All posts by CarolBailey Floyd

42 Days Until Spring!

Enjoying the Spring countdown again this year.

When anyone complains about the weather, I tell them the # of days until Spring!

We are rolling along!

Tomorrow will be 41 days, and then in a couple of days, we break into the 30s!! Wowee!

Enjoying blooming amaryllis flowers in my indoor Winter garden.

I do enjoy Winter in many ways: snowflakes, crunchy snow, snowpeople, being inside and watching snow falling (keyword here is “inside”), and feeling cozy.

Deep gratitude for my family, friends, and life!! Hallelujah!

Many Gratitudes

Happy Groundhog Day to my friend Mary Ellen!

46 days until Spring! Hooray!

got some wild new leggings – I was late to the game, but hope this trend keeps up!

cruised into a wonderful book store today — no purchases! Wow!

I am so grateful for all the books in my life — 11 bookcases full (and stacks). I donate all the time, but then I also take in more regularly. I guess you could say I am a happy bookaholic!

Working on my book — 101 Fun Things to Do I really do believe that having fun on a regular basis is essential to a good quality of life

Grandsons Nate and Andrew are both in the middle of their basketball seasons. So fun to watch and cheer.

Sometimes I feel like hiding, but I always come out!

Sometimes I just feel like hiding from the world and all its scary events!!

Writing a gratitude list is helpful.

Spontaneous writing in my journal will mellow me out.

Studying the artist, Marc Chagall, taking notes out of a huge coffee table book about him.

“In life, just as on the artist’s palette, there is buy one single color that gives meaning to life and art — the color of love.” — Marc Chagall

Having fresh corn on the cob for dinner will make me so very happy!

Watching my precious birds at the feeder outside my kitchen window.

Sitting by my fairy/gnome rock garden lifts my spirits. Our darling one year old neighbor, Penny, came over to visit and smiled, poked, and pointed at fairies, mirror ball, gnomes, pink begonias, and more. That makes my amazing garden even more fun and wonderful — to get the attention of a darling little girl.

The table cloth on our kitchen table is sprinkled with butterflies and flowers galore! It was hand colored by our beloved book group!!

Varied sizes of white vases that spell out L O V E. Have bright pink daisies to put in them! Hooray!

Ran into my dear friend Laura and her mother at the farm market. Great people watching and lots of fruits and vegetables.

Everywhere I look, I find someone or something that makes me grateful. I need to remember how blessed I am and counter scary world news with hope and compassion. Yikes!

Summer Flowers Make Me So Happy!

Pink begonias in the fairy/gnome rock garden!

Daisies and purple balloon flowers around the glass blue gazing ball.

Pink, white, and lavender petunias — one white one has pink hearts on the petals — in the huge cobalt blue pot by the driveway.

Hanging basket with black-eyed Susan vines! The yellow flowers have black centers, but when the sun shines on them, you can see that the centers are really dark purple. And they have the most beautiful buds that twirl out in enchanting ways!

Hot pink mandevillas — huge and exotic with gorgeous large dark green leaves. Groovy buds, too!

My beloved heavenly blue morning glories are not in bloom yet, but happily anticipated.

Nate and Andrew’s circle garden with a riotous array of flowers they chose and planted. Marigolds, petunias are the stars this year since we got a late start. They have been doing the circle garden since they were about 4 and 6 and now they are 12 and 14!!

Today I got a pot of red, purple, and white petunias for the front steps!

Happy Summer flowers!

Loving Spring!

Even after ice and snow, the new tulips and daffodils came up gloriously!!

Walking in the neighborhood and seeing the progression of buds on trees and bushes!!

Thinking about the upcoming garden.

Looking forward to getting the fairy rock garden together.

The grass is soooo green! Hooray!

Painting rocks to distribute around the area — Facebook northeastohiorocks!

The rocks are ending up all over the world.

Love.

Goodbye Summer!

Planted tulip and daffodil bulbs yesterday.

Now I have something to look forward to all Winter!

I am doing Zentangle patterns on a fake blue pumpkin – hooray!

Just put out a new thistle feeder for the finches and chickadees.

Went to a fabulous outdoor craft show today – Ohio Mart.

My daughter and I buy each other our Christmas presents there.

I was proud that I did not spend a whole lot of money either – yippee!

Love to watch the leaves falling down — each leaf twirls down in a different way.

My precious heavenly blue morning glories are blooming every day now — better late than never!

Just ordered a welcome mat that says — Welcome all you lovely people!

Sending love to all you grateful people!!

Summer Satisfactions!

Sitting on the bench reading BIG CHERRY HOLLER by Andrea Trigiani.

Watering all the magnificent flowers and appreciating every petal!

Bronze toenail polish!

Red lace poncho.

Mickey Mouse Hawaiian shirt — Mickey doesn’t have shoes on! Have you ever seen Mickey Mouse without shoes? It’s a happy hoot!!

My brother Jeff over for dinner tonight. He loves to eat!

Watching the Olympics — wow!!

Finishing up the day with a wonderful cup of lavender tea.

Gratitudes

Looking forward to a jewelry making marathon this Sat. for an Access Women’s Shelter fundraiser!

A phone conversation with a dear friend!

Watching the Democratic convention and feeling hopeful!

A day at home — hooray!

Teaching Zentangle tomorrow to a group of teenagers in a shelter. A privilege for sure!

Finding an old journal and going back in time.

Clearing out a bookcase and finding $10!

Another day winding down, and the gift of tomorrow anticipated!

Gratitude for so many blessings!

The rose-breasted grosbeaks have been here since the beginning of Summer. Hooray!

Our new kitchen table and chairs are terrific. The chairs look like art!

The morning glories are going to bloom soon!

Loving my black eyed Susan vining hanging basket.

Just added blue glass discs and green glow in the dark stones to the stones beside the driveway. It looks like a fairy garden at night!!! Yahoo!

Loving my purple ballon flowers — so tough that they grew in a neglected pot in the garage in the dark!! Then I put them in a place of honor, added fabulous pink petunias and oh boy, they have been blooming all Summer long! Wow!

Just home from Ocean City, Maryland — a wonderful family vacation including jewelry making, coloring, counted cross stitch, and reading. And of course, the beach! It was a tough job but somebody had to do it!

Gratitude to this website and all the gratitude people here!