This makes me sad and I do not want my blog to languish. In fact, I am even more determined to make my blog a kind of "memoir" for myself - a sort of "Book of Me".
In addition to my Project Life - which I really do for my family. My blog is for me.
I've spent a great deal of time in my garden - planting seedlings, setting up trellises and cages for tomatoes and peppers and fairytale eggplants. We put tiny stones between the beds
and decorated the old wooden gate-turned-trellis and planted flowers (morning glories and moonflowers) that we hope will vine up the trellis, with a few nasturtiums for salads.
This is a metal ladle I found at a local thrift store for $1 and made into a kind of succulent pot
And I figured out what to I should do with all those wine corks I was saving
My son gave me a little fairy house to set out for the garden fairies
and my husband got me a solar-powered globe to tuck among the herbs.
We tried our hand at making a new kind of sauce for our homemade pizzas, with an explosion of flavor
but delicious results!
I've been snapping photos of the little (and big) critters that visit our yard for the treats my husband leaves out for them.
This was taken from my kitchen window:
We've enjoyed dinners and desserts out with friends at one of our favorite restaurants, Mimi's
and the two of us have snuck away in early mornings for a cozy breakfast for two.
(the BEST sourdough french toast - I figured out how to make it myself and we've enjoyed it at home, as well!)
My heart has been melted by my little feline fur babies.
After months and months of feeding this orphaned kitty I was finally able to snap a photo of him - he is a true Shadow Cat, so that is what we've named him (but as the tradition in our family goes, our cats have may names. This one also has the rather excessive name of Thor Valhalla, so named by my sons. My husband just calls him "outside kitty). He is gorgeous, but unfortunately he is also quite shy. I'm looking for a way to get some heartworm meds into the food so he will eat it since he won't let us within 20 feet of him.
(We actually cleaned up these front beds last weekend and planted new things in there and they look much better than this photo! lol!)
I tried my hand at making rose/lavender oil based on inspiration from Vanessa at Fanciful Twist,
but it was an epic fail. It smells like lavender salad dressing. Next time I will use a much lighter oil. It will have to wait until next year as my rose season is over here.
I've read lots of books and taken time to sip some herbal tea (a blend of jasmine and rose).
I'm getting used to a life with my kids fully grown, in college and living their own lives and my grandbabies being 3000 miles away. I think I'm even finally beginning to enjoy it (for a long time I think I was drowning in sorrow but I will not. I will never let myself drown like that again).
Mark and I have plans to attend local outdoor concerts and the Library of Congress Pony Theater with friends. We have plans to attend local festivals (wine, greek, art, and more). Every weekend we have things that we do together - in the yard/garden/flower beds and places that we go. We've also been watching all the old 80s movies of our youth on our Pizza/Movie night since it is usually just the two of us now. It is fun to relive the movies and relive some of the happy memories of our youth. =)
Grown-up things for just the two of us (and sometimes our grown up friends come along). It is like dating again, only we are older and wiser and everything is better.
However, I discovered that in all the busy fullness of my life, I had let magic slip away. The magic of miniature things; the magic of stories that beg to be told; the simple magic of being child-like. I would catch a glimpse of it now and then while in the garden or listening to music or rummaging around in the local thrift and antique stores.
I woke up the other morning thinking of my late grandmother Ruby Pearl and a story she told me many years ago about her childhood. It has inspired me to make something - more about that later!
Here is a little bit of magic that I want to share with you: