5 Simple Tips for Planting Hydrangeas

5 Simple Tips for Planting Hydrangeas

 

disclosure:  this post is brought to you by Endless Summer ® Hydrangeas.

At the back of the house, around the corner from the meadow and the hay bales is a tiny garden path with round stepping stones that leads to the side yard.

It kind of gets forgotten.

The flower bed is overgrown and a little neglected and left behind the rest of the yard.

Until now.

This weekend we pulled weeds and removed old plants and pruned existing shrubs and filled the flower beds with mulch and added a little bit of happiness with….

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Thistlekeeping

Thistlekeeping

 

Random thoughts on a drizzly Saturday morning:

1. You are amazing.  Just in case no one had mentioned that yet today–let me be the first.

2. I’m all about this punctuation mark { — }  .  I’m not sure what to call it–the dash?  The middle mark?  The line half way beside a letter?  Whatever it’s called–I adore it.  It’s perfect for adding that last little thought–with emphasis.

3. Has anyone else watched the mini-series called The Pillars of the Earth?  A friend recommended it to me and I read about it and I think I’m in.

They had me at 12th century.

4. Have you ever written a word that you’ve written your entire life and suddenly, it looks like you spelled it incorrectly?  You keep checking and the dictionary says it’s right, but it just looks wrong.  So you type it and re-type it and ask your friends and double-check it and you just can’t wrap your head around it.  I do that all the time.

5. And can I get an opinion?

What do you think of cutting off the bottom of your jeans if they are too long and just fraying them instead of hemming them?  Too much?  Trying too hard?  Too vagabond-meets-baseball mom?

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Letting the Sunshine In

Letting the Sunshine In

 

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Yesterday I picked flowers in the rain.

Baskets and baskets of roses.

I had just finished shaking off the winter cobwebs and fluffing the pillows and changing the linens and refreshing the master bedroom for spring.

The day was stormy and the clouds were rolling in and it was dark as night…

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Thistlekeeping

Thistlekeeping

 

Okay.

Deep breath.  Inhale.  Exhale.  Here is the official-amazing-incredible-awesome-I-can’t-even-believe-that’s-my-name right there cover of the book.

 

CAN YOU EVEN BELIEVE IT SAYS KARIANNE WOOD ON THE COVER?

I am literally in love with every last little detail.

And speaking of the book…

….I have an idea.

I’m thinking about putting together a launch team for So Close To Amazing.  I’d send you a book and give you behind-the-scenes access on everything going on and I’d put together a private Facebook group where we could all encourage each other and discuss what we thought of the book and ideas to promote it and we’d just generally hang out and remind ourselves that we all own our little bit of amazing and create a movement and change the world.

Or just drink coffee together.

Whichever comes first.

What do you think?

Are you in?

Oh good.  Me, too.

I’m taking applications now, so if the launch team for So Close to Amazing sounds like something you might be interested in, just e-mail me at thistlewoodfarms@yahoo.com or leave a comment on this post.

Here’s to a little encouragement changing the world. 🙂

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10 Outdoor Entertaining Ideas

10 Outdoor Entertaining Ideas

 

There are challenges to living in the country.

The closest Target is an hour away.

The electricity goes off on a regular basis when there are storms.

The cows moo when you’re trying to take a Facebook Live outside.

But all that fades.

All that disappears.

All that seems so insignificant when you sit at a table like this.

On behalf of the country….

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When Did Love Go All 2017?

When Did Love Go All 2017?

 

I guess spring cleaning is a thing because I just spent hours cleaning out the attic.

It wasn’t planned.

It wasn’t on the schedule.

I actually didn’t even realize I was doing it until about half way through when I recruited the rest of the family to form an assembly line.  It started with a box of bandanas and cowboy hats from a long ago birthday party and 47 boxes later…

…you could actually see the attic floor.

In the middle of the clean-up, I heard the twins in the corner of the room giggling.  Giggle after giggle after giggle started and stopped and then started all over again.  I heard one of them read something to the other and then they’d burst into fits of laughter.  Curious, I put down the vacuum cleaner parts I’d been collecting and started walking over to comedy central to see what they’d found.

Suddenly, I heard something that made my heart stop mid-beat.

Wait until you hear this, I heard my daughter say.

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Thistlekeeping

Thistlekeeping

 

It was a week of learning about myself.

Do you ever have a week like that?

A week where you discover stuff about yourself that you weren’t even looking for?

We spent the week in Florida for a baseball tournament.  A week of spring break.  A week of family.  A week of and sunshine and warm weather and baseball games and the joy of watching number 11 run home again and again  I brought tons of work and writing and chapters to work on for the next book.

And then?

There wasn’t any internet.

I couldn’t work.  I couldn’t write.  I couldn’t research.  I couldn’t post to this blog (except for the one post that was already written and scheduled).

At first I was frustrated.  And irritated.  And discombobulated.

But you know what?

In the end, it ended up being amazing.

I played more card games that you can count and fixed lunches and read books and listened to stories and took long walks on the beach and soaked in the sun.

And I learned that everyone needs a little break.

Everyone needs a week to run and walk and read and listen…

….and to just be.

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A Bit of Cinderella Wisdom

A Bit of Cinderella Wisdom

 

This week I was working on a project and I was trying to remember the name of a post that I’d wrote back when burlap was still a thing and I hadn’t discovered Mellow Mushroom Pizza yet.

To try and find it I searched for lessons on the blog.

I thought I’d find one or maybe two posts with that in the title.

Nope.

Not even close.

There was a post for almost every month of the year.  Apparently I’m all about a good lesson and I didn’t even know it.  But in the middle of all that lessoning, one post stood out.  It’s all about learning to live with mice and glass slippers.

Here are my favorite life lessons learned from Cinderella. 🙂Continue reading