Creating a New Flower Bed

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I have some seeds that I want to plant and now is the time! I have chosen this area behind my cute little shed to create a new flower bed.

STEP 1:

I sprayed the grass last fall and so it was very easy to take out the dead grass just by slightly loosing the soil.

STEP 2:

Next I added compost from my compost pile.

Bee Balm

STEP 3:

Then I transplanted three clumps of bee balm from my herb bed to here.

I brought a clump of pink bee balm from my mama’s last year and I also bought 2 pots of red from Lowe’s last year. I had planted them in the herb bed as a temporary solution until I got my new flower bed ready.

Bee Balm

I had also brought home some tiger lily seeds from my sisters yard and I planted those here too.

Bee balm

This is a picture I took of Mama’s bee balm and I just LOVE the pink. I am so anxious for spring and for this bed to show off! Our honey bees will appreciate this addition to our yard, I am sure.

 

Have you ever grown Bee Balm?

 

 

 

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Finding a Filler

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Recently I showed you my River House Table and how I styled it.

Styling a long table, hydrangeas in crock, brass binoculars, antique books, wood boxes, wood buckets

EMPTY:

Ever since then, I have been searching for a filler for that long tool caddy in the center of the table. Everything below the tv, needs to be short so that it will not interfere with the tv/remote signals AND the ability to pull out the tv and angle it towards the dining table.

We have also added a sound bar since then. The first one we bought fit into the wood caddy perfectly! But it wouldn’t work with our tv, so we had to return it. The new one works great, but it is too long to put into the caddy and too, the signal for it is in the front so it can’t be covered. This all proposes a design style problem.

 

 

DOLLAR TREE TO THE RESCUE:

I have been looking at flowers, the obvious choice, to place in the caddy for weeks now, but didn’t see anything that seemed right until Dollar Tree started putting out their spring decor. I found these tiny pots of lavender and I thought they would work. I bought all the pots they had, which was nine.

tiny lavender pots

Nine worked out to be a perfect number to fit in the caddy.

tiny pots of lavender

But they still needed something.

What they needed was a lift.

I found Mr. Menace’s stash of paint stick stirrers and stacked them in the caddy and then replaced the flower pots.

paint sticks, flower pot riser

 

Now, that’s better! They look much cuter now that the flower pot itself shows.

tiny pots of lavender

tiny pots of lavender

RAISING THE BAR:

Or actually, raising the caddy behind the bar!

After I saw how much better the pots of lavender looked by being raised just a bit, I realized that same trick might work with the sound bar and wood tool caddy. If I raise the tool caddy just a little bit, you would see it better and possibly just ignore the fact that the sound bar is in front of it!

It is subtle, but it works!

In fact, I tried raising it more by placed bigger blocks of wood underneath the caddy and then it just looked silly; like it was hanging in mid-air.

Here you can compare the empty tool caddy, with the pots added, and with the pots raised.

Now, I just need to get those cords hidden.

 

 

 

 

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OVER THE MOON 111

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Welcome to the Over The Moon Link Party 111

 

It’s almost spring here at Gwin Gal Adventures and I am so ready for it. I’ve been doing a little yard cleanup and thinking about my new vegetable garden and making a new small flowerbed. Yesterday it was 72F degrees here in Alabama! I simply could not stay inside, so I will have to share my newest post with you later. In the mean time, lets party!

 

Welcome to the Over the Moon Link Party! Have a post you want to give more reach? Need some comments or shares? Want a post that’s close to going to take off like a rocket? Now is the time to link it up!

We pin EVERY link you leave in our comment section with the post title or number of the inlinkz. And we will return your comment as we visit those posts! So come on in, be one of the first to link up, and remember to go Over the Moon with us!

 

Let’s meet your Hostesses!

