My Fairy Garden

Okay, I know this is silly for a grown, “old” woman – but I have a fairy garden, and my little fairy seems to enjoy visiting with Ms. Goose

Let me explain. I have this really vintage wooden planter that was my grandmother’s (there were two, my daughter has the other one). It’s long and very narrow and sits on legs on the floor. It is obviously homemade. I don’t want to put dirt directly in it – I’d like for it to last awhile longer and I’m pretty sure that would certainly lead to it’s demise.

So, I’ve tried a number of things….

  • Difficulty finding little pots that would fit in it – and if they did when I watered the plants the water overflowed – again not healthy for the old wood.
  • Then I tried artificial plants – they just looked tacky (granted, I didn’t buy the expensive ones).
  • I even used it inside as a magazine holder for awhile, but it was really too long for that.
  • Just left it empty last year.

Then this year while I was buying the few potted plants I can keep alive (if I remember to water them), I saw a fairy garden and remembered my friend Cathy always has real fairy gardens. Of course, hers have real plants that she tends frequently – and look great. Real plants were not in my plan.

So, after finding all the ‘ingredients’ for a cute little garden at Big Lots and Dollar Tree for a price I was willing to pay, and figuring out how to get the interior of the planter raised so I could actually see the ‘garden’ – I have this adorable little garden where fairies can visit and that does not have to be watered or weeded. Just perfect for me.

Who knew there were so many varieties of fairy garden houses! I picked this one and couldn’t resist having a bridge with ‘water’ flowing under it.

A bench for the fairy to sit when she entertains guests and not chatting with Ms. Goose. Stepping stones from my driveway and grass from some kind of weird moss.

And I enjoy itย when I sit on the deck. ๐Ÿ˜Š

Yup, this was a silly thing to do since I have a gazillion other things I wanted/needed to do, but hey, I’m old that I can pretty much do what I want to do. ๐Ÿ™‚

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Second major blessing

Okay I mentioned in an earlier post that I’d had two major blessings in the relatively near past – and while there are so many blessings in our lives we don’t recognize – this one was difficult to miss ๐Ÿ™‚ย  Meant to post it on Sunday, but then remembered it was Father’s Day…. so here it is.

God has really been showing me that he’s taking care of me.

After the car problems on Monday of that week, I was wiped out…. partially from being out in the heat but probably mostly the stress the whole thing caused me. Did I mention I panicked over the car thing?

So for those you you who don’t know – I live in the country and have a huge front yard.. (Looks great now, right?)

And yes, it’s as big as it looks! And that’s my house waaay back there.

I live on a corner across from a little church and EVERYONE who comes to church or the cemetery across the street (yes, I live across the street from a cemetery – they’re great neighbors) or lives down the road or on the bluffs behind me has to pass my house to get to theirs. Grass (well, I mostly have clover and weeds) grows seriously fast in the hot weather and while I do have a good riding lawn mower, even that’s work for this old (oops, senior citizen) lady.

I had worked outside on that Thursday morning doing other chores than mowing that big yard.ย  My back was bothering me from some reorganizing I had done at work and I guess hauling rocks that morning didn’t help any.ย  I just didn’t have the energy to tackle the front yard and decided it could wait a couple of days.

Sitting in my cool living room I kept hearing a mower – but I can always hear the mowers at the cemetery and assumed that’s what I was hearing.

However, Koda was driving me nuts barking, so I finally got up to check. And what to my wandering eyes should appear… but my neighbor Pam – mowing my yard.ย  Thank you SO much, Pam.

I went out and chastised her, but I don’t think it helped any because she’s already done it again, on Sunday.ย  Didn’t catch her that time but have communicated with her.ย  She doesn’t pay much attention though.

It’s great to have wonderful neighbors and I truly appreciate her. I suspect all the people who drive by do to as it looks a LOT better with the grass cut!

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Happy Father’s Day

I was so blessed to have a wonderful father (Daddy), two grandfather’s and many Uncles in my life. They are all gone now They were all exceptional men and all loved me, taught me, and put up with me.

