Monday, September 18, 2017

Magnolias in Bloom

The Magnolia trees are in full bloom at the end of the summer here in Florida.

I took these photos a couple of nights before the hurricane hit but this tree survived. Magnolias are hardy and strong trees. I think some of the blooms even hung on.

 Doesn't this look like a little fish trying to jump out of the pond? I think it's just the dry top of a reed. 

A couple of nights after the hurricane, we were awed by this magnificent sky at sundown.

I guess we'll be saying 'before' and 'after' the storm for awhile but things are getting back to normal in my little part of the world! We are blessed and....

I’m joining Mosaic Monday HERE.

Saturday, September 16, 2017

The Calm AFTER the Storm

Hurricane Irma came through North Central Florida overnight Sunday...into the wee hours of Monday morning. We didn't get much sleep but by the next day the rain ended and high winds continued. Tuesday morning we had blue skies and less wind and that gave us a chance to get outside and see what was what. Just small limbs, leaves and debris around our house but my friend on the next street had a big tree come down in her backyard. And now that we've had a chance to drive around, there are lots of trees down....many of them uprooted. 

 I walked to the pond on Tuesday night so I'll share those photos.

 From this angle you can get an idea of what I mean by limbs, leaves and debris. 

 It's everywhere like that. I'm going to be sad to see what damage there has been at my beloved Shalom Park. We drove by there Thursday but the gates were locked.

 I was happy to see the Little Blue Heron at the pond but most of the tall reeds have blown down.

A couple of nights before the storm, I saw about 15 ducks at the pond. Shovelers, Hybrid Mallards and Grebes. But they are not there now. 

We continue to pray for those that are still suffering from Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma. It's been a tough year and I appreciate all of my blog buddies that have prayed for us. Friends and family...caring and praying...makes all the difference in the world. 💕

I’m joining Saturday’s critters HERE

and I’d Rather B Birdin’.

Monday, September 11, 2017

We Survived Hurricane Irma!

We spent a miserable night with the howling winds as Hurricane Irma came right up through the center of the state...where we live! I don't know how we managed to have such little damage but we are very fortunate. We have some loose shingles and our lawn and the golf course behind us is littered with leaves, Spanish moss and small branches. We still have Tropical force winds today so we can't get outside yet. There's no way to know yet what damage is in our neighborhood and community. 

The winds were FIERCE overnight and the wind pounded the windows. We had moved our furniture away from the windows but we had very little dampness on the windowsills.

WHEW...we are busy today putting our house back in order. At least I cooked extra in case we lost power, so we will be eating good this week. So far our power has blinked on and off but stayed on for the most part.

Thank you ALL so much for your prayers. And thanks for all of the sweet comments and thoughtful emails. We continue to pray for those that have suffered damage and for those still in the path.

I always love to go to Princess Sassy Pants to see her beautiful art and quotes. Thanks to her for this perfect post!

I'll be back soon. Don't have too much fun while I'm gone! teehee!

Your blog buddy, Diane

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

A Winner and a Storm on the way!

We are preparing for a major Hurricane here in Florida now and I would appreciate everyone's prayers. We're busy getting our house ready and buying extra supplies. Hopefully we won't have to leave but we'll be ready to do that if the need arises.

I'll post the conditions when I can.

The winner of my little giveaway is our sweet Sheri from Red Rose Alley. Isn't this a perfect little book for her? I won't be able to send it out to you until next week, Sheri, but send me your address so that I can get the package ready.

We've spent today shopping for extra groceries, taking a donation to Hospice Thrift Store and filling the gas tank. I'm working in the lanai putting things away. The lanai is not as secure as the rest of our house so we'll have to move the furniture into the main part of the house. (and I do have a few knick knacks out there to deal with! lol) Hubby is outside working on the grill and outdoor furniture and plants.

 (all photos of roses in my flower beds)

Keep us in your prayers dear friends! 💖

Monday, September 4, 2017

Rainbow Clouds

I know there's a proper name for these clouds but I'm not sure what it is. 

And I knew you would want to walk with me to the neighborhood pond on this special night!

Have you ever seen such unusual clouds?

I had to make myself go home! 

It was getting darker but the clouds kept their color.

So I walked home and stood in the driveway and watched the color diminish.

Time to go to bed now and have sweet cotton candy dreams!

I'll announce the winner of my giveaway Wednesday! There's still time to enter on the post HERE!

Happy Labor Day!  🌈

I’m joining Mosaic Monday HERE.

Saturday, September 2, 2017

The lost Sandpiper

I'm sharing a few photos from my walks to the pond this week. We had a very unusual visitor! 

 A Sandpiper!

 He was on the golf course! 

We don't live on the beach. We live in North Central Florida so this was the first time I've ever seen a Sandpiper here. We've seen them at Canaveral National Seashore but not this far inland.

The Little Blue Heron flew in while I was there. He fluffed his feathers when he landed.

A pretty duck was in the water....

and a family of Moorhens.

But a Sandpiper? I never!!!!

I'm having a Giveaway! If you would like to enter, click HERE to go to the Giveaway post! 

I’m joining Saturday’s critters HERE

and I’d Rather B Birdin’.

Thursday, August 31, 2017

"Smell the Roses" Giveaway and important info to share!

I'll start with the important information to share. My good blog friend, Stacey at Poofing the Pillows shared the links to two organizations to donate to those in need suffering from Hurricane Harvey. Here they are...

Click HERE to go to the American Red Cross.

And click HERE to donate to the The Humane Society of the United States Animal Rescue Team.

Like she said in her post, "Every penny helps in times of crisis." Thanks Stacey!

I would like to start off the new month with a giveaway. August has been extremely difficult for us and when I am stressed....I WORK! I've done extra cleaning around the house and LOTS of crafting! 

And you know when I make something 'new', I'm anxious to share it with all of you!

I'm making altered books....junk journals! 

And I made this one to give away!

It's a little 'Smell the Roses' book that I cut apart and put back together.

I kept some of the original pages with quotes I liked.

And then glued papers and pockets on pretty paper.

I made tags and 

 included lots of plain paper for drawing and writing.

Then I drilled holes in the cover ...ahem....Hubby was nice enough to drills holes in the cover and order me some book rings.

I tied pretty ribbons and found a vintage rose to complete the book. There's still lots of room for the winner to embellish the book! Lots of fun to play with!

The giveaway is open to everyone! Just leave a comment. I've been gathering ideas AND vintage paper, etc to make more. If you have any ideas for themes let me know. 

But to be entered....any comment will do! 

I'm so very thankful for all of you!

I’m joining Thankful Thursdays.

Monday, August 28, 2017

"One Excuse is as good as another"

That's a famous quote! Do you know who said that? My Dad! heehee! He hated excuses and when he 'felt' one coming he would say, "One excuse is as good as another". In other words, don't give me your 'excuses'! So I'll just say, I'm sorry I haven't blogged lately and more importantly that I haven't visited any of my blog buddies.

I was in another that doesn't have internet....and I broke both my wrists.....and I looked at the coo coo bird in the previous post and went coo coo. See what I mean. Lame excuses....don't you think? hahahaha!
 I'm just KIDDING!!! 

I've been fine! And crafting like crazy. I've been working at my crafts like it's a regular job! But I'm doing something that's SO much fun. And I promise I'll share it soon!

So I'm ready to get back on my computer and do some visiting. What's new with all of YOU? 

We are keeping everyone in Texas in our prayers this week. What a devastating week it's been for our country. 

 (butterflies in the Pentas in our flower bed)

Thanks for visiting and God bless you!