Life Keeps On Changing

Ohhhh, Eeeeee, Ewwwwww, can it really be this long again since I posted!!? No intentional breaks here, folks, just up to my eyeballs in busy-ness! I have been working out of town a lot lately, and that really adds to my work day each day. I am gearing up for opening the shop this coming Saturday as one of my last big SALES before the doors close forever. I am really looking forward to it!  I am trying to fit in some practicing for an upcoming wedding.  (Not my own!)  Jason and I were asked to sing and play at one.  Perhaps I can get some kind of audio clip for you!  I have also traveled to Virginia recently to see my dear sweet sister.  Life has just been busy!  GASP!

The goldfish pond at work.
I love this quote! It’s a good one. How I hate being misquoted, and I sure have been before. Some people like to twist words and tell you, “you said this,” when you know that is not what you said. Yep, some people just need silence. 😉
Love. I could sit by this pond all day.
The Roma tomatoes at Lynnwood.
The little Zen garden at Lynnwood.
Some are starting to turn red. They will be awesome in my juicer! In salads! Cooked! YUM!

Life is so busy, from this point, I am going to do my very best to update regularly (daily!), even if it is just one photo!

Enjoy this day,
Lynn

Gardening In A Pine Woods

As far as I can tell, you have to work with what you’ve got. I am still refining my little fenced-in garden on the edge of a grove of pine trees. My mind was made up as soon as I started a new garden: I am not fighting Mother Nature. I will enjoy the deer. Maybe even feed them. 😉 I will work with native plants as far as what goes in the woods. I will make myself fences to have a few things I love, and some food. I will feed the birds and let nature do her thing!

Here are some recent garden photos.

Once inside the fence, this is a very sweet little spot. Butterflies are beginning to visit. I want a very zen ceramic seat to put in here, and a small solar-powered water feature.
A new addition: metal containers and pebbles from the Scrap Exchange for my sedum garden.
Old metal potato chip container. Pebbles from a customer at the shop. Sedum from Home Depot.
Cleome.
This bed is filling in beautifully!
Finally. The perfect place for this antique iron birdbath/planter.

Still hard to believe this “geranium” (Pelargonium) was nearly dead when I purchased it from the clearance shelf.
I think our sun plaque is looking up to see if there will be anymore camellia blooms to fall in his face.

Perhaps I can get a few minutes in my garden this evening. I have green tomatoes! Stay tuned for photos.

Enjoy this day!
Lynn

My Little Zen Garden

Happy Winds-day, as Pooh likes to say!  It feels good to get a chance to sit down and catch up here, and I look forward to catching up on all of your posts too, my blog friends.  I have been busy gardening and playing guitar, as usual, including another recent jam with friends.  There is something about playing in a small familiar group that is very nerve-racking to me!  (Or nerve-wracking.  I’ve seen both.  But I digress.) The point being made is that, for me at least, it is often harder to do something so personal in front of very close friends than it is to do in front of a group of strangers.  Playing is very personal.  It is very exposing.  Anyway, I am grateful for the group of friends I have who share this experience with me.

Then there is my garden.  Oh, be still my heart, little places are coming alive in Lynnwood!  I will share the most recent photos of the one fenced-in haven I have.  I am very afraid the tomatoes won’t get enough sun to produce fruit.  They get, I think, about 4 hours of direct sun and then dappled light.  We shall see.  Jason and I are currently outlining new areas that get even more sun.  Next year, or maybe later this season, we will have vegetables there.  For now, we experiment with my one fenced-in spot.  Meanwhile, the deer still visit and eat what they like where they can get to it.

The plant with the dainty white blooms is Euphorbia “Breathless White”

I fell in love with the bright purple pot and the trailing coleus.
The garden is taking shape.
I love this little kitty face that guards the garden gate.

I like unusual items to use for edging. This cement brick was found earlier in the year at the Scrap Exchange.

Enjoy this day!
Lynn

Quilt tops, a River Walk, and Kitties

The weekend was a whirlwind of busy-ness.  It started with a Friday walk on the Hillsborough River Walk.  We just missed the rain, getting our steps in before the drops started falling!  Jason and I admired again the amazing man-made stickwork structure by artist Patrick Doughtery.

I was in my sweet little shop Sidetracked on Saturday.  I love meeting my customers.  I had a new customer from Raleigh who found me on line.  She and her husband stopped in and we had a nice visit. Of course, the kitties (all four of them) keep life interesting and sweet.

Jason and I did a lot of garden work over the weekend, which was evidenced by my Fitbit blowing up with steps.  I managed a quick stop by The Scrap Exchange where I saw some beautiful quilt tops.  I passed them by without purchasing, but I did take a few pictures.

The entrance to the River Walk.
“A Sight to Behold” by Patrick Dougherty
Stickwork structure that is just amazing to see!
Looking up through the top of “A Sight to Behold”
A window inside the structure.
Sedums growing in a plant box at Sidetracked.
Quilt top at The Scrap Exchange.
Quilt top at The Scrap Exchange.
Amelia resting in my guitar case.
Mars resting in my guitar case.

Enjoy this day!
Lynn

My Orchid Blooms Again

I have watered it exactly as directed: two little plastic cups full, once a week.  It has been sitting in a conditioned space (my sweet shop) in a bright window all throughout the past year.  And guess what!

The orchid Jason bought for me is blooming again. I have never kept an orchid this long, so I really didn’t even know if it would bloom a second time. How sweet!

In guitar news, we did manage to see that amazing performer I alluded to last week. Tommy Emmanuel. He has done a TED talk that will explain a bit about how he plays guitar and how he thinks of music. It was an amazing show! I just cannot even say in words how inspiring he was.  His opening act, Joe Robinson was great for sure, and the light show during Tommy Emmanuel’s music was phenomenal.

Seeing someone so amazing can inspire you greatly, or it can make you timid about ever picking up your guitar again!  We decided to keep on trying!

Enjoy this day!

Lynn