Friday, May 27, 2011

A sad little watering can . . .

. . . she doesn't have anything to do.  Usually, she is busy at this time of year.  Sprinkling drops of water to nurture the pretty flowers that have been planted in the black, dry dirt.  She helps the fertilizer bury deep into the ground to feed the roots of so many plants.  Pots of annuals, faithful perennials, newly planted bushes and grasses.  She is constantly filled with cool, spring water.

But not this year.

She waits patiently for the clouds to pass by.  You see, the clouds are dousing everything with enough rain to make puddles (I mean lakes!) out of low-lying areas and keeping what flowers there are longing for a break in the drenching and begging for the warmth from the sun.

But never fear little watering can!  The rain will eventually stop (I hope!) and the sun will once again shine!

Flowers will always need to be watered and will welcome you back with their thirsty roots!

The pots are standing by in a well protected place, waiting - waiting - waiting.  Be prepared, little watering can, and rest for now.  June will certainly be hot and dry and you will be filled to the brim several times a day!  You will soon be happy, busy and tired after long days of work!

To those of you who are also stuck in the constant rain rut, I feel your gardener's pain.  To those of you who are suffering much more than a little (okay, alot!) of rain, I apologize for my petty complaints.  Planting flowers are the least of your worries and I wish for you God's speed in restoring your homes, your properties and your lives.

Now, for those of you who can, go put your watering cans out of their not-being-needed misery!

Linking to A Rosy Note's Photo Feature Friday!

Friday, May 20, 2011

I'm out the door . . .

. . . but wanted to leave a little white photo for A Rosy Note's Photo Feature Friday.

I've got places to go, people to see and things to do.

Now, go have yourselves a fantabulous weekend!

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

A haphazard linker-upper . . .

. . . is what I have been on any particular White Wednesday.  But believe me, I NEVER miss going over to Kathleen's party and drooling and swooning over every bit of beautiful white.

I certainly can't let THIS White Wednesday go by without participating because it is her 100th week of hosting the most popular party of all of us lovers of white (or creams or ivories).  

I love photos of anything white (or cream or ivory or, well you get the drift) and if you put a vintage texture or a sepia tone to it, I get all weak in the knees.  There are some fabulous stylists and photographers out there.  They know just the right touch to render speechlessness when viewing their photos.  I get so much inspiration every Wednesday from visiting their blogs.

So, thank you Kathleen, for giving me something to look forward to every week.  I'm studying, I'm learning, I'm striving to take photos that are worthy to be included in the bunch that share their talents with their links.

I'm off to pop open a bottle of bubbly (well, a can of Pepsi) to drink a toast to your milestone.

Now, go check out Faded Charm Cottage's 100th White Wednesday!  You'll be glad you did!

Friday, May 13, 2011

The lack of color . . .

. . . doesn't mean that spring is never going to come.  Green is a color, right?  We are in a state of green here.  Nothing is blooming yet.  Not even the lilacs.  When the lilacs flower, I know that spring has decided to stay.  

I feel a little guilty telling you that I had the air conditioning on for one day and now the furnace is running.  I got to wear my beloved flip flops for awhile and now my feet are covered in socks.  At least I have been spared the agony of trying on last year's shorts for a few more days!

I like to see the greening up of things.  I still have the time to pretend that everything that I plan to get done is possible.  I can still dream of beautiful flower beds without noticing the plants that didn't survive the winter.  There is still time for them to poke their little sprouts through the ground.  I'm still thinking hopefully.  

Hen and chicks never disappoint me.  They thrive in my little plots of land.  

I'm oohing and aahing over all of the flower photos from the warmer climates.  But, for now, I'm content with my greens.  This color allows me a window of opportunity for wishing, dreaming and planning my own show of color!

Now, go check out what is green in your gardens and picture in your mind what is to come!

Linking to A Rosy Note's Photo Feature Friday.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

There are rewards for motherhood . . .

. . . I suppose I should think of the non-tangible kind of rewards.  The love and loyalty of your children.  Knowing that you can be your child's best friend.  The pride in realizing that, because of you, your children grew up to be productive, caring, self-sufficient adults.  You did your job as a mother and you sent them on their way.  Happily, but with a few regrets that they couldn't stay little longer.  Now when they ask you for advice, you relish it, because they don't have to ask YOU anymore.  They value you and your wisdom.  Your children don't just love you as their mother but they like you as a person and want to spend time with you and really, when they are adults and out on their own, that is reward enough.

BUT (this is the gift-loving side of me) . . . look what I got!  

Mccoy (and you know I LOVE McCoy) jardiniere with pedestal.  I've never seen one like this before and it is in near perfect condition (not that I care about a few dings and crazing).

The detail is wonderful.  I don't know the pattern.

Even a half dead primrose (I hid the brown spots) looks good.

My kids.  They. Are. The. Best!

Hope your kids treated you special like the special mother you are too!

Linking to Kim's Texture Tuesday (I used Kim's 'luminous' texture again) and Faded Charm's White Wednesday.  Not the best, most creative photos I've ever taken but hey . . . I'm the crazy linky lady and I simple must play along! 

Okay.  Bye.

Friday, May 6, 2011

What is more vintage than 5 cent gas . . .

. . . I can remember pooling our CHANGE to fill up the gas tank!  I am really not that old, I just carried change with me as a toddler just in case my mom didn't want to break a $50!  tee!hee!

Seriously, am I the only one that thinks gas prices are manipulated during the busy driving months/holidays?  And yet we pay whatever price gas is because we gotta get where we are going!  At what price would we say enough is enough and get out our bikes?  Of course, since I live in the country, my medical bill for a heart attack as I was riding my bike would be much more than a tank of gas.  But don't even get me started on the medical issue! 

Wow!  This post took a turn for the worse.     Back to the photo . . .

Cute vintage gas stations like this were before my time but I think they should make a comeback.  Do we really need to buy groceries while we are filling up?  Do we need a stale slice of pizza with our big gulp to make it through until we get home?  Is a gas station the place we would go to buy that last minute gift?  Well, YES to all of the above!  Convenience is worth alot but, people!  We are sacrificing cuteness here!  

Is there anything more nostalgic than a black and white photo of a gas station?  Where someone filled the tank up for you, checked your oil and washed your windows.  Too bad we are always in a hurry.

Linking to Tricia's Photo Feature Friday at A Rosy Note.

Now, go and pump up those bicycle tires!

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Quick! Before I miss it . . .

. . . the SUN!  the SUN!  no WIND!  I think I can finally quit whining about the weather.

So I quickly shot a teacup for Kim Klassen's Texture Tuesday (that I am linking to BTW), slapped on a couple of textures (without any tweaking BTW) and I'm out the door! 

I used 'empty page' (my new favorite) at 100% opacity and multiply, 'luminous' at 81% opacity and overlay. 

This one with 'empty page' at 100% opacity and multiply again, 'luminous' at 100% opacity and soft light and another 'luminous' at 39% opacity and multiply and one more 'luminous' at 100% hue change.  Maybe I overdid the 'luminous' but my fingers are itching to play in the dirt!

So gotta go!  Check out all of Kim's teacups this week.  They will make you thirsty for a cuppa!

Okay.  Bye.

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Thank you Lynn . . .

. . . for being so sweet!  A wonderful gift!  Made by the talented, creative, and fabulous-enough-to-be-published Lynn of Trash to Treasure Art.

She even used one of my own moo cards for the back of the pendent.  I'll cherish it forever Lynn!  Thank you!

Just one of the many reasons I love to blog.  Good friends!

Now, go have yourself a wonderful day!