Sunday, September 18, 2016

SEPTEMBER RAMBLINGS & SOME WISE WORDS


Howdy!  I'm having a great time as new plants and flowers are amazing me here in September.  I have been spending a lot of time outdoors now that the temps have dropped down to the normal 70's we usually experience at this time in the Midwest. My Sedum looks like bushes and the hydrangeas are getting a bit dried out so I can soon cut blooms to bring indoors.  A little weeding here and there and using the hose when we have days on end without rain.  I really love being outdoors.  I'd rather cut the grass then vacuum.  God help me this winter.  

These are Obedience plants.  I wasn't sure what they were so I asked on Hometalk.  If you haven't been there it really is cool.  Go to the category you are searching; gardening, cooking, home repair...and you can download your own pics.  You then get responses from all sorts of folks familiar with the category.  Real people.  Real answers.  It's as helpful as Google but as I said, you can download pics in addition to your question.  When everyone weighed in on these being Obedience plants it dawned on me that I planted these at the lake near The Husband's rock garden.  They were tall so I dug them up and brought them home.  A great example for keeping a garden journal.  



Along the same fence I noticed these blooms.  I thought perhaps hollyhocks but I know they bloom along a tall stem and these flowers were at the top.  Hometalk and the woman who works in the floral section of my grocery store set me straight.  This lady, Donna, was so sweet and helpful.  I asked if she gardened and wow, it sounds like she has something really magnificent.  We chatted about twenty minutes.  I had to pull myself away before the ice cream melted.  So...this is Rose of Sharon.  All of my sources including Instagram confirmed this and also warned it's very invasive.  I can't say I don't welcome this as it's along a fence where I need privacy from the next door neighbors.  My dogs are barkers and we are in such close proximity to these people I wish I could build a wall.  Ugh...didn't mean to say that at all.  ;-D



And the good 'ol morning glories.  They climb vertically and then horizontally.  I have to thin them out in the spring.  They strangle my herbs and you can see they took over a little iron tower that's unidentifiable now.  They make a nice little shaded area on the back porch for the dogs but they don't bloom until September.  Glorious velvety blooms then but with the cold coming on by October, you don't get a chance to enjoy them long.  I think maybe next year I'll drop some of the seeds along that wall...I mean fence.



A Good Book & Milo At My Feet

I follow Monica at Prince Snow Farm, both her blog and Instagram feed.  She recommended this book and I immediately looked it up on Amazon and then ordered it.  Briefly, this is the story of a woman who bought the farmhouse she had always dreamt about in Pennsylvania.  To quote the book jacket:

"Through stories of planting and preserving, of opening the gates wide to neighbors, and of learning to speak the language of a place, Christie invites you into the heartache and joy of small beginnings..."

It is definitely a book to savor.  Thank you, Monica.

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I want to introduce you to a long time blogger friend of mine, Leslie Harris, who writes the blog, Gwen Moss.  If you've read my blog long enough, it's not just a lot of senseless drivel.  Well, actually, it is.  But I try to stay away from the negative, a personal trait of mine.  I am however, quite wary of taking chances.  I am so embracing my relationships with my children and ever growing family on my blog but I wonder what's in store for me.  I add a spin to my everyday happenings, always honest but trying my best to make you smile (and perhaps myself with the crazy happenings that can only happen to me).   I have to really shake it off in a good way.  When it comes down to pure honesty, I'm floundering in my middle age.  A bit lost in my new role in life that I actually have no name for.  I'm not sure what direction I'm heading in but I do know I have more years behind me as opposed to ahead of me.  In light of all of this I do a lot of reading, writing, and simply listening to others as well as what is going through my mind.  

Leslie summed up so many of my feelings in a recent post she wrote.  I've included a little excerpt here.  I think you will find it as enlightening as I have.  I hope you find the time to write a comment here sharing how you feel as far as uncertainty about the direction you are going.  I realize some of us are very grounded and content in our lives.  If I've made some sense here, if Leslie's post moves you, I'd love for you to share or follow the link to her blog simply to read all of it.  She's an incredibly motivating person.   



"I am not a seeker of scary experiences. Let me be clear about that.
There’s no one that likes a comfy routine more than me. But one thing I’ve learned from relocating cites and selling our family home (2 years ago) in my fifties, is that big changes inject your life with a newfound energy. All of sudden you’re looking around with a pair of new eyes. You find yourself growing in unexpected ways simply because you’re outside your comfort zone and everything feels terribly new. 
Suddenly anything seems possible.

