Scottish Thistles

Scottish Thistles

Friday, May 30, 2014


We decided that our new kitty, "Silky", needed to be an indoor cat without her being free to roam the countryside and woods, etc.  Our last kitty, "Skye", was an indoor/outdoor cat who lived with us 16 years.  We worried about her a little, but she did very well all those years but the last time we saw her she just disappeared and we believe a predator got her.  We have bears, mountain lions, coyotes, eagles, lots of dogs . ..

Silky likes to be outside and we've been taking her out in her kennel or just holding her in our laps.  Then we decided to try a harness to see how that worked.  She's just a little over one year old and we felt like she'd adjust to it okay.  At first she acted like her front legs were broken, but she adjusted to it quickly and very well and now gets to go outside and wander around as far as the nylon leash rope allows her.  She likes to walk in the grass, sniff the flowers and sit in this little vintage metal child's chair (we have two of them).  For the most part, though, she is very content to lay on a cushion in one of the metal patio chairs and just watch the birds, or anything that is happening and enjoy the fresh air.   My hubby takes her on walks around the yard . . . it's a sweet thing to watch!

Thursday, May 29, 2014


I have several rock gardens in my yard and they are all built with sandstone rock that is from right here where our house is built.  They all sort of "happened" as a result of excavation and cleanup after our house fire in July 1994 and there were piles of rocks and dirt . . . just beckoning for me to plant flowers in them. 
This is one of those rock gardens and I love this composition of purple salvia, a couple of young aspen trees and an old turning fork from our family farm.  Growing as ground cover under and around the fork is some creeping thyme which I really like as ground cover.  Also in this garden are some yellow irises that aren't open as of yet, but will be soon.

Wednesday, May 14, 2014


This is my Mothers Day bouquet . . .aren't they beautiful!  My hubby brought me the purple irises that he picked from the neighbors garden.  I love irises!  I love purple!  Then at church all ladies were able to pick a rose and, as you can see, this is the one I chose!  It is opening up a little more each day and is just more and more gorgeous.
The day was special with a phone conversation with my daughter, who lives out of state; time with my son and enjoying a sweet gift from him.  A trip to a favorite burger place in a Colorado mountain mining town!  I really don't want "stuff" . . . I just desire and cherish time with my family!  Thank you, Lord, for my family!