Monday, September 8, 2014

Top Of The Mornin' . . .

Top of the Mornin' to you . . .
Recently I was invited to join in a
My friend Kerin invited me to participate 
and you can find her here at
Mill Hill Meadow

I will tell you more about Kerin and the Blog Hop in just a minute.

We are changing from summery days to the gorgeous
walking, bicycling, leaf viewing days of fall. 
Michigan is already seeing some of the
 bronze, burnt orange, gold colors in their trees.

I think this Blog Hop is a perfect time for
me to bring you up to date with the Irish Garden House
because I recently had some changes made.

Minimalist seems to be the look I am going for.
If you want to find out more information
about me and the Garden House, click on the
under my header and you will find out how
Irish Garden House
first came to be.

If you follow along with me,
no doubt you will see plenty of our sweet dog named Snickers.
She is a Shorkie, which is a cross of a Yorkshire Terrier and Shih Tzu.

There will also be photos and stories about our visits to Ireland,
other travels, things I like to do,
some writing and quotes,
creating with my flowers and gardens

 foods and recipes,
books I have enjoyed

and most certainly there will be
photos of my family
great granddaughter

so let's get on with this

 As I said above, I was invited to this blog hop by Kerin.
Love the spelling of her name, although we have never met,
her name and the look of it seems to fit her perfectly.

Kerin and I met briefly a few years ago
and in the past few months we have enjoyed
getting to know one another more.
I was drawn to Kerin's pleasant gentle way of being,
her attitude, and I really liked her
Attitude of Gratitude
she often has on her blog.
Here is one of her grateful mentions
"I am grateful that I have an appreciation for provident living.
I want to be able to make the most of the summers' bounty."

Not sure what Kerin saw in me but I do know
 she really liked my Wolky shoes.
(ask her to take a peek)

I am happy to call Kerin my friend.
 I hope you'll hop over and visit her,
I am sure you won't be disappointed.
One of the things I was asked to do
in participating in the blog hop was to answer four questions.

since I tend to go on and on
I will try and make my answers very brief

 What am I working on?
playing in my mind with fall ideas for bouquets, garden areas, our home

sorting, recycling, pitching, downsizing
outside and inside

How does my work differ from others of its genre?
authenticity is my mantra
I have to do my own thing, in my own way.
and in the process be kind, honest with some humor too.
 Why do I write/create what I do?
the creating part is my favorite,
I get an idea and then I feel like I am soaring.
It is so freeing to be true to ones self.

How does my writing/creative process work?
the weather, the seasons
my surroundings
texture, design, sound
The next part of the blog hop was to introduce you to
three other bloggers and invite them to participate in the hop. 
I am going to change that up a bit because one of my friends
I invited is already committed to the World Blog Hop,
 Another friend I invited has recently changed to a new format and
isn't posting on her blog right now.
I didn't manage to get the third friend invited.
So instead, here are some friends that I follow,
I invite you to click on their blog name and stop in and visit them.

Playing With My Camera
(if you stop in soon, you'll see a brand new baby)
Ivy, Phyllis and Me!
(wonderful stories, fabulous recipes, beautiful presentation)
Run A Round Ranch
(daily posts of happenings around the ranch like Whistlers, Indigo Buntings, and more)
At Home In English Valley
(vintage collecting, a real deal honest, lovely woman)
Wildly Simple
(beautiful, active, loving family, I love to read and listen to what she has to say)
I should have warned you that this would be a long post.
Now you know if you are still with me!

This is it though,
I hope you enjoy the 
Blog Hop
and visiting my friends
'til next time,
Love, Lynne


Tanna at The Brick Street Bungalow said...

Oh, Lynn, your great granddaughter is so precious!! Enjoyed learning a bit about you today. Hope you have a wonderful week. blessings ~ tanna

Buttons said...

