Thursday, July 11, 2019

Front Garden July 11



Front Garden July 11th

Wondering about writing a post for today while sitting outside  on the front small deck, reading A Stitch in Time by Monica Ferris (murder mystery around a small-town needlework group and a missing religious tapestry plus an ex-husband who was chasing a several million dollar ex-wife's inheritance) - just right for a summer evening.




Enjoying the fruit of my dear friend Val's labours because she had spent two mornings this week weeding and edging and clipping and bagging the weeds and clippings from the front yard. She does this every summer for my Birthday Present - wow - and so very much appreciated. (Val is a wonderful gardener).




Brown paper bagged the weeds and clippings - including some that had 'wintered over'. DH drove the truck with those many paper bags to our local transfer station's green recycling area.

Back to the front yard...

Close up of planters beside the 'cement girl'.




Favourite summer blossoms - blue hydrangea.




Close up of the blue hydrangea




and roses




then the orange lily (a lovely large grouping each year) and the potted begonia and a rose bush.




Gravel and sidewalks all tidied.




Love summer gardens.

Love having a good friend 

who makes the front yard tidy and inviting.


Thank you friends for visiting today.

Joy


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Thursday, June 27, 2019

June 2019 Thrifts

Thrifts June
(no stencilled sign this month)

Nice finds. A mixture of older and newer items.


Some copper, a carved wall plaque, Wolf and soapstone carvings.


Kitchenware - vintage, mid-century


Silverplate, barware, cigarette container with 'ashtray' lid


Still on my 'break from blogging', too many other commitments filling up each day. Looking forward to having time soon.


Hugs Friends.

Joy

Thursday, June 6, 2019

Front Porch Clean-up



Front Porch




Time to wash off the dust of winter and spring from the front porch. 


Small but big enough for a chair and a small table for coffee and a book. Great place for tying shoes before going out.


Didn't change much.  Cleared off bits and pieces that needed to find a new home or be released.





Swept then washed the floor boards, hauled stuff to the carport for now, brought out the white metal table from the back deck.






Checked to make sure the tea mug was a convenient reach and the chair was comfortable. Lunch in the sunshine.







Read another chapter, enjoyed my lunch. Rested.

Almost ready for the annual sand and prep 
and repaint the deck and steps and touch up trim and the front door.


Thank you for visiting today.

Hugs.

Joy



Sunday, June 2, 2019

Happy Birthday 2019


When one has a birthday I think they need to pick some favourite things to celebrate - all the month long.




Yesterday DH and I had a 'day out' travelling up the Fraser Canyon to visit favourite places. That was Day 1

Day 2 (today) DS and DGS gave me a smoothie maker - and we plan to have cake with our supper.


I gifted myself with a 5 week online journaling course  Write your Heart's Desire 2. Exploring thoughts, thinking about what the future me would thank me for, writing things down. Making time for me to dream, think, consider, plan, record.

My promise to me is to pay more attention to taking care of me; to laugh, to smile, to hug, to continue my daily walks, to eat mindfully. 


The Fitbit that was my Mother's Day gift this year has been fun - it reminds me to drink water, get out and move, sleep enough.




I planted flowers in my front yard planter boxes and they are doing well.




I am grateful that DGS is keeping the front and back lawns mowed this year. Replacing the lawnmower made the job smoother.




Recovering from a car accident takes hard work and time and I have learned to cherish what I have and I am grateful for my blessings.


Thank you dear ones for visiting today.

Love
Joy


I looked back in time and found I had written birthday posts since 2011: June 2/11 post, June 1/12 post, June 2/13 post, June 2/14 post, June 2/15 post, June 2/16 post. June /17 post, June /18 post

Thursday, May 30, 2019

May 2019 Thrifts and a Stencilled Sign


Another sign made with a stencil - fun, quick and just right for summer travel.




This week has been a 'let's take a look in the drawers in the workshop' - and in my 'drawer that used to hold my sewing supplies' were a few very old well used vintage+ thimbles.



Photo by DGS


Another great church sale this month, my favourite one to visit - just a mile or so from our home. Squirrels are Blue Mountain Pottery.



And then there was Vintage Saturday sale - favourite finds - vintage kitchenware, wooden handled brass chamber candle holders


Mid-century footed copper comport, small dachshund, crib board, letter holder, rolling pin and tart pan (plus a small Dutch carved shoe).



Another 'sort out the workshop' unearthed a wreath shaped wire I had fallen in love with years ago, some well used clothes pins, a butter press and a sad iron plus a handle that didn't fit that shape (below, on the wooden ironing board).




What sign did I make this week?



Supplies:

A narrow  cutting board
Beckley Coal chalk like paint and my fav. brush
clear wax and a clean rag
masking tape, newspaper
stencil by Muddaritaville Studios 





A sign to fit into a small space - just like the small trailer.


Thanks for visiting today my friends.

Hugs

Joy

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