Thursday, May 5, 2022

Apologies from Henny Penny Lane

Whew! Must say, I'm glad to be past that last post! I have worried ever since hitting the publish button, and to make up for it (kidding, of course) is my last and final look, up into the snowball bush :)

Couldn't resist just one more. Some of the balls were as big as my head...course, I have a small head. :) 

Hope you all are still speaking to me after my last post.

Oh, we have baby Wood ducks! So yesterday, on our usual walk around the pond with Eli and Ellie

we rounded the corner and frightened mama duck and what looked like 10 to 15 teeny tiny newly hatched babies. Mama duck dove into the water and babies tried to follow...we quickly turned the dogs around and hurried away. 

We've had a duck box up several years and this is the first time a Wood duck has successfully left the box with a brood of ducklings. How adorable! 

I Googled and found out there are many predators of baby ducks; foxes, hawks, cats, turtles, and large mouth bass and we have all the above. Also read that 90 percent of baby ducks will die before they are a week old. Made me very sad. 

Thankfully, there are lots of safe places for mama duck to hide. Yellow water Iris surround the pond...

It was around this turn where we first saw the ducks.

more Iris...Hard to believe all this came from the one water Iris we bought at Lowes in 1996...

I went to sleep last night worrying about mama duck trying to protect her babies through the long dark night. It is 64 degrees this morning so she probably has them tucked under her wings for warmth.

Had lots of yellow to talk about...this is a cow pasture just up the road...

It is simply covered in tiny yellow flowers and dotted with black cows...

This farmer has hundreds of acres and hundreds of cows so this is just a glimpse from the car window.

Thank you dear friends

Love, Henny

Monday, May 2, 2022

Facts you didn't know about Henny

Remember Tom Wilson's "Ziggy" from the 70s and 80s? Well, you've probably never noticed 😔 but Ziggy and I are a lot alike.

I mean, stuff happens to me that if Ziggy could replace me in the situation it would be the perfect Ziggy cartoon.  Here's Ziggy...

I'm telling you, fits me to a T.

Stuff that happens to me makes no sense...

I was in Food Lion delivering a couple dozen eggs to a friend of Poppy's so leaving the grocery store empty handed I walked almost smack dab into the large automatic doors, because of course, the doors didn't automatically open for me, like they do for the other hundreds of folks that go out. 

Feeling a little flushed I looked back and saw Audrey and LaTonya, two of the front end managers looking at me..."why won't the doors open", I asked as LaTonya walked up and the doors opened wide..."you probably don't weigh enough", Audrey yelled, teasing me.

Things never worked for Ziggy either...

Automatic doors not opening is old least twice I've parked at CVS Pharmacy, jumped out of the car to run in but the front doors were locked...well, locked until another customer walked up and went right in; as the doors opened, I followed them in. 😕

and once I saw a sign in a car that read, "Not For Sale"! I could have sworn that's what it said but later passing the car again the sign read, "For Sale".

Speaking of cars! It was the late 1960s, 5:00 and all us employees were trying to get out of the mill parking lot to go I stopped to look both ways before pulling into highway, a car rams into the back of me. Oh no! Not me! Not now! How embarrassing! I pulled out and went on home. Next day the lady who hit me said, Honey, I tried to stop you. Did it do any damage"? "I don't know", I said, "it's okay".

Back in the day when we all wore a wrist watch, there was never a time that I could give anyone the correct watch was always stopped. Watches don't run on my arm.

Oh, here's another one...drink machines don't work for me, never! Especially back during my working days . Breaktime, others went to the vending machines for a snack. I dreaded putting my two quarters in the machine...silence always followed; no sound of a Pepsi can rolling to the front, or a candy bar dropping to the bottom. I could feel my face get all flushed. Sometimes somebody would kick the machine for me or hit it with their fist...most times I just slid back into my work space and did without.
I've always blamed these weird happenings on being both left handed and a Virgo. 😟and being terribly terribly bashful didn't help either. 

So now you know. Okay, should I publish this tell all post? Well, why not! It's all in fun anyhow. By the way, Ziggy has always been my favorite cartoon character. 

Thank you dear friends.


Monday, April 25, 2022

Sorry, it's not the snowball bush again :)

Hey friends. Had planned to throw this old arbor away then thought about the playhouse...what a perfect spot for the wild red honeysuckle to grow...

funny how junk and broken items can add so much to a playhouse/potting shed.

Oh, would you mind terribly if I post just a few more yard pictures? Thank goodness for blogging friends.

I mean, here's the hottest pink azalea blooming in front of Poppy's shop...

and guess who lugged these huge heavy rocks and placed them here to cover the brick edging??

I cautioned Poppy to be careful and not step on the young tender hostas. "I didn't want hostas planted in front of my shop anyway", he said. Oops! The plain old brown shop needed something. :)

So I had been working in the teeny tiny garden, came back to the house and as I rounded the corner thought, oh my gosh! This huge azalea spilling downhill is so pretty, just had to have one more picture...

and the Iris have started blooming. Be still my heart!

and if that's not enough...the red azalea growing between the two white azaleas is the brightest red ever...

and in the background, the yellow water Iris. Okay, enough is enough. Thank you for looking.

Here's a look through the garden gate into the teeny tiny garden...

Not much to see yet. That big green plant is horseradish. It refuses to leave. Last year, before breaking my wrist, I dug and dug and dug and thought it was completely gone...but not so. Guess the roots are here to stay!

