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Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Fantasy Garden

As most of you know by now, we are still having one of the worst droughts in
TEXAS and other states....
and, word is....IT'S STILL HOT ! 
The top photo was taken in my backyard LAST YEAR... so pretty !
THE BOTTOM....pitiful....this is how it looks THIS year.
No rains, no extra water to use on lawns and plants.
If you DO use much water, they charge you thru the nose.
REALLY EXPENSIVE to use more water than just needed for the household.
Since SOCIAL SECURITY frowns on asking for
MORE MONEY TO WATER,  :(
our consumption is held to a bare minimum.
So, rather than stare at the brown grass and dead flowers and sink into a DEPRESSION...
I am posting a rerun of last year..with NEWNESS added in, here and there...
so that it makes it fresh and new...well...newER..:)
I've used the same photos, mostly....
but changed up the wording to fit the current time..    
  
.
MY FANTASY GARDEN
Why NOT gather market FLOWERS and BLOOMS..?

Don't you adore that we can play and pretend and daydream here in Blogland ?
I DO....I JUST LOVE IT...
Actually, I am pretty sure IT'S GOOD FOR THE SOUL !...
especially when you are in the middle of a terrible DROUGHT
and you have NO flowers or blooms out there in that
BROWN yard. 
So,
I say YES !
to gathering REAL and FAUX flowers around you for
COMFORT


THESE MAKE MY HEART SING....
....they are MAGNIFICENT !

*HEAVY sigh....aren't they so beautiful?
How can ANYONE doubt there's a GOD when HE sends us  something this lovely to look at ?
HE sends us the GREATEST gifts,  
ALL THE TIME...
These faux, silk tulips look fabulous....
until they go up beside THE REAL THING !!
:))

Fresh flowers....fresh fruits...
faux flowers...faux fruits...
It matter NOT when they bring you happiness and joy..
and all this beautiful color and texture is definitely
GOOD FOR MY SOUL
THIS ORIGINAL post was published around EASTER of last year.



Can't help it....this is one of my favorite
CHOCOLATE BUNNY jokes..
:)



sooo, of COURSE, I added my faux CHOCOLATE BUNNY
YEP..I really am missing digging in the dirt and
taking a stroll around SWEET NOTHINGS to admire my blooms .
I KNOW
this, too, will pass.

So, until our Heavenly Father decides it is time for
PRECIOUS RAIN out here for us,
I will content myself with my store bought flowers and my fauxs.
*PRAISE to Heavenly Father..HE sent rain on 8/11/11

HAPPY GARDENING...
even if it IS with fauxs and....
INSIDE !!
For me...
I'll do JUST FINE with my photos of my beautiful
KNOCKOUT ROSES
from LAST year.....
 
 I am joining:
OUTDOOR WEDNESDAY
WOW ME WEDNESDAY
GOOD LIFE WEDNESDAY
WHITE WEDNESDAY (using my little WHITE pitchers here)
AND..
is there a 
I AM THANKFUL 
meme anywhere that I can link up with because
am  thankful for all things. !
GREAT GIVEAWAY
DON'T FORGET TO THROW YOUR NAME IN THE HAT...
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GOOD LUCK !

38 comments:

Michele Smith said...

Mine and my husbands family are in Texas also.
I hope yall get rain soon!!

NanaDiana said...

Beautiful, indeed! And, you are right, playing is good for the soul...whether it is setting a beautiful table for one (or two or more) or taking close ups of those things we love. I love coming here because it always makes me smile. I'll say a little rain prayer to God for you...but last time I said one for this area there was a flood...shall we take the chance anyway?;>) xo Diana

Donnie said...

You have the drought and we had tremors 2 times here in NC from the earthquake in Virginia. What's with Mother Nature this year. Don says she's hormonal....lol.....Beautiful photos no matter when they were taken.

Barbara F. said...

Drought, floods, earthquake, tremors, I'd say we need to pray a little harder!!! I hope you get rain soon, it's just crazy. xo,

Zondra Art said...

Beautiful flowers deoration!

Nice day, kisses from hot Croatia:)

Kris said...

I don't know how you Texans are all surviving this heat! It is triple digits here this week too. Ugh!!!! I just let my poor panting chickens out to scratch around under the cool trees.

Jo said...

BJ love the re-post,and I really love the rain sound in the background.
~JO

Linda Chapman said...

That's the spirit!!!

Linda @ A La Carte said...

bj I love all your real and faux flowers! My Mom is in Houston and says it has been the worst year!! Hoping and praying for rain for all of you! hugs, LInda

xinex said...

All your flowers are so pretty, BJ, I don.'t care if they are from past years. It is still very hot here too but we finally had a sprinkler installed in the back and had the ones in the front fixed....Chistine

Julie Harward said...

WOW, that is quite the drought! The weather has been so strange these last two years here and all over. Today, hurricanes and earthquakes?!! Well, the faux's are pretty! ;D

The White Farmhouse said...

I will go outside and do an ancient rain dance for you passed down from my ancestors. Send bail money though! It needs to be done completely nekkid! I do hope that you get some rain soon though!

The inspiration post will be up on Sept 1st. Can't wait to see who you bring!

Kathleen Grace said...

Oh your poor yard! The silver lining is you must ot have to mow, and you might as well look at the silver lining as the brown grass right? It is just like you to find something beautiful to keep your spirits up:>) I love that about you! Still praying for rain.....

Vee said...