Marilyn – Marilyn’s Treats

 

Sue – Sizzling Towards 60 & Beyond

 

Bev – The Eclectic Red Barn

 

Shelley – Taming Frenzy

 

Nikki – Gwin Gal’s Inside & Out Adventures

 

 

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Patrick at Adventures in Wiseland took us on a tour of TULIP MANIA

Trisha at Blowing Away Out West made these fabulous FABRIC BOUTONNIERES

Amy at Amy’s Creative Pursuits shared her handmade VALENTINES CARDS

Lisa at Fresh Vintage by Lisa S made Pottery Barn knockoff WALL ART

 

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Our Relationship Behind the Scenes by Jodie’s Touch of Style

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A Love Story Timeline

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Welcome to our Love Story Blog Hop!

If you arrived via Leslie’s blog, Once Upon a Time & Happily Ever After, I appreciate that you clicked through to get here. This blog hop will take you through seven love stories and we’d love for you to visit them all. When you finish here, next up is Jamie at No Delusions of Grandeur.

A Love Story Timeline

This year marks out tenth anniversary. Here is how it all came about.

May 30, 2008

Married at Hotel Riu Palace, Paradise Island, Bahamas

Romance, Wedding, Paradise Island, Bahamas, Riu Weddings,

May 21, 2008

Wedding announcement pictures for our boss lady at the Sibyl Temple in Vestavia, Alabama. Or so I was told.

Engagement, 2nd Engagement, Temple of Sibyl, Vestavia Alabama Engagement, 2nd Engagement, Temple of Sibyl, Vestavia Alabama

Engagement, 2nd Engagement, Temple of Sibyl, Vestavia Alabama

The ruse worked. I had no clue that it was actually a setup for a 2nd proposal. Diamond ring included this time. Two in fact, because he couldn’t decide.

Engagement, 2nd Engagement, Temple of Sibyl, Vestavia Alabama

 

April 6, 2008 pm

I really can’t remember if I did any yard work that day (I think I did) but that evening we had an engagement celebratory dinner at The Bright Star in Bessemer, Alabama. And FREE DESSERT compliments of the owner.

Engagement, Engagement Dinner, Bright Star Restaurant, Bessemer Alabama

 

April 6, 2008 am

I asked if I could borrow his truck because I wanted to go to Home Depot and get several bags of compost and manure along with some tiling supplies for a bathroom makeover. He said the trucks tires were unreliable and because of where HD is located, he would just drive me. Unbeknownst to me, a plan had been brewing in his mind ever since the month before, but he had not figured out all the details. So when he went home to get his truck he decided that this was the day.

After we loaded up a cart with tiling supplies, we headed out to the garden center. Along the way, we walked past this gazebo. He asked me if I liked it which kind of annoyed me, because I was in a hurry to get my stuff, get home, and get to work.

Engagement, Home Depot, Garden Center,
THEN, he pulled me over and told me to sit down under the gazebo which really…… WHY was he wasting my time???? He then sat down, and I began to worry. I asked him if he was ok because he never stops to rest like that, and it had been less than a month since his heart attack. As I sat down beside him, he assured me he was fine and he began to speak about me doing my projects and he doing his projects and that maybe we should start doing projects together. I just looked at him a little dumbfounded and then he asked me to marry him.

Now, he is quite the prankster, so I didn’t believe him. I thought it was all a set up for a joke. I looked around for a manager or some accomplice that might be taking pictures and laughing. There was nothing, so I asked him if he was kidding. He said no, I’ll even get on one knee, and he pulled a ring out of his pocket. It happened to be toy wedding decor ring that you buy from Walmart, you know the ones…. 100 in a bag for a couple of dollars…… 

Well, I was still just looking at him with a stupid blank look trying to figure out what the joke was, when he said, yes or no, my knees are killing me! That made me smile and I said yes, and hugged him. I wore that ring proudly.

 

February 14, 2008

We spent Valentine’s Day in the hospital after Mr. Menace’s heart attack a day or two earlier in the office. Unbeknownst to me, he decided at this point that it was time to propose, before it was too late.

 

January 14, 2008

Our first trip to Vegas! We had a great time, but he spent a lot of time in bed and I did a lot of walking the strip and sight seeing on my own. Little did we know.

Vegas,

October 1, 2000

Our first date was at Cecil’s Public House in Alexander City, AL. He was training our office employees and asked me to dinner. I hesitated, but decided that I wanted to see what made this guy tick. He seemed so happy and confident and full of life. Just what I needed at the time.

