Thursday, June 18, 2009

Talk a walk with me.

Here is some of the beauty that surrounds me in the garden right now. My new favorite plant, and the vine I decided to grow on the arbor, is Passiflora. It's the purple exotic looking flower. Isn't it marvelous?!!

I'm busy with art classes in Lisa Kaus's studio this weekend. My sister, Michelle, has come from Alaska to play too! We'll see what we can create. Er, rather we'll see what I can actually complete. I've been having a bit of trouble on that end of late. ;o)

Warmest bear hugs, Aleta

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Pink Wednesday!

Happy Pink Wednesday! I didn't think I was ever going to get back into the swing of things. Slowly but surely. I still have some catching up to do but I'm getting there!!

Oh, but look at what I found today!! A darling pink chippy child's chair for Macey's nursery here at home. It's just the sweetest little thing! I found it at Monticello while I was there fluffing up my little space. This chickiedoodle can't just fluff and run you know. I gotta browse too!! I must confess, this is the reason for my willy nilly scatterbrained and mostly missing posts. Sweet baby Macey. My most favorite pink thing on the planet!! She's starting to smile when she recognizes faces. My heart just melts when she smiles at me. Think I'd get a picture of that smile? No. Too busy beaming with pride that she recognizes her Nana. I'm such a mushball. (happy sigh)

Warmest Pink Wednesday bear hugs, Aleta

Thursday, June 4, 2009

We have a little project!

I get these wild ideas. It happens when work slows down for the guys and I'm left to find things for them to do around here. We've got to keep everyone employed you know. I have a whole "honey-do" list but wild ideas are another thing altogether. Heehee!

The idea here was to take out the ginormous Japanese Maple and replace it with the French Arbor that Brittany and Jeremy were married under on the upper lawn almost three years ago. That in itself was quite the project! Not the married part, the Japanese Maple removal part. ;o) Needless to say, the maple couldn't be saved. I wanted it out and I wasn't waiting till next spring when it was still dormant. Crazy, I know. No one said I was the brightest bulb in the box. ;o)
We also cut out a four foot swath of grass out along the pool deck edge to add yet another planting bed.

Here is the stonework in progress....a lovely round shape to echo the shape of the arbor. My son, Justin, lay the stone while my son-in-law, Jeremy, worked on the puzzling the pieces together. Bill hauled the stone in stack by stack from the driveway to the back garden. What a team effort!! Goooooo team!!

The stone foundation is in and they're working on putting the arbor into place. There is leveling and more leveling before the top goes on.

A great days work!! It looks just as I'd imagined! And, they wired it for lights!! I love it when it works out like that. Now comes all the planting. That takes me awhile....
Warmest bear hugs, Aleta

Monday, June 1, 2009

Where the heck have I been?!!

Here is just a snapshot of what's been going on in my life to keep me away from blogging.
Gigi and Gramps (My mom and dad, aka Great Grandma and Grandpa) came to visit to see sweet baby Macey.

We have a little project!

Took a little side trip.

Gnomed....AGAIN! This time mushrooms joined the party as well!
In the next few days, I will try my best to fill in all the stories to go along with these pictures. As you can see, it's been a very busy time around here. It's only going to get busier, and busier, and busier! Busy is good.
Warmest bear hugs, Aleta