My Dad was one of the last father’s in Marshall County to be drafted during WWII. He and 6 of my Uncles all served and all came home (that was a miracle).

I was too little to remember much, but have snatches of memories. He was getting ready to go back after one of his few leaves and I was not a happy camper. Needless to say, I was a real “Daddy’s girl”.

He grew up in the same house he was born in:

He never lived outside of Alabama and after the war never wanted to live anywhere but close to home. Eventually he and my mother built a house just “across the pasture” from the big house and he lived there the rest of his life. Being close, he was able to take care of my Grandmother in her later years as she refused to leave “her home”.

He was supportive in whatever I did. He accepted me when I had made a mistake – big or small (and believe me, I made some big ones), forgave me and helped me move on. I can’t imagine what I would have done without him in many instances when I was young and dumber than a rock.

He was firm with discipline, but was always patient with me – well, almost always. Not so much when he was teaching me to drive our old stick shift Chevy on the ‘unpaved, curvy’ mountain road.

I suppose I’ll always miss him, will surely always love him and always be thankful he was the man he was!

My husband was another exceptional man in my life. He had a much different personality than my Dad but they got along really well. He was a dedicated father and we raised 3 sons who are wonderful father’s in their own right today.

I am so very blessed!!!

Note: Forgive the blurry photos. The originals are blurry – not as good back in the day. ๐Ÿ™‚

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So very blessed…

I had two major blessings this week – in the midst of the small ones that always happen….

First on Monday I was in Huntsville about to leave Hobby Lobby and my car decided it would only go backwards – this is not a good thing. In the event you don’t know – I’m definitely in the ‘senior citizen bracket’. I live alone with no family even remotely close by and I was about 40 miles away from home. So, I faced a problem.

Did I remain calm and collected? No, I panicked.

The manager and several employees came out of Hobby Lobby and finally were able to push me back into the parking space so I wasn’t blocking traffic.

I happened to be on the phone with my oldest son who lives 500 miles away when this happened and he was able to give me advice on who to call and helped calm me down.

While I do have road service with my insurance, I didn’t really want to have a stranger tow me to an unknown garage. So, after several phone calls I was reminded that a very good friend’s daughter’s husband had a garage in north Huntsville.

My friend Del on the right and her daughter Tara.

One phone call to Tara and my problem was basically solved. She sent a wrecker who picked up my car – and me – and took us to the garage where her husband was able to get the part and get it fixed before the day was out. They had a nice garage, pleasant, air conditioned lobby with coffee, magazines and comfty seating – plus I was able to visit with her while I was there. Did I mention they had coffee?! ๐Ÿ™‚

Pro Auto outside and inside waiting area… if you’re in Huntsville and need car repair I highly recommend them.

Blessing from this experience:

  • God had angels watching over me
  • I was able to get the car repaired for a very reasonable amount of $ and get back home the same day

Lessons learned (that hopefully I’ll remember):

  • I do have friends that I can call if I’m in trouble.
  • Deuteronomy 31:8 “The Lord God will go before me, He will be with me, He will never leave me nor forsake me. I will not worry and I will not be afraid.

That’s a scripture I’ve been working on remembering for a good while – and apparently I need to work on it a bit more. “In the face of adversity – My God is there and will take care of me!!!”

I’ll post my second super blessing of this last week in my next post…. gives you something to look forward to, right? ๐Ÿ™‚

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Hello World – meet my new blog…

Here I am with a brand new blog. I’m calling it – “Ramblings” as it will be about many things. I suppose in the ‘blog world’ it would be considered a lifestyle blog. I’m going to try and be interesting – though I’m sure that won’t always be the case.

When looking for a name (besides blog) I found ‘ramblings’ (or it found me) and it seemed to fit perfectly – with me and with the blog. If you follow along I’m sure you’ll see why – and I’d be delighted to have you!

I’ve had a very on again off again blog over on blogger, but decided to get serious about it. I’ll try not to be as boring as this post. So, for your entertainment this time – here’s my little baby dog, Koda (more about him later)

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