Thursday, August 28, 2014

days of our play care

Some days, at the day care, I have more kids than other days.  Then there are the days when I have less.  And sometimes it's easier to do projects with less kids.  And sometimes it's more difficult when you are trying to do the same project with several different ages of kids.  Today, however, the simple project worked great and to my delight the kids I had today took part and went with it. We created simple journals from cereal boxes, paper and yarn.  I had cut up the boxes and paper a few weeks ago when a blog inspired me called growcreative.  The post for her cereal box journals is HERE.  I make it a point to not take credit for something I didn't come up with.  I'm not sure why I waited for the right day to make the journals with the kids but today as I was pasting pictures in my own journal outside when two of my kids got here I knew it was time to share the project.

We put the journals together and all went outside with our heads full of ideas for our pages.  One wanted a leaf taped on to a page, another found a caterpillar and drew a fantastic picture of it and another was busy making "letters" while the other was tracing blades of grass.  It is so much easier to feel an at-ease of control when little minds aren't focusing on being wild... which is ok sometimes too.  I like for the kids to be themselves here while also trying to help them find themselves creatively.   By nap time one of the boys wanted to sleep with his journal... awww... I didn't let him.  

I loved this little project and loved watching their minds wrap around the pages outside.  They are all growing up so fast and I have the pleasure of watching them do so.  

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

weekend shots

As I was creating this post this morning I realized that the last seven days have been filled with new.  New friends, new recipes, new blooms... it's all in how you view your world.  Picture your world in pictures.  To others it can be fascinating as well.  Even if it is spent in bed.  Learn to appreciate the world around you, the comforts of your home and your space in this life.

Saturday morning.

The only zinnia of it's kind that I still own... waiting for seeds.

Julia Child yellow rose water was made.

Fair entries.

After trying to chase her off all day Saturday, Sunday evening we gave in and after finding out how sweet she is we are looking for her family that she obviously belongs to.  She has been fixed, plays and wants in the house something awful.  We gave her some flea and tick guard and two meals so far.

Calendula blooms which I have been beheading like mad and drying in my linen closet.

Three different colors of cosmos I have grown this year.  The white not pictured.

Not sure what this is but a stern warning was given for it not to be mowed down until I figure it out.

Red sky at night... sailor's delight.
Red sky in morning... sailor's warning.

Empty then only to be filled again.  They are headed south though with the temperatures acting like it's August again.  I still seem to find myself canning almost every evening.

A new dc friend.

A new green relish recipe tried this year.  Very yum.

A new friend I fell in love with walking into Kroger and had to have.  The others had grown very long.  I decided on one to watch it grow.

Houseplants on the outside loving life.

This one is from this morning on my way down the drive to work.

Saturday, August 23, 2014

tis the season

I was seriously walking through the yard towards the shop on a hot, humid, not to mention balmy afternoon yesterday while singing "It's the most wonderful time of the year".  Santa's got it all wrong!  Summer time, tomato time, garden time, seventy at night time is, in my own opinion, the most wonderful time of the year.

Tis also the time of year for fruit flies... gnats... in your house if you have any piece of fruit or vegetable sitting out for any length of time in your home.  If you've seen one please believe me there are more.  Many more.  I have shared my recipe for gnat juice twice now and felt the need to share it again.  Mainly because I had to log on today to look up the recipe myself.

By the way, one of my sisters, in a pinch, made the gnat juice using regular white vinegar and it worked.  So if that's all you've got by all means try it!  You will be amazed at how quickly the little buggers go for the concoction!

Friday, August 22, 2014


Hello... my name is Laurie and I have a large plant obsession.  Not large plants... just plants in general... large obsession is better. When I vacationed with my family in Florida this summer I asked my loving husband to water my plants for me.  He all but freaks when asked to do this chore.  Luckily none of them died while I was gone.  All but four, excluding the terrarium, of my houseplants enjoy the summer outside on our covered porch.  In total my plant count outside right now is around fifty two.  Though to walk around the porch it doesn't seem it to me.  There's just greenery in corners and my African violets are blooming and they all enjoy it so.  The plants do come in during the winter and are all over the house.  Not all fifty something come in... some of those are herbs and flowers that would be deprived of sunlight in a bad way if brought in.  I treat my plants not as though they were just another decoration but more as friends... some of them almost twenty years old.  After all I do talk to them, nurture them, feed them and they are living things.  Not like a chair.  My dream one day is to have a greenhouse.  I dream of one of those glassed in greenhouses that you can watch the rain trickle down from the inside that would become quite steamy and tropical when heated for my friends during cooler months.  Pictures like these leave me reeling and drooling for my dream to come into fruition.  I even saved a whole block of bricks when we built our house to use as the floor.  I have a plan... I just hope I can hold out and I'm not quite sure where this room would be exactly... but it would be very dreamy for me and my friends to hang out in.

from flightsofwhimsy

from myfotolog.tumblr

from moontomoon

from ginnybranch.tumblr on pinterest

love the brick floor of this greenhouse. The Devoted Classicist: Nancy McCabe: The Garden Designer's Own Garden


And who can forget the herb greenhouse from the movie Practical Magic?  Not I.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

let's play a game

The Robertson County Fair is next week and this will be the fifth consecutive year that I have had entries.  I mainly enter in the amateur photography and canning sections but have been known to venture into others.  I have to take my entries this coming Sunday and have just about waited until the last minute.  Which, is why I need your help and am calling it a game!  I need help choosing which picture to enter in the Nature-Color division.  If you could just choose your favorite from the following pictures and let me know.  I am going to temporarily open up my comments for this so please feel free to use that or you can email me your vote.  I would completely appreciate the help!  Thanks a bunch!


lovely rose water

It doesn't seem right to me to grow something that you don't or can't use.  Aside from the enjoyment of the sight aspects of summer flowers and plants, I feel God has given everything a purpose and a use in some way and I like to have and grow things that I can use.  A couple of years ago I bought a very small book about uses of roses that was originally printed in 1938.  While it is very interesting and almost amusing to read the way words were spelled at the time, some of the recipes are more difficult and hard to follow.  So, when I wanted to make rose water in a much more simple and non-time consuming way I turned to the internet for help.  Turns out you can make rose water very easily out of rose petals and distilled water.

Rose water is well known for it's anti-inflammatory, anti-septic and anti-bacterial purposes. It is also excellent for cleansing, hydrating, purifying, softening and toning the skin.  Some roses are naturally more fragrant than others.  The rose water that I made from my own rose bush that is normally pretty fragrant outside was not so much when I made the rose water, which is ok by me.  I am now anxious for my Julia Child yellow rose bush to bloom again to have rose water in a variety of color and smell.  If only I could have known how easy this was when the wild roses were in bloom.  Maybe next year.

BTW you might want to let the water cool down a bit before squeezing the petals.

I used mine in my relaxing and detoxifying bath Sunday night.  Here is the recipe I made for my bath.  You might also want to include low lighting, a few white candles and maybe some soft music playing or a nice book if you can keep it dry.

**** UPDATE 8/27/14**** My rose water seems to have grown mold... booo... it may be better to store it in the refrigerator and probably not over a week.  I will be looking into longer term storage and what to add to the rose water to keep it fresh longer.