~Simple is as simple does~

I made a new quilt.  I was totally inspired this quilt  that Jacquie (of Tallgrass Prairie Studio made. Once I saw the pictures, I knew exactly what I wanted to do. I knew which fabrics I wanted to use.  A light bulb turned on! Really.

I had a vision in my head, and I was not disappointed. I wish I had taken proper pictures. This quilt was intended as a gift for my sister and I was down to the wire placing the label on, right before I gave it over to her. Talk about waiting til the last-minute!

I can show you what pictures I did take and you will just have to take my word that it was cute. The vision did materialize and it was all that I wanted it to be.

Here is my quilt’s story.  It’s simple really.  When I was a child, my grandparents, all of them, lived in Florida. We spent weeks every summer, probably 4-6 weeks going between the two sets of grandparents. Especially after my mom went back to work.  My parents did want the kids home alone all summer long.

I have vivid memories of my summer’s spent in Florida. It was hot, usually every afternoon you could count on an afternoon shower. Lovely!

We went to the beach everyday, early in the morning. My grandfather was a diabetic and he had to eat lunch at a certain time. My grandmother had to be home to prepare Harry’s lunch. She was never late.  Anyway,  she always sang a little song as we got ready to go to the beach….

I told you it was simple!

To this day, I can’t think of the beach without singing that little ditty. My grandmother collected shells, and beach glass. She had little jars of the green, white, and blue sea glass that she placed around her home.  

We always came away from our beach trip with tar on our feet. My grandma was prepared for that. She kept a little cannister of ? turpentine, or kerosene or some such strong chemical that she used with a little red rag. She cleaned our feet before we left. That was after she swept our feet with a little whisk broom.  She allowed not one grain of sand into the car.   I think actually, that Harry did not allow sand or dirt in the car, but Georgette surely followed the rules! It was meticulous.

So, sun, sand, tar,blue skies, waves and such.  These are my memories.  We also slept every night on the screened in porch, on a sofa fold-out bed.  My sister and I shared the bed, we slept under the fan. My grandparents never used the air conditioner. Not in the car, nor their home.  I don’t know why, they just never did.  I think it was Harry’s doing.  Well, I know it was.   My grandmother had those vintage sheets, bright and  colorful.  The tag always said no iron, percale.  They probably weren’t vintage at the time, but you know…

Can you see where I am going??

My sister goes to Florida each year with her husband and her

in-law’s.  This year for her birthday I wanted to make her a beach quilt. To take on her trip, to add to her memories of Florida.  To help make new memories if you will.

So, even though I don’t have the best photo’s to show this quilt, I hope you can get the picture. Quilts are for everyday use. They are warm and comfortable. They are cozy and full of love.  They are made to last a long time. They are for making memories.

So, if you will please excuse my incomplete photo’s, we were busy living!!

~The Great Outdoor Challenge~

Continues.  We are recovering from a little illness over the weekend, but I wanted to share a few photo’s..  

 It is so hard to see your little child suffer from sickness and pain. I knew when she got dressed, started talking ninety to nothing, running outside every 10 minutes to play today that she was back to her old self again. It was a rough two days, but the clouds have lifted, thank heavens!

~Antique tea rose.. maybe Safrano? Or ?? I just can’t quite recall right now.

~Marie Pavie~ Love, smells so good!

 I am really pleased with this little bed. I keep trying to capture the color’s, but they are not coming across quite right.  I love the white  bridal spiraea, with Old Gay Hill (China rose), and the purple iris. On the other end of the bed is Baby Love (a little shrub rose) and a little purple iris tucked in.

It’s a jungle out there, but it makes me happy.  Hoping you have a healthy and happy week!

~Hummingbirds and other things~

Well, I have had my feeder up since March 25th. I have been waiting and waiting. I will admit I was getting a little nervous. What if they don’t come back? What if something happened to the little ones that come to my house. I was beginning to worry.

~crazy bad picture, but seriously, can you see him? I think it is a girl actually. So cute!

I looked back to other blog posts to see when they’ve made their return. It seems as if they are right on track, of course I worried for nothing….Because they are BACK!  For real!

Yesterday I saw a robin get dive-bombed by something and I was like what the ?? I looked at my feeder and there he was. Oh me!  I need the Nikon back. (My husband dropped the darn thing!)  Yesterday was a good, good day!  So,  April 14th marks the date of return to my Memphis garden.

Feeling joyful, I am now ready for summe.  It feels like it is here already, we have been close to 90 all week.  All I want to know is where did spring go?  I am not complaining, not by any means.  Certainly not after this past winter.  I never thought it would end. 

If you’re looking for me, I will be out in my jungle. Literally, that is what it is. The weeds are taking over and I am going in.  If you don’t hear from me, send help!   Here are a few things from my garden today.  (remember I need my Nikon fixed!!)

