Thursday, March 22, 2012

~Helloooo Spring!~

Lately, it's been so crazy around my house and with me personally.   I've been in and out reading posts and sending replies but haven't had the chance to do much of anything else it seems!!  I finally slowed down some to take pictures to share with you about how Spring is showing up here at the home place. 

We've been experiencing the warmer than normal temps like so many places around the country but have been holding our breaths when things started blooming because we've been known to get late, hard freezes as late as the first week in April.  So far, so good.
Last year, I planted four Carolina Jessamine plants (from the jasmine family) at the base of the four beams of my pergola.  All but three are thriving fairly well after the horrendous heat  we had last summer.  Hubby got one when he was spraying for weeds last year...drat it!!  But I think I can get another one at Lowes, where I got the other plants.

The flowers are supposed to be fragrant, but the scent is so subtle that you have to stick your nose right into them.  I am hoping that as there are more blossoms, the scent will be more noticeable.  I am so pleased with how they are turning out.

While you enjoy these beautiful pictures, which by the way, I was taking while it was pretty darn windy outside so I am amazed that any of my photos turned out. :).  Anyway, while you enjoy the photos, I'll ramble on a bit about why I've been missing in action for a while.  Or you can ignore the rambling and just enjoy the photos.  You're here and that all that really matters in my book.  :)

I have mentioned before that I suffer from fibromyalgia; best described as flu-like symptoms, without the fever, or feeling like I've been run over by a steam roller on a daily basis.  It's not life threatening but it sure is life debilitating.  And then I suffer from chronic fatigue, too.  Some days, I don't get much of anything accomplished because of the pain and, lately, I have been battling insomnia; one of the side effects of this disorder.  Some nights I get only four or five hours of sleep...not good either.  This is just an FYI.  I am definitely not looking for sympathy as I know there are many of you out there, or know of someone, who suffer from much worse health issues than I do!

My house suffers terribly because of it but I had to get some major housecleaning done recently as my daughter was having a jewelry party and her home is not big enough for large groups of people, so I always allow her to have events like these, even birthday parties and family gatherings, in our home.   What normally takes one person a day or so to do a good cleaning, took me about a week!

 So the other night, the jewelry party took place.  Thankfully, I remembered to grab my camera and take some pics of some of the happenings.  Snacks on the island and jewelry galore on the breakfast table.  Who could ask for anything more?

 Tater Tot was so excited that she got to come to a party with her Mama.  Darn cups....should have moved them out of the way!

 While we were in the living room for the demonstrations, Tater Tot got to play dress up with everything and that girl loves her some bling!  When things started winding down, she decided that Mama needed some dressing up and proceeded to make her look her best.

Several necklaces, bracelets, rings and even two watches!!  Mom is all decked out and has no place to go. :( Yes, she is the daughter who is pregnant and expecting in September.

She even dressed herself up with all the pieces that seemed to be her favorites.  I told you that girl loved her some bling.  She's very good about knowing when things don't belong to her and doesn't whine or cry about keeping things that need to be given back.  She sure had some fun though.

Back to the flowers for a bit.  This is a bush on the north side of my house.  I'm not good at remembering the names of my plants, but I do remember this one.  It is called a Pink Flowering Almond Bush.

I love this bush!  There are so many blossoms on this little baby that it almost makes you dizzy!  Unfortunately, there is no fragrance with this beautiful plant.

I ordered it online and it was so small that I almost pulled it up a time or two as I thought it was a stray weed!!  Thankfully, I didn't.  It has grown leaps and bounds.  Look at all those small, delicate blossoms!!  Too bad they don't stay around all summer long.  Even so, I think I will order another one another side of the house.  I don't have to do anything other than enjoy the short flowering season and the ease of care.

Okay, where was I?  Oh yes, why I've been missing in action.  Anyway, I had to take it easy for a day or so to recover from all the work I did to get the house ready.  My house is clean... for now.  And the party was alot of fun.

