Friday, June 21, 2019

Summer is here


Hello Folks ~ it's hard to believe we are almost into July and today is the first day of summer. Right now, at 6:22 p.m. EST it is 90 and feels like it is 100. YIKES! No wonder I feel like hibernating. I am so thankful my Friedrich's a.c. is working fine again. A couple of shims, a new hole drilled into the bottom casing, and making a wider pathway for the collected water to go where it should to the outside. I'm thankful to Stephen who came and did this work for me, for free. He's been in the a.c. business for over 30 years. Met him through church.

I bought a Lasko pedestal fan a few weeks back, and it sits in the hallway at night blowing the cool air from a.c. into the bedroom, which keeps the temp in bedroom at around 74. Very comfortable for sleeping.

A week ago I mowed as grass was dry, the next day we had rain and then off and on since then. So I did that at the right time. It needs it again, but I'll wait until next week and then get out early to do it. 

I also got a couple of loads of laundry washed and hung out to dry and that was a good thing also, as a couple of days ago I started smelling something 'dead'. Saw lots of flies, and then saw that it's a critter, either racoon  or possum, in the hedge around the secret garden, hedge next to clothesline area. I know from experience that in a few days nature will take care of it all. When my dear husband was here, he would take care of digging a hole and moving critter to it to be buried. Since I'm here by myself, I'm not even going to attempt that. I don't want to end up wretching.

This morning I saw that I had a regular gardenia in bloom and also a Tahitian gardenia had a bloom. The scents are so wonderful.  I just sat here a little while ago, in my creative space, editing photos while listening to soothing instrumental music, and felt like crying for joy. God's creation is such a beautiful gift to us. These days it is so easy to miss seeing so much loveliness because we are so engrossed in social media, so busy, busy busy. 

So, here is some loveliness for you to enjoy.
  

 





In the picture above, you can see a glimpse of the statue below through the window. We bought her at a local flea market many, many, many years ago for $10. She's made of cement. Her head and arm have been knocked off, but DH put her back together again.
I did a google search a long time ago and believe she is called 'The Weeping Woman'. She has aged nicely.


I've  been feeling a tad down lately. Those feelings come and go. Being a widow has made some drastic changes in my life and I miss my dearest and best friend so much.

I've been re-reading a book titled "Whisper - How to Hear the Voice of God" by Mark Batterson.
I read uplifting books before going to sleep and after turning off the light and laying there in the quiet, praying last night, these words came to me, "Let it go." I knew what the 'it' was, all of the things I'm anxious about. Those three words, calmed my spirit. 

This morning as I read more in this book, these words jumped out at me ~
His, God's, word does not return void. 
I looked it up in my Bible and this is the scripture from Isaiah 55:11 ~

"So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it."
Then in verse 12 it says:
"You shall go out in joy and be led forth with peace."

I then was flipping through pages and came across this verse:

"Call unto me and I will answer thee and show thee 
great and  mighty things which thou knowest not.
Jeremiah 33:3 KJV 

A week ago, I finished a 549 page fiction book called 'The Forgotten Garden'. Near the end of the book I read the following: 
"You make life out of what you have,
 not what you are missing." 
Boy oh boy, that hit me and I felt like God was speaking to me through those words also. 

He can and does speak to us, we just need to calm down, be still and look and listen.

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An online friend sent me pics of rocks she had covered in crochet, with a cross as the focal point. I've made a few and given them away and they are great little reminders that God is our rock.

Psalms 18:2 NIV says this:
 "The Lord is my rock,
my fortress and my deliverer;
my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge,
my shield and the horn of my salvation,
my stronghold
."

Below is the last one I made. I had bought a bag of river rocks at Home Depot for around $9, (much cheaper than buying a little craft bag of them), and I am going through it picking out rocks that will work for this project. I wash then off, let them dry, then paint them with clear nail polish.


  Here's a batch cleaned, waiting for polish then the crocheting.

 
Ok, that's it for now. I pray that any of you who are going through tough times, that you will call out to God. He cares deeply for each of us. He will be our strength when we are weak.
Love, hugs & prayers,
FlowerLady




Saturday, June 8, 2019

Le Jardin Secret

Oh my goodness. This is absolutely beautiful. Enjoy.



The garden of my dreams.

Friday, June 7, 2019

Such a deal!

