I have a priceless art collection. Each piece was eagerly carried home in a backpack. A few never survived the trip. Those that managed to arrive safely were greeted with appreciation and safely tucked away.
Until last week...
when I decided it was time to display my priceless collection.
This corner of my home brings a smile to my face every time I pass by.
For the past two days I have been running around in a self-imposed tizzy. The "to-do" list that seemed so do-able in June, now seems impossible and frustrating. So many things to do before school starts.
For the record...my "tizzy fit" happens every summer.
This morning after rushing to Walmart, going through the crazy mental check list, and feeling overwhelmed, the Holy Spirit said to me.....
"Did you walk 3 miles to get water for your family?"
"Did you wash your family's laundry in a river yesterday?"
"Hmmm....someone really needs to get over herself."
My mental smack up the side of the head was well timed and deserved.
My front porch... a place for family treasures, hand-me-downs, and thrift store bargains.
The rocking chairs were given to me as a college graduation gift. Bob bought one and our landlord bought the other one. The table is a hand-me-down from my mom. The cushions were a Goodwill find and then later covered with a thrifted fabric. I saw the bolt of fabric and left the store without it. Later that evening I regretted not buying the fabric. I gave my mom a call and she went back to the store for me. I think the entire bolt was $5.
The ladder is all that is left of a bunk bed Bob made for the boys. The gray birdhouse was made by Bob's Uncle Wayne. It has a Kansas car tag for a roof.
My mother-in-law made this mosaic ball. She used glass tiles to cover a bowling ball. It is gorgeous.
My $2.50 thrifted side table. It was in sad shape but a coat of apple green spray paint was all it needed.
The purple petunia was a Mother's Day gift from Adam.
This year I used flowers for my hanging baskets. I usually buy ferns. Ferns are much easier to grow. While I like the flowers, I do not like the baskets I used. I'm a lazy gardener and I need something that can handle not being watered every day. I'm going to have to rethink the flowers next year.
Now if the mosquitoes would just go away... I might be able to sit outside and enjoy the porch :)
Last year's garden was a complete failure. I had a few spindly tomato plants and a handful of green beans. Literally...a handful. There wasn't enough for one meal. I fed them to the chickens.
This year we built raised beds and filled them with soil conditioner. One load even had a horseshoe in it.
What a difference! These tomato plants are around 6 ft tall. It's a veritable jungle inside the fence.
This is ONE watermelon plant. It has spread all over the place and is now climbing the fence.
I have two melons that are this size and a ton of blooms. If they all mature before the first frost, I'll have enough melons to supply the entire neighborhood.
I did not take a picture of my green beans. For some reason, they will not grow in this garden. Just my luck....the one green vegetable that everyone in my family will actually eat and I can't grow it.
I guess the green beans are keeping me humble this year....