Saturday, September 20, 2014

Garden Guest: Common Buckeye

The north side of our front yard is a certified  National Wildlife Federation Backyard Habitat.  Really!  We have a certificate!  You can do the same by providing food, water, cover and places for wildlife to raise their young.  It is so much fun to see all of the critters that stop by for a visit.  I have a series of posts to show you our Garden Guests. 

If you would like to see more, check my Gardening Page!

 
This little visitor is a Common Buckeye butterfly, frequently confused as a moth, just because it is brown.  It's generally pretty small with a wingspan of about 2 inches.

 
If you would like to attract these little pretties to your yard, their host plants include snapdragons and native plantain.  Remember that baby butterflies are caterpillars!  Do not even think about using insecticides!
 
Now for some blogging music!  I am currently loving Ed Sheeran.  Here he is with Sing!
 
 
What's happening in your back yard?
 
;-)  -Marci


Thursday, September 18, 2014

Saying Goodbye to Missi

This sweet little dog is my all time favorite dog EVER.  I have cried and cried over losing her.  She passed away in July.
 
 
Here is a photo tribute to her precious life.

 

 

She's snuggling me while I read.
 

 





 
 

She was such a good friend.  I will miss her for a very long time.
 
;-)  -Marci

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

LINK PARTY! Tuesdays with a Twist #76

Welcome to Tuesdays with a Twist!

Back to the Basics
 
 
We're your co-hosts:
 
Each co-host will be sharing her own picks for Features. This gives everyone a better chance of being featured.  Be sure to check all of our blogs!
 
 My feature this week is...  (drum roll please) 

This very clever, Cabinet Door Turned into a Tray



 From Maria Elena at Our Home Away from Home!  I hope you visit Maria Elena and see the simple transformation from regular ol' door to lovely tray!  ;-)
 
If you've been featured we'd love for you to grab a button.
 
 
We all love comments!  Please hop around and show some love!

The party starts every Tuesday at 7am EST and will continue until Friday at 11:59pm.  Feel free to stop back any time and "like" your favorites.  Please visit other blogs if you have a moment. 

Share older posts as well as new ones.  No limit on links!
*Pictures should be your own* 
By linking up you give us permission to use these photos
 (with proper link backs) in our features. 
And now for the party!

;-)  -Marci 
 
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Literary Junkies {September)

It's time for Literary Junkies!  I hope you will participate by either answering some or all of the questions in comments below, or better yet, write a post and join the party!

Pink Heels Pink Truck


Here are this month's questions:

1. What are you reading right now? Tell us about it.  Another one by Jan Karon, Light from Heaven!  Our Women's Bible Study just began again for the Fall and we are using Children of the Day by Beth Moore.  We haven't done a study by Beth in a couple of years.  It's a study of First and Second Thessalonians.  I'm excited!
 
2. There are a ton of movies coming out soon that were based off of books. Are there any you're particularly excited to see?  I want to see the next Hobbit movie.
 
 
3. With fall finally here for some of us, are there any books that you're particularly looking forward to reading in the season of big sweaters, blankets and hot chocolate?  I definitely read a lot more in the winter than any other time of year.  I have GOBS on my list!  Hopefully, I'll get thru several.
 
 
4. We only have 3.5 months left of 2014. Did you participate in any reading challenges? How are you doing?  My goal was to participate in Literary Junkies and read 26 books.  'Definitely on target for both!
 
 
5. What has been the best book you've read so far this year?  I am completely committed to the entire Mitford series by Jan Karon!  They are so sweet and charming, perfect for peaceful bedtime reading!

OK!  It's your turn!  Tell me about YOUR books! 

;-)  -Marci

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Interchangeable Wreath for Fall *HOOT*HOOT*

It feels like Autumn here in Arkansas!  The mornings are cool and leaves are beginning to look a little sleepy.  It's time to update the front door!
 

 Does anyone remember  My Basic Wreath Form?  It's been a while since I played with it.


  Well, it was laying around with some other doo dads.  Ribbon, old lids, chip board letters.


And our crapapple tree needed to be pruned a little bit.  Aren't crabapples pretty?


T-pins have been the absolute key to updating My Basic Wreath Form.  First the chip board letters were attached to the front of the old lids using scrap booking glue dots.  Next I squirted a big glop of hot glue on the back and quickly inserted a T-pin.  While the glue cooled, Autumnal ribbon was wrapped around the wreath and pinned in place.


Snips from our crabapple tree were added to cover about one third of the interchangeable wreath form, using just enough T-pins to hold them in place.  The lids-with-letters were attached opposite the branches.
 
 
A little Upcycled Owl snuggled into the branches and now welcomes visitors at our front door!


*HOOT*HOOT* 
 
Does it feel like Autumn where you are?

;-)  -Marci

Friday, September 12, 2014

Welcome to Mary's Birthday Celebration Giveaway!

I am so excited to participate in a HUGE bash to celebrate and YOU get a chance to win one of 3 prizes from Mary's Heirloom Seeds.
That's "Auntie Mary" on the right!
2 Winners will receive an assortment of Heirloom, Non-GMO seeds as well as organic gardening supplies totaling over $60 in value.  Each prize pack Includes (but not limited to) Radish, Golden Beets, Squash, Chinese Cabbage, Culinary and Medicinal Herbs, Beans, Peppers and Tomatoes as well as Coconut Coir Pellets for seed starting made simple AND Organic, Vegan Plant Nutrients.

**Seed Varieties will be tailored to the winner's planting region*
Mary's Heirloom Seeds
 
1 Winner will receive the Baker's Dozen heirloom seeds variety pack. 
Easy to grow and wonderful to eat.  This pack contains a large variety of seeds  for a very low cost.  13 seeds from 13 varieties.  Includes:  Calabrese Broccoli, 5 Color Silverbeet Swiss Chard,  Black Beauty Eggplant,  Waltham Butternut Squash, Tam Dew Melon, Bloomsdale Spinach,  Cal Wonder Bell Pepper, Marketmore Cucumber, Pink Oxheart Tomato, Atomic Red Carrots, Self-Blanching Snowball Cauliflower, German Giant Radish,  Detroit Dark Red Beet.

At Mary's Heirloom Seeds, all of the seeds listed are open-pollinated, non-gmo and non-hybrid, non-patented, untreated, heirloom garden seeds.  All of are seeds are sourced from small, family farmers and seed growers.  
 
Mary has signed the Safe Seed Pledge!

Mary's Birthday Giveaway opens 9/12/2014 and closes 9/20/2014 at midnight EST.  
Open to residents of the US and Canada.

Book Review: In This Mountain

by Jan Karon 

Brandon Mountain, Arkansas last Fall
 
A portion of the synopsis from Good Reads:  Father Tim and Cynthia are back home in Mitford, where they find change in the air: a haircut price war that takes no prisoners and a risky new menu item at the Grill.

My thoughts:  The first character that comes to mind is George.  I love where his life has been and where it is going.  There's also quite a bit of story line surrounding Hope.  She may just become my favorite character!  I cried along with Father Tim after the accident.  As much as I love to hate Edith Mallory, I do hope she recovers from the fire.  'Gotta get started on the next one and find out!  This series of books is so sweet and charming, I just can't stop reading them!  What a lovely problem to have!  ;-) 

Do you have a favorite series?  What are you reading?

;-)  -Marci