Good morning Friends ~ April is absolutely lovely so far. The weather down here in s.e. FL has been absolutely perfect. I worked outside the past two morning, three hours each and am happy with my accomplishments. More to do yet, another time.
This is on the north side of my little shed. You couldn’t see the space for all of the weeds and the old mail box mounted on car springs, had broken off it’s base and fallen over into area. I think the raccoons climbing around did the damage. I had to bust it off the base, then haul it to new location on a hand dolly.
I’m sitting in the ‘faux bois’ chair pictured above to get this picture below. This are was filled with Spanish needles, and other weeds. Butterflies love the Spanish needles but they are a pain to get rid of, they spread by little needlelike seeds that stick to you clothing.
The potted small tree pictured in front of the caravan long window, has feathery leaves, but I don’t know what it is. It’s not a Poinciana and I don’t think it’s the ‘Rattle Tree’ either. I’m leaving it in the pot. I want some shade for the caravan so am using this for now. The sun is still down away yet, as it’s around 8:15 when this was taken.
Here’s the mailbox in new location. This used to be our mailbox out by the street until we got a new one. It has our address numbers on it but I blocked them out in pictures for privacy. Mark painted them on there and I’ve left them, just painted around them.
I hope the nude painting in my wash house does not offend any of you. It is a study, probably done by a student in art class many, many years ago. I love the colors and she is holding a rose. (I would post a larger photo of just her, but like I said, I don’t want to offend.) This is sort of how the space looked before the appliance repair man came to look at washing machine, only worse. I did take the painting down before he came over and moved that little shelf unit up onto the desk to the right so he would have room to work on machine.
Here it is straightened up and I decided to paint the fronts of the shelf unit. Not the shelf tops though as they will just get scruffed up.
This is the s.e. corner. When we first got this little shed in 2000, besides it being for the washing machine, and storage for bulk items, I was going to paint in here, but it’s too hot in there and the vibration from the spin cycle of machine made it unpleasant to be in there for painting. I’m not into painting anymore but this is still a cute tiny space, 6ft x 8ft.
This is the other corner. Glass shelves that still hold some things that haven’t decided to bounce off. I need a lamp shade and think I saw one in the big shed out back that might work. The one it had originally was HUGE.
This is the north wall. Found cabinets. I painted the one on the right blue quite awhile ago, the other one is formica. The blue formica topped drawer piece we found curbside too. It’s filled mostly with seashells collected from the beach. Which makes me think, I should go to the beach for nice healing walks.
This is still a work in progress. I’ll post more pictures later.
Below are blooms from the ornamental cotton plant I grew from seeds from eli. She has a wonderful blog. She has a green thumb and I always enjoy visiting her blog. Do visit her, she has a wonderful butterfly garden, grows veggies, and has wonderful orchids and other beautiful plants.
Isn’t this beautiful?
These are taken the next morning. This morning they are closed up and a deeper burgundy color. They’ve done their thing and now they should grow a cotton ball with seeds. I hope to collect some seeds to add more of this lovely plant to my gardens.
Below is ‘Kathleen’ one of my favorite ‘simple’ roses and her scent is so sweet. The first two photos the flowers are almost spent. Petals will be falling off now.
This was taken of a new bloom with buds this morning.
The past month or so I’ve started getting more into my new way of living. I’m feeling more at peace, there’s more joy and my memories are sweet. God has been my strength and I am learning contentment and enjoying the gift of each new day. I want to work on projects again. A fog filled my life, a heaviness too. Now, life is lighter and it’s all because of God and His love and tender mercies.
Happy Spring to all of you where spring is happening in your part of the world. Some are entering their autumn time of year and I wish you happiness too.
"Look at the trees,
look at the birds,
look at the clouds,
look at the stars...
and if you have eyes you will be able to see
that the whole existence is joyful.
Everything is simply happy.
Trees are happy for no reason;
they are not going to become prime ministers or presidents
and they are not going to become rich
and they will never have any bank balance.
Look at the flowers - for no reason.
It is simply unbelievable how happy flowers are."