Thursday, March 31, 2011

The Buttercup

Once again, our small village on the outskirts of Nashville is gearing up for our annual street festival! The vendors, exhibits and music are pleased as punch and make everyone feel welcome. Someday I'll find out why Nolensville uses a daffodil for their graphic...when a buttercup is just as friendly:) We must be florally-challenged.

April 2nd is coming up soon, so mark your calendars and be ready for the Buttercup Festival, now in it's eleventh year and growing. The downtown historic district of Nolensville is planning another big event for your enjoyment.

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

runs in the family

I was fortunate enough to be born into a family with a wealth of talent. I was encouraged to explore and develop my interests in art, music and all things creative. This gave me confidence. I take that confidence with me into all areas of my life.

Recently, I was given a painting. It's one of the works of my Aunt Judy who passed away December 2008. Judy was a prolific artist and produced hundreds of medium to large oil paintings. Her favorite subjects were scenery and wildlife but she was extremely confident in her talent and would take on any project. Judy will forever be remembered for her wall mural in the Baker Block Museum, and her family and friends are still great collectors of her work.

Our family is forever touched by Judy's artwork; just knowing that she could create such beauty is an inspiration to us. When I look at the forest scene in this painting I'm filled with pride. Judy painted this piece from a photo taken by a family member when they visited the Great Smoky Mountains. It brings me closer to Judy and her talent to see it displayed in my home.

I'll certainly be sharing other family members with extraordinary talent on my blog - and my readers will truly enjoy our 'wealth'

Monday, March 28, 2011

Onomatopoeia goes boom

Onomatopoeia is a word that sounds like it's name: sizzle, zip, pow, boom!

It's fun to find these adorable little words in jokes, poems, and music. Here's a website with a collection of onomateopoeia:


and I really enjoy the silly play on words in this blues song, too:)

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

plants and cats living in harmony

A dear friend recently gave me a big, beautiful orchid for our home, and I was simply fascinated by the unusual blooms. It's a Phalaenopsis with 2 tall blooming shutes and wide, thick leaves. This orchid will thrive in my dining room with indirect, filtered sunlight.

I noticed right away that my cats were equally entranced by the new arrival, and they were already trying to nibble on it . . . this was a cause for concern, since I'd heard that so many houseplants can be poisionous to cats. I ran a quick google search and found this detailed list of toxic and non-toxic plants for cats, dogs and horses.

ASPCA website list of toxic and non-toxic plants

Quite relieved to know that Orchids (in general) are not considered toxic to cats; and now I expect to care for my new orchid for many years to come. After viewing this list, I'm encouraged to add a few more houseplants. For years I thought that I wasn't able to have plants, and that the risk was too high for my feline friends.

Be sure to check out the plants in your home ( I was quite surprised to see aloe on the 'toxic' list) and keep your pets safe and your plants out of reach.

p.s. my cats also tend to nibble on my plastic 'greenery' so I keep a close eye on that behaviour, too:)

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Rip Van Wildwood

Whew! Good thing I didn't sleep for twenty years...but I did need a break from blogging. I took some opportunities to work (so I can properly contribute to our household). I took some time for health (I'm recovering now from surgery). And I feel ready to get back into my life and do my best to share with my readers.

I'll still have the occasional "CATurday" post and a few Wordless Wednesdays, and I certainly plan to take on a few more series for my blog that will follow my sweet, old-fashioned style.

The promise of spring is everywhere! The flowering trees and budding plants do alot to lift my spirits high. This examination of plant life reminds me of some botanical studies that I did in woodburning:

You can expect to hear more from me....right here on this blog:)

-Carey Lynn

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