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Perfectly Imperfect Life..........

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Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Keep Away.....

“Keep away from those who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you believe that you too can become great.” ~Mark Twain

Monday, May 28, 2012

Pinned


Pinning Monday

Trying to get out of this slump, I turned toward some new Summertime ideas for fun....

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Vodka Gummies!
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Learn to crochet so I can make these!
yeh,right :/
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Make a Dream Jar

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Make a Daisy Chain Necklace or even Headband

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Sunday, May 27, 2012

Buzy Bees

It's beginning to look like a jungle out there!

I've been in a dark place lately (as shown by my recent postings) and just haven't had any interest in anything lately. Not even my gardens... :(

Everything is way over grown which makes me even more depressed to see it that way. I'm struggling to crawl out of this dark place, so I forced myself to get out an take some photos. Please excuse all the weeds and overgrowth's of my gardens.


Nectarines
Boy do they need to be thinned or they're going to be tiny :/


Thompson Seedless Grapes


Cherry Tree


Cherry Plums


Pomegranate (center bush) is growing so fast this year and has become full of blooms since this photo was taken.


The Bees are hard at work in the Lavender.


Did you know that:

Bees collect 66 lbs of pollen per year, per hive?
We need to figure out how to bottle that energy!


Honey is used by bees for food all year round. There are many types, colors and flavors of honey, depending upon its nectar source. The bees make honey from the nectar they collect from flowering trees and plants. Honey is an easily digestible, pure food. Honey has antibacterial qualities. Eating local honey can fend off allergies.


Secreted from glands, beeswax is used by the honeybee to build honey comb. It is used by humans in drugs, cosmetics, artists' materials, and candles.


Honeybees are not aggressive by nature, and will not sting unless protecting their hive from an intruder or are unduly provoked.
When working in the garden, even if surrounded by Bees, and have never been stung.


Scented Geranium


The Podocarpus (tallest) behind the pond has grown amazingly.
One of my fav evergreen shrubs/trees.


Sedum loves crawling over the rock surrounding the pond.
I really like the look.

Most of the perennials in the front garden are well established now.
I love not having a water thirsty lawn.


Under the arbor in the front of the house.


Geranium and Candytuft



Pinks

The Fairy Walk in the back garden.


A morning stretch :)


Asleep on a bed of Baby Tears.

I'm joining:

Etsy Cottage Style

Fishtail Cottage

Tootsie Time

Saturday, May 26, 2012

Shhh.......


..........silence can sound louder than any scream.......

Scars

“Out of suffering have emerged the strongest souls.
 The most massive characters are seared with scars.” ~ Khalil Gibran

Friday, May 25, 2012

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Live....

''Live 'in the moment', not the past, not the future....''

Much tougher to do than to say.

Tuesday, May 22, 2012


        "Turn your face to the sun so the shadows fall behind you"

Saturday, May 19, 2012

All that is buried is not dead.

The troubles of the young are soon over; they leave no external mark. If you wound the tree in its youth the bark will quickly cover the gash; but when the tree is very old, peeling the bark off, and looking carefully, you will see the scar there still. All that is buried is not dead.



Olive Schreiner

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Mean




Birthdays and Mother's Day Celebration!

I'm hoping all of you Moms out there in blogland had an awesome weeknd because you all deserve it! We kind of celebrated Mother's Day, my youngest's and my birthday here and there making it a 5 day celebration! C opened his gifts on his birthday and was pleased...just look at that smile


He blew out his candles.....all 21 of them!


Then we hit the hooch! Hey he's legal now...good excuse to get our partay on!

 I received these awesome Dragonflys from my 3 younger kiddos.


How cool is this?
Of course, they went up right away!


A whole flock of Dragonflys ♥♥♥
I'm in l♥ve.

On Friday we went to Baskin and Robbins to get our free birthday scoop of ice cream. What a treat!

Saturday we went to B&T's to celebrate Mother's Day with her Mom and family and friends. C and I received more birthday gifts and cards too!

C received a bottle of Sailor Jerry Rum from B&T.
I adore the label!!!
But can't wait for him to crack it open ;)


For my birthday B&T gave me a bottle of Baileys Irish Cream...my absolute FAVE!!!

Yes, I have already opened mine ;)

For Mother's day I received this gorgeous Tree Rose from B&T


It also came with the amazing solar mosaic bulb you see on the right.
At night it glows different colors, from blue to red, to green to purple, simply amazing.


And when the sun hits the glass mosiac pieces just right it gives off a kind of "rainbow effect", totally cool!


Love the colors


They even included a bag of soil should I decide to plant it in the ground...those two think of everything!

We all had a great time and enjoyed a delish meal of BBQ Pork, Hot Dogs,
assorted salads and the most amazing Beans brought by a friend.

It was topped off with a birthday cake for C and I.
It had such a cute beach theme, I wish I would have thought to take a photo of it. T's mom also made a fantastic Strawberry Shortcake with homemade whipped cream...man oh man, I had forgotten how good the homemade tastes. I hadn't had homemade in many, many years. My Mom used to make it for desserts all the time. Now I'm craving it! 

On Sunday M presented me with this darling flower she made. She said now I will always have a flower on my desk. The sweetest daughter. I love it!


Then for dinner the three pitched in and bought McDonalds.
MMM love their Big Macs.

