Join me with a glass of something cool and stay a while. My hope is that you will find something happy, funny or comforting. Please stay as long as you like and come back often. I'm so glad you came.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Oh, the places you'll go.....................

Rock pickin'.

This morning found me at the cement plant looking for rocks.  In order to enter the area where the rocks were I had to wear a hard hat and bright green vest.  The darn hard hat would not stay on my head as I walked around with my head down looking for the right rocks.
One ice cream bucket later I paid $3.00 and went home to start on my project.  This is the first one that I've done.                       Diane

Monday, August 25, 2014

It's amazing..............

.....................what you can learn when you explore your camera.  I'm embarrassed to say that I never knew before about how to change my shot to black and white, vivid, sepia, pale skin, dark skin until last night.  A whole new world has opened up for me.  This is a shot I took today - compare it to the picture a few posts back.

Amazing what I might be able to do if I'd just (as my son-in-law says) "read the book".      Diane

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Hello, world!

This is the very first year for my Niobe Clematis.  Last year I thought I lost it but it scrambled up the arbor and is so beautiful right now.  So exciting and fun to have a new flower.  A few weeks ago I was watching the buds and looked down and Rascal was digging around the roots!  My heart almost stopped, I was sure it was gone again but look at it.

It's been very rainy here the last two days and it's lovely to get the moisture.  Happened to be the two days that my husband had planned a garage sale.  He was depressed about the rain and I told him it won't stop garage salers - and it didn't - they came in buckets!  And he sold a lot of the things he wanted to and I sold nearly all the things I had out.  There were so many people that I know and it was just wonderful to see them - wish you could have come too!!                                  Diane

Thursday, August 14, 2014


Mmmm! Chokecherries.  'Tis the time of year that industrious families are out with their buckets driving down country roads to their favorite chokecherry picking spots.  And they all have a favorite.
The taste of chokecherry jelly is so unique that some people might not even like it.  But around here if you didn't like it then you must be a "foreigner".
Growing up Mother always made chokecherry jelly.  Sometimes it didn't gel and she was unfazed saying that she had made some chokecherry syrup! Just like she planned it that way! And that was so delicious on pancakes!
Whenever I see chokecherries I think of dusty country roads and Mother's chokecherry "syrup".

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

All is well in the garden....................

I have a sign that I painted in my little cottage that reads
                                             When the world wearies there is always the garden

So true.  The garden goes on it's way no matter what's going on.  A little care, a little water (OK a lot of water when it's 95 degrees), the insects go about their business and there is peace.  There's no way for me to tend to the flowers and not find joy and tranquility.                     Diane

Monday, August 11, 2014

Between you and me....................

....this is the picture I liked best.  We had a difference of opinion (nothing new).   I really hope you're having a great day and that you have at least one thing to be truly joyful about today.  Diane