I'll leave you with a picture of Eli and Ellie, our two livestock gardian dogs :) relaxing in the goat lot......

Thank you dear friends. 

Love, Henny

Thursday, April 21, 2022

Maybe I should have been a weatherman :)

I know! It's that snowball bush again this year! Well, it is spring! 

We have had the craziest weather. These pictures were taken early last week on a cool cloudy day...

Azaleas and snowball bush just beginning to open pretty.

Oh, and the white azaleas! So many times the unexpected frost comes and turns them brown.

Love this two tone melon color azalea...

and the wild azalea is beautiful...

The weather! Everything about Easter Sunday here on Henny Penny Lane was perfect. Andee and Todd came. We had blue skies and sunshine, and a good dinner.

Monday came along...

and the weather completely turned around...bringing a cold front, led by rain, rain, rain, high winds and dropping temperatures! All day long! We actually built a fire in the fireplace and kept it going.

Not a creature stirred, well, looks like a hen and the rooster did venture out in the cold rain.

So, Tuesday the sun came back but it was too wet to do much outside...then came the weather forecast for Tuesday night/ Wednesday morning! Frost/freeze warning...especially counties near the North Carolina/Virginia border, meaning us!

I pulled out ever old sheet and tablecloth I could find and covered most of the Hostas and ferns, and put buckets and flower pots over the plants in the vegetable garden. The temperature dropped to exactly 32 degrees! Freezing!

So yesterday, as the day warmed I carried the wheelbarrow and rake and worked in the back yard a little...

The sky was blue, blue, blue...

Remember, I never got to rake leaves last fall. It was October 10th when Ellie and I crashed head on and broke my wrist...the beginning of my aches and pains. :) 

So the grounds under and around the azaleas are covered in ugly brown leaves. I raked and hauled away three tarp loads. :( 

Oh my gosh, you've probably all left. I'll hush now and publish this mess. Thank you friends!

Love, Henny

Wednesday, April 6, 2022

My dearest dearest friends,

I simply can not get over all the nice comments and well wishes you left on my last post. That alone is enough to make anybody feel like a million dollars. Thank you!

Just a quick update and then no more about my ailments. Last Friday the doctor gave me another injection in each shoulder for pain and swelling. In six weeks if the pain is back we'll do a MRI to check for a tear in the rotator cuff of my right shoulder, which is most painful. Physical therapy helped the pinched nerve in my left shoulder and arm.

And, for the last few nights, I have been able to sleep. Sweet sweet sleep!

Eli and Ellie...

wanted to say "thank you" too.  Look a little closer ...

at miss Ellie's silly face. What a silly girl. Pardon Eli's dirty chin. They were in the back yard in the leaves.

We have color down Henny Penny Lane again...

and up at the teeny tiny garden and greenhouse...

We do have pollen, everything has a dusty look Oh, but the ground is dotted with violets...

even the weeds are pretty in early spring...

So very thankful to be feeling better...just can't go crazy and overdo it in the yard and garden, no matter how far behind I am. 

All my big major "to do" lists have been put away, out of my sight! I've simply got to learn to do a little at the time.

I will leave you with a picture of Smokey resting in the sun on the steps of Poppy's shop. We could change his name to Dusty...

I do appreciate you all so much.



Tuesday, March 29, 2022

Looking for happy

Dearest friends,

Started this post with "I've been in a slump" but thought, maybe I should check the meaning of being in a slump.

Here's what Celestine Chua from Personal Excellence wrote:

Slump: A period of decline or deterioration, during which a person performs slowly, inefficiently, or ineffectively. 

After a while, you feel drained. Since nothing you do amounts to anything, you feel like doing nothing. Eventually, you turn to sleep for comfort, hoping that everything will be better when you wake up. 

and these days, I can't even count on sleep for comfort because of shoulder pain!  :) It's getting better, I promise.

this is not my coffin, it's Mama's old cedar chest. So, I went about the house looking for things that make me feel happy. The chest makes me happy, oh, and so does my favorite old china cabinet...

Think it could hold a few more pieces? A few of these were gifts from dear blogging friends...the small pink pitcher from Diane, and the two beautiful teacups and saucers (sitting on top, center shelf) were from Sharon. The bunny bowls from Andee...

Oh, my sweet little bunnies. I still miss my real bunnies.

The little wall cabinet filled with teeny tiny pieces makes me happy...

Oh, how could I not feel happy, looking inside Mama's old cedar chest at some of the things she embroidered...

These pillowcases are my favorite! There was a dime store in the little town of Vass, not far from where Mama lived. They carried lots of embroidery items. When I spent the night with her, we would go there and pick out something special to embroider. 

I picked out a set of pillowcases to embroider that had flowers and birds...

but my embroidery was just not as pretty as Mama's work so after finishing her beautiful pillowcases, she finished the little blue birds. 

This set of pillowcases, I'm still working on, but it has been so long, I don't even know where to find the other one. :(

I have lots of other embroidery pieces...some very old, picked up at yard sales over the years. I used to love embroidering dresser scarves.

This one had pink lace crocheted onto the scarf. That must have been so hard to do!

More pieces from the old chest...

When Mama was old enough to leave home and get a job in the nearby town of Ashboro NC, she bought this beautiful cedar chest and made monthly payments on it. Her first big purchase. 

Gosh, if you're still here, thank you!  I've missed you.