Thursday, June 23, 2011


"Leave room in your garden for angels to dance."

... and bunnies to frolic...

... and flowers to bloom...


I'll be linking up to Cindy at My Romantic Home for Show & Tell Friday.
Wishing you all a lovely week,  Donna

Thursday, June 16, 2011

A Roswell update, and my sweet pet chipmunks

Little by little the backyard is coming along...

Mulch is being spread and garden paths are being staked out (photo from 2 weeks ago)...

A few years back when we took down our old above ground pool, we were left with a crater that I nicknamed Roswell because it looked like a flying saucer had landed in our yard.

Here's the yard several years later, slowly but surely looking less like a crater and more like a garden-in-the-making (Photo from last night, after the gravel was put down in the pathways.)

Another photo from a few weeks ago, showing the paths without gravel. We held off working on this section of the garden until Mr. & Mrs. Wren and their babies moved out of the house pictured above (which has now happened).

There are still so many plants I want to add between the gravel paths...

.. but all in good time.

One of the highlights of working in the garden is being surrounded by the sweet little critters and birds who bless us with their presence. I always carry peanuts in my pocket when I'm watering and such, and that means that my Chips and the Bluejays (HUGE peanut fans) scurry around and/or watch from the trees for me to toss them some treats. Here are several 15 second clips taken over the past week or two of my garden friends.

Chip eating out of my hand.

Check out Chip's cute little tongue while he positions 
the peanut in his cheek! haha

Chip literally leaping into my lap!

My smart little Chip!

A visit from Mr. Bluejay

Another Day, Another Chip...

I just can't get enough of my little Chips! 

Hopefully I'll someday have the camera handy when there are 2 or 3 Chips visiting at the same time. It gets CRAZY as they chase each other around!

Please stop by to visit Cindy at My Romantic Home for Show & Tell Friday!

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend :)


Monday, June 6, 2011

My summer oasis...

This is where I head to relax and regroup...
It's my favorite place to hang out for a while on good days. It's an absolute necessity on bad days.

The weather has been nothing short of spectacular lately. Maybe a tad on the chilly side, but you'll hear no complaints from me.

While picking up clothes at my father's house the other day to bring to the nursing home, I noticed that a bush my mom planted next to the house many years ago was in full bloom.

I snipped a few branches and when I got them home I placed them in a vase out on the patio table.

I'm grasping for anything tangible these days...Things connected to my mother... And still searching my heart and soul, and listening for answers to oh-so-many questions...

Clearly someone was listening and sent a sweet little hummingbird my way to bring a smile to my lips.

Times may be tough, but life is good. Thank you all, so very much, for your heartfelt comments and messages. You have no idea how much they mean to me.

I'm linking to Cindy at My Romantic Home's Show & Tell Friday. Be sure to stop by and visit her!