Monday, February 01, 2016

A Walk in the Park

Well, ok, not the park but a walk in my yard.  The weather has been gorgeous lately (knock on wood) so I decided to take a morning stroll in my own yard and see how things are doing.  I took a few snaps to share my finds.

Clover by the front door

violets amongst the dwarf mondo grass

pear tree getting ready to bloom

better photo of the pear tree

Yaupon holly berries

something -- not sure what --

the ubiquitous mint

bag worm -- ewwww!

Mockingbird singing loudly at the very top of the pear tree
 And, the inside plants are doing ok as well.

Pothos Ivy that almost bit the dust because I forgot to water it

Christmas Cactus that should be dead by now
And, on a different note, we were at B&N on Friday and I decided to spend my time looking at magazines.  I looked at Vogue UK, Vogue Paris, Vogue US, Country Living UK, Country Living US and then this caught my eye --

This entire section -- three levels -- of adult coloring books.  Now, I have to say that coloring has always been one of my favorite pastimes ever since I got my first 8 ct. box of Crayola Crayons.  I was particularly thrilled when I first saw the adult coloring books -- I have a couple and love them.  I knew a trend was growing but I had no idea how it would catch on!

I find it a bit comical that these coloring books are smack in the middle of the area devoted to women's interest magazines -- you know, the crafting, quilting, knitting, homekeeping section.  Does this give us any insight as to the stress of modern women?  I would say so.  Either that or we are all closet artists! Or both!

Anyway, hope you enjoyed the little walk through my yard.  Since the pear trees are coming out I am sure there will be at least one more hard freeze -- there always is -- but it certainly looks like spring is on its way.

Musing Mondays

Musing Mondays is a weekly meme that asks you to choose one of the following prompts to answer:
Musing Mondays at ADailyRhythm
  • I’m currently reading…
  • Up next I think I’ll read…
  • I bought the following book(s) in the past week…
  • I’m super excited to tell you about (book/author/bookish-news)…
  • I’m really upset by (book/author/bookish-news)…
  • I can’t wait to get a copy of…
  • I wish I could read ___, but…
  • I blogged about ____ this past week…

THIS WEEK’S RANDOM QUESTION: What do you do with your books once you’ve read them?

Here I am again with my Musing Mondays post.   I am going to respond to two of the prompts today.

The first prompt is -- "I'm really upset by...."

The fact that I seem to have lost a book and can't find it anywhere.  I am looking for the next title in the Elm Creek Quilt series and I have it marked in my little book that I own it but I can't find it.  I feel like I bought it some time ago but it is nowhere to be found and I have now destroyed all four of my bookcases looking for it.  Blah.  I also remember marking my list that I "owned" one of the books when I really didn't and now I wonder if it was that one.  Ah, an ageing mind is a sad, sad thing.

The second prompt is -- "What do you do with your books once you've read them?"

Well, for the most part they go back on the bookshelf.  Sometimes, however, if it is an author I am not partial to or a title I just didn't enjoy that much I will sell them at my neighborhood Half-Price Books (which don't pay much on the $, BTW) or I will donate to the Watauga Library because they accept donations with great gusto.  However, there is a new, independent book store opening here in Fort Worth and they also accept used books so that might be another option to me.

So, that is my musing for this Monday!