Saturday, September 30, 2006

Web design

These are pictures I took early one morning after a heavy dew. I had no idea there were so many spiders in my garden! I probably wouldn't have even noticed these webs had it not been so damp out.

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If you look closely near the exposed leaves you can see the spider in a hole. I am not fond of spiders but we must appreciate the beauty they create. Although these are not your ordinary designed webs, they are still beautiful and fascinating.

Friday, September 29, 2006

Hand made gift.

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This is little Jerzie Shea in a beautiful bonnet made especially for her by Dawn at 4:53am. Her Mom likes soft colors and no "girly girl" lace. Enlarge the pics to see the wonderful hand smocking and embrodery.Thank you Dawn for this beautiful gift made with loving hands.

Wednesday, September 27, 2006


These are pics of my Mom and Dad. I love them both because they are so natural. Don't you just love the old car? They were snapshots but my daughter had them enlarged for my brother and I for Christmas a few years ago.

My parents were married on September 27, 1941. My Moms dress was actually blue velvet. I remember playing dress up with it as a child . Of course, it was destroyed. I would love to have it now!
My father and brother contacted polio in 1953. My brother was in the hospital about a year and wears a leg brace and uses crutches. He was 6 at the time and is now 59. My dad was completely paralyzed and spent some time in an iron lung. He passed away on September 27, 1953, their 13th wedding anniversary. I was 4 so I don't remember much about my father at all, so these photos are very dear to me.

Tuesday, September 26, 2006

All changed

I'm ready for fall! Now nature has to do its job. In another week or so the burning bush on the far left will be a gorgeous red all over instead of just on top and all the huge maples on the street will be bright yellow. Some years they are so bright it looks like the sun is shinning even on a dark day. This door is on the side of the house but still faces the street. The bench is sitting on the area where the coffee pot fountain in my banner is in the summer.
My daughter and I made our first trip to the apple farm today. It's early yet so they only had a few kinds. They make the BEST cider! We don't need to make applesauce this year but we will definitely make at least one more trip. I can almost taste an apple pie!

Monday, September 25, 2006

More changes

This is a wooden plate that I painted several years ago. I've used it several times on an easel as a table decoration.

There were no windows in this entry when I bought this house over 20 years ago. I decided I would like a little more light so began looking for windows.My first thought was stained glass but I found these leaded glass windows at an antique mart just down the road and had to have them. They "fit" the house perfectly and you wouldn't know they were added. I just love them and an added bonus is they give me more space to put my "stuff" on!

Sunday, September 24, 2006


I have some of my fall decorating done. The entry is all I do inside. I do pumpkins and leaves so I can leave them up until Thanksgiving. I painted the walls a gold a couple years ago so the color goes with anything. The walls in the entry, my living room and dining room are old textured plaster. I've wanted smooth walls for years and realized that all the faux finishes are to make walls look textured. I have painted the walls in the entry and living room a solid color and then drybrushed with a lighter color to bring out the texture and I love it. Click on the picture to enlarge it and you can see the walls better.

Saturday, September 23, 2006

Time for a change..

Looks like we're going to have a dreary wet weekend. I've decided my project will be to change my entry decor from patriotic, which I have in spring and summer, to fall. The fall oranges and yellows should brighten up my spirits on this gray weekend. I also get to watch J.Shea while her Mom and Dad go the Buffalo airport tonight, so that will certainly put a smile on my face. I'll post the fall pictures when I get done. Have a cozy,dry weekend!

Thursday, September 21, 2006

Talk about restful

Is there anything more restful than a sleeping child?
I love these pics of my granddaughter Jerzie Shea. She was two months old yesterday. We have lots of pictures when she's awake that I really like but these just always make me smile. Her tongue is always moving, even when she's asleep. Do you think that means she'll be a talker? That wouldn't surprise anyone, seems to be a family trait!

Wednesday, September 20, 2006

time for a rest...

Doesn't this look relaxing? Summer is gone and I think I sat here once. I'm sorry to say that was when I repaired the cord to my hedge trimmers (after cutting it again!) while I was trimming the hedge. I do look foreward to fall tho. Who knows, maybe I can sit again to rest while blowing leaves!

Tuesday, September 19, 2006

Japanese Enema??!!

One of my favorite flowers this time of year is the Japanese Anemone (bottom pic). I love the tall graceful stems and the way they dance in the fall breeze. I'm sure that's why they are also called windflowers. I bought a new anemone, called Annabella,(top pic), this year. It is supposed to bloom in spring but is blooming now. It is very pretty but I think the Japanese, with its dogwood like flowers, is still my favorite. I shared some with a friend and he can never remember the name so he calls it a Japanese Enema!

Sunday, September 17, 2006


One of my customers gave me these bulbs several years ago. She said they are fall crocus. There are leaves that come up in the spring. They die off in summer and then one day I look and there are flowers. As you can see they are larger than crocus and I only have one color. I've never seen them anywhere so I don't know if they come in different colors or not. I look forward to seeing them every year.

Saturday, September 16, 2006

Pay off

I found some milkweed growing behind my shed a couple years ago. It is a nuisance but I decided to leave it since the monarch butterflies love it. This year it paid off! One Sunday morning I saw three monarchs flying around my butterfly bush. I still see one flying around but never all three again. I'm sorry I couldn't get a shot of all of them but I'm expecting even more next year.

Thursday, September 14, 2006

1, 2, 3, GO!! goes, my first blog. I'm not sure that I have enough interesting to say but decided to give it a try. I've enjoyed reading others blogs and hope that some will enjoy mine. It's hard to decide what my first blog should be about. Since I am "Green thumb Jean" it should probably involve gardening but my top interest is my 2 month old 1st granddaughter, J.Shea. I could also write about her. Rather than make a decision I decided to post a picture of both.
The flowers are in back by the bench outside the beauty shop door. The pic of J.Shea was taken by my daughter, last week.

Gotta run...