Friday, August 18, 2017
The post this week has to be dedicated to a history making event.
A total solar eclipse will sweep across the United States. An
astronomical phenomena? Absolutely! You may have seen
photos in the past, but this you can't ignore. Crossing our nation
from coast to coast, a 2500 mile path, the time start to finish will
run four hours
Three things cannot be long hidden:
The sun, the moon, and the truth.
What you see depends on where you are, or might want to travel to.
Nashville, Tennessee or Hopkinsville, Kentucky are ideal spots if
you live in Ohio and want to keep it within a reasonable driving
range. Kentucky experiences the longest eclipse time at just over
2 minutes and 41 seconds. In Ohio we will only see a partial eclipse.
About 90%of the sun will be blocked.
Here are some fun facts about the solar eclipse.
*Weather is a factor! A cloudy day will hurt your viewing chances.
*What is a total solar eclipse? The moon passes between Earth
and the sun, and appears to cover the sun. It will block the sun's
light. Not everyone will see a total eclipse but will experience a
*What is a syzygy? An astronomy term, it is the alignment of the
earth, new moon and the sun, resulting in an eclipse.
*The first recorded eclipse was in China 4000 years ago. They
thought it was a dragon eating the sun. (from astronomer
Derek Kief, H.R. Macmillan Space Center)
*The last time a total eclipse swept across the entire USA was in
1918. This total eclipse will be the first visible from the
contiguous United States since 1979.
It is only during an eclipse that the Man in the Moon has a place
in the sun.
To avoid serious eye damage, you must take precaution when
viewing the solar eclipse. Everyone viewing needs to wear
special solar glasses or you can use filtered welder's glasses.
The sunlight can burn the retina leading to long term or
permanent damage. Caution your children. Don't look at a
partial eclipse through unfiltered binoculars or a telescope.
Look for special eclipse glasses online or check out your
local library for free ones. Several local grocery stores had
them available as well. Make your own pinhole projector
by using 2 sheets of paper. Instructions online. There are
eclipse events being planned locally so that is a safe option
as well. View online by checking out the NASA website and
Space.com. Here's the information I received by plugging
in my zip code. The moon cover will be 88% of the sun. The
moon will be in the sun's path starting at 1:01pm and
continue for 2hours and 48minutes. The best time to see the
peak of the eclipse will be 2:28pm. It's great specific
information for your area.
Monday expect traffic to be heavy as thousands are traveling.
Millions of eyes will be looking upward as the sun disappears
from the sky. The animals and insects will react as if the sun
is setting. It will be as dark as sunset is. It will happen
whether you want it to or not. It will not be as be as you
suspect but something more....
Thursday, August 10, 2017
No garden truly blooms until butterflies
have danced upon it.
There's nothing more beautiful or peaceful to watch than a
butterfly. They are enchanting and graceful. As they glide
and flit about the garden one can almost be envious of their
freedom in flight.
My garden includes a variety of flowers and plants that will
encourage visits from butterflies. It is important to provide
food and nectar sources for them. Butterflies require nectar
as a food source while caterpillars eat leaves as theirs.
We delight in the beauty of the butterfly,
but rarely admit the changes it has gone
through to achieve that beauty.
~ Maya Angelou
Did you know there are 4 stages in the butterfly lifecycle and
it's possible to observe that in your own backyard. I was lucky
enough to have a butterfly visit my Dill plant, lay an egg and
from that a caterpillar hatched, which changed and transformed
its body and emerged as a butterfly. It was amazing. On previous
posts I've shared many photos on this process. It's visually exciting
to watch this process.
There's nothing in a caterpillar that tells you
it's going to be a butterfly.
~ Richard Buckminster Fuller
I hope you find the time to stop and watch and appreciate such
a simple joy of a butterfly fluttering about the flowers. What
beautiful gardens they must have visited!
Wednesday, August 2, 2017
Dance with the waves, move with the sea
Let the rhythm of the water
set your soul free.
~Christy Ann Martine
Vacation in Hawaii was fabulous! All those descriptive phrases, all
the adjectives that can set your mind thinking of that big, beautiful,
bounty of deep blue water fits. How can you not be happy while
walking along the beach. Endless sounds of the sea crashing on the
shore casts its spell...only to repeat again and again. I love the
ocean, the sand hot, you make the dash to the salty sea, and you're
embraced by the cold water and the heat of sun. It is its own therapy!
At the beach, life is different. Time doesn't move
hour to hour but mood to moment. We live by the
currents, plan by the tides, and follow the sun.
There is much to see and do in Hawaii, (Maui and Honolulu
for us). Tropical flowers, exotic fruits, luaus,volcanoes, and
historic sites await you in these lush surroundings.
The view from the balcony of our rooms were amazing and
inviting. We couldn't wait to be out in this paradise.
There are so many pictures and stories to share. It was exciting,
it was a getaway, it was tropical, and it was fun to share it with
our daughter and son in law. If you want an adventure, visit
Hawaii! I guarantee you'll be so happy you did. Please enjoy
the beach scene picture I took and Waterlogued. Copy onto
heavy stock paper and frame if you'd like.
ALOHA everybody and thanks for stopping by!
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Hawaii and lots of other great stuff.
Wednesday, July 12, 2017
In summer, the song sings itself.
~William Carlos Williams
What's not to love about summer. Sun-filled, sultry, sensational
and well summery. Our gardens are beginning to share, flowers
are blooming and begging to be cut for a bouquet.
