Monday, June 07, 2010

Sweet Summer time!

It sure has been a while since I last posted.  And this new layout and adding images is quite confusing. Not sure I like it but maybe I just have to get use to it.  The picture above is of one of our sunsets last week.  Love the colors.
Last Thursday was my last day of work.  Before I left my principal came in and gave me this trophy from the School Board.  I have worked there 25 years!
I am rather proud of it too!  Some of you may know from my posts at Facebook, that I am contemplating taking a early retirement from the Nashville School system.  I am tired of the drive in and back home every day as since I have moved its a 35 mile drive in rush hour traffic.  Also, the school system has changed so much and the Support Employees are not being treated very fair any more. But, in order to do a early retirement I have trying to refinance my home.  It's been a very long and tedious process and many ups and downs.  It's looking promising right now but please keep your fingers crossed for me.
I have been working in my flower beds and in my garden alot.   The garden is looking great and so are my flowers.

The Corn is really growing fast and I have Birdhouse Gourds planted.  I am hoping to get several nice Gourds to make some Blue Bird houses.  Maybe doing some artsy creations with them too.
And I have some herbs that are growing great as well!

I Love Lavender!

And of course I got to have some Oregano, I love the smell of it too!

The garden really gives me a good work out.  I think I have lost about 8 lbs. since I have been off work. It's amazing what a work out the garden gives you.  And of course I must have my faithful Garden buddy as you can see below.  She Loves to be in the garden with me.

I have also been creating some Art.  I am trying to at least do some form of Art every day.  Right now I am doing alot of Zendoodling.  It's Zentangles and Doodling combined.

I really enjoy making the Zendoodles!  It's a relaxing form of art and I can also include flowers in with the doodles.   I recently did a cuff bracelet swap with my dear friend Jill.  I forgot to take pictures of the bracelet that I made her.  I also made a necklace to match and a Zendoodle card for her.  She received them last week and seemed really pleased with them all.  She posted about them on her blog yesterday. If you would like to see them please click on her name and visit her blog. 
I hope to try to blog quite a bit more frequently.  Also, I am now celebrating being a blog for 4 years now.   I am going to do a Blogaversary give away in the next couple of weeks.  So stay tuned.
I hope everyone is enjoying the wonderful Summer Season and I will be visiting everyone alot more.


Annie said...

Beth! You have to come to California and rescue my pathetic excuse for a garden. I have a shaded area now. I put in shade flowers and they are struggling mightily. I have the worst green thumb. :-(

PEA said...

First of all, that sunset photo is breathtaking!! Isn't it amazing how busy gardening can keep you and yes, help you lose weight! lol Don't do like me, though, do some gardening and then take a break by eating an ice cream cone! hehe You really have been very busy since you've been done with work but so worth it when you see everything starting to grow like that. We just planted the veggie garden over the last few days, we can never plant until the first week of June, otherwise there's still a chance of frost.

I'm just so proud of you for having been given that award for working 25 years for the school board. I'm keeping my fingers crossed for you that you will be able to take the early retirement. I can't even imagine what a nightmare it is to travel so far in busy traffic every day. A lot of work places are changing so much and not for the better these days, people don't seem to matter anymore:-(

Your art work always leaves me in awe. Your zendoodles are fabulous...I can make stick figures, does that count? lol

Love ya to bits!! xoxoxoxox

Kim's Treasures said...

Congrats! Hope the early retirement works out!

Great looking garden and I love your art work!

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Lisa said...

Hey there Beth, Great blog and your gardens are so big! What fun : )

Janet said...

I don't know where to begin! First, congratulations on 25 years with the school system! That's a big accomplishment. You should be proud.

And your garden is HUGE! You could feed an army out of that!

But most of all I LOVE YOUR ART!!!! Do you use markers to color them? They're amazing!! And I saw the card you made for Jill....fantastic!

JessInFocus said...

I can't believe how big your garden is! Congrats again on your 25! I got my 5 year pin today. Too bad they don't count part time huh? Miss you girlie!

Rosa said...

What a garden! Wow. That looks more like a farm. Wow girl!!! Congrats on your 25 years. I know you feel every one! I'm so happy they acknowledged all your hard work. You deserve it. Yes, I think TN has some of the most beautiful sunsets. I thought VA had the best, but not any more! miss u. xoxo

Shopgirl said...

Congratulations on twinty-five years as a teacher...what a wonderful thing to be.
I love your art, so much lovely color.
Your garden is amazing...I would love to be there for the harvest.
My new computer is nice, but I am a slow learner, I will get it.
Have a wonderful summer, Your Mary

Rosa said...

where where where are you now??? MISS you.