But no, you don't have to move and be totally uprooted to have a similar feeling. I've found that change in baby steps is manageable. 

Here’s one way to feel good about yourself. Introduce something new and positive to your life, but make it small.  Just do it every day for a set period of time. Even a week is good. And finish it. 

The next thing you know, you’re walking around with a feeling of accomplishment about this one positive thing you’ve done. And suddenly, you’re seeing yourself differently and who knows what's next? 

It's this openness to new experiences that keeps us growing".

*****

She's the real deal and I just love her.  





A shout out to Tammy at T's Daily Treasures.  I so enjoy seeing the sweet pieces she crochets and how she involves herself in groups and classes with women who love needle work.  Living in Kuwait, she gives us glimpses into a beautiful country with her photography and words.  

She knows, like many of you, that even though I'm all thumbs I would love to knit, crochet and sew.  She recently gifted me with these pieces and they so warmed my heart.  Terrible pics but the piece on the right has a glass bottle filled with dried lavender on it and the cute little mug shape on the left...well The Husband confiscated that  to use on the end table next to his favorite chair to hold his coffee mug.  He can be sneaky like that.  He needs to send a personal thank you note to Tammy.  :-D




I'm leaving you with a very simple and quick recipe for a side dish, Creamy Spinach Bake.  If you like spinach, especially creamed spinach, you will love this.  It's very simple and requires few ingredients. I didn't change it much, this is my own picture and I have to say, we devoured it.  Here's the link.

I'm enjoying time at the lake.  Lots of work but it's relaxing to take walks and sit on the dock.  Not much else to do but unpack boxes and we are down to pretty much just the decorative pieces I've accumulated over the past 25 years.  I like the simplicity right now and we actually have no place to put these things.  We gave away many pieces of furniture and I want to add back, purchase new pieces of furniture little by little giving everything a lot of thought.  Going up alone is a challenge.  The T.V. is not hooked up nor do we have WiFi.   Country living shouldn't be about that. At least we love to believe that.  I'm all about it but the dark nights with nothing but the sound of bullfrogs and coyotes, well it's a little unnerving for this girl sometimes!

I'll be back soon.  Have a great weekend!

Jane x




58 comments:

Chel at Sweetbriar Dreams said...

Hello beautiful lady! Those words are so true for my life also right now. Heading right out of my comfort zone on so many levels to the point of do I just give up, but hitting this time of life and the wisdom we have, it is the right and only time to do this. As to the Rose of Sharon, our lovely neighbour has them growing all along his property as a hedge. It's beautiful and in the summer it is covered in the flat roses (the bees love it!). Have a wonderful Sunday my friend xx

It's me said...

Happy september Jane...enjoy love Ria x ❤️

Kathleen Grace said...

Hi Jane,
I can tell you, that although Rose of Sharon may be invasive, it is quite manageable and it is a real hummingbird magnet, all well worth leaving it in place, You'll have a beautiful privacy wall in no time ;)

I admit, at my age I'm feeling a bit lost too. I don't want to go back to work, but finding a purpose (with the girls gown and married) has been difficult. A lot of dreams I had when younger have pretty much been left behind as impractical or just not going to happen. It takes a bit of re-evaluation but I really don't have any answers yet. I think the key is to stay interested, try new things, don't let yourself feel "too old" to do things you really want to do. It's hard though, no doubt about it.

Theresa said...

Beautiful rose of Sharon and the morning glories:) There's a peace in my older years in enjoying the simple things in life! Have a blessed day dear friend! HUGS!

Maggie said...

Hi there sweet girl, lovely to catch up with things in Blondie's world, I'm so pleased that you are enjoying the Lake House once more.
These past twelve months have seen me reevaluating what's important to me and the main "thing" I've had to let go is wanting to leave France and move back to England. After living away for 34 years our recent trip to UK has made me realise that I've been wearing rose tinted glasses for far too long, so whilst we may move back one day from now on what will be will be is going to be my mantra. Hopefully during the long dark days of winter I'll still feel the same way!
bon dimanche
Maggie

Barbara F. said...

I would not be able to stay alone in the country, not at this age when I can't run as fast as I would need to! lol. How is Emily? I can't wait to see that adorable baby of hers.

