Monday, January 11, 2016

Monday's Musings



We are 11 days into the new year.  In a way it feels like it's been a lot longer, but I won't turn around twice and we'll all be preparing for Christmas 2016.  Our first week was a busy one but a good kind of busy and Hubby and I labored some together to try and get our front and back porches lined out or at least started.
We began on the back porch.

We bought some flowering winter plants to go in the empty pots that we had.  We bought them in hanging baskets, took the hangers off and then put the entire basket down in the dirt in the pot.  Gives it such a fuller look than you can get with individual plants.
Now, the ferns you see above are left overs from the summer but we are thinking they just may pull through.  If not, then we'll replace them this spring.
We got our furniture arranged and I'm going to order an outside rug to go under the glider swing.  We are hoping to give it the look of an outside room once we are finished.  It is currently a "work in progress."  
We then moved to the front porch.........
 You remember that the pretty pots I had gotten for the front porch, well, one of them was blown over and broken during a recent storm.  
Hubby and I went to get the replacement this past week and while at the shop, we decided that what we probably needed was even bigger pots.
 So, this is what we ended up with and we are very, very pleased with the look.  In fact,we think the bigger pots look nicer.  And, they are heavy, heavy and they are filled to the brim with sand.  So, we are crossing our fingers that they will stay in their upright position regardless of the wind. ~hope, hope~ I left the lights on them from Christmas because I like the lights and think they are a nice touch year around.
It always difficult to know exactly how to decorate after Christmas.  I use to decorate for Mardi Gras but it's over by mid-Febuary and then you still have a while until Spring.  So, this year I just went with neutral pillows and neutral colored bows on the topiaries so they will carry me until it's time to decorate for Spring.  And, these pillows are wired to the benches and pinned together.~yes, they are~  Where there is a will there is a way!! ~chuckle~ I'm happy to have my porch back with a welcoming look.
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This past week book #2 of our house construction process arrived.  I started the day we bought the land this house is sitting  on documenting every phase of the building process.  These books represent a whole lot of hours and I don't know that anyone will ever enjoy them outside of Tommy and I.  But, we enjoy looking back through them.  I had hoped I could get all the pictures in one book but Shutterfly has a page limit of about 75 pages and I needed double that amount, so I had to go with two.  Thankfully I got them when there was a 40% off sale going on.
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This happy little fella went to the Dr. last week for his 4 month checkup and the first of his shots. ~poor baby~  Here he is as happy as can be with a smile as big as life and then that all changed when he got his shots.  But, guess they are necessary evils. He weighed in at an even 13 pounds.  I'd say he is a thriving baby boy for sure!
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Lea
Lea

Hi there! My name is Lea. I've been wife to the best Hubby for 44 years....Mom to a son and daughter....CiCi to 4 precious Grans....lover of family and friends....enjoy laughter and a good time....shopper....picture taking maniac....maker of delicious fudge....organizational enthusiast....memory maker....Southern Belle...and most importantly.....a Child of the King! Welcome to my little corner!

10 comments:

  1. What a gorgeous baby!! Love your pots. I do the same thing - I always buy the hanging baskets too. I like instant gratification. Spring can't come soon enough for me. Enjoy your week.

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  2. LOVING the new pots by the front door...soo pretty and the size is perfect too. I think it would take a HUGE wind storm to even think about blowing those over.
    The baby has gotten soo big soo fast especially considering his tiny beginnings. He is just a doll. Enjoy your week!

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  3. My first comment is how you used the word "we" when describing the new plantings. Chuckle! It is all coming together and looks lovely. I really do like the new, larger pots on the front porch and love the topiaries. And that baby is the picture of healthy. A real Gerber baby for sure. So good to visit with you and Tommy last week. He's a keeper!

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  4. Your porch is coming together nicely, and what a view - overlooking the water. Have a good week.

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  5. Your patio is awesome! I love the tile you used everywhere or maybe it is slat, whatever it is gorgeous. I just love new.....

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  6. The new porch pots are perfect! Your door and entry size can take the larger pots and they look just great! Now you have me inspired to do the same. :)

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  7. I really, really like your front porch and yes, the bigger pots do look great. Yes, do keep the white lights in your topiaries. That's a wonderful look year 'round. I marvel at your live ferns and flowers. In my climate we are so far away from that at this time of year. Thanks for sharing such beauty!

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  8. I love your front door!! Beautiful photos. No flowers or ferns around these parts yet...not until May or June, sad to say. Have a beautiful Tuesday, friend.

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  9. I love your new pots, I think the larger ones work better. I like the look of the white lights year round as well, in fact I ket some of the ones I had in my dining room up this year, adds a nice bit of ambience. Have a wonderful week

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  10. I say go big or go home : ) Love the new pots! I love that little snapshot of the pond you can see in the one picture. Looks like such a lovely serene setting and I'm so glad you're enjoying your new home. It's been fun to see all the baby pics your daughter tags you in on FB-he is a cutie!

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