|Reflection at our lake|
ONE: Interior decorating
|New dresser for loft bedroom|
So, if you like antique/second hand shopping, this would have been the month for you. We must have made the rounds of our local antique shops at least three times - new things come in, and you see some items differently as the house continues to evolve. Take a look at our finds!
Left and top left: metal table and detail
Right and top right; chair with detail (floral motif embedded in ceramic)
Bottom left and right: bedside tables for loft bedroom
Echo Lake Café was established in 1960 by Dickie
Conley and his sister Betty. After being purchased
in 1996 by Bob and Christi Young, it was re-opened
At the end of the day, sometimes on-line shopping is the best source for a specific item, such as these red ottomans for the great room - as you can see, Josie approves!
Our talents also came into play - Spousal Unit made this key rack from reclaimed barn wood, and Pinterest provided inspiration and how-tos for a corner gallery wall on the lower level.
In the 2 pictures on top, paper represents each picture/item,
and allows you to re-arrange as needed before putting
holes in the wall!
And then there are the gifts that just fit perfectly into our theme, such as the jasmine plant in the metal bucket (a terrific complement to our rustic industrial theme) and this red anthurium (ideal match for the red accents in our great room).
|Unloading plants from truck|
|Planting in progress; apple trees are on the left|
|Planting complete in front (top) and back (bottom)|
|Planting complete in side gardens|
All work and no play makes Jill a dull girl; I have made time for my ongoing tea towel project. "Friday" is now complete and "Saturday" is progressing well.
|Served breakfast on this galvanized steel bar tray, also a Father's Day gift!|
FIVE: Time outdoors
As the ultimate stress reliever, nature is my go-to place. June has delivered, in spades.
|Scrambled eggs, breakfast potatoes, grilled tomato and mushroom sauce|
I don't normally focus on mushrooms when I'm wandering, but early in the month, our dear neighbor treated us to morel mushrooms she had personally collected. Spousal Unit concocted a mouth-watering sauce to accompany our breakfast, and we are hooked. My curiosity piqued, I studied the mushroom on the web, and realized that I had unwittingly captured a morel mushroom in my May 23 post. Here are a few other mushrooms from the neighborhood, courtesy of the abundant rainfall (at least relative to last summer, when it didn't rain for 90 days).
|I just love the one in the upper left - I imagine small woodland fairies making their home under it!|
The precipitation has also spurred the plants, and it seems every 24 hours I spy a new flower while I am out and about.
Upper left: Starry Wild Lily of the Valley; Upper right: Pine with water droplets
Lower left: Wood's Rose; Lower right: Groundsel
Left: Yarrow; Upper middle: Pink Wintergreen; Upper right: Blue-eyed Grass
Lower middle: Self-heal; Lower right: Bog Orchid
Upper left: Mariposa Lily; Upper middle: Hairy Arnica; Upper right: Bunchberry
Bottom: Aspen with water droplets
Of course, I rarely publish a post without some mention of four-legged wildlife, and today is no exception. On one of my trips to check my trail cam, I looked up from the path to see a BADGER. I couldn't believe it. Right in our back yard. As you can see in the video below, it was quite intent on excavating this hole, long enough for me to retrieve Spousal Unit and my phone from the house so that together we watched the process of this efficient digger hunting Columbia ground squirrel. The very next day I almost ran head-on into another badger (may have been the same one) as I was returning to the house. It was just coming past a stand of trees, and it hissed when it saw me. So, of course I gave it plenty of berth by retreating, and while I stood there watching, it 'floated' across the opening WITH THREE YOUNG ONES. According to the Montana Field Guide, "because of their shaggy coat and short stature, badgers appear to flow along the ground". My wildlife meter is full for quite some time with this unbelievable sighting!
BONUS: Ever since I started reading Not Afraid of Color (LeeAnna's blog), I seem to spot Phoenicopterus everywhere (that's 'flamingo' for the rest of us). This one's for LeeAnna.
Floral Friday Foto