Showing posts from August, 2014

Where the Red, Red Roses Grow

My mother sang this song to me when I was growing up.  I can remember  her coming in and sitting on the bed if I was restless and singing this song.  It was only later when I began singing it to my children that I wondered about it.  I found out it was a song her mother sang to her. When my grandmother was dying we gathered around her hospital bed and visited and chatted.  She had pneumonia but was in good spirits.  We talked about many things.  Questions were answered and one that I asked her, if she remembered this song.  I had made up a line for it because I didn't remember it exactly. She remembered it word for word.  She was 90 years old, the day before she died and she sang it to all of us for the last time. There is only one recording of it on Youtube. The song was published in 1926 just two years before my mother was born.  She was the last baby in the family so I wish I had asked about other "lullabies"  that she sang.   Here is the

A Little Landscaping Music Please!

It's summer so landscaping is the usual order of things..except in Florida!  I really only intended to have the kid from around the corner come over and weed this area. We had purchased landscaping fabric to cover it up but hadn't decided on what to put over it, Mr. Me was wanting rock and I was wanting mulch made from cut up tires.  Both were pretty expensive. So I hired the kid to come and weed before I had some guests overnight but he never showed up.  Ten days later, yesterday he knocked on the door.  As I was describing what needed weeded I asked him if he wanted to lay landscaping fabric and pour mulch over it.  He was fine with that and said he would give it a go.  We settled on a price and I went off to buy mulch.   Normally I would have purchased plants first but needs must and I had the kid here working so I  decided that the plants could be placed later.  Lets just get it started.  For someone who was only 18 I think he did a

By the Sea Summer Mantle

 We live by the sea It's about time for a change of scenery in our living room.  With all the heat and occupation with other issues this summer the winter cowboy scene was looking pretty tired. With company on it's way I got busy  and  spruced it up and summerfied it!  Again my grandfathers oil painting is the feature to bring light and color to the dark rocks. I had a sea motif last summer with my mermaids and Grandpa Selleck's painting  but with different items. My mermaids are now surrounded with starfish and shells this time. The bubble candle holders are back  Mermaids are swimming into the painting  And swimming out. The Mosaic I picked up in North Carolina last winter was specifically purchased  for this and rests next to the pylon It reads:    The sea appears golden against the sun-lit sky I love seeing his signature on the painting.  My Gandpa Selleck was very special to me. The painting wa