 

How about you? Have you got a good love story to share? Tell me in the comments; I’d love to hear it!

And don’t forget to visit Jamie at No Delusions of Grandeur.

 

 

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Welcome to the Over The Moon Link Party 110

 

This past week at Gwin Gal’s Inside & Out Adventures I was wishing for spring, but showed you how I still enjoy my garden during the winter months. Click HERE to see.

Bird watching, Feeding Birds, Birder, winter in the garden, enjoying the garden in winter

Welcome to the Over the Moon Link Party! Have a post you want to give more reach? Need some comments or shares? Want a post that’s close to going to take off like a rocket? Now is the time to link it up!

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Marilyn – Marilyn’s Treats

 

Sue – Sizzling Towards 60 & Beyond

 

Bev – The Eclectic Red Barn

 

Shelley – Taming Frenzy

 

Nikki – Gwin Gal’s Inside & Out Adventures

 

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Lisa at Hoopla Palooza found The Perfect Man!

Jenna at Rain on a Tin Roof built a Children’s Stage with storage!

Mary at The Boondocks Blog created a Floral Filled Heart Shaped Box!

Kristin at White Arrows shows how to decorate with a Rustic Valentines Style!

 

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The Cost Of Blogging – My Side of 50

How To Make A Paper Doily Wreath – Fresh Vintage by Lisa

Set The Table Hearts and Flowers – Fair Meadow Place

How to Homestead Where You Already Live – The (mis)Adventures of a Homesteadin’ Mama

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How to Style Open Shelves

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When we bought our house a little over six years ago, there were a ton of cabinets in the kitchen.

open shelves, styling open shelves, removing cabinet doors, using furniture in the kitchen

So many in fact, that with the wood floor, the tan back splash, and the tan counter top, the whole room was WAY too brown.

open shelves, styling open shelves, removing cabinet doors, using furniture in the kitchen

I needed to add color.

open shelves, styling open shelves, removing cabinet doors, using furniture in the kitchen

You can read about how I started adding color HERE.

open shelves, styling open shelves, removing cabinet doors, using furniture in the kitchen

And you can read about how I used furniture in the kitchen HERE.

open shelves, styling open shelves, removing cabinet doors, using furniture in the kitchen

I had seen the below picture on Pinterest and been saving it for years, not knowing when or how I might use it, but knowing that I wanted to.

Now with my new furniture in the kitchen I had the perfect opportunity to use my inspiration picture.

open shelves, styling open shelves, removing cabinet doors, using furniture in the kitchen

I wish I had enough bowls to put nothing but bowls on the shelf, but I don’t. So I put my glasses on the top shelf, which works out beautifully when the morning sun streams in that window and makes them sparkle.

open shelves, styling open shelves, removing cabinet doors, using furniture in the kitchen

Grouping by color is the secret. Using each shelf for one color makes a statement that is really appealing and eye catching.

open shelves, styling open shelves, removing cabinet doors, using furniture in the kitchen

I smile every time I look at my color themed styled shelves.

Color makes me happy.

How do you style your open shelves?

 

 

 

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Enjoying the Garden in Winter

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Enjoying the Garden in Winter

 

Winter months can be dreary, especially for an outdoor gal like me. But there are several ways to still enjoy the garden during the colder months of the year.

No. 1

Bird watching, Feeding Birds, Birder, winter in the garden, enjoying the garden in winter

Our winters in the South are short but we do have some days that are just too miserable to be outside. When that happens, I enjoy my garden by watching the birds through my kitchen window. That’s why these photos are not totally clear: they are taken through the glass and the window screen.

Bird watching, Feeding Birds, Birder, winter in the garden, enjoying the garden in winter

This cutie looks like she’d like to come on inside! She is a Cardinal and she is enjoying sunflower seeds.

Today we also have goldfinch feasting on the sunflower seeds.