Hello Folks ~ I want to thank all of you for your concern with my not having a.c. for a couple of days. I want to tell you that this tiny 5000 BTU a.c. is keeping my little cottage very comfortable. It has been as low as 74 degrees in the bedroom which is the furthest room from the a.c. I almost think it is doing a better job at cooling this place that the larger BTU by Friedrichs. I put a Lasko, pedestal fan in the hallway which blows the cooler air into bedroom and have a ceiling fan over the bed. I am very comfortable. God is good! 

The man who cleaned my large a.c. unit is to be here tomorrow to drill a hole or two in the bottom pan of the unit, so that water can drain out. I haven't contacted Friedrichs yet, but did take photos of the deteriorating fins. I am really bummed with this unit as this company has the reputation of being the Cadillac of air conditioners. I bought this thinking it was going to last me a good many years, not just two. 

I am so thankful for this Daewoo tiny a.c.



This morning I did a couple of errands, had to get windshield wiper blades, saw a shoe store that was going out of business and stopped there, but they weren't going to be opening for another 40 minutes or so, so I went on my way. Decided to stop at a new thrift store I'd heard about, and checked out their shoe dept. as I need new shoes for gardening in. This is the pair I found. Almost new, just a bit of a scuff on the right toe area. I knew nothing about the brand, I tried them on and they are perfect, 7 1/2 wide. They are made in the USA. I got home and googled them, they are SAS tripad comfort, $171. I paid $4.99.



When I told my friend about them, she said God placed them right on the shelf just for me to find. They were the best looking shoe of this type on the shelves.

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I was reading something the other day about taking long canes of roses and bending them over, to make more shoots come out along the cane. Well, I did that with the 'Bermuda Kathleen' rose that I have, and it is doing great. I've another cane from it that I need to bend over in the opposite direction.

  


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I will be facilitating with the lady who leads GriefShare at my church. We have become friends since I went to the first session. We were together yesterday at her apt. viewing the video for the one time session for 'Loss of a Spouse'. We visited, had lunch and after I got home, I laid down for a nap, but couldn't sleep.

I got up and got out some supplies and created this piece.



I have 14 more of the little bottles. They are flat on the back side. The little tear drops are sewn to the felt underneath the bottle. The bottle is sewn down. There is a bluish crystal at the top of bottle. I'd like to make these up to give to participants. It took me roughly 2-3 hours to make, not sure exactly.

I've been itching to create again and this is the perfect start.

We had a little rain today, more is expected. We really needed it.

That's it for now. Have a wonderful weekend wherever you are.

FlowerLady

Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Tiny a.c. unit keeping me cool!

Good morning Folks ~ two nights with no a.c., first night not too bad, second night not so good. Since my a.c. man can't get here until Sat., I got out the tiny a.c. unit, still in the box, given to me a few years back. I unboxed it, read the instructions, but could not lift it into the window. So, I let the assistant pastor at church know that I needed help in putting the unit in the window. He and the one young man who had helped get the chair here, came, put the unit in the window, and got it sealed in to keep cool air in. Then, we plugged it in and thankfully it works. I am so thankful for the gift of the little unit and for the help of these two young men. 

It was 84 in the bedroom, furthest room from a.c., outside was much worse, feeling like it was 10 degrees hotter. I went out to an American Sign Language class last night, a thoroughly enjoyable evening, and something I am looking forward to again. It was still warm in the house when I got home, but the humidity was being sucked out and that was a good thing.

In the middle of the night I checked the thermometer in the bedroom and it read 78. YAY!!!! I slept really good, getting almost 10 hours of sleep. 


This morning I need to get a few groceries. Then it's back home to relax. Having two days of no a.c. really drained me. I was starting to get 'grumpy' also. Heat does that to me. 

Yesterday after my Sr's Bible study, a gentleman from the church who feeds the homeless with collected goods from stores, came by to see if any of us wanted anything as he had surplus. I took 4 ears of corn, some butter rolls, and an apple strudel with walnuts, and 4 Fuji apples. Another blessing!! Pray for me as I plan to be more frugal than I already am.

Ok, with that, it's time for some breakfast and get ready to go get some groceries.

Enjoy your day, count your blessings, and thank God for all.

FlowerLady

Monday, June 3, 2019

A.C. problem again

Hi Folks ~ Here it is another hot and humid day in s.e. FL. This afternoon my 2 year old Friedrich a.c. clogged up again and started leaking inside like before. It's only been a couple of weeks since the a.c. was taken out of wall and cleaned with hose outside. I am bummed to say the least. When the a.c. man was here and was cleaning the unit, he said the fins were eaten up pretty bad, especially on the inside of the back section of fins. Things aren't being made like they used to be. The a.c. does have a 1/4 inch slant to the outside, so that's not the problem.

