About The River

Monday, August 27, 2018

Joy List Monday



Joy List Monday
 ♥ a weekly ritual

 ♥ a reminder to stop and pay attention to the little beauties 
and graces that make life magical and to set aside time for gratitude each day ♥

 ♥ evenings in the garden .. capturing the flight of a hummingbird moth
 ♥ my husband making me my very favorite eggplant recipe
 ♥ my meals on wheels co worker sharing a plate of sweet treats with our family
♥ garden goodness .. cucumbers, tomatoes, eggplant 
♥ enjoying a nice thunderstorm .. no wind, just rain and thunder 

 

Sunday, August 26, 2018

Time to Fly


Here we are .. the count down is on. One Sunday left before Sam leaves for Basic training.
Here comes the honesty .. I cried last Sunday. Last Sunday Sam was at Drill. When he came home I was hit with the true fact, we only have two Sunday's left with him, and as of today only one.

I cried. I hugged Sam and cried some more. I told him, you just have to let your little ol'  mom cry a little and she will be alright. I cried some more. In fact for some reason I could not really turn it off. 
Some of this has to do with looking at baby photos and working on a project to give to Sam before he leaves. It goes so fast, I just kept saying that to myself.
Then I pulled myself together, it does go fast. We have made wonderful memories along the way. The baby years .. filled with diapers, spit up and giggles. The toddler years, exploring everything, loving trucks and dinosaurs.  The early school years, filled with projects, friends and exploring. The teen years .. learning to drive, that first job and becoming more independent.

This week will be a special week for us, the last week with Sam before he heads off. It will be 10 weeks of letters and after that we will be able to visit, call and write the next 21 weeks he is doing his Individual Training. I am sure I will have up and down days until I get use to the empty chair at the dinner table, the empty bed in the bedroom and the way he greets me "Hey MOM" when he comes home from work.

I am excited for him to fly! I am proud him! I know He has got this!
 

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Cut Flower Tips and Tricks ~ Meet Me in the Garden


Assembling a bouquet of flowers from your own garden gives great pleasure. We get to appreciate the plants in a new way as we put together a unique bouquet.
 
 Meet Me in the Garden 

This July I helped with the Meet Me in the Garden workshop that the North Country Master Gardener Volunteers put on each summer. I presented a Cut Flower Tips and Tricks workshop.
 

 I shared tips for heading out to the garden to harvest flowers to create your own lovely bouquets.
Having clean buckets, tools and vases are key to helping a fresh cut flower bouquet with vase life.
When heading outside to cut your flowers, bring a bucket filled with water with you. Placing your flowers in water as soon as you cut them helps with vase life.
Try to cut in the cool of the day.. morning or evening.

 After Care ~ Bouquet Care Tips

Keep bouquets filled with water
Place flowers away from direct sunlight
Cut fresh stems when changing the water

I used the following book as a resource to put my presentation together ..


the book is full of fabulous advice and lovely photography.

I enjoyed the event and I am getting more comfortable presenting in front of others.
 

Monday, August 20, 2018

Joy List Monday





Joy List Monday

 a weekly ritual
a reminder to stop and pay attention to the little beauties and graces
 that make life magical and to set aside time for gratitude each day


♥ sweet corn .. eating fresh sweet corn on the cob with butter dripping down my chin
 ♥ spending time with my oldest son before he leaves for Basic
 ♥ visiting with friends and family that we have not seen since last summer or longer
 ♥ a friend calling up to say she has lots of plums on her plum tree .. she wants to share
♥ making plum crisp .. enjoying with a scoop of ice cream



Hello Friends,
The past two weeks have been fun of adventure and many new experiences.

I hosted my first garden tour, here at our home for DayBreak. DayBreak is an adult day care for folks with dementia. It was a very special day and I will share about the day and tour soon.

I helped with a Cut Flower Garden and Fresh Cut Flower Bouquets workshop at the Twilight Garden Tour.

We also have been busy enjoying the last few weeks with our oldest son as he prepares to leave for Basic the first week of September. We enjoyed a fun trip to Door County, Wisconsin.

I will share about each one of the above in future posts. 

 
Carla


 

 

Monday, August 6, 2018

Joy List Monday


Joy List Monday
a weekly ritual
a reminder to stop and pay attention to the little beauties and graces that make life magical and to set aside time for gratitude each day

♥ listening to summer bugs 
 ♥ sipping sun tea with a dash of lemon
  ♥ enjoying all the fresh garden veggies .. cucumbers, eggplant, tomatoes
♥ listening to baseball games on the radio
♥ summer evening walks with the ones that I love

I will be out exploring this week.
Be Back Soon!


 
 
 
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