Susie said...

Blondie, My little city girl.LOL...yes, me too... The first time I heard the coyotes around here the hair on my head must have stood straight up. I call myself a city person...I guess small town is more like it. Not big city and not back woods, I love electricity...so I would never have been a good pioneer. Glad you can be at the lake. I love that you enjoy gardening. My daughter is getting ready for a big change in her life and I am going to try to get her to read this post. I think her wings have been singed and she needs to learn to fly again. Blessings to you, xoxo, Susie

Linda Ann said...

I'm so grateful you posted about drifting into middle age. I moved from my home of 37 years a few years ago and still feel myself sort of "floating" through my life. I love my new home, still work full-time but often find myself wondering where I'm headed and how I can make my life more meaningful to me. Don't get me wrong. I'm very blessed with grown children and grandchildren and a marriage of almost 40 years. But in all the years of care giving to others, I'm at a point where I want to find my happiness, purpose and peace. Love Leslie's blog and love reading your blog. Thank you for making me feel less alone in this mid-life journey!
Linda

podso said...

A great post. I remember being where you are now (I'm a little older than you). I still have questions and wonderings but am rather content right now. The biggest thing I've learned is to accept change with grace, and not to fight it. Look for the good in it. Actually it's good to embrace it, I think that's a step further than just to accept. Enjoy the slow decorating of the lake house. It will tell you, right? All in time.

Vee said...

Oh I always enjoy blog recommendations. So many of my blogging friends have passed away (yes, it is awful) or left blogging that I am searching for more of the like-minded. I am a firm believer that good fences make good neighbors so plant away. May you be set "as a peg in a sure place.“

Rita C. said...

Hi Jane, first of all, I love your profile pic! Welcome to the world of like after kids leave. I think you'll find yourself settled into your new routine very quickly, and wonder how you ever did all the things your were previously doing!
Your plants! And you thought you couldn't grow Rose of Sharon! I must warn you, though...be careful what you wish for (those plants to create a privacy fence between you and your neighbors....) Once the seeds start growing on their property, they may end up having words with you. They are so invasive if left to grow!
Love your little token gifts received, and the fact that you're settling into your lake house. Have fun, dear one! Little Miss Elsie's 18 mo photo is beautiful too.
XO
Rita

Summer said...

I am so appreciating those words of inspiration right now. Also, I am loving your new profile photo♥ Happy Sunday!

summerdaisycottage.blogspot.com

Mereknits said...

Those are truly inspiring and truthful words. I am always feeling like there is something more that I am missing. I am usually so busy I am just trying to stay afloat, I miss so much of life that way. Before I know it it is Monday again and the rat race begins anew.

Thank you for your honesty, that is what I appreciate about blogs more than anything, honesty that life is not always a picture perfect moment.
Meredith

Primitive Stars said...

Howdy Jane, yes, love being out in the gardens this time of year, so wonderful. Time does fly by all to fast and hard to keep up, love your honestly, great quality' sin a person. Hugs Francine.

Scribbler said...

You are so pretty in your new photo! I am a bit older than you I think, too, and I have to tell you that wondering what you are going to do with the rest of your life does seem to be a subject that comes up periodically. My life is pretty comfortable, so I can't complain about that, but I guess I thought it would be more exciting somehow. It has taken a lot of adjustment to accept that it is highly unlikely that I will ever be a grandmother, or if it happens I will probably be senile by then and it won't matter anyway. Some of the things I thought I would be doing ten years ago, or twenty years ago, didn't all work out as I had planned, so right now, I think I am at a crossroads, too, wondering where do I go from here. I don't think "identity crisis" is the exclusive property of the young or even the middle-aged.

We had lots of Rose of Sharon in Texas, and it nearly took over the back yard. I didn't mind because I liked the privacy and the flowers. I don't see it as much around here in Birmingham, but I see some now and then so it does grow here. I believe it is related to a hibiscus, but most winters it gets too cold for them to make it through.

Lynne said...

Love your little Bits and Pieces of Wisdom when you write a post!
And the writing style of your doing so . . .
There is such a sense of "real" as I read you . . .
Now I will go back, reread, and take some notes so I can check out your suggestions and do some visiting too!
I appreciate your authentic self . . .
Thinking of you . . . alone, no internet, dark at night, alone at the lake house . . . xoxo . . .

