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
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.