Are you connected to your garden? Do you find pleasure being
outside. Nature nurtures. Watching the hummingbirds zipping
about the flowers, and butterflies gently landing on the blooms
will make you feel relaxed.
Oh, the fragrance of a garden makes it a
place of delight, think of Lavender and
Roses and Herbs.
Summertime is special. Flowers can help you find your joy.
I think grandson Ethan has found his joy!
Thanks for stopping by...
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Tuesday, July 4, 2017
Today we celebrate the nation's 241st birthday. That day in 1776
when the Declaration of Independence was adopted by the
An all-American holiday with parades, barbecues and picnics, flag-
waving all around and culminating with fireworks lighting up the
I like to see a man proud of the place in which he lives. I like to
see a man live so that his place will be proud of him.
~ Abraham Lincoln
Thanks for stopping by. Step out tonight and see the fireworks !!!
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Saturday, July 1, 2017
Nothing is easier to grow than herbs. They provide wonderful
fragrance, look lovely and are edible too. They are fast growing,
needing sun and water, fertilizer at first planting then pinch and
clip as you need them. Like most annuals, periodic harvesting will
keep them from going to seed. Space isn't an issue either. Any
container will work as long as you provide for drainage. A small
spot in a landscaped bed near the kitchen will give you quick
access to flavor all your dishes. Here's what I'm growing in my
Herbs are the friend of the physician
and the pride of cooks.
As Rosemary is to the spirit,
so Lavender is to the soul.
Nothing beats the taste of fresh herbs.
Thanks for stopping by, Diana
PS do you like the herb markers, here's where you can find them.
by Jackson Hawk (not a pd.endorsement)
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Wednesday, June 21, 2017
I could not have picked a better morning to welcome in the start
of summer. We were greeted with low humidity and comfortable
temperatures in the high 70's to 80's. It is indeed official, with
the Northern hemisphere experiencing Summer Solstice at
12:24 am EDT.
We do note from here, the days will start getting shorter, but no
we'll enjoy the fact today is the longest day of the year! How
about a couple fun facts for those scientifically inclined. The
Arctic Circle has 24 hours of daylight. This only occurs on June
Solstice for those areas within the Arctic Circle. It won't be the
hottest day of the year as you might think, it takes time for the
oceans and landmasses to warm up. June Solstice is celebrated
around the world. In different cultures, many ritual customs
will occur to honor the Sun. Many festivals and events will
be going on to celebrate nature and new beginnings. My focus
is it's a beautiful warm day and I can be outside! That makes
Care to join me? Grab a cup of tea, or a glass of wine and let's
look at the flowering annuals today.
"Summertime is always the best of what
Summer days of warmth and sunshine are boons to our flowers
and vegetables. Overnight we're seeing explosions of color and
growth. It's still possible to add flowers to your yard and reap
the benefits of seasonal happy. Annuals are perfect for the non-
gardener. The local garden centers and big box stores still have
quite a variety of bedding plants that will give your yard and
containers instant color.
Annuals, unlike perennials, are temporary additions. They grow
quickly but live only one season and they like it warm. They don't
tolerate the cold. There are sun and shade loving varieties, so be
aware of location when you're making your purchases.
There are many ways to use annual flowers to enhance your yard.
Add summer color lasting the entire season to empty spaces in a
area that just has shrubs. Perhaps you have a rock garden, a pond
or other water feature that need clusters of color to balance that
area. Combine annuals and green plants/vines in containers and
hanging baskets and create garden art by using spray painted
chairs, old bicycles with baskets etc. etc. Vintage garden junk
decorated with flowers is fun and certainly create conversation
when your having that outdoor party. With the 4th of July
coming up, how about creating a red, white and blue arrangement
with a few flags.
I hope I've given you a some enjoyment or at least a little pause in
your day with my post this week.
Thank you, I appreciate you stopping by!
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Wednesday, June 14, 2017
Early June is a favorite time, loaded with lots of activity in our
yards and gardens. It is also national Perennial Gardening Month.
Have you visited your local gardening centers and nurseries?
They are filled and overflowing with flowers and plants of all
shapes and sizes. Perennial plants offer a wide range of blossoms
with different textures, varying bloom times and a rainbow of
colors. I want to share some perennial favorites from my garden.
June will be welcoming summer in a couple weeks and whether
you chose to plant some perennial seeds or waited to plant
individual containers of a larger size, you're suddenly seeing lush
leafy growth and beautiful blooms.
For your container perennials, dig your hole a little wider than
your pot with the depth being the size of the container. Loosen
the roots and spread them out gently. Fill in with some good
composted soil, add a granular fertilizer and water well. Mulch
well and consider the size and height of your plant as you may
need to stake and hoop them for support. Examples would
include delphiniums, hollyhocks and peonies. Also be aware
of sun needs for your plant. This is vital.
Bare-root perennials are usually less expensive than the container
variety but with a little more cost than seeds. You're getting
just the plant root. You'll find them in early spring packed in
peat moss or other such material. Mail-order is an easy way
to find just what your looking for with detailed instructions.
Remember to soak the roots in water before planting them.
Perennials will reward you year after year if you are careful to
maintain properly. They grow bigger and better each year. Only
later as they begin to spread and crowd themselves will you have
to think about dividing your plants. We'll look at that later.
If you like a cutting garden you'll find the perennial flowers lend
themselves to becoming beautiful bouquets and some offer a
wonderful pleasing fragrance as well. Think about roses, yarrow,
lavender, dianthus, lily-of-the-valley, just to name a few. Nothing
is more pleasing than stepping into your garden and enjoying
I hope your enjoying your June and all the beauty of perennial
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