Enjoying Change and Simple DIY

Some people hate change, I happen to enjoy change.  So with that I thought I would show you a few changes I’ve made recently.

changing up the Little Cove

changing up the Little Cove

This is taking much longer than I had anticipated.  I wanted to simplify the mowing process by eliminating the need to weed whack around the plantings in the Little Cove.  I purchased five yards of tree mulch and have been digging up the grass and weeds that grow around the plantings.  I’ve laid layers of cardboard over this and then filled in with the mulch.

eliminating need for more than a simple mower

eliminating need for more than a simple mower

In the front I’ve also dug up the turf and buried more cardboard under the rocks to fill in.  I am thinking of the future when I may not be here with the time to do all the weeding that is necessary.  This process has been slowed by all our rain. While rain is a good thing, normally when you want to dig up weeds it makes getting a wheelchair stuck quite easy.

In the above picture you can see our zinnias and some of the milkweed around it.  Today we spotted our first monarch caterpillar on one of the milkweed plants.  My granddaughter happened to be here at the time and had to show everyone.  She also asked if she could touch it and then gently touched the caterpillar to see how this one felt compared to what we call wooly bears.

Monarch caterpillar on milkweed plant

Monarch caterpillar on milkweed plant

I added new art to my walls. The children love to color and like when I color with them. Children’s coloring books only hold my attention for so long so I also had a book of Mandala designs.  I wasn’t happy with all of them but a few were, well me.   What do you do with pages from a coloring book when you are finished with it?  I decided to turn them into art.  For this I found a handful of art canvases on clearance, painted them black to match the frames on my other art, then glued and sealed the colored pages onto the canvas.

New art

New art

I have a couple more I would like to add when I find more canvases on clearance so it may be a while.  For now the gallery wall will do but at some point I may rearrange the display and move the photographs to another wall.

Of course the children enjoy the mandala coloring book as well. It gives them freedom to use color as they wouldn’t in an ordinary children’s coloring book.  My granddaughter was so happy with one of her creations she asked if I could frame it, but the frame had to be blue.  I pulled out an old frame I was waiting to find a use for and she changed her mind on how the finished piece would look.

Her art and the frame we found.

Her art and the frame we found.

The children know where I keep the paint, so a color was quickly selected.  I took the backing out of the frame and painted the one side. When dry simply cut out the finished design and framed it.  The best part is that she’s thrilled with how it turned out.  I do see a budding artist here. ;-)

The blue made her choice of colors pop.

The blue made her choice of colors pop.

In her new home the walls are white and painting is not allowed, I think this will stand out on her white walls and hopefully go nicely in the dresser she designed.

 

There is one other big change I made last night. I have wavered for a while about social media, specifically Facebook.  I avoided it for a long time, then was asked to join so I could see family pictures.  From there I was invited to join a blogging group which led to adding a page for this blog.  I struggled with how to use Facebook with blogging it never quite fit for me.

I don’t like Facebook. There I said it. 

I find Facebook to be much like television, a way to while away time.  For those of you who enjoyed the links I shared on Facebook. I apologize and will return to sharing my opinions of those types of stories here on the blog.  I have permanently deleted my Facebook account.  I feel such a relief knowing it is no longer there. The pressure to post something is gone and I can focus on just my blog.

One final change is quickly arriving, school.  The oldest grandchildren will be starting school this year, returning this coming Tuesday. Why don’t they start on a Monday? With that I will have much more free time and lots of projects to fill those hours.

 

34 thoughts on “Enjoying Change and Simple DIY

  1. Excellent idea with the cardboard and the mulch, must give that a go as we have a bit of the garden that’s tricky to get the mower over.

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    • It’s worked pretty well for me. The areas that I used just newsprint if I didn’t get most of the weeds out they eventually grew right up through but the cardboard has worked much better. Good luck with your spot.

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  2. I like the look of the little cove, Lois. They will thank you later for all the work you’ve done to minimize weeds. You remind me of myself counting down the days till school started so I could finally get some of MY things done. I haven’t colored in years but tried a mandala before. Fun but I lack focus. So sweet that your granddaughter wants to frame her work. Yes, she is a budding artist unless some dumb teacher shames her out of her creativity. I have 2 Facebook accounts. One is strictly for family and a one or two close friends. I have 23 friend total mostly cousins and my kids. My writing group is on the other account. I don’t want most of my friends to know how nutty my family is. It’s where I can see what family is up to and see photos but rarely go there. Right now, I barely have time to blog or breathe. Soon, I hope.

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    • Marlene, I never looked forward to my boys going back to school. They were straddled with so much homework daily that in time it felt that we lived our lives around the demands of school and had very little time for each other. Now this year, I feel the need for the break. ;-) I sure hope no one tries to make my granddaughter conform and stifle her artistic expressions, I would be heartbroken.

      I know all about crazy family. ;-)

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  3. Your mandala art is beautiful – what a fun, creative idea! Also, your Facebook-free status sounds heavenly. One of these days I just might join you. Thanks for a great post; I always love hearing about your endeavors.

