Because we live in a woods we only get to enjoy sunsets from our windows after all the leaves are off the trees in late fall & winter. It was a gorgeous day today...followed by a gorgeous sunset!
Sunday, October 7, 2012
Wow! The last time I posted here was in August! September turned out to be a very busy month indeed! And October is shaping up about the same! No boredom here! And here is the main reason:
Between spending time on the computer and time making cards in my craftroom I must admit that I did not spend near as much time outdoors this summer and fall. Of course, it was an awfully HOT summer!
But now that I've looked through my photos to try to find something "outdoorsy" to post on this blog...I didn't find much! The leaves are changing color fast theses days so I will get out there this week and take some pictures. Really!
Wednesday, August 22, 2012
A few days ago while babysitting my 2 1/2 year old grandaughter, Lilly, we had an unexpected visitor! We had gone out the front door for a short walk and when we came back in Lilly spotted it immediately. "Butterfly!" I thought it was outside because we often have lots of butterflies in our woods and around our house. But this huge Tiger Swallowtail was inside! Not sure how it got in but it was fluttering madly on the sreen door by the deck. Grabbed the camera and got several blurry pictures...this one is the clearest. Lilly insisted on being lifted up so she could see it up close, squealing with delight! I agree with her...butterflies are delightful, and so beautiful! I kind of like the screen in the background...gives the photo some texture.
And here is Lilly, our own pretty little butterfly!
Monday, July 30, 2012
Recently we visited some friends who are staying at a little cottage on Brooks Lake, near Newaygo, Michigan. Its kind of a shallow lake, especially on the little cove where the cottage is. So we floated around on inflated rafts and stayed nice and cool! I really wanted to get some close-up photos of the lily pads and flowers so I put my camera in a zip-lock bag and floated out to them. I took a ton of pictures after very carefully taking the camera out of the bag and putting the strap around my arm! The flat leaves that are right on the water's surface are the real lily pads but the ones that grow "up" out of the water are actually lotus plants. I just read that online this past week!
The yellow flowers remind me of something from Star Wars, like one of those mechanical eyeballs that would pop out of the sand and spy on everyone! But these bright flowers are so pretty! The dragonflies and bees liked them too!
Tuesday, July 3, 2012
May all of you have a happy and safe 4th of July!
Remembering our veterans this holiday with MUCH gratitude for their service to our country!
May God bless each one of you!
And may God bless America! Please pray for our nation, that the values we hold dear and the wonderful freedoms we enjoy...which others faught and died for(!)...may be preserved for generations to come.
Another of my roses, this one a bit past its prime but still quite pretty...even with its brown edges and extreme "openness". The bright sunlight made it look a little faded but it really is a lovely yellow.
Its very hot and dry here in Michigan now. My roses get watered often enough but are not as happy as they were this spring!
Monday, June 18, 2012
I am really enjoying it...it just keeps blooming! And no bug problem so far.
These last 2 pictures were taken more than a week after the first 2. Most of the buds are open now. But there are still more coming! The color seemed odd on my camera that day, like it couldn't quite handle the real color?? They appear to be kind of neon pink and they aren't. Just a lovely bright pink (hot pink). Not sure why my camera did that...something to do with the lighting...or my settings??
I wish this rose bush was somewhere I could see it more! Behind my garage and visible only from the laundry room window is such a waste. That's why I HAD to take some pictures! Enjoy!
Tuesday, April 24, 2012
This is one of two matching pots that are out in front of our garage every summer.
This picture is from last year or the year before fairly early in the season when the flowers still looked nice, before thay got overgrown and spindly. I'm not very good at "pinching back" plants to keep them full and shaped correctly. I either forget or just can't make myself destroy new growth and/or blooms.
I usually wait until about Mother's Day to fill these pots each year. I decided on my color theme this year: brights including pinks, yellows, purples and reds. I have on order two hanging plants with the same color scheme. A few more weeks and I should be able to post pictures of them!
