Surprise Christmas gifts !!

Three dear lady friends (separately) favored me with gifts. Personally, I didn’t shop; I didn’t gift; I didn’t send cards (because this is not my favorite time of year). I’m so appreciative of their thoughtfulness!! ~~ And a man I’ve never met, sent a topper for the Bottle Tree.

Surprise package

All from a dear lady friend

PillowOh Garden Angel
oh so dear
Bless the flowers
that bud this year
Let the sun shine
down from above
and Bless the blossoms that
bloom with love.

~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

Gift from Mr. Dave. the bottle tree man

Topper for Bottle Tree~~~~ Random Acts of Kindness ~~~~


Pack rat !!

What’s that old expression about intentions?? “The road to Hell….”

Honestly, I “downsized” a substantial amount of Christmas stuff but I’m saving these….

Saving Christmas items



Temperature at twoCan you believe your eyes? It felt like a Summer day. I’d planned to do “indoor” projects–after taking down all my (few) Christmas decorations–but found myself doing gardening. I considered taking down the Christmas Bottle Tree but friends and neighbors encouraged me to leave it up “because it is so pretty.”


Bottle Tree close up

Lights on Bottle Tree

Just an ordinary Saturday !!

No Christmas shopping; no cooking; no baking!!

Temperature at ten AM

Most recent "hanging" bottle display

Bottle vine

Designed to be a candle holder

Changed bottles for Alice's pleasure


Created in North Carolina March 2012There’s a story that accompanies this planter. Building the masterpiece reveals the details and documents with pictures.

Today, I planted Pansies.


Preparing to plant pansies



Recently, I shifted some of my “stuff” from the mini-storage (down the highway) to my neighbor’s almost empty storage building. Today, I organized… and hope to get the remaining “stuff” moved before the first of the year (so no more storage fees). ~~ When did I pack those disaster supplies?? Is it possible they are part of my “earthquake preparedness”  from Southern California (prior to my 2004 move)?? I’ll add them to the supplies I purchased earlier this year.

Reorganized my things in neighbor's storage building

Adding these to my other supplies

Emergency preparedness in my overcrowded storage building

Well prepared for an emergency

Temperature at one PM

Ready to discard


Long overdue: I MUST  downsize!! At one time, I planned to expand details about my TaB Teardrop Travels (2010) and I’ve kept maps and brochures. Now they go into the trash.   😦  (That is only one of several containers!)

Into the trash

Empty container

Two blooms on Butterfly bush

Trimmed Impatiens

Temperature at two

Labels removed from three bottles

Today: An indoor kind of day !!

Yesterday was absolutely perfect weather-wise.

Folded plant covers, rake and broom

Patio after raked and swept

Clean fountain

Cape Honeysuckle and Mandevilla blooms


Temperature at ten-eighteenGratefully, I have not observed any damage to the plants from the recent freezing temperatures. Correction: The Coleus, in the tarp shelter, appear to be dead. Update: The heater purchased for the tarp shelter is going back to Lowe’s. Even within the small space of my trailer home, no heat experienced eighteen-inches from the red-hot coils.

Random Acts of Kindness !!

A CARE resident prepared my favorite meal: New England Boiled Dinner. Better than any “store-bought” gift!!

New England Boiled Dinner

Sitting down to dinner (lunch)


Act-of-kindness-4In the afternoon mail, this “Priority” package. My curiosity outweighed the instructions to “Open Christmas Day.” Without looking at the item itself, I know it is from “Mr. Dave” of Hopfrog (because “Made in the U.S.A.” tape all over the white paper). I’m so grateful for his thoughtful gift!! Hint: I can add this to the “Bottle Tree” on the south side of my trailer home; the Bottle Tree for my next door neighbor.


Gift from Mr. Dave. the bottle tree man






Camera vacation ?!

Camera vacationCan you believe a day went by without a single picture?  Uppermost on my agenda: Make the “yarden”  look “picture perfect” (without a picture)!! Every inch was littered with fallen leaves and pine needles. Those… were raked, swept, and stuffed into large trash bags. The fountain/bird bath was bleached clean (from algae); more plant covers were folded. Branches were cut off Cape Honeysuckle and Butterfly Bush. When all the blooms are spent, I’ll cut away all the old growth. ~~ There you have it: Lorraine’s activities published at four-forty-five PM.

Afterthought: I also soaked labels off four “gift” bottles (received today). The “bottle” project has generated a lot of attention. (Positive attention.)