Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Spring in Michigan


SPRING
has finally arrived in Michigan and I am so happy!

If you have ever lived here you know that one day it can be 75 degrees
and the next day we can have snow. ugh.
I hope and pray that the snow is over with for the year.

Lilacs are starting to bloom along with all the other spring flowers.

I just LOVE this time of year when everything is new.


My tiny grape hyacinth.

I love the tiny and delicate size of these beauties.





My pretty pink phlox!

Look at the center of them. So beautiful and perfect. Each and every one.

Isn't it amazing what our creator does?!!



Every spring I look out my kitchen window to see this flowering pear and I laugh.

The trunk is so small compared to the branches of the tree!

We have been told that these snap in high winds very easy because of this,
but so far we haven't lost ours.
If that day ever comes, I will literally sit down and cry!



Pretty violets. We used to find these in the woods whenever we would take walks years ago.
So perfect and delicate.



Lilacs are my favorite springtime flowers, but they wreak havoc
with my sinuses so I can't bring them inside. I can enjoy them out on my
front porch though.

I have dark purple lilacs and this pretty light lavender color. I dug up and planted a
couple starts of  this one maybe five years ago and they have thrived for me.

All I did was stick a shovel in the ground, push back the dirt and stick in the
tiny shoot! I have decided this is the way I must plant from now on because
we have bought trees that we have taken care to dig the hole the right size,
add all the stuff to make the soil right etc and they do not live for us.
Crazy!! 

The plants along the garden path are starting to wake up.
I will say it again:

I LOVE this time of year!


Our forsythia bush is putting on quite a show this year. It is gorgeous and huge.
We moved it several years ago because it was getting way too big in front of
our back porch. I told hubby it would never live since it was already several years old
and well established, but it proved me wrong! YAY for me being wrong. ha!

I hope you all are doing well and I hope to get back to more blogging this year.
Last year was a horrible one and I pray that this year brings many unexpected blessings
from heaven above. We are coming up on the year anniversary since we lost our
granddaughter Eden Rain and that will be a very hard day. Please keep our family
in your prayers if you think about it. God is helping us, but we sure miss her.

Monday, February 20, 2017

Have you jumped on the RAE DUNN bandwagon?


Have you seen the latest obsession of countless people?

RAE DUNN pottery


I have only found a few pieces and that is OKAY.
I don't want a whole house full of it.
Just a little.
Mugs and bowls is what I am concentrating on right now.


I also had to pick up this big letter planter when I spied it because
I love it and they are very hard to come by!

There are RAE DUNN facebook groups and tons of Instagram groups.
I may have joined a couple... or two or three... or...



I don't know if most collectors actually use their pieces or just display them , but I will use mine.

I raided the kitchen to set up this cupboard for pics. lol.

I am going "minimalist" compared to what I used to display on here.



Sorry about the glare. Usually there is not any light and today the sun is shining brightly
and so thus the glare. 


There are days that I REALLY want to paint this hutch white , but I haven't
taken the plunge...yet. lol.


SO, if you are obsessed with it or just have a few pieces I would love to hear about it!
It is very hard to find pieces in my area and by "my area" I mean the closest stores
are an hour or two away.

It's the thrill of the hunt right? I can't drive that far every day hoping to find something.
As I said I am NOT OBSESSED...yet. 

*****************************************************
It's been a few months since I last posted.
We are still missing our Eden Rain so very much. It is still hard to believe that tomorrow
it will be nine months since she gained her angel wings.
We said hello and goodbye all at once.
So very hard to do.

She is loved. She is missed. She is our tenth grandchild.
Blessings,

Monday, October 24, 2016

Chance of pace...Angel Baby Gowns


Ever since we lost our precious granddaughter


 Eden Rain

back in May to stillbirth I have wanted to do something to help others that also walk this 
heartbreaking road. I knew nothing would happen unless I made a move, so after a couple months ,
 I reached out to the organization called

Sufficient Grace 

that helped our family when we needed it most. They have volunteer sewers that sew angel
baby gowns from donated wedding dresses for precious babies that don't make it into this world.


The bible says,

"ASK and you shall receive"...
and it worked! lol

 I received my first wedding dress in the mail a few weeks ago and I have been sewing ever since.





{sorry these aren't the greatest pictures, but they were taken in a room with bad lighting
and with my phone}



They sent a pattern that comes in three sizes and is open in the back with ribbon ties.

With every stitch I thought about our precious Eden and all the other babies that pass away 
and it was an honor to sew these gowns for their precious little bodies.

I was able to get 

TEN 

little dresses out of the wedding dress that was donated and I was 
thrilled!! 

 We love and miss our granddaughter so very much and I vow not to let her be forgotten.

My deepest prayer is that these dresses would never have to be used, but sadly...

 I know they will.

I pray it brings a bit of comfort to the families who receive these precious
gowns to put on their sweet babies. 

This dress on the left I made a boo boo on. The center front is to be laid on a fold and I wasn't paying
attention and cut it right down the middle! WHOOPS!  I did not want to waste this little dress so
I made a placket down the front joining the pieces together. Where there is a will there is a way!


Please stop a minute and pray for all families of babies lost...it is a horrible tragedy to any
family no matter the circumstances. It has really opened my eyes to how many babies are lost
each day, month, year and we have no clue WHY! There have been several losses in our  local area
recently and something needs to be done!