Then there was my monthly doctor's appointment and then shopping all in the big city, which takes a good chunk out of my day.  Then the following day, I had the joy of watching my grandbabies.  Unfortunately, events like these take their toll on me and I have to rest up and get basically nothing accomplished. :/  Shopping I can "almost" do without but the grandbabies...never!!

I've also been working on the Easter swap that I decided to take part in.  It is being hosted It's A Very Cherry World.  I got my package from Erica, my swap partner, the other day and I am beyond ecstatic with what she sent me.  Thank you, Erica!  Obviously, I'm a bit behind with my project but I'll share that with you and all the wonderful little pretties that Erica sent me.

I've also been working on a new business venture that is keeping me fairly busy as I learn about it and getting things off the ground floor.  I am excited about being able to do this and will be sharing that with you next week.

I've also got some Spring dresses to make that I promised my granddaughters.  And then there's the fabric-covered notebooks that I need to get finished for my giveaway!  Oh, and I guess I'd better get busy and change my banner...Winter is officially over now, isn't it?  Can you say B.U.S.Y.???  Whew!!

So, that's what's been going on in my little world as I enjoy this beautiful Spring weather and all that it brings.  What's going on in your world these days?

Take a deep breath and smell the freshness that Spring brings~

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Alix said...

Your daughter's jewellery party looks like fun, especially for little girls! The Carolina Jessamine is so cheery with those gorgeous yellow flowers, but the flowering almond, in its abundance, is a real attention grabber! Hope you manage to get all the different things done, and get enough rest too!

Betty Sneeringer said...

Wow! You have had things going on. The flowers are beautiful. It must be really hard to keep up having the health issues. I am facing major dental work. The cost alone is making me half sick! I hope your new job goes great.


My Vintage Mending said...

Beautiful flowers. I can do without the shopping as well. It drain the energy out. Nothing around the house gets done. Get some rest and hopefully some relief from the heat and get back to crafting. Smiles...Renee

Elaine @ Sunny Simple Life said...

Fun! Love a jewelry party.

TinaTx said...

Well, it sounds like you have been busy!
I can't get my house clean in a day anymore either - probably one of those things the doctor would contribute to 'that's not uncommon for a woman your age'. Sometimes I would like to slap him when he says that!
Your flowers look wonderful!

Blondie's Journal said...

You are one busy lady, Velma! I think you have more energy than anyone I know and definitely a lot on your plate. The party looked like so much fun and I am in love with all of your gorgeous flowers! Take care of yourself and get some rest when you can.


Kathleen Grace said...

Your grandaughter is so precious! The little girls just love the sparkles don't they? My youngest daughter has been collecting vintage rhinestones since she was little, never hesitated to wear them to school either!
Little girls who get excited about the pretty things make a party like that even more fun:>)

GardenofDaisies said...

Oh my goodness, your pink flowering almond is beautiful!!! Sorry you have not been feeling well. I wish sure the Docs could do more for my friends with Fibro.

Sam I Am...... said...

I'm not glad you are/were under the weather but I feel better knowing I am not alone. I sometimes feel so bad and people don't understand these "chronic" conditions. Even my own family...they just ignore it like I don't have anything at all. I'm not a pity party for sure but a little understanding when my house isn't like it used to be or that I can't handle doing it all myself anymore would be nice. I used to keep a really clean home and now I just can't keep up and some days I just want to cry but onward and upward and I just slap a smile on and I've stopped apologizing for things not being "perfect". I'm probably harder on myself than others so I don't blame them. Baby steps...I just get done what I can and the rest will have to wait until tomorrow. That's what I love about the blogs...I can just show you the "good" parts! LOL!
Your daughter and granddaughter are so precious. Hope your daughter is having a good pregnancy. The jewelry party looked like fun and all your blooms are gorgeous. I want to get some of that Jessamine as yellow would go good with my orangish brick on my house. When I get "tired" and worn out I sit and crochet or knit and then I don't feel like I'm not being productive...Ha! Ha! Hope your energy returns and praying you sleep well my friend!

~Betty said...

I enjoy your blog and the beautiful flowers. I just started my blog yesterday and also wrote about spring. I hope you will come visit me and maybe follow :)


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