Oh Lynne Snickers is so adorable as the photo of your G Granddaughter I think sharing photos of the loves of your life are wonderful and the cottage is amazing.
Oh I love your photos. Hug B

TexWisGirl said...

thanks, dear lynne. i appreciate the mention. you are a dear soul.

Optimistic Existentialist said...

Minimalist is always a good way to go :) and Snickers is adorable!!

Kerin said...

Good Morning Lynne :)

Love, the way that you've done your part of the blog hop!
I am really looking forward to visiting the other blogs, and getting to know them too.
One of them, I've heard of before, and the rest are new to me. I shall hop over and pay them all a visit :)

Thank you for the many compliments.
I think you are too kind.


Daphne Bryson said...

Good Afternoon Lynne, I really enjoyed learning a little more about you today.... and I have to tell you, your great grand daughter is beautiful.
I do admire you for being a minimalist, I do try to sort through my bits and pieces, but it is not always successful.
Thank you so much for mentioning my blog, it is really sweet of you.
Have a wonderful day today.
Best Wishes as always.

bj said...

I, too, did the blog hop and it was fun.
Some of the bloggers you mentioned, I know...and I will visit them all.

Musings from Kim K. said...

Loving the new look of your blog! Looking forward to spending some time exploring your blog hop soon!

Carol Z said...

Still with you and definitely enjoyed your post. So enjoy Kerin's blog and enjoyed my visit here, today.

Michelle said...

Your great-granddaughter is just precious!

Willow said...

I love following along with you Lynn.
I mus also say you have the cutest "Shorkie" around :)

Rose said...

I thought I had read your 'about' page, and maybe I started it but I sure didn't remember reading it all. I really enjoyed that...and least I forget, that great grand is adorable.

Missy George said...

I had a hard time commenting on this post...Did you see that Beverly got "The Camera"? I stopped by to see Kerin..enjoyed her blog..Have to do the blog hop later..Need some time...Hope you are having a wonderful day..

Melanie said...

Hi Lynne ~ good for you for downsizing and doing the minimalist thing...I've been working on that, slowly but surely. It's my basement storage area that's the clutter zone. The rest of my house isn't too bad. I will check out some of the blogs you mentioned that I'm not familiar with.

Jacqueline @ HOME said...

Beautiful photographs as always Lynne. It is getting very Autumnal here although, we are enjoying a beautiful Indian Summer here in the UK but, it has started to get a little chilly in the mornings and evenings and, the leaves are beginning to turn.
As for minimalism, I start off that way and then I start finding things at flea markets etc. and the house starts to fill up again { the same as my wardrobe !!!! }. XXXX

Cranberry Morning said...

I went back to the About page and read the story of the Garden House. I love it! I have never been to Ireland but would love to visit. The Garden House could easily be somewhere in the Yorkshire Dales of England, one of my favorite places. I love all the drystone walls and stone buildings! That is a darling photo of your GGranddaughter!!! :-) We're getting cold, rainy weather here. Yikes. Winter can't be far behind!

Gail said...

A wonderful post.

Snickers is such a sweetie.

Carol Ann Henstra said...

Oh Lynne
What a wonderful interesting idea the blog hop.
Never heard tell of it but I do now.
Be interesting. I enjoy such.

Love all you have . I have been working on my own site but ran into problems with my new site appearance. I think I have it going. Hopefully.

Thanks to Sandra helping me. Then I had to do the walking to figure it out. Very simple if you get the Mo Jo in proper gear. Meaning me.

Oh I love who you have chose. I am Familiar with Tex gal. Who isn't.

The other gals.

Oh your Granddaughter is beautiful G. Grandmother you too, too young and beautiful to have that title.

Well it indeed suites you to the tea. Lucky them.

I love your story telling and your truthfulness. Your talent.

Love to learn about you. Your a Gem. Shinning.

Carol Ann

Karen @ away for the weekend said...

I'm liking minimalist, also - I'm taking a week of to stay home and hopefully pare down! Your Fall colors in Michigan are looking wonderful. I enjoyed learning a little more about you and your creative process!