“In three words I can sum up everything I've learned about life: It Goes On.”
Robert Frost

Saturday, September 7, 2019

Where Did Summer Go?

We had a long cold winter, a super short spring and summer was spent taking care of our sweet departed Dot and dealing with our own health issues. Not much time for enjoying the summer and now that things are getting more back to normal, it's pretty much over! I really didn't spend much time taking care of our garden so it's an overgrown jungle!

Here are a few images I've captured though. Hope you enjoy them as we move towards Autumn!

One of the last photos of Dot, she had to wear this surgical suit because her wounds never did heal after her cancer biopsies.  She didn't like the suit but tolerated it for the most part.  Her last day in the garden we removed her suit so that she could enjoy the sun on her fur and she loved being able to walk around free for awhile. I still miss her so much!

Guy relaxing after I played "thing on a string and kick the tennis ball" with him. He's adjusting to being the only cat in the house now.  He demands hugs and time on my lap each day!

 Someone left a feather on the hosta leaf!

One of my Instagram friends bought these spools the day I listed them. I haven't spent much time working on my Etsy shop lately.  It's hard to get back in the swing of things.

 These are my current favorite day lilies, they're done 
blooming now but I love the curvy petals!

 The fragrant white hosta and the yellow zig zag golden rod 
are a cheerful end to the summer garden.

I hope you all enjoyed your summer. I'm wishing for a long Autumn 
with crisp mornings 
and warm sunny afternoons! 

🌻🍁🍂~ Diane ~🍂🍁🌻

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Goodbye Dot

I have sad news to share about our tuxedo kitty Dot. She has gone on her final adventure over the rainbow bridge to join her other feline friends. She had a wonderful life with us for the past ten years. She was slowing down a bit but it was a sudden unset of an aggressive cancer that took her. We provided hospice for her in her final weeks and with the vet's assistance, her passing was peaceful and quick.

Dot came to us via the Animal Humane Society of Golden Valley, MN. She was a 5-7 year old stray found under a back yard canoe. She had the most unusual voice that we came to love. She favored my husband and tolerated me. Over the past few years we did become friends though.

Her favorite pastimes were collecting her toy mice and laying them on her bed or bringing them to us as presents. She loved catnip and sunshine and enjoyed a daily stroll around our backyard.

Goodbye old girl, you were one in a million and we will miss you so much.

 May the stars carry your sadness away,
May the flowers fill your heart with beauty,
May hope forever wipe away your tears,
And, above all, may silence make you strong.
~~ Dan George

Image by Roland Winkelmann from Pixabay

Tuesday, May 28, 2019

The Bees Knees

 Where did that saying come from?

'The bee's knees' is one of the phrases that people seem determined to make sense of. But how much sense is there to find? Not much apparently, as it has been associated with the body part of a bee that collects the pollen from flowers, the old time flapper dancers of the 1920's and a whole bunch of other stuff in between.  No one seems sure as to where the saying originated at all.
What we do know is that bees are beautiful and helpful and necessary for our existence and so most now associate the "Bees Knees" with something special and delightful and wonderful. 

The image above is of a honeybee gathering pollen from one of our wild plum trees on the lake bank. We have been making plum jam and jelly from whatever is left after the critters have their fill. 

“The bee's life is like a magic well: the more you draw from it, the more it fills with water”
Karl Von Frisch
Image by Milo Winter from "The New Bee".

Happy Spring, I hope it's the Bees Knees for you!
🐝🐝🐝 Diane 🐝🐝🐝 

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Spring Steps In

My last post to "Dear Winter" must have helped because Spring is starting to make an appearance around here.  Warmer temperatures are melting the snow and the lakes have thawed.

A few weeks ago I drove out to the Arboretum to check out the conservatory and thought I also might get in a winter walk, but the ice on the paths was just a bit to treacherous for me.  I did get some nice photos of the blooms inside and it was lovely so smell some of the pots of hyacinths that were placed around the building.

This gorgeous red amaryllis just glows against the backdrop of white snow! Most of that snow has now melted.

The orchids were stunning! So many colors, it was a relief from all the white!

In the image below, I captured a beautiful Cardinal waiting for his place at the bird feeder.

I haven't posted in awhile as we have been dealing with a health issue of my husband's. He developed a thyroid condition that effected his eyes.  He has gone through some surgery but is mending well. He'll be needing even more surgery in a few months.  This post had been in draft for awhile and I'd been so busy I forgot it was even there.  I haven't been on Social Media much and my Etsy shop has also been closed, but I'll to be back to a more normal schedule soon.

