Monday, May 31, 2021

Workshop Week

 Nan told me about a fantastic opportunity to take workshops for an entire week for FREE called Workshop Week, Workshop week is a virtual event and runs from June 7 to 11, 2021. That's next week!

From the website: You’ll find workshops on everything from painting, illustration, bullet journaling, hand-lettering, and so many more! There are over 35 different classes – you’ll get to try something new every day.

Workshops will be available to watch for 24 hours. After that, they will go into a vault. To access the vault you will need to purchase a subscription, but you will have forever access to the vault to watch the workshops over and over.  You do not need to purchase a subscription to participate in the event. 

There's a special vault price before the event. Get access to ALL the workshops before the event begins for a wicked low price. (Something like $1.40 per workshop! 😮 ) Once Workshop week starts the price to access the vault increases.

Check out the above link to see all the details about the event.

Sunday, May 30, 2021

How Does Your Garden Grow?


The garden flag that will take me from now until July to celebrate Memorial Day (May 31), Flag Day, (June 14),  and the Fourth of July

The greenhouse is small, measures 6 feet by 8 feet. The foundation frame is anchored to cement blocks. Plastic panels inserted into grooves for the roof and sides. Supposedly the panels are strong enough to withstand snow. We'll see. 

Plant Net, a free app, identified this thing growing at the edge of the woods as a black raspberry.

The morning glories planted in Ink's garden seem to have reseeded themselves. I dug up a bunch and replanted them

in hanging baskets at the Zensical garden

in troughs out front so they can attach to the trellis

and at the post lantern

In the rail boxes this is either some sort of phlox or verbena. Whatever it is, it's pretty.

A clump of dandelions facing the sun

Iris among the weeds

A golden finch visiting the bird feeder.

For the Memorial Day weekend, cold 42's though this Hitchhiker is staying inside and nearly an inch of rain with more rain on the way for the entire weekend. Upside is we're not in a drought anymore.

How does your garden grow?

Saturday, May 29, 2021

Saturday Morning at the Library

When I was 5 years old, I was forced to take dancing lessons while the Brother was forced to take accordion lessons. I hated dancing class. The Knights of Columbus Hall where the classes were given had no heat or it wasn't turned on. I hated wearing the pink beginner tights. I liked clacking around in the tap shoes, but Ma wouldn't let me practice inside the house on the wood floors. I spent most of my time in class being miserable and crying. Eventually, I was taken out of class.

While the Brother still had to endure accordion lessons, Dad took me to the library. He would leave me upstairs in the children's library where I could look at the books and choose to take some books home with my own library card. As I got older, I would go downstairs to the adult library and wander among the stacks enjoying the scent of the books before going to find Dad in the reference area consulting the law books and catching up on his work.

So for the next several weeks, a list of my favorite books, some I have read as a child, others as an adult and some  I have read more than once.

Kingdome of Summer
Gillian Bradshaw

This is book 2 of the Down the Long Wind trilogy

If you haven't read this book, you can find it at your public library or your favorite bookstore.

Friday, May 28, 2021

The Friday Five Good Things

 Five good things that happened this week.

1.  The greenhouse is taking shape

2. I enjoyed walking around my yard and the glorious weather.

3. I saw a large, bright yellow and black butterfly! A Tiger swallowtail?

4. Warm Summer like weather. I went to the hairdresser's and got my hair cut very, very short. No more grey! 

5. After thunderstorms, a beautiful morning in the sun room having my second cup of tea and listening to the birds singing.

How was your week?

Thursday, May 27, 2021

The Name Game


I'll begin Chocolate (and your word doesn't have to be food oriented)

Tuesday, May 25, 2021

T Stands for Leo, Henry's Cousin

 Iris from the beautiful, German city of Braunschweig shows off images of Henry the Lion, the city mascot on her blog, Double-Half or One Ten without ham. I was disappointed I never saw any lions around when out and about and then one day I was wearing a ring that Himself and I gave to my dad,

 and then I started to see Leo, Henry's cousin.

Here is one of the lions at the main entrance to the McKim Building (the Old Library) at the Boston Public Library. My father told me his Uncle Manny was one of the stonecutters that carved the lions. I've blogged about that here.

Godiva chocolates. The Lion of Belgium, another cousin of Henry


Pricey charm for your handbag

Knee pads for baby

This was from a video of a lion cub playing with his Dad's tail. Dad was not amused.

Lion from a medieval manuscript

While cleaning the basement, I remembered the souvenir stein from a trip to Germany when I was in high school. Would anyone care for a big gulp of tea? beer? wine?

Drop by hosts, Bleubeard and Elizabeth's blog to find out what the rest of the T Stands For gang is up to. If you want to play, include in your Tuesday post a beverage or container for a beverage. Don't forget to link your blog to Bleubeard and Elizabeth's page.

Sunday, May 23, 2021

How Does Your Garden Grow?

 Lots of pictures this week.

A little chickadee stops by for a visit. He helped himself to a snack of whatever seeds or bugs were in the planter.

Common Bugles come in white

A new addition to Ink's garden

A solar powered water fountain. The birdbath wasn't deep enough so I recycled an empty cookie tub. The water doesn't recirculate as well as I thought it would. We need a bigger dessert.

Om the Gnome sitting in the lotus position and practicing yoga and mindfulness. Namaste.

The way I like to garden. Flowers selected and planted in a tub. Remove from the tub and put in a hanging basket or in the garden.

Walk, the stink bug is back cruising along the ceiling of the sun room.

What I thought was a ladybug on the wall of the sun room turned out to be a rusty screw. I guess it's time to make an appointment with the eye doctor.

Hard to see the window box treatment from the street

Inside the window box, a little cat gargoyle. I wish he was just a little bit bigger

Himself's Brother came over and they got the frame of the greenhouse built. I added a bit of decoration.

Snowball bushes starting to bloom

I don't mind these snowflakes

Wild strawberry

Buttercups to hold under your chin to see if you like butter.

Hanging baskets for Ink's garden just in case the morning glory seeds don't come up

One of the morning glory seeds sprouted! It's the leaf on the left that looks like a butterfly

Last week, the leaves on the trees in the wood were sparse. This week, bam! All the leaves have filled in.

Lettuce in the trough

and other green thing and climbing sweet peas

Twilight, the solar lantern glows

and the runway is lit for the fairies

How does your garden grow?