Friday, July 3, 2015

A Few Pictures Of The Yard/Plants/Work Around Here

I am anxiously waiting for my
daughter, Mimi, and her sweet family to get here.
To prepare for the upcoming
FOURTH OF JULY HOLIDAY
I have been working non-stop on whipping 
the yard and porches and flowers 
and the old man into shape.

I took so many pictures but don't have
enough time to edit them all.
There are a lot more pictures
here than I usually post at one time.

So, I will break this up into a couple of posts
so you can get a peek at things.

This beautiful floral came from my oldest daughter
for letting the girls stay here for the last few days.
It sits on the glass-topped cherub "shelf"
that sits under the living room windows
that overlook our front porch.
It sits next to an old Eastlake wicker rocker.
Across from the chair is a swing that the kids
spend a lot of time on when they are here.
I see I took this before I had the bench pad on...
oh well...it is what it is!

If you look towards the road from the swing
this is what you see.
This is right in front of the porch.
Those pillows are NOT staying.
I tossed them there and forgot to remove them for the photo.
Not sure why some of these pictures are so washed out looking...
Hey- Never said I was a PHOTOGRAPHER,
 did I? No. No. I didn't!
This one is a bit better!
This hangs between the tree and porch.
The birdhouse is all wonky because it has
a nest in it and I didn't want to disturb it
by "straightening" it.
The bird flew out in my face and
scared the devil out of me
well, not really-the devil is still
lurking here somewhere...
I think he is downstairs reading
his Bible and praying that I will be a good girl...
This is looking towards the garage 
which is an ell to the right
(which you can't see)
Taken by the base of the front steps.
Next to the front garage doors
 (there are back ones, too)
is this huge clematis.
I must have done something right with this one..
neglect maybe?
Okay---this is the true color...
It's a beaut, isn't it?

Here's another BEAUT for you...
Courtesy of Walmart!
Ready?  SALUTE!!!!!
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Is that the 
MOST PATRIOTIC MAN
you have ever seen?

You didn't really think I was going to let you
go away smiling over 
MY FLOWERS did you?

Happy July 3rd!
I will try to visit if I can---
I may be just sitting around holding
STUMPER!
Can't wait to see her walking
in that little cast she has on.

your photo name

51 comments:

Sylvia said...

Your yard is beautiful, looks like you are all ready for the 4th!
I love that bike! What a cutie with her cast!
Enjoy your day!

Susie said...

Diana, I love the sitting area with the bike. Your flower do look pretty too. One of my g.daughter had a cast on her arm when she was 3...she flipped over backwards, standing in her little rocking chair..It seems sad to see little ones in casts. I think bright eyes will be a trooper....to keep up with her brothers. Wishing you and your a happy fourth. Bless you, xoxo,Susie

Mary Keels said...

I am in love with your porch swing. It is just the style of one that I want. We stayed in a beach house last year that had one like that and I fell in love. I know you must enjoy it tremendously, especially with grands. Happy 4th of July to you too!

Laurie said...

Love your pink bike with the flowers, Diana! I have a clematis the same color as yours. And yes, I think neglect is what they love. Happy 4th and Happy Stumper holding!

Shelia said...

Hi Diana! Oh, everything looks so pretty and I love your porch swing. Wish our porch were deep enough to have one. Love your pretty flowers and the bike. Oh, Little Bright Eyes! I'll bet she's getting around famously with her cute little cast. So glad you'll get to be with her. Have a wonderful 4th!
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Michele said...

It all looks wonderful, Diana. Love the porch, flowers, bike and bunged-up cute baby. I have the same problem with pictures/lighting and all, but it's even worse with me since Mr. B has a second job . . . teaching photography!

vivian said...

loved seeing your pictures! I like to see pics of where my bloggy and online friends live. just helps us to know them a little better. and now.. I will be able to picture you sitting on your porch or in one of those purple adirondack chairs! poor baby with the cast.. but it probably doesnt really bother her much. It would drive us crazy though! lol! Enjoy your weekend my friend!
xoxo
vivian

Suzan Sweatman said...

