Saturday, May 25, 2013

A Little Garden Goodness

So I'm rather certain my thumb is black ;) We have a couple of green thumbs in the family, my Mom is even a Master Gardener ((she just walks by plants and they double in size)), but I'm just being honest when I say I have a super long way to go!  Put me in a kitchen and I can teach you a thing or two - put me in a garden and know that I'm going to have a million questions because I am clueless! 

At this point I'm sure those of you who are close friends and have visited our new home, or follow me closely on Instagram, are screaming "WHY IN THE WORLD DID SHE BUY THAT HOUSE?!"  The landscape is just amazing and yes, I'm scared I'm going to kill it all!  But, the HUGE yard was just perfect for my kiddos, and having had the daily views I was accustomed to on the farm, finding something to compare "in town" was hard - this was as close as we could get!  So take a look at a little of the GOODNESS we've been enjoying this spring... and, maybe send me a tip or two and cross your fingers that next year everything has survived!

That bed of hostas around the Japanese Maple was all a surprise since we moved in mid-March. They are lush, and there are LOTS of them on the property.  This week while we were all outside playing Rooney asked if we could put a cover over the hostas so they didn't pop his beach ball - he thought they had thorns like the roses! When I explained that they didn't have thorns, he said "it's all just salad, Mom?"  He's right! Hostas do look like salad, and because of my Rooney I will always think that when I see them now!

Roses. Wow at the R O S E S!

I'm told the rose beds, with over twenty bushes, have been on the property for over thirty years ((several have told me 50 years...I would love to know for certain!)).  The coral colored roses just take my breath away.

Azaleas...more azaleas than I can begin to describe!
Now, the coleus...that is all ME!  Coleus, succulents, and Rosemary - those are something I can handle!  I'm busy adding as many of those as I can!

I really adore the ferns also!

So many views to love in this little backyard garden, so much GOODNESS...
Perhaps best of all are the sweet little hands that help me!

Friday, May 24, 2013

My Boy, He Fishes

We've been busy. I won't blah blah blah all the details here, cause face it, we are all busy ((too busy)).  The time had come to return to the farm for a visit with my parents, a little r e l a x a t i o n and well, fishing. My boy, you see, he's like his Daddy... he loves fishing!

  Sister-girl watched...some.

BUT, Sister-girl was all "oh never mind me while I just see what I can find to get into," more frequently than she watched though ;)

 She was perfectly fine touching the fish though! No fear, that little redhead!

This was Rooney explaining he caught some "prize seaweed".

And this was Rooney giving me a fine explanation of how everything works in the world of fishing.
The P E A C E was much appreciated and this Momma's heart is full when she's watching her kiddos just enjoy life's GOODNESS.

Thursday, May 9, 2013

This Old House ((a few pictures to share...))

I'm still fielding lots of e-mails and even text request for more pictures from friends of the "new" house.  We are busy painting and decorating ((and talking about the need to pull a few weeds)) so I really feel like most all my pictures are "before" pictures at this point.  I should clarify though that the painting and decorating is really just to make the house "us". We are every bit as in love with the house as we were the first day we set foot inside and it is important to us to hang on to so many of the "period" details. 

I decided that I would photograph a few of the little details we are loving and share...

The size of the tree at the left corner of the property is unbelievable!

I adore this sweet mailbox and the house numbers!

You know, I have had the latest & the greatest when it comes to stoves, but it was love at first sight when I laid eyes on this beauty and it works perfectly!! I just planted window boxes that can be viewed out that great window in the kitchen, so I'm loving it also!

Who wouldn't want to look at this butcher's block everyday!  Brings me such joy!

Above is the ceiling in the "study" area.  Isn't that detail charming? It's a shame that so many modern day homes are built so quickly (and must be built so cost effectively) that little details like that are overlooked.

Now in all honesty the first time I saw this light in Rooney's room I just didn't love it.  I'm rather confident that when I share the entire room and the redo soon you will be in love too!  I have a whole new appreciation for it!, this house has L O A D S of them!  Not only do I adore looking at them, they are so super useful!
Likely one of my "most favorite" things in the house are these charming old doors!  The breezeway to the original maids quarters has been enclosed and now has two sets of these...  I treasure the fact that I can stand and listen to the church bells and feel a cool spring breeze.  It has quickly become my place of "peace".
Lastly, is the "old cook house"!  What a beauty it is!
Hope you have enjoyed seeing some more of this old house!