All in all it was a fantasticly fun time,
just what we needed to forget all the other crap that's going on in our lives.....


Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Yearly Exam



Monday, May 14, 2012

Passing the Purple Hat to You

IN honor of women's history month and in memory of Erma Bombeck who lost her fight with cancer.

 
 IF I HAD MY LIFE TO LIVE OVER - by Erma Bombeck
(written after she found out she was dying from cancer).

I would have gone to bed when I was sick instead of pretending the earth would go into a holding pattern if I weren't there for the day.

I would have burned the pink candle sculpted like a rose before it melted in storage.

I would have talked less and listened more.

I would have invited friends over to dinner even if the carpet was stained, or the sofa faded.

I would have eaten the popcorn in the 'good' living room and worried much less about the dirt when someone wanted to light a fire in the fireplace.

I would have taken the time to listen to my grandfather ramble about his youth.

I would have shared more of the responsibility carried by my husband.

I would never have insisted the car windows be rolled up on a summer day because my hair had just been teased and sprayed.

I would have sat on the lawn with my grass stains.

I would have cried and laughed less while watching television and more while watching life.

I would never have bought anything just because it was practical, wouldn't show soil, or was guaranteed to last a lifetime.

Instead of wishing away nine months of pregnancy, I'd have cherished every moment and realized that the wonderment growing inside me was the only chance in life to assist God in a miracle..

When my kids kissed me impetuously, I would never have said, 'Later... Now go get washed up for dinner.' There would have been more 'I love you's, more 'I'm sorry's.'

But mostly, given another shot at life, I would seize every minute; look at it and really see it; live it and never give it back.. STOP SWEATING THE SMALL STUFF!

Don't worry about who doesn't like you, who has more, or who's doing what
Instead, let's cherish the relationships we have with those who do love us...


Maybe we should all grab that purple hat earlier. 


                                 KEEP IT LIT! 

        IN MEMORY .. . .. . .... These are the colours that represent the different cancers.
 



Saturday, May 12, 2012

Happy Mother's Day!!


To all you Mothers & Grandmothers ~



This is for the mothers who have sat up all night with sick toddlers in their arms, wiping up barf laced with Oscar Mayer wieners and cherry Kool-Aid saying, "It's alright honey, Mommy's here."



Who have sat in rocking chairs for hours on end soothing crying babies who can't be comforted.


This is for all the mothers who show up at work with spit-up in their hair and milk stains on their blouses and diapers in their purse.


For all the mothers who run carpools and make cookies and sew Halloween costumes. And all the mothers who DON'T.

 This is for the mothers who gave birth to babies they'll never see. And the mothers who took those babies and gave them homes. And for the mothers who lost their baby in that precious 9 months that they will never get to watch grow on earth but one day will be reunited with in Heaven!


This is for the mothers whose priceless art collections are hanging on their refrigerator doors.


And for all the mothers who froze their buns on metal bleachers at football or soccer games instead of watching from the warmth of their cars, so that when their kids asked, "Did you see me, Mom?" they could say, "Of course, I wouldn't have missed it for the world," and mean it.


This is for all the mothers who go hungry, so their children can eat. For all the mothers who read "Goodnight, Moon" twice a night for a year. And then read it again. "Just one more time."


This is for all the mothers who taught their children to tie their shoelaces before they started school. And for all the mothers who opted for Velcro instead.


This is for all the mothers who teach their sons to cook and their daughters to sink a jump shot.


This is for every mother whose head turns automatically when a little voice calls "Mom?" in a crowd, even though they know their own offspring are at home -- or even away at college.


This is for all the mothers who sent their kids to school with stomach aches assuring them they'd be just FINE once they got there, only to get calls from the school nurse an hour later asking them to please pick them up. Right away.


This is for mothers whose children have gone astray, who can't find the words to reach them.


This is for all the step-mothers who raised another woman's child or children, and gave their time, attention, and love... sometimes totally unappreciated!


For all the mothers who bite their lips until they bleed when their 14-year-olds dye their hair green.


For all the mothers of the victims of recent school shootings, and the mothers of those who did the shooting.


For the mothers of the survivors, and the mothers who sat in front of their TVs in horror, hugging their child who just came home from school, safely.


This is for all the mothers who taught their children to be peaceful, and now pray they come home safely from a war.

This is for all the mothers we miss.


What makes a good Mother anyway? Is it patience? Compassion? Broad hips?


The ability to nurse a baby, cook dinner, and sew a button on a shirt, all at the same time? Or is it in her heart? Is it the ache you feel when you watch your son or daughter disappear down the street, walking to school alone for the very first time? The jolt that takes you from sleep to dread, from bed to crib at 2 A.M. to put your hand on the back of a sleeping baby? The panic, years later, that comes again at 2 A.M. when you just want to hear their key in the door and know they are safe again in your home? Or the need to flee from wherever you are and hug your child when you hear news of a fire, a car accident, a child dying?


The emotions of motherhood are universal and so our thoughts are for young mothers stumbling through diaper changes and sleep deprivation...

And mature mothers learning to let go.


For working mothers and stay-at-home mothers.


Single mothers and married mothers.


Mothers with money, mothers without.


This is for you all.


For all of us.


Hang in there


In the end we can only do the best we can.


Tell them every day that we love them.


And pray.


When given freely the greatest gift to give or receive is "LOVE"


I received this and just had to share ♥♥♥

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