Rejoice in the Lord always. Philippians 4:4a
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"The Lord be with you! The Lord bless you! ..." ~ Ruth 2:4 NIV
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"You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think." ~ A. A. Milne
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"Never place a period where God has placed a comma." Gracie Allen
“It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are.” –e.e. cummings

Don't let the noise of the world keep you from hearing the voice of the Lord.

Monday, May 31, 2010

Today's Flowers

Queen of Late--NO MORE! I officially checked out of school for the summer on Friday. So did the kindergarten teacher! Who knows what is going to happen because the two of us are on vacation. At least we have a week before summer classes begin.

Now the real work in the garden begins! Lots of annuals to plant in all my pots. I finished painting my shabby looking planters. They weren't the shabby look of decorating...they were just plain ugly!
This clematis will soon be in the ground, whenever I decide WHERE it will go.
The iris are blooming and smelling so sweet.
I plan to make a memory garden of roses for Wally this summer. He loved going to shop for them for his mom and me. We had roses of all colors at his memorial service last September.
Even though I'm LATE for Today's Flowers, I'm linking up because it is so much fun to have visitors and visit around the world! Thanks to our hosts!

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Fair Grounds Barn Quilts #17-21

DOT and I went to the county fair grounds one Saturday recently looking for six blocks that were listed in the paper. We only found five and can't imagine where the other one is hiding, unless it is in the arena somewhere.
Shoofly, above. Sawtooth star, below.
Ribbon Star, below.
Hourglass / Nine patch, below.
Sarah's favorite, Double Pinwheel.
If I ever have any Barn Quilt blocks mislabeled, please let me know and I'll correct the names. I try to do some research and use the list I have from the Barn Quilts website and the newspaper. I noticed all these blocks are made from nine smaller blocks. ♥♫

Monday, May 17, 2010

Tea Time Tuesday!

This time of year I'm always behind in everything I do. Didn't make it last week to tea with Sandi, and don't want to miss it again because it's so much fun!
Sarah spoils me and brought home this new PINK teapot and wonderful cozy!
I've secretly wanted one for quite some time. It's so well made it could be turned inside out, although there's the cutest tag on the bottom hidden on the other side.
There were also two packages of scone mix with the teapot! I made one batch and intended to take pictures of the cherry almond scones. There are a few in the freezer for another time.
The mini cup and saucer were from GW and the miniature rose is outside now.

My daughter makes me feel so special and happy. God Blessed me with her.

He will yet fill your mouth with laughing, and your lips with rejoicing. Job 8:21

Please visit Sandi for other tea time delights.

Saturday, May 15, 2010

Today's Flowers

The blue flax comes up willy-nilly and I let it because it's random. Like most of my posts.
The only other new blooming plant is this. I think it's eurphorbia. It came from my mom's garden and now it is taking over. Some will need to be moved to a new location where I want to keep weeds down.
The allyssum, petunias, and lobelia came from the FFA greenhouse. I also have some purple verbena and yellow marigolds to plant. Lobelia is always so pretty in everyone else's garden, so I'll see how it grows for me this year.
The plants are always so healthy looking, but they need to get used to being outside. It should be nice tomorrow so some may get transplanted.
This is my only geranium that I brought in last fall. It will need to go out and get used to a new environment, too.
I'm linking to Today's Flowers. You will be able to see flowers from all over the globe. ♥♫

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

May Joke!??!

I live 4324 feet above sea level. I'm beginning to think I must be wrong and live at 8,000 feet and in the mountains because this white stuff you see across the road is SNOW.

It's May 12!! Not March 12!! Time to be planting my petunias!
This cat mint (nepeta) is flattened because of the wet snow. It was looking very pretty.
Spring, where are you??!! I really want you to stay for an extended visit.

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Today's Flowers

Mother's Day was warm and breezy. Trimmed the old daffodil and tulip blossoms. The grape hyacinths are blooming now.
The lovely lavender creeping phlox has died back a lot in the last two years.
The flowering almond has scattered blossoms this year. Nothing like last year when the whole bush bloomed at the same time.
Only a handful of these pretty pink tulips in bloom now with my favorite violets. Everything was smelling so sweet late this afternoon.
I'm linking to Today's Flowers. You'll find flowers from around the world!
Thanks for stopping by for some Colorado sunshine! ♥♫

Saturday, May 8, 2010

Praiseworthy Women

Her children rise up and bless her. Proverbs 31:28a.

My mom.
Both lived on farms, my mom from birth, my MIL a city girl that married a farmer. Life was a lot of work. Both managed homes and had to work hard. Both are the most beautiful women~I love them so much! Happy Mother's Day!

And thanks to this happy girl for making me a mom! Angels danced the day she was born. ♥♫
I'm joining Bernideen at her Tea Time blog for the Proverb's 31 Virtuous Woman. Please click to visit her! She has a great post for us to enjoy!

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Barn Quilts #13--#16

These four BQ's (Barn Quilts) aren't on the list yet, so I'm not sure of their names. I'll have to check on the details when I have time.
They are on south Main Street on the building for the Second Chance Animal Rescue Thrift Shop.
The red and white reminds me of "Luka's Quilt", a story of a Hawaiian girl and her grandmother. I love that book and used it in my quilting theme unit when I taught First Grade.
The colors in the last block are patriotic and have a summery (real word?) feel.
When school is out for the summer, I'll be getting out my map to find more blocks. Right now the end of the year means LOTS to do at school! Any free time I have will be spent in the garden. ♥♫

Monday, May 3, 2010

Tea Time Tuesday

When my godmother moved from her home last year, I helped my cousin do the sorting and organizing for the estate sale.
I asked if I would be able to have this tea cup with my favorite flowers on it.
My cousin was very gracious about letting me bring it home. Violets are also the flower of the month for my birthday!
After coming home later than usual, I enjoyed more violets in bloom. Waiting for them each spring, knowing they WILL come up again, reminds me of my "word" believe. It's my signature picture, although why only part of it shows on some comments is beyond me! Then on other comment pages the whole word appears...I am not going to try to fix it because when I do that, things disappear!

If you were to come have tea with me, you'd see believe in several places. They all have helped me this past year to remember and know...
He that believes and is baptized shall be saved. Mark 16:16a

Please visit Sandi's Tea Time Tuesday at Rose Chintz Cottage. She is a blessing to me! ♥♫

Sunday, May 2, 2010

Today's Flowers

After some wild weather, including hail in April, my violets are blooming!
A very dear friend gave me the first plant many years ago. They are a variety that has long stems and very large leaves in the summer. Some people actually think they are undesirable plants because they spread. When I was young, we had them around the house, but the plants were much smaller. I ♥ them!!
The week my Basket of Gold is also in bloom.
Over the years this flower garden at my mom's has been a family project. I plant a few more bulbs each fall and do the weeding and some of the cleaning. It's too early for the annuals.
My brother built the retaining wall and waters the yard and garden.
My mom and dad brought back the rocks from trips to the mountains, usually just a day trip because farmers and cattle feeders don't take time off. And when they do, it's because it rained!

I'm linking to Today's Flowers. Hope you enjoyed my springtime in Colorado colors today.