Wednesday, May 26, 2010

My Garden Is Continuing!!!!

I just can't help myself!! I have to take new photos of new blooms!! Here I have my Japanese Irises in bloom, my Peonies in bloom and wonder of Azalea is blooming that I planted about 15 years ago and has NEVER done anything! Go figure!! Sorry about the photo being sideways! Blogger won't let me flip it!!

I also have Poppies that are saying "hello" right now! I'll snap a photo today or tomorrow and add it here too.

Friday, May 21, 2010

Rhodys In Bloom!!

It's a rainy day today. I hate it when it rains. But there's something about seeing my Rhodys in bloom that really cheers me up!! When I see them I am reminded of when my Husband and I dug them up from the front yard, chopped them down and were about to throw them away. Then I said "Stop! Let's plant them in the back yard along the fence line and see what happens. If they die, they die!" So off to the backyard we went and planted all 3 of them along our fence line. For the last 3 years we have had marvelous blooms to look at! Each year they appear to be happier and happier! Here is a sample of the gorgeous flowers we're getting this year!

I've also included some photos of my Alum (I think that's what they're called) in bloom!! Love these! They are finally starting to multiply!!

There's just something about flowers that make you smile on a rainy day!!

Saturday, May 15, 2010

This Is What Happens When I'm Home Too Much!

As my title says, this is what happens when I'm stuck at home too much......I THINK!! That's not always a good thing! You see smoke billowing out the chimney and windows because my brain is on overload. You see my face making all sorts of strange contortions! You see my cat's fur standing on end! You may be wondering.....just what do I think about. Well this time I've been thinking about the no sales on my website in the last 7 months. I haven't been too concerned up till now because I am selling a little on Etsy...that's good. So what I did is ask my son to "buy" something from me for .01, to be sure that it was working. Well, it worked fine. Now I've been scratching my head so much and thinking so hard I swear my hair is falling out!! It's already thin, and I can't afford to lose more. I'm puzzled......

I've also been thinking about all the things that I need to, clean closets, exercise, etc. etc. Why is it that those things go through our minds when we are unable to do them, but we never think about them when we can!! Puzzling isn't it.

Sometimes I think about all the things I'd love to see my hubby do around the house. I come up with "ideas!" He's doesn't usually like my ideas, but strangely, somewhere down the road, usually in a few months, he's got this great "idea!" Doesn't understand how it got planted in his brain. Puzzling isn't it....

Thinking is puzzling! It can be good, but it can also be not so good for us. But I'm sure glad God gave me this ability, aren't you?

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

A Continuation and an Update -- About Me

This may be the father kept this for a reason.

Once upon a time there was a handsome young man and a beautiful maiden that gave birth to a cute little girl. She was the second of four children and was born in England. When 2 years old, the handsome young man and his wife decided to come back to the USA and raise their children here. So we boarded a ship (no, it wasn't the Mayflower!!), and headed out for the 1 month journey back to the US.

This is our passport photo. My mother, brother and me.

Once there, the man followed in his father's footsteps, and opened a jewelry store, where he could make and sell jewelry and practice his learned trade of being a watchmaker. Yes, he could build a watch from nothing. A dying trade today. His father, the little girl's grandfather, was also a watchmaker.
As the little girl grew up, she enjoyed a happy life until the unexpected happened. One morning in May, when the little girl was 10, she woke up and noticed a lot of cars parked outside. But she didn't see her parents car. Then she noticed voices, a lot of voices, downstairs. When she went downstairs she also noticed a lot of tears. What had happened?
Her mother, whom she dearly loved, had been killed the night before in a car accident! Hit head on by a drunk driver!! Her Dad was in the hospital with practically no chance for survival. What a sad day that that the little girl never forgot! Thankfully her Dad did recover! But he was now left with the responsibility of caring for 4 children, ages 3 - 11. What a job!!

This was taken shortly before my mothers death.

As you can imagine, the little girl's father struggled with work and family and he was very lonely. So in about a year, he re-married. It was not a good marriage due to the fact that she had no idea how to raise children (she was very young) and she was a bit abusive, verbally and physically, to the little girl's sister. (By now you know the little girl is me!) That broke my heart! But before the marriage ended, she gave birth to a son. It wasn't too long and they divorced and my heart was torn to shreds as she left with my little brother that I had raised up till that time! (He was 2). I had done everything for him! Even potty trained him!! He made me want a house full of boys when I grew up. Thankfully as he got older he came and lived with us until he was a teenager.
My father was not a disciplinarian, so us kids were left on our own. We needed him so much! But he had no idea! So in time, he again could see he needed help and he felt the loneliness and re-married! I was 16 by this time and we all liked who he married. She seemed so good for him. (She actually is the one who gave my husband and I our spiritual heritage.) And, as you can probably guess, a number of years later, when I was 27 and had 2 children of my own, she gave birth to my sister. She's a sweetie!
My father died in 1996 at the age of 66. I miss him terribly! I will always be thankful to him for doing his best in raising us, and not giving up or giving us up.

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Some New, Some Old

I decided to let you all in on a sneak preview of some new items, but also to let you look at some older items that I haven't promoted for awhile. I hope I'm not boring you, but I know that if I wrote about my life.....THAT would be boring!! So take a peek and see what you think...please?

These first 2 necklaces are older. Maybe they're new to you. I have them on my website, so I invite you to click on the links and take a look!

This one is Snaky Pete. There's a snake design on the bead!

This one is simply a Lemon/Lime Agate necklace. I love the color!

This is a Kambaba bracelet. I also have this on my website:

This one is a fairly new bracelet! I love the rainbow of colors in it! It's only in my web store:

These I call my "For The Birds" Earrings:

These are my Mexican Drum Earrings:

A Star Is Born Purse/Zipper pull! Also not new...but not old either!!

AND NOW.......(drum rolling!)......HERE ARE THE NEW!! NOT LISTED YET EITHER!!

This is a great new purse pull! I love the Dumortierite bead!! I will list it soon on Etsy!

And this is my newest bracelet! Don't you just LOVE the colorful beads?? I sure do! I will be listing this beauty soon on Etsy also! So stay tuned!!

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

"I'll Never Be Able To Write As Good As You!!"

....that's what I told our dear Deb Malloy (aka Poetess Wug) when I read her wonderful post on her blog today!!
This is one blog you MUST read! She makes it interesting everyday!! Always a new poem and new photos to view!! She has a natural talent for poetry and conversation. Please be sure to stop by and see it and comment real soon! And follow her blog too!! She's a sweetheart and would love to have you!

Monday, May 3, 2010

Adventures In Making Strawberry/Rhubarb Freezer Jam!!

Hi everyone!! I haven't posted for awhile, so today I thought I'd show you what I've been doing! Yep, you got it!! Making Strawberry/Rhubarb freezer jam!! Yummy!!

I started with fresh rhubarb cut from one of my plants in my garden. I cut off the greens and the ends, and then cut it up in small pieces.

Then I take fresh strawberries (from the grocery store) and cut the tops off and put them and the rhubarb in my food processor and chop fine.

I then followed the directions on my sure jell direction page for low sugar freezer jam and added it to my chopped strawberries and rhubarb. This is how it looked just before I ladled it into the plastic jars! Yummy!

And here we have the finished product!! 15 jars (2 batches) of the best jam you could ever eat! I have to wait 24 hours to put it in the freezer. It does separate, but when you go to eat it, you just have to stir it good first! We love it!!!!