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Saturday, June 14, 2014

Getting acquainted with GT...

After reading about so many of you enjoying Gladys Taber's books I went over to Amazon to see what they had to offer. They had such a great selection of her books that I bought several! These two have arrived already. Fast service!

I'm reading this one now, mostly on breaks at work. But it's more fun to read at home where it's peaceful. :)

It was cloudy and cool when I got home from work today. Just starting to sprinkle, but I took a few photos. This is my backyard. You can see on the right where my yard ends and the "meadow" begins. (Taller grass.) My kids took down all of the pasture fence, so now I call it a meadow.

Sumacs give me lots of privacy. The Heartland Trail is just on the other side of these sumacs, but you wouldn't know it.
My little Prairie Smoke flowers are back! May they continue to bloom and multiply! I think they're so cool!

I was going to say these were Tansy, but no. I'm not sure of the name, but Tansy is more of a little button shaped flower.

Very tall sumac in the background.

 The view of my house while standing by the sumac bushes.
 I'm one of the few people in the civilized world who actually plant box elder trees on purpose!

The little light green plant in the lower right part of the picture is another box elder. I like them because they grow very fast. I haven't had a problem with box elder bugs.
My very slow growing garden. We've had a lot of cool, rainy weather, which seems to be slowing the growth of my garden. I suppose we'll have a burst of heat soon and it will take off.

I thought this little whirly-bird's spinning tail might scare off some bunnies and deer. Unfortunately, it takes quite a gust to get it to spin! I bought a pink one for Audrey and Hazel. I'll plant it in their yard the next time I'm there.

There are some sunflowers and peas growing around the cream separator.
 More peas...
 My cute old watering can...
 and some petunias peaking out from the cream separator.
 This was taken a couple of days ago when it was much sunnier. I had just rearranged the living room furniture. I like it this way. It's nice to sit on the couch and blog and the swivel chair by the window gives me a good view of the back yard.
It's doing a bit of thundering and lightning-ing outside. I think I'll work on an ATC or two. I haven't been doing much of that lately. It was a hectic day at work today, so I'll kick back and relax for a while.

May God's blessings and peace surround you all!


  1. I just reserved three Taber books at the library for the same reason!

  2. I have been looking at my line of Taber books and considering just the right moment to have a few bites of her cheerful words.
    Your place is looking very loved and cared for, Lisa. You are such a good disciple of Jesus. I love that about you, of course.

  3. i'll have to check out the author you mentioned. i'm always looking for a good read.

    oh, and i have a few hundred box elders growing in my flower garden that i'm going to pull….should I send them your way ?? :)

    1. Ha, ha! No, I think I'm good with the box elders! :)

  4. So happy to hear you found Gladys Taber books on Amazon. I've watched on ebay for them but to find them with free shipping (?) will be great!
    Your property looks so peaceful. Enjoy the weather...nothing beats the scent of the air following a midwest rainstorm :)


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