I hope you are all having a wonderful Spring and if you celebrate the Easter holiday, may it be a wonderful celebration for you and your families.
🌷🌷 Diane 🌷🌷

Thursday, March 7, 2019

Dear Winter

Dear Winter, 
I really love you when you first show up! I'm always so excited to see the first few snowflakes cover the bare ground... But, I fear you've outlived your welcome.  Please make haste and leave! Take with you the piles and mountains of snow that you've left us!  Let the temperatures rise above freezing for a day or so that we might melt some of this whiteness away and perhaps spring will have a chance to arrive and with it the color of green!
Winter Weary

The winter snows were so late getting here and the ground was almost bare for the Christmas holidays, but now that spring is a mere few weeks away, winter seems bound to stay forever!

The absence of color is something that the eyes grow weary of over time. I'm ready to look out the window and see green! First the green of the lawn and then the green buds on the trees appear. I miss that color so much right now. If you're like me and live in a cold climate you're ready for all sorts of colors bye now so here are a few images to perk you up!

Pair of Elves

Elves taking over the fairy garden.

Killer icicles waiting for a victim. 

Images taken a few summers ago before Dot learned how to "Houdini" her way out of her harness no matter what we did.  Guy still hasn't figure it out, bless his little heart!

So much color in the garden that it almost hurts the eyes at first! 
What a treat it is to look back at all the colorful images! 

We're expecting another big snowfall this weekend, but the temperatures next week will be above freezing so let's hope it starts to melt away!

Take care friends and enjoy your week!
💐🍃 Diane 🍃💐

Saturday, February 9, 2019

Hey Valentine

Happy Valentine's Week! We are still enduring unusually cold weather but the red hearts of Valentine's Day help bring some warmth to the season.

The image below is from a sweet book called "The Valentine Cat", written by Clyde Robert Bulla and illustrated by Leonard Weisgard.  It lasted in my shop a week before it sold. If you look closely, the back kitten has a white heart shaped spot on his head. Such a cute book! I hope it makes the new owner very happy.

sweetoothgirl:“ Hot Chocolate with Marshmallow Hearts”

This time of year I drink hot tea most of the time to warm up. Every now and then though, nothing hits the spot like hot chocolate. Brings back memories of my Mom having it ready for us kids when we came in from playing in the snow!

Here's my own Valentine cat, Guy, enjoying the snow on a slightly warmer winter day! 
Stay safe and warm out there!

Enjoy your week friends, hope you all have a wonderful Valentine's Day!
💕💕 Diane 💕💕

Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Extreme Weather

Remember the Polar Vortex we had a few years back? Well it has returned!

It's official!!!

Minnesota can now lay claim to some of the most extreme weather in all of the USA! And just to prove it, the temperature is supposed to be 37 degrees on Saturday. It will feel like spring!

It must be bad, even the USPS isn't delivering the mail today. I'm very happy I closed my shop for the week!  Due to projected deteriorating weather conditions, USPS  delivery operations are suspended Wed Jan 30, for the following locations:
 * No. Dakota * So. Dakota * Eastern Mont. * Iowa * Minnesota * Portions of E. Wisconsin, Missouri, Nebraska and Kansas. 

It is the coldest cold I've ever felt. My office is freezing even with the space heater blasting under my desk. Now excuse me while I get a hot cup of tea, a blankie and a cat.

😼☕🐱 Stay safe and warm out there! 😼☕🐱

Tuesday, January 1, 2019

New Year 2019

Scene at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

I'm not big on New Year's resolutions, but this year I'll try to do the following...

I'll do my best to be kinder, more patient, more open minded and less judgemental.
It's been hard the last few years, but I'll try and give it a go!

I'll try to look on the bright side of life and enjoy each day by finding the good
in someone or something.  This one is really not very difficult for me,
I've been doing it all my life!

Vintage New Year's Card Featuring Blue Forget-Me-Nots

On difficult days I'll try to remember all the happiness I've had in my life. Pulling out the old photos is a good way of remembering all the fun and interesting people I've met and places I've been. Maybe I'll even pick up the phone and call some old friends I haven't talked to in awhile! Only introverts will understand that this is a challenge!

A Snowy Scene in My Backyard

I will continue to revere nature and its creatures. Again I've been doing this for years. Growing up on a farm, I spent a lot of time on my own exploring the far flung corners of our property and enjoying the pastures, creeks, ravines and wooded areas. All of which contained magical and interesting things! Now I enjoy my own backyard and am blessed to be able to visit our large arboretum that is full of wonderful plants and natural environments.

Happy New Year My Friends!
I hope you've all enjoyed the holidays and are ready to take on the new year. I'm very thankful for all of you that have visited and taken the time to comment on my little blog.
Who knows what the future may hold for us!