Point and Shoot 3June 27, 2019

Queen Anne’s Lace

Queen Anne, wife of James I of England, was a great lace maker. One day, she pricked her finger, spilling a drop of blood on a nearby flower. Hence the tiny purplish black or deep red floweret gracing the flower. (Anextraordinaryday.net)

Also known as wild carrot, bishops lace, bird’s nest

Native to temperate regions of Europe and southwest Asia, naturalized to North America and Australia.

The root is edible and given that it typically grows in the same conditions as poison hemlock, being able to tell the difference could save your life.

Medicinal qualities of Queen Anne’s lace: urinary tract problems including kidney stones, bladder problems, water retention, excess uric acid in urine, also used to treat gout

“The world is full of magic things, patiently waiting for our senses to grow sharper.”-WB Yeats

“Her lawn looks like a meadow.

And if she mows the place

She leaves the clover

And the Queen Anne’s lace.”

-Edna St. Vincent

Picture of the Day 18June 27, 2019

The Empty Nest

Taken June 26, 2019

Luckily, for me, the babies left the nest while I was busy doing other things! I say this because last year, they left the nest while I was sitting in my chair and one of them landed on my head!

My chair is right in front of the shelving unit on the deck where the flower pot is, which has had a wrens nest in it for two years now.

They’ve been nesting on the deck for three or four years, but usually in something else…two years in this flower pot. I love watching the babies grow and yes, I still water the plant with the babies in it.

A few things

Or rather, pictures

Outside my dining room window

These are pictures I took over the weekend on my property. I hope you enjoyed them!

“To me, a lush carpet of pine needles or spongy grass is more welcome than the most luxurious Persian rug.”

– Helen Keller

Picture of the Day 17June 26, 2016

The places he hides

Taken April 7, 2016 with my Samsung cell phone camera

As I am writing this post, Kalimba is outside. It’s the first time he’s gone outside since he got skunked. He still stinks, but not as bad! The house only smells wherever he is. So it’s tolerable…kind of.

A Little Bit of…Nothing?June 25, 2019

First off, I have to say my house and cat still stink of skunk! Not so bad now, but the smell is still there. Especially wherever my cat is. But what can I do but deal with it?

I’ve got two box fans going, one in a window at one end of the house pulling air in, the other at the other end of the house pushing air out. I’ve got ceiling fans going and have been spraying air freshener and burning incense. Helps, but the smell still lingers. Whenever the cat lets me, I rub baking soda into his fur.

He’s been hiding a lot…doesn’t want me messing with him!

In these pictures, he’s underneath the guest bed.

I figured, at this point, I’d give a little detail about the tree that just missed the deck. I know I’ve got more photos on my external hard drive…but this is what I’ve got for now.

I was inside working on the family tree when I heard this long, loud crack and then a crash. I knew it was a tree – or part of one – that had come down. I looked out the window and saw the tree laying on the ground!

“No, no, no!”

My dad was in the kitchen and heard me saying those words…”no, no, no!” He asked what was wrong. “A tree just came down, or part of it!”

A straight wind had just come through and took out part of the tree. Luckily, no one was outside and it missed the house…just barely!

It took us some time, but we eventually got it cut down and dragged off! I had to use the pruning sheers to cut back what I could, to make it safer for my dad to use the chain saw. (He was legally blind!)

That’s my dad, checking out the tree. We haven’t done anything with what’s left. Unless we take the whole tree down, or pay someone, there’s nothing we can do.

So, there it stands…a tribute to the straight wind that tried to take it out!

A photo I took this weekend

“All good things are wild and free!”

– Henry David Thoreau

That’s about all I have, for now anyway! Hope everyone has a great day! Keep smiling!!

Picture of the Day 16June 25, 2019

Rose bush and vine

Taken September 1, 2016 with my Samsung cell phone camera

I don’t know what kind of vine/flower it is, but it’s pretty and delicate. There are no thorns on the vine and when you pull on it, it breaks where you have hold of it. I worked on it a little this spring, but I’m sure it’s still there. I’ll be sure to get a close up of it this fall. (It’s not honeysuckle.)

Before and After

After my dad passed away March 17, 2017, I decided to tear up the old carpet. I put new, blue carpet in my parents room and turned it into a library. I put brushed hickory hardwood in the hallway, living room and what is now the wood stove room (used to be the computer room).

The ugly green carpet
New floors

Not quite finished, but getting there. I’m going to put two shelves up where I have green tape…then I’ll be happy!

I tore the carpet up myself.

The border wall paper is coming down and the walls are going to be painted the same color yellow.

It’s so much better having hardwood floors, especially during the summer!

I originally got the dark brown paint…I wanted to paint all of the walls in the library that color. But I ran out and when I went back to Wal-Mart to get more, the girl didn’t know how to mix that particular color. So, I had to improvise! The outside walls are dark and the inside walls are light. I know it should be the other way around, but it works for me.

The closet wall (above) is lighter than the other wall, but you can hardly tell.

These photos were taken while I was in the process of remodeling. I also redid my bedroom and the small guest room, but that is for other post.

I guess that’s about all I have for today! Hope everyone has a great day and an even better week!