Cute Summer Centerpiece

Hope you all had a great weekend!

We spent a few hours building some benches for the deck at my Mom’s house!

If you had asked me 20 years ago if I could imagine doing woodworking projects with Mr. S…I would have been laughing pretty hard!  But we actually do pretty well together as long as I let HIM do the measuring….

Of course I forgot to take pictures of the new benches…but maybe Mom will do that for me…HINT HINT MOM!

I thought you might like to see this cute little Summertime Centerpiece!
I grow wheat grass for Smoothies that I make in the VitaMix.
I cut the grass….
 the new mown smell was amazing!
I got out some of the little green flower thingies you use to keep roses fresh…I always save them….but you can actually buy them at craft stores.
Then out to the garden to pick some Dahlia blooms that have pretty short stems….
I filled the green thingies with water….added the flower….tucked it into the dirt!
That was yesterday and they still look pretty fresh!
Actually, I got this idea from the centerpieces at my nephew’s wedding a couple of years ago….
they had similar glass containers with Gerbera Daisies..
I couldn’t find any photos of these either….
but there are lots of great photos of similar arrangements on the Internet…
So……if you want to grow some wheat grass check out this post…..
and for making the smoothie click HERE
Then….you are on your way to a simple centerpiece……for yourself or an event!

Since I always seem to catch Marvin munching on the grass, I was quite amused to find this photo….

So TRUE!!!!
Have A Great Day!
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A Bloomin’ Great Day

It is a gorgeous summer day here at Sweetwater!  I thought you might like to see what’s BLOOMING around here!

The flowers are pretty gorgeous right now…..but there is more to our life than having dinner parties and enjoying our flowers!

We seem to be doing a lot of small and annoying maintenance tasks around Sweetwater these days.

We bleached the mildew of the siding….actually kind of fun…a grown up way of playing in the sprinkler on a hot day!

And while we were at it….we scrubbed the deck so now all the green slime is gone and it looks nice and bright!
Then, I have been working on refinishing the Adirondack Chairs….at
least now I can since I got a new sander to replace the one that I
burned the transmission out on!  They are turning our great!
Actually…I will do a longer post about the whole process another day.

Mr. S put these little screens in all the gutters….standing on the ladder with a tin snips….bless his heart!
And….I put mulch in the gardens to cover up the weeds!!!!
And then……
I was “just sittin'” in my newly “summerized” powder room…..admiring the new rug I found that just perfectly matches the little paisley towel…..SEEE?
AND…..I realized that my feet AND the new rug were getting wet!!!!  EWWWW!
 It is a very good thing that I know someone who “speaks toilet”!
So after a couple of days of drying out the wood floor….Mr. S fixed that problem…..with only 2 trips to the hardware store! AND….who said Flowers and Jewelry were the way to a girl’s heart?
So enough about MAINTAINING!!!
Out to the garden!
We always wait and wait to see the Lillies in Bloom….
And the Deer always wait and wait until the blooms are tasty little morsels…and then they chomp them off….in fact even when we spray obnoxious smelling stuff on them….they take a bite….and spit them on the ground!
This year we seemed to have found something that is working….(at least until they get used to the taste….)

It is called Ortho DEER B GON

and it even smells a little like cinnamon!!
We have been religious about going out to spray the Lillies….just the Lillies….as we figure that to spray everything is futile!!! (and expensive!)

This year we are actually getting a chance to see the Lillies in bloom!
(Maybe the fairies in my new Fairy Garden are working their magic on the deer?!)
 You probably noticed that I didn’t take pictures of the weeds….and there are certainly enough of those out there….
But I am not in the mood for any more MAINTAINING…..I think a nice glass of ice tea up on the clean shiny deck…..way up too high to see the weeds….is a better option!
Have a Great Day!