Saturday, April 14, 2012
I guess I have a "thing" about clear glass bottles and vases...always have! The green bottle in the middle I got during my college days somewhere in Wisconsin. That would be back in the early seventies. Yes, almost a lifetime ago! I don't know what it was used for and would be interested in knowing about it but so far haven't taken the time to research it at all. The little vase on the left is just that and only a few years old. The bottle on the right is very old but, again, I'm not sure what it was used for. Probably medicine, I'm thinking or maybe flavoring (like vanilla) for cooking/baking. I wish the screw-on lid was still with it but that rusted and disintegrated long ago.
Saturday, March 31, 2012
This is a photo from last summer, 2011.
Right after a light rain. The water always beads up on this plant...looks amazing!
This is one of the few palnts in my flower garden that I don't know the name of.
I didn't buy this one, I gleaned it from an old forgotten garden.
Its tiny flowers are bright lime green, clustered on tall stems.
And it multiplies easily! I now have 4 or 5 of these this spring.
Anyone know the name?
Thursday, March 22, 2012
Palm plants, photo taken from above. I liked the nice circular pattern of the leaves as well as the variety of shades of greens and tans. The palm in the lower right appears to be dieing but the colors are still interesting.
Gulf Shores, AL...a few hundred feet from the ocean.
Tuesday, March 6, 2012
Monday, March 5, 2012
We're back! We took a quick trip to Gulf Shores. Enjoyed visiting some relatives and some warm weather and the sea shore. It was a little chilly and gray the first couple days but warmed up nicely by the time we had to head north again! I took many close-ups of pretty things I saw. I'll be posting some of these pictures in the next week or so. Here's the first:
Curly Dune Grass & White Sand
Tuesday, February 21, 2012
Thursday, February 16, 2012
Tuesday, February 14, 2012
Sunday, February 12, 2012
A nice pile of fire wood
I like the color of the wood and the "curvey" lines some of the woodgrain produced.
It snowed several inches the other day...the contrast of the dark wood and the white snow
appeals to me. Rugged and soft, cold and warm...well, the wood will be used for heating!
I think the wood is apple wood so it will even smell nice burning too!
Thursday, February 9, 2012
Yes, this is a picture of poison ivy!
I love the huge variety of greens in this one picture!
Last summer we had a Bouma Family Reunion at our home and most of the time was spent outdoors. We knew there would be kids coming and wanting to play in our woods but we have lots of poison ivy inn our woods. So rather than walk around with a megaphone warning people I just took a few pictures of the poison ivy...so everyone could identify it...labeled it and printed it on several small posters. These I placed on wooden sticks and put them near large clumps of poison ivy along the driveway. I figured the parents would see them and decide if they wanted to allow children to roam around ...or not.
The reunion was a success, good attendance, beautiful weather, lots of yummy food...and no one got poison ivy!
Wednesday, February 8, 2012
Monday, February 6, 2012
Sunday, February 5, 2012
This picture was taken a week ago. Last Sunday we had an amazing snow storm! The snow came down like crazy all morning. Usually I would stay off the roads when it gets that snowy but this time I HAD to drive in it. We were on our way home from Emergency at about 11:30 AM and the driving conditions were the worst I have driven in in 20+ years! The evening before, my husband took a bad fall in his pole building while checking the woodstove. He landed on his back on the corner of a large tool box and broke a couple ribs. We had to wait until morning to go to Emergency because he wanted to be sure he was really hurt. Is that a guy thing or what? No disrespect intended! But, good grief...he could hardly move!
Anyway we made it home with a huge sigh of relief and I spent the afternoon enjoying the snowfall and watching the birds go crazy at our bird feeders. There were so many birds coming and going it looked like a busy airport! Some of the birds had to be in a "holding pattern" and sit on branches out a little ways waiting their turn. And if you can see them, you'll notice there are only female cardinals...no males (red)...because the males were absolute gentlemen and waited until later in the afternoon to come. There were also yellow finches, juncos, chickadees, and a woodpecker...a "Hairy", I think.
I love to watch the snow falling in our woods behind our house. When its a really heavy snowfall I ALWAYS think of the Robert Frost poem (one of my favorites!) "Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening".
Today was a normal, nice, quiet Sunday...church, dinner and relaxing. And my husband is feeling better but the healing process is going to be a long one...6 weeks + if he doesn't over-do. Over-do? Whatever do you mean?