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Friday, November 8, 2013

A Bit of This and That

I hope everyone is enjoying the start of their weekend.  This morning on our walk the air was very brisk and it was breezy making the temperature seem colder than it really was. A heavier hooded sweatshirt was needed and a pair of capri's instead of the usual shorts.

I took some photos of various things that have been keeping me busy over the last few days and thought I'd share them with you and a bit of history in between.

Painted clay pots.

Here are three clay pots that I painted, one for me, one for husband and one for my neighbor.  I wanted to do something different so I painted them in pretty bright colors.

As you know, this time of year the flowers are "slim pickin's" but they did have some violets which smelled divine.  So, I potted two of the three pots with them (keeping in mind that one was going to my neighbor).

Husband has not decided what he wants in his pot yet...waiting for spring I guess.  I think he would like some type of cactus but I guess I'll just have to wait to see what he decides.  :-)
Somebody hid a pecan!
As I was checking my plants out back, I noticed this pecan hidden under one of the leaves.  No doubt a squirrel hid it there for later.  I left it so that he could come back to find it when he was ready.  I check everyday to see if it is still there.

My fern garden
Some of you may remember when I planted this in June with leafy fronds given to me by my neighbor.  The Asparagus ferns and Gardenia's we purchased. This morning while having our coffee out on the back patio, I noticed the sun filtering through onto my ferns and it was so pretty I had to snap a pic.

Decorated Pine cones
Last Sunday husband and I spent a couple of hours painting and preparing pine cones.  I painted and used German glass glitter on some, some were sprayed with adhesive and sprinkled with the silver glitter to give them a sugary effect.  FYI: most of my pinecones were fully opened and dry but some I prepared for decorating by placing in a preheated oven at 200 degrees for 30 minutes to dry out the sap and get rid of any pests that could be inside them.  I used my essence of Lavender oil and a dropper to scent them and placed them in a zip lock bag for 30 days.  I'll then tie them in pairs of twos, add a sprig of holly and some ivory twine for hanging.  It is a tedious job painting them but I enjoyed it.

It seems to me that this time of year nature gives us a bountiful of wonderful gifts.  Pinecones, moss from the trees, acorns and it is when we (husband and I) take our morning and afternoon walks that I take the time to notice everything that nature has to offer.

 For the past three weeks when husband and I take our walks, we walk down a street that has a cul-de-sac.  Just as we round the corner, coming to the end of it we start to smell the sweet scent of Jasmine and as we get closer to this house the scent keeps getting stronger until we are standing in front of it.  The smell is overpowering at this point and I have started to just stand there for a minute or so to try to figure out where it is coming from. There are no plants or flowers anywhere around and the rear of the house overlooks St. Andrews Bay.  It is on this same street that I have twice found a dove feather right in my path...I even picked one of them up. Yesterday,  also on this street, I found a small leaf with three smaller perfectly rounded seeds sitting inside the leaf that was shaped like a very tiny boat.  I am quite puzzled by all of this.  Some days we only smell it in the morning and not in the afternoon and other times we have smelled it in the afternoon but not in the morning. And then there are days when we smell it both in the a.m. and p.m. This house is empty and the lady who owned it passed away about two years ago and it has been up for sale all this time. The lady had a son and a daughter who are at odds about selling it...the son wants to and the daughter doesn't.  So, every time someone makes an offer on it, it isn't accepted by the daughter.  I am trying to figure out what God and nature is trying to tell me.  I have at other times in my life smelled fragrances i.e. roses, gardenias,  frankincense and myrrh when there was nothing floral anywhere around me at home but never outside in front of the same house for three weeks.  It has given me pause... I've been praying to God for an answer to why this is happening.  But, until I get an answer, I guess I'll have to be satisfied with knowing that I will continue to smell this heavenly scent and be grateful for it.  :-)


  1. Kris,
    I think pictures of a bit of this and that are the best pictures of all. Sometimes I do a post called "Just Because" that shows pictures that I took of interesting and lovely things. The purple flowers are so pretty, and what a story this is about the Jasmine you keep smelling. Perhaps it is in the back of the house, which you don't see? Do keep me posted on that, I'd love to hear your thoughts. I love those glittery pine cones and want to do the same thing this year for Christmas.

    Your "A Bit of This and That" pictures were so delightful.


  2. Pretty pots - and I was surprised to see the hole on the side instead of in the bottom, have never seen that in a pot! :-)

  3. Hi Kris,
    it is very nice to read about your thoughts.
    The pots are really beautiful. Your neighbor will be excited to get this beautiful pot. The violets look pretty on it.. I love violets very much. I always plant it in spring in the garden. But I still have to wait untill spring come. Currently we have a bad's getting cold and wet outside. But I try to make the best of it spend a lot of time on the sofa and reading roman and magazin...and eat much *LOL*.
    Have a great week.

  4. Your weather is beautiful this time of year. I love your pretty pots. How sweet that you and your husband worked on the pinecones.

  5. Love the enigmatic tale of the jasmine and the other little signs ... it really does seem as though maybe the old lady is not quite ready to leave this world or is trying to tell you something ...
    How lovely that you and your husband take a walk together every day and take time to sit down and make things together.
    It is definitely getting colder here now ... Jack Frost paid his first visit to us this week!
    M x

  6. how creative+beautiful! I love home-made natural gifts...all the best+hapyp weekend from Holland!


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