Be sure to check back next weekend! I might have a post up by then!
Have a great week....
Oh how I love a good book!! I don't have much time to read anymore so when I do curl up with a book, I want that book to be GOOD!!!
I've been spending that past month or so reading through "The Annotated Pride and Prejudice" by Jane Austen which was annotated and edited by David M. Shapard. This is the second time I have read Pride and Prejudice and I must say that this reading was much more enjoyable!! Being able to read what is meant or implied or even just having something explained helps me to understand the story line so much better. I'm almost done with the book now; only two or three chapters to go!!!
Earlier this year I bought several Lamplighter books on sale and I've been rationing them out since I then!! The Prisoners of the Sea is the last one for me to read and I'm anxious to do so! I've heard that it's a really good book. From the Lamplighter website....
"Amidst the tumult of life at sea, myriad adventures of piracy, capture, and escape stand in contrast to the heroic, steady determination of Huguenot heritage. The final chapter adds to the intensity as it meets us head-on with a bolt from the blue, making an unexpected, legendary disclosure!"
This is enough for me to read it right now but I shall restrain myself until.....
A friend had recommended the puppy training book from The Monks of New Skete and I decided to get this book. My dogs aren't puppies but they sure have some rough edges!! I've read a little of the book so far and it's really good! Some of the things they recommend are things that I already do with the dogs!
The bag that Mrs. Paula made for me, is going to be my book bag for our upcoming trip!! It's roomy enough for me to fit everything I'll need in it, and it's very attractive!!
My reading list is very small this month! I'm finding that it's better to have a short list rather than a long one. Besides, I don't feel like I HAVE to read everything in ONE month!!!
Ohhhh, now I want to go curl up with my books and a cup of coffee or hot cocoa!!!
"All spread out"
I knew that I was going to have to start this project weeks in advance of when I needed it! I originally planned for this to be the dress that I wore at The Father Daughter Retreat in April, but I soon realized that I could also wear it for Easter!
"Two Peas in a Pod"
I just have to share this picture!!! I'm reminded of the verse in Revelation (I think) where it says something to the effect of, the lion shall lay down with the lamb.
Happy spring time!!
" A Conference on How Tall the Plants will get"
My first goal was to place a birdbath and plants shasta daisy, black eyed susans, lupine, and cosmos seeds around it.
Bird Bath area before I did anything.......
.......and after placing the Bath and planting the seeds!
It was simple to make this bird bath! All you need is a "log" and a ceramic/clay dish for the bath; it takes minutes to assemble!! I put a flat rock under my base to help keep it from tipping over.
I'm very pleased with the results!
Chasing a Bee
Lila is my garden "helper" although I tie her far enough away so she doesn't do any damage!! She mainly just sits in the shade and keeps me company. I love taking a few minutes to rub her belly or give her a "doggy massage" which she relishes with delight!!
"Soaking up the Rays!"
The second goal was to start planting the other seeds I had.
The only problem with this picture is that Buck is laying right where I had planted butterfly weed seeds fifteen minutes earlier!! As my Daddy said.... "he was compacting the seeds for you!".
Most of My Garden
I figured out how to use the stitch assistant on my camera!! The garden looks huge and spread out but it really isn't. On the right is the strawberry patch (you can see fresh brown mulch in it). The area on the left (around the circle) is the newer part.
These pictures were taken on Thursday and then I really got going Friday and Saturday!! I'll have to share those pictures another day!
Hail the day that sees Him Rise, Alleluia!
To His throne beyond the skies. Alleluia!
Christ, the Lamb for sinners giv'n, Alleluia!
Enters now the highest heav'n. Alleluia!
There for Him high triumph waits, Alleluia!
Lift your heads, eternal gates. Alleluia!
He has conquered death and sin, Alleluia!
Take the King of Glory in! Alleluia!
Highest heav'n its Lord receives, Alleluia!
Yet He loves the earth He leaves. Alleluia!
Though returning to His throne, Alleluia!
Still He calls us all His own. Alleluia!
Still for us He intercedes, Alleluia!
His atoning death He pleads. Alleluia!
