Thursday, May 19, 2011

"New" Primitive Goodies & Some Spring Flowers

Good morning!!  Hope you are all doing well. It is raining here......again.  I think it's been close to 30 of the last 40 days or something that we have had at least a little rain.  I am beginning to think I need to look for ark plans.  I know so many have it so much worse and I continue to keep them in my prayers.  Hubby has almost all of the corn planted and over half of the beans. Won't take long to finish when it does dry out.  Again, we are very fortunate in this aspect. There are many not too far from us who haven't started.  Oh, the stress of farm life. 

I had some running to do last week and stopped at the antique store on my way home.  There were a few really primitive items, but boy were they expensive. Darn!!  I spotted this butter churn on the last pass through.  I looked it over and really liked it, plus it was a really good price.  Then I started thinking I really didn't need it so I walked out of the booth and was getting ready to leave.  It was then that the piece "spoke" to me.  Now, I tell you this because I know all of you primitive lovers know exactly what I mean. It was like I could imagine all of the women and children over the years using that butter churn as part of their everyday routine.  Well, now I couldn't just leave it there, right? So back I went and picked it up. So glad I listened to those voices!! 

Well, before the butter churn encounter, I was on eBay one day because I was tired of the rain and didn't have the ambition to clean......not a good way to use extra time!!  I spotted this child's buggy seat and fell in love.  Again, the voices kept telling me stories of all the little ones who sat in this seat going from here to there!!  Anyway, I bid.  Then I was promptly outbid.  So I tried again and for a time thought it was going to be mine.  Well, I was gone before the end of the auction but came home with under 5 minutes to go and found myself outbid yet again.  I told myself I wasn't going to bid anymore.  When does that ever work?? So I raised the bid $1 thinking that was a safe bid because certainly that little bid wouldn't mean much.  Well, guess what?   That's all it took and it was mine!!!  It came yesterday, and  I have it sitting on my dryer with some goodies in it.  It is such a neat size that I can put it just about anywhere. So moral of the story......don't spend extra time on eBay and don't think a $1 bid won't get you anything!!

In between the rains, I have been able to get some perennials out. This flower bed beside the sidewalk had almost nothing come back up....ugh!!  So off I went and picked up a few things.  I found a couple of different types of phlox and some white cone flowers. I also found a green cone flower, a burgundy one, and a burgundy black-eyed Susan.  I will keep you updated on the progress of this over the summer. It tends to be a dry bed because it faces the west and bakes during the late afternoon.  I hope it ends up like the vision in my head!!

This bunny creeps my kids out!!  It has pink eyes.

Here are the last of my tulips. I wanted to show them to you because they are black. I think they are so neat.

Here is a close-up so you can see better. They almost look dark purple.

Just a gathering I have put together outside between rain showers. It's all stuff I've had, just rearranged!!

I bought this black eyed Susan vine a couple of weeks ago. I had tried to grow one last year, but didn't have any luck.  Now since I have the pot and  cage, I can grow them again next year.

I just sent for some Sweet Annie seeds and some ornamental  pod corn seeds. I had checked on the pod corn seeds earlier this spring but didn't order then. I had seen it featured in the Spring 2011 A Simple Life Magazine.  Since then, the price has gone up $4 a pack.....what, seriously?  Plus the shipping.  I sure hope the stuff grows.  They should be here soon so I can get them planted, along with my pumpkins.

Last weekend was our girls' dance recital. They each performed 4 dances plus the production of Alice in Wonderland.  Emily was the 8 of Hearts card and Alex was the Cheshire Cat.  They did a wonderful job and now I'm sad that it is over for another year. 

One last picture I had to share. Last week on one of the nice weather days, I put the cats outside.  I love how JoJo is just relaxing on the swing while Gabby has that look of  "Let me inside!!" The funny thing is that Gabby had only been out about a minute. Talk about brave!!

Well, that's all for today.  Need to get some work done before heading off to a track meet.  Please keep the rain away, please keep the rain away...................


Monday, May 9, 2011

Prom and The Dust is Finally Rolling.........

Hello!!  Hope everyone is doing well.  Wanted to share what all has been going on around here for the last couple of weeks.  Last weekend was our daughter, Alex's prom.  Here she is all ready to head out.  I wish I had taken pics of the back of her dress as it was partially laced up and one of her hair.  Oh, but I didn't think of those things until after she was gone.

She met up with her friends before the meal for group pictures.  Here are their corsages....those little things can get quite pricey around here.  Not sure about other places. 

 And of course  we had to get a picture of their shoes. Alex is the one with the purple Converse. She does not like heels and knew right away she wanted these.  She will get more good out of these anyway!!

   We are finally drying out enough for field work to start.  Hubby started at the end of  last week and should be half done planting corn today. (Fingers crossed)  This was the view from our porch yesterday.  Our 12 year old son  (almost 13 he reminds me) out working ground.  Cracks me up how little he looks.  Look at that dust roll. I can't believe it since we have had so much rain.  My heart goes out to all of those who have lost so much in the flooding in  Illinois where the levies were broken . I can't even imagine what they are going through. I pray for drier weather so other farmers can get into the fields soon.  

This was the scene this morning from our porch....hubby planting corn. I just love corn in front of the house!!! Nobody needs to know what goes on around here anyway!!

I picked up a couple of new prim goodies last week at The Bittersweet Cabin.  These flowers look so real!!

Cute little luminary.  I had it on my back porch until the kitties knocked it over and broke the jar!!!  So I guess it will sit on the front porch bench with the crocks.

Not too much else going on.  The gloomy weather has taken most of my motivation away.  Hopefully now that the sun is shining and it is warming up, I can find it again.  Thanks for stopping by and enjoy your day.