Under the Spell of Enchanting Summer. Pictorial Tour.

Saturday morning, walking around my garden the roses are so close…(so close!) to blooming. As pretty as they will be when they unfold their petals opening to the sky above, I do love seeing them in this tight bud stage. And Oh! It reminds me of my all time favorite quote:

And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom. -Anais Nin

Summer has sprung to life this past week. I’m not sure where Spring went, but I’m not complaining and find myself under the enchanting spell of summer. I thought you might like a pictorial tour of what has my heart singing this holiday weekend. Enjoy!
Under the Spell of Enchanting Summer. Pictorial Tour.

Miss Gidget is very happy with her new bed I bought just for the purpose of her having her own special spot on the deck. While we are grillin’ she is a chillin’!  And just an update on her walking. She is walking better but still quite wobbly.  But no longer pulling herself along. So great improvement!

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A few weeks ago I spray painted this baby gate that goes across the opening of our stairs of our deck. With Gidget having IVDD, she can’t do stairs. But I love how the red of the geraniums plays off the green and my new Adirondack chair cushions. Color! Color! Color! Makes my heart swoon.

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If one “kid” gets something new, well you know that means the other “kid” needs something too, right?  It was time to “retire” Lambchop and Monkey toy and well, it was actually waaaaaay overdo. But now Miss Kylie has a new Monkey friend in her favorite colors of perwinkle and green. Oh wait! I think those are MY favorite colors!

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I love how the sun was peeking through the deck railing causing this shadow affect on the exterior wall of my writing cottage.

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And what’s chillin’ out on the deck without a little lovin’ from Papa?  Hey look, Papa! I got a new toy!

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After a lovely time on the deck last night, while reading on the couch, Gidget snuggled beside me, it was fun watching a summer storm come through. The photo is a bit fuzzy, but I kind of think it adds to the mystery of a storm. And do you see the moon on the left hand side under the tree branch? And it looks like Mr. Eli, the neighbors Golden Doodle was out for one “last potty break” before the storm hit.

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This mornings strolling, while Gidget was rolling in her stroller, I came across this patch of white flowers on the outskirts of a woods I walk by. I’m not sure if they are wild or a weed. But none-the-less, they sure are pretty aren’t they?

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Over the railroad tracks that lead downtown to the hub of Elkhart Lake purple flower weeds are in bloom.

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And the lake – oh, the lake! Never disappoints the eyes. I always love seeing a lone fishing boat – just adds to the enchantment of this beautiful place I live.

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And past one of my favorite houses downtown. Can you see the stained class windows in the background? But it was these flowers that simply took my breath away! In fact, I really did gasp out loud. They were sooooo pretty!

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Summer in Elkhart Lake never ceases to put me under a spell. And one that I never want to end. But no sense worrying about that as it has just begun, so I shall relish in all its glory.

Hoping your holiday weekend is a good one wherever you are!  And a very special thank you to all the veterans who have served and who continue to serve.

And as always, the veteran close to my heart is one who I always think of with extra fondness this Memorial Day… our family soldier…my brother, Keith. Here is he is with his daughter, Sara, who I can hardly believe is graduating high school this week. Just another reminder how precious time is.

The willingness of America’s veterans to sacrifice for our country has earned them our lasting gratitude. -Jeff Miller

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Update on Roo & His Special ‘Thank You.’

Update on Roo & His Special 'Thank You.'

A few weeks ago I shared the story of Roo and how the Frankie Wheelchair Fund provided funds to have a custom made wheelchair built for him by Eddie’s Wheels for Pets.

Yesterday I got this photo of him and his special thank you card! Isn’t it so sweet?

It is so rewarding helping this sweet dogs and I love seeing photos of them in their new wheels… and getting a thank you card such as this? Well, that is divine icing on the cake!

And an update on Roo that he is beginning to take to the wheels, understanding they are giving him a freedom he didn’t have before. He wasn’t quite sure about them at first.

Keep on rolling Roo!

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It’s True. I Feel Like the Luckiest Girl in the World.

It's True. I Feel like the Luckiest Girl in the World.

Existing perennial garden spruced up with a few new plants and chocolate mulch

As I write you today, I’m listening to Pandora radio, station of Doris Day.

Sometimes I think I was born in the wrong century or perhaps I lived another life. I love this type of music, nostalgia, vintage and old things. I think it’s perhaps why reading Susan Branch’s trilogy memoir recently resonated with me. So much so, I can’t get the books, her house on Martha’s Vineyard, and her way of life out of my head!

It’s a good thing though. There is something so comforting in her writing and how she lives a simple life.

And her gardens, well, I was so jealous (a good jealous!) when I saw photos on her blog.

And then I realized (terrible me!) that I posted photos on Facebook earlier this week of our new landscaping, but didn’t share here on my blog for you, my dear readers, as I had promised. I’m going to blame it on all the excitement and menopausal brain. Grin.

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But since our landscaping has been complete I’m feeling like Susan Branch with a bit of Tasha Tudor and Beatrix Potter rolled in. In fact, John has been calling me Tasha Jr. as I work on keeping up with the watering (tee hee!).

But every morning, I can hardly wait to open the blinds and look outside. And sometimes I just want to cry – happy tears, of course.

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I’ve always been a homebody and I can’t help but think back to when times were tough with the economy crash in 2008. We were scared of losing John’s construction business and our home. But we hunkered down and knew we could ride the storm out and live frugally. And we did.

And in many ways we still do. But having landscaping done has been all the more sweeter when we think about the tough times. We are appreciating it and enjoying it even more now.

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I keep pinching myself when I walk around my writing cottage each day as I take in all the beauty of the sweet little shrubs and the perennials that will bloom in the near future. When we built my little space in 2007 we had planned to add plants, but then had to buckle down with the bad economy.

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I’m especially tickled pink at the rock hill that leads down to the egress window of our lower level (well, okay, also known as a basement – but it does not feel that way because it is all fixed up).

Downstairs is where I hold my SoulCollage(r) workshops and the view out the window now is stunning!  Here is the view below looking out from lower level.

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It feels like the outside is part of the inside, and I couldn’t be happier!

When my friend, Shannon stopped over the other night, I gave her a tour around the house. She said, “I remember when we got new landscaping at our house up north. I felt like the luckiest girl in the world!”

And you know what? That is exactly it! I, too, feel like the luckiest girl in the world!

Thank you again to Willow Wood Acres and Land Steward for a beautiful design and job well done!

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