Oh you are very good at playing and I love the storm going on in here. I'm so sorry about your yard. Still praying for rain. Soon. So that you can go outside and dance in the rain...we will want photos of that.

Debby said...

Praying for rain for you. So sad. Maybe you will get some from this hurricane????

No rain and those temps......terrible.

Blondie's Journal said...

Still no rain? I have been saying a little prayer every night for all of Texas in this drought. We have been so lucky.

Love the pictures of all your flowers. Since you probably have stayed indoors with this heat. at least you have something pretty to look at and play with!

XO,
Jane

La said...

Hopefully, you will be able to enjoy your garden next year. Meanwhile, your fauxs are lovely.

Red Couch Recipes said...

My sister lives in San Antonio so i have been following your drought. I love your attitude of thankfulness to God. Love the rain and thunder music too. Joni

Pondside said...

Your audio sounds a lot like the weather we had here yesterday.
I wish I could send you some of our cool and moist weather - and I hope you'll soon see an end to the drought!

Jane said...

Your audio sounds like the storm we had this afternoon. Wish we could send you some of out waterworks...
We lived through a major drought in TX...and even here in FL. Praying that you receive the needed rain soon...

NauticalCottageBlog.com said...

So sorry to see your poor yard this year but love your post and how beautiful all the flowers are...you're making lemonade out of lemons. :O)

Hugs,
Marie

Holly said...

I'm looking out at a pretty crispy yard too. Your tulips are my favorite. Beautiful photos!

Emily said...

Your drought has been far worse than ours, although my flower beds look a lot like yours now. Hope you'll get a break soon. Love the flower memories too.

~Emily
The French Hutch

LindyLouMac in Italy said...

Lovely photos, very hot here also, so off to read in the shade now.

Sandi said...

Oh my goodness. You ARE in the midst of a drought. We had way too much rain this spring, then a few weeks after that we needed rain. I think we are pretty good now. In fact it rained last night and lit up our bedroom several times with lightening too! Praying you get rain soon!!!
Blessings~

Theresa said...

I know that the drought is bad down there! It is hot and dry here to but we have had a few good rains! Still, our lawn is crispy and the only things green and blooming are right next to the house out of the HOT SUN!

Your photos are all so gorgeous! You have the most gorgeous EVERYTHING!

Have a blessed day dear BJ, HUGS! Praying for rain for you all down there!

Jaybird said...

Greetings to one dry Texan, from another burning up dry Texan. Found your blog this morning and am enjoying your wit and down to earth manner!!!
Yes, we are prayin' for rain!! 66 days...no rain and over 100 degrees in central Texas.
Hugs and blessings to you,
J

Bohemian said...

Yes the imagining and setting up of photo ops for Blogland is food for the Soul, I agree.

Loving your vignettes and Styling, the colors are so cheerful and inviting! Glad to have discovered your Beautiful Blog this Morning via the Blog Party over at Faded Charm...

Blessings from the Arizona Desert... Dawn... The Bohemian

Faye said...

Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment on my blog today! I a now a follower of your blog too. I'm so sorry about the drought...I hope you get rain soon...but you have managed to make up some pretty flower arrangements!
Faye

Gail said...

Like you, I view blogs for inspiration (hey, I never thought of that cool idea, which I can so do) or fantasy (beautiful, but too much upkeep)
I pray for rain in Texas.
In central VA, we had earthquake yesterday, smoke from fire in Dismal Swamp today, and hurricane this upcoming Sat. Life is full of adventures.
cgtf@cox.net

jeanne said...

Hello bj, your post is lovely and I love the faux flowers. Shame on the decorator that says faux flowers are out. There is always a place for some lovely flowers real or faux. So I really loved your post today. You have a way with photos my friend that makes most of us very envious. I mean it!

I am sorry about your poor yard and garden. I pray more rain will come your way soon. It sure sounds like rain. HA!
Love, Jeanne xo

♥ Sonny ♥ said...

How pretty and what a good idea to get some pretty flowers to bring you a smile.
I hope ya'll get some cooler temps and rain soon.

Yvonne @ StoneGable said...

BJ! I just saw your litte popovers... so cute!!!! Did you whip them with your mixer for 7 minutes? Anywhy, the ones on your plate look great. And don't they taste good too. I broke the leftover popovers open and toasted them in the toaster oven the next morning. YUMMY!
Oh a drought is a terrible thing! As is triple digit heat. I pray for rain too!
You are the most darling gal!!!!
xo Yvonne

abeachcottage said...

Hope you get some rain where you are soon. Lovely fantasy garden you have. Thanks for stopping by Beach Cottage Good Life Wednesdays and joining the party.

Beth said...

Nice post, and I hope you get more rain (and I hope we do, too) - but your situation is much more severe than ours. Take care of yourself, BJ, and have a wonderful week!
Beth

Susan (Between Naps on the Porch) said...

BJ, I love your fantasy garden. We are in a drought but not near as bad as yours. Two years ago, we were within a hair of rationing water, though. The governor had even suggested folks not flush when going to the bathroom each time...it was that bad. I hope you get rain soon!

Zilly said...

Hello BJ-Long time No see. I hope you´re doing well in America. I hear it´s raining on you´re blog-we can do a little raindance in you´re garden. I know you could need a little rain...
In Holland we have "a rainy summer".
Wishing you a the best and see you on Rednesday the next time. Greetings with heart&soul from Sil-

Jenny said...

The heat really is vicious this year! I hope you get rain soon!