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Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Growth, Progress, Hard Work & Enjoyment

Remember my gate makeover . . .

The grape vines are growing up
the trellis . . .

And in another month they should be 
all the way across :)

I watched a few You Tube videos
on pruning raspberry bushes . . .

So after my last berry picking I started pruning.

What a mess! 

This is what I took out . . .
this is from 3 original, 3 year old plants.

This is the berry bushes now.

I picked apricots, 
some for eating & some for drying. 
I still have some jam 
and some frozen ones from last year.

 My latest project is this area.
We put in drip-lines to the boxes,
but I was still watering the plants
on the side of the potting shed.
Then I found this long skinny PVC pipe
in Steve's shop.

That's all it took to start an idea 
forming in my wild & crazy brain, LOL 
I painted it brown, put a drip line through it,
and started gathering branches 
and raising it up and over 
the gravel to create this twig trellis.

Now water goes up and over to the other side
and I can drive my tractor under it
without damaging the lines :)

I found this pipe with a perch,
Steve built it for a project then didn't need it, 
so it was laying in his junk pile.
I think it's the perfect spot to add a birdhouse.
The other side needed a little fun
so I hung this wind chime

And added this abandoned robin's nest.

Under it and at the side 
I found this hollow piece of log in the wood pile
and planted it with hens and chickens.

Slowly things are coming along . . .
 I enjoy adding whimsy & personality to the garden.
I have a pot of climbing beans started 
on one side of this trellis
and morning glories on the other side.
I'll have to take another photo in a month
after they have more time to climb.

Steve calls this my Hippy Gate :)

 The green beans are starting to bloom
and this week we ate our first two cherry tomatoes 
and our first zucchini.

Harvest is right around the corner . . .
time to start doing my Happy Dance :)
Well, that's life on our little acre.
Lots of growth, progress, hard work,
and pure country living enjoyment.

Have a great week,

Keep Smiling!
Your blogging sister,
Connie :)

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Doing The Yard Sale Happy Dance


Good Morning ~ My Sweet Blogging Sisters :) 

I've been out finding some great 
yard sale finds again . . .
how about this rooster tea pot for $2.
I Know!
Cute, right?

And these 2 little love birds . . . for $1.
Can you see them perched on top of the cake,
at a vintage style wedding :)

 You know I love hens & roosters.
I bought 3 of these plates for $3.95 at Goodwill.

On Tuesday I found 4 of these for $3.95 at the Goodwill.
I think they look perfect for a farmhouse kitchen.

But wait just a minute . . .

On Friday, out visiting a local yard sale,
I found a stack of 10, 
of the same plates for $1, 
that's 10 cents a piece!
Can you jump up out of your chair
and do the "Happy Dance" with me?

Back to my new rooster tea pot . . . 
this hen was a Goodwill find last summer.
What do you think ~ perfect match, right?

Friday I went to Home Depot
 and bought 3 fence boards.

Then Saturday morning I went out to Steve's shop
and built this for my tractor cart. 

Well, that's the fun stuff from last week.
I'm sure you don't want to read about me 
cleaning house, doing dishes and pulling weeds, LOL.

Life Is Good.
Keep Smiling!

Your blogging sister,
Connie :)

Monday, July 10, 2017

Thrifting & Quilting

Isn't this pretty . . . 25 cents at a yard sale.
I had a some free time and did a little thrifty shopping
last weekend.

Metal hanging planter . . . 25 cents.

Set of three Debbie Mum boxes . . . $1.

Hand embroidered dresser scarf . . . 50 cents.

This one was  . . . 50 cents, too.

Look at the pretty details.
Did I score or what? 

Last but not least . . .

$3 for this cute country pitcher.

Then my good buddy, Butch & I went over
to the Art Barn and had time to enjoy
some sewing :)

This is a quilt that I am starting
for a September birthday gift. 

Paper piecing six point stars.

Laying out a design. 

And starting to piece & quilt.

It's another "quilt as you go" quilt.

After so many gardening and outdoor projects,
 it feels so good to have time to spend in the barn.

I love my space.

I've been thinking a lot about many
of my family and friends that have 
been having health issues.
We truly need to be thanking our 
Dear Savior each day for the 
great bodies we have . . .
mine is not the prettiest . . .that's for sure,
but I have been blessed with good health.

I'll take that over pretty
any day of the week :)

Any thoughts on the subject?

Keep Smiling!

Your blogging sister,
Connie :)