Keep Smiling

Keep Smiling

Thursday, June 21, 2018

Summer Solstice 2018

Welcoming in Summer 2018


Today is Summer Solstice.





The longest day of the year.



























We have been watching the field across the road, 
just waiting to see them mow the hay. 


Then Tuesday we took off for 
a kayaking adventure and picnic.
When we got home the hay was down . . .
we missed watching them cut it :(

Hopefully we'll be home
to watch them when they bale it :)



Look at the flowers growing out
of the side of the rocks.
 

 I went around the yard and took 
these close up photos of my roses.


Can you see the earwig . . .
they are a pest around here.



Well, that's my post . . .
here's to a happy and safe summer
for all of you and your families.

Keep Smiling!

Your blogging sister,
Connie :)



Sunday, June 17, 2018

June Happenings


It's been a very busy, 
but enjoyable month.
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First, I want to give you a brief
tour of the gardens.
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This is our first year to grow cabbage. 


It's looking good, even the bees like it :) 


Here's the zucchini patch.


I haven't picked any yet, 
but look, can you see that first one?
I'll probably pick it for tomorrow's dinner.



Last week I started seeing quail
in the yard.
Aren't they pretty? 


We have tomatoes on the vine :) 


And the dill reseeded itself,
wasn't that sweet?


For the past two weeks my nephew
from Indiana
has been here visiting.
This is him loading up to leave.
Him and his wife are now on their
way to Alaska.


I saved some vegetable tins
and planted them up with succulents. 


This little crate was a yard sale find
years ago.
I think it gives them a cute
farmhouse look.



While I was taking photos in the yard,
I thought that I would show two of
my favorite garden ornaments.
Our daughter made us this back in 
March of 2008.
It is the footprints of our 
two sweet granddaughters
when they were toddlers. 


And this stepping stone was a gift
to ourselves on our 25th anniversary.

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I've started buying quilting supplies 
for winter.  Once the weather gets cold
and the roads are icy, I plan on
staying home and quilting :)

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This sells for 17.99 a yard at our 
Joanna Fabrics.
I bought 40 yards for $200 on Amazon.
That's $5 a yard.

And reason to do my happy dance :)


 I also bought more fabric.
I always wash it and iron it before
using it.


So this afternoon 
I ironed and folded these.

I buy my fabric online and I always
buy last year's designs.
You can find them for half price or less.

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I have one more item to show you
before I say good-bye. 
Yesterday I had to run to Home Depot
and on my way I saw a Yard Sale sign.
So of course I stopped.

This is what I purchased for $3.
it's on a lazy Susan
and will be very handy next to my 
sewing machine.

That's it . . .
if you're still here
and I haven't bored you to death,
Thanks so much for visiting.
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Keep Smiling!

Your blogging sister,
Connie :)
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Monday, June 11, 2018

Clearence Sale & Banner Making


I'm a happy Walmart shopper.
I was in Walmart the other day 
and just happened on to an end-cap with 
a  clearance sale.
I paid $1 for this pretty pig :)


And another $1 for this cow :)


I needed a little something to balance
my wall and give it better composition
and these were perfect . . .
and I sure am happy about the price. 


This cow was only 50 cents.


This photo shows him better . . .
the first one is silhouetted my the light coming
through the kitchen window.


Do you remember the cardboard coasters 
that came in the mail from Boys town? 


Here they are transform into a 
birdie banner :)


 I went back to my older shabby chic roots,


They were just calling for that 
kind of a look :)

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Well, that's what I've been up to
the last couple of days.
We have family from Indiana visiting,
so I am enjoying catching up on old times.

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Have A Lovely Day
&
Keep Smiling! 

Your blogging sister,
Connie :)