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    • When my grandchildren are older, if that’s how they share I may have to sign back up. For now they are little and their parents send me pictures via email or text so there was no need to keep Facebook. It’s sad our children had to move away so we can’t see our grandchildren face-to-face more often.

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  4. The monarch caterpillar is beautiful, isn’t it? I’m glad you got one with your first year of growing the milkweed. While we have seen a few monarch caterpillars, we have never gotten a cocoon or butterfly. I’m guessing the birds get a nice treat instead. Good luck. I hope to see pictures of the next stages since I haven’t seen them here.

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    • We’ve been trying to find the caterpillar ever since, not sure where he headed off to but I guess that means we won’t gt a cocoon this year,it’s too bad because the children were completely captivated with it.

      If I do happen to find a cocoon I’ll definitely share it with you.

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  5. I love your art work… and the photo of that caterpillar is just amazing – how clever is nature, and how clever of you to have captured it so clearly!
    I hope the new school term goes well – I’m sure your grandchildren will find lots to do on the Monday!
    Emma :-)

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  6. Hi Lois,

    I love what you have done with the Little Cove. Also love the Mandala designs and the way you have displayed them.

    I don’t like FB either … much prefer Twitter and Pinterest.

    Cheers,
    Carol

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    • Hello Carol,I go through moods with Pinterest, but then I don’t really see that as social media. Yes, I share my boards with anyone from the blog who wants to view them but I see it as something I do for myself first. I’ve never looked at Twitter and don’t get the hashtags or why I would want to use it, I’m glad it works for you.

      The Cove is coming along, if it would only stop raining long enough to dry out I’d get it finished. ;-)

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  7. I became a FaceBook conscientious objector years ago. It was fun at first when my “friends” were limited to people who really are my friends. But then it was like anybody and everybody with whom I’d ever crossed paths wanted to “friend” me, and I just started feeling like I was being stalked all the time – a feeling that got a lot worse once my family got involved. It was kinda fun to reconnect with a few people from my past, but I think that in general if someone didn’t make it from your past to your present, there’s usually a reason! I’ve found that I enjoy blogging much more because it allows me to connect with people who have similar interests and with whom I have more in common that the fact that we went to the same elementary school or something like that! Anyhow, congratulations for taking the plunge!

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    • I was fortunate in that most people I knew from the past hadn’t found my Facebook account. Helps to change your name. ;-) I don’t agree with much that is taking place behind the scenes on Facebook. Our privacy is lost and I have always been rather quiet and try to remain anonymous.

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  8. Cute little spot in the garden Lois.

    I also like Mandelas and sometimes draw them…I often think I should get a little book for them but never do and they just get thrown out. Jung felt there was much to understand in the self by our drawing of mandelas.

    I am not keen on Facebook either!! You aren’t alone there. I connect with family and friend on there but really wish I had not started a QAL page because it commits me to just more of something I don’t really enjoy.

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    • I wouldn’t recommend the book I had, so many were not to my liking and were just weird. That’s what I get for an impulsive purchase online. ;-) I did enjoy coloring the ones I did and the children have been using most of the other ones, but even for them some are too strange. Jung had something there, there is something to the “no beginning, no end” that I like.

      I’m sorry you aren’t enjoying Facebook either. You can always end it when it gets to be too much.

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  9. new art work is beautiful. glad grand daughter could make some for her new home. I suspect it will be a cherished reminder of time with grandma.

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    • Thank you. She does enjoy creating with me. Tuesday she was shown around the elementary school and was excited about several things, making new friends and the art classroom and library. ;-)

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  10. As a retired teacher, I can enlighten you on why school years often don’t start on Mondays. The shortened week helps everyone get acclimated to a new schedule of bedtimes, etc., and students will be exhausted at the end of that first week. It helps everyone to get back in gear without quite as much stress. Teachers, too!
    Your Little Cove is looking wonderful!

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  11. Wow – my children don’t start until Tuesday, Sept 2nd – August seems early to me! Change is good and I admire you for deleting facebook – I have facebook and I agree with you that I won’t publish my blog through facebook – I feel like I’m forcing my friends to read my blog and they may not want to! I have connected with family and friends that I had lost touch with and wouldn’t have been able to contact them without facebook. All of my family live across the country and we stay in touch through facebook – however, facebook is not my favourite by far and I have thought of deleting my account because there are times I waste too much valuable time. The one thing I do is I make sure all my friends are real – no 500 friends for me!

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    • I signed up with Facebook to see pictures of my grandchild who lives a distance from me. But my son and daughter-in-law send me the pictures they post so there’s not much reason to keep it.

      As for linking to the blog, I just don’t get the point. I felt a need to post different material to get people to join when I never wanted to bombard my readers with more to keep up on. It was crazy of me to try, but I feel very relieved to be done with it.

      As long as Facebook works for you to keep in touch with family enjoy it.

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