Carla from The River said...

Hello,
I see your lovely new photo. LOVE IT!!
I also follow Leslie, and you are so right on. She has inspired me to keep on with my flower farm / florist dream. With her encouragement earlier this year, I took the leap to call the Bruce Farmer Market...I did it. Yes, I am a small farmer/florist, but I took the first step. I agree also that Leslie keeps it real. We do get knocked down. But we have to keep trying. :-)
I appreciate how you write too, you have inspired me too. I with you, I would rather mow lawn, dig up weeds ... than do the dishes and dust any day. :-))
Love Ya,
Carla

Gypsy Heart said...

I've read Leslie's blog for awhile now and appreciate the "realness" she exhibits. Your new photo is awesome! I admire you for being able to stay there even if you're "roughing it". :) We get so comfortable with all we have and when something vital is out, we kinda have to figure out what to do. :)

I'm older than you and many others I suppose. I've always heard that we make plans and God laughs! That's so true. Losing Abby literally changed my world and my thoughts about life. It is so short and so precious. I see so many rushing from one thing to another, blogging about new items and DIY's daily and that's all great but family is first and treasured memories can be made in just a moment. I think most women are so busy that they don't take time for themselves and that is vital! Putting oneself on the calendar is just as important as scheduling a child's sports practice. Date night for couples is so important! One day the kids will be gone and you don't want to look at your partner and think "What now?" :)
I don't mean to sound preachy...just concerned! All we have is the present moment...

xo
Pat

Doreen@foxdenrd said...

Your new photo is lovely pretty lady! So 'you'!

Take heart my friend. You're experiencing growing pains, and that's a good thing. Life has new and exciting things for you in store. I just know it. The realization that there are more years behind us than ahead can be sobering, but it can also be freeing. Sometimes we just need a different perspective. Here's an excerpt from BGC:

'So many things feel so important…or so difficult….things that are really just distractions. Can you remember what was worrying you most 5 years ago? Can you remember the things that you bought, or that you wanted or that you were spending all of your time on? Think hard about what you maybe would do differently now that you know better…….then do it….so that 5 years from now you will know that you did better as soon as you knew better…'

Everything is going to be ok. Promise :).

xxx

(Oh, and something else I can promise...coyotes don't want anything to do with you! You're not their type) ;)


Mary@mydogsmygardenandmary said...

dear Jane,

Your post was wonderful. I am a lot older than you and at my age I wonder where I will be in a year - not a lot to plan for when your 81. I just thank God each morning when I wake up and see sunlight. I do plan on staying in my home as long as I am able and I feel if I can do for myself, life is good. I have had a wonderful life with many ups and downs, but I feel blessed.

I have raised a wonderful son all by myself and have a great granddaughter.

There are many things I would like to do and hope that I get to. I am looking forward to see where life takes me to.

I am so glad that you are in the Lake House and I know you are going to have so many wonderful memories there. I know that you are looking forward to the babies that are on the way. Elsie is beautiful - you are so blessed.

Your garden looks stunning with all your lovely flowers and vines blooming. Mine this year were terrible with the drought and I have lost many rose bushes. I just pray that we have rain this year.

I think you are at a great place in your life and everything will work out.

Wonderful post dear Jane, I always love reading them. Have a wonderful week.

Hugs,
Mary

Katie Clooney said...

Hi Jane... first of all, I LOVE the looks and name of obedience plants. Where have they been all my life? Too bad that they don't sell obedient children! I've always loved the Gwen Moss blog. Leslie is a very smart and insightful lady. Great post - glad you are enjoying your time at the lake.

Lisa said...

Jane
I'm glad you're getting all settled in at the lake. It's kind of fun to edit possessions and collections and only keep the things that mean the most to us. I have seen Rose of Sharon plants but have never actually grown one. Yours is lovely! Thanks for introducing us to great blogs and bloggers. I love visiting new (to me) blogs! Have a great week!

Leslie Harris said...

Jane.
I just grabbed my morning coffee and was happily reading along about your garden thinking, "oh I should start a garden journal what a good idea..." when I suddenly see my blog name. Wow. What a kind, generous mention, thank you so much Jane for mentioning my post. I'm always happy to hear that you could relate to something I'm writing about, but more important to me, is that you stay aware of your specialness. As far as self doubts go, you know me, I write about things I'm struggling with too, so I feel like we're not so different when it comes to that. And I agree with Carla, I'm inspired by you!

bj said...

