Sunday, July 24, 2011

I heart Macro

Seems like I never post to this blog unless I am linking to I heart Macro!  This weekend I am in Virginia to celebrate my oldest son's 40th birthday.  Frankly, I am having trouble trying to figure out how he could be so old while I am still so young!

Yesterday when we were beginning the set up for the big party, I saw this beautiful butterfly on the rosemary bush.  I thought "perfect!" for a macro shot.  Here it is

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Click on the link to see lots of really beautiful photos!

Sunday, July 17, 2011

The Cookie Tin

My grandmother kept cookies in an old English toffee tin.  One of my fondest memories is going to Nanny's house and running back to the kitchen to see what was in the tin.  Most often there were leb cookies (a large, soft sugar cookie - not to be confused with lebkuchen!) perfect for dunking in a big glass of cold milk.  My sister was fortunate to have received the original tin from my grandmother's home. I will admit to being a tad jealous!  I found this one at an estate sale about 30 years ago.  It wasn't Nanny's but seeing it always reminds me of her.

Linking up to "i heart macro".  Follow the button to see what other's found to photograph!

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Sunday, July 3, 2011

I heart Macro

Ever since I lived in Normandy Park, Washington I have wanted calla lilies.  I finally have one of my own.

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Getting closer

After 16 bags of river rocks, I still have this

The whole gravel filled space is supposed to look like this

Just four more bags (I hope) and it will finally be finished.  20 bags of river rock from Lowe's is still less expensive than a yard of them delivered from our local landscape supplier.  I had half a yard of gravel left from my stone delivery so I didn't want to end up with too much river rock as well.  Thank goodness my neighbor had a use for the extra gravel!

I also picked up some "scratch and dent" flowers from Lowe's when we went for rocks.  The gerbera daisies are in planters and just needed to have the spent flower heads removed and a good watering.  I also picked up 4 pots of pink larkspur.  I think they will be gorgeous next summer.  I love pink in the garden and pale pink will be such eye candy!

Friday, July 1, 2011

The far

This was the project last weekend.

My son "re-boxed" the entire section at the back of the house and then built the box for the patio pavers.  We filled in everything else with small stones and leveled as much as possible.  Our town is built on a series of hills and my property is about two feet higher than my neighbor's.  We have a retaining wall between the properties but my yard still slopes significantly.  Chad did an excellent job given the situation with the slope.  This weekend my younger son is coming and river rock will fill cover the grey stone.  Updates after the weekend!