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Sunday, March 20, 2022

Front Porch Project - Planters

Not so much to report on for this month.  I did find a few planters that were the right sizes.  They are also weather tolerant and, best of all, quite affordable.

 I’m still spending a few hours on Fridays and Saturdays looking at plant selections.  My favorite site is Proven Winners.  They also send two emails a week – one is a newsletter and the other highlights their 2022 selections.  I’m able to save the plants that interest me right on their website at


If you’re into container gardening, as I am, Proven Winners has recipes for mixing plantings.  You can check it out at  Warning…there are over 100 pages of recipes. 


P.S. (Promise Seeking)

Command those who are rich in this present world not to be arrogant nor to put their hope in wealth, which is so uncertain, but to put their hope in God, who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment. 1 Timothy 6:17 

Sunday, February 20, 2022

Front Porch Project - Fence


We are still in the dead of winter but did have a spring-like week recently.  Warmed up enough to melt the piles of snow that had accumulated – yay!  I had asked my multi-talented hubby if he could build a fence and porch for the door into my mom’s apartment.  He did a great job and got them installed for me. 

I wanted a fence to close in the entryway to the porch.  However, I didn’t want it to cut off the view.  I think he came up with the perfect fence. 

The door to Mom’s apartment was a tall step up for her.  I wanted something that was easier for her to navigate and had a rail for her to grab onto.  Hubby came through again. 

I’m still looking at planting pots – tall ones but haven’t found what I envision just yet.  Also spending lots of hours looking at plant recipes for the container gardening.

P.S. (Promise Seeking)

So let it grow, for when your endurance is fully developed, you will be perfect and complete, needing nothing. James 1:4


Monday, January 17, 2022

Resolutions, Little Words, Projects for 2022


Did you make resolutions for this new year?   Me? No.  

I’m still working on the resolutions I made in 2000.  I figure that as these did not get resolved in two decades, maybe I should give myself another decade to finally check them off my list.  Therefore, there’s no need to any additional resolutions.

Did you pick a new word to focus on for 2022?  Me? No.

The first year I did this was in 2013, my word was Faith.  For 2014, my word was Prayer.  Then came 2015, and although I selected a new word, I never felt like I was done with Faith and Prayer.  I did finish 2015 with the selected word, but when 2016 rolled around, I decided to go back Faith and Prayer.  Thus, for the past six years, I’ve had two little words – the same two each year.  Mostly likely I won’t get them all perfected this side of heaven.

Nevertheless, I do have a project I want to do this year.  It’s something I’ve had in mind since we bought our home four years ago.  There is an area that leads up to the front door and it reminds me of a courtyard.  This year I plan to make it an actual courtyard.  I’m thinking of French, Italian, Spanish, or Mediterranean.  Maybe even a New Orleans courtyard. 

Right now, I’m filling Pinterest boards with courtyard images – or should I say inspirations.  Also, plants for the Idaho climate.

The area has empty vertical spaces on two and half sides.  They are basically blank walls that need something – plants, water feature or art.  I pulled photos I’ve taken of the area, so I remember what it’s like in the spring, summer, and fall.

In case you curious why I didn’t just step outside for new photos…WINTER! 


Planning for spring is an enjoyable way to pass the winter months.

P.S. (Promise Seeking)

The LORD will guide you continually, giving you water when you are dry and restoring your strength.  Isaiah 58:11

Tuesday, November 30, 2021

Via Special Requests

 In 2019, Joe and I entered three photos each at the Western Idaho Fair.  This is something a few of our neighbors have been doing for years.  Joe and I entered ours in the Honored Citizens division - aka: old people (over 65 years old).  To our surprise, we won ribbons!  We were planning on doing the same for the 2020 fair, but it was cancelled due to Covid.  It was only at the last minute that we decided to enter photos for the 2021 fair.  Again, we were surprised to find ribbons on our photos.

We've been asked to share our entries, as family and friends are wanting to see them from each year.  I have been lax in getting this done.  And I know as soon as our Christmas letter goes out, I will be hearing from those of you still waiting for me to get them posted.  Most of my entries are already on this blog, but Joe's are not.  So finally I will be checking this off my 'To DO' list...just as soon as press the post button. 

