“Flowers always make people better, happier and more helpful; they are sunshine, food and medicine for the soul.” – Luther Burbank
Good morning friends, it’s Saturday and today I’m joining my friends Kim of Northern California Style and Juliet of Make Mine a Spritzer to share our weekend roundup so after you finish here make sure to hop on over to their blogs to see what they are up to this morning.
It’s cold and rainy this morning, I am sitting in bed listening to the rain pitter patter on the sky light. I have opened the shades so I can watch the pink, white and coral camellia blossoms dance and sway in the wind. I am also hoping to see the deer, they love to visit in the early morning and I have missed them lately.
The next two days we are going to have a lows in the 20’s and highs in the 50’s, the weather is all over the place. Yesterday morning I went out to do errands wearing a sweatshirt, and a light down jacket and I was still chilly, a few hours later it was 65. If the weather is cold and snowy and you are looking for a warm drink or some hot soup, look no further here a some delicious recipes I make frequently.
Tonight, before bed we move the clocks ahead one hour, I am probably in the minority when I say this but I am not excited about “springing ahead.” I don’t like when it is still light out at 9:00 at night, and to be honest I love daylight savings. But I have no say in the matter so I will be springing ahead with the rest of the country and lamenting the loss of an hour of sleep. You might think that loosing one hour of sleep is not that big of a deal but according to the experts most people don’t get enough sleep anyway so the loss of another hour is a big deal. Here are 14 sleep tips to help you as you spring ahead.
Garden Thoughts and Inspiration
This week I have been researching native plants and deer resistant plants for my area. I found out that in fact deer will eat everything and anything if they are hungry and they particularly enjoying plants with soft leaves. I have a vision, I want to create an English cottage garden and as I have never had a garden before I have been going down a rabbit hole researching what it will take to create one.
From all of my research I learned that deer are not very fond of most herbs, that is good to know because I am planting an “herb garden” as well. I use the term garden loosely because this year my focus is on the area along the patio, it is raised and there is a 21/2 wall around it, below the wall is the rest of the yard and that is where we have been trimming and feeding neglected boxwoods(117 to be exact), beyond that is the golf course. Interspersed between the existing juniper, and boxwood I am creating a layered effect and this is where I will be planting my peonies, catmint, and herbs. Here are 10 herbs that the deer resist unless they are really hungry.
I currently have 76 tabs open on my computer and at this rate I will probably have a plan in place by next year. Courtneys’ cutting garden is my inspiration. In the process I discovered a fascinating gardening blog, Pith & Vigor, written by Rochelle a garden designer, tv host and former F-18 flight simulator designer. If you like to garden and want to learn more about all things gardening this blog is for you!
Still Life Photography from Jamie Beck & Paulette Tavormina
I love still life paintings, and photographs and when I visits museums I can sit for hours and study the details. During the first lock down of the pandemic Jamie Beck created several in her Isolation Creation series. I purchased day 35 and day 50, and they are both beautiful. This week while scrolling though a magazine at the I discovered the still life photography of Paulette Tavormina, her work is stunning! You can also follow her on Instagram.
St.Patrick’s Day Sweet Treats
St.Patrick’s Day is Thursday and while I do not think I will find myself out drinking green beer I am pondering green dessert or to. Isn’t this green velvet cake gorgeous? I love the little shamrocks. If you want to make something a little easier I would suggest dark chocolate bundt cake with Irish cream glaze.
In case you missed my Friday Favorites post I shared some easy, cheesy recipes, the latest books I am reading, lots of interesting articles that will take you from the streets of Paris to the Gilded Age, teach you about inflation and introduce you to new artists, among other things. These is something for everyone!
Have a wonderful day friends, enjoy your weekend and thank you for sharing part of your day with me.
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