’ve given it thought and really, I think her words apply to all of life, NOT just the coming summer months. I think it’s so important these days to live INTENTIONALLY! Not wasting any time and remembering that even time spent resting, considering scripture and the LORD and his Word is time well spent!

At the moment—nothing is set in stone, except the first day of school, come Fall.

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Meaning: I have no plans.

I do have a few ideas though. On the top of the list:

Reading. Years ago, I read for leisure. Why did I stop doing that? I hardly picked up a book to read… ok, that’s not exactly true. I read many non-fiction type books. I enjoy reading analytical type stuff. Seriously, I can stand in the canned good isle at the grocer and read ingredients list, become so absorbed in it and lose complete track of time!

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What I’m talking about is literature—fictional stories (and true!), the kind that move you to another place and another time; mostly, I’m talking about filling in some gaps with classical pieces of literature that slipped by me in my younger years and I want to read them. Some more current books I want to read that also were missed.

Crafts:I also have some crafting that I want to get done.  Some crocheting and sewing. If time allows—I might work on my dollhouse. I have some projects to finish up there and it’s been on the back burner for a long time now.

Household:

Whoa! the list of ideas is never-ending there. First and foremost (once the rains let up) Painting the house. We started it a couple of years ago (hangs head) and really need to finish it.

Gardening is out, in the way of planting and cultivating. But there are some areas that need tending and cleaning. We’ll probably get to some of that.

Anyway, I’m taking Gail’s advice and planning the summer months…but not over planning. I hope to do just enough to be satisfied and rested when school starts! Thanks Gail! Winking smile (*edited to say:  Speaking of Gail… if you like listening to POD casts and you like repurposing and DIY tips then you’ll love listening to her on the new Pod Casts she is doing… DIY with MRL.  Follow the link here and her pod cast is linking at the bottom of that post!)

For now, the last few weeks of May… are casual and I’m easing into Summer.

Oh! and I plan on blogging some of it… so come back and see me!

 

‘Til then, be blessed!

Patricia

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Sunday, May 15, 2016

Muscadine Grapes–Stacked Pots revisted

 

I pulled this picture up from the bottom of the barrel lets just say… but I wanted to remind you what these cracked pots had become after a little bit of finagling, back in 2012.  Since then I planted what I thought was a grape vine; but because of my ruthless pruning technique—it never would bear fruit!

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Today, I was out in the yard taking a few pictures here and there because I drawn there by this purple mystery flower…

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While I was out there, realized I hadn’t pruned the vine back!

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You can barely see my big metal rooster and you can’t see the stacked pots at all!

That vine is all over the place, the four o’clocks are springing up… 

Oh, wait! What’s this???

Muscadine Grapes

Muscadine Grapes!?!? 

I was so surprised!  There are more than these two of course… I didn’t want to disturb them, but let them grow and ripen.

This is thrilling!  I plan to make grape jelly…

I have read they have lots of good benefits to them. 

  • What do you know about Muscadine grapes? 
  • What do you do with yours?

Any tips… will be gladly appreciated!

  • Oh, one more thing… any ideas what the mystery purple flower is?  The grand-daughter and I tossed out a bunch of mixed seed last year in the Spring/Summer time and all I can figure is this little seed held out and is just now germinated and blooming! 

As you can see I’ve not done anything in the garden this year—school has taken up that share of my time. Winking smile 

  • You may read more on my stacked pots here and here

 

‘Til next time, be blessed …and garden!

Patricia

 

"Truly, truly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it bears much fruit.” ~ John 12: 24

Sunday, May 1, 2016

Lavender and Mush for Brains-

 

I found this lavender colored beauty blooming out near the storm shelter (a small cluster of Iris’ grow there and are barely attended).

It caught my eye out there in a sea of green!  Almost all our flowers have bloomed on our property—so it was a pleasant surprise.

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It’s the first week in May already and it’s the last week of school…

I’ve got all my ART assignments turned in and I’m waiting on the grades to post.

My last History class will be Tuesday, we take the final and maybe find out a grade for our last assignment—a paper.  I hope he tells us the grade.  I don’t want to have to email him for it. There is no online element for that class (someplace I can log in and check my grades)… that’s the one draw back. However, I can log into the College page (where my transcript is)  and see my Final Grade for the semester—later. in. the. month.  Don’t like the wait.   My history teacher is 30—and has a Ph.D. already and has been teaching 10 years! He’s very laid back—though, I didn’t much care for him at first. I find him interesting … and am considering taking him next Fall for the other half of History.

It all depends on my Math class…duhn-dun-duh!!!!

I have two tests to take this week. The last chapter test and the final.  More than likely,I’ll take one test tomorrow. The cut-off to take the final in math is Thursday. I’ll be glad when it’s over.

I’m up late tonight—was studying and reviewing… my brain hurts from all the figures! I have the hardest time keeping it all straight.

Right now I have MUSH FOR BRAINS.

‘Til next time- bloom where you’re planted

Patricia