Sunday, November 27, 2011

Rose-Sitting, Nesting and Creating

It seems with the cold, rainy weather my love of gardening has all but disappeared.  Fear not, it is simply hibernating!  It will return!  I brought in the one rosebush that I hadn't yet planted, for fear that I would forget to water it through these cold, dark days of winter.  I leave each morning before daylight and return shortly before darkness sets in again and there is just too great a chance that this poor rosebush would suffer the consequences.  She sits beside me, looking out the window, like a dog longing to escape at the first chance.  While she appears to long for the outdoors, surely she is grateful for the chance of escaping winter.  That is assuming she survives winter indoors! 

I have taken to nesting.  I have sudden and deep urges to tackle things indoors that have been neglected while my attention was focused on gardening and other outdoor activities.  Today I made a Butternut Squash Soup, which was simply delicious; if I do say so myself.  I talked my sweet hubby into drilling a few holes in a perfectly good armoire so that I could adjust the shelf now that it no longer is needed for displaying a television.  My mind is whirring with the possibilities of how I could change the overall appearance of this particular piece of furniture. 

I created a piece of artwork to hang in the front room, over the baby grand piano, using pieces of old piano sheet music.  I think that it turned out great and ties in well with the rooms theme.  See for yourself...

All made with sheet music from love songs...

It's about 3' x 3' sq.

Now and Forever, No One But You, Heart Beats Faster, Sentimental Reasons,
I Believe, Wonderful World, If I Had My Way, Little White Lies,

Who Cares What People Say, Sentimental Journey, Do You Love Me,
I Do - Do You,

Whatever Will Be, Will Be
Que Sera, Sera

This project was a lot of fun.  Very simple.  A couple years ago a friend gave me a huge stack of old piano sheet music and I kept it, knowing that it would eventually find a purpose.  The frame and mats were also a freebie so this project didn't cost a penny.  That's my favorite kind of project!

Monday, November 7, 2011

If I Were a Flower...

You know, I have always had a difficult time… with time.  Not using my time wisely, not procrastination, not the normal time issues that come from daylight savings time… but just TIME, in general.  It’s probably because it’s a number… and anything dealing with numbers just confuses the heck out of me.  This could also explain my incessant need to arrive early to EVERYTHING… because I’m never really sure if I’ve judged the clock right or not.  The sad part is that it’s not even limited to an analog clock.  Digital clocks are just as troublesome. 

To make matters worse, my husband, who is perpetually late; or as he likes to call it “on time” (which it actually is) likes to set the clocks in the bedroom five minutes off; in an effort to rush him up, I suppose.  It doesn’t work.  The only way something like that would work would be if the one needing the prodding were not aware of the adjustment.  And don’t think for a moment he’s not aware of it.  In the mornings as we ready for work, if I look over in a panic and say, “Oh no, it’s time to leave” he’s always quick to remind me that the clocks are five minutes fast.  So really, the only thing he has accomplished is sending me into an occasional panic for no reason at all.

Just today my boss had a meeting at 8:30 a.m.  It was in a building close by, so he was just going to walk over.  As he gathered his things to stroll over he asked, “What time is it?”  I said… “Quarter til”.  The look of panic on his face made me immediately second guess my answer.  It was actually a “quarter after”… or 8:15 a.m.  But in my mind… it was actually… “Quarter til 8:30" or... "Quarter til he needed to be there”.  Honestly, there are some areas in which I do excel! 

If I were a  flower... I'd be a Four O’clock... but I’d bloom at three!

Happy gardening!

Friday, November 4, 2011

Looking Skyward

All spring and summer we tend to walk around interested mostly in things either on the ground or at eye level.  Sure, we'll gaze out towards the horizon and take in the often breathtaking colors of sunset; but for the most part, as adults, we spend a great deal of the time merely shielding our eyes from that burning ball of intense heat in the sky.  Seriously, when was the last time you laid back, looked up and the sky and watched the clouds magically transform into an elephant, a puppy or a gorilla?  It can be very relaxing, and who among us can't use a little relaxing? 

Fall and winter call for looking skyward.  Look up!  There's a whole world out there waiting for you to appreciate it!

Look closely at this last photo... stare at the sunshine; is it me or does it appear to get brighter, then dimmer? 

Remember you can click on the photos for an enlarged view.

I hope you enjoyed a skyward view of my corner of the world.  Let me know if you find anything new in yours!