Bird watching, Feeding Birds, Birder, winter in the garden, enjoying the garden in winter

And some House finch also.
Bird watching, Feeding Birds, Birder, winter in the garden, enjoying the garden in winter

I have 3 feeders all with different types of seeds to attract different types of birds. This closest feeder has black oil sunflower seeds. The next feeder has thistle seeds. And the last feeder has safflower seeds.

I also have a suet feeder. And that white stuff that you are seeing is some tortilla pieces that I thought they might eat. They aren’t.

No. 2

Camellia, red flower, winter flower, red camellia,

On a nice cold sunny day, I like to actually get outside and see how my garden looks in person.

Camellia, red flower, winter flower, red camellia, winter garden

There are actually some flowers that bloom in the winter: like this red camellia.

Camellia, red flower, winter flower, red camellia,, winter garden, southern garden

Camellias can be fall, winter, or very early spring bloomers so you have to check each variety for bloom time.

Another flower that blooms in the winter is the pansy.

pansy, yellow flower, winter flower, winter garden, southern garden

They don’t do much right while it is bitter cold, but on the milder days they will show off!

Camellia, purple flower, winter flower, winter garden, southern garden

I have some planted out by my mailbox and also in this antique wheelbarrow.

pansy, yellow flower, winter flower, red camellia,, winter garden, southern garden

At my first house I had a winter jasmine and I want to get some planted in our current yard. They have sweet yellow blooms.

No. 3

For the real gardener, yard cleanup can be enjoyable. My mature oak trees drop a huge amount of leaves in the fall and it takes me a long while to get them cleaned up.

fall cleanup, raking leaves, composting leaves, burning leaves, oak leaves,

I compost my leaves and use the compost in my garden the next year. You can read how I compost by clicking HERE.

No. 4

One of my favorite things to do is to relax in the hot tub just before sunset and watch the bird activity.

I had to zoom way in on these photos so the quality is not good.

birding, bird watching, nuthatch

This nuthatch is pecking away on this wood pole.

birding, bird watching, bluebird pair, bluebird box,

This bluebird couple are considering moving into a new home. I suspect the male is the one sitting on the pole and the female is the one with her head in the doorway checking out the floorplan.

birding, bird watching, bluebird pair, bluebird box,

 

As great as these reasons are, I am  ready for spring. How about you?

 

 

 

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Welcome to the Over The Moon Link Party 109

 

Recently, I was in Burke’s Outlet store and saw these blush pink booties, fell in love and brought them home.  Then low and behold… I received THIS Christmas gift in the mail… I couldn’t believe it! Click HERE to read about it.

Midlife Style, Over 50 Fashion, Blush Pink Booties, Blush Pink cross body bag, Stitch Fix

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January 2018 in a Sentence a Day

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Today I am sharing my January in a “Sentence a Day” and linking-up with a host of bloggers as they share theirs. If you have a “Sentence a Day” post, please add your link below. We post our sentences on the first Thursday of each month.

 

January 1 Monday

C O L D ! Never got out of the 20’s today. That’s very cold for Alabama. (and the nights have been down to 12 and 14!)

January 2 Tuesday

A coworker brought in bags of sausage or chicken biscuits which made it a bit easier to be back at work and I started my adventure with Smile Brilliant teeth whitener tonight.

Teeth Whitening system, Smile Brilliant

January 3 Wednesday

Straightened up the guest bedroom after work today and made the bed for weekend company.

January 4 Thursday

Straightened up the playroom and the bathroom after work today for weekend company.

January 5 Friday

The last of our Christmas celebrations are this weekend and it began today around 1:30 when my daughter and 2 granddaughters showed up at the office with lunch from Arby’s. It was fun to have one more gift opening session when the men joined us after work.

January 6 Saturday

Started the bright sunny cold morning in the hot tub with Autumn but after 30 mins or so Chloe joined us and then a little later Mr. Menace came out too.

   

January 7 Sunday

Took a Sunday afternoon drive with Mr. Menace today up Betty Hill looking for icicles.

Alabama the Beautiful, Waterfalls, Icicles, Country Roads, Alabama Scenery

January 8 Monday

ROLL TIDE!

January 9 Tuesday

Hair Day!