We've had other Friedrich a.c. units, one lasted 12 years and the other 9. They have a great reputation for being the 'Cadillac' of room a.c.'s. I do have a warranty that my BIL paid for so I need to get in touch with the company. 

I have the windows closed to keep out heat and humidity, and have two fans to blow on me tonight. I do have a tiny a.c. unit I may have put in the living room window, but, it  can't be done tonight. The a.c. man cannot get here til Fri or Sat. to clean big unit again. Depressing!

Tomorrow it is supposed to be 90, don't know what the real feel temp will be.

 To top it off, I got my quarterly property tax bill in the mail today.

I need to relax, and trust God to work all things out, as He has in the past. Pray for me to be calm and patient.

On a positive note, two men from the church picked up my chair for me on Sat. morning. It fits perfectly in the space. The chair is a little dark for the summer, so I've covered it temporarily with the only thing I could find in my stash that would work. Not perfect, but I like the summer look.

Here's the chair before in the first photo, then covered in the second. Oh yea, the chair is a La-Z-Boy.


 
Miss Tork is enjoying the chair.

Ok, that's it for now. 

Doing without, 
makes us appreciate so much more,
whatever it is that we are having to do without.

FlowerLady



Thursday, May 30, 2019

Summer is here

Hello Folks ~ here it is late Thurs. morning EST in the USA. I worked outside mowing, trimming, raking and bagging for 1 hr and 45 min. My body started telling me it was time to quit. I was starting to stumble along, always a sign I've done enough, and I was thirsty, hot and tired. 

I checked the weather when I came in and it was 85F with humidity at 65% and real feel 96, real feel in the shade 89. Yesterday morning I worked about 2 hours. It's all I can handle in this kind of weather. I had my pedometer this morning, and that time of gardening only clocked 1471 steps. How on earth do people walk 10,000 steps?? 'They' say that number of steps is what we 'should' be walking. I'm 70, gardening has been my exercise for years and years. I haven't been concerned about how many steps I should be taking, I worked til my body said stop. In my younger years, I could work longer, but not any more. 

This number of steps that 'they' say we 'should' be walking daily is a burden, it makes me feel 'guilty'. Guilty for what? For 'not' doing what 'they' say I 'should' be doing. A verse from the Bible popped into my mind, 

 KJV I Timothy 4:8 For bodily exercise profiteth little: but godliness is profitable unto all things, having promise of the life that now is, and of that which is to come. 

NIV: "For physical training is of some value, but godliness has value for all things, holding promise for both the present life and the life to come." 

Hmmmm. Words to ponder for sure. ~ Do what I can, enjoying my time in my gardens and keep my focus on God and what he has done, what He is doing and what He will do.  Sounds like a plan to me.

I've still a pile of trimmings to bag up, and to put curbside, where it is picked up then taken to a facility that turns it all into mulch. I hope to do that later when the sun is not blazing overhead. 

Here are some photos of the little rose 'International Herald Tribune'. Such a pretty rose. First few photos were taken in the morning, the later ones were taken after the sun had crisped the roses. 




 




Ok, that's it for now. I'm ready for lunch, then a nap. 

I read a good thought the other morning from Ann Voskamp's book 'The Broken Way',
"To-do lists can become to-love lists". That is certainly a different and better way of looking at things.

Keep cool or warm wherever you are, keep calm and be thankful.

Pray for those going through the nasty weather of tornadoes and flooding, and those going through early sweltering heat.

FlowerLady

Saturday, May 25, 2019

Blooms, gifts, and a little garden visitor

Hello Friends ~ Here it is Saturday morning, I've just worked outside for about 1 1/2 hours, very warm and humid out. Right now at 10:39 EST it is 80 and real feel is 87. Humidity is 68%. Winds are from the East as 12 mph. It's nice in the shade but when the sun starts beating on you it's not so nice. I did a couple of things I wanted to do or get started at least. 

I recently had a little garden visitor. Not one I wanted, but hearing the distress call during the night, and realizing where the critter was and making an escape hatch for it. After seeing how damp and scraggly it looked and knowing it was hungry, I had to 'feed' it. 

