Monday, July 25, 2016

Too Cute

Closeup Heavenly Yellow

Process of Opening


  Today: Already eaten (in part) by birds...:-(

Our Lone Sunflower (planted by accident in a vegetable garden...) :-)

A rare sunflower beauty. :-)
(My husband was able to discern this was 
a sunflower early on and left it to grow.)

"Why, hello."

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

My Japanese Dream

A Japanese Hillside (by K. Annie Powell) 1975

                        Original: pen & ink and watercolor

Delectable Squash Leaf

Squash Leaf Poster 2016

Delicate and delectable squash blossoms that tantalize...
by hiding just out of view in the summer sun.



Thursday, July 14, 2016

(Way Cool) DIY Project

DIY 1920's Decorative Window (poster)

Vintage Window Art(1920's); Decorate 'as you wish.'

Crackled White Paint Patina (that I love); 1920 Window Art

A Decorative Valance of Vintage Napkins (they were folded and kept by my mother-in-law Barbara Powell :-) )

Add Any Decorative Items of Your Choice...

This was a $5.00 'find' at an antique fair rummage in Oshkosh, Wisconsin purchased 
the weekend of the (now famous) large antique 44th (!) annual car show in Iola, 
Wisconsin. Hang on study wire and hangers for a decorative reminder of 
better days gone byAdd vintage iron hooks to hang dried flower bunches or 
vintage lace or delicate vintage hand towels of your favorite fabric of the era from the bottom...Change the decorations to suit your fancy and for each holiday! 
Or line from behind with decorative vintage wallpaper for a sleeker,  
altogether different look.

lg :-)

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Happy Garden!

The 2016 Garden Through the Window...

Fabulous Squash Plants

Fabulous Squash Plants All Lined Up in the Early Evening...  

Plantings in this, our happy 2016 garden in Milwaukee, Wisconsin are as follows.

Fairy Tale Eggplant
Big Whopper Eggplant
Dusky Eggplant
Pretty and Sweet Peppers
Yellow Squash
Early Bird Tomatoes
Better Boy Tomatoes
Wisconsin Tomatoes
Jalapeno Peppers
Sweet Pimento Peppers
Garden Salsa Peppers
Bell Peppers
Better Bell Peppers
Baron Red Bell Peppers
Sugar Snap Peas
Kuri Squash
Collard Greens
Peppermint Swiss Chard
Scotch Bonnet Peppers
Purple Cabbage
Radicchio Lettuce

(Watch for the produce to be photographed as it arrives...) :-)

Friday, July 1, 2016

My Patriotic Poem...:-) Happy, Blessed 4th of July to my '' friends...

(0n) Journeying Well       

Mountain beyond mountain-
all places we must go
Mountain beyond the one I'm climbing
preparing me, you know…
Mountain after mountain
each journey worth the climb
Mountain peak and mountain view
each one special, each one new
Horizon after horizon-
all calling me to push
venturing beyond what is safe
with limit after limit breached
and all upon this dusty foot
Sunset after sunset
with color that never pales
Until I reach my resting place
pressing, I will prevail.
Mountain after mountain peak
and singing all the way
What I see from the valley fair
is calling out to me.
Mountains, limitless mountains
all standing in a row
Like soldiers they remind me of
places I have yet to go.
Glory upon glory
and wonders all around
I stand and gaze on mountain peaks
for this is hallowed ground.
Mountain after mountain peak
and pressing all the way
with story upon story to tell
I must be leaving-on my way.
Fair mountain you are a friend to me
I tuck you near my heart
Calling out to travelers everywhere
to up and run, to leave...depart!
Shake off the dust of yesteryear
And breath in something new
Fair mountain with one hid behind
is calling out to you...

So pack then, lightly friend-
brave travelers alike
And we will feast on mountain airs
on this, our lofty hike.
Soldier on, yes soldier on
and we will greet the day
Standing where our ancestry stood
stalwart, come what may.
Mountain fair, O Mountain friend
to you we rise and sing
all gathered 'round
as children clad
receive this-our offering.
Mountain looming, mountain next
to you we must away
and stand where our tomorrow shines
brighter than our yesterday.
Fair mountain on horizon, towering
you beckon to me and call...
I will conquer and upon you stand
for you are fairest of them all!

Arise, O slumbering nations!
and enter into rest...
Banishing strife and your warring cease
to receive this-our Maker's very best...
For we each are gentle warriors
on this, our Earthly home;
each precious day a gift on display
to unwrap, to discover and to humbly hold.

And treat this one time journey
just like a loving child...
held so sweetly to your breast
never left soiled, tired--undressed
And with a lightness in your step
run free, run brave, and run wild.  

© K. Annie Powell

Lois Nancy

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