Thursday, December 31, 2009
This is the third post of my 2009 Favorites... I've enjoyed doing this simply because I have been able to go back in all of my photos and think about what a wonderful year we have had. Today --on this New Year's Eve, I am showing you my 12 favorite photos of ROSES which bloomed in our yard during 2009. I have to give ALL of the credit to George since this is his 'thing'--and since he takes such good care of all 50-or-so of them... He works hard ---and I get to ENJOY...
The picture above is always one of my favorites (George's also) and its name is DOUBLE DELIGHT. Below are 11 more, in no particular order.
DREAM COME TRUE
MR. LINCOLN (Since I love red roses, this one has always been a favorite of mine.)
VETERAN'S HONOR (another of my fav's)
I'm going to take a few more days off from blogging (busy with family/friends, etc.), so I just wanted ALL of you to know how much I appreciate you and your comments. I started blogging in June of 2006 (on another site) ---and had almost NO people reading or commenting.. After getting discouraged, I finally changed to BLOGGER (January 1, 2009) ---and WOW--what a fabulous year I have had!!!!
In this one year, I have had over 44,000 visitors to my blog. I have posted 315 times, AND I have 191 followers. I average about 35-45 comments on my blog every time I post. AND--I try to visit your blog every chance I get. When I started last January, I had no idea how totally AWESOME blogging would be. Thank all of you SO much. I feel as if I have friends from all over the world now.
YOU, my friends, have totally enriched my life in ways you could never imagine. I wish for you nothing but blessings, good health and happiness in 2010..
HAPPY NEW YEAR!! (I will be blogging again on Monday, January 4!)
Hugs to All,
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
Be sure and read yesterday's blog if you missed it. This is Part II of the pictures I took on Monday afternoon ---after George and I finished blowing and raking the leaves in the yard. Guess what that picture above is?????? That's one of several squirrel's nests we have around us... Now that the trees are bare, the squirrels lose their privacy!!!!
I took this picture from the driveway --looking across the front yard. You can see some roses, the new flowerbed in front --and the 'lamppost' flowerbed.
Here is a close-up of the Lamppost Flowerbed . We have three round flowerbeds in our front yard. This past week--besides blowing and raking leaves, we also planted 48 Pansies in these three round beds. That will give us some color through the winter. Pansies do well here --unless the temperatures dip extremely low for a long period of time.
This is a close-up of our Confederate Jasmine bush. You can see this bush in the first photo of yesterday's blog. IF you remember from my Summer posts, this beautiful and fragrant bush has fabulous white blossoms all summer. This time of year, the blooms start disappearing leaving a deep pinkish color on the bush. So pretty!!!
Here's one more picture of our front yard ---absent of leaves!!!!! Look across the street into the empty lot. Can you see that big pile of leaves????? Most of those came from our front yard!!!!!
Now you can see the 'lower' side of our home. As you can tell, the English Ivy and our Periwinkle are great ground-covers for this area. In the background, you can see our large woodpiles. The wood to the left is THIS year's wood (which has been aging for a year) and the pile on the right is our new wood for next year.
Well---that's our yard in LATE Fall... I love all four seasons with Fall being one of my favorite times. YES---even with all of the work , I still love Fall. Now I'm getting ready for Winter---a time when hopefully, I can stay inside more and work on my Family History. And of course, that will include enjoying roaring fires in the fireplace most every single day.
P.S. Two Prayer Requests today please:
1. Let's remember ALL of our VETERANS today on Veterans Day. These men and women fought and died for US---and for our FREEDOM. Remember them and their families.
2. Please remember my blog friend, BETTY, upon hearing about the death of her sister.
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
For the past week, George and I have worked VERY hard raking and blowing leaves out of our yard. In fact, almost everyone in Fairfield Glade has been doing this... WELL---yesterday afternoon, we completed the ENTIRE yard. AND--it looks so pretty. Since there are some leaves which haven't fallen yet (not too many), and since rain (from Ida) and winds are ON the way----WELL--we aren't sure the yard will look this good tomorrow or the next day... SO---we took some pictures around the yard to share with you today. Above is a picture taken from the driveway looking across the front yard. You can see that some of our Roses are still blooming. Note also all of the BARE trees. Below are more pictures.
Here is a close-up picture of what is left of our Autumn Joy Sedum.. As you may remember from previous posts, the Sedum changes colors throughout the Fall. Now--it's a dark purple and in some lights, a rusty brown color. The leaves turn yellow this time of year.
You can see that the Begonia (on the stump) is still blooming. The small rock bed (where the Autumn Joy Sedum are) still has a few Hosta alive. AND--the English Ivy and Periwinkle are doing GREAT there.
Here is a picture of the other side of the front yard. This is the 'lower' side with an empty lot next door. Note those few leaves still left on the Redbud tree.
This is our front porch --still decorated for Autumn. (I always leave our Autumn decorations up until Thanksgiving---since we are still celebrating HARVEST.)