Rose of Sharon is what I had along our back fence at our olden house and they are wonderful...you can dig up new ones that spring up and plant them somewhere else..they are very easy to take care of...just requiring watering and plenty of sunshine..xoxo

Vel Criste said...

Hello Jane!!!! First of all, Love your new profile pic girl, you are beautiful! Second, I am glad that at least you get to enjoy your lake house, unpacked or not, already! I know I have been out of touch for the last 2 months, but hopefully I can get back on track again, enjoy this beautiful season!

Bluebird49 said...

Hey my beautiful friend! What a really lovely post , Jane. You must spend a good deal of time just in thinking of just the right way to "put it all together". And you know your writing,girl.
You sound as busy as bee. "Floundering" is such a good word for our "later years". Some people seem to do it so much better than I!
Yes, I still read every blogpost, just have been lazy and un-focused this whole year. I've 'survived ' my 66th year, and I thank God for it. I'm kind of hopeful that my 67th year will bring something a bit different---health wise. ;) I am sure PT is going to be a blessing in many ways.
Love you, dear Jane!
Trudy

Linda @ Itsy Bits And Pieces said...

I'm glad you are enjoying your time at the lake, Jane!
I love Leslie, too...she is very inspiring and positive!

Melanie said...

Totally forgot about the Hometalk site. Haven't visited in a long time. Will have to look around again.

Your Morning Glories are so lush! I'm assuming they get a lot of sun. Too much shade on our property - we've tried several different spots over the years, to no avail.

I just took a look around the Gwen Moss blog - delightful! I bookmarked to look at more later.

How nice of Tammy to send you some gifts. She's very talented with all her crocheting.

Like most women in their 50's, I can identify with what you were talking about. Sometimes I'm content with my life as it is and I enjoy just "being"; other times I am frustrated and wonder what in the heck I'm doing and what's next.

Kathleen George said...

Howdy! A few of my favorite bloggers wrote about the challenges of the big 50. What our roles are, taking care of our parents, even grandkids. Retirement in the near future, or maybe job changes, even part time. I love your writing, slices of life and you have a column in the Lake newspaper too:).
I too, have little barkers, thank goodness so does my neighbors, whew!
I need to check out the blogs you mention, they sound interesting and the book too.
You know my good thing for today? A fifth grade girl told me she enjoys reading, especially when she holds a book, like a friend, love that:).
Reading is good, just like this blog:).
Kathleen in Az

Unknown said...

Lovely thoughts Jane! I need to get over here to visit more often. I've so enjoyed seeing the pic's of your lakehouse on instagram. We need to think about a get together it's been awhile. And lord knows Dan and I need some stress relief.
Hugs friend,
Cindy

Carrie @ Cottage Cozy said...

Thank you, Jane!

Kathy Moreland said...

I do fine with house plants, but have never had a lot of luck with flowers on the outside! Yours are lovely!

ann said...

Hi Jane. I am not very brave. I am quiet, keeping my thoughts to myself. Then one day tired of the political drivel and nonsense on my Facebook, most of it not in line with my own belief which I keep to myself, I decided to write a small post explaining my political position after an especially stupid post that a dear friend posted--a friend whom I held in the highest esteem and I was so disappointed that she would participate in low-handed sarcasm. So I spoke out. I stated my position, ending the post by saying that while I appreciate that others can and must express themselves, I will not be commenting on or liking any political content. I don't know that I lost any friends over my statement, but I had to speak out--once. So I blog where the my little community is kind, sweet, friendly, cheerful, positive and beautiful. I love reading about their homes, their families, their gardens, their recipes, their hobbies, and I like writing the same. As for feeling comfortable about who we are, I once read a book about the life changing stages that we all go through: high school graduation, college graduation--for some, marriage, children, the lost of parents--all natural cycles of life that change our lives in some way. Once our nest empties, we find ourselves really lost. Our role as "mom" has changed. Then we become grandmothers and our role is reinvented. Then we retire. I guess the secret to those adjustments is finding what you enjoy doing. Right now I am obsessed with building dollhouses. I only miss my job when I think about. To fill that passion I tutor two hours on Wednesdays at the university Writing Center, helping students with their writing. That's all I need to keep that part of me. We learn that life changes; nothing stays the same, so we enjoy each moment as the day and life goes on, creating challenges, accepting those things that we can't change, and we celebrate. Your friend has it figured out.