Joe's 2019 Entries

Autumn - 1st Place

Trains, Planes, Automobiles - 1st Place

Nostalgia - Honorable Mention

Carol's 2019
Other - did not place

Autumn - 3rd Place

Animals (non-winged) - 1st Place
Joe's 2021
Autumn - 4th Place

Trains, Planes, Automobiles - 2nd Place

Animals (winged) - Did not place
Carol's 2021
Nostalgia - 2nd Place

Autumn - 1st Place

Fair Theme - 1st Place

I hope this means there will be NO lump of coal in my Christmas stocking.

P.S. (Promise Seeking)

Romans 15:13 May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. 

Monday, June 1, 2020

June Gloom and Blooms

Overcast days are typical for the beginning of June.  This year the June gloom is fine by me.  So much of the world is anything but typical these days.

My state is barely days into Stage 3 of reopening from the COVID 19 shutdown.  Businesses are starting to hang their OPEN signs.  People are allowed to gather together again – in small number and keeping social distancing in mind.  If all goes well, we can move onto Stage 4 on June 12th.  Stage 4 will run through June 26th.  On the 27thof June we should be back to normal…or to a new normal. I’m not really sure what things will look like on the 27th. 

In the meanwhile, I’ll enjoy the June I do have.  I will enjoy the gloom and the blooms that go with the month of June.

P.S. (Promise Seeking)
Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.  Matthew 5: 9

Thursday, January 9, 2020

2020 Vision

They say hindsight is 2020.  Looking back on 2019, there was not a lot to see.  It was a year of settling to the many changes in our lives.  Some sad and some joyful.  My last post (and only post in 2019) explains all that.  It really became visual to me when I prepared to backup the last of the 2019 photos.  In years past, I would take about 1700 photos a year.  Last year I only took 499 photos.  We also did a lot less camping than usual. 

We did manage to get one camping trip in before the year ended.  A few days along the Snake River and with our friends meeting up with us there.  Mainly we just all chilled (in more ways than one) and relaxed.  We took one day to explore the Cloe’s Nature Walk.

Idaho in the Fall is beautiful, and we got out to take in all the colors of the season.

Foresight for 2020 remains to be seen.  I hope for more photo opportunities, more camping trips, and more times with our family and our friends.  These are the things really bring joy to our lives.  I hope for a kinder and gentler 2020 - for me and my people, and for you and yours too.

Monday, September 2, 2019

Welcoming the “BER” months

September, October, November, and December. My two favorite seasons are in the BER months – Autumn and, of course, the Holiday season.

We’ve had rough time since my last post. We lost my dad last Christmas, then an Aunt in February and my Father-in-law in July.

In January my mom moved into our home. She has her own apartment here, where she can live independently. Mom joins us for dinner most nights. Sometimes she just wants to cook for herself. We join mom for coffee in the mornings, aka: Mornings with Mom.

I had surgery in June – nothing major, but it took over six weeks to get back to my old self.

However, there was one positive highlight during July. We were in Oregon and got the pleasure of meeting our newest great grandchild. He was five months of cuteness with the sweetest little personality. He is our 8th great grandchild and my mom’s 11th great-great-grandchild.

During all this, I had lost any desire to pick up my camera or make a blog post. Finally, in August I started to get back to doing the things I love.

At the suggestion of some photographer-neighbors, hubby and I entered enter some images in our local fair. We’ve not done anything like this before, so we didn’t know what to expect. We enter the max number of photographs each person was allowed, three photos (each in a different category). When the fair opened to the public we attended – also something we don’t usually do. Hubby did really well, he received two First Place ribbons and an Honorable Mention ribbon. I received a First Place ribbon and a Third Place ribbon.

my First Place – Animals

my Third Place - Autumn

Last weekend we attended the Spirit of Boise Balloon Classic. These balloons are so beautiful. It just proves that sometimes being full of hot air is a good thing.

I’m so looking forward to getting some Autumn photos – maybe even squeaking in a camping trip or two before we put the trailer away for winter.