Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Spring Days


We have been enjoying perfect spring days.  Our days have been warm, sunny and a pretty blue sky.  We have enjoyed refreshing spring rains.  We have been puttering in our yard and our garden.  Such sweet pleasures and simple blessings.

Our days ahead look as if we may be in for some chilly days with rain.  It looks like we may be enjoying inside days where it is warm and cosy.  I do like those kind of days now and then as well.

♥ Spring Sweet Spring ♥


Gardening God's Way

Plant three rows of peas:
Peas of mind
Peas of heart
Peas of soul

Plant four rows of squash:
Squash gossip
Squash indifference
Squash grumbling
Squash selfishness

Plant four rows of lettuce:
Lettuce be faithful
Lettuce be kind
Lettuce be patient
Lettuce really love one another

No garden should be without turnips:
Turnip for meetings
Turnip for service
Turnip to help one another

Water freely with patience and cultivate with love.  There is much fruit in your garden because you reap what you sow.

To conclude our garden, we must have thyme:
Thyme for God
Thyme for Study
Thyme for Prayer
~ Author Unknown ~


This is a good way to tend to our garden ... inside and outside.

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Simple Saturday

This is a quiet and peaceful place that we love to visit during the spring time.

~ ♥ ~ God's Beauty Abounds ~ ♥ ~







Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Hearts Garden

With this being spring, it is time to plan, prepare, plant and harvest in our little kitchen garden and around our yard.


I keep a Home Journal and have for many, many years.  I keep poems, sayings and quotes that I have found throughout the years.  I love to browse through them from time to time and thought that you all might enjoy this one as well.  I found it to be heartwarming.


Hearts Garden
by Katherine Merrill

My heart is a garden where thought flowers grow.
The thoughts that I think are the seeds that I sow.
Every kind loving thought bears a kind loving deed,
And a thought that is selfish is just like a weed.

So I must watch what I think each minute, each day,
Pull out the weed thoughts and throw them away,
And plant loving seed thoughts so thick in a row,
There will not be room for weed thoughts to grow.

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Simple Saturday


Easter Blessings From Our Little Cottage To Yours

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Small Space Gardens


A small kitchen garden, a small raised bed garden, patio containers, assorted planters and pots are all good ways to enjoy small space gardening.

We have a double washtub that we use for a small herb garden on one side and the other side for a salad garden.  It is just as pretty as a pot of flowers.  We love our rain barrel.  It is on our patio near our kitchen garden and our washtubs.  It works well there.  So far with the spring rains that we have had, our rain barrel is full of harvested rain water.

We use our small kitchen garden outside our backdoor, just off of our patio for tomato plants, cucumbers, peppers, a few herbs and a few pretty flowers.

These were simple ways that we have planned, planted and harvested our little kitchen garden in past years.  This year will be much the same.

It is nice to keep our garden plans simple as we enjoy fresh produce, fresh herbs and pretty flowers without spending all of our time in our yard and garden.

We also have a small raised bed that sits along the fence in our backyard, close by our garden shed and our compost bin.  This little space has our windmill and an old fashioned hand water pump to add a little country charm.  Plans are being made as to what we want to plant in that little garden bed.

We also have a rustic homemade wooden planter in our front yard that our son made.  We too are working on plans as to what we want to plant in there.  We have our birdbath close to this flower bed.  We plan to use this flower garden to bring in song birds and hummingbirds.

We like to spend time on our front porch or our patio.  We enjoy fresh from our garden foods to put on our kitchen table.  We also like to pick a pretty bouquet of fresh flowers to pretty up our kitchen table or to put on our front porch table.


Such sweet pleasures and simple blessings.

Saturday, April 8, 2017

Simple Saturday


Keepin' it Simple

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

The Clothesline

A clothesline was a news forecast
To neighbors passing by,
There were no secrets you could keep
When clothes were hung to dry.

It also was a friendly link
For neighbors always knew
If company had stopped by
To spend a night or two.

For then you'd see the "fancy" sheets
And towels upon the line;
You'd see the "company tablecloths"
With intricate designs.

The line announced a baby's birth
From folks who lived inside,
As brand new infant clothes were hung;
So carefully with pride.

The ages of the children could
So readily be known
By watching how the sizes changed
You'd know how much they'd grown.

It also told when illness struck,
As extra sheets were hung;
Then nightclothes, and a bathrobe, too,
Haphazardly were strung.

It also said, "gone on vacation now"
When lines hung limp and bare.
It told, "we're back" when full lines sagged
With not an inch to spare.

New folks in town were scorned upon
If wash was dingy and grey,
As neighbors carefully raised their brow,
And looked the other way.

But clotheslines now are of the past,
For dryers make work much less,
Now what goes on inside a home
Is anybodys guess.

I really miss that way of life.
It was a friendly sign
When neighbors knew each other best
By what hung on the line.
~ Author Unknown ~


I love using our clothesline.  I also use an inside Amish wooden drying rack when the weather is so that I cannot hang our laundry outside on the clothesline.


I am thankful for my washer and dryer.  I enjoy doing laundry whether I use my dryer, my outside clothesline or my inside Amish wooden drying rack.


I love fresh from the clothesline laundry.


It is wonderful to snuggle under fresh from the clothesline bedding for a good nights sleep.

Saturday, April 1, 2017

Simple Saturday


Keepin' it Simple