Monthly Archives: April 2012

Laundry Room Surprise

This is our laundry room.

The “cupboard”-looking piece in the back corner is actually a wooden Larkin crate, turned up on its side. If you aren’t familiar with the Larkin Soap Company, you can learn more about it here.

On top of the Larkin Soap crate-turned-table, I have a wooden Keen’s Oxford Blue box. Inside that is a small electric candle, and an old bottle of laundry “bluing” and some small boxes of bluing tablets in a little granite pan. And an African Violet.

The African Violet was a gift from a friend for a special occasion several months ago.  My mom used to grow those violets, but I’ve never had any luck with them. I’ve been carefully watering this one by sitting it in a saucer of room-temperature water at, as instructed. Although I’ve had intentions of buying some fertilizer just for violets, I hadn’t yet done so.

So imagine my surprise a few days ago, when I saw this pretty little bloom.

There are three more buds, just waiting their turn. I just know Mama’s proud.

Sunset Sunday

The sunset Wednesday evening wasn’t the most colorful one I’ve ever seen, although blue IS my favorite color.

But then my two favorite feathered friends appeared.

I had a stale slightly-out-of-date-but-still-delicious hamburger bun that I offered them in exchange for allowing me to use their photos on my blog.

But they snubbed their beaks politely declined.  Seagulls, on the contrary, never refuse anything resembling food.

And, as the sun continued to set behind the clouds, a feeding frenzy ensued over a single hamburger bun.

Sunrise Saturday

Another Saturday, another sunrise post. These pictures are from the morning of April 4.

I just happened to look out as the sun was rising above the clouds.

And I wanted to share.

Enjoy your day!

Linking up to Weekend Reflections.

Friday’s Fences

“Mrs. E.” was a special lady who was part of Motor Man’s life for over 40 years.  I was honored to have known her well for the last few years of her life. Mrs. E. passed away a little over four years ago, and one day, I’ll tell you all about her.

But for today, I’ll just share pictures of the old fence on her homeplace.

I smiled when I passed by recently and saw the irises, knowing she had planted them.

As she did the white flowering shrub, which I believe to be spirea.

How appropriate that the sun was shining down on that one little patch of iris foliage.

 Yes, one day I’ll tell you about “Mrs. E.”.

Linking up to Friday’s Fences.

Spring Is In Bloom

Today, I’m linking up to Mama Kat’s Writer’s Workshop, and I chose this prompt:

2.) Has Spring sprung? Post a photo journal of what Spring is looking like in your neck of the woods!

This was an easy prompt for me, since I’ve been snapping pictures all around our yard for the past couple of weeks.

These flowers are both perennials; the purple is Purple Homestead Verbena, and the pink is…. I can’t remember. If you know, please leave a comment and refresh my memory. These are in a flower bed at the curb beside our mailbox. The verbena will bloom off and on all summer, but the little pink flowers bloom briefly and are gone til next spring.

This is blue salvia, which is also a perennial. These are in front of our bedroom windows. Behind them, to the left, is a butterfly bush and, in the center, a large hydrangea that we planted several years ago.  Perhaps their blooms will be featured in a “summer” post.

Pale blue iris (can you tell that blue is my favorite color?). These are in the same area as the salvia.

Petunias from last year in an old basket on our front porch. Because of our mild winter, they survived. The blooms aren’t really as droopy as they appear in this picture. I think this was the result of some pretty strong winds we had the day before this was taken.

For the flower boxes on our deck, this year I planted burgundy striped petunias. They remind me of the purple striped ones that my mom used to plant.

And it’s officially spring when there are hanging plants on our front porch.

It’s a rainy morning here. All the plants are loving it, and so am I.

What’s blooming out your window?

Mama’s Losin’ It

Who Is That Masked Bird?

Marshall was at our house Monday, backing up some files on my computer. (Yes, I should learn to do it myself. Yes, I could probably do it myself, but he does it so effortlessly. And I like having him visit.)

Anyway, while he was busy at the computer, something caught my eye out the window in the direction of the birdbath. At first glance, I knew it was a bird that I wasn’t accustomed to seeing.

The birdbath was a flurry of activity, with yellow-tipped tailfeathers everywhere.

We began looking in the Audubon Field Guide (which Marshall had thoughtfully given me a few years ago), and found Cedar Waxwings. Marshall is familiar with those, but the ones he has seen weren’t this colorful. These birds looked exactly like the pictures of a Bohemian Waxwing.

There was just one tiny problem. According to Audubon:  “Breeds from Alaska, Yukon, Mackenzie, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba south to central Washington, northern Idaho and northwestern Montana. Wanders irregularly farther south and east during winter. Also in Eurasia.

“This handsome bird of the North Woods is a rare visitor to the northeastern United States in winter.”

Hmmm.. well, since we’re in Virginia, and it isn’t winter, this must not be a Bohemian Waxwing, unless they took a MAJOR wrong turn.

I love the mask; doesn’t this make you think of “Batman”? Or Darth Vadar? Okay, can you tell my son was a child of the 1980’s? (Click on pictures to enlarge.)

So, apparently, we didn’t have a rare sighting of a Bohemian Waxwing, but we did enjoy the Waxwings that DID visit, and it’s nice to know my files are safely backed-up once again.  Thanks, Marshall.

Barn Charm With A Bonus

For Barn Charm today, I’m sharing yet another photo from our trip to Strasburg last month. Exactly how many pictures did I take during that trip, you ask?

I’m not telling.

Now, back to Barn Charm. Here’s a barn we saw along the way.

And, in the side lot, a little bonus barn that I’m throwing in at no charge.

A side view of the main barn.

A side view of the bonus barn – with a cow, standing in the sunlight.

And a cute little calf, peeking at us under the fence. I think he knew that I’m a country girl.

Linking up to Barn Charm.