Sunday, July 18, 2010

Ten things I've been doing this summer

1. Picking flowers of all colors and putting them in little jars tied with ribbons.

2. Eating watermelon, held here by my daughter.
3. Seeing the seeds I planted in spring turn into big bushes of pretty pink flowers.
4. Smelling the roses.
5. Finding snippets of time to play around in my studio. Rearranging birds on a canvas. Sewing strips into squares to make a vintage-y patchwork throw. 5 of 36 squares complete!
7. Deeply inhaling my all-time favorite scent of lavender...... and smiling at the sunflowers.
8. Preserving our berries for winter. The cellar is full of jams & jellies already, and slowly the freezer is filling up with berries and other garden treats. Yesterday we made applesauce from the summer apples and put in in the freezer to save for the winter.
I think of all the jams, this "Josta" jelly is the best - very tart & such a pretty color. "Josta" is a berry that is part "Johannisbeere" (currant) and part "Stachelbeere" (gooseberry). Mmmmm!
9. Throwing fresh basil into salads.
10. Wondering why the chamomile seeds I planted in the herb garden don't seem to be coming.
Oh, it must be that little tiger who has found that very spot to take a nap!
xoxo Karen

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

grubby, tender, promises of joy

I love it when grubby little hands - accompanied by a enthusiastic "look, mama!" - come to share with me the tender treasures they hold. To a five year old, these little wings are a miracle, and when he holds them like this I am aware of miracles, too.

Sometimes the grubby little hands find a ladybug that grant him10 minutes of tickling amusement before she finally opens her magical wings and silently buzzes off to a secret garden.

And isn't it wonderful when the little hands can scoop up the very strawberries they have picked from our garden and enjoy their sweetness for desert?

Which brings me to some photos of our kitchen garden in June. The first of very many berries.....
growing in five rows in the top section of the garden. It looks so empty compared to now in mid July!
Countless bowls were picked and put into the freezer or our tummies or made into jam and are now keeping cool in the cellar. But a few jars remain in sight in the kitchen with cheerful jam covers made by my friend Sonia How happy they make me, they are just so sweet!

And I snapped a photo of the sky one June day thinking "airplane kisses" as I saw this x. I do hope all travelers this summer have safe journeys high up in the sky or down here on the earth. I had to smile when I saw my friend Joanie had an "airplane kiss" photo up too.
xoxo Karen

Sunday, July 11, 2010

crazy june!

It's nearly the middle of July, and I'm still mentally in June - June was crazy! The end of the year school activities seemed to be more than ever before. I feel so lucky that I could see our 3 children perform in recitals, musicals, performances, even a circus! (And I hardly took any photos - even though I love to record events in my scrapbooks - sometimes, I feel I must just LIVE and enjoy the MOMENT THAT IS without my camera) I am also grateful that I had the chance to volunteer: taught some classes, sewed some costumes, organized a little crafts exhibit....the list goes on...! But I said "yes" a few too many time I think (not doing that next time!!). I read somewhere that June and December are the busiest months for moms. How true. Suddenly without noticing it June had flown by!

However, I did snap a few photos of my garden and I am thankful for that, because it looks quite different now. Here are some of my June favorites:

romantic little garden in a pot by the front door
sage and chives reaching for the sky in the herb spiral
new rose plant for a new flower garden we added this year - this is a "renaissance rose" and has the most gorgeous bloom as well as strong sweet scent - heaven! After I planted it, I found out my mother was planting new roses in my grandmother's garden - I love that!

Me wearing my favorite color aqua...:)

fuschia & white on a window sill
a rusty sunflower candle-holder/decoration
and a new clematis with purple blossoms

potted herbs on the kitchen stepsmy daughter picked out this welcoming little terracotta
hedgehog (it fits in your palm) for our front door

one of many geraniums in a pot
and last but not least, the beginning of my little
"yellow and white and green" garden with lovely daisies.....
xoxo Karen