July 4, 2014

blogging elsewhere now

Hello again. I am currently blogging at this new site: http://belleisforbeautiful.wordpress.com/

July 22, 2013

as big as the moon

Tonight's moon rising, as seen from the lake where we live. See all those water lilies? They're an invasive plant up here and are taking over the lake/river bit by bit, like a plant from the Little Shop of Horrors musical.
The moon was quite close...it was humongous! These cell phone pictures make it appear smaller than it was. It was beautiful! See CutieDog sniffing around? Lots of scents and odors for him.

July 20, 2013

my little cottage flower garden

Welcome to our home. Even though we are renting, I have to dig in the dirt. Thankfully our landlord was agreeable. We live in a townhome (called condos up here) community that is governed by an association board; I had to collect their permission as well.
The flower bed with the rock on the left, is supposed to be shared by myself and the neighbor on that side, since the bed runs in front of both our townhouses. I planted some flowers on my side of the flower bed, but that neighbor stole them and threw them away. I attempted to speak with her about it, but all she would do was verbally abuse me. The worst part is that the association board will do nothing about it, won't even come have a conversation with that unfriendly neighbor. And to think I tried to be nice ever since I moved in. Unwelcome to Michigan. 

To the right of our stoop, and under our livingrom window, I have planted a miniature cottage garden. At the moment it contains two ornamental sunflowers (in honor of Kansas), five nasturtiums, some ferns, sheep's ear, a four o'clock (the seed came from one of my grandmothers some years ago), dahlias, yellow and pink lanceleaf coreopsis, irises, rudbeckia, hosta and some black mondo grass. Some of the flowers were transplants from my parents' yard in Kansas and my mother-in-law brought me some. The ferns and the pink coreopsis were on sale at the plant nursery down the road. The annuals I started from seed in order to fill some of the blank space this growing season.
I'm on the hunt for some cast edging that matches those that were here when we moved in, so I can take the edging all the way to our stoop. The flowers I've planted replaced a large ugly bush and wood chips, and the edging stopped at the bush.

July 1, 2013

I heart yellow leaves

Found on a walk today.

June 3, 2013

early summer's here

Today on the lake we live by. The foreground docks belong to the townhouse community we live in. Neighbors's boats are at the ready.

May 28, 2013

...and the day after Memorial Day 2013

Decorated graves of late U.S. military service members in a cemetary near where we live. It's raining today, hence the dark pictures.
 

     
  
I was surprised at all the plantings of real flowers at the graves. There's actually a sign saying that artificial flowers are prohibited in this cemetery. It's a refreshing and pretty change from seeing only artificial flowers in some Kansas cemeteries.

May 25, 2013

I heart potatoes

You've heard of artichoke hearts, right? Well here's an all-natural potato heart, as featured in tonight's dinner.

March 7, 2013

diy panini grill

What to do when you want a panini but don't own a panini grill? Improvise! I'll try using the waffle maker next.

November 14, 2012

from a little house on the prairie to a house by a silver lake (or, from Kansas to Michigan)

From Our Small Town in southeast Kansas,
My Darling Husband and I have moved
to the metropolitan Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti/Detroit, Michigan area.
There are lots of lakes up here. Some of the lakes are actually dammed rivers, one of which we live next to. Our location is a quiet area. I'm thankful to live outside the city. After living within city limits most of my life, I came to appreciate the low volume of a small town (although Our Small Town in Kansas was becoming louder, with crime increasing, thanks in part to a certain demographic moving into that area).

I'm still flabbergasted every time the thought of having moved half-way across the country crosses my mind. Except for six months residing on the Missouri side of Kansas City (which doesn't really count because it's like living on the Kansas side, geographically speaking), I lived in Kansas from birth until now, a few decades later. I'm a third-generation Kansan, through and through. This will take some getting used to!

p.s. -- The title of this post is a reference to Laura Ingalls Wilder and her writings.

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