Monday, October 31, 2011
Thursday, October 27, 2011
Four days until Halloween
and we don't even have one pumpkin carved yet.
We found these great and easy templates for bat-making here.
All you need are scissors and construction paper.
My kind of materials list!
Wednesday, October 26, 2011
One of my favorite gardening events
is coming up this weekend.
I've been saving up to purchase a few more natives
for our backyard,
as well as some perennial peanut and mondo grass.
I'll post about my findings next week.
Looks like the weather is gonna be mighty fine!
Backyard Gardener's Festival
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 29
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 29
9:00 TO 2:00
HELD AT THE
POLK COUNTY EXTENSION SERVICE CAMPUS
1702 U.S. HIGHWAY 17 & 98 SOUTH
BARTOW, FL 33830
9:30 - 10:15 RAIN BARRELS FOR THE HOME GARDEN 10:30 -11:15 BUTTERFLY GARDENING
11:30 -12:15 LANDSCAPING WITH NATIVE PLANTS
12:30 -1:15 VEGETABLE GARDENING
VISIT OUR ASK THE EXPERTS GAZEBO TO CHAT
WITH THE IFAS/POLK COUNTY EXTENSION HORTICULTURIST, DR. DAVID SHIBLES,
AND THE POLK COUNTY MASTER GARDENERS.
VISIT THE EXHIBITS IN THE STUART CENTER FOR FREE GARDENING IDEAS, INFORMATION AND HAND OUTS.
VEGETABLE PLANTS AND HERBS
BROMELIADS AND SUCCULENTS
...AND MUCH MORE!
ENJOY A SELF-GUIDED
VISIT OUR GARDEN SHOP!
FREE PH SOIL TESTING
BRING A 1 CUP SOIL SAMPLE
ACTIVITIES FOR CHILDREN
RAIN OR SHINE
Tuesday, October 25, 2011
Monday, October 24, 2011
One of the goals at Maple Hill is attracting wildlife.
We use natives and Florida-friendly plants
that can also be used by critters to foster their lives.
We try to provide a variety of plant species
that butterflies and pollinators enjoy.
This bush was all but lost last winter
when the hard freezes visited.
It's a favorite resting spot for butterflies now.
It reminds me of a cat's whiskers.
Zinnias are a staple here.
There are such an array of colors, sizes and textures
that we really can never have too many!
Milkweed is a native and a host for Monarchs and others.
The seeds spread themselves readily
when the wind blows just right.
You'll find great information here.
Enjoy all the critters in your garden!
Friday, October 21, 2011
We are mulling over a big decision.
One that could affect our family for years to come.
As always, pros and cons must be considered.
I used to make lists on paper to help me sort things out.
As I've gotten older, it seems that I've become
even more decisive. I don't need to see it on paper
to know what choice to make.
This decision, though, affects so many,
and I know we must weigh each factor carefully.
I've been enjoying Oprah's Life Class
these past two weeks and I know that
some of the principals discussed there
are helping me in my daily life.
I choose to live by faith, not fear,
and I know that the challenge that awaits us
is another chance for me to follow my instincts
and trust what will be.
"Faith is taking the first step,
even when you don't see the whole staircase."
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
How do you go about making major life decisions?
I'd love to hear your thoughts.
Please bear with me as I am still recuperating
while coming to terms with this latest development
in our family's life.
I know it will all work out, it always does.
I hope to be back next week to regular posting.
Have a wonderful weekend, y'all!
All photos can be found on http://images.google.com
Thursday, October 20, 2011
Last week was a preview day for Legoland passholders.
I wasn't feeling well enough to go,
but the boys had a great time.
Here are some pix from the day.
(for kids only!)
Yes, that SUV is completely Legos!
We can't wait to go back as a family!
Have a wonderfully productive day!