September in the Garden

 Good morning!  I hope you've been following along on Instagram to get brief updates of the garden and life there.  I just fixed my widget again here on the blog so we should be good to go from here if you aren't on Instagram. 
I could say soooo much about every plant in the garden, but I'll spare you!  So look below at what is blooming in September.






































As in every year, there is so much I have learned in this season!  There are plants I'll try again and others I will forego to make room for something new.

The garden may be winding down, but now is the time to do a lot of planning and note taking.  I am going to be marking my perennials this fall in a more substantial way and I'm excited about that.  That post and one on that sweet greenhouse-shed you see above to come soon!


Announcement!

We have a wedding coming up!!

 

Side note:  it has been so long since I've posted, this feels foreign and I'm not sure where all the posting settings are. Oh dear.  I'll learn again!

    



Our second daughter began dating her now fiancé at the beginning of the Quarantine last year.  They both began working from home and had no other outside contact so they continued dating with walks and basketball and lots of game playing and movie watching.



A  year later (to the day) they were engaged!



There won't be any projects that we will be doing as we did for our oldest daughters wedding.  I posted a number of them here.  Gosh that was a while ago already!



I did make two ring bearers' pillows the other day.  From vintage green velvet!



We took these engagement photos a couple of months ago.  It was hot, so we took breaks to cool down so as to not get too "sweaty".  



The wedding will be on a fall Friday evening.



It is such a joy to see our family grow!


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Garden posts coming very soon!


Helloooooo

 


Happy New Year!!

I have had so many blog posts in my head, but haven't had the right impetus to write them.

I'm here now, to just get the ball rolling so to speak. :)  

This is us on Christmas Eve!  We were able to safely go to Mass in person for which I am sooooo grateful!!  My oldest daughter and her family are still quarantining due to her compromised immune system.  But, thankfully, her and her husband have both received the first dose of the vaccine! 

What is new here? I am planning for the garden.  Watching videos, reading plant care information, and trying to be ready to grow with grow lights and a greenhouse!  We cleared a lot of trees this fall and made ready a site for a small greenhouse and shed.  I am excited and a bit apprehensive.  I have learned enough about greenhouse growing to know that I don't know nearly enough!  Truly.  Temperature, humidity, pests, cost control....but as I've been planning, I was reminded that I am and always have been a bit of a "fly by the seat of my pants" kind of person and so I will keep trying to plan a bit, but will also be okay with winging it.  


This greenhouse is truly a gift from God.  It's a long story, but I had given up the desire for one because it did not seem doable for so many reasons.  About two years ago was when I finally gave up the "dream". (I put that in quotes because I'm not one to use the word "dream" in the sense of hopes for the future.)  This fall, while looking for an old shed to move on to our property to add some much needed storage space, I came across a site that sold shed and greenhouse combinations. I was prompted to call the company and had a long conversation with the designer of the sheds.  Before I knew it, my husband and I were planning on a Sunday drive about 3 hours away into Kansas to look at the greenhouse/sheds they had on display.  With activities so strictly limited yet, the idea of a Sunday drive to look at greenhouses was just so exciting.  I didn't care a bit if we decided against it, I just wanted an outing for our youngest girls and us to go on!  After about a week of prayerful consideration, we placed an order.  Just like that.  So far, it's on schedule to be delivered sometime in February.  Weather will be of course a consideration, but hopefully, it will be here before more snow comes.  If not, that's where my ability to adapt comes in, ha!  Even if I fail at growing things in it, it should be a wonderful place to take photos!  


My plan is to start the seeds indoors yet as it would cost too much to heat a place here in our climate for that long.  That is the main reason I had given up on getting one, but now I know a combination of seed starting indoors and a greenhouse can work together.  So I've invested in a seed heat mat and grow lights. The "where" of this little project is still to be determined.  Maybe downstairs in a storage room.


I'm also working in these winter days to organize all my photos in hard copies and digitally.  Oi.  It's a job!  I'm behind for sure, but it is certainly doable.  It's the decision making that trips me up on these projects. I do have a "system" for organizing the files, but it needs some tweaking.  Mostly it just needs to be used!  Sadly, being behind, has made me take less photos and videos because I don't want to get buried in files.  No room for remorse though, just a nudge to get at it.


Now, just for fun!  A few years ago, the tradition of taking a serious photo of the kids on Christmas Eve began, but my youngest always has trouble not smiling. :)



I continue to pray for our Country.  

For truth and peace to reign in the hearts of all of us.

Begin Again

 


This morning, I just needed to dig my brain in to something new and a little challenging.  I'm not sure why I thought I needed that as I've been learning to use a new app on my phone and it's been making my brain hurt already.  I suppose though that the time spent learning in Photoshop this morning will also help me learn that new app.  The negative space font was a free one on Creative Market and I just wanted to learn how to use it.  I did!  Now...if I'll remember how when I come back to it again, ha!  But, seriously.  I learn and forget.  Forget that I even learned in the first place sometimes.  Can anyone relate???

So I made this little digital art piece.  Just like the learning of the software and apps, if we don't keep working at our faith we will lose it or it will become stagnate.  Daily practice for art and creative work is touted everywhere and is so truly beneficial.  But first, please, daily practice of our faith.  Scripture reading, prayer, meditation, adoration, praise, good works...whatever and however your desires and God's promptings lead you.  That daily practice means more that any organized drawer, tv show, special dinner, new skills, etc. 

 My husband and I finished this book a few weeks ago.  So good! It was the first time we've read a book out loud together. We didn't really plan to read it that way, it just happened.  I think we will do it again.  Takes a while to get through, but a spiritual book is usually best in small bites with time to talk and think about what was read.  That's how this transpired too. I'd read, then we'd talk about it.  

The main message from the book to take away was to "begin again".  To nurture your faith and if you feel like you failed, let it go and begin again!  And again.  And again.  (You get the picture.)  Words to live by for sure. Continuing on with the garden metaphor;  When a plant doesn't do well in one location,  I change the watering/fertilizer practice:  Begin again if you will.  Still not doing well?  I move it.  Begin again. The book was full of encouragement, and very easy to read.

I'll leave you with a quote from the other book I'm just finishing, Anne of Green Gables:

"Tomorrow is a new day with no mistakes in it...Yet." 

Begin Again

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