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country lanes

Monday, April 27, 2009

This is one or our back woods country lanes. We love riding around these back roads as you never know where they will lead you and the sights you will see. Our lives are ptetty well like these back roads. Our past is already come and gone and we never know where each day or moment will lead us. All we can do is follow the road to where it may lead whether to the ruts in life or to the wild flowers or to a rainbow in the sky. We have to trust our Lord to lead us in the right places and to keep us from danger. Where does your pathway lead?

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JGMK55 4/30/2009 7:01AM

    What a wonderful photo! We are blessed to have a cabin at the edge of a National Forest. There is NOTHING around us - just like your photo. And it is there that I can truly achieve total peace. Have a great day - thanks for sharing - and the path/lane leads where you want it to!!

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ANGORA4 4/29/2009 11:04PM

    Even though we wish we knew what was coming, I think the mystery of each day is a blessing. We never know what will be around the next curve, and find surprises even when we think we know how the day will turn out. I've always loved walking 'just one more bend', just to see what new thing I could find. Love your pic, makes me want to see what's beyond that bend!

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PJOY@EMAIL.COM 4/28/2009 10:50AM

    I'm from Arkansas also. That is a great picture and show our states beauty,

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HICKOK-HALEY 4/27/2009 10:29PM

    Beautiful picture. I would love to ride there as well. Everything you said is so true!

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SUNNY332 4/27/2009 8:50PM

    Looks a lot like my neck of the woods here in Missouri.

My favorite pathway leads me to my best fishing hole and for that
I am so grateful.

God Bless. Sunny

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family day

Sunday, April 26, 2009

Well we had the kids and granddaughters out for a belated birthday visit for the son. He helped to put up the new purple martin birdhouse that Sonny had finished making. We all had a great time visiting and enjoying the nice weather we have been having. It has gotten up into high 80F's here but wind has been blowing so it has been nice. Bluebirds are nesting in the new boxes now and hopefully we will have the martins here soon too. The last picture here is of the 3 granddaughters ages 5, 9, and 13. I call them the 3 stoogies. It took me 10 shot before they all quit acting silly to get a good shot. I think this one will be blown up and framed.

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BEVZEEBEE1 4/28/2009 1:51AM

  I enjoyed seeing the pictures of your granddaughters. I'm glad your weather is so nice, we've had rain for 4 days it was quite hot and humid earlier yesterday. Thanks for the garden gnome. emoticon

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ANGORA4 4/27/2009 3:25PM

    So good to have you back, sure missed these wonderful slices of life. How wonderful that the bluebirds are already nesting. Warm here too, high eighties as well.

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HICKOK-HALEY 4/27/2009 1:49AM

    I love the bird house. That's great you had a day with the Grandkids, and your son!

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2BFREE2LIVE 4/27/2009 1:05AM

    That is a great looking family you have. The bird house your Hubby built looks great, does he sell them or just make them for you? The stooges are so cute.

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flowers, flowers, flowers

Saturday, April 25, 2009

My computer crashed on March 31st and I got it working until right before Easter. I have had to deal with Dell on my warranty which wasn't worth a red cent. I wound up getting it fixed locally and found to my dismay that Dell had even sent the wrong parts. Now I'm dealing with trying to get my money back on the extended warranty. For what that cost me, I could have gotten my computer fixed 4 times.

In the meantime, I had plenty of time on my hands. I made about 9 dolls, finished up some crib bumpers I had procrastinated on and helped on getting our veggie garden planted, flower pots and flower beds filled and helped clear off the property to the back of the house. In fact it was quite pleasant so I've vowed not to spend all my time here and spend more time outside and doing things that need to be done around here.

The photo here is of an old garden cart we had. We used to use it behind our lawn mower but now have larger ones that our mule pulls. So we moved it to the front of the house and painted it this pale green. Notice the chicken wire attached to it. We have a dog who is notorious for sleeping in it. Also found an old bottomless chair and used it for a pot of wave petunias. And geraniums are in the cute birdhouse planter. Hope you enjoy it as much as I've enjoyed fixing it up. More to come later.

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PJOY@EMAIL.COM 4/28/2009 10:52AM


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GRALLEN 4/27/2009 10:05PM

    How lovely. Thanks for including the photo. I need you to come help me in my yard. I have no imagination on gardening what so ever. I just buy what looks pretty and hope it lives. lol

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SUNNY332 4/27/2009 8:51PM

    Looks great, Barb!


