Wednesday, September 10, 2014

A Bird Watching Day in SW Michigan

I enjoyed the rainy day today.   I cleaned the inside of the house yesterday and we mowed and worked outside on Monday so we took it easy today and I found myself watching the birds and trying to figure out a bird we see quite often.  email me at rocnbarc@icloud.com if you know what kind of bird he is.  I think he has to be a cardinal but he is different.



 Many birds are coming to our feeders....so are the squirrels too.  The temps are suppose to drop for the rest of the week after this cold front goes through.

More of my beautiful little friends:


















I will try to get back soon and type in the names of theses birds.  If anyone knows more information about my mystery bird, I would love to hear from you.

Saturday, August 2, 2014

Gilmore Red Barn Car Show

Today was the Red Barns Spectacular XXIV Car show at Gilmore's.   The first thing we saw after we went through the gate is this old truck...but when we stepped into the buildings,  the old cars are lined up, music of the period playing, even displays of clothing of the period....beautiful!  Danny has been here a few times but it was my first time...but not my last!   Gilmores is only 7 or 8 miles from our house.  There were suppose to be over 1000 cars here today.  We did not make it all the way out to the outer fences....our feet hurt, our energy was gone and we kept looking until we got hungry and so tired that we had to quit.  I wish I could have had my cousin Shirley and her husband John with us today.  John worked for Ford for many years and I know he would have enjoyed seeing all the restored old cars.  Shirley and I would have had our heads together looking and talking about all the old clothes.  Shirley and John collected antiques for many years and Shirley could have probably gave me an education as we looked at the exhibits.  

I felt like I was seeing the automobiles and costumes from Downton Abbey....I love that show!




I loved this old car!   Many pictures on the wall...this picture hanging by this car was an old hot rod jumping the train tracks as a train approches.


I remember having bell bottoms similar to the ones pictured in the sixties....and I thought they were a new and in thing!   

I don't know all the details of each car....but this one was so beautiful!



You know I love hats and making hats so the costumes took my eye.   I especially like this style....clothe hat, flapper hat...do you think that I was suppose to be born in the 20s?  










I hope I have not bored you too much.   Just a glimpse of Gilmore Car Museum in Hickory Corners, Michigan.
God bless you  and keep you....

Thursday, July 31, 2014

A nice cool July day

Good-by July!
Taking off again!


How is a woman suppose to get her house and yard work done?  Hot air balloons go over and land on Fine Lake, then we have our pilot that does loops, goes up and up and then it sounds like his engine quits and he does a free fall and at long last his engine sputters and he is flying upside down again.   This yellow plane lands on the lake and takes back off a couple of times a week.  I run for the camera and try to get out in the yard for pictures.  But of course I run for the camera for about anything...bugs...flowers, old cars....family.


Where has July went?  We have been so busy....Ryan, Mandy, and Wyatt came for a visit  and later Lisa and the kids arrived...we had a wonderful time!  We have also been to Ann Harbor a couple of times to the VA Hospital for Danny to have surgery to remove cancer from his ear and face.  He still has a open area on his cheek that we will continue to get treatment and more surgery to get it closed.  We are about 2 hrs from Ann Harbor.
I hope your July has been memorable and I pray that God blesses you over and over again in all things.



Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Sarita How Does your garden grow?

Day Lilly in the front west bed...


Balloon flowers are beautiful  when the Spring flowers are being trimmed away.

Tall canna burst out in a beautiful bloom...it was worth the wait!

This flower bed off the back patio is full and spilling over.  Many herbs will get trimmed soon.

I planted two hydrangeas last year on the shady east side of the garage.   Both are blooming this year. 

I love bleeding hearts...I planted this one this Spring and it appears to be looking good and blooming....I planted this between the two hydrangeas.

I am not a big fan of mother in law's tongue but I love it with the cork screw grass and the waxy varigated plant with the little red flowers.  It has really spilled over.

This patio planter is really growing...I have to water it a couple of times a day.

These dialihas are huge...dinner plant size and so many blooms.  They have also been watered daily and the stems are huge too.

The flowers around the yellow lillies got so tall that you can not see the lillies.  I am moving the lillies out to the edges and moving some of the taller flowers to the middle of the bed.


I purchased a couple of starglazer lillies and daisy plant to put in the back center bed....my favorites and I just felt I needed them....


I love the beautiful colors of coral bells...I put in 4 different varieties in the flower beds.  I am trying to get all perennials so that I don't have to spend so many hours in my flower beds. 

This is the back center bed....Lamb's ear has taken over and will need to be moved next Spring.   Daisies and Lillies are in...


I love the black raspberries and we had a big harvest...seedy but great flavor in jelly and pies.....who needs a pie?.....not on my diet but it is a treat for special occassions.


This rose looked like it had not made it through the winter so Danny cut it back to about 8 inches this Spring.
I take pictures of my flowers and I am trying to make a book to document all the plants on this place.