. . . how does your garden grow?

Gardening is a joyous activity.

It doesn’t make any difference whether its flowers or a veggie patch, planting seeds and watching them grow is rewarding in many, many ways.

I usually plant only flowers in my small patio garden but this year I planted a squash and a watermelon as well.

So far, I’ve harvested one batch of squash and have about a dozen more that will be ready to pick by the end of the week. I also have three tiny watermelons that are about the size of my pinky finger. I can’t wait for them to get big enough to harvest.

I think that next year, instead of morning glory, I’ll plant pole beans on my trellis.

Hmmmm, next year’s garden will have squash, green beans, tomatoes, cucumbers, and watermelon. All I’ll need to add is cornbread and iced tea for the perfect Southern meal.

Every Picture Tells a Story

Just when you least expect it, someone reaches in and grabs your heart and just won’t let go.

That happened to me a few decades ago when my baby sister was born. It happened again a few days ago when she gave me this birthday gift.

I’m not sure when she first started making collages, maybe in her teens, but she has for as long as I can remember. She creates them for loved ones and puts much of herself into every one she creates.

Making collages, when done well, is a painstaking process that takes hours of time and requires an artistic eye, as well as a spirit of adventure. Rosie is a talented artist with a husband and children and just starting her own business so just knowing that she took all the time needed to create the collage shown above — just for me– means more to me than I can ever adequately express.

And, then there is the content of this collage, I am amazed! In fact, it warms the cockles of this old girl’s heart and will for many years to come.

Thank you, sweet Rosie!

Some pics are worth more than a thousand words!

I piddled around with photography in college – decades ago – but never really got the hang of it. I mean, I could point and click, but I just didn’t get all that business about f-stops.

I guess that’s why when I see a picture that stops me in my tracks I want to share it with the world. I came across a cache of such pictures recently, taken by a former coworker from another life.

I knew he was a talented cartoonist, but hadn’t a clue he was a talented photographer as well. Anyway, rather than wasting your time trying to describe his art, I’ll just point you to it:


Thanks, Brad, for the wonderful view!

A few of my favorites:

Green Bench


Children's Painted Horses