Near Himself prepares our place, Alleluia!
He the first fruits of our race. Alleluia!
As soon as it was completed, Momma began moving in!! She is thrilled to death to have someplace to put all of the "kitchen clutter" that had been piled up on counters, under tables, and against walls (can you tell that we didn't have very much kitchen storage space?!). Oh it's just wonderful!!"Drivin' Home"
As my Momma says, "if Grandma didn't think a particular book wasn't good enough to read a second time, she wouldn't keep it", therefore, I must have the cream of her crop of reading!!
I loved going up to Grandma's and Grandpa's because I could spend the whole week reading Gene Stratton Porter books or whatever else I thought sounded interesting!!
Gene Stratton Porter is one of my favorite "old timey" authors. I love how her books are centered around gardening and the outdoors. I always come away with a desire to have gardens like those in her books!
Let me share a few of my favorite Gene Stratton Porter books!...
"A Girl Of The Limberlost- published in 1910"
This is one of my FAVORITE books and I certainly enjoy reading it over and over again!! The movie that was made quite some time ago doesn't even do the book credit AND the movie ends less than halfway through the book.
This book also stirred my curiosity about collecting butterfly's' as it sounds like a really neat thing to do!! Have any of y'all done this?
One of the things that endears this book to me is the illustrations and art work sprinkled throughout the story. The pictures always add a special touch for me.
"The Keeper Of The Bees-published 1925"
This book is also among my favorites collection. It is the story of a wounded soldier who overhears doctors discussing that they don't expect him to recover from his wound, and the results of what hearing this prompts him to do. You will be surprised at all the twists and turns this book takes and rejoice when he finally regains his health!!
I think this book is what first got me interested in gardening!
I've bought several of my Gene Stratton Porter books over e-bay at very good prices. I prefer to buy the books that have the beautiful illustrations and art, along with not being "the normal library books" with plain covers.
I've had fun working on my collection, but the fun part about it is getting to read it over and over and over again!!!
"Tristan and his favorite work vehicle last summer"
Out of all of the boys, Tristan (almost eighteen) is probably the one that works the hardest and longest. If he wasn't here, we would be in big trouble as he is the one who mows our "acres" of grass, keeps up with maintenance, and clears brush. He has recently finished building a fence around a good portion of our field, and is going to get some cows in April.
"First you tie a rope around the raft"
Sayre wanted to see what was under this pine log raft and as we have found/see/run into copperheads and other snakes around the pond, he needed my help. Using the truck I was to pull the raft over and he would see/protect himself from what ever was under the raft!!
"I have been under allot of stress"
This is Jasper.... Just to give you an idea of his size- he weighs over fifty pounds and is probably the size of a Lab. He's a "pound puppy" and is pretty much spoiled rotten!
Sunday evening found me staying home from church with Sayre, who was feeling awful. I took it into my head to clean out my closets and so began pulling everything out. Jasper was on the bed, then moved to under the bed, and finally decided that the top of the stairs was the safest place for him! Apparently I had way to much stuff pulled out for him to be comfortable with!! I had to laugh when I watched all this take place!
"Lila and Little Miss Moo Moo"
Lila is also my dog and is the same size as Jasper. She stays outside all the time and is the biggest sweetheart you have ever seen!! She would sit all day in your lap (if you allowed it) if you would lavish her with attention!
I found Lila and the calf "hanging out" together yesterday afternoon, and since this is a rare occurrence, I thought I would post a picture of it!!!
Now onto the gardening part!!
Daddy had bought me two more Phlox plants at my request last Thursday, and it wasn't till yesterday that I got them planted. I don't know if you can see the "trench" that I dug.... I put some bricks in there in order to keep the dirt from washing off the plants.
I'm calling this little area my "Spring Time Garden" as I put in iris rhizomes and a bunch of daffodil bulbs!! You add in the Creeping Phlox and it's going to be ablaze with color next spring!! I can't wait!
Even my strawberry plants are deciding to get in on the action!!! It's a little early for them to bloom though...
And of course the weather is perfect for the pansies to be in full bloom!!
Oh the joys of gardening!