Wednesday, August 31, 2011

August 2011

It's the last day of August 2011.  Thank you Lord!  I have never had so many problems, heartaches, headaches and in general being miserable in one month since I can remember.  This month has changed me forever.  I know I am no longer the woman I was in July, June, just know  it when you feel as shift.

I hope and pray that September 2011 will be a time for recovery, for healing and for happiness.  I pray the storm has passed.

I've missed all of your posts, comments, laughs, and just you.  I am hoping to be more present and reconnect with all of you...if I have anyone out there left that even follows.  I'll try to share my stories soon.  I ask for your prayers....

Remember to hug someone you love today.  It's free!

Tuesday, July 26, 2011


This is exactly how I feel! for you guys that don't know...I paint...when I'm motivated and happy. I've been struggling but lately I feel like painting, I have ideas now I have to just make it happen.

Remember to be kind to one's free.  Hug someone you love.

Carol-the gardener

Monday, June 20, 2011

It's my Party and I'll have fun if I want to!!

My sister, Pat helped for sure.  She drove from Georgia to be here with me.

My sweet Hubz planned this surprise for me! 
The Birthday Girl

My Mom with Me

My very own Princess card!

Party was held at Hemingways on Pensacola Beach, Florida

I had the most wonderful surprise party.  Friends from the past, friends from now, family and friends that are family.  Just the most wonderful feeling in the world.  I am a very happy 50 year old woman.  If this is fifty...shoot....this ain't gonna be nuthin honey!

Have a great week ....Thanks for the birthday greetings

Remember to be kind to one another it is free and so important.

Carol-the gardener

Thursday, June 16, 2011

I'm going over the hill soon!

I have one day left to be forty something.  Then, on Friday I will go over the hill and welcome being 50 years old.  Doesn't seem right.  I don't feel fifty but on the same hand I feel much more in line with who I really am.  I am happy, satisfied with the person I am, content with life.  That is enough for me.

I've been missing blogging it just seems it has been non stop all summer and spring.  The weather here in Florida is beautiful.  It has been really dry but, we have been blessed with a few rainy days recently.  Of course we have been enjoying the beach and all she offers.  We've been picking blueberries and eating them everyday.   Dinner usually comes off the grill and the watermelon is sweet and peaches South!

I think I'll choose to accept turning 50 with open arms..I might as well right?  It's gonna be great!  Fifty is just a number...I keep my heart and mind open.  I look for... what I hope to find, and hope you do too!  Life is so much better that way.

Moon rising over the Gulf of Mexico

Me enjoying the day

Enough said

beautiful flowers over a white picket fence

I still feel small when I stand beside the ocean.

I hope you are all well.  Enjoy your summer, and remember to be kind to one another.   Hug someone just because you can. 

It's free.
Carol-the gardener

Friday, May 13, 2011

Chris Isaak "Baby did a bad bad thing"

I just love the feeling this song gives me.  I want to dance instantly, walked many a mile on a treadmill to this song too.  Makes you feel bad...but in a really good way.

Have a great weekend everybody...Be kind to one another.


Monday, May 2, 2011

Meet Me on Monday

Thank you Java for hosting.  I have been busy with Easter Egg Hunts, plantings and all things spring, and my son has finally finished his home and it is gorgeous. I am so happy all the way around. So here we go....


1. What is your favorite kind of muffin?

2. What was the first car you ever owned?

3. Which TV Show were you sad to see end?

4. What is your lucky number?

5. Pretzels or Potato Chips?


My Answers!

1. What is your favorite kind of muffin?

My favorite kind of muffin is lemon poppy seed.  Second runner up blueberry with crumb topping...

2.  What was the first car you ever owned?  A Toyota Corolla.

3.  Which TV show were you sad to see end.  Man how can I choose,  Friday night lights, Sopranos, Ally McBeal, Joan of Arcadia for just a few.

4.  My lucky number is 17.

5.Pretzels or Potato Chips?  Potato Chips hands down!!!!

I hope you had a great weekend.  I hugged lots of people I love and kissed them too.  Life was good.

Have a great week.


