Thursday, May 28, 2020

My Backyard

Hello, Dear Ones! I hope you enjoyed visiting my past blogging days with Stella the Blogland paper doll. That was fun to look back at all of the silly fun I had with her.

Anyway, I hope you're all doing well and continuing to take care of yourselves. We are going to the grocery store now in our masks. I was so brave today and went to Hobby Lobby! Oh, I loved it! Everyone was courteous and keeping their space. I realized how much I've missed getting out by myself. I've got to watch myself as it makes me want to go to more places but I'm going to be good and wait a little. 

Oh, one more little cute thing to tell you. One of our neighbors little girl had a birthday parade come through our cul de sac today! It was so sweet. All of the cars were decorated with balloons and streamers and posters hanging off the doors. The little girls were hanging out the windows and poking their tiny little heads out of the sun domes yelling out birthday wishes to their little friend! When I headed out to go to Hobby Lobby I saw the little birthday girl in her yard, rolled down my window and wished her a happy 6th birthday! Folks are getting very creative on how to live life.

Well, now I will get down to the nitty gritty of my post today. We are going to go into my back yard. The weather is getting pretty warm and the past few days we've really had some big thunderstorms and rain! But today was bright enough to take a few snaps for you to see what I've been doing

 This is what you see when you walk out of my back door - this lovely big ole oak tree! We really do have a very small yard and we like it that way and we've been slowing trying to plant things in the year we've lived here.
 I always have kept this picture as this is what the back yard looked like when we bought our home. No grass, just dirt! Y'all, that was so nasty! We had sod laid down and I worked on the flower bed under the oak tree. We've been planting and so far everything is growing in nicely.
 I dug up some of the ornamental grass from the front yard and planted it back here last year. I guess I'm kinda a gawdy kind of decorating gal too as I have windchimes all hung up on the limbs of the tree. If you look at the fence I've got some little bird houses hung up there and in the one on the left side - there's some itty bitty birdies in there! Those white boxes are some solar lights we found at Costco and they put off a soft white glow at night.

Some of the plants are Red Sisters (the two red leafed plants against the fence), some 'ears', two ginger plants, one croton and some coleus. Speaking of coleus, did you know if you break off one of the little stems and stick it in the dirt it will grow? I found out that works when I accidentally stepped on one and broke a little stem off. Yay! free plants! 
 Here's a closer peep at my big old flower bed. It's mostly in the shade so I had to plant accordingly. It does get some morning sun on this side. It sure is fun though watching it grow and poking more plants in.
 Oh, and here is my sweet potato vine! I love this plant. It's sitting in a pot which is sitting on a big ole stump of a crape myrtle that Mr. Precious chopped down last year. Uh oh! I see someone has been eating lunch here.
 This is looking back up to the back door which walks into the breakfastroom/kitchen. Oh, I'm a bit saddened. You see that wicker? Well...that is the wicker I always had in my past two sunrooms. I don't have a sunroom anymore and they sit out here in the elements of weather! I'm bad as they are slowly dying! Nothing I can do about it since we don't have a roof over our little deck just a little eave. You win a little and you loose a little.
Here I am in all of my masked glory about two weeks ago when we went to Buc-cee's! It's a great place for fudge!! and gas and other things. Buc-cee was all makes up too.

Be a bunch of sweeties, 
Shelia :)

I'll leave you with a little Note Song ~

Green Green Grass of Home (not to be morbid - but I love this song and love Tom Jones)

The old home town looks the same
As I step down from the train,
And there to meet me is my Mama and Papa.

Down the road I look and there runs Mary,
Hair of gold and lips like cherries.
It's good to touch the green, green grass of home.

Yes, they'll all come to meet me,
Arms reaching, smiling sweetly.
It's good to touch the green, green, grass of home.

The old house is still standing,
Though the paint is cracked and dry,
And there's that old oak tree that I used to play on.

Down the lane I walk with my sweet Mary,
Hair of gold and lips like cherries.
It's good to touch the green, green grass of home.

Then I awake and look around me
At four grey walls that surround me,
And I realize: yes, I was only dreaming.

For there's a guard and there's a sad old padre.
On in on we'll walk at daybreak.
Then again I'll touch the green, green grass of home.

Yes, they'll all come to see me
In the shade of that old oak tree
As they lay me neath the green, green grass of home. 
 ~ sung by Tom Jones


  1. Your yard looks fantastic and the song is a good one. These masks are doable, but I still am adjusting to breathing in one. Blessings, d

  2. The wicker looks lovely there, Shelia. What a pretty garden and yard. You look very settle in your not-so-new home!

  3. I love your back yard Shelia, the oak tree garden is beautiful. It gave me ideas for our maple tree in the front yard. I chuckled about your wind chimes, I have a white pine in our yard that I have many wind chimes hanging from that I have received from my husband, family and friends. I sit on the swing under that tree and love the sound of all the chimes. I have several little birds houses that I've collected over the years and never thought of putting them on the picket fence. Your yard has really inspired me!! Blessings to you!

  4. I love wind chimes too, and we have them all over our yard. Love seeing your pretty yard and your flower bed around the tree is so so pretty!! I love those red Sisters things. I didn't know you could root the coleus like that, but I root the sweet "tater" vines all the time, I just rooted 3 and Mr. Front Porch put them into planters for me. I love the bright bright green ones, but we also have the purple ones.Too bad about your pretty sun room furniture, you can buy covers for those, but gosh, all the "taking them off" then "putting the covers back on"....I'm just too lazy to tackle THAT ALL THE TIME!! ha ha LOL Oh, and YES...I love any/ALL Tom Jones songs! LOL Remember "whats new pussycat" and my favorite "She's a Lady".

  5. Your little garden is looking so pretty.

  6. Your yard looks so pretty, Sheila! Good job!

  7. Shelia, I love your backyard. You certainly having it beautified. I also love the sitting area, where you can sit out with a cool drink and enjoy the view. Glad you are staying safe. Blessings, xoxo, Susie

  8. What a sweet little backyard you have. Our yard is way too big IMO but hubby likes it.
    I have windchimes too! I have one that has a birdhouse on top and there are birdies in there! I didn't think they would build a nest in there since it moves and chimes but it doesn't seem to bother them! LOL
    We are hoping to (someday) close in our back patio and make it into a sunroom.
    Our car can't pass Buc-ees without stopping either. Hubby likes the jerky. (I think it stinks!)

  9. Hermoso patio trasero tienes Sheila...Yo no podría estar sin uno...En estos tiempos de confinamiento es lo que más valoro....Saludos y cuidense mucho...Yo no he salido en dos meses y ya necesito sol....

  10. Thank you for a huge breath of fresh air! I love the size of your back yard, perfect! Wind chimes are magical and the flowers you planted and nurtured are lovely. Stay healthy and happy .......

  11. Shelia,
    Oh, I do love the transformation your back yard is taking!
    Reminds me of a "Secret Garden"!
    I'll be looking for those lights on the fence!
    Great idea for evening ambiance!

  12. would love to sit under your beautiful old oak tree. The yard looks so much more vibrant with your touches!

  13. Shelia, your little yard looks lovely. That big ole Oak tree is beautiful. You and your hubby have done a lot of work in your yard and it looks great. I have you are staying safe. Keep wearing that mask. I keep wearing mine. We just can't take chances. God bless you.


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