Thursday, July 21, 2011

Bah. Best Intentions.

Have you noticed?  It's mid-July?  I had promised a Clothesline Challenge this summer which then got, er, hung up, so to speak.  Today we are staying cool inside the air-conditioned bliss of the house while temperatures soar to the hundreds (And Beyond!).

So far the summer had been wonderful, despite the high temperatures and my children's addiction to television.  What brought them to this point?  Well, an overly permissive mama is really to blame but a small creature also had something to do with it.  One that need infinite patience to banish.  One that makes mama throw up her hands and lets her children watch marathon amounts of television (on that first day, inparticular) all while appeasing them with candy.  Can I give you a hint?  Remember my post here?

What has been keeping you busy this summer?

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Spring Has Sprung in Virginia

Today, after a heavy rain the previous day, I put the first wavy petunias in the planter and window box.  Spring Break has officially begun!

Stay tuned for the Clothesline Challenge 2011 beginning May 1st (my dryer truly needs a rest).

On a very unrelated note...  Any Friday Night Lights fans out there?  For those of you without pay television, the fifth and final season has at last begun on NBC.  I've already gone ahead and watched Season Five on DVD (don't spoilers here) and the final episode is just as sweet as southern tea.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Green Chit Chat

A big thank you so much to the three of you who have already signed up for this year's Clothesline Challenge!

Robin from Simple.Green.Organic.Happy, my very forgiving penpal from Australia, and Willo from Green Gracious jumped right on board within hours of my posting.  And the official challenge doesn't even start until May 1st!

This year I promise not to be as lazy and offer some more green giveaways.  I'm teaming up with a blogger-soon-to-be-revealed who is quite fabric-crafty and who will no doubt have some clothesline-related doo-dads up her sleeve(s). 

As we get closer to spring, I always like to peruse the latest edition of Kids Garden News from  Two items stood out:

If you are in the Grand Rapids/East Lansing area of the country, the 19th Annual Children & Youth Gardening Symposium will be held there towards the end of July.  Many moons ago Green Husband presented at this conference and I tagged along.  If they are offering garden tours this year, be sure to take advantage of this very inspiring opportunity.

Are you a teacher?  In the mood for a lot of slaw?  Know a third grade class who would like to raise some cabbages?  Then check out Bonnie Plants 3rd Grade Cabbage Program.  I mean, really, is there anything more that can be said about this...?

And finally I leave you with a fitting and timely excerpt from a poem by Jane Kenyon, one of my favorite poets.
The shadow of smoke rising from the chimney
moves abruptly over the yard.
The clothesline rises in the wind. One
wooden pin is left, solitary as a finger;
it, too, rises and falls.
from "Bright Sun after Heavy Snow" by Jane Kenyon, from The Boat of Quiet Hours. © Graywolf Press, 1986.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Clothesline Challenge 2011!!!

Yes, Virginia, there will be a Clothesline Challenge 2011.

Newbies, read up on it here and here.

Veterans, dust off your clothespins and find those lines buried under the snow.

Gift of Green's Clothesline Challenge 2011 begins May 1st.

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Boing!! Spring!

Well, not really...and for those of you to the Mid-West to the Mid-Atlantic, I know that the notion of Spring is but a teasing whisper in your ear.

But do you know that feeling...?  When you are *done* with Winter and all the fun it entails.  We've loved the snowmen, the snow days, the cozy days drinking hot chocolate, but then, then, you get a whiff of Spring.  Maybe the temperature is above forty degrees, even if just for a few hours.  Or you hear a bird chirping outside your window.  Or...The Seed Catalog Arrives.

That's where we are right now.  The air felt warm, the bird sounded happy instead of pining, and the catalog just arrived.

So, of course, in the spirit of Spring, this blog needed refreshing AND I suddenly felt my husband needed this for Valentine's Day (from Gardener's Supply Company):

(The woman is not included)

This year, I so resolve to break out my copy of Roots, Shoots, Buckets & Boots

Most intriguing to me is A Garden of Giants! I would love for my children to be able to get lost in a maze of towering plants; to forget about the outside world for a while and to create their own surrounded by flowers.

And finally, a special thank you to Nini Makes who selected me personally (oh, I know it was luck of the draw, but how lucky I am!) to receive such a delightful pin cushion! Thank you, Joanie!

Are you dreaming of Spring?

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Cliches and Secret Blogs

SOMEone at my place of employment is looking for my blog.  She even attempted to shake down my kids (lightly, of course).  She has a blog herself which I really enjoy.  I'm not sure why I hesitate to share my blog with her - are my thoughts really that personal?  Is your blog a Secret?  To some or to everyone?

As I get older, I'm finding that I get a tad bit, shall I say, emotional at overworn, trite, hackneyed cliches (am I being redundent?).  Such as:

"We cannot control the wind, but we can adjust the sails."


"Choose happiness."

What cliches have been catching you off guard lately?

P.S.  By the way, "You're the Cream in my Coffee" is a good one too.