Sunday, December 30, 2012

Today’s project


It’s almost 7:30 p.m. EST and I am feeling ready to get horizontal for the night. Getting up around 4 a.m. will do that. I did take a little nap this afternoon and that was nice.

Well, the oops paint wasn’t as red as I thought it would be but I still like it. It doesn’t show up much either because the face of the heart is probably a little less than 1/4 inch wide. I hung it with nails as I would have had a difficult time trying to hold this piece and screw in screws. Mark and I always worked well together and I’m really realizing how much we did together all the time. Each of us would call the other one for a helping hand. Now I’ve got to figure other ways of getting things done. I could hear Mark saying move slowly, take your time.

So, here are photos of the project.




I liked seeing her with her reflection in the piece of beveled mirror.


Front patio garden area is where I worked this morning while a loaf of oatmeal bread was making in the bread machine. I should have moved the empty pots from in front of the large pot.  We bought those two old concrete planters probably from the 1920’s at a yard sale years ago for $5 or $10 for the pair.  I love the patina on them.



I have always called this statue the weeping woman, and the name really fits this woman named FlowerLady.

I had several of you suggest in comments to NOT pressure wash her so here she is in all her wonderful patina glory. We had her in another location before this one and a tree limb fell on her knocking her head and part of her arm off, so Mark had to epoxy her back together and of course it’s not cement so it shows. She has scars and that’s part of her life. She is graceful. That’s how I want to be, full of grace.


These next photos are of a little weed.




This is the bird bath in the ‘secret garden’. The bell shaped flowers are from the mom-of-millions plant.


This was breakfast this morning. I spread some of Lemon Verbena Lady’s Spicy Basil Apple jelly on ‘free’ rolls that Mark had gotten from the Salvation Army thrift store awhile back. They were in the freezer. The S.A. gives free bread away every week. I need to check there myself as we’ve gotten some nice types before.  The jelly was delicious and you could definitely taste the basil.


Supper tonight was pizza.



That’s it, I can hardly keep my eyes open.

Enjoy the last day of 2012, and have a wonderful 2013.

FlowerLady Lorraine


Today’s verse:

Fear Not
I am with thee
Be Not Dismayed
I am thy God
I will strengthen thee
I will help thee
I will uphold thee

Isaiah 41:10


Rebecca said...

I could just move IN to your back yard. It is one of the most interesting, charming places I know of! I love the lady with all her scars....and I think you did great with your project today. I hope as you read this in the morning that you are rested and renewed by a night of good sleep. ♥ He WILL strengthen, help and uphold you/us!

Bernie H said...

Wishing you both the very best in the coming new year. May 2013 be filled with great times and happy memories.

The heart piece looks lovely behind those red-coloured Acalypha and Cordyline. The lady certainly looks great without being pressure-washed.

I've never heard of Spicy Basil Apple Jelly before. It does sound like a real taste sensation.

NellJean said...

Just looking in to see your garden and read your precious words.

Heather said...

Your gate is just lovely! I am so glad you left your lady as is, she is beautiful! And so many wonderful shots of your garden, not to mention your pizza, it looks yum! Cheers!

Nancy J said...

Lovely lady in your garden, life's battle scars are to be displayed, and be proud of,we all have them, seen or hidden,some real scars that needed stitches, others in our heart. DH will always be there Lorraine, if not actually using the hammer or chisel, in spirit with you all the way. New Year Greetings from Jean

Kit said...

I love the iron grate! And it is so level! When I hang things I really have a hard time getting it to look straight...LOL I love all the pics of your garden, I can live thru you until Spring arrives here. But I am in no big hurry, I am like a Grizzley bear hibernating in the winter. :) Kit

Leslie said...

I am nuts about your garden. Your garden art is amazing! Everything is so special and interesting. I hope one day my yard is so full of detail.

Lynn said...

Spectacular, Lorraine. Just a quick post an run ~ now that you have the nails holding the ironwork you can remove them one at a time and put in screws. This may be the first of two comments because this chilly weather makes me so sleepy. Your weeping lady may have scars, she is still standing strong like you. Sleep well.

Anonymous said...

There is still such a tranquil feel to your posts - a serenity to your life and gardens. It's a testament to who you are as a person and your faith.

May 2013 continue to enrich your faith and bring you steady peace, joy and contentment.



Anonymous said...

Heh, you and I are on the same wavelength, I made pizza too....

I really loved the gate or whatever that is that you hung on the wall. I missed somehow what oops paint is but I imagine it's mis-matched paint marked down?? The previous owners of this house painted two rooms in that. And it's about the same color as your oops paint. I've got one room painted over, still living with the other. It's a bit much on four walls. Hugs, Ilene

gld said...

It is such a treat to visit your beautiful garden, especially this time of year.

I love the hanging gate on the fence.

That statue looks wonderful just as she is.

Balisha said...

Hi Lorraine,
YOu already know that I love your lady statue. The mirror is a wonderful addition. 2013 is knocking on your door, When you open it...I hope it will be a year full of peace and contentment for you.I hope that you will be given "enough" this year. Enough of everything that makes you happy.
Blessings my friend...Balisha

Sheri - Creative Spaces of S. Fla. said...

I always love reading your posts...thank you! Wishing you and your family a very happy new year with good health, prosperity and lots of good times!!!

Best wishes,


lemonverbenalady said...

You are a true artist, FL! Love your garden, even the photos of the weeds make you want to keep them. Then ending the day with my jelly! It was a great day! Happy New Year, dear FL! Sending positive energy your way! xxoo LVL and The Herbal Husband

Morning's Minion said...

I like the red paint on the metal heart--not bright, but it has a nice weathered look.
It sounds like your part of FL wasn't much warmer than our day in KY---but our flowers are all asleep for the winter.

ChrisC said...

Love the heart! It looks great! That's the kind of thing that makes a garden special.Your garden is simply stunning.

Carla said...

Wishing you a peaceful new year. Sending hugs and love your way.

mary_smith said...

Happy New Year! Thank you for sharing all of your wonderful projects. Your strength and courage are inspiring!