Thursday, August 27, 2015

Vintage Zinnia Seed Packets - Freebies

Elegant Double Zinnia
Fantasy Zinnia
Lilliput Zinnia
Orange Zinnia
Giant Double

Love the mix of colors

Thought these would be fun after all my photographs and talk of Zinnias. I think this summer they are turning out to be my favorite flowers. They seem to do well in hot sunny locations, and with very little effort give gorgeous results. Next year I am planting tons of them. All different kinds.

Orange Zinnia with Hungry Bee - Digital Photograph

Orange Zinnia with hungry Bee

Orange Zinnia - Digital Photograph

Orange Zinnia

Down the road from my house is this wonderful field of Zinnia's(see other photograph).
It has given me many moments of happiness. Either by driving by or stopping and taking photographs. Everyday it looks a little different. The angle the sun hits it, after a rain, in the early morning with mountain mist lingering. I hope you enjoy my photograph's as much as I have enjoyed taking them.

Field of Orange Zinnias - Digital Photograph

Orange Zinnia Field

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Vintage Women with Flowers...Freebies

This is colored very nicely.

She reminds me of a 1970's Love Child. Can't you see her walking around Woodstock?

The large Peony flower muffs are too much!
Love all the pearls.

Daisy chains

Sad and beautiful.

The Grey Barn - Digital Photograph

The Grey Barn

This little barn is so charming to me.
The rusty roof. The broken window. The missing siding (perfect for barn owls).
The day lilies. The way it sits on a little hill. It is a local barn, an in town barn. Which makes it even more special to me.
The people who live there just use it to store the broken down parts of their lives.
I can imagine so many things I could do
with it. I want a barn.

Friends I have Made Along the Way...

Enjoying the view

I ran across this gorgeous fellow one afternoon while out taking pictures. He seemed so content to just gaze out at the mountains. He never wavered. Never made a sound. Just watched me while I took my pictures. Made me remember to stop and look, enjoy what is all around me.

Early Morning Walk

Out for a walk at the Biltmore Estate 

and I discovered 
this little lady walking about. 
I think she was distracting me from her 
nest that was several yards away. 
I see these wild turkeys everywhere 
here in the mountains. 
They are so fun to watch. 
Their feathers are beautiful.
A Little Foal

He is just the cutest. Mom watches him like a hawk. He is so curious. I found him in the Spring on one of my rides. Every time I am in the area I drive by. He is now a teenager, and is quite funny to see him leaping
around the field.
Guarding the garden

I ran into this handsome dude one late afternoon with my girlfriend. She had taken me over to Black Mountain to show me some sights and take some pictures. We found this beautiful community garden. This young guy was their guardian. At first he was a little shy, by the time I was done taking pictures he was braying away at us not to leave. I think he was a bit lonely. 

Digital Photograph - Coneflower


Sunday, August 23, 2015

Some Botanical Prints for You...

Digitalis - Foxglove



Saturday, August 22, 2015

Digital Photograph - Zinnia


Friday, August 21, 2015

This is what I have been eating lately...Watermelon & Feta Salad

Watermelon & Feta Salad with a few black olives thrown in

Nothing says summer to me than Watermelon.It is one of my favorite things. How cool is it that you can eat something then spit the seeds without anybody looking at you like you have no manners. As a kid my brother and I had big seed spitting contests off the stone wall of out patio. I am sure our neighbors were somewhat repulsed if they looked out their bathroom or bedroom windows.

Now as an adult I don't spit seeds as much. The boys thought it was great fun when they were growing up.(Thank goodness none ended up in their ears or nose. Yes that did happen with other objects, but that is for another time.)Now they make those cute little baby watermelon with no seeds. Those are perfect for this salad.

