Photo: Great grandparents at their farm in Blandinsville, IL, with five of their six children .. my grandpa was yet a twinkle in grandma's eye. Stable boy and governess also pictured. Hodges farm, circa 1903-4

Thursday, May 24, 2007

The hydro seed company sprayed on the front lawn and should be back to apply some wetland grass and wild flowers to the side and back portions of our yard to help with erosion. A thunder and lightning storm rolled through with just a light mist of rain ... we're not supposed to water until tomorrow, so I was glad it didn't pour buckets of rain. The white front porch rockers have small rugs under each one to make the motion smooth, and the geraniums need to fill out a bit. Today, my new shipment of scented geraniums arrived by UPS! It amazes me that they look perky after being boxed up for over a week! I went to a nursery this morning to begin the task of selecting shrubs and perennials that are considered deer resistant for the flowerbeds. I'm thinking of transplanting some native plants such as wild roses and snow berry bushes as they grow so well. Today, I spied an orchid plant among all the wild flowers, and I just can not get over how many forget-me-nots are growing on our property. This has to be my favorite time of year with all the flowers to "drink in" ... a close second to the fall season.


Terry said...

Hey Mrs.Mac...Is one of those rocking chairs for Miss Patty?

The more I see these pictures, the more I think that this is a real story book home!
So comfortable and so homey!

God is surely blessing you Mrs.Mac!
It is so nice that you are sharing the wealth with us!...Love Terry

Pat said...

I didn't realize we had a hot tub, oh how I love a hot tub!
It's probably a good thing that Terry and I don't live closer, she'd be rocking on the porch and I'd be bubbling my troubles away in the hot tub!
I love the rock wall, we need to replace our retaining wall at the cottage, and we like the look of rocks.

Terry said...

I think I already told you Miss Patty...I have the dibs on that hot tub!!!!
You rock Baby!!!..Love Terry

Mrs. Mac said...

Oh, you two stop fighting ;) ... Did I mention that the special guest room has matching twin beds ... one for each of you ... You will have to fight over who gets to rock Jacob, or draw straws. The hot tub will accomodate all of us. Pictures are forthcoming.

Mrs. Mac said...

"pictures forthcoming" ... of the room ... not us in the hot tub (lol)

Pat said...

If I got in that hot tub it would be under a shroud of secrecy and on a dark dark night- I wouldn't want to scare the local moose and deer - not to mention your family!

SiouxSue said...

What a lovely new house...and the orchids are beautiful. What a wonderful surprise.

Terry said...

That would be all right Mrs. Mac but mind you, my bed would have to be closest to the door where I can race to that tub and jump in before that Miss Patty wakes up!!Love Terry

Pat said...

My bed has to be nearest the bathroom - in case you forgot who's oldest here!

Terry said...

Oh that is ONE way of getting us two to get along and stop fighing!
Putting this beautiful music on!!
So NICE!!...Love Terry

Oh!! Oh!!
The music just stopped soooo.....
PS Miss Patty...Mrs. Mac's is an old fsshioned house...right?
Well you sleep by the window and just have that little fancy potty at your bed side!! Ha!

Saija said...

i love the way it all looks and has come together!!! well done!