So beautiful Diana - I love the color of your " adirondacks " ( that's what we call them - not sure what you call them ! )
And that bike is fabulous - gorgeous in pink !
Hope you have a wonderful July 4th weekend with all the kids !
XOXO

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

She's so precious. She'll probably get carried around and babied a lot this weekend. Have a FUN Fourth! Sweet hugs, Diane

camp and cottage living said...

Your yard is looking all spiffy for summer, well worth the pain?
Of course my favorite is your bikes with the baskets of flowers.
Have aHappy 4th. I know you'll have a great time with the family!

Musings from Kim K. said...

Everything looks just wonderful. Such a gorgeous space for entertaining. Enjoy your grands this holiday weekend!

Chatty Crone said...

Awe she is still in her cast. Well the rest of your photos are so beautiful - peaceful and colorful. You have a lovely home. I really loved your pink bike decorated all up. Happy 4th!

Shirley said...

I always enjoy your post because I know I will have a chuckle at something. Enjoy your family this weekend. My oldest two grandsons and their mamma came to the nursing home 4th of July celebration last night . The flowers are beautiful. Hugs and Payers from Your Missouri Friend Shirley

Michele @ The Nest at Finch Rest said...

Your flowers and porches are amazing, Diana. You are all set for your company.

Hug your sweet little limper for me, she isn't the only only limping, but she is so beautiful and that helps.

She sure looks just like her gma. ♥

Have a wonderful weekend.

Row homes and Cobblestones said...

I find all your plantings of pretty flowers lovely, the Pink bike fantastic (in honor of Breast Cancer)? I so wish I had a porch. Wishing your family a wonderful independence day celebration. Oh yeah I so love your porch and I sooooo want one, OK that was only 2 times... I so wish I had a porch.
xoxo

Missy George said...

You've been very busy..Things look beautiful..Have a safe and fun weekend with your family..

Teresa Hennes said...

Beautiful yard! Such a variety of places to look at.
Poor little stumper. But she doesn't seem to care so much (at least in this picture).

At Rivercrest Cottage said...

No wonder you're worn out. If I were you, I'd still be sittin' in the yard looking out at that beautiful sunset and waiting for the sunrise!

Kelly said...

it looks like you have plenty of seating outside for the 4th of July activities. I hope that you and your family have a great time together.

Anonymous said...

Love the pictures of your yard...and that bike too. I have an old bike downstairs....I want to bring it up and paint it, one of my many projects this summer. Well, the thought is there, the doing is another issue. Have a wonderful 4th with you beautiful family.
Louise

Connie said...

Hi Diana, Your yard looks wonderful. I love all the pinks and blues . . . they look so soothing and perfect for cooling off on a hot summer's day. Oh, and your swing is wonderful! Happy 4th of July!
Connie :)

carolann said...

Your yard looks magnificent. I too love the pink bike and the flowers. Oh my someone had a fall. Ouch.

I will go back and read what happen to her. Poor darling. Happy 4th of July to you and your hubby and beautiful family and beautiful Grandchildren.
hugs

Tessa~ Here there be musing said...

Gotta' show that guy's beard, to my husband.......

Will he do it?????

MMMMM no!!! -grin-

Happy 4th of July,
Tessa

Tessa~ Here there be musing said...

Just sit and hold 'stumper'!!!!!! Don't put her down except for bed time and nappie changes. ,-)

Lisa @ Texas Decor said...

I love a good porch swing! Your flowers are gorgeous too! That guy's beard cracked me up! I know someone who spray paints little bow shapes on her dog's ears to look like she has bows in her hair (fur)! She uses non-toxic spray paint, of course. :) Have a wonderful time with your family this weekend!

Mary@mydogsmygardenandmary said...

Great post Diana and your yard is stunning. Poor little Bright Eyes - can she walk with that cast? You are going to have a grand time with them over the 4th. Are they in their new home?
Have lots of fun and don't over do....
XXOO
Mary

Sandi said...

