Category Archives: Just Plain Fun

Tis the Season

The weather here in North Central Texas is doing its best to convince this Northern girl that it’s anything but late autumn heading toward winter (it was in the 80s(F) last week and is dry as a bone) but that’s not stopping anyone from stringing up lights and setting up inflatable snowmen and reindeer in their front yards, so it must be the time for parties, gifts, good food, family, friends and season’s greetings.

If you’re still searching for cards to send to family and friends check out the Hubble Site, actually check it out even if you’ve already got your cards, they’ve created some truly beautiful and unique cards for download and printing — and better still they are free!

Canada has given us John Candy and Martin Short and Bill Shatner…

and some really cool garden gadgets. (borrowing from Jamie Farr)

So I was wondering the web, as I do, and I had the serendipity to stumble across Canadian Gardening. I came across some really clever ideas that I hadn’t seen before. I particularly liked the The GARDENA Spiral Hose Box.

Now if you, like me, find yourself drooling over this little number you’ll be very happy to know that I found it available on Amazon.

Canadian Gardening also pointed me in the direction of aHa! Modern Living where I found these great bird houses:

They also directed me to Alice Supply Co., which has far too many drool worthy garden gadgets than I can do justice to.

Now I just need to find a Molson to properly toast our Canadian gardening friends. Cheers!

How to Make a Birdbath – Outdoor Projects | Fresh Home

Another great DIY project for the garden to share with you.
How to Make a Birdbath – Outdoor Projects | Fresh Home.

How to Make a Birdbath - Outdoor Projects | Fresh Home


Poetry, Prose and Primrose… (please note: no primroses were used in the crafting of this post)

“Good weather all the week, but come the weekend the weather stinks.
Springtime for birth, Summertime for growth; and all Seasons for dying.
Ripening grapes in the summer sun – reason enough to plod ahead.
Springtime flows in our veins.
Beauty is the Mistress, the gardener Her salve.
A soul is colored Spring green.
Complexity is closer to the truth.
All metaphors aside – only living beings rise up in the Springtime; dead beings stay quite lie down dead.
Winter does not turn into Summer; ash does not turn into firewood – on the chopping block of time.
Fresh fruit from the tree – sweet summertime!
Gardens are demanding pets.
Shade was the first shelter.
When the Divine knocks, don’t send a prophet to the door.
One spring and one summer to know life’s hope; one autumn and one winter to know life’s fate.
Somehow, someway, everything gets eaten up, someday.
Relax and be still around the bees.
Paradise and shade are close relatives on a summer day.
Absolutes squirm beneath realities.
The spiders, grasshoppers, mantis, and moth larva are all back:  the summer crowd has returned!
To garden is to open your heart to the sky.
Dirty fingernails and a calloused palm precede a Green Thumb.”
–  Michael P. Garofalo, Pulling Onions

Singing “Oh the good life” again…

How NOT to start a Tuesday morning (or any morning, for that matter): Go to the basket of clean clothes that you haven’t had a chance to put away yet and discover that one of the cats has used it for a litter box.

Does anyone know if there is any special blessing associated with cat pee on clothes on May Day?

P.S. It’s okay to laugh really, really hard.

How to make your mark…



Plastic Knife Plant Labels by Apt Garden


From In My Own Style


I Feel Pretty, Oh So Pretty…

Happy Earth Day everyone! As you can see I’m making a progress (slowly but surely) in reclaiming my garden.

Taming the Jungle

I Fought the Rubble and I Won!

View From the Garden

I have all of my squash and melons planted, I’m starting to get peas, I pulled all my onions and garlic over the past couple of days (a lot of that will be replanted but I needed to reorg the beds), most of my tomatoes, eggplant, tomatillos and ground cherries are in, as well as some okra and basil. Now I need to tackle my getting peppers in and then finding homes for all my left over seedlings (any takers?). I’m hoping they will find good homes at the plant swap I’m attending next week. The problem with the plant swap though is that I’ll end up coming home with as many/more plants than I took with me!

It hasn’t all been dirt under my nails though. Earlier in the month I felt compelled to add a little more art to the garden.

The first thing I found was this Witch Cowboy Boot Barbed Wire Birdhouse With Whisk Broom by Dan Towell. I featured some of Dan’s work in my “buy it or make it” post a couple of months back – he did the barbed wire trellis – but I didn’t realize it was the same artist until I found this little piece.  Anyway, I love this piece – it’s just so quirky and so perfect for a Texas garden.

This is the artist's picture which I think shows the detail a bit better.

Then, while in Santa Fe, we found this fellow. MrGF and I have been looking for a Green Man for our garden for years, but never found one that resonated with us (they either felt too severe or too jolly), but the minute we saw him we knew we’d finally found our man — he’s got a timeless quality about him. I have to say the picture doesn’t do him justice, in person he has leaves and vines etched into his hair and beard. He also happens to remind me of a dear friend who I don’t get to visit nearly often enough. Right now our man is in his temporary home sitting out in the dappled shade, among the flowers, listening to the birds sing and watching over my newly planted herbs and vegetables.

Finally, if you’ve been to Santa Fe you know that Saint Francis is beloved there. Now I give “lapsed Catholic” a whole new meaning, but I’ve always been fond of ol’ Frankie (it’s that whole talking to the animals, patron saint of the environment thing) and I was really drawn to this representation of him, so he’s found a little place in my garden as well.

P.S. MrGF has been playing with the new camera so there will be updated pics of “the cast of characters” soon.