Kelly said...

I liked the snippet you shared from Leslie's blog. I would have to agree that some change to your routine (even it's not huge) can give you renewed energy in your life. We do tend to get complacent in our older age. I'm still raising a son, so I still feel a sense of worth. But, I know that one day he won't need me as much and I will live a different life than I do now. Time will tell what that will be.

Row homes and Cobblestones said...

Jane I am really amazed at all the beauty growing in your garden in September. It's been so hot all my flowers were spent and I'm replacing with Mums. Thanks for sharing Hometalk, I was unfamiliar with it. I am sure I will be using it. Your honesty is refreshing and the aging process isn't for whimps. I don't know how and when I embraced my age but I have and I feel much happier. Will try your spinach bake, I enjoy spinach and it's extremely healthy. Just look at Popeye and OMGosh did I just date myself, lol. Enjoy your visits to your beautiful Lake house.
xoxo,
Vera

Judy at GoldCountryCottage said...

Hi Jane. Your garden is still so beautiful. Mine didn't do well this year at all. I guess the drought has finally caught up with it. Hope next year will be better. That is a beautiful statement that you shared with us. I will go by for a visit with her. Sounds like a very wise lady..Have a wonderful week..Judy

Decor To Adore said...

Blondie one of the reasons I have been reading your blog for so long is that you are real! I adore that you share the everyday seasons of life. It reminds me to treasure the little things.

Jacqueline said...

Your flowers are beautiful! Mine are loving the calming down of the heat too. The roses are spectacular again. I had to go back and read some of the changes in your home. Love the new staircase. Yes, we do accumulate way too much! I am trying to go through my Halloween decor and get rid of those things I don't just love! Hard to part with things though. Good to hear from you! Have more beautiful, beautiful fall days!

Linda @ Life and Linda said...

Lovely flowers Jane. You have a green thumb for sure. There's much blooming around here...leftover petunias and ferns.
The staircase is so nice. Always a pleasure to see your lake house. Have a beautiful fall. xo

Art and Sand said...

I have been following Leslie since I began blogging. I love that she mixes decorating and her home projects with "think" pieces.

Karen (Back Road Journal) said...

I'd rather cut the grass then vacuum too. When we visited Nantucket, many of the homes there had tall hedges of Rose of Sharon around their entire yards. One of the prettiest was one planted with every other one being white and then lavender.

Sherry @ Thrift My House said...

This was so good! I enjoyed every word! I'm about to be 50... kicking and screaming.. this is a weird time for me... adjusting to this season in life has had it's moments! Thank you for visiting my blog and I hope you have a great weekend!

Karen Ann said...

I love spinach, thanks for the recipe share. I'd rather cut the grass than vacuum too.. or wash the dishes. even if they're only going in the dishwasher. Bleh.

Lori said...

I adore Leslie and so many times I have just stopped and thought about things after reading one of her posts ~ she is the real deal. I am playing catch up with my blog reading today. Love all the pics from the lake and your "ramblings". xo

Cheryl @ TFD said...

Hi Jane, I'm back from my summer blog hiatus and trying to catch up a bit with everyone. I enjoyed this post and appreciate your honesty. I'm older than you and I've spent many minutes pondering the future, too. The years ahead of me are getting shorter and shorter. Time really is flying by now. Knowing that I will most likely not get around to many of those things on my bucket list, I've decided the most important thing for me to do is to just enjoy each day knowing I'm still able to go and do what I want to...within reason, of course. (Okay, that's easy to say unless you've got a knee giving you fits or some weird problem pops up to rob your joy for a while...which happens to all of us at some point in time.) Anyway, some days may just simply be spent in my recliner with a tall glass of iced tea and a good book. That's okay with me because, being an introvert, I enjoy living a quiet life. Most of the time. I know you are happy to be back at your lake house and it will be wonderful when you've finished with the put aways and decorating. Enjoy your time there and have a great weekend! ~Cheryl

Deb from frugal little bungalow said...

Jane, your Rose of Sharon will become a nice large bush or tree in a matter of years...great for a fence area. You may notice, after awhile, a new one coming up next to the existing one....just dig it up right then and there and get rid of it, OR transplant it about 10 feet away along the fence for the next bush :) I have one in the back and one on the side and the bees just love them.