~Perle d’ Or rose

~Mme. Antoine Mari

~snowball shrub/ with snowdrops.. I have never seen them bloom at the same time. Crazy weather!

~shrub rose Old Blush.

~more plants, cuz you know I am crazy like that.

~good thing we don’t have a HOA, they would not approve. No way, no how.

Don’t forget, April is the month of  The Great Outdoor Challenge. Here is a picture from the weekend.   Best, best, best friends at the park.

~Science Lab and daily play~

Sorry it has been a while since I last posted. I have worked 3 of the last 4 days and I am just tired!

However,have no doubt, we are outside everyday. The littlest spends hours outdoors after school each day. She sets up her area to play. The area is usually the same spot, but the theme is always changing. This week she has “created” a science lab. She has set up two different containers with water to observe the evaporation process. The water jug was started over the weekend and the mason jar placed outside today. The first thing she does when she gets home is to go check her water bottle for signs of condensation and evaporation.  The other side is marked with a sharpie to keep track of the water level.

She has her mat to sit on, and has placed various bits, a feather, dog bones, bag of leaves, green clippings, a bucket of bricks, and a small pile dirt/mulch to her “lab”.   She brings her notebook out to record and make notes, all done while wearing her princess dress. Of course.

I am amused and proud of her imagination. It simply wears me out sometimes, but honestly she never ceases to amaze me.  I have to remind myself that while this area looks “messy” and all of that, it is her creation and her area.  It is her place to explore, create and be whatever she wants to be.   Imaginative play is such an important process of growing up.  All kids need time to play.

~I Spy~

~You can’t see it from the picture, but there is a little gap in the fence from the tree. Em was playing and spying last night after dinner.  She likes to go “explore” before it gets dark. She checks out all of her favorite spots and a game is made up along the way.   These are not the best pictures, but I hope you can get the point of her game.

We had big storms the night before and it was chilly yesterday, but that did not stop us.

I am loving our Outdoor Challenge It’s not too late to join!

~Homework on the front porch~

I am continuing on with the Get Outdoor Challenge that 5 Orange Potatoes is having.

Today Emma did her  homework on the front porch. Literally.    One exercise on her “homefun” grid is to write her spelling words with sidewalk chalk. ( They don’t call it homework at her school, it’s called homefun.)  Emma always picks this, wouldn’t you?

We are having really warm days, 81 today.  I think big storms expected tomorrow, but the roses are just starting to bloom and everything is so green.   Spring is so wonderful!

~front porch azalea’s. Love!

~April is Children and Nature Awareness month~

I was reading 5 Orange Potatoes this morning and was surprised to find that April is   Children & Nature Awareness month.   Hmm, interesting.

Let’s take our children outside everyday and play for a bit. That is the challenge. Easy enough right??

But isn’t it kind of sad that we have to have a month to tell us to send our kids outside??

I think it is sad that the days of my childhood are long gone. When I was little I  used to get  dressed and head out for the day. I came home to eat and then headed  right back out. Flocks of us  kids would meet up and  play and play all day long.  We stayed out until we heard our mom call dinner, if I went back out after dinner, I knew I had to be home by dark, or else.

I know we can’t even think about doing that sort of thing today, at least not where I live.  It does make me sad. The world is so different.  We have to find new ways for our children to play, explore and just let themselves go.   We have  to let our children just be kids so they can  play and imagine and make up silly little games.  It’s a bit sad to think about.  I guess this is our challenge today.

~Happy Easter~

Tomb, thou shalt not hold Him longer;
Death is strong, but Life is stronger;
Stronger than the dark, the light;
Stronger than the wrong, the right…
~Phillips Brooks, “An Easter Carol”

We sat underneath the oaks..

gazed upon the garden view…

~sat together and swung on our old friend the swing..

~we brought a meal to share together…

Great granddaughter’s loving their GG…

Young and old spending time together.  Talking, sharing, and laughing with little women…

fresh air on our feet….

What could be better on this beautiful Easter day?

I hope whatever your day brought you today was just as wonderful as ours.

Happy Easter!


 We are on spring break and we are keeping it low key.  Today we went out for a little hike.

My husband used to mountain bike all around the wolf river and today he took us back to his old stomping grounds for a good long hike.

We saw some pretty native plants.

~red bottle brush buckeye~ hummingbirds love these!!

~I am not good at wildflowers, maybe some of these were “weeds”, but they were pretty.  I also love moss. So green and pretty!

~Emma with her “hiking emergency kit bag”

~notice who is carrying the “emergency bag” now!

~we saw owl boxes, benches and the scary “alligator log” peeking up at us from the brown river bed…

~this bridge caused us a bit of trouble..

we made it, even thought that pesky alligator was after us again..

There are no signs left of winter, we are in the 80’s now.  It was a great day for a hike.

I hope you are enjoying your spring weather wherever you may be!