Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined. Henry David Thoreau

Friday, March 25, 2011

The Good Earth

Finally, we have had a couple of 
sunny, non windy days
to get out in the yard and 


Because the earth is
 stretching, yawning

coming alive!

Just looking around the yard,
I can finally see things are waking up!

This pretty blooming tree is a thorn tree.
Not sure what the official name is,
 but those thorns are mean looking!
I'm sure glad we didn't chop it down
 when we were thinning things out
along the edge of the woods.

We don't have many blooming trees...
but I hope to get some redbuds planted this year.

It's so encouraging to see
what has survived the cold, hard winter,

and scratch around in the dirt!

Can't wait for the fragrant iris to appear...

This little hen has been busy with her chicks 
all winter!

Just a few more sunny warm days,
and this little gal will be a carpet of purple...

Yeah!  Both of the little lilac bushes made it!

Mums made it too!!!!

I found two hostas poking their little heads out of the dirt,
and there are bright green leaves on my two hydrangeas!
Woo Hoo!

I doesn't seem like much,
but I really didn't have time to plant very many things last year.
Getting the house finished and moving took over our lives
and gardening had to take a back seat.

I'm happy with what I got planted,
Just enough to make me smile
and give me hope for a wonderful gardening year ahead!

Over the winter I planted some of these....

They really make me smile!

Don't worry, I didn't drink all that booze...
Every time I go to the recycle center,
I dig through the glass bottles and ask nicely
if I can have a couple of the pretty ones.
It's like a treasure hunt,
and I think they sparkle like little jewels
in the evening sun.

The bed they are in is junk dirt,
full of tree roots.
 I'm not going to bother trying to make it into real soil...
we have too many other nice places to plant growing things!

So this is my little whimsy bed,
and I can look at it from my desk.

Who knows what else might show up in this bed...

Do you all see how green the grass is?
Hubs is very proud!
He is having fun with his new spreader
that he can pull around behind the lawn mower.

He chopped down the big dead elm tree
that has been worrying us all winter.

The little grand girls were pretty impressed with Grandpa's project,
and Livi snagged a big  chunk of wood to take home and show
Mom and Dad.
She was more excited about that hunk of wood than 
the Barbies I got them!

I'm very excited about not having to pick up all those sticks!!!

Even  the first dandelion is a welcome sight!

Hope you are enjoying Spring
in your little corner of the world!

Happy Spring Weekend Everyone!

Wednesday, March 9, 2011


Remember me saying just the other day...
ok, it was still Feb....

how I was going to get right on that whole
gather up all the winter decorations
and get them put away?

Well, I lied.
Actually, life just got in the way.
Things happen.
I just got it done yesterday.
And let me tell you people,
that job kicked my rear end!

I went to bed at 8:00
When I arose this morning at 5 am,
I could barely walk
It is now 9:00 am and I am just now
 beginning to feel 
like a human bean!

Yes, I did organize it and consolidate and purge.
I even labelled things!
I'm sure I'll thank myself next year.
I havn't  even begun the cleaning part yet!

 To reward myself for
getting that bad boy checked off the list,

I began dragging up the spring stuff.

My name is mary beth.
I am a decorating addict.
I can quit anytime I want.

I just don't want to.

ok, enough about my moral failings.

I've been thinking about 
headboards lately,
and wanting to make one on the cheap.
Strolling through flea markets
and antique malls,
would that work? what about that? you want HOW much for that?
Trolling the blogs,
looking at the creative things people are using
to make their own lovely headboards...

Getting nowhere. Finding nothing. Nada.

Until yesterday.
Right out of Heaven
Right into my lap!
(I still can't believe this)

Get a load of this:


what is that I am seeing?

I am driving down the road,
turning into my own driveway.
and out in the field I see...

a new burn pile.
"Trash" from a house we are working on.
( I use the word "we" loosely here, 
I have nothing to do with the actual work)
except for occasionally cleaning up after
 the guy who does all the work~

let's take a closer look at the trash pile, shall we?

Yes, my dears,
a lovely old door is laying on the top of the pile,
waiting for the torch to be lit.
A heavy, solid wood,5 panel door.

I cannot believe my eyes!
I rush to the house and change into my mud boots
and charge out to the scene of the crime.

Imagine my surprise and shock 
when I discover 

Not only do we have a lovely paneled door here,

the back of the door is covered with 
heavy, tongue-in-groove knotty pine!

one side : lovely panels
back side: knotty pine

Call the paramedics!
Is anyone thinking what I'm thinking here?
Can anyone see the possibilities?

Can you say cottage white distressed double duty two sided headboard????
Two headboards for the price on one..
which in this case would be...

I rush to the house to stake my claim,
(inwardly grinning, giggling, clicking my heels together)
and beg my husband not to burn this treasure...
He admits that he hoped he could get the fire started before
I discovered THE DOOR.

He knew as soon as he saw THE DOOR out there
that I would be wanting to glom onto it
and he didn't want it in the garage.


He has also stated outright that he does not want
THE DOOR for a headboard.

heavy sigh.

fellow pickers and refinishers,
what am I to do with THIS MAN???

Stay tuned...

I have a sander,
 and I know how to use it.

Hide and watch!
"Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could. Some blunders and absurdities no doubt crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day; begin it well and serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense." Ralph Waldo Emerson

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