January 10 Wednesday

I jumped into something new blogwise today and I am excited with the possibilities.

January 11 Thursday

It got up to 70 degrees today! Now, thats just too hot for winter and I didn’t sleep well.

January 12 Friday

At 6:30 this morning it was 55 degrees and by 11:00 am it was 39 and I only had a sweater with me!

January 13 Saturday

Did my first Facebook live and it was scary! But I’ve decided to make it a weekly thing. “Saturday Mornings Live”

January 14 Sunday

Grocery shopping. Bleh.

January 15 Monday

NO WORK TODAY YIPPEE! I worked on the paperwork organization that I talked about in my FB live.

January 16 Tuesday

Sent home from work today at 12:20 because of possible icy road conditions.

January 17 Wednesday

No snow to speak of so it was business as usual, although I didn’t get many phone calls because south of Birmingham got quite a bit and businesses there were not working.

January 18 Thursday

Another calm day at the office since many of our customers were still out of work for road conditions.

January 19 Friday

Dinner date night at a new pizza place called Pies and Pints and I fell in love with the Pizza Skins which were a take-off on potato skins. DElicious!

January 20 Saturday

Did my 2nd FB LIVE video this morning and I am starting to like them. Scary but fun. Also, Mr. Menace had his poker game at a friends house and they invited all the wives too so we had an enjoyable day with friends.

January 21 Sunday

Put away a few more papers, worked on my blog, relaxed in the hot tub at sunset, and watched the 1953 version of Titanic. I love looking at the decor in those old movies.

January 22 Monday

Mr. Menace has been working out of town and I miss him. It’s good for us, since we work in the same office, but still…

January 23 Tuesday

The weather has been in the 50’s and it is time to get back to walking. I need some exercise.

January 24 Wednesday

I am so addicted to these Brazilian Baked Ham Sandwiches from Olivia’s Cuisine! They are better with the tomato, but I didn’t have any tonight and they were still scrumptious.

January 25 Thursday

Even reheated, ^THOSE^ sandwiches are awesome.

January 26 Friday

Longest afternoon EVER!

January 27 Saturday

Went to watch our oldest granddaughter, Ella, participate in the middle school beauty pageant. She is the brunette in white.

January 28 Sunday

If you’ve caught any of my FB lives, (3 so far!), you know that I am working on our playroom, aka Ice Castle room, aka 3rd bedroom, and I tore it all apart and got the closet looking great! We won’t talk about what’s in the middle of the floor…

January 29 Monday

Neck issues are a pain in the ….. neck.

January 30 Tuesday

Hot tubs help neck issues.

January 31 Wednesday

Pay Day makes me smile, although, I have to argue with the bank every month because they try to put a HOLD on our checks. Ain’t nobody got time for dat!

 

Click on the froggy button below to see everyone who is participating in the Sentence a Day fun and to add YOUR link to your Sentence a Day Post.

 

 

 

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Duck, Duck, Goose! uh…. Swan? (with addendum)

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Mr. Menace has been working out of town for two weeks now. After the first week he told me about an antiques store that he had been into and about some brass swans that he saw there.

After the second week he came in the house with these.

Brass Swan

They stand fifteen inches tall and 17 inches long.

Brass Swan

They are pretty. And Unique!

Brass Swan

He wants to put some acid on them and tarnish them.

Brass Swan

I kind of like them shiny.

But I’m not sure what to do with them.

Brass Swans

Mr. Menace suggested that I put them outside. And I might. Eventually.

Brass Swan

They aren’t something I’d stop and take a second look at. And that’s what is intriguing me about them now: How I might can use them in my decor.

Brass Swan

I need inspiration. What do you think? Do you have any ideas?

 

ADDENDUM:

I’ve been doing some research trying to find some pictures of rooms with brass swans in the decor, and found this:

MAD MEN!! I drool every time I see Don Draper…. Take a look at the article by clicking on the picture. This brass swan planter was auctioned off and brought $425-$550. (I guess they had two.) Mine are much bigger than the one shown.

 

Thanks to Kathryn at The Dedicated House for featuring this post on Make It Pretty Monday! 

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