I usually get one small watermelon stick in my refrigerator for an evening to get nice and cold. Meanwhile you will need a few other things to put in your salad. I do not use any lettuce or Arugula. One new thing about me you might not know is - I do not like greens. I do not eat Arugula or any dark green lettuce type thing. Kale, oh no.I will eat Iceberg Lettuce but honestly,why? I like all the things that go in a salad, so why waste the space in the bowl and in my stomach with lettuce, or any of that bitter tasting stuff? Again, this is personal taste. My beautiful sister adores all of the above. I love to watch her eat it with great gusto. I just can't.

Some ingredients for this salad:

at least 4 ounces of Feta cheese - crumbled
2 ounces of crumbled bleu cheese
a cucumber - peeled and thinly sliced
black olives or Kalamata olives
tomatoes - cherry or regular cut into chunks
dried cranberries
fresh blueberries
sunflower seeds
mint optional

I cut the whole watermelon up at one time. I cut into about 1 1/2 inch pieces or as big as 2 inch pieces.I usually use about half for one salad.I mix 4 ounces of feta cheese, 2 ounces of bleu cheese, some olives, thinly sliced cucumbers and depending on my mood tomatoes. Sometimes a little extra fruit is in order. I really like dried cranberries with this salad. Gently spoon the mixture to mix.

For the dressing you can do several things. A good Italian with fresh black pepper, olive oil and red wine vinegar is good also. However, my go to dressing is almost a cup of a good Balsamic Vinegar with a spoonful or two of sugar. I heat this in the microwave at 20 second increments till the sugar is melted. It does not take long. Stir. Pour on your salad. Eat. Enjoy!
p.s. you do not have to use a dressing with this salad. Eat plain if you want.

Thursday, August 20, 2015

What I did on my summer vacation...and the past year...

A summer afternoon

I have been traveling all around the mountains. Exploring all the riches that surround me. I am surprised on a daily basis how the mountains change from minute to minute. On one side of a mountain it can be sunny and peaceful , then you get to another side and it is dark and stormy. It is constantly changing. Every view is more breath taking than the last. There is a lot to learn and even more to see. 

Mountain Lake
The last year has really been a learning experience. I have been discovering all sorts of new things. Things about where I live and more important about myself. I have finally made a home for myself. After moving, the tragic loss of my father, the beautiful gifts of Gage, Avery, Fitz, Aubrey and Austin (we have another baby due in February), setting up my household and various family things I can honestly say Whew! What a ride it has been. That is my only explanation for dropping out of the blogosphere.

Taking care of yourself is not something that comes natural for most women. We start off taking care of our baby dolls, babysitting our neighbors and siblings. Then, we become mother's and take care of our children and husbands. Always putting their needs first. It is a hard thing to do to learn to take care of yourself, to put you first. In the last year that is something I have been learning to do. Old habits are hard to break. It is a journey, not a race. All these expressions come in to play. I am stuck on the point that everyday I learn something new about my world, myself, and the ones I care about. That these things fill me up with joy. I catch myself humming or just laughing out loud. 

Mountain creek

Simple pleasures have become my Mantra. Getting up early to watch the mist swirl around the mountain peaks. Watching the stars before I go to bed each night. Reading a book under the covers during a mountain rain storm with the windows wide open. Going to Walmart and sitting in the parking lot admiring the million dollar view. Taking a late night drive up on the Blue Ridge Parkway with the windows down listening to the night sounds while discovering a mother bear and her cub crossing the road. Simple food, simple days & nights. A slow healing of my soul. That is where I have been. That is where I am. This is where I want to be.

The sun setting on the mountains

Little Boy Freebies...

What a cutie! Makes me ready for the State Fair.

Love the hat and boots.

Ruffles and a puppy!

Love the Trike!

He looks like a little man.

I have been spending a lot of time
with my boys this Summer. It has
been lots of good times. They have
grown up to be such incredible
people. I really enjoy them. So...
for all of you I am putting these
freebies out there for you.
Compliment a young man this week
end. Tell a young boy how super
he is. Give some confidence to some
one today. It might make their life.

Quotes - Soar

Digital Photograph - Daisies - He loves me...


Four Letter Words - Soar