Can you believe this little beauty????? This is our CHRISTMAS Cactus. I've had this plant since 2000---and it has bloomed every year for Christmas--until last year (when it bloomed for Thanksgiving). WELL--this year, it is blooming NOW.... What's up with that???? My Christmas Cactus needs a new name!!!!!! Goodness Gracious!!!!
I'll post six more yard pictures tomorrow.
Tuesday, November 3, 2009
While Fall begins to wrap up its color, and the leaves are falling from the trees, we STILL have some beauty in our yard. Since we have not had a frost yet here on the Cumberland Plateau in Tennessee, the roses are still blooming ---and it seems that these last blooms of Fall are as pretty as the first ones in the Spring. Our roses are really showing off now. Also, some of our Reblooming Irises have bloomed recently. Today, I'll show you six of our 'pretties' which have been in our yard during October.
Above is one of our new roses, TOUCH OF CLASS. Since it is fairly new, this is the first time it has bloomed for us. Below are others, plus a couple of our Irises. Hope you enjoy the October Flowers.
VETERAN'S HONOR (my personal fav)
AUTUMN BUGLER IRIS
FLOOR SHOW IRIS
Last night, as we came home from Cookeville, we saw two pretty sights in the sky:
Sunset ---toward the west, and...
...a full moon ---toward the east.. How's that for a great evening????
Thursday, October 1, 2009
Now that it's October 1st, I want to share with you a few more pictures taken in our yard on September 28. We've had a warm and WET (lots of rain) September --and because of that, we still don't have much Fall color here on the Cumberland Plateau. However, the weather has changed the past couple of days and we have had nights in the 40's. Yeah!!! That should help us get some colored leaves soon!!!!!
Anyhow, here are some photos taken this past Monday. The first picture was taken outside of the garage--looking across our front yard, toward the street. You can see that our Dogwood is still a pretty color --and has not lost many of its leaves yet. More pictures are below.
Another picture of our colorful dogwood; You can see the Impatiens still blooming in the bed below the Dogwood.
A view looking at the Roses --along one side of our driveway
A view of the 'new' flowerbed in front, near the road; That is Periwinkle growing along the bottom/side. We have two Rose bushes planted in this bed so far (more to come). The far one in this photo is named Veterans Honor and is one of my fav's. It has one rose blooming already --with more to come. See that red rose on the side closest to the wall????? It is the first flower to bloom in this new bed. Other beauties are planted (Irises, Lilies and Daylilies) --and should bloom next Spring/Summer.
Here's a close-up picture of our gorgeous Confederate Jasmine bush. It blooms from spring through fall... So pretty---and this is the bush that the Brown Thrashers used for nesting in the late spring.
I've shown pictures before of our Autumn Joy Sedum --as they change colors (from a whitish color, to a light pink, to a dark pink -now, and eventually to a dark rust color). If you don't have these in your yard, you need to get some. They take VERY little care--and are just so pretty--especially now. Don't you think?
Here's one more picture of the Autumn Joy Sedum. I included this one since the sun was peaking through. Aren't they just gorgeous??? AND--the bees love them too!
Finally, here's a picture of our home taken from the road. There's a tiny bit of yellow color in the back yard which you can see, but so far, we really haven't had much color change. I'll keep updating you as we do get more color here. In the meantime, enjoy Fall where you are!!!!
Saturday, September 19, 2009
My friends and family will tell you that George and I LOVE omelets. When we first met, we ate breakfast/brunch sometimes at the I-Hop. They have good omelets. One time, after a trip to the I-Hop, we just decided to try to make them ourselves. I'll admit that George is the maker and I'm the helper!!!! He has that special touch when it comes to flipping them, although now we use a special pan --where you flip the pan and not the omelet itself!! OH---how good these omelets are!!!!!
He makes my omelet as a veggie omelet (with a blend of peppers, onions, mushrooms, etc.). AND--He uses the 2% cheese on mine. His is more of a 'manly' omelet --with the veggies but also with some ham and sausage and regular cheese. To put it mildly, these omelets are FANTASTIC!!!!
Our routine is to have omelets on the deck (weather permitting of course) on Saturday mornings about 10 a.m. During the winter we eat them by the fireplace.We also like to have them on special holidays, etc. Omelets are a BIG tradition in our lives now. AND--neither of us ate omelets much before we met!!!! Needless to say, we don't go to the I-Hop anymore for our omelets. (I didn't take a picture of our omelets --so the picture above is from the internet. Ours are actually better than the one in the picture.) Wanna come and try them sometime for yourself????
After our 3-day rains this week (about 3 inches total we think), George took some pictures of some new roses in bloom and of our Impatiens. It seems as if everything in the yard said 'thanks' for all of the rain!!!!
The Impatiens under the Redbud tree were slow to grow this summer---but now are showing off for us!!!! They will bloom until the first frost.
Have a wonderful Saturday!!!