Tuesday, May 8, 2018

The memories...


Thank you for the memories...
as my lil' pink shack is readied for sale...
I think I have a buyer who loves this ol' gal(1889)
as much as me...then it's off to pursue my
dreams of permaculture in Florida...
more adventures coming!

















Tuesday, February 27, 2018

I've become one with Florida...

First buds on my beautiful cymbidium orchid
beginning to bloom...


 I'm beyond amazed...

Then, to my surprise my plumeria starts are
beginning to send out leaves...


These giant sticks were were the result of Hurricane Irma's wrath,
My cousin's tree was blown over and she asked if I would like
the tree, hell yeah...I cut them into chunks and let them
scab over during the winter months, then when
it started to warm up I put on root fungicide,
dug holes and poked them in the ground...
so excited...!!!




Then, the aloe vera I brought from Iowa is
sending up a bloom spike...WOWZA...
this plant is 25 years old and I thought I lost her
due to frost and freeze several times on the
way to Florida, but she persevered and will
delight me with a magic wand...
can it get any better...














Tuesday, February 6, 2018

It must be Spring...

 Spring sky reminds me why I love Florida,
it's the sunsets...

 The bees are busy collecting lavender pollen,
gonna be some tasty honey somewhere...

 Azalea blossom peaks through the fern...

 Beautiful blue sky vine reaches toward her namesake,
what a beautiful blue climbing my Norfolk Island Pine...

 A sampler in the making...

Plants are growing and garden is expanding...
I don't like grass, gimmee flowers...

 Another day is at it's end and I'm still pinching
my psyche...can't believe I live in Florida...sigh...

Sunday, January 7, 2018

Lucky finds...

 I had a most excellent day of shopping,
two funky pieces found at the Habitat store...

 This amazing piece had been stripped of
it's shiny surface, I love it...

 I wasn't going to keep it, but once
I found a resting place for it in my home,
I decided it was a keeper...

 It's a perfect place to stash some of my crap
and a great place for the computer...who knew...

 And I like crap...I my call my style, British Colonial,
Safari, West Indies, Ernst Hemingway meets
Ryan Matthew Cohn...
I love me some strange...

 And I love my coral fireplace...

The chest of drawers, well, the finish
was perfect, I didn't change a thing...
Lovin' my Florida livin'...

Monday, November 13, 2017

Progress...

 Been busy painting the house, I
decided on an adobe color...
with the awnings the same rose terra cotta
as the carport...

 Painted the floor the same adobe, but
wanted one wall to be different and I
needed to pull a pink color in as well,
but didn't want the whole house pink...

 All of the trim is painted, the dormer too
and all the trees around the house have been
trimmed back...I came to terms with my fear of
heights, as I scaled the walls to paint the gable
and trimmings...it wasn't so bad...


 I'm going for a SW feel with a touch of Tuscany,
the floor looks so much better
painted adobe...

 Planted bunches of hibiscus,such
amazing blooms...

 The air unit on the right will eventually
come out and as the plants grow I'll
have some privacy, especially from
my olive tree in the huge pot...

 Finally got the lanai wall and floor painted,
I love it out there...

 And spend a lot of time in it...

 The other side of the room is my studio,
I hope t get some painting done out here...

And in the meantime I'll have an awesome view
of the lake while I work...

Monday, October 16, 2017

Survived...


 Well, I thought I'd better update y'all
on the hurricane damage...I ain't skeered...

Well, this is my mum's place, as you can see
she lost her roof, but the inside was OK,
till we had more rains, then she sprang leaks
on the West side of the ceiling...but good news,
she has her new roof and tomorrow they start on
the drywall inside, then in a few weeks the contractor
will come back and do the carport. It's important
to get people's roofs on before a carport. Our
contractor is booked until February...
we were lucky...

 My hurricane preparedness kit...
since I knew we would be without power
and the refrigerator would be off, lots of fruit
was on my agenda...

 Then, the power went out...
I truly know the meaning of hurricane lamps...
actually, we were without power for eleven days,
WOW...it sucked...however, I was lucky,
 I still had water...but, with so much rain,
the drain field was saturated...I truly know
the meaning of the term,
'thunder bucket'...it was like camping...
right...but as it turned out,
my awesome neighbors had a generator
they weren't using, so I was saved, at least I
could run a fan, keep the frig cold and have a light...
 But my home had no damage, luckily...
however, my yard was a mess, but no trees down
just denuded, the moss and branches were
churned into mulch which I am still not
finished raking. But my banana tree went down
because of the weight of the bananas,
it didn't recover and the top was blown
out of my mango tree, but it's recovering and
my papaya trees were stripped of leaves,
but are recovering...all in all,
I was lucky...!

 It was a mess, but doable...I now own a
chain saw and a generator...lol...

 The water in the lake was up a foot,
covering my two decks and gillions of pine cones
and branches litter the ground, but all is now
back in order...

 The ditches were flooded by the road
for two weeks, but, beauty is fleeting
in the aftermath...
my neighbors across the street...that carport
was in the back of their yard...they like it's
new location better...lol...win, win...

All in all, we're alive, we survived
another hurricane, it's added to the annals,
just another day in paradise!!!

Thanks for your concerns guys!