Jemma@athomewithjemma said...

Always a pleasure to see your Lake house Jane, sounds like you are in the right spot.
Enjoy the sounds of nature-we hear coyotes and owls too, such wonderful sounds from the country.
Wishing you a lovely weekend too,
Jemma

xinex said...

Beautiful flowers, Janie! I love roses of Sharon and I miss mine from Natchez. I wish mine were invasive there but they did not seem to be. Enjoy organizing and decorating!...Christine

Kit said...

You're at the Lake!! Yay! You sound good and I loved your sharing the words of your blog friend. So true! I am all about shaking up my life occasionally and try and suggest that to some of my firmly entrenched friends. I can't wait to see pics of your lake house. Happy Fall! Kit

chateau chic said...

This post and your thoughts about rediscovering your path in life resonates with so many of us. I think women have the most changes to deal with through life as we need to adjust to so much letting go as our children grow up and eventually leave the nest. I like what Cheryl said about taking one day at a time and living it to the fullest. That may look different for each of us.
Always enjoy stopping by...
Mary Alice

Stephanie Faris said...

Beautiful photos! The best thing about Fall is that we can finally sit outside and enjoy nature!

Tammy@T's Daily Treasures said...

As you know, I'm in a new stage of life around here with both my boys far far away in college. But I've been working on mind, body and spirit for years now and am comfortable with my current circumstance. My little neighbor from next door who is 10 asked me how I can be alone all day. I told her I like the peace and quiet. I don't even turn the tv half the time. I spent years running the rat race. Now I choose how I spend my time and who I give my time to. I've got plenty of things to keep me busy. And once the weather changes, I'll be romping around outside. Like you, I'd rather mow than vacuum -- no grass here to mow. But I've got two balconies with plants that need tending to. And with winter on the way, I want to start trying to grow things from seed. As for your Rose of Sharon, a colonoscopy is invasive -- I say keep anything that voluntarily blooms so beautifully. It looks like a mix between hollyhock and hibiscus -- both flowers I love. Something I'm working on right now is being in the moment. When I see something that needs to be done, I do it. For so long, I would say I was doing to do something and then be distracted by 10 other things, and the one thing from the beginning would never get done. Now I stop, I do, and then I move on. I definitely feel a sense of accomplishment by slowing down, being present. :) Now I'm off to read Leslie's blog.

Tammy@T's Daily Treasures said...

I'm glad you are enjoying your little gifts. :)

Beatrice Euphemie said...

Hi Jane, I don't know how I totally missed this post, but I did.....my life has been moving along faster than I am. Always loved Rose of Sharon and keep meaning to find a place for it somewhere in this jungle of mine. I love how you write, by the way, it is like having coffee with an old friend and the conversation moves along about the little things and then finds some insight into something so real and so true. Finding courage is something I struggle with and then there's that identity thing that I have never quite mastered. Any encouragement on those two levels are really needed and I thank you for sharing that. Life just sort of carries us along sometimes and we struggle to find our moorings. I know I do. The book recommendation sounds like one I would love. I will check out Leslie's blog when I am done here. The Ramblin' Man is ramblin' once again and here I am alone with nothing but two little dogs in the wilderness. I need that courage badly..... Enjoy these golden days out in the gardens. Sending hugs xo Karen

Kim said...

Jane, I love your new photo. I have a Rose of Sharon hedge, it came with my house. I love it and so far, it has been very well behaved. I hope yours is too. I don't know how I missed this post, but I totally get where you're coming from. I still have kids at home but they are older and don't need me as much. Sometimes I say, now what?

Elaine Foley said...

Interesting to think about the empty nest syndrome, getting older, retirement. Those years are not so far away. Hopefully I will be as active and social as my Dad is. He's 90, still drives, has lunch with his friends, golfs, lifts weights and walks on the treadmill, does crossword puzzles and reads novels and loves emailing his friends on the computer.

It's all about your attitude. You have to keep active in mind and body.

Monica T. said...

You are an absolute sweetheart! Do you love the book? Follow Christie on Instagram if you haven't.You will see the places she writes about! I am so thrilled to connect with you and your ideas here on your blog!

Art and Sand said...

Both Leslie and Monica are blog friends and I get excited when I see they have written a post because I know it will make me think.