Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Where flowers bloom

Where flowers bloom so does hope.

- Lady Bird Johnson -

Monday, September 29, 2008

Errand Day

Today is the day we usually do our errands, getting back home around noon. We do not like shopping, but are thankful that we are able to. It is always nice to pull back into our driveway from the hectic road out front.

I am looking for ways to cut back on our grocery bill, and one way will be in eating less meat. I also want to make more bread in my bread machine. I just checked out a good book from the library called 'Whole Grain Breads by Machine or Hand' by Beatrice A. Ojakanaas. I've been copying down ones that sound really interesting and good to me and look forward to making them.

We also look for bargains when shopping, buy one get one free, is always nice.

It is said that you should go shopping with a list, I do, and also that you shouldn't go grocery shopping when you are hungry, which we also do.

Right now, I need to go make my list, look into some of my cookbooks for recipes for the week, and get ready to head out.

Hope your Monday is a good one whatever you do.


“A man should hear a little music, read a little poetry,
and see a fine picture every day of his life,

in order that worldly cares may not obliterate
the sense of the beautiful implanted in the human soul.”

- Johann Wolfgang Goethe

Sunday, September 28, 2008

Old Garden Roses

Mm. Laurette Messimy is a sweet little China rose,
introduced by Jean-Baptiste Guillot in 1887.

I became interested in Old Garden roses quite a few years back. I love their colors, scents and the shape of the flowers. Some are full, with many petals, some are single variety with just a few. Some are cupped, some have ruffled edges, all are beautiful.

Old garden roses are more hardy than their modern cousins. They are less susceptible to diseases.

Mm. Laurette Messimy can be grown in a container and does very well. I have her in two different containers and also in my shed's garden.

You can find several Old Garden rose nurseries on line. Some have closed recently for various reasons. We do not want to lose these old beauties. They are heirlooms, part of history.

If you want to grow roses that don't take a lot of work, try these. You won't be disappointed.

I have quite a few in our tropical, cottage gardens.


Visit the nurseries below and others and fall in love with these beautiful roses.

Vintage ~ Garden and Extraordinary Roses

Countryside Roses

Heirloom Roses

One of our favorite musicians ~ Arlo West


Good morning everyone. Blogging is a new experience for me. I do visit several forums though, regularly, and have a website also. We will see how this goes.

My first musing will be this ~

Each day is new, a gift.
What we do with it is our choice.
Hopefully, we choose to do what is right and good,
and on the days we don't, may we learn,
looking forward to the gift of tomorrow.

Hope your day is a good one.