Wednesday, July 8, 2015

so some self discovery and odd bits...

so you may have noticed that i haven't been posting art prolifically (is spell check on? is that right??? first try???) as previously.   the main reason?   birdhomes.    i'm busy doing birdhome commissions all the time.  i will take a rare break in between coats of paint or glue drying time and will sometimes paint something for me.  just a small abstract or mixed media thing.   but nothing to write home about... LOL  so if you don't know about 'birdhomes' go here:      

and of course there's more than birdhomes to keep me busy.  life these days is a beautiful blur.  i'm trying to stop and smell the roses but there are so many roses i can't possibly smell them all...

the unpacking of the house continues, we have a backroom that will SOMEDAY be the meditation/second guestroom room.  but right now it holds all the unpacked boxes, treasures that we had to have but don't know where to put it type stuff and a huge garage sale pile.  oh yeah - another thing to add to my list this summer.......... garage sale. 

i have never been a gardener.   in my marriage my husband did all the outside stuff.  i had a flower box on the deck but that was the extent of my 'gardening'.

i am now a gardener.   now i get it.  now i understand. 

we have an amazing patio that we've slowly put together.  there is a garden that runs along the rock wall of the patio.(pics below)  i threw some pansies in there and added some flea market treasures as decoration.  and then the weeds came.  nobody really warned me about weeds.   i blame all of you for that.  weeds are the devil.  weeds took over this patio garden and i was so busy doing everything else that i wanted to do, they got the best of me. 

since i knew i was going to be replacing the thready pansies soon, i let it go.  i wanted to get the top layer of orange mulch out of there and add back in some good topsoil.  (which we have a pile of in our driveway) (a lot of it)  and thus my vacation week began.  i figured a half hour pulling plants, a half hour digging out mulch, a half hour refilling with topsoil... riiiiiiight.    2 days later it's finally done.  it was so rewarding!!!!  my first real garden. 

and i am so grateful for this life - i am happier than i can put into words.  i look forward to every single day, with jeff beside me, 2 amazing dogs, 2 crazy cats that live outside but love me anyway, a busy studio, a 'want to do' list a mile long... but don't worry - i find enough time to unwind on the magic patio.   i unwind quite a bit.  to my higher power and aa - god willing celebrating 6 years alcohol free this month, thank you.  please enjoy some photos of my summer so far!


  1. You are an "odd bit" for sure. That's why we love you. You gardens and magic patio are lovely. So you gave up on any kind of mulch at all. You have to use landscape cloth with mulch to hold down the weeds...

  2. I loved reading are such a delight. I hope someday we can meet. Kudos for the beautiful yard and gardens! I need to hire you!!!

  3. The weeds, however, can conquer the cloth. Peaceful co-existence is possible. 🌿