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DORATHYINMN. 4/25/2009 10:18PM


Dear Barb,

I love your flower beds, they are very neat. It gives me an idea on how to do my yard.

That's cool how your dog likes to sleep in the cart.

My you have fun in your yard.

Dorathyinmn. emoticon

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TZH4145 4/25/2009 7:29PM

    I love your flowers and I love those marvelous ideas of yours on using a cart, a bottomless chair and a birdhouse planter for flowers. You have such a beautiful front yard.!!

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Meaning of the iris

Thursday, April 09, 2009

As you by now know...the iris is my favorite flower of all times. I did a little research on the iris and this is what I found.

Few other flowers can match the elegant beauty of the iris. Representing faith, hope, and wisdom, the iris is a flower that can be used for many different occasions. While it is most known for its distinctive blue varieties, the iris can also be found in other colors such as yellow and white.
The iris's history is rich, dating back to Ancient Greek times when the Greek Goddess Iris, the messenger of the gods and the personification of the rainbow, acted as the link between heaven and earth. Purple irises were planted over the graves of women to summon the Goddess to guide the dead in their journey. Ancient Egyptian kings marveled in the irisís exotic nature, and drawings have been found of the flower in a number of Egyptian palaces. During the Middle Ages, the meaning of irises became linked to the French monarchy, and the Fleur-de-lis eventually became the recognized national symbol of France. From their earliest years, irises were used to make perfume and as a medicinal remedy. Today, they are primarily seen in gardens, in bouquets, and in the wild all over the world.
Through its intricate history, the meanings of the iris has come to include faith, hope, and wisdom. Depending on factors such as color and region, irises may bear additional meanings as well. In some parts of the world, the dark blue or purple iris can denote royalty, whereas the yellow iris can be a symbol of passion. Irises may also express courage and admiration. The many meanings of the iris makes the flower a great choice for an array of gift giving occasions: corporate, sympathy, get well, thinking of you, and birthday are just some of the occasions for which irises might be the perfect choice.

Today, the iris is the state flower of Tennessee, and the Fleur-de-lis is the emblem for the city of New Orleans. Irises are cultivated all over the world, and they can be found naturally in Europe, the Middle East, northern Africa, Asia, and North America.

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PJOY@EMAIL.COM 4/28/2009 10:55AM

    I have never heard of this before. Thank you for sharing. Beautiful flower.

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WYOBZM 4/10/2009 9:35AM

    Thanks. I love flowers. Check out my photo gallery. I have been cataloging the Wyoming ones for the last few years. Just planted some iris bulbs last year and hope they come up. The wild irises in the boggy parts of our forests are beautiful, but that won't happen until June.
Looking forward to more flower history from you. emoticon

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ANGORA4 4/9/2009 11:51PM

    You sure are a fount of fascinating information! I do love iris as well, especially the striped and speckled ones. Mom has a funny one that was my grandma's (of course, grandma was born in 1876, so it's still old!) It's a purple and lavendar iris, and the first blossom opens normally, with the upright standards and the drooping falls. But the succeeding flowers open flat like a japanese iris. Until it gets back to the last few flowers, which revert back to the original form. Really odd.

We have tiny little rock garden irises. And the slender graceful siberian iris. Some wild yellow swamp iris. A selection of bearded iris. A lone Japanese iris.

Last fall, I bought a frilly bright yellow iris, and hopefully a 'Steppin' Out' type striped violet and white. I've tried the tie dye pattern violet and white 'Batik', but haven't got one to grow yet. Hopefully soon!

Mom has a coppery one similar to your photo, think it was called 'Fire (something or other)'. It's such an unusual color.

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    I did not know this

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Give thanks today!!

Wednesday, April 08, 2009

I'm just so thankful to live where I live and enjoy the outdoors like I do. Also enjoy gardening and have the room to have garden space. I'm very thankful for having dodged the freeze on Tuesday morning and then today it go all the way up to 79F. What a difference a day makes. Blue birds are nesting and the mockingbirds are back and singing. We got the garden retilled and the lawn mowed. We need to remember the true meaning of Easter and Passover!!!

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ANGORA4 4/8/2009 10:46PM

    Looking for blessings is always a good way to start the day! And so excited for your good news about the freezes! Woo hoo!

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