Love the potted plants by the stairs! Lovely photos!

And especially the man with the July 4th beard. How cool! "I haven't been the same since that house fell on my sister." Hahaha...Wizard of Oz.

:-)

But how in the world does that sweet baby have a cast like that?? Oh no....

Pom Pom said...

Everything looks GORGEOUS! What a happy place!

Kim said...

Ah, I want to come relax in your yard, fabulous! Hey and I'll hold stumper for you. She's just delicious, casted or not!

Adam said...

that sure is the most patriotic beard I've ever seen

Anonymous said...

You have such a lovely home/yard and it must be fun to change up the d├ęcor. I hope you all have a wonderful time and that the baby is slowly adjusting to her cast. God bless. xo

Junkchiccottage said...

Diana,
The yard looks beautiful. All your hard work looks lovely. I love the bike so adorable. You know me and bikes in the garden. Have a good week end with the gang. Enjoy and Happy 4th to all of you.
Kris

Anonymous said...

everything looks perfect for summer, have the best time with family!

Betsy@ coastal-colors said...

Diana, you have a beautiful garden and you sitting areas are so inviting! I would never leave that gorgeous view of the water. You have been a busy girl; your hard work shows. So sorry that Bright Eyes has had such a time with her fall- hoping she'll be like new soon. Happy Fourth!

Rose L said...

I could relax in those chairs in the shade. WAYYYYY too hot here in Oregon! June was hottest month on record and looks like July is planning to outdo it! I miss the normal Oregon temps!

The Joy of Home with Martha Ellen said...

Oh Diana, you are ready for a wonderful holiday with family! Everything is lovely, your flowers, your porches, your cute pink bike---love it all! ♥

Sarah said...

I'd be right up in that porch swing with the grands. ;-)
Enjoy the holiday and time with your sweet family.
Happy 4th of July!

BeachGypsy said...

Looks like a big shin dig to me!!! Have a great time my friend!!!

Gert said...

Oh my...your yard is absolutely gorgeous! I want to zap over there and just bask in the beauty of your home.

Blessings,
Gert

Maureen Wyatt said...

You yard is beautiful! Have fun with the baby.

Pam Kessler said...

Your clematis is beautiful. I can't grow one for the life of me. Have fun with Stumper :)

Vee said...

Looks marvelous! Hope that you had a wonderful celebration. (I even like the pillows that aren't staying.)

Judy at GoldCountryCottage said...

I know this is a little late in coming, Diana, but your flowers are beautiful, OMgoodness, that clematis and the pink bike. Hope you had a great time and a Happy 4th..Judy. Could she walk on her cast OK?

Cecilia Bramhall said...

Haha, you got me with the Walmart picture! Love your flowers and all the outside areas. Hope you had a wonderful 4th and time with your cutie pie. Isn't her little cast cute? ( hey if you have to have a broken leg, at least be cute!)

Rue said...

Diana, every time I visit your blog, I'm glad our mutual friends told me to come by that one day, because I laugh and enjoy myself every single time :)

Your garden looks beautiful :)

xo

Jettie said...

I love the bearded guy, shows he would have probably worn a mohawk back in the day..

Renee said...

Hope her leg is healing okay. Love your flowers and swing, etc.

Gypsy Heart said...

Your yard, flowers and plants look gorgeous! I think you really do have a green thumb...we just haven't seen it. :) Hope you had a wonderful holiday with your family! Precious little one ~ don't you hate it when they get hurt?

xo
Pat

Sweet Posy Dreams said...

Your yard looks beautiful. Glad you were able to have family for the holiday.

Ronda@islandmother said...

My goodness Diana it all looks so beautiful!! No wonder your played out. I hope you had a beautiful weekend with your family.

Cristina Garay said...

Diana, I see you've been really busy! The best part is, it really shows. It looks beautiful! I always love to see the pink bike. The clematis is just gorgeous, but this time what got my eye was the pair of planters by the front steps, they're beautiful!