Sunday, April 24, 2011

Easter 2011

Who doesn't love spring?  Who doesn't love kids?  Who doesn't love chocolate?  So...really it is that easy for me....I love Easter time.  Everything except....plastic grass.  I really dislike plastic grass.  Have you ever gotten that stuff all over your carpet and the vacuum just eats it up and it wraps around the ...thingy...and you get the picture.  Not too crazy about Peeps either but ...they smell good and they are cute.

I think about Thursday I found myself singing every hymn I could remember the words to and when I couldn't remember I hummed along.  I smiled remembering the handmade Easter dresses my Grandmother would make for me each year.  The smell of new patent leather shoes saved to wear on the big day with lace trimmed socks.  All things good.  I felt blessed, I feel blessed.

We had a little egg hunt yesterday at our home and we had such a good time with hiding eggs and watching little hands filled with candy and giggles heard everywhere from the finding of the eggs.  I wanted to share a few pictures from the day.  I hope you all had a great Easter Sunday. kind to one's free.


Sunday, April 3, 2011

Meet me on Monday

Every week, I try to hop on the Meet Me on Monday we go again, thanks Java for hosting.

1. If you had to eat only one food for the rest of your life, what would it be?

2. Do you write your blog posts in advance or the day you post them?

3. Have you ever ridden in an ambulance?

4. What is your favorite candle scent?

5. Coffee or tea?

My answers:

1.  Cheese...I love cheese!

2.  Usually the day I post them.  I post what I feel or is interesting to me at the time, I don't plan ahead.

3.  Yes, unfortunately.  My middle son was in a terrible car accident Labor Day weekend of his Junior year in high school.  They had called Life Flight for him and a little girl as well, but due to mechanical problems with the chopper...they couldn't fly.  So, we went as fast as we could in an ambulance.  People really don't listen and they don't move over either, just to let you know.  My job while riding was to keep him talking and awake (he had a gash on his head).  So we sang, country songs, you guys know I don't listen to country but somehow God gave me the lyrics.  That is a ride I'll never forget.  He is fine now...Thank you God.

4.  My favorite candle scent is Lavender.  I love anything that smells of Lavender.

5.  Hmm...if I had to give up one it would be tea.  I love both though...I am Southern.  I have to have my coffee or I'm not a nice person in the morning.

Have a great week.  Be kind to each's free.  Speak kindly.  Plant something this week, you will be happy that you did.


Friday, April 1, 2011

Ladybugs and cherry blossoms

Spring has sprung here in Florida.  Everything has blooms and new leaves.  Unfortunately with those new leaves comes aphids, and I have lots of those.  Luckily I also have lots and lots of Ladybugs hard at work.  Hopefully I won't have to spray or use any other kind of means to control the aphids.  The Ladybugs seem to be winning the battle so far.  I think I'll give mother nature a chance.

I'm linking up to Fresh, Clean and Pure Friday thank you for hosting Roz and Java at Follow me on Friday.

Remember to be kind to one another.  Hug someone you love too tight this weekend.  Tell them you love them.  Have a great weekend.  Go plant something!

Mobbed???? Did you see it??? how did it turn out???

Last night, following IDOl, Howie Mandell had an interesting show on by the name of Mobbed.  Did anyone else watch  this?  I can only find a few clips and I am dying to know how what the outcome of the proposal was.  Did she say yes?  Did she consent to the immediate weddding?  Couriosity is killing me.

Thanks guys.,..

Carol-the gardener

Be kind to one another

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Wordless Wednesday

Here is what is blooming in the garden.  Hope you enjoy!

Knockout Rose

Ladybugs on my River Birch Tree

blooms on Cherry Tree

Knockout rose - yellow


George Tabor Azelea

Bridal Wreath bloom



love the color of this pansy



Have a great week.  Remember to be kind to one another.  Get your gloves out and plant some seed or a plant.  You will be glad you did.  Time to get all the herbs going, if you don't cook with herbs, you are missing out!  I have mint, tarragon, oregano, and rosemary, thyme, and chives so far that survived the cold.  I bought some basil and dill today to pot up tomorrow if it doen't rain all day!  Can't wait to get it going.

If you do cook with herbs which one is your favorite?

Carol-the gardener