As a little girl, I played outside all day.
Sometimes with my friends down the street, and sometimes alone.
Around the age of 7 I remember planning to build a “Tooth Pick Pool” with my friend, Christine.
Yes, you heard that right.
A DIY pool made out of TOOTH PICKS!
Talk about innovative.
We got about 100 or so tooth picks into the job, and gave up.
We had so much energy, imagination, and hope.
We were carefree and happy…making toothpick pools.
Now a days, one of the ways I fish for those wonderful feelings, is just by being outdoors.
After the brutally, harsh Winter we endured, I am enjoying it all a little bit more this year.
Lets forget the interior for now, and focus on what’s coming alive outside.
Hostas in Michigan are so incredibly beautiful, I thought you would enjoy a little tour of ours.
When I ventured out this morning in my slippers, I found this little guy on our stone steps…
It’s amazing how everything is still capable of coming back after the bitter cold temps.
This year it all seems so lush because of the late start and rain.
Hostas require very little care and come back every year.
This huge “cabbage like” Hosta gets bigger and better every year.
If I was a frog, this would be my Perennial Mansion Pad!
It almost seems like it’s going to swallow you whole.
Don’t worry, it’s friendly.
(By the way, I do not know the names of these Hostas as they were here when we bought the home.)
Lets keep going.
Now you know why we put up with the 60 inches of snow.
So peaceful, so beautiful.
The picnic table is from Home Depot.
It was on sale for $149.
I feel like our back yard is like a park now.
Don’t let it fool you though…lots of labor out there.
Up front we have some too…
notice how I prefer things a little less perfect, and less manicured these days.
A few weeds won’t hurt anyone.
Unfortunately, I just missed the Lily of the Valley that you see on the bottom of this photo.
When it was in bloom I shared some with my Mom and displayed it like this in our foyer:
Unfortunately, we had to remove the monster Robin’s nest from our window because we couldn’t open our window.
Fortunately, there was nothing in it.
The bumble bees were out in full force this morning.
They were so loud I had to ask them to keep it down.
Then, when I went back into the house for some tea, these rascals showed up.
The Dad swan never returned, but Mom swan is doing her best keeping her cygnets alive.
There were 6, we are down to 4.
Two last pretty photos for you today from our Lilac Bush.
It’s never bloomed like this before.
This is what I did with some clippings…
For more details on this, click here: “DIY Candelabra Ceiling Fan Vase”
I hope you enjoyed the tour as much as I did.
Next post: “DIY Toothpick Pool” 🙂
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