Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Tuesday 4 - Hobby Girls

It's Tuesday and it's time for Tuesday 4! Here are Annie's questions for Week 3 of 2020...

1. Do you have a hobby or a special interest?  Do you quilt, crochet, cook, sew, collect things, sing, play an instrument, love dolls, politics, learning, reading, biking, hiking, camping, swimming, flower arranging, watching TV? Do you love to entertain, set a beautiful table or just take a walk? Share it with us won't you? Why do you enjoy it? Can you tell us how you became interested or what particularly interests you about your hobby.
Would you share some photos or pictures of your hobbies or interests or lovely things you've seen along the way?

Unfortunately, I have too many interests to do any of them justice, I'm afraid. I enjoy reading, writing, traveling, visiting new places (including historical sites, museums, and art galleries), camping, hiking, spending time in nature, cooking, baking, visiting with family and friends, and more. The truth is, I enjoy just about every new experience and generally view life as one big adventure! 

As for collections...

Over the years I've enjoyed collecting many things...postcards, teapots, teacups and saucers, hearts, rocks, seashells, patches, stickers, buttons...but my favorite thing to collect is memories...and every one of the things that I've collected over the years takes me back to a specific place and time that leads to wonderful memories that have taken up permanent residence in my heart and mind. The things I collect are always tied to a specific person, place, or event in my life. These pictures aren't very good (they were taken with my old Ipod), but here are a few of my favorite collections...

Teacups and saucers...

Every single one of these pieces (and these are just part of my collection) go back to a specific person in my life with whom wonderful memories have been shared...

My grandmother's button jars...

I have added a few buttons to the jars to finish filling them up, but most of them are the originals that Grandma had in them when I was little. I loved looking through these jars as a child; when my grandmother passed away, my aunt let me have them. What a blessed treasure!

And this...

My friend, Bev Cooper, of Wooden Mosaic Treasures put this (and several others) together for me after my dad passed away in 2016. I had a couple of boxes of old jewelry that belonged to my mother, her mother, her grandmother, and her aunt, plus a few pieces that had belonged to my dad. Many of the pieces were broken, some were missing settings, etc., so I sent the whole collection to Bev and she turned the old jewelry into beautiful initialed wall-hangings...one for us, one for each of our six children and their families, and one for each of my mother's sisters. What a beautiful treasure to remind each of us of the generations that have gone before!

2.  Gardening is a hobby for some.
Do you garden or grow house plants? What do you like about it? What are your favorite plants inside or out? Pictures? We'd love to see  photos of your house or garden plants or hear about ideas you have for growing things or creating beauty with plants around the house.

My husband is the vegetable gardener here and I do have a few houseplants, but my favorite thing is my flowers...crocuses, irises, and purple-headed coneflowers being my top choices.

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Lavender Irises
(These are my favorites! They smell just like grape Kool-Aid!)
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Purple-headed Coneflower 
3. If you could design a dream garden or park, how would you do it? What would it contain? Maybe include a picture from the net of one you think closely fits your dream garden.

My dream garden would contain my favorite old-fashioned flowers and bushes (lilacs, roses, and irises) mixed with native wildflowers and grasses. It would look something like a typical English garden (house and all)...like this...

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4. Do you like being outdoors? If so, what attracts you to the great outdoors and, if not, what keeps you inside?
Do you walk in the rain? Are there parks near you that you like to visit?

Yes...I do like being outdoors. I love being out in, and studying, God's magnificent creation! What keeps me in, though, is excessive heat and TICKS! (This is also why summer is my LEAST favorite season!) I love walking in the rain and YES! There is a park near me that I love to visit! It is Prairie State Park and it just happens to be where I work as a naturalist! 😁 I enjoy visiting state, city, and national parks and...that reminds me! Two more things that I am currently collecting are Missouri State Parks and hiking trails! My goal is to eventually visit every park within the state system and to hike as many of their trails as possible. 

In Memory of Toni Taddeo
That's it for this week!

Until next time,

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  1. Oh we love to visit state parks. Matter of fact, I need to visit our local one soon as I need to see about a gift for an exchange that I am participating in. Your garden would be beautiful

  2. I have too many hobbies to count. I love to do so many things. I do not collect things. My mother was a collector/hoarder and I have resentment against the money spent and the cleaning. I love you tea cups.

  3. I love your answers and the fact that you love doing so many things! I enjoyed seeing your tea cup collection . I like coneflowers as well but keep forgetting to plant them. Mosquitoes and yellow flies keep me inside in summer and so not my favorite season because of bugs..
    Thank you so much for joining in. :)

    1. Ann, if you need coneflower seed I have lots of dry heads to share. Just email me your address and I'll send some out to you. Thanks for stopping in. Hope your week is going well.

    2. Thank you so much. I will contact you. I appreciate it!

  4. I love your teacup and teapot collection. I have many also, but not quite as many as you. Like you, all of my collections are connected to people that I've known and loved, and so therefore it is very difficult to let go of any of them. We moved this past summer, and I tried really hard to "downsize", but didn't do a very good job of it. I love your flowers. I live in Florida, so many of the flowers you love we don't have here, but what we have I love. I just don't have any right now as the house we moved to does not have any kind of gardens planted. I am slowly getting ready to create some. But I don't have a green thumb, so it has to be simple. I do love roses, and brought one special climbing rose bush with me that I will plant when I figure out the perfect spot. So far it is thriving in the pot. We had a lot of ticks at our last home, which was in a national forest. Mosquitoes too. Now we live by a pond, and I think the mosquitoes will be an issue in the summer, but so far no ticks. Knock on wood. I hate those buggars. They can climb into the most personal spaces in record time! LOL. Nice to meet you here. Hope to get better acquainted in the future.

    1. Thanks, Pam! It's nice to meet you, too! Am so thankful for these opportunities! I have one rose that has moved with us every time we've moved and, thus far, it is still thriving. And, yes! Mosquitoes! We have a lot of those, too, and that's another reason that summer is my least favorite season. I hope your week is off to a great start and I hope to get better acquainted with you in the future, too! Blessings! :)

  5. I love your collections and oh how I love irises!!! I have a few beds of them too. I have mostly lavender, but we also have an almost brown color, they are pretty. I need to dig up the bulbs and plant more. They grow so well. Loved your answers! Have a nice week.


    1. Thanks, Lori! I have iris bulbs to share every time I thin a bed. If you'd like starts, let me know and I will send you some after they bloom this year. Just email me at: proverbs31heart@yahoo.com and tell me where to send them. Blessings for a great week ahead! :)

  6. You collect a lot of what I use to collect. I don't have anymore room now. Most of what I get pertains to my crafting and Bible journaling. That is cool how you have your grandmas buttons!

    1. Hey, Susan! Thanks for stopping in and commenting! Blessings! :)

  7. That mosaic is such a creative idea! And what a loving way to preserve a little of what our loved ones held dear. Thanks for sharing.

    1. Thanks, Gal! Yes...and my friend, Bev, does such a beautiful job on them. Blessings! :)

  8. I am a day late, sigh...apologies, I am a non traditional college student --taking my final language requirement, online...its not going well. Anyways....my "treasures" are also tied to places and people, smiles.

    I really enjoyed your answers. Thanks for stopping by. smiles

    1. No problem, Linda! I'm just glad you're here! :) I'm sorry that it's not going well, but am praying for whatever it is that you need to succeed with your online studies. You'll make it! Thanks for stopping in and blessings for a great week ahead! <3


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