Friday, June 23, 2017

Country Workshop's Weekend Steals and Deals

Because several of our
spring shows were canceled
due to weather, we are clearing off 
our very full shelves a bit. 
Thinning the inventory.
You may just find something
you might like, need
or must have.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Happy Summer...

A bit of the first morning of summer from my garden...

Hydrangea blues...

A small visitor...

A sweet daisy.

Friday, June 16, 2017

Bug Free Porch Sitting...

A few minutes on the porch with coffee and
the June issue of Southern Living which
I'm finally able to take a bit of time to page through.
Then I'll be heading to the Workshop
to package orders that need to be shipped.
My dear husband sprayed the yard
last night to get rid of the mosquitoes
so I am actually able to sit on the porch
or walk to the shop without being swarmed.

They have been particularly bad this year
and it seems I must be the sweetest
because I have a black swarm around me
when they aren't bothering anyone
else who may be near me.

Seems this may have worked as
I have not one bite.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

School's Out...Let the Fun Begin!

 When Lou and I saw the pool at BJ's
I thought it would be the perfect replacement
for the little round blowup one
we've set up for the grandlittles
the last two years.

I asked Lou to fill it with air.
He has it in the Workshop and
uses the compressor to blow it up.
I get a phone call a little bit later and
when I answer it, all I hear is laughing.
"You need to come up here."
"Why?" I ask.
Lou says, "You remember the Dick Van Dyke show
where Laura opens the package
with the  inflatable raft?"
(some of you may be too young to remember
this but a funny, funny episode from that show)
When I walk into the shop,
the pool was fully inflated and way too
big to get out the shop door.
So we, pull the plugs and squeeze the air out.
An old folks lesson learned.
Blow up the pool in the yard...

 Although the Dumplin' was happier 

playing in the soup pot rather than
the new blow up pool...

The other two Littles are having a good time...

Best $25.00 I've ever spent!

Saturday, June 3, 2017

Pulling Weeds.....

I'll be gardening this afternoon...
yes folks, I'll be pulling weeds.

Is it because of our crazy warmer winter
that I have weeds in the garden that
I have never seen before. Big ugly ones.

Several of our garden signs
are on sale this weekend including this one.

Check out our sale section on the website

Wednesday, May 31, 2017


on the porch this morning for some sunshine.
The weather report says the sun
will be making an appearance
today after days of clouds, rain and drizzle.
Fingers crossed.  

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

There's a reason...

why God gives you babies when you're young.

Lou and I had the Dumplin' with us from
Friday through Sunday
while his parents were away.
He is a sweet, loving child and at 18 months
so very busy all the time.
We took him to visit my mother,
 his great-grandmother on Friday.
That afternoon he and I spent time reading,
drawing, watching Elmo
and running around the backyard..
Saturday though he was a bit out of sorts.
All he wanted was me.
He also had a rough night and was up most of it.
No fever or other symptoms, just clingy and whiny.
Maybe teething...
Sunday he was his sweet self again.
Lots of hugs and kisses.
Smiles and giggles.

When his Mommy and Daddy came to pick him up,
the Dumplin' was thrilled to see them.
They had missed him too.

When they left for home,
this old Mom Mom needed a nap...

One forgets how much energy
it takes to raise little ones.

I love being a grandmother...

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Wicked Chickens....

With all the chicken coops popping up
in neighborhood backyards
we've added another new chicken sign to the website
Rules and regulations for having
backyard chickens
make it impossible for us to have a coop.
In Baltimore County one needs over
an acre to raise chickens.
Funny thing is however,
in Baltimore City any size yard
can have them.
Happy however to hang this
chicken saying in my kitchen...

Monday, May 22, 2017

They're here...

They're everywhere!
4 years early.

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Always playing catch up...

  and that's a good thing.  

Our lives are so full and a little bit crazy. 
But full of love and family.

Lou and I spent Mother's Day with my Mom
and three of her great grandlttles,
three of her grandchildren
(our daughter, niece and nephew)
and my sister and her husband.
Unfortunately our Dumplin' wasn't there.
He and our daughter and son-by-love
all had some kinda bug.

Weekends of grandlittle soccer games...

and Dumplin' Mondays...

We are blessed...

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Maryland Moon...

It was a beauty...
Good Night Pink Moon

Sunday, April 9, 2017

Spring may finally be showing up...

We have had some crazy winter into spring
weather this year in Maryland.
Several warm days in a row and
then temps dropping into the 20's.

Makes a gardener a bit crazy.
Covering up the tenders like hydrangeas
so that there may just be
some flowers this summer.
The forsythia, a sure sign of spring,
had the flowers freeze
on one of those freezing temperature nights
as did the bridal veil bush.

Appears though, that spring is finally showing up.
Lou, Lucy and I took a stroll through 
Cromwell Valley Park yesterday
and the signs are there.

Tadpoles in several of the ponds
are there in the thousands.

A green glow is beginning to show.

And weed or wildflower?
Doesn't matter does it?
Spring is finally Springing.

Friday, March 17, 2017

Truly A Little Bit Irish...

Although on St Patrick's Day everyone is Irish,
I can claim my Irish DNA from my
Great Great Grandparents William and Maggie.
William Dorsey came to America from Ireland
with his parents and brother in 1845
when he was one year old.
Maggie Harper was born in 1850
and came America in 1860.
Both families settled in Baltimore, MD.
Maggie and William were married in 1869
 and had 7 children. 

 Photo is of their son, my great grandfather,
 William C Dorsey in 1906.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

A Little Bit of Stella...

We were very lucky here in our little corner.
The predicted 8-14 inches of snow did not happen.
I am very grateful for that.  

 We did have about 4 inches 
that was squished into about 2 when the snow
turned to sleet.

Now that mess is solid ice...
Our Lucy Girl is walking (slipping)
on this skating rink that is our back yard.  

With the below freezing temps today
this isn't melting.
I can not get up the hill to the Workshop.
I have been begging for years for a set of stairs
with a railing between the lower yard
and the upper yard that would be easier
to clear the snow/ice off.

Okay...for those of you with so much
more accumulation from this
crazy woman Stella,
 I know I'm sounding like
a whining ninny.

But it really does makes me feel better.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Wishing You a Happy Valentines Day....

and a heart filled with Love.

I'll be spending this day with
 my Valentine of 44 years.

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Fun with kids and dogs....

The gray Saturday afternoon was brightened
by a visit to a little neighborhood playground
with Lou, the daughters, grandlittles and pups.

 Makes a winter day so much nicer...
spending time with those you love the most.

Friday, February 10, 2017

Give Me Coffee...

Coffee will work but
the pretty part will make me smile.
Happy Friday Folks.

give me coffee and tell me I'm pretty

Thursday, February 9, 2017


Yesterday was crocus

and lovely little green leaves
popping through the earth
on a 72 degree teaser day.

Today is below freezing 

with some snow.

Maryland weather...

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Oh Venus...

The Moon and Venus over Maryland tonight...
A beautiful sight.

Monday, January 30, 2017

A Saturday filled with the Littles

Early morning indoor soccer game with 
our oldest grandlittle. 

He had lots of family rooting for him...

including cousin Dumplin' and sister Riah.
Go Number 4!

Lou and I got to babysit the Dumplin' 
after the game for a few hours.
How much love can this Mom Mom's heart take?
Later in the afternoon we took the older children to
Angel Park which opened in the summer.
It's very close to home and the kids loved it.
We will be making a return visit soon.

Needless to say, Gramps and Mom Mom
 had no trouble falling asleep on Saturday night.