The photo below is about 6 days after it first showed up. The first couple of times I fed it, I did so in the main garden. I kept moving the feeding station around the front, over the patio, and over to the east patio off the kitchen entry. It would hear me open the door and start meowing, coming towards me, then scampering away. It would come when it heard my voice, and come running, such a little cutie pie. I did not want to get attached, since I already have 4 girls, I prayed it would go back to where it came from. 

The last time I fed it, I was able to touch its tail and run my finger down its little back while it was eating. I had even starting calling it a name, 'Itty Bitty'. You know you're in trouble when you start doing that don't you? The next morning when I went out, no little one came to greet me. I felt 'nothing', she was gone, her presence was no longer on the property. Somehow I could just tell. I didn't see her on the street, smooshed, I've not smelled anything dead around the property either, so who knows.  I pray she  went back to where she came from, and is now eating gourmet cat food and staying indoors.  It really is a relief to me that she's gone, but I did enjoy her little presence while she was here.



 Another photo.

 

For the past year and half or so, I've been visiting an elderly widow friend twice a week. This coming Tues. will be our last visit together as she is moving back up north to live with another daughter. She has been living with her youngest daughter and husband and is going to a smaller place, so started purging what little she had and asked if I wanted anything that she was getting rid of and family didn't want.

At first, I didn't see anything, but then when sitting on the sofa and looking at the table with items, I spied a lamp I hadn't seen at first. I jumped up to look at it and then told her I would take it and set it aside. I had already spoken for a little crystal lamp and a brass clock and had taken them home. 

The lamp base is carved from a heavy piece of wood. The lamp shade is painted to look like stained glass. I have some basketry that my dear husband's grandfather and grandmother had made, using pine needles from this property and knew this lamp would make a great focal point in using them.


I'm not sure the basket on the left is one they made, I think we picked that up at a local flea market years ago. The other two pieces, yes. Mama painted the branch of pine cones on a piece of wood, and Papa did the basket work with needles and raffia. 


Here's the lampshade and its reflection in the mirror behind it. The shade is a nice mottled glass.


Also she had this small recliner, very good condition and very well made and very comfortable, like new. I measured it and it is almost exactly the same size of the chair I have in living room. The back doesn't move, the foot rest just comes up when you pull on the lever.  It will be picked up sometime next week. I had to ask for help from church as I can't do this myself. ;-) The color will go perfectly with my eclectic look, artwork, etc.

I've been looking for 2 chairs for the living room at thrift stores, have prayed about them and now here is one replacement, for free.


The little clock on the left is lead crystal from Tiffany's, it needs a new battery. The lamp and vase are both crystal also, just not lead crystal. I love the little lamp.


She asked me if I needed a purse, and had several to choose from, and the one on the left was the one I chose. FlowerLady's style and looks similar to my old one that is too small and the strap is about to break. The new one is bigger and has more pockets.


Then she showed me a couple of wallets. Well, you will certainly gasp at my old one on the right. My dear husband gave it to me years ago, and he's been gone now 6 1/2 years.  I don't think he'll mind my getting rid of it.  This new wallet also has more pockets, etc. (I hate shopping and live on a limited income, so just keep using things past their prime.)
 

She also gave me some doilies, and some valances, lacy looking in the same color as the chair. And, a Dirt Devil SimpliStick bagless vac, works great, tried it when I got home.

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Now for some blooms around the property.
This may be Lavender Lassie, I'm not sure, no tag when I bought it a few years back. It smells wonderful! 


 This orchid was given to me by my friend Mary. The blooms have lasted for at least a couple of months now, maybe more. They now are starting to fall off.


 This is a vanda orchid, Miss Joachim. It just grows like a weed. No muss or fuss.


 This is Texas Sage. I love the silvery green leaves with these wonderful wooly flowers.


 This is 'Hugs-n-kisses' hibiscus. There are different color variations on the blooms. This is one bloom that was open the other day. 





 This is an orchid I bought somewhere, don't have a clue as to what the name is.


 This is an iris a lady at the local flea market gave me years and years ago.


This is Tibouchina or Princess Flower.

 
This is Plumbago against an old piece of coral.



Ok, that's it for now. I must eat lunch, shower and head off to a craft class with ladies from my church. Always fun.

May you in the states have a wonderful, long holiday weekend. I pray that the bad weather in the middle of the states will calm down. May the rest of you wherever you are have a great weekend as well.


Keep calm, keep cool or warm depending on where you live, and be thankful. God is the 'Giver' of all things.

FlowerLady