Thursday, May 31, 2012

Spot Gardens!


I love growing things. Kids. Dogs. Cats. Flowers....

Maybe mostly flowers!

Raspberry Clematis on a trellis to hide a really ugly shed that needs a new roof!

They don't talk back.

The improvements made by weeding look good for DAYS... not minutes.

They brighten my viewpoint and my yard.

These tough daffodils make it up through my English Ivy... Which is bound and determined to take over the world as we know it!

They do not borrow the car.

They do not eat the last can of tuna and forget to tell me.

They do not track in SCADS of wood chips on dirty shoes after working in the woods...  ;)

This time of year, I love to do a little digging. Planning. Organizing. But there isn't a lot of time so I've learned to Spot Garden.

I'm going to share spot gardens with you as I work them. Splashes of color, sometimes no bigger than a basket, to draw the eye away from the weeds in the grass. And the snakes in the sun. And the vermin running from one of several cats.

You get the picture. Real farm = real life, LOL!

Sunday, May 27, 2012

Fun Book Signing!

We had a delightful time at Alpha and Omega books yesterday!

Our book giveaway netted nearly $80 for Open Door Mission...

We put a spin on traditional book signings... For a $5 donation, the customer (yes, I accosted very nice people in the name of charity!!!! And it was FUN.  ;)  )

Okay, back to details, the customer could pick from my basket of Ruthy-books....

And I'd sign the book and feed them cookies!

SUHWEET!!!!  ;)

At the morning signing, the famous Garbowski girls came to see me, including Grandma Elaine Foote!!!  And Sharon from Greece, and Beth and Jon brought 'Lijah and Xavier by to say hi... and eat cookies.

(Sorry for the crumbs, Alpha and Omega!)

Then the afternoon signing was in Penfield.  Great bunch of people there. Elizabeth (with new hair!), authors Alan and Connie... So nice!  The Pikes drove in from Sodus and they're just wonderful!  My never-before-met long lost Romesser cousins (yes, I used the last name in Small Town Hearts) drove up to meet me... Cousin Mary Ann Metzger KIDNAPPED them (almost) and what a delightful surprise that was!

Cousin Jeanie, Mary Ann, Helen and our sweet matriarch Cousin Rose who is so stinkin' beautiful that I can only hope to live to be 89 and look that good.

What a wonderful day. Thank you all!!  God bless you!