Sunday, July 12, 2015

What Is Happening In Your World . . .

well in my world  . . . this is what is happening . . .

summer has arrived and the flowers are at their prettiest

just look at that big white bloom,
Annabelle must be very, very healthy
we are doing some downsizing in our yard
see this huge tree
this is the before
it will be history on Tuesday,
it is overpowering, too close to the house and very dirty
quite the discussion to cut or not to cut
we hope the woodpeckers will be less interested
 in our cedar siding once the tree is gone
it will mean revamping this corner of the house/yard
 I promise to show you the after
I worked outdoors cleaning the fire pit on Friday
and then I showered up and we went out for dinner
 isn't this lovely
my daughter received this succulent planter for Mother's Day from her MIL 

we've made a few trips to Lake Michigan to watch the sun set

 I had never read Janet Evanovich
but the Stephanie Plum series has me hooked
someone mentioned her in a blog comment
so I ordered the first two from amazon and one ebook
then I went to a used book store and bought four more
and THEN I ordered three more from the library
I am reminded of myself when I was young and couldn't stop reading Nancy Drew
although the only way these books are like ND is maybe the mystery part
these are not for the light hearted, they are raw and graphic
but what has me hooked is delightful Grandma Mazur
she is a hoot . . .hilarious
and the more I read the more I laugh right out loud
a fun easy read, just what I needed
I am stopping at ten though which means I only have three more to go
I have other things to do, plus Daniel Silva's latest book is waiting in the wings 

I made chicken salad for dinner tonight
my recipe has evolved over the years
it has chicken of course
and red onion, celery, red and green grapes, granny smith apples
the secret though, I think, is in the dressing
do I have you interested?
~ ~ ~
 It is not about feeling perfectly well all the time
it's about being perfectly you
it's about being at home in your own skin
owning your own thoughts and choices
belonging in your body and feeling grounded in your spirit
wellness is yours to claim now
you are well
forgive yourself
choose wellness
fill your body with
love and appreciation

author unknown


Beth @ PlantPostings said...

Your chicken salad looks tasty! I'll look forward to the "after" photos of your yard. My life is crazy hectic right now--scrounging time here and there to blog and visit blogs. Just finished a major work project, so hopefully things will get better for a while. :)

~Kim at Golden Pines~ said...

Hi Lynne! YES, you had me interested in your dinner! Especially on a night that we had frozen pizza! :-) Your flowers are really beautiful, and we have the same dilemma with a pine tree in our yard that needs to and should be cut down too.

susan said...

Everything looks so lush and green at your house, but I do understand the need to remove that huge tree. Your chicken salad sounds similar to mine but YES, you have to tell us about your dressing!

Gail said...

That tree gone will really open things up. I am a tree lover and have made many hard decision about which to keep in our fence row.

I imagined I could smell the flower. What is the beautiful purple plant? The contrast makes them both shine.

Dinner looks great and light. We had a garden salad with a baked potatoes and a small beef steak. If I had been working out it would have been way to much to eat in this heat. We have reached 100 for the third day in a row. Needless to say my brush cutting has slowed.

Have a blessed week.

Barbara Lilian said...

It's amazing how quickly those pines grow, but they can make a garden feel very closed in especially when near to the house., and also make the ground acid. maybe you can plant some Azaleas there in it's place, as they are acid loving shrubs. which will give some colour I love the the white next to the dark plant ( what is it ? ) I hope you're going to let us into your special dressing for the chicken.
Good luck for the tree cutting, the worse part is getting rid of all those spiky branches.

eileeninmd said...

Good Morning, Lynne

We had to remove a large pine next to our house too, it was scary during some wind storms with branches banging up against our bedroom walls. So I understand taking down your tree. You look pretty, all ready to go out to dinner. The sunset looks lovely and the chicken salad looks delicious. Enjoy your reading and lovely flowers! Have a happy day and new week ahead!

MarmePurl said...

Your world is beautiful as is you.
I am reminded of a favorite quote from St. Francis de Sales:
'Be who you are and be that well'

Vicki @ lifeinmyemptynest said...

Light blue is a very pretty color on you Lynne! I think I need to make some of that chicken salad - yum :-)

Latane Barton said...

Lynne, I can't wait to see that spot evolve after that tree is cut down. And, I wish I had a succulent like that one. I must look for one. A flower without it being a flower. It's a good thing. Hugs, Latane

Missy George said...

Hate to see that tree go but it will probably be a positive move..Your yard always looks lovely..Beautiful succulents..nice gift...Your salad looks yummy..I do grapes and sometimes walnuts..Wise sentiments at the end of your blog..

Wsprsweetly Of Cottages said...

From beginning to end, a delightful post. Thank you...for everything. You've been a good friend.

Bonnie said...

The chicken salad looks delicious! Don't you love having a stack of books waiting for you? Enjoy your week!

Linda said...

Hi Lynne....
Your chicken salad looks and sounds a wee bit like a Waldorf Salad...minus the nuts! share your dressing recipe....
Your Hydrangeas look you cut any? I sure do...mine are almost ready...
Will be a huge difference when that tree comes down! Chronicle the procedure!
Those Hens &Chicks are fabulous!
Enjoy your week...
Linda :o)

At Home in English Valley said...

Feeling perfectly me today! Love that quote! Love your flowers, your blue top and you my friend. Love, Penny

Jacqueline @ HOME said...

I LOVE your garden Lynne and your whire hydrangea is beautiful.
You look beautiful too as does your chicken salad !!!! XXXX

Pamela Gordon said...

Your hydrangea looks so pretty and you look lovely in your pretty blue top! Enjoy the day!

Tanna at The Brick Street Bungalow said...

You are gorgeous! And, looking wonderful all cleaned up for dinner after a hard days work. =) I LOVED the Stephanie Plum novels. They made me laugh out loud, too! Lynne, your yard is sooooo beautiful, so green! Hydrangeas are among my favorite plants... lovely foliage and flowers. blessings and hugs ~ tanna
ps THANK YOU!!! Love your sweet gift.