Blessings~

Chance of pace...Angel Baby Gowns


Ever since we lost our precious granddaughter


 Eden Rain

back in May to stillbirth I have wanted to do something to help others that also walk this 
heartbreaking road. I knew nothing would happen unless I made a move, so after a couple months ,
 I reached out to the organization called

Sufficient Grace 

that helped our family when we needed it most. They have volunteer sewers that sew angel
baby gowns from donated wedding dresses for precious babies that don't make it into this world.


The bible says,

"ASK and you shall receive"...
and it worked! lol

 I received my first wedding dress in the mail a few weeks ago and I have been sewing ever since.





{sorry these aren't the greatest pictures, but they were taken in a room with bad lighting
and with my phone}



They sent a pattern that comes in three sizes and is open in the back with ribbon ties.

With every stitch I thought about our precious Eden and all the other babies that pass away 
and it was an honor to sew these gowns for their precious little bodies.

I was able to get TEN little dresses out of the wedding dress that was donated and I was 
thrilled!! 

. We love and miss her so very much and I vow not to let her be forgotten.

My deepest prayer is that these dresses would never have to be used, but sadly...

 I know they will.

I pray it brings a bit of comfort to the families who receive these precious
gowns. 

This dress on the left I made a boo boo on. The center front is to be laid on a fold and I wasn't paying
attention and cut it right down the middle! WHOOPS!  I did not want to waste this little dress so
I made a placket down the front joining the pieces together. Where there is a will there is a way!


Please stop a minute and pray for all families of babies lost...it is a horrible tragedy to any
family no matter the circumstances. It has really opened my eyes to how many babies are lost
each day, month, year and we have no clue WHY! There have been several losses in our  local area
recently and something needs to be done!

Blessings~

Sunday, September 25, 2016

A Fall Farm Visit with Unique Pumpkins and Squash


It's been a very busy weekend for us and one of the things we did was to visit
Carpenter Farms
just outside of Adrian, Michigan. I can't believe we have lived 30-ish miles away from this
place for years and never knew about it. Well, we know now and I am thrilled!

They have amazing prices and a huge assortment of pumpkins and squash. You can shop
until you drop and then some. If you haven't started your fall decorating yet, this post
should surely get you in the mood. 


This is a real pumpkin that was grown by the inmates at the Gus Harrison
Correctional Facility Adrian, Michigan.

Can you say HUGE?


This grain bin is inside their huge pole barn that also houses another smaller grain bin
with a bit of corn in it for children to play in.



Look at all these

BABY BOOS!!!

25 cents each!!!

I was in heaven!


 Can you believe that ALL THE ABOVE pumpkins and gourds were only

25 cents each also?? 



They had very unique pumpkins and squashes and I loved reading each sign.


I am a specialty pumpkin/squash

JARRAHDALE.

I am a native of Australia. The golden-yellow flesh is medium sweet, string-less and is
very good quality for baking. I will make a great addition to your fall decorations.
The skin is quite hard, so use caution when cutting this one open. If stored in a cool, dry
place it will keep for up to three months. I am a cross between a Blue Hubbard and a
Cinderella. 


PORCELAIN DOLL:

I am a specialty Pumpkin/squash

Porcelain Doll is an exotic pink pumpkin. The pink pumpkin is very eye catching for all holiday
decoration. Porcelain Doll exhibits deep ribbing with an almost square appearance and exotic
pink exterior. Porcelain Doll's deep-orange, sweet flesh can be used for pies, soup and
culinary delights.



YUGOSLAVIAN FINGERS

I can be eaten as a summer squash when young, or when I'm mature I make an
interesting conversation piece on your fall display.



 My name is

TURKS TURBAN

I am a winter squash.
An old time favorite for traditional fall decorating. The red color will deepen as the fall
progresses. It can be eaten and is terrific stuffed with meat loaf. Sadly, today it's cooking
qualities are overlooked and it is most often used as a decorative gourd.



My name is

LONG ISLAND CHEESE

I am a specialty pumpkin squash.

This heirloom variety is widely remembered as a great pie squash by the people in
the New York and New Jersey area. It was prominently used throughout the 1800's.
It's coloring and flattened shape suggests a wheel of cheese thus the name.




My name is

FLAT WHITE BOER

I am a pumpkin. Perfect for pies etc.



Large Speckled Apple...a gourd.

Speckled Swan...a gourd.


LUNCH LADY

I am a gourd. It is not edible , but makes a great decoration.


BLUE HUBBARD

I am a winter squash.

This squash is known by its huge size, funky shape, blue-gray color, and very
hard skin that makes it especially long lasting in winter storage.  The meat inside
is orange, sweet, flavorful, and fine grained. Great for baking, pies and soups.



PINK BANANA

A winter squash

I have a sweet, yellow-orange flesh that is excellent for pies, baking, canning
and homemade baby food. I can be stored in a cool, dry place for up to 3 months.




My name is

GALEUX D'EYSINES ...pronounced Gal-OH deh-ZINE

I am a winter squash.

An elegant French heirloom with an appropriately elegant sounding name.
Magnifique! This stunning squash has beautiful salmon-peach colored skin
covered with peanut shell-like warts caused by sugar in the skin. Traditionally used in
France for soups and sauces, when cooked, the sweet, orange flesh is as smooth as velvet.
Each flattened squash weighs 10-15 lbs. and can store for up to 6 months. Definitely a show
stopper in the garden or on the table.



SQUASH NECK PUMPKIN

relative to the butternut squash


Did you learn anything? I sure did! I never know for sure what were pumpkins and what were
squash and I didn't know so many of them could be eaten.

Have you started decorating yet? I have. I think I am almost done. Maybe I can get some
pics posted soon.

HAPPY FALL to everyone!!